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Our team

If you’d like to contact any member of the EMEC team, please email info@emec.org.uk or call (0)1856 852060.


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Neil Kermode

Managing Director

Neil was appointed as Managing Director in November 2005. He is directly accountable to the Board for all operations and is responsible for meeting the Board’s objectives for EMEC’s operational, environmental, financial and commercial performance.

T: +44 (0)1856 852061
E: neil.kermode@emec.org.uk

Matthew Finn

Commercial Director

Matthew supports the Managing Director to enable the vision for EMEC growth, providing a business development regime that establishes a firm commercial approach; liaises with developers, funders, and partners; and participates in new initiatives driving growth and revenue.

T: +44 (0)1856 852064
E: matthew.finn@emec.org.uk

Donna Ritch

Finance Director

Donna oversees the finance function and is responsible for corporate governance.  She manages the full range of support services including HR processes and activities, administration, office facilities and IT support and development.  Donna also oversees quality management & contracts management processes.

T: +44 (0)1856 852040
E: donna.ritch@emec.org.uk

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Jonathan Lindsay

Operations and Technology Director

Jonathan has responsibility for ensuring that our operations are planned and executed in a safe and professional manner to meet agreed client objectives. He also deputises for the Managing Director in his absence and provides support in all operational aspects of our work.

T: +44 (0)1856 852009


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Lesley Bews

Quality Manager

Lesley’s role is to manage EMECs Integrated Management System and assist the organisation in maintaining compliance with ISO 17025, EMEC’s accreditation with UKAS. She works with all staff to maintain a system that promotes a culture of compliant working practices and leadership behaviours across the organisation.

T: +44 (0)1856 852234
E: lesley.bews@emec.org.uk

Corrine Sinclair

Contracts Manager

Corrine provides support across the business by ensuring that the appropriate legal agreements are implemented to facilitate the execution of contractual obligations. Corrine develops and maintains the effective contractual processes and management to support the company’s commercial goals.

T: +44 (0)1856 852003

Cath Russell

Office Manager

Cath provides PA support to the Executive Team and acts as Clerk to the Board. Cath coordinates admin support across the company and is lead contact for management of EMEC’s office facilities.

T: +44 (0)1856 852240
E: cath.russell@emec.org.uk

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Molly Harris

HR Manager

Molly manages the HR function including resourcing, recruitment, HR procedures and processes. Molly also leads on the HR tasks in the business support team plan and manages EMEC’s job evaluation, salary review and succession planning processes, acting as first point of contact for all HR queries.

T: +44 (0)1856 852047
E: molly.harris@emec.org.uk

Karen Flett

Finance Officer

Karen provides administrative support to the finance team by assisting with the tracking of budgets, processing invoices and payments, assisting with the annual audit process and assisting with the development and maintenance of all necessary systems, policies and procedures to ensure effective, efficient financial management within the company.

T: +44 (0)1856 852065
E: karen.flett@emec.org.uk

Pete Donald

Administration Officer

Pete provides administrative support across the organisation by providing reception cover, undergoing office health and safety checks, record keeping, liaising with suppliers, travel booking, proofreading and formatting services and general day to day admin tasks.

T: +44 (0)1856 852060
E: pete.donald@emec.org.uk

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Ray Banks

Senior IT Systems Officer

Ray helps to maintain EMEC’s IT systems and software ensuring consistency across the organisation. In conjunction with the project management team, Ray also creates and maintains project information tools using appropriate software, and ensures relevant staff are adequately trained to use them. Ray manages the provision of telecommunications equipment and liaises with external IT providers to ensure services are delivered as required.

T: +44 (0)1856 852046
E: ray.banks@emec.org.uk

Ellie Lott

Administration Officer

Ellie provides administrative support across the support team and wider organisation by assisting with reception cover, travel bookings, proof reading, procurement and HR related tasks including recruitment and the HR system.

