About Us

OUR OBJECTIVE

DARWIN’s aim is to provide a proof of concept of ubiquitous communications by exploring wider possibilities of connected terrestrial and satellite connected terrestrial 5G networks and satellite GEO and LEO constellations. We will showcase our findings on a Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).

OUR TEAM

DARWIN gathered an amazing team comprised of industry professionals, academics and university graduates. This combination of skills allows us to think wide and assess problems from different points of view, allowing innovation to thrive.

DARWIN has four office locations: Harwell Science Campus, Didcot, Telefonica O2 London, Telefonica O2 Slough and newly opened office in Glasgow (University of Glasgow).

Daniela Petrovic

Daniela Petrovic

DARWIN Delivery Director

Zichen Lui

Zichen Lui

Project Planner

Alex Chambers

Alex Chambers

Accountant

Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Satellite Industry Consultant

Peter Poskett

Peter Poskett

Satellite Industry Consultant

Zarrar Jadoon

Zarrar Jadoon

Software Developer

Ram Kurakula

Ram Kurakula

Project Manager

Rodrigo Barreto

Rodrigo Barreto

Enterprise Architect

Rob Searle

Rob Searle

Head of 5G

Sarah Farragher

Sarah Farragher

DARWIN Financial Controller

Sophia Ward

Sophia Ward

DARWIN Operations Manager

Zoran Spasojevic

Zoran Spasojevic

Lead Architect

Aidan Syed

Aidan Syed

Enterprise Architect

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

Senior Developer

Milos Petrovic

Milos Petrovic

CEO Darwin Innovation Group, DARWIN Board Member

Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies

Consultant

David Owens

David Owens

Test & Trials Manager

Athar Meo

Athar Meo

Network Architect

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Head of 5G CoE Harwell

Miguel Morales

Miguel Morales

Satellite Architect

Prof. Nuran Acur

Prof. Nuran Acur

Regulations Lead

Stephan von Delft

Stephan von Delft

Business Modelling Lead

Bryony Grimes

Bryony Grimes

Video Production Editor

Dan Calabrese

Dan Calabrese

Video Production Editor

Daniela Petrovic

Daniela Petrovic

DARWIN Delivery Director

Entrepreneur, academic researcher and telecom industry consultant for over twenty years. Darwin became Daniela’s dream coming true by combining the industry-government-academia triangle in one innovation project. Daniela’s role in Darwin is in shaping its strategic vision and delivering that vision with first class team gathered in Harwell Science Campus, Telefonica O2 and Telefonica Madrid, Hispasat Madrid and Canary Islands, and university teams in Glasgow and Oxford.

Zichen Lui

Zichen Lui

Project Planner

Zichen is a technology enthusiast with background in Sport Science (BSc, Loughborough University) and  professional experience of  analytics, primarily based on working with Software analytics related to athletic performance. He is also Team GB team national swimming champion and Olympic GB team finalist. His free time is devoted to keeping fit and learning about latest technology gadgets.

Alex Chambers

Alex Chambers

Accountant

Alex Chambers joins us in the role of accountant. He brings great  experience in working with SMEs and start-ups as well as new ventures. Here is a short introduction from Alex:

“I especially enjoy working with start-ups and newer ventures, and helping to develop systems to allow the business to run smoothly from a financial perspective, and in turn allow everybody else to get on with what they are good at.

Never far from a calculator (who said accountants are boring). During lockdown, I have been attempting to pick up some new skills with a bit of coding, and a couple of beginner electronic projects on the horizon. I look forward to meeting you all."

Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Satellite Industry Consultant

Dave Parker joins us as Satellite industry consultant and brings a wealth of experience of previously working with MoD, Royal Navy, Boeing, Airbus and Eurocontrol Airtraffic System.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and a Professional Registration Advisor.

Dave will work closely with the architecture team in supporting us in the terrestrial-satellite  convergence solution efforts.

Peter Poskett

Peter Poskett

Satellite Industry Consultant

Peter Poskett joins us as a Satellite industry consultant focusing on HW development and integration of the Hybrid User terminal to the back end architecture.

He brings great experience of the satellite industry having previously worked for Inmarsat, Airbus Defence and Space and Skynet UK Military.

Peter will work closely with the HUT and Architecture teams in positioning HUT technical and business value proposition.

Zarrar Jadoon

Zarrar Jadoon

Software Developer

Zarrar Jadoon joined Darwin’s CAV SW Development team this week as a Front End Developer.

Zarrar gained his BSc. Computer Science (First Class)  from University of Portsmouth and continued his education at Oxford Brookes University in Advanced Computer Science.

