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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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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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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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Dewald De Jager

Job Title
Head of Sales (MI - RoW)

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

Jack Sutton

Jack Sutton

Job Title
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.

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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Heen-Wah Wai

Job Title
Senior Film & Music Producer

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.

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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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.

Konstantin Hess

Konstantin Hess

Job Title
Head of Relationship Marketing

Having extensive experience in education, science marketing, and as a brand manager in music technology, Konstantin is now the driving force behind ROLI’s education initiatives and user learning experience. He loves his dog Hugo, produces techno music in his spare time and runs his own record label.

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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Rory Bett

Job Title
Sound Content QA Engineer

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

Chris Slater

Chris Slater

Job Title
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.

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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.

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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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.

Tom Poole

Tom Poole

Job Title
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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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Sherene Perrier

Job Title
Global Head of E-Commerce

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.

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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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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Sabeen Forster

Job Title
Interim Financial Controller

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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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.

Michael Bugh

Michael Bugh

Job Title
Sound Recording Engineer & Studio Manager

With nearly ten years audio engineering experience, Michael has been developing expansion packs for FXpansion's BFD software, carrying out Quality Assurance testing, and creating product audio demos. When not bringing these skills to bear at ROLI, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, playing the guitar and cricket.

Lewis Gunson

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.

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
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.