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.
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.
Neil is an innovative technologist with 19+ years of experience in building wire-line (Telco/TDM/FTTx) and wireless (3G/4G/LTE) telecommunication networks and Software systems for Voice, VPN, Internet, VAS Products, CPE and ISP (IaaS/NaaS) Cloud Services. He has been part of the world’s first pure 3G network, phone, and products & services launch in UK for 3 Mobile / Hutchison Telecom. For AT&T, he developed state of art OSS/BSS Architecture and systems-integrated Software Defined Network and Network on Demand using NFV features. He is an expert on connected device systems including Enterprise Internet of Things, Blockchain, Earthquake Tsunami Warning Systems and Trading Systems. Neil led Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning features to turn the tacit Big-Data and behaviors to produce business efficiency using messaging PaaS/SaaS systems. Previously, he was with AT&T, Ericsson, 3Mobile, ING Bank and Oracle. Neil is an active member of the British Computer Society and IEEE; holding an MS in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Oxford University and MBA from Oxford Brookes.
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.
Stephen is a systems designer and software engineer who has worked for 30 years on the development and delivery of communications and control systems in Government (GCHQ) and commercial sectors. With wide-ranging experience of embedded processing platforms and radio technology implementations, he has considerable expertise in fault-finding and problem-solving in the development of complex applications. Stephen has a Physics BSc (hons) degree from University College London.
Mario has 27 years of operations and project management experience gained working in the communication and technology sectors. He achieved a progression of technical, management, and project management leadership positions working for AT&T, IBM and Verizon, which has given him the high level of proven skillsets demonstrated by the successful execution and completion of diverse technical projects involving system development, testing, integration, migration and maintenance.
Jay is a telecom engineer with more than 20 years of experience working in several capacities in all stages of RF design, deployment, pre and post-launch network performance optimization, support and maintenance of top Wireless telecom Network operators such as Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Previously, he was with IBM, Teleworx Consulting, Lucent Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent and Brooks Consulting. Jay holds a Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Toronto.
Tim is a production engineer with 35 years experience of new product introductions of electro mechanical assemblies and systems in the datacomms, telecomms and technology sectors. Working on diverse products; high speed digital boards, wireless systems, telecomms protocol convertors, transducers and simulators for companies including BAE Systems, Racal and Westell has given him the expertise to solve design, production and process issues and deliver products with the right cost, quality and time profile.
Karina specializes in data analytics and edge platforms. With a background in biological and anthropological research, her work has been published in the journal BioScience and in the United Nation’s annual World Drug Report. In addition to IIOT, Karina has applied her skill set to a variety of projects from conservation efforts, endangered species protection, and environmental disaster response.
Justen supports operations, administration and special projects at CNIguard. His strengths are in accounting and executive administration having also gained a strong technical background in communications through his previous position in T-Mobile. Justen holds a BS in Business Management from Valencia College in Orlando.
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.
Ben joined the Board of CNIguard in 2020. He is currently a Venture Partner – Europe at Energy Innovation Capital based in Zurich, Switzerland and was previously a Managing Director based in San Francisco. At EIC, he led or was involved in investments, spanning energy storage, smart home, advanced manufacturing, industrial internet of things and digital technology. He has 14 years of experience in the energy technology ecosystem, as an entrepreneur, operator and venture investor. He spent four years at Chevron Energy Solutions, Chevron’s renewable energy group, where he led the strategic alliances team. Ben was an associate at AECOM, the world’s largest integrated infrastructure company and a founder of Trophos Energy, a developer of microbial fuel cells. He earned a BS in Chemistry and an MBA from Stanford University and a Master’s in Chemistry from Harvard University.
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.
Chairman of the Killowen Group that advises leaders of business and governments. He also serves on other public and private boards, is Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council and Business Executives for National Security and sits on the advisory group for Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
CEO Berger van Berchem & Cie SA, Geneva; Asset Managers; Portfolio manager for HNWIs and family offices; Formerly Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie, financial analyst energy sector and international equities institutional manager.