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Board of directors


Independent Director

Saigin Govender is a technology executive with over 20 years of experience spanning AI, product management and engineering. He held roles at pioneering companies both large and small. Most recently, Saigin was CPO/CTO at Block Renovation — a Series C startup redefining the $450B renovation industry. Prior to Block, he was Director of Artificial Intelligence at Meta, where he led product for FAIR (Meta’s industry-defining AI Research division); CPO/CTO at Tumblr, where he oversaw 200M monthly active users; Vice President of Product Innovation at Verizon Media; and one of the key product and engineering leaders at Amazon, responsible for launching and scaling the original Alexa. Prior to his career in the US, Saigin held positions at a number of major Canadian technology, media and telecom companies.

Saigin earned his Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Nanotechnology. He subsequently earned his MBA from INSEAD (France/Singapore).

Saigin was born in South Africa, but later immigrated to Canada and then the United States. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.