our FOUNDERS

Umba Daima's Iris Nevins

iris nevins

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Co-Founder, CEO, NFT Producer, and Head Misfit

Iris is a former teacher, community activist, and artist who became a software engineer after realizing that technology could be used to reduce socio-economic inequality.

In 2017 she completed a coding bootcamp and became a software engineer at Mailchimp, where she later led teams and projects as a software engineering manager. During this time she launched Umba Daima as an e-commerce store to help artists sell their work online, then transitioned into building community around diverse artists in the NFT space. 

Iris aims to use her wide array of skill sets such as teaching, community organizing, team building, public speaking, engineering management, product development, and strategic planning to grow Umba Daima into a legacy institution.
Umba Daima's Omar Desire

omar desire

Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer

Omar is an artist, activist, and entrepreneur who believes that art is the spearhead of human innovation and evolution. In 2008 he completed a degree in film studies and later co-founded The Roots Collective, a social org, clothing line, and print shop focused on building Black cooperative communities.

Born in an immigrant Haitian family of artists, Omar witnessed first hand the struggles that artists from developing countries face in trying to grow their careers without being exploited, so in 2019 he partnered with Iris Nevins to launch Umba Daima. He recruited artistic talent from around the world, connected them to opportunities, and produced artistic collaborations that have been life changing for a number of artists. Some of his notable recruits are Heno., a California-based rapper, and Isaac Udogwu, a Nigerian American animator.

Omar is the creative visionary behind Umba Daima’s visual brand, curation, and many of the upcoming NFT projects that will shake up the NFT space and onboard thousands of people into NFTs.

our team

Carol Maglio

Design Project Manager
Brazilian, audiovisual producer for 24 years, social media strategist and analyst and content creator.

Dayenn Bennett Pires

Designer
Graphic designer, video editor and motion designer.

Derion Lipford

Marketing & Product Consultant
Co-founder of Knomadix, working on digital marketing and product for Umba Daima.

Enoch Jemmott

Assistant Operations Manager
Enoch brings his expertise in social media management, & campaign development. He is now devoted to empowering the Web3 community with BNA.

Jittu Gurmessa

Project Manager
Born in Ethiopia, raised in Minnesota. I enjoy music, reading, and skateboarding!

JoAnn Holmes, Esq.

Legal Advisor/IP & Digital Assets Attorney
Jo advises on Web 3 law, and helps brands and creators monetize NFTs, DAO IP and metaverse assets.

Judith Brittany Wallace

Partnerships Manager
Intellectual athlete and community builder.

Kearra Taylor

Marketing & Product Consultant
In early 2020, Kearra created Knomadix to support entrepreneurs and creatives efficiently build out and scale their wildest dreams.

Kwame "Symbolik" Newman-Bremang

Communications Manager
An interactive creator who started off in Hip Hop. Symbolik creates 360 Virtual Reality and NFT digital art that impacts the real world.

Kyle Hill

Business Advisor
Kyle Hill is President and Head of Digital Assets at Troika IO.

Raeshawn Pelote

IRL Events Organizer
Building ecosystems through event production and curation for the culture.

Raissa Karuena

Designer
Jornalist, Videomaker and Designer

Ulysses Lambropoulos

Director of Strategic Partnerships
I love where business, technology, and art intersect!

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