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Vikram Sharma

Founder and CEO
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Vikram Sharma is founding director and CEO of QuintessenceLabs Inc. After realising the potential of quantum cryptography in the early 2000s in California, Dr. Sharma sought to commercialise the technology and returned to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group in the Department of Physics. QuintessenceLabs emerged from the world-leading research conducted by the group.

Vikram brings with him 20 years experience in building and managing technology companies. Prior to QuintessenceLabs, he founded three successful start-up ventures in the information technology services and hardware spaces. He is a Sloan Fellow from Stanford University, California, and also holds an MSc in computer science and a PhD in quantum physics from the ANU.

John Leiseboer

Chief Technology Officer
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John Leiseboer is founding CTO at QuintessenceLabs Pty Ltd, and is responsible for the research, design and development of key management, comsec and infosec products. He is a member of the OASIS KMIP and PKCS11 Technical Committees, and has contributed to the development of NIST, IETF, and IEEE standards, including SP 800-90B and C, and IEEE 802.6. John has worked in the fields of communications, and information security for over thirty-five years, designing and architecting commercial and military communications and information security hardware, software and systems. He has experience in applying conventional, classical cryptography as well as leading-edge quantum key distribution technology to innovative security product designs. Prior to joining QuintessenceLabs, John held senior positions in a number of technology companies working in commercial and military sectors, including RSA/EMC, Boeing, HP, and Plessey Defence Systems. John obtained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1979, specialising in electronics, communications, and digital systems.

Mark Crowley

President of US Operations, COO
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Mark Crowley is President of QuintessenceLabs Inc., the US subsidiary of QuintessenceLabs Pty.  He manages US market development including establishing the US supply chain, supporting staff and business partnering for sales and marketing to increase Federal, Defense and Commercial market penetration.  He has global responsibility for business development and market strategy.  Prior to QuintessenceLabs, Mark was Executive in Residence at New Enterprise Associates providing advice to CEOs. Before that, he was CEO of solar technology start-up SolFocus for 5 years. Mark led SolFocus from R&D phase to initial commercialization with revenues of $50M during the last five years. He managed the interface with manufacturing partners in Asia and developed 47 projects in 13 countries, partnering with construction firms around the world. Mark has 25 years’ experience in the US Defense Industry; holding numerous Vice President roles in Engineering, Product Management and Air Force Programs with Lockheed Martin and General Electric. Mark managed large teams (up to 4000 employees) with technical responsibilities and functions including communications and remote sensing systems. Mark also had responsibilities for supply chain and manufacturing management of aerospace systems.  Mark holds Engineering degrees from the University of Illinois and Drexel University, and the Stanford GSB Sloan Program.

Scott Richardson

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
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Scott is a high impact performance driven professional with more than 25 years’ experience and expertise in all facets of accounting, financial management, forecasting, M&A, business strategy, capital raising and investor relations within high-profile and startup corporations across a multitude of industry sectors.
Scott’s career demonstrates his versatility and spans numerous industry sectors since 1993, including mining, mining services, IT, engineering, manufacturing, construction, distribution, agribusiness, waste management, facilities management, not for profit, retail and automotive.

Scott has successfully managed finance operations from ASX listed entities to start-up private companies, and worked within multi-billion dollar organisations to owner operator businesses. This includes three years as CFO and Company Secretary of Austin Engineering Ltd, seven years as CFO of BGW Group and prior to that senior finance roles with Downer EDI Ltd, Brambles Ltd, Serco Group plc, Macarthur Coal Ltd, Nugan Group and MTAQ.

As a result of this experience Scott has expertise in raising capital, investor relations/roadshows, debt restructuring, finance department improvement, strategic/business planning, M&A, cash and working capital optimisation, corporate governance, strategy development, commercial analysis, risk management, international JVs and subsidiaries, cost reduction programs, capital expenditure analysis and funding, and ERP selection and implementation.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Business from QUT, is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Graduate of the AICD program & holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Outside work Scott is a devoted father of three and enjoys golf, AFL, Cricket and Rugby.

