Umba Daima's Iris Nevins

iris nevins

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CO-founder & ceo

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 diverse communities in the technology industry.

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 one of the most powerful community building companies in the world.
Umba Daima's Omar Desire

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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 branding and art curation.

our team


Bilikisu Muhammad

Executive Assistant
As an executive assistant, I provide high-level administrative support to executives and other senior staff in the organization.

marketing & Community

Derion Lipford

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

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

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

Stacy Zeal

Chief Marketing Officer
Stacy has generated over $150 Million with paid social ads. She's a Facebook Ads expert that's worked with Zappos, Crocs, UGG & more.

Tevin Harris

Community, Lead
Tevin is a Technical enthusiast with a strong background in Information Systems and Information System Risk Management.


Anthony Mathis

Partnerships Lead
Leader in Business Development and Partnerships. Clients: Nike,NBC Sports, MLS, BBVA, USFHP, & more

Nick Goddard

Partnerships Lead
Within the intersection of traditional entertainment and Web3 lies diversity, beauty, and inclusion. Let’s get to work!


Kyle Hill

Head of Product
Kyle Hill is a 2x Founder and former Head of Digital Assets at Troika IO

Matias Gallego

Senior Engineer
Software Engineer & Blockchain Developer. Working on projects for Stacks, Ethereum, and Polygon.