Meet the team

We are a team of experienced finance professionals, crypto developers, and data scientists.

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Ajit Dubey
Founder and CEO

A startup guy, striving to put disruptive technology in the hands of billions. Strong bias for upending stodgy industries. On a mission to bridge Wall Street assets into the crypto world. Taking crypto mainstream by empowering a new generation of fund managers and investors to take a more significant crypto stake. Ajit strongly believes that the last 30 years were about Online, the next 30 years will be about Onramp. Onramp opportunities will shrink the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” and contribute to a more robust and equitable Society.

Ajit has a decade of experience at major financial institutions such as Bank of America (CM & DW), American Express (Brokerage & Payments), and Goldman Sachs (Custody Technology). Plus, a stint founding Bond Intelligence, a startup in blockchain, big data, and machine learning (Revenue Positive). Ajit guest lectured, and sponsored project for CFRM Class of 2019 (Computational Finance and Risk Management: 525 FinTech, Blockchains, and Cryptocurrencies in Winter of 2019) at the University of Washington. He was instrumental in the implementation of the first CNG network in ASIA.

Ajit is the recipient of the States, Roles of Honor award for representing and winning for his State at the National Science Exhibition in the presence of the President of India Sri. R Venkatraman. He graduated from the Indian, National Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering and completed his Executive Management Training at XLRI-JSR and MTC-Telco.

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John Schuster
Chief Operating Officer

John Schuster is a technology development executive with extensive experience in hands-on leadership and engineering roles including CEO, CTO, COO, and VP of Engineering. Prior to joining OpenEXA, he was the co-founder and COO of GeoParking Technologies, Inc. (GPT), a seed stage/stealth startup that was developing an “Airbnb” type platform to enable Robotaxi companies to source between-ride and overnight parking from GPT’s local community platform users.

Prior to GeoParking, John worked in the satellite industry as a Senior Technical Program Manager on Amazon's Kuiper Project and as the SVP of Engineering at LeoSat. Earlier in his career John co-founded NudgeRx, which developed and launched a call-center and internet-based service to reduces hospital readmission for heart surgery patients. John was also CTO of Terabeam Corporation, a unicorn start-up in 2000, where he was technical lead of the team that raised over $526M in equity financing and established the company as the clear leader in the wireless optical communications space.

John received his MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BS in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology. Learn more ...

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Mike Lockhart
Chief Technology Officer

A software architect whose focus is loving to solve complex real time system scenarios including blockchain. Mike participated as an architect on real-time business systems including the initial Washington Mutual's online banking transaction processing system. Mike worked at Paper Exchange, a Boston based startup that introduced online exchange transactions to areas of the forest products industry. This start-up was eventually sold to a German company PaperSpace. At Microsoft, Mike was the principal architect of a global pricing system, covering product and pricing related to 90% of Microsoft's revenues. The Microsoft architecture included end to end pricing capabilities from an optimal real-time pricing & quoting to large product and price data warehousing used worldwide. Mike has one patent from his Microsoft projects for real-time rules-based algorithm processing. Mike also engineered two real-time embedded software essential avionics systems on the Boeing 737/757/767.

Mike Lockhart has a Bachelor and Master's of Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. Away from technology, Mike has been a Big Brother in Seattle, Volunteer/performer at theMoth.org and an adjunct professor at Seattle University's Albers School of Business teaching system architectures including blockchain.

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Tim Leung
Chief of Crypto, Computational Finance and Risk Management

Tim is a Boeing Endowed Chair Professor of Applied Mathematics and the director of the Computational Finance and Risk Management Programs and the founder of Quantitative Analytics Lab at the University of Washington. His research areas are Quantitative Finance and Stochastic Optimal Control. He has worked on a variety of problems, such as derivatives pricing, algorithmic trading, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), commodities, credit risk and cryptocurrencies. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and 4 books, including Optimal Mean Reversion Trading, selected as one of the 100 Best Derivatives Books of All Time.

Tim has served as the Chair for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Finance Section and Vice Chair for the SIAM Activity Group on Financial Mathematics & Engineering (SIAG-FME). He is the founding editor of the book series, Modern Trends in Financial Engineering. He's on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Stochastic Models, Applied Mathematical Finance, SIAM Journal on Financial Math, Journal of Financial Engineering, Studies in Economics & Finance, High Frequency, IISE Transactions, Digital Signal Processing. In 2020, he is the co-editor of the IEEE Intelligent Systems Special Issue on AI and Fintech. In 2016, he won the Emerald Literati Network Award. Learn more ...

