ACCRETE'S MISSION

Our AI frees your mind so that you can do what you were meant to do.

Our mission is to create AI so powerful that it amplifies human reasoning and enables both government and enterprise customers to grow in previously unimaginable ways.

OUR STORY

Accrete is on a mission to create AI so powerful it amplifies human reasoning and enables both government and enterprise customers to grow in previously unimaginable ways. Prior to launching Accrete in 2017, Prashant Bhuyan, Accrete’s Founder and CEO, spent over a decade in high-frequency trading where he saw simple rules-based automation render obsolete hundred-year-old exchange floors virtually overnight.

Prashant Bhuyan and his core team spent over a decade prior to launching Accrete in 2017 building a modular, continually learning AI platform that could learn implicitly from sparse training data. Today, Accrete delivers configurable dual-use AI solutions that automate complex analytical work with a focus on defense, intelligence, and cybersecurity.

Accrete’s solutions enable the Department of Defense to predict covert behavior from foreign adversaries seeking to influence the supply chain; the U.S. Air Force to identify vulnerabilities in microprocessor firmware; major music labels to identify superstars before competitors; auto dealers to automatically generate marketing content from vehicle feature lists; employee benefits brokers to identify the shortest path to the hottest leads; and more.

LEADERSHIP

We’re a diverse global team with a wide range of talents, skillsets, expertise, and backgrounds. Together, we work as one for a common goal — your growth.

Prashant Bhuyan

Founder, CEO & Chairman
Prashant Bhuyan
Founder, CEO & Chairman

Prashant’s mission is to create AI so powerful it amplifies human reasoning and enables enterprises to grow in previously unimaginable ways. Prior to launching Accrete in 2017, Prashant spent over a decade in high frequency trading where he saw simple rules-based automation render obsolete hundred year old exchange floors virtually overnight.

Prashant recognized that just as automation displaced exchange floor brokers, AI capable of reading, understanding context and learning at scale without explicit instruction would outperform humans at most analytical tasks. Further, Prashant believed that AI could be significantly more scalable and profitable than traditional SaaS because in addition to increasing efficiency and reducing costs, AI could extract valuable predictive insights from unstructured data that humans can’t.

Accordingly, Prashant and his core team spent over a decade prior to launching Accrete in 2017 building a modular continually learning AI platform that could learn implicitly from sparse training data. Today, Accrete delivers configurable dual use AI solutions (applying commercial innovation to bolster national security) that automate complex analytical workflows with a focus on defense, intelligence and cybersecurity.

Under Prashant’s leadership, Accrete has been writing the playbook on how to profitably scale a dual use AI company. He has built a world class team that continues to grow and execute rapidly; developed and licensed human-standard, explainable AI to a growing roster of blue-chip commercial and federal customers; and efficiently managed hyper growth.

Accrete’s solutions enable the Department of Defense to predict covert behavior from foreign adversaries seeking to influence the supply chain; the U.S. Air Force to identify vulnerabilities in microprocessor firmware; major music labels to identify superstars before competitors; auto dealers to automatically generate marketing prose from vehicle feature lists; benefits brokers to identify the shortest path to the hottest leads; and more.

Prashant is a graduate of Hamilton College and lives in Lower Manhattan with his family.

Josh Adam, CFA

Co-Founder
Josh Adam, CFA
Co-Founder

With almost 20 years of experience in financial analysis, investment research and portfolio management, Josh has held various senior level positions in the hedge fund industry, where he has been a portfolio manager, Director of Research and analyst. After almost 2 years at Goldman Sachs, Josh was an equity analyst and senior portfolio manager for one of the largest hedge funds in the world, London-based GLG Partners, LP. Josh was also an analyst and portfolio manager at SAC Capital. Josh is currently an investor in and advisor to a portfolio of private companies.

Mayank Patel

Co-Founder, President & COO
Mayank Patel
Co-Founder, President & COO

Mayank is a hedge fund veteran and brings two decades of practical experience running organizations to our team. As a former fund manager, he recognized the accelerating need for market participants to adapt traditional methods for extracting alpha to the exponential growth in unstructured data. His desire to help facilitate that change led him to co-found Accrete.

