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.
Lead 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.
Staff Software Engineer
Formerly developing Kontakt at Native Instruments, Timur now works closely with Jules and the rest of the JUCE team to further develop the JUCE framework. Timur holds a PhD in Astrophysics and loves learning languages, progressive rock, and science fiction.
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.
Director of Manufacturing & Business Operations
With deep experience in manufacturing and engineering operations at all levels, Gareth now focuses on the development and scalability of ROLI's technical systems and processes. He represented Great Britain in Taekwondo for two years, winning two gold medals in the World Championships.
Artist Program Manager
Josh has always been surrounded by music, from recording and touring in his band, to operating his own record label through college and university. A business grad, he is ROLI's Artist Program Manager, helping promote ROLI products to a global audience.
Operations and Community Manager
A visual artist who loves to-do-lists, creating efficient systems and inspiring pep around the office, Malina is the Operations and Community Manager for the NY Office. Before ROLI, she worked for cartoonist Alison Bechdel on her book Are You My Mother.
Creator Support Specialist
When he's not playing jazz piano gigs, Adam assists Creators as a part of the ROLI Support team. His musical endeavors have taken him across the country, playing a variety of venues including a charity event for the Kevin Spacey Foundation. He is an avid martial artist, writer, and eater of pizza.
Junior Graphic Designer
Originally from Hong Kong, Jenny studied graphic design in Edinburgh, Scotland before moving to London. After gaining experience with branding and experiential agencies, Jenny is now part of the ROLI design team. Besides her passion for design, she has been studying and performing belly dance for six years.
Senior Embedded Software Engineer
Already listed as an inventor on a patent in the EU and the US, Chris’ work focusses on the development of software and electronics for ROLI's next products. He has been DJing on vinyl turntables since he was a teenager.
Originally from Texas, Jordan grew up playing in local bands before studying Computer Science and becoming interested in web development. After graduating, he moved to New York City where he is now working with ROLI's web team to unify his passion for the web with his love for music.
Product Support Agent
With a degree in Music Business, and a strong music recording background, Michelle is now bringing her passion for music to the ROLI Support Team. As a vocalist, she's performed in various locations including many across Europe. In her spare time, you'll find her practicing different disciplines of aerial arts.
Director of Leadership Development
Trained as an anthropologist, Tahmima is an award-winning writer. She also writes a column for the International New York Times. She sits on the board of ROLI, coordinates senior recruitment, and heads woman-forward initiatives to the ROLI team and beyond.
Product Support Agent
With a classical and jazz education in Vienna, Ester is a multi-genre instrumentalist. She recently graduated from Berklee College Of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production and loves to perform and produce music. In her spare time, she enjoys biking along the beach, discovering good food and creating music.
Senior Web Developer
In a past life, Alan co-founded "America's Got Talent" finalists iLuminate, worked on early Augmented Reality systems, and wrote parts of Windows. He now works on Blend.io's social graph algorithms and distributed storage tech. Alan loves coffee, Bach, and exploring desert canyons.
Past work as a photojournalist in Belgium, Japan, and China has given Jim a keen eye for finding order and beauty in the complex. He helps to define and create the visual language of ROLI's digital and print products. He loves the process of preparing beautiful food and drinks.
Logistics and Procurement Manager
With a BA in Philosophy and Contemporary Music, an interest in electronic music production, and music industry experience, Andrew takes responsibility for ensuring the safe travel of ROLI products to customers across the globe.
Sales Operations Manager
After years spent as a musician, student and professional figure skater, Anthony is a music connoisseur and business enthusiast who implements systems and processes to facilitate ROLI’s quickly growing sales operations. When away from his computer he’s likely found enjoying the outdoors on his road bike.
Director of Channel Sales
After 15 years experience in International sales and marketing, Sarah leads ROLI's International sales and partnerships. She is also a published writer, released mix engineer, and award-winning product designer. Any spare time is spent with her family or reading a book on quantum physics, philosophy, psychology or ancient history.
Product Specialist Demonstrator
After studying music engineering and composition at Tufts University, Ruben began recording and performing his original music, working in live sound, and designing new musical instruments. Ruben now uses his knowledge and passion to showcase ROLI’s products all over the world. He also loves carpentry, spicy food, and street percussion.
