WE ARE

creatives & speculators. diligent researchers. adopters & WE ARE adaptors. technologists driven by the desire for a better, more integrated world.
comprise a diverse array of innovators and practitioners. Together, we are your guide through your next major digital or workplace transformation.

Welcome to Kinestry.

Kinestry is backed by the 20-year track record and $70M+ assets of IT leader, Apolis.

Team

  • ERIC HOLDENER
    CEO
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    ERIC HOLDENER

    Eric is an innovation strategist. He spent over 12 years with Nestle, a Fortune 100 company, in numerous functions both in Switzerland and in the USA. His experience includes driving business and technology transformation initiatives, launching products, conducting large-scale LEAN initiatives and partnering with executive leadership teams on strategic projects to deliver organic growth. He introduced Design Thinking and developed innovative tools to help organizations visualize value and improve their performance. His passion and expertise in organizational alignment, innovation design, and disruptive technologies make him a versatile and strategic thinker who likes to operate in any environment.

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  • DR. ANDREW ZHANG
    CTO
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    DR. ANDREW ZHANG

    Andrew Zhang is one of the leading experts in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Neural Networks, as well as IoT, and Blockchain integration. Serving as the CTO at Kinestry, Andrew leads a long-term technology vision, and is responsible for the applied AI programs, industry thought leadership and advanced technology application. Through his commitment in this role, he has helped Kinestry scale and optimizes product management, talent acquisition, and strategic partnerships. Prior to his current role, Andrew worked as a research fellow at Stanford University, an AI expert at Sharp Corporation on leading AI-powered systems connected to IoT devices for preventive maintenance; and Head of AI at HB, a leading behavioral AI FinTech company. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

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  • PAT HADNAGY
    Client Engagement,
    Senior Director
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    PAT HADNAGY

    Pat is a professional mix of creative and business innovation strategists. After a decade in the film industry working across the globe in Visual Effects, he managed the transformation of product imaging companies from photography to CGI, servicing top Global Ad Agencies and many Fortune 500 clients directly. His work with Dassault Systemes included managing the West Coast offices and the Virtual Garage effort for Honda both in the US and in part globally, and with Accenture, he helped drive the creation of innovative, AI-infused XR applications to support a variety of human-centric, commercial and non-commercial applications. His passion for driving client success is coupled with deep experience in operations, XR, 3D imaging processes, and business innovation.

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  • Rachel Joy Victor
    Director of Strategic Insight and User Experience
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    Rachel Joy Victor

    Rachel Joy Victor is a strategist and designer exploring interaction and engagement in the context of emerging culture and technology. Her strategy work aligns brand, product, and content strategy, centering user engagement and experience throughout. She designs for the breadth of the new content life cycle: from narratives and immersive experiences to tools and platforms to spaces and cities. Rachel draws from a degree in computational neuroscience and a worldbuilding perspective to align emergent systems and human behavior in her work. She has consulted for Disney, HBO, Warner Bros, and Ford, among others.

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  • Ben Broad
    Business Development
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    Ben Broad

    Ben has 10+ years experience in entrepreneurship, entertainment, emerging-technology, streaming, XR, marketing, and design. His expertise includes business development, partnerships, client relations, strategy, project management, and people operations.

    Ben led AT&T Diversity through their first VR marketing project: #BeTheGlow Afrofuturism with Young Paris. He spearheaded concept, execution, and physical activation at the BET Experience and Essence Festival.

    Ben helped one group's technical product go from industry-baffling to industry-leading in 10 months. He vetted market-need, streamlined messaging and value proposition, and created a path to scale. Business grew 8x in that time and the product got a patent.

    Past clients include PwC, NBA, AXA, Microsoft, Unum, Verizon, Conde Nast, BMW, and Fandango

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  • Sirui Hu
    Data Scientist
    Associate
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    Sirui Hu

    Sirui is a Data Scientist Associate at Kinestry. She is now pursuing her double major in Data Science and Quantitative Economics with a minor in Management at the University of California, Irvine. She has conducted research in various industries with a focus on data science. She has worked with data in economics, health care, and computer vision using statistical and machine learning models, such as neural networks. She enjoys discovering new possibilities of utilizing data to tackle real-world problems with programming and statistics.

