Management Team

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Robert Liscouski

President & CEO

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Robert Liscouski

President & CEO

Robert has served as president, CEO and chairman of QCI since February 2018, bringing to the company more than 35 years of executive experience at public and private companies, and federal agencies. He has extensive experience developing critical programs for protecting national security interests and essential infrastructure, as well as in crisis management, organizational development and strategic planning.

He is a noted expert and thought leader in enterprise security and risk management, including assessing, mitigating and managing physical and cybersecurity risks. He has been regularly called upon for media interviews and speaking engagements to provide insights related to terrorism, cybersecurity and risk management, and has been a regular contributor to CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and other media outlets.

He was appointed by President George W. Bush as the first Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was founded in 2003. In this role, he was responsible for the design, development, implementation and oversight of the Office of Infrastructure, which involved integrating various units from other government agencies, including FBI, DoD, General Services Administration, Department of Energy, and Department of Commerce.

He previously served as president and director of Implant Sciences Corporation, a leading manufacturer of Explosive Trace Detection equipment, which realized revenue growth of more than 400% before it was acquired by L3 Communications.

He earlier served as director of Information Assurance at the Coca-Cola Company and vice president of the law enforcement division of Orion Scientific Systems, a developer of advanced analytic software tools. Robert also previously served as a diplomatic security service special agent with the U.S. Department of State and an undercover investigator for the Bergen County Prosecutors Office in New Jersey.

He is currently a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., and has served on the Intelligence Science Board that supports the directors of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Intelligence Agency.

Robert also serves on the board of technical advisors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the board of the National Child Protection Task Force. He previously served as the president of the Middleburg Community Charter School and assistant scout master for Scout Pack 1737 in Middleburg, VA.

He received his Bachelor of Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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Chris Roberts

CFO

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Chris Roberts

CFO

Chris has served as chief financial officer and director of QCI since February 2018, bringing to the position more than 30 years of experience in corporate finance, business law, business development, information technology, marketing and government contracting.

He has held senior management and finance executive positions at a number of public and private companies involved in aerospace, defense and information technology, including Secure Point Technologies, Systems Made Simple (now part of Leidos), Integral Systems (previously traded on NASDAQ and now a subsidiary of Kratos), and Pearson Analytic Solutions (now a subsidiary of General Dynamics).

A noted expert in business law, he is a co-author of ‘Antitrust for Business,’ and has published articles on antitrust and patent law, space policy, information technology, and corporate finance. His other specialties include financial reporting, capital formation, accounting system migration, and compliance management. He has raised debt and equity capital, and negotiated bank lines for equipment finance and accounts receivable financing.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), after which he became a member Raytheon Technology's technical team.

He later earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School and practiced law in New York City for five years at two major firms, Chadbourne & Parke and White & Case, where he specialized in commercial litigation and antitrust issues.

He received his Master of Science in Business Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Michael Booth

CTO

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Michael Booth

CTO

Michael joined QCI in May 2019 as its new chief technology officer focused on the creation and implementation of the company’s strategy for the development and commercialization of quantum-ready software applications and tools.

He brought to the position nearly 30-years of experience in application design and development, serving in a number of consultative and senior management roles at companies involved in high performance computing. He is a proven leader in technology ventures, specializing in identifying the commercial potential of emerging technologies and developing effective strategies for bringing them to market.

He previously served in the benchmarking division at D-Wave Systems, the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers, where he developed qbSolv and benchmarking algorithms. His earlier consulting work involved high performance computing filesystems and massively parallel computing at the Oak Ridge Lustre Center of Excellence.

Prior to D-Wave he was vice president of MetroWorks, owned by Motorola and best known for its CodeWarrior integrated development environment. After the company was spun out to form Freescale Semiconductor, he became its DevTech engineering manager.

Earlier, he served as vice president of applications and software at Cray Research for nearly 20 years and five years at Silicon Graphics, leading the application development for supercomputers and high-performance computing.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Memphis, and completed his post-graduate studies at The University of Tennessee Space Institute, a graduate education and research institution adjacent to the U. S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Complex.

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Steve Reinhardt

VP, Product Development

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Steve Reinhardt

VP, Product Development

Steve joined QCI in May 2019 to lead QCI’s development of quantum-ready applications and tools, with a focus on delivering differentiated performance using quantum concepts on classical computers and on hybrids of quantum and classical. He has nearly 40 years of senior level experience in software and hardware engineering, development, and innovation.

