Ahmed ZaidiManaging Partner & Chief Automation Officer
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.
Zia BhuttaManaging Partner & CEO
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.
Matt GalloChief Sales Officer & Associate Partner
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.
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 EnriquezChief Human Resources Officer
Gabriela brings over 10 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 does she have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Resources and Emotional Intelligence within the workplace, she also has a Master’s in Industrial Organization from Florida International University. At Accelirate, Gabriela is the head of HR and Talent Acquisition, she oversees professional development 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, Gabriela loves to watch Real Time with Bill Maher, go to the beach, and cheer on the Oakland Raiders and LA Dodgers. A compassionate and resourceful woman 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 them want to stay.
Roger HernandezSenior Automation Architect
Roger is one of our talented and persistent Senior Automation Architects. Before joining us at Accelirate, he was the Chief Technical Officer 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 Senior Automation Architect, Roger is responsible for designing Robotic Process Automation Infrastructure and the technical sales for customer RFP’s. Roger’s favorite movie is Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale, he loves to go dancing, and if given the opportunity to time travel he would go back and explore the Roman Empire. Roger has many years of software architecture experience and is a joy to have in the office; talented employees like Roger are the reason we can say that Accelirate employees are good at what they do.
Josie WaltonSenior Automation Architect
Josie is a Senior Automation Architect here, at Accelirate. She is a funny, unique, woman who loves to learn new things. One of her many job functions is to drive technical solutions and productivity from project start to completion across multiple development resources and organizations. She does so by ensuring solution designs, leveraging best practices, and utilizing all available tools and resources for solution optimization. Josie loves Marvel movies, watches tennis year-round, enjoys traveling, and spending time with her cats. “Smart” doesn’t even begin to define Josie; she has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati and before coming to Accelirate she was the Lead Application Developer at Fifth Third Bank, and prior to that, was a Lead Web Developer for Mycom Inc. Josie is one-of-a-kind and having her on our Accelirate team helps us along in our journey to becoming the Top RPA and AI company in the country.
Vachan MuralidharSenior Data Scientist
Vachan is Accelirate’s Senior Data Scientist, and his ambition and determination precede him. Vachan has a Master’s in Machine Learning from Rutgers University and is an Artificial Intelligence developer, researcher, and practitioner. He has authored research papers on the applications of AI in the both healthcare and social sciences, and before coming to Accelirate, he was working on machine learning at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in India. He loves the Big Bang Theory and is always day-dreaming of new ideas to implement in his work and his research. Vachan is diligent and can tackle many projects of different domains at a time with the end results of all his projects being of the highest quality. As the Senior Data Scientist, Vachan is responsible for leading machine learning operations and is currently overseeing projects that include: Predictive Analytics, Computer Vision, and Natural Language Processing. He is the definition of someone who loves their job and what they do; so much that if given the option to travel back in time he would go to 1950, the year Alan Turing proposed his paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”. That year is considered the foundational year for modern AI, and Vachan loves the thought of working in Artificial Intelligence during its introductory years.
Robert BoothSenior Automation Engineer
Robert is one of Accelirate’s clever Senior Automation Engineers. 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, he then decided that it was something he wanted to pursue. Within a year, he found himself creating full, end-to-end, automations for customers, switching from BPO to consulting, and polishing his automation skills to a state of near-perfection. As a Senior Automation Engineer, Robert is capable of being able to analyze processes thoroughly and quickly develop automated solutions for client needs. 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 cheer on the Oakland Raiders. Robert is very analytical and ensures all of his projects have solutions that are the absolute best option for the client and their business needs. We are lucky to have such a brilliant mind like Robert on our Accelirate Senior Team.
Isel TulaSenior Automation Engineer
Isel is one of our incredible Senior Automation Engineers. She was born in Cuba, lived in Mexico, and worked at Synechron as an Associate of Technology. She also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Telecommunication Technologies from Tecnológico de Monterrey, which for the past two consecutive years was ranked the “Best University in Mexico” by Times Higher Education. Before graduating, she participated in a Study Abroad Program, studying in Massachusetts at Boston University to complete her degree. 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 strategy engagements to determine the viability of RPA as a solution for clients in their business environments. She also is responsible for leading our RPA development teams through the solution building process. We are happy to have a great mind like Isel as part of our team and are excited to see what her ambition helps her discover in the world of process automation.
