H2O.ai is guided by a Board of Directors composed of seasoned industry leaders with broad experience in key areas of focus and diverse business experience.

AB Periasamy

CEO & Co-Founder at Minio
AB Periasamy | CEO & Co-Founder at Minio

Basil Darwish

Managing Director Strategic Investments At Wells Fargo
Basil Darwish | Managing Director Strategic Investments At Wells Fargo
Basil serves as a Managing Director, Strategic Investments at Wells Fargo. Basil focuses his investments on financial technology, Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning and enterprise software infrastructure. Prior to Wells Fargo, Basil was senior vice president at Citi’s growth ventures and innovation group where he focused on venture investments and innovation across the US and, prior to that, in Asia out of Singapore. Prior to that, Basil spent several years in the technology industry in various roles across the value chain, from semiconductor product engineering and system-level integration at Analog Devices Inc and as a digital design engineer at Chinook Communications, a tech startup that emerged out of MIT.

Basil holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business with a double major in finance and entrepreneurial management, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University focused on semiconductor design, and a BSc in EE from the University of Jordan.

Jade Mandel

Vice President Of The Growth Equity Team At Goldman Sachs
Jade Mandel | Vice President Of The Growth Equity Team At Goldman Sachs
Jade is a Vice President on the Goldman Sachs Growth Equity Team, where she focuses on Fintech and Enterprise Software venture and growth equity investments. Prior to her current role, Jade worked on the Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments team in Hong Kong, where she covered the team’s India and South East Asia strategic investments and portfolio companies. Jade previously worked on Goldman Sachs’ internal strategy and M&A team evaluating strategic acquisition opportunities for the firm.

In addition to H2O.ai, she also serves on the board of Nav and is a board observer for Second Measure. Jade holds a BA from Cornell University’s Arts & Sciences College with a degree in Economics and Asian Studies.

Jishnu Bhattacharjee

Managing Director At Nexus Venture Partners
Jishnu Bhattacharjee | Managing Director At Nexus Venture Partners
Jishnu brings to Nexus several years of operating and investing expertise in hi-technology start-ups. He has invested in enterprise technology, mobile, and technology-enabled services companies and is interested in a wide range of start-ups. Jishnu’s current board involvements include Druva, Helpshift, H2O.ai, Rancher Labs, Postman, Blueshift, Kaltura, and a variety of other companies. His investments also include Mezi (acquired by American Express), Arkin (acquired by VMware), Cloud.com (acquired by Citrix), Gluster (acquired by Red Hat), and Elastic Box (acquired by CenturyLink).

Before joining the VC industry, Jishnu held engineering management and product management roles at a communication systems start-up, Scintera Networks and a leading circuits and systems company, Maxim Integrated Products.

Jishnu has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he ran the Venture Capital Club and co-led GSB Principal Investing Conference. Jishnu also holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a BTech from IIT Kharagpur and is an inventor on more than a dozen US patents.

Sri Ambati

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Sri Ambati | Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Sri Ambati is the Founder and CEO of H2O.ai, where he strives to make artificial intelligence (AI) easily accessible and democratize AI for everyone. Sri’s vision is to “make your company an AI company,” which he has successfully applied to businesses and organizations in a wide range of industries, from finance to healthcare to retail and manufacturing. Sri continues to help companies maximize the impact of their data on business results, and improve day-to-day life for people around the world through the H20.ai platform.

Sri was recently featured in an article by IDG Connect where he discussed his vision for ubiquitous AI. He has also been featured on CNBC and the WSJ discussing his AI vision, and was named a Datanami Top People to Watch in 2019.  He is a regular speaker at AI, machine learning and big data conferences such as AI4Finance, Big Data LDN and H2O World.

Sri founded H2O.ai in November 2011. Prior to that, Sri co-founder Platfora; he also worked as the director of engineering at Enterprise Data Stacks. He also worked as an engineer for Azul Systems and RightOrder, Inc. Sri got his Bachelor of Technology degree from SRKR Engineering College and his Master of Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science degree from University of Memphis.

Steve Fu

Partner Celesta Capital And Walden International
Steve Fu | Partner Celesta Capital And Walden International
Dr. Steve Fu joined Walden International in 2017, and has built a career appreciably increasing corporate value through technology investment and incubation, M&A and restructuring. He was the Chief Strategy Officer of Fairchild Semiconductors and also previously drove corporate strategic development at Maxim Integrated Products. His prior experience also includes an eleven-year tenure with Cisco Systems, where he made more than 15 minority investments and 10 successful acquisitions.

Steve earned his Ph.D. EE from Stanford University and his BSEE from UC Berkeley and was a recipient of the President’s scholarship.

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