executive leadership

Keyvan Rafei - President and CEO

Mr. Rafei has been instrumental in providing strategic direction and leadership for the company, transforming Geographic Services from a geographic names and analysis startup in 2002 to what it is today: a recognized leader in Human Geography offering a broad range of geographic information systems, linguistic and sociocultural services and solutions.


Mr. Hejazi has over 30 years of experience in Information System design, software development, project management, and Geospatial Information Systems. System design experience includes over 20 years of application development, consulting, and project management. Mr. Hejazi is certified as an Oracle DBA, ESRI SDE Manager and as a SUN Unix System Administrator.

Jennifer Hergenroeder - Operations Manager

Ms. Hergenroeder has worked with Geographic Services, Inc. since 2006 and has experience managing multi-cultural linguist teams and multi-function analyst teams. Her experience also includes developing and implementing standard operating procedures for new corporate capabilities.

Amir Khosrodad - Senior technology architect

Mr. Khosrodad brings over 20 years of IT and technology experience to GSI. Leading development projects at GSI for three years, he served as the Chief Software Architect and Product Development Manager at Cranium for 15 years. Prior to GSI and Cranium leaderships, Mr. Khosrodad led the Web Content Technology practice at Virtual Logic (now part of Hitachi Data Systems) and was a Senior Software Engineer and Lead Programmer with CEXEC serving government agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of State. Mr. Khosrodad has a master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Maryland.

Alexandre Taranenko, PhD - senior software Architect

Dr. Alex Taranenko has 30 years of experience with system architecture, design, coding and testing, software development, graphic user interface, GIS applications, web applications and algorithm development. Dr. Taranenko has a Doctorate in Computer Science from the Institute of Cybernetic, Kiev, Ukraine, with fluency in Ukrainian and Russian. He is the inventor of GSI’s patented DataFlex® search engine, has developed numerous Quality Control tools for linguistic and geospatial production work, and was instrumental in the development of GSI Human Atlas®.


Dr. Sutherlin has more than ten years of experience in intercultural mediation including the development of programming that garnered UN recognition for innovation in North Africa. As a researcher, she focuses on the intersection of cultural dimensions and technology for application in conflict analysis. Dr. Sutherlin has a degree in political science from Indiana University and a doctorate in peace and conflict studies from the University of Bradford. She works in seven foreign languages.