Empowering tomorrow's leaders to excel in sourcing

Equipping future supply chain professionals with hands-on experience in sourcing optimization, automation tools, and processes used by global Fortune 500 companies.

Our mission at Keelvar

Sourcing professionals often express concerns about the lack of formal training in best-in-class sourcing practices. Recognizing this gap, Keelvar is dedicated to collaborating with universities to address and overcome this educational challenge.

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Our collaboration with universities ensures that hundreds of aspiring professionals will step into the industry armed with knowledge of sourcing best practices. This  not only prepares your students for the real world but also gives them access to training in software that offers an industry-recognized certification.

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Giving back to our university roots

Simplifying the product and making Keelvar the front-door for all procurement to step through is one way to reach beyond sourcing experts. But we also wanted to lay out a ladder for the next generation to become experts in sourcing.

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Providing students with training in Sourcing Optimizer to help upskill
the next wave of supply chain talent

“This program is a testament to our origins, aiming to bridge the gap between academic theory and practical application. It's about empowering the next generation of supply chain professionals with the tools and insights they need to lead the future of sourcing.”

Alan Holland, Founder & CEO, Keelvar

“After graduating from the University of Lodz and Linnaeus University, my journey was just beginning. Today, I'm proud that my company is empowering the next generation of sourcing professionals. It’s important for me that we give back as a company and invest in the future generation of sourcing talent.“

Kasia Tati, Partnership Director, Keelvar

“This program is a testament to our origins, aiming to bridge the gap between academic theory and practical application. It's about empowering the next wave of supply chain professionals with the tools and insights they need to lead the future of sourcing.”

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Independent Director

Rich Wilson

From the role of COO at CombineNet, Rich became CEO at CombineNet in 2012. Within this role he maintained responsibility for product strategy and direction, engineering, IT operations, and customer support and service delivery to CombineNet's global clients.

Rich successfully, personally led many of the largest engagements and sourcing events, including the largest global air freight sourcing event ever conducted (43 airlines, $1.5 billion).Rich later became the founder and leader in operations research at US Airways, as well as supporting Oracle as a transportation consultant.With many years of work with CPOs understanding their challenges and needs for leveraging sourcing technology to best advantage, Rich is able to advise Keelvar on how best to serve its customers across many industries.

“What excites me about Keelvar? The team. Period. These are exceptional people--engineers, professional services, sales and marketing. People who understand what procurement professionals and their companies need and are able to deliver it.”

Founder & CEO

Alan Holland

Previously a lecturer in Artificial Intelligence in University College Cork’s Computer Science Department, Alan specialized in Optimization, Game Theory and Algorithmic Mechanism Design. Alan founded Keelvar in September 2012 when he left the University to commercialize advances in AI for procurement teams.

Alan’s specialist knowledge in Optimization, Game Theory and Mechanism Design gives Keelvar an edge in terms of innovating with offerings that exceed competitors’ technical capabilities. This enables Keelvar to define an entirely new category of the solution, putting Keelvar in an ideal position to lead this new category that Keelvar has called Autonomous Sourcing.

Winning the Cork Company of the Year in the small company category in Keelvar’s first year, and moving on to be awarded a Gartner Cool vendor award more recently has highlighted Keelvar’s international progress.

“We are transforming a space that has a huge potential to impact the lives of everyone on the planet. Our customers manage over €90bn in spend annually using our software so we are excited about how Artificial Intelligence can transform how suppliers engage with big business for win-win outcomes.”

Board Chair & Investor

David Clarke

David is a technology pioneer with nearly three decades of experience defining and communicating the strategic direction for innovative technology companies. He was the co-founding CEO of Cape Clear Software, which was started in 1999 and raised $50 million in investment capital from leading VC firms through its acquisition by Workday in 2008.At Workday, he served in various technology and product leadership roles, ultimately serving as CTO, while the company grew from its early stages into a leading global cloud ERP provider.

As Keelvar's Board Chair, David helps to direct and advise Keelvar as the company advances its product development and accelerates growth in the market.

"What attracted me to invest in Keelvar and join as Board Chair is primarily the quality and depth of its technology and team. I'm also highly impressed by the customer success they have achieved in applying very advanced techniques to create better, easier ways to optimize and automate strategic and routine sourcing processes."

Chief Technology Officer

Valentina Roques

As Chief Technology Officer, Valentina leads the Engineering and Product departments in our goal to develop innovative products and to continuously improve our existing solutions.

Previously VP of Customer Success, Valentina has our customers and products at the forefront of her mind. She is committed to delivering value, ensuring both new and existing users are successful in their use of our software solutions, and promoting a customer-centric mindset across the organization. Based in France, Valentina holds a MSc of Engineering and her background includes experience with both early-stage AI and tech start-ups as well as with Fortune 500 French companies.

