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ROLI

Truly multidisciplinary

ROLI is not just a company of specialists, but a community of polymaths creating new synergies between the professional and the personal.

Roland Lamb

Roland Lamb

Job Title
Founder & CEO

After high school, Roland moved to Japan to practise Zen Buddhism. He earned a degree in Classical Chinese and Sanskrit Philosophy from Harvard University. His diverse achievements led to a scholarship to pursue an MA in Design Products at the RCA. There he invented the award-winning Seaboard GRAND and ROLI was born.

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Nick Noden

Job Title
Financial Controller

After a degree in Modern Languages, Nick qualified as an accountant and worked at a variety of tech companies before joining ROLI as Financial Controller. Outside of work, Nick is a not very fast runner, a half-decent chess player, and a fanatical supporter of his son’s U-10 football team.

Yu Kyung Lee

Yu Kyung Lee

Job Title
Senior Product Designer

A recent RCA Product Design graduate, Yu Kyung works with ROLI's product designers. For six years, she taught kids to sing and dance at a Sunday school, and she loves exploring London, cooking and making beautiful leather things.

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Tim Molyneux

Job Title
Executive Associate

With a BA in Japanese and an MA in international affairs, Tim worked as a human rights advocate before his passion for music technology led him to ROLI. Tim works with the CEO and Executive Office team, and he loves hiking, climbing and playing an analog modular synth.

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David Phillips

Job Title
Regional Sales Manager (Germany, Central and Eastern Europe)

As a multi-instrumentalist across several genres, David loves making music. He applies two decades of MI industry experience to expanding ROLI’s international markets, feeding also his love of travel, languages and cultural diversity. He is also family-focused and enjoys exploring the Czech landscape, reading and practicing martial arts.

Lawrence King

Lawrence King

Job Title
Sound Designer & QA Engineer

With years of experience in electronic music production and music technology, Lawrence now works to ensure ROLI and FXpansion products reach the highest possible standards. He enjoys composing, cycling long distances, and spending more time than perhaps necessary to make the perfect cup of coffee.

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Matt Gelder

Job Title
Head of Communications Design

With a wealth of experience across digital and graphic design, Matt has worked in a range of creative agencies on brands such as McLaren F1, Barclays, Umbro & Sky. He enjoys photography, reading and playing sports with his two kids.

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Toby Gladwell

Job Title
Director of Technology for ROLI Studio

Toby's career in the games industry spans three decades and he has been instrumental in driving large scale projects. In addition to software development, Toby has enjoyed playing music from an early age starting with the violin.

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Mimi Smith

Job Title
Talent Acquisition Coordinator

With a degree in Sociology, Mimi is passionate about the study of culture, society and the power of human beings. She uses her knowledge to assist in the important task of growing the ROLI team. She also enjoys listening to R&B, crocheting and competing in dance-off competitions.

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Sherene Perrier

Job Title
Global E-Commerce Manager

A music and tech enthusiast, Sherene leads the strategy for ROLI.COM and maintaining an exceptional customer experience for the brand’s online presence. You can often find her at concerts or dancing with friends around London.

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Sam Ben David

Job Title
Commercial Programme Manager

Sam has worked at several music and tech companies and has been in love with music production since 2011. At ROLI, he uses his marketing expertise to deliver compelling campaigns for our global community. When he’s not at ROLI, you can find him digging for cassettes, photographing musicians and watching Marvel films.

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Thomas Meaney

Job Title
Web Developer

After spending his younger years teaching guitar at a music school in his native Wolverhampton, Tom graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with an MSc in Audio Programming. He joined the web team at ROLI after a role as a QA Engineer at FXpansion.

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Matt Fish

Job Title
Sites & Systems Manager

Before completing his masters and PhD in anthropology, Matt studied sound engineering. He's traveled all over, including building a log cabin in an Alaskan forest. When not building or fixing things for ROLI he is probably riding his motorbike, pointing a camera at something or tattooing someone.

Elizabeth Frascoia

Elizabeth Frascoia

Job Title
Creator Support Specialist & US Operations Manager (USA)

A professional trombonist and singer, Elizabeth has performed globally and on TV shows like American Idol. She now creates opportunities to unite the US music and technology communities and loves learning about food and culture.

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Heen-Wah Wai

Job Title
Content Production Executive

After studying Computing at Imperial College, Heen became ROLI's first Product Demonstrator having now performed at The Royal Albert Hall and Abbey Road. He loves jamming, travelling and eating fried chicken.

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Kieran Salawu

Job Title
Web Developer

After taking a hack day prototype to a stand alone business scale application, Kieran joins ROLI as a Web Developer to unite his passion for technology and music. In his spare time he curates a house and techno label and club night.

