The Memrise team comes from all over the world, and between us we speak 15 languages. Our simple aim is to make people feel ingenious as they learn.
Mousha is responsible for the characteristic mood and style of Memrise, its uncompromising joyfulness. Her effortless brilliance, despite a life of sloth and sleep, informs our commitment to make learning anything at all as easy as possible.
Responsible for: Overseeing the humans
Known to: Renew the domain name
Speaks:E-prime, learning Klingon
Ben Whately -
Ben helps ensure all operations at Memrise tick, and is in charge of product invention, managing our CatAcademy. With a psychology degree from Oxford, and six years in rural China, he's also behind Memrise's best-of-breed approach to learning Chinese characters.
Responsible for:Making sure things happen
Known to:Make tonal puns, drink Chinese tea
Speaks:Mandarin, learning Spanish
Connor McFadden - Junior Android Engineer
Connor devotes himself to bringing joy and sparkle to our Android app. Having begun life in style -he was born in a bath, to an audience of curious neighbours- he's not let up since. A graduate in Computer Science from Swansea University, Connor is the acoustic guitarist in the Memrise band.
Responsible for:The Android app
Known to:DJ secretively
Speaks:English and Welsh, learning Spanish
Daniel Zohar -
Daniel helps ensure Memrise works flawlessly on all platforms, and coordinates all of our technical efforts. Aside from a glittering career founding and growing startups, he's a keen heavy metal guitarist and an expert at moving large objects at or near the earth's surface.
Responsible for:Technical awesomeness
Known to: Look exceedingly cheerful at times of great stress
Speaks:Hebrew, learning Latvian
Ed Cooke -
Ed helps the team build joyful learning experiences. He co-founded Memrise in 2010. A Memory Grandmaster who once taught Josh Foer to be US champion in a year, he studied cognitive science in Oxford and Paris.
Responsible for: Creative vision, learning tech
Known to: Learn the order of a shuffled deck of cards in 45 seconds, forget to renew the domain name
Speaks:French, learning Spanish and the Wikipedia.
Jaakko Lampi -
Jaakko helps deliver Memrise's elegant, intuitive website experience. He's a user-experience obsessive, as likely to critique a supermarket as an app. He has a degree in intelligent systems from Oulu University in his native Finland, where he once won the national Taekwondo championships.
Responsible for:Smooth user experience
Known to:Listen to the Love Boat theme song on repeat
Speaks:English and Estonian, learning German
Jacek Lampart -
Jacek is an iOS developer who hails from Poland. He has a degree in computer science from the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology. A startup veteran, he was a keen Memrise user before joining the team. His interests encompass the future of employment and astronautics.
Responsible for:Building our iOS apps
Known to:Have a twisted sense of humour
Speaks:English, Polish and German, learning Spanish
Jon Crooke -
Jon delivers Memrise to your iPhone. He works from Berlin, where he's been known to make electronic music in warehouses. Spent seven years living in Japan.
Responsible for:The new v3 iOS app
Known to:Snowboard at high speeds
Speaks:Japanese, learning German
Kristina Narusk -
Kristina helps the Memrise team make product as quickly as possible, having headed product teams for 10 years across the European and US tech industry. She quite often runs 20km before breakfast.
Responsible for:The most useful features
Known to:Listen, operate a film (aka non-digital) camera and go run in unexpected places
Speaks:Finnish, learning Spanish
Lien Rakuscek -
Lien works in learner support, while also ensuring that Memrise's unique office thrives. She's also responsible for finding wonderful office mates to populate our mezzanine. Other responsibilities include looking after Mousha and organising parties.
Known to:Bake gluten-free cakes
Speaks:Flemish and French, learning Greek
Nadim Rahman -
Nadim helps ensure our learning tech never stops improving. A century-smashing batsman in cricket, he's a traveller who's been known to trek to far-flung corners of the Himalayas and hopes one day to visit North Korea.
Known to:Travel, talk about cricket
Speaks:Bengali, learning Italian
Nghia “Lim” Hoang -
Lim is a full stack web-developer. He studied Computer Science at RMIT University, Vietnam. He works right across the full web stack. An enthusiast for memory techniques, he’s competed in memory championships, and has taught English both to himself and his family using Memrise.
Responsible for:Improving the website
Known to:Nearly drown, then fall in love with swimming
Speaks:Vietnamese and English, learning German
Mathieu Robert - UI / UX Designer
Mathieu hails from Normandy, and leads our design team. He studied IT and information design at the universities of Saint Lo and MTSU, Tennessee. A wide-ranging appreciator of the visual, he was behind the biggest Banksy spoof in French history, which can be read about here.
Responsible for:How it all looks
Known to:Show policemen his graffiti
Speaks:French, English and Spanish, learning German and Japanese
Oliver Campbell -
Ollie is in charge of QA at Memrise, spending his day vetting features old and new for imperfection. He studied Philosophy at Warwick, where Harry Frankfurt's “The Importance of What We Care About” occupied his mind.
Responsible for:Ensuring a bug-free Memrise
Known to:Hit a golfing hole in one (once, a par 3, there were witnesses)
Speaks:English, learning French
Olivia Zavala -
Olivia helps the Memrise community understand and profit from the platform and is in charge of our social media too. A collector of cats and fan of early hiphop, she organises the Memrise film night.
Responsible for:Community and Social Media
Known to:Rescue cats, eat lots of cheese
Speaks:Bilingual Spanish/English speaker, learning French and Japanese
Renaud Guérin -
Renaud helps Memrise deliver a speedy, reliable service by heading up our dev ops department. Hailing from the Champagne region of France, he previously worked at Facebook, Songkick and other minor tech outfits before arriving Memrise. Is occasionally spotted on private jets with international DJs.
Responsible for:Lowering our Amazon bills
Known to:Collect old synthesizers
Speaks:English, German and French