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Meet Our Board of Advisors



Sam Lexington, CEO

Sam Lexington is a senior executive with 25+ years of leadership at a Fortune 10 company (AT&T) driving rapid business growth and strategically leading Fortune 500 & Global 2000 engagements. Sam has extensive high-technology, customer-facing expertise leading business intelligence and advanced analytics ROI across complex business units. Sam's executive responsibilities include all functions related to running global business units, including P&L, sales strategy, managed services functions, go-to-market strategies, and oversight of large & talented professional teams. Sam has managed global IT organizations of 2,300+ people worldwide.

Throughout his career, Sam has focused on developing and designing comprehensive solutions that transform customer business operations and dramatically expand their capabilities. Sam has led diverse teams, provided innovative solutions, and partnered with cross-functional teams in a highly agile and rapid deployment environment. Sam was born in New Delhi, India in 1970 and was educated in India & United States. Sam has been married for 21 years and currently lives in Chicago with his wife and two teenage daughters.










Gul Ahuja, Board Member

Gul Ahuja is a renowned Retail and Information Technology expert with 20+ years industry experience. He has been a trusted advisor to 40+ Global Retail & CPG clients on strategy, operations, and best practices. He is an active presenter and panelist at various trade conferences & professional forums. Gul has a proven track record of driving tangible business results for client and partner organizations based on his expertise in solving complex problems across multiple industries. He has a deep background in developing & integrating teams, navigating complex corporate environments, and providing consultation & thought leadership to C-level. Gul has held several leadership and executive management roles throughout his career. He has broad business background in many facets of retail – Customer Loyalty, Data Monetization, Predictive Analytics & Insights, 1:1 Personalization, Merchandising, Traditional & Digital Marketing, Supply Chain, Inventory Management, Store Execution, and Corporate Functions. Gul currently lives in the Chicago, Illinois with his wife, son, and daughter.










Dr. Fabricio Costa PhD, Board Member

Dr. Fabricio Costa, PhD obtained his PhD in Genetics at The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and The University of Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2004. As of 2017, he completed 13 years of training at Massachusetts General Hospital and several other top universities in the United States. He worked nearly 10 years as a Research Scientist at Northwestern University and The Children's Hospital of Chicago, supported by the Maeve McNicholas Memorial Foundation and The Falk Brain Tumor Foundation. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Costa founded the consultancy company Genomic Enterprise and co-founded DataGenno Interactive Research. Dr. Costa has a U.S. Patent Number 8,630,868 B2.





Dr. Meltem Ballan PhD, Board Member

Dr. Meltem Ballan, PhD is a renowned Data Scientist, community leader and strategist. She is an experienced algorithm developer and computational neuroscientist. Dr. Ballan established labs, worked on academic projects, and has published articles and books. She managed large multinational and multidisciplinary projects from project design, risk analysis and matrix management. Dr. Ballan was trained by biotech and technology gurus and consulted neuromarketing and healthcare startups in their data management and strategy development. Dr. Ballan is a regular speaker and consultant for universities including Harvard and Yale.










Nafees Rahman, Board Member

Nafees Rahman is a high-energy, results-driven, and dedicated Chief Executive Office with 27 years of manufacturing, operations, P&L, supply chain, sales, marketing, new business development, and M&A. Nafees lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife and 2 daughters.





Dr. Kamlesh Macwan MD, Board Member

Dr. Kamlesh Macwan, MD is a neonatologist in Peoria, Illinois. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including OSF St. Francis Medical Center and Proctor Hospital. Dr. Macwan received his medical degree from Municipal Medical College in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India in 1984. He been in practicing medicine for more than 30 years. He is one of 7 doctors at OSF St. Francis Medical Center and one of 5 at Proctor Hospital who specialize in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.










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