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.

Santiago Ortega

Santiago Ortega

Job Title
UX/UI Designer

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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Inayat Shariff

Job Title
Senior Platform Lead

As a product-oriented engineer, Inayat has given form to innovative ideas at multiple early-stage startups, including heading the technology department. He uses this experience to balance the needs of ROLI’s Platform resources. In his downtime, he strives to level up his bouldering and chess skills.

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.

Jack Sutton

Jack Sutton

Job Title
Senior Marketing & Communications Manager

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.

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Jon Beyer

Job Title
Head of Social Media

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.

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.

Edvar Heylen

Job Title
VP of Finance & Corporate Development

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.

Danny Siger

Danny Siger

Job Title
Head of Sales (Americas)

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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Fran Swales

Job Title
Finance Manager

Fran started her accounting career in the music industry and found a passion for working in an environment that combines creatives and finance. Outside of ROLI she loves to travel and be adventurous.

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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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Hong-Yeul Eom

Job Title
Principal 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.

Rhiannon McLaren

Rhiannon McLaren

Job Title
Director of Commercial Operations - Prosumer Division

With a degree in Musical Instrument Technology, she co-founded FXpansion with Angus Hewlett and SKoT McDonald. She brings a passion for innovative music technology to the ROLI team and extensive experience of managing cross-functional product delivery. She loves to free-motion quilt in her spare time.

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Chibesa Katongo-Harris

Job Title
Legal Manager

Chibesa has worked in a variety of legal in-house industries over the years. Originally from Zambia, one of her proudest achievements is supporting a local rural school providing educational resources. Out of the office, she enjoys live gigs, experiencing new food and culture through travel, and considers herself a "self-proclaimed movie critic".

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Joe Hauke

Job Title
Creator Support Agent

After demonstrating ROLI products around the world as part of the Field Sales team, Joe now specializes in providing technical support for ROLI creators. He is a lifelong piano player, musician, and producer who loves to cook spicy food and find hidden pubs in the countryside.

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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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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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Marcus Levy-Chance

Job Title
Creator Support Technical Lead

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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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.

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Jay Bateman

Job Title
Management Accountant

Outside of working towards becoming a Chartered Management Accountant, Jay has traveled to a host of music festivals across the globe. With interests in psychology, especially human behavior and development, Jay’s main passion has always been football.

Rami Naayem

Rami Naayem

Job Title
Senior Product Designer

An international upbringing, a Central St. Martins' Product Design degree, and an electronic music production hobby situate Rami well as a senior product designer at ROLI. He also loves to disassemble/reassemble bits of tech and fixed-gear bikes.

Luke Barton

Luke Barton

Job Title
Director of Digital

Luke is responsible for driving growth by building consumer-insight driven marketing campaigns that inspire, engage, and resonate with ROLI's audiences across all channels. He also oversees ROLI.com, digital marketing, and e-commerce. He is an avid musician, playing experimental guitar in a number of projects – and once cycled from Brick Lane in London to Bangladesh for fun.

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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.

Chris Slater

Chris Slater

Job Title
Hardware Engineering Manager & Staff Embedded 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.

John Griffin

John Griffin

Job Title
Senior Servicing & Prototyping Engineer

With past industry experience in Lighting and Furniture design, John oversees the repair and refurbishment of ROLI products whilst also aiding with in-house prototyping and proof of concept hardware. A two time veteran of the Hackney half marathon, he’s also a keen hiker having visited both Tasmania and New Zealand.

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Daniel Siden

Job Title
Director of Product Management - Consumer Hardware

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.

Sam Morgan

Sam Morgan

Job Title
Chef

Former pit master at some of London’s leading BBQ restaurants, Sam can now be found making innovative vegetarian cuisine in our kitchen. A lifelong collector of records, Sam has been lucky enough to share his love of electronic music at a number of highly acclaimed international parties and festivals.

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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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Dewald De Jager

Job Title
Head of Marketing - ROLI Pro

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.

Jessica Lowrey

Job Title
People Operations & Office Manager

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.

Sophie Solomon

Job Title
Chief Marketing Officer

A graduate of Oxford University & London School of Economics, Sophie builds ROLI’s community of Creators, leading ROLI's global marketing team. She is also a Founder Governor of Hackney New School and a violinist and composer, performing as a soloist with artists as diverse as Paul Weller, Rufus Wainwright and the LSO.

Lewis Gunson

Lewis Gunson

Job Title
Senior 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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Tom Johnson

Job Title
Logistics Manager

As Logistics Manager, 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.

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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Heen-Wah Wai

Job Title
Head of Film and Music Production

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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Thomas Meaney

Job Title
Full Stack 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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Rory Bett

Job Title
Sound Content QA Lead

As a recent Tonmeister graduate, Rory has had a variety of experience in post production and studios. He is excited to be on the ROLI team as a Sound Content QA Engineer. Outside of work, Rory can be found at the local quiz night or at home testing new recipes.

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David Phillips

Job Title
Head of Sales (MI - RoW)

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.

Chris Bews

Chris Bews

Job Title
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.

Ian Larter

Ian Larter

Job Title
Head of Manufacturing Operations & Supply Chain

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.

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Luke Phillips

Job Title
Web Developer

Luke started out playing in electronic bands and scoring music for film. He learnt to code for fun and found himself making musical apps (check out Blokdust which he created alongside two other people). When Luke's not working, he's attempting to be a masterchef and planning road trips.

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.

Jared Fountain

Job Title
Senior 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.

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Raimondo Taibi

Job Title
Product UX/UI Designer

Raimondo (aka RA, all caps) has a decade of experience designing, defining, and launching digital products and a lot more on tweaking sound presets and making bouncy rap beats. He loves collecting sneakers, records and heavy synthesizers/samplers.

Zain Qazi

Zain Qazi

Job Title
Director Financial Planning & Analysis

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.

Tahmima Anam

Tahmima Anam

Job Title
Executive Director

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.

Corey Harrower

Corey Harrower

Job Title
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.

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Matt Gelder

Job Title
Head of Communications Design & LUMI Brand

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.

Ali Barker

Job Title
C++ Software Engineer

Ali is a C++ Software Engineer with buckets of experience building audio plug-ins using JUCE. As a keen musician himself, he likes to build tools for other musicians, and can often be found playing the trumpet across London and at festivals. He's also a keen cycler and likes to go bouldering.

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Chesney Jefferson

Job Title
Creator Support Agent

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

Tom Waldron

Tom Waldron

Job Title
Senior 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.