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Lester Sussman

Founder and CEO

 

Lester is an entrepreneur who holds a number of patents for inventions in what he and Peter Keen have named PCC – Personal Consumer Communications.

Lester graduated with a BSEE (Electronic and Electrical Engineering) degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Since immigrating to the U.S.A., Lester has worked in the full life-cycle of systems and software development for numerous small and large companies such as MCI, PRC (now part of Northrop Grumann) and Intelsat.

At MCI, Mr. Sussman was one of the primary systems architects that successfully implemented a modernization of MCI's telephony network management system. He played a leading management role in positioning INTELSAT for the era of digital satellite communications and the Internet. 

In 2000, Lester founded ceBerg, anchored on a number of his granted patents. He has acquired various patent license fees from a number of multinational companies. Lester continues to actively file patents.

As part of his commitment to encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs in their building of their own IP innovations, Mr. Sussman regularly provides seminars to universities and business groups on how to develop, file and problem-solve in their own patent applications


Robert Charette

Principal Advisor

 

With 30 years of experience in a wide variety of software, systems and management positions, Dr. Robert N. Charette is an internationally acknowledged authority and pioneer in IT management and engineering, business and technical risk management, and the lean development & management of large-scale software-intensive systems. Dr. Charette is the President of the ITABHI Corporation, an international high technology company involved in information and telecommunications systems management consulting.

Dr. Charette serves as a senior advisor to a wide variety of Global 100 companies, high tech consortiums, as well as government departments. Dr. Charette is on the advisory board of the Project Management Institute’s special interest group on risk management (1997-present), was the working group chair (1998-2001) of the new IEEE standard 1540 on software risk management, served on the advisory board of the Usenix / UMichigan ICAMP II computer security project (1998-1999), was the elected chair of the US Software Engineering Institute risk advisory board (1995-1997), has served as a member of the National Research Council's Review Committee of Space Shuttle software safety (1992-93), was past elected vice-chairman and chairman of the National Security Industrial Association Software Committee (1988-89, 1990-91), and is a member of various professional society technical review committees. 

Dr. Charette is the author of over 75 articles on software, systems, and management, served as a consulting editor and columnist to Software Management magazine in London, and is now on the editorial board of Software Quality Professional. He is also the author of the books: “Software Engineering Environments: Concepts and Technology (1986), “Software Engineering Risk Analysis & Management” (1989), “Applications Strategies for Risk Analysis (1990), "Introduction to the Management of Risk" (1994) and co-author of “A Unified Methodology for Systems Development (1987) .

 

Rauf Diwan

Principal Advisor

 

Mr. Diwan was a Managing Director of EMP and CEO of AIG Asian Infrastructure Fund. He is a member of the Asian Fund’s Oversight Committee.

Rauf joined EMP in 1997 as a Managing Director of EMP, AIG Asian Infrastructure Fund II. He also was responsible for establishing and managing EMP’s regional office in Singapore, and has served on the Board of several Asian companies. He was instrumental in developing and executing EMP’s strategy in Korea.

Prior to joining EMP, Mr. Diwan had served 15 years with the International Finance Corporation. In 1997, he was Director of the Power Department of the IFC, responsible for investments in the power sector of all emerging markets. He achieved the highest level of investment in the sector during his tenure. Prior to that, he was Manager of the Power Division in 1996 and Division Manager of the East Asia Division from 1994 to 1995. In East Asia he was responsible for turning around and expanding IFC’s business in China. In the Power Division, he was responsible for several innovative structures and played a leading role in advisory work on the first BOT project in China. From 1978 to 1988, Mr. Diwan held many leadership positions in the IFC Asia and the Infrastructure Departments.

He has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. He was a DuPont Fellow at Columbia. He is also a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.

 

Peter Keen

Principal Advisor

 

Peter is the Founder and Chairman of Keen Innovations. Keen Innovations is a management consulting, executive education and research organization specializing in helping senior managers in the public and private sectors exploit information technology-enabled business opportunities.

Peter is a professor, adviser to senior management in business and government organizations, author, executive educator, and public speaker.

Peter was named as one of the top 100 business “gurus” in the world – thought leaders with impact – in a 2003 survey. This ranking is based on objective measures of citations of his work in the scholarly literature (influence as a thought leader), Google search engine “hits” on his name (public impact and interest), and media references on Lexis/Nexus (newsworthiness). He is regularly ranked in the top ten consultants in the world in the IT field but the business guru rating indicates the extent to which his work is more general than just IT.


 

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