Hailing from over 20 countries, our multidisciplinary team spans restorative neuroscience, neurotechnology, brain-computer interface, robotics and game design.
A neuroscientist, engineer, entrepreneur and member of the international advisory board of the Brain Forum, Tej is the founder and CEO of MindMaze. Born to a family of physicians in Hyderabad, after studying Electronics Engineering in India, he moved to Switzerland in 2004 to pursue his PhD at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).His research topic, Neural Mechanisms of the Embodied Self: Merging VR and electrical neuroimaging, was the starting point for his pioneering vision to create a computing platform that captures neural and ambient signatures based on intent.
Olaf is founding director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He also directs the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at EPFL and is Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of Geneva. His research is dedicated to the neuroscientific study of multisensory body perception and its relevance for self-consciousness by using a broad range of methods such as the neuropsychology, invasive and non-invasive electrophysiology, and brain imaging in healthy subjects, neurological and psychiatric patients. Most recently he has pioneered the joint use of engineering techniques such as robotics and VR with techniques from cognitive neuroscience and their application to systems and cognitive neuroprosthetics and neurorestorative care.
Henk is an entrepreneur and clean energy visionary, who has dedicated the past decade of his career to the research, development, advocacy and implementation of renewable energy sources. He’s a leading global advocate for space exploration as the Chairman of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems and the founder of the International MoonBase Alliance, a group dedicated to building the first colony on the moon. He spent his early career in Japan as a video game developer and publisher, gaining distinction for producing the country’s first major role-playing game, The Black Onyx. Then went on to revolutionize the video game industry by securing the rights for the blockbuster Tetris, which 30 years later remains a bestseller and global icon of gaming culture.
Mark is a hugely respected figure in the global insurance and asset management industry, and is credited with turning around the fortunes of many non-performing operations. Starting out in his native New Zealand, Mark spent the next 14 years in Asia, culminating in a role as CEO of Asian insurance giant, AIA in 2009. Mark navigated AIA successfully through the global financial crisis and through a restructure that led to one of the largest IPOs in corporate history. He joined Aviva as Group Chief Executive Officer in 2013, and refocused and rebuilt its financial strength, growing its market capitalisation from £11 billion to over £20 billion. Listed in the 2017 Debrett’s 500 List as one of the most influential people in finance, Mark is also a champion for sustainable business and is a global commentator on the role of business in society.
Andrea can draw upon more than 25 years of leadership experience at global media and entertainment brands. Most recently, she served as the president of international TV production at Sony, which involved her overseeing 18 production companies and creating nearly 1,300 hours of entertainment each year. Previously, Andrea was the president and CEO at Lifetime Networks where she drove revenue and profit to record levels. Andrea serves on the advisory board of Liberty Media Corporation and a number of other media and entertainment societies and organizations. A graduate of MIT with a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Stanford University, Andrea is also a Governor of the British Film Institute and a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Jean-Luc brings valuable global healthcare market expertise – including in the field of rehabilitation technology – to MindMaze, having spent three decades representing major US healthcare companies. He provides guidance, support and expertise to boost awareness of, access to, and the affordability of healthcare services. He also provides business model innovation advice, helps to identify and secure new opportunities, and supports strategic thinking, operational efficiencies, and talent management.
An advisor to the board, Simon is a former KPMG chairman who brings a wealth of experience to MindMaze as it develops its technology and expands into new markets. He spent 19 years with KMPG and occupied roles as Global Head of Transactions and Restructuring, Chairman and Senior Partner. Since he exited in 2017, Simon has undertaken various new projects at Chairman and Non-Executive Director level. He also co-founded Gold Collins Associates, an advisory firm that provides specialist support to organisations as they navigate new business environments.