Team with Proven Success & Deep Experience
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Valery Miftakhov
FOUNDER & CEO

Google, McKinsey, DOE, eMotorWerks (Founder & CEO; acquired in 2017) Pilot, fixed wing & rotorcraft Physics PhD, Princeton; MIPT

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Katya Akulinicheva
CFO

SYSTEMIQ Head of VC; RDIF (Russian SWF) PE; Deutsche Bank, Lazard M&A; BA/MA Politics & Economics, Oxford; MBA, INSEAD

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James Peck
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Rolls-Royce Plc, Timken Aerospace, Carlisle Interconnect, Royal Aero GmbH, BA (Hons) Business Management

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Gabriel DeVault
HEAD OF DRIVETRAIN

Zero Motorcycles (founding team), InspecTools (founding team; acquired 2018), JOBY Aviation; Private pilot

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Prasanna Kumar
PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER

UEPCS, Silver Atena, Sasken, Bharat Electronics; Aviation Critical SW Dev
(DO 178 A-D); BS in Eng, Bangalore

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Dominic Cheater
HEAD OF DOA & AIRWORTHINESS

Babcock, Kopter, Airbus Helicopters, Williams F1, QinetiQ, Cobham. Civil and Military Aircraft Design, Certification and Flight Test. EASA Form 4 holder. Flight Test Engineer – Empire Test Pilots School. Private Pilot

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James Lawson
REGULATORY

FAA DER (Designated Engineering Rep), Zee Aero, BAE, Crane Aerospace, Astronics Loughborough Uni, MEng

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Alex Kikhtenko
REMOTE DEVELOPMENT

Expert on mobile power plants, both terrestrial and aerial Electroavtomatika, Aerostart; Industrial electronics NCS TU

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Sergey Kiselev
VP OF EUROPE

McKinsey, Hitachi, eMotorWerks (Head of Europe; acquired 2017) Physics PhD, Cornell; MIPT

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Youcef Abdelli
CTO, CHIEF ENGINEER PROPULSION

Airbus, Liebherr, magniX, Amazon Prime Air; Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Polytech Nantes

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Julia Batishcheva
CONTROLLER

Vivus, Inc., Stottler Henke, eMotorWerks (CFO; acquired in 2017) CPA, Accounting and Finance; BS, Business Administration

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Stephen Lawes
FUEL CELL LEAD

Intelligent Energy, NetVu, Norcott
FC, Electrical design, prototyping, FMA
PhD EE, York

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​Julian Renz
PARTNERSHIPS & SPECIAL PROJECTS

SYSTEMIQ, Air Liquide, BMW, tado MSc Chemical Eng, TUM, Tech Mgmt, CDTM

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Ryan Murphy
HEAD OF CERTIFICATION

Certification, Design and Flight and Performance of small aircraft, 10+ years in EASA 21J DOA. Private Pilot. MSc (Aircraft Design), BEng (Mech), BTech (Aero), MRAeS

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Andrew Dixon
CHIEF TEST PILOT

Aviation Pro since 1975. Approved test pilot for piston, turboprop and hydrogen. Instructor Examiner and Stunt Pilot for 007: Spectre and Quantum of Solace. 34,500h on 175 types of planes ranging from Piper Cubs to Boeing B17

Strong Advisory Board
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Andy Brown
FUELING INFRASTRUCTURE ADVISOR

35 years at Shell, Head of Upstream Division— $100B+ in capital deployed over 30 countries;
Member of the Shell Executive Committee, reported to the CEO of Shell Group

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Mike Friend
AIRCRAFT INTEGRATION ADVISOR

35 years at Boeing, Head of world’s first manned fuel cell aircraft project at Boeing, Chief Engineer New Aircraft Development @Boeing, Mitsubishi Aircraft; Aero Engineering, UI Urbana-Champaign

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John Uczekaj
AVIATION INDUSTRY RELATIONS ADVISOR

CEO & President, Aspen Avionics;
EVP & GM, Honeywell;
Board Member, General Aviation Manufacturers Association;
2012 honoree, Living Legends of Aviation (Entrepreneur of the Year)