Vineeth GogineniSenior Automation Engineer
At Accelirate, Vineeth is a Senior Automation Engineer who is always looking for a new challenge to conquer. At a young age, Vineeth never backed down from a challenge; he was named Valedictorian at an all-boys school in India where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then partook in a two-year fellowship with Teach for America before deciding to attend business school in the United States at Arizona State University. Before coming to Accelirate, Vineeth was a Data Science Consultant that was traveling 5 days a week all across the globe. He decided then that he wanted a more centralized job that would allow him to challenge himself and learn new things every day, and Accelirate offered him such a position. As a Senior Automation Engineer, Vineeth works on multiple engagements focused within the Finance and Insurance Industry, dealing with enterprise optimization and artificial intelligence projects. He is based out of Dallas which allows him to oversee our talented developers from both the Florida and New Jersey offices. Vineeth never misses a home Cowboys NFL game and if given the opportunity to time travel he would go back to his honeymoon and relive that time with his beautiful wife. Vineeth love’s working for Accelirate, and stated ‘Our developers come from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, perspectives and aspirations; however, I was most impressed with how the firm’s leadership have become my expert mentors and not just my bosses.’
Pramodh TanguduSenior Automation Engineer
Pramodh is one of our passionate Senior Automation Engineers. Before working at Accelirate, he worked as an SAP Consultant and a Senior Associate Consultant. He grew up in India and spent 5 years mastering SAP and 2 years mastering RPA. A main function of Pramodh’s is to deeply understand client’s Process Automation needs, create an appropriate solution to satisfy those business needs and then implement that process. His passion and team-player mentality are some of the many reasons another responsibility he has is to assist in the training of our junior automation engineers. Even though his hometown is in India, his favorite soccer team to root for is Barcelona and during his free time Pramodh loves to travel and watch Game of Thrones. Pramodh is the epitome of a hard-worker and is always cooking up the latest RPA techniques to implement.
Kiaresh MojtabaeeSenior Automation Engineer
Kia is one of our inquisitive Senior Automation Engineers. He was born in Akron, Ohio, raised in Iran, then traveled back to the U.S. to live in South Florida, where he still resides today. His main role at Accelirate is to find areas within an organization that could greatly benefit from the implementation of RPA and then lead teams in said implementation. Watching the 1973 film, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, was what inspired Kia to become a programmer. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Computer Science, focusing on Artificial Intelligence from Florida International University thus making it possible to accomplish his newly realized goals. Supporting his hometown, Kia has been a Miami Hurricane football season ticket holder for the past 27 years and is a fun-loving guy who enjoys series movies such as Star Wars, The Hunger Games, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Kia is a go-getter and doesn’t shy away from a challenge, proof of this is that he is a marathon runner and enjoys skydiving in his free time. Here at Accelirate we are always looking for ways to become better, and Kia’s hard work helps us to do that.
Arinze NkwojiSenior Automation Engineer
Born in Nigeria, raised in London, and educated at Boston University, Arinze has traveled the globe and we are lucky his journey brought him here to Accelirate. With a degree in Computer Science and an M.B.A, it’s no wonder why Arinze has worked all across the United States for several large and successful companies. Before becoming a Senior Automation Engineer, he 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 the development for one of the first-ever cloud based applications called the Total Library Server. His passion led him here; he joined Accelirate in 2018 by following his love for technology and his want to assist people with Robotic Process Automation. 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.
Izhar AhmadAutomation Project Manager
Izhar is the Automation Project Manager here at Accelirate Inc. A major responsibility of his is to ensure the growth of our Robotic Process Automation and Optical Character Recognition Teams, along with ensuring the quality of all of our delivered automation projects. His team-player mind-set and superb ability to analyze and organize come in handy for this role. Some unique tidbits about Izhar are that he loves the Australian National Cricket team and considers himself an “Ethical Hacker”. Izhar previously worked as a Director at Advanced Progressive, a German software house for Procise GMBH. Most notably, he led interactive, Business Intelligence Analytics projects for clients like HP and Lenovo and developed Service Oriented Architecture based solutions for Broadcom, a Fortune 500 Company. Izhar also earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Government College University in Lahore, Pakistan. Being a leader with technology at his fingertips, if Izhar was given the opportunity to time-travel, he would choose to go back to the age of Emperors to see how they managed to raise nations and build teams in the absence of technology as we know it today.
