Samir Bangara - Managing Director @ Qyuki; H2 India Chapter Chair (2012-15, Founding): Samir is the Managing Director of Qyuki, a youth (MCN) he co-founded with Shekhar Kapoor and AR Rahman. He is the Former Managing Director (Digital) of DisneyUTV and has 15+ years of experience in the media and technology industries. Before its acquisition by Disney, Samir was the Chief Operating Officer of Indiagames Ltd., which he was associated with in different roles since 1999 as investor, advisor and COO. Prior to Indiagames, Samir was Vice President at Ernst & Young India’s M&A advisory division, focused on Technology and Media. He began his career as a venture capitalist at IL&FS Venture Corporation. Samir has been listed amongst the top 15 angel investors in India - 2013 by VC Circle. He is a mentor/investor at GSF (Global SuperangelsForum) and is passionate about motorsports and spends his Sunday mornings riding his Honda.
Reza Behnam - Founder & CEO @ AdzCentral; H2 Singapore Chapter Chair (2012-15): Reza has had over 20 years of experience in driving and executing business strategy and analytical maketing, focusing on the application of “big data” to drive smart business decision making. Reza is the founder and CEO of AdzCentral that provides a Scientific Media Buying platform which simplifies the media procurement process for brands, direct marketers, and agencies. Reza is also an investor, mentor, advisor and director in a number of companies, including MOL Global, an e-payments and game-distribution company, and StrikeAd, the first mobile-dedicated DSP. He is a founding partner at Digital Direction - an executive advisory practice in the field of Digital Strategy and Execution. Reza graduated from Boston University with a MA in Economics and BA degrees in Mathematics and Economics.
Markus Berger De-León - Digital VP @ McKinsey Digital Labs; H2 Berlin Chapter Chair (2012-15, Founding): Markus is an experienced, digital CxO and entrepreneur who has run many successful European internet and mobile companies. He specializes in general management, optimizing business models, and running operations in a data driven manner. At Jamba/Jamster he build and grew the operation to 700+ people to become the world's largest mobile content provider in 40+ countries grossing $500m+ in revenues. At MyHammer, he led the turnaround from a transaction based reverse auction site to a subscription based marketplace with verified tradesmen. Markus holds a business degree and has studied at WHU in Koblenz, CBS in New York and Plekhanov in Moscow. He lives with his wife and 3 kids in Berlin and serves as the Co-Chair of the advisory board of Berlin Metropolitan School and as advisor to Ashoka.
Tom Clayton - VP of International Operations @ Houzz; H2 Singapore Chapter Chair (2012-14): Tom has started, ran and worked for numerous technology companies. Currently, Tom is VP of International Operations at Houzz, where he is aggressively building out dozens of countries. Previously, the CEO of Bubbly, the Singapore-based company backed by Sequoia, JAFCO and other prominent investors, he built them into a leader in mobile social media across Asia with 200M+ users. Prior to running Bubbly, Tom was GM of the Mobile Business at BEA Systems, an infrastructure software company acquired by Oracle for $8.5B. Before BEA, Tom helped start five different companies. At his last startup, Bang Networks, another Sequoia-backed networking software company, he helped build out the BD and sales organizations. Tom’s other startups ranged from an ecommerce-focused SI to a high-end audio manufacturer.
Roger Egan III - Co-Founder & CEO @ RedMart; H2 Singapore Chapter Chair (2014-16): Roger is Co-founder & CEO at RedMart, SE Asia's customer-centric online grocer headquartered in Singapore. Prior to RedMart, Roger co-founded Integro Insurance Brokers - the largest US venture capital deal of 2005. At Integro, he created and launched Hedge Shield®, a new insurance product that protects hedge fund investors against fraud. Roger started his career in investment banking at Bank of America in NY. He then joined Omega Capital, a hedge fund based in Madrid. PENN undergrad, INSEAD MBA.
Kevin Eyres - Executive, Advisor, and Coach; H2 London Chapter Chair (2010-11, Founding): Kevin is a hyper-growth expert, coach, speaker and technology executive who has spent more than 10 years in Europe as Managing Director of three hyper-growth companies: LinkedIn, SideStep (now Kayak) and AltaVista. He has a strong track record for building winning teams, cultures and companies. Drawing from this rich experience, Kevin inspires executives to embrace Conscious Leadership and transform roadblocks into fuel for innovation and growth. He is active on several boards and advisory boards, including Nasdaq Entrepreneurs Center, Essentia Analytics, In/PACT and Hot Topics. A youth education advocate, he serves as Board Member of KIPP Bay Area Schools, as Advisor to CODENOW.ORG, and was Trustee of Apps for Good. He holds six patents and lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and daughter.