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Roger Atkins
EV BUSINESS ADVISOR

Founder EVOutlook;
LinkedIn Top Voice;
Advisory Board Member with Momentum Dynamics, Energy Disruptors, RENU ventures. Brand Ambassador of Rimac Automobili and Pariss Electric

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Micah Myers
INVESTMENT ADVISOR

CEO, Pace Avenue; Board Member, eMotorWerks (acquired by ENEL in 2017); Co-Founder & SVP, CleanPowerFinance (acquired in 2018);
Principal, Claremont Creek Ventures.
Fighter pilot
MBA, Stanford; BA, UC Davis

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Brian Snow
INVESTMENT ADVISOR

Impala Ventures,
Pristine Environments (Founder & CEO; acquired by MAST Capital in 2017),
Vornado Realty
Wharton MBA,
MS Georgetown

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Ron Mangon
AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS ADVISOR

Mangon Aircraft (aircraft repair & maintenance) Certified Piper, Cessna, Lycoming, Continental mechanic

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Christine Ourmières-Widener
AIRLINE OPERATOR ADVISOR

Seasoned airline senior exec:
CEO FlyBe, CEO CityJet, 25+ years at AirFrance KLM (VP/GM US, GM UK & Ireland), IATA Board of Governors, Royal Aero Society, MA Aeronautics, MBA

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Sir Timo Anderson
REGULATORY AFFAIRS ADVISOR

Air Force fighter pilot and senior leader. Founding Director General of world’s first fully integrated military aviation regulator – the UK MAA. Formerly COO of Europe’s largest regional airline. Chair of UK's airspace modernisation organisation

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Andrew Patton
BUSINESS ADVISOR

Google (Wing, X),
GrowthPoint Technology Partners,
Titan Aerospace, Boeing.
Aerobatic Pilot
Stanford MBA Princeton Mech & Aerospace

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David Walrod
INVESTMENT ADVISOR

Managing Director / Partner @Sabia Capital, Pier 88, Pacific Growth Capital, Vodafone Ventures, Bridgescale Partners, Oak Investment Partners; McKinsey & Company; Board Member @5+ VC-funded startups; UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee Harvard JD, MIT PhD & Berkeley AB Physics

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Jamie Hyneman
TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Machinist, Special Effects, Out-of-the-box solutions expert;
Founder & co-host of Mythbusters 2003-2018

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Mark Blair
AVIATION INDUSTRY ADVISOR

FedEx Express VP (retired) - Air Operations, Aircraft Base & Maintenance, Propulsion Maintenance, Aircraft Acquisitions.
Cessna Aircraft Company - Director, Fleet Sales

The Board of Directors
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Valery Miftakhov
FOUNDER & CEO

Google, McKinsey, DOE, eMotorWerks (Founder & CEO; acquired in 2017) Pilot, fixed wing & rotorcraft Physics PhD, Princeton; MIPT

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Geoff Eisenberg
PARTNER—ECOSYSTEM INTEGRITY FUND

Geoff has been with EIF since its inception in 2010. He leads the firm’s work in Grid Modernization, Electrification, and Transportation. Geoff is based in San Francisco, CA.

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Christine Ourmières-Widener
AIRLINE OPERATOR ADVISOR

Seasoned airline senior exec:
CEO FlyBe, CEO CityJet, 25+ years at AirFrance KLM (VP/GM US, GM UK & Ireland), IATA Board of Governors, Royal Aero Society, MA Aeronautics, MBA

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Sergey Kiselev
VP OF EUROPE

McKinsey, Hitachi, eMotorWerks (Head of Europe; acquired 2017) Physics PhD, Cornell; MIPT

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Matt Eggers
INVESTOR—BREAKTHROUGH ENERGY VENTURES

Matt is an investor or board member in 75F Inc, ZeroAvia, Zymergen, Omnidian, Bright, Phylagen, Energetic Insurance, Posigen and others. He was previously an exec at Sunrun, Tesla and Bloom Energy.

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