Chair of the Board
Ryan Costello previously served in the United States Congress from 2015 to 2019, where he focused on digital commerce and technology issues, including privacy, Internet of Things (IoT), cyber security and healthcare IT. Prior to Congress, he served as a Township and County official who regularly dealt with vendors in the technology services procurement process. Mr. Costello also previously served on his local hospital’s board of directors. He is now a consultant in Washington D.C., advising energy, technology and healthcare companies on public policy issues involving the federal government.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Buyse has been Chief Operating Officer of GlobaliD, a company focused on building a future where people control every aspect of their digital identity. From December 2019 to December 2020, he served as Client Services and Chief Operating Officer of Praxent where he led the client services, project management, design and engineering teams. From 2012 to 2019, Mr. Buyse was vice president of engineering and chief operating officer of Mutual Mobile, in which he led the engineering, design and project management teams in Austin and India. Prior to that, Mr. Buyse, has served in multiple leadership roles in product and engineering across multiple verticals. Mr. Buyse holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Certificate from the Institute for Managerial Leadership of the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Manlunas has served as Chairman since his election to our board in 2019. He is the founder and managing partner of Wavemaker Partners, an early-stage cross border venture capital firm he founded in 2003 that’s dual headquartered in Los Angeles and Singapore. He is a two-time start-up entrepreneur turned venture capitalist as an early investor in over 300 early-stage businesses. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist. Mr. Manlunas founded two technology start-ups, one in e-Commerce (Interfoods.com) in 1996 and the other in Internet services (Sitestar) in 1999, both of which were successfully built and eventually sold to strategic buyers. Mr. Manlunas previously served on Phunware's board from December 2015 until December 2018. Since July 2008, Mr. Manlunas has also served on the board of PhilDev, a civic and social organization enabling success through education, innovation and entrepreneurship. Mr. Manlunas began his career as a consulting associate with Arthur Andersen’s retail management consulting division from 1991-1995. He holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and an undergraduate degree in Communications from Florida International University.
Rahul Mewawalla is a digital, product, technology and business leader. He has extensive strategic and operational leadership experience across digital, product, technology, platforms, internet, software, technology, telecommunications, financial services and media companies. He has held President, CEO, Chairman of the Board and various other executive leadership roles. His experience is across both large public companies and high growth private companies, including media, technology and mobile majors such as NBCUniversal / General Electric, Yahoo! and Nokia Corporation. Mr. Mewawalla has served as Senior Advisor to the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Innovation, as Advisor to Stanford University's Persuasive Technology Lab and was named “Top 40 under 40” in San Francisco. He has also been a board member, investor and advisor to various other public and private companies and philanthropic organizations.
Kathy Tan Mayor
Ms. Mayor has held numerous leadership positions in business development, retail marketing, loyalty marketing, and digital marketing technology. She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of BoxyCharm, a beauty subscription service company located in South Florida. From 2016 to 2018, Ms. Mayor was the Chief Digital Officer across the 10 portfolio brands of Carnival Corporation and the Chief Marketing Officer of Carnival Cruise Line.
From 2008 to 2016, Ms. Mayor held a number of positions at Las Vegas Sands Corporation including a number of vice president and senior vice president roles in strategy and marketing. From 2005 to 2008, she held multiple director positions with Caesar Entertainment Corporation. Prior to that Ms. Mayor worked for McKinsey & Company and Proctor & Gamble in Southeast Asia. Ms. Mayor has a B.S. in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Since July 2016, Mr. Chen has served as chief financial officer of Kent Moore Capital, an investment and advisory firm focused on specialty finance, where he also currently sits on the board of directors. Also, since 2016, he has served as chief financial officer of BioIntegrate, a regenerative medicine company. Mr. Chen has been involved in blockchain related projects since 2018, and, in 2021, he co-founded IHBit Global, a diversified blockchain holding company with assets including a crypto exchange, token project, electronic sports team and basketball team. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Chen was a director for Hudson International, a global private investment firm. From 2008 to 2012, he led the emerging markets investment banking team at Oppenheimer Investments North America. Prior to joining Oppenheimer, Mr. Chen was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan. Mr. Chen has a B.S. degree from Brown University.