Board of Directors
Mr. Sharam Sasson has a proven track record of investing in and leading organizations from inception through profitability. Mr. Sasson has 13 years of experience in investing in technology companies and has formally been with Primera Capital since 2008. Prior to Primera Capital Mr. Sasson led three exceptionally successful technology companies from their inception. His latest startup is Jitterbit, a cloud and on-premise application and data integration company. Mr. Sasson is the founder and currently the Chairman at Jitterbit. Mr. Sasson was the founding CEO and Chairman of Extensity, an enterprise software company, which Mr. Sasson guided from inception to record-breaking Initial Public Offering and final acquisition by GEAC in 2003. Mr. Sasson was also a co-founder of Scopus Technology, a premier provider of enterprise Customer Relationship Management systems. At Scopus, he served as a member of the executive management team, responsible for engineering, finance, and operations. During his tenure, the company achieved five consecutive years of profitable growth and successfully completed its Initial Public Offering. Scopus merged with Siebel Systems in 1998. Mr. Sasson possesses a solid engineering background from his early work as a research scientist at Lockheed Missile and Aerospace Corporation, and as a developer of structural modeling software at Bechtel Corporation. He holds a master's degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S.C. from Queen Mary College, University of London.
Dr. Lisa Dyson has 17 years of experience in management, business consulting, technology development and research. As a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, Lisa worked with multi-national corporations to develop market expansion strategies, facilitate post-merger integrations, define governance models and identify operational cost inefficiencies. Lisa was on the founding team of a technology startup founded at MIT, which received funding from Microsoft. Lisa also built and led a team that developed a technology platform from the ground up for a recent Presidential campaign, which was adopted as a part of the campaign's national strategy. In addition, Lisa has a strong scientific background, which includes conducting research in physics and bioengineering at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCSF, MIT, Princeton and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Lisa has a PhD in Physics from MIT, where she conducted research in String Theory, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of London, where she received a MS in Physics with an emphasis in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces, and has degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Brandeis University.
Dr. John Reed is Kiverdi’s Founding CTO and the inventor of our core technology. Dr. Reed is an expert in chemical and biological energy storage and conversion technologies and has over 15 years of experience in the research and development of clean energy technologies. Dr. Reed has a strong multi-disciplinary background in a number of scientific disciplines including biology, physics, material science and applied mathematics. He has conducted research at leading institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. He has authored more than a dozen articles published in international peer-reviewed journals, has been an invited speaker at scientific conferences including APS and DARPA, and is an inventor on several patent applications, including patent applications on microbial carbon capture. Dr. Reed earned a PhD and an MS degree in Material Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as degrees in Biology and Material Science from UC Berkeley. He has developed a unique approach to carbon mitigation that is a hybrid chemical and microbial process for the capture and recycling of inorganic carbon into high energy density biofuel and chemicals using conventional bioreactors without reliance on food-based agriculture.