About Us

Maxeler Technologies is managed by an experienced executive team and board of directors,
supported by a strong team of company advisors.

Management Team

Board of Directors


Maxeler Technologies is proud to be supported by a strong team of advisors from industry and academia.

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Oskar Mencer


Oskar Mencer is the Founder of Maxeler, and affiliated with the Computing Department at Imperial College London. Oskar is fascinated by human decision making, and is driving the development of a new science of Multiscale Dataflow Computing and Space-Time-Value discretization. Prior to Maxeler, Oskar was in Computing Sciences (1127) at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, Stanford University and Hitachi Central Research Laboratories in Tokyo. Oskar received two Best Paper Awards, an Imperial College Research Excellence Award in 2007 and a Special Award from Com.sult in 2012 for "revolutionising the world of computers".

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Geoff Smailes


Geoff's career spans over 25 years in Finance, having worked in London, New York and Hong Kong. He has a broad knowledge set with experience from both Banking and Asset Management sectors. He has held senior roles in trading, treasury, structuring and asset management and has had responsibility for significant risk and human resources across all asset classes. He sat on the Markets Management Committee at Barclays Capital 2011-2015, ran Barclays global non-core asset disposal group, and was Global Head of Emerging Markets trading at Credit Suisse from 1998-2002. His entrepreneurial experience was built in co-founding an asset management company, Solent Capital in 2002. Geoff graduated with an MA (Hons) in Economics from Christ's College, Cambridge University. He is now active in the Fintec space and is looking forward to facilitating the very significant impact that Maxeler MPC can have on the Finance sector.

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Michael J. Flynn

Chairman Emeritus

Michael J. Flynn, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, is best-known for the [SIMD, SISD, MISD, MIMD] classification and the first detailed discussion of super scalar design. He was founder and senior consultant to Palyn Associates, a leading computer design company; founder and Vice President of American Supercomputers; and a partner at Paragon Partners, a venture capital partnership. Prof. Flynn received the IEEE/ACM Eckert-Mauchley and Harry Goode Memorial Awards in 1992 and 1995, respectively.

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Sarbjit Bakhshi

Director of Government Affairs

Prior to joining Maxeler, Sarbjit was the Head of the Strategic Policy and International Team at the Government Digital Service, in the Cabinet Office, UK. Sarbjit has had a long career within the UK Government on Technology and Innovation, working the Department of Trade and Industry in matters of EU Regulation, Broadband Policy and Consumer Credit; in the European Commission (DG Internal Market and Services); UK Trade and Investment as Head of the ICT sector group team, and Innovate UK - where he was Lead Technologist for ICT.

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Georgi Gaydadjiev

VP of Dataflow Software Engineering

Georgi Gaydadjiev has a long lasting experience in designing various computer systems in both Industry and Academia for close to 30 years. He held a Chaired Professorship in Computer Systems Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden until May 2015 and currently is a honorary visiting professor at the Department of Computing at Imperial College. Georgi has three Best Paper Awards (ICS-10, USENIX/SAGE-06), one of his projects won CES Design & Engineering Showcase Award in 1999 and his academic research for the last 14 years was funded by the European Commission, National Agencies in the Netherlands, Sweden, UK and Google in USA.

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Simon Aglionby

VP of Dataflow Systems

Simon is responsible for development, production and delivery of the hardware, boards and systems used in Maxeler's dataflow computing systems. He has extensive experience in design and manufacture of high performance digital processing electronics at employers from the BBC to commercial & military avionics providers. Most recently he co-architected a new generation of audio and video signal processors at broadcast equipment supplier Snell. Simon holds a BSc summa cum laude in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

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Jason Poirier


Jason is Director of Growth Strategy and Ventures Investment at Juniper Networks. In his current role Mr. Poirier drives Juniper's long term growth strategy and venture investment in the areas of Cloud, Networking SW Orchestration & Automation and IoT. Over his 25 plus years of experience in the networking industry Mr. Poirier has held various Strategy, Product Management, and Marketing leadership roles. Jason holds multiple patents in networking and communications technologies and is a graduate of Clarkson University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering & Management.

