About the MentorWorks Team

The MentORWoRKS team

MentorWorks Founders

Karthik Krishnan

Karthik Krishnan

CEO + President

 

Karthik Krishnan has expertise in higher education, finance, data analytics, and ISA pricing models. He is a thought leader in the higher education financing space and has published peer reviewed articles as well as appeared in various media articles on this topic. He has developed MentorWorks ISA pricing models that are student friendly and transparent. His connections in the higher education space have allowed us to get early customers and validation of our model as well.

Karthik has been an angel investor in early stage companies through Launchpad Venture Group. He has been involved in doing company deep dive and diligence reports for startups at Launchpad. He has a PhD in Finance from Boston College and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Delhi University.

Karthik is also a tenured associate professor and industry faculty in the finance group at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University (NU). At NU, he advises the dean of the business school on their fintech initiatives and outreach. In addition, Karthik has developed a course on applied machine learning in finance at NU.

Mark Bernfeld

Mark Bernfeld

Chairman

 

Mark is the Chairman of Tamarack Technologies and an angel investor with Launchpad Venture Group and Clean Energy Venture Group. An experienced entrepreneur, he has significant experience in sales, marketing, and business development. Mark has been involved in academia for a number of years and has mentored many students.

Senior Leadership

Micha Sabovik

Micha Sabovik

Chief Operating Officer

 

Micha Sabovik has more than 25 years of experience in higher education focusing on: operations, careers, financial aid, admissions/enrollment, sales and marketing. Micha has led a variety of cross-functional teams at Boston University/College of Communication and Brandeis International Business School.

Furthermore, Micha, along with a faculty colleague won the inaugural Digital Learning Initiative grant (BU) and built an online course targeted toward assisting incoming non‐English speaking graduate students. Additionally, she oversaw a nation-wide staff of 25 on the Institutional Relations/Sales and Scholarship teams at CIEE Study Abroad.

Micha recently taught a graduate-level Social Media/Advertising course at Boston University and has collected a dozen awards for marketing efforts/student recruiting efforts.

Ki akrami, CFA

Ki akrami, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

 

Ki Akrami has over 20 years of experience in investment management, structured finance, and capital raise. Ki was previously Managing Director at Rothschild & Co, and was Portfolio Manager of several investment funds over multiple market cycles. At Rothschild, he developed the idea for and led the creation of an innovative principal protected investment fund from start to finish, including negotiation with business partners, creation of the legal structure, hiring service providers, leading the coordination of efforts among internal and external teams as well as the regulator in the lead-up to launch, securing seed funding and later leading capital raising efforts.

Ki has conducted due diligence on over 1,000 investments during his career, and personally led strategic deals, product launches, and seed deal negotiations. He has hands-on experience with institutional investors, and secured a $150M mandate from a Fortune 500 pension plan. Additionally, Ki negotiated a $25M seed deal with an institutional asset manager.

Mike Trachtman

Mike Trachtman

Chief Technology Officer

 

Mike Trachtman has 25 years of experience architecting digital experiences and developing software products using a wide range of platforms and technologies. At MentorWorks, Mike leads development of its ISA origination platform and cloud-powered infrastructure.

Previously, at Insightfil, Mike developed cloud software and mobile apps that power pharmacy operations and offer additional value to patients and their families. He also managed robotics and software engineering teams responsible for supporting innovative mosaic design and robotic manufacturing processes at Artaic.

Mike has advised project teams and clients in the application of human-centered design and Agile development methodologies, creating digital experiences that meaningfully engage users at Story+Structure, a design consultancy. Additionally, Mike designed and engineered Introspect, an electronic discovery product used by paralegals and attorneys to review billions of sensitive documents at ZANTAZ, later acquired by HP Autonomy.

The Team

Clayton D. Samuels

Clayton D. Samuels

Fractional CFO

 

Clayton brings with him 15 years of experience in private equity direct investment and M&A focused corporate development where he has led the deal process to originate, evaluate and structure leveraged buyouts, growth equity and recapitalization transactions of middle market companies within financial services, life sciences, software technology and business services sectors. Additionally, he brings a deep operating experience garnered from ConvergEx, a GTCR portfolio company where in addition to contributing to the acquisition of three competitors totaling $122M, he managed post-merger integrations and led a cross-functional team to develop a custom revenue management system achieving a 45% reduction in staff effort.

Clayton was part of the $1B divestiture and subsequent sale of Eze Software to TPG Capital, Clayton served as the project manager to establish a new internal finance and accounting infrastructure while mitigating business continuity risks.

He independently sourced an $18M bolt-on acquisition, negotiated deal terms, and engaged 400+ companies to generate 15 active deals at Century Equity Partners.

Lois Dankwa

Lois Dankwa

Director of Compliance

Lois Dankwa is our Director of Compliance. Prior to joining MentorWorks, Lois spent over 10+ years in the Mutual Fund Transfer Agency, monitoring the accuracy of financial and non-financial transactions of shareholder accounts.

Lois obtained her Master of Science degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She also holds a Certificate in Data Science and Analytics from Stack Education. 

Aaron Hough

Aaron Hough

Senior Software Engineer/Technical Lead

Aaron comes to MentorWorks with an extensive background in leadership and engineering in the cloud service provider space. As a Lead Engineer, Aaron designed, built, and deployed python applications to interconnect internal business systems, automate workloads, and visualize large data sets. Aaron is passionate about data driven application building with python as well as machine learning principles and general economics. He brings with him an affinity for teamwork, a knack for creative problem solving, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Pedro Henrique Grano Lula Pagani

Pedro Henrique Grano Lula Pagani

Finance + Operations Associate

 

Pedro is pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston and will graduate in December 2022 with a degree in Finance and Data Analytics. Pedro is passionate about leveraging his financial and data analysis skills to develop innovative insights and solutions in FinTech.

Mark Levinson

Mark Levinson

Business Development Intern

Mark Levinson joined MentorWorks as a Business Development Intern in November 2022.