Samia Abou-Samra (Co-Founder and CEO)
Samia is an artist and Radical Entrepreneur. Samia is the founder/owner of Whale Wonder: a creative playspace that grows radical systems for a more human world and the original incubator for Turtle Tank.
Samia serves as a strategist, consultant, educator and creative director for Radical Entrepreneurs (makers, healers, artists, activists, educators) dedicated to love and freedom. Samia enjoys all aspects of the creative process particularly in the areas of music/media, entrepreneurship, indigenous knowledge and radical health.
Samia has a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (with a focus on Ritual, Medicine & Performance) from Stanford University and an MBA in Environmental and Social Management from Antioch University of New England (along with many other certificates and specializations you can find out all about when you join us).
Ije Ude (Co-Founder and Chief Transformation Officer)
Ije is a health & wellness strategist and Radical Entrepreneur. She has coached Radical Entrepreneurs for the last 10 years on managing their energy and revolutionizing how they work.
Ije has 20 years of work experience in social justice and non-profit organizations as an organizer, trainer and facilitator. She has designed research-based curricula for organizations such as Girls Inc, Planned Parenthood and The Freedom institute. Today, alongside being a founder of Turtle Tank, Ije is a certified Resilience Toolkit facilitator who works with individuals and organizations to provide effective solutions to stress and trauma.
Ije has a BA in Human Biology (with a specialization in Black Women's Health and Well-Being) from Stanford University and an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute for Integral Studies. (along with many other certificates and specializations you can find out all about when you join us).
India Harville (Community Engagement Specialist)
India is a performance artist, somatic educator, and social justice educator. India serves as the Community Engagement Specialist for Turtle Tank where she helps facilitate the member journey for collective incubator members. The unifying thread in India’s work is supporting people working with their bodies as vehicles for personal and collective growth and transformation.
India has a BA in psychology from New College of Florida and a MA in Integrative Health Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies as well as many trainings in somatics, bodywork, social justice education, and coaching.
Ru Selvadurai (Chief Technology Officer)
Ru is a technical business strategist, a veteran entrepreneur, and a nomad. He has coached entrepreneurs and businesses over the last 10 years on managing their business strategy around product, software, and revolutionizing how they think about their operations planning all while he continues to travel the globe and live in different countries.
Ru has 14 years of work experience in creating start-ups himself and worked in a variety of roles from being the chief executive officer, chief technical officer, and chief operations officer. Today, alongside being a co-founder of three businesses, Ru is the technical strategist and director of technology operations at Whale Wonder (Turtle Tank’s parent entity).
Ru has a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (with a specialization in robotics and artificial intelligence) and a BA in Business Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.