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Makers Empire Ambassadors

Jon Soong

CEO & Co-Founder
Jon Soong

CEO & Co-Founder

Favourite food: Char Kuay Teow (Malaysian Fried Rice Noodles)

Favourite drink: beer - Coopers, Little Creatures Rogers, Epic, Belhaven Twisted Thistle

Place I want to visit next: Malaysia!

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: David Brent, Michael Scott, Omar

Favourite way to unwind: boxing with Rhys

I like working at Makers Empire because: we get to make stuff!

Official bio: After completing a Bachelor in Computers Science (Hons) and a Bachelor of Law (Hons) at Adelaide University, Jon studied a Master of Science (IT) at Carnegie Mellon University on a full scholarship. He then worked in software development at IBM, Internode and the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Jon also founded a profitable web startup profitable with 60,000 users and was responsible for the IT systems and trading platform of a quantitative hedge fund.

ROLAND PEDDIE

CTO & Co-Founder
ROLAND PEDDIE

CTO & Co-Founder

Career highlights: Creating Makers Empire. Winning a BAFTA award for Use of Audio in Crackdown on the Xbox 360. Recording voice actors in 3 different languages on 3 different continents and licensing 150+ music tracks for All Points Bulletin (APB).

Favourite food: Moussaka

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Dave Grohl, Shigeru Miyamoto, Randy Thom (sound designer)

Place to visit next: a snow resort in Japan... or the Mentawai islands

Favourite way to unwind: hanging out with my kids, doing board sports (surfing, skating, snowboarding), and playing music

Likes working at Makers Empire because: it's fun to make things, and to help other people make things...

Official bio: Roland is the creative brain behind the Makers Empire product. After studying computer science at Adelaide University, he worked firstly at Ratbag Games in Adelaide, and then in Scotland with Realtime Worlds where he won a BAFTA for his work on Xbox 360 title, Crackdown. His experience in gaming technology and development coupled with his fascination with learning makes him the ideal person to lead the Makers Empire engineering team.

ANTHONY CHHOY

Executive Director & Co-Founder
ANTHONY CHHOY

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Career highlights: navigated Central European Media Enterprises Ltd through the financial crisis in 2009 and running into former employees and discovering that they have become accomplished leaders and thriving with their career and personal goals.

Favourite food: Sapa grilled pork and goose

Favourite drink: cappuccino and Barossa Shiraz

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Warren Buffet, Pony Ma and Roger Federer

Place I want to visit next: Blue Hole (Red Sea)

Favourite way to unwind: Swimming with my kids, reading and tennis

Likes working at Makers Empire because: of the company’s ability to make a difference to young students, developing their design thinking skills and preparing them for future jobs.

Official bio: Anthony started his career as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Adelaide followed by a two year secondment with Ernst & Young in London. Spent a decade in London and Prague as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations for Central European Media Enterprises Ltd, a NASDAQ listed media and entertainment company. Returned home to Adelaide with his young family at the end of 2013 and met Jon, Roland and Lap…and decided to partner with them to change the world with Makers Empire!

LAP LEUNG

Director of Inside Sales & Co-Founder
LAP LEUNG

Director of Inside Sales & Co-Founder

Career highlights: world's first successful scramjet experiment at Woomera Rocket Range, Guinness World Record with about 1000 students designing in HK. Launching Makers Empire.

Favourite food: Ferrero Rocher

Place I want to visit next: Brazilian F1 Grand Prix

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Batman, Richard Branson and Julia Roberts

Favourite way to unwind: the beach

Likes working at Makers Empire because: they are like family

Official bio: along with Jon, Anthony and Roland, Lap was a co-founder of Makers Empire. After completing his studies, Lap worked as a management consultant at SMS Management and Technology in Sydney and Hong Kong. He also founded consumer application, nepchin.com and men’s fashion label, lapmen.com.

