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).
President And CEO
Andy Marsh joined Plug Power as President and CEO in April 2008. Under his leadership, Plug Power has been a leading innovator in the alternative energy field, helping create an entirely new hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) market in the material handling space as the world moves towards electrification in mobility applications. This new market has proven to be one of the first successful endeavors to commercialize HFC technology, and today, the firm’s fuel cell solutions, including its GenKey suite and ProGen engine line, are leveraged by global marketplace leaders such as Amazon, Walmart, and Carrefour to power industrial electric vehicles.
As President and CEO, Marsh plans and directs all aspects of the organization’s goals and objectives, and is focused on building a company that leverages Plug Power’s combination of technological expertise, talented people and focus on sales growth to continue the company’s leadership stance in the future alternative energy economy. Under his leadership, Plug Power continues to spearhead hydrogen fuel cell innovations in both mobility and stationary applications, and his ability to generate revenue growth of more than 296 percent since 2012 has landed Plug Power on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500TM list in both 2015 and 2016.
Previously, Mr. Marsh was a co-founder of Valere Power, where he served as CEO and Board Member from the Company’s inception in 2001, through its sale to Eltek ASA in 2007. Under his leadership, Valere grew into a profitable global operation with over 200 employees and $90 million in revenue derived from the sale of DC power products to the telecommunications sector. During Mr. Marsh’s tenure, Valere Power received many awards such as the Tech Titan award as the fastest growing technology company in the Dallas Fort Worth area and the Red Herring Top 100 Innovator Award. Prior to founding Valere, he spent almost 18 years with Lucent Bell Laboratories in a variety of sales and technical management positions.
Mr. Marsh is a member of the Board of Directors for the California Hydrogen Business Council, a non-profit group comprised of organizations and individuals involved in the business of hydrogen. He holds an MSEE from Duke University and an MBA from SMU. In August/September 2017, Mr. Marsh was invited to join the Global Hydrogen Council as well, an international council of major auto manufacturers which is focused on the proliferation of hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
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
CEO & Co-Founder
Bharath Krishnamoorthy is the co-founder and CEO of Axle, the all-in-one financial partner for the modern freight intermediary. Bharath has a BS in Economics from James Madison University and a JD from Columbia Law School. Prior to founding Axle, Bharath practiced in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of a global top-10 law firm. He currently serves as a board advisor to JMU's Center for Entrepreneurship and Princeton: CHOOSE, a racial literacy non-profit.
Jon is French and has over 10 years of overall Business Development, Buy-Side M&A, and Corporate Strategy experience within global Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, with a strong focus on the Supply Chain market space. He has a proven track record in creating and leading new business ventures, leveraging advancements in new business models and digital technologies in Europe, China, and North America.
Jon is now COO at Transmetrics. The company offers predictive optimization Software-as-a-Service based on Artificial Intelligence for the supply chain industry. By using technologies like machine learning, data mining, and predictive analytics, Transmetrics’ products help companies to continuously increase their operational efficiency and reduce costs. Product implementation consists of three steps: data cleansing, AI enrichment, and BI reporting; business optimization modeling; and predictive resource optimization. Transmetrics works with some of the leading cargo companies in the world, providing them with the tools for proactive and data-driven decision making.
Chief Growth Officer
Julian started a career in technology as a software developer at Fortna where he worked on warehouse control & automation systems. After a period in technology investment banking, he began investing in industrial hardware and supply chain sectors at a venture capital fund in New York. Julian holds an MBA from MIT and a BsC in systems engineering from UVA.
CEO & Chief Product Officer
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.
CEO & Co-Founder
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.
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.
Ellis McCue is the CEO of Territory Foods, a venture-backed, fresh food platform that brings artisanally crafted healthy food from local chefs and restaurants directly to customers. Territory is a fresh take on the food preparation and distribution industry, providing chef-prepared meals with nutritionist-approved menus to support dietary preferences, powered by a proprietary personalization algorithm. Territory utilizes 90k points of data each week to identify key trends in wellness, culinary, and protein vectors and leverages its unique model to drive an industry-leading 4 week innovation cycle from data to plate. Territory marries Ellis’ belief that consumer led design yields disruptive growth to traditional industries with her personal belief that delicious food should be healthy.
