Benmbarek is a technology leader with deep experience growing innovative businesses. As AEye’s VP of Business Development, Strategic Initiatives, Benmbarek is responsible for the company’s expansion beyond automotive into transportation automation, industrial automation, IoT, mapping and more. Most recently, Benmbarek was Quanergy’s Senior Director of Business Development, where he was charged with growing the company’s application of LiDAR across non-automotive verticals, including robotics, IoT smart spaces and security. Prior to Quanergy, Akram spent 16 years in Silicon Valley as both an entrepreneur and investment banker. He has a B.A. in applied economics, and an MBA from USC.