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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, DMZ & CEO, DMZ Ventures

Adeana Ching-A-Sue

Events & Programming Assistant

Aeena Asif

Graphic Design Assistant

Alex Husarewych

Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Annie Long

Programs Lead, Investor Relations


Co-Director, Happiness

Armin Ghanavati

Events & Programming Assistant

Borna Gholampour

Front Desk and Administrative Assistant


Co-Director, Happiness

Chasya Williams

Marketing & Communications Assistant

Darren Shivraj

Programs Lead

Delaram Amani

Programs Execution Lead

Deniz Celebioglu

Sr. Programs Lead

Deyana Attia

Events & Programming Assistant

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 Assistant

Humza Javed

Digital Marketing Lead

Ikra Saeed

Startup Legal Strategist

Isabella Spiliakos

Startup Legal Strategist

Jamelia Allen

Talent Development Program Coordinator

Jose Bonicelli

Space & Tech Coordinator

Juliesa Adolphus

Partner Stewardship Lead

Justin Prajza

Manager, IT Systems

Justine Clark

Programs Lead

Kirsten Fee

Operations & Administrative Assistant

Liane Coulahan

Director, Marketing and Communications

Luvy Hardy

Public Relations Lead

Maddy Dinsdale

Global Programs Manager

Maisie Fowler

Marketing & Design Lead

Merziya Hussain

Marketing & Communications Assistant

Mohi Sanisel

Programs Manager

Mya Pham

Service and Events Assistant

Myles Costales

Operations Assistant

Natasha Campagna

Director, Operations & Special Projects

Naveed Tagari

Strategic 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 Assistant

Pouria Daliri

Talent Development Programs Specialist

Rose Ghamari

Manager, Entrepreneur & Talent Development


Head of Social Committee

Shane Flynn

Director, Alumni Relations & Special Programs

Shany Raitsin

Startup Legal Strategist

Sherif El Tawil

Sr. Director, Programs & Global Operations

Stephen Wu

Sr. Programs Lead

Tina Mbachu

Sr. Partnerships Lead

Tugi Guenes

Programs Lead

Vanessa Shiu

Strategic Projects & Administration Manager

Wendy Tran

Full-Stack Developer

Weronika Gruszczynska

Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Director

Yinka Adesesan

Programs Lead

Yumiko Namiki

Global Programs Specialist

Zizi Zarei

Venture Recruitment Manager