He has built award-winning systems that delivered new levels of computational performance and analytic capability, yet were usable via conceptually simple interfaces. He has focused on graph analytics since 2003, developing graph-analytic core software and using it to solve end-user problems particularly in cybersecurity.

Prior to joining QCI, he was director of software tools and later director of customer applications at D-Wave Systems, the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers. At D-Wave, he led teams involved in developing quantum computing tools like qbsolv and worked with customers to map out problems for effective execution on D-Wave’s quantum-annealing-based quantum computer.

At YarcData/Cray, he led the implementation of key graph-analytic functions for their Urika graph engine and applied them to early customer analytics. This resulted in the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center and YarcData winning the 2013 HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award for Best Application of Big Data in High Performance Computing.

Previously, he served as vice president of joint research for Interactive Supercomputing Corp. (ISC), where he secured funding for projects to implement advanced graph-analytic capabilities in Star-P (distributed MATLAB). After Microsoft acquired ISC, he served as principal architect in charge of architecture and development of its Knowledge Discovery Toolkit for distributed graph-analysis, intended for use by subject-matter experts who are not graph-analytic experts.

He also served as chief engineer at Silicon Graphics, where he led the development of Altix, a scalable shared-memory Linux-based system that generated revenue of more than $600 million. He earlier served as the project director for Cray Research’s Cray T3E, the first production distributed-memory supercomputer, which generated more than $700 million in revenue for Cray.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Yale University and Master of Biological Sciences with a minor in Bioinformatics from the University of Minnesota.

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Mark Wainger

Director, App Development

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Mark Wainger

CTO

As QCI’s director of application development since 2018, Mark brought to the role more than 35 years of innovation and entrepreneurial experience in computer and information technology, finance and banking. He has been the co-founder, chief executive officer, chief technology officer and director of a number of tech-focused companies.

Prior to joining QCI, Mark served as a technology systems consultant for domestic and international enterprises, including establishing an online brokerage firm, structuring collateralized debt obligations for a major Dutch bank, analyzing Brazilian asset backed securities, and designing a bank balance sheet management system.

He earlier co-founded the fixed income analytics software company, Global Advanced Technology Corporation (GAT), with noted NYU finance professor, Thomas Ho. GAT delivered a cutting software solution for managing fixed income security portfolios that was used by more 250 major global institutional clients, including insurance companies, banks, mutual funds, and brokerage firms. The firm formed an alliance with Tillinghast to introduce the financial industry’s first economic value-based asset and liability management process. GAT was later sold to BARRA, which was eventually bought by Morgan Stanley Capital International.

Earlier, Mark conducted scientific research at Exxon Research and Engineering, where he performed climate modeling and visualization of scientific data. A system he designed to visualize 3D reconstructions of oil-bearing rock was featured on the cover of Exxon’s 1986 annual report.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master’s Degree in Applied Science from New York University.

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John Dawson

Director, Program Management

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John Dawson

Director, Program Management

Serving as QCI’s director of program management since 2019, John brought to the position more than 25 years of experience leading software development, IT teams and managing technology relationships.

At Cray Research, he led the firm’s worldwide IT organization and the software development team for Cray’s massively parallel and vector supercomputers. He subsequently co-founded and served as vice president of engineering for Unlimited Scale, which developed a Linux-based distributed operating system for high performance computing.

Later, as director of DevOps, QA and third party relationships for Freescale Semiconductor, he brought 80 contractors from eight different vendors on board and reorganized the company’s engineering compute organization and processes for chip verification. Then as a program manager at Dell, he led the implementation of a web-based support service that processed status and health data for hundreds of thousands of devices at Dell customer sites and used by 20,000 Dell Support employees. Analysis of this data enabled Dell to pro-actively identify performance and functional issues with customer products, often before the customer realized they were experiencing an issue.

He has served on the board of directors for Computational Engineering for 21 years until its eventual acquisition by Ansys, and received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

Board Members

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Robert Liscouski

Director

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Chris Roberts

Director

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Bertrand Velge

Director

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Bertrand Velge

Director

Bertrand brings to the board more than 25 years’ experience in multi-disciplinary, early stage venture investing in the mining, technology and healthcare sectors.

He has served as a director of several family-owned companies involved in the wine, logistics, industrial and financial industries in Belgium, France and the UK. He is also a managing director and co-founder of a family office that trades IPOs, equities, and forex securities.

