Simplify immigration for the next billion Americans

We want to make immigration simple and universally accessible. This is our mission, and it’s why working at Ellis means so much more than a job.

Our Mission

We believe that America's competitive advantage has been its historical stance on immigration. What many fail to realize is that college campuses are the modern day Ellis Islands for high-skilled immigrants and entrepreneurs into the US. We believe that at the current rate of immigration, America will lose its grasp as the world leader–although it's up to the regulators in the public sector to decide immigration policy, we believe the private sector, particularly a company like Ellis, can simplify the transition for immigrants into the US to maintain the global brain-drain of ambitious, high-skilled foreign talent.

Our mission is to simplify the immigration journey for the next One Billion Americans.

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Get To Know The Team

Sampei Omichi 🇯🇵🇻🇳

founder & CEO

Sampei brings his deep expertise in fin-tech to Ellis where he oversees corporate strategy, business development, and product. Sampei holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Babson College.

Christopher Kelley 🇺🇸

Head of engineering

Chris brings 10+ years of experience in software engineering where he oversees design, engineering, and security. Chris holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

William Trevillien 🇦🇺

Head of global partnerships

William brings 18 years of experience in international education to Ellis where he oversees strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Ellis, William was the Director of Beijing WZT Overseas Education & Consulting. William holds a MSc of International Business with Law from The University of Salford.

Henry Lam 🇺🇸🇻🇳

Chief of staff

Henry oversees customer operations, finance, and special projects. Prior to joining the Ellis team, Henry was at Forward Kitchens (YC W19) where he was responsible for launching 175 brands for the company.

Kirill Chernik

founding engineer

Kirill is Ellis's founding engineer. Prior to joining the Ellis team, Kirill was a Software Engineer at Landis, where he worked to build out the infrastructure, product, and team as the second engineering hire.

Faith Ching 🇺🇸

member operations

Faith oversees Ellis's Client Success and Member Operations. Prior to joining the Ellis team, Faith was a Customer Success Manager at healthtech unicorn Athelas.

Skye Zhang 🇨🇳

Regional manager, china

Skye brings 5 years of experience in international education. Skye previously worked as an International Recruitment Manager, based in China.

Benjamin Donnelly 🇬🇧

Regional manager, southeast asia

Benjamin brings 15 years of experience in international education. Benjamin has extensive experience in student recruitment, education sales, marketing, and management across Asia.

Alexandre Feres 🇧🇷

regional manager, Latin america

Alexandre brings 4 years of experience in international education and empowering agencies. Alexandre is a former international student and holds a B.A in Advertising.

Sehaj Khanna 🇮🇳

regional manager, South Asia

Sehaj brings 8+ years of experience in consulting and advising students for higher education abroad.

Ezekiel Baiye 🇳🇬

regional manager, africa

Prior to joining Ellis, Ezekiel was an International Recruitment Manager at ApplyBoard. Ezekiel holds a B.S. and M.S. in Statistics.

Mahmoud Elliethy 🇪🇬

regional manager, middle east & North africa

Mahmoud brings 6+ years of experience in student recruitment to Ellis where he manages the Middle East & North Africa regions. Mahmoud holds a BA of Commerce from Alexandria University, Egypt.

Yana Markedonova 🇨🇳🇷🇺

Digital marketing intern

Yana oversees Ellis's digital content and marketing.

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