We are a team of seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders, with experience in B2B and B2C start ups and Fortune 500 companies. We are the creators and innovators building the next tech frontier: Emotion AI.

Rana el Kaliouby

Pioneer of Emotion AI, Rana is Affectiva’s co-founder and CEO. She invented Affectiva’s emotion recognition technology and is leading our innovations in Emotion AI. An Inc. magazine columnist and recipient of numerous awards, Rana is frequently covered in leading publications and is a sought after speaker on topics of AI, ethics and workforce. She is a passionate advocate for women in STEM and has a PhD from Cambridge University.

Tim Peacock

Tim is Affectiva’s Chief Operating Officer and VP of Engineering. He built Affectiva’s engineering team from the ground up and led the team to create the world’s first Emotion AI platform, turning MIT research into products used by Fortune 100 companies. As COO, Tim oversees Affectiva’s data driven planning and decision processes. Prior, Tim spent 8 years at Lotus, where he led development of Lotus 1-2-3. He is a proud MIT alum.

Gabi Zijderveld

Gabi is our CMO. She created the new technology category of Emotion AI and positioned Affectiva to dominate this space with a successful marketing strategy, including high volume press coverage to drive industry awareness. Gabi also leads our product strategy to deliver on our multi-modal vision. She has over 20 years of product management and international experience at leading tech companies including Dragon Systems and IBM.

Andy Zeilman

As VP Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Andy leads Affectiva’s growth strategy and adoption of its core technologies through strategic partnerships. Andy heads up our automotive business, as well as the go to market strategy for other key growth sectors for Affectiva. Prior, Andy was at Nuance Communications where he led the Enterprise Division’s Global OEM Team. He also served as a Special Agent in the FBI.

Jay Turcot

Jay is Director of Applied AI and leads our team of machine learning researchers, focused on bringing to market our core emotion technology. Jay guides our data acquisition and annotation strategies, and development of new deep learning techniques to improve the robustness, speed and accuracy of our emotion models across vision and speech modalities. He has a graduate degree from the University of British Columbia.

Taniya Mishra

Taniya Mishra is Director of AI Research and Lead Speech Scientist at Affectiva. Taniya leads our research team in exploring innovative machine learning approaches to accelerate our multi-modal emotion sensing roadmap. She also built Affectiva’s speech product from the ground up. She has a PhD in computer science and speech processing from the OGI School of Science and Engineering at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital.

Toby Cabot

Toby is our Chief Software Architect, so he makes sure that our systems run well and integrate cleanly. He built the first-ever architecture for cloud-based and real time on-device emotion detection software – and brought this to scale. He’s now building frameworks for speech and multi-modal emotion detection and our happy.cam social network.