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Vikram Sharma

Founder and CEO
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Recognizing the potential of quantum cybersecurity, Vikram Sharma conducted award-winning research to mature this science at the Australian National University (ANU). He founded and leads the Canberra-headquartered company QuintessenceLabs, which is now at the forefront of the global quantum cybersecurity industry.

The company’s capabilities have received a number of recognitions including: global runner-up in IBM’s SmartCamp competition, Top 20 Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow, Security Innovation Network’s SINET16 Cyber Security Innovators, UK Tech Rocketship award and most recently, named as a Global Innovator by the World Economic Forum.

Vikram holds a Master of Science in computer science from the ANU, a Master of Science in management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University, and a Doctorate in quantum physics from ANU. Vikram is also the recipient of the 2013 Pearcey State Award for Entrepreneurship, serves on several industry boards and is a member of Advisory Board of the Sydney Quantum Academy.

Prior to QuintessenceLabs, Vikram successfully built several technology companies, including a consultancy firm providing IT services to the Government of Australia, and one of the first private ISPs in India. Vikram’s TED Talk on “How Quantum Physics can make Encryption Stronger”, has had over 1 million views.

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.

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.

John Plummer

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
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John is a finance professional with more than 25 years’ experience working with Boards and Executive Teams across listed US, UK and ASX multinational organisations, spanning a number of industry sectors. In addition he has supported private start-up and scale-up companies to help them achieve business turnaround, transformation, capital restructuring, strategy development and execution, business growth and expansion.

John has held senior finance roles with Cochlear, Lion, Vodafone, Abbott Laboratories, ELI Lilly, and Brambles leading finance and commercial teams across financial and capital management, restructuring and transformation, capital raising and debt refinance, M&A, leading the strategy function and investor relations. John is currently a CFO industry expert with NSW Leaders, part of the International Leaders organisation, mentoring start-up and scale-up organisations.

John is a Chartered Accountant with the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting & Law degree from UWS.

Andreas Baumhof

Vice President of Quantum Technologies
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Andreas Baumhof is an internationally renowned cybersecurity expert and entrepreneur. As Vice President of Quantum Technologies, Andreas is responsible for the strategic technological direction of the company, complementing the world-class research in quantum cryptography efforts as well as the market-leading key and policy management suite. Andreas was cofounder and CTO of Microdasys Inc., where he developed the first ever SSL proxy, and later cofounder and CEO of TrustDefender until its 2011 acquisition by ThreatMetrix. He then served as CTO at ThreatMetrix responsible for all product development and strategic technological direction, leading it through its acquisition by LexisNexis in 2018.


Board and Advisors

Vikram Sharma

Founding Director & 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.

Jon Nicholson

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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 philanthropic vehicle.  He is also a Director of the Cape York Partnership and the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

Peeyush Gupta

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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.

Dave Curran

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Dave was the Chief Information Officer of the Westpac Group from 2014 to 2018, where he was responsible for technology strategy and its implementation across the Group. Dave has over 30 years of global experience in IT and financial services. Before joining Westpac, Dave spent 10 years in senior roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and 16 years at Accenture.

Dave is passionate about the development of Australia’s future leaders and is the Chairman of the Westpac Scholars Trust. He also has a deep commitment to cancer research and education and sits on the board of the Tour de Cure charity.