His undergraduate business and managerial economics studies were completed at the Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium's largest French-speaking university.

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Justin Schreiber

Director

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Justin Schreiber

Director

As founder and president of JLS Ventures, Justin is an a highly experienced investor, venture capitalist and business developer. He also co-founded and currently serves as CEO and chairman of Conversion Labs (OTCQB: CVLB), a fast-growing telemedicine and wellness company with an expanding portfolio of direct-to-consumer brands.

Prior to JLS Ventures, Justin operated a consultancy that provided investor relations, advisory services and capital formation for publicly traded companies. He earlier co-founded a nationally-recognized healthcare finance conference that attracted more than 1,500 attendees and 150 CEOs from emerging venture-backed and publicly-traded companies.

He previously worked for a global healthcare consulting firm where he gained experience in operations design and effectiveness, efficiency improvements and supply chain optimization. He began his career at Gain Capital Group, focused on foreign currency trading.

Justin earned his Bachelor of Science in International Business from Elizabethtown College and Bachelor of Arts in International Management from the ICN École de Management in Nancy, France.

Advisors

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Yury Geyman

Technology Advisor

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Yury Geyman

CTO

Yury has more than 30 years of experience in finance, specializing in fixed income markets and investments, portfolio management and risk, and quantitative modeling. He spent 25 years at BlackRock working in the Office of the Global Fixed Income CIO, focused on portfolio construction for $60 billion in global unconstrained accounts and managing the quant strategy for a $36 billion fund.

His experience also includes financial and risk modeling, empirical research, and portfolio optimization. He previously served as the firm’s head of Fixed Income Risk, overseeing more than $650 billion in global assets. Yury earlier headed the Risk Modeling team, where he created portfolio risk tools and performance attribution systems.

He serves on advisory boards of FinTech and social impact incubator companies. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Information Systems and MBA in Statistics & Operations Research from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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Richard Schaeffer, Jr.

Technology Advisor

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Richard Schaeffer, Jr.

Technology Advisor

Richard is a former senior executive with the National Security Agency (NSA). He has more than 40 years in U.S. Government service, including 15 years as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. He has led technical programs and organizations from several dozen to several hundred in personnel, with financial responsibility for budgets ranging from several million to nearly a billion dollars.

Principal positions during his career include director of Information and Infrastructure Assurance for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon; NSA Deputy Chief of Staff; Acting Director of Research; Director of National Security Operations Center; Information Assurance Deputy Director; and Information Assurance Director.

Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his vision, leadership, and commitment to excellence. He is known for his strategic thinking, ability to build cohesive teams, political savvy, technical competence, and ability to communicate complex topics to any audience.

Since retiring from the NSA in April 2010, he has continued to pursue his passion for improving the security of U.S. interests in the Cyber domain. He started a private consulting firm, Riverbank Associates, which provides expert services in the areas of cyber and intelligence consulting. His clients include the full range of private sector companies, from startups to large system integrators and commercial businesses.

He serves on the advisory boards of a number of government, private sector, and non-profit companies and organizations, including the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, National Board of Information Security Examiners and others. He earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from The Catholic University of America.

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Dr. Faisal Shah Khan

Technology Advisor

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Dr. Faisal Shah Khan

Technology Advisor

Dr. Khan is a professor of mathematics and a principal investigator at the Center on Cyber-Physical Systems, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi. He was the first user of quantum annealing hardware in the UAE to optimize financial portfolios.

He presently serves as an associate editor for the Springer Nature journal, Quantum Information Processing, and previously served on the program and technical committees of several international conferences, including IEEE and SIAM.

His studies include differential geometric and game theoretic methods for optimizing the development of next generations of quantum computing technologies.

He is a visiting researcher at the Quantum Computing Institute at Oak Ridge National Lab, and serves as a member of the Information Security Center at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. He is currently involved in developing a hardware and software programming environment for the first-generation quantum computer, the D-wave 2000Q, and is also testing the IBM universal quantum computing platform.

Dr. Khan earned his PhD from Portland State University under the supervision of Dr. Steven Bleiler. He earned his Master’s in Mathematics from Portland State University, and Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Santa Clara University.

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Dr. Michael Liebman

Technology Advisor

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Dr. Michael Liebman

Technology Advisor

Dr. Liebman has more than 32 years’ experience in the world of medicine, biomedical research and education. He is currently the managing director of IPQ Analytics and Strategic Medicine, which provides risk assessment solutions and decision analytics to the life sciences and healthcare. The firm offers a proprietary ontology-based analytics engine which enables customers to identify, prioritize and quantify new dimensions of knowledge opportunities and related risk factors in the clinical, molecular and commercial domains.