MANDI DIMITRIADIS

Director of Learning
MANDI DIMITRIADIS

Director of Learning

Career highlights: connecting students in Iran and Australia for Makers Empire's Global Design Challenge. Running into former students and discovering that they have now become awesome young adults.

Favourite food: vanilla slices

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Carol Dweck, Sir Ken Robinson and Santa Claus

Place I want to visit next: Russia because I love Babushka dolls

Favourite way to unwind: long drives in the country with my family to find a bakery with vanilla slices.

Likes working at Makers Empire because: I like building something for young people that matters with people who care.

Official bio: Mandi is an experienced and qualified classroom teacher who recognises the power of technology to enhance teaching and improve educational outcomes. She have extensive experience with curriculum development and learning, having previously developed programs for the Australian Government’s Department of Education. She is passionate about Design Thinking and how best to prepare today’s students for the future.

Matt Stuckey

Director of User Experience
Matt Stuckey

Director of User Experience

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: David Chang, Elon Musk, my friend Rob

Place to visit next: Scandinavia

I like working at Makers Empire because: I enjoy the opportunity to create something genuinely useful which will have a positive impact on a great many people. We could potentially inspire millions of students, who knows what they’ll come up with in the future?

Official bio: Matt is an interdisciplinary designer, switching between graphic design, illustration, interior design, product design and top level brand strategy. Perhaps best known for his large scale public artworks, he is equally at home painting in a boom lift, behind a Mac screen or in a boardroom. He enjoys applying his own design skills to help create an engaging platform to inspire future designers and creative thinkers.

Christina Soong

Director of Marketing
Christina Soong

Director of Marketing

Career highlights: running the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. My food and travel blog, The Hungry Australian, winning the Australian Writer's Centre's national Best Australian Blogs 2014 competition. Being commissioned to shoot restaurants and wineries for the 500+ page coffee table book, Flavours of South Australia.

Favourite food: Penang Assam Laksa

Favourite drink: Gin and Tonic. Soy Latte.

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: my kids and my boyfriend. Or Nora Ephron, Tina Fey and Sheryl Sandberg.

Place I want to visit next: Japan (again)

Favourite way to unwind: reading, cooking, visiting markets, weekend getaway, Netflix

Likes working at Makers Empire because: I get to do new things everyday and I'm never bored. And I love being part of a team of passionate and talented people who are helping to create a new generation of thinkers, problem solvers and creators.

Official bio: Christina has worked for over a dozen years in senior management and marketing roles for leading not-for-profits in Australia, Asia and Europe. She has also worked as a food and lifestyle writer, photographer, recipe developer, consultant and blogger.

ANDREW BARTER

Director of IT Operations
ANDREW BARTER

Director of IT Operations

Career highlights: managed the IT for a film/media company in Adelaide for 7 years. Built a successful website from scratch to manage and measure the performance of University supervisors and students.

Food: pizza

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Jack Ma, Bill Murray, Tim Cahill

Place to visit next: New York

Favourite way to unwind: sleep

Likes working for Makers Empire because: technically diverse, great people to work with, company with HUGE potential.

Official bio: Andrew has over 18 years commercial experience in the IT industry across a broad range of projects and technologies. He has extensive experience in IT management, web/mobile development, systems administration, hosting, scaling and support.

Jeanette McConnell

Marketing Executive, USA
Jeanette McConnell

Marketing Executive, USA

Career highlights: performing science shows for K-12 students that involved setting off liquid nitrogen bombs! Having my writing published on the Australian Science Channel! Completing a PhD in medicinal chemistry.

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Marie Curie, Sylvia Riviera, my Grandma

Favourite food: freshly made hot chips

Favourite drink: coffee

Place to visit next: South America... maybe start in Peru?

Favourite way to unwind: Yoga!

Likes working at Makers Empire because: 3D printing is cool! But really, it's great to see teachers and students learning to use 3D printing and then realize just how awesome this technology is!

