The QuaEra Team


Leadership


You only care about the results, so we’ve built an organization that focuses on solving problems, not building the best models. We have assembled a diverse team (by skills, experience and verticals) that focuses obsessively on solving business problems and creating solutions to meet those challenges.


Advisors



Max Wang

Max Wang
Principal Data Scientist

Max is passionate about leveraging data science to turn data into solutions that drive real business value. As an executive thinker and analytics expert, he’s adept at identifying problems and creating processes for solution development.

Max spent 15 years in analytics playing various roles at HSBC, Nationwide Insurance, Alliance Data, and Lincoln Financial Group, and Nutrisystem. At each company he played a key role driving business change. He has created analytics strategic roadmaps, developed analytics capability and teams, and executed all phases of analytics to make business decisions.

Outside of work, Max likes reading, traveling and playing table tennis.

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Neil Dias

Neil Dias
Senior Partner

Neil is passionate about creating innovative solutions for challenging problems. He thrives on working alongside motivated colleagues and building processes to create positive business change.

Neil has spent more than 20 years working with financial services companies using analytics and digital tools to transform large and medium sized organizations. He is skilled at delivering transformation analytics, data visualization driven products, and selling solutions at the C-suite level. He also has strong global experience.

Neil has an M.S. in Operations Research from Virginia Tech and MBA from Chicago Booth. Outside of work, Neil spends time with his children and exercising (especially swimming).

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Larry Blakeman

Larry Blakeman
Co-founder & COO

  • 30 year track record of achievement in Information Technology
  • Proven ability to develop and implement strategies that achieve business objectives
  • Held a variety of CIO roles with MetLife including CIO for Auto & Home, CIO for Individual Business and CIO for US Business
  • Active in industry organizations like ACORD where he was a member of the Board of Directors from 2007-2013
  • B.S. degree in Business Administration from The King’s College and an M.B.A. from Pace University

Larry loves solving business problems. He likes developing healthy teams and delivering powerful solutions. As COO, he enjoys being involved in all aspects of building a company.

As a specialist in information technology roles, Larry has spent 30 years as a chief information officer of application development. 15 of those years were spent in the insurance industry, working with property and casualty products, life insurance, group plans, and annuities.

Larry has been with QuaEra for four years. Before that he spent 13 years with Dun & Bradstreet and 15 years with MetLife.

Outside of work, Larry is a family man who’s active in his church. He’s a sports fan who likes to golf.

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Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta
CEO & Founder

  • 15+ years of experience in financial services and analytics in leadership roles in the industry and advisory
  • Head of Analytics competency (led 50+ analytics professionals) and partner in the consumer lending practice at Inductis
  • Founding member and business manager for a $3Bn card portfolio at Capital One (established analytical practices for the business)
  • Analytics, consumer lending and payments partner at Novantas (a NY based strategy and analytics advisory)
  • B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur and MBA from IIM Calcutta

Gaurav founded QuaEra with an intent to build a world class organization. As a born problem solver, he wants to create client offerings that solve the toughest problems. He hires the smartest people who can help him transform businesses.

Gaurav specializes in consumer banking and credit risk and innovative data science. He started his analytics career at Capital One and has been a senior leader and partner at two consulting firms where he built analytics practices.

After work, Gaurav enjoys reading, puzzles, cricket, and following world affairs.

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Chris Macklem

Chris Macklem

Chris has over 30 years of experience in Life Insurance including leading financial reporting and financial projection units at Phoenix Life and Aetna.

Chris specialized in assumption setting, valuation, financial projections and controls.

Chris is an adjunct professor at University of Connecticut, a fellow of Society of Actuaries, and a member of American Academy of Actuaries. He holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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Richard A Cohen

Richard A Cohen

For 37 years, Richard has been applying his strategic planning and long range econometric modeling to Fortune 100 companies. He believes that “consulting is the essence of pure thought converted to action.”

Richard has experience working with the entire credit lifecycle. He was the Chief Risk Officer for two global divisions of a financial services firm and two divisions of a major bank, as well as a Chief Loan Officer.

Richard has many hobbies outside of the work, including photography and videography, woodworking, cooking, brewing, and antique car restoration.

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Dr. Naveen Ashish

Dr. Naveen Ashish

Dr. Naveen is currently the Head of Data Science at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute. He has authored ~100 research papers and two books on Informatics – including work in automated information extraction that is among the most cited in the field. He was the principal or co-investigator on several R&D grants in informatics from institutions such as the NSF and the NIH. His past includes stints as Associate Professor in Informatics at the Keck School of Medicine – University of Southern California and 3 years as a Research Scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center.

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Surya Tokdar

Surya Tokdar

Surya is a statistician who loves combining mathematical theory with modern computing powers to create statistical tools that impact scientific research. As an educator and mentor to bright young people, he enjoys the freedom that comes with an academic position and the opportunity to be a part of intellectually charged academia.

Surya specializes in nonparametric statistics and Bayesian inference. He builds stochastic models for unknown quantities that look like curves, surfaces, or more complex function type objects, and works out mathematical guarantees on how much one can learn about these quantities from limited and noisy data. He designs inference techniques under the Bayesian paradigm, mostly utilizing advanced stochastic computation techniques.

Surya has a PhD in Statistics from Purdue University. He worked as the Morris H DeGroot Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University, and joined Duke University in 2009. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. He enjoys painting, graphic arts, outdoor sports, and reading about biology and astrophysics.

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Peter T. Donio

Peter T. Donio

As a problem solver, Peter fits right in at QuaEra. He enjoys taking each client’s unique objectives and working them to create innovative solutions.

Peter spent 48 years working in the insurance industry, primarily in underwriting and reinsurance sales and marketing. He specializes in impaired risk underwriting and marketing. He is a member of the Impaired Risk Underwriting Association.

Outside of work, Peter enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking. He has a passion for Corvettes.

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