Founders

Quinn Underwood
CEO & Co-Founder

Quinn is a former entrepreneur in the health technology space, and has previously designed and implemented primary healthcare systems across South East Asia. He has spoken internationally on social entrepreneurship and healthcare, authored a book on social entrepreneurship, and conducted research on mobile health technology and social network analysis.

Samin Khan
CTO & Co-Founder

Samin was the 2018 world champion of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup - a technology & innovation competition with over 40,000 competing teams worldwide, where he developed an AI-driven robotic prosthetic arm. Upon realizing a passion for tackling AI-human design problems from an empathy-driven lens, Samin became a mental health and AI researcher for the University of Toronto and Vector Institute. His works focuses on the study of psychological needs through a computational linguistics and machine learning framework, which fuels the models used by Animo today. 

Team

Jake Solis
Full Stack Engineer

Jake is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto majored in Statistics and Cognitive Science. He's passionate about sports analytics, music, and podcasts! If you see him, he's probably navigating through the seas of twitter!

Tyler Zhang
Full Stack Engineer

Tyler has just returned from a year long photography trip around the world, visiting 21 countries. While abroad he founded his own photography company and also published a photography book. Prior to his trip, he worked as an auditor of financial institutions while obtaining his CPA. He has now transitioned into a software developer after discovering a passion for coding. He enjoys reading and playing basketball or golf in his spare time.

Jaishree Nayaar
Product Innovation & Psychology Researcher

Jaishree is Animo's head of product, and a UX expert with a background in psychology. She spends her time talking with users and solving their problems!  

Anoma Shetty
Product Innovation Intern
Avery Wang
Psychology Advisor

Anoma is a student at the University of Toronto, majoring in Psychology and Neurscience. She contributed extensively to research in the fields of developmental psychology and self determination theory – and helps design Animo's product around validated psychology theory.

Avery is a practiced Psychology and Physiology researcher with a focus on the cultivation wisdom and  psychometrics. He is currently studying at medical school in Brisbane, Australia where he continues to lead research for Animo.

Advisors

Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He was listed in the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers 50 and as one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers by HR Magazine.

Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He was listed in the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers 50 and as one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers by HR Magazine.

Dr. Frank Rudzicz
Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Rudzicz is an expert in speech recognition and artificial intelligence in applications designed for individuals with special speech characteristics. His work in natural language and speech processing is multidisciplinary and involves machine learning, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, computer vision, speech-language pathology, rehabilitation engineering, digital signal processing and linguistics.

Daniel Dubois
President & Co-Founder, Key

Daniel is a serial entrepreneur, passionate community builder, and expert on the sharing economy. After creating, building and selling his last two venture-backed companies (guiides.com and ShareShed), Daniel joined Airbnb full-time, where he led and managed growth in their top tier markets, until his departure to co-found Key, a real-estate tech company set to change how homes are purchased and sold. 

Professor Alejandro R. Jadad, MD DPhil FRCPC FCHAS
University of Toronto

Alex Jadad is the director of the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation (IGHEI), and a Canadian-Colombian physician, philosopher, teacher, innovator and entrepreneur whose mission is to invite people - either as individuals or groups - to imagine and to create better ways of living as part of a flourishing planet. 

Karen Wright, MHC CHC
Parachute Executive Consulting

Karen is an executive coach and founder of Parachute Executive Coaching, a Toronto-based boutique firm specializing in working with executive level leaders to leverage their strengths and realize their potential, and with organizations to maximize their application of executive coaching as a strategic development resource. She is a published author, and the  inaugural recipient of the International Coaching Federation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.Karen has an MBA in Marketing from Ivey Business School and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Western University. 

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