Executive Team

Lucrezia Bisignani

Co-Founder,
CEO
– Rome, Italy –

Lucrezia is a graduate of Singularity University and the Oxford School of Drama. She is also the founder of Staanoi, a Rome-based non-profit dedicated to providing 21st century skills to high school students.

Alexandre Terrien

Co-founder & Strategy
– Paris/London –

A Harvard and Singularity grad, Alexandre has a background in building highly innovative startups and communities. He sits on the board of One/Thousand, a global community of millennial leaders.

Alessio Vinciguerra

CFO
– London –

Alessio is a former banker at Deutsche Bank where he worked for several years in the Private Equity group. He has also worked in several VC backed companies where he holds advisory and strategic roles.

Stephen
Haggard

Digital Education & Testing
– London – 

A digital education expert, Stephen has worked for UNESCO, the EU, and the British Council  in emerging economies. He is a regular adviser for education ministries, universities, and educational companies.

 

Julian Pickard Garcia

Marketing &
Research

– New York –

Julian has expertise in digital market, business development and data analytics. He helped to build Google’s Tech & Telecom advertising business in Europe and is now a marketing leader for Google in the US.

Clara Muthoni

Field Manager
– Nairobi –

Clara is a Computer Science graduate from Kenyatta University and currently doing a Masters in Development Studies. Her passion is to empower children to live a life of purpose through education and a dignified childhood.

John Muiruri

Partnership & Community Manager
– Nairobi –

John is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He has +30 years experience  designing and implementing education and development interventions for street children and residents of the slums of Nairobi. Among the projects are Amref Dagoretti Child in Need and Mathare Youth Sports Association.

Magdalyne Kanjejo

Distribution Coordinator
– Nairobi –

Magdalyne graduated in journalism from University of Nairobi. She is a fellow of the YALI program and she is a current fellow of the Amani Institute SIM program. Her passion is to increase access to quality education for all.

Advisors

Dr. Helen Abdazi

Literacy Advisor
– Washington – 

Helen spent 27 years at the World Bank and knows 19 languages. Her research in cognitive neuroscience helps improve low-income education and made early-grade reading fluency become an international priority.

Chia Chin Lee

Gaming Advisor
– Seattle –

Chia Chin Lee is an entrepreneur and game designer with 2 exits (Sony + Playdom/Disney). He has a deep passion for building products and businesses that combine entertainment, technology, and media.

Dr. Prasad Pram

Adaptive learning Advisor
– Palo Alto –

Prasad is the founder of Gooru Learning, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to building technology for education. Previously, Pram spent his career leading products and R&D at Yahoo!, Google and Xerox.

Paolo Barletta

Funding Advisor
– Rome –

An entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Paolo is the CEO of Barletta Group as well as an investor in early stage startups and Myllennium Awards. Paolo is Kukua’s fundraising lead.

Teresa Mbagaya

Edtech Africa Advisor
– Nairobi –

Teresa is the education lead at Microsoft for East & Southern Africa. She’s a member of Forbes 30 under 30, a former Googler, Econet and a Yale graduate. Teresa is our local advisor helping to consolidate partnerships and build our network.

Education Team

Carolyne O’Connor

Content Developer
– Rome – 

Carolyne graduated from College of Education and Human Development at GMU, Virginia. She has been teaching first grade and kindergarten internationally for over 10 years and is currently a Primary School teacher at Marymount, Rome.

Oloo
Ochieng’

Content Developer

Oloo holds a BA degree in Kiswahili & English Literature from Kenyatta University. He also founded Nairobi Swahili Enterprises which offers training, translating, editing, proof reading, transcribing and interpreting services. He is passionate about languages, music & dance.

Amal
Tarcha

Curriculum &
Content Developer
– Syria –

Amal is Syrian native speaker, with extensive years of arabic teaching experience in elementary schools in Aleppo. She graduated in Social Sciences in Rome, is a professional Arabic Interpreter, intercultural and linguistic mediator.

Emanuele Caroppo

Head of
Psychosocial well-being

– Rome –

Emanuele received his Ph.D. in “Advanced Research in Mental Health” from “Università Cattolica” of Rome where he is also Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst and General Secretary of the Research Center. Author of multiple publications and books on migrant’s psychosocial well being.

Judy
N. Malala

Swahili Curriculum & Content Developer
– Nairobi –

Judy developed SEMA’s Swahili curriculum and content. She has been a primary school teacher for over +10 years in schools in Nairobi. She now tutors children with reading and writing difficulties.

Product Team

Chief Nyamweya

Screenplay & Narrative
– Nairobi –

Chief is a graphic novelist, illustrator, and entrepreneur. He graduated from Singularity University, published over eight books and produced as many animated films with his Nairobi-based studio, The Tsunami.

Lara Oliveti

Producer
– Modena –

Lara is the founder and CEO of Melazeta. She has +15 of experience in building games, digital entertainment and edutainment products for premium brands. She was also part of the first Italian masters in multimedia technology.

Jonathan Gervasi

Game Designer
– Modena –

Jonathan is a game designer and writer with a real passion for creative projects. He has +10 years of experience in building online and mobile games with Melazeta. He also wrote a Science Fantasy Book Series.

Luca Pinciani

Mobile Developer
– Modena –

Luca is a an IOS software developer at Melazeta. He graduated in computer engineering at the university of Parma and holds classes on 3D graphics in important Italian universities and multinational companies.

Miguel Guercio

Character Designer
– Modena –

Miguel was born in Caracas but his passion for directing and scenography lead him to the Comics International School of Animation in Reggio Emilia. At Melazeta he is the animator and character designer of games.

Daniele Poma

Digital Animator
– Modena –

Daniele is a natural artist and creative. He graduated at the Istituto d’Arte e Accademia where he studied comics and animation. He is the artist at Melazeta where he works on illustrations, storyboards and animations.

Carla Campana

Project Manager
– Modena –

Carla is Project Manager at Melazeta with a focus on educational games and projects. She obtained a RAI-organized masters in Multimedia in Florence and a degree in modern literature at La Sapienza University in Rome.

Andrea Felicioni

UI Designer
– Modena –

Andrea has +8 years of experience as UI and UX designer at Melazeta. He graduated at the Istituto d’Arte and holds a master as a multimedia graphic designer. Graphics and photography are his passions.

Luca Passini

#EnterpriseDev
– Modena –

Luca is SEMA’s support technician. He graduated in computer science at the university of Modena and worked as enterprise developer with 8+ years of experience in programming.

Phoebe Garret

Orginal Music Composer
– London –

Phoebe graduated from a Masters in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music in London. She loves composing a wide variety of music, especially for animation and children’s media.

John Sibi-Okumu

Lead Male Voice Over
– Nairobi –

John is well known in his native Kenya as a man of the arts and television host. For many years he was a teacher of French, a language which he studied at the Universities of Nairobi and Toulouse.

Phy Mwihaki

Lead female Voice Over
– Nairobi –

Phy is a Kenyan singer and actress. She came in second at the Airtel Trace Music Star competition, won Maisha Superstar competition and released an album.

Naman Tarcha

Storyteller &
Syrian Culture Lead
– Syria –

Naman is a Journalist, presenter and tv reporter, born in Aleppo in Syria, graduated in Communication in Italy. He has significant experiences as researcher and expert in Middle Eastern geopolitics, society and cultural issues.

Partners

GAME DEVELOPMENT PARTNER

FEASIBILITY PARTNER

TECH PARTNER

STORY ANIMATION PARTNER

CONTENT PARTNER