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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NATESH PILLAI

Chief Scientist

Natesh Pillai is a Professor of Statistics at Harvard University. He did his undergraduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and obtained his Ph.D. from Duke University. His interests lie in Data Science, bayesian computation, applications in climate science, applied probability and stochastic models. He won the young researcher award given by the International Indian Statistical Association in 2018 for outstanding contributions in probability and statistics. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of American Statistical Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society and SIAM journal of Data science.

Education:

Harvard

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SHEENA IYENGAR

Senior Advisor

Growing up in New York City as a blind Indian American and the daughter of immigrants, Sheena Iyengar, began to look at the choices she and others had, and how to get the most from choice. She first started researching choice as an undergrad at the Wharton School, and then received her PhD at Stanford where her dissertation, “Choice and its Discontents,” received the Best Dissertation Award. Sheena received the Presidential Early Career Award in 2002, and has been voted among the Top 50 most influential business thinkers by Thinkers50 and rated one of the world's best B-School Professors by Poets and Quants. Her book, “The Art of Choosing,” received one of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Books of the Year 2010 awards. Currently, she serves on the Executive Committee at Columbia Business School and on the Advisory Board at Ernst & Young. She has worked with over 100 companies and recently created a groundbreaking course titled, “Think Bigger,” which teaches students a new method on how to innovate. Sheena began studying choice because she did not know how to choose, and she thinks if she keeps studying choice, she might one day know how. Sheena muses that choice is how we create our most beautiful and singular selves.
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THOMAS STEWART

Strategic Advisor - Partnerships

Thomas Stewart is an accomplished executive with experience in management consulting, global macro investing, and venture capital. Most recently Thomas served as Chief of Staff at Softbank Group where he was responsible for developing strategies to enable portfolio companies global expansion. Prior to that he was a senior manager at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. Additionally, Thomas was a consultant at Mckinsey & Company where he advised C-level executives in the technology, finance, & government spaces on their most pressing strategic problems.

Education:

University of Michigan (Electrical & Computer Engineering),

Georgia Institute of Technology (Masters in Electrical Engineering)

Harvard University (MBA)

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TONG ZHAN

Head of Technical Product

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)

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JUAN CRUZ

Head of Brand & Creative

Juan is Correlation One's Head of Brand & Create Director and leads all aspects of design for the company's suite of technical products. He has deep expertise in digital strategy, integrated marketing, branding, photography and advertising. Juan also played leadership roles at some of the top creative agencies in the world. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Cooper Union.

Education:

Cooper Union (BFA)

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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JUNAID NOMANI

Director of Game Development

Junaid leads game development at Correlation One and is focused on creating a new genre of competitive games that assess real world skills such as programming, strategic thinking, and artificial intelligence. Junaid’s research has focused on deep reinforcement learning for game playing AI, and operating systems. Prior to joining Correlation One, Junaid developed and launched a number of independent video games across multiple platforms.


Education:

SUNY Binghamton (BS)

Yale University (MS)

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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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MARIANNE BUNTON

Director of Marketing

Marianne leads Marketing at Correlation One and is passionate about sharing the stories of the inspiring data scientists in our community. Prior to Correlation One, Marianne worked with media and tech companies in the US, UK and Hong Kong, including Shutterstock, ALM Media and Dow Jones


Education:

New York University (MS)

Macquarie University (BSocSci)

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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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SHAMAY AGARON

Associate Technical Product Manager

Shamay is a Technical Product Manager at Correlation One, focusing on further incorporating user research and data strategy into the product design processes. Prior to joining the team, he led teams using design thinking to solve societal challenges at Princeton University and the Health Design Lab.


Education:

Princeton University (BS)

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HARIS JALIAWALA

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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JOHN DAVIS

Senior Software Engineer

John is a full-stack software engineer at Correlation One. Previously, John worked in quantitative development and trading for several boutique hedge funds. He specialized in algorithmic trading of Equities and CryptoCurrencies as both a developer and trader.

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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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MIRIAM FRANK

Software Engineer

Miriam is a member of the engineering team at Correlation One. She enjoys creating intuitive user interfaces.


Education:

Northeastern University (BS)

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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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NICKIA WILLIAMS

Business Operations Associate

Nickia is our Business Operations Associate at Correlation One. She earned a BS in Marketing for New Jersey City University, graduated with honors, and spoke at her commencement. Nickia specialties include creating innovative plans, executing successfully events, and tracking extraordinary results.