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.
Staff Materials Scientist & Senior DREAM Manager
With a PhD degree in Materials Science from Imperial College London, Ning researches new sensor technologies and elastomers. He's also an expert photographer, often leading Intro to Photography workshops on Fridays.
Quality & Research Engineer
A background in civil engineering and a BSc and MA in musical instruments makes Sheldon uniquely suited to produce the Seaboard GRAND elastomer keywaves. Sheldon also loves to noodle away on his guitar late into the night.
Artist Relations Manager
A musician and performer who has played festivals ranging from Coachella to Lollapalooza, Brian now develops ROLI and Blend's artist communities. When he is home he loves to make films with his friends, and cook food for his family.
Direct Sales Coordinator
Originally from Greece, Niko's lived, studied and worked as a singer, percussionist and film composer in 4 different countries and speaks 4 languages. He now applies his skills to support and in his free time, practices Wing Chun with friends and writes music and reads alone.
Staff Embedded Linux Engineer
Originally from Brazil, Felipe has lived in four different countries and loves to move around. He makes sure that ROLI's products run at their best. Linux and Open Source are his passion, so for years he has been contributing to it in his spare time.
Staff Mechanical Engineer & NPI Manager
An international background and experience in numerous engineering processes allows Laura to fully immerse in the engineering development of ROLI's products. She is also a passionate traveller.
Talent Administrative Assistant
Karian is a recent Business Management Graduate, and is helping to grow the ROLI team. With an extensive background in Musical Theatre and professionally trained in 5 disciplines in dance, she is looking forward to never wearing a pointe shoe again.
Senior Algorithm Engineer
Previously, Zsolt worked on digital guitar amplifiers at Blackstar Amplification and he now develops ROLI's audio DSP algorithms for the Seaboard and future products. His interests range from guitars to the philosophy of consciousness.
Head of Commercial Initiatives
Joining ROLI from the travel industry, Charles brings with him not only sales experience but a passion for building systems and a sales infrastructure. He also plays bass in a 10-piece funk band and is a skilled snowboarder.
Always a technological tinkerer, Kevin now helps design, build, test and debug ROLI’s innovative products. He is passionate about photography, music production and may or may not think that aliens exist.
Head of Music Experience
Famed for his work with Dream Theater, Jordan is an avid music technologist who pioneers the development of innovative music hardware. He was recently voted the greatest keyboard player of all time in a poll conducted by MusicRadar.
After graduating with a degree in Politics and Economics, Tiffany became a Yachtmaster and competed in the offshore Giraglia Rolex race. She's now part of the finance team and studying to become a chartered accountant. In her spare time she likes cooking for friends, going to gigs and 'dad' dancing.
Product Specialist Demonstrator
Growing up as a classical pianist, Eren graduated from Berklee College of Music in Electronic Production & Design and Film Scoring. Touring around the world as a performer, arranger, composer and orchestral conductor, he has been on stage with a vast array of artists and bands such as Dream Theater.
Senior Web Developer
Dorian McFarland is one of our Senior Web Developers. Coming from a fine art background, in 1998 he built a realtime VRML trip to the moon and back. He lives in Norway halfway up a mountain, takes pictures of the floor and things apart, likes connections, and bakes a lot of bread.
Head of Artist Relations
After working as the Entertainment Relations Manager at Korg USA, Evan now leads ROLI's artist partnerships and endorsements. He is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and Back to the Future enthusiast.
Yu Kyung Lee
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.
Business Systems Manager
Formerly the longest-running Dance Captain at Disney's The Lion King, Zara decided to make use of her Master's Degree and now manages the Daily Operations and is developing the Business Systems at ROLI. Whilst not working, she is tirelessly developing the capability to wear a different pair of shoes every day of the year.
Junior Software Engineer
Ed is delighted to have ended up as a software engineer on the JUCE team. When not at work, Ed can be found reading, playing video games or cycling indecisively through Netflix's catalogue.
