Real Thing Team
The Management team at RealThing Ai is comprised of a strong mix of advanced technical expertise, proven commercialisation skills and global technology sales experience.

Nick HowdenNick Howden – Chief Executive Officer

Nick has worked on commercialising leading edge software and technology for more than 14 years. He has extensive management and sales experience in intelligent software, simulation and training in the Defence, Emergency Management and Healthcare markets, and more recently in interactive software for toys and accessibility. Prior to his role with Real Thing, Nick ran a Professional Services group within CAE, an international simulation and training organisation. Having collaborated with several universities on R&D programs, he has a good track record of balancing the competing goals of Industry and Academia. Nick is passionate about creating and selling great products.


Andrew HodgsonAndrew Hodgson – Chief Technical Officer

Andrew has over 25 years experience is developing and applying R&D. He founded Agent Oriented Software and led the development of it core technology (JACK) which is still the leading commercial agent platform. Andrew has worked in senior roles for CSIRO, The Preston Group, Australian Artificial Intelligent Institute and Siemens Research. He has a proven track record of taking laboratory research and applying to solve real world problems.


Dr Ralph RonnquistRalph Ronnquist – Chief Scientific Officer

Ralph has over 30 years experience in the application of front-line technology, including the development of several successful intelligent agent systems in a world-wide consulting role. His recent work includes audio processing for the purpose of sound source separation, and voiced language processing for the purpose of topic directed focus in dialogue.


Brendan Lewis – Head of Business Development

Brendan Lewis has 25+ years experience in developing technology businesses internationally. He has held Senior Executive roles in Sales, Marketing & Finance as well as being CEO & Founder of several technology services businesses, 3 of which he sold. His commercial experience spans Australia, Romania, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the USA, Vietnam, South Korea, the UK, South Africa, Kenya & Nigeria. He was the City of Greater London’s representative in Australia for International Trade & Investment for 6 years, stepping down in 2016. He joined RealThing Entertainment formally in September 2018.

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