Meet our Team

The EQITII team is a diverse, decorated group of trusted and established experts, entrepreneurs, executives and engineers — all pioneers in their own fields — with combined knowledge and experience across industries and organizations worldwide.

With different but complementary backgrounds and specialties, each member brings a unique perspective to EQITII, where they’re united by a shared sense of urgency, an overarching belief in equal rights, and the certainty that democratized data is the future of business and humanity.

Board of Directors

Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler

Chairman of the Board

Tom Wheeler is a businessman, author, and was Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) from 2013 to 2017. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and the Wireless Hall of Fame. He is CEO of the Shiloh Group, a strategy development and private investment company specializing in telecommunications services. He co-founded SmartBrief, the Internet’s largest curated information service for vertical markets. He is the former Chairman and President of the National Archives Foundation, and a former board member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Presently, he is a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Arturo Vargas

Arturo Vargas

Executive Chairman & Director

Arturo Vargas is recognized as one of the most important business leaders in Latin America’s TMT industry. For the last 16 years has led the Telecom Data industry in the southern cone of Latin America, creating partnerships with British Telecom, Verizon and CenturyLink. As CEO of the Telco Group, he has built one of the largest FO networks, helping governments improve data connectivity across the region. Arturo is also responsible for building one of the biggest TV content distribution companies in Latin America and innovating commercial TV rights around the world.

Bob Geiman

Bob Geiman

Board Member

Bob Geiman has 20+ years of experience as a venture and growth equity investor and operator in consumer Internet, mobile/connected devices, e-commerce, big data/cloud-based applications and digital media. As a venture capital investor, Bob has led investments in 25 companies, totaling $300 million in invested capital. He is a proven operator in mobile/ connected device and digital media companies and co-founded Confirm, Inc., an identity authentication software company that was acquired by Facebook. Currently, Bob is a Venture Partner at Cava Capital, a pledge fund vehicle making venture capital and equity investments through Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs). Bob holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Management Team

Mike Mulica

Mike Mulica

CEO

Mike’s stewardship of companies in emerging technologies has ushered in new large global markets that have changed the way the world works. Mike’s role in early mobile industry brought billions in revenue to Tandem Computers via the introduction of Intelligent Networking into the mobile industry, creating the basis for the global mobile network. Mike then focused on the Mobile Internet, leading Phone.com to global market share dominance and billions in revenue. Following Mike’s role in pioneering the Mobile Internet we know today, he led the introduction of the Cloud to the mobile industry, creating the Mobile Cloud used by Verizon and many other mobile operators throughout the world. Most recently, Mike led the introduction of Low Power IOT as the CEO of Actility, driving global adoption and market share dominance, of this disruptive new dimension of the IOT. Mike has a BS in Finance from Marquette University, as well as, Certificate in International Business from the University of Copenhagen and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School.

Eduardo Vargas

Eduardo Vargas

CAO

Following many successful years of practicing law in Latin America, Eduardo Vargas directed his attention to building a global media licensing business, as well as a mobile and fixed line telecommunications business. In the content licensing business, Eduardo’s accomplishments include securing exclusive global distribution rights for many of today’s most important names in entertainment; while in the telecom industry, he has helped launch a substantial mobile, fibre, fixed wireless broadband and IoT build-out across the southern cone of Latin America.

Shahid Ahmed

Shahid Ahmed

COO

Shahid has been an advisor to several early-stage firms focused on the telecom, IoT and digital sectors and has helped entrepreneurs turn innovative ideas into world-class companies. Shahid was previously a Partner at PwC, where he was responsible for several digital practices, including Emerging Technologies, IoT and Data & Analytics. Prior to joining PwC, Shahid was a Managing Director with Accenture, responsible for Accenture’s North America Telecommunications $1B+ business. He was with Accenture for almost 20 years serving some of the largest companies in the world. In February 2011, Shahid was appointed as an Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), advising on technology issues facing the United States. Shahid is also a Visiting Professor at Northwestern University teaching a course on Industrial Internet of Things.

Michael Luna

Michael Luna

CTO

Michael Luna is a prolific inventor who holds or is named on more than 94 issued US patents (as well as hundreds of pending applications). Michael served in the US Navy as an Interior Communications Electrician in the Naval Nuclear Power Program and has held CTO positions at multiple technology companies — Openwave Systems Inc., SEVEN Networks and Jawbone, to name a few —in fields ranging from biomedicine to telecoms to consumer electronics. He is currently CTO for Jawbone Health Hub.