Rafael Szaban

Rafael Szaban

Job Title
Principal Sound Designer

Making music and creating new sounds has always been Rafael’s passion. Encouraging the ROLI software development team for yet more features? if it means a better sound, it’s a must for Rafael.

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Chesney Jefferson

Job Title
Personal Assistant to the CEO

With a BSc in Creative Music & Sound Technology and diverse professional experience, Chesney supports ROLI’s CEO. When not at ROLI he can be found performing with his band, exploring hidden corners of London, or learning about nature and science.

Purvi Trivedi

Job Title
Community Manager

As a sound designer, recording artist and recent graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Purvi shares her knowledge and enthusiasm of technology with ROLI creators. She enjoys cultural diversity having lived in many cities, is always up for a challenging trek and can be found singing non-stop.

Jessica Lowrey

Job Title
People Operations Coordinator

Jessica loves being outdoors (when the weather is nice), exploring new places, and is a keen festival goer. With a background in advertising production, she now puts her organizational skills to great use as part of the People Operations team at ROLI.

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Lewis Gunson

Job Title
Software QA Engineer

With a creative and technical background in the games industry, Lewis now puts that to use while testing ROLI software. He’s a composer with a passion for exploring how people can experience and interact with music.

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Jim Veevaert

Job Title
VP Product

For over 20 years, Jim has brought legendary gaming franchises to market including Halo 3, Half-Life, and Counter-Strike. He co-founded Jerry Bruckheimer’s games division, and was the founding GM for Zynga’s Seattle studio. He is excited to bring the art of gaming to the world of music as the VP of Product.

Jared Fountain

Job Title
Software QA Engineer

A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Jared uses his musical and technical background to ensure ROLI’s creators have a seamless software experience. He loves exploring musical styles from across the world and learning new instruments.

Yuta Sugawara

Yuta Sugawara

Job Title
Staff Multimedia Designer

With experience in everything from global branding to product design, Yuta works on design engineering, bringing innovative ideas to life. His philosophy is to always try to strike a balance between rigour and creativity.

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Dewald De Jager

Job Title
Regional Sales Manager (Southern Europe, Middle East, Africa)

Over the past thirteen years, Dewald has helped companies such as GoPro and Garmin grow their sales. A proud citizen of the Rainbow Nation (South Africa), he is excited to drum up Sales at ROLI and you'll be sure to hear him talking about travel, music and tech.

Murtaza Panju

Murtaza Panju

Job Title
Senior Engineering Consultant

A highly experienced embedded engineer who has designed over 60 instruments including award winning medical equipment, Murtaza brings a wealth of knowledge to the development of new products for ROLI. He enjoys playing bridge and badminton.

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Tom Johnson

Job Title
Sales Order Coordinator

As Sales Order Coordinator, Tom bridges the gap between the Sales and Operations team at ROLI. Growing up playing jazz piano, Tom has always had a passion for music as both a consumer and producer. He spends his time playing football, DJing or tinkling the ivories for recreation.

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Shantha Shanmugalingam

Job Title
Chief Commercial Officer

Shantha has a diverse background spanning climate change in government to consultancy to Dyson. At Dyson, he led the company’s first strategy team and latterly oversaw sales and marketing across Europe. He has a PhD in Molecular Biology, and is trustee of Centre for Sustainable Energy.

Dan Weingartner

Dan Weingartner

Job Title
Head of Creator Support

After 15 years touring the world as Keyboard Technician for artists such as Britney Spears, Lionel Richie and Leonard Cohen, Dan now leads the ROLI creator support team. He still tinkers with modular synthesisers and loves physics and cosmology.

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Santiago Ortega

Job Title
Design & Development Engineer - Products & Spaces

An Ecuadorian designer/engineer now designing ROLI's spaces, Santiago helped perfect the production of the Seaboard's elastomer keywave. His designs use the physical and the digital to create playful, unexpected interactions and experiences.

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Sabeen Forster

Job Title
Finance Manager

After completing her Maths degree in London, Sabeen then became a chartered accountant working in both audit and internal audit. She has made her first step into the music tech industry with ROLI as a Finance Manager. Outside of work, if she is not attending various DJ sets, she is boxing.

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Andrew Elmore

Job Title
Platform Technical Lead

Having enjoyed working for both big and small companies, Andrew now leads the front-end and API development team at ROLI. Andrew plays a few stringed instruments, is trying to learn the double bass, and is currently exploring creating digitally manipulated acoustic music.

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Marcus Levy-Chance

Job Title
Creator Support Agent

With degrees in Philosophy and Music Production, Marcus draws upon his experience as a freelance producer and musician in order to provide a high standard of support to ROLI creators. He loves woodwork, making jewelry, playing with synthesizers, and hanging out with his dog, Lexi.

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Xorge Castro

Job Title
Senior NPI and Mechanical Engineer

Xorge has fifteen years of experience in engineering. He is passionate about design, manufacturing and creating groundbreaking products. Xorge is also a salsa dancer and has a black belt in karate.

