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Abdullah Snobar | Executive Director

the DMZ

Abdullah Snobar is the Executive Director of the DMZ, a leading tech accelerator that helps high-potential startups scaleand grow. More than a home for entrepreneurs, the DMZ positively impacts the world by preparing tech founders for global expansion, which enables them to foster more made-in-Canada jobs and build technologies that change lives. To date, the DMZ has accelerated 371 companies that have raised over $559 million and fostered 3,521 jobs. 

 Under his leadership since 2015, the DMZ’s incubator program was namednumber one in the world by UBI Global.The organization also opened its first U.S. office in New York City and partnered with numerous industry leadersto build the most highly soughtafter and competitive programs for startup growth. In 2018, the DMZ was named one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

Prior to joining the DMZ, Abdullah held roles at Ryerson University, the Canadian Armed Forces, Fairmont and Marriott Hotels and Resorts and co-founded a non-profit foundation in Kenya. He’s an avid community builder with a longstanding history of working with youthand underserved communities at home and abroad. He regularly appears in media and is a member of the Forbes Tech Council. In 2018, Abdullah became a recipient of Canada’s 2018 Top 40 Under 40. He holds an MBA from Ryerson University.