Laurie De Jong


Laurie DeJong brings more than 20 years of event and business strategy and leadership experience to LDJ. As Chief Executive, she oversees the strategic direction, culture and structure of the company.

Laurie is sought after as a director of high profile fashion, beauty, tech, media, and luxury automotive events globally. She is Agency Producer for WME / IMG's New York Fashion Week platform and has spearheaded the multi-million dollar platform's strategic move to semi-permanent homes over the past 5 years. Under her leadership, LDJ has made multiple appearances on the Inc. 5000 list, the Women Presidents Organization's list of the "50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Businesses in North America" and was named one of New York's 50 fastest-growing companies by SmartCEO.

As a longtime mentor of women and girls globally, her philanthropic efforts have led to the formation of the Paper Fig Foundation, the purpose-driven initiative of LDJ Productions. She is a regular speaker on women’s empowerment, mentorship and the economic impact of fashion on global economies with specific emphasis on developing nations and recently spoke at the World Economic Forum Africa.  Laurie is a Trustee of Marist College, a member of the Women's Presidents' Educational Organization, and the National Association of Professional Women. Laurie was recently selected "Enterprising Woman of the Year" by Enterprising Women Magazine and is a guest writer for Entrepreneur Magazine.

Adam Cook

Executive Director

Adam Cook provides a production agency, venture-based financial background to the LDJ executive team. He is responsible for all financial modelling, budgeting, long range forecasting, and also for business development strategy, growth strategy and strategic partnerships.

Adam's experience ranges from small and large cap firms as well as nonprofits and charitable ventures. He oversaw the creation of two venture-funded companies with triple digit growth over a three-year period.

His career highlights include the raising of more than $35 million to purchase and restore a historical NY landmark building as the Associate Finance Director of the Manhattan Theater Club and consulting on a capital project to purchase a landmark building for St. Ann's Warehouse, a 30 year old arts organization in Brooklyn. Following this he worked in client finance for Ogilvy & Mather servicing international clients ranging from Coca Cola, GE, TD Ameritrade and UPS.

Edith Muhindo

Area Supervisor

As Area Supervisor in Kasese, Edith leads all on-the-ground programming of the Paper Fig Health Center, the Paper Fig Skills Training Center, and the Paper Fig Alumni Association. She manages a team of 6 and communicates directly with the Managing Director about budgets, programming, and vision.

Emily Weitz

Managing Director

As a freelance journalist for publications like The New York Times and Vice, Emily spent more than a decade listening to affected communities and the powerful people on either side of change. Her goal was to amplify voices that would otherwise not be heard. When she got to know the Paper Fig Foundation, she decided to dive deeper into this one ever-evolving story of empowerment in Africa through the arts. She is responsible for keeping programming in East Africa running smoothly as well as keeping strong connections with our partners on the ground in rural Uganda and throughout the rest of the world. 

Board of Trustees

Andrew Musoke

Andrew is a passionate global citizen that has lived on five continents and spends his time working professionally and personally to improve global business through innovative and value-add product development. He is a natural strategic thinker that can work in a multitude of environments with the ability to work diligently where others see ambiguity. His passion for human development has led him to participate on some of the largest global stages, most recently attending the 2017 opening week of the United Nations General Assembly. Andrew hopes to do even more work with communities and businesses around the world with the hope of providing a better future for the advancement of people everywhere. 

Brianne Chai-Onn

Brianne has more than 14 years of experience assisting international organizations, non-profits, and corporations develop and implement strategic public relations programs that address pressing social issues. Brianne has expertise in strategic communications, message development, research, internal communications, partnership development, thought leadership, branding, integrated marketing and event management/production.

She has supervised large-scale events including the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace at Lincoln Center’s Milstein Pool and the launch of the Maybach Family Foundation at the United Nations, as well as side events at the United Nations Climate Change and Sustainable Development Summits. Within the CSR and social impact space, she has worked on environmental sustainability, climate change, intimate partner violence, teen dating abuse, public health, youth development, conflict resolution and interfaith dialogue. Current and past clients include Shumei International, Green Festival, NO MORE, Operation Smile, Barnard College, Avon Foundation, Shinnyo-en, Verizon Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Maybach Family Foundation, Liz Claiborne Inc., Solena and World Vision.

