CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Viqar Shariff is the Chief Strategy Officer of Loop AI Labs. He took on this role in July 2017 after serving as Board Member and Advisor to the company. He assists GM Calafiore, Loop AI Labs’ CEO, in implementing the company’s strategy with a principal focus on finance and investor relations.
Before joining the Loop AI Labs team, Viqar was a co-founder and managing partner at SAFA Partners LLC and a managing partner at Rizvi Traverse, an opportunistic investment fund. Viqar has led investments into several technology companies including Lyft, Boxed Wholesale, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Square.
Prior to becoming an investor, Viqar had over 11 years of mergers and acquisition experience, including being a partner at Clifford Chance. He began his career at the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, before moving into the private sector.
Viqar’s deal experience includes working on all facets of growth tech investing from deal originating, structuring, due diligence, deal execution, and operational oversight. During his legal career, he worked on a variety of complicated, domestic, and cross-border transactions, including negotiation of key terms for acquisitions and financings.
Viqar is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University. He received his JD, magna cum laude, from Tulane Law School. He lives in New York, New York with his wife and two daughters.