Alexei brings to Autotech a long track record of investing in hard science startups related to both hardware and software, and he enjoys working with companies that build competitive barriers to entry via fundamental IP or strong network effects. Previously, Alexei was a Managing Director of NY-based VC firm Harris & Harris Group, leading their Silicon Valley office. Prior to H&H, he was at Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), contributing to their VC investments in advanced manufacturing, quantum computing, and alternative energy.
Dr. Andreev earned his MBA from Stanford, his PhD in Solid State Physics from Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute, and completed coursework for MA in Liberal Sciences from Dartmouth. In his free time, he enjoys studying quantum mechanics, playing basketball, windsurfing, and surrealist artwork.
Dr. Andreev previously served as a board director or observer of numerous companies including D-Wave Systems, Adesto Technologies (NASDAQ:IOTS), Xradia (acq. by Zeiss), NeoPhotonics (NYSE:NPTN) and Molecular Imprints (acq. Canon and Magic Leap).
Anshu Prasad is the chief executive officer of Leaf Logistics, a data and analytics platform helping to bring cost and service predictability to the transportation industry. Prior to founding Leaf (formerly known as LogisticsExchange), Prasad built and led A.T. Kearney's global analytics practice, working with clients to utilize technology and data to empower business transformation. He also helped start and grow analytics businesses in the US, Europe and Asia, working at the intersection of supply chain and technology. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biochemistry, and from Oxford University with an MBA.
Amy has enjoyed being on both sides of the table as investor and operator, joining Lightspeed in 2019 as an early member of the growth team to lead the reinvestment platform and invest in growth-stage consumer and enterprise businesses. Prior to Lightspeed, Amy was an executive for several years, most recently at Discovery, Inc, a global media company with 17 TV networks in 220 countries, and at NewsCred, a growth-stage marketing software company based in NYC, after starting her career at Insight Venture Partners.
Amy’s breadth of experience – in early-stage and corporate, in consumer and enterprise businesses, and across the US, Europe, and Asia – has deeply shaped her passion for helping businesses scale globally. In the US, Amy helped raise over $60M for NewsCred, was group CFO of 4 US direct-to-consumer businesses at Discovery and was involved with Zumba, DrillingInfo, and other marketplace and SaaS investments while at Insight. In Europe, Amy was group CFO of Discovery Eurosport, the leading sports broadcaster across Europe, and DPlay, an on-demand video streaming platform, and led the acquisition of Playsports UK. Finally, Amy has lived and invested in Asia, where she was born in Beijing, was CFO and SVP of Commercial Operations for Discovery Asia based in Singapore, led the Scripps Networks Asia integration efforts, and was a board observer with JD.com while at Insight.
“As a former operator, what I love most about investing is getting in the trenches with CEOs and their teams.”
Amy finds balance in her life in the outdoors. Having grown up in Oregon, Amy loves skiing on and off-piste, rock climbing, and has summited over 12 alpine peaks over 10,000 ft high. “Mountaineering is the most humbling experience. It gives me real perspective in life and keeps me calm when helping my team and companies through good and hard times.”
Mobility Impact Partners
Andrew Flett has over two decades of experience investing in mobility, communications, software, and data analytics. He has transacted throughout the United States, Canada, Western Europe and Asia, including buyouts, carveouts, growth equity, and venture capital. Prior to joining MIP, he founded Growth Control Capital, a private equity firm investing in growth equity and venture capital with a heavy concentration in connected vehicle technologies. His experience also includes over 15 years at Investcorp as a Partner in the technology growth buyout business. A Canadian national, Andrew speaks French and is proficient in Spanish. Andrew holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Brian Glick has made a career of simplifying complex supply chain and trade compliance IT challenges. Whether analyzing complex coding issues or rationalizing the compliance impacts of a vendor direct drop ship program, Brian brings a rare combination of executive perspective and deep technical knowledge to today’s supply chain challenges. From the early days web based visibility platforms and into today’s cloud revolution, Brian has been an active leader in each phase of the connected supply chain evolution. With a focus on retail and apparel supply chains, Brian has brought his expertise to bear as an IT leader both within logistics service providers and through independent software companies.
