Ken literally grew up in the business starting as a 7 year-old auditing in-store prices while working for his parent’s business, Comparative Prices International. Ken earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis (where he received the 2018 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award) and went on to UC Santa Barbara to pursue his PhD work in Chemical Engineering and Theoretical Physics. While studying Statistical Physics he realized he could utilize these same principles to model retail markets and optimize retail pricing decisions. With his unique perspective and insight, Ken applied statistical physics to create an entirely new approach. Ken served on the Board of Directors of Revionics between 2007-2011 and as Chief Scientist & VP of Innovations at SAP AG between 2006-2007.
Edris is a panelist, contributor, and domain expert with Brick Meets Click, an organization dedicated to exploring and understanding how technology impacts consumers and what the implications are for retailers, manufacturers, and service providers. Edris also serves as a Business Mentor at UC Davis and UC Berkeley and as an Advisory Council Member for California State University, Chico.
Prior to Engage3, he led initiatives across companies including Sodexo, Andnowuknow.com, and Mercado Software. He also founded entrepreneurship programs that were incorporated into the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
Edris is a recipient of Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award.
Edris earned dual degrees in Economics and Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from UC Davis.
As CRO at Engage3, Chris is focused on satisfying customers’ needs through a growing Enterprise Sales Team and Account Management function with a view to develop trusted partnerships with some of World’s leading brands and retailers.
Before joining Engage3 Chris worked at Cisco, Vodafone, IBM and WPP in Senior Sales, Marketing, and GTM roles as well as played a significant part in several start-ups and management consultancy firms.
Chris studied International Business Studies at Greenwich University in London.
Adi received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics and B.A. in Economics from UCLA, and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mary graduated from the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. in Accounting.
Bryan brings with him vast experience in P&L management, merger and acquisitions, commercial product management, customer success and client growth from his time with Edge by Ascential, NCC Group, Site Confidence, Datalex PLC, Seagate, and Intel.
Bryan is an active executive member of Pavilion where he recently received formal CRO training. Bryan studied Electronics Control Systems at Technological University Dublin.
Heather is passionate about creating a positive and impactful experience for Engage3’s customers and employees and realizes that both are key to making the company successful.
Heather has developed a breadth of expertise that touches almost every aspect of the Engage3 organization.
Having done everything from software development and architecture to Scrum Master and Product Owner as well as technical project manager and VP roles, Morten understands software development in all of its aspects: the technical and the people side.
His background as a contractor in major enterprises, e.g. in the financial and health sectors, combined with a solid experience in the startup world, allows him to add just the right amount of structure and process at just the right time.
Morten completed his Masters in Computer Science at the IT University of Copenhagen and received his B.S. from Roskilde University in Denmark.
Prior to his current role at Engage3, Ilir served as the VP of Delivery with Dexi where he oversaw a 70+ team. Prior to Dexi, Ilir led the regional programming initiatives of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. As the Deputy Minister of agriculture for the government of Albania, he oversaw the development of new policies and strategic assessments tackling agricultural subsidies, disaster recovery, and preparedness and climate change mitigation.
As the Director of Finance and Administration for the Albanian American Development Foundation ($250M initiative), Ilir developed and oversaw the implementation of a 5-year strategy in key selectors including entrepreneurship. His experience also includes serving in corporate treasury and internal auditing for various corporations in New York.
Ilir received his B.S. in Accounting and Finance and B.A. in Economics from State University of New York at New Paltz.
Whitney's background sits squarely in the delivery of web-data, having owned delivery of SaaS platforms and DaaS contracts for the likes of Samsung, Unilever, Tesco, Lowes and others in the last 12 years.
Having grown in her professional career from a Data Analyst, through to Project Manager and subsequently owning Global Delivery functions in two roles, Whitney has seen all sides of professional services and feels this has enabled her to resonate with not only the customer's requirements, but also the business needs for efficiency and scale.
Alongside her professional passions, Whitney enjoys traveling at every opportunity- citing a love for new cultures and cuisines; she enjoys outside pursuits and has a close knit group of friends.
David is a technology-focused leader with 30+ years experience in the specification, architecture, design, and delivery of complex, data-driven systems serving highly transactional businesses.
