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Executive Profiles

Muni Boga

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Muni is founder and CEO at Kudos.  He is also a member of the company’s board of directors.  Muni has been a leader, strategist, product visionary, and innovator for more than 15 years.  Throughout his profession he has been listed as lead inventor on a number of international patents, including the Vinyl CD, that was acquired by Verbatim.

An academic background in architecture was the spark that ignited Muni’s career specializing in product, user experience, brand and strategy.  Prior to Kudos, Muni was the CEO of BOGA, where he led the creation of award winning technology and design solutions for clients throughout Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Mexico. 

Muni is dedicated to creating innovations and models that embrace diversity, enhance human performance, drive a culture of engagement, and ultimately make the world and business better.  Muni sees Kudos as being the foundation to these innovations.

Tom Short

President & Founder

Over the course of 25 years, Tom has used his passion for entrepreneurship and marketing to found numerous, highly successful companies including Bright Ideas and Idea Machine – the latter being recognized as one of the top 10 interactive agencies in Canada. In 2003, Tom merged Idea Machine with Rare Method, an integrated marketing agency, to create the largest independent interactive agency in Western Canada. Rare Method was ranked amongst some of the best organizations in the country as one of Alberta Venture Magazine’s Fast 50 and Profit Magazine’s Profit 100 for several years running.

At each organization Tom has built, employee engagement has been first and foremost to building effective teams. He brings this expertise in corporate culture and team motivation to Kudos.  Tom leads business development at Kudos and is active in speaking engagements and thought leadership activities in the HR industry. He is passionate about the role recognition plays in creating true employee engagement and is dedicated to educating the world about what genuine recognition can do for people everywhere.

Board & Advisors

Zahir Khoja SVP Global Acceptance, Product Development & Innovation, MasterCard

Zahir Khoja

SVP Global Acceptance, Product Development & Innovation, MasterCard

Prior to his current senior role at MaterCard, Zahir was CEO for Mobile Payment Solutions (MPS), a joint venture between MasterCard and SMART Hub Inc. Zahir’s professional influence can be seen across the world, having won numerous awards for his part in building a pivotal Mobile Money system in Afghanistan from the ground up. Zahir is currently on the Advisory Board for the Grameen Foundation Technology Centre, was the founding chairperson for AMMOA, and has sat on the Board of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation.  In addition to speaking at events like GSMA Mobile360 Africa, his career also includes time with corporate giants like Virgin Mobile, TELUS Canada and Pepsi-Cola.

Todd Simpson Venture Partner, iNovia Capital

Todd Simpson

Venture Partner, iNovia Capital

Based out of San Francisco, Dr. Simpson is a Venture Partner at iNovia Capital.  Prior to this, Todd was Chief Strategy Officer at AVG Technologies.  At AVG, Todd spearheaded initiatives on privacy, performance and protection with a special focus on mobile. Todd has also held the position of Executive Vice President of Innovation Partners at InterDigital Communications, and prior to that was Chief of Innovation at Mozilla Inc. Todd’s prestigious career has been an entrepreneurial journey driven by his love of technology. With a Ph.D. in Computer Science and an author of numerous patents and papers, Todd joins the board with more than 20 years of invaluable business and technology expertise.

Dr. Paul Marciano  Author of Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work

Dr. Paul Marciano

Author of Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work

Earning his Ph.D. In Clinical Psychology from Yale University, Dr. Paul is an internationally acclaimed author and leading authority on employee engagement and behavioral change. With more than 25 years of experience in organizational development, he is also President of the human relations consulting firm, Whiteboard LLC. Dr. Paul joins the board with expertise in business culture-building and employee engagement strategy and theory.

Minaz Lalani Managing Principal, Lalani Consulting Group

Minaz Lalani

Managing Principal, Lalani Consulting Group

As Managing Principal at the Lalani Consulting Group, Minaz joins the board with a broad scope of experience ranging from strategic actuarial, human resources and risk consultation to private venture fund management. Prior to founding LCG in 2010, he was a principal with Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), a preeminent global HR company. Minaz has been a Fellow of various actuarial societies and sat on numerous Boards. His years of experience in both the profit and non-profit sector revolves around his Personal Vision Statement: Be C.R.I.S.P. - Creative, Responsive, Informed, Sensitive and Positive.

Alfan Jetha Managing Director & Co-Founder, RxSource

Alfan Jetha

Managing Director & Co-Founder, RxSource

Alfan is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director of RxSource. For over 12 years, Alfan has been using his vast experience to innovate the global pharmaceutical industry, and works closely with hospitals and clinics around the world to boost quality and efficiency in pharmaceutical procurement.

J.C. Herrera SVP Human Resources, Lithium Technologies

J.C. Herrera

SVP Human Resources, Lithium Technologies

J.C. brings a proven 15+ year track record of success in cultivating best-in-class, performance cultures leveraging his deep background in global compensation, incentive and rewards programs, learning development, employee engagement and business transformation strategies. He is also an expert in customizing programs that best meet the needs of diverse business models and cultures and respond to today’s dynamically changing landscape. J.C. started his career at Electronic Arts, and progressed into leadership positions at Documentum/EMC, Dreyer’s/Nestle, and McAfee Inc (an Intel Company), where he was SVP of Global HR & Learning.

Phil Toews P.Eng., ICD.D

Phil Toews

P.Eng., ICD.D

After a 30 year engineering and banking career, Phil joins the Kudos board with a diverse background that includes trading and risk management. Previously, Phil was a Managing Director at JP Morgan, where he headed up their Canadian commodity business. Phil made the move to JP Morgan after 13 years at Goldman Sachs. Prior to banking, Phil was involved in start ups in the energy sector, as well as working as an engineer for a multi-national. Phil holds an engineering degree from the University of Alberta, and has obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Farid Kassam  Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Akeelee Inc.

Farid Kassam

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Akeelee Inc.

Spanning a 23-year technology career in health, financial services, telecommunications, aerospace and military systems, Farid joins the board with a broad and valuable entrepreneurial experience in fundraising, business planning and product management. Farid’s deep passion for innovation extends from his early days in building mission-critical software for Boeing and the NASA International Space Station program to his experience with various tech start-ups. His current focus is on healthcare and big data.

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