Team

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Sarita James

Chief Executive Officer

Sarita James is Embark’s Chief Executive Officer, responsible for management of the company with a focus on growth. Prior to Embark, Sarita held executive roles at Citigroup, including Chief Operating Officer of Citi Ventures. She has experience building software at Microsoft Corporation where she received two patents and advising technology companies as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Sarita has a passion for education and the public sector. Under the Obama administration, she served as a White House Fellow and Acting Branch Chief of the Small Business Administration’s Microloan program. During Mayor Bloomberg’s second term, she ran the Strategy and Policy division for New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Sarita received a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard College and her M.B.A. from Oxford University’s Said Business School.

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.

Yusef Syed

Client Experience Manager

Yusef is a Client Experience Manager at Embark, where he helps as a first responder to clients' concerns. Yusef aims to build strong, ongoing relationships with our client community and shares client feedback with our engineering team.

Prior to Embark, Yusef spent several years at Apple in customer experience roles, most recently focused on educational clients. There 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.

FEATURED STAFF ACROSS DEPARTMENTS

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. She also loves spending her weekends exploring different restaurants and going on long walks around the city.

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

Vibhor Thakral

Strategy & Operations Manager

Vibhor is the Strategy & Operations 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