Prior to Accrete, Mayank’s experience includes launching a successful hedge fund focused on global convertible arbitrage, co-managing a convertible bond sales and trading desk for a broker-dealer, building and co-managing an Asia-focused capital markets business and managing large arbitrage portfolios for three hedge funds. Mayank began his career at GE Capital where he gained significant financial and operating experience across multiple business lines. Mayank also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from New York University.

Adam Kelly

Co-Founder & Chief Knowledge Officer
Adam Kelly
Co-Founder & Chief Knowledge Officer

Adam leads our Knowledge team that works with our analyst, AI research, engineering, and development teams to create latent mathematical representations of tacit domain knowledge that seed proprietary learning models with context. The Knowledge team also provides feedback to these models and helps establish learning curves and accuracy measurements. Adam is a graduate of Hamilton College and Columbia University.

Lawrence Herman

Chief Financial Officer
Lawrence Herman
Chief Financial Officer

Lawrence has over 25 years of experience building and leading world-class finance teams, in executive leadership, and in corporate strategy, spanning the SaaS, fintech, payments, and blockchain industries. He joins us from Paxful, a P2P bitcoin marketplace, where he was the Senior Vice President, Head of Finance, and revenues increased 60% during the first year of his tenure. Prior he held several senior finance roles, including at Dataminr, a SaaS company also in the AI/machine learning sector, as well as at MasterCard, where he served in various business unit finance officer roles.

He began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and subsequently was an equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley covering the technology, media, and Internet sectors. He graduated Harvard cum laude with a major in Economics, where he also became proficient in Japanese. He grew up in Short Hills, NJ and currently resides in midtown west Manhattan.

Michael F. Rinzler

Chief Legal Officer
Michael F. Rinzler
Chief Legal Officer

Michael has global responsibility for Accrete’s legal affairs. He previously served as General Counsel and Head of Legal at Ocrolus, a New York-based fintech document automation company. Before Ocrolus, Michael was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Visa, prior to which he had the same position at Goldman Sachs. Michael joined Goldman from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he had worked as a corporate associate in its New York, Moscow, and London offices.

Michael is admitted to practice law in New York and California. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale and his law degree from Harvard, from which he also holds a master’s in public policy. He was a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet in the Southern District of New York.

Yurdaer Doganata, Ph.D.

Chief Technical Officer
Yurdaer Doganata, Ph.D.
Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Doganata has been conducting research, initiating, developing and delivering projects in broad research areas of computer science for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Accrete.AI, Dr. Doganata has worked as a Research scientist and as a Solutions Technical lead at IBM T. J. Watson Research and IBM Watson Health. His responsibilities included planning, architecting, delivering complex, technology-based, innovative data driven solutions and prototypes using data analytics, information management techniques, NLP, machine learning, predictive modeling and cognitive technologies. His current focus is to extract insight from structured and unstructured data using artificial intelligence to make timely and accurate decisions in financial domain.

As the Chief Technical Officer at Accrete.AI, Dr. Doganata monitors and assesses new technologies as well as existing technology choices, aligns technology-based projects with the company strategy, drives innovative solutions for future offerings, improves existing offerings. He also acts as the Chief Innovation Officer to develop and foster innovation culture, manage the innovation process, identify and protect Accrete.AI’s intellectual property.

Dr. Doganata received his Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, all in electrical/electronics engineering. He has 48 patents, more than 40 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and conferences and a number of innovation and excellence awards. He is the recipient of IBM Eminence and Excellence Award in 2014 for his contribution to build an innovation center for a bank in Spain.

Luis Rodriguez, Ph.D.

VP of AI Strategy and Operations
Luis Rodriguez, Ph.D.
VP of AI Strategy and Operations

Luis Rodriguez is VP of AI Strategy and Operations at Accrete. With over 25 years of experience, Luis is a technology executive who thrives on disruption, innovation, and transformation. Luis built his experience at companies such as Siemens, Honeywell, IBM, McKinsey & Co., and Xerox PARC.

