President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
As President and CEO of StellarPeak Corp., Nuhad Karaki provides executive leadership, strategic direction and experienced oversight. Mr. Karaki draws upon his extensive Intelligence Community (IC) and other federal agency experience to drive and enhance growth while encouraging solutions that exceed customer expectations. Mr. Karaki brings expertise in technology, project management, due diligence, strategic growth, business process reengineering and organizational restructuring.
Prior to joining StellarPeak Corp., Mr. Karaki was the Chief Operating Officer of Inceptre Corporation where he successfully built Inceptre’s brand as a premier systems engineering solutions provider to the IC and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to Inceptre, Mr. Karaki was Chief Operating Officer at Torres AES, a privately held firm that provided sensitive training, Subject-Matter-Experts and language services for both the Department Defense (DOD) and Department of State (DOS) in Afghanistan and Iraq. Before Torres AES, Mr. Karaki managed a significant and highly successful counterterrorism program in support of the IC.
Mr. Karaki is an avid believer in continuous development and self-improvement. Mr. Karaki is an council member at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and council member, Technology, Innovation and Cyber at INSA. He is also board member the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and the Professional Services Council (PSC). He is fluent in English, Arabic, and French and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance.
As Senior Advisor for StellarPeak, Corp., James Clapper enhances corporate strategic planning, business development, and market intelligence to drive StellarPeak’s growth, particularly within the Intelligence Community.
Prior to joining StellarPeak, Mr. Clapper served as the fourth US Director of Intelligence from August 9, 2010 to January 20, 2017. In this position, Mr. Clapper led the United States Intelligence Community and served as the principal intelligence advisor to President Barak Obama.
Mr. Clapper retired in 1995 after a distinguished career in the U.S. Armed Forces. His career began in 1961 when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and culminated as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. His intelligence-related positions over his 32 years in uniform included Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Headquarters, US Air Force during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Director of Intelligence for three combatant commands: US Forces, Korea; Pacific Command, and Strategic Air Command. He served two combat tours during the Southeast Asia conflict, and flew 73 combat support missions in EC-47’s over Laos and Cambodia.
Directly following his retirement, Mr. Clapper worked in industry for six years as an executive in three successive companies with the Intelligence Community as his business focus. He also served as a consultant and advisor to Congress and to the Departments of Defense and Energy, and as a member of a variety of government panels, boards, commissions, and advisory groups. He was a senior member of the Downing Assessment Task Force which investigated the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, was vice chairman of a commission chaired by former Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia on the subject of homeland security and served on the NSA Advisory Board.
Mr. Clapper returned to the government two days after 9/11 as the first civilian director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). He served in this capacity for almost five years, transforming it into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as it is today.
Prior to becoming the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Clapper served for over the three years in two Administrations as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, where he served as the principal staff assistant and adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on intelligence, counterintelligence, and security matters for the Department. In this capacity, he was also dual-hatted as the Director of Defense Intelligence for the DNI.
Mr. Clapper earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, and an honorary doctorate in strategic intelligence from the then Joint Military Intelligence College.
His awards include three National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award, three Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Awards, the Presidentially-conferred National Security Medal, and many other U.S. civilian and military, as well as foreign government awards and decorations. Mr. Clapper is also the author of the best seller book, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.”
Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President for StellarPeak Corp., Tim Pastva provides programmatic, contractual and compliance oversight. In addition, Mr. Pastva supports business development and capture efforts particularly for DHS and DoD opportunities.
Prior to StellarPeak, Mr. Pastva served as Program Manager and Analyst at Mission Essential Personnel (MEP), LLC in support of the US Army INSCOM OEF-A Language Program. In this capacity, he was responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of MEP’s linguist services efforts in support of USCENTCOM, primarily in Afghanistan.
Prior to his industry career, Mr. Pastva served as a United States Marine Corps Infantry Officer with more than 20 years experience in organizational leadership and project and program management. As an Operations Officer on Okinawa, Japan he provided technical, analytic, and planning support to over 28 simulation supported staff training events throughout South East Asia. As the Operations and Training Director for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe in Germany, he led and directed the planning and execution of 24 international training events in Europe and Africa.
Mr. Pastva received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff Course and the U.S. Army Ranger School.Mr. Pastva earned the Project Management Professional certification in January 2009.
Senior Vice President
As Senior Vice President for StellarPeak Corp., Jeffrey Witko is responsible for growing the business in strategic areas where the company can add significant value to our customers in both mission and business operations. He will also work with the leadership team to develop the tactical and long-range growth strategy for the company. Mr. Witko is also a key member of the senior leadership team in the overall management of the company.
Prior to joining StellarPeak, Mr. Witko was Program Director for integrating unique GEOINT capabilities for the government. He led a large team of engineers, scientists, analysts and platform specialists in ensuring that the highest levels of the government had access to unique intelligence in a timely manner. Prior to this assignment, he was the Program Manager for the system integration efforts of a large space constellation. On both programs, Jeffrey was responsible for turning “red” programs to “green” and increasing profits by 10 to 20 percent. Additionally, he participated in numerous captures from authoring and developing strategies for proposals that were rated “blue”.
Before his career in industry, Mr. Witko served 20 years in the United States Air Force. He held numerous positions in program management, engineering, space operations and special access air and missile programs. His assignments include managing the GPS program for the Under Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon, IMINT Chief Architect at the National Reconnaissance Office, Executive Officer to the Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory and various engineering, operations, and acquisition positions across the country. He has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, policy implementation, business operations, systems engineering, and budget formulation and justification.
Mr. Witko is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He earned Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and another Master of Science in Military Science from the United States Air Command and Staff College. He is also Level 3 certified in Program Management and Systems Planning, Research & Development and a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.