PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AND DIRECTOR
Mr. Ram Mukunda, has served as our Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President since our inception on April 29, 2005.
Mr. Mukunda is responsible for the Company’s thrust into medical cannabis. He has spent the past four years studying the medical cannabis industry and has assembled an impressive team of advisors with deep backgrounds in immunology, neurology, plant genomics, cannabis metabolism, and extraction technologies.
From January 1990 to May 2004, Mr. Mukunda served as founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Startec Global Communications, an international telecommunications carrier focused on providing voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) services to emerging economies. Startec was the first pure play international long distance carrier. Mr. Mukunda was responsible for organizing, structuring, and integrating a number of companies owned by Startec. Under Mr. Mukunda’s tenure at Startec, the company made an initial public offering of its equity securities in 1997 on NASDAQ. Prior to Startec, Mr. Mukunda served as Strategic Planning Advisor at Intelsat, a communications satellite services provider.
Mr. Mukunda serves as an Emeritus member on the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland, School of Engineering. From 2001 to 2003, he was a Council Member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs.
Mr. Mukunda is the recipient of several awards including, among others, the 2013 University of Maryland’s International Alumnus of the year award, the 2001 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, the 1998 Ernst & Young, LLP’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, a B.S degree in Mathematics, and a M.S. in Engineering from the University of Maryland.