Renée Bunnell, PhD

Founder; Innovation & Research

Renée is trained as a clinical psychologist and the inventor of’s core methodology and patent that applies humanistic psychology to decode the emotion drivers that connect people, content and media. She is a board member of the IEEE’s working group on Ethics and AI/Values in Autonomous Systems. Prior to co-founding, she was a business development executive in various Silicon Valley startups.

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Neil Key

Finance & Operations

Neil is a leader in finance, operations, and administration, and was a co-founder of PayPossible, an innovative multi-lender financing platform that enables businesses to offer customers financing options at the point of sale. Neil began his career with Ernst & Young and has led the finance functions for multiple early and mid-stage companies in various industries and verticals.

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David Fioretti

Technology and Product

David's expertise is in transforming business strategies via architectures optimized for custom solutions. Prior to Emoto, he was a senior digital transformation technician in cloud strategy for Box, Inc. Before Box, David was a Vice President at Teneo Consulting, where he worked with executives from both Fortune 500 clients and new ventures, and launched the firm’s Marketing & Sponsorship advisory practice. He's held a variety of technical positions including roles of full-stack engineer, product manager, partner engineer, and technical consultant.

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Mayank Agarwal

Character Engineer

Mayank has been with Emoto from the very beginning. His specialty is mapping character with client content, and translating the results in a way that they understand and can apply to their business strategy. Mayank is also involved with the research & development aspects of character within Emoto's solutions

Yury Korvel

Product Development

Yury is the co-founder of ITRex, a development firm with notable clients such as Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and Proctor & Gamble. Yury oversees a staff of 100+ developers specializing in machine learning.


Mark Johnson

  • 30+ years leading venture-backed companies in entertainment, advertising, and fintech sectors

  • Founder Equity Management Group, focusing on intellectual property rights

  • Former CEO of Smart System Technologies and Primedia Communications, both having successful exits

Owen Flanagan, PhD

  • Neurophilosophy; Duke University

  • Author of several books on human consciousness including The Really Hard Problem which addresses the need for humanistic measures in social and business models. 

Kathryn Williams, PhD

  • Clinical Psychologist

  • Founding partner of KRW International where she counsels Fortune 50 boards and executives on the operationalization of character which has shown a 5x return on assets 

Howard Appelbaum

  • Nielsen

    • President, Nielsen Entertainment

    • SVP, Business Development, Licensing, Marketing, and Events

  • Prometheus Global Media

    • President, Brand and Business Development

  • Billboard (a Nielsen Company)

    • President

Armando Fandango

  • Machine Learning Director for Nike. Accenture; IBM.

  • Author of Python Data Analysis - Second Edition and Mastering TensorFlow. 

Michael Donahue

  • Association of National Advertisers; Senior Director, Member Relations

  • Connect the Dots; CEO

  • 4A's; EVP

  • Saatchi & Saatchi; EVP, Board of Directors member

Udi Schlessinger, PhD

  • Data scientist specializing in machine learning, NLP, deep learning, and recommender systems

  • Neurobiology

  • Tech entrepreneur

  • University of London (PhD) and New York University (MSc)

Bob McGrath, PhD

  • Clinical Psychologist, Scientific Director Values In Action;

  • Board of APA ethics committee

  • Author of over 250 books and peer reviewed studies on character strengths.

Daniel Zubrik

  • Founder of multiple start-ups having had successful exits

  • Investor

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