About Sohaib Zahid
Sohaib Zahid is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Railz. Sohaib is a serial entrepreneur with a decade of successful experience in building teams, products and companies. He focuses on Sales and Marketing. Prior to founding Railz, Sohaib founded Vanhawks, where he led product, sales, and operations. Vanhawks was acquired in 2016. Originally from Pakistan, Sohaib dropped out of medical school to pursue entrepreneurship and is a strong believer of open access to data. Outside of work, Sohaib enjoys time with his family, and nerds out on air-cooled engines.
About Dr. Mariam Kiran
Dr. Kiran is a Research Scientist in the Scientific Networking Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, and leads research efforts in AI solutions for operational network research and engineering problems. She received her Ph.D. and MSc (Eng) in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield, UK in 2011, 2009, respectively.
Her work focuses on machine learning and decentralized optimization of distributed computing system architectures, wide area networks, wireless, and Cloud infrastructures, with an emphasis on deep learning and reinforcement learning algorithms for designing and building end-to-end self-driving networks. She is also one of the developers of FLAME an open-source agent-based framework being used world-wide for multi-disciplinary research. Before joining the lab, Kiran worked at various Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, and University College London, with collaborations with European industries such as SAP, ATOS, and BT. She was selected as the Royal Society’s Scientists in Westminster in 2015 and is the recipient of the 2017 U.S. DOE Early Career Award. She is a member of ACM and a Senior IEEE member.