Senior Software Engineer
Before he was old enough to enter a club, Vlad was DJing. He now relies on this passion for music as he works with ROLI's software development team on anything from user interfaces to digital audio algorithms. He loves deep house music.
A graduate of the RCA and Imperial College’s MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering, Sol works with ROLI’s designers to create beautifully crafted products. In her spare time, Sol loves travelling to Korea and Germany, her beloved home countries.
Lead Product Integration Engineer
A hardware engineer, software developer, researcher and lecturer with a PhD, Ben identifies where research flourishes into viable IP and then to manufacturable designs. He attempts to learn the complete piano works of Maurice Ravel faster than he is forgetting them.
Product Specialist and Tester Intern
Coming from a diverse musical background, Teerath explores the possibilities that instruments provide. Other than composing, scoring and arranging for movies, and playing the piano, he likes reading popular science articles and trolley problem memes.
Workshop and Facilities Assistant
As an experienced carpenter, with works that include building The xx their stage lightboxes, Jack now exercises his skills renovating and improving ROLI’s dynamic spaces. He has a lifelong obsession with rhythm and aims to be as ambidextrous at ROLI as he is with the drums.
Senior Software Engineer
As a music producer, DJ, and vinyl collector, Lukasz is fascinated by the way people interact with music software and hardware. Inspired by authors like Robert C. Martin, Scott Meyers or GOF, Lukasz strives for writing clean code, that is easy to use, maintain, and enjoyable to work with.
Education Program 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.
Originally from New Zealand, Stephen realized his dream to move to London and is now busy developing new features for ROLI.com. An avid fan of heavy metal, his wardrobe consists almost entirely of band t-shirts.
Workshop & Facilities Assistant
Bekah is a keen carpenter, particularly enjoying large-scale timber-frame building projects. She helped build an award-winning, elements-battling studio on the Isle of Skye, but is also experienced in joinery, and does whatever it takes to make the ROLI spaces as slick as can be. When away from ROLI, Bekah is studying for an MA in Law.
Visual Brand Manager
With considerable technical skill and a refined aesthetic judgement, Julian is the guardian of ROLI’s visual identity. He is also obsessed with the documentaries of Jacques Cousteau.
An international upbringing, a Central St. Martins' Product Design degree, and an electronic music production hobby situate Rami well as a product designer at ROLI. He also loves to disassemble/reassemble bits of tech and fixed-gear bikes.
Staff 3D Product Designer
With years of design experience, Tien cares about how a product looks and feels, bringing his beautiful and thoughtful perspective to bear every single detail of his work at ROLI. He is always seeking new experiences and loves to travel.
Orientation & Learning Coordinator
Coming from a teaching background, Ellie handles many tasks adeptly to ensure the smooth functioning of ROLI's practices and processes. She draws illustrations and also won the 50m Backstroke at the Junior Six Nations Championship.
Creator Support Manager
A member of ROLI customer support, Dave ensures every Seaboard owner loves their instrument. He once wrote music for 36 short films in 7 days and he cycles everywhere, including over a mountain range in Thailand, alone.
Staff 2D 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.
Principal Software Architecture Engineer
An experienced C++ developer and consultant, Jules is the author of the JUCE framework, which powers the apps and plugins made by hundreds of audio tech companies. He also created the Tracktion DAW, used by thousands of musicians for over a decade.
A French-born innovator of Indian descent, Mihir manages ROLI's software ecosystem and data strategy. He earned his PhD at the MIT Media Lab investigating how culture ought to shape music technology. He is passionate about creating opportunities for people to design solutions to solve real-world problems—especially their own. Besides continent-hopping with his family, Mihir loves whizzing down snowy slopes.
With a background fluctuating between music performance and software development, Dimitri now works as a Software Tester for ROLI. He likes playing the drums and baking sourdough bread.
Staff Software Engineer
With a masters in Physics and experience conducting research in particle accelerators, Fabian now works closely with Jules, further developing the newly acquired JUCE framework. He also is a founding member of Fielding DSP.
Manufacturing Process Engineer
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.
After graduating from the RCA, Federico joined ROLI's design team looking at future product development. He prides himself on being able to travel anywhere with just a backpack and is obsessed with anything with two wheels.
