Meet the Team

XStarter team is a group of professionals who are passionate about discovering and developing new ideas and technologies.
Gabriel Guerra
XStarter Board Member
Gabriel has 17 years of experience in exploration projects globally with a background in geology and sedimentology. Currently, he serves as the VP of Exploration Transformation at Shell, integrating new ways of working and providing the platform for lasting and enhanced exploration performance.
Francesco Menapace
XStarter Board Member
Francesco has 10+ years of experience as an Exploration Geologist with deep knowledge in near-field exploration. Currently, he serves as the Business Opportunity Manager for the Exploration Digitalization program at Shell, driving innovation in hydrocarbon exploration with digital technologies.
Mauhan Zonoozy
XStarter Board Member
Mauhan is a creative and agile business leader with 15 years of experience in innovation, strategy, venture capital, and corporate law. Prior to being the Principal at BCG Digital Ventures, he founded Bubbl, a Warner Bros.-backed video software company, and acted as CEO until their acquisition.
Nate Suurmeyer
Advisor-in-Residence
Nate has been an Exploration Geologist at Shell for 13 years working projects from unconventionals to deep water, and currently leads exploration digitization projects. His passions include alluvial fans and interrogating heaps of data in order to develop new ways of finding hydrocarbons.
Leah
 Camilli
Advisor-in-Residence
Leah is an Exploration Geoscientist at Shell on the Exploration Digitalization team. She specializes in geoscience, data science, and technical data management and has been supporting a data science platform focused on solving exploration challenges.
Josh 
Lucido
XStarter Core Team
Josh is an investor and startup operator with 15 years of experience. He ran a double bottom line investment strategy for Matter Ventures, sourced and negotiated deals, made investment decisions, and was responsible for overseeing the health of the portfolio.
Jeeyoo Song
XStarter Core Team
Jeeyoo is a startup builder and operator with 12 years of experience in operations strategy and digital transformation consulting. She led the customer and ops strategy team at Blue Apron and co-founded and invested in 2 startups before joining BCG Digital Ventures.
Elijah Kim
XStarter Core Team
Elijah is a serial entrepreneur and pioneering venture executive. Prior to BCG Digital Ventures, he was the founder and CEO of FATE Lab, a Los Angeles based venture studio that incubated and accelerated over a dozen startup ventures.
Gianpietro Bertuglia
Deal Delivery Lead, Shell
Gianpietro is a Deal Delivery Lead at Shell Upstream focused on new business development, acquisition, and divestment projects for conventional oil and gas, LNG, and renewable energy. He leads the end-to-end project management of transactions from opportunities, negotiations to deal closing.
Luis O. Gonzalez
Digitalization Program Manager, Shell
Luis is a Digitalization Program Manager at Shell with extensive energy industry experience in both Upstream and Downstream. He has engaged in a wide array of complex assignments ranging from M&A deals to major information technology projects.
Emily Warnecke
Digitalization Program Lead, Shell
Emily is an Upstream Business Analytics and Digitalization Program Lead at Shell. She has extensive experience in managing data integration, warehousing, and analytics projects and led multiple technology deployment initiatives for the Upstream organization.
Tom Sandison
Senior Exploration Geoscientist, Shell
Tom focuses on organic and inorganic growth opportunities in global new ventures. Currently, he is working on play based exploration that ranges from plate to fairway scale activities including crustal reconstructions, 2D seismic interpretations, and play fairway mapping.
Hong
 Dinh
X-Digi Programme Manager, Shell
Hong has 20+ years of experience managing complex business innovation and development opportunities across finance, operations, HR, and legal. Currently, she is leading program management for Exploration Digitalization at Shell aligning across multiple stakeholders to drive innovation.
Ralph 
Groen
Energy Practice Consultant, BCG
Ralph specializes in Carbonate Petroleum Systems and Petroleum Geology in general. Prior to joining BCG, he worked for 6 years with an operator in international exploration and production in Copenhagen, Doha, and Aberdeen.
Ethan
 Gromet
Senior Experience Designer, BCG Digital Ventures
Ethan is a Senior Experience Designer at BCG Digital Ventures, responsible for researching, designing, and prototyping digital experiences. Previously, he worked as a design consultant for startups for the last 5 years and co-founded Hutch, an interior design technology company.
Francesca Oddenino
Co-founder, Vicine
Fran is a Brand Designer and co-founder of Vicine, a design agency combining branding and UX to create products that look good and work even better. With over 10 years of experience, she has worked for brands big and small to help them create memorable, unique identities built for the future.