Orca AI is on a mission to empower shipping with data-driven technologies and the automation needed for navigating the safest voyages with the most efficient operations.
The story of Orca AI begins 15 years ago, when our co-founders Yarden Gross and Dor Raviv met while serving together in the Israeli Navy. They went on separate paths after their service, but they met up again a few years later by chance. At this meeting, they found themselves engrossed in a discussion about the profound impact autonomy, AI, and computer vision are making on the mobility, satellite, and aviation industries.
What if we could bring the power of AI and computer vision to the maritime industry?
Fast forward to 2018, when they founded Orca AI, inspired by the vision to bring the shipping industry to the digital age and to lay the foundation for global adoption of smart, fully autonomous ships. Today, Orca AI is moving fast with our robust team of maritime veterans, computer vision experts, deep learning engineers, creators, and doers, who are all driven by the mission to make ships smarter, to empower industry leaders to rethink shipping operations, and to be a leading force in spearheading the shipping revolution.
Capt. Rajesh Unni is the founder & CEO of Synergy Marine Group and Co-CEO of Alpha Ori Group. In a career spanning over 25 years in shipping, he has served in various roles across countries. He is driven by a vision to transform the maritime industry through technology and innovation. He is a Class 1 Master Mariner from the LBS College of Advanced Maritime Studies & Research, Mumbai.
He sits on the boards of the Global Maritime Forum, the North of England and is the Vice-Chair at Maritime Anti-Corruption Network. He is a thought partner with one of the largest not-for-profit organization called Ashoka, and is a Trustee of the Cochin Cancer Society.
Shoval Bolotin is an experienced business manager with a proven track record of leading product management, marketing, and global service operations.
Before joining Orca AI, Shoval gained tremendous amounts of experience in some of Israel’s leading companies, such as RAD Data Communications, NICE Systems, and several startups. But perhaps nothing prepared him more for his current role than the IDF Navy, where he rose to the rank of submarine captain and graduated from the Israeli Naval Academy.
Shoval holds an MBA from The College of Management and BSs in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Yarden Gross is an experienced entrepreneur with vast knowledge and experience in maritime technologies.
He currently spearheads Orca AI’s vision to make autonomous commercial shipping a reality. Before founding Orca AI, he was the co-founder and CEO of Engie, a VC-backed automotive tech company. He holds a BA in Economics and Business from Reichman University (IDC Herzliya).
Dov Raviv is an accomplished skipper, AI algorithms engineer, and maritime navigation instructor. Led autonomous ship projects and managed multidisciplinary teams in top AI startups. Dor is currently responsible for leading Orca AI’s cutting-edge technology and products
Holds a B.Sc in Industrial Engineering and management, specializing in deep learning pipelines and data science.
Tal Sella brings over 20 years of experience in building and leading successful sales strategies to Orca AI. In previous roles, he managed teams and outperformed sales projections, while maintaining an uncompromised, customer-first approach.
Before joining Orca AI in 2022, Tal served in executive sales roles at Comverse Technologies and NICE Systems, as well as several startups.
Tal holds an LLB from the University of East London and an MBA from Middlesex University.
Raphael Pariente is a skillful R&D leader, with vast experience in building and scaling teams in both large-scale and startup companies. Raphael has led development projects on some of the most recognized security products and services.
Raphael has previously worked in companies such as Check Point, Trustwave, and Applied Materials.
Raphael holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Technion and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Tel Aviv University. He also studied Data Science and Machine Learning in the Technion.
With over 15 years of international B2B experience, Keren Raiten is an innovative marketing leader and results-driven professional. Her expertise includes building cross-regional teams, establishing new technological categories, and creating marketing engines that deliver consistent business growth YoY.
Before joining Orca AI, Keren held leadership roles spanning a wide range of industries in both corporations (such as Microsoft) and startups (including Gett and Vectorious Medical Technologies). Her passion for storytelling and content marketing comes from years as a news producer for IDF Radio and a TV correspondent for Channel 10 News.
Keren holds a BA in Behavioral Science, an MBA in Business and Management Psychology, and an MA in World History, which affords her a unique perspective on the high-tech marketing scene.
Tal Babaioff has over 20 years of experience in taking ideas and launching them into viable, cutting-edge products.
Tal led Mobileye execution and growth as Vice President of Automotive Projects and was the Vice President of Mapping and Localization as the General manager of the REM division.
He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
John F. Reinhart is the former President and CEO of Maersk Line Limited, the US Flag company for Maersk Line. With years of experience in the shipping industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge to Orca AI.
Most recently, he served as the CEO of the Virginia Port Authority. Well known across the industry, he was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2019.