CEO & Co-Founder
Evan is a 28-year-old social entrepreneur from Baltimore, Maryland who is passionate about food justice, entrepreneurship, and the Baltimore Ravens. He's a frequent guest on NPR, the Washington Post, and Baltimore News stations. He's been recognized in Forbes 30 under 30 in the social entrepreneurship category, Baltimore's 40 under 40, and Montgomery County Emerging Business of the Year Award, previously won by Honest Tea, Sweet Green, and Comcast. He was also featured on ABC's Shark Tank, where he made a deal with Robert Herjavec.
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.
Dollar Shave Club
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Doug is the Chief Supply Chain Officer for Dollar Shave Club. DSC is well known for it’s viral videos and commercials and played a key role in the disruption of the shaving industry as well as the exponential growth of subscription based E-Commerce. As a member of the executive leadership team, Doug and his team have driven a transformation of the cost base, delivering improved service and delivery for the member base and bringing on new capabilities throughout the supply chain.
Corporate Vice President, International Supply Operations LHC
Ferry Bakker is Corporate Vice President International Supply Operations Laundry and Home Care at Henkel. He is based in Amsterdam and globally responsible for Demand and Supply Planning, Logistics Operations, Customer Service, and Supply Chain Customer Collaboration within the Laundry and Home Care Division. He has been working for Henkel since October 2015. Ferry holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Logistics Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1996). During his career, he has worked for several companies including Gillette, P&G and KraftHeinz and lived in several countries outside the Netherlands (Belgium, USA, Switzerland). He spent most of my career in the area of International Supply Chain, but also spent several years in the area of Sales and Commercial Management as a broadening assignment. He currently lives with his wife and 2 daughters in the Netherlands.
Gordon Downes is the CEO of New York Shipping Exchange, Inc.
Gordon has well-balanced perspective from all sides of the shipping industry. Prior to joining NYSHEX, Gordon was an executive at SABMiller, a large multi-national shipper. He has also held numerous leadership positions at Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping line, and Damco, a global freight forwarder. Gordon has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
Gordon holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge, as well as a bachelor of commerce degree majoring in maritime economics and a post graduate degree in maritime law.
Hannan Carmeli – Co-Founder and Managing Partner of theDOCK, a Maritime-Tech venture capital and accelerator based in Israel. Hannan has vast and multi-disciplinary experience in hi-tech companies. In his prior role, Carmeli served as an Operating Consultant with the private equity firm Francisco Partners involved in acquisition and value creation of Israeli portfolio companies. Prior to that Carmeli served as Director of International Activity of the Israeli Innovation Authority (formerly Office of Chief Scientist) - a government agency overseeing the Hi-Tech and innovation ecosystem in Israel. Prior to this Carmeli served as the President and Co-CEO of ClickSoftware (publicly traded - NASDAQ) leading the company for over 16 years to become the global leader in workforce management and service optimization solutions. In 2015 ClickSoftware was acquired by a private equity firm, which sold it to Salesforce for $1.4 billion dollars in 2019.
Carmeli graduated the Naval Academy & Advance Maritime Command School with commendation. Served as Patrol Boat Commander, and second-in-command of a Missile Corvette. Carmeli holds a BSc degree in computer science from the Technion and is a graduate of Boston University.
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.
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.
Open Mobility Foundation
Jonas is a lifelong logistics pro, having founded Logward in 2018 as a Supply Chain Management as a Service solution, driven by a digital 4PL cloud. His career began with a dual course of study at Leschaco, a global freight forwarder active in Ocean Freight, Air Freight, Tankcontainer shipping, and Contract Logistics. After working through various functions and levels at Leschaco, Jonas ascended to Head of Global Business Transformation in 2016, taking responsibility for the firm’s global digitalization efforts.
Born in Oldenburg, Germany, Jonas combines a small-town work ethic with global experience to consistently innovate for clients and colleagues. Outside of the office, he can be found working on fix-up projects, racing forklifts, or cooking a great steak.
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.
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.
