As an avid voyager (having traveled to 100+ countries on six continents), one of Riad's passions is to explore tech innovation models across cultures/societies/history. His primary focus has been on developing early stage (high risk) tech ideas and scaling them to global markets. He co-founded Xona Partners, a boutique tech strategy & investments advisory firm, iValley.co, a Fintech startup co-creation studio, and Padovani Ventures, an emerging world focused tech innovation hub. He held various leadership roles in a string of Silicon Valley startups, including: Head of Systems Engineering at Wichorus (acquired by Tellabs), pioneering wireless Internet designs, Head of Technology at Anagran (acquired by Saisei), designing Internet networking systems, and Chief Architect at Caspian (acquired by Sable), building Internet backbone routers.
Earlier, he held lead engineering roles with Nortel & the Canadian National Research Labs in Canada, Hitachi Central Research Labs in Japan and the French National Research Labs in France. Contributions included the development of Internet and Artificial Intelligence innovations, leading to various academic/industrial awards. He has been a founder and advisor to various tech startups and accelerators in 15+ countries, and a trusted advisor to governments and tech companies, including some of the top 10 corporations and private equity firms in the world
He holds two Engineering and a Master degree (Applied Math & Industrial), all with highest distinctions. He was awarded a Doctorate in Artificial Intelligence with highest honors from the University of Paris and finalized his doctoral and post-doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley - all by age 25. He then completed an Executive Education at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a frequent chair/speaker at industry events (200+ conference/industry papers/articles), patent/inventions holder, angel investor and university lecturer. Next Challenge: Stay Tuned.