Our global work to build the Hyperloop™. HTT is tackling multiple challenges within a variety of disciplines. 600+ team members and more than 40 corporate partners around the world, managed by experts in their respective fields. This around-the-clock global collaboration makes the Hyperloop™ a technology for today. More than 50 teams organized across 38 countries.


Dirk Ahlborn

Co-Founder & CEO

Dirk Ahlborn is known worldwide for his outside-the- box approach to giving paradigm-shifting businesses life, leveraging the full power of crowd-collaboration, the Internet, and exponential technologies at the vanguard of the global sharing economy. Dirk Ahlborn’s two decades as a serial entrepreneur serve him well as CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. As CEO and Founder of JumpStarter, Inc., a California-based, crowd-powered online business incubator.

Mr. Ahlborn used JumpStartFund’s crowdfunding and crowd collaboration platform to greatest effect in co-founding HyperloopTT, considered to be the largest and most successful crowd-sourced startup in history.

Bibop G. Gresta

Co-Founder & Chairman

Bibop Gabriele Gresta, global expert in finance, transportation and media, specializes in mass market community building and project design. He is a world-renowned speaker, featured at the World Economic Forum, United Nations, Ted Talks, among others, focused on transportation and human mobility. He is also a respected activist in Transhumanism and Ethical Entrepreneurship.

In 2014 Gresta partnered with Dirk Ahlborn, CEO and co-founder of Jump Starter, Inc. as COO and Chairman for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. Now, as Chairman, he coordinates a team of 800+ professionals in 40+ countries-
- the first on the globe to begin development of the Hyperloop.

Andres De León

Chief Operating Officer

Andres de Leon is known throughout Europe for his ebullient, focused management style, creating healthy and growth-oriented businesses. COO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, appointed to this position after serving as Corporate Development Officer for JumpStarterFund, Inc., he brings nearly 30 years of experience in international manufacturing, finance management, Private/Public business negotiation and tax and audit supervision to HyperloopTT.

De Leon and his knowledge of the nuance of international business is a perfect match for the globally collaborative HyperloopTT. He has transacted corporate affairs in Spain, Belgium, Portugal, France, Italy, Mexico, Chile and the United States. As JumpStartFund’s Corporate Development Advisor de Leon was critical to the establishment of HyperloopTT, considered the largest and most successful crowd-sourced startup in history.

Andrea La Mendola

Chief Global Operating Officer

Andrea La Mendola brings personnel management skills and wisdom beyond his years to the position of Chief Global Operations Officer at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. An entrepreneur with a keen eye for tech and fashion, La Mendola was Vice President and co-founder of Relov, a respected international brand for fashion, design and high-tech. During his tenure he pushed forward a brilliant melding of IoT and lifestyle products, introducing Skate Air, the first fully customizable and transparent interactive skateboard capable of wirelessly communicating with a virtual community through the unique RELOV mobile app. La Mendola is also the co-founder and board member of Indyca, an Italian entertainment IP creator and producer.

Andrea La Mendola’s understanding of consumer lifestyle tech, consumer-centric innovation and the management of personnel supporting public-facing business concerns is of unfathomable value to HyperloopTT.

Bernd Stephan

Chief Financial Officer

Bernd Stephan brings the invaluable asset of a firm hand and years of wisdom with corporate start-ups, corporate finance into the billions of dollars, and an accounting background that has allowed him to sit as CFO or Senior VP of Finance with several corporations. Now, as CFO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Stephan’s unwavering focus gives strong support to the present and future of HyperloopTT, especially in the area of international business.

Bernd Stephan is an experienced financial executive with an extensive U.S. and international resume in one the most challenging business arenas on the globe -- media and entertainment. His added and extensive experience in operations, accounting, international tax consulting, start-up consulting and international cross-border business relations has helped fuel the robust development of HyperloopTT.

Robert Miller

Chief Marketing Officer

Robert Miller is a neuroscientist with more than 15 years of experience in global marketing and operations. He began with HyperloopTT as the Head of Marketing; his experience and wisdom quickly made obvious his next move to Chief Marketing Officer. As CMO Miller drives HyperloopTT’s quiet, powerful move toward making Hyperloop an exciting reality worldwide.