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  • Yihan Wang
    Data Scientist
    Associate
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    Yihan Wang

    Yihan is a Data Scientist Intern at Kinestry. She is currently a senior studying Data Science and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Yihan is passionate about big data and loves wrangling and modeling the data to deliver constructive insights in a real-world scenario in multiple areas.

    For over 2 years, she served as an undergraduate research assistant in Beier Lab at the School of Medicine at UCI, and has been dealing with hands-on research projects in bioinformatics using statistical analysis and machine learning methodologies.

    Prior to her current role, Yihan built up software engineering skills such as data crawling and database development at a local company in Irvine, which has also broadened up her view of the Data Science career pathway.

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  • Giang Huong
    Project Manager
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    Giang Huong

    Giang is Project Manager at Kinestry. She spent the last 9 years working in 3D/CGI industry, as both 3D Team Lead and Project Coordinator. Before Kinestry, Giang was responsible for all 3D AR/VR/Interactive projects at Sixtrees Viz Comm, one of the four biggest archiviz studios in Singapore. Giang is passionate about dynamic technology, innovative solutions, and keeping a good balance between productivity and product quality.

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  • Gokulnath Chandran
    product development
    Lead
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    Gokulnath Chandran

    Gokulnath Chandran is the Product Development Lead at Kinestry, with seasoned experience in application design, development, and delivery, including automation. Gokul has experience in various product development initiatives, including E-Commerce, Bespoke Application Development, Web and Mobile application developments. His passion for Technology and Innovation leads to finding new and more productive ways to reach goals.

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  • Shalabh Singla
    Director of Analytics &
    Information Management
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    Shalabh Singla

    Shalabh Singla is the Director of Analytics and Information Management at Kinestry. For the last 20 years, he has worked as a Cloud Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Data professional. Shalabh constructs business solutions leveraging a Modern Data Architecture. He helps Kinestry's clients as a trusted advisor and thought leader in evolving existing analytics applications and designing new solutions. Before his current role, he was working as Principal in Cloud Analytics at Kearney. He holds Masters in Business Administration and Bachelors in Engineering degrees.

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  • Ronni Kimm
    Design and Innovation
    Strategy Advisor
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    Ronni Kimm

    Ronni Kimm is a Design and Innovation Strategy Advisor at Kinestry and the Co-founder of Collective Future. Her work has spanned 25 years of diverse partnerships with organizations, creatives, and technologists. Her expertise using human-centered design approaches has helped numerous organizations understand how to solve problems strategically to generate value for their organization. In addition, her most recent work focuses on future visioning and storytelling through human lenses to help clients imagine new possibilities for their future. She has led future visioning initiatives across industries with multiple clients including Autodesk, Ford, and Nike, among others. As an educator, her background includes lectureships and visiting artist/critic roles at the ArtCenter College of Design, California Institute of the Arts, General Assembly, Otis College of Art & Design, Sci-Arc, UCLA, and USC. As part of her exploration of new meanings and forms, Ronni loves to incite conversations and collaborations with brilliant thinkers and doers whenever possible.

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  • JAY velasco
    HEAD OF
    MARKETING
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    JAY velasco

    Jay is the Head of Marketing at Kinestry. He spent the last 6 years working as a branding and digital marketing strategist for various organizations, from nonprofits and startups to e-commerce and finance. Before Kinestry, Jay worked as a digital marketing consultant at Epiphany, Variable, and Create Purpose, where he was responsible for creative marketing strategy, operations, and automation. In addition, Jay is the Community Manager for AI LA and part of the communication team for Farm2People. His passion and expansive knowledge in community development, creative writing and marketing, and emergent technologies provide a holistic marketing strategy approach.

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  • Margot Pessy
    Research + Digital
    Marketing Associate
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    Margot Pessy

    Margot is a Research and Digital Marketing Associate at Kinestry. Currently, she is studying International Business and Marketing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she is a D1 tennis athlete.

    Her experience consists of leading and managing various social media accounts through her school and other organizations – having several leadership positions throughout her college career. Margot founded and presides a HerCampus Media college branch, the #1 media portfolio for college students and Gen Z.

