Edward is an engineer with 35 years experience in creating, building and running global technology companies. He is founder and CEO of CNIguard which manufactures ruggedized sensoring systems for critical infrastructure including water, electricity, transport, oil & gas, and defense sectors. Previously he was with PwC, Perot Systems, and Pratt & Whitney, and an Adjunct Professor at McGill University. Edward holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill and an MBA from Wharton.
30 years qualified accountant with industry based board level experience in the UK, Europe and China. Stephen is a commercially focused accountant having been group financial director for Eaglemoss Publications, an international publishing group for over 20 years. Other roles include management accountant for Porcelanosa and a consultancy role for fashion group, Jumper Retail.
Chris is an engineer and technology executive with over 30 years of global experience in designing, manufacturing, deploying, and supporting wireless solutions in the utility and consumer electronics sectors. He was previously with Landis+Gyr and Comverge, after starting his career with Panasonic. Chris holds a MBA from Georgia State and a BEE from the Georgia Tech, as well as two patents.
Ian is an electronics engineer & technical manager with over 35 years experience across a range of industries including military & commercial. He has managed Ministry of Defence, aircraft and telecoms projects for global companies, including Ericsson, Ultra and Racal. Ian has significant experience specifying & deploying electronic security & monitoring systems, having been with CNIguard from its inception.
Jim is a software development executive with 30 years’ experience in designing software and data solutions for Data/Telecoms, Industrial and IoT markets – with an emphasis on reliability, high availability, safety, and security. He has experience in building and leading software teams on a global scale for multiple large corporations (notably HP, Emerson and Honeywell) as well as several small/start-ups; establishing teams to quickly deliver innovative Software solutions. Jim holds a B.Sc. with First Class Honours in Computer Science from Strathclyde University.
Global sales executive with more than 25 years’ success establishing top revenue-generating business units for a wide range of IT solutions providers. Most recently, he was VP Sales in EMEA of Proxim Wireless where he increased revenues by securing CCTV, security, and Smart Cities’ projects throughout the region. Prior to Proxim he was VP Sales at Centina Systems where he delivered a profitable sales pipeline and revenues boost, and Navini Networks where he facilitated a smooth acquisition by Cisco Systems. He started his career at Fujitsu Network and Newbridge Networks.
Jens brings three decades of experience in successful technical sales to a global portfolio of clients. He started his career at Lyngsoe Systems in Denmark, developing high-value sales in product track and trace applications to global accounts such as Guinness UDV/Diageo and McDonald’s Europe. He later went on to delivering a profitable sales pipeline in Maritime Domain Awareness solutions in Asia and Australia for GateHouse, and most recently he was responsible for launching and managing large-scale applications for water utilities in the UK for Danish RTU manufacturer Brodersen. Jens has travelled 84 countries and holds degrees from Duke University and University of Copenhagen.
Mike is co-founder of the strategic HR consultancy: Westcott & Judge providing leadership and strategic HR advisory services to listed multinationals, private and PE invested companies. He is also Operating Partner with Executive Search and Advisory firm Hobbs & Towne, who partner with disruptive and transformational technology companies in the US and Europe. Previously, Mike was CHRO for National Grid for 12 years and Head of Commercial Property, stepping down in July 2019. Prior to this he spent 14 years with Diageo in a number of senior HR roles, including SVP for North America based in Connecticut and SVP International markets, covering LATAM, Asia, Middle East, and Central Europe. His early career was spent in commercial and HR roles with Guinness, ICI, and BOC plc.
CEO of Absolute Return Investment Advisors (ARIA) AG – a multi-family office based in Zug, Switzerland; investment advisor to institutions and ultra high net worth individuals; formerly Chief Alternative Investment Officer at Ferrier Lullin & Cie SA (now Julius Baer) and Union Bancaire Privee.
Ian is Managing Director and Head of CVC Europe at National Grid Partners, who he joined from Ardent Capital where he was Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure at Ardent Capital, Ian oversaw new and follow-on investments into more than ten early-stage companies. Prior to Ardent, Ian spent ten years with Intel Capital based in their London, UK office, where he made investments into 13 companies, which resulted in 1 IPO and 7 M&A exits, one of which was a Unicorn. Before joining Intel Capital, Ian worked for four years in corporate finance with Paris-based investment bank Bryan Garnier and Associates, was Founder and CEO of cybersecurity startup Cequrux and worked in consulting for IBM. Ian holds an MBA from HEC Paris and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Cape Town.
Joaquin is a venture partner for Energy Innovation Capital and the CEO of EICP an investment platform focused on sustainable infrastructure investing backed by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and WestRiver Group. Joaquin is also co-founder and Chairman of Continuus Materials a waste to building materials manufacturer with strategic co-investment from Waste Management. Prior to EICP, Joaquin co-founded and served as CEO of On-Ramp Wireless from 2008 through 2014. Under his leadership On-Ramp became a pioneer in the Internet of Things communications space, obtaining a Department of Energy grant and successfully raising three rounds of capital from private equity sources and leading strategic companies such as GE, ConocoPhillips, NRG, Enbridge and Sempra. Prior to his entrepreneurial career Joaquin was a Vice President at the technology investment-banking firm Montgomery & Co. Earlier in his career, Joaquin was a Captain in the United States Air Force. Joaquin holds an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles and a BS in Management from the United States Air Force Academy.
Head of Private Equity investment at Nevastar Finance, an independent asset manager for institutions and family offices, Non-Executive Director of Delta Plus Group; Formerly Balmoral Capital Private Equity, Marakon Associates. MBA Wharton, Master International Law, University Aix-en-Provence; Kedge Business School.