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Our Team

Our team has deep technical expertise across all domains relevant to the assessment, fine-tuning, prediction and communication of building performance. Half of our staff resources are dedicated to R&D and our R&D priorities are determined through client collaboration.

Craig Roussac

Chief Executive Officer

Craig is a director and co-founder of Buildings Alive and is responsible for our customer engagement and strategic direction.

About Craig
Craig is widely recognised for his contribution to the field of environmental performance management in buildings, particularly in relation to energy use. Prior to co-founding Buildings Alive in 2012, Craig worked for a leading Australian commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) where he led the sustainability, safety and environmental management functions and directed the group’s  research activities. He is a Fulbright Scholar and during 2014 was based in the United States at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) where he contributed to research focused on reducing energy use in buildings by combining technologies and non-technological factors. Craig has a PhD from the University of Sydney where his dissertation in architectural science was published as “A framework for presenting energy efficiency feedback to operators of buildings”. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (ANU), a Bachelor of Construction Management & Economics (Hons) and a Grad Dip in Applied Finance and Investment.

Brad Schultz

Head of Customer Engagement

Brad leads our services team and is focused on ensuring customers gaining maximum value from Buildings Alive’s capabilities.

About Brad

Brad joined Buildings Alive in 2020 to help drive the global expansion of Buildings Alive’s services. Brad has an extensive history in Business Development, General Management, Energy Management, Energy Efficiency, Analytics and Building Automation across several organisations. He also has a history in Hardware/Software Product Development and Product Management. 

Rick Brown

Head of Product

Rick leads product development, ensuring the product and platforms we build deliver compelling value to customers.

About Rick

An experienced technology leader with a passion for creative solutions, Rick joined Buildings Alive in 2021, specifically to drive our product development process. Prior to Buildings Alive, Rick was the CTO at Chicago-based Hrvyst, a supply chain risk management and trading assurance solution operating as a technology business unit of RJO’Brien (the oldest and most prestigious commodity brokerage firm in the USA). Before Hrvyst, Rick founded and ran a custom software consulting company, Hot Fudge Interactive, out of Phoenix, focused on developing SaaS and mobile apps for a a wide range of customers from start-ups to Fortune 500s and government agencies. Prior to this Rick worked as a Product Manager for Gmail at Google, earlier still he worked in law enforcement and investigations. Rick has a Master of Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Baden Hughes

Chief Technology Officer

Baden is a director and co-founder of Buildings Alive and leads the evolution of our technology platforms.

About Baden
Baden has extensive business strategy, product development and technology operations experience. Baden co-founded Buildings Alive in 2012 and has designed and operationally managed its customer-facing and internal technology platforms from inception. Baden has been a co-founder and executive leader with a technology product strategy and development focus in a number of successful early stage businesses in Australia and overseas, as well as having had a successful management consulting career with a specific focus on business advisory and information services. Baden’s academic background is in natural language processing and the information sciences, and he has published widely in these areas.

Asanka Rahubadda

Senior Building Systems Engineer

Asanka works with our clients to help them fine-tune and optimise the performance of their buildings.

About Asanka
Asanka’s role encompasses detailed data analysis and onsite advice about efficiency opportunities to help our clients fine-tune and optimise the performance of their buildings. She has wide-ranging experience in energy efficient process optimisation, project management and renewable energy applications. Asanka joined Buildings Alive in 2014 having previously worked as an engineer with Sri Lanka’s Sustainable Energy Authority where she contributed to the preparation and implementation of Sri Lanka’s building code for commercial buildings, including applications for lighting, ventilation & air conditioning, building envelop design, electrical wiring, pumps and other installations. Asanka is a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP), has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and an M.Sc. in sustainable energy engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, which included a thesis project on energy efficiency improvements in the hotel sector, as well as a PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Sydney. 

Mike Case

Senior Building Systems Engineer

Mike assists clients with the optimisation of building technology and performance.

About Mike
Mike joined Buildings Alive in 2015 and works with our clients to help them fine-tune and optimise the performance of their buildings. He also has a lead role in the ongoing development of Buildings Alive’s technology supporting BMS analyticsMike started his career working as a control systems engineer on the design and implementation of various automation projects and quickly progressed to become a project manager with a prominent controls company delivering large-scale and complex building management systems. Mike is an accredited NABERS assessor andholds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney. 

Aayan Shuja

Building Systems Engineer

Aayan works with our clients to help them fine-tune and optimise the performance of their buildings.

About Aayan
Aayan’s role encompasses detailed data analysis and onsite advice to help our customers improve the efficiency of their buildings. Prior to joining Buildings Alive in 2018, Aayan worked in operations roles with a leading corporate real estate / facilities management group. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (electrical and electronics) degree from Hamdard University, Pakistan and Masters degrees in Engineering Studies (Computer Control Engineering) and Engineering Management, both from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Hao Huang

Data Scientist and Senior Building Systems Engineer

Hao combineR&D with his role helping clients to fine-tune and optimise the performance of their buildings.

About Hao
Hao supports our clients with detailed data analysis and technical advice about efficiency opportunities. He is also an active member of our research and development team working to advance our data acquisition and analysis technologies. Hao joined Buildings Alive in 2016 upon the completion of his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide where he developed model-based intelligent control strategies for optimising the operation of HVAC systems in commercial buildings. During his PhD he worked closely with facilities managers both at the university and also Adelaide Airport where his research findings were field-tested. Prior to moving to AustraliaHao worked as a field service engineer for GE in China. In addition to his PhD, Hao has a Master of Engineering (mechatronics) degree from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Beijing University of Technology. 

