Meet the Ratio 21 Team

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Akash Kapur
Akash Kapur
Co-Founder

Akash is the co-founder of Castle Bay Associates, a tech incubator funded by Bloomberg Beta, and several other startups, including an online tutoring company. He is a former high school teacher and is a founding member of the Academic Advisory Council at Krea University, a new university in India seeking to reimagine the liberal arts. He has a doctorate in Law from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree from Harvard. He is the author of several award-winning and bestselling books, and a former columnist for the New York Times.

Amol Sarva
Amol Sarva
Co-Founder & Program Lead

Amol Sarva teaches entrepreneurship at Columbia University and has cofounded startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience, Knotel, and Popular Change. He studied cognitive science for his Ph.D. at Stanford with an undergraduate degree from Columbia. He is a backer, advisor, and mentor at 50+ companies

Dani Aceituno
Dani Aceituno
Director of Marketing

Dani has spent the past ten years working in edtech marketing with companies such as Nerdwallet and Magoosh Test Prep. She loves growth and product marketing and is passionate about helping startups increase access to high-quality education

Lisa Friscia
Lisa Friscia
Program Director

Lisa is a talent and educational consultant. Throughout her 20 years in education,  been a history teacher, a founding high school principal, and a Chief People Officer. She has helped to launch schools, train teachers, and developed leadership pipeline development programs. Her passions sit at the intersection of talent, equity, access and social impact. She's incredibly excited to be a part of the Ratio 21 team.

Lex Vobiachenko
Lex Vobiachenko
Head of Technology

Lex has over a decade of experience building consumer and enterprise software, in Germany, USA, and UK. The companies he's worked for include TheLinkApp, SoMee, and iPetitions. His expertise is in custom development and growth engineering, but he loves all aspects of technology.

Martha Fischhoff
Martha Fischhoff
Facilitator

Martha is a seasoned facilitator and curriculum designer. Over the past two decades, she has worked with high school students as a teacher, mentor, and Dean of Student Life (The Calhoun School). Martha is excited about work that helps students find their passion and reach their goals.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson
Student Support Specialist

Sarah is an administrative assistant and community management specialist. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and is passionate about lowering barriers to higher education.

Winnie Lau
Winnie Lau
Head of Partnerships

Winnie started her career in finance before serving in multiple operations and marketing roles at startups and edtech companies. She loves meeting new people and connecting companies via partnerships.

Akash Kapur
Akash Kapur
Co-Founder

Akash is the co-founder of Castle Bay Associates, a tech incubator funded by Bloomberg Beta, and several other startups, including an online tutoring company. He is a former high school teacher and is a founding member of the Academic Advisory Council at Krea University, a new university in India seeking to reimagine the liberal arts. He has a doctorate in Law from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree from Harvard. He is the author of several award-winning and bestselling books, and a former columnist for the New York Times.

Amol Sarva
Amol Sarva
Co-Founder & Program Lead

Amol Sarva teaches entrepreneurship at Columbia University and has cofounded startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience, Knotel, and Popular Change. He studied cognitive science for his Ph.D. at Stanford with an undergraduate degree from Columbia. He is a backer, advisor, and mentor at 50+ companies

Dani Aceituno
Dani Aceituno
Director of Marketing

Dani has spent the past ten years working in edtech marketing with companies such as Nerdwallet and Magoosh Test Prep. She loves growth and product marketing and is passionate about helping startups increase access to high-quality education

Lisa Friscia
Lisa Friscia
Program Director

Lisa is a talent and educational consultant. Throughout her 20 years in education,  been a history teacher, a founding high school principal, and a Chief People Officer. She has helped to launch schools, train teachers, and developed leadership pipeline development programs. Her passions sit at the intersection of talent, equity, access and social impact. She's incredibly excited to be a part of the Ratio 21 team.

Lex Vobiachenko
Lex Vobiachenko
Head of Technology

Lex has over a decade of experience building consumer and enterprise software, in Germany, USA, and UK. The companies he's worked for include TheLinkApp, SoMee, and iPetitions. His expertise is in custom development and growth engineering, but he loves all aspects of technology.

Martha Fischhoff
Martha Fischhoff
Facilitator

Martha is a seasoned facilitator and curriculum designer. Over the past two decades, she has worked with high school students as a teacher, mentor, and Dean of Student Life (The Calhoun School). Martha is excited about work that helps students find their passion and reach their goals.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson
Student Support Specialist

Sarah is an administrative assistant and community management specialist. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and is passionate about lowering barriers to higher education.

Winnie Lau
Winnie Lau
Head of Partnerships

Winnie started her career in finance before serving in multiple operations and marketing roles at startups and edtech companies. She loves meeting new people and connecting companies via partnerships.

George Cigale
George Cigale
Advisor

Founder of Tutor.com. President and CEO of Littera Education.

John Katzman
John Katzman
Advisor

Founder of Princeton Review, 2U, and Noodle Partners. Edtech pioneer.

