Meet The Team

Simeon Pieterkosky

 CVO/Founder

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Visionary; Inventor with 20 years practical experience in robotics, HRI, animatronics, Wi-Fi, LED, lasers, zoology, bio mimicry, water filtration climate change & product  design; Owner Proboticx Robotics;

Cape Town College; Son of a farmer; 

South African

Liane Thompson

 CEO/Founder

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

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

Jostein Fæhn Follestad 

Production Lead

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Engineer and product designer with experience in additive manufacturing, system design, system modeling, control systems and data analysis. Underwater drone entrepreneur and inventor, and mechanics engineer. Former Royal Norwegian Navy Quartermaster/Sergeant and Instructor. M.Sc. in Marine Cybernetics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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 Safety & 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.