We empower developers and networks to build future applications

New applications are posing unique challenges for global infrastructure: from smart cities, immersive worlds, & autonomous machines — the way we connect is changing.

The scale of this challenge requires a more intelligent approach to distributed computing. One that involves getting more out of what we have, and making the most out of what we build.

We believe that the way physical infrastructure interacts with software needs to evolve significantly — we are building the technology to achieve that, paving the way for a more autonomous, smart & immersive future.

Meet the Team

Mahdi Yahya

CEO

Mahdi is an entrepreneur, investor & telecommunications executive. Having spent over 10 years building networks in data centres across the globe and leading high calibre teams in industries spanning telco, design and tech, Mahdi is no stranger to delivering global scale technology strategies.

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Paul Smith OBE

Chief Operating Officer

Paul has been working with and alongside technology companies for over a decade; coaching entrepreneurs, leading innovation projects and successfully exiting the VC-backed AI business he co-founded. In 2019, Paul was awarded an OBE for services to technology.

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Jose Domingos

VP Telco Strategy

José has 20+ years experience in Telcos and in design and architecture of very large scale systems. He is passionate about technology and loves to be outdoors, trekking up a mountain, cycling on a forest trail or on a long beach walk.

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Melissa Doré

VP Operations

Melissa is the backbone of the company; she supports on wider strategic decisions as well as being responsible for day to day operations. After spending the last 5 years working closely with telcos and multiple 5G stakeholders, she’s obsessed with future networks.

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John Sibly

Head of Software Engineering

John’s background spans multiple industries and technologies, having most recently focused on video streaming for the last 5 years, and leading teams across mobile, games consoles, VR and the web serving content to millions of customers globally. When not tinkering on IoT side projects, you'll find him planning and riding his next cycling adventure.

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Hanna Lewis

Chief of Staff

Hanna has been embedded in the startup world as a serial Chief of Staff, and loves an opportunity to learn something new or jump into the unknown. Her focus is to drive scalable operational and financial processes at Ori that support our growth, and in her spare time enjoys the vast array of food on offer in London.

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Andy Joel

Director of Infrastructure Engineering

Andy has spent the last 20+ years working for multinational software organisations in financial services and IT security, leading globally distributed teams in the design and operation of large scale, low latency distributed systems on cloud and hybrid platforms. Outside of work Andy can be found in the interminable battle between rabbit and veg patch.

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Richard Dawson

Sales Director

Richard has worked in the Telco, Media and Technology space for more than 25 years enabling organisations to deliver consumer relevant content and applications across networks worldwide. When not doing this, Richard can often be found trying to stop his wilful Labrador from stealing every ball in sight.

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Nikola Pentchev

Customer Success Manager

Nikola has successful track record in delivering large scale implementations for leading telco providers around the globe. He has worked in 11 countries worldwide and has established himself as a professional with strong customer focus. He is passionate about technology and organisational efficiency. When not busy with customer engagements, Nikola can be heard playing his trumpet and can also be seen wandering to the next thrift store trying to snatch that forgotten vinyl record or dusty book!

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David Nicol

Senior Product Manager

David is a Product and Agile specialist, with 10+ years of experience working across various business, and technical roles on a number of the largest initiatives in Financial Services. Having most recently headed up an R&D initiative for a key Digital Consultancy. He’s passionate about digital platforms, cloud technologies, system & design thinking to drive; outcomes, experience, and value for users.

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John Nathan

Senior Manager Talent Acquisition

It's a simple mission... 'Raise the bar with every hire for Ori and take everyone’s career as seriously as you would your own'. Fifteen years of recruitment experience has taught John that hiring, developing and keeping the best talent ain't easy, we all have a part to play and John loves it!

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Rorie Clarke

Junior Software Engineer

Rorie has over 3 years of experience within several sales, marketing, and social media roles. During lockdown, he decided to take the leap of faith and rebuild himself as a Junior Software Engineer with help from Makers Academy. If he's not knee deep in a coding tutorial, you'll find him at one of London's many street food markets.

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Liam Bennett

Chief Platform Architect

Starting out in Physics academia, Liam has since been in startups building robust and scalable solutions for internal operations and customer facing products. He is hugely passionate about Go, distributed systems and training for marathons.