SVP Digital Acceleration & Innovation
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean & Solutions
VP & SR Analyst, Global Logistics Equity Research
J. Bruce Chan is the Equity Research - Global TransLog at Stifel Nicolaus. He is also the Director/Secretary at Stepping Stones International, Inc.
Mr. Chan was the Explorers Council Executive Committee Membership Chair at Port Discovery Children's Museum.
Bruce graduated from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business with a BSBA in Finance & International Business and received an JD in Corporate Law, Real Estate Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Lets Talk Supply Chain
Sarah is a logistician turned supply chain marketer, passionate about bringing stories to life in an industry that has traditionally been about stats and numbers. As the host of the popular Lets Talk Supply Chain Podcast (LTSC), blog and The Trade Squad on YouTube, Sarah helps tell the stories and bring awareness to brands and hot topics in the industry which includes her infamous Women in Supply Chain series.
Recently named Top 100 most influential women leaders in Supply Chain (global) and Top 100 most influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain, Sarah has spent the past 20 years in logistics and supply chain learning everything she can, and recently ventured off on her own to grow the LTSC brand including a new YouTube Channel called "The SC, supply chain tv" where you will learn from real people talking about real supply chain topics. Sarah is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Shipz Inc, a new technology platform encompassing all of her experience and knowledge in supply chain bringing innovative, collaborative ideas together on own platform for the supply chain industry.
In her spare time you can find her on the field throwing out runners at second base, on the beach or singing in the car
Elram Goren is CEO and co-founder of Fabric. He has led the company from its inception in 2015 through its first deployments and now is at the helm of its rapidly scaling operations. Before co-founding Fabric, Elram served as a Major in the Israeli Defense Forces managing R&D teams and multidisciplinary operations in the Intelligence Technology Unit. He is a graduate of the elite Psagot Excellence Program. Elram holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
CEO & Co-Founder
Gautam Narang is the co-founder & CEO of Gatik. Gatik’s mission is to deliver goods safely and efficiently using autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. The company focuses on business to business (B2B), short-haul logistics for the retail industry, helping customers meet consumer demand for real-time goods, increase road safety and meet an unprecedented expectation for contactless delivery.
Before launching Gatik, Gautam was the CTO of Otsaw Digital, which built the world’s first ground-aerial outdoor security robot and partnered with the Dubai police force to deploy 100 units.
As an engineer and researcher with over a decade of experience in building diverse robotic systems — from moon rovers and bridge inspection robots to off-road autonomous vehicles and bomb-disposal robots — Gautam is currently focused on building a real commercial product at scale. He believes that light duty autonomous vehicles will play a major role in addressing critical logistics industry pain points, dramatically reducing costs, and achieving a shared ethical responsibility to improve road safety.
Inna Kuznetsova is a CEO of 1010data, the leading provider of cross-enterprise data analytics tools for retail, CPG and financial markets. 1010data helps customers to rapidly transform data into knowledge and adjust their businesses to the fast changes in the market. Inna also serves on board of Global Ports Investments Plc (LSE: GLPR), which operates container terminals in the Baltic and Far East basins, where she chairs the Nomination and Remuneration committee
Until its recent acquisition by E2open, Inna was the President and Chief Operating Officer of INTTRA the largest digital network and analytics provider for ocean shipping industry, processing over a quarter of containers in global trade. Prior to joining INTTRA Inna was the Chief Commercial Officer of CEVA Logistics and before that, the global VP, Marketing & Sales, Systems Software at IBM where she spent 19 years in a variety of global roles with a primary focus on technology-driven innovation, fast sale-up and returning business back to growth.
Her prior boards include Sage (LSE: SGE), the top software company on FTSE100 list providing small and medium sized organizations with business management software and Avantida, a privately-owned SaaS company in Belgium.
Inna completed her MS and Ph.D. study in mathematics at the Moscow State University and MBA in Columbia Business School. She is a frequent speaker on technology-driven innovation and an author of two bestselling career books in Russia.