Brian TorresAutomation Engineer
Brian Torres is one of our diligent Automation Engineers. He was born in Puerto Rico and moved to South Florida when he was young. Brian has an Associate’s Degree in Science as a Network Administrator and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University. As an Automation Engineer, Brian is responsible for analyzing and automating business processes for clients and also plays an integral part in running our Junior Training Program. He helps interview potential Junior candidates and oversees all of their training as Junior Automation Engineers. Brian loves watching Star Trek and The Walking Dead and when he is able to find free time at home, he enjoys playing video games. Brian is an honest and optimistic member of our team and we are lucky to have such an incredible leader helping to teach the next generation of Automation Engineers.
Joe ConnollyAutomation Alliance Manager
Joe is our talented Senior Automation Alliance Manager. He grew up on the Southwest side of Chicago, moved to Philadelphia for college, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He resided on the east coast for ten years post-graduation before moving back to Chicago, where he still lives today. Four of Joe’s six siblings work in sales, he himself has worked in sales for the past twenty years, and each of the Connolly’s in the sales industry are extremely successful at what they do; it must run in the family. At Accelirate, Joe is responsible for developing business opportunities for end-user accounts nationally. He takes great pride in being able to offer his customers a product that can make a true difference in their lives and he stated that more than any other product he has sold, RPA and AI from Accelirate has the greatest ability to deliver that change to the customers. Joe is genuine, and very intelligent; ask him anything about World War II and he will know the answer. He also enjoys watching Sunday Night Football in his free time and his favorite football team is the Fighting Irish from Notre Dame. Joe is a true asset to our Accelirate team, he is a pleasure to work with, and like everything he does, he ensures the happiness of those around him.
Nikky ShafferAutomation Alliance Manager
Nicole, AKA “Nikky”, is our bright and bubbly, dedicated, UiPath Automation Alliance Manger. Pursuing opportunities in the RPA industry brought her to the Miami area where she joined Accelirate and has since proven to be a vital asset to our team. Nikky earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business and prior to joining Accelirate came from a sales background in the Insurance/PeopleSoft/Oracle industry. Nikky is passionate, outspoken, and loves spontaneous adventures. Some of her favorite things to do, aside from working in RPA, are scuba diving, snowboarding, cooking, and impromptu trips. She is a huge fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning and if she could travel to any point in time, she would love to travel 1,000 years into the future to see what kind of technology and lifestyles the future has in store. At Accelirate, Nikky’s main job function is to strengthen, manage, and coordinate all client deals and relationships between Accelirate, potential and current clients, and our partner company, UiPath. Nikky is incredibly talented and people like her are the reason Accelirate is flourishing at an unimaginable rate.
Jessenia DuranCorporate Administrator and Recruitment Manager
Jessenia is the Corporate Administrator and Recruitment Manager here at Accelirate. Her benevolent passion for her work has helped to create a strong and happy work environment. She grew up in South Florida and has spent the past 5 years in administration and the past 3 years in technical recruitment. Jessenia got her Business Administration degree from Florida International University and realized that her passion was for such work after pursuing a degree in Marine Biology and realizing it just wasn’t for her. Jessenia is an adventurer and is always looking for the best opportunities. She takes pride in laying out several options and selecting only the best choice. Jessenia loves the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S., studies botany in her free time, and if given the opportunity to time travel, she would go back to the Mesozoic Era to see the dinosaurs. Jessenia is truly talented at what she does, and her commitment and dedication to Accelirate Inc. has not only built a strong and united workforce but has brought together the right combination of people to make a successful company.
Shahbaz AhmedFinance Manager
Shahbaz is our determined Finance Manager. He is from Multan, Pakistan which is one of the oldest inhabited regions in the world; Multan has had people living there for a record continuous 5,000 years. Shahbaz is the best of the best in Finance and Accounting; he is certified as an Associate Chartered Certified Accountant from ACCA, the global professional accounting body and has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. Before coming to us at Accelirate Inc. he worked as an accountant for Colony Textile Mills, one of Pakistan’s biggest textile mills, and before that he worked as an auditor at Deloitte, which is one of the “Big Four” accounting organizations and is known as the largest professional services network in the world for both revenue and number of professionals. At Accelirate, Shahbaz is responsible for: payroll, account payable and receivable, and overseeing all accounting and finance functions. Shahbaz loves to read about science, history, religion, and philosophy, and his favorite movie is Inception. He is a sincere individual and a joy to work with; you can always rely on Shahbaz! We are proud to have him as a part of our talented Accelirate Team!