Kay Jessel – President & CEO
A well-versed business economist graduated as Diplom-Betriebswirt from Hamburg University. Kay has extensive restructuring and business reorganization experience with a focus on manufacturing, consumer products and brand management. He has served as a financial advisor to corporations, creditors, equity owners and has raised over 150 million dollars for public and private companies worldwide. Kay serves as director for various companies in Europe and North America.
Dr. Farzad Khosrow-khavar - CTO
Farzad is a recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of physiological signals deriving from the heart, with a focus on diagnosis and prevention of cardiac disease. With his vast experience in embedded and real-time systems, he is the principal architect of the company’s technology. Farzad earned a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Faculty of Applied Science at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC).
Sean Ross - COO
Sean is a senior software developer with in-depth experience delivering software for critical systems with high availability requirements. At HeartForce, he has introduced test driven development and agile project management methodologies. He currently oversees daily operations, technology adoption, and product development.
Jennie Choboter, CA - CFO
Jennie is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of international experience in financial management and general corporate governance. She has held many senior financial management positions in a wide range of industries including natural resources, technology, pulp and paper, and insurance.
Kiarash Hessami - Director of Finance & Administration
Kiarash has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting concentration from Capilano University (North Vancouver, BC). At HeartForce, he manages all administrative tasks including financial forecasting, budgeting and bookkeeping. Kiarash focuses on the implementation of best business practices and efficiency within the Company.
Dr. Parastoo Dehkordi - Director of Clinical Research
Parastoo received her master’s degree in computer science from the University in Tehran and her PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of British-Columbia. Her expertise is in the analysis of cardiovascular signals using advanced signal and information processing. Before joining HeartForce, Parastoo worked for start-up companies, universities and hospitals. At HeartForce, her focus is on designing clinical studies and developing algorithms for the early-detection of cardiovascular conditions.
Dr. Vahid Zakeri - Director of Industrial Research
Vahid is a recognized industrial scientist with a PhD in electrical engineering from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. His broad experience in research and development benefits HeartForce’s goal in developing innovative heart-health technologies. His focus lies in the algorithm development for atrial fibrillation (AFib) based on the evaluation of electromechanical signals deriving from the heart. Vahid has been a recipient of industrial and health research awards from The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).