We are creatives & speculators. We are diligent researchers. We are adopters & we are adaptors. We are technologists driven by the desire for a better, more integrated world.
We believe that innovation in the workplace is crucial for survival and leads to richer futures. But we are also humans who believe in humans. We believe that healthy human to machine relationships are necessary for any thriving company of the 21st Century. We know innovation is often daunting, but we are here to help. We comprise a diverse medley of innovators and practitioners and together, we are your guide through your next major digital 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • CLAIRE mirran
    digital marketing
    intern
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    CLAIRE mirran

    Claire is a Research and Digital Marketing Intern at Kinestry. She is currently studying Communications and Business at the University of Southern California. Her experience consists of working at a variety of startups within Technology and Entertainment, with a focus on marketing and research. Claire is passionate about technology, innovation and design, as she is also a member of the marketing team at Troy Labs - the premier startup accelerator at USC - working to promote an innovative and market disruptive mindset to the university entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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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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Advisors

  • Kian Gohar
    STRATEGIC
    ADVISOR
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    Kian Gohar

    Kian Gohar is Strategic Advisor at Kinestry on AI and Frontier Technologies. Futurist and innovator, Kian Gohar inspires the world’s leading companies to harness innovation and new technologies to build a better future. He is Founder & CEO of Geolab, an innovation lab in Los Angeles that explores innovation moonshots to tackle grand challenges. He’s worked with the XPRIZE Foundation, served as the faculty of Singularity University, been a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. A master facilitator, he has coached the CEO and leadership teams of over 50 companies in the Fortune 500 on innovation and disruptive technologies, and been featured in global media like CNBC and Axios. He’s a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

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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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  • Hannah cortez
    FUTURE OF
    WORK ADVISOR
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    Hannah cortez

    Hannah Cortez serves as an HR Advisor for the questions related to the Future of Work in AI. Currently, she is the HR Director of Apolis and supports Kinestry’s People Operations. With more than 12 years of experience working in all aspects of human resources, Hannah is committed to leveraging innovation & technology to support employees, build culture and drive organizational growth. Prior to joining Apolis, she served as the director of human resources of McChrystal Group, a leadership development and management consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Hannah is passionate about employee development and is committed to the proactive and responsive understanding of employee and business needs. Hannah holds a master’s degree in human resources management from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.

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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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