Christian Hernandez - Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Whitestar Capital; H2 London Chapter Chair (2010-11, Founding): Christian has extensive industry operating experience, developing and scaling products and businesses internationally. Prior to co-founding White Star Capital, he worked at Facebook and led the international expansion of its Business Development, Platform and Developer Network groups. He previously held leadership roles in the U.S. and Europe at Google and Microsoft and started his career at MicroStrategy, prior to its 1999 IPO. Christian has worked closely with entrepreneurs and leading VCs and has been an active angel investor and advisor. He serves as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Christian holds a degree in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from The Wharton School. Born in El Salvador and having grown up across Latin America, the U.S. and Europe, he now resides in London with his wife and three children.
Anupam Mittal - Founder & CEO @ People Group; H2 India Chapter Chair (2012-15, Founding) - Anupam started his entrepreneurial journey by founding People Group, which includes category leading businesses such as Shaadi.com, Makaan.com and Mauj Mobile, collectively drawing 40+ million people every month. Besides his operational role, Anupam is also an active angel investor with over 75 investments such as Interactive Avenues, Ola Cabs, Druva, Fab Hotels, PipeMonk, Pretty Secrets, Ziffi, PropTiger, Limo, The Porter, Ketto, InstaLively, Intelligence Node, Just Ride, TrueBil, Lets Venture and others. He is an advisor and LP in some of the leading VC firms in India. He is passionate about entrepreneurship & innovation and is well regarded for his understanding and views of the same. Anupam Mittal has been voted by Business Week as one of India’s 50 Most Influential People and is consistently ranked amongst top Icons of India’s Digital Ecosystem.
Gerrit Müller - President Europe @ JustFab; H2 Berlin Chapter Chair (2012-14, Founding): Gerrit Müller is responsible for the European expansion of JustFab Incs. brands JustFab and Fabletics. Based in Berlin with offices in London and Barcelona, Gerrit oversees all aspects of expanding JustFab's successful business outside of the USA. Prior to joining JustFab, Gerrit was CEO and GM International for MyHammer AG in Germany, Europe's largest marketplace for contracting services. From 2007 to 2009, Gerrit served as a Senior Director at Yahoo! in London, overseeing Yahoo!'s mobile products. Prior to Yahoo!, Gerrit founded his own mobile startup, Icon Impact GmbH, which today is part of the worldwide WPP ad network. Gerrit started his career at eBay in Germany across multiple product management functions in Berlin, Germany, as well as in California, launching international eBay marketplaces in Austria, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
Marco Perlman - Founder & CEO @ Digipix; H2 Sao Paulo Chapter Chair (2014-16): In 2004 Marco Perlman started Digipix, which became Brazil’s largest online photo printer. Serving both professionals and consumers, directly and through partnerships with major retailers, Digipix specializes in producing high quality printed materials in very small quantities. In 1999, Marco joined GP Investimentos, Brazil’s largest private equity firm, where he participated in early stage Internet and technology investments. Prior to that, he was an associate at McKinsey & Company and a project manager at Gradus Management Consultants. He attended Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in industrial engineering.
Flavio Pripas - Founder & CEO @ Bitinvest; H2 Sao Paulo Chapter Chair (2014-15): Nominated as one of the Most Creative People in Business 2012 by FastCompany, Flavio has more than 18 years of IT leadership in Brazil, Latin America, US and Europe. Prior to Bitinvest and Fashion.me, Flavio was JPMorgan’s IT Head in Brazil, Credit-Suisse Hedging-Griffo development head and JPMC Vastera Latin America IT Head. Flavio was responsible for the first full-web Supply Chain Management System in Latin America in 1997. Flavio has a B.S. in Computer Science and a MBA from FGV/SP.
Paulo Veras - Co-Founder & Executive Chairman @ 99Taxis; H2 Sao Paulo Chapter Chair (2013-14): Paulo is the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of 99 Taxis, his sixth digital startup. Founded in 2012 by Paulo Veras (CEO), Ariel Lambrecht (Product Manager) and Renato Freitas (CTO), 99 Taxis is the largest transportation smartphone app in Brazil with the largest fleet of registered drivers operating in over 399 cities. Its leading investors including SoftBank, Tiger Global, Riverwood and Qualcomm among others. Paulo is also board member at B2W, a company listed on the stock exchange and Latina America's largest e-commerce operation. Paulo was the Brazilian Managing Director for Endeavor, a global non-profit that supports entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and now has a board seat. Paulo has a bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering from USP and an MBA from INSEAD, France.