The Team

Umair Khan

Umair is Founder and Chairman of Renaissance 2.0 Media, Inc. Umair is also Venture Partner with The Entrepreneurs' Fund, an early stage Silicon Valley based venture fund. Previously, Umair co-founded Clickmarks Inc., a mobile software company with investors such as Vodafone, DFJ, and Mitsubishi that was acquired by Semotus Inc. in 2005. Umair also founded Verisium, a software testing tools company and Folio3, a services company that focuses on providing offshore operations incubation to small companies. He is also co-founder of Chowk, a social community focused on South Asia. Umair was part of the Itanium microprocessor group at Intel Corporation. Umair started his career as a high school teacher, teaching math and advanced math to 10th and 11th graders. Umair received a BS in Mathematics (1992) and an MS in Computer Engineering (1995), both from MIT.

Fawad Qadri
VP of Product Development

Our dad loves computer games and video games, which is great because when we grow up he will have to let us play them too. He is always on Renaissance 2.0 Media, Inc. seeing how people like it. He did computer science in college and then worked in computer systems for many years at Clickmarks. Then he began to design web software and was the one who designed out Renaissance 2.0 Media, Inc. Others like Stefan's dad then take his design and make it into code. But our dad listens to what kids are saying and designs it into Renaissance 2.0 Media, Inc. I like the Tum-Tum board on Renaissance 2.0 Media, Inc. but we want to have a toy train in our homes there.

Bob Brattesani
VP of Creative Design

Bob is part of the founding team of Renaissance 2.0 Media, heading their creative department and was instrumental in creating the SecretBuilders brand. He has 20 year of experience in the Kids Entertainment Space. Previously, Bob managed product design at Wild Planet Toys where he created brands and toy products such as Verticon, SpongeBob SquarePants, Disney’s Power Rangers, Spy Gear and many more. Before Wild Planet, Bob spent 5 years at Galoob creating toys for the Star Wars movie franchise. While at Galoob, he also worked on MicroMachines, Action Fleet and GI Joe brands. Bob was also a Senior Designer at AvantGo, leading graphic design for the trailblazing mobile web company. He holds several design industry awards including two “Toy of the Year” wins. Bob graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Dr. Charles Browne
Senior Education Advisor

Charles is CEO of Charlie Browne Company and Professor of Applied Linguistics at Meiji Gakuin University, a top-ranked university in Tokyo, Japan. He is a well-known expert in online language learning, especially as it applies to second language vocabulary acquisition, corpus linguistics and reading skills development, and has created two of the most important word lists for second language learners of English known as the New General Service List and New Academic Word List. He has helped to design and create science-based online language learning systems for several companies including EnglishCentral and GoFluent, and holds several patents on the learning and assessment systems he developed for WordEnglish. During his 25+ years in Japan he was also Director of Sony Language Laboratories and served in a wide variety of high-level positions for the Ministry of Education. He publishes widely on the topics Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and English education in Japan, and has just created a new free website for teachers and students interested in Extensive Reading which includes a corpus-based tool he developed to help teachers and publishers to develop their own graded reading materials.

Georgi Marinoff
Chief Architect

Georgi is Chief Architect at Renaissance 2.0 Media, Inc. He worked for the first big game development company in Bulgaria - Haemimont Games - for 8 years making RTS games in C++ and another 8 years at SecretBuilders where he created games in ActionScript. He also worked briefly for PostPath (acquired by Cisco). His primary interests include mathematics, mathematical logic, computational complexity theory and algorithms, system programming and programming languages. He has strong affinity towards Linux, C/C++ and Lisp, but has also worked with other systems, languages and frameworks.