Dr Budgie Dhanda (Chief Executive Officer)

Dr Dhanda joined Qufaro in 2016 and was appointed to the role of CEO by the Board in late 2017.

Dr Dhanda has over 25 years of management and executive level experience in a number of blue-chip organisations across cyber, defence and national security organisations, holding Director level General Management, Sales and Consulting roles.

Dr Dhanda has supported and grown technology business across the UK, Europe, Middle East and The Americas. However, in recent corporate roles, he experienced at first hand the issue of lack of UK cyber talent to meet demand. This resulted in him sponsoring initiatives to address this.

On behalf of Qufaro, Dr Dhanda engages with key stakeholders across UK government as well as being responsible for delivering the Qufaro vision and mission on behalf of the Board.

Dr Dhanda is also a member of the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) Academic Liaison Panel, member of the ADS (the Trade Organisation for companies in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Sector) Security Sector Board, member of the ADS Digital Information and Systems Integrity Group and Chair of the ADS Security Exports Focus Group. In addition, he is a STEM Ambassador, promoting science and technology subject in schools, Enterprise Ambassador, supporting careers planning in schools, and on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Coding, an industry, government and higher education initiative to develop existing skills and provide support that attracts fresh talent into digital careers.

Dr Dhanda has a BSc (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leicester and a PhD in Ionospheric Physics and High Frequency Radiowave Communications from the University of Leicester.

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