Paran is a technology entrepreneur with a vision to deliver privacy to the masses. Having recognised the trend for an insatiable appetite for users data, he set about with other global thought leaders to form a scheme for ethically balancing the needs of personal security together with the needs of nationals security and targeted advertising. This would take the form of developing a high value IP proposition in the fields of cryptology and machine learning. The ethical dimension here was and remains core to the values of his (and his co-founders’) vision.
In the early 90’s Paran formed a cutting edge Information security business which bridged the gap between academia and industry before becoming an advisor to the Prince of Wales’ Business Advisory Board, the Department of Trade and Industry on the formation of encryption policy, a member of the CBI’s e-commerce initiative and a founder member of the UK government’s initiative for CISSP accreditation to allow for market entry of security professionals, amongst others.
Paran graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of London and is now a visiting professor in Intelligent Systems within Computer Science at the faculty of Engineering Sciences, UCL.
Scentrics is the culmination of a career spanning decades of cybersecurity entrepreneurship and research and global policy formation.
John is a professor at University College London, where he is the former head of Computer Science. He is also the UNESCO Chair of Artificial Intelligence at UCL. His main research area is Statistical Learning Theory but he has also helped to drive a fundamental rebirth in the field of machine learning through the coordination of several European-wide projects investigating the theory and practice of Machine Learning. He has been involved in applications of machine learning in fields as diverse as computer vision, brain scan analysis, immunity and proteome analysis in medical applications. John has authored over 250 research papers and two books about support vector machines and kernel methods. He is among the most highly cited academics in his field.
John, oversees the specification and implementation of Scentrics’ Platform as a Service (PaaS) key management protocol and advanced Machine Learning techniques.
Jerome specialises in business operations and growth. He has spent most of his career developing technology businesses and working in technology sales & marketing. A strong combination of leadership and technical knowledge allows Jerome to be the lead on high profile accounts. His experience spans numerous sectors including financial, media and charity. A Microsoft and Cisco Certified engineer, the last two decades have seen Jerome in roles as diverse as technical trainer, salesperson, consultant and company director. Prior to Scentrics, Jerome played a significant role in assisting the founders of a London-based IT Support Company, increase its sales and assist its subsequent exit. Jerome joined Scentrics bringing this versatility and breadth of expertise together running the day-to-day operations of the business.
Keith has been involved with computers and the IT industry since the late 70’s. A veteran of the video computer games industry during the 80’s 90’s and early noughties, he then broadened his knowledge base and has since worked in a variety of other sectors in an IT related capacity over the last 15+ years. Due to his ability to combine technical, strategic, and business oriented thinking he has held numerous roles during his career including Board level positions within both private and listed companies, and has also been involved in various company acquisitions, reverse takeovers and flotations at senior management and Board level.
Simon specialises in Marketing, having spent the first half of his career as a Board Director of various advertising agencies (Dewe Rogerson 1984-87; J Walter Thompson 1987-94; Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO 1994-1996; J Walter Thompson 1996-2000 – the last 2 year as Managing Partner) and as Chairman of HHCL & Partners (2000-03). He was also a key contributor in Sir Richard Branson’s first bid to win the License to run the National Lottery and was made CEO of the People’s Lottery for Sir Richard’s second Bid in 2000. Since then, he founded Virgin Games in 2003 which he ran until its successful trade sale in 2013 before setting up his own consultancy firm, Simon Burridge & Associates, which, over the years, has worked for such companies as Seven Investment Management, The Health Lottery, Buzz Bingo (formerly Gala Coral), of whom he was also a Non-Executive Director, as well as many others.
Simon graduated with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University
Phil is a commercially focused Finance Executive with significant experience in a number of organisations and sectors.
Following a degree in Computer Science from Manchester University, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen then spent a number of years as a CFO in the technology, fiber optics and biotech sectors including working with 3i, fund raising and completing an IPO in the US.
He moved to the US as divisional CFO for Quintiles then Iron Mountain, Bausch and Lomb and Readers Digest where he completed numerous acquisitions and business transformations.