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) and Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR).
Homaira has held senior management roles in Fortune 1000 companies including Microsoft, Thales and Liberty Media subsidiary, Trueposition. From 2007 to 2012, 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.
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 more than 50 scientific articles in international journals, has two patents in IoT/M2M and is a frequent speaker in industry conferences. She has published Opinion Editorials in Financial Times.