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Richard Roberts

JP Morgan

JRichard is a technology director in the Corporate and Investment Bank at JPMorgan Chase. Prior to this he held a number of technology leadership roles at Deutsche Bank including sales and research technology, and delivery of the firm's client facing platforms. Richard began his career at Deutsche Bank as a developer in fixed income trading technology. He holds a degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Vision.

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Jerry Marcus

New York

An entrepreneur with executive level experience creating and executing strategic relationships with major and emerging technology companies. Past executive roles have included Director and Officer at Metromedia Fiber Networks (NYSE), Vice President of ICon CMT Corporation (Nasdaq), and Director at Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq). He serves in the capacity as a Board Member/Senior Advisor to a number of companies and institutions including Columbia University Graduate School of Business, WorkMarket, The Pathways Group and GolfTec. He holds a BBA in Accounting and a Masters in Computer Science from the City University of New York.

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Robert J. Odell

Company Secretary

Robert has been the Company's legal counsel and a key advisor since its inception in 2003. For the past fourteen years, he has been both an entrepreneur and General Counsel to numerous privately held companies, including as a founding executive of Bigfoot Interactive, Inc., an email marketing software and services company sold to Alliance Data Systems (NYSE: ADS) for $120MM in 2005. Most recently, he was a co-founder of one of the largest operators of multi-family housing in New York City, and also served as its general counsel. He currently operates a private consulting business in New York City. Mr. Odell received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and his B.A. magna cum laude from Cornell University.

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Pierre Lussato

Skylar Group

Pierre is a Managing Partner at Galaxis Capital in London where he oversees the firm's investment in Maxeler Technologies. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to several UK and US based private equity firms. He was previously a Director at Lehman Brothers and Robertson Stephens International, the San Francisco based Technology bank where he was raising venture capital funding for private European companies. Pierre holds an MBA from Insead and a BA from Babson College. Pierre is also the Treasurer of Little Hand Children Foundation, a UK based non-profit organisation.

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Rob Creamer

Geneva Trading

Rob Creamer is a member of the FIA board and the Chairman of the FIA Principal Traders Group (FIA PTG), a group of more than 20 firms that trade their own capital and provide a critical source of liquidity in the exchange-traded markets. Mr. Creamer has served as President and CEO of Geneva Trading since 2010 and has a broad background in all aspects of the trading business. In his role as Chairman of FIA PTG, Mr. Creamer is a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC). He has previously worked in various positions in trading and in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Creamer graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky and received an MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

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Veljko Milutinovic

Academia Europaea

Dr. Veljko Milutinovic is a professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia. During the 80's, for about a decade, he was on the faculty of Purdue University in the U.S.A, where he co-authored the architecture and design of the world's first DARPA GaAs microprocessor. During the 90's, after returning to Serbia, he took part in teaching and research at a number of major EU schools. He also delivered lectures at Stanford and MIT, and has about 20 books published by leading publishers in the U.S.A. Dr. Milutinovic is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Member of Academia Europaea.

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Wayne Luk

Imperial College London

Wayne Luk, Professor of Computer Engineering at Imperial College London, founded the Computer Systems Section and the Custom Computing Research Group there. He is a Senior Advisor of Maxeler, and was Visiting Professor at Stanford University and Queen's University Belfast. His research sponsors include Altera, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nokia, Sharp, Sony, and Xilinx, as well as the European Commission and research councils in UK and Hong Kong. He is a recipient of over 10 awards for his publications from various international conferences, and he also received a Research Excellence Award from Imperial College London. Prof. Luk is one of the foremost experts on domain specific embedded languages, and he is at the forefront of acceleration technology ideas. He is a fellow of the IEEE and BCS.

