OUR TEAM

FOUNDERS

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RASHEED SABAR

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Rasheed is responsible for building Correlation One and setting its strategic vision. Prior to launching Correlation One, Rasheed operated as a hedge fund manager in the quantitative finance industry, where he built a highly successful quantitative trading fund from the ground up. Rasheed graduated summa cum laude from Harvard with a degree in the humanities, has published several papers in theoretical mathematics, and has over a decade of experience building businesses and generating significant revenues.


Education:

Harvard University (BA)

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SHAM MUSTAFA

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Sham is responsible for developing and implementing Correlation One’s vision of building a talent marketplace focused exclusively on AI & Data Science. Prior to launching Correlation One, Sham led the Operations at two specialty finance firms. He also provided business advisory services to more than 600 businesses in New York. Prior to that, Sham practiced criminal defense. He is a published author on data science talent.


Education:

Columbia University (MBA/MPA)

University of Madras (BA/LLB)

LEADERSHIP

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TONG ZHAN

Head of Product and R&D

Tong manages many of Correlation One’s enterprise products and is focused on finding and developing synergies among the company’s products, technologies, and data. Previously, he worked as a trader/portfolio manager in Citadel’s Global Fixed Income fund. While in school, he placed in the top 20 in two of the world's most prestigious math contests, the USA Math Olympiad and the Putnam Math Competition.

Education:

Yale University (BS)

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JUSTIN LYNCH

Head of Engineering

Justin leads engineering at Correlation One and is focused on building an experience across our suite of products that our clients love. Prior to joining Correlation One, Justin built products and lead technology teams across a broad variety of spaces including FinTech, B2B marketplaces, 3D Printing/On-Demand Manufacturing and Mobile Consumer. Additionally, he worked as an ABS trader at Morgan Stanley.

Education:

Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania (BS)

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ANDREW STRONG

Head of Business Operations

Andrew leads Business Operations at Correlation One, and is focused on delivering fantastic talent solutions for Correlation One's enterprise clients. Prior to Correlation One, Andrew managed go-to-market strategy for the Salesforce1 Platform. He has also held investment management positions at both JPMorgan and ValueAct Capital.

Education:

Stanford University (BS)

University of Texas at Austin (MBA)

TEAM

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JOHN BENJAMIN

Senior Director of Business Operations

John is responsible for setting and implementing Correlation One’s business strategy. Previously, he led growth strategy teams as a Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting. John was a Dean’s Fellow at MIT Sloan, where he worked closely with Professor Erik Brynjolfsson to develop insights into the digital economy. He is a 2019 Drucker Challenge winner and a published author on management, cited in Forbes and Stanford Social Innovation Review.


Education:

University of Virginia (BA)

Georgetown University (MA)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MBA)

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SHANE WILSON

Director of Sales

Proven sales leader with a special interest in emerging 21st century businesses. Areas of professional interest include sales, technology, and disruptive businesses. Prior to joining Correlation One, Shane was the Enterprise Sales manager at Audible.


Education:

Colgate University (BA)

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KELLY HOPKINS

Director of Research and Development

Kelly Hopkins is the Director of Research and Development at Correlation One, where she leads the iteration and improvement of their training programs to maximize both learning and hiring outcomes. Kelly has a background in computer science and data analytics, where she worked as a consultant for Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton prior to joining Correlation One.


Education:

Messiah University (BS)

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ERIC DUSSEAU

Senior Manager of Business Operations

Eric is responsible for developing and implementing Correlation One's growth strategies and business processes. Prior to working at Correlation One, Eric analyzed and executed investment opportunities at Blackstone.


Education:

Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania (BS)

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ROYSI ESKENAZI

Business Development Manager

Roysi is a part of the Business Development team at Correlation One. Previously, Roysi worked with different psychology and business professors at Columbia University and conducted research on decision-making. She is interested in implementing insights from behavioral economics to come up with business strategies that will maximize customer experience.


Education:

Columbia University (BA)

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MERT KIVANC PAKER

Senior Manager of Business Operations

Mert is a senior manager of the Business Development team at Correlation One. Prior to joining the team, he worked as a Marketing Consultant focused on B2B outreach at Mesken. He has also held roles at the UN, Khan Academy, and served as President of the TEDx Sciences Po Campus in Reims, France.


