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

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

Katya Akulinicheva
CFO

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

Gabriel DeVault
HEAD OF DRIVETRAIN

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

Prasanna Kumar
PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER

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

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

James Lawson
REGULATORY

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

Andreas Costa
TECHNICAL PROGRAMME MANAGER

30+ years at Collins Aerospace, Airbus, UK MoD & Lockheed Martin. Specialising in EVM, Risk Analysis & Project Setup and Implementation. MBA, BEng (Hons)

Sergey Kiselev
VP OF EUROPE

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

Julia Batishcheva
CONTROLLER

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

Stephen Lawes
FUEL CELL LEAD

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

​Julian Renz
PARTNERSHIPS & SPECIAL PROJECTS

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

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

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

Alex Kikhtenko
REMOTE DEVELOPMENT

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

Strong Advisory Board
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

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

Andrew Patton
BUSINESS ADVISOR

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

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

Jamie Hyneman
TECHNICAL ADVISOR

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

Mark Blair
AVIATION INDUSTRY ADVISOR

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

Michael Reich
INVESTMENT & TALENT ACQUISITION ADVISOR

Founder & President, MRA
Retained Executive Search;
built exec teams that led to 16 IPOs and 40 profitable M&A events;
Founder, Silicon Valley Aviation

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

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)

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

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

Brian Snow
INVESTMENT ADVISOR

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

Ron Mangon
AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS ADVISOR

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

The Board of Directors
Valery Miftakhov
FOUNDER & CEO

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

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.

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

Sergey Kiselev
VP OF EUROPE

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

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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