There really was no “Aha!” moment. Our design process involves a lot of deliberate research to fully understand complex problems and systems. Only after this in depth analysis do we begin to brainstorm and iterate solutions. The process goes something like this: innovate – develop – test – test some more – innovate and refine – test again – refine some more – retest some more – validate - localize. We do all of this testing and refinement to ensure that we have developed the best solution for the problem at hand. In the case of the Wood Mold, the problem was how to get household water filters to communities in a way that was empowering, affordable, sustainable, and efficient.
OHorizons has two full-time staff: Natalie Relich, the Executive Director, and Dylan Lunney, the Director of Communications. Together Natalie and Dylan handle the program related aspects of the organization (finding and vetting potential partners, answering technical related questions about the Mold, etc) as well as the operation aspects like marketing and communications. Natalie was part of the original team that helped conceive of the Wood Mold concept and plan the initial field test in Honduras in 2012. She has a BA in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a MPA with a specialty in international development from NYU’s Robert Wagner School of Public Service. Dylan has a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. Before joining OHorizons, Dylan worked in the private sector in startup environments. He is a quintessential self-starter and thrives on using critical thinking to solve problems.
Natalie and Dylan are serious about their professional development and the impact their work will have. In addition to their traditional education, their methods have been influenced through social innovation work with StartingBloc, the Un-School of Disruptive Design, and Be Social Change.
OHorizons is in the process of putting together a full Board of Directors, but currently Orlando Bustos and Tamara Minick Scolao make up the organization’s leadership.
Mr. Bustos has over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry and has held multiple senior executive positions. Mr. Bustos has extensive experience managing global operations, executing complex restructurings and forging new business development in emerging markets, with specific emphasis on China. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OHorizons Global, Inc., a global management consulting firm focused on the automotive and industrial sectors. Prior to founding OHorizons, Mr. Bustos served as Business Leader for Electronics and Controls, OE Powertrain, Hybrid systems, and Driveline at General Motors Global Powertrain Group and was the Executive Director of Global Purchasing. During his tenure at General Motors, his responsibilities included leading corporate wide initiatives in the areas of globalization, powertrain, operations, and global purchasing and supply chain throughout Europe, South America and Asia. Mr. Bustos is currently on the Board of Directors of Cooper-Standard, and serves on its compensation committee, of the Michigan Science Center, and of the OHorizons Foundation. Previously, he has been on the Board of Directors of GMI Diesel Engineering in Japan, Isuzu Motors Polska in Poland, and DMAX in the U.S. Mr. Bustos earned a B.S.in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. as a Sloan Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Tamara Minick-Scokalo is currently the President of Growth Markets at Pearson. She has over 30 years of experience in leadership positions in large multi-national corporations, where she has built businesses across a number of industries and regions, often requiring complex restructuring and significant change management. Tamara is currently Pearson’s President of Growth Markets, responsible for Pearson’s businesses in China, India, Brazil, South Africa and a number of other fast-growing economies around the world. Pearson has more than 13,000 employees in these countries. Tamara joined Pearson in 2012 and has previously held senior leadership roles in a number of global businesses including Procter & Gamble, Cadbury plc, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola and Elizabeth Arden. More recently she led a high-tech start-up, Trax Retail, through fund raising and first revenue generation.
Tamara earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University and joined P&G in a manufacturing role. She later moved into research & development, then marketing and senior management positions within the firm. She has lived in the US, Europe, and the Far East and has worked all over the world. Tamara is passionate about improving people’s lives through education, and believes in the importance of attracting, developing and retaining top talent and operating with high integrity and ethics.