Team

Quantropi has over a dozen full-time employees with a powerful combined background and skillset in deep technology, quantum communications, cybersecurity and entrepreneurship. As part of the Creative Destruction Labs 2020 Quantum Stream Cohort, our company continues to experience constantly accelerating growth. To learn more about opportunities to join a purpose-driven, visionary team innovating at the development forefront of the Quantum Internet, be sure to visit our Careers page.

Our Experienced Executives:

James Nguyen
Co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer

Prior to leading Quantropi, James was Chief Investment Officer & VP Asia Operations for a group of private and public real estate, mining, energy
storage, graphene technologies and manufacturing interests, where, in his responsibilities for strategy, banking and global expansions, he secured large-scale investments and partnerships for commercializing graphene applications across multiple industries. A graduate of Carleton in Economics, he previously achieved success managing a mid-market portfolio (professional services, public sector, Asian markets) at RBC for over a decade. James has been on the HKCBA board, held advisory positions with technology start-ups and gives back as volunteer, fundraiser and mentor.
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Dr. Randy Kuang
Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer

Randy holds a doctorate in quantum physics. His research findings have been published in top international journals and named “Kuang’s semi-classical
formalism” by NASA in 2012. With a career spanning IT, including with Nortel as senior network researcher & developer, he co-founded inBay Technologies in 2009, serving as CTO of the cybersecurity platform. As the first recipient of a patent for two-level authentication (2011), Randy is a prolific inventor, with 30+ U.S. patents in broad technology fields, such as WiMAX, optical networks, multi-factor identity authentication, transaction authorization, as well as concepts, technologies and industrial applications for quantum key distribution.
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Jason Burke
Chief Financial Officer

With 25 years of experience providing operational and financial expertise to rapidly growing companies, Jason oversees Quantropi’s financial planning
and helps define the investment opportunity. Currently the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Positive Venture Group, a leading provider of outsourced finance, virtual CFO and executive consulting services, Jason previously served as COO and CFO of Conversant, VP Finance and Principal Accounting Officer at AVID Technologies, and CFO of IBM’s Business Analytics Division. There, in 2008, he oversaw the integration of major portions of IBM’s $5 Billion acquisition of Cognos, where he had held increasingly senior finance positions, including CFO.
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Dr. Nicolas Bettenburg
Chief Technology Officer

Nicolas leads technology commercialization and development for Quantropi. He holds a doctorate degree in computer science from Queen’s
University and is the co-inventor of 6 patents in cybersecurity. In addition to his accomplishments as an entrepreneur, Nicholas has worked in CTO and technology advisory roles for various high-tech start-up companies. Apart from deep technology, he is passionate about building high-performance teams, adopting software engineering processes within start-up environments and developing great software products that users love. His industrial research on how high-performing teams craft high-quality software received the IEEE/ACM 10-year research impact award in 2018.
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Ken Dobell
Chief Marketing Officer

Ken leads marketing strategy at Quantropi. In high demand as a consultant with 25 years’ experience in performance media and an award-
winning creative background, he has completed successful transformations, (re)branding and product development mandates with KPMG, Keurig, Fidelity, Eddyfi, Coveo, and more, and provides digital advice to the CMA. Previously, Ken pivoted an offline advertising brokerage to a leading-edge, data-driven performance agency as President of DAC Digital, held a progression of international leadership roles with Monster.com, pioneered a range of multi-channel initiatives as VP Marketing with a global franchisor, and introduced a mobile-first programmatic media offering to Canada within WPP.
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Our Talented Experts:

Alex He
VP Engineering

Alex is a product-oriented project manager who bridges the gaps between the company’s engineering and commercial teams. He has over
 ten years of experience in the analysis, design and development of enterprise-class applications, with a particular focus on creating optimal user experiences (UX). Ever passionate about cybersecurity solutions that can deliver solid security without unreasonably sacrificing customer convenience, Alex is the lead inventor of a registered patent on user interface security. He is committed to helping ensure that the Agile software engineering team at Quantropi delivers consistently high-quality, high crypto-agility cybersecurity solutions for next-generation communications.
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Nick Kuang
VP Corporate Services

