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.

MD - BlueVine Ventures

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.

Partner - Chamberlain Hrdlicka
CEO - Sure Secure Solutions

Founder/CEO - Geometris
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 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.

VP - Computex

Faisal Bhutto is a Partner and the Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Computex Technology Solutions.  He is responsible for all aspects of Computex’s national Cloud & Managed Services business.  He also serves as the Chief Architect for the Advanced Technologies group setting the technology direction for next-gen Collaboration, Networking and Security practices. Previously, he was the Chief Operating Officer and part owner of ENETsolutions LLC, responsible for managing all hands-on operational aspects of the company with primary focus on the technical and engineering operations. Faisal holds a B.S. in Mathematics and completed his Masters in Business Administration summa cum laude from University of Houston. He also holds the most prestigious networking certification in the industry known as CCIE.

Partner & VP, Computex Technology Solutions

Partner - E&Y
President - FMI Group
President - Benny Pace PC
CEO - Stratum Energy

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.

CEO, Stratum Energy


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