Board & Advisors

Devashish Paul

In founding BluWave-ai, Devashish Paul leveraged his extensive background in the semiconductor industry, primarily in supercomputing, AI and networking chips. He has grown businesses in Europe, Asia, and North American from startup to up to $110M annual revenue run rates at both public and private companies.

Devashish is driving BluWave-ai's mission to be the premiere global renewable energy AI company. Devashish earned a B.Eng. degree from Royal Military College followed by a Masters in Electrical Engineering (Digital Signal Processing) and an MBA in Marketing, both from the University of Ottawa.

He is a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  He is also a 31-time Ironman triathlon finisher, has coached masters athletes to 100+ finishes, and raced for Canada in ten world championships.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Claudio Cañizares, PhD

Claudio Cañizares advises BluWave-ai on smart grid technologies and emerging grid technical strategies. Dr. Cañizares is a Full Professor and the Hydro One Endowed Chair at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (E&CE) Department of the University of Waterloo, where he has held various academic and administrative positions since 1993.  

His research activities focus on the study of stability, control, optimization, modelling, simulation, and computational issues in bulk power systems, microgrids, and energy systems, in the context of competitive energy markets and smart grids. He has authored/co-authored many highly cited journal and conference papers, as well as several technical reports, book chapters, disclosures and patents, and has been invited to speak in keynote roles and at seminars at numerous institutions and conferences worldwide.

Dr. Cañizares is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (IEEE), as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, where he is currently the Director of the Applied Science and Engineering Division of the Academy of Science, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.  He is also the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, the 2016 IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal, and of various IEEE PES Technical Council and Committee awards and recognitions. He continues to hold leadership positions in several IEEE-PES Technical Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces.

Dr. Cañizares received an Electrical Engineering degree from the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN) in Quito-Ecuador in 1984, where he held different academic and administrative positions between 1983 and 1993. He earned his MSc (1988) and PhD (1991) degrees in Electrical Engineering are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

ADVISORY BOARD

Paul Georges LeRoux

A co-founder of BluWave-ai, Paul LeRoux was a leader in Deloitte Canada’s efforts to understand the critical issues affecting companies in industries such as energy and resources, telecommunications, cleantech, defence,  aerospace, information technology, digital media, and social media.

Paul provided consultative advice to technology, media and telecom companies developing new technologies, helping them understand the requirements of their end users and their marketplace. He built relationships with suppliers and customers and guided them as they navigated the challenges of business.

As a market facing, project delivery partner, Paul was a leader of teams that provided companies access to the consulting resources they required to be successful. Paul also worked with a large, strong network of innovative organizations at in government, investors, inventors and organizations deploying new technology.

Today, Paul runs his own consulting business, Skate Lace Consulting Inc., providing critical business advisory services to companies seeking to build, grow and extend their value proposition in various marketplaces.

BOARD DIRECTOR

Reshmi Paul, PhD

Reshmi Paul advises BluWave-ai on corporate strategy, go-to-market, and all aspects of human resources and executive leadership. Reshmi is a Partner at ghSMART and is an expert in CEO succession. Her 20 years of strategic and leadership consulting make her a valued advisor for Boards, CEOs and senior teams of Fortune 500 companies globally.

Prior to joining ghSMART, Reshmi was a Partner at RHR International. She served as the Global Practice Leader for RHR's Management Due Diligence, serving private equity clients. She co-led the development of RHR's Executive Women Leadership initiative and has been a speaker at several conferences and round tables on the topic.

Prior to RHR, Reshmi spent nearly a decade at the Monitor Group where she advised senior executives on company strategy and organizational change. She has extensive experience in a number of industries including financial services, private equity, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, professional services, consumer products, retail, media and communications. Reshmi serves on the Board of Trickle Up, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower ultra-poor women in building sustainable livelihoods through seed grants, skill-building and participation in savings groups.

Reshmi holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University in New York, a Masters of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors degree with Honors from Queen's University in Canada in Math and Economics. Reshmi has lived and worked in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Japan, France, India and Liberia. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children.

BOARD DIRECTOR

Mahshad Koohgoli, PhD

Mahshad Koohgoli advises BluWave-ai on startup strategies, fundraising and entrepreneurship challenges. Mahshad is a business veteran who created and led a number of technology companies (SpaceBridge, Lantern Communications, Nimcat Networks, Protecode), raising significant venture financing and providing substantial returns to his investors.

As a serial entrepreneur, he thrives on expanding the boundaries of innovation, in technology and in business. In addition to his twenty years of success in startups, Mahshad also has fifteen years of executive experience in large organizations such as Nortel, Alcatel and Avaya. He is currently advising and mentoring  entrepreneurs in Canada and in Europe, and learning about medieval history by hiking through ancient European backroads.

Mahshad has a Doctorate in Predictive Control Systems from University of Sussex in England.

ADVISORY BOARD

Mario Montana

Mario Montana advises Bluwave-ai on marketing and sales strategy, venture capital (VC) engagements and strategic partnerships. Mario has more than 30 years of experience in technology companies primarily in the semiconductor industry holding positions in General Management, Marketing and Sales.

Most recently, Mario was with Integrated Device Technology (IDT) for over 20 years where as Vice President and General Manager he ran various businesses such as Automotive, Industrial and Enterprise Computing. Mario also ran World Wide Sales at IDT for four years and helped to drive sales revenue from $400M to $800M during that time.

IDT was acquired by Renesas Electronics in April 2019 and since then Mario joined the Bluwave-ai Board of Directors and is an early investor in the company. Mario is also a board member of A3Cube Inc, an AI company based in San Jose, California focused on high performance computing (HPC) applications.

Mario received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master in Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University. Mario lives in Los Gatos, California.

BOARD DIRECTOR

Parham Momtahan, MSc

Parham Momtahan is a co-founder of the company and was instrumental in building the original BluWave-ai engineering team and the company's patent strategy.

Parham has extensive experience in starting and growing technology companies. He was part of the executive team that grew Bridgewater Systems, a mobile service control company, from startup to public listing and a $211-million acquisition by Amdocs. He is an angel investor and a mentor to a number of technology companies.

Parham has contributed to the design and implementation of many products based on fault-tolerant and scalable distributed systems. He is an inventor on a number of patents and is a member of IEEE.

Parham holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Cranfield University and a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Manchester, UK.

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