As VP Corporate Services, Nick plans, directs and coordinates a wide range of activities aimed at achieving Quantropi’s vision of the Quantum Internet.     
He has a keen interest in transformative technologies and the possibilities they offer for bettering our everyday lives. A pharmacist by training, Nick nurtures teams with a focus on integrity and collaborative effort, coupled with strong attention to detail. With prior experience in a successful biotech start-up developing point-of-care test kits, he enjoys the fast pace and challenge of the start-up environment.
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Tina Wang
Software Developer

Tina develops websites and participates in a range of different projects, using new frameworks for front-end UI, along with Vuejs, Angula, Beego,
Ruby on Rails, and Electron. She developed Quantropi’s desktop CipherSpace application by integrating Electron, Webassembly and Go, to ensure a good user experience, as well as perfect operating system compatibility. She is also part of the dynamic and efficient QKD-NODE project team. Tina is always looking for new ways to increase her knowledge, improve her technological proficiency and enhance her strong execution and implementation skills. Prior to Quantropi, Tina served as a full-stack web developer at Sunny Future, where she maintained a WordPress home site and managed the release of new content for the company.
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Bond Vo
Business Analyst

Bond Vo is the Business Analyst of Quantropi. Along with Quantropi, Bond has been dynamic in accordance with a fast and evolving startup  
environment and is responsible in a wide range of areas including market research, funding, and more involved in the controller roles to oversee day to day accounting operation as well as build financing models and budget to achieve company’s ultimate goals/objectives. Bond has applied best practices consistently and successfully supports equity, debt, and non-dilutive funding for Quantropi since joint the team. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce concentrated in Finance from Carleton University. Outside of his professional career, Bond also participated in volunteer for the Vietnamese Immigration Student Association (VISA) to help and support students as well as newcomers in Canada.
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Pauline Arnold
Executive Assistant

As James Nguyen’s EA, Pauline Arnold brings more than 40 years of experience in complementary customer service and administrative roles. Prior to Quantropi,
 she served 20 years as Branch Manager and an assistant in investments, and over 20 years at Metropolitan Life Canada in various aspects of the insurance sector – assisting clients, management and colleagues to complete tasks, solve problems, address questions and achieve goals. She also worked part-time for Royal Lepage Performance for 5+ years as a receptionist & admin, and for 5 years was chair of the TKFG’s charity golf tournament.
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Dafu Lou
Director of Engineering

Dafu is Quantropi’s Director of engineering. Prior to Quantropi, he served as a technical leader at Irdeto, a world-leading provider of digital
platform security software, where he was responsible for white-box cryptography, cloaked CA secure core, and iOS/android application protection services, among others. Prior to Irdeto, Dafu served as a senior software engineer at SecureNex Systems, where he led the implementation of an SSL-VPN solution and ECC-based secure data storage & PKI. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2009. Dafu is also a part-time professor, teaching VLSI, Cryptography and other subjects at uOttawa.
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Patricio Mariaca
Account Manager

An Account Manager with Quantropi. Patricio previously served as Client Care Specialist at Canopy Growth Corporation, a leading Canadian provider
of medicinal/recreational cannabis products, earning an RPIC security clearance through Health Canada. Prior to Canopy Growth, Patricio served in sales and customer service at Best Buy Canada (formerly Futureshop), a leading retailer of consumer technology products and services, where he was promoted to Head of Customer Service after just two years. Patricio graduated from Carleton University with an Honours Major in Psychology in 2016, and earned a Professional Certification in Project Management in 2017 from the University of Waterloo.
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Raj Narula, P.Eng.
Director, Business Development

A seasoned technology executive, business builder and angel investor, Raj has held operational and advisory roles in Recognia (Trading Central), Belair Networks
(Ericsson), March Networks (Infinova), Sandvine (Procera), Neurolanguage (ADEC), Bridgewater Systems (Amdocs), Vayyoo (Cafex), TenXc (CCI), 1Mobility (Qualys) and others. Having divided his time among North America, EMEA and Asia-Pac for over 20 years, Raj speaks several languages. He grew up in Asia, Europe, South America and Canada, and holds a B.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is also a co-founder and Charter Member of the Ottawa chapter of TiE (the Indus Entrepreneur).
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