The what3words Team

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Chris Sheldrick
Co-founder & CEO

Chris worked in the music business for 10 years, booking bands and managing production for events around the globe. Chris was constantly frustrated with suppliers not finding site entrances, and bands not finding their way from the hotel to their gigs. He tried distributing addresses and GPS co-ordinates for years but both failed him on numerous occasions – he was certain there was a better way: what3words was born.

 


Jack Waley-Cohen
Co-founder & COO

Jack led the operations of translation company Lingo24 for 8 years: during that time he led its growth from 5 home-workers to 150+ staff on 4 continents. At the same time, his passion for quizzes led to him founding QuizQuizQuiz, the UK’s largest quiz event business. Immediately prior to what3words, Jack was involved in the creation of Property Detective, a service to help people make better decisions about moving home.

 


Mohan Ganesalingam
Co-founder & Head of Research & Development

Obtaining the top first in the Mathematics Tripos (the ‘Senior Wrangler’) in 2001, he indulged his passion for languages and completed an MA in Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic where he won a university prize for the best results in the Cambridge English Faculty. He went on to do a PhD on “The Language of Mathematics”, winning the Europe-wide E. W. Beth Prize for outstanding dissertations in the fields of Logic, Language, and Information. On the basis of this work, he was then selected as a Research Fellow at Trinity, where he spent six years studying language and cognition. Mohan co-designed the what3words system and wrote the subsequent what3words AutoSuggest algorithm. When not working on what3words, Mohan enjoys volunteering with a variety of children’s projects around Cambridgeshire.

 


Giles Rhys Jones
CMO

Giles has spent 20 years in advertising, the last 10 at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, one of the largest and most awarded agencies in the world. Specializing in global digital strategy his clients included Unilever, Dove, IBM, HP, British Airways, Cisco & Philips. With them he has won awards for ground breaking integrated, digital, mobile, social, outdoor campaigns and developed a brand inspired prime time entertainment TV show. He loves innovative new approaches helping to set up teams, divisions & agencies including, Saatchi Vision, Agency.com, AgencyRepublic, Ogilvy Labs UK, Ogilvy Entertainment UK.


Clare Jones
CCO

Clare’s background is in the development and growth of social enterprises, including with London-based impact investment firm ClearlySo. Her previous experience includes setting up 2nd Chance, which helps young Londoners into work, and working with NGOs in the UK and abroad. She is interested in the power of innovative business to change the world, and sits on the board of various UK social enterprises. She studied for an undergraduate degree in English, with her graduate degree in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge. Clare also volunteers with the Streetlink project, doing health outreach work with vulnerable women in South London.

 


James Humphreys
CTO

Born and raised in Brussels, James has a research MSc from Durham University in AI and Computer Vision. His first role was at QAS (now Experian) working on address management systems. He has since worked at Ocado, designing and writing advanced analytics systems such as the in-house routing and mapping systems, and going on to lead the Routing Systems team. James then spent over 4 years in a hands-on role at BP, to become Head of Optimisation and Data Science. In his time at BP, he wrote global logistics optimisation engines, built up an Optimisation team from scratch, and designed machine learning models for decision analytics. James was involved in the early days of what3words (back in 2014), when he wrote the first offline implementation of the what3words system. In his spare time, James enjoys swimming and family time on his narrowboat.

 


Camilla Taylor
CFO

Camilla has spent 15 years involved in the development and growth of young companies, on both sides of the finance table – previously as CFO of electric vehicle tech business, Saietta Group, where she was responsible for closing over £5m in investment and grants, running a strategic acquisition, and building robust financial systems. Prior to that, she made and managed private investments for an AIM listed £300m clean energy fund. Camilla studied Biological Sciences at Oxford and holds an MBA from London Business School / Columbia NYC. She firmly believes in the role of enterprise and tech to deliver solutions to global problems, and enjoys running and nature.


Olivia Rzepczynski
Head of Communications

Olivia spent the first 11 years of her career at Ogilvy & Mather, where she grew from a graduate trainee, to EAME digital lead, to integrated lead on key global clients such as Philips and American Express. She has a passion for all things digital and content, and was a key leader in developing Ogilvy’s innovative branded entertainment, content studio and efficient digital video production capabilities. She serves as Head of Communications at what3words, leading the operations and growth of the company’s PR and marketing efforts. When not in the office, Olivia is typically trying to cross another thing off her fittingly ambitious bucket list. That, or she’s in the gym.

 


Tom Mursell
Head of Growth

Tom has a wealth of entrepreneurial experience. When he left school, he founded (and later sold) the leading recruitment website for people who didn’t go to university. Since then Tom has worked with several tech companies & high profile entrepreneurs. His focus on strategic partnerships & biz dev has seen him work with a varied group of partners ranging from Alibaba to easyJet to Lloyds Bank. Tom is an alumni of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation where he sat on the alumni advisory council, and he has been awarded various accolades for entrepreneurial achievements.

