Omar S. Itum is a global citizen passionate about economic development, tourism and entrepreneurship. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s Degree in Global Security Studies and International Finance from the Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies, Itum entered the world of finance where he spent the first nine years of his career. He served as an International Energy Trader at Bear Stearns in New York City from 2007-2008, after which he moved on to become the Chief Economist at a $1.5 billion hedge fund focused on equity markets and global macroeconomic strategies. In 2012, Itum joined Charter Bridge Capital Management as the consumer fund’s Head Trader and Senior Consumer Equity Analyst. During his tenure in the hedge fund space, Itum also founded two non-profits and raised millions of dollars for various causes, including for the construction of a medical facility in Port-AuPrince, Haiti after the January 12, 2010 earthquake crisis. He sits on Weill Cornell Medical’s Dean’s Council as a result of his contributions to that medical school’s various programs. Itum left the hedge fund world in order to create and grow meaningful sustainable businesses in countries that find themselves at an interesting crossroads in their histories. He founded beVOYAGEUR, an international experiential summit, government and corporate consultancy, and incubator in 2016. beVOYAGEUR currently has operations in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and a number of countries in the Caribbean. Itum founded OMIE, an Augmented Reality-based travel technology, not only because of its story-telling capabilities and its capacity to bridge cultural divides but because of its ability to grow tourism in countries that are heavily dependent upon it, and because of its ability to attract and retain the interest of the next generation of tourist.