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).
Executive Director of America
Arc Advisory Group Inc.
Steve Banker works for the ARC Advisory Group, an industry analyst and consulting firm. He is a contributor to Forbes.com and a columnist at Logistics Viewpoints. He has researched, written and spoken about supply chain technologies for over 20 years. Recent research has focused on supply chain digital twins and control towers, autonomous mobile robots, digital freight brokerage, and global trade compliance solutions.
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
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.
Co-Founder & CEO
Don Burnette is Co-Founder and CEO of Kodiak Robotics. Prior to this, he co-founded Otto with other co-league in robotics, which was then acquired by Uber. He used to be staff software engineer in Google before venturing on Otto.
Don holds a masters degree in physics from University of Florida and a masters degree in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.
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”.
Sr Manager- Last mile
Chris Considine is a Manager within Kurt Salmon’s Consumer Group. He has over 15 years of supply chain industry experience across industries including manufacturing, retail, grocery and e-commerce working throughout Asia, Europe & North America. Chris has deep experience in facility design and implementation, network strategy and in operationalizing omni-channel. Dan Lawler is currently the Director of Distribution Facility Development for Michael Kors. He has spent 20 years in the Supply Chain Industry working across Transportation, Distribution, Ecommerce Operations and Engineering. Dan’s experience ranges from big box to Ecommerce Flash sales site to Omni Channel Retailer. Dan has led several DC implementations and has delivered numerous WMS integration projects. Dan holds a BS in Business and an MA in Transportation and Logistics Management.
Evangelos (Evan) Efstathiou
Evangelos Efstathiou has a proven track record in delivering maritime portfolio advisory and innovative technology, analytics and business process solutions for ship owning and commodity trading companies. As CEO of Skysail Advisors, Mr. Efstathiou works with clients to identify and execute on strategic initiatives. Prior to founding Skysail in 2016, Mr. Efstathiou held positions at Chinsay, SpecTec, Veson Nautical and Marsoft.
Mr. Efstathiou holds a Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife Anastasia and daughters Katherine, Aella and Iris.
Skysail Advisors is a maritime consulting and technology advisory firm based in Boston, MA. Skysail combines knowledge and know-how of data science and software technologies with deep relationships across shipowners, charterers, private equity and financial institutions to deliver innovative solutions to the maritime, aviation, railroad, commodities and financial technology industries.
Over the past 15 years, Skysail’s leadership team has worked with over 100 maritime-related firms in the dry bulk, tanker and containership markets as well as numerous niche market segments.
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
An operations and technology executive with over 25 years’ experience managing global supply chains, operations, and M&A integrations across a variety of companies in both the retail and wholesale channels. Debbie’s professional roots in technology have been the basis for her success in driving automation across all aspects of operations. Her solutions have helped direct to consumer businesses rapidly scale to meet explosive growth. Having led many transformational initiatives, Debbie understands that optimizing operations and delivering a great customer experience are driven first from the efforts of an engaged workforce. It is the intersection of that engaged workforce and technological innovation that becomes the game changer.
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.
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.
Michael Granoff is founder and Managing Director of Maniv Mobility, a venture capital fund based in Tel Aviv which invests exclusively in the new mobility future. Founded in 2015, Maniv has raised two funds and has roughly $145 million under management. The Maniv portfolio includes nearly 30 mobility startups that include companies developing sensors, software, simulation, localization, data monetization, autonomous systems, over-the-air updates, automotive cyber-security, mobility service models, including micromobility, and more. The majority of portfolio companies are based in Israel, but others are based in the US, Europe and Australia.
Aside from several startup boards, Mr. Granoff serves on the board of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a Washington, DC-based policy and advocacy organization he helped establish in 2004. Past board roles included that of electric car network developer Better Place. He has been involved in three US Presidential campaigns and in 2010 received Brandeis University’s Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Granoff holds a B.A. from Tufts University, an MBA and JD from Kellogg, Northwestern University, is a veteran marathon runner and father of four.
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.
Hans is the founder and CEO of Ellipsis Advisors, LLC, providing C-Level advisory services and executive coaching. In the last 12 years, he has served as CEO on three multinational corporations.
Hans brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the transportation, express, and logistics industry, having started his career in the ocean transportation business. Prior to starting his own business, Hans was Chief Executive of Asia Pacific for Agility Logistics, where his responsibilities spanned more than 20 countries, over 7,000 employees, and where he served on Agility Logistics’ Global Management Board. He also served as DHL’s CEO for Global Customer Solutions, leading development and sales across major verticals of customer solutions across the DHL Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution, and Forwarding and Express Business Units. Prior to that role, Hans was CEO of DHL Express USA, CEO of APL Logistics, and served on the Global boards of both organizations.
