Strategic Advisors

  • Dr. Paul A. Conley

    Managing Director, Paladin Capital Group

    Dr. Conley is a Managing Director at Paladin Capital Group, where he leads new investments and serves as an active Director on many of Paladin’s portfolio company Boards. He joined Paladin after more than 15 years of previous R&D and entrepreneurial experience. As founding CEO of BrightScale, Dr. Conley led the commercialization of a patented multi-core microprocessor technology in the HDTV market. As founding CEO of Appfluent Technology, he led the commercialization of patented in-memory distributed database technologies in the enterprise IT market. Prior to taking the entrepreneurial route, he spent nearly a decade in multidisciplinary R&D roles in the areas of high-performance computing, applied physics and biomedical engineering, including postdoctoral positions at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Dr. Conley earned a Ph.D. in Computational Physics and an M.S. in Bioengineering from UC San Diego, as well as an M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.

  • Dr. H. Lee Buchanan, Ph.D.

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Areté Associates

    Dr. Buchanan joined Areté as President and CEO in January 2014. He has more than 35 years of experience in technology development, transition, and the acquisition of advanced technology systems in the Department of Defense and the Private Sector. Most recently, he was a Venture Partner with Paladin Capital Group in Washington, DC. Prior to Paladin, Dr. Buchanan was Vice President, Advanced Concepts, EDO Corporation, a $1 billion producer of Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, sonar, and weapons systems for the U.S. military; Executive Vice President of Perceptis, a holding company for producers of wireless data collection and intelligence systems; and President and CEO of QualStream. In addition to his role at Areté, Dr. Buchanan is a Director of TMD Technologies, FPMI Solutions, and Technical Communities (dba TestMart).

    Dr. Buchanan has also had a significant career with the U.S. Government, serving as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development , and Acquisition), Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Division Manager for Titan Corporation, Senior Research Physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Naval Aviator.

    He has B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from University of California.

  • Dr. William A. Jeffrey, Ph.D.

    President and Chief Executive Officer, SRI International

    Dr. William Jeffrey, Ph.D., is President and Chief Executive Officer of SRI International, a leading research and development organization serving government and industry. Dr. Jeffrey joined SRI in 2014. From 2008 to 2014, he was president and CEO of HRL Laboratories, a corporate R&D organization owned by The Boeing Company and General Motors. Prior to joining HRL, Dr. Jeffrey served in the George W. Bush Administration as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He also served in the Executive Office of the President as senior director for homeland and national security and as assistant director for space and aeronautics within the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

    Dr. Jeffrey is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, an elected Honorary Member of the International Society of Automation, a recipient of the 2008 Navigator Award from the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Dr. Jeffrey is a member of the Board of Directors of TE Connectivity Ltd. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University, and his B.Sc. in physics is from MIT.

  • Dr. Gregory T. A. Kovacs, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford; Chief Technology Advisor, Malibu IQ

    Gregory Kovacs is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Currently his research areas include biomedical instruments and sensors, cardiac physiology, in vitro models for stem cell tissue repair, and medical diagnostics. He has more than 160 scientific publications, 40 patents and has written a textbook on MEMS. In addition to his role at Stanford, Dr. Kovacs is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Advisor of Malibu IQ - a private investment partnership formed to commercialize the intellectual property at HRL Laboratories - where he leads the technical evaluation of all commercialization candidates. From 2008 through 2010, Dr. Kovacs served as Director of the Microelectronics Technology Office at the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He also has extensive industry experience including co-founding several companies, including Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) in Sunnyvale, CA.

    Dr. Kovacs received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, held the Noyce Family Chair, and was a Terman and then University Fellow at Stanford. Kovacs is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and of the IEEE.

    Dr. Kovacs received a B.A.Sc degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia, an MS degree in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in electrical engineering and an MD degree from Stanford University.