Meet Our Team

Blackbird.AI is a team of founders, engineers and industry professionals with an aligned interest around reducing misinformation.

Wasim Khaled

CEO

Wasim is the CEO and Co-Founder of Blackbird.AI and has 15 years of experience in entrepreneurial ventures having built companies in diverse verticals including Artificial Intelligence, Fashion, E-Commerce, Manufacturing, Luxury Marketing, SEM/SEO Marketing and Live Streaming Video. His past accomplishments include growing one of his companies over 1000% in a single year, hitting #19 on Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Companies in America and earning the distinction of Inc. 500’s Asian Entrepreneur of the Year that same year.

Across his various businesses, Wasim has established direct relationships with Apple, Target, Best Buy, Universal Records, Interscope Records, Lady Gaga, Bloomberg, SONY, Nintendo, L’Oreal, Patron, T-Mobile, Verizon, Blackberry, AT&T, The Superbowl, The Emmys, The Oscars and over 100 A-List Celebrities.

Wasim studied Computer Science and Graphic Interface Design at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Naushad UzZaman

CTO

Naushad UzZaman, PhD, is the CTO and Co-Founder of Blackbird.AI. Naushad attended the University of Rochester, where he received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence). Prior to that received the Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal during his undergraduate studies at BRAC University.

Naushad has an extensive academic and industrial background representing innovative accomplishments in the area of Artificial Intelligence. He authored more than thirty peer-reviewed scientific papers and worked in the research divisions of renowned companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo! Research, Nuance, and Bosch. Naushad’s key areas of focus are in Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Big Data Analysis, Data Mining, Natural Language Processing/Understanding, Social Media Text Analysis, Information Extraction, Temporal Information Processing, Dialog Assistant, and Medical NLP.

Naushad participated in the first IBM Watson Hackathon in NYC and won first place. Naushad developed the AI platform for Blackbird.AI.

Klaus Kremmin

COO

Kremmin has dual engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was instrumental in the development of MIT’s first 3D Printing machine. He is an entrepreneur specializing in robust and innovative out of the box solutions to socially relevant problems. At Blackbird.AI Kremmin will help design and implement business operations, establish policies that promote company culture and vision and oversee operations of the company and the work of executives.

Previously, Kremmin was the founder and former CEO of K2 Plastics, Inc. which was acquired by Gleason. He developed his company’s no weld-line technology making Gleason Plastic gears the most accurate and strongest in the world.

Jeff Hu

Head of Blockchain

Jeff is the Vice President of Blockchain Technologies at Blackbird.ai, and is a blockchain engineer, entrepreneur, and poet from Taiwan. He launched his first three tech startups in Hong Kong during undergrad and was selected as the Regional Head of the Blockchain Education Network. Jeff invented a novel blockchain framework ERC860 that has been published at ACM MobiSys CryBlock Conference at Munich Germany 2018, won the Best Paper of the conference, and got the Gold Prize at EtNet FinTech Awards in Hong Kong and Second Prize at the Seoul UpTown E-commerce Challenge in South Korea. He also developed the first campus blockchain network in East Asia at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to build a sharing economy for professors, advanced laboratories, and students.

Jeff has also worked with J.P. Morgan Chase to develop a Natural Language Processing chat bot for financial related investment and automation and has developed an Artificial Intelligence-based system for recognizing the stock market’s movements.

Dr. Abul Hasnat

Principal Research Scientist

Dr. Hasnat has over 10 years of academic and industry experience with Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. With a Ph.D. in Image, Vision, and Signal technologies from the Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, he specializes in machine learning technology, as well as image processing and computer vision. He also has extensive experience with pattern analysis and recognition.

Throughout his career, Dr. Hasnat has worked on projects related to face biometrics and authentication with deep neural networks, 3D image analysis, document image analysis and recognition, and other technologies. He has developed advanced systems for face recognition, dynamic time series data, intelligent transportation, and much more.

At Blackbird.AI, Dr. Hasnat focuses on the deep learning models for detection of fake images and other digital media.

Dr. Firoj Alam

Principal Research Scientist

Dr. Alam has been working in Artificial Intelligence for more than 10 years. His career has included work with Deep/Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Speech and Behavioral Signal Processing. He received his PhD with a specialization in Human Language Technology and a particular focus on Behavioral Signal Processing (Empathy, Emotion, Personality traits) from the University of Trento, Italy.

Dr. Alam was part of an EU conversation summarization project, SENSEI, where he has developed spoken conversation summarization systems. Further, he has developed information extraction systems, most notably Named Entity Recognition and Relation extraction for different domains. He has had more than 35 research papers published in international conferences and journals.

At Blackbird.AI, Dr. Alam focuses on the deep learning models for detection of fake claims, fake news and other digital media.

