Keynote Speakers

Speaker 1

Horace Dediu

Horace Dediu, founder of Micromobility Industries and Asymco.com, is a visionary on the future of mobility, and one of the world’s most respected business analysts.

In 2016, while a Senior Fellow at The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, he observed the rise of electric bikes, and coined the term "micromobility" to cover the low-end disruption of shared vehicles weighing less than 500 kg. Since then, he's started the renowned Micromobility Podcast and Micromobility Conference. He’s been a pioneer in the analysis of a burgeoning new scooter and bike ride-share market globally, which includes Lime, Jump, Bird, and others.

Dediu has a master’s from Harvard Business School and from Tufts University, in business administration and electrical engineering, respectively.

Speaker 2

Chase Stubblefield

Chase Stubblefield is a Portland-native, undergrad student soon to graduate in Computer Science and first employee of Micromobility Industries.

His more notable work includes authoring The Micromobility Landscape, the world’s first comprehensive, visual taxonomy and view into the space, a weekly data curation series called MMCharts, and managing the social media channels.

He loves Twitter, deep thinking, and micromobility, and plans to work in product.

Speaker 2

Joel Szabat

As the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs (A&I/A), Joel Szabat leads staff that: negotiates agreements for US air carriers to operate internationally; licenses all foreign and domestic air carriers to operate in the United States; rules on airline merger and joint venture requests; manages the Essential Air Service and Small Community Air Service Development grant programs; and coordinates international activities and policy for the Secretary across DOT. Joel was the Executive Director of the Maritime Administration, from 2012, before joining A&I/A in January, 2018.

Joel joined the Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2002. His previous positions include Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS), Transportation Policy; DAS, Management and Budget; and DAS Aviation & International Affairs. He was the federal official responsible for DOT’s $48.1 billion share of the Recovery Act in 2009. In 2005, he oversaw the US government’s reconstruction of Iraqi airports, ports and railroads. Joel was the Chief of Staff for the Small Business Administration from 2006-2008, after which he returned to DOT.

During the Cold War Joel commanded tank units along the East-West German border. He has worked as a management consultant in the private sector, as a transportation staffer in the California State legislature, and in the US Environmental Protection Agency. He graduated from Georgetown University and Harvard Business School. His wife, Chiling Tong, is a prominent Asian Pacific American activist. Together they established a foundation to promote the civic awareness, involvement and effectiveness of Asian Pacific Americans.

Speaker 3

George Mathew

George Mathew is the chairman and CEO of Kespry, the leading drone-based aerial intelligence company, based in Menlo Park, CA. His focus is on leading the company’s mission to transform how people capture, analyze, and share insights about their businesses.

Mathew has 20 years of experience developing high-growth technology startups. Prior to Kespry, Mathew held senior leadership positions at Alteryx, salesforce.com, and SAP. He has driven company strategy, led product management and development, and built sales and marketing teams.

Mathew holds a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from Cornell University and a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar.

Panel Speakers - Micromobility

Speaker 4

Andrew Salzberg

Andrew Salzberg is an urban planner passionate about building the sustainable transportation systems of the future. Over the last three years, he created and held a unique global role at Uber, focused on making the rideshare application a positive part of the future of urban transportation.

Involving research, partnerships, and product development in over 65 countries, his work included creating Uber’s first team focussed on partnerships with public transportation agencies and first team focused on environmental sustainability, leading the development of Uber’s first data sharing tool for government agencies, and spearheading Uber’s support for “congestion pricing” around the world."

Speaker 5

Assaf Biderman

Assaf Biderman is a technology inventor, author, and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and CEO of Superpedestrian, a robotics company bringing intelligence to vehicles with connected fleet solutions built for scale. Building upon IP developed for the company’s consumer-facing product, the Copenhagen Wheel, Superpedestrian develops new lightweight vehicle forms with advanced sensing and control technologies to improve and scale multimodal transportation.