Jane Melia

Vice President of Strategic Business Development
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Jane Melia is the Vice President of Strategic Business Development at QuintessenceLabs, where she leads all market and product strategy activities.  Prior to joining QuintessenceLabs, Jane held leadership roles in several Silicon Valley start-ups, including solar firm SolFocus, where she headed the Technical and Product Marketing team for 5 years.  Jane’s 20 years’ experience in technology industries includes 8 years at HP, including as Senior Business Consultant in the Strategic Planning and Modelling group. Jane holds a degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London, and Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics from Cambridge University.

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Board and Advisors

Jon Nicholson

Chairman
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Jon was the Chief Strategy Officer for the Westpac Banking Corporation for eight years, responsible for Strategy and M&A across the Westpac Group. He came to Westpac from Boston Consulting Group, where he was a senior partner for many years, responsible for the Asian and Pacific Financial Services practice. Earlier in his career Jon was the Senior private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Australia.

Jon is Chairman of the Westpac Foundation, which is the bank’s major philantropic vehicle.  He is also a Director of the Cape York Partnership and the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

Robert Wilson

Director
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Robert is the Chief Technology Officer & General Manager of Technology, Strategy & Architecture at Westpac Group. This also includes responsibility for group Information Security and Cybersecurity.  He is a technologist and a banker with in excess of 25 years of international experience.

Before joining Westpac, Robert held a global role with SAP and prior to this worked with Swiss Re, McKinsey, ABN Amro in both the US & Europe.

Robert holds a Commerce degree (Economics & Econometrics) from University of NSW Australia, with post graduate executive study in both Europe & the US (MIT).

Peter Shergold

Director
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Peter Shergold was a CEO in the Australian Public Service for two decades. For five years from February 2003, Dr Shergold was Australia’s most senior public administrator serving as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He served four Prime Ministers and eight Ministers in both Coalition and Labor governments. He was made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) for public service on Australia Day 1996. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2002. In 2007, he was elevated to Australia’s highest award, the Companion in the Order of Australia (AC).

Peter is chair of the Opal Aged Care and a senior executive director of AMP Ltd, Veda Group Ltd and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He also chairs the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and the Commonwealth’s Higher Education Standards Panel.

He received a B.A from the University of Hull; an M.A. at the University of Illinois; and a PhD in Economics from London School of Economics. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Southampton University, London School of Economics and Pennsylvania State University and has twice been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. He was elected a Fellow of The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2005. He is also a Fellow of The Academy of Social Sciences, as well as of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Peeyush Gupta

Director
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Peeyush Gupta, a founding director and Chief Executive Officer of ipac Securities Limited, leads one of Australia’s best wealth management firms. Over the past 25 years ipac has build a global financial planning business that has helped people maximise their financial resources to achieve the goals that matter most to them. In fact, ipac’s credentials were recognised when the firm was awarded the top ranking for one of its financial plans in the 2003 ASIC/Choice survey on the quality of financial advice in Australia.

Peeyush commentates regularly to industry leaders and clients on the importance of lifestyle financial planning that is supported by a best practice business model. Peeyush holds a degree in Computer Science and an MBA in finance from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Vikram Sharma

Founding Director & Chief Executive Officer
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Vikram Sharma is founding director and CEO of QuintessenceLabs Inc. After realising the potential of quantum cryptography in the early 2000s in California, Dr. Sharma sought to commercialise the technology and returned to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group in the Department of Physics. QuintessenceLabs emerged from the world-leading research conducted by the group.

Vikram brings with him 20 years experience in building and managing technology companies. Prior to QuintessenceLabs, he founded three successful start-up ventures in the information technology services and hardware spaces. He is a Sloan Fellow from Stanford University, California, and also holds an MSc in computer science and a PhD in quantum physics from the ANU.

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