Team.

Roy

Dr Roy Davies

DIRECTOR, CTO & CO-FOUNDER

Dr Roy Davies is a pioneer in the Mixed Reality field, with a career spanning 25 years in both academia and industry. This began in the early days of Virtual Reality bringing together Computer Science and Cognitive Science around usability in brain injury rehabilitation and participatory design at the University of Lund in southern Sweden. From there, he established the Flexible Reality Centre which is still in operation today. Moving to New Zealand, Dr. Davies helped create an initiative by the government to foster industry and academic growth in 3D visualisation embodied in a company called Nextspace. However, these experiences did nothing to prepare him for the rigours of cofounding a Technology startup – Imersia, but did furnish him with deep insight into new ‘Reality’ technologies that will be entering mainstream about now and a desire to create ‘Calm Technologies’.

Jon

Jon Lowther

DIRECTOR, CHIEF VISIONARY & CO-FOUNDER

Jon’s entrepreneurial experience has spanned across SE Asia, China and the United States. Touchstones have been across networks, gaming, logistics, security and entertainment. Imersia in many ways represents an amalgam of capabilities and themes expressed within an innovative AI ecosystem supporting a new definition of network and place based user experience.

Jon’s interest in cognitive psychology is entwined with Dr Roy Davies skillset in cognitive science, supporting a unique vision for humanity, best expressed as the dawn of a new experiential economy. Jon’s vision is ‘human and heart’ anchored, a vision for a new breed of connectivity tissue that will entwine, embrace and protect humanity. Imersia is the safe harbour for all things we value and share.

portrait2

Mathew McMahon

GM CORPORATE STRATEGY & FINANCE

A founding member of No 8 Ventures, New Zealand’s first VC, Matt has driven capital raising strategy for numerous companies in NZ, Australia and the States.

portrait2

James D Robinson

HEAD OF NETWORK SYSTEMS

Jim ex MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), served as Director of Network operations at Akamai Technologies Inc and built the global Network Operation Centre through IPO and across 60 countries.

portrait2

Kat Hawkes

CEO – NORTH AMERICA

New Zealand born Kat Hawkes brings a unique flavor of European and American smarts to our creative and commercial directorate. Equipped with a BA in Russian language, literature, film and art from SSEES, London University, she embarked on a voyage to Russia, landing with Bates, Saatchi & Saatchi. She then captained her own agency for 5 years, Karlo Rossi Promotions, creating large-scale marketing campaigns with thousands of staff, supporting live events and commercials for Fortune 500 Companies across the Russian Federation.

Kat moved out to LA in 2002 to co – produce (behind and in front of camera) a series of Hollywood movies and video games before joining Imersia late 2016. Kat’s vibrancy and energy has become a key calling card with regard to Imersia’s global presence.

Johns pic

John Corey

DIRECTOR

An innovator and entrepreneur, John Corey has been an advisor to both industry and government on a range of topics including; R&D tax credits, high-tech education for young people, funding for research science and technology, and intellectual property policy. He has held positions as Director
of the Centre for Software Innovation at the University of Auckland, and as Managing Director of SLAB DSP (Now Phitek) as well as Strategic Planning Manager for Clear Communications. He holds a Masters in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship from the University of Auckland.

John is currently a trustee of the High Tech Youth Network trust, actively working with their management in developing innovative programs to attract young people throughout the Pacific, to technology.

portrait4

Grant Newman

PRODUCER / HEAD OF MEDIA OPERATIONS

Grant Newman has a career spanning over 30 years as a Director, Producer and Manager in the television and online industries in New Zealand, China and the UK.

An early technology adopter he has always looked to new, innovative and engaging ways to empower people to tell their stories. Working at the forefront of the burgeoning internet wave he produced the first “netcast” in New Zealand, of Dave Dobbyn, in 1997.

Advisory.

portrait4

Patrick Wilson

GENERAL COUNSEL (EXTERNAL)

Patrick has an extensive practice for global M&A and licensing and corporate legal advisory.  dedicated resource, this will be led by Patrick.