Andrew Sispoidis 

Senior Advisor Future Technology and Transformative Development

Andrew is a serial technology entrepreneur, futurist, and advanced-solutions concept developer. He is the founder of:  

The Center for Global Information Security (CGIS). Andrew formed CGIS in 2009 as a response to the extremely rapid expansion of connected systems and the exponential risks that emerged as a result. In this role he provides senior level strategic guidance on near-term future (5-15 year time horizon) technologies to government agencies, corporations, international governing bodies, and academic institutions on issues relating to:

  • Cyber security

  • Escalation and de-escalation of gray zone conflict

  • Civil and corporate cyber policy

  • Military cyber doctrine

  • Cyber warfare

  • Cyber espionage and intelligence

  • Exfiltration of corporate IP and state secrets

  • PsyOps/influence and disinformation campaigns

 

CGIS clients include operating and senior leadership in the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC G9 Concepts Division), US Air Force Cyber College, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM PEO-C-4), National Security Agency (NSA), US Cyber Command, American Express, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup. 

 

Tone Mobile, Inc. Andrew was invited by the board to join the founding team as President and COO to establish and support public/private partnerships between US agencies (State Department, USAID, Department of Justice), the GSMA, ITU, the United Nations (World Food Programme), multiple NGOs (The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, WWF, Mission Blue), corporate partners (Unilever, Mondelēz International, GE, Coca Cola, Mars

International, Fox Networks, Bloomberg, The Weather Channel, Sony Music), and global infrastructure partners (TATA Communications, Airtel, Orange, Safaricom, Vodafone, XL Axiata) to deliver mobile broadband services to populations in underdeveloped countries in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe. Global Instability and lengthy timelines forced the organization to retrench and fold into several UN programs.

 

IGA Worldwide, Inc. The first and largest in-game advertising network in the world. IGA opened up an advertising channel of over 500 million users in 35 regional markets, across 5 continents, and a sustained active network of 30 million simultaneous users. Sold to RapidFire, Inc.

 

Illuminated Partners, Inc. An R&D laboratory for next-gen technologies in the areas of pattern recognition (facial recognition, biometrics, access control and authentication technologies) and encryption schemas. Partial list of clients include (Sun Microsystems, IBM, Siemens, FBI). Closed services business, transferred IP to clients.  

 

Axiom8, Inc. A pioneering converged-network communications company that was instrumental in the development of standards and protocols used in VoIP communications, video compression, and VoIP to PSTN connectivity that enable multimedia communication in large-scale, ultra-low-latency network and communication environments worldwide. Sold to private investors.

 

Heliotrope Studios, Inc. A game development studio created to meet the growing need for high-quality, cost-efficient consumer game production. Grew company from 12 to 180 developers. Developed the award winning, best-selling, Pax Imperia game franchise. Sold to THQ, Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI). 

 

Changeling Software, Inc. Interactive game developer and publisher. Released a series of award-winning titles (Space Madness, PegLeg, Ares, Avatar). Revenue grew from zero to $132M in 4 years. Sold publishing unit to private investors and licensed core IP to Heliotrope Studios, Inc.

 

As a business operator, Andrew has led 10 high-growth, middle-market and start-up companies through progressive stages of development (series A through mezzanine) and advised on many more. He has managed up to 180 direct-reports and $132MM in revenue with a $52MM operating budget. Andrew has been recognized as an “Innovator” by the Connecticut Technology Council and the MIT Enterprise Forum. He has been a TEDx speaker on cybersecurity and has been a guest lecturer at: Fordham, Columbia, Stanford, Yale, NYU, and the University of Connecticut.

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