Official bio: Jeanette is a passionate educator with a strong scientific background. She earned her bachelors degree in biochemistry at San Diego State University and went on to earn a doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of NSW. Throughout her studies she tutored her fellow students. Her experience presenting science shows and workshops to children convinced her of the value of a hands-on education.

Rayan Nathan

Sales Executive, USA
Rayan Nathan

Sales Executive, USA

Career highlights: starting Chipmeup. Final tabling World Series of Poker.

Food: Hainanese Chicken Rice

Place to visit next: Antarctica

Favourite way to unwind: going to the beach

Likes working at Makers Empire because: it has the word empire in the name, and it has amazing potential

Official bio: Rayan works with the sales team and product development team to improve Makers Empire and drive user acquisition. Previously, he co-founded a successful startup with 50,000 users, was a professional poker player, and a market analyst for an Australian energy regulator.

Jess McDonald

Customer Success Manager, Australia
Jess McDonald

Customer Success Manager, Australia

Career highlights: becoming part of the Makers Empire team. Working on Lizard Island as a part of the spa team.

Favourite food: Thai (the hotter the better!)

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Ricky Gervais, Barrack Obama and the Dali Lama

Place to visit next: Las Vegas

Favourite way to unwind: glass of wine in my egg chair

Likes working at Makers Empire because: I am surrounded by an amazing team of professionals who are passionate about expanding the creative minds of the next generation. 🙂

Official bio: Jess joined Makers Empire in September 2017. Prior to this, Jess worked for the South Australian Department for Education and Children Development in various support, liaison and communication roles for several years. At Makers Empire she works closely with Mandi and Kim to ensure school customers are well supported.

Rhiannon Hood

Customer Success Manager, USA
Rhiannon Hood

Customer Success Manager, USA

Career Highlights: Worked in with Tech Startups in Silicon Valley for over 7 years and was heavily involved in the Technology, Wearables and IOT scene. For two of those years, I ran a non-profit that taught underserved youth how to build android apps.

My hometown: San Diego, but I lived in San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA

Three people that I'd like to have dinner with: Oprah, Richard Branson and Steve Jobs

Place I want to visit next: Italy or London

Favorite way to unwind: I'm mesmerized by the beauty of Nature, it's my go-to place to relax and just be.

Likes working for Makers Empire because: I’m a maker at heart, I enjoy helping people, and I want to make technology accessible to all. Plus, I absolutely love Makers Empire software - it's fun, addictive, and I get to play on it all the time!

Official bio: Rhiannon worked in with Tech Startups in Silicon Valley for over 7 years. In that time she was heavily involved in the Technology, Wearables and IOT scene. For two of those years, she ran a non-profit that taught underserved youth how to build android apps. Her background is in Sales and Marketing.

Luke Tansell

Hardware Specialist
Luke Tansell

Hardware Specialist

Career highlight: I'm 21, so the career highlight is working at Makers Empire!

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Simone Giertz, Elon Musk, Richard Branson

Favourite drink: vodka!

Favourite food: definitely Gnocchi Carbonara!

Place to visit next: North Korea. Their culture is so very different to ours, and I'd love to experience it.

My favourite way to unwind: playing online games, or getting out into nature and getting adventurous!

I like working at Makers Empire because: it's a great group of people to work with, and I always like being at the front line of new technology!

Official bio: Luke is currently studying a Bachelor’s of Industrial Design whilst also volunteering at Fab Lab Adelaide. He has been using 3D printing as an industrial design tool for many years. He enjoys sharing his 3D printing journey via the videos he makes for Makers Empire and his own Youtube channel. He believes 3D printing is a technology that will go far and unlock doors we never knew were there, and he is stoked to be at the forefront, doing what he loves.

William Newman

Senior Software Developer
William Newman

Senior Software Developer

Career highlights: Working with software that can literally HCF (Halt and Catch Fire). Seeing a product I worked on in an RAA van in the wild.

Favourite food: a well made hamburger

Favourite drink: beer (India Ale/IPA)

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Neal Stephenson, Larry Wall and Scott Alexander (as the resulting conversation would be absurdly cool)

Place I want to visit next: Japan.