Carlos Garcia Ottati
CEO & Founder
Founder & CEO
Joel Ifill is a career engineer, innovator, inventor and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Michigan he
received his undergraduate degree in Welding Engineering from Pennsylvania College of Technology and
has spent over 10 years in a variety of engineering roles for diverse industries including; Aerojet focusing
on precision guided munitions, and Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory developing next generation nuclear
He specializes in the intersection of new technology, automation, and critical safety environments
holding multiple patents in diverse fields from mechanical engineering, to welding engineering, to
aerospace engineering disciplines. In 2017 he founded DASH Systems with the mission and vision to
perform next day deliveries anywhere on the globe. This vision is accomplished by enabling precision
commercial air drops that allow any aircraft to safely launch and land cargo mid flight. With Joel as the
CEO DASH Systems has been at the forefront of the growth and expansion of precision air drop
technologies including numerous patents, deployments into multiple hurricanes and active disaster
recovery efforts, department of defense contracts, and commercial deliveries to service rural remote
and hard to reach communities.
CEO & Board Member
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?
Director Of Transportation
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.
Kristin Toth Smith
President & Chief Operating Officer, Board Member
Kristin Toth Smith is currently President, COO and Board Member at Fernish, a furniture and home decor subscription service that allows you the high-quality, modern home furnishings you want - without the commitment. She has also served as an executive at Amazon, Zulily, & several startups.
Kristin holds a BSE and MSE in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan, a SM in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management through the Leaders for Global Operations fellowship program.
She's also an active volunteer and serves on and leads non-profit boards of directors and dedicates time helping others be successful, through education, coaching, advisory positions, and mentoring.
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.
Founder & CEO
Kim Raath is co-founder and CEO of Topl, an ESG technology company with a purpose-built blockchain that empowers businesses to prove their ethical and sustainable practices. Founded in 2017, Topl empowers companies to drastically cut operational and certification costs. Their technology can track all instances of the business’ supply chain and the associated certification claims, opening up opportunities to create alternative sources of credit for producers while providing end-consumers information on where and how their products are made. Kim grew up in South Africa and is the first Rice University student to simultaneously complete an M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Statistics. Before university, Kim worked in 18 developing countries to rebuild and strengthen communities by implementing innovative forms of technology. As CEO, Kim innovates around every problem that arises and continuously finds ways to grow the entire Topl ecosystem.
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.
Innovation driven technology executive with experience in full-life cycle product development, strategy, and team building.
Serving as EVP of Sales and Marketing at CemtrexLabs and CemtrexVR an NYC based Creative Technology Studio that is hell-bent on designing and building experiences (Web, Mobile, TV, wearable + VR/AR) that work well with the ease of use, utilizing cutting edge techniques in design, user experience, and engineering.
Established track record of designing and deploying emerging technologies into commercial successes across diverse platforms in F500, SMB, and enterprise.
Primarily focused on strategy and driving technology innovation specializing in connecting audiences to products, services, and people.
A highly effective communicator to both technical and non-technical audiences translating technology solutions into plain-speak. Futurist and lecturer for topics relating to/including the change in social capital, when/why to build an application, practical applications of augmented and virtual reality, and the next imminent app gold rush.
CEO & Co-Founder
Audacious and visionary are two words that correctly describe Janan Knust. Investor and advisor in various companies, this seven-language-speaking entrepreneur is today focused on the logistics world, where through talent and technology he´s disrupting the freight industry.
Focused on innovation and deep know-how of the industry, with stubborn focus on data and tech platforms, he founded KLog.co, today LATAM's main digital freight-tech company with presence in Chile, Peru, Bolivia and soon to be opening in Colombia and Mexico.
Besides, as a sought out speaker Janan dedicates time to giving talks and sharing thoughts on how the future of logistics will be like, his view on how to tackle the digital transformation of the region and how with focus on talent success can be achieved, telling his own story as an example.
Lucy Wang is an experienced early stage emerging tech investor based in NYC. She backs technologists and researchers reinventing the world using unique technological innovations. Currently, she is a Venture Partner at Story Ventures. Most recently, she led software and hardware investments at 11.2 capital, an early stage venture fund based in the Bay Area. Prior to that, she led deep tech investments at Greycroft, an early stage venture fund based in NY and LA with $1B+ AUM, founded by Alan Patricof.
