Team

Liesl Yearsley
CEO & Co-Founder
Liesl Yearsley was the CEO/founder of three successful companies, two of those in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Cognea Artificial Intelligence was acquired by IBM Watson. She is an inventor on four patents.
Travis Giggy
Co-founder
Travis is a serial entrepreneur with 2 exits, and foundational contribution at 2 unicorns. LegalZoom, which is a unicorn legal document company, and Swing by Swing Golf, which has millions of users.
Andrew Despi
Director of Ecosystems
Andrew previously managed an emerging technologies portfolio at Australia's largest bank and has worked with hundreds of startups, corporates and academic partners to reimagine the future.
Mariza O'Keeffe
Narrative Director
Mariza’s background is in drama, public radio and publishing, but for the last 10 years she’s been creating conversational AI for corporates, educational institutions and government departments.
Alexander Hadjiivanov
Chief Research Officer
Alex brings a unique cross-disciplinary academic background spanning physics, linguistics and artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on neuroevolution, adaptive learning and natural language processing.
Dr. Jax (Jondarr) Gibb
Senior Engineer
Jax has an academic background in AI & a product development background spanning thirty years, from start-ups to financial institutions, running cross-disciplinary teams & creating highly-scalable solutions from scratch.
Dr. Alan Blair
Research Advisor
Alan's research includes self-learning for strategic games, robot navigation, language processing, adversarial and coevolutionary dynamics, multi-task learning, hierarchical evolution and computational creativity.
Prof. Baba Shiv
advisor
Stanford Professor Baba Shiv's research expertise is in the area of neuroeconomics, with specific emphasis on the role of neural structures related to emotion and motivation in shaping decisions and experiences.
JR Smith
Advisor
JR Smith is one of the foremost experts in disruptive innovation, consumer privacy and security. He is the former CEO of AVG Technologies— in February 2012, he took AVG Virus Technologies public on the New York Stock Exchange.
Jan Pacas
Advisor
Jan co-founded and successfully scaled 2 tech start-ups (B2C online market place and fintech) from zero to hundreds of thousands of users. He also has experience as MD of blue-chip MNCs running up to billion-dollar businesses.