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Yusef Syed

VP, Admissions Solutions

Yusef is the Vice President of Admissions Solutions at Embark, where he leads Embark’s admissions software product line. During his time at Embark, Yusef has built deep relationships within our client community and helped oversee the onboarding process for new clients in coordination with our implementation team.

Prior to Embark, Yusef spent six years at Apple in customer experience roles, with his final role exclusively focused on educational clients. At Apple, he held training sessions for classrooms, professors, and educational leadership.

Outside of work, Yusef enjoys automating his life - starting with smart devices at his home, and displaying his board game and anime statue collectibles .

Yusef received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Analytics from the Pace University Lubin School of Business.

Michael Turbé

Director of Engineering

Michael is Embark’s Director of Engineering, responsible for day to day leadership of the development team. He focuses on architecture, performance, code quality, and scalability.

Over the last 17 years, Michael has led teams of developers through the full software development cycle in the legal, financial services, energy, and educational technology fields. Michael was a Vice President of Equities at fintech firm Markit in the years prior to its 2014 IPO. Michael has spent the last several years as a consultant, learning the value of continuous learning.

In his spare time, Michael is also an accomplished music blogger; his writing was published in Best Music Writing 2011.

Michael has a BA in Digital Media from Fordham University and a MS in Computer Science from Pace University.

Forzana Rime

Software Engineer

Forzana is a Software Engineer at Embark. She is responsible for building, maintaining, and upgrading various features across our entire application.

Prior to Embark, Forzana served as an AmeriCorps member, working alongside pre-school educators in underprivileged NYC neighborhoods to foster language development and a desire for learning in young children. While studying at NYU, Forzana participated in both psychology and computer science research, and has published an article in NYU’s Undergraduate Research Journal related to her work in Natural Language Processing.

Outside of work, Forzana enjoys painting, baking, and crocheting.

Forzana received a B.A. in Computer Science and Psychology from New York University

Vibhor Thakral

Project Manager

Vibhor is a Project Manager at Embark. He helps clients build and configure their online applications and is part of Embark’s global client support team.

Before Embark, Vibhor worked as a software engineer developing websites and mobile apps for various brands in the field of media and entertainment.

Outside of work, Vibhor has a passion for travelling and food. He loves exploring a variety of cuisines from different places and cultures.

Vibhor holds a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Applications from Indraprastha University.

Mary Sheela

Implementation Associate

Mary Sheela is an Implementation Associate at Embark. Her responsibilities include communicating with our clients and tailoring their online admissions solutions. She also provides timely support to applicants across all of our clients.

In her time prior to Embark, Mary interned for a non-profit organization, Shanti Bhavan, teaching Computers and Mathematics for Grades 4-10.

During her free time, she adores doing outdoor sports, such as football,volleyball and badminton. She also has a special fondness for dancing.

Mary received a Bachelor of Computer Applications from Christ University.

Kishore Gopal

QA Lead

Kishore leads implementations and holds technical responsibilities related to software testing and engineering. He helps clients build and implement their online applications

Before Embark, Kishore worked as an Operations and Customer Support Executive at Educational Initiatives. He was involved in organizing and conducting various events for schools, institutions and colleges.

Outside of work Kishore has a passion for reading books and traveling. He enjoys visiting new places exploring new cultures and lifestyles.

Kishore holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and majored in Finance from Christ College of Science and Management.