“I strongly believe that our strength here at Keelvar lies in our passionate and dynamic team members. We are close to our customers and involve them at every stage of our product development: we are successful when our customers are successful.”


Philip Chopin

Philip is Managing Director, NEA UK and is based in London. Prior to NEA, Philip was a Partner at 83North with investments in Keelvar and other companies such as Critizr, Hungry Panda, Paddle, Pelico and SellerX. He is also an angel investor in Exotec.

Previously, Philip was Senior Director of International at SSENSE, a global online luxury fashion retailer. Earlier in his career, Philip was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group working out of the Mexico City, New York and Montreal offices, primarily focusing on Tech and Retail.

Philip holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a MSc from Grenoble Ecole de Management.

VP Finance

David Walsh

As VP of Finance, David is responsible for all finance, accounting and tax matters at Keelvar, whilst also creating a strong foundation to allow for its continued growth. Prior to joining the company, David held a number of financial positions in Trinity Biotech plc and CoreHR, and had significant involvement in the successful sale of the latter to the Access Group in April 2020.

David graduated from University College Cork with a BSc in Accounting and an MBS in Corporate Finance before training as a chartered accountant with KPMG.

“Keelvar’s growth potential and ability to add significant value to its customers through innovative technology is incredibly exciting. One of the biggest strengths of the company is the talented people that work here, who continuously excel in helping Keelvar move forward.”


Toby Coppel

Toby Coppel is Co-founder and Partner at Mosaic Ventures, a London-based venture capital firm focused on early stage investing across Europe with $300 million under management.

Toby has been investing and operating in internet startups since 1996. He began his investment career at Allen & Company, before starting his first investment firm. Then he joined Yahoo!’s new management team in 2001 and spent 6 years as Yahoo!’s Chief Strategy Officer, leading over $5 billion of investments and acquisitions including $1 billion into Alibaba that was sold for over $80 billion. Following that, both as an angel and alongside Richard Branson and Virgin, he made investments including Criteo, Pinterest, and Transferwise.

At Mosaic, Toby is thematically focused on blockchain, digital health, future of work, machine intelligence, marketplaces, and next-generation finance, and works closely with Mosaic's portfolio companies Auterion, Blockchain, Centrifuge, habito, Super.ai, Tray.io and Vortexa.

He is a graduate of Oxford University and Harvard University, and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.


Peter Fallon

Peter Fallon is a Partner at Elephant, a venture capital firm focused on the enterprise software, consumer internet and mobile markets. Peter is based in New York City and has been with the firm since its founding in 2015. Prior to Elephant, Peter was an investor at Highland Capital Partners and, before that, an investment banker focused on software M&A transactions.

VP Marketing

Riona Hegarty

As VP of Marketing, Ríona is responsible for driving market awareness of Keelvar as a thought leader and category creator in Sourcing Optimization and Sourcing Automation. Ríona is committed to helping customers learn how to solve their sourcing challenges and show how Keelvar can help them achieve this.

Ríona has over 14 years experience in leading and building marketing teams from large Enterprise Software companies to smaller B2B SaaS start-ups and scale-ups. Ríona is experienced in building marketing functions from infancy including strategy development, product positioning, revenue marketing, brand development and sales enablement. Ríona has a passion for category creation in helping customers identify solutions to challenges they didn’t know existed and helping create a new buying vision.

VP Professional Services

Dylan Alperin

Dylan Alperin is the VP of our industry leading professional services team responsible for implementation, support, and managed services. Dylan is a 15 year supply chain industry expert with experience working for and advising over 50% of the Gartner Top 5 Supply Chain companies and who has been featured in reporting from CNBC, Bloomberg, Business Insider and others. He currently leads the global professional services team for Keelvar to utilize AI-based Sourcing Optimization and Automation with some of the most prestigious and advanced companies in the world.

Prior to Keelvar, Dylan split his time between roles in industry and consulting where he worked in manufacturing, led supply chain network design projects, and managed global procurement teams responsible for over $1billion in spend.

VP Product

Chris Walsh

As VP of Product, Chris drives the product strategy, road-mapping, and execution across all Keelvar products. Chris is responsible for leading Keelvar's product team and ensuring that all product initiatives support Keelvar's ongoing growth. Before his appointment as VP of product, Chris was an Engineering Manager and prior to that a Director of Professional Services at Keelvar.

Chris has over 10 years experience working in the procurement space. He holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering from Munster Technical University, a MEngSc in Industrial Automation from University College Cork and a MSc in Software Development from Munster Technical University.

“Keelvar intend to change how companies approach procurement. We do this through the delivery of innovative products that our customers love. Our innovation is driven by our people and our people are our strength."

