Haidar Khazen

Director at Large

An accomplished technology entrepreneur and executive with deep experience creating innovate technology solutions for a variety of industries, Haidar has an extensive history of developing and growing successful IT companies. He possesses a broad knowledge of information technology infrastructures and holds specific expertise in advanced web development and building online applications in the Software As A Service (SAAS) industry. This experience and knowledge allows Haidar to anticipate not only client’s current information management and technology needs, but future ones as well, leading to increased overall product efficiency and responsiveness. As founder of Austin, Texas-based GalleryWatch in 1996, Haidar saw the need to make the massive amount of data generated by the Texas legislature easily accessible to users who would be affected by upcoming changes. GalleryWatch was the first web-based legislative tracking system in the country and its success at the state-level prompted the opening of a Washington, DC, office and the expansion into the federal legislative market. One of only six Austin-founded “dot-coms” to survive the high-tech bubble burst in 2001, GalleryWatch reached peak revenues of $2.8M before its successful sale to the London-based Economist Group. Haidar’s other ventures have included the founding of GeoCel International, a software-design company focused on the development and integration of high-end email applications, and Advanced Legal Technologies, a web-design and IT consulting company for the legal field. Most recently, Haidar was involved in a medical startup providing lab services to medical device manufacturers.  Haidar also has experience in cellular network architecture through his work with Ericsson and in defense system design through his work with E-Systems. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He currently serves as Director at Large and Past President of the Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club whose recent fundraising efforts have been focused on providing clean water in rural areas of Kenya.