Kamel Tansaout

Kamel Tansaout

Vice President Head of Marketplace

Kamel Tansaout is an expert in marketplace business model creation, execution and operations. Prior to joining EQITII, Kamel worked at Paris-based Actilityas its Marketplace Director, helping to launch the first international B2B LPWA IoT marketplace. In addition, Kamel also lead the B2B business at French start-up Mirakl, helping international companies launch their own SAAS marketplace. Kamel is passionate about e-commerce, IoT and the blockchain system revolution. He is a graduate from the ESSEC Business School in general management.

T. Keith Mangum

T. Keith Mangum

CMO

Keith founded and developed one of the largest Agencies in Europe for Marketing, Public Relations and Advocacy. Keith’s company was later acquired by the largest airline representation firm in the world. The portfolio of clients for whom Keith has provided solutions in the European market include Fortune 500 companies, associations, destinations such as New York City and consulting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers. Keith has founded several businesses during his career: a company that provides distribution of American organic food products; an asset management company for luxury properties; and several sales, marketing and public relations firms in Europe and the USA. Keith attended the University of Richmond and Old Dominion University majoring in Political Science.

Board of Advisors

Jay Burrell

Jay Burrell

SVP Digital Technology and Software CTO, GE Healthcare

Jay has held leadership positions in some of the world’s leading technology companies. Prior to his current position as CTO for GE Healthcare, Jay held positions at Equifax, Inc. as the Senior Vice President -Communications, Video and Utilities Business Unit; The IBM Corporation as Global Vice President of The IBM Cloud; FusionOne, Inc. as Executive Vice President; Nokia Corporation as Vice President of Worldwide Sales; Siemens AG as Vice President of Sales; Microsoft Corporation as General Manager of the Mobile Business. Jay received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Saint Michaels Collage and an MBA from the University of Dallas.

Philip DesAutels

Philip DesAutels, PHD

Former Managing Director of IoT, Linux Foundation

Philip is a pioneer in the IoT movement building on 25 years of industry experience as a technology leader delivering business and social value. Philip is rare mix -a technologist who understands how to deliver business value and an entrepreneur who understands how to leverage the transformative power of technology. With an enduring track record of success, Philip has built and led teams that leverage emerging technologies to deliver products and services that meet the needs and challenges of business and society.

Lee Esler

Lee Esler

Global Leader of the Board & CEO Practice for Global Technology Markets, Korn Ferry

Lee Esler leads the Board & CEO Practice for Global Technology Markets based in Korn Ferry’s Atlanta and San Francisco offices, and leads the Korn Ferry Technology practice in North America. Before Korn Ferry, Mr. Esler was with Spenser Stuart, where he worked extensively on CEO, president, and board engagements across the technology spectrum. Earlier in his career, he held executive roles at Compaq Computer Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Eastman Kodak Company. Prior to entering the executive search profession, he led a technology start-up in the software and services space. Mr. Esler received his Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Miami University, Ohio, and his Master of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Andrea Farris

Andrea Farris

VP Special Projects, Customer Experience and Store Technology Innovation, Walgreen Co.

Andrea leads Walgreens’ retail operations customer experience and store technologies as the Company’s Vice President. He joined Walgreens in 2011 as Divisional Vice President of Supply Chain and Inventory Management. Prior to Walgreens, Andrea spent 14 years at Accenture, architecting and implementing large scale digital transformations across the Communication and Retail industries. Andrea holds a bachelor degree in Business Management from Rome LUISS University.

Paul Gudonis

Paul Gudonis

President, Inmarsat Enterprise

Paul Gudonis heads the Enterprise team for Inmarsat. Since he joined in 2007, he has been involved with various fields within Inmarsat covering Maritime, Aviation and Government business. In his current role, he has switched the focus of business away from connectivity supporting events in Media and Aid & Development, to a business focused on delivering valued outcomes to customers in Industrial IoT, mainly targeting those in mining, energy, agriculture, and the global supply chain. Paul is a trustee for the disaster response organization, Team Rubicon UK, and owns a small craft cider business, Revenant Cider.

