Meet the Team

Our Founders

Awa Ndiaye CEO of ZODAJ

Originally from Dakar, Senegal Awa is part of Carnegie Mellon's Tepper school of Business . Prior to ZODAJ, Awa has lead many separate ventures.

Dominique Aruede CEO of EKO

Dominique is a New York native, originally from Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently studying Cognitive Psychology. Before starting her career at Carnegie Mellon, she was heavily involved in scientific research and environmental philanthropy.

Odell Blackmon III CTO of EKO

Odell, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, is a computer science student from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. For the past five years, Odell has led many software development projects ranging from personal projects to group research projects with students and professors through Middle Georgia State University.

Akwelle Quaye
Head of Operations for ZODAJ Foundation

Akwellé, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, is a Statistics and Machine Learning student at Carnegie Mellon University. They have worked with tech nonprofits in her hometown to build websites for local businesses and bring programming to young girls of color.

Amen Assefa
Head of Design of ZODAJ

Amen Assefa, Born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, has experienced education first hand in two African Countries as well as one western country. He has lead philanthropic ventures in the past and is now studying Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon's school of Engineering

Dee Harris
Lead software developer

Dee Harris is a student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Systems program. She plans to acquire an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon with a concentration in User Interface Software Tools.

Nishka Ahuga CEO of TRIGO

Nishka is a student studying business and statistics here at Carnegie Mellon, she is the newest addition to the team. She has always been passionate about making an impact and wanted to create a product to encourage everyone to do their part to reduce their environmental impact.  

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