BO HEDFORS

Advisory Board Member

A native of Sweden, Bo has 50 years of global telecom experience in both wireline and wireless. He founded his own telecom/internet consulting practice in Chicago, USA in 2002. Bo was President of Hedfone Consulting, Inc until its dissolution in Dec of 2009.

Previously, Bo was Executive Vice President of Motorola and President of Motorola Networks based in Chicago. He came to Motorola in 1998 from Ericsson, where he spent 30 years in different management positions. Among them, President of Honeywell Ericsson Development Co. in Anaheim, California 1984-1986, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of LM Ericsson in Stockholm, Sweden 1990-1993 and President and CEO of Ericsson, Inc. in Dallas, Texas 1994-1998.

Bo has been chairman of Kineto Wireless and has served on several boards including TellabsOpenwave and Mobile365. He has worked as an advisor to SunCompaqHP and Samsung and is currently engaged as advisor to Trice ImagingPhluido and CloudBackend.

Bo holds a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and he is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

FRANCINE HARDAWAY

Advisory Board Member

Francine Hardaway, PhD., serial entrepreneur, angel investor, coach and mentor, is a co-founder of Stealthmode Partners, an accelerator for growth companies in Arizona and the Bay Area. Her expertise is in bringing tech products to market and creating sustainable businesses.

She began her first company in 1980. In 1996, that company was acquired by Intel, where she was Director of Worldwide Press Relations for the Computing Enhancement Group. She left Intel to found Stealthmode in 1999, and has been heavily involved in Arizona’s emergence as a technology hub.

She also founded the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation (OTEF), which provides entrepreneurship skills and resiliency training to underserved populations.

As a civic entrepreneur. Hardaway was also founding member of Social Media Club, AzTechCouncil, Greater Arizona E-Learning Association, and Startup Digest. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University.

A prolific writer, she has written about technology entrepreneurship and health care for Huffpo, Fast Company, Business Insider, and Phoenix Business Journal. Her current interests are in artificial intelligence, IOT, and blockchain, where she was an early Bitcoin and Ethereum investor.

Francine is a graduate of Cornell, Columbia, and Syracuse Universities.

BRIAN DAWSON

Advisory Board Member

Brian is a DevOps evangelist and practitioner focused on helping the software community and business in the implementation of agile, continuous integration (CI), continuous delivery (CD) and DevOps practices. He has spent over 25 years as a software professional in multiple domains including QA, engineering and management. Most recently he built and led an agile transformation consulting practice helping organizations small and large implement CI, CD and DevOps.

Born and raised in Palo Alto, CA Brian caught the technology bug early. Starting his career in game development he was part of the original R&D team at Sony Computer Entertainment and helped launch the Playstation game console. Brian moved to San Diego to found the SCEA Tools and Technology team, enjoy the Southern California sun and raise his son and daughter.

Professionally, Brian considers himself a technologist and IT socialist focused on optimizing software development through knowledge redistribution. Personally, his focus is his family, diversity and inclusion, and lacrosse.

JONHA RICHMAN

Advisory Board Member

Jonha Richman has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Unilever, IKEA, Sony Pictures, OCBC Bank, and others to help scale their global operations.

Over the past decade she has also worked with creative powerhouses such as Leo Burnett, Media Contacts, and VML Qais as well as at private investment firm JJRichman Ventures as a partner investing in diversified digital assets and cryptocurrencies in addition to traditional securities.

Richman is a known game-changer in the Blockchain revolution who has received the following accolades:

Top 25 Blockchain Influencers Disrupting the Industry in (2018) Top 10 Females In Crypto (2017) Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in the Philippines Tech Scene, Asia Hack (2014) Top 10 Must Follow Thought Leaders in the Philippine Tech Scene, Tech in Asia (2014)

She also sits on the advisory board of various Blockchain companies some of which have been featured on Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Cointelegraph, Huffington Post, Fast Company, among others.