Lucy is a technologist and builder at heart. She is currently serving as the acting CTO of a stealth startup working on synthetic data. She is a machine learning scientist with an MS degree from NYU and also one of the first team members of Livepeer, a decentralized live video streaming infrastructure built on Ethereum.
Matt Motsick is a three-time founder and investor who enjoys building innovative, high growth companies. He has been on almost every side of supply chain in the logistics industry: trucking, warehousing, third party logistics, transportation management, and international forwarding. In 2007, he decided to start a software company that provided international shipping quotes in seconds.
Motsick became CEO and co-founder of Catapult International, which was one of the first logistics software companies that was developed as a SaaS, web-based system. He and his team built the company from three employees to over 150 within eight years. In 2015, Catapult was acquired by the Dubai based firm, Mercator Solutions, a spinoff from Emirates Airlines.
Motsick currently serves as CEO and co-founder of RPA Labs (www.rpalabs.com).
RPA Labs develops Software Bots that automate manual tasks for supply chain and logistics companies. Conversations, documents, and workflows can be automated seamlessly with Software Bots bridging the connection between raw data and operating systems. By reducing the amount of time spent manually managing processes, RPA Labs’ solutions allow key staff members to reclaim countless hours each week to focus on developing new business strategies and personalizing customer experiences.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Tekin Mericli
Co-Founder & CTO
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.
David is a Principal at Avanta Ventures, where he invests in early stage mobility and fintech companies. David is passionate about working with great entrepreneurs leveraging technology and unique insights to drive meaningful change across large industries.
Prior to joining Avanta Ventures, David was a venture investor at Longitude Capital, where he invested in and partnered with growth stage venture businesses. David also spent time at Pivotal Software, where he was part of the product operations team for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform. He started his career in investment banking at Lazard, where David advised companies from early stage startups to multinational corporations on M&A transactions.
David received his MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and holds a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.
Florida Custom Brokers Association
Gabriel Rodriguez is the President of the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the organization for over 10 years, including roles as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee and the FDA Sub-Committee. He is an experienced licensed Customs Broker of over 20 years, and is the President of A Customs Brokerage, Inc.
Previously, Mr. Rodriguez served as the Chair of the Miami Dade Beacon Council’s Trade and Logistics Committee and currently serves as the Area 4 Representative of the Board of Directors of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, Inc. (NCBFAA).
SUNY Maritime College
Senior Manager International Marketing
Matthew Wittemeier is Senior Manager International Marketing and Customer Relations at INFORM's Logistics Division where he’s become a thought-provoking contributor to many industry publications and conferences. He’s co-author of the multi-award winning 2038: A Smart Port Story – a novella about the future of technology and the social challenges it may bring. In addition, he serves on the board of YoungShip Rotterdam, is a member and judge at The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), as well as the senior producer and host of the buzzITtalk podcast.
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.
Head Of Logistics
Florida Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association
Megan Conyers is the Executive Vice President of the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association (FCBF). An international business growth and strategy executive, Megan is focused on growing the opportunities for the Florida logistics community through advocacy, education, and strategic community facilitation.
FCBF is the most active trade association in Florida representing the import and export community. Under Megan’s leadership, the association has recently undergone a complete rebrand, forming strategic partnerships with relevant organizations, growing our education platform exponentially, and reinvigorating membership engagement throughout the state. By hosting open dialogue with various state and federal agencies, FCBF is helping to shape and develop crucial international trade policies.
Over the last decade, Megan has worked extensively with companies of all sizes to launch and expand throughout the Americas and Europe. Additionally, she has collaborated with various trade and economic development organizations to create thriving business ecosystems by facilitating training opportunities and workshops for business owners and professionals from around the world.
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
Bulk Container Group
Mr. Zaretzky is currently a leader in a group of companies with a common goal, more efficient global trade lanes, and shorter more transparent supply chains. He is an ambitious and accomplished executive with demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results in the Logistics and Supply Chain. He has a reputation as a strategist, he has a lot of vision for next generation logistics, he is known for his creative ability in finding solutions for big supply chain problems. He is a high-energy, and results-oriented leader with an entrepreneurial attitude.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Erik is a serial entrepreneur and experienced CTO with more than 10 years of experience in building software. In the past years, he has founded tech companies with a diverse focus, ranging from beacon technology for museums to big data cloud platforms.