T: +44 (0)1856 852210
E: ellie.lott@emec.org.uk

Kyle Leask

IT Systems Officer

Kyle assists the Senior IT Systems Officer with the maintenance and development of EMEC’s IT systems and software ensuring consistency of use across the organisation. Kyle also supports the wider-organisation with the provision of training and guidance documentation, resolving IT issues and reviewing change requests as they arise.

T:+44(0)1856 852213
E: kyle.leask@emec.org.uk


Cheryl Harper

Finance Manager

Cheryl manages the finance function within EMEC including budgeting, managing cashflow, presenting financial reports and leading the audit process. Cheryl supports the Finance Director with the monitoring of day-to-day financial operations within the company and ensures that transactions are recorded accurately and timeously.

T: +44 (0)1856 852001

E: cheryl.harper@emec.org.uk


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Rob Flynn

Commercial Manager

Rob identifies, secures and manages new commercial opportunities to support the long term growth of EMEC. Rob focuses on EMEC’s international collaborations, and building a portfolio of clients and partners from around the world. He maintains EMEC’s presence globally as a trusted partner in the energy sector.

T: +44 (0)7984 078414
E: rob.flynn@emec.org.uk

Lisa MacKenzie

Marketing and Communications Manager

Lisa is responsible for promoting EMEC, its facilities and services, its clients, and wider industry development. She leads the marketing team, managing EMEC’s digital media, events, marketing resources, and media liaison. Lisa also oversees delivery of communications and dissemination work packages for grant funded projects, including ReFLEX Orkney.

T: +44 (0)1856 852207
E: lisa.mackenzie@emec.org.uk

Eileen Linklater

External Relationship Manager

Eileen manages relationships with key stakeholders. With a strong understanding of EMEC’s services and market knowledge, her role involves developing creative solutions for existing clients, as well as pursuing new business opportunities with the wider commercial team and implementing EMEC’s public affairs strategy.

T: +44 (0)1856 852249
E: eileen.linklater@emec.org.uk

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Dernis Mediavilla

Marine Energy Development Manager

Dernis supports the Commercial Manager in identifying, developing and securing opportunities for EMEC to grow its portfolio of wave, tidal and floating wind projects. Dernis leads on engagement with new developers of offshore renewable energy technologies and develops opportunities for testing on EMEC sites and builds and maintains strong networks in the sector, encouraging collaborations between EMEC and key supply chain partners.

T:+44 (0)1856 852218
E: dernis.mediavilla@emec.org.uk

Matthew Storey

Hydrogen Development Manager

Matt supports the Commercial Manager in identifying, developing and securing opportunities for EMEC to grow and develop the hydrogen sector. Matt leads on engagement with clients and suppliers in the hydrogen sector as well as positioning EMEC to deliver on its strategic aims within Hydrogen. Matt and the wider team also focus and developing new services in the Hydrogen sector.

T:+44(0)1856 852067

E: matthew.storey@emec.org.uk 

Caron Oag

Senior Marketing Officer (Hydrogen)

Caron supports the development and implementation of EMEC’s hydrogen marketing strategy, and facilitates hydrogen events and media enquiries. She leads the communications for EMEC’s hydrogen projects including ITEG and HyFLYER.

T: +44 (0)1856 852219
E: caron.oag@emec.org.uk

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Naomi Wood

Commercial Officer

Naomi provides support to the business development team with the engagement of new developers, the handover of offshore renewable energy projects to EMEC project delivery teams and building and maintaining strong networks in the sector. Naomi also supports the development of winning proposals for public and privately funded projects and helps to secure opportunities for EMEC to grow its project portfolio.

T: +44(0)1856 852049

E: naomi.wood@emec.org.uk

Mairead Connolly

Commercial Officer (Hydrogen)

As part of the business development team, Mairead assists the Hydrogen Development Manager with identifying, developing and securing opportunities for EMEC to grow its portfolio of marine renewable energy and green hydrogen projects. This includes supporting the development of proposals for public and privately funded projects from initiation to contracting.

