Meet the Team

Our Founders

Our Chief Officers

Awa Ndiaye CEO

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 COO

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

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.

Our Board Members

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.

Akwelle Quaye
Head of Data Analytics and
Human Resources

Akwellé, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, is a Statistics and Machine Learning student at Carnegie Mellon University. She has 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

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

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