DESIGNER OF EXPERIENCES
Dubbed the Willy Wonka of Design and Science, award-winning director and designer of experiences Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is a critical explorer, and a fearless and passionate provocateur. In 2013, Icon Magazine nominated Dr. Ben Hayoun as one of the 50 international designers “shaping the future”. She is the Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, Chief of Experiences at We Transfer, and a member of the Space Outreach and Education committee at the International Astronautical Federation. Wired magazine awarded Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun with a WIRED Innovation fellowship for her work to date and its potential to make ‘significant impact on the world ‘. Dr. Ben Hayoun previously collaborated with Beck, Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, Maywa Denki, George Lucas, Bruce Sterling and Penguin Café in a musical collaboration that took music into space. Blasted in space from a Japanese launch pad in August 2013; she assembled and directs the ISO …
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Didier Hoch is Co-founder and chairman of Big Booster (International Startups Accelerator Program between Lyon and Boston) ,Chairman of Biovision (The World Life Sciences Forum) and independant board member / advisor of startups (DBV, Genticel, OSE Immunotherapeutics ,Myasterix, …). He is physician and has been working in the Pharmaceutical and Vaccine industry for 25 years . From 2000 to 2010 he was Chairman of Sanofi Pasteur MSD (Joint Venture for vaccines between Sanofi & Merck,). Previously he was in charge of different managerial functions within Rhône Poulenc Rorer, then Aventis for Europe and Middle East Africa (as vice –president).
NBH STUDIOS FINANCE ADVISER
Nick helps NBH Studios with its finance and accountancy strategy and obligations through Affect Accountancy which he founded in 2015 to specialise in the creative industries and entrepreneurial clients. He has helped numerous clients including NBH Studios successfully claim back film and associated creative tax credits from the government …
Christopher Hird is one of the UK’s pioneers in finding new ways of funding, making and distributing independent documentaries. After a career in the City, journalism and television production, in 2008 he established Dartmouth Films. The company’s first international documentary was the award winning influential The End of the Line (2009). In 2014, Still The Enemy Within, which tells the story of the 1984/5 miners strike was in the top 20 grossing UK cinema documentaries and has been…
NBH STUDIOS SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR
Dr. Franck Marchis has been Principal Investigator at the Carl Sagan Center for the Origin of Life at the SETI Institute since July 2007. The SETI Institute is internationally recognised as leading in the field of astrobiology and the study of life in the Universe. Dr. Franck Marchis and his colleagues focus on a wide set of disciplines ranging from observing and modelling the precursors of life in the depths of outer space to studies of Earth and its rich biological history….
Operator of the Impossible/Executive Assistant
Monika has worked as a researcher and artist’s assistant for over 4 years. She gained extensive administrative experience working in the art sector, including big institutions like the Barbican Centre but also working in smaller studios. Apart from being an ultra-organised personal assistant who genuinely enjoys dealing with chaos and highly complex logistical issues, Monika has also worked on documentary films and music videos. She holds an MA in Film Studies from University of Amsterdam and is currently completing her first documentary feature about a reclusive and eccentric independent musician which she shot in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. Despite spending a significant amount of time in the south of USA, she remains skeptical about country music.
NBH STUDIOS CHIEF OF STAFF
CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Will Larnach-Jones has worked in creative fields for the last 20 years, across marketing, management, event curation and production, A&R and public relations. After graduating from the University of Melbourne (BA in Creative Writing, English Literature and Italian), he worked as fashion and music publicist in London, before returning to Australia to run his own creative management consultancy for fifteen years. He missed London’s lack of sunshine and returned, working across event programming, project management and other projects for the music, beauty and food industries.
He also like to write things. His first book, ’50 Queer Music Icons’ comes out this year.
NBH STUDIOS PHOTOGRAPHER
Nelly and Nick have been working together since 2009. As Nelly puts it ‘ There is no better photographer on this planet and beyond.’ Nick Ballon is a documentary and portrait photographer based in the UK, whose Anglo-Bolivian heritage is an important source of subject matter and inspiration in his work, exploring socio-historical ideas of identity and place, the concept of ‘foreignness’ and belonging. He graduated with a BA (hons) from Berkshire School of art and design in 2001, and since then has worked editorially for a number of respected international publications, including the Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian Magazine, the Financial Times, the New York Times, El Pais and Der Spiegel. His work has been exhibited internationally including at Rencontres d’Arles, Beijing Triennial, Guernsey Photography Festival, KK Outlet, Wellcome Trust, and NCM/Foyle Foundation. He has been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Photography Prize four times, and received an …..
