The Team

The Team



Co-Founder & CEO

Jason is a visionary leader with a passion for emergent technologies. He has a proven track record of identifying early-stage, high-growth technology markets and executing business as a first-mover.

He co-founded one of the first internet companies in the UK, which won a global award delivering to an international blue-chip client base.

His background is in designing electronic, computer and software systems for the oil & aerospace industries.

Jason holds a 1st Class MEng (Hons) in Electronic Systems Engineering from Aston University.

Jason is a regular speaker at events and AI panels including: Milken Global Conference, China Britain AI Summit, 4YFN, Unbound, DigitalK, Pitch@Palace, French Tech London and the Lisbon Investment Summit.



Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist

George obtained his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge.

His expertise includes Topological Data Analysis, Bayesian Statistics and Artificial Neural Networks.

George has developed AI systems for a number of different industry sectors using these methodologies to achieve state of the art performance.

He has been the recipient of multiple awards and is a regular speaker at global conferences on the issues of cognitive science and neuro-computational modelling.



Data Scientist

Kate is a data scientist working across a range of high-impact Artificial Intelligence projects at illumr.

She has a particular interest in diversity and ethics within AI, and has recently implemented cutting-edge AI techniques within Rosa to remove bias from any type of dataset.

As an accomplished AI software developer, Kate is a champion of women at the current frontier of technology and was recently invited to join the panel of female thought leaders at the Murray Edwards College Cambridge International Women’s Day Event.

Kate holds a 1st Class MEng in Electronics & Information Science from the University of Cambridge.



Head of Research

Bob is a researcher and lecturer in MSc Advanced Computer Science at The University of Birmingham.

He is one of the managers of the University’s HCI (Human Computer Interaction) Centre and the Deputy Director of CERCIA (Centre of Excellence in Research in Computational Intelligence & Applications) which is a research and knowledge transfer organisation specialising in nature-inspired computation.

Bob’s Computer Science department were ranked No.1 in the UK according to The Guardian’s League Table in 2014.

Bob co-created the original illumr software and has overseen all research to-date.



Investor Director

Jat’s background is in Sales and Marketing.

He is currently a Senior Executive at Fujitsu in charge of Retail.

Jat was previously in charge of Strategy and Innovation in the Office of the Global CTO at Fujitsu.

Prior to Fujitsu, he co-founded a venture in Human Capital Management software which was successfully sold to Oracle.

Jat holds a BSc (Hons) from Brunel University.



Latin America CEO

Hector was most recently the Commercial Director at Solucoes Usiminas – one of the largest steel producers in Latin America.

He is a highly experienced C-Level executive with an outstanding record managing P&Ls and implementing new business models based upon open innovation and intrapreunership.

He is also a passionate entrepreneur and angel investor in various markets such as Craft Beer, Mobility, Retail Tech and Energy.

Hector has lived in 6 countries and speaks 4 languages and holds a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance & Strategy from Clark University in Massachusetts.

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Advisory Board Member

Nick is the founder of DataSift, the real-time social media data-filtering platform.

He also founded TweetMeme, the leading platform delivering social news, which quickly built an audience of millions in over 30 countries, and created the now famous ‘retweet’ button.

Nick is a regular speaker at events such as TechCrunch Disrupt, Le Web, Future of Web Apps, The Next Web and Strata and has spoken at SXSW and FOWA.

He was recently named one of Financial Times 50 Top Tech entrepreneurs in Europe.



Advisory Board Member

Rana is the Director of Analytics & Information Management for Deloitte.

He was previously Director of the Global Data and Analytics and Insights Lab at KPMG. He then joined IBM as a Partner in GBS, leading the Financial Sector in Europe for Cognitive and Analytics. He is currently at Deloitte, leading the AI/ML offering within the Consulting AIM practice across all sectors.

Rana is pleased to be part of Illumr as he firmly believes that Illumr is probably the only platform that is truly capable of creating an unbiased hypothesis.

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Advisory Board Member

Hanadi was the Founder of Accelerate Cambridge and is an Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

In 2019, she became the Managing Director of CMS Ventures – an early-stage investor based in Cambridge investing in Biotech & Life Sciences start-ups.

Hanadi is often invited as a guest speaker on forums, debates and conferences on the topic of entrepreneurship; her work to support entrepreneurs earned her recognition as one of the Maserati100.

Born in Lebanon and raised in France, she is fluent in English, French and Arabic and speaks another four languages.