As the Vice President of AI Strategy and Operations, Luis will work with Accrete's CTO to build the research strategy. Luis will operationalize the strategy, including driving the research roadmap and building tight connections across product management, development,
and sales. Luis is well suited for this role given his long background in a variety of areas including academic and corporate research, product management, business strategy, in working as a management consultant, and in his understanding of connecting business and technology.

Luis has a Ph.D., Masters, and Bachelors in Computer Science from MIT.

Ramy Baly, Ph.D.

Director of A.I. Research
Ramy Baly, Ph.D.
Director of A.I. Research

Dr. Baly is a senior AI scientist at Accrete. Prior to joining Accrete, Dr. Baly worked as a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Baly’s experience involves developing machine learning models for Natural Language Processing (NLP). He worked on optimizing models and meta-frameworks to perform sentiment analysis in different languages — English and Arabic — taking into account their linguistic and morphological characteristics. He also worked on developing models and systems for automated fact-checking, which involved a variety of NLP techniques, including predicting factuality of bias in news media, measuring the stance between claims and full articles, and learning embedded representations for entire documents. His research is published in top-tier journals (ACM TOIS and ACM TALLIP) and conferences (ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, etc.)

In addition to completing his postdoctoral research at MIT, Dr. Baly received his M.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, his B.S. degree from Aleppo University, Syria. He also received a research scholar fellowship from Intel Corporation to spend a one-year research visit at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Aside from research, Dr. Baly is an accomplished classical violinist.

Tejas Pant, Ph.D.

Director of A.I. Research
Tejas Pant, Ph.D.
Director of A.I. Research

Dr. Pant is an AI Scientist at Accrete. His experience involves developing high-fidelity physics-based and data-driven models to study the complicated non-linear interaction between turbulence, chemical kinetics, acoustics and molecular diffusion which is typically observed in aircraft engines, rocket engines, and scramjets. He developed a generalized compressible turbulent combustion solver which uses a stochastic model, the transported probability density function (PDF) method, to study turbulent reacting flows ranging from low-speed subsonic flows to high-speed supersonic flow problems. He used this solver to develop a deep understanding of the effect of transient flame dynamics on thermo-acoustic instability in a rocket engine. He also worked on developing data-driven modeling approaches to study thermo-acoustic instability.

Dr. Pant received a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University, a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India.

Jing Wang, Ph.D.

Senior Applied Scientist
Jing Wang, Ph.D.
Senior Applied Scientist

Dr. Wang is a Senior Research Scientist. Her previous work focused on experimental and computational neuroscience. She built models to understand how the brain generates patterns and controls movements. She also designed experiments to study motor learning driven by reinforcement. Before joining Accrete, she was a researcher at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Wang received a Ph.D. in Physics at Brown University and completed postdoctoral training at MIT. She is an avid distance runner.

Sammy Sbiti, Ph.D.

Senior Applied Scientist
Sammy Sbiti, Ph.D.
Senior Applied Scientist

Dr. Sbiti is a Senior Applied Scientist at Accrete. His experience involves research in Differential Geometry, an area of mathematics which studies the geometry of high-dimensional spaces. His work centered on the Ricci Flow, a geometric evolution equation which was used to solve century-old problems in mathematics.

Prior to joining Accrete, Dr. Sbiti received a Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of Pennsylvania.

Meenakshi Sumeet Arya, Ph.D.

Senior Applied Scientist
Meenakshi Sumeet Arya, Ph.D.
Senior Applied Scientist

Dr.Arya is an experienced academician skilled in Machine Learning, Big DataAnalytics, Algorithms, Data Structures, and Programming Language, she holds aPh.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering. She is a certified NVIDIA DLIInstructor and has trained around 2000+ professionals on the Fundamentals ofDeep Learning course run by NVIDIA.

