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Andrew Ahn

CEO, Founder
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Andrew Ahn

Extensive experience with Big Data technologies & governance in both highly regulated industries and open-source domains. Prior to starting Praxi Data, he was the VP, Head of Product Management at Waterline Data. He also served as the Governance Director of Product at Hortonworks, covering Apache Falcon and Apache Atlas (Incubated and Committer). Fintech work includes product and governance duties for the NYSE Euronext in the Chief Data Office, supporting legal and regulatory (spin-off into FINRA) groups. Responsible for product development roadmap and joint venture efforts. He has designed and built three Data Catalogs — Praxi Data is number four! Responsible for Enterprise Data Catalog sales of over $60M.

Seetharam Vankatesh

Chief Technology Officer
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Seetharam Vankatesh

Venkatesh is a Software Executive turned VC. He has been through 2 IPOs starting as an early engineer. He has invested in prolific startups in Snowflake, Thoughtspot, Outlier, Fauna, Mesh Dynamics, and others. He has had a great operating career where he built, led, and retained engineering teams at Hortonworks, Yahoo!, and other startups. He was part of the team that built Hadoop at Yahoo!.

Andrew Turner

Andrew is a member of the Advisory Board and is an Operational leader with a focus on strategy, growth & scaling. He has worked for corporates, start-ups within corporates, and start-ups in UK, EMEA, USA, and Asia. He’s a proud alumni of GE, SAP, Tesco, WANdisco, EE, Telefonica, and Waterline Data (Hitachi Vantara). He has expertise with building great teams as well as enabling organizations to become data-driven, allowing them to break through to the next level. Andrew works with multiple communities and produces podcasts in support of his mission to share knowledge and empower others.

Sergio Rodriguera Jr.

Head of Federal Practice
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Sergio Rodriguera Jr.

Sergio Rodriguera Jr. is Senior Consultant for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In addition, he is an advisor to General Radar, a Millimeter Wave radar startup building transformative technology for the autonomous vehicle and national security sectors. He was founding team member and Chief Strategy Officer at Credit Junction, the first asset-based lending FinTech platform transforming the way small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) access growth capital utilizing data intelligence to offer up to $10 million in debt capital. He was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Trade Finance Advisory Council providing recommendations on emerging technologies to improve access to capital for small businesses. He served as a Navy Intelligence Officer in the Navy Reserves where his last assignment from 2015 to 2018 was leading a team of technologists advising the Director of Intelligence on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-2).

Shesh Bindingnavle

Sheshadrivasan (Shesh) joins Praxi Data to lead the engineering team. His extensive start-up and corporate experience will enrich and accelerate Praxi Data’s growth . He brings two decades of work, spanning architecture, design and development, from systems programming to application development while demonstrating exemplary management skills as well as mentoring junior engineers.

Michael Guerrero

DevOps and Support Engineer
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Michael Guerrero

Michael is a talented and experienced professional with almost 20 years in the IT industry, often in complex and changing business and tech environments. He excels at working with teams from different departments to successfully deliver solutions to the client. He’s worked as an Application Support Engineer for Intuit, DevOps Engineer for Demandforce, a Web Systems Engineer for NYSE/Euronext, Inc. (now ICE) among many various roles in IT. Michael has  employed his extensive analytical skills to deliver and improve software development and other IT services in critical real-life environments at all levels in industries from finance to healthcare to small business administration.

Jen Chang

Product Designer
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Jen Chang

Jen Chang is a product designer with a Masters in Communication and Culture. She has a broad range of experience, having worked in Taiwan, Macao, and Ireland. With her strong background in academic research and deep study of human behavior, Jen is poised as a keen observer of  how people interact with each other and technology.   Before joining Praxi Data, Jen worked in the international film industry. She became a filmaholic and learned the power of storytelling. Jen blended her love of research, people and culture with her creative side and pursued design. She has worked at a Houston based start-up as a UX researcher & designer and developed products that connect businesses with people to solve real world problems.

Anna Links

Tech Writer / PM
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Anna Links

Anna has a broad background working in nonprofits supporting administration and operations for projects ranging from public park development to independent film. She has an MA in Public Humanities, and is a Salesforce Certified Administrator. She is a prolific writer, excellent editor and well organized, applying the necessary attention to detail. Anna will provide a much valued alternate perspective that will balance our reach to customers and stakeholders.

