With over 20 years of experience as a founder, leader, and innovator, Muni is passionate about pushing the boundaries of technology to advance the human experience. Prior to Kudos, he led the creation of award-winning technology and design solutions for clients throughout Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Mexico. Muni has been listed as the lead inventor on numerous international patents, including the Digital Vinyl® CD that was acquired by Verbatim. A background in architecture was the spark that ignited Muni’s professional career specializing in product, user experience, brand and strategy. His dedication to creating innovations and models that embrace diversity, foster unity and culture, and enhance human performance, has led Kudos to be a disruptive force in the employee engagement industry.
Mike brings over three decades of experience as a technology and business leader to the Kudos team. Always searching for “what’s next,” and with a strong product orientation, Mike has had pivotal roles with companies pushing the boundaries of technology to improve processes and serve the needs of clients. Prior to joining Kudos, he held a variety of senior roles – VP marketing, VP product, VP operations and CTO – at Benevity, a global leader in CSR and employee engagement software.
He has also been a partner with the digital marketing and development firm 5zerozero Inc. and Director of Marketing at Axia FiberNet. He first demonstrated his skills as a digital pioneer and self-described “rabid experimenter” helping one of Canada’s largest airlines, Canadian Airlines, adopt new technologies and distribution channels as Manager of Interactive Marketing (a very cutting edge title at the time of his stint there from 1989 – 1997). At Kudos, Mike leads the technology, marketing, and operations portfolios.
Karim is a CFA Charterholder with over 15 years’ experience in corporate financial management and planning. He has done extensive work in investment analysis pertaining to growth strategies, capital investments, restructuring and supporting new venture planning. Karim has also worked on multiple debt and equity financing raising over $100M. With experience at a range of global tech companies, Karim is in his sweet spot at Kudos – he loves the SaaS space because decisions are data driven and pace of change and speed at which decisions are made are faster than most legacy industries. Excited by working a business plan and analyzing business models to see how value can be created from different types of businesses, Karim loves helping to grow a company that is helping to change and improve the world of work.
Over the course of 25 years, Tom has used his passion for entrepreneurship and marketing to found numerous, highly successful companies. At each organization Tom has built, employee experience has been the cornerstone to building effective teams. He brings this expertise in corporate culture and team motivation to Kudos. Tom leads business development at Kudos and is active in speaking engagements and thought leadership activities in the HR industry. He is passionate about the role recognition plays in creating a great employee experience and is dedicated to educating the world about what genuine recognition can do for people everywhere.
A Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), Jane has over 15 years' experience in change management and enablement with technology hardware and software companies. She is passionate about delivering value and understanding through proven principles that engage, inform and prepare people for the implementation of new technology. As Kudos' Director of Culture Strategy, she leads the portfolios of Program Design, Data Insights, and Engagement and Culture. At Kudos, her team crafts communications and programs that enhance the experience for all employees, while building a productive and innovative culture. For our clients, Jane and her team create and deliver initiatives that allow them to integrate recognition into their overall cultures to improve employee engagement and satisfaction while driving business results.
Over her 16-year career, Nikki has built a strong and highly diverse skillset, including project management, business development, team building, and client service and retention. While she started her career in the finance and fintech sectors with roles at Nasdaq, Marketwired, and Greystone Managed Investments, she discovered that what she liked – and did – best was building relationships. That, and an alignment with her personal values, led to her position at Kudos where she leads the portfolios of Client Support, Client Experience, and Account Management. For Nikki and her team, ensuring a successful journey for our clients is the top priority – including onboarding, troubleshooting and, most importantly, helping them embed diverse and goal-related recognition into their cultures.