Megan Palevich
Megan Palevich
Advisor

Head of School, Laurel Springs (former), online education innovator, former school teacher and administrator

Amol Sarva
Amol Sarva
Co-Founder & Program Lead

Amol Sarva teaches entrepreneurship at Columbia University and has cofounded startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience, Knotel, and Popular Change. He studied cognitive science for his Ph.D. at Stanford with an undergraduate degree from Columbia. He is a backer, advisor, and mentor at 50+ companies

Akash Kapur
Akash Kapur
Co-Founder

Akash is the co-founder of Castle Bay Associates, a tech incubator funded by Bloomberg Beta, and several other startups, including an online tutoring company. He is a former high school teacher and is a founding member of the Academic Advisory Council at Krea University, a new university in India seeking to reimagine the liberal arts. He has a doctorate in Law from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree from Harvard. He is the author of several award-winning and bestselling books, and a former columnist for the New York Times.

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Dani Aceituno
Dani Aceituno
Director of Marketing

Dani has spent the past ten years working in edtech marketing with companies such as Nerdwallet and Magoosh Test Prep. She loves growth and product marketing and is passionate about helping startups increase access to high-quality education

Lisa Friscia
Lisa Friscia
Program Director

Lisa is a talent and educational consultant. Throughout her 20 years in education,  been a history teacher, a founding high school principal, and a Chief People Officer. She has helped to launch schools, train teachers, and developed leadership pipeline development programs. Her passions sit at the intersection of talent, equity, access and social impact. She's incredibly excited to be a part of the Ratio 21 team.

Lex Vobiachenko
Lex Vobiachenko
Head of Technology

Lex has over a decade of experience building consumer and enterprise software, in Germany, USA, and UK. The companies he's worked for include TheLinkApp, SoMee, and iPetitions. His expertise is in custom development and growth engineering, but he loves all aspects of technology.

Martha Fischhoff
Martha Fischhoff
Facilitator

Martha is a seasoned facilitator and curriculum designer. Over the past two decades, she has worked with high school students as a teacher, mentor, and Dean of Student Life (The Calhoun School). Martha is excited about work that helps students find their passion and reach their goals.

Winnie Lau
Winnie Lau
Head of Partnerships

Winnie started her career in finance before serving in multiple operations and marketing roles at startups and edtech companies. She loves meeting new people and connecting companies via partnerships.

George Cigale
George Cigale
Advisor

Founder of Tutor.com. President and CEO of Littera Education.

John Katzman
John Katzman
Advisor

Founder of Princeton Review, 2U, and Noodle Partners. Edtech pioneer.

Megan Palevich
Megan Palevich
Advisor

Head of School, Laurel Springs (former), online education innovator, former school teacher and administrator

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Casey Mok
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UCLA
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Dr. Jake Young
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UCSF
Dr. Jen Rhodes
Dr. Jen Rhodes
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Harvard University
Dr. Julia Raiskin
Dr. Julia Raiskin
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VP at Citigroup
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VP at Citigroup
Dr. Lindsay Papachristou
Dr. Lindsay Papachristou
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Amherst, New York Medical College
Dr. Pamela Peters
Dr. Pamela Peters
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Duke University
Jordan Sale
Jordan Sale
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Founder @ 81 Cents, MBA
Kunal Bisla
Kunal Bisla
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Netflix
Lisa Friscia
Lisa Friscia
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Certified Health Coach
Manuel Aceituno
Manuel Aceituno
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Martha Fischhoff
Martha Fischhoff
Facilitator
Michael Weissman
Michael Weissman
Registered Nurse
Roy Bahat
Roy Bahat
Guest Speaker
Head of Bloomberg Beta VC
Steve Lichliter
Steve Lichliter
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Civil Engineer and Senior Project Manager
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Meet Our Experts

Casey Mok
Casey Mok
Guest Speaker
Data Scientist
Dr. Albert Lee
Dr. Albert Lee
Guest Speaker
UCLA
Dr. Jake Young
Dr. Jake Young
Guest Speaker
UCSF
Dr. Jen Rhodes
Dr. Jen Rhodes
Guest Speaker
Harvard University
Dr. Julia Raiskin
Dr. Julia Raiskin
Program-Lead
VP at Citigroup
Dr. Lindsay Papachristou
Dr. Lindsay Papachristou
Program-Lead
Amherst, New York Medical College
Dr. Pamela Peters
Dr. Pamela Peters
Program-Lead
Duke University
Jordan Sale
Jordan Sale
Guest Speaker
Founder @ 81 Cents, MBA
Kunal Bisla
Kunal Bisla
Guest Speaker
Netflix
Lisa Friscia
Lisa Friscia
Guest Speaker
Certified Health Coach
Manuel Aceituno
Manuel Aceituno
Guest Speaker
Software Engineer @
Martha Fischhoff
Martha Fischhoff
Facilitator

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