Since 2004 Assaf has been teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is the associate director of the SENSEable City Laboratory - a research group pioneering in the field of Smart Cities. Assaf has a background in physics, design, and computing. He holds multiple patents and has co-authored over 45 publications and book chapters. His work has been exhibited in numerous worldwide venues, and featured in over 1000 media publications.

Speaker 6

Tarani Duncan

Tarani is a product and operations strategist with a background in shared mobility.

At Mapbox, she served as Product Manager of Logistics, defining strategic vision across various navigation products. Tarani served as Director of Operations Intelligence at JUMP Bikes. At JUMP, she managed cross-functional software and operations teams and consulted on key initiatives at the executive level. She enjoys creating efficiencies, developing systems, and operations tools that set a solid foundation for bringing technical solutions to scale, on-budget while improving user and operator experience.

Speaker 6

Matt Warfield

Matt Warfield is a New Mobility Planner with the City of Boston Transportation Department. He helps the City meet its ambitious mode shift and carbon neutrality goals through new mobility strategies. These include increasing access to car share, micro mobility, and electric vehicle charging; the design and implementation of Mobility Hubs; curbside management to address the increasing demand from freight, package, and food delivery services, as well as ride-hail and on-demand transportation; and working in partnership with private providers of transportation services.

Prior to arriving in Boston, Matt worked for the City of Baltimore where he helped launch an e-scooter pilot program, design and install safe bicycling infrastructure, and expand the demand-based parking meter rate program. He holds master degrees in social work and urban planning from the University of Michigan.

Panel Speakers - Electric Vehicles

Speaker 4

Tod Hynes

Tod Hynes is an energy entrepreneur focused on solving one of the most immediate and challenging problems in energy - our dependence on petroleum for transportation. He has core expertise in assessing alternative energy opportunities and forming and guiding cross discipline teams to solve complex problems. Tod is committed to reducing emissions and reliance on fossil fuels through fostering energy innovation.

Specialties: Fleet vehicle electrification. Alternative energy entrepreneurship, business analysis, development and management.

Speaker 5

Kathleen Connors

Kathleen, founder and CEO of Voltrek, brings business and investment strategy expertise to the company. She led the development of Voltrek’s proprietary turnkey solution and acts as a project manger. In additions she focuses on key business relationships that will advance building electric vehicle infrastructure. Kathleen served a term on the Massachusetts ZEV commission and frequently presents at industry events.

Energy is not foreign to Kathleen. She started her career as a futures and stock broker working on an institutional energy desk for Prudential Securities. She later served as the Director of Marketing at Paradigm Global Advisors, Inc., a global alternative investment services firm, managing in excess of $1 billion USD. In 2008 she founded BlueWater Capital Partners, Inc., an alternative investment company in the British Virgin Islands and acted as a consultant in the industry.

Kathleen is a licensed VFR single engine pilot. Despite this, she recently attempted to overcome her fear of heights by hurdling herself OUT of a perfectly good airplane (attached to a parachute and instructor of course). The fear remains but the view on the ride down was worth it!

Speaker 6

Rachel Flynn-Kasuba

Energy and electricity specialist leading the development of forward-thinking electric vehicle solutions and clean transportation strategy for customers. Strong background in grid modernization, clean energy technologies (solar, storage, EE, EVs, etc), and energy policy/strategy. Extensive consulting experience and deep understanding of the utility industry.

