Team

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Simon Gillett, Founder, CEO and Managing Partner
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Simon is an entrepreneur and executive with experience in financial markets (Standard Chartered Bank) and academia. Simon started to buy and build data businesses in 2014, building them sustainably in 8 countries, he now lives in Virginia, USA, with his wife and daughter. Simon is English, speaks 4 languages (6 on a good day!). He is an alumnus of University College London (BA (Hons), MA), the University of Edinburgh (PGDip by Research), the University of Exeter (M.Ed) and the University of Cambridge, and is a past recipient of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council‘s scholarship for Artificial Intelligence. Simon is the Washington DC Ambassador for the International Deal Gateway. In his spare time he enjoys music, sports documentaries, and traveling. He is a Professional member of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

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Pete Nelson, R+D Product Lead
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Pete has 21 years of experience in the IT industry. After completing an MSc in Computer Science in 2000 Pete worked in early stage startups in London and Sydney before returning to the UK and developing safety training systems for UK power generation companies. After joining award-winning agency Tak! Pete went on to found several product companies such as: Workfu (acquired 2012) Mixture (invested in by Redgate) Quickcast (acquired by Lookback Inc in 2015) Pete worked at Lookback for three years before leaving to co-found artisan bakery and brewery: Docker based in Kent, UK where he lives with his family. Pete has worked with AWS since its public launch and continues to enjoy prototyping on the platform.

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Ekansh Gayakwad, Full Stack Data Engineer
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Ekansh Gayakwad is a technologist who has taught over 1000 students and has published 2 academic papers on deep learning. The Founder of U-Learn Academy, Ekansh graduated with a B.Tech in Information Technology from VIT University Vellore. Ekansh codes mostly in Python and speaks English and Hindi.

 

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Veronica Garcia, Customer Service Specialist
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Veronica Garcia possesses a strong background in customer service and administrative support. She is fluent in both English and Spanish (and almost French). Originally from Southern California, USA, Veronica graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Mexico in 2020 and now continues to deliver excellence in Customer Service.

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Taylor Schmidt, Front End Developer
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Taylor Schmidt excels in delivering immaculate front-end design and solutions. Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Taylor is proficient in TypeScript, CSS and HTML. In her free time, Taylor enjoys playing pickleball and spending time with her family.

Joshua Guilbone

Joshua brings his experience of more than 17 years in operations and workforce management to the Global AI Internet Freedom Fund. His knowledge of BPO encompasses customer and technical support and includes management and supervision of teams. Born in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, Joshua studied at Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting. His other passion is fashion design and he has showcased his designs internationally, as well as enjoying playing volleyball and working out.

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