Meet our team

Bill Prensky, CEO

William (Bill) Prensky is the founder and CEO of CNDG. He first encountered VLEs while acting as Chief Technology Officer at Future Work Institute (FWI), when he commissioned a training VLE on the Second Life platform. He was hooked: the VLE gave users a completely unique way of interacting with each other and their training materials. He decided to put together a small team of emergent technology enthusiasts to create and build VLEs for training and education. CNDG was born.

A graduate of UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), Bill has been working at the crossover of psychology, education and healthcare for five decades, holding teaching positions at UCLA, Mercy College, City University of New York, and the Columbia University Teachers’ College. He was Chair of the UCLA Center for the Study of Nonviolence, and Director of Drug Treatment Services at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.


The Operations team and Project Management team, led by Ani and Jeff respectively, keeps the CNDG engine running and the train on the tracks. Between them, they are responsible for business planning, strategic development, process management, and provide day-to-day administration for the CNDG team, our clients and our partners.

Product Development

Ben leads the Product Development, which comprises the Development team—who construct, programme and script our VLEs, translating courseware into finished environments—and the Creative team, who design everything you see inside our VLEs, from the chairs avatars sit on to the landscapes around them; they also produce graphic elements such as HUDs.

Client Support

Headed by Mariella and Jeroen, our Support & Training team offer 24/7 support to all our clients and users. It strives for true excellence in customer service and offers on-demand assistance in an immediate, efficient and uniquely dynamic fashion. It is also responsible for all end-user training and ensures CNDG’s virtual experience is always smooth and enjoyable.

ICT & Infrastructure

Led by Gary, the ICT & Infrastructure team develops and implements CNDG’s technology stack, cloud infrastructure, and application platform strategies. It also supports our other departments, through the integration of collaborative development and communication tools across various computing environments.

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Ani Simon-Hart (Lead)

Jeff Ballard
Project Management Consultant

Mjay Ibianga
Admin Assistant to Operations

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Benoit Buyse (Lead)

 Jason Crisman (Development Lead)

Rhys Beckett
Product Development (Intern)

Adam Szendrey (Creative Lead)

Brian McGauley
Assistant Content Creator

Jeroen de Kort
Senior Graphic Artist and Content Creator

Aisling Sinclair
Assistant Content Creator

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Mariella Kraak (Lead)

Ann Rovetto
Client Support Assistant

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Gary Hill (Lead)

Silvio Porcellana
ICT Consultant


Headed by Emma, our Communications team coordinates internal and external communications, and advises us on appropriate ways to communicate to our various audiences. It is responsible for our website, brand, social media, graphic design, events, and press releases. It generates reports, carries out research, and constructs and maintains our multimedia output.
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Emma Taverner (Lead)

Carolyn Cronin
Communications Assistant