Carnegie Mellon University

W.L. Mellon Speaker: Dr. Homaira Akbari 

Dr. Homaira Akbari, MSIA ’96, president and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC, presented on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. in the Tepper School Simmons Auditorium. 

Dr. Homaira Akbari is President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global strategy advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations in the sectors of Internet of Things, Cyber Security, Big Data and Analytics, and Supply Chain Visibility. She serves on the board of directors of several Fortune 500 companies including Banco Santander S.A. (NYSE: SAN), Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Gemalto N.V. (Euronext: GTO), and Veolia (Euronext: VIE).

Dr. Akbari has held senior management roles in Fortune 1000 companies including Microsoft, Thales, SA, and Liberty Media subsidiary, Trueposition. Dr. Akbari has served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions. Under her leadership, the company had record performance. She successfully sold SkyBitz to Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS).

She holds a Ph.D. with honors in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. Throughout her life, Dr. Akbari has been active in and a contributor to many non-profit organizations. She has served as the chair of Johns Hopkins University Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council and established Akbari-Mack Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.