We leverage source deSIGN and technology to create a better world.


alfa8 is a team of design thinkers, investors, and innovators creating a better world through visionary and resilient deSign.

We are based in the Washington, DC Metro area and leverage a broad network of strategic relationships worldwide.


We create visionary designs for buildings and cities, using leading-edge technology, and sourcing investment to help realize next-gen solutions for our world.





Committed Leadership that Delivers Dynamic Results

Iliad A. Terra

CEO, Managing Principal, alfa8

As the founding partner of alfa8, Mr. Terra leads the Firm to develop opportunities in global markets, focused on integrated and innovative solutions that build capacity and empower communities. Through his global network he brings a diverse background to the firm through his experience as an architect and design thinker, and thought leader.

Michael Krause, Ph.D

Board Member, alfa8

Dr. Michael D. Krause is a security specialist, leader, logistician, and former soldier.  He is a founding partner of alfa8.  His background spans military service in two wars, on four continents, participating in five contingency operations.  Dr. Krause serves as founder and President of KRI; and Chairman of SecureChain.

Dash Bahman

Vice President of CGR

Dash is a competitive, innovative, and proactive sales executive and business leader, with track record of success in escalating sales, inspiring optimal performance from sales team, developing and cultivating strong interpersonal relationships, and establishing focused corporate programs that exceed objectives.

Linton Wells, Ph.D

Managing Partner, Wells Analytics

Dr. Lin Wells is a decorated Naval officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President G.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  Dr. Lin Wells brings significant strategic leadership and resilience response and readiness to alfa8. Dr. Wells is currently leading on the resilience front through his work at Star-Tides and C-RASC in collaboration with GMU. 

Myra Chung

Director of Research, alfa8

Myra spearheads the research division of alfa8 to accumulate data for the development and advancement of our technology sector.  She is focused on the role of technology on the built environment and its impact on real estate development and capital.  She works closely with our technology partners to bring proptech capability to the market.

Peter Samton

Board Member, alfa8-architecture

Peter Samton graduated from MIT & brings our team a deep legacy of design and architectural experience through a noteworthy collaboration with Hugh Stubbins & Marcel Breuer, eventually becoming a Partner in 1967.  Peter continues his work serving numerous organizations, including Community Planning Board #7, Landmark West, NISS, and the AIA. 

Eugene Sullivan

Partner, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan

The Honorable Judge Eugene Sullivan brings a stellar legacy of leadership to our team.  He is currently a senior partner in the D.C. law firm where he works with Director Freeh.  Judge Sullivan served under a number of US Presidents as a Federal Judge on Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  He brings to our team keen legal counsel and support in a complex operation. 

Charles Ganz

CEO and Founder, CICL

Charles Ganz founded CICL in 2009 to accelerate the commercialization of innovation. Charles has visited over 1000 innovative companies in Israel since 2005, and is well connected to more than 100 Fortune 500 companies and many corporate VC’s. He’s studied comparative competitive advantage.