Kawaljit ‘Tony’ Singh
A software entrepreneur turned real estate developer, Tony’s storied past includes more than 20 years of technical and management experience in the IT industry. He is currently President & CEO of the Binary Group, an Arlington, Virginia-based organization that provides technology solutions, data analytics, training, agile enterprise architecture, and consulting to the Federal Government, across Financial Management, Health, IT, Information Management, and Program Management.
Previously, in 1997, he founded Quality Software Services, Inc., an established CMMI® Level 3 organization with a broad range of solutions for security & privacy, software engineering and health IT, with a focus on healthcare-oriented services and solutions. QSSI later came to be better known for being called in to fix the then ailing original Affordable Care Act website.
Tony went on to grow the company from a staffing organization to an established, multi-year project-based enterprise, engaged in the design, development, and implementation of information systems and services at the federal, state and private sector level. In mid 2012, OptumInsight, a subsidiary of the UnitedHealth Group, acquired QSSI in a multimillion-dollar deal.
In addition to Biometrica, Tony’s current investment portfolio spans companies across technology, digital marketing, hospitality, biometrics and real estate development. He is an investor in Wyngspan, a network where consumers, professionals and businesses can share information about and assign values to trusted resources.
He is also an investor and board member of NerveWire, Inc., a management services and integrated solutions provider that links activities and analytics to connect processes and people — employees, customers, partners — to make them more innovative, enable business transformation and enhance engagement.
He moves between his businesses and homes in Maryland, where he lived fulltime for many years, and Florida, where he now lives for a larger part of the year with his wife and children.
Alex is Director, Network Engineering at Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG), a leading provider of cloud communications services for businesses and consumers. Vonage is headquartered in New Jersey, with offices in the United Kingdom, Israel, and around the United States.
Alex, who holds a Bachelors in Information Security and Network Administration from George Mason University, and two Masters from University of Maryland, College Park, one in Cybersecurity and the other in Business Administration, previously worked as Executive Director – Information Security with iCore Networks.
Alex’s problem solving and troubleshooting ability, and technical proficiency across a range of IT and network communications issues, in addition to an ability to see the strategic big picture beyond technical platforms, helped him play a large role in streamlining iCore’s systems and being taken on by Vonage when iCore, a provider of Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) for businesses, was acquired by Vonage in mid-2015.
Prior to getting on board with iCore, Alex was a Manager of Enterprise IT Infrastructure with the CGI Group, the Canadian global IT consulting, systems integration, outsourcing and solutions company, headquartered in Montreal.
He also previously worked in technical operations and engineering at IrisGuard, a leader in the biometric technology that pioneered iris recognition development and applications for use in homeland security, banking and finance.
Alex’s family originally moved to the U.S. from Iran, and he is fluent in Farsi. He lives in McLean, Virginia, with his wife and their young son.
Wyly T. Wade
Member, CEO & President, Biometrica
Wyly began writing code somewhat early. By the age of 10, he had published his first video game for his friends, and by his early teens, he was building and securing systems for parents of friends and local small businesses in the Texas Hill Country. A few years on, barely out of his teens, he took out a bug that was hampering what later became the Release of Lotus Notes 4. It was a feat that impressed Lotus executives enough to get them to later pay for Wyly’s education at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
In the two decades since, Wyly has worn multiple hats, that of technology maven; a problem solver; that rare multifaceted expert who straddles multiple worlds — the East and the West; the private sector, the worlds of multilaterals, academia and the government; and software, security, surveillance, healthcare, engineering, product development and finance as an agent of change — economic, social, political.
In his 20s, he had helped set up Cambridge Technology Partners’ security practice, which, at that time, in the 1990s, was one of the most successful physical and digital security groups of its kind anywhere. His focus there, among other things, was on South America and the drug cartels. In 1997, he and his team at Cambridge hacked into the Federal Reserve (with permission) on live television — for ABC’s 20/20 — and took a billion dollars, to show the Fed just how vulnerable banking systems could be.
Wyly has worked with the City of Atlanta and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to define the requirements of Public Law 107-347, and others. In 2003, these established a broad framework of measures that use Internet-based IT to enhance citizen access to government information and services.
In the mid-2000s, as CTO of Holliston, the U.S. passport maker, he advanced product offerings to include producing passports and security documents for 85 countries, and helped develop biometric standards for the U.S. passport. In doing this, he was an advisor to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), instrumental in defining the requirements for the e-passport. He and his team at the time also worked with the producers of the chip and the antenna that go in a passport, to provide some shielding against being able to steal identities remotely.
In 2008, he began moving back and forth between the U.S. and India on work, and moved base there in 2009 to work with the Indian government, in the capacity of a World Bank special consultant on technology, to build integrated platforms for the protection and distribution of social protection services.
He went on to be part of the original core group that built the world’s largest health insurance program (called RSBY) for people below the poverty line in India, and was later part of a tiny team at the Unique Identification Authority of India — the only person in it not of Indian origin — that built Aadhar, which, with more than 1 billion people enrolled, is now the world’s largest biometrics program.
Wyly has almost certainly collected more biometrics across more countries than any single individual in the world. He has worked with some of the world’s best-funded groups in the U.S. and Japan on ideas for the future, and some of the world’s poorest and most deprived people in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Haiti, and Rwanda, to use technology to provide access to healthcare and better systems. Besides these countries, he has also worked with governments and security groups in Mexico, Maldives, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Germany, and Ghana on biometrics, benefit delivery, identification and security issues.
Wyly returned from Asia in mid-2012, and continued consulting with the World Bank for the next year, following which he took on an advisory role with SEAF, a social impact PE fund that invests in post conflict countries. He also became CTO of Cybergy Partners, under which umbrella different companies worked on protecting critical digital infrastructure, including the Smart Grid. Previously a senior adviser on the Biometrica board, he took over as fulltime CEO in April 2016.
He is currently on the technology advisory board of Lutron, the world’s biggest manufacturer of lighting systems, a group on the forefront of the Internet of Things. He is also a mentor at 1776, a global incubator and seed fund that concentrates on helping startups transform the industries they are in. He continues to consult with civilian and military intelligence agencies on defensive and offensive capabilities, across cybersecurity, physical security and logistics.
An Eagle Scout for almost 25 years, a history and politics buff, and a once certified dessert chef and an EMT, Wyly currently lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.