Rick Haythornthwaite

Rick Haythornthwaite | Founder & Chairman


Rick is a highly seasoned industrial leader with a career spanning nearly 40 years in the hydrocarbon, cement, industrial controls, network payments, chemicals, electronics and glass sectors. He was CEO of Blue Circle and Invensys, now part of Schneider; and is currently non-executive chairman of the Boards of MasterCard International and Centrica.


Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee | Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

Sir Tim is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the technical standards development of the Web. Sir Tim is the founder and a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation which was launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.


Rosemary Leith

Rosemary Leith | Non-Executive Director, YouGov PLC


Rosemary is a Non-Executive Director of YouGov plc, an international online Market Research and Data Analytics company. She also currently advises and invests in a number of technology businesses in Europe and North America including those operating in the Data Analytics, Internet of Things and Financial Technology arenas.

Rosemary is a Trustee of the National Gallery (London) and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, most recently authoring an Executive Education Course for Board Chairs and Non-Executive Directors on CyberSecurity.


Richard Ledgett

Rick Ledgett | Director M&T Bank


Rick has four decades of intelligence, cyber security and cyber operations experience, including 29 years with the National Security Agency (NSA), the largest intelligence organization in the U.S., where he served as Deputy Director from January 2014 until his retirement in April 2017. In that capacity he led a global entity with almost 200 operating locations around the world and acted as the Agency’s chief operating officer, responsible for providing foreign intelligence and protecting the nation’s most important national security- related networks and information.


Narayan Laksham

Narayan Laksham | CEO, Simplify OR Inc.


Narayan is an entrepreneurial Senior Executive and Consultant with more than 20 years of success spanning software, manufacturing, supply chain, platform development, and application. Leveraging extensive experience in operational leadership for service-focused organizations, Narayan is a valuable asset for startup companies requiring expert assistance with sales & marketing, product management, or customer acquisition. His broad areas of expertise include product development, product management, enterprise software, Lean manufacturing, business development, requirements analysis, program management, process improvements, operations management, project planning, and business analysis.


Richard Cashin

Dick Cashin | CEO One Equity Partners


Dick Cashin founded OEP in 2001 and is the President based in New York and a member of the Investment Committee.

Dick has over 36 years of private equity investing experience and a strong performance track record across various industries and markets. He has been closely involved in all of OEP’s prior investments and was a member of the Investment Committee during OEP’s 14 years within JPMorgan. Dick is a member of the Board of Directors of Genband and Titan International.


Dr. Samer Aljishi

Dr. Samer Aljishi | President, BFG International


Dr. Samer serves as the President of BFG International. Dr. Samer joined the firm in 1992 and took over management at BFG International and oversaw its growth and development into a world class manufacturing and engineering firm.

From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Samer advised the Minister of Industry in Bahrain on industrial development. He is the Member of Board of Directors of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company B.S.C., Gulf Air, the Bahrain Economic Development Board, BFG International and Ilium. Dr. Samer served as a Director of Gulf Air Company G.S.C.


Baz Khuti

Baz Khuti | Founder & CEO


A technology visionary with six industrial software patents, Baz has held executive leadership positions at GE, Emerson Electric and Invensys, now part of Schneider; and has over 30 years of technology experience across the UK, US and Asia.

Baz has a Master’s degree in computer science, brought to market software products from idea to industry leaders and has won a number of industry awards. Married with two boys, outside of work he enjoys gardening, taking walks with their German shepherd Yoda and reading.