T: +44(0)1856 852216

E: mairead.connolly@emec.org.uk

Richy Ainsworth

U.S Project Engineer

Richy is now located in New Jersey, leading on project delivery and development in the United States. Continuing our work this side of the Atlantic is key to achieving our company vision of a ‘globally successful marine energy industry as part of a clean energy system’. To this end, having Richy based in the U.S brings learning and experience from EMEC to aid growth of the sector in North America.

T: +44 (0)1856 852045

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Dave MacRae

Marketing Officer

Dave assists the marketing team with the implementation of EMEC’s marketing strategy, developing EMEC’s international brand awareness across ocean energy, hydrogen and energy systems sectors. Dave also supports the delivery of project dissemination work packages, and coordinates engagement activities.

T: +44 (0)1856 852212

Jack Breckenridge

Events Officer

Jack coorindates and promotes EMEC’s participation at in person and virtual events, and supports the hosting of visitors to EMEC’s facilities. Jack works to promote event engagement on EMEC’s website and social media, creating and sharing visually engaging graphics and content. Jack organises virtual events to promote EMEC, industry and project progress and disseminate results into lessons learnt.

T: +44(0)1856 852202
E: jack.breckenridge@emec.org.uk

Erika Kemp

Client Relationship Officer



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John Skuse

Operations & Maintenance Manager

John is responsible for leading the Operations & Maintenance team, to ensure assets are fit for purpose, and to ensure all day to day operations are planned and executed safely and in accordance with requirements of EMEC’s Integrated Management System and polices.

T: +44 (0)1856 852231
E: john.skuse@emec.org.uk

Nick Wyatt

Senior Electrical & Performance Test Engineer

Nick ensures that EMEC’s electrical systems meet client requirements and are operated to relevant standards in a safe and efficient manner, ensuring availability of HV electrical connections and a range of electrical measurement equipment.

T: +44 (0)1856 852244
E: nick.wyatt@emec.org.uk

Richard Kilpatrick

Electrical Engineer

Richard assists with the management of electrical safety across EMEC’s sites, including facilitation of new client’s electrical connections, and the maintenance and record keeping of our 11kV electrical system. Richard works closely with the Operations Team and assists with maintaining the availability and correct functioning of electrical systems whilst ensuring HSE policies and procedures are followed.

T: +44 (0)1856 852069
E: richard.kilpatrick@emec.org.uk

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Donald Sinclair

Operations Engineer

Donald assists in maintaining availability and proper functioning of all HV electrical connections and SCADA system associated with the test sites. He also works with developers to solve operational problems of a technical or data-related nature and provides first line technical support at substation sites (wave and tidal) including ‘engineer level’ maintenance of SCADA system.

T: +44 (0)1856 852201
E: donald.sinclair@emec.org.uk

Florence Ungaro

Marine Operations Specialist

Florence manages marine operations and projects across all EMEC and associated sites. Florence manages teams in a project management setting and has sound knowledge of working in the marine environment.

T: +44 (0)1856 852005

Rhoy Philby

Hydrogen Engineer

Rhoy is responsible for the design, development, operation and continual improvement of hydrogen production and fuelling infrastructure at both company and customer owned locations. Rhoy acts as a subject matter expert for all hydrogen systems and provides guidance and technical expertise to projects relating to hydrogen.

T: +44(0)1856 852060
E: rhoy.philby@emec.org.uk

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Jerry Gibson

Operations Technician

Jerry supports the final assembly, installation, commissioning, service and maintenance of all EMEC’s hydrogen assets. Jerry ensures that all executed service activities are based on hydrogen and electrical safety standards working according to EMEC’s health and safety processes on all sites; as well as managing large and small equipment improvement projects in the plant.

