Howell Zhao Bandweaver
Howell Zhao

Chief Executive Officer

Howell is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bandweaver Technologies and founded Bandweaver in 2002.
Howell is a serial entrepreneur and has founded a number of leading companies in the optical sensing and telecom components sectors. It is through this diverse experience that Bandweaver has successfully developed the strategy of vertical integration.

Howell holds a Ph.D. in Optical Communication from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and an MBA from China Europe International Business School. As well as a strong academic pedigree, prior to founding Bandweaver, Howell worked at Corning and Solectron.

Howell spends his time between Shanghai and Los Angeles.


Richard Kluth Bandweaver
Richard Kluth

Managing Director

Richard has more than 20 years’ experience in applying monitoring and instrumentation technologies in a wide variety of industries including upstream and downstream oil & gas, electrical power and fire & security.

Working for companies including Schlumberger, Shell Technology Ventures, Sensornet, Acteon and Bandweaver, Richard has been responsible for introducing a range of new sensing technologies including the first downhole fiber optic sensing system to the oil & gas industry.

Richard is based in the Bandweaver Guildford office.


Kin Wei Lee Bandweaver
Kin Wei Lee

Chief Technology Officer

Kin Wei has extensive experience in the field of distributed fiber sensing and has held key positions in leading technology companies in China (Bandweaver) and the United Kingdom (Sensornet). He has been intimately involved with the design and development of several generations of optical sensor systems.

By utilizing Bandweaver’s extensive optics and electronics resources, he has been able to continuously evolve DTS, leading the vertical integration strategy with extensive component development and integration. Kin Wei has a Ph.D. in MEMS from Imperial College in the United Kingdom.

Kin Wei is based in the Bandweaver Shanghai office.


Erica Fernandes Bandweaver
Erica Fernandes

Operations Director

Erica has devoted her career to developing and delivering solutions for the marine and oil & gas industries. Bringing a breadth of experience from companies including Cameron, Schlumberger, Acteon, Pharos Marine and Bandweaver, Erica has been responsible for the successful delivery and installation of marine navigation aid systems with monitoring and radio control, structural monitoring packages for subsea structures, and process equipment for oil & gas.

Erica has a B.Eng. and M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and is based in the Bandweaver London Office.


Mark Horton

Vice President

Mark is a UK National with more than thirty years’ experience in security and technology sectors across a variety of markets including Africa, Europe, MENA and Asia Pacific. Having initially joined the industry in a technical role, Mark quickly progressed through operational, project management and consultancy roles to business development, strategy, and sales.

Mark was previously Global Sales & Marketing Director for a risk management PLC and led the sales team on the implementation of the company’s global growth strategy utilising a range of fibre optic detection and sensing solutions, prior to this Mark was an executive for the global security company G4S with a focus on developing the groups regional and global technology strategies.

Mark spends his time between the Dubai and UK offices.


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