As Head of Marketing for Cotton USA, Mr. Miller led a team that spanned 17 offices in over 50 countries, rebranding and relaunching to a modern, digitally-minded-always-connected, consumer. His experience and expertise provide the steady drive behind the truth and growth of HyperloopTT’s projects and image.

Radhika Menon

Chief Digital Officer

Radhika Menon, Chief Digital Officer for HyperloopTT is a strategic senior technology executive, most recently a Chief Information Officer who brings over 25 years of experience in managing corporate technology and product development within the startup environment. This experience includes deep technology and development experience, invaluable to guiding the team of IT leaders creating varied parts of HyperloopTT’s system.
The innovative structure of this corporation demands a multi-talented Chief Digital Officer who brings flexibility in operations and understanding of the need to think ahead. Menon has proven to be that person. She is also adept at understanding pricing models of ancillary company tech, and gifted at supporting the development of market strategies.

Lead Engineers & Experts

Eric Pool, EdD  Agile Management | CEO Enterprise Technology Products
Nicolas Perony, PhD  Artificial Intelligence | Data Science
Terri Griffith, PhD  Organizational Psychology | CMU
Sami Jaber  Mechanical Engineering | American Superconductor
Geoff Bianchini  Mechanical Engineering | Rolls-Royce
Julia Carbajal  Industrial Engineering | AT Kearney
Nicoletta Iacobacci, PhD  Communications | European Broadcasting Union
Randy Freedman, JD  Freedman Law | Georgetown
Vipul Patel, MBA  Global Operations | Disney
Isabella Maria D’Ambrosio  Traffic Psychology
Pranav Jain  Software Development Engineer
Christian Umbach  System Design | MIT | Uber
Hasan Özdemir  Software Engineer
Devraj Dutt  Electrical Engineering | Sustainable Transportation
Andi Wijaya Engineering Integration | NUS
Ann Majchrzak Global Operations | Professor USC
Marina Hardy, JD  Public Affairs | Taft Hardy & Associates
Spencer Baldwin, JD  Public Affairs | Northeastern
Timothy McKay  IT | US Army
Walt Wyckoff, MBA Agile Management | Prof. UC Berkeley
Srikanta Sahoo, MBA  Global Operations | Mercedes-Benz
Eric Jayasundera  Artificial Intelligence | Robotics
William Nguyen, PhD  Computational Physics | Harvard
Aditya Gaikwad Mechanical Engineering | Medtronic
Hans Ku, MBA Product Director | Dreamworks
Michael Yu  Computer Engineering | Oracle
Elaine Mau Mechanical Engineering | ExxonMobile
Manuel Arreaza  Technical Support Engineer | Siemens
Steve Zellinger  General Counsel | Georgetown

James Sweetman Mechanical Engineering | Northrup Grumman
Michael Sarin, P.E. Safety | Mechanical Engineering
Derya Thompson Civil Engineering | JACOBS
Tom Wooge Aeropropulsion | Cornell
Jack DiPrete Mechanical Engineering | Tesla
John Panek, PhD Mechanical Engineering | NASA | JPL
Carl Brockmeyer Vacuum Technology | Leybold
Jose Morey, MD Engineering Specialist | NASA | Johns Hopkins
Alex Yrivaylo, PhD Research Analyst
Colin Kelsall Research Analyst | MIT
Chris Brosz Energy Engineering | Arup
Cody Maxwell Mechanical Engineering | Westinghouse | Duke
Ira Seiken Mechanical Engineering | Experis | George Washington
Ben Jassin Civil Engineering | EJM Engineering
Jonathan Ward Physicist | Harvard
Igor Jurkowski Software Engineer | Facebook
David Merlini, MD Safety | ASST
Michael Overton Electric Engineering | Tektronix
David Santos Mechnical Engineering | Vendibom
Peter Adam Mechanical Engineer | Theranos | Lockheed Martin
Evan Fischer Mechanical Engineering | Faraday Future
Meri Grigoryan Project Management | Cal State, St. Jude
Steve Barg, PhD Structural Engineer | Stanford | US ARMY
Daniel Liau Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Fredrik Samda Solberg Control Systems Engineer | MIT
Hakki Kucukkeski Mechatronics Engineering
Baheej Saoud Project Engineer | Aeronautical Engineering
Sylvain Pluchart System Simulation Engineer | Ecole