Hans studied at Brown University in the United States. He has lived and worked in Europe, the United States, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. He is known for his leadership skills in building effective cross-cultural teams and for achieving significant growth and profitability.
Hans is a recognized leader in the Logistics and Transportation industries, has sat on various industry Boards, and led his organizations to numerous industry awards and recognitions. In 2009, Hans received the prestigious Executive of the Year Award by the Strategic Account Management Association.
He is actively involved in the field of social entrepreneurship. In his work with Ashoka, Hans supports and advises social entrepreneurs worldwide and is also involved in significant work being done to promote understanding of the importance of empathy in business. He leverages that experience to give his clients perspectives on embedding concepts of social profit and shared value into their business planning. It also allows him to provide guidance and coaching on the important element of work/family balance. Mr. Hickler is a member of YPO and the Ashoka Support Network. In addition to his blog, Hans has published 50 Words and is releasing his second book, Our Stories Matter, in the summer of 2014 – both books address raising self awareness of values and empathy.
Senior Editor, Technology
Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology’s impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, D.C., area.
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?
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.
Director of Americas, Wartsila Ventures
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.
Bruce Leak is a Founding Partner at Playground Global. From an early age, his intellectual curiosity led to a fascination with computers and emerging technology, and later informed his career path which took him from the frontier days of Apple and Microsoft, to entrepreneurship, to his time at Playground investing in complex ideas with the potential to change the world.
With a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, Bruce spent two summer internships at Microsoft. There, he tested an early prototype of Microsoft Word for the original IBM PC and later worked on the first versions of Microsoft’s Macintosh applications.
His first full time role was with Apple’s System Software team where he led the company’s efforts on 32-bit Color Quickdraw which became the foundation of true color display on Mac screens and led to the birth of Quicktime. Bruce spent five years at Apple expanding the Quicktime team, shipping several versions of the product and speaking at developer conferences.
Bruce was later recruited by Steve Perlman to General Magic, and they set out to build a color version of the platform for gaming. In 1993, Bruce joined forces with Peter Barrett and Steve Blank to form Rocket Science Games, where he hired many members of the Quicktime team, supported developers, and built the gaming platform.
Bruce’s next venture was WebTV, which he founded with two General Magic alumni, Steve Perlman and Phil Goldman. WebTV was acquired by Microsoft and the company went on to ship the first DVR products for Echostar and DirectTV.
After founding several startups selling technology and services to mobile phone operators and automotive OEMs and traveling the world, Bruce co-founded Playground Global—the venture capital firm he wished existed when he was building his own company. From robotics to quantum computing to groundbreaking medical advancements, Playground’s true north is leaving a lasting impact for generations to come.
Bruce lives in Palo Alto and can still be found adventuring outdoors by kayak and by land. He is passionate about wildlife conservation, preserving natural habitats, and supporting animal sanctuaries.
A corporate executive that has over 30 years of experience and contacts in the material handling, logistics, and supply chain industry to draw upon. Insightful and experienced in current and future trends as they relate to the overall supply chain this knowledge is sought after to assist companies in positioning their company for growth.
On the management and ownership team of two start-up media brands (DC Velocity and CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly, both of which have seen a level of success in the marketplace that is simply unheard for new media brands. Both of these brands have risen to true thought leaders in their respective industries.
In addition, as a consultant partnered with over 200 companies to assist them in increasing their sales, identifying merger targets, researching new products and opportunities in the marketplace as a whole. Enhanced client's overall effectiveness in marketing, communications, and business development. He has gained some excellent market insights and knowledge of what works and what doesn't.
Instrumental in launching the first "TV" program for the logistics industry. Move It! Debuted on February 6th, 2012 at MODEX 2012
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
Philip Mecklenburg-Blumenthal, PhD
Mile High Labs
Philip Blumenthal has held a variety of executive roles at the top three Logistics firm “DB Schenker” in both Germany and the United States. Lastly, he was responsible for the New York Market, with annual revenue of 140 million USD p.a, ranking in the top 5 areas of the corporation. Within the first year of his tenure, he restructured three branch sites to accumulate savings valued at 3.2 million USD p.a. and increased sales by 20% at the
Most recently, Philip has been building the Logistics Marketplace at "Freightos”, scaling the business from zero to 50 bookings per day within 6 months, by focusing on customer needs with providing transparency, competitiveness, and liquidity.
He is also responsible for building the Freightos Baltic Index, which is one of the main three indicators for international freight rates. During his PhD thesis, Philip developed a product to secure the volatility in this trillion-dollar industry.
Under the Brand “Doctor Freight” Philip is regarded as thought leader in international Logistics and sharing his findings at conferences, e.g. Dreamforce, MarketWaves, Future of Freight .
