The Iveda Advisory Board was established to bring together an international group of high caliber professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise involving video surveillance, cloud computing, the Internet and other technologies. The role of the Advisory Board is to provide expert and objective advice, market and competitive intelligence, and networking opportunities that can advance the Company’s global growth strategy within the security industry.
Dr. Joseph Lee was appointed to Iveda’s Advisory Board in October 2013. Joseph brings an innovative mindset and expansive experience to the board. He will assess all aspects of Iveda’s technology and guide its evolution to assure the utmost scalability and feasibility in current and future markets. His leadership within the Cloud Computing industry will assist Iveda in the development and effective marketing of strategic, technically robust solutions designed for adoption by major ‘cloud’ providers with mass distribution capabilities. Joseph currently serves as chief technology officer at 21Vianet, the largest carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, which provides hosting, managed network and cloud computing infrastructure services. Prior to that, he served as national technology officer for Microsoft China, was managing director of Optoelectronics Research Lab Institute at the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute and vice president of manufacturing and engineering at New Focus, Inc. Over the course of his career, he has held numerous management positions at Lucent Technologies, AT&T, EXXON Research and Engineering Lab and Owens Corning Fiberglass Research Center. Joseph completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University, his M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering at State University of New York, and his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering at the National Chiao-tung University in Taiwan.
Charles Kao was appointed to Iveda’s Advisory Board in October 2019. Charles’ expertise in cloud video surveillance, IoT technologies and overall experience as a technology entrepreneur is invaluable to Iveda as its technologies continue to evolve toward digital transformation globally. Established in 2008, Charles is the co-founder of ThroughTek Co., Ltd. (TUTK), a leading IoT (Internet of Things) total solution provider for cloud connection platform. He was General Manager at Wuunet Technology (ThroughTek subsidiary), an innovative IoT technology company for the Smart Home industry. He was then the General Manager of Phind Corporation, a software development company specializing in cloud computing, client-server, and iOS/Android app. In 2018, Charles went back to ThroughTek as a consultant, while invested in some emerging technology companies in Taiwan. Charles received his B.S. Degree in MIS/Computer Science at Bond University in Australia.
Dr. Eric Chen was appointed to Iveda’s Advisory Board in October 2013. Eric’s expertise in Cloud Storage and Data Services Technology for large-scale cloud data management will provide Iveda with valuable guidance and perspective as the Company builds out its cloud video platform and storage infrastructure to support market scalability. His recent experience in large-scale video surveillance projects in China will bolster Iveda’s insights regarding best practices for ‘big data’ storage architecture. Eric is the founder and chief executive officer of ProphetStor Data Services, Inc., a California-based company that provides elastic business data service solutions, including user-friendly and cost-effective storage capabilities for Cloud Computing and Big Data. Iveda will leverage the proprietary technology from ProphetStor in building its state-of-the-art storage solution for Cloud Video Hosting. From 2000 to 2012, Eric served as vice president and general manager of FalconStor Software, Inc., where he was responsible for operations, research and development, marketing and sales in the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to joining FalconStor, he was a technical staff member at IBM Networking Systems in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Eric received his Ph.D. and M.S. Degree in Computer and Information Sciences from Ohio State University and his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University. He later became an Associate Professor at National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan.
Robert Derks has been a member of Iveda’s Advisory Board since October 2013, but has been working with Iveda as a consultant since 2011. Bob is an early “seed” investor in Iveda. He is the founder, and served as the chief executive officer, of Long Canyon Coal LLC, where he developed and executed a strategic plan for coal properties in Virginia and Kentucky based on a low-fixed-cost business model. Since 2005, Bob has been a member of the board of directors of WOW Energy Inc., which develops renewable energy and environmental projects with patented technology. In 2001, he joined Carmeuse North America, a major lime producer with over $500 million in annual revenue, as president and chief executive officer. He later served as president of its board of directors for several years. He currently serves on the board of directors of Chieftain Sand and Proppant. Bob graduated magna cum laude from Central Michigan University with a B.S. Degree in Marketing and Economics and received an MBA from Pepperdine University.