Who We Are

Meet the People Behind the Great Product

Executive Profiles

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Muni Boga

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

With over 15 years of experience as a leader, innovator, and strategist, Muni is passionate about pushing the boundaries of technology. Prior to Kudos, he led the creation of award-winning technology and design solutions for clients throughout Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Mexico. Muni has also been listed as the lead inventor on numerous international patents, including the Vinyl CD that was acquired by Verbatim.

An academic background in architecture was the spark that ignited Muni’s career specializing in product, user experience, brand and strategy. His dedication to creating innovations and models that embrace diversity, enhance human performance and drive culture, has led Kudos to be a disruptive force in the employee engagement industry.

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Tom Short

Chief Customer Officer & Founder

Over the course of 25 years, Tom has used his passion for entrepreneurship and marketing to found numerous, highly successful companies. At each organization Tom has built, employee experience has been the cornerstone to building effective teams. He brings this expertise in corporate culture and team motivation to Kudos.

Tom leads business development at Kudos and is active in speaking engagements and thought leadership activities in the HR industry. He is passionate about the role recognition plays in creating a great employee experience and is dedicated to educating the world about what genuine recognition can do for people everywhere.

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Rahim Kanji

Chief Operations Officer

Rahim is responsible for leading financial and operational functions at Kudos. Rahim brings with him over 15 years of finance experience (including 6 years with a technology company).

Prior to Kudos, he was Controller at Solium Capital, a Calgary based software-as-a-service company, specializing in equity plans administration. At Solium, Rahim oversaw all finance operations, including accounting, financial reporting (internal and external), regulatory compliance, business planning, treasury, internal audit, and financial systems. Rahim implemented many of the changes required to support the Company’s global expansion (inorganic and organic).

Rahim is a director of Acts of Love, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty around the world through the power of education. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, holds an MBA from Ivey Business School – Western University, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. He calls Calgary his home and is married with two young children.

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Ahmed Okasha

Director of Technology

Ahmed has over 13 years of experience in software development, technology leadership and data-driven digital strategy. He is an expert in cloud-based enterprise web and mobile applications.

An entrepreneur at heart, Ahmed co-founded two tech startups over the course of his career. He took various leadership roles including the CEO & President of a multi-national technology consulting and outsourcing company for more than 8 years in the digital media industry.

Ahmed is passionate about using technology to unleash the innovation potential of organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the American University in Cairo and is an MBA candidate at Queen’s University. Ahmed is an electronics and gaming hobbyist and enjoys camping, swimming, and jazz music.

Board & Advisors

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Zahir Khoja

SVP Global Acceptance, Product Development & Innovation, MasterCard

Prior to his current senior role at MaterCard, Zahir was CEO for Mobile Payment Solutions (MPS), a joint venture between MasterCard and SMART Hub Inc. Zahir’s professional influence can be seen across the world, having won numerous awards for his part in building a pivotal Mobile Money system in Afghanistan from the ground up. Zahir is currently on the Advisory Board for the Grameen Foundation Technology Centre, was the founding chairperson for AMMOA, and has sat on the Board of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation.  In addition to speaking at events like GSMA Mobile360 Africa, his career also includes time with corporate giants like Virgin Mobile, TELUS Canada and Pepsi-Cola.

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Todd Simpson

Venture Partner, iNovia Capital

Based out of San Francisco, Dr. Simpson is a Venture Partner at iNovia Capital.  Prior to this, Todd was Chief Strategy Officer at AVG Technologies.  At AVG, Todd spearheaded initiatives on privacy, performance and protection with a special focus on mobile. Todd has also held the position of Executive Vice President of Innovation Partners at InterDigital Communications, and prior to that was Chief of Innovation at Mozilla Inc. Todd’s prestigious career has been an entrepreneurial journey driven by his love of technology. With a Ph.D. in Computer Science and an author of numerous patents and papers, Todd joins the board with more than 20 years of invaluable business and technology expertise.

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Dr. Paul Marciano

Author of Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work

Earning his Ph.D. In Clinical Psychology from Yale University, Dr. Paul is an internationally acclaimed author and leading authority on employee engagement and behavioral change. With more than 25 years of experience in organizational development, he is also President of the human relations consulting firm, Whiteboard LLC. Dr. Paul joins the board with expertise in business culture-building and employee engagement strategy and theory.

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Minaz Lalani

Managing Principal, Lalani Consulting Group

As Managing Principal at the Lalani Consulting Group, Minaz joins the board with a broad scope of experience ranging from strategic actuarial, human resources and risk consultation to private venture fund management. Prior to founding LCG in 2010, he was a principal with Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), a preeminent global HR company. Minaz has been a Fellow of various actuarial societies and sat on numerous Boards. His years of experience in both the profit and non-profit sector revolves around his Personal Vision Statement: Be C.R.I.S.P. - Creative, Responsive, Informed, Sensitive and Positive.

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Alfan Jetha

Managing Director & Co-Founder, RxSource

Alfan is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director of RxSource. For over 12 years, Alfan has been using his vast experience to innovate the global pharmaceutical industry, and works closely with hospitals and clinics around the world to boost quality and efficiency in pharmaceutical procurement.

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J.C. Herrera

SVP Human Resources, Lithium Technologies

J.C. brings a proven 15+ year track record of success in cultivating best-in-class, performance cultures leveraging his deep background in global compensation, incentive and rewards programs, learning development, employee engagement and business transformation strategies. He is also an expert in customizing programs that best meet the needs of diverse business models and cultures and respond to today’s dynamically changing landscape. J.C. started his career at Electronic Arts, and progressed into leadership positions at Documentum/EMC, Dreyer’s/Nestle, and McAfee Inc (an Intel Company), where he was SVP of Global HR & Learning.

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Phil Toews

P.Eng., ICD.D

After a 30 year engineering and banking career, Phil joins the Kudos board with a diverse background that includes trading and risk management. Previously, Phil was a Managing Director at JP Morgan, where he headed up their Canadian commodity business. Phil made the move to JP Morgan after 13 years at Goldman Sachs. Prior to banking, Phil was involved in start ups in the energy sector, as well as working as an engineer for a multi-national. Phil holds an engineering degree from the University of Alberta, and has obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.