Engineers & Experts

Geoff Bianchini Mechanical Engineering
Julia Carbajal Industrial Engineering
Nicoletta Iacobacci PhD Communications
Randy Freedman JD Freedman Law
Nicolas Perony PhD AI
Vipul Patel MBA Global Operations
Isabella Maria D’Ambrosio Traffic Psychology
Pranav Jain Software Development Engineer
Christian Umbach System Design
Hasan Özdemir Software Engineer
Terri Griffith PhD Organizational Psychology
Devraj Dutt Electrical Engineering
Andi Wijaya Engineering Integration
Luke Pelullo Global Operations
Ann Majchrzak Global Operations
Marina Hardy JD Public Affairs
Spencer Baldwin JD Public Affairs
Timothy McKay IT
Walt Wyckoff MBA Agile Management
Eric Pool PhD Agile Management
Srikanta Sahoo MBA Global Operations
Eric Jayasundera AI
William Nguyen PhD Computational Physics
Aditya Gaikwad Mechanical Engineering
Hans Ku MBA Product Director
Michael Yu Computer Engineering
Elaine Mau Mechanical Engineering
Sami Jaber Mechanical Engineering
Manuel Arreaza Technical Support Engineer
James Sweetman Mechanical Engineering
Jack DiPrete Mechanical Engineering
John Panek PhD Mechanical Engineering
Jose Morey MD Engineering Specialist
Alex Yrivaylo PhD Research Analyst
Colin Kelsall Research Analyst
Chris Brosz Energy Engineering
Cody Maxwell Mechanical Engineering
Ira Seiken Mechanical Engineering
Ben Jassin Civil Engineering
Jonathan Ward Physicist
Igor Jurkowski Software Engineer
David Merlini MD Safety
Michael Overton Electric Engineering
Monica Ramone MBA Project Management
David Santos Mechanical Engineering
Tom Wooge Aeropropulsion
Peter Adam Mechanical Engineer
Evan Fischer Mechanical Engineering
Meri Grigoryan Project Management
Steve Barg PhD Structural Engineer
Daniel Liau Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Fredrik Samdal Solberg Control Systems Engineer
Christopher Bobko PhD Mechanical Engineering
Carl Brockmeyer Vacuum Technology
Hakki Kucukkeskin Mechatronics Engineering
Baheej Saoud Project Engineer
Sylvain Pluchart System Simulation Engineer
Steve Zelinger General Counsel

Global Headquarters

Steve Turner

Head of Creative Design

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Luke Pelullo

Global Operations

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Fredrik Krafft

Materials Engineer Manager

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Michael Eberhardt

Head of Talent Acquisition

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Julia Soriano

Marketing Lead

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Mahilani Akiona

Head of HR Operations

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Avery Chernin

Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Board

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Ben Cooke

Director of Media Relations

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Shelby Phillips

Head of Executive Staff

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Edmond Allmond

Communications Lead

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Wood Simmons

Creative Director

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Daniel Hepher

Finance Controller

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Christopher Bobko, PhD

Mechanics and Materials Engineering

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Sabina Rivera

Executive Assistant to CGOO

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Global Headquarters

Steve Turner Head of Creative Design
Luke Pelullo Global Operations
Fredrik Krafft Materials Engineer Manager
JJ Sansone Producer
Michael Eberhardt Head of Talent Acquisition
Julia Soriano Marketing Lead
Mahilani Akiona Head of HR Operations
Avery Chernin Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Board
Ben Cooke Director of Media Relations
Shelby Phillips  Head of Executive Staff
Edmond Allmond Communications Lead
Wood Simmons Creative Director
Daniel Hepher Finance Controller
Wansu Zhang Designer
Christopher Bobko, PhD Mechanics and Materials Engineering
Sabina Rivera Executive Assistant to CGOO bile
Sami Jaber Mechanical Engineering | American Superconductor
Manuel Arreaza Technical Support Engineer | Siemens