David Hose

David Hose

President & CEO, AirMap

David Hose is recognized as an inventor of location in mobile networks including authoring the seminal patents in the location domain. Today Dave is the CEO of AirMap, the global “FAA” for drone flight management. Dave is a serial entrepreneur and prolific angel investor in the technology sector. Many of these projects leverage David’s interest in data, location and digital maps.

Rahul Jain

Rahul Jain

Vice President, MindSphere, Solution Architects, Technology and ISV Partner Ecosystem, Siemens

Rahul is the Vice President of MindSphere at Siemens, leading Industrial IoT, Solutions, Technology and ISV partner ecosystem. He is also a strategic advisor to the government of India on numerous ongoing and upcoming digital initiatives across the nation, and leads efforts on introducing startups to be part of these initiatives. He has a strong technology consulting background and leverages his knowledge and passion to kick start his own startups. He is a big proponent of an open ecosystem that will introduce innovative business models for the betterment of our society.

Miguel Myhrer

Miguel Myhrer

Managing Director North American Communications Practice, Accenture

Miguel is a Managing Director at Accenture and leads North America’s Network practice. In this role, he oversees a team of management and technology-consulting professionals who serve communications, media, and technology companies, with a strong focus in the cable, telecom, Internet players & wireless industries. He has previously worked with numerous technology start-ups, including mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), cable providers, wireless / wireline operators, retailers, and consumer electronics companies around the world.

Stacey Nash

Stacey Nash

Head of Enterprise Financial Crime, USAA

As the Head of Enterprise Financial Crime for USAA, Stacey has accountability for fraud prevention and detection and also owns authentication strategy for the enterprise. Prior to USAA Stacey held similar roles at Santander and TD Bank. With over 20 years’ experience in financial services, she has spent the majority of time in risk and operational roles focused on consumer and business security, protection and operational effectiveness. A passion for industry collaboration and partnership, Stacey has been an advocate for shared data models aimed at reducing risk while achieving increased security and consumer protection. Stacey has served in an advisory position for both the American Bankers Association and the Consumer Bankers Association. She has also held positions on Risk Advisory Boards for Experian PLC and Early Warning Services, LLC a joint venture between Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, JP Morgan Chase, PNC Bank, USBank and Wells Fargo.

Arvind Satyam

Arvind Satyam

Managing Director of Global Smart City, Cisco

Arvind leads business development and partnerships globally for Cisco’s Smart Cities initiative, which provides a platform to enable digital solutions in cities. He is passionate about the development of businesses that intersect technology and the physical world. He is responsible for building transformative partnerships and driving sales with organizations ranging from telecom service providers, urban operators to financiers and start-ups. Prior to this role, Arvind was responsible for driving acquisitions, investments, and joint ventures for Cisco’s Internet of Things (IOT), services and emerging solutions business.

Richard Siber

Richard Siber

Founder & President, Siber Consulting LLC

Since founding Siber Consulting LLC, Richard Siber has sat on 18 boards of companies, both private and public, all in the technology space. He is a recognized leader in helping companies establish policies addressing all things Cyber and Privacy and excels at driving strategy and performance improvement, particularly with companies going through a merger, acquisition, or significant technology integration. Richard is a frequent industry speaker, and has chaired, moderated, or spoken at more than 500 wireless conferences and forums worldwide.

Jinwoo So

Jinwoo So

President, New Technology, SK SUPEX Council

Jinwoo So has been CEO for SK Planet since 2011 and previously he was co-CEO of SK Telecom, overseeing its marketing and platform businesses. His duties included global business developments. He also served as CEO for SK Communications from 2002 to 2004, and founded and served as CEO and chairman of the board for WiderThan from its inception in 2000 until it was listed at NASDAQ and sold in 2006. His fellowship topics include research into the convergence among the telecommunications industry, media, and the internet.

John Zhang

John Zhang, PHD

Chairman, Zhang Foundation

John Zhang is the Chairman of the Zhang Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization registered in San Jose, California. He has previously held executive positions at ADC China, a major system provider for China’s telecommunication infrastructure build-out; Woncore Communications, a privately-owned telecommunications service provider covering call center, GPS, and internet services; Wanxiang Resources, the leading privately owned, investment-driven, and assets-based commodities trading house; and Puxing Energy, the parent company of a variety of businesses in the green and smart energy fields. John received his BA in International Relations in 1987 and a master’s SAIS at Johns Hopkins University. Following Johns Hopkins, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Maryland.