Advisory Board

Rick Haythornthwaite

Co-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

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.

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.

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.

Dick Cashin

CEO, One Equity Partners

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

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.

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.

Baz Khuti

Co-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.