leadership team

Haith Elem

Founder & CEO  

Named Top 20 People to Know in NY Tech, Haithem maintains key relationships within the community collaborating with top influencers within business, culture & innovation.  His latest venture, KATALYST LIVE, works with the world's top corporations, executives, startups, entrepreneurs, athletes, celebrities, media brands, developers and designers to create relevant crossover experiences in entertainment, media and technology.  He earned an MBA degree from NYU Stern School of Business, serves on the Board of the NYU Entrepreneurs Network and is an advisor to several companies.


Account Coordinator & Community Manager

Audrey is the kick-ass coordination, communication and organization guru for KATALYST LIVE. She's also a full time student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Advertising & Marketing Communications. The fast-paced fashion, entertainment and event life in New York City is what dedicates her to this industry and she loves every single minute of it. She enjoys singing, shopping, taking pictures, trying new foods and meeting new people! Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @AudreyAnj


Content & Marketing

Alina is a content & marketing manager, working to develop the most kick-ass campaigns for our business partners. She is responsible for content creation, partner marketing initiatives, and event activation strategy. Alina is also pursuing her MBA at New York University's Stern School of Business. In her spare time, you'll find Alina perusing antique shops in search of curiosities to fill her Long Island City apartment.


Business Development & Strategic Relationships

Jeremy does Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Katalyst Live. He graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a degree in Advertising and Business. After graduation, he joined a med-tech startup based out of Baltimore. Fueled by his passion for hospitality and events, he is now doing strategic brand partnerships at Katalyst Live and the Dual Groupe. Fun fact, Jeremy is an international fencing champion and has competed for team USA in over 20 countries.


Jason Saltzman

Founder and CEO, AlleyNYC; Columnist at Entrepreneur.com

Jason is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, technology, social innovation and helping others. He works with hundreds of startups assisting in advanced product development/design to business development. Jason's latest startup, AlleyNYC, is the most badass co-working environment in NYC and it allows us to connect with some of the brightest entrepreneurs in the world. Our people rock, our events are massive and we are in the heart of the city.

Jason is a core advisor for the KATALYST LIVE team. Aside from providing an awesome space to work out of, Jason advises on strategy, branding and audience development.

Cipha Sounds

DJ and Comedian

Whether hosting “The HOT 97 Morning Show,” DJing and doing stand-up comedy around the world, Cipha Sounds has worked with the likes of Lil’ Kim, Mos Def and Jay-Z on national tours, and rocking private parties & album release galas for superstars like P. Diddy, Eminem and Mariah Carey.  Cipha has excelled in breaking new records, helping turn once-unknowns like Sean Paul, 50 Cent, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Rihanna into superstars.  Just as comfortable on stage as he is behind the turntables, Cipha has carved out a distinct voice in music and comedy over the past 15 years.

Cipha is the entertainment backbone to the KATALYST LIVE community. With deep connections through every industry, Cipha is instrumental in strengthening the convergence of entertainment and technology.


PR & Communications Advisor

Zvia is a senior marketing executive with over two decades of experience developing integrated marketing and branding programs for major media companies and marketers.  Zvia’s roles included VP Marketing and VP Brand Development at Hearst and Hachette Filipacchi Media. Zvia was responsible for creating and executing integrated programs across digital, experiential, social, mobile, custom content, and print platforms. She also developed new brand diversification opportunities in licensing, broadcast, radio and digital, helping to increase revenue significantly. Zvia is also a self-professed tech junkie and Netflix binge addict.