Our Management Team

Roman Ponos
CEO

Responsible for strategic vision, leadership, management, growth, and success of GriffinWorx, one of the largest non-profit business building organizations in the world. Supervises a global team entrepreneurs, program managers, event organizers and mentors who facilitate economic empowerment opportunities by supporting entrepreneurs, growing companies, creating jobs, developing economies and igniting human potential.

Sean Griffin
Sean GriffinFounder & Creative Director
Sean’s work to empower entrepreneurs and build inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets has been recognized by President Obama, Secretary of State, Kerry the Vice President of Zambia, numerous U.S. Ambassadors and Ministers around the world.
Dalia AlSaid
Dalia AlSaidExecutive Vice President
Dalia manages implementation of the WECREATE Initative along with facilitating development of GriffinWorx organizers, partnerships and communities throughout the world.
Brenda Rios
Brenda RiosDirector of Operations
Brenda supports global operations for GriffinWorx including project management, program management, licensing management, IT, contracting and business model development. She also oversees the management for GriffinWorx grants and contracts.
Kevin Krom
Kevin KromController
Kevin leads development of accounting and financial management systems and assists with the implementation of all accounting procedures and policies.
Araksia Martirossian
Araksia MartirossianVP, Entrepreneurial Community Development
Araksia is leading implementation of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) WECREATE Project. Araksia has been a StartUp Cup Master Mentor | Judge with StartUp Cup since 2012 and a 2014 World StartUp Cup Judge. She is also the organizer of Armenia StartUp Cup, one of Armenia’s largest Startup Competitions.
Naledi Sekgapane
Naledi SekgapaneManager, Community Engagement
Naledi manages the global community of licensed StartUp Cup organizers, licensing of GriffinWorx portfolio of products and manages promotion of GriffinWorx through social media and other online media outlets.
Waleed Khalil
Waleed KhalilVP, Entrepreneurship
Waleed supports development of StartUp Cup’s strategic direction, curriculum development and implementation of the AWEP WECREATE Project. Waleed has been a StartUp Cup Master Mentor and Judge with StartUp Cup since 2012.

Our Board Members

Alice Fenton
Alice FentonPresident of the Board
Alice is a serial entrepreneur facilitating development and management of StartUp Cup partnerships in the Silicon Valley Region. Alice has been actively involved in StartUp Cup since 2011 as Organizer of Silicon Valley StartUp Cup.
Murtaza Zaidi
Murtaza ZaidiBoard Member
Murtaza is CEO at CyberVision International and Executive Director at TiE Islamabad. He advises business model and strategic direction for GriffinWorx along with supporting entrepreneurial program design and entrepreneurial ecosystem development. Murtaza also is the lead organizer of Pakistan StartUp Cup, Pakistan’s largest Startup Competition.
Ted Cundiff
Ted CundiffBoard Member
Ted Cundiff is President and CEO of AVB BAnk. He has over 20 years of Banking experience, 13 of which, with SpiritBank. Ted was named Financial Services Champion for the state of Oklahoma by the Small Business Administration in 2008.