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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 and Partnerships Assistant

Andrea Richardson

Director, Business Development & International Projects

Annie Long

Programs Lead, Investor Relations

Aran Pathmanathan

Finance Assistant


Co-Director, Happiness

Argentina Nitsopoulos

Programs Assistant

Arwa Hussain

Marketing & Communications Ambassador

Ben Badiuk

Digital Marketing & Communications Lead

Betina Borova

Special Programs Manager


Co-Director, Happiness

Carly Anderson

Service and Events Assistant

Cilka Ovettini

Marketing and Communications Lead

Dan Tim

Graphics & Design Ambassador

Darren Shivraj

Community & Startup Recruitment Specialist

Deniz Celebioglu

Programs Lead

Duri Song

Executive Assistant

Emily Collins

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Emily Hall

Global Programs Lead

Emily Smiley

Head of Programs & Investor Relations

Esther Deng

Talent Development Assistant

Frank Nguyen

Service and Events Assistant

Freeman Chow

Manager, Finance & Business Analytics

Jamelia Allen

Talent Development Coordinator

Jose Bonicelli

Space and Tech Assistant

Juliesa Adolphus

Programs & Investor Relations Coordinator

Justin Prajza

Full-Stack Developer

Justine Clark

Programs Lead

Kirsten Fee

Operations and Administrative Ambassador

Luvy Hardy

Public Relations Lead

Maddy Dinsdale

Global Programs Manager

Madison Henry

Talent Development Coordinator

Maisie Fowler

Marketing and Design Coordinator

Michael Onobote

Program Lead, Black Innovation Programs

Mohi Sanisel

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 Development

Sherif El Tawil

Senior Director, Programs & Partnerships

Stephen Wu

Programs Lead

Sweeny Mangal

Senior Partnerships Lead

Tina Mbachu

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 and Partnerships Assistant