Meet Our Team

Meet the team at UrbanLogiq

Mark Masongsong
CEO & Co-Founder

Mark has spent over a decade in government and politics and has been a featured speaker on the future of smart cities and analytics at the White House, World Bank, State Department, and Harvard Smart Cities Accelerator. Mark served as a director of international development, environmental and medical research charities and was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Herman Chandi
COO & Co-Founder

Herman is a former business development leader and early employee at a Silicon Valley financed cloud-based start-up when it went from zero in revenue to over $1 million recurring revenue. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, seasoned tech executive, and has served on political campaigns and non-profit boards in the social enterprise space.

Arun Dawit

Arun is a co-founder of UrbanLogiq and holds an MBA from Deakin University. Arun previously served as a communications director for multiple political campaigns, later launching his own communications consulting firm. He has worked as a consultant to real estate developers, helping marshal proposals through city permitting, engineering, and zoning processes.

Max Burke

Max has spent over a decade building high-performance teams and advancing the state of technology behind the biggest video games and distribution platforms. Max has multiple patents that span the areas of machine learning application from software operations to the rendering and streaming of video games.

Rachel Rasmussen
Marketing Manager

Rachel is a marketing specialist with a passion for digital strategy, desktop publishing, copywriting, and communications. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English and professional writing at the University of Victoria before undertaking her marketing communications accreditation from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Luisa Alvarez
Head of Corporate Affairs

Luisa is a former TV news reporter and anchor. She graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and worked as a video journalist for CTV News Vancouver covering crime, politics and everything in between. Most recently she was the traffic anchor for CTV Morning Live. Her days as a broadcaster may be over, but at the core of it, she has always been and continues to be a storyteller.

Tim Johnson
Strategic Pursuits Manager

Tim is a proposal manager with over a decade of experience working on public and private sector proposals across technology, professional services, construction and not-for-profits. Through a love of writing and technology, he is excited to help tell the story of how UrbanLogiq is helping clients to build better communities with data.

Jesse Heimsoth
Account Executive

Jesse has over a decade of experience in a variety of different sales and leadership positions. He has led teams to great success through building long lasting client relationships. His experience as a licensed real estate agent helped shape his strong passion for sales and helping clients reach their goals.

Michael Tastad
Head of Customer Success

Michael Tastad is a CSM veteran! Michael has a comprehensive experience in SaaS, working with extensive digital marketing agencies, healthcare networks, and enterprise clients with their RFP process. In his spare time, he has a little writing habit and a coffee addiction which he has been unable to kick.

Holly Watts
Sales Development Rep.

Holly recognized her ambition for sales shortly after graduating from Queen’s University. With over 8 years experience, she prides herself in addressing the needs of the customer with a product she truly believes in.

Dr. Ahmed Tageldin, PhD
Data Scientist

Ahmed is a Civil Engineer and has a PhD from the University of British Columbia in Transportation Engineering. He has worked in the Transportation sector at multiple local governments in Metro Vancouver before joining UrbanLogiq. Ahmed is a researcher and has a passion for using data science to solve intellectually challenging problems.

Irene Fabris
Data Scientist

Irene is a Quest University Canada graduate passionate about discrete mathematics. Most recently, she’s been designing automated school timetabling programs, web3 credit scoring algorithms, and developing smart contracts powering reFi dApps. At UrbanLogiq, she’s eager to leverage math optimization and computing to build efficient communities.

Morgan Cassels
Senior Software Engineer

Morgan is a University of Victoria graduate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and linguistics. With a passion for machine learning and sustainable urban planning, Morgan is excited to work on data-driven tools that increase quality of life for urban communities.

Brian Ho
Software Engineer

Brian is a software engineer with over half a dozen years of experience in writing and maintaining web-based analytics platforms. Passionate about urban development and big data, Brian looks to apply his experience to solve problems associated with urban living.

Vadym Ponomarov
Software Engineer

Vadym is a Software Engineer with years of experience in building rich web-based solutions for numerous projects, including a space satellite program and humanitarian applications. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering and is passionate about bringing value by means of technology serving sustainability, smart community development and scientifically driven decision-making.

Reilly Wood
Software Engineer

Reilly is a programmer with an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of British Columbia. Prior to UrbanLogiq he spent 10 years writing software in finance. He is passionate about urban planning and fast+simple software.

Lauren Kerker
Software Engineer

Lauren has completed degrees in both Business and Computer Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of British Columbia, respectively. She has specializations in entrepreneurship and data science, and is excited to use her skills at UrbanLogiq.

Simon Fessehaye
Software Engineer

Simon has over eight years of experience in web development working in consulting firms, gaming industry, and non-profit companies. He specializes in front-end web development. Simon is also a University of Alberta graduate with an undergraduate degree in computing science.

Jason Leacox
Data Engineer

Jason has over a decade of combined experience in cloud big data platform engineering, risk management, and sustainability. He previously consulted for municipal departments and public utilities across Canada. At UrbanLogiq, Jason will be putting his data skills to use helping to build and maintain our data platform. Jason is passionate about positively impacting community design through better data.

Isabelle Rabideau
Data Engineer

Isabelle has a Bachelor’s in International Economics from the University of British Columbia. She has conducted environmental economics research in a range of settings including in academia, government, and nonprofits. Isabelle is passionate about empowering communities to make data-driven decisions and expand their capacity to effect change through more efficient use of their resources.

Jasmine Zou
Product Analyst

Jasmine is a civil engineering masters student with the Energy Systems and Sustainable Cities research group at the University of Victoria. She is passionate about sustainable urban development and bringing machine learning and data-driven analytics into engineering projects.

Anthony Remizov
Product Design Lead

Anthony has a multi-year track record of designing industry-leading enterprise software. He specializes in advanced analytics, data visualization, and environments that enable collaboration around the data. Anthony is passionate about fostering design culture at UrbanLogiq and in the community. He holds a BA in Cognitive Systems from the University of British Columbia.

Alex Fung
Product Designer

Alex is a Product Designer with a Bachelor of Arts in Interaction Design from Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology Program. He believes design is a tool of service and story telling, meant to enable people through all walks of life. At UrbanLogiq, Alex hopes to combine his interests in urban planning and design to better help cities, and the people they are ultimately responsible for.

Elena Hsu
Intermediate Product Designer

Specialized in unifying user experience and visual design, Elena creates intentional experiences that connect people together to influence change. What inspires her work are purposeful designs for people— for different perspectives, cultures, and communities. At UrbanLogiq, Elena is excited to help empower cities with the tools to build better communities.