Herresearch interests include Data Science & Analytics, Machine Learning, DeepLearning, and Digital Image Processing. She has multiple journals, conference publications,book chapters, patents, and copyrights to her credit. Dr. Arya is a senior IEEEmember, fellow of IETE, and a Lifetime Member of ISTE. She also serves on theeditorial and review board of a multitude of journals related to ComputerScience.

UniversityTopper in M. Tech. course from the prestigious College of Engineering Pune, shehas been awarded as the Top 20 Influential Women Educators in Tamil Nadu forthe year 2019, Top 50 Influential Research Guides in India for the year 2019and Bharat Shishak Gaurav Puraskar.

Hannah Provenza

Senior Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Engineer
Hannah Provenza
Senior Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Engineer

Hannah Provenza is a Senior Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Engineer at Accrete. Prior to joining Accrete, Ms. Provenza worked as a research engineer at Raytheon BBN Technologies, where she was involved with research on entity extraction and linking, multilingual automatic speech recognition, and machine translation. Ms. Provenza has a M.A. in Computational Linguistics from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago.

Aside from research, Ms. Provenza is a nationally and internationally competitive epee fencer.

Marcele Kutkauskaite

Chief of Staff
Marcele Kutkauskaite
Chief of Staff

Marcele Kutkauskaite is the Chief of Staff at Accrete, working closely with the executive team to drive strategic programs and projects. Before joining, she was a Project Management Officer at TikTok France, supporting international expansion efforts and managing the execution of cross-functional programs. Before TikTok, Marcele spent four years in Paris, France in communication-focused roles, helping global teams grow and thrive in distributed high-growth tech environments. Prior to her international experience, Marcele spent five years in Silicon Valley in operational roles, focusing on culture, communications, and employee engagement at companies including Pinterest and TellApart (acquired by Twitter).

Marcele holds an M.S. in Organizational and Cross-Cultural Communication from Northeastern University and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring New York City.

Andrés Diana

Chief Product Officer
Andrés Diana
Chief Product Officer

Andrés is a trading veteran with 15 years of experience as an active investor across the capital structure. His experience as both a discretionary and quantitative trader gives him a keen understanding of how markets move and where opportunities for cognitive products are greatest. He designed and developed five fully automated black-box trading systems and co-founded Titus Securities which was subsequently acquired by T3 Trading Group in 2011.

Andrés is also a graduate of the Wharton School with a degree in economics, entrepreneurship, information systems, and marketing.

Deesha Misra

Director of Product Design
Deesha Misra
Director of Product Design

Deesha is a Senior Product Designer with experience working in UI/UX across product, marketing and branding.

Prior to joining Accrete, Deesha led the Design team as the Creative Director at King Children in New York and also helped lead human computer interaction at Verisk Analytics as the Senior Art Director. With experience driving UI/UX in B2B, Direct to Consumer and Data Analytics, Deesha is passionate about human-centered design and enjoys introducing new creative thinking processes to complex systems.

Deesha holds a B.F.A in Industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Prior to Accrete she worked in the B2B and Direct to Consumer Space.

Bill Wall

CEO, Federal Sales
Bill Wall
CEO, Federal Sales

Bill Wall is the CEO and co-founder of Accrete AI Government, bringing commercial and Wall Street proven AI solutions to the US Government. Bill has a unique background combining elite military service and deep experience in the sale and implementation of innovative solutions that drive business transformation.

Bill has eleven years’ experience building successful teams in the IT industry. Previously, he was the Director of Digital Transformation and Chief Information Officer for Barrick Gold in Argentina for two years. Before joining Barrick, he was a business development executive, operations and sales executive in the Washington DC area serving the US Government market. Bill has worked in both Fortune 500 and startup companies. His experience spans IT hardware, software, big data analytics services, geospatial software, and IT solutions reseller companies. Prior companies include EMC, Praescient Analytics, Boundless Geospatial and Flywheel Data.

