Meet the Team

Derq is a global MIT spinoff and Techstars alum based out of Dubai and Detroit. We are founded and run by individuals passionate about creating safer and smarter roads for road users. Our multi-disciplinary team hails from MIT, Georgia Tech, IIT, Michigan, and McGill, and has work experience with leading technology firms and agencies including Ford, Siemens, and NASA, and governments in the United States, Canada, and the Middle East.

Interested in joining the team? Apply at careers@derq.com

Dr. Georges Aoude
Co-founder &
CEO

Akash Kishore
Software
Engineer

Dr. Usman Farrokh Niaz
Lead Research Scientist
(Computer Vision & ML)

Utkarsh Dubey
Research Scientist
(Computer Vision & ML)

Karl Jeanbart 
Co-founder &
COO

Ali Joudeh
Senior Full Stack
Developer

Rishabh Choudhary
Machine Learning
Engineer

Nikhil Manohar
Lead V2X
Engineer

Dr. Amer Abufadel
Co-founder &
CTO

Ankit Sharma
Systems
Engineer

Vatsal Kansara
Software
Engineer

Mary Rose Dalocanog
HR and Operations Executive

Anthony DeFilippo
Director BD &
Partnerships

Jesse deVore
Senior Software
Engineer

Dr. Yasir Tahir
Research Scientist
(Computer Vision & ML)


Board of Advisors

We are advised by government & industry leaders and experts in smart cities, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence

H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr
Director General
Smart Dubai Office

Mark Joseph
Chief Development Officer,
Former CEO NA, Transdev

Chris Thomas
Co-Founder and President
Detroit Mobility Lab

Ty Beltramo
Fellow at CGS Advisors
Former CTO at MapQuest, Former Chief Architect at GM Onstar

Dr. Karl Iagnemma
President
nuTonomy (an Aptiv Company)

Dr. Zahi Karam
Director of Data Science
Bluecore