Tina Lee

Blockchain Engineer

Tina is an Ethereum developer, hackathon lover and a self-learner passionate in cryptography and security. She has worked on a variety of projects for ICOs and specializes in smart contract security, Plasma and Casper PoS. She was formerly a Data and A.I. Consultant at Microsoft and is the Regional Head of the Blockchain Education Network in Hong Kong. She is also a technical writer and speaker on the topics of blockchain and Ethereum.

Jeremy Tellier

Sr. Software Engineer

Jeremy is an experienced development architect of next generation systems, processes and environment. He has been on the cutting edge of the software industry for over 15 years helping to shape the future of innovative groups within small start-ups and Fortune 500 corporations. Jeremy has been instrumental in organizing development teams and environments for efficiency and creativity and solves problems in a variety ways ample or minimal resources. At Blackbird.AI Jeremy is responsible for a scalable product architecture and security.

Jeremy Graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Computer Science and MBA in Business Administration.

Chris Clark

Sr. Intelligence Analyst

For over 12 years, Chris has assisted the Fortune 500 sensitive cyber security issues utilizing open source information and proprietary software to probe and fix weaknesses. His areas of expertise include physical threats to executives and/or facilities, protests, information security vulnerabilities, online fraud, and other disruptive activity. He has focused on conducting threat assessments, industry trends, and other “deep dives” into Internet based information. Throughout his tenure, Chris has conducted hundreds of investigations including over 100 executive online assessments.

Chris is a Certified New York State Firefighter. Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Buffalo and a Master’s Degree in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst University.

Advisors

Michael Hermus

Advisor

Former Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, from June 2015 to March 2018. As DHS's CTO, drove innovation and transformation initiatives through the application of technology, design, and data. Led efforts to enhance cyber-security, leverage emerging technologies, adopt modern development techniques and practices, and drive continuous improvement.

Prior to DHS, served as Chief Product & Technology Officer of House Party, Inc., a social marketing platform that leverages data and open source technology to build brands and drive sales. Previously, was CTO at FirstCarbon Solutions, directing product design, development and operations for the company’s large suite of sustainability software. Prior to that, co-founded two software companies, Enverity Corp. and MarketXT, Inc., serving as Chief Technology Officer.

Tommy Wang

Advisor

Tommy Wang exemplifies over fifteen years of expertise in executing business strategy, corporate finance solutions and structuring complex deals. His expertise in international commerce has made him a trusted and respected business advisor.

He started his career by founding iventureLab, at Carnegie Mellon University. He grew the company to over 150 employees in under two years. Tommy’s business proficiency found him as a board member and consultant to over 50 startup businesses looking to emulate and capitalize on his proven success.

Tommy earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Computer Engineering graduating summa cum laude and a Master’s Degree in MISM (Masters in Information Systems Management) also from Carnegie Mellon University and was the first student in CMU history to complete an undergraduate and masters program in only three years.

Brent Granado

Advisor

Brent Granado is an entrepreneur, accomplished executive and strategic advisor with a successful history in venture capital and M&A transactions. Brent is a Founding Partner at Sway VC. Brent has successfully demonstrated his innate ability to assist companies by strategically leveraging the greatest value out of their intellectual property and capital.

Having held titles including Managing Director, COO and SVP Corporate Development, Brent has served as a trusted executive and advisor to a variety of companies in industries ranging from technology, healthcare-IT, finance, social media and consumer products. As an executive, private equity Managing Director, General Partner, attorney and management consultant, Brent has spent his career working with startups, growth equity and middle market stage companies. With an extensive knowledge in global markets, he has played an instrumental role in countless M&A transactions and venture investments worldwide.

Dr. Terry Guaditis

Advisor

Dr. Terry Gudaitis founded Mindstar Security & Profiling in 2013. Prior to forming her own firm, Terry was the Vice President and Cyber Intelligence Director at Cyveillance, responsible for operations and management of the security/intelligence delivery organization. Before joining Cyveillance, Terry also held senior positions at SAIC, Psynapse Technologies LLC and Global Integrity Corporation. Before focusing on the commercial sector, Terry was an operations officer and behavioral profiler at the Central Intelligence Agency (Counter Terrorist Center).

In addition to her corporate related work, Terry is on the Board of MetaIntell, has served on the United States Secret Service Advisory Board; trained investigators at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and regularly presents at national and international conferences.

Terry holds holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Binghamton, a Master’s Degree and PhD in Forensic Psychology from University of Florida.

Andrew Bair

Advisor

Prior to becoming a partner at Sway Ventures, Andrew was CEO of DiamondBack Tactical supplying defensive equipment to Law Enforcement and Military. Andrew was also Senior Advisor at the State Department and the United Nations and has a consummate understanding of the technology sector, venture capital, government/law enforcement contracts and how these industries fit together to provide maximum value to companies.