"Great things are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people."
- Steve Jobs
Meet Our Leadership Team
ellie shoja - ceo + founder
Ellie Shoja is an award-winning writer, producer, and podcast host.
As a person with a violent and unconventional childhood who lived on three continents and spoke five languages before the age of 15, Ellie’s personal story is a riveting tale of perseverance in the face of adversity. From Turkey to Germany to Iran to the United States, the stabilizing through-line in her life has always been her love of story. Her innate understanding of storytelling and fascination with the human condition are at the root of Ellie's love for bringing unique stories to life.
A natural leader, Ellie cares deeply about providing the best work environment that will allow her exceptionally talented team to do their best work.
neloo naderi - Coo
From physics to hospital administration to management consulting, Neloo Naderi's 15 year corporate, project management and leadership experience provides a unique organizational edge for Embold Media. A talented solutions integrator with a knack for deep human connection, Neloo’s ability to peel past the layers and get to the heart of the matter is second to none.
Her love for storytelling and production sprouted in 2017 when she challenged herself to document 52 new experiences in one year, creating and publishing weekly webisodes to share with the world. This project, which was titled “Thrive at 35” attempted to entertain viewers and inspire them to live their best lives.
Neloo is passionate about the internal world and transforming the lives of people around the globe. When she is not actively working on an Embold Media initiative, Neloo runs the personal development company Peace Unleashed, co-hosts the Unleash Your Peace podcast, and engages in stock trading and seed funding.
Neloo is fluent in English and Farsi.
tamara de kauwe - head of production
Tamara de Kauwe is no stranger to film and television production — both in front and behind the camera. A graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of New England in NSW, Australia and TAFTA, a prestigious acting school in Melbourne, Australia, Tamara landed her first recurring roles on City Homicide and Canal Road (both successful TV series in Australia) while she was still in school.
Her bubbly and infectious personality lead her into Hosting as she joined the lifestyle show Lifefunktv. Within 2 months she was also Producing the show.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009, Tamara has produced, acted in and/or hosted independent films, commercials, industrial educational videos, fashion shows, lifestyle programming, Zumba instructional videos, and red carpet events, including Season 2 of the lifestyle series “This is LA” airing on CBS KCAL.
Tamara joined the Embold Media team as Head of Production in 2016.