Executive operator, investor and adviser in Hi-tech and Enterprise IT. Areas of focus include cyber security, SDx, social commerce, mobility, hyper converged infrastructures, contextual intelligence, 5G-driven IoT/AI, micro-mobility, and open multi-cloud computing. Executive roles at Nexenta by DDN, Nexenta, Dell, Wyse, CA, IBM, Quest, and Sterling Software. Founding chairman of TechAmerica’s cloud computing commission. Served/ing on the boards/ABs of Anki, DocuSign (IPO), Ripcord, Teradici, TreasureData (acquired by ARM) Wag!, Wheels, Workspot, Bay Area Council, World Economic Forum's Cyber-Security Alliance, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the leading coalition of SIlicon Valley CEOs to improve the quality of life for all residents/citizens of the region and the world via advocacy around public/private policy issues.
Leading, advising and fund-raising for several global not-for-profit organizations around economic development, poverty elimination, entrepreneurship, education, and social justice including; EY Entrepreneurship Program, Americas Society/Council of Americas (AS/COA), MIT’s Collaborative Initiatives, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Project Skolkovo (Russia), and eLearning Africa. Adviser to several IT start-up companies/boards. The recipient of 2012; and the lead judge of 2013-2016 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award Programs; a frequent speaker, commentator, and author on current business, economic and social issues.
Graduated from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey with a B.S. degree in Engineering Management. Received an MBA degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Avid fan of arts, history, politics, nature, soccer, innovative ideas, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and Planet Earth along with its inhabitants of any race, religion, gender or creed! ;)