Advisory board

Symfonie Advisory Board

Our Senior Advisors add an extra layer of experience and depth of knowledge to our firm. They are leaders in their respective industries’ practices. They include our past and present investors, business partners and respected colleagues. They bring to the Symfonie Group substantial expertise, a wide ranging network of professional contact and their candid, unbiased views.

Our Advisory Board Members


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Milan Sames

Symfonie Angel Ventures Investment Committee

Mr Sames has more than twenty years of professional experience as a senior business executive and entreprenuer. He was most recently CEO of Ness Technologies, responsible for European operations and business development. Ness Technologies is a global provider of IT systems solutions. Prior to working at Ness, Milan was Managing Director in the Czech Republic for Oracle, a global provider of database solutions. He led a team of business development professionals marketing Oracle products in Central and East Europe. Mr. Sames also held business development positions at Nokia and CMG Logica. Early in his career he founded TruconneXion, an IT systems consultancy that has been in business for more than twenty years. Mr. Sames holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University and is a graduate of the Czech High School of Technology, where he studiied electrical engineering.

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Michal Pajr

Symfonie Angel Ventures Investment Committee

Mr. Pajr has more than ten years experience managing internet technology companies. He is a partner in CQK Holding, which invests in and advises startup and early stage technology companies. Mr. Pajr is also a partner in GEM System, a.s. A software development company specialising in data storage and system integrations. Mr. Pajr began his career as the Chief Information Officer, IZIP where he was responsible for designing database systems. Mr. Pajr holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Czech High School of Technology (CVUT).

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Anthony Smith

Symfonie Angel Ventures Investment Committee

Dr. Anthony Smith is a Chartered Engineer with a strong background in Engineering and Manufacturing. His technical experience includes managerial positions with Rolls Royce Aero Engines Ltd., Digital Equipment Corporation Ltd. and Schlumberger Wireline Services Ltd. His educational background includes a B.Sc., M.Sc.(equivalent) and Ph.D. in Engineering from Imperial College, London, with the focus on Mechanical Engineering, supported by economics and management training. In the USA, Dr. Smith, together with two colleagues, started his own business to develop 50 MWatt (c.a. $50 million) co-generation electrical power plants. Fuel used was either coal or natural gas. He has been an active Angel Investor since 2007.

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Dr. Forrest Nabors

Symfonie Angel Ventures Investment Committee

Dr. Forrest Nabors is a co-founder and partner of Alyeska Venture Management. AVM provides consulting and financing to new business ventures that demonstrate high growth potential. The firm is dedicated to developing the great economic potential of Alaska. In 2014 AVM formed the state’s first venture fund for early stage companies, and targets scalable Alaska companies across industrial sectors. Dr. Nabors is a professor of political science, specializing in American government and politics at the University of Alaska as well as a seasoned entrepreneur in high technology. He was co-founder of a behavioral informatics company, co-founder of an online consumer information company, and the lead inventor for a patented online automotive bidding system. He served on the founding executive team of Learning.com in Portland, Oregon an innovative provider of internet based educational services. His management experience ranges from VP Sales and Marketing, VP Product Management and Director of Product Management. As a political analyst, he appears on American television news and has provided commentary for Fox News, Politico, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and New York Times. Recently, Dr. Nabors completed a book on Reconstruction after the American Civil War. A frequent visitor to Prague, Dr. Nabors is committed to contributing to the development of entrepreneurial business in the Czech Republic and Central Europe.

 

 

 

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