Speaker 6

Scott Miller

Since 2007, ChargePoint has focused solely on offering the best electric vehicle (EV) charging experience for everyone involved in the shift to electric mobility. ChargePoint is a privately held company based in Campbell, CA that has over $500M in external capital investment. For more on ChargePoint, see https://youtu.be/biVF_YoIToA. Having been with ChargePoint for nearly 10 years, Scott Miller has seen the transition to EVs from the very beginning. Initially, he led the ChargePoint America (CPA) program in 5 cities in the East. CPA was an ARRA funded federal program whose goal was to deploy over 5,000 charging stations in major metropolitan areas to stimulate the acquisition of EVs. He then went on to run ChargePoint’s Eastern Region and devised the strategy for promoting sales of ChargePoint charging solutions from Maine to Utah. He built a highly effective direct sales force and channel during that time. Scott then spent a year starting up ChargePoint Europe. He helped with staffing, product strategy, and initial sales and marketing activities. Scott is currently VP of Worldwide Business Operations at ChargePoint. Scott has had a diversified career covering Product Management, Sales and Sales Operations both in the US and Europe. He lived and worked in France as GM Europe for 14 years for several US-based companies including KLA-Tencor, Sterling Software, and Oracle. Scott is also a alumnus of HBS. He was section B in the class of 1985.

Panel Speakers - Public-Private Partnerships

Speaker 4

Kat Benesh

Kat is the Chief of Operations Strategy, Policy, and Oversight at the MBTA. She previously served as the Senior Director of Lean Strategy. She received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA from The University of Chicago.

Speaker 5

Jim Ray

Transportation, infrastructure and innovation leader with more than two decades of proven national and international experience providing thought leadership, consultation and strategic input to both public and private sector infrastructure owners and operators. Extensive understanding of the legal, regulatory, policy and business frameworks critical to innovative project delivery, infrastructure funding, emerging intelligent transportation solutions, disruptive technologies and trends and data transformation. Experience with funding and financing tools that include private capital, municipal debt and government financing used in designing and delivering large-scale projects. Recognized leader and frequent speaker on infrastructure matters, including the disruption in transportation, shifts in urban mobility, innovative finance, transit-oriented development, data and emerging technologies.

Recently joined HNTB Corporation as corporate president. Served as Elaine Chao’s Senior Advisory for Infrastructure, Acting Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration and Deputy General Counsel for the White House Office of Management and Budget. Currently serves on the Board of Directors for Waycare and ESS.

Speaker 6

Eleanor Joseph

TEleanor Joseph’s domestic and international product, business development, and consulting career spans the fintech, healthcare, and transportation industries—advising Fortune 500 companies on product investments, and defining and driving growth and policy decisions for start-up to multimillion-dollar institutions.

As Director of Business Development at Via, the leading developer and operator of on-demand transit systems, Eleanor serves as an advocate for public-private partnerships—defining the future of public transportation. Her work focuses on helping municipalities, transit agencies, and private operators solve the present day mobility challenges facing millions of Americans.

Collectively, she has conceived of and built a two-product company assisting small businesses and their customers within urban emerging markets; designed intelligent, data-driven policy recommendations to regulate home-sharing for one of the country’s major innovation hubs; and fundamentally changed an African country’s pediatric HIV diagnostic system from a decentralized, underperforming system, to a centralized, high-throughput, high volume operation. Additionally, Eleanor advised the Gates Foundation on in-country product distribution partners; designed a value-based care pilot for a leading U.S. hospital; and developed KPIs and data tools to monitor impact and sustainability for a Caribbean-based incubator.

Recent speaker, panelist, and facilitator contributions include Women in Global Social Enterprise; Harvard’s Annual Social Enterprise Conference; LAX Conference, Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility, Swarthmore College. Topics include social change ecosystems; living one’s values; balancing credentials, tangible skills and passion; and how organizations of all sizes can embody the concept of shared value.

Panel Speakers - Autonomous Drones

Speaker 4

Andy Trench

Andy Trench is a veteran of the drone industry. Having gone from RC hobby, to professional drone pilot, to entrepreneur; Andy has seen the evolution of the technology from before they were even called drones. After flying, designing, building and manufacturing nearly every type of drone imaginable, Andy now leads a team of developers and industry professionals in a new venture, called Vertspec, focused on providing drone based data for vertical infrastructure specifically. Andy founded Vertspec to solve the need to scale drone operations nationwide and reduce costs by using a network of freelance pilots and fully automated workflows. Vertspec is the only true end-to-end data collection, processing, and delivery solution specifically designed for the telecom industry stake holders.

