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Vincent Smith

Vinny is the Executive Chairman at WSO2. He is the founder of Toba Capital, an investment firm committed to helping create and build incredible technology companies. Vinny began his career at Oracle, working in a variety of sales and sales management positions. From 1998 to 2012, he was responsible for leading the strategic direction of Quest Software and served as CEO/Chairman. Under his direction, Quest became a leading enterprise systems management company, scaling from just 25 employees to more than 4,000 employees worldwide and $1B in revenue. Prior to joining Quest, Vinny co-founded Insight Venture Partners, which remains a leading venture capital firm based in New York. In the early '90s, he co-founded Patrol Software, which he financed, managed, and sold in 1994 to BMC Software.

Outside of software, Vinny is an investor in real estate development projects throughout California. His foundation, Teach a Man to Fish, does philanthropic investing focusing on enabling passionate entrepreneurs who are devoted to vital causes. He is an advisor and financial supporter of organizations like Fuel Freedom, Gen Next Foundation, Augies Quest, Cure Duchene, Orphaned Starfish, Orange County High School of the Arts, MiddleBridge High School, and Mount Saint Joseph High School. Vinny holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Delaware.

James Clark

James Clark has been contributing to the Open Source community for nearly 20 years. In the past 15 years, his work has focused on SGML/XML, where he is a renowned pioneer of these technologies. Since its publication in February 1998, XML has achieved widespread industry acceptance as a key technology for the future development of the Web. In 2001, James was awarded the first XML Cup.

Brinkley Morse

Brinkley Morse worked for 25 years in the enterprise systems software industry in senior executive capacities at BMC Software, Inc. and Quest Software, Inc., including as General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer and head of corporate development. After Dell, Inc. acquired Quest in 2012, Mr. Morse assisted Vincent Smith in the launching of Toba Capital Management, LLC, the lead investor in WSO2 and is a Toba partner. Mr. Morse has been involved with WSO2 since Toba’s initial investment in November 2012 and a board observer for the last several years.

Board Observers

Pankaj Mitra

Pankaj leads Cisco's investment and acquisition activities in India. He was formerly at Infosys Corporate Development, where he helped enable early stage investments for Infosys’ $500M innovation fund, and at VMware, where he helped launch VMware’s first cloud services. His areas of interest range from enterprise SaaS and AI applications, to digitalization and cloud infrastructure. Pankaj has an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a BTech EE from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Shevan Goonetilleke

Shevan is the President and Chief Operating Officer at WSO2 and is responsible for global operational execution of the company. Shevan joined WSO2 in 2013 as Director of Engineering where he managed engineering efforts for several integration products including the WSO2 ESB, Identity Server, Message Broker and Business Process Server. He later moved into an operations role as Vice President of Global Operations where he was responsible for optimizing operational execution and driving the company towards profitability. Shevan has over two decades of experience in both Software and Telecommunication companies. Prior to joining WSO2, he worked for Deutsche Telekom UK, where he managed delivery and deployment of mobile digital products across the T-Mobile footprint in Europe. Before Deutsche Telekom, he worked for Virtusa Corporation, where he rose through various technical and management positions in Sri Lanka, USA and UK and spent several years leading large technology programs for global clients with responsibility for revenue, growth and delivery. He holds a Bachelor's in Computing and Information Systems from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Paul Fremantle, Ph. D

Paul Fremantle is the CTO and co-founder of WSO2. He is known as the father of the Cloud Native computing concept and has a long history of working in open source and middleware, including work on Apache Axis2, Synapse and WSO2 Carbon. Most recently Paul completed a PhD looking at how personal middleware can improve IoT security and privacy, from the University of Portsmouth. Paul is a visiting lecturer at the University of Oxford, has published a number of peer reviewed articles and has two patents. Paul previously worked at IBM where he was an STSM.