Sheldon Fernandez, VP of Engineering, Infusion: Sheldon Fernandez is the VP of Engineering for Infusion, a digital transformation and consultancy firm that was acquired by Avanade in February of this year. During the last 16 years, Sheldon helped grow the company from 6 people to over 650 with offices around the world. In the formative years, he served as the company’s chief architect, and was been responsible for honing the firm’s technical direction amidst ongoing industry changes. Additionally, Sheldon served as Chief Technical Officer for the noteworthy Infusion spin-off, PersonIf (www.personif.com) a ‘people discovery’ platform that radically changed the way the entertainment industry locates talent. In addition to winning Microsoft’s cloud solution of the year award in 2012, the technology was used as the casting engine for The Glee Project, X-Factor, American Idol and Sports Illustrated.
Finally, Sheldon has coupled his entrepreneurial endeavours and engineering exploits with numerous non-technical pursuits. He completed a Master’s degree in theology at the University of Toronto in 2008, and pursued thesis work in the area of neuroscience and metaethics. He has anchored his humanitarian sensitives with the African Jesuits Aids Network (AJAN) in Nairobi, where he assisted with infrastructure projects and HIV/AIDS education. He also pursued creative writing at Oxford University to hone his interests with literary craft, and finally, completed a professional training program at the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies in mass atrocity prevention.