TRANSFORM RIDESHARE SAFETY WITH
THE ZEMCAR TEAM

About our Team

Socially-responsible and committed, Zemcar’s global team is unified in its mission to transform transportation for all our families. Creative and passionate about addressing the big problems that impact human lives, our goal is to solve the safety and security issues with today's rideshare services.

CEO

Juliette Kayyem

Co-Founder and CEO

Juliette is a world renowned security expert in the public and private sector, advising companies like Airbnb, Walmart, and UPS. A national security analyst for CNN, she recently served as President Obama's Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. She brings a background in leadership and management in the public and private sectors with a laser focus on safety and security.

She also teaches at Harvard's Kennedy School. The author of the best-selling “Security Mom”, she represents Zemcar's audience -- an active, working mother with three kids who cares about their safety and is on the mission to transform rideshare safety for everyone’s children. Learn more about her at www.juliettekayyem.com

CEO

Bilal Khan

Co-Founder and CPO

As a father of two very active kids, Bilal has been fascinated by emerging technologies that help solve some of the bigger problems families face today. Somewhere between leading the ‘Internet of Things’ at Verizon and whitewater rafting down the Penobscot River, Bilal envisioned a way to solve the transportation problem for kids and other vulnerable passengers.

Since then he’s devoted his 15 years of experience to building Zemcar’s unique caring and safe rideshare service. He loves hiking and exploring food while traveling around the world. MIT Sloan School: MS Management and Engineering.

CEO

Shahid Azim

President and COO

Shahid Azim is a serial entrepreneur, known for leading health start-ups from breakthrough ideas in the labs to building products that can having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. Currently he serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard University advising campus wide research labs on commercialization and venture creation. He is also a partner at Ripple Ventures, an early stage investment group focused on disruptive ideas. He holds an MBA from Sloan School of Management at MIT, a postgraduate degree in Management from Harvard University, and a Bachelors in Finance from Seattle University. He is an active advisor to technology commercialization efforts at Harvard, Catalyst at Deshpande Center at MIT and angel investor with MIT Angels Boston chapter.

Meet our Team

Join us if you are zealous about making a difference where it matters the most and looking to work in a challenging, fast-moving environment.

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Christine Perkett

Christine Perkett, is a busy working wife and mother of four, creative content marketer and entrepreneur. She is a 2x startup founder and a proven business manager and leader - single-handedly bootstrapping her first business to multimillions in annual revenues, despite the fact that "Just 1.8% of women-owned businesses generate more than $1m in annual revenues, compared with 5.3% of all U.S. firms," according to the Wall Street Journal.

At Zemcar, Christine leverages her business acumen and two decades of marketing and PR experience to lead all communications for the Company. She links the innovations of the company’s product team to the customer-focused operations of the business, building consumer awareness and advocacy, and driving customer preference for the brand through all channels, every day.

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Lisa B. Eisenbud

An executive with a track record in start-up, turnaround, and crisis management in public and private organizations, Lisa is known as a creative fixer, connector, and catalyst, with the ability to build teams and strategic relationships to deliver results. As Chief of Staff to three state departments and Deputy Chief in the Governor's Office in New Jersey, she led reforms in child welfare, mental health, healthcare, and start-up of the Department of Children & Families. Lisa is the Founder and Principal of a consulting business, which provides strategy and business development solutions for healthcare, human rights, and renewable energy businesses. Eisenbud has a Masters Degree in the management side of Social Work from Boston College and is an Adjunct Professor in Social Innovation.

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Marc Shpilner

An operations expert and entrepreneur, Marc started his own high-touch, chauffeured transportation company. He successfully exited the business after building it into M7 Transportation Worldwide, a global enterprise with a client list that was a veritable who's who of top global leaders. But Marc’s favorite mode of transportation is his Harley Davidson. When not cruising on his Harley with his wife, he enjoys stimulating conversations with his college-professor daughter and watching his son’s lacrosse games.

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Mike Ahearn

With over 15 years of professional experience, Mike managed global sales and business development teams for companies like Randstad and Oracle. He also led multimillion dollar projects to build IT teams for clients such as Verizon and EDS as well as startups. A true Bostonian, Mike is a huge Pats, Bruins, Sox and Celtics fan. He loves to travel and go on road trips with his wife and two daughters, one of whom is pretty sure she’s an Avenger!

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William Neidlinger

A creative marketing and communications professional with over 15 years’ experience, Bill is a Chief Creative Director in Conception Hub, a global digital agency and has worked in several global organizations including Wellington and State Street Global Advisors. When not working on Zemcar, you’ll find Bill pursuing many of his passions and dedicates his time to many causes promoting education and the arts. He sits on the steering committee for the Museum of Fine Arts Museum Council and was Co-Chair of the 2017 Annual Summer Party Gala. In his free time, he sings and composes music and enjoys traveling around the world. Emerson College: BA.

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Mark Saccone

An entrepreneurial executive with extensive experience planning, building teams, and executing the strategy while maintaining financial discipline, Mark has founded two companies and been the first employee at two others. He tries to spend as much time as possible on Cape Cod with his family fishing for stripers and blues. Duke University Fuqua School of Business: MBA.

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Waqas Burney

A technology enthusiast at heart, Waqas has worked in a broad variety of engineering areas ranging from the design of business analytics solutions to creating blockchain applications that, he hopes, will one day become as pervasive as the internet itself. With a new born kid, a family-oriented rideshare service holds personal importance for him. He loves fishing and thinking about new algorithms to make it easy.