Speaker 5

Tyler Collins

Tyler Collins is the Vice President of Energy Services at PrecisionHawk, a leading provider of drone technology for the enterprise; headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since joining PrecisionHawk in 2012, Tyler has been instrumental in the growth of the company through his leadership of the FAA Pathfinder Program, which led to the approval of the first nationwide Beyond Line of Sight waiver in 2016. He also led the development of LATAS, an airspace safety system that was recently selected by DJI to provide safety data to its millions of customers across North America.

Speaker 6

George Mathew

George Mathew is the chairman and CEO of Kespry, the leading drone-based aerial intelligence company, based in Menlo Park, CA. His focus is on leading the company’s mission to transform how people capture, analyze, and share insights about their businesses.

Mathew has 20 years of experience developing high-growth technology startups. Prior to Kespry, Mathew held senior leadership positions at Alteryx, salesforce.com, and SAP. He has driven company strategy, led product management and development, and built sales and marketing teams.

Mathew holds a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from Cornell University and a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar.

Panel Speakers - NewSpace

Speaker 4

Justus Killian

Experienced investor and operator focused on nascent markets. Passionate about astrophysics, scuba diving, and tea.

Speaker 5

Louis Perna

Louis is a co-founder of Accion Systems, Inc. where they are dedicated to bringing advanced technologies to the new space industry. At Accion his focus is on product development, manufacturing, and research and development. Louis is an aerospace engineer with experience in microfabrication design and processing; electric propulsion device design, modeling, and testing; spaceflight hardware testing and assembly; qualitative and quantitative program and technical risk analysis for human spaceflight missions; and cost/schedule modeling.

Speaker 6

Dan Nevius

Daniel Nevius is cofounder of Analytical Space, which is building a network of small, laser-based satellites to build a better and faster infrastructure for satellite communications. The company's first test satellite has already made it to orbit.

Panel Speakers - Advanced Aviation

Speaker 4

Scott Moeller

I thrive on new because I love a challenge and the learning process. As a result I've built up quite a lot of broad knowledge over the years - and find strength in large systems of systems. I would be most interested in opportunities with strong teams using Rust, {Erlang | Elixir} or Haskell - I've very much enjoyed side projects in these languages and would like to see how they hold up in larger teams.

Speaker 5

Kel Jackson

Track record of accomplishment & community involvement. Senior Leader at Aurora Flight Sciences (A Boeing Co.) Management & Engineering experience at United Technologies Corp. (UTX). Delivered tens of millions in product and savings.Founded two companies. Achieved global product presence. Experience in management, operations, manufacturing, project management, reverse engineering, marketing, and customer service.

Speaker 6

Jeff Engler

Jeff Engler is cofounder of Wright Electric, an aviation company developing electric airplanes for short regional flights. Jeff Engler was cofounder of Podimetrics, a medical device startup that aims to keep diabetic feet healthy. Previously, Jeff cofounded MatchLend, a financial services startup. Engler worked for Unitus, a microfinance nonprofit, and Lehman Brothers. He has a BA in history from Columbia College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Panel Speakers - Investing

Speaker 5

Russ Wilcox

Russ Wilcox is a general partner at Pillar, a founder-friendly VC firm backing new companies in Boston.

Russ comes to VC after a career as a serial entrepreneur. He is an Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year, a Mass High Tech All-Star, and a Venture Partner at the Harvard Business School.

He was previously CEO of E Ink Corporation, a company he co-founded to commercialize electronic paper materials invented at the MIT Media Lab. E Ink conducted ground-breaking research and shipped tens of millions of displays for the Amazon Kindle, SONY Reader, B&N Nook and other devices. In 2009 he sold the company for $480 million.

