DIGITAL NOMAD PROJECT team & ADVISORY BOARD

Meet Our Team

Chris Mathias
Co-founder & Chair
Chris has been involved in numerous start-ups in the digital world including founding Conduit Communications which became one of the largest “pure play” internet consulting companies in the first dot com era. Since then, he has been involved in many more including CFH, EZRMS and e-spares to name a few. He is a founder, trustee and chairs the Investment committee at the British Asian Trust where he led the creation of the world’s largest Development Impact Bond. Chris is the Chair of The Digital Nomad Project.
Leon Tong
Co-founder & CEO
Leon founded his first company aged 26 - an award-winning digital agency working with central government and higher education which has taken him to Downing Street, the House of Lords, and the White House. He is also the founder of a successful Community Interest Company, has given talks on the theory of social networks at Google and HSBC, and is the author of a book on wellness for entrepreneurs. Leon is the Co-founder and CEO of The Digital Nomad Project.
Theo Roux de Bezieux
Social Entrepreneur in Residence
Theo was born and raised in a little city in the French Alps. He decided to discover a new language and a new culture when he moved to the UK to study Business Administration at the University of Bath in 2017. Theo is an Entrepreneur in Residence at The Digital Nomad Project and his focus is towards the platform and the course. Theo joined the project at its very beginning in June 2021 after graduating from University, and he is since then working to improve the students’ learning experience.


Mark Mathias
Co-founder & Head of Operations
Mark decided to partner up with his brother Chris and old colleague Rob Keane in 2013, following his own entrepreneurial adventures. In 2003 he set up his first business, an investment management company. In addition to helping young entrepreneurs build their businesses through Arbor, he now advises the medical charity Drug Science on their 2021 research project, and serves on the boards of a number of overseas investment companies. Mark is the Co-founder and Head of Operations at The Digital Nomad Project
Robert Keane
Co-founder & Head of Finance
Robert is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with Arthur Andersen, before gaining corporate finance and investment experience at British Linen Advisers and Dawnay Day. Robert has worked at Arbor Ventures for the last 12 years, investing in early stage and growth companies and helping these companies and entrepreneurs in achieving their goals. Robert is the Co-founder and Head of Finance at The Digital Nomad Project.
Sofia Kvacha
Project Manager
Sofia Kvacha is a project manager at The Digital Nomad Project. Before joining The Digital Nomad Project, Sofia graduated from Warwick and LSE, had the chance to work with Amazon, and started a start-up of her own in Israel. In her free time, Sofia loves to travel with her film camera.

Youmin Ho
Entrepreneur in Residence
Youmin is an Entrepreneur in Residence at The Digital Nomad Project. Youmin focuses on the planning and execution of activities, events and existing social media contents to drive an increase in student engagement. Working alongside the team, Youmin also assists in partnerships by building and maintaining good rapport with different stakeholders.
Harry MacKenzie
Advisory Board (Expert)
Alongside his degree, Harry set up an independent consultancy to help established brands with new marketing strategies to target Generation Z. In 2017, Harry joined Malaysia’s first Y-Combinator start-up, Dahmakan, through its expansion into four new South-East Asian countries. After Malaysia, Harry joined Google’s London marketing team to manage the Google Partner's social channels. Harry acts on the Digital Nomad Project advisory board as an expert.
Alison Shipitofsky
Advisory Board (Expert)
Alison joined KPMG’s Global Mobility Services department in New York September 1996. In her current role, she helps protect, maintain, and grow client relationships for the global business. Her focus ranges from a breadth of initiatives and activities to support our global practice’s strategic vision. Alison acts on the Digital Nomad Project advisory board as an expert.
Alex O'Byrne
Advisory Board (Expert)
Alex is co-founder at We Make Websites, the Shopify Plus agency for international brands. Founded in 2009, We Make Websites is a digital commerce agency with offices in London and New York. Alex is an international speaker on e-commerce, brand and business growth. Alex acts on the Digital Nomad Project advisory board as an expert.
Ella Mae Davidson
Founder Member & Advisory Board
Ella is 19, currently living in the lakes, the perfect backdrop and inspiration for a lot of her work and daily hobbies. She enjoys long country walks as well as paddle boarding on the lakes that are readily available on her doorstep. Ella is a founder member and acts on the advisory board for The Digital Nomad Project.
Elsa Monteith
Advisory Board (Expert)
Elsa is a freelance writer and broadcaster working with design studios, arts organisations, exhibitions, and radio platforms to help advance accessibility and representation in and beyond the arts industry. Elsa acts as an expert on the advisory board for The Digital Nomad Project, in addition to copywriting for the platform and contributing to the digital community.