Education:

Columbia University (BA)

Sciences Po (BA)

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HARIS JALIAWALA

Senior Product Manager

Haris manages the Product Lifecycle for many of Correlation One's enterprise products, in addition to working on new ideas to help expand into horizontal markets. Prior to joining Correlation One, he founded and worked at a Digital Agency where he brought technological innovation to traditional businesses.

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DAVID SHAKED

Senior Software Engineer

David serves as a senior engineer at correlation-one.His main interest is the question of how to leverage developer tooling to create the most maintainable and user friendly code-base possible. Related topics of interest include testing, documentation, build systems, and development workflows. Additionally, he's interested in mentoring other developers around their personal strengths to help them reach their potential. Outside of technology, he's a competitive cyclist.

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RYAN MCPARTLAN

Software Engineer

Ryan is part of the engineering team at Correlation One. Ryan primarily works on the c1games platform, and specializes in django web development. He has a personal interest in pathfinding algorithms, game design, and a love for clean code. He works on Unity games and Android apps in his free time. In college, Ryan was VP of the ACM club and founded the Game Development Club.


Education:

Manhattan College (BS)

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ABDI SHEMSU

Business Operations Manager

Abdi is responsible for implementing Correlation One's business strategy. Previously, Abdi worked as a senior consultant at Oliver Wyman, focusing on financial services, operational efficiencies, and project management.


Education:

Harvard University (BA)

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OMER BASOGLU

Senior Software Engineer

Omer has extensive experience in developing scalable and dynamic enterprise software. He has broad expertise C#, JavaScript, SQL, Microsoft Azure, Angular, and more. Prior to joining Correlation One, he worked as the Webmaster for Atilim Medya in Istanbul, Turkey.


Education:

Mustafa Kemal University

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MICHAEL SCHWARTZ

Software Engineer

Michael is a software engineer on the business development team at Correlation One. Before joining, he was the first employee at a media startup helping it grow from 50k subscribers to 500k in a year's time. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a degree in Finance


Education:

University of Maryland (BS)

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ANDY QIAN

Senior Product Designer

Andy Qian is a product/visual designer at Correlation One. He loves coming up with creative solutions to meaningful problems and building prototypes of all different fidelities. Prior to joining Correlation One, Andy worked on design teams at One Chronicle, MKG and Benjamin Solution conducting UI/UX design and launching a number of products from scratch.


Education:

School of Visual Arts (MFA)

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PHOENIX KAHLO

Software Engineer

Phoenix is a software engineer at Correlation One, focused on creating a scaleable backend through concurrency and networking. 'If it weren't for concurrency, I wouldn't have any currency at all.'

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OWEN NEUBER

Product Manager

Owen Neuber is a Technical Product Manager at Correlation One. He has past experience as a Scrum Master at a major insurance provider, and he used to do software engineering before he became a product manager. Owen was also named on the Graduate Deans Honours list for his BAS in Nanotechnology Engineering


Education:

University of Waterloo (BAS)

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NICOLÁS RESTREPO

Software Engineer

Nicolás is a member of the software engineer team at Correlation One. He is passionate about development , specially frontend. Prior to joining Correlation One he worked as a Frontend Developer in different projects using different technologies and programming languages such as React, JavaScript, PHP, among others.


Education:

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (BS)

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JOHN WILLIAMS

Product Manager

John is an Associate Technical Product Manager for Correlation One. He collaborates with engineers and designers to build high-quality enterprise software. Before joining Correlation One, John worked as both a product manager and software engineer in early stage startups.


Education:

University of Alabama (BA)

Cornell University (MBA)

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RACHEL BITTARELLI

Director of Career Coaching and Development

Rachel's role as Director of Career Coaching and Development at Correlation One is to collaborate with Data Science for All (DS4A) Fellows to provide them with the professional development skills needed to reach their career goals. Rachel comes to Correlation One with over seven years of career coaching experience in industry and higher education, helping people from various backgrounds successfully navigate the process from applicant to team member to leader.


