Director and CTO
Saeed Vaziri has extensive commercial experience in software design and development in the Insurance, Risk Management and Finance industries.
Saeed has previously worked at Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Lloyds TSB, in the areas of investment management, investment banking and custody, respectively. Saeed was Head of Quantitative Research & Development at Barclays Wealth Solutions, with overall responsibility for development and support of all internal applications for the investment management teams. Prior to joining Barclays, Saeed was at Deutsche Bank as an integral part of a team, responsible for design and implementation of a suite of Global Investment Banking applications used in London, New York, Sydney, Tokyo and Singapore. At Lloyds TSB he led a team of analysts and programmers responsible for converting over 1000 spreadsheets and legacy systems into a data warehouse and further integrating into eight major applications.
Additionally, Saeed has developed applications for clients including KPMG, Royal & Sun Alliance, Sedgwick and ASDA. Saeed's specific areas of expertise covers data warehousing, OLAP, databases, data feeds and a wide range of programming languages including C/C++ and C#.
Saeed attended Queen Mary, University of London, receiving BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and MSc in Distributed and Parallel Systems (with distinction).
Jonathan Lipscomb is a Chartered Secretary and specialises in the administration of companies. Jonathan's experience includes Human Resources, Facilities Management, Information Technology and Governance.
Jonathan is a graduate of Law and has MSc in Information Technology Management (with distinction).
Patrick N.Z. Rona
Patrick Rona has extensive experience in business law and venture capital. For most of his legal career, he represented investment managers and a venture fund in mergers and acquisitions, private placements of securities, IPOs, licensing of technology, re-organisations and dispute resolutions.
In 2002, Patrick was recruited away from his law firm, Duane Morris LLP, where he was a Partner, to become President and CEO of the U.S. subsidiary of a European portfolio company belonging to a venture fund. There he managed a company with some $350m in revenues, a 20 percent market share and a track record in product development and innovation. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Patrick was at GE Capital, Baker & McKenzie and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Patrick currently serves as President and Director of the 36th Street Owners' Corporation, Trustee of the Highlands School and Director of the Business Council of Alabama. Patrick is also licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.
Patrick received a BA in Economics from Sarah Lawrence College, where he graduated with distinction, and a JD from Vermont Law School where he received various awards and served on the VLS Moot Court Advisory Board and the VLS Environmental Moot Court Advisory Board.
Founder and CEO
Nader Zarrabian has extensive experience in the investment management industry. Prior to founding Tao Analytics, Nader was Director and Head of Performance Analysis & Risk at Barclays Private Clients, Investment Services - the largest private wealth manager in the UK - with overall responsibility for performance and risk analysis, reporting and analytics input into the investment process for all products. The investment process included the setting and implementation of investment strategy at asset allocation level, country and sector levels, stock selection and fund management, for both discretionary and advisory businesses. Additionally, Nader was responsible for other activities including IT and also served as a member of the Management Committee, Asset Allocation Committee and Gerrard Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Barclays, Nader was at Schroders undertaking research and selection of underlying hedge fund managers for Schroders' fund of hedge funds. Previously, at Schroders, Nader was Vice President - Investment Analytics, with responsibilities that included the implementation of investment analytics and systems in the Group and integrating the analysis within the investment process.
Nader's previous experience includes public sector management consultancy, currency research, equity investment analysis and IT implementation.
Nader has BA (Hons) Business Studies, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MSc in Advanced Information Technology (with distinction). Nader has also undertaken PhD research in International Finance.