Board of Directors


John Sharp

Chairman & Co-Founder

Authentium's co-founder and Chairman is John C. Sharp, former Managing Director for Asia of WorldSpace Corporation, a global satellite broadcaster based in Washington DC. Prior to WorldSpace, Mr. Sharp was Chairman & CEO of Content and Systems, a Singapore-based boutique consultancy firm specializing in international regulatory negotiations and project management on behalf of international satellite system managers and broadcasters, and business development on behalf of technology development companies and organizations, including Sony Television, Muvee, the Strategic Intelligence Group, and the MIH Group. While at Content & Systems, Mr. Sharp was an active participant in US-sponsored negotiations with the government of China concerning copyright law, and successfully concluded over forty program licensing deals with China-based content developers. At Singapore University technology annex Kent Ridge Digital Labs, the first MIT-certified technology lab established outside of the US, Mr. Sharp headed up a team of more than thirty Java and C++ developers assigned to two software development projects, and assisted in business development and bridging activities. Mr. Sharp co-founded Authentium in 1999 with Mr. Braden and has been a Director of Authentium since its founding.

Sheikh Abdullah Ali Al-Sabah


As Senior vice President and Director of the Al-Fawares group, Sheikh Abdullah has helped the company forge partnerships with several leading US and international groups, including Harris Corp, Apple and Microsoft. He is the Founder and VP of US-based broadband communications innovator MDS Communications and GM of Universal Media, and has served as a member of the board of directors of Authentium since January 2004. In addition, Sheikh Abdullah is Chairman of LotusAir, a privately owned charter airline based in Egypt. In addition to a suite of Airbus A-319's, Lotus Air's fleet includes four Airbus A-320's. Through its international business partners, Lotus Air has long term charter contracts with destinations such as Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Finland, Poland, Estonia, Hungary and Slovak Republic. Sheikh Abdullah Ali Al-Sabah is a graduate of George Washington University with B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Finance, and a leading innovator in the field of broadband wireless communications in the Middle East. Sheikh Abdullah Ali Al-Sabah is based in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Philip Braden

Director & Co-Founder

Mr. Braden is currently Chairman & CEO of the Orbital Recovery Group, an aerospace technology company that uses proprietary in-orbit automated systems and techniques to significantly extend the in-service lifetimes of geostationary orbit telecommunications satellites. Mr. Braden was previously CEO of Mindport USA, based in San Diego, California. Prior to Mindport, Mr. Braden was EVP Engineering at the Orbit Group, the worlds first digital satellite television broadcaster. Prior to his tenure at Orbit, Mr. Braden was Vice President of Broadcast Operations and Engineering at STAR TV - Asia's largest and first satellite TV broadcaster - where he was responsible for ground up design, procurement, installation and recruitment of all infrastructure required to bring the station to air. Mr. Braden is a recognized expert in orbital infrastructure innovation and digital distribution strategies. In 1995 he won the top award for digital system design innovation and system architecture at the International Broadcasting Convention. Mr. Braden co-founded Authentium in 1999 with Mr. Sharp and has been a Director of Authentium since its founding.

Wilson Benjamin


Mr. Benjamin brings over 30 years of experience in a diversified range of industries to Authentium. Mr. Benjamin currently is the CEO of Al-Fawares Construction & Development Company, a Kuwaiti based shareholding company. Mr. Benjamin is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bahrain Middle East Bank (BMB), an offshore investment bank in Bahrain. Mr. Benjamin's extensive international background in business development in North America, the Middle East, Canada and Europe, and his vision for lucrative investments has been instrumental in producing efficient investments. Mr. Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Science - Business Administration from Al-Hikma University, Baghdad, Iraq. Mr. Benjamin has been on the board of Authentium since January 2004.

Joseph G. Fogg III


Mr. Fogg has over 35 years of experience providing companies access to capital. Mr. Fogg currently is the Chairman and CEO of Westbury Partners, a private equity investment firm focusing on structured mezzanine equity financings of late-stage, positive cash flow, high growth companies. Prior to founding Westbury, Mr. Fogg was a senior Managing Director at Morgan Stanley & Co., Incorporated. While at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Fogg served in various capacities, including as a founding member and head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Department and the Corporate Finance Department, and ultimately as head of Morgan Stanley's worldwide investment banking operations. Mr. Fogg currently serves as an Advisory Director of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Fogg is a Director of The Yale University Art Gallery, Vice Chairman of The Keewaydin Foundation and a member of The Yale Development Board. Mr. Fogg earned his BA in Economics from Yale College and his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.

Kevin Kemmerer


Mr. Kemmerer is Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Safeguard Scientifics. Mr. Kemmerer joined Safeguard Scientifics in June 2004 as Vice President, Business Development, a role in which he spearheads the identification and support of acquisition and investment opportunities in the software and IT services markets. Prior to joining Safeguard, Mr. Kemmerer was a director with Kennet Venture Partners, where he sourced and managed software and technology-enabled services investments. He also served as a principal at Broadview International, where he co-led the firm's Silicon Valley team focused on mergers and acquisitions in the software applications market. Earlier in his career, he was a manager in Deloitte & Touche's Management Consulting practice and a software developer at Salomon Brothers. Mr. Kemmerer earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, and holds an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Will Stewart


Since 1998, Mr. Stewart has been both an investor and Chairman of Sand Hill Capital based in Menlo Park, CA. Sand Hill Capital specializes in providing both debt and equity financing to venture capital backed IT companies. Mr. Stewart is also a co-Founder and Managing Director of the Sand Hill Capital Sakura Fund which provides equity financing to the Sand Hill Capital portfolio of companies. In addition, Mr. Stewart is a Venture Partner of the China Seed Fund headquartered in Shanghai, China. Prior to founding Sand Hill Capital, Mr. Stewart founded Asia Pacific Ventures (APV) in 1990. APV is an international consulting and private equity firm specializing on assisting U.S. venture-backed IT companies enter and conduct business in the Japan and Asia marketplace. Mr. Stewart is also the Founding General Partner of APV Technology Partners (APV TP) I, II & III which are early stage IT-focused venture capital funds with over $200 million under management. Prior to founding Asia Pacific Ventures in 1990, from 1983-1990, Mr. Stewart worked at NEC and was the first U.S. Executive transferred to NEC Headquarters in Tokyo in 1995. Mr. Stewart has a BA in Economics from St. Anselm College, New Hampshire, where he is also on the Board of Trustees. In addition, he has an MBA in Finance from Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts.