Leon Young Founding CEO For Leon, Cogniss represents the culmination of a creative digital career that spans education, advertising and marketing, behaviour change and games. Starting as a professional games developer at age 14, Leon's cross-disciplinary career has allowed him to develop a skill applying complex theory and technology, synthesising simple, practical solutions. Leon started working in online learning in 1999 and has since developed a deep interest in the intersection of psychology and neuroscience. He has dedicated himself to the practical application of these fields of endeavor to inform the design of technology-based solutions that aim to improve quality of life.

Leon Young
Founding CEO

For Leon, Cogniss represents the culmination of a creative digital career that spans education, advertising and marketing, behaviour change and games. Starting as a professional games developer at age 14, Leon's cross-disciplinary career has allowed him to develop a skill applying complex theory and technology, synthesising simple, practical solutions.

Leon started working in online learning in 1999 and has since developed a deep interest in the intersection of psychology and neuroscience. He has dedicated himself to the practical application of these fields of endeavor to inform the design of technology-based solutions that aim to improve quality of life.

Anna Goldfeder Product Manager Anna joined us as a Digital Product Manager after 7 years' experience in helping design, build and manage award-winning educational games, assessment platforms and core curriculum resources with leading secondary publisher Jacaranda (Wiley). Having led the instructional design and implementation of learning analytics within Jacaranda, coupled with a background in filmmaking and content production, Anna brings a unique perspective in connecting high-level aspiration with an underlying efficacy in her approach to managing projects.  

Anna Goldfeder
Product Manager

Anna joined us as a Digital Product Manager after 7 years' experience in helping design, build and manage award-winning educational games, assessment platforms and core curriculum resources with leading secondary publisher Jacaranda (Wiley).

Having led the instructional design and implementation of learning analytics within Jacaranda, coupled with a background in filmmaking and content production, Anna brings a unique perspective in connecting high-level aspiration with an underlying efficacy in her approach to managing projects.

 

Phil Douglas Technical Director Along with an honors degree in visual communication, Phil brings over a decade of software development, visual communication, design and online education experience in the United Kingdom and Australia to our team. Phil's experience in the education sector started early in his career, working on the educational cartoon, Bobinogs, which won a BAFTA for best children’s educational series. In the decade he has been part of our team, Phil has lead the technical development of the company. Always across the latest developments in the tech world, Phil is a significant contributor to open source and a recognized expert in the development community.

Phil Douglas
Technical Director

Along with an honors degree in visual communication, Phil brings over a decade of software development, visual communication, design and online education experience in the United Kingdom and Australia to our team.

Phil's experience in the education sector started early in his career, working on the educational cartoon, Bobinogs, which won a BAFTA for best children’s educational series. In the decade he has been part of our team, Phil has lead the technical development of the company. Always across the latest developments in the tech world, Phil is a significant contributor to open source and a recognized expert in the development community.

 
Randy Olan Implementation Director Randy has more than 20 years' IT industry experience, with a background in development and business analysis. He has been a Project Manager since 2001 and attained Prince2 Foundation certification. His extensive experience in the management of complex projects at Sydney University, News Ltd, Lonely Planet and Telstra traverses a wide range of technologies - from enterprise commercial printing implementations, to content management system rollout, mobile technologies and enterprise telecommunications infrastructure. Randy joined our team in 2009 and has successfully overseen our biggest projects to completion, including the Lend Lease EH&S Passport and Learning Language Space for Education Services Australia.

Randy Olan
Implementation Director

Randy has more than 20 years' IT industry experience, with a background in development and business analysis. He has been a Project Manager since 2001 and attained Prince2 Foundation certification.

His extensive experience in the management of complex projects at Sydney University, News Ltd, Lonely Planet and Telstra traverses a wide range of technologies - from enterprise commercial printing implementations, to content management system rollout, mobile technologies and enterprise telecommunications infrastructure. Randy joined our team in 2009 and has successfully overseen our biggest projects to completion, including the Lend Lease EH&S Passport and Learning Language Space for Education Services Australia.

Fiona So Communications Manager Fiona brings an eclectic blend of traditional and new media communications experience spanning the tech, legal and non-profit sectors. Since graduating with a degree in Commerce and International Relations, she has worked on major PR and publicity campaigns for clients including Nokia, Hewlett-Packard and Parkview Green. She has also lent her research and writing skills to Human Rights Watch, ABC's Radio National and International Justice Mission. Whether crafting multi-channel social media strategies, editing academic journals or briefing executives for national TV interviews, Fiona is driven to tell stories as genuinely, concisely and effectively as possible.