Education:

Columbia University (EdM, MA)

The George Washington University (BA)

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DAVID MOLANO

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

David is a software engineer at Correlation One, interested in backend development, devops and testing. Before joining the engineering team, he worked in different areas within Correlation One. Through the development of the training programs in Colombia he has been able to put his knowledge and skills toward contributing to the development of his country.


Education:

Pontifica Universidad Javeriana (BS)

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CELINE WANG

MARKETING ANALYST

Celine is a marketing analyst at Correlation One. She is a data-driven marketer specializing in data analytics, SEM, CRM, and brand communication. She focuses on Marketing and Sales funnels and bringing insights for C1 business and revenue strategy.


Education:

Fordham University (MS)

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ISABELLE DIOP

SENIOR MANAGER OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Isabelle is responsible for developing and implementing Correlation One’s growth strategies and business processes. Prior to working at Correlation One, Isabelle was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.


Education:

Brown University (BA)

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ROB RUSH

Business Operations Manager

Robert is a manager of business operations at Correlation One, passionate about the intersection of technological innovation and social equity. Prior to Correlation One, Robert advised and executed marketing and business strategy as a manager in the Global Business Group at Facebook.


Education:

Harvard University (BA)

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SAFA ELMALI

Software Engineer

Safa is a member of the engineering team at Correlation One. He is eager to learn new technologies, tools and libraries. Enjoys making projects for web and mobile platforms. Especially interested in Mobile/Frontend Development and JavaScript. His goal is to become an expert in Frontend development.


Education:

Kadir Has University

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OSCAR PEREZ

Business Operations Manager

Oscar contributes to the operations team on DS4A programs. He was the development and operations director of coltrack.com and a teaching assistant on DS4A.


Education:

BS in Electronics Engineering

DS4A / Colombia Honors graduate

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OLIVIA LUBY

Business Operations Manager

Olivia is part of the Business Operations Team. She is responsible for helping to build and scale Correlation One’s training programs and broader strategic initiatives. Previously Olivia was an Associate Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, where she focused on growth strategy and strategic due diligence work for corporate and private equity clients.


Education:

University of Notre Dame (BBA)

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LUCY MILSTEIN

Business Operations Manager

Lucy is responsible for implementing Correlation One's business strategy. Prior to joining Correlation One, Lucy worked as a management consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, focusing on growth strategy and private equity due diligence projects for technology and media companies.


Education:

UCLA (BA)

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MAJID FAKHOURY

Software Engineer

Majid is a software engineer at Correlation One and is based in Berlin, Germany. He primarily works on the assessments team and is particularly interested in backend engineering. Before joining C1, Majid worked in multiple countries in the corporate, start-up, and NGO spheres. He is passionate about travel, language learning, anthropology, and fostering diversity in tech.


Education:

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

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NORMAN RODRIGUEZ

Data Scientist

Norman Rodriguez is part of the curriculum development team at Correlation One, where he helps create and adjust the teaching materials that our instructors use in our programs. Norman has worked as a consultant in policy analysis and development economics with USAID, the UN, the Congress of Colombia, and other public institutions, and has taught comparative politics and social policy evaluation in the National University of Colombia.


Education:

National University of Colombia (BS Political Science, MSc Economics)

MIT (Micromasters in Data, Economics and Development Policy)

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JIMMY BYESS

Senior Software Engineer

Jimmy is a software engineer currently focused on the front-end. Before C1 he taught software engineering in NYC and DC. He loves cities, is an avid cyclist will be happy to talk to you about baking bread.

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NICK FARO

Software Engineer

Nick is an engineer at Correlation One, focused on developing maintainable and robust solutions. Prior to joining C1, Nick worked in the FinTech space, developing domain specific languages to encode financial regulation. Outside of work, Nick enjoys embedded computing and game development.

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NIKKI MILLER

Talent Acquisition Manager

Nikki is the Talent Acquisition Manager and works across departments to source, locate, and evaluate talent for Correlation One. Prior to working at Correlation One, Nikki was in education recruitment, hiring teachers for various charter and independent schools on the East Coast .


Education:

Swarthmore College (BA)

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JULIANA BERNAL

Operations Analyst

Juliana is a mathematician working as an Operations Analyst on the DS4A programs. She used to work as a teacher, a tutor, and she was a Teaching assistant in DS4A Colombia. She believes in free education and social equity.


Education:

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (BA)