Sheila Anastas

Head of Finance & Operations
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Sheila Anastas

Sheila has an extensive background in finance and operations, most recently as part of Uber Technologies’ Tax Operations team collaborating with fintech, engineering, compliance, and customer success to provide partners with accurate and timely tax information. Prior to joining Uber, Sheila worked with KPMG as part of the EPIC eHR software implementation group at a major urban hospital.

Upon earning her MBA, Sheila embarked on a career in the financial services industry as a Tax Analyst for Deutsche Asset Management, Columbia Management, and HighMark Capital Management. Sheila began her career in various finance and operations roles for government agencies and non-profit organizations. She previously served as Deputy Director of Finance for a gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts.

Sheila lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children. She is active in her children’s education and has held many PTA leadership roles.

Brad Currin

Brad is a seasoned, multi-disciplinary information, digital and data technology leader with 24 years of experience across the energy, oil & gas, trading, telecommunications, data networks and cable/satellite TV industries. He has worked around the world in IT management, business IT strategy/planning, software development, deployment and support, WAN deployment, corporate M&A and data leadership roles.

For the last 12+ years Brad has led teams in the energy sector, delivering transformational IT programmes, heading up IT strategy and planning, and building an IT team from the ground up for a new division (renewables and energy solutions). His current role is Chief Data Officer, enabling the business to deliver value from data and solving complex data challenges across a global matrix organisation.

Brad’s experience covers small, medium and large global enterprises, from navigating the challenges of fast-growing start-ups (Techtrack 100 and FTSE IPO) who built and sold software solutions to multinationals, to delivering turnkey IT solutions developed by a medium enterprise, to in-house IT for global corporate enterprises, building, procuring, and deploying software solutions.

Mitch Schussler

Finance Domain Advisor
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Mitch Schussler

An accomplished entrepreneur and Executive Manager of Information Technology with extensive experience developing and implementing strategies that align IT organizations with company strategic objectives. Proven ability to build and motivate large teams to maximize productivity — exceptional communicator, with emphasis on building strong client relationships. A track record for initiating process improvements that decrease operational costs, while consistently implementing product enhancements to exceed customer requirements.

Expertise in technology product development and IT architecture design for AI in the cloud and Enterprise. A strong background in Software Engineering with balanced skills in management and “hands-on” technology. Mitch has held leadership positions and chief architect roles at Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns, Coleco Inc, and JPMorgan Chase as well as committer status for the Apache Atlas project. He has published several mobile applications on the Apple Store and Android Marketplace.

Mike Fishwick

Mike has built data and insights teams from scratch and influenced the creation of data management and data governance practises inside of organisations, ensuring that its data assets can be leveraged to best advantage.

Mike has also been a digital transformation evangelist, dealing with difficult cultural issues associated with the delivery and adoption of new technology and the impact these have on staff, customers and ways of working. Mike brings a significant amount of board experience, having served both as executive director and Non Exec in several public sector organisations.

Alasdair Anderson

Alasdair Anderson has spent over 20 years working with data technology. Alasdair has spent much of his career in Financial Services with the likes of HSBC, Nordea, ABN AMRO, JP Morgan, RBS & BNP Paribas. Alasdair now runs the EMEA region for Protegrity, a Data Security company.

Alasdair is a recognised industry expert who speaks globally on the issues surrounding the complexity of managing data. He has gained global recognition building out the Data Engineering function at Tier 1 global banks from 2010 onwards. These efforts saw Alasdair and his team recognised with multiple industry awards. Alasdair is an acknowledged authority in the field of Anti-Financial Crime and how data technology can safeguard the financial system against bad actors.

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Alasdair now resides in Amsterdam. In recognition of his achievements within industry, Alasdair was appointed to the Global Scot Network by Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland in 2017. The Global Scot Network is run by the Scottish Government to represent Scottish industrial interests across the globe. In this role, Alasdair has coached and mentored multiple organisations looking to expand their markets outside the UK.

Akhil Lalwani

Akhil is currently the Chief Data Officer at Convex which is an international specialty insurer and reinsurer based in London. He is an experienced data and technology leader, having worked in insurance, banking and telecom. His focus is on transformation, driving digital disruption and innovation.

Prior to joining Convex, he was the Head of Data Platform at Prudential and performed global leadership roles at Barclays.

His areas of expertise include business strategy, information security, creating a data-first culture and building products.

Akhil has been awarded patents for his innovative use of technology and has worked with government agencies globally to prevent and disrupt cybercrime.