Our Team 2019-11-07T10:39:32+00:00

Some people have asked us: “Why are you so passionate about Robotic Process Automation?”.…We say “Why Not?”

With over 150 RPA Automation and AI Professionals, Accelirate is the largest pure play Automation & AI Services firm in the United States

Executive Team
Accelirate Team

Zia Bhutta, Managing Partner & CEO

Zia Bhutta

As CEO of Accelirate, Zia brings a wealth of Enterprise Leadership and Strategic Vision to the company. Prior to Co-Founding Accelirate Inc., Zia co-founded a Global IT Services Consulting firm in 2001. This company is now a $450 Million Global IT Services firm with over 7,500 Employees. He has over 22 years of extensive Management, Technical, and Operational experience within the Information Technology Services Industry. Zia is also the Co-Founder and Board Chairman for Taptobook Inc. which is a Marketing Automation platform for small services-based businesses. Zia attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He enjoys playing chess, boating, and improving his tennis game with a goal of being even slightly as good as his favorite player, Roger Federer. Zia has a driven focus, he puts everything he has into each project, and takes great pride in living during this era that is considered the Internet and Artificial Intelligence “Industrial Revolution”. Zia is always open to a new opportunity and loves innovation; one of his favorite T.V. shows is Shark Tank, it’s that entrepreneurial spirit that motivates him and everything he does.

Ahmed Zaidi, Managing Partner & Chief Automation Officer

Ahmed Zaidi

Ahmed Zaidi is our Chief Automation Officer. As CAO he works out of our Headquarters in Edison, New Jersey; he leads project execution and all of the research teams at here at Accelirate Inc. Passionate about automation, Ahmed started his career as an Automation Engineer on Wall Street and prior to Co-Founding Accelirate, he founded a Capital Markets focused consulting business in 2003 which was acquired in 2007 by a Global IT Service Provider. After the acquisition, he ran the Capital Markets Division for the Acquirer, and established multiple Centers of Excellence within the organization. Having led large enterprise scale automation efforts at Global Investment Banks, Ahmed is intimately familiar with the challenges faced by organizations when undertaking transformation projects. One of his key responsibilities is to lead our Automation and Machine Learning/AI Specialists to produce practical solutions to solve today’s business problems using the latest in cognitive and AI technologies. He is a big New York Yankees Fan and when asked if he could travel back in time where he would go, he stated “I would stay right here, it is the most exciting of times”; trust us, he loves implementing the technology of today and is always preparing to be ready for the technology of tomorrow.

Matt Gallo, Chief Sales Officer & Partner

Matt Gallo

Matt is the CSO and an Associate Partner of Accelirate Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami and is a seasoned expert in the IT Industry with experience ranging from enterprise infrastructure to the implementation of cloud strategies and automation solutions. As head of sales, he is responsible for overseeing all sales activities of the company and managing the sales teams. His duties include, but are not limited to: sales strategy, revenue generation, marketing, training, and development. Matt has an eye for talent and finesse which is defined by his decision to travel back to the 1960’s to see the Rat Pack perform if ever presented with the opportunity to time travel. He is always looking for the next new thing and seizes every opportunity. A motto of his is “Dulce Far Niente” meaning the “Sweetness of Nothing”, and during his rare “nothing” time he loves to watch Miami Hurricane Football and cheer on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Mr. Gallo’s entrepreneurial spirit is unparalleled and he brings immense passion and leadership to Accelirate. These skills, and more, are what highlight him as a true team player and key contributor to our senior leadership.

Harsh Thakar, Chief Automation Architect & Partner

Harsh Thakar

As Chief Automation Architect, Harsh works with clients to build their AI and automation roadmap. As a subject matter expert in automation, he also coaches and mentors next generation RPA engineers. Harsh has more than 15 years of business technology leadership experience in the financial service and educational domains. Prior to joining Accelirate, Harsh worked at Synechron, Inc. as Software Director, where he focused on emerging technologies and established a product design lab to engineer extraordinary experiences for global businesses and their customers at speed and scale. Harsh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Pune located in western India. His favorite T.V. shows are Seinfeld and Numbers, he loves to study both artificial and natural intelligence in his free time, and he is a huge fan of the India National Cricket team. Harsh is brilliant in everything he does and he is one of the many reasons our company is successful.

Gabriela Enriquez, Chief Human Resources Officer

Gabriela Enriquez

Gabriela brings over 15 years of leadership experience across multiple industries, geographies, and scales of business. With a solid background in international and domestic human resource management, policy, procedure, recruiting, strategic planning, legal compliance and global compensation, her true passion is business culture. Not only is she a Certified Career and Women Empowerment Coach, but she also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Emotional Intelligence within the workplace, and a Master’s in Industrial Organization from FIU (Florida International University). At Accelirate, Gabriela is the head of HR and Talent Acquisition, she oversees professional development, training, and recruitment while continuously building and shaping Accelirate’s culture and reputation as a top place to work. She is an innovative and strategic HR practitioner with extensive executive-level experience in human resource management and a deep commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion, and diversity. Aside from work, this FIU Panther loves to watch Real Time with Bill Maher, Family Guy, and enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and skiing. A compassionate and resourceful professional like Gabriela is one of the many reasons Accelirate employees love where they work; she doesn’t just bring in the top talent, she makes employees want to stay.