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Dennis Allison

Stanford University

Dennis Allison has been a lecturer at Stanford University since 1976, running the EE380 seminar which covers the latest developments in Computer Systems. Dennis is a consultant for Addison Wesley publishers, and was a long-time member of the editorial board of Microprocessor Report. Dennis also serves as an expert in legal disputes involving Copyrights, Patents, and/or Trade Secrets. Over the years his interests and consulting practice have covered a wide domain that includes numerical mathematics, high performance computing, computer systems, geophysics and medical computing.

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Masahiro Fujita

University of Tokyo

Masahiro Fujita received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1985 and soon joined Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. From 1993 to 2000, he was assigned to Fujitsu's US research office where he directed the CAD research group. In March 2000, he joined the department of Electronic Engineering in the University of Tokyo as a professor. He has written over 100 technical papers on all aspects of logic design CAD and received several awards from major Japanese scientific societies on his works in formal verification and logic synthesis. His Ph.D. thesis, written in early 1980's, was on model checking.

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Paul H J Kelly

Imperial College London

Paul Kelly, Professor at Imperial College London, received his PhD in Computer Science from London University. He leads the Software Performance Optimization research group at Imperial College London. His research sponsors include IBM, Microsoft, Arup, Codeplay and The Foundry Visionmongers Ltd, as well as the EPSRC and EU. He has chaired the Software Track at the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), and has served on the Program Committees of the International Conference on Supercomputing, Compiler Construction, Euro-Par, and many other conferences and workshops. His joint work with David Pearce on field-sensitive intra- and inter-procedural pointer alias analysis was incorporated into the GNU Compiler Collection, GCC (release 4.1 and later).

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Oliver Pell


Oliver Pell is at Facebook in London. Previously, Oliver was VP of High Performance Computing at Maxeler and led Maxeler's core technology development. Oliver holds degrees in electronics and computing from Imperial College London, has authored various scientific publications in top conferences and journals, and is co-inventor of over a dozen patents and patents-pending.

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Howard Lee


Howard Lee has 20+ years of executive-level experience with large computer companies and emerging firms. He served as General Manager and VP of Product Development and Technology at Unisys, and Senior VP of the Apple Macintosh Division at Apple Computer Inc. As Senior VP of engineering at Sun Microsystems Lee brought SUN servers and workstations to Wall Street, fundamentally changing the way financial computing was executed. He co-founded NanoOpto, a nanotechnology startup in New Jersey. He has extensive experience in on-time engineering design and product delivery, building efficient engineering teams and managing international engineering collaborations and off-shore teams. Lee holds a B.S. in electrical engineering, an M.Eng. in electrical engineering and computer science, and an M.B.A.

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Gerald Aigner


Gerald Aigner is currently involved in exploring renewable energy and wireless technologies. Previously, Gerald was an early employee at Google, responsible for Google's data-center infrastructure until 2003. In 2004, Gerald founded Google's Zurich Engineering office. Prior to Google, Gerald worked at Stanford University as part of the compiler infrastructure for software transformation and optimization efforts. He holds a M.Sc. (Dipl. Ing.) degree from the University of Linz in Austria.

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Miron Abramovici

ex-Bell Labs

Miron Abramovici was co-founder and CTO of DAFCA, a startup that provides a reconfigurable infrastructure IP platform for System-on-Chip designs. Prior to DAFCA, Miron was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ. He is a Fellow of IEEE and co-author of "Digital Systems Testing & Testable Design". He was principal investigator and project leader of a 3-year, $1.5M DARPA-sponsored project on adaptive computing systems.

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John K Davies

ex UK Gov Advisor

John has spent his career in high technology operating globally as a technology adviser. This has included overseas attachments in the US and Asia as well as a UK Government Strategy and Technology Adviser for the past 15 years. John's advisory work has been in mobile and wireless communications, digital media, Smart Cities, Cloud and Big Data, as well as emerging and disruptive technologies. Helping technology start-ups scale and large multinationals source technology and partnerships internationally. John is responsible for International Partnership at CW a member based industry network and setting up the Smart and Intelligent Cities Special Interest Group. John also operates a Smart and Intelligent Cities advisory business and is an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Smart Cities.