Education:

New Jersey City University (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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TULY JAHAN

UI/UX Designer

Tuly is the UX/UI designer at Correlation One. She’s passionate about empowering social and economical changes though human-centered design. Tuly had worked with various tech startups, helping them with design work and some front-end coding. She is very interested in learning more about new technologies that are yet to come.


Education:

New York College of Technology

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ROB SUTHERLAND

Software Engineer

Robert is a member of the engineering team at Correlation One. He is passionate about building secure and scalable systems. Prior to joining Correlation One, Robert worked in Cybersecurity and Defense. Robert is studying Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

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OWEN NEUBER

Associate Technical 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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DÉSIRÉ POËYMIROU

Software Engineer

Désiré is a software engineer at Correlation One. He is passionate about learning everything related to software development and new technologies. His goal is to become an expert in frontend development.


Education:

CAECE University, Argentina.

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JOHN WILLIAMS

Associate Technical 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)

ADVISORS

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WENDY HARRINGTON

Head of Nuveen Labs, Nuveen

Wendy L. Harrington is Head of Nuveen Labs whose mission is to develop data, analytics, and AI to fuel superior investment performance and further advance impact investing by developing proprietary data measurement standards and metrics. Prior to joining Nuveen, Wendy was Chief Marketing Officer for Figure Technologies, a fintech leader in consumer finance and blockchain. She was previously Chief Marketing Officer for Otto LLC, a startup creating & building devices & software for the connected home. Wendy earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate
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LISA SCHIRF

Data Strategies Group & AI Research

Lisa Schirf is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Data Strategies Group and Artificial Intelligence Research at Citadel, a large global hedge fund with over $26 billion AUM. In these roles, Ms. Schirf was responsible for providing comprehensive data management and data science solutions across the firm. In May 2017, Ms. Schirf was named as one of the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2017 by The Hedge Fund Journal. She has served as a board member of the MIT Sloan Alumni Board and the MIT Sloan Club of New York Board. Ms. Schirf holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management (2002) and a BS in Management from Villanova University (1994).
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TIPSY TALWAR

Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Tipsy Talwar is an Executive Director and the Americas Head of Systematic Advisory Sales (SAS). SAS aims to deliver the best of Morgan Stanley’s quant assets to our institutional clients, including Research, products and data sets. Prior to joining SAS in 2017, Tipsy was a senior member of Morgan Stanley’s Electronic Trading (MSET) desk, where she covered quantitative hedge funds trading into Americas for nine years. Before that, she helped build the firm’s electronic trading systems for the Market Making and later the Swaps desks from 2004-2008. She received her BS in Computer Engineering and MS in Telecommunication Networks from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and her MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business.
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DEEPALI VYAS

Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

Deepali Vyas is the Global Co-Head of FinTech in Korn Ferry’s Global Financial Markets practice based in the firm’s New York office. Deepali brings more than 18 years of c-suite executive search experience. She has led global searches for asset managers, hedge funds, private equity firms, investment and commercial banks, pension funds and other financial institutions, in addition to FinTech and technology organizations. She is also a well published thought leader with broad business exposure enabling her to handle assignments for large Fortune 500 companies, as well as cutting edge emerging growth companies within the FinTech and broader Financial Services sector.
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ABE OTHMAN

Carnegie Mellon University (Ph.D.) Harvard University (AB)

Dr. Abe Othman is Correlation One's Chief Scientist and has developed several machine intelligence-based technology solutions & assessments for Correlation One's clients. Dr. Othman was named to the Forbes '30 under 30' list in Energy for his work with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Independent Energy Standards Corp
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ASIM ANSARI

Columbia Business School

Professor Asim Ansari is the William T. Dillard Professor of Marketing at Columbia Business School. He has done research in a variety of areas including Internet Recommendation Systems, Digital Customization, Social Network modeling, and Hierarchical Bayesian methods for Customer Data. Professor Ansari is the recipient of the Paul Green Award from the American Marketing Association (1994) for his work on E-customization
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JOHN PAISLEY

Data Science Institute at Columbia

John Paisley is a faculty member of the Data Science Institute at Columbia University. He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science departments at Princeton University with Professor David Blei and at UC Berkeley with Professor Michael Jordan. His research focuses on Probabilistic models and inference techniques, Bayesian nonparametric methods, and machine learning for large-scale text and image processing applications.
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YANG LI

CKGSB China

Dr. Li is Assistant Professor of Marketing at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) in Beijing. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia Business School in the field of quantitative marketing. His current research focuses on big data modeling, with emphases related to text mining, pricing, consumer choice, and competitive strategy. Dr. Li has consulted for Tencent, Baidu, and Yonghui Groups in China.