Mike Silagadze is the CEO and co-founder of Top Hat. Under Silagadze’s leadership and vision, Top Hat has become the market leader in student engagement software, and is used by millions of students at three-quarters of the top 1,000 colleges and universities in North America.
Silagadze is an active speaker and lecturer in the higher education, technology and startup communities, having lectured at the Rotman Commerce Entrepreneurship Organization, the ASU GSV Summit, MaRS, Tech Fest Toronto, SAAS North and TEDxLaurierUniversity, among many others.
Silagadze holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Mohsen Shahini is the chief academic officer and co-founder of Top Hat. He leads the strategy, vision and growth of the Top Hat Marketplace.
Shahini is a recipient of the Best Teaching Award from the University of Waterloo. He has published six academic papers in peer-reviewed journals and has spoken on a panel at SXSWedu on the social impact and financial sustainability of educational startups.
Shahini holds a Ph.D. in Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Engineering from the University of Waterloo, as well as a B.AS. in Mechanical Engineering—Manufacturing and an M.A. of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology—Tehran Polytechnic.
Ralf Riekers is the CFO at Top Hat and has been with the company since 2013. He oversees finance, operations and human resources.
Before joining Top Hat, Riekers held VP level positions in finance, operations and client services during his 13 year tenure at Eloqua until its acquisition by Oracle for $950M, six months after its IPO on the NASDAQ.
Riekers is a SaaS industry veteran, and an expert in building and scaling fast growing SaaS companies. He is also actively engaged in mentoring startups in the Toronto area.
He holds a M.Eng. from the University of British Columbia and graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics.
Malgosia Green serves as the chief product officer at Top Hat and has been with the company since 2013. She leads the product management, user experience and design teams for our web and native mobile products.
Before joining Top Hat, Green was the CEO and founder of Savvica, an India-based online marketing service for educational institutions looking to attract new students.
Green has been named as one of Canada’s 20 Young Women in Power by Canadian Business Magazine and was listed as one of the women in tech worth following by Betakit. She is an active speaker within the startup and tech community.
Green holds a B.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Nick Stein is the CMO at Top Hat and is responsible for driving the company’s overall marketing strategy, including brand management, corporate communications, customer acquisition and retention, and marketing planning and execution.
Prior to Top Hat, Stein held marketing leadership roles at customer intelligence software provider Vision Critical, enterprise cloud computing giant Salesforce.com and Rypple, a venture-backed startup acquired by Salesforce in 2012.
Before he joined the startup world, Stein was an award-winning business journalist at Fortune Magazine and CBC Television.
Stein holds a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in English Literature from McGill University. He has taught at Columbia University and New York University.
Before joining Top Hat, Bendtsen was EVP of Operations at WilsonHCG, where he led an international team of 300 focusing on business operations and revenue generating strategies. Prior to WilsonHCG, he was Head of Global Recruiting at Uber and VP of Global Go-to-Market Recruiting at Salesforce.
He holds a B.Comm in Marketing from Colorado State University-Pueblo.
George Eichholzer is the VP of engineering at Top Hat and has been with the company since 2015. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Top Hat’s technology engineering, development and execution.
Eichholzer is an industry leader, with more than 20 years experience conceiving and building business software solutions for B2B and B2C customers across a broad range of large-scale and high-growth, start-up software organizations. Before joining Top Hat, he held senior leadership positions at NexJ Systems and Oracle.
Eichholzer is an active speaker on the topics of engineering and technology development, and is an advocate of computer literacy and coding. He has spoken at DevTO and is a member of many Toronto CTO groups and meetups.
Eichholzer is a professional engineer and holds a BASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Naseem Saloojee is the VP of revenue at Top Hat and has been with the company since 2014. In his current role, he oversees Top Hat’s revenue-generating activities and its go-to-market strategy, including management of its sales team and its business development efforts.
He previously served as Top Hat’s VP of Business Development and held senior management positions at McKinsey & Company.
Saloojee is an advisor to Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone startup accelerator and a member of the University Council of Queen’s University. He is an active speaker on the topics of education, sales, business strategy and leadership. His TEDx talk, “Why Colleges Should Stop Using Textbooks,” speaks to the major shifts happening in higher education in the upcoming years.
Saloojee holds a B.Comm from Queen’s University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mumin Al-Shawaf is the VP of customer success at Top Hat and has been with the company since 2013. His team manages the ongoing success of Top Hat’s customer base of professors and universities through account management, onboarding and support.
Prior to current role at Top Hat, Al-Shawaf served in finance, operations and sales roles at the company. Before joining Top Hat, he was director of product support at Eloqua.
Top Hat is Al-Shawaf’s third startup, having joined Eloqua and Netsuite in their growth stages. He helped build the customer support departments at both companies, which played an important function during both IPOs. Both companies were acquired by Oracle.
Al-Shawaf holds a Kellogg-Schulich Executive M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business and a B.A. in Computer Science from Ryerson University.
Jacquie is Top Hat’s Vice President of APAC. She’s focused on building key relationships with educators at colleges and universities across Australia and New Zealand. She’ll also be forming partnerships with regional companies across markets such as Singapore, India, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Before joining Top Hat, Jacquie was VP of Sales at Vision Critical.
Jacquie holds an Hon. BA from the University of Toronto.