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Management Team

Board of Directors

Roy Lai - President

Ashish Duggal - Chief Operation Officer

Phu Vuong - Chief Financial Officer

Hong Ji - Chief Scientist

Simon Gao - CTO China

Michael C.H. Hsia - COO China

Roy Lai - Chairman

Son Vuong - Director

Jonathan Armon - Director

Roy Lai - Chairman of the Board

Mr. Roy Lai co-founded Confederal Technology Canada in 2007 and successfully designed and commercialized the world first CDMA mobile communication system for coal mines. By the end of 2014, 28 CDMA networks had been deployed in China and generated $40M sales revenue. Prior to that, he served as the General Manager of CDMA Division of Potevio Capitel,the only State-owned provider of CDMA network solution in China, he was also the head of Potevio Capitel Research(with 500+ engineers in total and two R&D Branches in the US) and the head of the International Business Divison(with offices in 30+ countries).Due to his contribution to CDMA networks,He was ranked No.4 among the 2004' Top 10 Telecom Pepole in China.

Mr. Lai has 22+ years of high ranking leadership experience in telecom industry since he became the Managing Derector of R&D Department of Concord Telecom in 1993, he also serves as the Adjunct/Guest/Distinguished Prof. of Beijing University of Posts and Telecom, Chinese Academy of Sciences,Jiangsu University of Science and Technology and Hebei Polytechnic University, the Chief Expert of China Coal Automation Research Institute, technical consultant at NIC Lab, UBC and Advisor to the President of National Ilan University in Taiwan. He is an IEEE senior member and senior member of China Institute of Electrons. He served as the General Co-Chair of CloudComp 2014, the 5th International Conference on Cloud Computing. He has (co)authored 15 Chinese patents and over 20 papers.

Son Vuong - Director of the Board

Dr. Son Vuong received his BS from California State University, Sacramento, USA, in 1972, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada where he was a lecturer and assistant professor in 1981-1982. Since 1983, he has been a professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he founded the Distributed System Research Group and is now Director of the Laboratory for Networks and Internet Computing (NICLab). He is an international renowned researcher on the next generation network, protocol engineering, distributed multimedia systems, e-learning and mobile collaborative computing. His areas of research interest in recent years also include semantic search, p2p video streaming, ambient networks, security, and mobile e-Learning.

Dr. Vuong has (co)authored a US patent, over 200 papers and co-edited three books, including the book on "Recent Advances in Distributed Multimedia Systems" published in 1999. He has supervised thesis research of more than 80 graduate ( PhD and MSc) students. He served on many conference program committees and was (co)chair and (co)organizer of 10 international conferences. He served on the Canadian National Science and Engineering Research Council(NSERC) Grant Selection Committee in1999-2003, as well as on the Board of Directors of two high-tech companies with his vast interests in practical research and entrepreneurship.

Ashish Duggal - Chief Operation Officer

With 15 years of experience in IT industry, Ashish Duggal co-founded Confederal and served as Chief Operation Officer in March 2010. Prior to this role, Mr. Duggal held various positions of Sales, Engineering, Product Management and R&D with technology companies in North America. Mr. Duggal holds MSc and BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Alberta, and he is the inventor of two US patents.

Hong Ji - Chief Scientist

Dr. Hong Ji received her Ph.D degree in information and communications engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) in 2002, and has been a professor at BUPT since the year 2003, her expertise in research and development spans the areas of wireless networks and mobile systems, including ICT applications, cloud computing, green communications, and software defined networks, she has 25 approved patents in addition to 32 pending patents. Dr. Ji has (co)authored more than 300 papers, she served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transaction on Green Communications and Networking, and Wiley International Journal of Communication Systems, and she has guest-edited the Wiley International Journal of Communication Systems special issue on “Mobile Internet: Content, Security and Terminal”, she has served as the Co-Chair of Chinacom’11, and in the Technical Program Committees of ISCIT’17, GC’17 Workshops, Globecom’16/15/14/13/12/11, ICC’13/12/11, IEEE VTC’12S, and WCNC’15/12. Dr. Ji is a senior member of IEEE.

Simon Gao - CTO, China

Dr. Gao has over 15 years of experience in mobile telecom and IT industry. Prior to joining Confederal, he was the CTO of Internet of Things Department, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prior to that, Dr. Gao was the senior manager of Motorola China, in charge of GSM/UMTS products. Prior to joining Motorola, Dr. Gao was the CTO of CDMA Industry, Potevio Capitel. Dr. Gao holds a Ph.D degree in Telecom Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University, and he is the inventor of over 30 patents.

Michael C.H.Hsia - COO China

Dr. Hsia has over 12 years of experience in software, Internet and telecom industry. Prior to joining Confederal, he was the founder and CEO of Leader China. Prior to that, Dr. Hsia was the Chief Operating Officer of Realma Digimedia company, the official Partner with Real networks. Prior to joining Realma, he was the Executive assistant of chairman of Tsann Kuen, the biggest 3C chain store and listed company in Taiwan and China. Prior to joining Tsann Kuen, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Great China of Yesmobile nearly 6 years, including 4 years in BJ, SH and HK. To be this position, Dr. Hsia built up a very strong connection with some international telecom company??s great china high level management team as Cisco, Nokia and Motorola. Mr. Hsia holds a master degree in social Informatics in Yuan-Ze University, studied PhD. program in Management of Information Service from The National Cheng Chi University in Taiwan, and a PhD in China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.