I know two things: I like solving problems, and I like doing it within a team of brilliant people all contributing their unique skills. With a background that spans engineering, cognitive science, design, analytics, e-commerce, and corporate strategy, I am comfortable talking with anyone from coders to CEOs. My strengths lie in communication between disciplines, taking the seed of an idea and bringing it to life, and rapidly bringing together knowledge and expertise from disparate fields to create solutions.
I currently work for Founders Intelligence, where I help large organisations plan their strategy around emerging technology. Previously, I spent four years at BT as a strategist in Global Services (where I help plan for the next generation of IT services for large multinationals), as a manager in Consumer's digital retention team (transforming the way BT deal with their existing customers online), and as an Insight Analyst in BT Group, using insights from data analysis to drive company-wide transformation in leadership, learning, and culture.
I have a PhD in inclusive design from the University of Cambridge's Engineering Design Centre. My research focused on applying theories of intrinsic motivation to user interfaces design of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to encourage adoption, learning, and use. More information about my research is available on the EDC website. I was funded through the Marshall Scholarship and the Cambridge International Scholarship.
I was class of 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I majored in Mechanical Engineering (Course II) and minored in Brain and Cognitive Science (Course IX) and Music (Course 21M). My primary concentration was in dynamic systems, controls, and robotics, but through my studies of psychology and experience doing User Interface (UI) design with British Telecom (BT), I eventually became most interested in engineering design. At MIT I pursued my interest in Cognitive Science through a UROP at the Kanwisher Lab, where I used fMRI and TMS to investigate cognitive processes. Additionally, I was a member of the pilot class of the Gordon Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program.
I grew up in Boulder, CO. I have been playing the violin since the age of five, studying with Harold Wippler in Colorado, and was then active in the music department at MIT as a student of Antoine Van Dongen and a member of the MIT Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society. I was also a four-time recipient of an Emerson Music Scholarship and in 2008 and 2009 was a recipient of the Ragnar and Margaret Naess Award for exceptional talent and commitment to private performance study as an Emerson String Scholar. In 2009, I won the MIT Concerto Competition and subsequently performed Ravel's Tzigane with the MIT Symphony (MITSO). I also attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2005 and 2006 as a student of Herbert Greenberg. I continued playing music in Cambridge, UK as a member of the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra (CUCO) and the Cambridge University String Ensemble (CUSE).
At Cambridge, I also became involved in competitive ballroom dancing through the Cambridge University Dancesport Team. I have continued training and competing in London.