Blackpoint is founded by experts with extensive understanding of hacking tradecraft and real-world defensive and offensive knowledge and experience
Founder & CEO
Executive VP of Engineering
VP of Cyber Security Engineering
VP of Product Management
UX Design Engineer
Director of Business Operations
Marketing & Design Lead
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Hamid Akhavan is a business executive, and former CEO of Unify GmbH & Co. KG (formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications). He graduated from the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Hamid started his professional career as a telecommunications engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He began his employment with Primeco PCS, where he held several key technical and marketing positions, including Executive Director of Technology Planning and Engineering and Executive Director of Product Management. Until joining T-Mobile in 2001, He served as the Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Information Technology of Teligent Inc. He served with Bellcore as a member of technical staff in Red Bank, New Jersey and as a Member of the Board of Management at Deutsche Telekom AG.
Hamid’s extensive management experience includes product development, and international sales and marketing, as well as technology, IT and procurement. Prior to joining Unify, Akhavan served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Deutsche Telekom Group, where he was responsible for the company’s mobile operations in Europe, and he was also Chairman of the Executive Operating Board at Deutsche Telekom. He was also previously the CEO at T-Mobile International AG. On October 15, 2013 Siemens Enterprise was re-branded Unify and unveiled by Akhavan publicly in person and on the web.
John C. Inglis
Mr. Inglis retired from the Department of Defense in January 2014 following over 41 years of federal service, including 28 years at NSA and seven and a half years as its senior civilian and Deputy Director. Mr. Inglis began his career at NSA as a computer scientist within the National Computer Security Center followed by tours in information assurance, policy, time-sensitive operations, and signals intelligence organizations. Promoted to NSA’s Senior Executive Service in 1997, he held a variety of senior leadership assignments and twice served away from NSA Headquarters, first as a visiting professor of computer science at the U.S. Military Academy (1991-1992) and later as the U.S. Special Liaison to the United Kingdom (2003-2006).
Mr. Inglis holds advanced degrees in engineering and computer science from Columbia University (MS), Johns Hopkins University (MS), and the George Washington University (Professional Degree). He is also a graduate of the Kellogg Business School executive development program, the USAF Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officers’ School.
Mr. Inglis’ military career includes over 30 years of service in the US Air Force — nine years on active duty and twenty one years in the Air National Guard — from which he retired as a Brigadier General in 2006. He holds the rating of Command Pilot and commanded units at the squadron, group, and joint force headquarters levels.
Mr. Inglis’ significant Awards include the Clements award as the US Naval Academy’s Outstanding Military Faculty member (1984), three Presidential Rank Awards (2000, 2004, 2009), the USAF Distinguished Service Medal (2006), the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (2009), the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (2014), and The President’s National Security Medal (2014).
Dr. Rajendra Singh
Dr. Rajendra Singh is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and together with his family, the principal owner of Telcom Ventures, LLC, a private investment firm based in Miami, Florida specializing in new wireless communications systems and technologies. Under Dr. Singh’s direction, Telcom Ventures and its affiliates have launched numerous wireless and other telecommunication systems throughout the world.
Dr. Singh and his wife, Neera Singh, were instrumental in founding or starting Appex, Inc. (a billing services firm which was sold to EDS system in 1990), Portatel (a cellular operator in Mexico), BPL (a cellular operator in India), Wireless Ventures of Brazil, Avantel (a specialized mobile radio operator in Brazil and Colombia), Infonet (a GSM operator in Venezuela), Teligent (a competitive local exchange carrier), LCC International (a consulting services company), and Mobile Satellite Ventures (a communication services provider in North America). Dr. Singh continues to play a leading role in the development and deployment of emerging wireless technologies.
Dr. Singh received his doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1980, his Masters of Science from the University of Maine and his Baccalaureate of Technical Science from the Indian Institute of Technology. He has a distinguished record of academic achievements beginning with a published doctoral dissertation on “Spectrum Efficient Schemes for Mobile Radio Communications” and several technical publications. As a former faculty member of both Kansas State University and City College of New York, Dr. Singh has contributed extensively to the academic and professional development of the wireless telecommunication industry. In 2012, Dr. Singh received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and was also inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame.
Dr, Singh currently serves on the board of trustees of John Hopkins University School of Medicine, the board of overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the board of directors for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Frank Fitzsimmons is a Managing Director at Adelphi Capital, LLC, a merchant bank located in Washington, DC.
Prior to Adelphi, Mr. Fitzsimmons was CEO of Iridian Technologies, the leading biometric (iris recognition) start-up backed by GE Capital and Perseus, LLC. At Iridian, Mr. Fitzsimmons brought iris recognition out of the R&D phase to become one of the top three biometrics and successfully sold the company to L1 Identity Solutions in 2006. Iridian’s primary clients were defense, homeland security, and intelligence agencies in the U.S. and foreign governments.
Mr. Fitzsimmons spent thirteen years at Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), moving from a senior finance role in the data collection unit to a division CFO. He went on to lead strategy for North America and then D&B’s efforts in new market and product development, introducing D&B’s first decision support and data integration products, and leading their initial Internet marketing and e-commerce efforts. Later, as the Senior VP of Global Marketing, Mr. Fitzsimmons guided D&B’s global product and segment strategies and partnerships with SAP, Oracle, and Siebel. He also led efforts to market the D-U-N-S number as a business identifier – including its adoption by the U.S. government - and the creation of the UN/SPSC commodity code.
Earlier in his career Mr. Fitzsimmons worked in financial management at Hess Oil and W.R. Grace.
Mr. Fitzsimmons currently serves on the boards of Orbis Operations, a national security services firm and Cybis, a cybersecurity consulting firm focused on the private sector. He was also one of the nine founding directors of ICANN, the nonprofit company tasked by the U.S. government with the governance of the Internet infrastructure.
Mr. Fitzsimmons has a B.S. in accounting from Ithaca College and an MBA in finance from Columbia University.