About Us

Erase All Kittens was made in 2014 by an ad creative, a developer and an illustrator.

After finding that most children above the age of twelve are put off by coding and engineering, we set ourselves a challenge to invent the best way to inspire them - especially girls - to code and create.

Our team was selected to participate in the Emerge Education Accelerator and we carried out extensive research for eighteen months, interviewing young students and immersing ourselves in their culture, whilst developing E.A.K.

We partnered with MIT in October 2017 and we’re also now working with Playerthree, an award-winning games development company, to build new levels teaching HTML, CSS and Javascript.

All of our team-members and advisors are incredibly passionate about encouraging children to become creators, and helping to close the gender gap in tech.



Team

Dee Saigal
Co-founder / CEO, Chief Scribbler

Dee is an award-winning, international creative and writer with six years experience in the advertising industry, most recently at TBWA Paris. Dee works on the game design, creative content, strategy and partnerships for E.A.K.

Leonie Van Der Linde
Co-founder / Chief Pixel Wizard

Leonie graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2013, specialising in graphic design, illustration and animation. Leonie is lead illustrator and animator, and also the creator of E.A.K. merchandise, such as capes and soft toys.

Shwetal Shah
Chief of Busyness

Shwetal has an MA in International Marketing, and was an analyst before joining E.A.K. She now works on global partnerships, and also helps to promote women scientists' work. Shwetal recently won the Code First: Girls Ones to Watch Award and UN Women Champion for Change.

Jimmy Leach
Chief of Strategising

Jimmy works on digital communications strategy and implementation for governments and organisations, and has worked as Head of Digital Comms at the Prime Minister’s Office and at GEMs Education. Jimmy works on E.A.K.’s strategy, public profile and assists in forming partnerships.

Priya Nirmal
Chief of Creative Coding

Priya recently graduated in Computer Science from UCL, and she is part of our development team working on gameplay content. Priya strongly believes that encouragement and exposure to coding at a young age will help girls to build up their confidence in coding.

Rajeev Singh
Chief Button Presser

Rajeev is a Technical Architect and Robotics Engineer. He has over twelve years experiences in designing, developing and deploying architectures and infrastructure for software applications. Rajeev works on the design and implementation of E.A.K.'s levels, game engine and related software.

Craig Steele
Chief of Digital Literacy

Craig is a digital learning specialist and leads the CoderDojo Scotland network, having set up the first CoderDojo in Scotland in 2012. He has created an interactive coding experience at CBBC Live, and worked on the development of BBC’s micro:bit. Craig creates E.A.K.’s epic lesson plans.

Dominica Zavala
Chief of Collaborations

Dominica is well versed in emerging markets and has managed policy projects in the public and non-governmental sector in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and the UK. She helps to organise collaborations between E.A.K. and different NGOs worldwide.

Advisory Board


Nigel Gardner
Investor

Nigel Gardner is a former European Commission spokesman and BBC journalist. He co-founded the leading European affairs consultancy GPlus in Brussels, where he was responsible for directing their corporate growth strategy. Nigel is now Chairman of Flint Global - a business advisory based in London.


Ian Livingstone CBE
Games Advisor

Ian Livingstone CBE is one of the founding fathers of the UK Games Industry and co-author of The Next Gen. Report - the driving force behind the new UK Computing Curriculum. Ian is a fantasy author and entrepreneur. He co-founded the iconic games company, Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy - a series of roleplaying gamebooks.


Gi Fernando
Investor

Gi Fernando is an entrepreneurial engineer and active angel investor. Gi co-founded global social technology leader, Techlightenment, and is Chairman of Freeformers - a company that helps young people from all backgrounds to develop high impact digital skills. Gi is a Trustee of Apps For Good and sits on Nesta’s Digital Makers Panel.


Graham Brown Martin
Busyness Advisor

Graham Brown Martin is the author of Learning {Re}imagined, the best-selling book on global education. He has had a thirty year career spanning the education, technology and entertainment sectors, and was the founder of Learning without Frontiers, a global think tank that brought together renowned individuals to share ideas about the future of learning.


Liz Hankin
Education Advisor

Liz Hankin is the Director of EdICTs - an education company which provides consultancy to governments, local authorities and individual schools. Liz is a Programme Facilitator for FutureLab Education, supporting a nationwide initiative to develop innovative practice in schools and is also a Strategy Consultant for Oasis IT Services.


Lord Jim Knight
Education Advisor

Jim Knight is Chief Education Advisor at TES Global. He was the longest serving Schools minister in the last Labour Government, and also served as Rural Affairs minister and Employment minister. Jim is a Visiting professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education, chair of Tinder Foundation and deputy chair of the Nominet Trust.


Mounir Mouawad
Strategy Advisor

Mounir head up strategy and operations for Google’s consumer payment business in EMEA. He has worked across a variety of roles in e-commerce, managing some of Google’s biggest clients in Europe, and also worked at Amazon in the UK. Mounir holds a computer engineering degree from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from London Business School