Before entering the corporate world, Bill retired from the Army as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel after twenty-two years in service. He was the founder and first commander of a unique computer network operations organization in the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He had multiple deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen working closely with the national intelligence community to transform the way JSOC developed and shared intelligence. During his career, he also deployed many times throughout Central and South America.

Bill has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a Master of Arts in International Relations / Latin American Studies from the University of Miami.

Peter Bierfeldt

Chief Information Security Officer
Peter Bierfeldt
Chief Information Security Officer

Peter Bierfeldt has over 30 years of experience in information technology, security, and consulting. He has built security and privacy programs for Software as a Service companies into world-class operations. He has a strong security compliance background, a DevSecOps approach to security, and a laser focus on automation and continuous improvement.

Prior to Accrete, Peter has served as the Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Compliance for Reltio Inc. He has worked in regulated industries including pharmaceuticals, public sector, financial services, and defense.

Peter has a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Micah Boster

VP of Operations
Micah Boster
VP of Operations

Micah Boster is Head of Partnerships at Accrete. Prior to joining, he was COO at Kaptyn, helping to transform the legacy taxi industry and enabling it to remain relevant in a rapidly changing transportation environment. Earlier, he spent eight years at Google in the Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco offices. While there, he was an early member of the Federal Enterprise Sales team, building deep relationships between Google and both civilian and military leadership across the Federal Government.

Later, he managed a global book of Google's top advertising partnerships, growing and managing complex deal structures across sectors and regions. Having extensive experience in the SaaS, AdTech, geospatial, real estate, transportation, energy, and data security spaces, he is focused on helping partners leverage the latest technology to discover new solutions to old problems.

Micah holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. He currently lives in Mamaroneck, NY with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys table tennis, cooking, playing the drums, and scuba diving.


Lucy Guo, CFA

Director of Product
Lucy Guo, CFA
Director of Product

Lucy is the head of industry research at Accrete. She supervises domain knowledge integration with machine learning models throughout the product life cycle, from ontology creation to workflow design, to setting deployment standards. Lucy is a veteran research analyst with over 10 years of sell-side equity research experience focusing on aerospace & defense.

Prior to joining Accrete, she worked at Cowen & Company as a lead analyst covering publicly traded government IT firms. Institutional Investor voted Lucy as an All-American Rising Star. She started her research career at Bear Stearns and AllianceBernstein. Lucy is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Jason Kirby

COO, Federal Sales
Jason Kirby
COO, Federal Sales

Jason brings with him over 25 years of special operations experience in the US Air Force as a Colonel. Most recently, he managed a $1Bn global special operations portfolio as the Deputy Director of Air Force special operations consisting of 19,000 personnel, a worldwide fleet of 270+ aircraft, and $17Bn in assets, including all combat operations. He swiftly corrected an enduring $127mm underperformance trend within 6 months of his appointment as Deputy Director with strong leadership guidance, stewarding the restructuring of performance metrics and the organization’s executional focus on those metrics. Prior to that position, he was the commander of all US Air Force special operations in the Asia-Pacific, leading over 1,000 personnel and a fleet of 26 aircraft, along with $1.8Bn in assets.

In 2018, Jason’s team led the internationally-acclaimed rescue of a Thai youth soccer team that was trapped in the flooded Tham Luong cave system, and in 2019 he led a rare circumnavigation of the Taiwan Strait separating China and Taiwan with special operations aircraft. Jason is an accomplished pilot who qualified as a Weapons Instructor, the Air Force equivalent of “Top Gun”, where he was given the honorific call sign, “Diesel”.

Maggie Sirunyan

Marketing Manager
Maggie Sirunyan
Marketing Manager

Maggie is a Digital Strategist with a focus on product, brand, marketing management, and marketing analytics.

In her previous role prior to joining Accrete, Maggie was managing a team of marketers and web designers at a New York-based marketing agency and was leading client projects across industries. She is passionate about keeping up with the latest innovations and data-driven marketing.

Maggie holds a B.S. in Economics and Marketing from University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and an MBA in Finance from Adelphi University.


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