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

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.

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).

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.

Yuri Vasiliev Symfonie Capital Advisory Board

Yuri Vasiliev has more than 20 years of experience as an entrpreneur, lawyer and economist. He is founding director of the Audar group of companies, which provides accounting, advisory and legal research services to businesses and governments in Russia. Under his leadership Audar developed one of Russia’s largest and most comprehensive databases of legal opinions, legislation and regulations. Mr. Vasiliev has PhD in Economics from the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.

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.

Willem Naves Symfonie Capital Advisory Board

Mr. Naves has more than 25 years of experience in investment and corporate banking, global investment management; strategy, trading, marketing and sales, administrative procedures credit and project management. Aside from his work with Symfonie he is an independent advisor and consultant to multinational banks such as ING. In this role he has been in charge of two large successful banking privatizations in Serbia and is presently managing a banking IPO project in Tanzania. He also acted as an advisor for risk and capital management, mergers and acquisitions and other financial and capital market products, serving in Macedonia, Poland, El Salvador, Indonesia, the Philippines and Egypt. From 1983 till the end of 2002 he worked for ING Bank and was a pioneer of the global emerging markets debt trading. He managed INGs trading operations in Amsterdam and Sao Paulo. From 1988 onwards he was based in the London mainly focused on Central and Eastern Europe. He built a primary and secondary emerging market Eurobond and Equities trading and sales activity, loan syndications, forfeiting, structured finance and initiated trading of derivative instruments. During his London period he was INGs Global Head of Fixed Income, Head of the Emerging Mediterranean European African Equities product which included all research, sales and trading, member of INGs regional management team as well as the global and regional credit committee. Mr. Naves holds a degree in law from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Charles Klein Symfonie Capital Advisory Board

Mr. Klein has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance and treasury management. He held various management positions at General Motors Europe and subsidiaries thereof. During his tenure at General Motors he managed multi-billion dollar foreign exchange currency portfolios, implemented treasury reporting systems across subsidiaries and was responsible for real estate development, acquisition and disposition. Mr. Klein began his career at AT Kearny Management Consultants in Germany, where he worked on manufacturing projects in the automotive, glass, chemical and logistics sectors. In addition to his native English language he speaks German and Russian. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of California at Irvine.