Meet The Team

Simeon Pieterkosky

 CVO/Founder

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Visionary; Inventor with 20 years practical experience in robotics, animatronics, HRI, biomimicry, zoology & product  design; Water filtration & climate change expert; Wi-Fi LEDs record holder, laser builder; Cape Town College;

Son of a farmer; South African

Liane Thompson

 CEO/Founder

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3x global entrepreneur; Small & large team management; Quick growth P&L skilled; PR/branding savvy; Int'l reporter & staff executive for The New York Times; MA Journalism & Public Affairs American University; BA Int'l Relations & German CSUC / Johannes Gutenberg Universität; Traveler, 

Dr. Graeme Rae

 Chief Scientist

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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) navigation & control systems pioneer; 25 years in advanced computer modeling for marine data; Large-scale data mgmt., wave/weather modeling & computer vision; Former Royal Navy Midshipman; BSc. Ship Science / Naval Architecture, Univ. of Southampton, England; PhD Underwater Robotics -Florida Atlantic University

Matteo Borri

Lead Electronics Engineer

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Electrical and Computer Engineer, developer. autonomous navigation systems expert. NASA project incl. Mars Rover systems. Matteo has been building autonomous vehicles professionally since 2007 and 3D printer accessories since 2011. His main claim to fame is to have deployed at least one of his machines on land, sea, air, underwater and space. Matteo was born and raised in Italy.

Gokay Karatas

Marine Systems Engineer

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Marine and Offshore Engineer; MSc. Marine and Offshore Technology – Univ. of Stavanger, Focus on offshore operations & hydrodynamic analysis with automation control.; BSc. Marine Engineering – SUNY Maritime College & Istanbul Technical Univ. Travel junkie, snowboarder. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey.

Rye Akervik

Head of Software Product

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Entrepreneur, software development, & product concept expert specializing in complex technology builds. Expertise in strategy, operations, oversight, value creation, and scaling software systems. Skilled at creating efficiency within large and small technical teams. 

Michel Arditti

Head of Security

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Competitive intelligence & IT expertise in securing cloud / big data solutions; Special analyst & advisor to executive groups & top energy, aerospace, transportation telecom companies. Vice President of the Circle for Strategic Security Studies - an international network of technology innovation experts promoting sustainable governance policies & key measures in the public & private sectors in Europe & Africa.

Ryan Schrader

Junior Mechanical Engineer

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 Mechanical engineer designing, building & deploying the latest ocean tech; Previous jobs incl. boat cleaner, construction worker, pizza artist & bartender; Now into ocean saving fishlike drones; BSc. Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University; Small town raised yet internationally minded.