Team

Fadi Bishara

Fadi’s vision is to accelerate the conditions for world peace through entrepreneurship. His in-depth knowledge and experience building successful startups in Silicon Valley and around the world have earned him the respect of founders, investors, and policymakers alike. Fadi founded Blackbox in 2010 with a commitment to serving entrepreneurs and expanding entrepreneurial opportunity in every corner of the globe.

Prior to founding Blackbox, he was the Founder & CEO of techVenture, Inc., a talent search and recruitment firm building core teams for venture-backed high growth startups in Silicon Valley. During his last five years in this role, techVenture was retained by 41 startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. 33 of these startups — such as Splunk, Bebo, Zynga, LalaMedia, and Tapulous — have successfully exited, while the majority of the remaining companies are profitable and continue to grow.

Fadi is originally from Hama, Syria, and immigrated to the United States in 1986.

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Marie Paoli

Marie is a passionate believer in the power of entrepreneurs to transform their communities— and the world—for the better. Committed to creating opportunities for the exchange of people and ideas, she brings moxie and creativity to the team.

Before heading west to Silicon Valley, Marie served under the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of State. She focused on supporting youth and women entrepreneurs as a member of the planning team for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, designing digital engagement strategies that resulted in the largest online reach of any U.S. government-sponsored event in history. Marie has worked with young people from more than 120 countries, empowering them to lead the way in developing solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges of our time.

Today, Marie helps entrepreneurs connect to their own greatness through Blackbox. She leads program development and works to cultivate, engage, and maintain a top-notch global community of Blackbox alumni, advisors, speakers, and mentors.

Marie graduated cum laude from George Washington University.
She lives in San Francisco.

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Moraya Cleary

Moraya is excited by innovative companies across the globe that are disrupting industries and challenging the norm. Her passion for understanding and exploring technology ecosystems has led her to Blackbox, where she hopes to make a significant impact within the team and on both Silicon Valley based, and global programs as Senior Program Coordinator.

Prior to joining Blackbox in July of 2017, Moraya graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics, and a Minor in History. She went on to work at Pandora Media within the sales team, before transitioning to work for the UK Government’s Department for International Trade where she engaged in her passion for international business. Specializing in foreign direct investment produced by fast growth software companies investing into the UK, Moraya developed a passion for working with fast growth companies with global aspirations.

Her experience most recently lead her to spend 6 months in Sydney, Australia, where she worked for Booking.com on a short term contract as a Sales Coordinator and Analyst, where she gained valuable insight into global operations in a different hemisphere.

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