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Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO Coriant Management team, is a Cornell University Ph.D. graduate in electrical engineering. He joined the company at the beginning of 2015 but was only promoted to CEO in September 2015. Shaygan Kheradpir on ireport.cnn has worked in various companies including Barclays and Juniper Networks. Shaygan grew up in Iran but was born in England. He went to Aiglon College, a high school in Switzerland. All his University learning was acquired from Cornell University in the USA.
GTE Laboratories gave Shaygan his first job. While at GTE he dealt with network routing and control. He would rise to the Chief Information Officer position and later to CIO when GTE became Verizon Communication after merging with Bell Atlantic.
While working for Verizon, Shaygan Kheradpir’s contributions lead to the deployment of FiOS. Through Verizon, many homes in the United States were able to access fiber. FiOS operates through fiber-optic networks. Internet access, telephone and television services are all brought home through the Verizon FiOS.
After GTE and Verizon, Shaygan was employed as the Chief Operations Officer at Barclays. At Barclays, his contribution to customer products saw the development of Pingit. Pingit, a mobile payment software, was launched in February 2012 by Barclays. Initially, this system of receiving and sending money was only availed to current account holders at Barclays over 18 years of age. Later all current account holders in the UK above the age of 16 years were accommodated.
Pingit application is available on Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, and iOS Android gadgets. The development of Pingit lead to the promotion of Shaygan to Chief Operations and Technology Officer. By July 2015, Pingit was available in shops and for online transactions due to Barclay’s collaboration with Zapp.
Shaygan Kheradpir, a Ph.D. graduate, has contributed numerous written materials to the faculty of engineering and management. In 1998, he co-authored a report titled "Management for the new Millennium". In 1996, he teamed up with other authorities to write the book "Dynamic bandwidth-allocation and path-restoration in SONET self-healing networks." "Design and Deployment of an Integrated Network Management System for a Large Telco Network" was written in 1994 with colleagues in the tech world. About telephone operations, Khaeradpir together with others compiled "Real-Time Management of Telephone Operating Company Networks: Issues and Approaches" in 1993. These are just but a few of the contributions Shaygan has made to academia. His writing goes all the way back to 1988 when together with a colleague he wrote the book "Real-time control of robot manipulators in the presence of obstacles."
Kheradpir has sat on many boards where he has made his contributions to the techno industry. He sat on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 2010-2013. Prior to this, he served on the in New York in the YMCA. He has a membership at Cornell University’s Engineering Council.
As Juniper Network CEO, Kheradpir was interviewed in 2014. He said that he believed in "focus around the customer." He believes in executing without excuses.
The current MD at Duquesne Capital Management Christian Broda on valuewalk is a renowned economist having previously served as an Economics Professor at the Chicago University. He has a number of publications in the form of articles and books concerning world economics, trade and finance. Broda earned his economics degree from Universidad de San Andres, Argentina. He later pursued his Master and Ph.D. at MIT.
Broda’s publications are usually of very high significance. In “The Economic Stimulus Payment of 2008 and the Aggregate Demand for Consumption”, Broda talks about the response witnessed by households as a result of the payments and measures the partial increase in equilibrium in the demand for the consumers’ goods and services. He holds the belief that the American Dollar will remain dominant in terms of its status as the global currency of choice. Following the financial crisis of 2008, as other upcoming markets feel the effect, the dollar grows in strength. However, many economic analysts are of the opinion that with the growing government debts, the value of the dollar could be heading for a downward spiral. According to economist James Rickards, the coming financial collapse has not been witnessed before. With the international financial system having plummeted thrice in the past century in 1914, 1939 and 1971, he gives note to the fact that each of these collapses was followed by a tumultuous period like civil uprisings, war and instability in the state of the global economy. This view is shared by many others.
In recent years, calls have been made to replace the dollar with another global currency most notably by the former World Bank chief economist Justin Yifu Lin who is now a financial advisor to the Chinese Government and a professor at the Peking University. The idea of embracing the use of a number of currencies including the Yen, Sterling Pound, the Dollar and the Euro was rejected by Eswar Prasad and Broda alike. Broda advocates for investors to remain in investments dependent on the dollar advising investors to reconsider about channeling their funds in emerging markets.No single currency has dominated the world’s financial scene forever with dominance swaying from Britain, France, Spain and Portugal back in the 15th Century.
Broda is a successful hedge fund manager in his own right. He recently shared advice on how to establish a functional and reputable hedge fund. The beauty of hedge funds is that they involve little financial risk on one’s part. They do however involve a lot of effort. He broke down the start-up process into a number of steps. First up is forming a team that will be responsible for the running of the enterprise, this includes traders, analysts and a Chief financial advisor. Secondly, one needs to hire a law firm to deal with the legal proceedings involved on his behalf. Next is finding investors, hiring a stock agency through which one will make all his trades and finally setting up professional work premises. This makes it easier to attract investors.