Favourite way to unwind: walking, reading, piano (but not all at the same time!)

Likes working at Makers Empire because: It's an incredibly creative workplace making cool software.

Official bio: William studied engineering at Flinders University from 2006-2009 before joining Redarc Electronics in 2010 as a programmer. He spent his weekends making games, which is how Roland came across him at a local meet-up for gaming enthusiasts. William left Redarc to join the Makers Empire team in late 2017.

Rhys Lindsay

Software Developer
Rhys Lindsay

Software Developer

Career highlight: seeing kids use the Makers Empire software for the first time

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Hideo Kojima, Gustavo Santaolalla, my lovely wife

Favourite food: delicious French toast with bacon and maple syrup

Place to visit next: Gloomhaven

Favourite way to unwind: playing video/board games or writing music on my guitar

Likes working at Makers Empire because: I've been able to turn my passion of making Unity games into a career plus we have a great team who I learn a lot from.

Official bio: Rhys first used CAD software in my engineering degree. Whilst he enjoyed modeling in 3D he found the software difficult to use and somewhat anti-creative. He is now doing something about it now by helping make Makers Empire the world’s easiest to use 3D design and printing software.

Miki Liu

Business Administrator
Miki Liu

Business Administrator

Career highlights: becoming part of the team at Makers Empire. Previously, I worked for the China Leather Association, exported South Australian wine to China, and provided admin support for KESAB for our beautiful Australian Environment.

Favourite food: Sichuan food (hot and spicy)

Favourite drink: green tea

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Xi Jinping, Barack Obama, Bob Iger

Place I want to visit next: Hokkaido, Japan

Favourite way to unwind: reading a book in a cosy place or spa

Likes working for Makers Empire because: it's nice to be part of a family company. Opportunity to learn lots of new tech from amazing professionals.

Ling East

Finance Manager
Ling East

Finance Manager

Favourite drink: Coffeeeeeeeeeee

Place to visit next: The Canadian Rockies (again)

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: The Dalai Lama, The Obama family, Sean Connery

Favourite way to unwind: read a book at a cafe

Likes working at Makers Empire because: of its innovative culture and genuine desire to challenge our next generation to think outside the square.

Official bio: Starting her career and getting her Chartered Accountant qualification with KPMG set Ling up for a rewarding career over the last 20 years through the different phases of her life. Her career has been enriched continuously by the inspiring people she has come across while working in the UK, Canada and the US. At Makers Empire, she works closely with Anthony to ensure the smooth running of Makers Empire's financial activity.

Gil Villaber

Sales Representative
Gil Villaber

Sales Representative

Career highlights: Working and becoming part of the team at Makers Empire.

Favourite food: Spicy Seafood

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Makers Empire Team, Mother, Rowan Atkinson

The place I want to visit next: Totsuki Culinary Academy, Tokyo / Hokkaido, Japan

Favourite way to unwind: playing online games, Dirtbike trail riding

Likes working at Makers Empire because it is an amazing team. They are very cooperative. Plus, 3D printing is sooooo cool! For younger students, 3D printing opens up all sorts of learning opportunities so they help build a brighter future.

Sandra Benolta

Sales Representative
Sandra Benolta

Sales Representative

Career highlights: Work hand in hand "virtually" with the wonderful people at Makers Empire.

Favourite food: Carbonara

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Liza Soberano, Jenelyn Mercado, Julia Montes. They're all Filipina Actresses.

The place I want to visit next: Hong Kong Disney Land

Favourite way to unwind: pig out, eat any food on my way.

Likes working at Makers Empire because our support system is as awesome as our founders. Makers Empire is able to change the way students view education. Who knows, in the next few years, we might be able to change the world with the help of 3D printing.

Official bio: a graduate of BS Nursing at Silliman University and a mother of one. Landed a job as a Bank Teller at Bank of the Philippine Islands after working a few years as an article writer under Daniel Salazar.