Martin Akram grew up in Kirkuk, a town approximately 300 km north of Baghdad, Iraq. He immigrated to the United States in his mid teens and lived with a host family near Baltimore, MD, where he attended high school and learned English. He then attended Eastern University near Philadelphia, PA, where he studied Mathematics, graduating in 2014. He joins Parse.ly after working in the IoT & Multifamily Smart Home Automation industry for 4 years in various capacities, including as a Customer Success Manager, Support Engineer and most recently as a Jr. Developer.
Martin is passionate about small mammals (hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, bunnies), but his first and last love are hedgehogs. He has 2 pet hoglets, Spike and Hugo. In addition to working with animals, Martin enjoys spending time with his niece (his twin sister's daughter) and nephew (his older sister's son). He can often be found buying them hedgehog-themed toys and clothes, and they absolutely love it. He loves spending time with his sisters and parents, cooking Middle Eastern foods, and traveling across the U.S. and abroad when possible.