Head of Special Projects
After growing up in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, and earning degrees in law and public policy, Charles now assists ROLI's CEO. He loves autodidactism, minimalism and beautifully crafted sandwiches.
Head of Communications
With experience as a finance journalist in the UK, China and South Africa, Will now handles internal and external communications for ROLI. He is also currently the sole member of ROLI's Pre-Morning Meeting Running Club.
Director of Creator Engagement
A graduate of Oxford University & LSE, Sophie builds ROLI’s community of Creators, leading ROLI's global team on Artist Relations, Engagement, Education & Events. She is also a Founder of Hackney New School and a violinist and composer, performing with artists as diverse as Paul Weller, Rufus Wainwright and the LSO.
A musician and recent graduate from the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey, Elliot works with ROLI's software developers and ROLI customer support team to ensure a superlative customer experience. He loves music and music production.
Senior DFM Manager
Holding a degree in mechanical engineering and design from the RCA, Heegun was one of the designers of the 2012 London Olympic podium. At ROLI, he focuses on design, physical production and supplier partnerships.
Senior Community Manager
After completing an MPhys at the University of Leeds, Harry trained as a chef at a seasonal UK restaurant in Covent Garden before joining Mary in ROLI's kitchen, preparing amazing lunches daily. He also initiated the inaugural ROLI Records.
Senior Electronic Engineer
Having broad previous experience, Angus now focusses on looking after ROLI projects and the electronic design of ROLI's products. All his other hobbies have been gladly paused so he can focus on looking after his new son, Oliver.
Digital Marketing Executive
With experience in music tech start-ups, Jack helps to make engaging content and promote ROLI’s online presence. Out of the office you’ll find him on a quiet hike or at a very loud gig.
Hailing from New Zealand, where she managed the country’s largest independent record label, Sharina now assists ROLI’s CEO. She is obsessed with the making and sharing of food and loves music that makes her want to dance.
Export Sales Manager
With a degree in International Development, channel management experience, and a passion for electronic music production, Benn works to ensure more creators have access to ROLI products across the globe.
Creator Support 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.
Vice President of Finance and Business Analytics
After almost a decade in investment banking covering the media and technology space at Citigroup and Allen & Company, Edvar now leads ROLI's finance and business analytics team. He loves to study history and explore new roads on his bike.
Part of ROLI's production team with experience in the lighting and furniture design industry, John's responsible for spraying and casting the Seaboard’s unique elastomer keywave. He loves the outdoors and multi-day hikes.
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.
Senior Talent Manager
With a background in discovering talent for the West End as well as a start-up in Shoreditch, Sarah now helps grow the ROLI team. She is a produced and published playwright and the producer/host of the iTunes New & Noteworthy podcast, Kin. With an image of farfalle tattooed on her wrist, Sarah is never one to say no to a bowl or three of pasta.
Through years of specialised study in Fine Art, Visual and product design, Na Young has extensive experience harmonising her artistic sense with design strategies. She utilizes this daily in ROLI's Design team.
Artist Relations Ambassador
Having worked with the likes of Rod Stewart, George Michael, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Robert Palmer, Steve is a multi platinum selling producer and musical director. Retired from touring the world as a keyboardist and bass player, he's now ROLI's Artist Relations Manager in LA and likes to play golf in his spare time.
Hailing from Sydney, Australia and currently completing his Masters in Business Administration in Technology, Jimmy works with our logistics team to ensure the safe travel of all our products worldwide. An avid music producer, he enjoys searching and sampling old records and is also a big Los Angeles Lakers fan.
Director of Software Products
Formerly Product Manager of Native Instruments' Maschine, Manon oversees software and hardware product development. He's a keen music producer, film maker and die-hard Manchester United fan who loves chocolate-y cereals, and okra.
Director of Hardware Products
With two engineering degrees, two passports and having circumnavigated the globe twice in two months this year, Stephen isn't one for doing things halfway. He currently manages the development of the Seaboard GRAND product family.
Senior Marketing Manager
A marketing background enables Luke to look after the ROLI community on social media, managing and creating content for ROLI's online presence and events. He has cycled from Brick Lane to Bangladesh and loves playing noisy guitar.
