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Shima Rayej

Cofounder and Chief Investment Officer, Safe Rate

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Shima Rayej is chief investment officer and cofounder at Safe Rate, a mortgage marketplace providing borrowers sustainable mortgage products to finance their home purchase and to weather economic downturns. She is also managing partner at Persee Ventures, a venture technology firm working with early-stage companies and asset management groups to rapidly build technology solutions. Rayej was previously a venture capital associate at OCA Ventures and a summer associate at Deutsche Bank’s structured products group.

From 2004-2010, Rayej developed autonomous vehicle technology for the US Army’s Future Combat System program where received the Army Research Lab’s Breakthrough Technology Award for real-time convoy path planning using feature registration in GPS-denied environments. 

Rayej is also a mentor and former co-director of the One Ace One Foundation, a tennis and mentoring academy in Washington, DC, with the mission of making tennis more affordable for children of single parents and foster children who would otherwise be financially excluded from the sport.

Rayej received her BS in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a concentration in analytic finance.