Homaira Akbari

Independent and non-executive Director

American and French, born in 1961

Dr. Homaira Akbari is President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global strategy advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations in the sectors of Internet of Things, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Enterprise Software. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Banco Santander S.A. (NYSE: SAN), Santander Consumer USA (NYSE: SC, a 80% subsidiary of Banco Santander S.A.) and Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR).

Homaira has held senior management roles in Fortune 1000 companies including Microsoft, Thales and Liberty Media subsidiary, Trueposition. Homaira served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions. Under her leadership, the company had record performance. She successfully sold SkyBitz to Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS). She has extensive public company governance experience having previously served on the boards of Directors of Veolia Environment (EN: VIE USD 13+ billion revenues, a CAC40 company) from 2015 to 2019, Gemalto N.V. (EN: GTO) from 2013 to 2019 and Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ: COVS) from 2014 to 2016.

Homaira has been active in and a contributor to many non-profit organizations. She is currently a member of Business Board of Advisors for Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business. She was the inaugural Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council from 2012-2018. She has established Homaira Akbari Fellowship Endowment at Carnegie Mellon University and Akbari-Mack Postdoctoral at the Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of Board of Trustees of FIAF.org, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to promote French culture, art and language.

She holds a Ph.D. in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. She is the author of numerous scientific and business articles in international journals, has two patents in IoT/M2M and is a frequent speaker in industry conferences.