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Dr. Hanif Bayat is the CEO and Founder of WOWA Leads. He founded WOWA Leads after realizing the untapped potential in the real estate market for an agent marketplace. He has had extensive experience as a Quantitative Analyst at RBC and BMO, engineering mathematical models to predict market behavior. A Ph.D graduate in Computational Chemical Physics from the University of Toronto, he has worked with quantitative models in other fields for decades and has published numerous papers and reports about topics such as protein folding and liquid crystals.
Thomas Lo is a Full Stack Developer at WOWA. He is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Toronto and specializes in software engineering. He enjoys learning about new web technology and putting the things he learns into practice. He has previously worked for the Ministry of Education Ontario and outside of software, he enjoys swimming in his free time.
Shripad Joshi is a Full Stack Developer at WOWA. He previously worked at NICE Systems as a full stack developer where the products developed by him are currently being used by one of the largest financial institutions in Thailand. He is currently also pursuing a master's degree in computer science at the University of Western Ontario. He is a professional badminton player and likes to participate in Hackathons in his free time.
Stuart Fong is a Full Stack Developer at WOWA. He is studying computer science at the University of Western Ontario and has been self-taught in web development since he was 14. He likes to exercise, cook and watch movies in his free time.
Tony Likhachov is a Full Stack Developer at WOWA. He is currently a student at the University of Toronto, where he is studying cognitive science and economics. He has AI and web development skills from school and past work placements. He enjoys playing sports, board games, and socialising with his friends in his free time.
Albert Cao is a Full Stack Developer at WOWA. He has a strong background in mathematics and has worked on computing market technical indicators for financial applications. He is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Toronto and is part of the Rotman Commerce FinTech Association.
Steven Wang is a Front-End Tester at WOWA. He is currently a student at the University of Toronto where he is studying Engineering Science, specializing in Engineering Mathematics, Statistics, and Finance. In his free time, Steven likes to go to the gym, play chess, and listen to music.
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Jimmy Nguyen is an Associate Director, Real Estate/Financial Products at WOWA. He also serves as the Vice President for the Political Science and Pre-Law Association at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). He has previously worked at a Toronto-based investment group and the Department of Management at UTM. He has a B.Comm from the University of Toronto where he was a finalist in the Rotman Portfolio Management Competition and is currently pursuing a CFA certification.
Dr. Ali Nassimi is a Real Estate/Financial Products Manager at WOWA. Since receiving his PhD in Theoretical Chemical Physics from the University of Toronto, he has spent five years as an assistant professor of Physical Chemistry. His publications cover a wide range of topics, from quantum classical dynamics in science to companies bankruptcy risk models and corporate hedge analysis in finance.
Daniel Schoester is a Financial and Real Estate Writer at WOWA. He has an extensive understanding of real estate, finance, and digital marketing. Previously, Daniel worked as a venture capital analyst for his university’s endowment fund. He recently graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours BBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship
Kirill Sukhikh is a Real Estate Content Writer for WOWA’s US Product Team. He has extensive real estate experience and has a property management company targeted at the student and young professional market. He is also finishing his degree in Financial Economics and Statistics at the University of Toronto.
Vega Kapoor is the Actuarial Quantitative Modeler at WOWA. She is currently a grad research student doing MMath Actuarial Science at University of Waterloo. She is a part qualified actuary and has previously worked with Deloitte undertaking actuarial reserving and financial reporting. She likes to do embroidery and other things creative in her free time.
Julie Baron is an Associate Director, Business Growth at WOWA. She has extensive experience in politics and previously worked in the Ontario government and as a Staff Writer for The Foreign Observer. She is also well-connected in the Francophone community and served as the Co-President of Français de l'Université de Toronto. In addition to English and French, she also knows German and Mandarin Chinese and has lived in three different countries. She is now completing a B.A. in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Toronto.
Kalpana Modi is a Media Outreach Manager at WOWA. She is in charge of curating relationships with our media partners and helping generate public awareness of WOWA’s brands. She has extensive experience working as a Digital Marketing Manager and has previously handled off-site SEO and outreach campaigns for numerous companies globally. She has a B-Tech in Information and Technology from Rajasthan Technical University in India.
Blake Witkin is a pioneer in Canada’s angel investment community, specializing in the development and commercialization of emerging technologies. He is a co-founder of Maple Leaf Angels, Toronto’s largest angel group, and is currently a board member and former Chair of the Board of Directors of Angel Investors Ontario. Blake has been personally involved in many technology startups, including as a senior executive and private investor of Image Processing Systems Inc., a TSX-listed corporation that was ranked #1 in growth by Profit Magazine.
Rostam Dinyari is a serial entrepreneur with a decade of experience in Silicon Valley companies. He has previously worked at Bosch’s Venture Capital division and built extensive connections in the tech industry. He is now leading strategic AI initiatives at Google Cloud and works with customers and technology partners to develop AI applications for the industry. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Mohamedreza Farahani is a Data Scientist Consultant at BCG. He has over a decade of experience tackling business models and revenue generation from an algorithmic perspective. He is the co-founder of a Business Intelligence and CRM platform, Jubin Co. Prior to BCG, he has worked as a Business Analyst and Data Scientist at TD and SOTI.