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Symion Edwards

Junior Software Engineer

A career-changer, with professional experience within higher education and the public sector, Symion's journey into software engineering began in 2020 where he found a passion for web development and front end design. He enjoys cinema, discovering new music and befriending dogs at the park.

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Jack Hughes

Lead Software Engineer

Jack has been a developer for over 8 years, starting with humble roots in writing cheats for MMO games, to moving into fintech startups that rival the dinosaur banks. He has a desire to build distributed and highly available systems that the whole world can consume.

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George Billson

Agile Delivery Manager

George creates highly interactive and transparent environments to enable developers to deliver their best work. An Economics graduate and ex-business analyst, he's excited about agile software development principles, electronic music and trail running.

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Jon Starling

Principal Infrastructure Engineer

Jon has spent 20+ years working in the infrastructure & networking space in various service provider & enterprise organisations. Passionate about technology he’s built and transformed infrastructure throughout his career. He lives in the Cotswolds with his wife and two children.

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Chris Galloway

Principal Infrastructure Engineer

Chris has been working in the enterprise SaaS security solution space for 15 years, building and operating globally distributed, highly availability application infrastructure in production. Chris lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and two beagle dogs, and can often be found driving fast in circles on a race track.

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Adam Furminger

Principal Infrastructure Engineer

Adam has been working in IT for the past twenty years, primarily within the enterprise internet security sector. His experience has taken him from front line customer support to building and supporting highly available globally distributed systems. When not working or playing with computers, he can be found watching programs on food and cooking or in the gym.

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Rich Hardy

Principal Infrastructure Engineer

Rich has 15+ years working in IT infrastructure, starting off working nights in a NOC, and ending up building IT platforms. When away from his computer Rich likes to search for treasure with a metal detector, go camping in Pembrokeshire and watching, occasionally playing rugby.

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Rabieh Fashwall

Software Engineer

Rabieh is a passionate developer who has spent the last eight years building applications for a multitude of mobile operators. When he’s not exploring new tools and coding, he’s usually found hunting for some kickass STEM toys for his twins.

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Etienne Baudry

Lead Software Engineer

Etienne has over a decade of experience in web development and has been building pretty neat user interfaces for companies all over the world. Him and his girlfriend are in love with many places and cities, where they go spend all of their time eating.

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Jaafar Yahya

Software Engineer

With over six years of experience in software development, Jaafar is focused on delivering innovative systems to developers. He is excited about cryptocurrencies, motorbikes, distributed computing and the future uses of blockchain.

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Matt Shimwell

Lead Software Engineer

Matt's main aim is to build technologies that help people in their daily lives. Since starting to code in his early teens, he's worked in fintech, e-commerce and film production. In his spare time you can find him with his son, walking in the Peak District or writing music.

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Harry Lawrence

Software Engineer

With a passion for contributing to open-source, Harry is a software engineer with over a decade of experience working with operating systems, compilers and functional programming languages. In his free time he enjoys playing musical instruments, particularly the guitar and more recently the piano.

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Advisors

Charles Gibbons

As Chief IT Architect & Head of Software Engineering at The Francis Crick Institute, Charles’ speciality is biological AI. Previously Lead 5G Architect at BT & EE, he delivered the UK’s first major 5G deployment and has worked with multiple telcos including Vodafone Group and Liberty Global.

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Nick Button-Brown

Former chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, Nick has 20 years of tech & games industry expertise with a career boasting 9 years at EA and 5 years at Crytek. He recently helped grow Improbable to secure more than $500m in investment from backers such as Andreessen & Horowitz and Softbank.

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Steve Pickavance

Steve is an innovator, author & global executive with 25 years experience designing, integrating & operating infrastructure globally. He is CTO of Cisco’s EMEAR Customer Experience arm and is deeply passionate about helping next gen mobile operators & clouds achieve the impossible.

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Vincente Sanchez

Vicente was previously COO of Microsoft Spain, and led the global CRM SaaS Business in 35 countries. He now consults on digital transformation, Data & Analytics and Commerce/Payments; his academic formation counts Telecommunication Engineering and a GMP from Harvard Business School.

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