William (“Will”) O’Donnell leads Prologis Ventures, the venture capital, innovation and corporate development arm of Prologis. With over 22 years of experience in both real estate and technology, he heads efforts to invest in cutting-edge technology for supply-chain logistics and real estate.
Will joined legacy AMB in 2003 and established a successful track record of building and acquiring investment platforms and companies globally. He has led some of the company’s more complicated transactions, including the restructuring of six of Prologis’ private equity funds representing more than $4.5 billion in assets; privatization of G. Acción; establishment of two strategic capital vehicles; and AMB Property Corporation’s investments and ventures in India, China, Mexico, Singapore and Korea. Will brings private equity fund management expertise including capital raising, joint venture negotiation, asset management, work-outs, and debt structuring, as well as acquisition and development experience throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
Prior to joining AMB, Will was Director of Acquisition Solutions at Acxiom Impact, a leading digital marketing company, and a management consultant at Cambridge Technology Partners.
Will received his Bachelors of Arts in English and Spanish from Duke University.
SVP & GM
Ian Sweeney is an entrepreneurial business management expert specializing in early-stage product launches at technology companies. He has over 20 years of experience working with a broad range of enterprises including Dolby Labs and Taulia and tech product start-ups in the automotive and FinTech markets.
At Trov, Sweeney manages growth and drives innovation in the emerging space of mobility insurance. Sweeney lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and two sons and serves as a mentor at SkyDeck Berkeley and a board member of the Montclair Soccer Club.
Head Of NA Supply Chain
Jamin Dick is the Head of Supply Chain-North America for Alibaba B2B. Mr. Dick has more than 20 years of experience as a leader in the retail industry and enabling global ecommerce for businesses of all sizes. At IBM he led the first ecommerce implementations for many Fortune 100 retailers in the US. He played a key role in automating product design and development for Target’s private label business and oversaw the creation of a new supply chain network for Target.com. In 2014 he was instrumental in taking Borderfree public on the Nasdaq. Mr. Dick earned his bachelor’s degree from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. He is also a thought leader in emerging technologies such as block chain and IOT and their application to real-world business problems.
Co-Founder/ Director Of Product
As a co-founder and Director of Product at Convey, Jenny has developed a track record for using product and design skills to deliver a top-notch customer experience, product vision and strategy for the company. With a degree in Fine Arts from Kansas State University, over ten years of experience working in creative ad agencies, and experience owning and operating a boutique agency, Jenny has done everything from interactive design to strategic marketing to product building.
Jett is an established Chicago leader with a track record of success. He has steered
multiple companies through accelerated growth, providing the logistics space with
expertise and innovation along the way. After entering the industry nearly twenty years
ago as a dockworker looking to pay for college, Jett started working his way up through various companies quickly noticing the various inefficiencies and outdated processes preventing true supply chain advancement.
He saw the potential for acceleration and made it his mission to innovate and improve.
After becoming Principal and GlobalTranz, a company with a gross annual revenue of
$500 million, Jett decided to sell his stake in the company to pursue his own ventures.
He began building companies that would lead the logistics sector into the future, like the
Inc. 500 ranked advisory firm, CarrierDirect. The next company Jett founded was
project44—the world’s leading advanced visibility platform for shippers and third-party logistics firms—which has raised over $90 million in venture capital funding.
A recognized thought leader with a track record of innovation and success, Jett’s
leadership has guided startups from ideation stages through expansion. His insights and
expertise have been included in publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Wall Street
Journal, Retail Wire, Logistics Management, and Crain’s Chicago Business, and he has
given keynote addresses about technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship at major
Dr. Jewel Li is the Chief Operating Officer at AutoX, a tech
company developing AI drivers for autonomous driving vehicles. The
mission of AutoX is to empower the world with AI drivers to accelerate
universal access of transportation for people and goods, safely,
reliably, and conveniently. Prior to AutoX, Dr. Li was a researcher at
IBM Thomas J. Watson research center, as part of the Watson Core
Algorithms Team, Statistical Learning and Discovery group leading
Watson A.I. SaaS platform products. She was honored as one of Silicon
Valley's 2018 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business
CEO & Board Member
Jonathan Savoir is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Quincus. In 2014, he and Katherina Lacey started Quincus to disrupt global supply chains through digitalisation. As a pioneering supply chain technology company, Quincus works with high-profile logistics providers, including one of Asia’s biggest airlines, a leading Indonesian taxi firm, and a top global logistics company.
