The People Behind the Scenes.

The team that works to make the dream work.

Annee Ngo


Co-Founder, President

Avid outdoorswoman and keen for adventure, Annee's first success story was GH Nutrition Inc. where she served as CEO and exited after the small health retail brand grew into a franchise. In her exploration of business in tech, she attended her first ProtoHack in Seattle. In love with the mission, she pioneered their International City Director program and upon launching our label white experiences, was asked to become a Co-Founder. She now serves as the President and spends considerable time sharing her insights and experience as a founder and influencer of growth for several startups.

Rukshana Hassanali


Vice President

Rukshana is a growth hacker that specializes in all things digital. Previously, she led brand marketing at PressReader and founded BC Psychological Assocation's 'Piece of Mind'. As our VP at ProtoHack, she leads consumer voice, brand, and messaging as well as integrates data, testing, and proofing into every part of our process. Ruks is obsessed with all things design and artsy. You can find her at your local art gallery and design studios.

Palu Phillips


Director of Corporate Innovation

Palu is a seasoned master in the art of the cold call, with a passion for startup growth. She's the co-founder of successfully exited startup, Keep. Founder of Women in Sales and Mentor at both the Forum for Women Entrepreneur and Women in Tech, she fits in perfectly as our Director of Partnerships & Corporate Innovation.

Mariam Walaa


Director of Events

Mariam is passionate about working at the edge to use technology to improve education, building strong communities and solving problems creatively. Mariam joined ProtoHack as a Director of Events, where she leads innovation challenges that enable entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life through design thinking and prototyping. Prior to ProtoHack, she was a Marketing Assistant at NEXT Canada, where she leveraged marketing strategy to source, recruit and advance Canada's top young talent through world-class education, capital, and mentorship within the Next 36, NextAI and Next Founders programs.

Ritika Rakshit


City Director

Ritika is project management aficionado, having worked on a diverse array of teams that range from a remote 3-person healthcare startup to the provincial government. She is currently in Operations for Canada's biggest biotechnology company, STEMCELL Technologies. She leads our most robust community in Vancouver. Self identified as a Third Culture Kid, she takes good coffee and good coffee very seriously.