Leadership

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POUYA TAAGHOL

Chief Executive Officer

Pouya Taaghol is a passionate engineer and the founder of Big Data Federation. Pouya was the CTO of Cisco’s Smart Home and Intel’s of Mobile Wireless Group where he led technology evolution, intellectual property strategies, ecosystem development, business acquisition, and divesture. Pouya has also held senior technical positions at Motorola and NEC. Pouya holds over 25 issued and pending patents in wireless/networking/security/big data, and 150+ publications and contributions to standards bodies. Pouya holds a BSc from Sharif University of Technologies (Iran) and a PhD from University of Surrey (UK).

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TESSA WESTBROOK

Chief Strategy Officer

Tessa’s background includes corporate development, finance, marketing, and R&D positions in biopharma companies, and management consultancy firms (Applera Corporation, StemCentrx, Kantar Health, Merck Serono) as well as investment banking analyst roles at Bear Stearns and Woodside Capital Partners. She has published several economics-related papers and worked for the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and U.K. pharmaceutical trade association on initiatives to drive growth in the UK pharmaceutical industry. Tessa has a BSc in Biology (University of London), MSc in Economics (University of York), and a MBA (Warwick Business School).

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BITA AZIMDOOST

Chief Data Scientist

Bita has been working in data science and signal processing fields for the past 20 years. She has received her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Santa Cruz, and her MSc and BSc degrees in the same field from Sharif University of Technology. She has authored and co-authored several papers focusing on the usage of probability and information theory in different applications. She is leading a team working on innovative ideas to build novel trading algorithms using a wide range of data. Her expertise lies in data exploration and analysis, optimization, machine learning and deep learning techniques.

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CORNELIU MAFTULEAC

Vice President, Software Engineering

Corneliu is an experienced software development engineer and architect. He has 20 years of experience in the design, development, and delivery of complex software systems across various areas including finance, networking, cloud microservices, desktop, mobile, cross-platform, and high-performance distributed applications. He has worked on agile and iterative process automation and integration with mixed teams of tech and non-tech members. Corneliu studied in the Republic of Moldova and has a degree in Microelectronics and Automation.

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PETER WALTHER

Vice President, Operations

Peter brings 40 years of extensive experience in engineering, sales, marketing, business development and executive leadership in all market segments of the wireless industry, big data, FinTech and SaaS. Previously, he worked for Intel, Marvell, TI, ADC Telecommunications, 7layers USA, and Lucent. In Germany, Peter was also Head of Department of debis AG (Daimler Benz InterServices). He holds an M.S.E.E. degree (University Hagen, Germany) and several patents in the area of indoor radio planning and wireless power distribution.

Board

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FOREST BASKETT

Board Director

Forest joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1999 as a Venture Partner and became a General Partner in 2004. At NEA he focuses on information technology investments and serves on the Board of Directors for several private companies. Before NEA, Forest was Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI). He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation before joining SGI. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and was involved in the design of the original Sun workstation. Dr. Baskett received a BA in Mathematics from Rice University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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MARTY AVERBUCH

Board Director

Marty co-founded the International Securities Exchange (ISE) – the first fully electronic options exchange in the United States. Prior to the ISE initiative, he spent over 25 years working with entrepreneurial ventures and served on the boards of several companies in the financial services industry. He has held various leadership roles with E*TRADE and was the founding President of E*TRADE Capital, a subsidiary. Marty was also a founder, President, and CEO of Adirondack Trading Partners. He was a professor at Hofstra University in the Department of Finance, and received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a dual J.D. and M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago.

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BRAD BUSS

Board Advisor

Brad was Chief Financial Officer of SolarCity Corporation until 2016, and served as Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Cypress Semiconductor from 2005 to 2014. He also held prior financial leadership roles with Altera Corporation, Cisco Systems, Veba Electronics, and Wyle Electronics. Brad has been a director for Advance Auto Parts since 2016, and previously served as a director of Tesla,Inc., CaféPress, Inc., and Cavium Inc. He was born in Canada and holds a B.A. in Economics from McMaster University, and an honors business administration degree, majoring in finance and accounting, from the University of Windsor.

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DUKI HONG

Board Advisor

Duki has almost two decades of experience in the financial and internet industries. He was previously head of asset management in the family office of one of Tencent's core founders, responsible for global, non-Chinese assets including listed and unlisted equities and fund investments. Duki was also an M&A advisor at Credit Suisse specializing in cross-border technology industry transactions involving companies such as Alibaba, Tencent, Lenovo, and FocusMedia. Mr. Hong started his career in NHN, the largest search and online gaming portal in Korea during the early 2000s.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management (Economics) from Seoul National University, and speaks fluent Korean, Mandarin and English.