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/Israeli

Liane Thompson

 CEO/Founder

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3x global entrepreneur; Small & large team, 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 Universit√§t; Californian/German; 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; UK raised

Filipe Pinto

Robotics Engineer

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Autonomous robotics developer. Good problem solving skills and fond of a difficult challenge.  MSc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, specialization in Automation and Robotics at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Nature lover, born & raised in the Portuguese countryside.

Muhammad Shakil

Electrical & Networking Engineer

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Electrical Engineer aiming to simulate the behavior of real world vehicles and test distributed control strategies related to the areas of autonomous driving and formation control. Skilled in developing electronics boards, off-board control systems for UAVs & AUVs. MSc. Electrical Engineering UiT Arctic Univ. Norway; ROS skilled. Born & raised in beautiful Pakistani countryside.

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. American born of Norwegian decent. 

Matteo Borri

Lead Hardware Engineer

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Electrical & Computer Engineer, Developer. Autonomous Navigation Systems expert. NASA project incl. Mars Rover. Matteo Building autonomous vehicles since 2007 & 3D printer accessories since 2011. Matteo's main claim to fame is to have deployed at least one of his machines on land, sea, air, underwater and space.

Born & raised in Italy.

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. French

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Mickie Senften French, MBA

Marketing Director

Global Marketing & Sustainability Executive with 18+ years of driving growth & shifting brands to purpose-driven positioning throughout the food chain including the CPG, ingredient and agriculture sectors. Unique combination of B2C, B2B, digital, advertising and PR agency roles. Leading business transformations, driving cost agenda & building new markets. Multi-lingual, leading teams of 3 to 300 in 40 countries including living and working in 10 incl. Hungary, Singapore, Russia, Australia. American.