Zotera is led by a diverse management team with extensive global experience. Our Principals have provided thought leadership to many of the world's most progressive Information Technology, Telecommunications, and Hi-Tech Manufacturing companies.
Jamal Shareef, Chief Executive Officer:
Many years of experience providing business and technology transformation across several industry sectors including telecommunications, information technology and high tech manufacturing. Fmr. Managing Director Hitachi Data Systems, Managing Partner Cambridge Technology Partners, Director Novell Consulting, Managing Director Decision Consultants Inc., Executive Systems Engineer EMC Corp., and Sr. Systems Engineer Candle Corp. Provided solutions to many of the world's leading innovators of Information and Communications Technologies including IBM, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Vodafone, ATT, Verizon/GTE, Time Warner, Sony Pictures, Sony Electronics, Disney, Motorola, Cox Communications, Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman, Gulfstream, Hughes Aircraft, Digital Equipment Corp., and others.
Oscar Williams, Chief Financial Officer:
Telecom Financial and High Tech Private Equity experience. Fmr. CFO Intermedia Communications, Comptroller ITT South & Central America. Private equity experience as a founding partner in Intellysis Capital Partners. Founding officer 2nd Century, the first US company which used a single transport technology for both voice and data. Significant contribution to the re-engineering and Privatization of the Bahamas Telephone Company. Conducted negotiations for international settlements and partnerships with Cable and Wireless, Telefonica and Portugal Telecom. Offered as expert accounting witness for telephone companies before the Federal Communication Commission as well as for electric and gas companies before the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission. Accounting expert witness in over 14 State Regulatory bodies related to the recovery of capital and cost for telephone, electric, gas and water companies.
Marek Kaszubski, Chief Operating Officer:
Extensive experience counseling on project finance, mergers and acquisitions, export/import, technology transfer, and foreign investment issues. Practiced law for the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Wall Street law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, a Washington, DC law firm of Mott & Associates. Consulted Fortune 500 and multinational companies including Cisco, AOL, AT&T, Capital One, Compaq, Dow Jones, Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment Corporation, GTE, IBM, Motorola, Raytheon, SAIC, Sprint, Lucent Technologies, European Space Agency and the World Bank. Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor to the Polish Ministry of Privatization.
Lonnie Jones, Vice President, Product Engineering:
Information Technology experience spans Program Management, R&D Management, Systems Architecture & Design. Held management and engineering positions with Scientific Games International, Watson Wyatt, and Candle Corporation. Clients include Bell South, IBM, Ford Motor Company, Volvo Motor Company, States of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. International clients include Lottery Consortiums in Mexico, Spain, Panama, and the Philippines.
Dayo Abiodun, Vice President, Business Development EMEA:
Extensive experience in Engineering, Advisory, Sales and Management. Co-founder, and Executive VP of CISU, Inc. Formerly held management and engineering positions with Kean Inc, Mobile Media Communications, Citicorp, Racal-DataCom Inc, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Syniverse Technologies, Acme Packet, Knet and Aicent.
Zotera South Africa:
Peter Hlapolosa, Managing Partner:
Several years experience in the Information, Communications
and Technology sector. Worked as General Manager Telecommunication
Services at The Independent Communications Authority of South
Africa. Served as Executive Head of Economic Regulation at Vodacom
Group. Participated in regulation making processes in South
Africa, Lesotho and Tanzania. Provided telecommunications
consultancy services to clients based on the African continent,
Europe and the Northern Americas.
Ben Machoga, Managing Partner:
Many years of experience in the South African
Telecommunications industry. Served as Manager - National
Operations Centre, Senior Manager - Network Infrastructure
Operations, and Global Capacity Business at Telkom SA. Represented
Telkom SA at several International events on international
business. Further served as Executive - Network Field Operations,
Network Engineering, Network Planning and Build, at Multi-links
Telecommunications Company in Nigeria. Also has several years of
experience in the Water Well Drilling business in South Africa.
Thabo Makhakhe, Managing Partner:
experience in the Information, Communications and Technology
sector. Headed the Economic and Financial Analysis
department of The Independent Communications Authority of
South Africa (ICASA) and later appointed
an executive board member (Council) of the same
Authority. Project-managed South Africa’s third
mobile licensing process which culminated in the licensing
of Cell C. Served as an executive in the Regulatory
departments of Telkom SA and MTN SA. Provided
telecommunications consultancy services to clients on the
International telecoms experience including Fmr. CEO & Chairman of the Management Board Vodafone Netherlands, Fmr. CEO Vodafone Americas Region, & Pres. Vodafone Global Platform (VGP), Verizon Wireless Board of Directors, CEO of Europolitan Holdings AB, and CEO of Ericsson Radio Systems Inc.
Christian Penda Ekoka:
Experienced in project engineering and finance. Chairman Zotera
Cameroon, Technical Advisor to the Presidency of Cameroon and
Member of the Cameroon Presidential Civil Cabinet, Fmr. Director of Studies and Projects
at the Cameroonian National Investment Corp. Consultant to the
World Bank Group, United Nations Industrial Development
Organization (UNIDO), African Development Bank (AfDB), United
Nations Development Programme(UNDP), in over twenty African and
Caribbean countries on private sector development.
Experienced in the development of Social,
Economic & Cultural programs for Africa (Water, Health, Power,
Agriculture, & Security). Developed sustainability through
innovation in technology & models to cater to humanitarian &
disaster response. Fmr. Ericsson Managing Director Senegal/Gabon &
VP Major Accounts West Africa, Fmr. Ericsson Vice President
Experience deploying, managing, and operating
wireless telecommunications companies. Fmr. VP Asian American
Telecommunications Company (Beijing). Fmr. VP Engineering &
Operations Telcel (Caracas Venezuela). Fmr. Exec. Director
Bellsouth Comunicaciones (Santiago Chile). Fmr. Exec. Director
CIDCOM (Santiago Chile).