Roger Chen

Senior Platform Engineer

Roger leads the development of our technology systems and software applications.

About Roger
Roger has taken lead role developing almost every aspect of Buildings Alive’s Rapid Efficiency Feedback (REF) platform and associated technologies. His extensive experience spans publishing, financial, and mobile technology industries, in addition to energy and environmental performance analytics. Prior to joining Buildings Alive in 2013, Roger was a development team lead for several web applications including a mobile based billing platform, a mobile campaign platform, and a mobile message scheduling platform. He also has extensive experience in high-availability platform performance profiling and tuning, web services/API integration and production services/server migration. Roger has a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree from UNSW. 

Michael Yuan

Senior Platform Engineer

Michael leads the development of our technology systems and software applications.

About Michael
Michael has taken lead role developing almost every aspect of Buildings Alive’s Rapid Efficiency Feedback (REF) platform and associated technologies. Prior to joining Buildings Alive in 2013, Michael gained extensive experience working on a diverse range of projects in the mobile, payment, education and gaming industries including the development of content management systems (CMS), customer relationship management (CRM) systems, mobile campaigns and mobile billing platforms. He has a strong track record in designing, building, deploying and delivering high quality and comprehensive software programs and holds a Bachelor of Software Engineering from Beihang University, China, and a Master of Information Technology with double majors in E-Commerce and Database Systems from UNSW. 

Ashwini Amaran

Platform Engineer

Ashwini works on our technology systems and software applications,

About Ashwini

Before joining Buildings Alive, Ashwini worked for an IT service provider who developed and sold an analytics platform for higher education administration and student management. Ashwini has a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Science and Engineering from New Horizon College of Engineering in Bangalore, India.

Mauli Patel

Platform Engineer

Mauli works on our technology systems and software applications,

About Mauli

Before joining Buildings Alive, Mauli worked in software development at one of the large Indian IT outsourcing companies, specifically working with an inventory tracking and customer order fulfilment system for high value gemstones. Mauli has a Bachelor in Computer Applications and a Master in Computer Applications, both from Ganpat University in Mehsana, India.

Ali Jariani

Data / Platform Engineer

Ali works on our relational and non-relational data infrastructure and services.

About Ali
Ali is a specialist data engineer with specific experience in large scale data management in telecommunications and law enforcement, and earlier broader experience across ICT professional services. His background includes working with very large and dynamic subscriber and billing data collections for purposes such as revenue assurance and fraud management, identity management and border control. Ali has an Associates degree in Computer Science from Shamsipour University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Software Engineering from Ayandegan University, both in Iran.

Grammy Jiang

Data / Platform Engineer

Grammy works on our technology systems and software applications, particularly in data modelling and integration.

About Grammy
Grammy is an experienced software engineer who has specific experience in working with online and unstructured data. Before joining Buildings Alive, Grammy worked for a media laboratory, a social media/digital marketing business, and earlier for a number of building/environmental design and project management consulting firms. He has also contributed to a number of prominent open source projects. Grammy has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Building Services Engineering and Computer Science and Technology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) and a Master of Science in Intelligent Building Technology and Management from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

 

Neelabh Singh

Front End Software Engineer

Neelabh focuses on building great digital experiences for our customers.

About Neelabh

Neelabh joined us in 2020 as a specialist front end software engineer.  Prior to Buildings Alive, Neelabh worked in both environmental services and in banking/insurance. Neelabh holds a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from UNSW, Sydney and a Computer Science degree from RV College, Bangalore.

Lionel Bartlett

IT Administrator

Lionel ensures our technology infrastructure and platforms are resilient, flexible and scalable.

About Lionel
Lionel works alongside the platform development team to support our internal IT systems and onsite equipment, to ensure a stable and reliable operating environment. Contributing to a range of innovation/platform projects from a systems perspective, end-user technology support, routine systems administration and management tasks. Lionel has lived and worked internationally (Africa, Europe, Australia) as a consultant and support engineer, within many industries, including banking, education, government departments and insurance. With a Diploma in Computer Data Processing and relevant industry certifications he brings strong technology experience to the team. Lionel enjoys problem solving and especially root cause analysis, using open source tools or developing his own.

Maria Buena

Data Operations Analyst

Maria assures the quality of utility metering and other data required to produce automated analysis and feedback for our clients.

About Maria

At Buildings Alive, Maria has a specific focus on the critical and diverse data supply chains which underpin all automated analysis that we produce for our clients. Prior to Buildings Alive, Maria worked for another Australian energy efficiency company focused on utility billing analysis and client service/support. Earlier, Maria worked for a number of Gulf States leading gas and oil suppliers in the United Arab Emirates, in areas such as utility contract cost optimization, procurement administration, and sales/operations support. She is completing an MBA in Sustainability at Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Philippines.

Melissa Ho

Finance and Admin Officer

Melissa provides finance and administration support across the business.

About Melissa
As Finance and Administration OfficerMelissa is responsible for Buildings Alive’s day-to-day financial administration and works closely with our services engineers to ensure we maintain the highest level of customer support at all times. Prior to joining Buildings Alive in 2019Melissa gained wide-ranging experience from working with leading financial services and stockbroking firmadministering deals and settlement processes. 

 

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