Oyinkro Kagbala
Advisory Board (Expert)
Oyinkro Kagbala created K-OS Visuals due to his passion for creativity and love for the visual world. His business focuses on storytelling through creativity by way of innovative and original content, driven by purposeful partnerships and collaboration. O acts on The Digital Nomad Project advisory board as an expert. If you enjoy a good IG story, fun, and vibey videos, be sure to follow Oyinkro on all socials! 
Helena Traill
Advisory Board (Expert)
Helena Traill is a graphic designer and Central Saint Martins graduate based in London. Her new company Helena Traill Design offers bespoke and cost-effective solutions that maximise communication through creative design. Helena has been working with The Digital Nomad Project on branding and design, in addition to acting as an expert advisor on the board.
Jaime Tan
Advisory Board (Expert)
Jaime Tan helps busy, exhausted over-achievers manage stress through nutrition, fitness and lifestyle rituals, so they’re able to get fitter, feel more rested and energised without spending lots of time in the kitchen or gym. Straddling both the wellness and creative industries as a wellness coach, yoga teacher and nutritional therapist at Enlightened Spoon, along with her ‘other’ job as an Executive Producer at one of the world's top creative agencies, Jaime acts as an expert on The Digital Nomad Project advisory board.
Rob Dale
Advisory Board (Expert)
Rob is a sales professional with an outstanding track record in the sale of strategic digital transformation and outsourced services projects. Rob has 25 years experience in the industry and works full time as a Strategic Sales Director for Sopra Steria, a leader in digital platforms and transformation services in Europe. Rob is working with The Digital Nomad Project  on a voluntary basis as an expert advisor for partnerships as well as sharing best practice and experience in sales to assist the nomad community.
Jessica Sinton
Founder Member & Advisory Board
Jessica Sinton is a photographer studying at Newcastle college for her BA Honours degree in photography. She works within the medium of portraiture photography, with additional experience in interior and product photography. Within her time at Digital Nomad Project she has made many connections along with enjoying the course all the way through and learning valuable skills.
Lucia Corry
Founder Member & Advisory Board
Lucia is a brand, content and marketing professional based in London. She is passionate about building brands, communities and experiences with a social mission at their heart. Lucia currently works as an Analyst at brand and marketing consultancy, The Value Engineers, and is part of the Content & Programming team at global nonprofit, WIN: Women in Innovation. Lucia is a Founding Member of The Digital Nomad Project and sits on the Advisory Board.
Nial Gooch
Founder Member & Advisory Board
Nial is an animation student at Newcastle College currently in his second year. He also has a part time job working in a warehouse for a document scanning company. At the Digital Nomad Project, he will be happy to make new connections with people and is excited about working on new projects. 
Olivia Bradley
Founder Member & Advisory Board
Olivia is 20 years old from London and is starting her third year at Birmingham City University, where she studies marketing. She has always been interested in business and especially marketing and completed 3 different types of marketing internships prior to starting work. Olivia acts as a founder member for The Digital Nomad Project and sits on the advisory board.
Phebe Burden
Founder Member & Advisory Board
Phebe is finishing her first year of her Art and Design Level 3 BTEC. She has always been interested in design, and recently won an international interior design competition. During lockdown she has started selling art on Instagram and has increasingly become more interested in one day starting her own business. Phebe acts as a founder member for The Digital Nomad Project and sits on the advisory board.

Our vision

Our vision is to revitalise local communities and the wider UK economy through a vibrant network of self-reliant and energised young 'digital nomads'.
Our mission is to train 100,000 young people across the UK in the digital skills needed for the future of work, with a focus on helping those who have had less opportunity than their peers.
Our values

  • We see the value of both soft and technical skills to equip young people with the confidence, mindset, and motive to work with their wellbeing in mind.
  • We have built a network of versatile and dynamic freelancers, striving to make space for a community of like-minded young professionals to raise social capital both locally and globally.
  • We believe in self-employment, not jobs. Our vision is to grow local communities through upskilling, giving nomads an opportunity to take an active role in their communities.