Fiona So
Communications Manager

Fiona brings an eclectic blend of traditional and new media communications experience spanning the tech, legal and non-profit sectors. Since graduating with a degree in Commerce and International Relations, she has worked on major PR and publicity campaigns for clients including Nokia, Hewlett-Packard and Parkview Green. She has also lent her research and writing skills to Human Rights Watch, ABC's Radio National and International Justice Mission.

Whether crafting multi-channel social media strategies, editing academic journals or briefing executives for national TV interviews, Fiona is driven to tell stories as genuinely, concisely and effectively as possible.

Marcus Lam Development Lead Marcus has been writing code and solving complex problems since first joining our team in 2007. He holds a Digital Media degree from the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts.  Drawing on his diverse experience across all fields of development, Marcus has worked on a multitude of our award-winning projects covering both education and behavior change. Outside of work, he creates successful story-oriented and experimental games that explore elements of the human condition. 

Marcus Lam
Development Lead

Marcus has been writing code and solving complex problems since first joining our team in 2007. He holds a Digital Media degree from the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts. 

Drawing on his diverse experience across all fields of development, Marcus has worked on a multitude of our award-winning projects covering both education and behavior change. Outside of work, he creates successful story-oriented and experimental games that explore elements of the human condition. 

 
Mark Lewis Finance Director Mark has over 20 years experience in financial reporting, business planning and corporate restructuring. He started his career in financial modeling and corporate restructuring with PwC in the UK and Deloitte in the USA. Since then, he has held CFO positions with multinational corporations in the UK, Luxembourg and Australia. Most notably, Mark served as CFO of UK Radio for the BBC and CFO of Millicom, a NASDAQ listed mobile phone operator. For the last ten years, Mark has been actively involved in early stage and growth businesses, and is a founder and director of start-ups Aeratron and Blue Ocean Monitoring.

Mark Lewis
Finance Director

Mark has over 20 years experience in financial reporting, business planning and corporate restructuring. He started his career in financial modeling and corporate restructuring with PwC in the UK and Deloitte in the USA.

Since then, he has held CFO positions with multinational corporations in the UK, Luxembourg and Australia. Most notably, Mark served as CFO of UK Radio for the BBC and CFO of Millicom, a NASDAQ listed mobile phone operator. For the last ten years, Mark has been actively involved in early stage and growth businesses, and is a founder and director of start-ups Aeratron and Blue Ocean Monitoring.

Jenna Lee UX Designer Jenna finds beautiful solutions to complex design problems. She has a teacher's certificate and a degree in Industrial Design and Engineering, as well as 4 years' experience as a UX/UI designer specializing in optimizing interfaces and interactions between digital products and users.    Along with a strong interest in understanding human behavior from the cognitive and psychological perspectives, Jenna is particularly passionate about applying her design to deliver joyful experiences to people. 

Jenna Lee
UX Designer

Jenna finds beautiful solutions to complex design problems. She has a teacher's certificate and a degree in Industrial Design and Engineering, as well as 4 years' experience as a UX/UI designer specializing in optimizing interfaces and interactions between digital products and users. 
 

Along with a strong interest in understanding human behavior from the cognitive and psychological perspectives, Jenna is particularly passionate about applying her design to deliver joyful experiences to people. 

Ben Steenson Software Developer Ben joined us after completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Game Design. He brings over 7 years' game design experience to the ongoing work of incorporating new Cogniss functionality and polishing content. In addition to having worked with Ubisoft, Hewlett-Packard and Pixar, Ben has taken part in several Game Jams, mentored game design students and garnered media recognition for his personal projects. In his free time, Ben produces media exploring design techniques and the relevance of lessons within games to modern day life.

Ben Steenson
Software Developer

Ben joined us after completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Game Design. He brings over 7 years' game design experience to the ongoing work of incorporating new Cogniss functionality and polishing content.

In addition to having worked with Ubisoft, Hewlett-Packard and Pixar, Ben has taken part in several Game Jams, mentored game design students and garnered media recognition for his personal projects. In his free time, Ben produces media exploring design techniques and the relevance of lessons within games to modern day life.