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.

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

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 their hometown to build websites for local businesses and bring programming to young girls of color.