As a veteran leader and innovator of world-class decision support and analytics systems, David has worked with some of the largest enterprises in the world across multiple industries, including retail, entertainment, telecommunications and IT services. He has managed the product and technology portfolios across the transactional business ecosystem, with solutions spanning decision modeling, business intelligence, process optimization, fulfillment, back-office, POS, and payment processing systems.
Henrik’s experience includes leading software development teams at TradeShift, Copenhagen Shipping Exchange, and Jubii A/S. Henrik also previously Co-Founded travel price-comparison innovator, Safiri ApS.
Henrik enjoys tackling the most complex big data extraction and AI challenges he can find.
Matthew has worked at several private equity firms in the US and Europe. He is also an entrepreneur. His deal and board experience is concentrated in growth equity investments, but also has experience in leveraged buyouts and restructuring. Before founding Arrowroot Capital, Matthew was a Managing Director and Head of the Acquisitions Team at Actua Corp. While at Actua, Matthew was a lead or active investor and board member of several companies including MSDSonline, Parchment, Instamed, and InvestorForce. He was also an investment committee member of Rittenhouse Ventures, an early stage VC based in Philadelphia. Prior to Actua, Matthew worked in the technology group at TA Associates in the Boston and London offices. During his tenure, Matthew was an active investor, including board meeting attendance with: Creditex, Smartstream Technologies and OpenLink Financial. Prior to TA Associates, Matthew worked at Platinum Equity in Los Angeles, where he was involved with Platinum’s investment in Broadspire Services. Matthew was also the co-founder of Quewey, a digital media company based in Philadelphia. Matthew was awarded "Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors" in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 and was also awarded “Top 25 Software Investor” for 2020.
Matthew currently sits on the board of MedNet, Cygilant, Zift Solutions, HammerTech, Hookit, BryterCX, and SnapLogic.
Prior to joining Nielsen, Itzhak executed multiple start-up-to sale successes. He was co-founder and chairman of Trendum, a leader in Internet search and linguistic analysis technologies. In 2005, he led Trendum’s acquisition of BuzzMetrics, an online word-of-mouth research leader, and negotiated its 2006 acquisition of Intelliseek. Itzhak served as chairman of the combined entity, BuzzMetrics,which was subsequently acquired by Nielsen in 2007 at a $110 million valuation. Following the acquisition, Itzhak served as the Chairman of Nielsen BuzzMetrics, the Executive Vice President of Global Product Leadership and the Executive Chairman of Nielsen’s Online division.
Chris is a recognized thought leader in VC/PE (Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, Trusted Insight Top 30 Family Office Rising Stars) and is a founding VC member and mentor of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Advanced Venture Capital course.
Prior to The March Group, Chris was the Director of Consumer and Retail Technologies at Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of Mr. Li Ka Shing, and invested across the technology landscape globally and led investment in the US, Canada, Israel, France and China. He previously served as a member of the Board of Director at Agua Brands, Algama, Apollonia Health, Endless West, Bevi, Celsius (NASDAQ:CELH; as co-Chairman), Perfect Day, and QiFeng.
A Hong Kong native, Chris studied and worked extensively abroad spanning corporate finance and M&A (at Mooreland Partners – now part of Stifel Financial Corp. NYSE:SF), and biotech corporate and business development (at IRX Therapeutics - acquired by Brooklyn ImmunoTherapeutics). He holds B.A. degrees in Neuroscience and Behavior, Genetics, and Economics from Columbia University.
True to BDV’s founding principles, Ana works one-on-one with portfolio companies, providing tactical support on communications, capital raising, and marketing initiatives, with a particular focus on Medical Devices, Mobile Applications, and Big Data. Her ability to cultivate valuable relationships is essential to the success of both portfolio companies and investors.
Ana currently sits on the board of MuMo and is a board observer for several of BDV's portfolio companies. Ana is also active in the community as a Committee Member for Glendale Tech Week and is a founding member of SHE Ventures in Tech – a group that offers entrepreneurial support to female founders.
Harold gained domain expertise in the global food industry via 25 years with Mars, Incorporated, including as the company’s Chief Science Officer.