Zarrar also gained industry experience in startups specialising in Windows App, Web App, E-commerce Websites, open source mobile development and front-end development.

His leisure interests are running, cycling, and playing cricket.

Zarrar will be based in DARWIN Harwell office.

Ram Kurakula

Ram Kurakula

Project Manager

I am a Project Management Consultant with over 20 Years of experience. Worked with big consultancies and was part of complex transformation programmes. I have double masters degree, MBA and M.Engg. My hobbies are cooking and playing/watching cricket. I am based out of Slough, Berkshire.

Rodrigo Barreto

Rodrigo Barreto

Enterprise Architect

Rodrigo Barreto joined Darwin as our Enterprise Architect. Rodrigo brings over 25 year experience in Enterprise Architecture, having developed blueprints at ZTE (Telco Cloud), TalkTalk (Full MVNO BSS stack) and Vodafone Group (Always on Marketing stack). In his last two projects with Telefonica UK, he was first the engineering lead for local implementation of Telefonica’s UNICA blueprint and later delivered the High Level Design for integration of new BSS and OCS stacks with O2’s Voice Core Network. Rodrigo has an MBA from the University of Manchester and a Bachelors in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo. He lives in Oxford with his family and in his free time enjoys cycling.

Rob Searle

Rob Searle

Head of 5G

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Sarah Farragher

Sarah Farragher

DARWIN Financial Controller

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Sophia Ward

Sophia Ward

DARWIN Operations Manager

Sophia Ward joined Darwin in the role of Operations Manager, supporting Darwin in all legal, HR and operational matters. Sophia is based in London and will also provide support at Harwell. Sophia has worked in the public and non-profit sector for much of her professional life, working with charities, non-profits, trusts, NGOs and local authorities. Sophia brings with her the benefit of a legal background, and she comes with a wealth of experience in operational management working with small and large organisations alike, as well as regulatory expertise gained at the Financial Ombudsman Service. We are delighted that she picked Darwin for her next professional role. In her spare time, Sophia engages with community work and charity work, and enjoys cooking and baking. Her favourite way to relax is to go for long country walks or hikes, and indulge in her passion for creative writing.

Zoran Spasojevic

Zoran Spasojevic

Lead Architect

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Aidan Syed

Aidan Syed

Enterprise Architect

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Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

Senior Developer

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Milos Petrovic

Milos Petrovic

CEO Darwin Innovation Group, DARWIN Board Member

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Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies

Consultant

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David Owens

David Owens

Test & Trials Manager

David's main role in Darwin is introduction and testing of new technology solutions in terrestrial and satellite industries.

Athar Meo

Athar Meo

Network Architect

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Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Head of 5G CoE Harwell

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Miguel Morales

Miguel Morales

Satellite Architect

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Prof. Nuran Acur

Prof. Nuran Acur

Regulations Lead

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Stephan von Delft

Stephan von Delft

Business Modelling Lead

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Bryony Grimes

Bryony Grimes

Video Production Editor

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Dan Calabrese

Dan Calabrese

Video Production Editor

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ADVISORY BOARD

Daniela Petrovic

Daniela Petrovic

DARWIN Delivery Director

Enrique Nadales Blanco

Enrique Nadales Blanco

CTIO Telefonica Group

Brendan O'Railley

Brendan O'Railley

CTO, O2

Prof. Tim Morris

Prof. Tim Morris

University of Oxford

Milos Petrovic

Milos Petrovic

CEO, Darwin Innovation Group

Brendan O'Rourke

Brendan O'Rourke

Board Chairman, VP Bain

Daniela Petrovic

Daniela Petrovic

DARWIN Delivery Director

Entrepreneur, academic researcher and telecom industry consultant for over twenty years. Darwin became Daniela’s dream coming true by combining the industry-government-academia triangle in one innovation project. Daniela’s role in Darwin is in shaping its strategic vision and delivering that vision with first class team gathered in Harwell Science Campus, Telefonica O2 and Telefonica Madrid, Hispasat Madrid and Canary Islands, and university teams in Glasgow and Oxford.

Enrique Nadales Blanco

Enrique Nadales Blanco

CTIO Telefonica Group

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Brendan O'Railley

Brendan O'Railley

CTO, O2

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Prof. Tim Morris

Prof. Tim Morris

University of Oxford

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Milos Petrovic

Milos Petrovic

CEO, Darwin Innovation Group

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Brendan O'Rourke

Brendan O'Rourke

VP, Bain

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