Jonathan kickstarted his career as a data scientist and was an Entrepreneur in Residence at INSEAD. In 2019, Jonathan won The Singapore Business Review’s Executive of the Year for Logistics. In 2020, Forbes selected him for its 30 Under 30 Asia list.
Jonathan has a Bachelor of Engineering from Cardiff University, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Imperial College London, a Master of Science in Economics and Operations from INSEAD, and a Joint Graduate Studies degree in Economics from Harvard University. Apart from Quincus, he sits on the board at Arcstone and has also invested in multiple other companies.
Chief Logistics Officer
Director Of Transportation
Vice President, Innovation, Research & Development
Plug And Play
Milind is responsible for leadership, integration, and strategy. He has over 25 years of experience in envisioning and creating technology products and solutions for the world’s most critical business challenges. He possesses a unique combination of deep skills in information technology, broad experience in business management, and champions best practices in global leadership.
At SmartKargo, Milind is hands-on, involved in all aspects of the business and assisting the teams that grow the company. He works with the product architecture group to design new features to keep pace with rapid industry change. He works with the support team to understand customer requirements and resolve customer issues. He works with the accounting team to ensure company financials remain in good order. He enjoys being in the field and interacting directly with customers, and helps the sales team to close new business and write SmartKargo success stories.
Milind is a speaker at industry conferences and has co-authored a paper published by MIT’s Center for Digital Innovation. Milind holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering, and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a MIT Sloan Fellow.
Rita Hansen is the CEO of Onboard Dynamics, a company that is leading the transition from conventional energy fuels to the next generation of energy fuels to power our truck transportation needs and provide critical solutions for the natural gas and renewable natural gas industries.
Rita is an Industrial Engineer by training and has over 30 years of executive and technical management experience in a diverse range of industries. Since 2006, she has specialized in startup and early phase environments with an emphasis on domestic and international opportunities in the energy arena.
Nick Chubb MNI is the Founder of maritime innovation consultancy Thetius. He spends his time supporting clients in the shipping industry who want to understand and leverage emerging technologies to prepare for the future. Thetius offers a range of services including market research, software development, and talent management.
Nick started his career by going to sea as a deck officer in the merchant navy before moving into maritime technology when he came ashore. He has previously held senior commercial positions in a number of organisations, overseeing the launch of new digital products and services. He was Head of Growth at Intelligent Cargo Systems, the startup behind the CargoMate port call optimisation system. He also led the development of digital education platform Learn@Sea on behalf of Marine Society. Within a year of launching, the platform had delivered career enhancing education to more than 10,000 seafarers in more than 20 countries.
Outside of work, Nick is an accomplished ultra-endurance athlete, having completed a 300-mile solo trek across the Arabian Peninsula and the notorious Marathon des Sables; a 156-mile ultra marathon across the Sahara Desert billed as “the toughest foot-race on earth”.
Robert Falck is the CEO and founder of Einride, a tech start-up bent on the sustainable transformation of the transportation industry, developing an intelligent road freight system based on all-electric, autonomous trucks, or Pods. Before founding Einride in 2016, Mr. Falck was a director of manufacturing engineering assembly at Volvo GTO Powertrain. A serial entrepreneur, he is a co-founder of Vnu, a nightclub business intelligence solution, The Great Wild, a hunting app, and Keyflow, an event service platform.
Mr. Falck holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, a B.Sc. in Economics and finance, and a B.Sc. in Business.