 


Anne-Claire Blet
Partnerships Director – Postal Services

Anne-Claire has spent the last eight years at the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the United Nations agency for postal services. There she helped the postal sector innovate, moving them toward more sustainable and efficient operations and ensuring the 200+ Posts rose to environmental challenges. She also fostered social initiatives that leveraged the role of postal services in our communities, using the outreach capacities of the postal network to raise awareness about health issues. She highlighted the importance of postal services when disasters strike, and advanced the tools that ensure Posts are prepared for and can recover from natural disasters. Anne-Claire’s passion is in helping business work with a purpose.

 


Alex Perez-Fragero
Strategic Partnerships Director

After 6 years in finance at Credit Suisse amongst others, Alex took the leap and founded his own start up. Obsessed with efficiency, he developed a European door-to-door multi-modal travel aggregator which compared Air, Rail, Ferry and Coach options. The MVP led him to be asked to join JUMIA Group in Paris to build the first flight aggregator for Africa. He also headed up Business Development for their Hotel vertical, JUMIA Travel. This involved initiating and executing on partnerships with major Pan African MNOs, Banks and Travel entities. When not working you’ll often find Alex trail running or walking his concerningly aggressive sausage dog, Wilma.

 


Ashley Marie Cashion
Strategic Partnerships Director

Ashley spent nearly 9 years at CNN International working from CNN’s London, Abu Dhabi, and New York offices at various points. She managed the Middle East advertising business from Abu Dhabi, then returned to London to cover Africa. Ashley is passionate about making the world less wasteful and more efficient. Outside the office, she also sits on the UK board of a South African-based non-profit organization, Thembalitsha, which develops people to a place of self-reliance by providing services in education, healthcare and training. Ashley loves to travel and explore new cultures, but equally to cycle around London on her new wheels.

 


Lyndsey Duff
Country Manager, South Africa

A native Joburger, Lyndsey has spent her entire career promoting the interests of – and opportunities in – South Africa. Most recently she was responsible for inward investment at the South African High Commission UK, after stints at the Palace of Westminster and the South African Chamber of Commerce. She’s a London School of Economics alumna and a self-confessed geography geek. Ask her to name the capital of Honduras.

 


Uyanga Munkhbold
Country Manager, Mongolia

Uyanga spent six years working for Khan Bank, the largest commercial bank in Mongolia, following her graduation from the University of Humanities. While working with Khan Bank, she also established her own language services provider, Double Check Translation. Uyanga also completed a Master’s Degree in International Business at Brunel University London, having been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She is passionate about establishing new innovations and developments in her home country for the benefit of Mongolia. Outside of work she enjoys socialising, meeting new people, and making the most of her time with her family.

 


Richard Lewis
Partnerships Director – Travel and Tourism

After hitchhiking to Afghanistan from London, via an unplanned few months in the Greek Islands, Richard had caught the travel bug. He has now spent over 35 years in travel, hospitality and service industries visiting 85 countries for business and pleasure. Senior roles have been held at Preferred Hotel Group, CNN International, Forte and Le Meridien Hotels, FPP, Best Western and JA Resorts & Hotels. He has a deep understanding of Digital Transformation and Disruptive Innovation after helping to pioneer changing travel booking patterns with WorldRes in the late 1990s and launching Clickworker’s crowdsourcing platform in the UK in 2010. Along the way, he invented a word game, launched by Hasbro as Boggle Master.

 


Georgina Edobor
Head of People

With almost 10 years in HR, Georgina has spent the last 5 years of her career working in advertising for one of WPPs most prominent agencies. Whilst at university, Georgina took a year out and assumed the role of General Manager at her family’s nightclub in London. She has developed a natural passion for all things business and innovation, particularly where people are concerned. Away from her role at what3words she is fuelled by fast moving objects and seeing the world.

 


Jamie Brown
Head of Languages

Jamie is a Masters graduate in Applied Linguistics, and has previously worked around the world on linguistic, translation and project management contracts, including in Brazil, Kenya and Uganda, as well as coordinating large datasets and editing journal submissions for international research. Time spent away from what3words commonly includes a combination of tennis (playing/watching), music (playing/writing) and camper van travels.

 


Josh Wigmore
Product Lead

Josh is an Electronic Engineering graduate and spent over 6 years with Apple in a number of countries and functions, with the majority spent in Product Marketing managing product functions such as launch, strategic planning, internal software development, government policies and pricing. Other than wanting to create world changing products, he enjoys all technology, cars, writing and making music.

