About Converge

Converge builds wireless and cloud-based technologies to help construction companies strike earlier and plan their projects more efficiently. We’re saving the environment one sensor at a time.

Why Converge

It takes manual monitoring, lab tests, waiting games, and over-pouring to raise buildings today. Not only is the process inefficient and expensive, but it’s damaging to the environment, as well. The UK Green Building Council says the construction sector uses more than 400 million tons of material a year. We think that’s a few million too much.

Our Mission

To keep the world thriving on a planet with finite resources by driving sustainability and efficiency in the world’s largest industries.

Meet the Team

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Raphael Scheps
Co-Founder and CEO

Raphael holds a masters in Mathematics and bachelors in Physics from the University of Cambridge. Raphael worked as an engineer at Mellanox Technologies, on high speed interconnect for supercomputers, and as a researcher at the Weizmann Institute analysing sensor data from telescopes. He has lectured at the MPA, on the use of digital technology to make major infrastructure projects agile.

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Gideon Farrell
Co-Founder and CTO

Gideon holds an MA and MSci in Astrophysics from Cambridge, and brings more than 8 years of IoT experience to Converge. He served as a Researcher for Intel’s WISP (Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform) at Georgia Tech Research Institute, and developed and tested SQUIDS (Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices) at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Gideon is a self-taught developer, who still enjoys exercising the right side of his brain going to the theatre, contemplating art, and talking philosophy.

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Peter Cowley
Board Member

Peter is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, having founded over 10 businesses and invested in over 60 startups in the past 35 years. In 2014, Peter was named the Best Angel Investor of the World by the World Business Angel Forum. He was also named the UK Business Angel of the Year in 2014. Currently, Peter is the chair of the Cambridge Angels and is a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Judge Management School in Cambridge. Peter’s favorite pastime is outdoor traveling.

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Suezann Holmes
Finance Director

With an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School in UPenn, Suezann has spent the past 15 years as a Finance Director at companies such as McGee Construction and Virgin Media, as well as leading the Finance activities of high growth technology companies.

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Georgia Willox-Dunant
Operations Manager

After a short stint living and working in Cambodia, Georgia came back to her hometown of London to study South East Asian Studies at SOAS. Now the backbone of Converge, she is still waiting for the South East Asian languages she learnt  to become useful.

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Pau Gavalda Serra
Production Manager

Hailing from Spain, Pau is a certified Accountant. He has a background in product development from a number of companies in Spain. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, listening to music (big Zoo fan), and bike riding.

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Alessandro Barnabei
Hardware Engineer

After completing his BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. in ultra-low power electronics in the University of Pavia, Ale ventured to London and started working in wearable technology and IoT. He loves to cook (and consequently eat), listen to music, and is a black belt in yoga.

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Greg Dowling
Software Developer

Born in London, Greg holds an MA in Physics from Oxford University. He formerly founded two startups, and led teams of hundreds of developers while working for HSBC and Barclays. He loves jazz and driving, and lives in East London in a house designed by his architect wife Julia.

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Lucas Costa
Software Developer

A passionate engineer from Brazil, Lucas sees himself not as an engineer, but as a problem solver. Head over heels for the open source community, he maintains two very popular JS projects: Chai.js and Sinon.js. When he’s not contributing to the open source community, he enjoys contributing to the open source community.

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Luke Aveil
Software Developer

After finishing his studies in Photography, Luke ventured out to master his craft in Thailand, and then Australia. An autodidact coder, he further honed his skills at Makers Academy before joining our Developer team. Luke is an avid cycler, and still enjoys photography.

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Jenny Lee
Product Designer

Jenny is responsible for making our products look as good as they do. Born in South Korea, she studied Product Design at Brunel University, and has a passion for improving the interaction between people and tech. Aside from that, she enjoys arts and crafts, and travelling.

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Oliver Terpstra
Customer Support

Originally from New Zealand, Ollie studied Exercise Science and Business Management at Auckland University of Technology. He has a background in customer support, user training and onboarding. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, dining and socialising with friends, and trying to keep fit.

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Oliver Greet
Business Development

Commuting in daily from Cambridge, Ollie is our inhouse concrete expert. Before Converge, he was developing a low-carbon concrete product at the David Ball Group. When not chatting about concrete, Ollie enjoys music (and everything music technology related), playing golf, and squash.

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Clea Halliday
Business Development

Originating from a tiny village in the outskirts of Scotland, Clea moved to London to study South East Asian studies and International Management and SOAS. Before joining Converge, she worked for the Royal Ballet (unfortunately for them, not as one of the ballerinas). Oh, and she also runs. A lot.

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Jamie Tew
Business Development

After his Irish family settled in Lincoln in the 50’s in search of construction work, Jamie moved to London to study Natural Sciences at UCL. He initially joined Converge part-time for beer money, and was captivated by the opportunity to make a real change amongst the largest industries in the world. Now working at Converge full-time, he has enough money for beer, as well as gigs, travelling, and other wholesome activities.

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Issam Ashur
Business Development

Originally from Dubai, Issam moved to London to study Civil Engineering. Before discovering his true passion here at Converge, Issam worked in management consulting for three years. Outside of work, he enjoys playing football, snowboarding, travelling the world in search of the tastiest food, and long walks on the beach.

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Martin Wooler
Business Development

The 'old man' of the Converge team, Martin was born in Manchester where he went to school and gained a Physics degree. He worked initially in the semiconductor industry and technology consulting, and has been involved in a number of 'Internet of Things' developments and early-stage companies.

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Yoav Rosenberg
Marketing Manager

Journeying from Israel, Yoav has spent years helping startups in the startup nation. After serving in Israel’s elite intelligence unit, he has now transitioned from spy to ninja, practicing parkour, and is partial to the odd salsa.

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Liza Brackman
Office Manager & PA

After finishing her Office Management studies in The Netherlands (where she also grew up), Liza followed her dream of moving to London. Lucky for us, she landed at Converge. Liza makes sure everything and everyone is on time, or else. When not in the office, Liza enjoys going to the cinema, and sipping on a gin and tonic (usually together).

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