Alain Batty has spent over 3 decades with Ford Motor Company in numerous executive-level positions, globally, including Director of European Sales / Staff, from 2004 to 2009, President and CEO of Canada, from 2001 to 2004, President / CEO of Russia and CIS, from 1998 to 2000, Executive Director of Asia Pacific, from 1995 to 1998, and President / CEO of Ford Spain Holdings, from 1993 to 1995. He currently serves on the International Advisory Board of HEC Montreal / University of Montreal and as the Dean Advisor on the Board of the Schulich Business School in Toronto.
Michael Joseph served as the Chief Executive Officer of Safaricom Limited in Kenya from 2000 to 2010. He has extensive international experience in the implementation and operation of large wireless networks and the development of mass-market brands in Africa. During his tenure at Safaricom he guided the company from a subscriber base of fewer than 20,000 to over 13.3 million as at the end of March 2009. Today Safaricom is one of the leading companies in East Africa. Michael has been the recipient of many awards, including CEO of the year awarded by the Kenya Institute of Management and the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear.
David is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, where over 30 years he served a broad range of multinational clients in Europe, North America and Asia, with a focus on telecom/high tech, automotive, and other industrial sectors. He also led the Firm's Strategy Practice in Europe. David is currently an independent Non-executive Director at Telekom Malaysia and a Global Ambassador at Monitise, the mobile money leader. David holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University. He was also a Second Lieutenant in the Italian Alpine Troops.
Purchasing & Supply Chain Expert
Henry Gnacke has over 35 years experience at General Motors Corp. While at GM, Mr. Gnacke served as Executive Director Purchasing Global Alternative Propulsion and Fuel Cells (2006-2008), Director of Purchasing Powertrain (2000-2006), V.P. Materials Management, Thailand (1996-2000), and General Director Production Control (1993-1996). Mr. Gnacke also spent a significant part of his career managing manufacturing operations for GM internationally including time in Cairo Eygpt, Jakarta Indonesia and Luton England.
Greg R. Bellopatrick served as Chief Engineer for General Motors North America focussing on vehicle and vehicle subsystems development. His last two assignments were as the Vehicle Chief Engineer for mid-size vehicles in North America and as the Executive Director of a regional engineering center in North America with over 1,000 engineers who were responsible for total vehicle, as well as, specific vehicle subsystem design.
Product Development Expert
Keith Takasawa has made 30 years of progressive achievements in leading major product development lifecycles from conceptualization to production approval for Ford Motor Company. At Ford, Mr Takasawa was Director of Strategic Business Modelling for North America and Chief Platform Engineer for Light Trucks and SUVs. He has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and attended the United States Air Force Academy.
Patrick le Quément
Patrick le Quément's career was spent entirely as an automotive designer, first at Ford and later in the Volkswagen-Audi Group. He joined Renault in 1987 to become Senior Vice President of Corporate Design, and also held for 4 years the position of Group Quality Officer. He was a member of the Directors Committee from 1995 to 2009. Patrick was elected six times European designer of the year. In 2002 he received the coveted Lucky Strike Award from the Raymond Loewy Foundation.
East Africa Venture Expert
Andrew Youn launched One Acre Fund (OAF) during his MBA studies at Northwestern Kellogg. He is now the full time Executive Director of OAF and has received numerous awards for his work including the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship as well as Mulago Foundation and Echoing Green Fellowships. Andrew has led OAF's continued expansion to over 120,000 farmers served across East Africa. Andrew graduated from Yale magna cum laude and received an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.