Xona Partners
Location: California, USA


Riad has been involved in a string of technology startups in the Silicon Valley over the years, from initial venture capital funding to product engineering to global market commercialisation. Most recently, he has been working on early stage ventures in Artificical Intelligence as well as Internet of Things platforms development, and co-founded a global technology, strategy and investment advisory firm – Xona Partners, where he has been spearheading a new model for advanced technology incubation/spin-in to accelerate innovation. Prior to that, he was successively head of worldwide systems engineering at Wichorus (acquired by Tellabs), a venture that pioneered 4G networking systems, head of global technology solutions at Anagran (acquired by Saisei Networks), a venture developing intelligent network optimization/analytics solutions, and chief architect at Caspian (acquired by Sable Networks), a startup developing advanced internet routing solutions, all based in the Silicon Valley.  Earlier, he held senior engineering and business positions with Nortel in Canada, the Canadian National Research Labs in Canada, Hitachi Central Research Labs in Japan and the French National Research Labs in France. He is also a founding member of various technology startups and a technical advisor to several internet and telecom ventures in the North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  He holds two Engineering degrees and a Master degree (applied mathematics and systems/computer engineering) with highest distinction, was awarded a Doctorate in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) with highest honors from the University of Paris, was a doctoral and post-doctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley and completed the Executive Education in Business at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Riad is an active contributor to various industry fora, such as the IETF, ATMF, ITU-T, OIF, IPv6, IEEE and 3GPP, a frequent speaker, chairman and panelist at international industry and technology events around the globe (with well over 100 published papers and internet technology standards). He is also a frequent university lecturer, an advisor to venture capital firms, startups incubators and technology policy makers and a member of various technology and innovation awards committees, in over two dozen countries. Along with the San Francisco bay area, Riad has also lived in Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Ottawa, Algiers, Dubai and Hong Kong, and travelled to most countries around our world.