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    Mammad Sharifzadeh, PhD., CFA: CEO and Director of Research
    Dr. Sharifzadeh has over twenty years of experience in the field of investment management and research. He has written extensive research reports on public companies and industry sectors. He has written comprehensive reports on Oil and Gas Industry, Exploration and Mining Industry, Nanotechnology Sector, Liquid Crystal Display Industry, and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) industry.
    Prior to concentrating on the research side of investment business Dr. Sharifzadeh was a portfolio manager at a leading overseas bank and the branch manager and investment advisor at a leading U.S. brokerage house.
    Dr. Sharifzadeh is a Charted Financial Analyst (CFA), a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), member of the CFA Institute (formerly AIMR), CFA Society of Los Angeles, and Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).
    Dr. Sharifzadeh holds PhD degree in finance from Walden University, USA, MPhil (post master) degree in management science from University of Oxford England, and. BSc degree in mathematics and statistics from University of Salford.
    Dr. Sharifzadeh has several years of teaching experience at various universities. Currently he is adjunct faculty at Walden University and the University of Phoenix, mentoring PhD students and teaching online courses in finance and quantitative methods.

    Simin Hojat, PhD.: Chief Economist
    Dr. Hojat has earned PhD degree in management with finance concentration form Walden University, M.Phil (post master) degree in economics from the University of Oxford, England. She also holds a diploma degree in economics from the University of Oxford.
    Dr. Hojat has over twenty years of experience in the banking sector and has held high advisory positions in a leading overseas bank. She has participated and presented at various international conferences around the world including at International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) conferences, and United Nations Conference onTrade and Development (UNCTAD).
    Dr. Hojat has taught courses in international finance and macro economics at the BA and MS level for over fifteen years. Shehas written many research papers on macro economic and international finance issues.
    Azi Sharif, PhD.: Technology Sector Advisor

    Dr. Sharif holds PhD degree in systems engineering from Southern Methodist University, MS degree in computer science from California State University, San Diego, and BA degree in fine arts from California State University, Long Beach.
    Dr. Azi Sharif is an entrepreneur, visual artist, designer, computer scientist, technology, and wildlife enthusiast.
    Dr. Sharif career in technology includes software development, business process improvement, UI, systems engineering, program management, strategic partnerships, and multi-disciplinary team leadership for a range of Software and Hardware portfolios including a futuristic autonomous helicopter program.
    Passionate about textile art, unique fashion, and disruptive technologies to have a big impact on the world, Dr. Sharif combined her technical and creative skills by creating FashWand LLC. FashWand™ is a patent pending global custom fashion marketplace (web &iOS App) with potentials to disrupt the fashion industry; currently at early stage of development.