Our Team 2019-07-22T14:06:07+00:00

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

With over 100 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.

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