David McIntyre

David McIntyre is a New York based photographer, filmmaker and writer. He is an accomplished fashion photographer whose work has appeared in many of the worlds most illustrious fashion magazines, including Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire. His portfolio of portraits includes an eclectic group of musicians including Björk, U2 and Biggie Smalls. He was the Founder and Publisher of the two time Webby Award winning fashion magazine ZOOZOOM. He has directed music videos for Giovanni James, Carney and Dan Black and short documentary features for Macy’s, L.A.M.B., L’Oreal and The Martha Graham Dance Company. His short film ‘A Band Apart’ was featured in the 2012 American Dance film festival. His Photographs have been displayed in London’s V&A museum and in the books: U2 by U2, Blitz – As Seen in Blitz and The Colour of Fashion. His children’s book ‘The Cyber Claus’ was published in 2013.

Rae Young

Rae is a seasoned Show Team Director/ Producer and Casting Director with relationships with major modeling agencies all over the world. She was a founding member of the Paper Fig Foundation team, helping to execute the very first Kigali Fashion Week in Rwanda and as a leading collaborator with Kampala Fashion Week in Uganda.

In addition, she has worked closely with and managed major industry brands events/shows such as; New York Fashion Week/Mercedes Benz Fashion Week/IMG New York and Miami, Academy of Arts University, Betsey Johnson, BET, Christian Siriano, Jenny Packham, L.A.M.B, Leather Japan, Lela Rose, L’Oreal Matrix, NEO by Adidas, Project Runway, Victoria’s Secret, and many more.

Rae’s eye for detail and organizational skills has propelled her to a prominent role within the industry and is an integral part of producing shows and events, consulting and managing concepts, and facilitating retention of domestic and international corporate clients and designers for LDJ Productions. She also manages a team of production assistants and interns on multiple fashion shows during Mercedes Benz/New York Fashion Week and beyond. 

Rae is very passionate and proud to be a part of an amazing team and family. She continues to add value and a fresh approach to production with the motto “calm under pressure.”

Robert Strohmeier

Robert Strohmeier is pleased to join the board of The Paper Fig Foundation. Graduated Rollins College in 1974, immediately moved to New York to become the technical director of Equity Library Theatre and the Lakewood Playhouse summer theatre for two seasons. Robert designed the lighting for many off Broadway productions including the hit show Scrambled Feet that ran for two years at the Village Gate. A member of United Scenic Artist, he started Strohmeier Lighting in 1983. Work has taken him all over the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Mexico and India. Clients and shows have included MTV, Yahoo, Hasbro Toys, Matrix, Lexus, Mercedes, IMG, among many others. Robert was part of the original production team for NY Fashion Week and has been lighting the catwalk for over 35 years. He is especially pleased to be affiliated with LDJ Productions for the last 16 years and is proud to be lighting Kampala Fashion Week.

Tamera Restuccia

Tamera is a founding Board member of the Paper Fig Foundation. She is founder of her own events production firm T. Restuccia Events, LLC and prior to that produced events for the New York Times and American Express, among others. She is a Senior-level communications and marketing professional with over 20 years experience in conceptualizing, planning and executing a wide spectrum of events. Specialties: Collaborates with high profile partners, non profits and major private sector companies with proven leadership, sound judgement and creativity.

Timo Sandritter

Dr. Timo Sandritter, a serial entrepreneur, is a Co-Founder and President of Rippleworx, a technology focused software offering that provides professional sports teams, military units, corporations with a performance accelerator platform.

Additionally he serves as Chief Operation Officer of Haufe, an innovative enterprise human resource and talent management software company. In that role, Timo is responsible for the firm’s strategic direction and its internal capabilities, including talent management, legal, operations, finance, and corporate development.  

Sandritter is an expert in building and running companies and was the Executive Partner of Cygnus Strategy Group, a management consulting firm which he helped to found in 2012.  In that position, he utilizes his experience with both multinational corporations and start-ups to deliver a holistic approach to business improvement and transformation. Timo also helped built Digium, a communications technology company that specializes in the development and manufacturing of communications hardware and telephony software. At Digium Sandritter served as Chief People Officer.

Timo is an avid learner with multiple master and doctoral degrees including a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He serves as an adjunct professor at The University of Alabama, Huntsville, is a frequent industry speaker, and serves on multiple boards of directors.