Siavash Alamouti has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. He is most well known for the invention of the Alamouti code which laid the foundation for the real-life application of MIMO technology and is adopted in almost all wireless standards globally.
He has received more than 14000 citations for his scientific work and has received multiple industry awards. He has been the leading champion for groundbreaking technologies such as OFDM/MIMO, Mobile WiMAX and WiGig and has a reputation for passionately pushing the industry to new limits of the technology for the benefit of mankind.
Prior to mimik he was the Group R&D Director for Vodafone where he managed R&D, corporate venture and IPR for the entire group. Before Vodafone he was an Intel Fellow and CTO of The Mobile Wireless Group where he championed Mobile WiMAX and WiGig technologies. Prior to Intel he was the CTO at the startup Vivato (the first smart antenna WiFi company) and before Vivato, he worked in various capacities at Cadence Design Systems, AT&T Wireless, and MPR Teltech.
Siavash received B.A.Sc and the M.A.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, in 1989 and 1991, respectively.
Mr. Allen Salmasi is currently Chairman and CEO of NLabs Inc., a New York-based venture capital firm. Prior to NLabs, he served as chairman and CEO of NextWave Wireless Inc. (NWI), a company he formed in 2005 that was subsequently acquired by AT&T in 2013. NWI was spun-off from NextWave Telecom Inc. (NTI), a company he had founded in 1995 which was acquired by Verizon Wireless in 2005.
Prior to NextWave, Mr. Salmasi was a member of the Board of Directors, President of the Wireless Communications Division, and Chief Strategic Officer of QUALCOMM Inc. between 1988 and 1995. He initiated and led the development of wireless business, including chipset and handset products, licensing and standards programs for CDMA technology. Prior to QUALCOMM, at Omninet Corporation, a company he founded in 1984 and served as its Chairman of the Board and CEO, he envisioned and led the development of the OmniTRACS system and service, the world’s first and currently the largest commercial terrestrial mobile satellite communications service. From 1979 to 1984, Mr. Salmasi was employed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Mr. Salmasi is currently Chairman of the Board of OncoSynergy Inc., a San Francisco-based biotech company with a portfolio of oncology drugs under development. Mr. Salmasi is also a member of the Board of Directors of Korea Information and Communications Co., Ltd (KICC), the largest payment processing company in Korea, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Barnard College of Columbia University.
Mr. Salmasi received two B.S. degrees with honors in Electrical Engineering and Management Economics from Purdue University in 1977. He also received two M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1979 and in Applied Mathematics from the University of Southern California in 1982. Prior to the formation of Omninet, he completed his doctoral coursework at University of Southern California towards a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (Engineer’s Degree) in 1983. Mr. Salmasi received Purdue University’s Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award (OECE) in 1999. President William Jefferson Clinton awarded Mr. Salmasi for his innovations and contributions to wireless industry in 1999.
Ori Sasson is Chairman and CEO of Roamware, the global leader in voice and data roaming solutions. Ori has experienced tremendous success leading start-up and established high technology companies in all stages of their business. He has chaired and founded pioneering companies in wireless carrier services, global transportation logistics and managed services.
Ori is also the founding Partner of Primera Capital. He has invested widely in many segments of the high tech sector, and has chaired and founded pioneering companies in wireless carrier services, global transportation logistics and managed services. His investments include Roamware, GTNexus, C3, Vmware (Nasdaq: VMW), VXtreme (Acquired by Microsoft), Emotive, Cramster (acquired by Chegg), Fandango (acquired by Comcast), Chegg, Mobile Access Network (Acquired by Corning), NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Octane (Acquired by Epiphany), NewRoads(acquired by GSI Commerce) and Genesys(Nasdaq: GCTI) among others. He has one of the best investment records in the industry.
Before founding Primera, Ori was a partner at Apax Partners. Prior to that, he served as President and CEO of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, where he expanded the company’s global market reach, recruited a top-notch international management team, and managed the company’s acquisition by Paris-based Alcatel in the year 2000.
Ori also served as Chairman and CEO of Scopus Technology – a company he co-founded in 1991 – and directed, from its inception to a highly successful IPO and merger with Siebel Systems in April 1998, creating the second largest applications company in the world. Ori has used his business acumen to advise many young companies and has received numerous accolades, including the Bay Area Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997.
He currently serves on the boards of GTNexus, Roamware, Emotive, Jitterbit, Kiverdi and the Children’s Hospital of Oakland.
Jonathan Simon Bond
Jonathan is the CEO of Bond Ventures, a Hong Kong based family company specializing in global venture and private equity investments.
He is the founding partner and managing director of Bondwa Enterprise. Bondwa Enterprise provides corporate advisory and investment deal flow to Chinese Corporations and High Net Worth Individuals. He is also a director of Gamera, a social gaming company based in Singapore.
Jonathan spent 17 years in the financial services industry previously working in Investment banking and Investment management. He holds a Certificate in Investment Management.
He was born in Asia and has spent the majority of his life between HK and the USA. Jonathan was educated at Tonbridge School, Kent and Durham University in England.
Dr. S. Sharif
Dr. Sharif is responsible for setting the technology direction, managing system architecture and leading innovation at mimik. He has a proven track record in wireless technologies with over 26 years of senior scientist/innovation and architect experience in radio frequency, multimedia, protocol, hardware and software design and implementation. A true visionary in his field, Dr. Sharif is a renowned expert in spread spectrum technology and radio link protocols. He has extensive knowledge and experience with applications running over wireless data networks, and a deep understanding of the OSI reference model and operating system designs.
Prior to co-founding mimik, he registered a total of 29 patents and co-founded L3 Technology, Mobidia, L2Protocol and DCPower. He was the chief scientist and architect at all these companies. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, he worked in various capacities in Motorola, AT&T Labs, Ericsson, and MDSI.
Dr. Sharif holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University specializing in Telecommunications.