Advisors

Technology Advisors

Nigel Jones

Electrical Engineering and Embedded Systems Expert

Nigel, the owner and principal of RMB Consulting located in the Eastern Maryland telecom corridor, has been engaged by Astrapi with responsibilities for product development. Nigel comes to the task with over 20 years of experience in electronic product design, embedded systems, system modeling and analysis. He has been a key expert witness in satellite cases resulting in judgments totaling over a billion dollars. Nigel was awarded First Class Honors with the degree of B.Sc. in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University in London.

Stew Sando

Signal Processing Advisor

Stew is the Principal of Technology Venture Consulting where he provides business development, intellectual property licensing and strategic consulting services to high technology startup companies. Stew has experience in a wide range of technologies including DSP cores, RISC cores, broadband devices, RF and wireless devices and sensor devices. Recent activities include work in the areas of real-time, streaming, data compression and encryption for mobile wireless applications and electron-enhanced plasma etching of semiconductor device structures down to single digit nanometer dimensions with atomically smooth surfaces. Stew has held management positions with Intel and Hitachi Semiconductor. He holds a BS in Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and an MBA from Stanford.

Business Advisors

John H. Ablard

Government Contracts Advisor

Mr. Ablard is a government research acquisition consultant. In his thirty-three year federal government acquisition career, he has become a renowned expert in agreements with industry and consortium under the acquisition and non-acquisition special authorities and continues to lead development and utilization of these new techniques through his active participation in leading-edge projects. He is the former Deputy Director, Contracts Management Office for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Mr. Ablard has worked for each branch of the military services having achieved the Senior Executive Service and has been awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and two DOD Exceptional Civilian Service Awards. He has a MS Human Resources Management degree from the University of Utah.

Mark Brady

Satellite Industry Advisor

Mr. Brady is Industry veteran of over 25 years. Clients and project implementation for companies has included: Airspan, ARSAT, AT&T, BT, Cablevision, Comsat International, Globosat, Lucent, Motorola, Oi, PDVSA, RuralWeb, SuperCanal, and Telesat, among others. While VP at Oak Communications-TV/Com-Hyundai, he helped transition the company from an Analog Cable –Satellite /PayTV hardware vendor strategy to focus on digital development for the first MPEG Modem products available in the market. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association while VP of consumer electronics company Uniden USA. Mr. Brady has earned Bachelors of Technology degree from University of North Florida.

Hanns-Christian L. Hanebeck

Technology Strategy Advisor

Chris has over 20 years of professional experience focused on management consulting, technology innovation and building innovative start-up organizations. He has successfully secured Series A and B venture funding, has built two companies from the ground up and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at GT Supply Chain Services. Over his career Chris has completed over 75 technology implementations on three continents and is a regular speaker at management and technology conferences. He holds an MBA from the University of Saarland in Germany and is a member of the faculty at the University of North Texas where he teaches supply chain strategy and enterprise resource planning.

Rex Hughes, Ph.D.

Global Telecom Advisor

Rex is a Policy Fellow for internet and telecom matters at the University of Cambridge’s new Centre for Science and Policy. Prior to this, Hughes served as a Cambridge-MIT Institute Research Associate, where he contributed to disruptive technology roadmaps for British Telecom, Nortel, Nokia, and T-Mobile. During this period he successfully defended his Cambridge doctoral dissertation, The British Response to Global Telecom Convergence. He has consulted with both Houses of Parliament and the Prime Minister on the UK’s telecom path.

Marc Jamison, Colonel (Ret), USAF

Defense and Cyber Advisor

Colonel Marc Jamison, is the Principal at Cyber Checkmate Consultants. Following 24 years of U.S. Air Force service with eight years of cyber industry experience, he is known as an innovative senior executive who is well connected and understands the deep technical underpinnings of air, cyber and counter terrorist plans and operations. He served as a USAF senior officer within the US Cyber Command (a plank holder). He was involved in strategy, planning and operations advising senior U.S. Government (USG), U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), National Security Agency (NSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) leadership on strategies and policy. He additionally designed and executed the largest cyber network operation to that point in time for DOD and the USG. For over two years, Marc served as the Chair of the Cyber Joint Interagency Task Force meetings, forums which included 27 agencies. He was the architect for Cyber Flag, the realistic full spectrum joint cyber warfare training event at the national range. Marc also established the inaugural Cyber Joint Operations Center at Fort Meade as the focal point for national cyber coordination and direct action. Col Jamison is a Combat aviator having flown the B-1 and B-52 bombers. He is a trained joint strategist and planner. Col Jamison holds a Master in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, a Master in Airpower Art and Science from the School of Advanced Air and Space School, a Master in Military Art & Science from Air Command and Staff College, a Master in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University, and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Todd W. Russell

Defense Advisor

Mr. Russell is the founder and owner of a small, veteran-owned consulting business. He was a Project Officer supporting US Special Operations Command Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) office for research, test, evaluation, analysis and integrated concept development of emerging and developmental technologies for rapid fielding to tactical Special Operations Forces (SOF). Mr. Russell draws upon his extensive background in both Navy aviation operations and SOF communications capabilities and requirements. Mr. Russell served as Commander, U.S. Navy as a Navy Aviator (RIO) flying the F-4 and F-14 aircraft, Strike Operations Officer (AR), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), and as Communications Officer, USSOCOM (J6, J3, SOF AT&L). He has extensive experience in Defense Industry requirements and acquisition processes, program management and future command, control and communications requirements. Mr. Russell has a BS in Biology/Biological Sciences from Baylor University and has earned a Six Sigma Certificate from Villanova University.

Paul Sergeant

Wireless Industry Advisor

Paul is a twenty year veteran of the wireless mobility market. He introduced a 4G/LTE Small Cell into the North American market for Airspan, and 4G/WiMAX solutions globally for Motorola and Navini/Cisco. Before that, he managed 2G and 3G market launches for Nortel and publicly launched Airvana in 2001 after closing a major OEM contract. Paul worked on developing wireless and IP communications standards with the IEEE, 3GPP2, IETF and the WiMAX Forum. Paul’s professional passions are connecting emerging technologies with customers and making complex technologies easy to understand and simple to communicate. He graduated in 1981 from The City University (London) with an honors degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

Gary L. Stanley

U.S. Export/Re-Export Control Advisor

Gary Stanley is the President of Global Legal Services, PC, a Washington, DC-based law firm focusing on trade compliance and other international business issues. Mr. Stanley represents, among others, numerous U.S., Canadian, and European companies on defense export control issues. He has served as a Special Compliance Official under a 2004 ITAR Consent Agreement, publishes the daily Defense and Export-Import Update newsletter, and frequently speaks at ITAR training events around the world. Besides representing private companies, Mr. Stanley has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Government and foreign governments as well as industry groups. Mr. Stanley received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1975 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1978.

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