Founder & CEO
Michael is an appointed R&D expert to the European Commission and InnovateUK. Michael previously held appointments at Rush Medical Centre (Chicago), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, NESTA, Cabinet Office, and the NHS. Michael has a PhD from Warwick University Medical School, where he was Overseas Research Scholar.
Founder & Director
Aleardo Furlani is a Founding Director of Inavya and Founder in 1993 of Innova, an Accelerator and Applied Research Lab based in Rome with operations across Europe and the USA. Aleardo is a highly sought-after strategic expert in business modelling, marketing and scale-up. He engages globally at senior levels across government, finance and corporate arenas. Aleardo holds a Degree in Law and Economics from the University of Naples (Italy), and an MBA from I.E.S.E. (Barcelona).
Della Burnside is a practising solicitor with a background in IP. She was a Partner in an international law firm and has held senior positions in leading international corporations. She has also held a public appointment in the NHS as a Non Executive Director. Della holds a Degree in Law (LLB (hons)) from Warwick University (UK).
Aymeric benefits from 10 years' experience in a top tier financial institution where he was the COO for the Structured Finance Europe business. He was previously a lead project manager at Orange, working on the development of the first European Video On Demand platform in Europe. Aymeric holds an MS in Finance and Management studies, and a Postmaster’s degree in Telecommunications from Paris Dauphine University.
AI & machine learning technical architect
Alessio holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Udine (Italy). At the Open University (UK) he carried out research in the semantic web and service oriented computing. He has worked as an applied scientist on many major ICT research projects, including COMPOSE (EU FP7-IP), which developed a novel, scalable IoT platform. Alessio's research interest are in the area of Knowledge Modeling and Representation, Service Oriented Computing, Semantic Web Services, Linked Data, IoT and Cognitive Computing.
AI & machine learning algorithm
Peter specialises in the application of advanced mathematics, artificial intelligence and analytic philosophy to create novel technology solutions for AVATR, which draw on classical Indian and modern Western paradigms and methodologies. Peter has over a decade of experience working in financial modelling of reinsurance claims in the City of London. Peter holds a joint honours degree in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sussex, where he conducted research into the formal logic of classical India.
Mobile devices, sensors and software engineering
Remo obtained a PhD in Telecommunications and Microelectronics in 2011 at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is an expert in wireless networks, IoT and mobile solutions. Remo was a researcher at Radiolabs, where he focused on wireless communications, routing protocols for ad-hoc and mesh networks and femto-cells. As an applied researcher, Remo develops leading-edge technologies to meet user needs and commercial objectives. Remo's main focus of work has been on developing the technical components to drive the Intelligent Agent user interface of AVATR.
Ontology, security and privacy software engineering
Marko has more than 15 years of experience in software development and ICT research industry. He holds a PhD in Information Systems-Computer Science. He has worked as a lead software developer, project leader, product manager and researcher, for companies of different sizes and maturity, including small startups, private research centers and large institutes such as National Institute of Standards and Technology of the United States. With expertise in software development, knowledge modeling, ontology engineering and semantic retrieval he contributed extensively to a number of research and industrial projects.
Digital product design & UX
As a strategic problem solver and conceptual thinker, John has more than 17 years in the digital and creative industry. With a background in design fuelled by a passion for creative innovation, John is founding partner of The Inventors Club and has been helping clients including Samsung, Hilton Worldwide and 20th Century Fox develop campaigns within digital, social and mobile media. Previously Creative Director at Spinnaker, as well as stints at Cheil, Isobar, Digitas LBi, Edelman, Ogilvy and Haygarth, creating award-winning work for Sony Pictures UK, Tabasco, O2 and Pepsico.
UX research & communication strategy
Experienced conceptual thinker, strategic problem solver and part of the founding creative team behind The Inventors Club. Chris is strongly influenced by user-centered ideas, the evolution of social, mobile media and digital innovation. Previously Joint Creative Director at Spinnaker, and part of the creative team at Cheil, Isobar, Edelman, Publicis and Haygarth. Former clients include DeVere Hotels, Lavazza, Diageo, Virgin Cruises and Nokia accounts.
Project management - design & UX
Pierre is a graduate from the ESSEC BBA in Paris and is the lead project manager for Avatr UX design. Pierre has over 10 years experience in delivering international digital campaigns, including web and mobile technology solutions for startups, media and entertainment brands such as Disney, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures. He operates in a space that leverages new and emerging technologies to create enhanced user experiences and commercial models in global markets.