The Leadership Team

Leading from the Front.

Our leadership team has an intense focus on execution and operational excellence. We coach SV leaders to execute, communicate, and build strong relationships with our customers and partners.

All SV employees are builders, designers, or managers. We try to be passionate at building innovation. The role of Chief Executive Officer rotates between the Executive Directors to keep diversity of thought and perspective ever present. The CEO and Executive Directors report to the Board of Directors.

Warren Samek
Managing Director

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Warren acts as the Advisory Investment Officer and as strategic advisor for SV Partners. He has a 20-year career in management and executive leadership at technology and financial firms such as Shearson Lehman, Wyle Labs, Avaya, Applied Game Theory (now a McKinsey company), Fidelity National Financial, and he is currently a Senior Vice President at Stewart Title Guaranty Co. in the Commercial Services division. He is a U.S. Army veteran (Reconnaissance) and has won awards for military competition, service, and deployment performance. He acts as Special Mission Liaison for Cyborus Military Systems for their work with the US Department of Defense and US Special Operations Command (AWG) customers. Warren holds certifications from Microsoft and IBM as a Data Science Professional. His executive education most recently includes the Stanford University GSB Corporate Innovation (LEAD) program (2016-2018) and M.I.T. Sloan Executive Certificate in Artificial Intelligence (2019).

Dr. Vijay Acharya
Executive Director

Dr. Vijay Acharya
Vijay acts as the Advisory Science Officer for SV Partners. He advises SV companies in their pursuit of next generation technologies himself holding title as "first name" on over 6 patents worldwide including the U.S. and India. His education includes studies at Oxford, Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), and Indian Institute of Technology (Ropar). He has dual M.S. degrees in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and a PhD in Computer Science & Engineering: Machine Learning.

Prakash Sharma
Managing Director

Prakash Sharma
Praskah manages the SV DevOps and Project Management teams for the Financial Technologies practice. Optimal Markets, Fractera, daXlist, Altax, and OptimalEAX are some of the fintech platforms under development or at beta launch. Prakash leads both technical and business analyst teams and has extensive experience in leading tech firms and dev projects from idea inception to final product launch. Educated in India and pursuing his PhD, Prakash holds degrees and certifications in both coding and management.

Robert "Rojo" Johnson
Managing Director

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Rob leads brand elevation and marketing efforts for various SV companies. Rob has extensive experience in brand management, digital guerrilla marketing, and building viral digital presence campaigns for companies such as Google and Amazon.com. He is a graduate of Stanford University's Upstart Garage, and is a Stanford GSB LEAD graduate. Rob's thinking is influenced by thought leaders such as Prof. Jennifer Aaker and her book the Dragonfly Effect. Rob is currently studying the latest advancements in Design Thinking at the D.School at Stanford University (The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.)  

Dr. Christian Wenger
Managing Director

Dr. Wenger
Dr. Wenger is the lead advisor for development of SV Life Sciences products and platforms. He earned his diplôme d'Etat de docteur en médecine at Sorbonne University and his diplôme d'Etudes spécialisées in Internal Medicine, and was conferred the MD-PhD at University of Zurich. As a practicing physician Dr. Wenger has unique insight into the perspectives and user journeys of a wide variety of patients. He is instrumental in the design of Biowire AI-based telemedicine, Remote Field Medicine via Telemetry, NLP-based self-care and diagnostic applications, and is a contributing subject matter expert in the design of Biowire's Virtual Drug Testing and Organ Digital Twinning solutions.

Michelle Anderson
Managing Director

Michelle Anderson
Michelle acts as the Sr. Recruiter and HCMD Human Capital Management and Development lead for all SV companies. She has had an accomplished career in building, developing, caring for, and motivating talent at organizations such as Oracle, IBM, and Salesforce. She most recently graduated from Stanford University's LEAD Corporate Innovation program at the Graduate School of Business (GSB). Michelle is a SHRM-certified HR professional and an award winning recruiter with the unique accomplishment of helping to build much of the talent pool of builders, designers, and managers at Biowire and Optimal Markets.

Maria Rodriguez
Managing Director

Maria Rodriguez
Maria manages all financial aspects of the SV Partners holding company and also manages the intellectual property portfolio (licensing rights, patent registration). Maria has had an extensive career in financing innovation, enterprise accounting, supply chain management, and technology license management. She has held senior positions at firms such as Deloitte, Credit Suisse, and PwC.

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