Board of Directors

The Board is comprised of a select group of Charter Members and provide governance over all organization matters. Board members are nominated and elected to 1-2 year terms consistent with the organization's bylaws.

Kemal Farid
MD - BlueVine Ventures
Faisal Bhutto
VP - Computex
Aly Dossa
Partner - Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Narjis Ali
CEO - Sure Secure Solutions
Manish Desai
Founder/CEO - Geometris
Kashif Aftab
CEO - IQ Tech Pros
Talib Dhanji
Partner - E&Y
Imran Iqbal
President - FMI Group
Benny Pace
President - Benny Pace PC
Qasim Sharif
CEO - Stratum Energy

OPEN HOUSTON

PO BOX 79324, HOUSTON, TX 77027

INFO@OPENHOUSTON.ORG

MD - BlueVine Ventures

Kemal Farid

Kemal is an investor and a veteran technology entrepreneur in software, energy, financial, manufacturing, e-commerce and health-care products & services. For three decades, Kemal has built and invested in software, electronics, engineering, IT and services businesses with a specialization in the energy industry covering production operations, hydrocarbon accounting, exploration, drilling, reservoir management and financial services.

Kemal founded and led Merrick Systems, a leading oil and gas software company that was acquired by P2 Energy Solutions. He is currently a Managing Director at BlueVine Ventures, a multi-stage Venture Capital firm that invests or co-invests in and works with pioneering companies to expand their business footprint globally.

VP - Computex

Partner & VP, Computex Technology Solutions

Faisal Bhutto

Faisal Bhutto is an industry veteran with 18 years of information technology and security experience. He serves as the Vice President of Enterprise Networking, Cloud & Cybersecurity at Computex Technology Solutions, one of the nation’s leading Solution Providers. He is responsible for all aspects of Computex’s national Cloud & Managed Services and Cybersecurity business that boast world class Network Operations Centers and Security Operations Centers in Houston and Minneapolis. Faisal has been at the forefront of several technology trends and transitions. In 2002, he was one of the earliest architects and technology visionaries nationwide that saw the TDM PBX transition to VoIP and deployed the first production Cisco Unified Communications environment in the State of Texas. He then capitalized on the multi tenancy capabilities of that platform and built Hosted Voice Services for companies of all sizes to take advantage of this revolutionary enterprise technology trend further building a Managed Services powerhouse, ENETsolutions. After a successful acquisition by Computex, Faisal now has the charter to grow the next generation cloud & cybersecurity solutions and help Computex’s customers navigate the complexities of these technology areas. Faisal holds a B.S. in Mathematics and completed his Masters in Business Administration summa cum laude from University of Houston. In addition, he holds the industry’s most prestigious CCIE certification. He also serves on several technology boards including the Global Technology Advisory board for Cisco.

Partner - Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Aly Dossa

CEO - Sure Secure Solutions

Narjis Ali

Founder/CEO - Geometris

Manish Desai

OPEN Houston President

Manish Desai is a Houston-based technology entrepreneur and a pioneer in wireless M2M applications. He is presently serving as President of Geometris LP, a telematics and asset tracking company whose products are deployed in over 250,000 vehicles worldwide.

CEO - IQ Tech Pros

Kashif Aftab

Kashif Aftab is the Founder and CEO of Saga Consulting Services, the world’s largest full service IT integration Network and the Founder and CEO of NursesPro, a Nurse Staffing company.

Partner - E&Y

Talib Dhanji

President - FMI Group

Imran Iqbal

President - Benny Pace PC

Benny Pace

CEO - Stratum Energy

CEO, Stratum Energy

Qasim Sharif

Qasim Sharif graduated in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University in December 1982. He worked for BJ Services in Texas for five years as an engineer in hydraulic fracturing and well completion operations primarily in the field. He was selected by BJ to work in the international operations in Egypt, UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and Bangladesh. He was the Country or Area Manager in several of these locations and developed the Well Cementing, Fracturing, Acidising, Gravel Pack – Sand Control, Coiled Tubing, Relief Well / Blowout Control, and other businesses of the company. In 2009 Stratum made a sub-commercial gas discovery in its license in Romania. Subsequently Stratum made a significant second commercial gas and oil discovery there in 2012. The company is now focused on developing its commercial discovery and expects to be on production by Q4-2013. Qasim Sharif has experience as a CEO and expertise in well completions, work over and remedial operations, new venture development, exploration and production related contract negotiation and project management.

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