NELLY BEN HAYOUN-STEPANIAN Ph.D

FOUNDER AND DESIGNER OF EXPERIENCES (SHE/THEY)

Nelly Ben Hayoun- Stépanian PhD is an award-winning designer of experiences, filmmaker and artist, who creates multi-dimensional experiential projects at the intersection of film, science, tech, theatre, politics and Design. Wired awarded her their inaugural Innovation Fellowship in 2014, and Icon magazine recognized Nelly as one of the top 50 designers ‘shaping the future’. In 2018, Nelly has been distinguished as the first on the list of top 50 women on the speaker circuit by The Drum Magazine …..

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MANANA  KOBAKHIDZE

GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND DIGITAL ARTIST (SHE/HER)

Born 1991 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Manana is a Digital artist in learning and Freelance Illustrator currently living in Germany. In 2017 she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Graphics from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. As a DAAD scholarship holder, she is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Digital Media at University of Arts Bremen, Germany.

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TOM BURKE

SOUND PRODUCER (HE/ HIM)

Tom Burke is a musician, creative director and curator of live experiences. He activates new models of collaboration between theatrical, musical, film and political philosophy practices. He has curated and produced live experiences for the British Film Institute, XL Recordings, the British Council and the Dutch National Opera. His band Citizens! rose to fame and toured worldwide including live performances at Glastonbury, South by Southwest, the Pompidou Centre and Palais De Tokyo. Tom often collaborates with his partner Chilean architect Carla Aldunate. They practice between London, Santiago and Amsterdam.

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DR. DIDIER HOCH

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT  ADVISOR (HE/ HIM)

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).

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NICK JOHNSON

FINANCE ADVISER  (HE/ HIM)

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 …

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CHRISTO HIRD

FILM PRODUCER (HE/ HIM)

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…

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DR. FRANCK MARCHIS

NELLY BEN HAYOUN STUDIOS SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR (HE/ HIM)

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….

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VICTORIA ADAMS

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF PRODUCTION (SHE/ HER)

Victoria is a multidisciplinary creative and producer. She has worked on a range of projects from curating a creative technology festival with Retune gmbh in Berlin, to producing Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios monthly radio shows on Worldwide Fm, to designing records for The Vinyl Factory, and academic research/scheduling for the University of the Underground research programmes.

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SARAH KALAM

CREATIVE PRODUCER (SHE/ HER)

Sarah Kalam is a creative producer and curator, seamlessly weaving together the realms of art, science and commerce. Hailing from Kolkata, India, her artistic journey…

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ASH JOHNSTON

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER/ COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR (HE/ HIM)

Ash Johnston (he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and producer from Hong Kong. Since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 2020, Ash has primarily worked in the music industry, touring across Europe and collaborating with various artists and creatives including Lava La Rue, Matt Maltese, Tom Rosenthal, and Shura. His primary solo project, ‘bb sway’, has received recognition and support from BBC Radio and press support including Complex, NME, Clash, DIY, and The Line Of Best Fit.

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NICK BALLON

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 …..

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ALICE POWELL

NELLY BEN HAYOUN 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 …

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DAVID POTTER

NELLY BEN HAYOUN STUDIOS EDITOR

With his first broadcast credit received over 10 years ago, David has risen through the ranks in the time-honoured manner, editing the 2012 RTS Award nominated series ‘The Impressionists’, and working alongside notable Directors such as Oscar winner Laura Poitras(Citizen Four), Romain Gavras, and top creative minds such as M.I.A.

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FIONA BRAILLON

NBH STUDIOS DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Fiona first met Nelly in high school, in the South of France,  and their relationship spans all the way to their most recent collaboration for Disaster Playground.

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.

CARO SIEGL

STUDIO MANAGER (SHE/ HER)

Caro Siegl is a visual artist based between Lisbon and London.Drawing inspiration, aesthetically and narratively, from central European folklore and the Classical era, her work explores the raw human form, nature itself, and the tension and harmonies that the combined sources catalyse.Guided by the concept of the anima mundi, the soul of the world, her work strives to establish a profound connection with the environment that surrounds us. Keeping the compositions minimal, the focus lies on creating theatrical scenes where archetypal images become a way of exploring heritage and identity.

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RACHEL BUNGEY

GRAPHIC DESIGNER (SHE/ HER)

Rachel is a Creative director and graphic designer from London. She has been working under the name Mantis studio since 2019. Previous to that she worked for record labels XL Recordings and Young as well as production studios such as the Mill and Untold. Rachel has created virtual 3D spaces, designed books, worked on digital campaigns and more- while collaborating with many musicians on their album campaigns. Notably she worked with Nines, King Krule, Nao, Lapsley, Jai Paul, Adele, Rag’n’Bone Man, Jamie XX, Kamasi Washington and Hak Baker.

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EDNA PLETCHETERO

FORMER HEAD OF MUSIC (SHE/ HER)

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)….

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TED GIOIA

CULTURAL ATTACHé (HE/ HIM)

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.

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MILLIE TURNER

NBH STUDIOS FLIGHT AGENT (SHE/ HER)

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!…

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ANNETTE RODRIGUES

FORMER PROJECT MANAGER (SHE/ HER)

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…

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PETRA CEGUR

NELLY BEN HAYOUN STUDIOS ARCHIVIST (SHE/ HER)

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.