T: +44 (0)1856 852243
E: jerry.gibson@emec.org.uk

Dave Wakefield

Operations Technician

Dave’s role is to maintain and operate EMEC’s assets to a high standard, assist the management of site operations and support the delivery of EMEC’s technical verification services.

T: +44 (0)1856 852233
E: dave.wakefield@emec.org.uk

Pierre-Olivier Azémar

Operations Technician

Pierre-Olivier supports the Operations team in maintaining and ensuring good operation of EMEC’s assets to a high standard, assisting with the management of site operations and support the delivery of EMEC’s technical verification services.

T: +44 (0)1856 852248
E: pierre-olivier.azemar@emec.org.uk

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Baptiste Mathie-Claverie

Engineering Technician

Baptiste supports the provision of testing services for marine energy devices owned by EMEC’s clients and to ensure high availability of all EMEC facilities and equipment. He also provides technical support for EMEC owned and operated hydrogen production and storage equipment.

T: +44(0)1856 852060
E: baptiste.mathieclaverie@emec.org.uk

Angus Brown

Maintenance Technician, Eday

Angus carries out preventive and corrective maintenance at the Eday substation and Flaughton Hill. He helps to manage the facilities within the substation, laydown area and grounds, assisting with first line technical support across EMEC’s infrastructure including its newly installed hydrogen plant.

T: +44 (0)1856 852205
E: angus.brown@emec.org.uk


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Caroline Lourie

Technical Manager

Caroline supports EMEC from a technical perspective by managing the technical delivery team, driving the delivery of technical projects and overseeing the monitoring of new technologies and assessing their potential to ensure maximum value to the company and sector.

T: +44(0)1856 852225

Scott Crawford

Senior Systems Engineer

Scott is developing the instrument and control system for EMEC’s hydrogen and electrical assets within the ITEG project.

T: +44(0)7701 368650
E: scott.crawford@emec.org.uk

Donald Leaver

Senior Operations Engineer

Donald supports the acquisition, maintenance and streamlining of all statutory consents required at EMEC or other identified sites. Donald contributes to EMEC projects by providing environmental technical expertise.

T: +44 (0)1856 852245
E: donald.leaver@emec.org.uk

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Tiago Martins

Metocean Data Engineer

Tiago supports the Technical team with EMEC’s metocean data collection, quality control, criteria development and provides support to various stakeholders with regards to metocean information.

T: +44 (0)1856 486056
E: tiago.martins@emec.org.uk

Ana Couto

Acoustic Engineer

Ana develops and supports delivery of EMEC’s environmental monitoring services, including acoustics, for clients and within national and internationally funded R&D projects. Ana works with the operational team to plan and deliver environmental surveys at test sites and offsite as required. Ana also develops test plans and procedures to ensure full quality assurance measures have been implemented.

T: +44 (0)1856 852060
E: ana.couto@emec.org.uk

Amy Sutcliffe

Environment and Consents Officer

Amy supports the Technical Team with supporting the acquisition, maintenance and streamlining of all statutory consents required at EMEC or other identified test sites. Amy will also deliver consenting and environmental technical expertise into EMEC projects.

T: +44(0)1856 852044
E: amy.sutcliffe@emec.org.uk

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Cristina Martinez Lozano

Performance Test Engineer

Cristina supports EMEC’s services into collaborative R&D projects focussed on marine energy device testing and performance assessment, adhering to standards and assisting with accreditation audits. Cris also works with developers and other project partners, managing the progress and delivery of EMEC’s projects and ensuring outputs are delivered on time and within budget.

T: +44 (0)1856 852247
E: cristina.lozano@emec.org.uk

Craig Dibb

Performance Test Engineer

Craig supports EMEC’s services into collaborative R&D projects focussed on marine energy device testing and performance assessment, adhering to standards and assisting with accreditation audits. Craig also works with developers and other project partners, managing the progress and delivery of EMEC’s projects and ensuring outputs are delivered on time and within budget.