CEO & Co-Founder
Chris Stanchak is the co-founder & CEO of Loveseat.com. Loveseat is a returned goods
marketplace with a mission to bring sustainability to the ecommerce world. The company operates an online auction marketplace where consumers can purchase returned & overstock inventory from major retailers at a significant discount. Loveseat operates throughout Southern
California and will soon expand to Austin, Houston & Dallas Texas. Prior to Loveseat, Chris was the Founder & CEO of TicketLeap, a global DIY event ticketing platform where he served as Chairman through its acquisition. Chris has a passion for startups with a particular focus on ecommerce marketplaces and payments. He was a founding advisor to Venmo & as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Startup San Diego. Chris graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a dual marketing and management degree.
Senior Investigative Reporter
Rachel is a senior transportation reporter at Business Insider. She writes about logistics — particularly trucking and how deliveries are changing with the rise of e-commerce. Rachel also has a trucking newsletter called Modes.
She has appeared on ABC News, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, France24, national radio programs, industry podcasts, and other outlets to discuss her reporting on the trucking industry.
CEO & Co-Founder
Director Of Supply Chain Development, Americas
The LEGO Group
Rosemary is the Head of Supply Chain Development at The LEGO Group for the America’s region. She also serves as a STEM mentor for the National Convention for women in Technology (NCWIT) and is a ‘PlayAgent’, using LEGO Bricks to bring out everyone’s inner child. Rose’s career has grown to include end-to-end supply chain strategy deployment and technology integration.
Prior to joining LEGO®, Rose built her Supply Chain career, starting at a small software company and then working for Lowe’s Home Improvement and Ralph Lauren before sharing her talent as a managing consultant within supply chain network design. Rose has a passion for solution design, data, and technology; holding a B.S. in International Business from Drexel University.
Highlights of Rose’s career include: piloting shelf-connected demand sensing, building a distribution network for Brand Retail, establishing new processes within inventory management, and rolling out the use of SCRUM methodology for continuous improvement.
Scott Gravelle is an automation veteran who is currently the founder, CEO, and CTO of Attabotics, a robotics-based supply chain system for modern commerce. Attabotics has been adopted by global brands like Nordstrom and retailers across apparel, food & beverage, home goods, and more, who choose Attabotics to streamline their fulfillment centers, reduce carbon output, and stay competitive. Scott started Attabotics in July 2016 with only a pitch deck and CAD models and has since grown the company to more than 210 employees. Attabotics has been recognized by TIME’s Best Inventions, Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and was named to the CNBC Disruptor 50 list in 2020 and the CNBC Upstart 100 list in 2019.
Jed Kleckner is CEO of delivery.com, a leading on-demand e-commerce platform. Jed previously held roles at Netscape Communications, co-founded CrowdBurst, which was later acquired by Informative, worked in investment banking at Banc of America Securities and served as a Venture Partner at Cantor Ventures. He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A in International Relations from the The University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tekin Meriçli is a well-rounded roboticist with in-depth expertise in machine intelligence and learning, perception, planning, and manipulation. He is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Locomation. Formerly he was a Special Faculty / Commercialization Specialist at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of the Robotics Institute (RI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where he was a Senior Robotics Engineer before. At NREC, he has assumed various responsibilities including lead engineer role to make major contributions to projects on autonomous and semi-autonomous ground vehicles (CAT Pathfinder), mapping, state estimation, and operator assist systems (FHWA Snowplow), perception and motion planning for aerial robots (DARPA ALIAS), search and rescue robots (CHIMP for DARPA Robotics Challenge), and industrial automation and process improvement (Harsco). Prior to
joining NREC as full-time staff, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at CMU, leading the efforts on building intuitive and expressive interfaces to interact with semi-autonomous robotic
systems that are intended to assist elderly and disabled, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the RI at CMU, leading the Assistive Dexterous Arm (ADA) project at the Personal Robotics Lab, and working on the high degree-of-freedom manipulation planning skills of the CHIMP robot at NREC for the DARPA Robotics Challenge. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Engineering at Boğaziçi University, Turkey, and his MSCS degree from the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, USA. His research interests include intelligent mobile robots, autonomous vehicles, robot perception, planning at multiple abstraction levels, applied machine learning, multi-agent systems, developmental and cognitive robotics, and computational neuroscience. He has over 40 publications in these areas, including best paper award recipients. For over a decade, he has worked on various robotic platforms including soccer-playing quadrupeds and bipeds, wheeled tour guide and service robots, autonomous wheelchairs, intelligent assistive robotic manipulators, state-of-the-art search and rescue robots, and autonomous urban and military ground vehicles. His knowledge and expertise in developing robust and efficient robotic systems have been sharpened through his participation in and contribution to various intelligent robotics competitions such as RoboCup, the DARPA Urban Challenge, the MAGIC UGV Competition, and the DARPA Robotics
Challenge. He has also been very active in AI and robotics communities, serving as a referee and programme committee member of over 30 conferences and journals as well as co-organizing several national and international workshops, conferences, and competitions, including the RoboCup 2011 Istanbul event. He also serves on the Internal Advisory Board of the International RoboCup Federation. More information on his work can be found on his website at https://tekin.mericli.com.