He also teaches as an associate professor of Pharmacology and Physiology/Biophysics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, adjunct professor of Pharmacology and Physiology at Drexel College of Medicine, and adjunct professor of drug discovery at First Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University and Fudan University.

His research focuses on computational models of disease progression that stress risk detection, disease processes and clinical pathway modeling, and disease stratification from the clinical perspective. He utilizes systems-based approaches and design thinking to represent and analyze risk/benefit analysis in pharmaceutical development and healthcare.

He was previously director of Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center, and served as global head of Computational Genomics at Roche Pharmaceuticals, director of Bioinformatics and Pharmacogenomics at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and director of Genomics for Vysis. He co-founded Prosanos (now United BioSource), and previously served as executive director of the Windber Research Institute (now Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Molecular Medicine).

He is an advisor on digital health and quantum computing, and serves as a director of the Nathaniel Adamczyk Foundation in Pediatric ARDS. He is chair of the Informatics Program and Translational Medicine and Therapeutics for the PhRMA Foundation, and is a member of its scientific advisory board.

He also serves on the advisory board of the International Society for Translational Medicine and on the editorial board for the Journal of Translational Medicine, for Clinical and Translational Medicine and for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, Clinico-Economics and Outcomes Research and Biomedicine Hub. He is a member of the IUPAC Division on Human Health’s Medicinal Chemistry subcommittee, and currently serves on the External Advisory Board for the INBRE (NIH) program for the state of Delaware.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Chemistry from Drexel University and PhD in Physical Chemistry and Protein Crystallography from Michigan State University.

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Dr. Marco Lanzagorta

Technology Advisor

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Dr. Marco Lanzagorta

Technology Advisor

Marco has more than 20 years of research experience in both industry and at top research institutions that includes the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. and CERN.

He made significant contributions to the theoretical development of quantum radar, quantum gravimetry, quantum computing, and underwater quantum communications. He has received awards for his research on quantum information systems in gravitational fields, and has been granted a number of U.S. patents and published dozens of scholarly articles.

He has authored several books, including Quantum Information in Gravitational Fields (2014), Underwater Communications (2012) and Quantum Radar (2011).

He has served on several committees of scientific conferences, and as editor of technical books and journals. He earned his PhD in Physics from Oxford University.

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Dr. Nick Chancellor

Technology Advisor

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Dr. Nick Chancellor

Technology Advisor

Dr. Chancellor is a research and teaching fellow in the Department of Physics at Durham University, and an innovation fellow at the United Kingdom Research and Innovation, where he is focused on energy landscape-based hybrid quantum/classical computing.

He is best known for his pioneering research on the reverse annealing protocol for quantum annealing, and is frequently invited to speak at top quantum computing workshops.

He is a member of the editorial board of PLOS One, and was selected to participate in the exclusive 2012 Lindau meeting of Nobel Laureates and students.

He earned his PhD in Physics from University of Southern California and Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines.

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Majed Saadi

Technology Advisor

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Majed Saadi

Technology Advisor

Majed Saadi is a noted IT expert and industry thought leader who brings to QCI more than 20 years of executive leadership and experience in strategy development and IT transformation. He possesses deep knowledge in the domains of cloud computing, platform development, enterprise architecture and enterprise systems management.

He has held senior positions at large federal systems integrators, value added resellers and consulting firms, where he has been responsible for codifying capabilities and offerings, as well as supporting technical innovation across the enterprise.

Majed has also supported the mission of civilian federal agencies and commercial and educational organizations. He presently serves in a divisional senior management position at a global aerospace and defense company, focused on the deployment of major networks and systems for government and commercial customers.

He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and symposiums on topics ranging from public health IT to the impact of cloud computing on modern organizations.

His experience in the large IT systems integrator domain is expected to help advance the company’s go-to-market strategy, and particularly in positioning QCI as a key partner to integrators. His knowledge and skills as a large-company CTO and focus on mission centric systems is also expected to enable QCI to better present its software capabilities as companies look to quantum technologies to enhance their business applications.

Majed earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Notre Dame University and Master’s Degree in IT Management from the University of Virginia. He holds several industry certifications, including TOGAF, ITIL, ISO 20K and MoR.