 


Imogen van Zaane
Integrated Producer

After a Masters degree in Publishing, Imogen spent 6 years in the weird and wonderful world of fashion quarterly and creative agency TANK magazine producing all things print, digital and video. Two years as Creative Production Director at eg+ worldwide followed and led into the most recent 2 years as Workflow Director at ELLE UK. Throughout the years, the digital revolution within publishing and advertising and the fast-paced fashion industry in constant flux grew her interest in innovation and its ability to contribute to society. In her spare time she loves to invent recipes, roam around museums, binge-read news, run, and tinker on new projects.

 


Tom Blaksley
Partnerships

Tom graduated from Cambridge University where he read Arabic with French and Spanish. During this time he spent a year living in Oman, writing his thesis on Islamic Finance. He has since dabbled in a range of industries, comprising stints in asset management, political consultancy, corporate intelligence, and a period on the British Council’s Middle East desk. Having taken every opportunity to backpack his way around the world and having spent the majority of these trips hopelessly lost, Tom felt he had no choice but to join the what3words team.

 


Geordie Palmer
Partnerships

After graduating from Bristol University in French and Spanish, the first thing Geordie did was drive to Mongolia. He got as far as Kazakhstan. Not disheartened by the adventure, he went on to found and sell a backpacking app providing off-the-beaten track suggestions and tips. Prior to joining what3words, Geordie worked at a VC firm uncovering some of Europe’s future technology giants.

 


Will Johnston
Partnerships

After graduating from Oxford University, Will threw caution to the wind and set off to cycle around the world. Over 2 years, 30000 miles, 42 countries and countless punctures later he returned home, legs aching, to dive into the London tech scene. He worked for 2 years leading the expansion of a fast-growing travel start-up before moving on to join the what3words team. Besides work, Will enjoys almost every kind of outdoor activity and hopes to adventure in South America some time soon.

 


Tom Self
Partnerships

Prior to what3words, Tom was part of the founding team for the UK operations of Gett. Over 4 years he led growth initiatives across all functions – specialising in b2b and PMI. Before this he helped Sidecar Technologies with growth strategy and ran his own high performance marine engineering firm. The use of technology to advance and improve people’s lives is what motivates Tom. He has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, plays squash, and often sails around the Solent where he grew up.

 


Jo Clark
Account Manager

After seven years producing programming for leading UK and International broadcasters, Jo made the jump to the non-governmental sector where she headed up the marketing and communications for Street Child United – using sport to challenge the negative attitudes and behaviours towards street-connected children and homeless youth around the world. Outside of work, you’ll often find Jo enjoying running, playing football, travelling and walking her dog, Moomin.

 


Jamish Vekeria
Product Growth Manager

Jamish is passionate about building products that can improve lives and enhance our experiences. Whilst reading Economics at university, he developed the app ‘Who’s Out?’ to digitalise student nightlife before combining his interests in sport and technology to help launch the fantasy football app ‘SportHero’. Since then he has launched and scaled Uber across the South Coast and went on to become the Head of Safety for their UK operations. Jamish is an alumni of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and enjoys mentoring students hoping to begin their careers at start-ups.

 


Hugo Winn
Growth Analyst

Hugo studied at Durham University and has a Masters from The London School of Economics. He is passionate about technologies that radically improve people’s lives. Prior to joining what3words Hugo was an advisor to the CEO of a major communications firm working in London and Washington DC. He is a contributor at the Huffington Post and has written for LSE Business Review, New Statesman and CapX. In his spare time Hugo is a keen saxophonist and cyclist.

 


Cornel Riviere
Technical Support

From a young age, Cornel enjoyed breaking down computer hardware only to fix it again and recalls his first OS being MS-DOS and being able to access basic games without a GUI. After gaining a degree in Multimedia Technology, Cornel joined startup company Flubit where he established his status as the ‘go to’ for all things technical. He joins the what3words team as our in-house Technical Support expert, where he is keen to explore his passion for hardware configuration, infrastructure and technical problem-solving. In his spare time, Cornel enjoys playing football and dabbling in cryptocurrency, which he believes to be the future!

 


Maddalena Andriolo
Management Accountant

Maddalena has been working in accountancy for the last 5 years, with both UK SMEs and corporates, having spent her early career in Italy working with a local bank. She has a first class honours degree in International Business Studies, and is currently completing the ACCA qualification. She is excited about the opportunities to incorporate what3words in daily life. In her spare time she loves roller-skating with her daughter, and getting beaten by her sons at football!

 


Chloe Day
Operations Project Manager and Accounts Payable

Chloe has been working for what3words since November 2013, and in her years with the company has performed a dizzying array of tasks for the operations and marketing departments. Currently her role focuses on keeping many of the core aspects of the business running smoothly: from day-to-day accounts to customer support, translation requests to helping ensure the team are a set of happy campers. She holds a Master’s degree in Chinese history, and enjoys horse riding and reading all the books.

