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

Ali Taiyeb

Partnerships Manager

Alyssa Torres

Events & Services Coordinator

Aran Pathmanathan

Accounting Assistant


Co-Director, Happiness


Co-Director, Happiness

Damira Rakhmetova

Marketing and Digital Ambassador

Emily Collins

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Emily Hall

Special Projects Ambassador

Emily Smiley

Manager, Accelerator Program and Investor Relations

Emma Stern

Marketing and Communications Ambassador

Freeman Chow

Senior Financial Officer

Gbemi Akande

Program Lead, Accelerator

Harsimran Walia

Operations and Administrative Ambassador

Haseeb Khawaja

Digital Marketing and Communications Lead

Jose Bonicelli

Space and Tech Assistant

Juliesa Adolphus

Operations Administrative Specialist

Justin Prajza

Full-Stack Developer

Katlynn Sverko

Special Projects Manager

Leo Oliveira

Front End Developer

Madavi Sooriyapperuma

Sandbox Coordinator

Madison Henry

Events & Programming Ambassador

Maisie Fowler

Marketing and Design Coordinator


Assistant to the Regional Manager

Natasha Campagna

Director, Marketing & Communications

Naveed Tagari

Sandbox Coordinator

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Programs Lead, Incubator & Women Founders

Olivia Fraxedas

Administrative Support Specialist, Office of the Executive Director

Olivia Standish

Program Lead, Incubator

Omar El Araby

International and Strategic Projects Coordinator

Rob Macken

Community and Startup Recruitment Lead

Sen Sachi

Director, Global Startup Pipeline & Community Relations

Shane Flynn

Director, Incubator and Alumni Relations

Sherif El Tawil

Director, Operations, International and Strategic Projects

Sweeny D’Souza

Partners Success Lead

Vanessa Shiu

Manager, Administration, Diversity & Inclusion

Weronika Gruszczynska Strlič

Manager, Office of the Executive Director

Zyrille Galiza

Events and Service Assistant