Helen Ojha

Co-Founder, Director.
Executive Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development

Helen co-founded Collinear Networks in late 2013.  Presently she leads Collinear’s Strategy and Corporate Development activity, with responsibility for “over the horizon” strategic perspective and planning.

Helen has been a senior executive in large management services and financial institutions, as well as founder and chief executive officer of successful startups in advanced software integrated systems for banking, investment, and customer services.  As a leading member of Cisco’s early initiative in software defined networking, known as AON, she worked with global stock exchanges and buy-side trading teams to lead the development and delivery of advanced, application-oriented and low latency network systems for high frequency trading.

Previously, Helen held the positon of Executive Vice President at Charles Schwab in San Francisco, where she was responsible for back office operations and process re-engineering.

Helen spent her early career as Manager in Operations Research at Arthur D. Little, and subsequently as Partner in Management Services at Coopers and Lybrand, in Cambridge and Boston, respectively. She was one of the four founding members of Arthur D. Little’s first practice in Applied Artificial Intelligence and national leader of Advanced Technology Group at Coopers and Lybrand.

Helen has advanced degrees in Political Science and International Political Economy from the University of Pittsburgh and Cologne University, and has taught the same at Boston University.