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Meet the

VEDX Team

Dora Mazurek

Dora Mazurek

VP of Business Development

Dora brings ten years of experience in business development, sales and marketing, student recruitment and admissions roles in the international education setting.

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Her strengths are inspiring international teams and nurturing productive relationships with diverse stakeholders. Personal and professional advocate of international education, she speaks three languages and studied in four countries across three continents, more recently graduating with an MBA degree. She believes that technology can completely transform education and bring new opportunities to learners across the globe. One of her favorite quotes: “the best way to predict the future, is to invent it.” (Ed Catmull)

Melanie Milanes

Melanie Milanes

VP of Panama Operations and Co-Founder

Melanie co-founded VEDX Solutions Inc in 2020. She has spent her life dedicated to education and entrepreneurship. She graduated from Cesar Ritz Colleges in Switzerland and also…

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founded The U For You Education and Counseling Firm based in Panama with offices across Latin America. She has closely watched trends in education and believes that XR will transform how the next generation learns and how education itself will undergo a full transformation.

Jay Schnoor

Jay Schnoor

Chief Operating Officer

Jay has over a decade of experience in the international education and development industry. He has recruited students in 52+ countries for 24 different university programs in the UK and US.

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He did research in education and community development in Cairo during the Arab Spring and loves to “think around.” His strengths are centered around relationships, team building and collaborations. He truly believes that exposure to international education for every global student is the way to lasting global peace. Jay has dedicated himself to one professional goal: “create more access to international education to all global students and change the way we access that education.”

Mustafa Akarusu

Mustafa Akarusu

VR Development Intern

Mustafa is a game and VR development graduate from Istanbul, Turkey who has a background in mobile games that expanded into the creation of VR applications as the technology became… 

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available to consumers locally. He has always worked to advance his knowledge through persistence, treating every bug or glitch in the code as an opportunity to learn more about game development. Mustafa is most interested in pursuing projects that have a tangible social benefit. 

Diana Bernal

Diana Bernal

VP of Marketing and Partner Support

Diana has over 7 years of experience in international education recruiting students in Latin America for language programs
and higher education.

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She also has experience in brand development, marketing and communication strategy. Native Spanish speaker she is also fluent in English and French. She is passionate about education in its different forms and believes that this is the key for a better future.

Lance Powell

Lance Powell

Chief Technology Officer

Lance Powell is the lecturer of Virtual Worlds at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. Lance has extensive experience in community and event organization related XR as he is one of the founding…

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members of the flagship VR First lab in BAU, where he participated in hackathons, presentations, research projects, and social events. Lance is an XR Bootcamp instructor, providing training to educators looking to integrate virtual spaces into their curriculum. He’s an active member of Zero Events, which is an organization dedicated to the understanding and improvement of collaborative spaces in virtual reality, and he’s a founding member of the Turkish branch of Euromersive, which supports the XR community in Turkey. Lance is a regular presenter at conferences on technology and game design such as GIST, Technofest, and Sonar Festival, lecturing on art and education as it relates to the Metaverse. Much of his research took place in Boğaziçi University, where he did his thesis on building a framework for understanding harassment in social virtual reality. Lance also maintains a blog that records his insights on and activities in XR, and a YouTube Channel geared towards entertainment content within mutli-user VR.

Vincent Rosan

Vincent Rosan

Chief Strategy Officer

Vincent Rosan is a seasoned technology consultant. He has spent the last 10 years with a focus in SaaS business development within the Vacation Rentals industry. His focus has been around finding solutions…
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to problems at the C level where technology can greatly improve overall success. He is now taking that experience and applying it to EdTech, to help foster a way to increase learning opportunities.

Gülsüm Ferah

Gülsüm Ferah

Design Intern

Gülsüm is an architecture student in Istanbul, Turkey. She has one year of experience in VR and took part in many games as a game artist. Her biggest goal is always to discover new methods by…

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improving herself in 3D modeling and animation. She is interested in Philosophy, especially Nihilism, and describes herself as a bookworm. She believes that she can overcome any difficulty and her Motto in life is “per aspera ad astra ” which means “through hardships to the stars.”