NBH STUDIOS DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Mariana is a television and radio host, a digital publicist and founder of SCLBits, a creative and innovative digital marketing company. Deeply passionate about working to create and build relationships through remarkable experiences and digital marketing tools, Mariana believes digital media is the perfect tool to express our ideas and bring humans (and animals and aliens!) together. Mariana has been busy taking charge of the online public relations strategy of the largest airline in her home country of Mexico, transporting more than one million people each month, working with the largest and most hated seed producer in the world and of course now Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios. She is particular excited to be contributing to game changing ideas…
Wunmi is a Photographer and Administrator, with 5 years of support experience from within the design world. As a photographer she focuses on modern documentary and music portraiture and has had years of work centred around the emergence of new musical artists, which has led to larger projects with Alicia Keys, Sony, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most recently, she was a finalist for the Intrepid Film Photography Award in conjunction with the British Journal of Photography. She often considers herself caught between chaos and floating into space, which is perhaps what led her to Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios…
NBH STUDIOS EDITOR
Alice is a London based film editor working across drama, documentary and everything in between… Nelly and Alice have been working together for NBH Studios feature films: The International Space Orchestra (2013) and Disaster Playground (2015). They are currently working on the new NBH Studios monster production The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking (set for release in 2017). Since graduating from the National Film and Television School in 2007, Alice has acquired experience in …
NBH STUDIOS GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Elena received her master’s degree in Architecture and bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the European University of Madrid. By her understanding architecture is a machine able to build realities and modify its surroundings. That is why having a strong political and social commitment is essential for architectural design. She bases her research on the production of space through non-normative practices …..
NBH STUDIOS HEAD OF MUSIC
Edna was part of a team directing, shaping and developing artists’ careers. She has worked with many talented musicians, but most notably Sigur Rós and Jónsi whom she has worked with since 2002. She continues to work with them and other Nordic artists and composers for film, tv, advertisement and any moving image projects that need music. Edna offers 14 years experience in the music industry to NBH Studios for all its music needs (apart from singing because Edna can’t sing, as she is often told)….
NBH STUDIOS VISUAL ARTIST AND SOCIAL MEDIA OFFICER
Victoria is a designer of fun (experiences). Having studied at Central Saint Martins for 5 years, first BA Textile Design and then MA Material Futures, she is now in the real world, and ready to play after being institutionalised. Her designs are focused around making the mundane as fun and accessible as possible, centred on a social or political questions. She often uses food/illustrations to communicate. Victoria’s future plans consist of making an edible funhouse, something exploding and giant colourful paintings.
NBH STUDIOS CULTURAL ATTACHé
Ted Gioia is a writer and critic living in San Francisco. He has worked as the Partnerships Director of McSweeney’s, seeking ambitious collaborations with organizations on unique creative projects, objects, and experiences. Ted graduated from Harvard in 2012, completing his senior thesis under New Yorker critic James Wood, and writes about the changing role of culture in the digital age.
NBH STUDIOS FLIGHT AGENT
Millie has worked in the travel industry for almost four years, and alongside Nelly and her team for almost three of those. “I am sure it started with a few Easy Jet bookings to Nelly’s home town of Valance”, she recalls, “but little did I know the scale of her international jet-setting, from L.A, to Oslo, to New Orleans and back to San Francisco all in the space of a week!”. Working around Nelly’s busy schedule can be a challenge, but one readily accepted by Millie and her team at Flight Centre. Having travelled the world, visiting over 30 countries, Millie’s knowledge of the industry is excellent and never fails with the best possible flight options to hand. Perhaps one day when space travel becomes accessible she will be sending Nelly Ben Hayoun studios to the moon and back!…
NBH STUDIOS PROJECT MANAGER
Annette started her career with the U.S. Navy Radiological Defense Lab and after graduating from San Jose State University in 1969 she started work at NASA. Annette has over 35 years aerospace management experience. Her experience includes accomplishments ranging from developing payload training protocols for astronauts to facilitating changes in corporate cultures. During her career with NASA in addition to her technical work, she has held several executive management positions. Her most challenging and rewarding experience was serving as a project manager in the Life Sciences Flight Experiments Project Office. Her work with the Space Transportation System (STS) training crews for human space flights included developing protocols for plant and animal studies. Researchers today still use data from these groundbreaking experiments. Annette was also CEO and Founder of ‘Integrated Space Technologies’which worked alongside NASA and academia to initiate education outreach…
NBH STUDIOS DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Fiona Braillon is a director of photography based in Paris. A graduate of the Institute of Media Arts (IAD) in Brussels, she has been recognized for her cinematography work worldwide and on Solo Rex by François Bierry whre she received the Best Cinematography Award at the renowned Cabourg Film Festival.
NBH STUDIOS ARCHIVIST
Petra is an Art Historian with a strong academic background in modern and contemporary movements, specialising in conceptual and performance art, with a particular focus on curatorial practices. Up to now, she has been working as a Gallery Assistant and Assistant Curator in art and cultural sector in Zagreb and London. She is passionate about travelling and exploring gallery spaces. Her other interests include philosophy, art theory, design, socialist architecture and gender studies.