Mark F. DeSantis
Mark is President and Co-founder of kWantera, a venture funded real-time energy management company. Mark was previously CEO of Apangea Math, another venture funded online tutoring company. Prior to that, he was the US Managing Director of ANGLE Technology, PLC, a publicly traded venture capital firm and consultancy. Mark has also co-founded several technology businesses and serves a director to others. Along the way, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute and Carnegie Mellon Research Institute prior that.
Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Mark was the Director of Government Relations for Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) in Washington DC and was responsible for managing TI’s public sector relationships in the US and abroad. Prior to joining TI, Mark served in several policy positions in the US Federal government including as a Senior Policy Analyst in both The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Administration of George H. W. Bush. He was also on the staff of the late U.S. Senator John Heinz and previously a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Mark is a frequent lecturer and published author on general management, strategy, and entrepreneurship. He is an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and has lectured at the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and The Tuck School at Dartmouth. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College. He was an instructor in the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program Robert Morris University. Mark holds a BA and MBA from the University of Dayton, an MS in Technology Management from The American University and a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University. Mark is active in the western Pennsylvania region including serving on the boards of several local non-profits.