Nomad Futurists Join NYC/NJ Chapter Meeting


AFCOM's NYC/NJ local chapter will welcome Nomad Futurist again at its upcoming event on Oct. 25 when  co-founder Phillip Koblence and Nabeel Mahmood will share the latest news about the Nomad Futurist Podcast and the new foundation. 

The duo will also be recording virtual podcasts in conjunction with the event and capture diverse perspectives on the data center industry from attendees and sponsors. The Nomad Futurist Podcast is unique in that it avoids any commercial focus and homes in on the passion, excitement, and individual aspirations that led to career success and fulfillment. 

Since its inception in early 2020, the podcast, which can be found here, has featured over 40 tech leaders from around the globe who provide insights into a misunderstood world and valuable guidance for newer generations.  

“Most of our podcast guests are part of a generation that experienced life before the Internet, before cell phones, before data centers, and their stories reflect the magic and excitement of discovering new technologies,” says Koblence. "Our goal is to capture that passion and share it with children who may not have easy access to technology or who experience it through graphical interfaces, distanced from any understanding of the underlying infrastructure that enables digital experiences.”

Building on the momentum of the podcast, the team created the Nomad Futurist Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization this year to empower and inspire younger generations through exposure to the underlying technologies that power our digital world. The primary focus is on educating children in underserved communities through partnerships with a range of education providers, NGOs, and other non-profit organizations.

“What Nomad Futurist is trying to achieve, through the podcast and the foundation aligns perfectly with AFCOM goals — to help raise awareness of the critical infrastructure space and identify and inspire the next generation of data center leaders,” comments Alicia Schap, association manager for AFCOM.

The Nomad Futurist Foundation was inspired by Mahmood’s deep desire to give back to an industry that is foundational, albeit still under the radar. 

“Providing children in underserved communities with the opportunity to learn about the technologies that support our digital world is a way we can help future generations and help our industry,” says Mahmood.

If you are interested in getting involved in or learning more about the Foundation, please contact them at [email protected].

Nabeel Mahmood is a Technologist, Futurist, and a Keynote Speaker. Nabeel has 20 plus years of experience leading large-scale global technology organizations through seasons of explosive growth via M&A, global expansion, implementing new business models, and technology innovation. His areas of expertise include Big Data, Cloud, ERP, IoT, AI, ML, RPA, Mobility, and Data Centers. Nabeel is a strategic CXO identifying opportunities that are being underpinned by emerging technologies and is an advisor to CIOs, CTOs, and CEOs across a number of industries. He serves on multiple boards of private and publicly traded companies.

Phillip Koblence co-founded NYI ( in 1996. Since then, he has successfully navigated through an ever-shifting infrastructure landscape and grown the company from a single data center in Lower Manhattan to a robust network with executional capabilities in key national and international markets. His leadership, focus on customer experience, and ability to cut through complexity and hype, has positioned NYI as an industry leader in high-touch infrastructure solutions. Phillip is the Chair of the IX Committee of the Open-IX Association and sits on the DE-CIX North America Customer Advisory Board. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been profiled by Data Center Knowledge, TheWHIR, MSPMentor, and NJ BIZ. He has also contributed to CRN and NJ Business Magazine. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with an engineering degree.