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Hafez Janssens

With over 15 years of experience in visual and creative design, Hafez has worked on owning own design studio, handling clients directly and collaborating with other design and advertising agencies, to working on a number of high profile projects for a variety of Fortune-100/500 firms and boutique multi-disciplinary design agency Frog Design. He loves to take his dog for walks with his kid and travel globally. University of Kansas: BFA

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Sam Medeiros

A political professional by trade, Sam is a tech enthusiast who enjoys finding innovative solutions to life’s everyday problems. When he’s not on Twitter (or working), you’ll likely find him at one of Boston’s many historical sites or museums and watching sports. A recent political science graduate of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Sam is a history buff who enjoys learning about the early 1900s and the World Wars .

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Marcos Bertozzo

Customer Service is a lifestyle for Marcos because for over 10 years he’s thrived on always treating people with courtesy, always creating a nice experience. He loves spending time with his family, nature, dogs, playing guitar, and tending his small balcony garden.

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Victoria Arce

Victoria has been in customer service all for over 20 years, but as she says “who’s counting”. Knowing that she can change a person’s day by treating them with respect and a smile on Victoria’s face is what makes her day, every day. Animals are her passion and she dreams about the day when she can have her own rescue center.

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Miralba Minaya

With over 10 years of experience in the customer service field, Miralba still gets a deep sense of satisfaction when solving problems and helping customers out. She love kids and always does her best to help parents with their concerns.

Meet our Advisors

Socially-responsible and committed, Zemcar’s global advisors are unified in its mission to guide transportation for all our families.

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DONNA LEVIN

Levin’s experience building Care.com also lends itself well to Zemcar’s mission, and will guide Zemcar’s business strategy managing both a supply and demand side business model. Care.com is the world's largest online marketplace for finding and managing family care, with more than 19 million members, spanning 16 countries. Levin also helped build Upromise as Vice President of Operations, and currently lectures at MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Cara Natterson

Cara Natterson is a pediatrician, consultant, and New York Times bestselling author of THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU, a 3-book series with over six million copies in print, and GUY STUFF, all published by American Girl. A graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins Medical School, Cara trained in pediatrics at University of California at San Francisco. Cara also travels the country speaking to kids, parents, and companies about the issues and challenges facing tweens and teens.

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MIKE KAIL

Mike D. Kail is Cybric’s CTO, responsible for the strategic vision and technical direction of the Cybric Platform. Prior to founding Cybric, Mike was Yahoo’s CIO and SVP of Infrastructure, where he led the IT and Data Center functions for the company. He has more than 24 years of IT Operations experience with a focus on highly-scalable architectures.
Previously, Mike served as VP of IT Operations at Netflix, where he was responsible for Employee Technology and various Engineering components. Before that role, Mike was VP of IT Operations at Attensity, where he was responsible for the Americas data center operations team; including managing various Big Data systems with their Hadoop cluster, HBase and MongoDB components.
He has been widely recognized for his insightful industry commentary on social media, and was recently named by the Huffington Post as one of the “Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter.”

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Sanjeev P. Yadav

Sanjeev P. Yadav is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Banyan Tree Capital, a boutique investment advisory firm. Banyan Tree Hub is the accelerator growth platform arm of Banyan Tree Capital. He is also the Co-Founder of The Conception Group, a leading global events and production creative agency as well as Conception Hub, a digital design agency, both with offices in Boston and London (https://vimeo.com/232477455).

Prior to that, he was a Vice Consul with the British Consulate-General Boston and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). At UKTI, Sanjeev guided companies to explore international expansion and trade opportunities in and with the UK as well as assisting UK companies as they sought to enter and expand into the US marketplace. In addition, Sanjeev hosted visiting Ministerial and multiple sectoral start-up delegations.

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LAURA DEBONIS

DeBonis also bring a strong security background to the Advisory Board, having served on technology advisory boards in the past on security and privacy matters.  She serves as co-chair of the Technology Working Group of the Public Interest Declassification Board, to which she was appointed by President Obama in 2015. In the past, she has also held management positions at Google and EF Education First, serving in operational roles and in business development, and has served on project teams for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

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Alan Bersin

Alan Bersin’s dedication to public service, education and security aligns well with Zemcar’s brand promise to families. Alan has served as an Inaugural Fellow in the Homeland Security Project at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C., as Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as Vice President of INTERPOL for the Americas Region and as a member of the INTERPOL Executive Committee. He served through 2016 as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the International Policing Division Steering Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Bersin was also appointed as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California by President Bill Clinton, and he has held numerous other distinguished state and local government positions, including serving as California's Secretary of Education, Superintendent of Public Education in San Diego, and Chairman of the San Diego Airport Authority.

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Wan Li Zhu

Wan Li Zhu is a senior member of the investment team at Fairhaven Capital, an early stage focused technology venture capital firm in Boston, and a founder and Managing Director of MIT Alumni Angels. Prior to Fairhaven, Wan Li ran product development and marketing at Microsoft Dynamics, the company’s flagship enterprise application software division. Wan Li has also spent time at Google in online advertising, at Morgan Stanley in technology investment banking, and at Merrill Lynch in IT. Wan Li is Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge and Executive Chairman of the New England Venture Network. Wan Li holds an MBA from Harvard, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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Wan Li Zhu

Wan Li Zhu is a senior member of the investment team at Fairhaven Capital, an early stage focused technology venture capital firm in Boston, and a founder and Managing Director of MIT Alumni Angels. Prior to Fairhaven, Wan Li ran product development and marketing at Microsoft Dynamics, the company’s flagship enterprise application software division. Wan Li has also spent time at Google in online advertising, at Morgan Stanley in technology investment banking, and at Merrill Lynch in IT. Wan Li is Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge and Executive Chairman of the New England Venture Network. Wan Li holds an MBA from Harvard, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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