With fervent interests in both mathematics and art, Charlotte finds the web a perfect playground. She balances her study of Computational Arts with the development of ROLI’s web applications. Her hobbies include jewellery design and running a YouTube channel for book reviews and discussions.
Staff Spaces Designer
An Ecuadorian designer/engineer now designing ROLI's spaces, Santi 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.
Senior Web Developer
After gaining a BSc in Design for Digital Media in Aberdeen, Chris moved to London and spent the next ten years building a career in web development with some of London's leading design agencies, before joining ROLI as part of the web team. Chris is a lifelong video gamer, and is partial to good food and good sleep.
Matt focuses on digital and web design for ROLI. He once canoed from one side of Scotland to the other in 5 days, is a huge electronic music fan and works throughout the summer at music festivals all over Europe.
Lead Electronic Engineer
An experienced Electronic Engineer with award winning products under his belt, David strives to reach that perfect fusion of hardware and software for new ROLI designs. Still a Physicist at heart, he is driven by an insatiable curiosity and a desire to know what makes things tick.
A graduate of Harvard University, having previously worked as a design fellow for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Lauren helps grow the new product development programs. Inspired by the Kinoks and Interrogative Design Group, she makes experimental video and plays midi for the Wapping Hockey Club.
Director of Developer Products and Partnerships
Formerly Innovation Manager at Focusrite, Jean-Baptiste has extensive industry experience, now being relied upon as he develops the recently acquired JUCE framework. His PhD was on the process of musical composition.
Chief People Officer
Formerly a professional contemporary dancer, Corey works to comprehensively cohere the ROLI community. He co-directs VT's Governor’s Institute on the Arts and is passionate about activism and the discourse related to issues of gender, race, non-human animals and social justice.
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.
With a degree in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College, Chris has a comprehensive passion for all things technology. He develops software at ROLI and identifies as an enthusiastic, highly experimental cook.
With degrees in Accounting and Finance, Andy helps with the smooth operation of ROLI’s accounting and transactional functions. He enjoys playing tennis and football and has a severe case of wanderlust. Having a keen interest in mobile application development, Andy enjoys working on his own projects in his spare time.
Café ROLI Manager & Head Chef
Cooking up delicious lunches each day, Mary's wit and creativity literally feed our team. With a background in location sound recording, film foley and funk-soul DJing, her stereo provides the soundtrack to ROLI life.
Product Specialist Demonstrator
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.
Creator Support Manager
An improviser, composer, pianist, accordionist, instrument designer, and lecturer, Red draws upon his many passions to help creators reach their artistic potential with ROLI instruments. His PhD dissertation examines human-instrument relationships in electroacoustic improvisation.
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 ROLI customer support team. He still tinkers with modular synthesisers and loves physics and cosmology.
Product Support Specialist
From tinkering with synths as a kid to composing music for film and producing electronic music as an adult, Jared directs his love for music production and technology toward his role in support at ROLI. He loves creating delish dishes in the kitchen and hiking the beautiful trails of Southern California.
Senior Software Engineer
With a diverse background in software development, encompassing a PhD in computational quantum mechanics, big data collection frameworks and audio processing algorithms, Tom brings multifaceted expertise to the JUCE team. Before joining ROLI he was developing audio plug-ins at Fielding DSP and creating atomistic simulations of materials. Outside of work you can find Tom up a mountain or in the sea.
Financial Planning and Analysis Manager
Since the days when ROLI's offices were too small to fit a Seaboard, Zain helped the company to develop and grow financially. He likes to dabble in social media and marketing and loves travelling, photography, music and cooking.
Director of Platform Products, Principal Engineer
Passionate about tech, music and design, Alex saw the web as the perfect medium for evolving all three. After leading engineering teams at companies including Google, Meebo and Razorfish, Alex founded Blend, the collaboration network for music makers, acquired by ROLI in 2015.
Embedded Design Engineer
Previously at Cadac working on the CDC8 audio mixing console, Tom is now part of ROLI’s hardware design team, taking care of circuits, PCBs, firmware and software. He's been a musician for years, playing bass in his band, Chroma.