Karan Sehgal, Director of Robotic Operations Center

Karan Sehgal

Karan is our driven and results-oriented Robotic Operations Center Director. He attended Pune University in India where he earned a bachelor’s degree of Engineering in Computer Science. With over 20 years of experience, Karan has held various leadership roles. Before Accelirate, he worked at Infrrd, an emerging AI company, leading Intelligent Automation initiatives and also worked for a large technology consulting firm, leading client engagements in the Banking and Financial sector. Karan has been instrumental in building practice areas for major enterprises including one for Business Process Management and a technology center of excellence for Microsoft. As the Robotic Operations Center Director, Karan has mastered an L1, L2, and L3 support system methodology for scaled enterprise automation programs and is responsible for establishing and executing automation support practices for Accelirate clients. Karan is creative, extremely knowledgeable in AI and Automation, enjoys playing volleyball, and loves to watch National Geographic in his free time. Karan plays a key role in Accelirate’s executive team and is well-known for changing the game of automation support.

Robert Booth, Director of Client Engagements

Robert Booth

Robert is one of Accelirate’s Director of Client Engagements. Two words that help us to describe him and his professional journey in RPA are ambition and curiosity. He began his professional life by attending the University of Central Florida and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Post graduation, he interned for the “innovation” sector of a Business Process Outsourcing company; this is where he learned about the capability and many applications of process automation. It was during this position when he decided process automation was something he wanted to pursue. Within a year, Robert found himself creating full, end-to-end, automations for customers, switching his role from BPO to consulting, and polishing his automation skills to a state of near perfection. At Accelirate Robert wears many hats, he is a Client Engagement Director for several major clients, helps run our Business Analyst training program, and is the brains behind several new Accelirate Services. Robert practices Mixed Martial Arts in his free time, enjoys watching the television adaptation of Sherlock, and even though most of his life was spent here in Florida, he was born in California, and can’t help but to be an Oakland Raiders fan. Robert is very analytical and ensures all of his projects have solutions that are crafted in the absolute best way to meet the client’s business needs.

Isel Tula, Director of Client Engagements

Isel Tula

Isel is one of our incredible Director of Client Engagements. She was born in Cuba, lived in Mexico, and previously worked at Synechron as an Associate of Technology. Isel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Telecommunication Technologies from Tecnológico de Monterrey and Boston University, in Massachusetts. Isel is very curious and is always looking for new ways to learn, which is why she loves reading, traveling, and learning new science lingo from watching the Big Bang Theory. Her role here at Accelirate includes delivering automation process assessments and over-seeing strategy for full client engagements to determine the viability of RPA as a solution for specific business environments. Isel was one of the first employees at Accelirate and has a depth of experience in the industry as her main focus was scaling a client from no automations to nearly 200 processes in just two short years. Isel is an integral part of the Accelirate Service Delivery team and her ambition has helped us to create unique and truly innovative RPA services and solutions.

Arinze Nkwoji, Director of Client Engagements

Arinze Nkwoji

Born in Nigeria, raised in London, and educated at Boston University; Arinze has traveled the globe and has both a degree in Computer Science and an M.B.A. Before becoming a Director of Client Engagements Arinze was a Software Engineer on Wall Street, the Founder and CTO for Sonomic.com (the largest online library and distributor of royalty-free, stock audio), and even headed development for one of the first-ever cloud based applications called the Total Library Server. Arinze joined Accelirate in 2018 following his interest digital transformation through RPA. Arinze loves the New England Patriots and New York Yankees, and his “there is always room for improvement” mentality is not just present in his fitness routine but his work ethic as well. At Accelirate, Arinze assists customers by navigating them towards the Robotic Operating Model that best fits their organization as well as assesses their business processes to determine the best strategy and solution for each individual client. His focus is on ensuring that the customer has the necessary training and resources to support all of their RPA goals, all while over-seeing full Accelirate Engagement teams.

Roger Hernandez, Director of Client Engagements

Roger Hernandez

Roger is one of our talented and persistent Director of Client Engagements. Before joining us at Accelirate, he was the CTO at Duxlink Health, a Software Architect at Change Healthcare, and the President and Owner of Velocity Consulting Inc. The first 11 years of his life were spent in Cuba before his family decided to move to south Florida. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Florida International University and has been in love with technology ever since. As a Director of Client Engagements, Roger is responsible for designing Robotic Process Automation Infrastructure and running automation development teams for major Gas, Oil, and Energy companies. Roger’s favorite movie is Equilibrium, staring Christian Bale, he loves to go dancing, and if given the opportunity to time travel, he would go back in time to explore the Roman Empire. Roger has many years of software architecture experience, is a joy to have in the office, and an expert at designing and managing scaled automation programs.

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