Co-Founder and CEO
Dr. Pouria Ghods is a professional entrepreneur and experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the concrete industry for the application of smart concrete testing technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in civil engineering practices related to Concrete Materials Science, Corrosion Engineering, and Non-destructive Testing. Dr. Ghods is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the 2018 Forty Under 40, 2012 Ottawa’s 100 Rising Stars and 2011 OCRI Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work at Giatec.
Aali R. Alizadeh
Co-Founder, President and CTO
Dr. Alizadeh has over 15 years of experience in the development and commercialization of technologies related to concrete materials. He brings unique expertise on the durability of concrete at the nano-level, particularly when it relates to infrastructure exposed to harsh environmental conditions. Most recently, Dr. Alizadeh was honored with the National Capital Region’s Forty Under 40 award, which recognizes accomplished business leaders who are under the age of 40 and give back to their community.
Dobrila has over 25 years of experience in the tech industry, encompassing marketing, product management, and R&D across enterprise, SMB, and SaaS companies in North America and Europe. Her innovative marketing techniques for starting conversations and generating leads are powering Giatec’s growth. Dobrila began her career at Bell-Northern Research and LSI Logic before moving into ventures in IoT and cybersecurity. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Invest Ottawa.
VP, Sales & Success
SVP, Finance & Operations
VP, Public Affairs
VP, Product Management
Kari has over 20 years of experience in high-tech product management. She has led product management teams at BlackBerry, InGenius, Mitel, and most recently as the VP of Product Management for a CleanTech solution at GE Vernova. She thrives on bringing people, technology, and business data together to successfully deliver customer-focused solutions. Kari specializes in SaaS product management, product strategy, partner ecosystems, and acquisitions. She is an inventor on 3 technology patents, is an Angel Investor with SheBoot, and is a member of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP).
AVP, Business Development
Sarah has been with Giatec since 2015 and leads the revenue efforts across North & South America as the Senior Director of Enterprise Sales. She completed her BCom at the University of Ottawa and the University of Hong Kong and will be completing her MBA at the Smith’s School of Business. Sarah helped built the foundation of Giatec’s International partner network to drive demand within emerging markets while developing programs to help her clients succeed.
M.Sc., P.Eng., MBA
Senior Director, Hardware Development
Mustafa has more than ten years of experience in the design and development of electronic systems, devices, and sensors for concrete testing. His previous industry experience includes analog and digital circuits design. He has an extensive background in micro-controller/processor programming as well as CPLD/FPGA-based system design. He has designed and developed several electronic instruments for testing and measuring corrosion in reinforced concrete structures.
Senior Director, Research
Andrew is Director of Research and Development at Giatec. He has carried out various research projects on the evaluation of supplementary cementing materials and other concrete degradation mechanisms. His graduate studies helped to advance corrosion-monitoring techniques and provided guidelines for their use in laboratory and field applications. Among numerous scholarships, he was awarded the Ketchum Memorial Medal by the University of New Brunswick in 2016 for graduating with the highest standing in Civil Engineering.
Director, SmartMix Software Development
Ian is an accomplished software leader with a passion for innovation and excellence. With his visionary approach and exceptional technical acumen, he leads teams to deliver cutting-edge SaaS solutions, leveraging Cloud technology for enhanced security, efficiency, and scalability. With an unwavering commitment to fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation, Ian empowers teams to unleash their full potential, shaping the future of software development.
Senior Manager, SmartRock Software Development
Uthaya is an accomplished software leader with 12+ years of experience. She possesses deep expertise in technology trends and with implementing cutting-edge solutions. Uthaya’s result-driven leadership style enables her to leverage technology effectively, driving business growth, and establishing a competitive advantage. Previously, Uthaya held diverse software roles, contributing to the development of a pioneering SaaS architecture for US Government Agencies. She holds an M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Michigan State University.