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Advisory Board

The aim of the Advisory Board is to ensure QiO is at the forefront of shaping the future of Industry 4.0

Advisory Board

Rick Haythornthwaite

Rick Haythornthwaite

Co-Founder & Chairman

Rick Haythornthwaite is the global chairman of the NYSE-listed Mastercard Inc and an Advisory Partner to Moelis & Co. He is co-founder and chairman of QiO Technologies, an industrial artificial intelligence company, and director of the digital consultancy, Globant. He is also an investor in and chairman of ARC International, the global glass tableware manufacturer. He was previously the CEO of Invensys from 2001-2005 and Blue Circle Industries from 1999-2001 having joined as Director of Asia and Europe in 1997. He spent his early career in BP from 1978-1995 before moving to Premier Oil as Commercial Director from 1995 to 1997. He has served on the boards of Network Rail as chairman and Cookson, Lafarge, ICI and Land Securities as non-executive director. In the UK non-for-profit sector he is the current chair of the Creative Industries Federation and former chair of the Southbank Centre and Almeida Theatre. He was educated at MIT (Sloan Fellow) and The Queen’s College, Oxford (MA Geology).

Rajan Pandhare


Rajan has been an Operating Partner with a leading European 2billion Private Equity group supporting their expansion into technology and tech enabled services companies. In addition, he has successfully built software services, and product companies in USA and UK with offshore delivery centres in India. He has also been Co-founder and Chairman of Irene Healthcare (chain of secondary care hospitals), Kalpan Hydro (renewable energy company) and Vice Chairman of I2India, a joint venture of Imperial College, UK.

Away from the commercial world, Rajan also led the expansion of President Clinton’s HIV/AIDS Initiative across Africa and Asia, and has been board member of leading foundations and not for profits (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Care International UK) and investment committee of Elton John’s AIDS Foundation. He has also been on the board of GreenInfra and EVI, portfolio companies of private equity groups and remains an active angel investor in early stage technology companies across India and USA. He holds a MS from Louisiana State University, USA.

Rick Haythornthwaite

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.

Rosemary is a Trustee of the National Gallery (London) and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, most recently authoring an Executive Education Course for Board Chairs and Non-Executive Directors on CyberSecurity.

Rosemary has been the Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Internet Security and is a member of the Advisory Boards of Infinite Analytics (Boston and Mumbai), Glasswing Capital (Boston), a Member of Raspberry Pi Foundation (overseeing commercial operations of Raspberry Pi), Queen’s University School of Business, Canada, Wolfson College, Oxford and University of the Arts London. She is a regular attendee and contributor to TED and the World Economic Forum.

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.

Sir Tim is the founder and a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation which was launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.

He is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he co-leads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG). He is also a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Oxford, UK. He is President of and founded the Open Data Institute in London.

In 2017, Sir Tim was awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize, called the “Nobel Prize of Computing” and considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science.


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.

Dick has over 36 years of private equity investing experience and a strong performance track record across various industries and markets. He has been closely involved in all of OEP’s prior investments and was a member of the Investment Committee during OEP’s 14 years within JPMorgan. Dick is a member of the Board of Directors of Genband and Titan International.

Prior to founding OEP, Dick was with Citigroup Venture Capital from 1980-2000 and served as President from 1994-2000. He is a Trustee of the American University in Cairo, Boys Club of New York, Brooklyn Museum, Central Park Conservancy, Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Rowing Foundation, and Newport Festivals Foundation. Dick is active in inner-city educational initiatives, Harvard fundraising and has served as Co-Chairman of his Harvard class for over 35 years. In 1976 and 1980, Dick was a member of the U.S. Olympic Rowing Teams and was a world champion in 1974. Mr. Cashin is the son of a Foreign Service Officer and grew up in Libya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, and Pakistan.

Dick attended Harvard University and graduated in 1975 with a degree in East Asian Studies. Following a one-year fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1976, he worked at Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong. In 1980, he completed his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School.

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. In that capacity, he led a global entity with almost 200 operating locations around the world and acted as the Agency’s chief operating officer, responsible for providing foreign intelligence and protecting the nation’s most important national security-related networks and information.

Rick led NSA’s Media Leaks Task Force, responsible for the totality of the Agency’s efforts following the unauthorized disclosure of classified information in June 2013. He also led the NSA’s 24/7 Threat Operations Center (NTOC), responsible for identifying and countering cyber threats to our national security systems. Rick was the Intelligence Community’s first National Intelligence Manager for Cyber, serving as principal advisor to the Director of National Intelligence on all cyber matters. In this capacity, he was responsible for integrating cyber activities across 16 intelligence agencies and numerous international partners, and he developed the first National Intelligence Strategy for cyber. He was also the DNI’s Director for Collection, overseeing all of the Intelligence Community’s collection programs.

Previous jobs at NSA included leading global collection and cryptanalytic operations, global language and analytic operations, and all NSA activities in the Pacific area. He was an instructor and course developer at the National Cryptologic School and an adjunct instructor at the National Intelligence University. Rick spent nearly 11 years in the U.S. Army and completed six field tours between the Army and the NSA.

Rick is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is on the Board of Directors of M&T Bank, and is a member of several advisory boards.


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.

From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Samer advised the Minister of Industry in Bahrain on industrial development. He is the Member of Board of Directors of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company B.S.C., Gulf Air, the Bahrain Economic Development Board, BFG International and Ilium. Dr. Samer served as a Director of Gulf Air Company G.S.C.

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. Leveraging extensive experience in operational leadership for service-focused organizations, Narayan is a valuable asset for startup companies requiring expert assistance with sales & marketing, product management, or customer acquisition. His broad areas of expertise include product development, product management, enterprise software, Lean manufacturing, business development, requirements analysis, program management, process improvements, operations management, project planning, and business analysis.

Throughout his executive career, Narayan has held leadership positions with organizations including Simplify OR, Inc., Upland Software, Ultriva, Inc., and Symantec. In his role as CEO of Simplify OR, Narayan led the company to profitability within the orthopedic sector through value-add, productivity enhancements, and time management. As Founder and CEO of Ultriva, a company ultimately acquired by Upland Software, Narayan built the business into an industry leader within the Lean manufacturing solutions space. His strategy included targeted product development to create comprehensive solutions with a focus on customer centered manufacturing for mid to large scale manufacturing companies. In the role of Director of Technical Marketing/CTO with Symantec/Intermax, Narayan was responsible for the architecture, design, and construction of an Internet-based multi-tier application middleware for business systems.

Narayan attained his MBA in Marketing from the Jamanlal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and his BE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

Rick Haythornthwaite

Baz Khuti

Co-founder and Strategic Advisor

A technology and business visionary, Baz has held executive leadership positions at GE (CTO Cloud), Emerson Electric (EVP, Emerson Network Power; Chief Architect, Emerson Electric) and Invensys, now part of Schneider (Chief Architect). Baz has brought to market leading software products from idea to industry standard, with six industrial software patents and winning a number of prestigious industry awards.

With over 30 years of technology experience across the UK, US and Asia Baz has a proven track-record of developing software platforms and industrial applications at scale through the architecture and design of pioneering technologies. Baz holds a MSc in computer science.