Vikrant Pratap - Global Director

Vikrant Pratap - Global Director

Vikrant has extensive experience in building early stage businesses with disruptive technologies across diverse industries, including banking, mobile commerce, and education. Vikrant was previously a consultant with McKinsey, advising large multinationals in the US, Europe, and South America on strategy, operations, and M&A. He holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York and an MBA from INSEAD.
Mike Sawford - Engineering Director

Mike Sawford - Engineering Director

Mike has been a member of the Xeros product development team since 2012 and has been heavily involved in all aspects of creating and delivering Xeros’ technology portfolio. Mike leads the design team responsible for creating and delivering the technology necessary to deliver the benefits of Xeros’ polymer bead technology into the Leather Industry. He has 16 years of conceptual product design experiences in a diverse number of industrial sectors, including Olympus’ Medical systems division, Acco Brands global Business Machines team and Mamas & Papas internal Travel and Transport development team. Mike has an Honours degree in Industrial Design Engineering and a post graduate Masters degree in Rapid Product Development.

David Peters - Advisor

David Peters - Advisor

David brings more than 40 years of executive and management experience to the hide and leather industries.  He has developed a deep functional and operational proficiency throughout the entire leather supply chain. His knowledge extends from cattle breeds through slaughter-house operations, hide removal, tannery processes, sourcing optimization, supply chain management, leather construction and the administrative umbrella required to manage this globally traded raw material. He is the current President of The American Leather Chemists Association and also on the board of directors for the United States Hide, Skin and Leather Association.

 Francesco Motti - Advisor

Francesco Motti - Advisor

Francesco started his career in a family-run skin-trade company, then began trading bovine hides for the biggest Italian dealer where through the years he expanded his business internationally, exporting an average of 1 million hides a year from Italy to the world. In 1977, he joined the commercial team of E. Schroeder BV, Netherlands, a joint venture between two major hide dealers worldwide: Chilewich Corp.,USA and SADESA, Argentina, trading hides, wetblue, crust and finished leather. Following this successful collaboration, Francesco founded E. Schroeder Italy where he was CEO until 2004 (when other partners retired). In his current company, SeLeCo, Francesco and his team act as consultants, advisors, agents and distributors, operating in all sectors of the leather industry, offering their services to a selection of globally recognised leaders of this business.