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Our Founder

​Edward Ghafari

In 2007, Edward founded iCES Corporation as a high-end systems, software, and telecommunication engineering company supporting DoD in a number of complex engineering and high technology initiatives.  Under his leadership iCES pioneered Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for DISA and DoD IT Community. In addition, iCES led the integration of Systems and Software Engineering under a common discipline. 

Mr. Ghafari worked as an Executive/General Manager for SRA International building and managing the Enterprise Solutions Group supporting DISA, DoD, Department of Justice, and DHS.  Edward built the group to focus on Identity Management, Net-Centric Enterprise Services, Enterprise-Wide Systems Engineering, Modeling and Simulation, and Advanced Technologies development. During his tenure the group generated over $100M in revenue.

As a technologist and an entrepreneur Edward Ghafari has worked with the number of companies helping them develop and commercialize new products and technologies.  He led the architecture and development of DSL technology at Verizon, where he secured several patents within the field. Subsequently he led the DSL product development and marketing at Efficient Networks, where he helped grow its yearly revenues to over $400 million. 



Early in his career, Mr. Ghafari worked in research and development supporting the Department of Defense and the US Intelligence Community. 

Mr. Ghafari is a former president of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE WMA) where he helped develop its Handbook and Body of Knowledge. He is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Mr. Ghafari is board member for a number of organizations including the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (CADS).

Edward Ghafari is a Resident Entrepreneur at the George Washington University (GWU) and has been responsible for helping GWU commercialize its technologies. He is a member of the Board of Advisory of the School of Engineering and Applied Science where he served as an Adjunct Professor of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering. 

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