Dr. Wahid Shams-Kolahi
President, Chief Technology Officer R&D
PhD, Electrical Engineering
Wahid Shams-Kolahi invented the PRISED process to allow purification of materials in a manner that is greener, cheaper, and safer than existing technologies. He brings the state of the art R&D experience in the field of engineering-material Science and technology from Solar-Cells and Semiconductor Laboratory of Osaka University. While there, he led the "Bulk-Materials for Solar Cells" team and prior to that, he was involved with Chalcogenide Bulk-Semiconductors prepared in the microgravity of space shuttle.
Wahid Shams-Kolahi holds fundamental patent applications on \"Silicon Purification\" and has published papers in the field of "Novel Bulk Chalcogenide Semiconductors".
After undergraduate course of Electrical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, he completed his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. work at the Osaka University in Japan. He later joined the semiconductor and photovoltaic industry in Japan and also worked in Stuttgart and Osaka as a post doctorate fellow.
Dr. Shams-Kolahi worked as a visiting scientist and later as a research associate at the University of Toronto.
Chief Financial Officer
BComm, CPA-CA, CRMA
Prior to joining Prised Solar as CFO, Jim was the Chief Audit Executive for Vale Inco Limited (then Inco Limited), a Canadian multinational nickel mining company. His previous roles in the Inco finance group included heading the international tax planning and financial planning and analysis teams, and acting as chief negotiator for aspects of the Goro and Voisey\'s Bay projects.
Jim came to Inco in 1995 from Price Waterhouse, where he worked in the International Taxation and Mining Taxation specialty groups.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Toronto, and is a Chartered Accountant (Ontario), Certified Public Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor and hold a Certification in Risk Management Assurance.
Dr. Mohammad Samani
Mohammad received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of British Columbia. He has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics from York University, Toronto. He has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children, Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Canada, and the University of Basel in Switzerland.