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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

Alviya Siddiqui

Partnerships Ambassador

Amanda Offor

Black Innovation Program & Partnerships Assistant

Andrea Richardson

Director, Global Programs & Government Relations

Annie Long

Programs Lead, Investor Relations

Aran Pathmanathan

Finance Assistant


Co-Director, Happiness

Arwa Hussain

Marketing & Communications Ambassador

Ben Badiuk

Digital Marketing & Communications Lead

Betina Borova

Special Programs Manager


Co-Director, Happiness

Carly Anderson

Service & Events Assistant

Cilka Ovettini

Marketing & Communications Lead

Darren Shivraj

Community & Startup Recruitment Specialist

Deniz Celebioglu

Programs Lead

Emily Collins

Manager, Marketing & Communications

Emily Smiley

Director, Programs & Corporate Collaborations

Esther Deng

Talent Development Assistant

Evan Scully

Finance Assistant

Freeman Chow

Manager, Finance & Business Analytics

Jamelia Allen

Talent Development Program Coordinator

Jose Bonicelli

Space & Tech Assistant

Juliesa Adolphus

Program Execution Lead

Justin Prajza

Manager, IT Systems

Justine Clark

Programs Lead

Katrina Javier

Graphic Design Ambassador

Kirsten Fee

Operations & Administrative Ambassador

Luvy Hardy

Public Relations Lead

Maddy Dinsdale

Global Programs Manager

Madison Henry

Talent Development Coordinator

Maisie Fowler

Marketing & Design Coordinator

Michael Onobote

Sr. Programs Lead, Black Innovation Programs

Mohi Sanisel

Sr. Programs Lead

Murtaza Tinwala

Events & Programming Ambassador

Natasha Campagna

Director, Operations & Special Projects

Naveed Tagari

Strategic Programs & Partnerships Lead

Nicholas Hill

Startup Legal Support Lead

Nikolina Susac

Events & Operations Manager

Olivia Fraxedas

Administrative Support Specialist, Office of the Executive Director

Rose Ghamari

Startup Recruitment Manager

Samantha Tinajero-Alvarado

Digital Media Ambassador

Shane Flynn

Director, Talent, Recruitment, and Community

Sherif El Tawil

Senior Director, Programs & Partnerships

Stephen Wu

Programs Lead

Tina Mbachu

Sr. Programs Lead

Vanessa Shiu

Strategic Projects & Administration Manager

Wendy Tran

Full-Stack Developer

Weronika Gruszczynska

Manager, Office of the Executive Director (mat leave)

Yumiko Namiki

Programs & Partnerships Assistant