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Our Team

At the DMZ, we love what we do and who we do it with. How can we not? There’s something special about waking up every day to help entrepreneurs achieve their wildest ambitions. Each department, from Programs to Operations, Partnerships to Marketing, takes care in making sure our companies receive the tools and support needed to thrive. It’s our priority to put startups at the heart of everything we do.

Abdullah Snobar

Executive Director, The DMZ & CEO, DMZ Ventures

Adeana Ching-A-Sue

Events & Programming Ambassador

Aeena Asif

Graphic Design Ambassador

Alex Husarewych

Manager, Partnerships

Andrea Richardson

Director, Special Projects

Annie Long

Programs Lead, Investor Relations


Co-Director, Happiness

Borna Gholampour

Front Desk and Administrative Assistant

Breanna Thomas

Digital Marketing Ambassador


Co-Director, Happiness

Darren Shivraj

Community & Startup Recruitment Specialist

Deniz Celebioglu

Programs Lead

Emily Collins

Manager, Marketing & Communications

Emily Smiley

Director, Partnerships & Investor Relations

Esther Deng

Global Programs Assistant

Evan Scully

Finance Assistant

Freeman Chow

Manager, Finance & Business Analytics

Garenée Mahseredjian

Executive Assistant

Gurleen Dablair

Partnerships Ambassador

Jamelia Allen

Talent Development Program Coordinator

Jose Bonicelli

Space & Tech Coordinator

Juliesa Adolphus

Programs Execution Lead

Justin Prajza

Manager, IT Systems

Justine Clark

Programs Lead

Kirsten Fee

Operations & Administrative Ambassador

Luvy Hardy

Public Relations Lead

Maddy Dinsdale

Global Programs Manager

Madison Henry

Talent Development Coordinator

Maisie Fowler

Marketing & Design Lead

Merziya Hussain

Marketing & Communications Ambassador

Michael Onobote

Sr. Programs Lead, Black Innovation Programs

Mohi Sanisel

Programs Manager

Myles Costales

Operations Assistant

Natasha Campagna

Director, Operations & Special Projects

Naveed Tagari

Partnerships Lead

Nicholas Hill

Startup Legal Support Lead

Nikolina Susac

Events & Operations Manager

Olivia Fraxedas

Administrative Support Specialist, Office of the Executive Director

Olivia Korbely

Startup Recruitment Ambassador

Rose Ghamari

Manager, Talent Development


Head of Social Committee

Shane Flynn

Director, Alumni Relations & Special Programs

Sherif El Tawil

Sr. Director, Programs & Global Operations

Stephen Wu

Programs Lead

Tina Mbachu

Sr. Partnerships Lead

Vanessa Shiu

Strategic Projects & Administration Manager

Wendy Tran

Full-Stack Developer

Weronika Gruszczynska

Manager, Office of the Executive Director (mat leave)

Yumiko Namiki

Global Programs Specialist

Zizi Zarei

Startup Recruitment Manager