PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Josh Ambrose | Director of Student Ventures
Josh oversees all FastForward U initiatives facilitating JHU’s student hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. With a diverse background in higher-education administration, he works with the rest of the team to accelerate ventures that create change and expand opportunity in Baltimore…and beyond! He likes talking with ventures at every level of starting up and will work diligently to help make the connections to ensure the next level of success.
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Elena DeBold | Marketing and Operations Coordinator
As a Baltimore-based artist, filmmaker and PR/marketing professional, Elena helps students cultivate creative marketing strategies to tell their unique stories. In her role, she also promotes the valuable resources available to student ventures at FastForward U. Off hours, Elena loves talking movies, animals, art, music and all things Baltimore. View her art and film work below.
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Sephora Saint-Armand 
| Student Program Manager
Through her role, Sephora helps manage the Spark Accelerator program and supports all of the participating student entrepreneurs. She enjoys engaging with students regarding early-venture challenges, realistic goal-setting, and getting early adopters.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC ADVISORS

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Sneha is studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management at Johns Hopkins. She is deeply interested in developing and discovering new disruptive technologies across various industries. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, with both operational and investment experience. At FastForward U, Sneha supports student ventures in product development, project management, and competitive analysis. She also consults about marketing, networking, and funding and develops content for FastForward U social media.

 

Lanre is always delighted in thinking about abstract ideas and a variety of subjects. He is an MBA student with a pathway in Analytics, Leadership and innovation. Lanre is deeply interested in technology startups as he is also a fintech startup founder in emerging markets and has worked with multiple teams. He hopes to help other startup founders scale through the earliest stages.

 

Javier is studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management at Johns Hopkins University. He is passionate about getting people together to search for business ideas and bring them into the real world. As a career, he is interested in going into the tech startup space, either as an entrepreneur or as an advisor. At FastForward U, Javier helps student-run startups in product development, pitch deck optimization, and value proposition search. He also consults about sales strategy and marketing.

 

 

Bao-Tran is an undergraduate who uses her psychology background, combined with her past experiences, to work with teams on UX design-related problems. She is inspired by entrepreneurs who, similarly to her own position, must wrestle with finding their own paths. Her other interests include immersive storytelling, sustainability, and centenarians.

 

Mahima is a current MS In Engineering Management Student with nearly 5 years of experience in building a disruptive C2C Marketplace in India. She has acquired proficiency in the cross-functional realm of technology consulting, software engineering and data analytics. Her interest lies in a technically balanced understanding of these areas; to analyze data-intensive problems, find opportunities to model scalable solutions in emerging markets focused on logistics, supply chain and consumer products.  She consults on product strategy, funding and pitch development.

 

 

Paul is a current M.S. student in Engineering Management at Johns Hopkins University. He has working experience in tech consulting and food delivery/e-commerce start-up industry. Through these experiences, he gained exposures to different types of projects, ranging from technology implementation, small business development strategies, software product management, and data analytics. Paul is looking forward to collaborate with student-led ventures and develop impactful solutions.

 

 

Natasha is an MBA candidate at Carey Business School with an industry-agnostic background in consulting, entrepreneurship and digital marketing. Natasha loves to see start-ups and small businesses thrive, and hopes to collaborate with founders within the JHTV eco-system on developing, launching and scaling of early-stage start-ups.

 

 

Leana is an MPH/MBA candidate at Johns Hopkins University. She is the former Director of Global Newborn Solutions (GNS), a nonprofit developing medical innovations to address the most vital components of neonatal health and survival in resource-limited settings. Before completing her Master’s in Biotechnology in 2019, Leana founded EMet Nanotech LLC, a nanoimaging drug discovery tools company, and became the CEO. During her career path, she conducted consultation for over 40 startup teams, developed curriculums to teach science professors and graduate students how to commercialize research projects, worked on tech transfer for a Nobel Laureate, and created and implemented strategies for pharmaceutical companies. Leana is always interested in understanding essential world challenges and how to create sustainable and impactful solutions.

 

Suvin is pursuing his Master’s in Engineering Management at JHU. His background is in machine learning & product engineering. He has a sharp growth-oriented mindset and gets immense joy from collaborating with smart & kind people to solve challenging problems. He is excited to make a positive impact at Hopkins. 

 

 

 

Shreen has been a leading Silicon Valley-based advocate for female entrepreneurship and innovation within the MENA diaspora and WomenTech Global Ambassador network. She is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum and is the Cofounder of Collabful, Inc., an education technology startup for virtual learning groups. Shreen has raised venture capital funds for Collabful and received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University. Today, Shreen is pursuing her MBA at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. Her desire is to learn how to create sophisticated financial models to supplement a career in venture capital has been a leading Silicon Valley-based advocate for female entrepreneurship and innovation within the MENA diaspora and WomenTech Global Ambassador network. She is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum and is the Cofounder of Collabful, Inc., an education technology startup for virtual learning groups. Shreen has raised venture capital funds for Collabful and received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University. Today, Shreen is pursuing her MBA at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. Her desire is to learn how to create sophisticated financial models to supplement a career in venture capital

Fayez is currently an MBA Candidate at Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in business analytics. He is passionate about inclusive and equitable growth through innovation and transformative leadership. Fayez has a diverse professional background and experience working with public, private & development partners. At FFU, he brings expertise in startup investment, social impact, IMM, startup storytelling, project management and partnerships development. Currently, he is a project advisor for UNDP’s “Youth 21st Century and Digital Skills Development” in Bangladesh and also been selected as Impact Chair at JHU Net Impact Executive Committee 2022-23.  Fayez was a NOREC fellow and alumni of the Diplomacy Training Program-UNSW, Australia. He loves working with young innovators and leaders and experiencing new food & place.

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INTERNS

Connor is a third-year undergraduate studying film, game design, and public health. As a marketing and design intern, he creates graphic content for social media. Committed to making systemic social change, Connor has worked to make fresh food more accessible at the start-up Seedling Hydroponics and more accessible storytelling through the Baltimore Collegetown.
Michelle started out her career as a banker at the early age of seven in a game of Monopoly, spurring her decision to pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics. Her interest in finance keeps evolving with every career step, gaining experience in financial management, anti money-laundering, risk management, corporate banking and start-up advisory.

She loves to read, dance, explore new places and spend time with people! Michelle is a first-year MBA candidate at Carey and excited about the opportunity to #buildforwhatsnext.