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Colibri Appoints Two Industry Experts to Accelerate Next Stage of Growth

Colibri Digital (“Colibri” or “the Company”), the engineering specialist division of the Nasstar Group, providing expertise in AI, Big Data and Cloud Computing, is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new senior hires to the team. James Rush joins as Chief Growth Officer (“CGO”) and Gelareh Taghizadeh, as Head of Data Science, bringing decades of specialist expertise to the Company.

James, a cloud native and software engineering expert, has over 20 years in the industry and joins from Cognizant, where he was Business Director. James began his career as a sales specialist at Daisy Group, an IT services and consulting company, and went on to hold director roles at Contino, Computacenter and IBM.

Gelareh will build on the Company’s data capabilities, bringing over 9 years of specialist expertise as a data scientist, including time at Beamery where she was Lead Data Scientist. Prior to Beamery, Gelareh held data scientist positions at CogX, Glass, and Venture Radar. Her core focus areas include Natural Language Processing, Large Language Models, and Generative AI. Outside of work, Gelareh is dedicated to promoting women’s empowerment in the workforce as a mentor with WomenTech and sits on the advisory board of Women of MENA in Technology’s London Chapter. Gelareh began her career in academia, as a researcher at University of Vienna and as an instructor at the University of Applied Science and Technology in Tehran.

Colibri’s appointment of James and Gelareh comes as the Company has continued to grow significantly in the past year, following its being acquired by Nasstar Group in February 2023. As Chief Growth Officer, James is responsible for leading Colibri’s presales and solutioning, business development, partner ecosystem strategy, account management, and marketing effort. As Head of Data Science, Gelareh leads Colibri’s dynamic team of data scientists and machine learning engineers, focusing on the development of advanced, cutting-edge models, such as Generative AI and Large Language Models, for solutions across various industry sectors.

“Both James and Gelareh bring tremendous experience in their respective fields within the tech industry,” commented James Cross, CEO of Colibri. “They join Colibri at an exciting time as we continue our journey to shape the industry. Creating a diverse and inclusive environment is a key objective for us and the Nasstar Group as a whole, and Gelareh’s dedication and passion for growth in this area will help expedite this goal further. I’m already so impressed seeing James and Gelareh leading their teams and very much look forward to our continued work together.”

“Colibri really stood out to me due to the sheer wealth of experience in helping enterprise organisations either solve complex problems or create opportunities for them in new markets,” commented James Rush, CGO of Colibri. “The team’s unique and market-leading ways of working are inspiring, and I very much look forward to continuing this great work together and thank everyone for the warm welcome so far.”

“Not only is Colibri leading the industry in its services, but it is leading in talent,” commented Gelareh Taghizadeh, Head of Data Science of Colibri. “Since I joined in December, it has been a pleasure to work with such an inspiring group of gifted scientists forming the frontier of Big Data, Cloud Computing, and AI. Generative AI is revolutionising our world, reshaping life, and redefining human potential. I’m delighted to be part of the team and I am excited to see what we will create and accomplish together.”