Meet the team
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
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.
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.
Brice Chambraud is responsible for the commercial development of Blackbird.AI’s solutions across the APAC region. As an entrepreneur and advisor, Brice brings a wealth of cross-functional experience and network that has enabled him to help scale several businesses throughout his career.
Working with multiple stakeholders in Asia, Brice strives towards delivering effective scalable solutions in disinformation cyber defense, along with raising awareness on disinformation threats.
Prior to his role at Blackbird.AI, Brice was involved with startups from multiple sectors. During his time as an Equity Specialist at Bloomberg, Brice explored the effects that news had on different markets, which is where he developed a strong interest for SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions.
Brice graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Business.
Andy Bair brings a unique background to Blackbird.AI that combines 30 years of government service with investment and risk management. Andy spent the first half of his career in senior positions in the State Department, the United Nations, and the U.S. national security community, and the second half of his career in private equity, venture capital, and corporate development. Andy has successfully run two startups, and he previously worked with Torch Hill Investment Partners where he served as an operating partner and CEO of one of the portfolio companies.
Dr. Abul Hasnat
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
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 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.
Paul is a Data Scientist with nine years of experience across a diverse array of topics in Natural Language Processing (NLP), Big Data, and general Machine Learning (ML). He arrives by way of physics, having received his BS in physics and mathematics from MIT, followed by an MS focused in ML from George Mason.
While working for a government contractor he spent several years implementing NLP systems at groundbreaking scale. He followed that by applying ML algorithms on “big data” for business analytics at a software company. Most recently, he was a data science bootcamp instructor where he taught two 3-month bootcamps per year and worked as an in-house data scientist the remainder of the time.
Vanya is a Data Scientist with a Master’s in Computer Science from Brown University. He brings hands-on experience with NLP, deep learning, reinforcement learning, and crowd-sourcing data. As a graduate student, he developed natural language and vision algorithms that let robots perceive and communicate with humans about the world around them. Vanya brings a passion for fighting disinformation – born out of his involvement with on-campus political organizations and get-out-the-vote efforts.
Seth is a Data Scientist with a background in Mechatronics. Having done his undergrad in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, his main areas of interest include computer vision and signal processing. Having worked on research and development of medical devices, he has built computer vision systems using infrared cameras to study human respiration, and developed neural networks to track drug withdrawal symptoms.
Jordan has been on the front lines of production information systems operations, security, and development for over 15 years, helping to keep small businesses, start-ups, Fortune 500 corporations, and governement agencies running, productive, and profitable. Jordan has provided DevOps Engineering for NASA, the U.S. Air Force, as well as a number of start-ups and private corporations.
As a DevOps Engineer at Blackbird.AI, Jordan is responsible for creating and maintaining the reselient, and scalable infrastructure and tooling necessary to deploy applications to a global audience.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.