Picavi US Inc.
Carsten Funke is the Chief Sales Officer and shareholder of Picavi. He joined the Aachen-based company in 2016 and formed it to be the market leader in AR for logistics. Since early 2019, Funke took the position of CEO at the US subsidiary, Picavi U.S. Inc.
Daniel Laury is the co-founder and CEO of Udelv, the world leader in autonomous deliveries.
In 2016, after identifying a gap between the advancement of autonomous driving technology and the state of the delivery industry, he put together a team of top engineers and created the world’s first driverless vehicle for public roads.
With his team, he coordinated the world’s first public road autonomous delivery in January 2018. By 2019, after releasing its second generation vehicle, Udelv has successfully completed more than 6,000 automated deliveries on behalf of a variety of retailers that include Walmart in Phoenix, AZ, and XL Parts in TX.
Prior to founding Udelv, Daniel co-founded LuckySurf.com, the 17th most visited site in the world by December 2000, raised $40M in funding, and successfully sold it in 2008.
He then founded LSF Interactive, a digital marketing agency. In 2010 and 2013 LSF was recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies in America.
In 2012, under his leadership, LSF Interactive acquired the Geary Group to form Geary LSF, one of the world’s leading independent digital marketing companies, with a roster of brand clients across the U.S. and Europe, 240 people, 8 offices in the US and Europe and over $120 million in media under management. That same year Advertising Age ranked Geary LSF as the 4th largest search marketing agency in the U.S.
After leaving Geary LSF, Laury became an investor in high tech and founded The Explorer Group, a VC fund and accelerator for exponential technologies, with investments in early stage companies.
Daniel’s early career includes service as a naval officer; a Board Member of Dassault Development; a founder and CEO of Probag SA, an airport equipment company selling a patented luggage protection equipment to airlines and airports around the world; and a manager with the prestigious Wall Street bank Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
He holds an MBA from top French business school ESSEC and was Co-Chair of SEMPO San Francisco.
He founded and is Chairman of the Board of Halt Homelessness, a nonprofit organization to combat homelessness in San Francisco. Halt Homelessness recently struck an exclusive deal with The Salvation Army to build a large transitional housing facility in the SOMA district in San Francisco in view of sheltering thousands of homeless people and re-introducing them into life.
Daniel is a husband and proud father of four, a patron of the SF MOMA, the SF Symphony and the SF Opera. A native of France, Daniel is a dual citizen of the United States and the European Union and speaks four languages.
Daniel Theobald is the CEO and Founder of Vecna Robotics, the autonomous mobile robot and workflow orchestration company. Daniel has decades of experience leading research scientists and teams of engineers in developing cutting edge technology. He has 67 issued patents and more than 30 patents pending.
Daniel has also been on the forefront of robotics for more than 20 years, working closely with DARPA, DOD, NASA, NIH, USDA and many others to advance the use of robots and AI software to improve warehouse automation. In addition to founding Vecna Robotics, Daniel also co-founded Mass Robotics, a non-profit dedicated to the global advancement of the robotics industry. Daniel is dedicated to the idea that technology can be used to empower people worldwide to live more fulfilling lives.