T:+44 (0)1856 852209
E: craig.dibb@emec.org.uk

Alyona Naberezhnykh

Research Engineer (iDCore)

Alyona is currently working towards an EngD through the EPSRC Industrial CDT in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) programme and will be based at EMEC for three years. The work will consist of development of data driven turbulence models for tidal site characterisation as well as assessment of turbulence impacts on turbine performance.

T: +44 (0)7584 434418
E: Alyona.naberezhnykh@emec.org.uk

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Luke Evans

Research Engineer (iDCore)

Luke is currently working towards an EngD through the EPSRC Industrial CDT in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) programme, and will be based at EMEC for three years. The work will consist of development of the power performance assessment for IEC guidelines in conjunction with real-time data capture to aid control systems.

T: +44 (0)7563 146480
E: luke.evans@emec.org.uk

Candice Watson

Mechanical Engineer

As part of the technical team, Candice is responsible for the delivery of testing services into projects and the management of developer projects across EMEC clients to time, and quality. She supports the technical team with inspection services and risk management.

T: +44 (0)1856 852217

E: candice.watson@emec.org.uk


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Paul Pinkerton

Head of Projects

Paul leads EMEC’s project management office, overseeing the portfolio of projects, ensuring outputs are delivered on time and to a high quality. Paul manages the overall progress and delivery of EMEC’s projects, including the management of partners, funders, clients and stakeholders. Paul works closely and flexibly with EMEC staff from across the business, with a focus on close liaison with the Commercial Team.

T: +44(0)1856 852230
E: paul.pinkerton@emec.org.uk

Carly Tait

Project Manager

Carly manages EMEC projects, ensuring they are delivered on time and to a high quality. Carly also manages the delivery of communication and dissemination work packages for EMEC’s grant funded projects including TIGER and FORWARD2030.

T: +44 (0)1856 852204
E: carly.tait@emec.org.uk

Susan Learmonth

Programme Finance and Procurement Manager

Susan manages the implementation and success of the portolio of project activities and finance performances to manage EMEC’s procurement strategy. Susan supports the PMO ensuring best value for money and compliance with project requirements.

T: +44 (0)1856 852006
E: susan.learmonth@emec.org.uk

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Lisa Fitzpatrick

Project Manager (OceanDEMO)

Lisa manages the multi-million pound OceanDEMO project to ensure outputs are delivered on time, to a high quality and standard. Lisa oversees the work of the Project Team and liaises and leads engagement with the INTERREG Joint Secretariat.

T: +44 (0)1856 852246
E: lisa.fitzpatrick@emec.org.uk

Danielle Moodie

Project Manager

Danielle manages several EMEC projects, ensuring they are delivered on time and to a high quality. As part of the Project Management Team, Danielle reports on budget planning, cash flow projection, monitoring and control. Danielle supports the Programme Manager and Projects Owners in providing delivery reports on EMEC’s activities at internal and external events.

T: +44 (0)1856 852041
E: danielle.moodie@emec.org.uk

Nithiananthan Vejayan

Project Manager

Nithiananthan manages EMEC projects to deliver outputs on time, and to a high quality. Nithiananthan oversees the work of the project team to ensure delivery of the partnership agreement and necessary deliverables, working closely with all staff across the business.

T: +44(0)1856 852060
E: Nithiananthan.vejayan@emec.org.uk

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Leonore van Velzen

Hydrogen Project Manager

Noor manages several EMEC Hydrogen projects and collaborates with the wider project management team, the operations and technical team, the business development team and clients to support the development and delivery of hydrogen related work at EMEC.

T: +44 (0)1856 852223
E: leonore.vanvelzen@emec.org.uk

Craig Gillon

Project Manager

Craig manages several EMEC projects to deliver outputs on time, and to a high quality. Craig oversees the work of the project team to ensure delivery of the partnership agreement and necessary deliverables, working closely with all staff across the business.

