Hamid Akbari is a serial entrepreneur and an innovation leader with a proven track record of launching new tech products and building global businesses. As founder and CEO of Blanc Labs, he has grown the company into a trusted innovation partner, accelerating the business success and digital agenda of companies across North and South America.
Alongside his work at Blanc Labs, Hamid has played a pivotal role as founder to ventures including Velocia, an open loyalty network for urban mobility; Nekso, an e-street hailing app for Latin American taxi services; BlancRide, a social ride-sharing network; among others. A frequent global speaker on the topics of innovation, mobility ecosystems, and digital disruption, you can also find him mentoring emerging entrepreneurs at Techstars and the Founder Institute. Hamid has a consulting and investment banking background, has taught as a university professor, and conducted leading research recognized globally by the Academy of Management, and the Academy of International Business.
Hamid earned his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Schulich School of Business, and his MBA and Engineering Degree from Sharif University of Technology.