CEO & Founder
Tom is the Founder and CEO of IAM Robotics. He has over 15 years of experience in autonomous robotics. Previously, Tom worked with Carnegie Mellon University, Harris Corporation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing and other organizations. During his career, Tom developed autonomous systems for air, land and sea. He built robots to compete in major competitions including the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition and the DARPA Grand Challenge. Several of Tom’s robots have won in the areas of navigation, autonomy and design. Tom also co-founded OpenJAUS, a technology company that develops software for the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS). OpenJAUS is the market leader in providing JAUS solutions to the defense industry. Tom holds a PhD in Robotics from the University of Florida and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics.
CEO & Founder
Paragon Innovations, Inc.
Michael R. Wilkinson founded Paragon Innovations 30 years ago and has built a business on solid core values. As CEO Mike leads Paragon Innovations' business strategy and vision, product design and development, and customer relations. Since its inception in 1990, Wilkinson and his team have grown Paragon into one of the nation's leading providers of product development and engineering services. Customers include 3M, B.Braun Medical, Hitachi, Medtronic, Motorola, and Siemens, among others.
Wilkinson himself earned his Eagle Scout at the age of 13. In addition, Wilkinson was the district chairman of the Circle 10 council Explorers, and in 2007 won the William H. Spurgeon III Award, the highest recognition for the Exploring program.
Wilkinson graduated in 1986 from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (now ESET - Whoop!) Wilkinson is a CEO member of Vistage International.
Wilkinson is a member of the Advisory Council of Texas A&M McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship (formally CNVE) and serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Texas A&M Engineering Department. He frequently guest lectures for the Engineering and the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. He annually judges the Venture Challenge and the Raymond Ideas Challenge for the Mays Business School MBA program. Wilkinson serves on the College of Education STEM summer camps committee.
Wilkinson is currently serving as a Design & Manufacturing Forum Tri-Chair of Tech Titans. Wilkinson has served on the Board of Directors of Metroplex Technology Business Council (now Tech Titans). Additionally, he is a former chairman of the American Electronic Association's (AEA) North Texas CEO roundtable. Lastly, Wilkinson is financially involved in the Texas A&M Foundation.
Wilkinson is an active Board member of the Aggie Angel Network investing in a number of new ventures. He works with Aggie students to perform due diligence on presenting companies. He also actively works with these startup companies post investment.
Wilkinson loves to sail for fun and race to win. Wilkinson has a 100 ton Master Mariner’s license from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Wilkinson races both Offshore and in inland lakes. Wilkinson often sails in the Caribbean, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Wilkinson is a certified PADI Rescue Diver, ASA instructor, and Certified US Sailing Race Officer.
Reverse Logistics Association
In 2016, Tony took over and became the Executive Director of the RLA after 12 years of on the Advisory Board and Committees. In his 35 plus years in the consumer products industry, Tony has held various positions including 15 years in returns management at Philips where he developed new reverse logistics strategies. He worked with retail partners and industry groups to implement returns initiatives still in use. Tony has been an evangelist for improving the customer experience to reduce returns and their associated costs. Today, Tony is considered a subject matter expert in reverse logistics, and speaks for the industry at conferences all over the world.
Yariv is the co-founder and CEO of Flytrex Aviation.
Flytrex provides drone delivery solutions for the food and retail sectors, and was the 1st company in the world to deploy a B2C drone delivery system in an urban environment above Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
Flytrex is now taking part in the US Federal Aviation Administration prestigious commercial drone integration pilot program (IPP), with deliveries taking place in North Dakota and soon in North Carolina.
Prior to that, Yariv was the co-founder and the 1st CEO of SpaceIL, a $100M Israeli non-profit organization that attempted to land Beresheet, the first private interplanetary robotic mission, on the Moon on April, 2019 making Israel only the 7th nation ever to orbit the moon and reach the lunar surface.
