Who We Are

We are a team of technology, finance and market sector experts.


 

The Founders

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Tony Seba

Tony Seba is a world-renowned thought leader, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, educator and the author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030. Tony’s work focuses on the convergence of technologies, business models, and product innovations that disrupt the world’s major industries. He was an early employee of disruptive companies including Cisco Systems and RSA Data Security. As a speaker he has delivered keynotes for major companies and at global events including Google, J.P. Morgan, CLSA Investors Forum, Intersolar, Davos, COP21 World Climate Summit and the Global Leaders Forum. Tony has taught thousands of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders at Stanford University Continuing Studies. Tony earned a Stanford MBA and a Computer Science and Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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James Arbib

James Arbib is a London-based investor in technology. He is the founder of Tellus Mater, an independent philanthropic foundation dedicated to exploring the impacts of disruptive technology, and its potential for solving some of the world’s most challenging problems.  In addition, Jamie oversees a London-based family office with a diversified portfolio, across all asset classes and a focus on the risks and opportunities of technology disruption. A graduate in History from Trinity College, Cambridge, he has a Masters in Sustainability Leadership also from Cambridge. He is a qualified chartered accountant and worked as an investment analyst covering utilities.

This vision sounds extreme, but Seba has been proven right before with his predictions about both the solar energy market and the development of electric cars.
— Curbed LA, May 2017
I interviewed Seba for almost an hour – it’s like drinking from a firehose. Frankly, Seba’s work is so important it deserves a thorough discussion.
— North American Energy News, May 2017

Executive Leadership

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Uzair Niazi, CEO

Uzair Niazi has over 20 years of high-tech industry experience leading product development teams across the globe. He served as Senior Director at Oracle Corporation where he led the development of several successful product lines, scaling each from zero to multi-million dollars in annual revenues, including Oracle's next generation of Fusion cloud-based applications. He was a co-founder and Board Member of a competitive intelligence start-up that uses Big Data, Machine Learning, and Predictive Analytics to deliver critical business insights for B2B companies. Uzair is an investor and advisor working with start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Uzair has a Bachelors degree in Physics with Electronics, a Master’s in Digital Systems Design, and a MBA. He is passionate about innovation, and is the recipient of several software patents.
 


THE RESEARCH TEAM

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Adam Dorr, PhD. Research Fellow

Adam is an environmental social scientist and technology theorist whose current research with RethinkX is focused on the disruption of the global energy sector by new energy generation and storage technologies, and its intersection with similar disruptions set to unfold across the economy. He completed his MS at the University of Michigan's School for the Environment and Sustainability and his PhD at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he studied the environmental politics, policy, and planning around disruptive technologies. He has a decade of teaching, lecturing, and presenting experience.

 
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Bradd Libby, PhD. Research Fellow

Bradd is responsible for our complex systems analysis and modelling. Prior to RethinkX, he worked for DNV GL, an engineer-consultant dedicated to health, safety, and environmental risk mitigation. He spent several years there designing and building scientific equipment for use in the Arctic and studying the effects of climate change on industry, agriculture, and cities. He has been professionally involved in using computer simulation, including System Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulation, to understand complex systems for more than two decades. Bradd has a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
 

 
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Catherine Tubb, PhD. Research Fellow

Catherine Tubb is focused primarily on disruption in the agriculture and food industries. Prior to joining RethinkX, she was a vice president at the equity research firm Sanford Bernstein, focusing on the chemicals sector, particularly the pesticide and fertilizer industries. She also covered other sectors including oil and gas, metals and mining, and luxury goods. Catherine has a PhD in chemistry and an MSci in natural sciences from Cambridge University.

 
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Hannah Tucker, CFA. Research Fellow

Hannah Tucker is focused on communicating the economic, financial, and social implications of disruption. She is also the founder of a supper club exploring disruptive changes in climate and technology through food. Prior to RethinkX, Hannah was a director at Generation Investment Management, where she worked with former US Vice President Al Gore to communicate the investment case for sustainability. Hannah holds dual-masters’ degrees in business administration and international studies from the Wharton School and Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.

 
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Richard Anderson. Research Fellow and Editor

Richard Anderson is responsible for our editorial output. Previously he worked in the BBC’s Business and Economics Unit as an editor and writer, with a special focus on energy and sustainability, setting up and overseeing the corporation’s online energy coverage. He also appeared on various BBC radio programs and the World Service. Prior to that he was assistant editor at Investors Chronicle, the UK’s leading retail finance magazine, where he also co-presented the Financial Times weekly Money podcast. In a previous life, he co-owned and managed an award-winning bar/restaurant in London. He has a history degree and a master’s in international studies from the University of Birmingham.

 
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Taylor Hinds, BSc. Research Associate

Taylor Hinds provides support on various projects, with a special focus on disruption within the agriculture sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of British Columbia, where she completed several work placements in government, non-profit organizations and global research groups covering food security and agriculture, land use and environmental remediation, and environmental policy.