Harold’s experiences enable unique visibility to world-class inventors, innovators, and companies defining the role of food in the new economy of health.
Over the last 25 years, Doug led multiple innovative marketing technology and services companies. Most recently as CEO of Leadspace he pioneered the Customer Data Platform (CDP) category and built the leading B2B focused CDP. Previously he was CMO for Salesforce.com, leading marketing activities worldwide, CMO of Skype through its sale to Microsoft, ran the San Francisco office of Digitas, the first full service digital agency, and co-led McKinsey’s CRM practice. He also currently serves as board member for Limelight Networks (NASDAQ: LLNW), and is an advisor to several early stage SaaS companies.
Doug holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, and a Masters in Physics from Oxford University. He currently lives in San Francisco.
Prior to Engage3, James served as the Chief Technology Officer of OpenHazards Group—a team of scientists and engineers who served as the leaders in earthquake forecasting and hazard analysis. He also served as Chief Technology Officer for XeraSys, Inc. while completing his postdoctoral research work with the University of California. James began his career working at the Wilson Laboratory of Nuclear Studies at Cornell University.
James serves as a Director of the Davis Makerspace, a diverse group of builders, makers, hackers, and programmers.
James earned his PhD in Physics from UC Davis, his M.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his B.S. in Physics from the University of Kansas.
An executive, entrepreneur, and data scientist, Jin’s experience spans enterprise software products and services in AI, big data, and advanced analytics. Jin’s focus encompasses markets for machine learning and deep learning, data management, integration, analytics and visualization, and mobile and cloud computing. He was the evangelist and technologist behind more than 60 innovative products, from concept to revenue.
Jin earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering and BS in Electrical Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Prior to Engage3, Danny led development initiatives at companies like Warner Bros, Fox Home Entertainment, and other film studios. He also worked at Digital Savant and Vantage Media as a full stack engineer.
Danny graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Control Systems)
Alex has played a crucial role in creating and implementing operational processes that have allowed the company to scale with quality over the last several years of rapid company growth.
Alex’s prior experience includes running a ~$100M department with Blue Mountain Realty and supporting the build-out of Engage3’s network of auditors.
Alex has earned her Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification and previously held a California Real Estate License as well.
Ben brings significant retail experience to Engage3 through his 14 years with Home Depot in various roles, including General Manager.
In addition to his time with Home Depot, Ben previously served as a Strategic Account Manager for Future Electronics, the third largest global distributor of electronic components.
Ben studied Microbiology and Business Operations at California State University, Chico, where he also served as President and Captain of the Chico Men’s Lacrosse team.
Chris has been with the company since 2013 and began in a Database Consultant role before taking over the recruiting department as our Technical Recruiter and HR Lead. After helping build out the initial team, he then took a Business Development Manager role where he focused on building new customer relationships and partnerships and was promoted to his current role in 2017.
Chris began his career as a Business Development Associate for the company credited with inventing the retail price optimization industry, Khimetrics.
Chris studied Architecture at City College of San Francisco.
Matt is responsible for ensuring Engage3 is at the forefront of revolutionary AI/ML practices in retail as the company focuses on building highly scalable data science solutions
His prior experience includes working in industries such as manufacturing, aviation, and finance. Matt received his M.S. from the University of San Francisco and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA.
Sahar was awarded her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the International School of Advanced Studies, Italy, and pursued her Postdoctoral Training in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, UK. After moving to the United States and working at UC Davis as a researcher, Sahar made the jump to Engage3 in order to help revolutionize the retail industry by bringing human values into pricing.
Sahar believes, "To lead yourself, use your head; to lead others, use your heart."
Anna brings 10 years of experience in various sectors, from SaaS fashion wholesale management to omnichannel retail marketing, to the team and has a keen interest in all things data.
Solution-driven, she’ll be helping to lead sophisticated Data-as-a-Service engagements, and to achieve customer satisfaction and retention across the board.
Anna studied International Business at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Dean has been with the company since 2018 and is based in our Copenhagen office.
Dean resides in Copenhagen's South Harbour and when weather permits indulges in a number of activities in and on the water. When the weather does not permit, Dean can be found on the hunt for obscure vinyl records.