Henry has over 17 years of experience working with management teams to address risk, compliance, project management, and business process improvement. He has proven expertise at scaling high-growth B2B technology companies with a focus on predictable, repeatable business processes while managing business and regulatory risk. He demonstrated those abilities most recently as VP, Business Operations at Benevity, a fast-growth, global leader in SaaS for CSR and employee engagement. Previously Henry was Lead Auditor at a large North American power company and had several audit and advisory roles with a Big 4 accounting firm. Henry’s life-long passion for technology was sparked in a computer club at his high school in Zimbabwe. He is especially excited by emerging technologies and employing them to drive business goals while also making people’s lives easier. He is an active member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Prior to his current senior role at MaterCard, Zahir was CEO for Mobile Payment Solutions (MPS), a joint venture between MasterCard and SMART Hub Inc. Zahir’s professional influence can be seen across the world, having won numerous awards for his part in building a pivotal Mobile Money system in Afghanistan from the ground up. Zahir is currently on the Advisory Board for the Grameen Foundation Technology Centre, was the founding chairperson for AMMOA, and has sat on the Board of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation. In addition to speaking at events like GSMA Mobile360 Africa, his career also includes time with corporate giants like Virgin Mobile, TELUS Canada and Pepsi-Cola.
Based out of San Francisco, Dr. Simpson is a Venture Partner at iNovia Capital. Prior to this, Todd was Chief Strategy Officer at AVG Technologies. At AVG, Todd spearheaded initiatives on privacy, performance and protection with a special focus on mobile. Todd has also held the position of Executive Vice President of Innovation Partners at InterDigital Communications, and prior to that was Chief of Innovation at Mozilla Inc. Todd’s prestigious career has been an entrepreneurial journey driven by his love of technology. With a Ph.D. in Computer Science and an author of numerous patents and papers, Todd joins the board with more than 20 years of invaluable business and technology expertise.
As Managing Principal at the Lalani Consulting Group, Minaz joins the board with a broad scope of experience ranging from strategic actuarial, human resources and risk consultation to private venture fund management. Prior to founding LCG in 2010, he was a principal with Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), a preeminent global HR company. Minaz has been a Fellow of various actuarial societies and sat on numerous Boards. His years of experience in both the profit and non-profit sector revolves around his Personal Vision Statement: Be C.R.I.S.P. - Creative, Responsive, Informed, Sensitive and Positive.
J.C. brings a proven 15+ year track record of success in cultivating best-in-class, performance cultures leveraging his deep background in global compensation, incentive and rewards programs, learning development, employee engagement and business transformation strategies. He is also an expert in customizing programs that best meet the needs of diverse business models and cultures and respond to today’s dynamically changing landscape. J.C. started his career at Electronic Arts, and progressed into leadership positions at Documentum/EMC, Dreyer’s/Nestle, and McAfee Inc (an Intel Company), where he was SVP of Global HR & Learning.
After a 30 year engineering and banking career, Phil joins the Kudos board with a diverse background that includes trading and risk management. Previously, Phil was a Managing Director at JP Morgan, where he headed up their Canadian commodity business. Phil made the move to JP Morgan after 13 years at Goldman Sachs. Prior to banking, Phil was involved in start ups in the energy sector, as well as working as an engineer for a multi-national. Phil holds an engineering degree from the University of Alberta, and has obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Moyez Somani is the President of The Shadow CFO, a consulting firm specializing in Financial Operations Management and CFO Mentoring. Prior to this Moyez was the Executive Vice President and CFO for Farm Credit Canada (FCC), Canada’s largest agriculture lender with a portfolio of over $20 billion. At FCC Moyez had functional responsibility for Accounting and Reporting, Treasury, Internal Audit and Venture Capital. Moyez holds an MBA and CPA.
Moyez has serves on a number of Boards and Committees including IPS Industrial Promotion Services Canada, the Pension Council at FCC, VIVO Recreation Centre and Multi Generational Housing.
Karim managed the Canadian arm of Goldman Sachs Global Commodities in Calgary and was responsible for the physical natural gas business across North America and Mexico. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 and was named managing director in 2006. He has a BApSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1981.
Karim has served as city chair of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, a nonprofit organization as well as having been both a Regional and National Chair of the Aga Khan Education Board for Canada. He is also a major shareholder in various enterprise including oil and gas, health care, real estate and serves as advisor to the management teams.
Azim Lakhoo is the Vice President, Finance for the Coastal group of companies with business interests in the oil and gas industry, commercial and residential real estate, land development and hospitality sector. Coastal Hospitality’s portfolio includes Ramada, Best Western, Four Points by Sheraton, Delta, Holiday Inn Express and Aloft by W hotels. Azim also manages residential real estate and hotels for the group. Azim completed the Certified General Accounting (CGA) designation in 1984 and obtained his MBA from the University of Liverpool, U.K.