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Abhishek Sinha
CFO and Technical Program Manager

A technology expert with over a decade of experience, delivering v1 initiatives on the ground. Abhishek believes in OpenEXA as a startup that would fix the institutional credit in crypto. Has experience in many big tech firms such as Amazon and Microsoft.

Demonstrates a relentless pursuit of excellence in driving for results that provide business value. Extensive expertise in project planning and managing software projects with a strong focus on customer experience. Proven ability to establish cross-functional, global, collaborative relationships built on trust and credibility. Recognized for strategic planning, analytical and pragmatic problem solving and decisiveness. Strengths include data mining to derive business insight, influencing and motivating teams to get most out of them.

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Barnet Sherman
Chief of Customer Success and Market Analyst

Barnet Sherman is Wall Street's own Impact Investor & Strategist. He founded and ran hedge funds, managed multi-billion-dollar pension portfolios. Guest lectured at Columbia University, Boston University School of Law and the Duke University School of Law. He is a regular contributor to Forbes. His insights into the financial market come from the extensive investment career advising to and making investments for pensions funds, mutual funds, insurance companies, and investment advisors.

Barnet was a Trader and Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley and TIAA-CREF, Founder of Braintree Capital, a hedge fund, as well as head of Bond Research at Thompson & Reuters, and a fin-tech startup Neighborly Investments. His columns running their tenth year on Forbes, his views on the financial market featured across the financial news outlets such as CNBC, INC, Bloomberg, The New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. He has been recognized by Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Business and Industry, Smith's Municipal Analyst All-Stars and twice testified as an expert on bonds in Federal Court. Former congressional aide in Washington, D.C. Learn more ...

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Victor Gamolsky
Chief of Strategy and Business Process Optimization

Victor brings 10 years of experience with the Lean Startup tools such as Customer Development, Business Model Generation and Blue Ocean strategy to name a few. He is a cofounder of the MetaVerse company Roomful, and a current CTO of the BPM Consulting Company Database Republic. Victor graduated from a top University in Russia with a degree in Nuclear Physics, and upon arrival to Silicon Valley in 1990 got immersed in the innovative startup culture and dedicated his professional life to bringing new ideas to life.

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Kumar Mehta
Advisor

Kumar is the Co-Founder/CDO and Former CEO at Versa Networks. Kumar brings a proven track record of leading mega-projects at startups as well as publicly traded companies. His vision, work ethic, and leadership as VP of Engineering at Juniper Networks resulted in multiple blockbuster product deliveries, including the market-leading Metro and Carrier Ethernet solution, the MX series. His leadership in design, development, and delivery of differentiated solutions resulted in huge and continuing revenue streams for the company and brought Kumar the prestigious CEO Excellence Award. Prior to Juniper, Kumar held engineering management positions at Riverstone Networks and Yago Systems. Kumar is a graduate of the Executive Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He has a master’s degree in Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Learn more ...

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Philip Alan Bond
Advisor

Philip Alan Bond is Edward E. Carlson Distinguished Professor in Business Administration in the Finance and Business Economics Department of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Before the current position, he served on the faculties of the Finance departments at Carlson (University of Minnesota), Wharton (University of Pennsylvania), and Kellogg (Northwestern University). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford. He has held leadership positions in internationally prominent academic organizations, most notably as co-editor of the Journal of Finance (the field’s leading academic journal; co-editor since 2016), and as president of the Finance Theory Group (2016-2017). He has published 25 papers, the majority of these appearing in the field’s leading academic journals, on a wide array of topics relating to capital markets, market microstructure, microeconomics, monetary policy, financial markets, macroeconomics, derivatives, financial intermediation, and the structure of the Financial Services industry and Investment Banking. Learn more ...

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Marc Joffe
Advisor

Marc Joffe specializes in bond credit issues, public policy research, and credit assessment technologies. In his nine years at Moody’s, Marc worked on a variety of software development projects benefiting both the Analytics and Ratings franchises. Before joining Moody’s, Marc had technology roles at CIBC, Dresdner Kleinwort, and some other money center banks. In 2011 he researched and co-authored Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s inaugural Bond Default study – gathering data on thousands of defaults dating back to 1920. Marc’s research, and the development of his open-source credit model, have been funded by grants and honorariums from The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Fraser Institute, Mercatus Center, National University of Singapore’s Risk Management Institute, the California State Treasurer’s Office, Microsoft Corporation, and UC Berkeley. Marc’s work is widely cited, and his op-eds have appeared in Bloomberg View, The Guardian, The Fiscal Times, and RealClearMarkets. Marc has an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is the former Director of Policy Research at the California Policy Center and most recently worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at Reason Foundation. His work on the quantitative default probability model is the basis of a new methodology in bond credit risk scoring. More importantly, he is the human router of the financial market networks.