VP Sales

Toby Hannon

Toby has spent 20 years leading international sales teams within Strategic Sourcing. His functional areas of expertise include Sales & Business Development, Operations/Cost Efficiency and Procurement Innovation. With Toby’s intricate knowledge of the global market and solutions, Keelvar can truly meet the needs of customers’ sourcing processes.

An experienced, international business professional, Toby has an outstanding track record of growing and developing IT/ Software companies in Europe; he has led 3 US companies from almost 0% European revenue to on average 30%+ of global total revenue.

“What excites me most about Keelvar is the long term vision and strategy to add value to so many companies.  It’s a pleasure working with so many top professionals, great technology and a growing market.”

People Operations Manager

Fiona Kelleher

As People Operations Manager, Fiona is focused on ensuring that Keelvar is best placed to attract the best talent and ensure our employees have all the support systems in place to excel in their roles.

Fiona’s experience includes working as part of a HR team within a large multinational focused on best practice within HR, to an indigenous IT managed service provider in the midst of massive scale-up.  

Fiona’s most recent experience, as an HR Consultant, saw her provide employment support and advice to an array of organisations, over a number of years. Within this role, Fiona guided organisations through complex processes, provided training to management and HR professionals and ensured client organisations maintained best practice personnel processes and policies.

Chief Information Security Officer

John Paul O'Gorman

John Paul graduated from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and has worked in a variety of industries as a software development manager and developer.

20 years of working in collaborative software development in web and enterprise level SaaS software, with a number of organizations and wide ranging teams, is reflected in how JP works and how he leads his team. Regularly speaking to and listening to customers and understanding their needs further drives JP’s success in his work.

JP is a member of the founding core team that built Keelvar, and so guided Keelvar to the processing of its first billion in optimized spend in its early start-up days. JP continues to lead the product development team responsible for the regular addition of both new products and features at Keelvar.

"Aside from the technology - Keelvar’s Irish roots and spirit certainly add to Keelvar as a company. 16 of the 20 top global tech companies house operations in Ireland, making it an inspirational place to work, learn and progress every day.”

Chief Architect

David Devlin

As Chief Architect, David is responsible for Keelvar's technical strategy, and ensuring the company's product infrastructure continues to evolve to meet the needs of a rapidly scaling business. David graduated from University College Cork with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and is an alumni of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics (previously Cork Constraint Computation Centre), where his postgraduate research topics included the Boolean satisfiability problem, static analysis techniques, solver heuristics, and machine learning models.

David joined the founding team at Keelvar in 2013, working as a Principle Software Engineer during the development of Sourcing Optimiser and Sourcing Automation, before leading the Platform Engineering team as the company continued to grow and scale it's infrastructure.

"Working with exceptional colleagues, solving challenging real world problems together, and learning something new every day are just some of the things that make Keelvar such a special place to be. As we grow, we'll continue to foster an environment that places high value on collaboration, learning, teaching, and the deep understanding of our customers' problems that allows us to build truly innovative products."

VP of Growth

Pierrick L'Ebraly

As VP Growth, Pierrick is dedicated to helping more end users get their hands on Keelvar and use it to its full potential, working with partners, customers and prospects. Pierrick was previously Chief of Staff to Alan Holland - prior to joining, Pierrick was a Strategy Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, working on topics ranging from sectorial strategies, go to market approaches, to Buy & Sell side due diligences. Before that, Pierrick worked in Operations for Jumia, a Rocket Internet startup, before its 2019 IPO.

VP Customer Success

Martin Srna

As VP of Customer Success, Martin's focus is to help customers transform sourcing and improve procurement at scale. With 13 years experience in procurement, Martin has vast experience in cost reduction programs utilizing optimization across multiple categories and has worked on several projects around digital transformation and implementing new tools and methods for improving the role of procurement.

Martin has a Bachelor in Communication from Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich and an MBA in Innovation and Business Creation from the Technical University of Munich.

Chief of Staff

Jack Dillane

As the Chief of Staff at Keelvar, Jack is dedicated to helping information flow throughout the leadership team and aid decision making to drive Keelvar’s growth while keeping it aligned to its core values.

Previously one of our Senior Procurement Analysts, Jack is an expert with Keelvar’s products and solutions and spent much of his time working directly with Keelvar’s customers ensuring they found success in their strategic sourcing events, across all procurement categories and spend profiles. Prior to joining Keelvar, Jack also held roles in Strategic and Operational procurement at Siemens Healthineers.

Jack holds an MEng in Engineering with Business, as well as a BSc in Computing with Machine Learning & AI and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

“Throughout my time with Keelvar, seeing the delight our customers get from using our products, whether they’re achieving their business goals or improving workflow efficiencies, is my biggest driver. I love working at Keelvar, we have a fantastic team behind some incredible products, and we are continually transforming the procurement landscape.”