In the past 1.5 years, Philip has scaled the company value of a CBD manufacturing business, which has been acquired by one of the sharks from the ABC show "Shark Tank"
Khaled Naim is the CEO & Co-Founder of Onfleet. Khaled grew up in London and
Dubai, where he met fellow co-founder Mikel in high school. He went on to study
Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan. He founded Onfleet while
pursuing his MBA at Stanford in 2012 with his two co-founders, Mikel and David. He
lives in San Francisco with his wife and enjoys frolicking in Blackrock Desert once a
year, watching anything narrated by David Attenborough, and traveling to the furthest
corners of the world - especially if there’s a beach.
Co-Founder and CEO
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.
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.
Senior Transportation 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.
Founder & CEO
Stefan Rehm is the CEO and co-founder of Intelipost, the leading platform for logistics management in LATAM. Stefan was born in Germany but has lived in Brazil since 2012. He was Director of Logistics for several e-commerces and led the operation of a carrier. He actively participates in debates on the logistics market in Brazil.
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.
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.
John is a member of the GreyOrange leadership team and is responsible for all global strategic clients. Marketing, Sales, Delivery and Account Management are all parts of John’s day to day responsibilities. Service offering development, 3rd party collaborations and industry thought leadership are components of his customer facing role. John’s team members are globally positioned and work with the top GreyOrange clients around the world. John joined GreyOrange in January 2020 after a 30 year career in supply chain technology consulting focused on the retail industry.
Chris is a Partner at Fontinalis, where he is a member of the investment committee and leads investments across a variety of mobility segments. He joined Fontinalis in 2011 and is based in the firm’s Detroit office.
Chris currently serves on the board of directors of two Fontinalis portfolio companies, FreightWaves and Karamba Security, and previously served on the board of directors of TransLoc (acquired by Ford Smart Mobility in January 2018) and as a board observer of Synovia Solutions (acquired by CalAmp in April 2019). He also worked closely with the firm’s investment in Telogis (acquired by Verizon in July 2016).
Chris is active in the venture community and serves on the oversight committee for the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation—a statewide program that funds translational research applications. He is also an active member of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, of which he serves on the membership committee.
Prior to joining Fontinalis in 2011, Chris spent five years at Stout, a leading independent advisory firm that provides investment banking, valuation, dispute consulting, and management consulting services. While at Stout, he played an important role in advising private equity and venture capital clients on a variety of transaction, tax, and financial reporting matters.
Chris earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (with distinction) from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where he also worked in the alternative investments group of the University’s endowment, focusing on private equity and venture capital partnerships. Chris is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
Dr Rafiq Swash
Dr Swash is the founder and CEO of Aidrivers and a programme director for MSc Digital Design & Branding and leads 3D research group at Brunel University London with a research team and he is the recipient of many outstanding research and innovation awards with over 50 published international conference and journal papers.
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.
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.
Nicklas Viby Fursund
Bruce has been a pioneer and visionary in automating warehouses since before the Internet. He has built, bought and sold some of the industry’s most innovative companies. He’s automated warehouses for Fortune 500s, e-Commerce startups, and even built a fulfillment company that ships more than $1 billion worth of e-Commerce orders each year. It was his direct experience with warehouses, fulfillment, and robotics that inspired him to build an entirely new solution.
Port Logistics Group
Jeff Wolpov serves as the chief executive officer of Port Logistics Group. He is responsible for leading the company’s vision and strategy in omnichannel retail logistics, driving business growth and achieving results. He was most recently president and chief commercial officer of the company where he built and nurtured customer relationships that allowed Port Logistics Group to grow from a regional collection of acquired businesses to a national logistics provider, achieving year-over-year revenue growth of nearly 15 percent. Jeff continues to hold a board seat at the company. Prior to joining Port Logistics Group in 2008 during its formation, Jeff was the founder and CEO of Distribution Solutions, which he grew from a startup business to a $50M regional logistics firm that served as the platform company for Port Logistics Group. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Leonardo is a MSc Naval Architect and MBA with 4 generations of seafaring tradition.
He designed and built RoRo, LNG and other cargo ships, and participated in the design, acquisition, conversion of container terminals, ranging from small regional to multi million TEU greenfield projects like Hutchison Ports’ BEST in Barcelona.
In 2010 he brought to Europe the Lean Startup techniques for entrepreneurship, with the first Lean Startup program for post-graduate students, and created the Learning Startup Foundation to develop entrepreneurship education for the disadvantaged.
Leonardo has been working with startups and startup-driven innovation ever since, engaging with hundreds of startups as well as large global organisation like Tesco, the BBC, booking.com, Belron and even Google itself, helping them develop a startup mindset in their people and their customers.
In 2017 Leonardo founded Startup Wharf by coupling his Maritime and Startup expertise, with the clear objective to develop an independent, global, virtual network of maritime startups, and with the mission to enable startup-driven maritime innovation and transformation.