 


Gemma Higgins
Executive Assistant

Having worked in a number of client-facing support and operations roles, Gemma is passionate about collaborative cultures and delights in improving efficiencies and solving problems. Fascinated both by the power of words, and technology’s potential to make a meaningful impact on global communities, she believes that true innovation is routed in purpose. An avid reader, audiobook and podcast listener – typically psychology, society, science and tech (or anything with footnotes!), she studied Fine Art with a specialism in paper cutting and still likes to retreat to her studio for a bit of solace.

 


Arnaud Ferrand
Lead Software Engineer

Arnaud has a Master degree from Toulouse University in Information Systems, and has spent his career working for major integrators gaining experience in project management and software architecture across a range of industries, including telecoms and mapping. He fuelled his passion for maps working as a software architect for Esri France, before joining what3words. When away from his keyboard, he can often be found rock climbing, or travelling and hiking with his family.

 


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Michelangelo Zampogna
UX & Product Designer

Hailing from Rome, Michelangelo is a 360° UX & Product Designer / Digital Art Director who specialises in conceptualising and brainstorming project ideas and bringing them to life in their truest form. Having worked for the likes of the BBC, The Saville Row Company and Squawka Ltd, Michelangelo has a passion for Branding, Digital & Digital Products and loves to work on projects which test his creative know-how and enable him to be flexible in his approach. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family.

 


Iannish Posooa
UI/UX Designer

Iannish has lived and worked in 5 different countries. He has 9 years of design experience accumulated from multiple large broadcasters to include ITV and the BBC. He also has experience in smaller start up environments, including agencies and the music space. Before joining what3words Iannish led the Commercial Design team at Time Inc. In his spare time, he enjoys bouldering, tennis, attempting to play the guitar and designing obscure indie games.

 


Rachael Holborn
Language Project Manager

Rachael has a First Class Master’s degree in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge. Having focussed on the semantics and pragmatics of language, her research and resulting theory of politeness lead to a key note speech at a recent linguistic conference in New York. Outside what3words, she typically spends her time running and watching documentaries.


Maiju Nurminen
Language Project Manager

Maiju’s background is in project planning and coordination, and before moving to London she had a key role as the coordinator of a major educational reform project in the University of Helsinki, Finland. A keen language geek, Maiju is armed with a Master’s degree in English Philology from the University of Helsinki where she also studied Communication and Social Psychology. Outside of what3words Maiju enjoys long walks and talks, aerial acrobatics, and spoiling her friends with good food.

 


Ria Hearse
Designer

Ria has worked as a Graphic Designer for 4 years, gaining experience working in top Design studios in Hong Kong and Australia. Prior to her design career Ria worked as a leader in one of Australia’s leading general insurance companies. Whilst completing her diploma in Design Ria found time to pursue her love of  the great outdoors and photography. Recently Ria moved to London keen to tackle a new creative challenge, which she is keen to explore at what3words.

 


Maddie Taylor
Copywriter

Maddie has a BA in History and Spanish and an MA in Creative Advertising. She has followed her passion for words, languages and creativity to places as far-flung as Morocco and Guatemala, working in tourism, education and NGOs. Maddie joined what3words after three years as an advertising creative and is the only team member without an address (she lives on a canal boat).

 


Adriano Sganzini
Junior Designer

After gaining qualifications in Photography and Creative Advertising, Adriano began working in the advertising industry. He then followed his passion for new experiences and joined the what3words team. During a six week internship at what3words, Adriano has been working in a variety of different areas, from Design to Editing, Photography to Film. He is now excited to continue developing his talents in these areas, and cultivate his skills for realising new ideas at speed. Outside of work Adriano lets his mind travel and challenges himself every day by exploring different ideas and experimenting with new tools.

 


Edwina Khayat
Junior Copywriter

Edwina moved to London from Lebanon to study Anthropology at UCL. A lifelong voracious reader, she wrote her dissertation on Singaporean ghost stories, then went on to work in creative agencies across Europe. Edwina believes in the power of good ideas and is thrilled to be part of what3words’ journey to change the world. To find her, follow the trail of books.

 


Zolzaya Chultembat
Local Partnerships Manager – Mongolia

Zolzaya joined what3words after finishing her undergraduate degree at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. Whilst at university she worked on the first international business case competition in Japan, and has also been an action plan executor to tackle UN Sustainable Development Goals at World Merit. In her spare time she likes to listen to podcasts, practice yoga and hang out with her grandmother.

 


Steve Coast
Advisor

Steve Coast founded the OpenStreetMap project in 2004 and has seen it grow a million-fold to map the world for free thanks to its ever growing army of regular and casual contributors – similar to how Wikipedia has built its free global encyclopaedia. OSM is the de-facto map for large chunks of the world, and is used in a huge range of applications. Steve has worked at Microsoft and Telenav, amongst others, in a variety of mapping and geo roles, and is a strategic advisor to several companies including offline satnav company Navmii.

 

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