John Wolff

Managing Director

With two decades of digital strategy experience, Mr. Wolff advises senior clients on how to use IoT and digital media to achieve strategic objectives and leads GDG’s Digital Transformation practice. He is a former elected official and served as an aide in the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Elena Pavloff

SVP – Media & Marketing Services

Ms. Pavloff leads GDG’s integrated media and communications planning services practice with over 20 years leading media teams and partner agency relationships focusing on leveraging consumer insights to drive brand growth. Ms. Pavloff brings a staunch consumer-centric and insight-driven approach to marketing and brand building.


Steve Madra

VP - Policy & Regulations

Mr. Madra is an attorney with expertise in international trade and commercial litigation. His recent consulting work includes establishing legal frameworks and public policy approaches for autonomous vehicles.

Walé Akinde

VP - Global Operations 

Mr. Akinde is a business development and global operations executive with expertise in providing strategic leadership in the origination, development, and execution of B2B transactions, international trade, and managing infrastructural assets and investments spanning three continents.




Benjamin Dean

Principal - Iconoclast Technology

Mr. Dean works at the intersection of technology, economics and public policy with expertise in modeling cyber security risk. He is President of Iconoclast Tech LLC (www.iconoclast.tech) and a former fellow for Cyber Security & Internet Governance at Columbia University.

Oliver Parman

Advisor – Media Operations

With nearly two decades experience in media operations for leading global agencies, Mr. Parman offers unparalleled expertise in marketing digital strategy, martech, creative operations to the GDG Media and marketing services practice and its clients in how they leverage paid, owned and earned media to tell their brand story to the marketplace.


John-Paul Mead, MD

Advisor – Healthcare IoT

Dr. Mead has extensive healthcare informatics expertise. He is Clinical Instructor in Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical College, Chair of Performance Improvement, Cayuga Medical Center, and Member of New York eHealth Collaborative Statewide Health Information Network Policy Committee.


Board of Directors


Joah Sapphire


Mr. Sapphire is an investor and technologist. He also serves as adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a member of the Advisory Board of University at Buffalo’s Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics.

Scott Farrell


Mr. Farrell leads research, diligence and execution efforts on acquisition opportunities. He is an expert in Information Communication Technology (ICT) investment and analysis and possesses over ten years of investment banking and technology consulting experience.