Having built three companies from scratch and consulted various tech companies and Venture Capitalists, Erik knows the ins and outs of the startup ecosystem.
Erik has graduated from Technical University of Munich with a Master in Computer science. He also holds an Honours Degree in Technology Management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management Munich.
VP & SR Analyst, Sanford C. Bernstein
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.
EVP & President, Americas Region
As President of Dematic’s Americas Region, Michael is responsible for accelerating growth and driving a market leading presence in the US, Canada and Mexico. As Dematic’s largest geographical market, the Americas Region is home to over 5,000 employees and the company’s largest installed base footprint. Michael ensures we achieve customer expectations and outcomes through a focused approach on sales, service and execution across the region.
Michael joined Dematic in this role in 2021. He came to Dematic from ABB where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Automotive in ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation business unit. Previous to that role, Michael also served as a Group Vice President and Head of Robot Systems, leading ABB’s turnkey solutions offerings to customers across global geographies in electronics, automotive, aerospace, and consumer goods clients. Having lived and worked on four continents, Michael brings a diverse leadership background to Dematic.
CEO & Founder
Parker is the founder of Cobli, a vehicle telematics and mobility platform based in São Paulo, Brazil. Launched in 2017, the company has already raised $20mm from investors such as Fifth Wall Ventures, Valor Capital Group, and NXTP. Cobli won the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition in 2016, becoming the first Latin American startup to receive the award. In 2019, Cobli was elected by LinkedIn as one of the top ten startups in Brazil. Previously, Parker founded First Help Financial, one of the largest independent vehicle finance companies in the U.S. with more than $700mm of historical originations. Parker studied mathematics at Duke University, has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a member of Forbes Technology Council.
Manager Business Development
CEO & Founder
Always seeking to bring new ideas (invisible) to market (visible), Krenar Komoni has developed breakthrough ideas in data analytics, logistics, and electronics design for nearly 20 years. As an innovator and market leader, he has successfully developed and lead cross-functional teams while enhancing business performance in sales, finance, supply chain logistics, distribution, and manufacturing. Most recently, Krenar founded the Global Supply Chain Visibility company Tive and serves in the CEO role. Tive is a cloud-based platform that uses IoT sensors to capture critical real-time shipment sensor data as products are shipped worldwide. Krenar embodies the leadership, management, and vision necessary to deliver market innovation, drive growth, and unlock hidden potential. Previously, Krenar worked at BitWave Semiconductor, developing the world’s first software-defined radio (SDR), Eta Devices, an MIT-based startup developing highly efficient cellular base stations, and has provided consulting services for various Fortune 500 companies on chip and system-level wireless design.
Outside of work, Krenar served as a Support Coordinator for the IEEE Region 1 Student Activities Committee (SAC), where he mentors students on leadership and entrepreneurship topics. At Norwich University, Krenar earned a BS in Computer Engineering and Mathematics and was the president of Tau Beta Bi Association’s Vermont Beta Chapter and the IEEE Student Branch President. Krenar earned his MSEE from Tufts University and BS in Computer Engineering and Mathematics from Norwich University.
Head Of Customer Fulfillment
Dan Tram is an Investment Director at Volvo Group Venture Capital where he covers North America investing. His areas of focus include autonomous, electric and connected vehicles. Dan is responsible for sourcing and investing in new deals as well as managing portfolio companies.
Over the course of his career, he has completed $100 billion dollars in transactions through mergers and acquisitions, equity investments and venture capital investments. Amongst these are the Time Warner Cable and Formula One investments. At Volvo Group he most recently led the investments in FourKites, Flock Freight and Apex.AI.
Prior to his career at Volvo Group Venture Capital, Dan worked at Liberty Media in Colorado on the corporate development team and at Citigroup in New York City in the investment banking division. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Economics and Finance and earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
When Dan is not working towards making transportation sophisticated, he takes advantage of all seasons offered in the Bay Area by playing tennis, surfing, skiing and snowboarding.