EXECUTIVE TEAM

STEVE DEIKER

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Steve is a PhD physicist who co-founded Kairos Aerospace in 2014. Prior to founding Kairos, Steve was a research manager at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory. He has worked on a variety of NASA- and DARPA-funded programs, including cryogenic detector programs, solar physics experiments and radiation modeling for spacecraft.

ELENA BERMAN

CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER

Elena is a PhD physical chemist who is responsible for Kairos research activities, development of spectrometer hardware, and advanced data analytics. Prior to joining Kairos, Elena was Director of Research for Los Gatos Research, producing high performance spectroscopic analyzers for measurements of trace gasses and isotopes and serving as principal investigator on a number of government funded collaborative research projects.

BRIAN JONES

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Brian is a PhD physicist who co-founded Kairos Aerospace in 2014. After leading the development of the prototype hardware, analysis, and software, he assembled a team of engineers to mature the product for a production environment. As COO, Brian is responsible for the market delivery of Kairos survey services. Prior to founding Kairos, Brian worked at Lockheed Martin as Chief Scientist on a number of classified and unclassified space projects as well as Lead Scientist for the Space Environmental Effects Lab.

ARI GESHER

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Ari is responsible for Kairos Aerospace’s runway-to-cloud data pipeline infrastructure and fully ephemeral cloud architecture with performance/latency tuning built into its core. Ari also built Kairos’ end-to-end encrypted cloud data storage and processing infrastructure. Prior to helping found Kairos, Ari was a very early engineer at Palantir Technologies. Ari is the co-author of The Architecture of Privacy, a book that outlines how to responsibly hold data while preserving people’s privacy to the greatest extent possible.

Advisory Board

RICH
SORKIN

CEO & Entrepreneur

GEORGE
KIRKLAND

Former Vice Chair and EVP, Chevron

MIKE
BAHORICH

Former CTO, Apache Corporation

TODD
STERN

Former U.S. Chief Climate Negotiator

ROB
VERCHICK

Former EPA Deputy Director for Policy

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