Javad K. Hassan is the founder and chairman of NeST Group, a global conglomerate of more than 25 companies spread across several continents including Opterna. Under the leadership of Mr. Hassan, NeST Group has become a worldwide leader in technology, with operations in India, the Middle East, Japan, Europe and the Americas. It has more than 4,000 employees, and has products and technologies in a whole range of areas, including health care, green energy and wireless and fiber optics communication systems. Its global customers include GE, Toshiba, Hitachi, ABB, Verizon, Honey Well, France telecom and Etisalat. Mr Hassan came to the United States after receiving his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Kerala, India. After completing his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s in material science and engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1968, he passed an opportunity to pursue a PhD at MIT, and instead joined IBM. In 10 years, he became the head of the company’s semi-conductor development operations, which consisted of more than 2,000 engineers and scientists. During this period, he obtained more than 20 patents in semi-conductor technology for his inventions. After leaving IBM, Mr. Hasaan had 10-year career with AMP, another Fortune 100 firm. There he diversified it into fiber-optics and wireless technologies and helped it grow into a more than $1.5 billion business. He retired from AMP as president of Global Inter Connect Systems business in 1998 to start his career as entrepreneur in his own right. Since, Mr. Hassan has built NeST Group and its companies into global leaders. Specifically, under his leadership, Opterna has grown into one of the world’s leaders in fiber optics, data centers and IoT.