Russ co-founded Transatomic Power, a project to develop safer and cleaner nuclear energy, and Piper Therapeutics, pursuing a preclinical target for immuno-oncology.

He graduated with honors in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and was a Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School.

"You live to your fullest potential when you pursue a challenging dream that builds lasting value for all."

Speaker 5

Tess Hatch

Tess is a vice president based in the Silicon Valley office primarily focused on frontier tech, specifically commercial space, drones, and autonomous vehicles. She currently serves as board director for Phantom Auto and Spire Global and board observer for DroneDeploy, Impossible Aerospace, Iris Automation, Rocket Lab, Velo3D, Forever Oceans, Crosschq, and Smule.

Previously, she was a mission manager at SpaceX where she worked with the government on integrating its payloads with the Falcon9 rocket. She also worked at Fictiv, a startup using 3D printing and CNC machining to democratize access to manufacturing.

Tess earned a Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from Stanford. She is passionate about space exploration and imagines a future where we all travel to space. She hopes to make the trip herself soon.

Speaker 6

Gabe Cunningham

Gabe is a Senior Associate at Fontinalis, where he supports audacious founders addressing big problems in mobility. He plays an active role in all facets of Fontinalis’ investment process, helping manage the firm’s seed investment program, advancing the firm’s thesis on emerging areas in mobility, and helping founders across the portfolio with strategic and business development initiatives.

Gabe currently serves as a Board Observer of Verity Studios. Additionally, he has played a key role in numerous other Fontinalis investments, including sourcing and conducting due diligence for the seed investment in nuTonomy (acquired by Delphi/Aptiv in November 2017).

Prior to re-joining Fontinalis in 2018, Gabe worked at Improbable in London, where he helped bring massive-scale simulation to the gaming, defense, and telecommunications markets. Gabe began his career at Fontinalis Partners while serving as a Venture for America fellow in Detroit. His previous professional experiences include time in investment banking and public finance at Citi, as well as a gap semester during Fall 2012 working in the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation at The White House.

Gabe earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. During his time in business school, Gabe invested in and supported student founders as a member of the Rock Venture Partners program. Gabe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Harvard University, where he concentrated in Social Studies and captained the Harvard Men’s Rugby team.

Panel Speakers - Moon 2024

Speaker 4

Michelle Hanlon

Michelle is an Associate Director of the National Center for Air and Space Law and an instructor of aviation and space law. Michelle received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale College and her J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. She earned her LL.M in Air and Space Law from McGill University where the focus of her research was commercial space and the intersection of commerce and public law. Prior to focusing on space law, Michelle was engaged in a private business law practice. Her legal career commenced with the restructuring of sovereign debt for a number of South and Latin American countries and evolved into the negotiation and implementation of cross-border technology mergers and acquisitions. Her subsequent solo practice advised entrepreneurs across four continents on all aspects of bringing their innovative ideas to market: from basic corporate formation to financings and buyouts. Michelle is a Co-Founder and the President of For All Moonkind, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that is the only organization in the world focused on protecting human cultural heritage in outer space. For All Moonkind has been recognized by the United Nations as a Permanent Observer to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Michelle also serves as Mentor for the Creative Destruction Lab, a startup incubator program developed by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Speaker 5

Martin Elvis

Bio

Speaker 6

Professor Matthew Weinzierl

Matt Weinzierl is the Joseph and Jacqueline Elbling Professor of Business Administration in the Business, Government, and the International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on the optimal design of economic policy, in particular taxation, with an emphasis on better understanding the philosophical principles underlying policy choices. Recently, he has launched a set of research projects focused on the commercialization of the space sector and its economic implications. He serves on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Tax Expenditure Commission, the board of the National Tax Association, and on the editorial boards of Social Choice and Welfare and National Tax Journal. Prior to completing his PhD in economics at Harvard University in 2008, Professor Weinzierl served as the Staff Economist for Macroeconomics on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and worked in the New York office of McKinsey & Company.