Kurt JanssenCeo / Founder Mountain bike warrior
Kurt is Orbica’s founder and mountain-biking CEO. Whereas a range of geospatial-shaped descriptions fit him way snugger than his fav baggies, Kurt’s strong customer focus means his specialisation lies in the geo-enabling of organisations: he identifies potential, makes connections, and turns them into an asset. His superpowers were recognised by the NZSEA with the Young Professional of the Year Award, 2016.
Neal JohnstonLocation Data Specialist Quadcopter Fighter Pilot
Location data specialist Neal was born in SA, raised in NZ and graduated from UC. He has a BSc in Geography, a PGDip in GIS, and a genius for controlling Python, SQL, databases and network routing etcetera using only his mind, fingers and thumbs. He also flies drones. In his dreams he is a decorated quadcopter fighter pilot.
Faisal AbbasGeospatial Craftsman Gaming Enthusiast
Faisal is Orbica’s go-to geospatial craftsman and a master gamer. A graduate of Pakistan’s renowned FAST National University, Faisal has a Masters in Computer Science and could design and develop spatial systems from an egg-box, twigs and double-sided sticky tape if he had to. A true Orbican, Faisal advocates for curiosity, exploration and change as a means of constant achievement. He regularly cites Steve Jobs.
Santosh SeshadriGeospatial Innovator Wanderluster
Indian-born innate philosopher Santosh is a spatial solutions specialist. And a formidable talent. He studied Mathematics, Geophysics, Economics and GIS in Texas, a lot. Santosh integrates various technologies to problem-solve and develop enterprising spatial solutions that make Orbica clients very happy. Santosh is a world adventurer. Travelling makes him very happy – see him smile.
Louisa TaylorCOO Tea Connoisseur
As chief operating officer Louisa is Orbica’s
benevolent dictator of stuff that happens.
With a BA in linguistics and law from VUW and
a resume that reads like a best-seller, Louisa
specialises in business analysis, service delivery,
operational management and collaborative
team environments. She cuts through nonsense.
Her well-developed interest in Japanese culture
extends to the delicate art of the tea ceremony.
Louisa has undisputed control of Orbica’s kettle.
Bridget EdwardsCFO Film Buff
Columns, calculations and fiscal systems may strike terror into the hearts of most mortals. But to Bridget, they are friends. She is a chartered accountant with a PGDip and a BCom. She draws upon her insight and professional experience with some of the best known accounting firms to ensure Orbica ticks along nicely. Bridget also really loves movies. You want her on your team on quiz night.
Will JonesLocation Data Specialist Snow enthusiast
Location data specialist William has a BSc in Geology and a PGDip in GIS. He’s a critical thinker with an eye for opportunity and a knack for practical application. Wielding all the digital trickery of the spatial trade, William transforms dusty piles of data into inspiring real-world solutions. A sportsman and a qualified ski instructor, he says it comes in handy for avoiding avalanches. William also paints spectacularly.
Sagar SoniData Scientist Chess champ
Sagar is a data scientist and an AI specialist with an MTech in IT. His enthusiasm for the deep space of data sends him exploring for hidden treasures using machine learning and deep learning algorithms. A multilingual coder, he is proficient in Java, Python and R. His insights solve real world complex problems: he developed the Indian space agency’s Earth rock image classification system. Sagar is equally enthusiastic for cricket. And he plays chess like a demon.
Andy HoltLocation Data Specialist Comic-book surfer
Andy holds a Bachelor of Earth Science from ESU Kansas, a Masters in Geophysics from Otago and a fascination for sci-fi/fantasy and quirk. A location data specialist, Andy has leant his expertise extensively to seismic survey programmes and to the utilities industries on a myriad of projects involving photogrammetry, LiDAR cleaning, and HRTe rectification. He was drawn to NZ in pursuit of adventure and furthered study…and possibly Hobbits. He quotes Monty Python.
Antonin CaenGeospatial Architect Sports hero
Frenchman Antonin is a geospatial architect with one Masters in Geology and another in Computer Science with a geo focus. His professional credentials are equally two-thumbs up; his expertise is integral to the success of major GIS projects for infrastructure around the world. Antonin’s spectacular 3D platform smarts and curiosity for geo-everything drive inspiring solutions to customer needs. He strives for gold. He is an accomplished sportsman.
Rob ParsonsGeospatialist Adventure Course Designer
Rob likens himself to a bridge builder in the geospatial world. His work enables clients to make the connections necessary to understand and improve their environments and information systems. Rob has held various leadership roles in the geospatial sector and enjoys working collaboratively with his clients. Rob’s spatial skills come in handy creating challenging obstacle courses for his kids.
Vanessa O'BrienCommunications Manager Word Nerd
Armed with a B.A in international relations and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, master communicator Vanessa brings the Orbica team a bevy of skills she racked up reporting on Middle East politics and Tel Aviv tech start-ups. She not only translates Hebrew to English, but more impressively, tech/geek-speak into everyday-mortal-language. Vanessa loves nothing better than a finely crafted sentence and an adventure. She is Orbica’s best bet at negotiating a Middle East peace solution.
Peter RoseDirector (Europe) Global Futurist
Peter is in charge of Orbica’s European operations for good reasons. As well as a BE(Hons) he holds an MBA from WHU in Germany, and has studied business and management at so many institutions it would be quicker to tick off those not on the list. His background includes the GIS consulting industry alongside Orbica’s fearless leader Kurt, and managing multiple complex turnkey industrial developments throughout Europe. He’s fluent in German, plays a mean guitar and is sickeningly fit. Just in case that’s not enough, Peter was also the recipient of the WHU Future Leaders Challenge award, 2016.