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Mike Toon

Job Title
C++ Software Engineer

Mike is a software engineer and brings to ROLI his experience of developing video technologies and his academic background in music technology. He enjoys hiking in the mountains, particularly in his native Scotland where he has bagged 7 Munros in a single day.

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Jay Sikora

Job Title
Audio & QA Engineer

As a session drummer, Jay has toured the world and recorded with several platinum-selling artists. Also an experienced mix engineer, Jay applies all of his skills at ROLI by creating unique and inspiring drum content for BFD and our other sound engines. He enjoys cheese, ale and scenic walks.

Danny Siger

Danny Siger

Job Title
National Account Sales Manager

An avid outdoorsman, Danny has taught whitewater kayaking and guided wilderness trips in the Northeast and Alaska and is now dedicated to maintaining the smooth flow of ROLI's sales process. He once paddled alone down the length of the Grand Canyon.

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Makiko Maruyama

Job Title
Software QA Team Lead

With wide-ranging technical experience primarily in software QA and development, Makiko leads ROLI’s Software QA team and is passionate about making continuous improvements for better quality. She is a classically trained pianist and loves playing the violin in a chamber music group as a learner.

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Frankie Burrows

Job Title
Software QA Engineer

Frankie has gained experience performing and composing music across a wide range of genres including funk, ska, and contemporary classical. He is now excited to combine this with his technical knowledge to ensure ROLI's software runs as smoothly as possible. His other interests include photography and a love for sparrows.

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Daniel Siden

Job Title
Hardware Product Manager

Daniel’s years of professional experience cover mechanical engineering, industrial design and entrepreneurship. Originally from San Francisco, he moved to London to attend the RCA and went on to start two design and technology companies in the UK. When time allows though, he loves time with the family, music and board sports.

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Tim Gallagher

Job Title
Chief Finance Officer

Tim grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and brings an extensive background in consumer electronics and supply chain to his role as CFO at ROLI. When not working with innovative technology companies, he can usually be found traveling the world playing golf.

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Sheldon Gabriel

Job Title
Hardware Programme Manager

A background in civil engineering and a BSc and MA in musical instruments makes Sheldon uniquely suited to manage ROLI's hardware programme. Sheldon likes to make acoustic instruments in his free time.

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Laura Murden

Job Title
Head of Channel Marketing

Laura has worked in the tech industry for over 14 years, from small scale and start up enterprise to global blue chip market and world leaders including TomTom. Before work Laura can be found running the streets of east London or at a Barre class.

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Alex Volmer

Job Title
Tech Support

When not answering support requests from his dog-filled office in Germany, Alex is writing and recording songs with Fallow Deer Fawn. He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf with a diploma in social education and an MA in Culture, Aesthetics & Media.

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Jon Beyer

Job Title
Social Media Manager

With extensive experience heading up social for brands, most recently Etsy, Jon has a passion for finding new creative ways to engage and grow online communities. He's also a seasoned bassist who holds a degree in Popular Music Performance and a love for the UK's craft beer scene.

Ian Larter

Ian Larter

Job Title
Manufacturing Operations Manager

Ian was selected to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition in London in 2015 with a new product and service proposal for sterilising baby feeding bottles. He can be found creating a touch of sustain on his guitar and has performed at the likes of Latitude and the Great Escape Festivals.

Jack Dove

Jack Dove

Job Title
Electronic Engineering Technician

As an electronics enthusiast and experimenter, Jack finds himself in the ROLI Electronics Lab, designing, building and verifying prototypes as part of ROLIs innovative product development and testing process. Jack equally has a background in carpentry and likes to play drums, badminton and read music theory.

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Nico Chatzigianis

Job Title
C++ Software Engineer

With a MSc in Embedded Systems and Music Technology, Nico has worked on developing DSP processors, an audio engine in an immersive chamber and an interactive video mapping experience. At ROLI, he focuses on software that interacts with electronic instruments. He loves swimming, hiking and making music with modular synths or his bouzouki.

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Hong-Yeul Eom

Job Title
Lead Industrial Designer

An RCA graduate, Hong designed the podium for the 2012 London Olympics and joined ROLI to oversee the manufacturing and realization of the product vision. He loves 80s music, Matsuda Seiko and trying new things.

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Nicolas Barrois

Job Title
Logistics Manager

With two degrees in logistics acquired in Paris, Nicolas contributes to the smooth running of the full end to end supply-chain operations at ROLI. You might also find him running through London or digging for some records to fill his collection.

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Elena Garcia

Job Title
Creator Support Agent

Elena studied music in London for 3 years and now works as a Creator Support Agent at ROLI. A keen producer, she enjoys writing music for both herself and others. She makes a mean bowl of pesto pasta and loves dogs, Paris and live music.