Meet the Management Team

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Dr Atif Syed

CEO and Founder

Atif obtained a PhD in Engineering and Electronics/Bionanotechnology from the University of Edinburgh and has a background in Electronics, Nanotechnology, Robotics and AI. Atif is also an Enterprise Fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering. With the breadth of expertise in microfabrication, material science and robotics,

Atif has built the principles for Wootzano to grow into a leading robotics company.

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Dr Jesse Opoku


Jesse has experience working with micro/nanofabrication and process development. Jesse perfected the initial Wootzkin sensors and scaled up the technology to a 99.99% yield. Jesse is heading up the plan for the production facilities, reduced cost of production, and working on the ambitious scale-up and delivery of the Avarai™ to enable mass-market integration.

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Steven Harvey


Steven has a First Class degree in Applied Physics and qualified as a Chartered
Accountant with PwC in 2001. He has a successful track record in financial
leadership roles spanning 23 years including internal and external audit,
corporate controlling and internal and external group financial reporting with
Nestlé in Switzerland, Middle East, UK and the USA.

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Rob Dobson


In 1991 he founded Actix, algorithmic optimisation for mobile phone networks - London, & as Director built a highly profitable business to over £25m revenue and an international market-leader in wireless performance engineering software.

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Dr Barry Mulholland

Director of Fresh Produce Robotics

Barry has over 30 years’ experience of managing research that has addressed complex biological, environmental and industry production challenges.  Barry has an excellent grasp of the economic, policy and environmental and technical issues in the Horticulture industry and an in-depth understanding of policy and regulatory issues that influence the profitability of the fresh produce sector.  Barry is a client and solution focussed networker who drives innovation and business development.

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