    She brings a natural ability to build a strong community, partner up with brands, and distill complex information in a fun, exciting way. Her most passions include health/wellness, gaining a more profound understanding of emerging technologies, and educating others - bringing her curiosity and a strong sense of creativity.

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Advisors

  • Krista Kim
    Metaverse & Creative NFT
    ADVISOR
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    Krista Kim

    Krista Kim is a contemporary artist and founder of the Techism movement since 2014, promoting the confluence of art and technology, and technological innovation as a medium to further the development of digital humanism. She believes that artists must participate at the vanguard of technological innovation in order to contribute to the creation of future culture during this pivotal period of innovation and disruption.

    Kim sold “the first NFT Digital Home in the world’ and hit an all-time high record sale on Superrare.

    Forbes describes Krista Kim as the “new digital Rothko”, and she was chosen by LANVIN to collaborate on their 2018 fall/winter collection. Kim was the first artist in history to exhibit on the iconic square of Palais de Tokyo Museum and the Museum of Modern art of Paris for Nuit Blanche 2018. Kim earned her Masters of Arts Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts / Goldsmiths, University of London in 2014. She completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of Toronto.

    Krista was a keynote speaker for “Art for Healing” during Paris Healthcare Week 2018 for UIA - PHG, one of the working bodies of the UIA, the Union International des Architects or International Union of Architects, with members from all continents and a growing participation from more than 60 countries since 2012.

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  • Pico Velasquez
    Metaverse + XR Architect
    ADVISOR
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    Pico Velásquez

    Pico Velasquez is a computational architect, multimedia director and Metaverse visionary. She comes from a background in performing arts, professionally trained as a ballet dancer to studying architecture and mathematics, followed by a master’s degree with the highest distinction from Harvard University in computational design.

    Pico has collaborated with esteemed artists, architects, and industry leaders designing experiences, buildings and master plans. Her data-driven designs span across multiple scales and mediums, including mega structures, brand experiences, buildings of the future, video games, blockchain/crypto platforms, and NFT art. These include Google’s new headquarters, the Elysium memorial with Cirque du Soleil, master planning for the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, creative direction for the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, game architect for the first environmentalist platform Superforest, and the founder of the immersive theatre, Ombiia.

    Pico uses gamification with behavioral design to create immersive, interactive, and culture-centered experiences that envision the future of a sustainable ecosystem for the Metaverse, a hybrid model that seamlessly integrates our physical and virtual worlds. She is also an international lecturer, trusted advisor to art and entertainment institutions, and is currently working with selected clients on their upcoming virtual transformation that will impact the future of our built environment, our culture, and people's lives.

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  • Yves Bergquist
    AI STRATEGIC
    ADVISOR
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    Yves Bergquist

    Yves is an AI Strategic Advisor at Kinestry. He is a researcher and the director of the “AI & Neuroscience in Media” Project at the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), where his team is researching new methods and applications drawn from AI and neuroscience for the media and entertainment industry. Yves is also the founder and CEO of Corto, an AI startup developing software tools to help media makers and marketers understand stories as algorithms and use deep audience data to optimize their distribution across all formats including film, TV, and advertising. Corto is in Private Beta with a handful of studios and advertising agencies, and is already actively used to develop film, TV and branded content.

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  • todd Terrazas
    AI senior
    ADVISOR
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    todd Terrazas

    Todd Terrazas is a social entrepreneur, collaboration catalyst, and the Executive Director of the Artificial Intelligence Los Angeles Community (AI LA Community). Todd founded AI LA, a California non-profit to provide an open and inclusive platform for civic education, sustainable community development, and innovation. Our mission is to catalyze innovation for social good through education, conversation, and collaboration. Prior to creating AI LA, Todd was a technology entrepreneur. He founded Brainitch — a social enterprise developing an emergency response system for music festivals and large gatherings. The company evolved into custom software development for clients where he pioneered the use of chatbots for musicians and live events and created a consumer research chatbot named H.A.N.S. (Helpful Automated Nexus System). Todd is passionate about education and sustainability. He sits on multiple non-profit boards, including LA’s BEST, Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA), and Arts District Community Council (ADCCLA). Todd is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he focused on the entertainment business and short-form storytelling

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