Yariv holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
CEO & Co-Founder
David Sobie is the Co-Founder and CEO of Happy Returns, a returns software and reverse logistics company tackling the painful challenge of returning products purchased online. Happy Returns provides the operating system for ecommerce returns for the world’s leading online and omni-channel retailers and their customers. The company is based in Santa Monica, CA, employs 150 people and its investors include PayPal, US Venture Partners, and Upfront Ventures.
Prior to co-founding Happy Returns, David was the Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVE, leading all online and offline marketing, branding, acquisition and business development. Earlier in his career, David led Marketing and Business Development for HauteLook, a flash sale pioneer acquired by Nordstrom, and held senior roles at eBay Motors.
Haytham Elhawary is cofounder and CEO of KINETIC. With a passion for technology and entrepreneurship, he heads the wearable tech company in the development of hardware and software infrastructure to enable a connected industrial workforce. Guided by a mission to help the industrial worker stay safe and healthy, and to make their work more rewarding, Elhawary has led the development of a smart wearable device to reduce workplace injuries.
Elhawary is a “recovering roboticist,” holding a PhD in biomedical engineering from Imperial College London and a Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Navarra in Spain. His professional experience includes the development of medical robots at both Philips Electronics and Harvard Medical School. Elhawary’s career has evolved alongside his passion for technology that augments the workforce, which he sees as a significant advantage for companies. Prior to launching his wearable tech company KINETIC in 2014, he served as Executive Director of the Zahn Innovation Center, a hardware startup incubator.
Elhawary and his company are based out of New York, where he also writes reviews for on and off Broadway productions on the blog Theater is Easy, and loves to do improvised comedy (although admittedly he's not very good).
CEO & Co-Founder
The founder of Converge Government Affairs, Jonathan is an experienced political advisor and high-caliber advocate for Fortune 500 Companies, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest brands, and an array of regional and non-profit world-changers. Jonathan is frequently called upon by clients to advise and help manage US and global government affairs portfolios.
In his Florida lobbying practice, Jonathan represents clients before the legislative and executive branches of Florida government, including the executive branch agencies. He has a passion for innovative technologies, healthcare, and transportation solutions.
Prior to founding Converge, Jonathan co-chaired the Florida government affairs practice of an AmLaw 100 law firm, where the practice he helped build earned the recognition of the most influential law firm in Florida by Southern Political Report. One major state political publication noted his practice had been involved in nearly every major issue in Florida’s policy-making process.
Jonathan’s clients include companies from diverse industries including health policy, pharmaceutical, hospital, medical device, digital media, technology, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, transportation, road construction, engineering, project and construction management, as well as local governments and government agencies.
As a lawyer, Jonathan represented the Florida House of Representatives in litigation and appeals related to the redistricting of Florida’s state and federal legislative districts. Two years later, he represented the Florida Department of State in state and federal election litigation and appeals. Jonathan also served as legal counsel to the successful 2006 campaign of Florida Governor Charlie Crist. He received a gubernatorial appointment to serve on Florida’s 5th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission and was appointed by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.
Jonathan has six children and is married to a whip-smart lawyer named Jessica who keeps him on his toes. They live in Miami, Florida, just two blocks from the beautiful bay, but who’s counting?
Chief Product Officer
Prior to joining TuSimple, Chuck led engineering and technical operations at truck platooning leader Peloton Technology.
Before entering the world of truck automation, Chuck had over 25 years experience in the development and management of innovative software technologies, as VP of Development at Oracle Corporation, VP Engineering at Active Reasoning, Inc. (acquired by Oracle), SVP at Hotjobs.com and, after the
company’s acquisition by Yahoo, a Yahoo! SVP.
Before Hotjobs.com, Chuck was cofounder and CTO at Lumenare’ Networks (acquired by Dell
as Gale Technologies), Director of Engineering at Freegate (acquired by Tut Systems), and
Chief Engineer at Broadvision (NASDAQ: BVSN).
Chuck's background also includes 4 years at Sun Microsystems and 10 years at Digital
Equipment Corporation. He holds over 10 patents in software technologies, including
fundamental patents in connected vehicle technologies and platooning, electronic commerce,
cyber-security and cloud infrastructure management.