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.

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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

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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.

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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 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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Christine Perkett

Owner, Founder and President of innovative digital communications agency focused on PR, digital production and social marketing. We serve clients throughout the US and Europe, including Norway, UK, Australia, Ireland and more. Holds specialized expertise in - and regularly speaks on, PR, social marketing, branding, entrepreneurship, SMB management, startups, investor and influencer relations, technology tools, HR and business 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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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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Imran Sayeed

Imran Sayeed is part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he teaches Disruptive Technologies, New Business Models, Software and Internet Entrepreneurship, and Global Innovation in Large Companies. He is also the founder of Teach the World Foundation, a non-profit that promotes a scalable approach for children’s literacy using low-cost tablets and educational games. Sayeed also serves on the board of directors of Engro Corp, one of the largest publicly traded conglomerates in South Asia and on the board of advisors of HERE Technologies, the largest mapping and navigation company in Europe.

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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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