Nuno M. Couto was born in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Açores having immigrated to the Boston area in the United States when he was 9 years old. Mr. Couto is Managing Partner of Optimal Partners Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consulting company situated near Boston, Massachusetts that specializes in Project Management of large and complex computer systems development and implementations. Over the last approximately 20 years, Mr. Couto has managed IT projects involving software development, implementation of vendor software solutions, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, network infrastructure, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Internet technologies. He has done this within corporate, consulting, academic, and small business environments including Harvard University, Accenture, Boston College, and Boston Scientific. After finishing the implementation of a multi-million dollar Business Intelligence project, Mr. Couto is working at Harvard University as a Consultant on another multi-million dollar software implementation in the Research Administration area. Beyond Project Management, Mr. Couto’s other professional responsibilities have ranged from programming to business and systems analysis, technical leadership, and consulting with interaction at all levels including senior management. Over his career, Mr. Couto has achieved significant success including personally developing industry-first technologies and winning several awards including Boston Scientific’s HR Systems 2002 annual Best of the Best Total Quality award. Mr. Couto’s other professional love is entrepreneurship. He is currently leveraging his past experience building his own company to provide advice and mentorship to start-up companies as part of the IDEA venture accelerator at Northeastern University in Boston. Further, he is a member of the Business Advisory Board of the Business Innovation and Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth which focuses on economic development in Southeastern Massachusetts. He is also a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society, the Project Management Institute, and the National Honor Society in Business Administration. Mr. Couto holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth where he graduated with highest honors and an MBA in High Technology from Northeastern University. In addition to English, Mr. Couto speaks Portuguese fluently and is conversant in Spanish. Mr. Couto lives with his wife and children in Taunton, Massachusetts, USA.