T: +44 (0)1856 852236

E: craig.gillon@emec.org.uk

John Begley

Interim Country Manager (Ireland)

John supports the successful delivery of the MegaAWE (Maturing utility-scale Airborne Wind Energy towards commercialisation) project. This includes managing the progress and ensuring outputs are to a high standard, to time and budget, and to the client’s satisfaction.

T: +44 (0)1856 852041
E: john.begley@emec.org.uk

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Carly Banks

Project Administration Officer

Carly provides administrative support to the Project Management Office by assisting with tracking project costs and timesheet processing, gathering evidence for financial claims and ensuring all records are accurately maintained.

T: +44(0)1856 852000
E: carly.banks@emec.org.uk

Sarah Purdue

Project Officer

Sarah provides support to the project management team with planning, resourcing, delivering and monitoring projects as part of the project management office. Sarah collects data to inform decisions on budget, resource, prioritisation or other relevant topics and manages the annual project peer review process, integrating efficient and effective project management tools.

T: +44 (0)1856 852007
E: sarah.purdue@emec.org.uk

Ingrid Ritch

Project Finance Officer

Ingrid provides administrative support to the project management office with staff timesheet processing, contract management, supplier management and assisting the PMO with project claims and any other tasks as directed by the Programme Manager.

T: +44 (0)1856 852060
E: Ingrid.ritch@emec.org.uk


Heather Turnbull

Project Manager

Heather manages several EMEC projects to deliver outputs on time, and to a high quality. Heather oversees the work of the project team to ensure delivery of the partnership agreement and necessary deliverables, working closely with all staff across the business.

T: +44(0)1856 486057

E: heather.turnbull@emec.org.uk


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Andrew Baldock

Andy is a Chartered Engineer and has a Masters in Renewable Energy. Over the past 15 years, Andy has directed over 100 person-years of marine energy consultancy activity. He has an extremely broad and detailed understanding of all aspects of the challenges involved in taking marine energy concepts to first arrays.

Andrew Hunt

Andy is a chartered mechanical engineer and a Fellow of both the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Society for Underwater Technology. He has extensive subsea engineering experience spanning 24 years including 16 years in marine renewables. In recent years, that included spearheading the development of subsea direct embedment anchoring systems and ROVs. He now works part time for EMEC providing technical support across a number of projects.

Alistair Gray

Alistair served as EMEC non-executive director from 2005–2020. As the senior partner in an Accountancy Practice and serving on the Board of a number of companies Alistair has extensive commercial, accountancy, managerial, board and financial experience in a broad spectrum of industries.

He has specialised in developing and funding renewable energy projects, and has substantial experience in project finance, financial modelling as well as technical, legal, and financial due diligence associated with infrastructure projects.

His experience spans wind, marine energy, hydro, district heating schemes, solar, energy service companies and community energy projects.

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Kris Hyde

Kris studied Physics, Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Manchester. He then worked within the hydrogen industry for 14 years at ITM Power PLC, and is one of the UK’s leading experts in hydrogen technology. He has skills in chemistry, electro-chemistry, process engineering, PLC programming, H&S and project management.

Marcel van Mellaerts

Marcel is a Chartered Professional Engineer with extensive experience in the design, installation and commissioning of renewable power stations and high voltage (distribution and transmission) substations, as well as a variety of industrial plants. Originally from New Zealand, Marcel has delivered considerable electrical infrastructure projects across the globe and enjoys developing innovative and forward-thinking solutions to create a more sustainable future for us all.

Myles Heward

Myles is an experienced Marine Engineer and Surveyor who first joined EMEC in 2017 as a Performance Test Engineer. He now works with many companies offering consultancy services including EMEC, assisting the operations team on a part-time basis with technical, marine and logistical demands.


Chris White

Chris joined EMEC in 2007 as a Senior Electrical Test Engineer. He now works part-time for the company, supporting the management of EMEC’s electrical infrastructure and feeding his experience into various projects.







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