Homaira Akbari joins the board of Banco Santander

Madrid, September 27, 2016. The Board of Directors of Banco Santander has agreed to name Homaira Akbari as an independent member of the Board. Ms. Akbari was nominated by the Bank’s Appointments’ Committee, filling the vacancy left by Angel Jado who has resigned from his position. Her appointment has received the necessary regulatory approvals and will be put forward for ratification at Banco Santander’s next general shareholders meeting.

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Following Ms. Akbari’s nomination, the Board of Directors of Banco Santander will increase its diversity, with greater international and sector representation. The bank will now have six women on the board, or 40% of its members, among the highest presence in international banking. The Board will continue to have 15 members of which a majority (eight) are independent.

Homaira Akbari has dual American and French nationality, earned a Ph.D. in particle physics from Tufts University and holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has had an extensive corporate career in France and the United States. Ms. Akbari is CEO of global advisory firm AKnowledge Partners, which specializes in The Internet of Things, Security, Big Data and Analytics. She is a board member at several technology companies as well as the French service and utility company Veolia Environnment.

Banco Santander’s Group Executive Chairman, Ana Botín, said: “The Bank is very proud to have Homaira join our board of directors. Her skills and professional experience will be extremely useful for Santander as we move ahead in our digital transformation. Her broad cultural and professional background will make us a better bank”.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to Angel Jado for his commitment, dedication and the significant contribution he has made to the Bank. Over the years, his advice and strategic vision were very valuable to the board and to me personally”. Mr Jado was a member of the board of directors in two different periods throughout the Group’s history, from 1972 to 1998 and from 2010 to 2016.

Banco Santander (SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and among the top banks on a global basis. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.52 trillion in managed funds, 12,500 branches and 190,000 employees at the close of June 2016. In the first half of 2016, Santander made underlying profit of EUR 3,280 million.

IoT Evolution Conference and Expo Announces Special Panel with IoT Investment Leaders

IoT Evolution Conference and Expo Announces Special Panel with IoT Investment Leaders

Leading Internet of things event explores the IoT startup landscape and the potential for unique investment opportunities

Norwalk, CT—May 10, 2016—TMC and Crossfire Media announced today the special panel discussion, Money & Management: Is it Better to be Unique or Unicorns? at IoT Evolution Conference and Expo, being held July 11-14, 2016 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. IoT Evolution Expo is directed at companies interested in understanding how to develop, integrate and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) strategies. This special panel discussion will take place at 9:00am on Wednesday, July 13th.

“We have windows of opportunity in IoT that include new networks, new sensors and new solutions,” said Carl Ford, CEO, Crossfire Media, executive director of content, IoT Evolution. “I am excited that this panel is going to take us past the headlines and show how existing companies and new opportunities converge into great investments.”

With over 140 different Startups worth $ Billion, the experts in the Money & Management: Is it Better to be Unique or Unicorns special panel discussion will explore what the difference between the haves and the have mores is even when business plans are similar. These investment experts will discuss what makes compelling business cases. Are unicorns passé? Are there still unique investments opportunities, or is there nothing new under the sun?

Panelists include:

  • Homaira Akbari, President & CEO at AKnowledge Partners
  • Mike Walkley, Managing Director, Senior Equity Analyst at Canaccord Genuity Research
  • James Brehm, Founder and Chief Technology Evangelist at James Brehm & Associates
  • Michael Lenoce, Managing Director at MVP Capital
  • Michael Crawford, Partner at Q Advisors LLC
  • Jeff Belk, Managing Director at Velocity Growth Fund

IoT Evolution Expo is supported by Super sponsor, AT&T, Diamond, sponsor KORE, Platinum sponsor, Eurotech and gold sponsor Ingenu.

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Veolia Appoints Dr. Homaira Akbari to its Board of Directors


Monday May 18, 2015, Dallas, TX – AKnowledge Partners, LLC announced today that Veolia (Paris Euronext: VIE) has appointed AKnowledge Partners President and CEO, Dr. Homaira Akbari, to its Board of Directors effective April 22, 2015. Dr. Akbari was favorably voted into the Board of Directors by Veolia’s shareholders due to her strong background and global expertise in the Internet of Things (the “IoT”) and the future impact that IoT will have on existing business models of large organizations.

Veolia Group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 179,000 employees* worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2014, the Veolia Group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia recorded consolidated revenue of €24.4 billion* in 2014 Black jack.

AKnowledge Partners President and CEO, Dr. Homaira Akbari, will serve a four-year term expiring at the end of the 2019 shareholders’ meeting convened to approve the financial statements for the period ended on December 31, 2018.

For the Combined Shareholders’ Meeting announcement from Veolia, click here.

(*) 2014 pro-forma figures, including Dalkia International (100%) and excluding Dalkia France.

About AKnowledge Partners, LLC

AKnowledge Partners, LLC, is a global advisory firm providing high-impact consultative strategies, solutions and advice to the world’s leading executives, Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms.  AKnowledge Partners services have guided clients in the technology sectors of The Internet of Things (IoT), Security, Big Data and Analytics. For additional information, visit www.aknowledge.us.

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