Governance Committees

Independent Directors

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Ronald A. Bucchi Chairman of the Audit Committee, Lead Director Financial Expert, and Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Ronald A. Bucchi

Mr. Bucchi joined the Lightwave Logic Board in June 2012, and he currently serves as the Chairperson of our Audit Committee, Lead Director Financial Expert, and a Member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Bucchi is currently a self employed C.P.A. with a specialized practice that concentrates in CEO consulting, strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions, business sales and tax. He works with domestic and international companies. Mr. Bucchi is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc., serving on Asset Liability Committee, the Governance and Loan committees in addition to chairing the Audit committee. He is currently the Treasurer and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Petit Family Foundation, Inc. He has served on numerous other community boards and is past Chairman of the Wheeler Clinic and the Wheeler YMCA. He is a Member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Bucchi is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education program with completed course studies in general board governance, audit and compensation and a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where he received his B.S. in Accounting.

Craig Ciesla Member of Audit Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Craig Ciesla

Dr. Craig Ciesla joined the Lightwave Logic Board on January 18, 2022, and currently serves on the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Dr. Ciesla is currently the Vice President, Hardware Engineering at 10X Genomics, a life science technology company building products to interrogate, understand and master biology.  Prior to 10X he was Vice President and Head of Advanced Platforms and Devices at Illumina Inc., where he led a team driving innovation in sequencing platforms, microfluidics, and nanofabrication. Prior to Illumina, he held a variety of role in the fiber optics industry, including Intel, JDSU (now Lumentum), Bookham (now Lumentum), Ignis Optics, and Kaiam, where he was Vice President of Engineering, responsible for the development and production of 100G transceivers. He was also the founding CEO of Tactus Technology, an innovator in the user interface industry, where he was the co-inventor of Tactus’ polymer morphing screen technology. He started his career at Toshiba Research Europe, where he performed early terahertz images of skin cancer. Dr. Ciesla holds a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Physics and Ph.D. in Physics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Frederick J. Leonberger Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Member of the Compensation Committee, and Member of the Operations Committee
Frederick J. Leonberger

Dr. Frederick J. Leonberger joined the Lightwave Logic Board on April 1, 2017, and he currently serves as the Chairperson of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Member of the Compensation Committee, and Member of the Operations Committee. Since 2010, Dr. Leonberger has served as the Principal of EOvation Advisors LLC, a private technology and business advisory firm and presently serves as a Board Member for various private photonics companies. Dr. Leonberger is a widely known technologist and industry leader in the field of photonics and fiber optics. For nearly 40 years he has been a leading contributor to the development of a variety of important optical devices, company leadership, product and business strategy, and commercialization. The integrated optical modulator technology he and his colleagues pioneered has been used pervasively for over 20 years to encode data at multi-Gb/s rates in long-haul fiber optic networks (the Internet “superhighways”). He previously served as senior vice president and chief technology officer of JDS Uniphase Corporation (JDSU, now Lumentum), a leading optical components company, from 1995 until his retirement in 2003, where he played a lead role in technology strategy, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property activities. Prior to JDSU, he was co-founder and general manager of United Technologies Photonics (UTP), a high-speed optical modulator company, and held research management positions at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the recipient of several industry awards.

Siraj Nour El-Ahmadi Chairman of the Compensation Committee, Member of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Operations Committee, and Audit Committee
Siraj Nour El-Ahmadi

Mr. Siraj Nour El-Ahmadi joined the Lightwave Logic Board in October 2013 and currently serves as Chairperson of the Compensation Committee, a Member of the Operations Committee, a Member of the Audit Committee, and a Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Since 2004, Mr. El-Ahmadi has served as Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menara Networks, a developer of innovative products and solutions that simplify layered optical transport networks. Mr. El-Ahmadi has over 17 years of experience in optical transmission in particular and the telecom industry in general. Prior to founding Menara, Mr. El-Ahmadi served as Vice President-Marketing & Product Management at Nortel where he was responsible for the OPTera LH 4000 ULR product (acquired from Qtera) that achieved over $200M in revenues in its first two years. Prior to that, Mr. El-Ahmadi was the Product Architect & Vice President of Product Management at Qtera Corporation, a successful technology start-up acquired by Nortel in 2000 for $3.25 billion. Mr. El-Ahmadi also held a Senior Manager position at Bell Northern Research and worked as a Transmission Engineer at WilTel (WorldCom) where he evaluated and deployed the world first bidirectional EDFA and bi-directional WDM transmission. Mr. El-Ahmadi holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, is a Member of Eta Kappa Nu and is the inventor of 11 patents, issued or pending, in the area of optical communications. He has authored a number of publications and is a frequent speaker at telecom and optical networking events and conferences.

Laila Partridge Member of Audit Committee
Laila Partridge

Laila Partridge joined the Lightwave Logic Board on August 1, 2023, and currently serves on the Audit Committee. Ms. Partridge brings over 30 years of executive experience in technology, corporate innovation and finance to the Board of Directors – having worked with a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, internet infrastructure, AI, internet of things and more. She was named by Boston Business Journal as one of the ten “2017 Women to Watch in Science and Technology”. She currently serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The HardTech Project, a new venture with a novel approach to early-stage hardware investing. Previously, she was Managing Director of the STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator where she directed a global effort for Stanley Black & Decker’s Chief Technology Officer to identify and invest in innovative technologies for industrial applications with an emphasis on electrification, sustainability and advanced manufacturing. Prior to that, she began her technology career at Intel Capital, serving as a Director of Strategic Investments. Ms. Partridge began her career at Wells Fargo, where ultimately achieved the role of VP of Corporate Banking, having led complex corporate finance transactions for the Company’s senior secured debt agencies in the Midwest. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Wellesley College.