President and CEO
Dean Drako has founded and run several successful companies – delivering technology to address demanding problems across multiple industries. Drako is best known as president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, which he founded to solve the spam and email security problem, growing the company to be a security industry leader with more than $200 million in annual sales, and 150,000 customers.
Dean’s other technology successes as founder and CEO include: overcoming the debug bottleneck for all the major semiconductor companies (Design Acceleration); resolving the problem of highly variable semiconductor project schedules and data security by using big data analytics (IC Manage); and replacing video recording systems with cloud video surveillance (Eagle Eye Networks). He recently acquired cloud physical security company Brivo, where he serves as chairman.
Dean has consulted on automotive electronics technology for Ford and General Motors. He serves on the University of Michigan advisory council. He received his BSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and MSEE from the University of California, Berkeley. Goldman Sachs named Dean as one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014.”
Shiv Sikand has led the design and development of products for semiconductors and electronic systems, including network and file system security. He has a passion for cars, motorcycles, and the physics and engineering of driving dynamics.
He has been obsessed with cars from a very young age and claims to be able to recognize any production car on the road today. Shiv received his BSc and MSc degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester. He did his postgraduate research in Computer Science also at Manchester University.
VP Electric Powertrain
Sami Ruotsalainen has done extensive research and engineering development for automotive technology platforms and sensors, and is project leader and chief engineer for the Helsinki Metropolia Electric RaceAbout car. He lectures in automotive technologies.
Sami has been working on vehicles since his early teens, and by late teens he built and raced electric radio-controlled model cars. He was recognized by the Finnish Electrical Engineers Association for his Electric Vehicle development work, and won the Finnish national open electronics design contest for solid state turn-and-slip Indicator for flying gliders in zero visibility. Sami received his MSc. in Automotive engineering and Electronics engineering from Teknillinen korkeakoulu-Tekniska högskolan.