Leadership Team


John Rossant

Founder and CEO

John is a renowned expert in the fields of mobility and urbanization, with unparalleled relationships to business leaders and policy-makers on five continents. An award-winning veteran of the economic press, John left the media world in 2005 to join Paris-based communications giant Publicis Groupe, where he was a member of the Groupe’s Management Board. In 2007, John was appointed Executive Chairman of PublicisLive in Geneva and was responsible for producing the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland every year. John was also the creator and organizer of world-class thought leadership events, such as the Monaco Media Forum, the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, and the eG8 Summit, a global forum on the future of the Internet which French President Sarkozy asked John to organize.   

 
 
 

Tim Gribaudi

Operations

Tim is a policy and event specialist and has been in day-to-day charge of LA CoMotion. A graduate of Oxford University, Tim has worked for the UK Labour Party and has been closely involved with the World Economic Forum in Davos and other international events in Indonesia, France and elsewhere.

 
 
 

Raul Desi

Venture Services

Raul has 20 years of technology investment experience for large asset management platforms including  SoftBank, Invesco, Partners Group, Capital Dynamics.

 
 

Tony Davis

Strategy

Tony is a multi-time CEO of venture capital-backed, high growth technology companies. Over the past 18 years, Tony has had extensive, hands-on operating experiences developing and executing growth strategies, building teams, raising $300M+ in capital, managing M&A and liquidity events. Tony is a Partner at Sway Ventures and a Managing Director at Nex Cubed where he serves as an investor, advisor and Board member to CEOs.

 
 

 
 

Advisors

 
 

Francois Chopard

CEO, Starburst Accelerator

François is the leading  venture capitalist dedicated to aerospace startups, with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Paris, Munich, Sao Paulo and Singapore. François Is an Aerospace Engineer, a Strategy Consultant and Entrepreneur.

Jacob Lipa

CEO, Micropolitan

Jacob is the former Chairman and CEO of Psomas, one of the top-ranked consulting engineering groups in the Western United States – and the parent company of Micropolitan. Micropolitan is a Los Angeles-based multi-family, market-rate builder and developed.

Lan Shi

Founding Partner, Hyde Capital Group

Lan is Founding Partner of Hyde Capital, a diversified Shanghai-based investment group. She is also the founder and CEO of Y-CITY Global Innovation Academy, a Chinese accelerator focus on urban tech.

Alex Roy

Editor-at-Large, The Drive

Alex is an acclaimed specialist on mobility and the automotive industry. He  was co-founder of The Drive, which he sold to Time-Warner, and is a celebrated racing and endurance driver – and holder of the Cannonball Run record for fastest transcontinental road race.

Wim Elfrink

President, WPE Ventures Digitized Solutions

Wim is the Founder and President of WPE Ventures Digitized Solutions, a security and digitization solutions business that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) technology to drive transformational business outcomes. Wim is the former Chief Globalisation Officer of Cisco.

Hassan Jameel

Vice Chairman, Abdul Latif Jameel

Hassan is Vice Chairman of Jeddah-based Abdul Latif Jameel, one of the Middle East’s largest companies. The most important vehicle distributor in Saudi Arabia, ALJ operates diversified business throughout Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

Boris von Bormann

Managing Partner, renu ventures

Boris is founder and managing partner of renu ventures, a growth capital and venture fund targeting the convergence of transportation and energy. As former CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy, Boris has been on the cutting edge of transformation in mobility and energy.  He was formerly U.S. CEO for Sonnen, a leading global manufacturer of residential energy storage.