Our Team

Richard Van Gonda - CEO & Founder
Paula Georgina Paizes - Managing Director
Georgii Speakman - SVP Marketing
Dr Ajay K Agrawal - Managing Director, Europe


Advisory Board
Dr Ajay K Agrawal
Rolene Markson
Kjeld Thygesen
Dr Fredrik Verkroost

Georgii Speakman is an Australian who has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA for the past five years.

Since arriving in LA (beg. 2013), Georgii has worked with startups: Playing an instrumental role in building companies from scratch and/or establishing new divisions within existing companies - predominantly across entertainment, disruptive innovation, media and new technologies. This has seen Georgii work with;

> Film production companies (i.e. Anonymous ContentPulse FilmsAdaptive StudiosINE Entertainment

> Talent (numerous traditional, celebrity and influencer)

> Brands (i.e. DisneyOpen Road FilmsNBCUniversalPernod RicardRachel ZoeSonosCreative RecreationRevel)

> Talent agencies and management firms (i.e. Untitled EntertainmentCAAICM PartnersIMGParadigmRoc NationWMEInfluencer StudiosStudio 71)

> Social media platforms (i.e. FacebookSnapchatGoogle/YouTubeTwitter)

> Media platforms (i.e. VICEThe Zoe ReportWest Hollywood Lifestyle MagazineDash RadioLA TimesBusiness RockstarsPerez Hilton)

> PR and Publicists (i.e. talkTECH PRElement Brand GroupID PRR. Couri HayKristin ShraderASTRSK PRSunshine SachsWalker DrawasThe Brand Agency)

> Media agencies (i.e. OMDMEC GlobalInitiativeHorizon MediaMaxus Global)

> VR / AR / Robotics (i.e. SAMO VRUpload VROzobotLivit Now)

Georgii has a valuable skillset that spans across strategy, business development, project management, marketing (general), influencer marketing, content marketing, PR, social media, communications, organizational development, branding and writing.

Georgii has most recently worked for global insurgent media startup, blackpills as their Global VP of Marketing - establishing the marketing team and division from scratch; developing all foundational material for the brand (internally and externally) as it pertained to marketing, communications and PR. Prior, Georgii played an instrumental role in establishing from the ground up, and launching "Vol. 4" for ROC Nation as Director of Strategic Business Development: A new creative + consultancy agency. Georgii worked as the LA Business Director for brand consultancy, the projects*, having helped the business transition from events into global influence marketing with an experiential influencer lens. Formerly, Georgii worked with IZEA (the largest influencer marketing network in the (USA) - home to over 300K + influencers, across all leading social channels, including celebrities, athletes, musicians, reality TV stars, YouTubers, Bloggers, etc) as the Director of Influencer Marketing (Entertainment) - launching their first time west coast entertainment arm. Georgii is the Founder/Creator of The People Series - a platform that explores subjects and individuals in and around Los Angeles on topic of entertainment, tech/innovation and disruptive media, which is available via iTunes and Dash Radio (currently on hold due to prior employment contractual arrangements). Prior to LA, Georgii accumulated in excess of 8 + years experience across PR, marketing, communications, brand consultancy, business development and social media; with startups, agencies through to Fortune 100 brands.

Georgii has spoken at workshops and on panels addressing subjects within the disruptive media / tech / entertainment / influencer space (for Digital Hollywood, Digital LA, Digital Entertainment World Expo, Silicon Beach Festival, Ambition, Northern Sound System), and holds advisory roles for ILA GlobalUpper Diamond, and SAMO VR. Philanthropy has always been and will continue to be a passion; having worked with, spoken to, served, mentored and sponsored groups, such as Sunrise Children's Association (Nepal), Ambition Entrepreneurial Program (LA), The Smith Family (AUS) and A Place Called Home (LA).

Panels: ‘Digital LA’ at the famous 'House of Blues' (Actors and Musicians looking to ‘socialize their careers and monetize their platforms'); DEW - the ‘Digital Entertainment World Expo’ 2015 (‘Is Silicon Beach hyper reality or fact?’); at ‘Digital Hollywood’ on topic of (‘Growing Revenue + Users: Content, Marketing & Tech Trends across Social, Mobile, MCN’s and Influencers’); at 'Silicon Beach Festival' 2015 on topic of ('Start-Up Marketing'); and on two Fall 2015 ‘Digital Hollywood’ panels - ('Growing Revenue & Users: Tech Start-Up's') and ('The Powerful Female Consumer Demographic and How It Influences Digital Media'), Hosted by Alliance for Women in Media Socal. Georgii Moderated the Fireside chat with Freya Estreller & Natasha Case called "Don't Believe The Hype: Entrepreneurship Unfiltered" for the Worthy Women 2016 Conference, LA and was recently hand selected by Audrey Bellis (Founder, Worthy Women Conference) as an inaugural 100 #WomenofWorth. 

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