Meet The Team

Dr Ivan Mitchell

Founder & Managing Director

As the Managing Director, Ivan leads the vision for Studious and oversees the company.  He is passionate about the impact that digital learning technologies can have on higher education. He is also an Associate Professor at UEA.

Dr Sarah Warnes

Founder & Co-Managing Director

Sarah’s responsibilities rest with overseeing the creation of the academic content, ensuring it is always engaging, challenging and dynamic! She is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL.

James Gardiner

Founder & Co-Managing Director

As Co-Managing Director, James shares responsibility for the day-to-day running of the company and leads on finance, business development and marketing. He is also a Lecturer at UEA.

Tshoba Mwalaba

Video Editor

Tshoba brings the creative and artistic edge to our educational learning media. He is passionate about making videos that impress.

Lina Elkadi

Project Manager

Lina combines business expertise and creative design to ensure that the company’s projects are well designed, planned and executed to deliver exciting educational content.

Dr David Jobanputra

Academic Filmmaker

David leads on the conceptual design and development of academic films.  He is a pioneer of bringing research insights to life through the power of documentary.

Chris Holt

Animation Lead

Chris brings creative leadership to the generation of cutting-edge 3D animations.  He is our in-house specialist when it comes to virtual and augmented reality.

Ludmilla Pereira

Brand Manager

Milla is responsible for cultivating our brand strategy by promoting our personality online, in design and through events.

Mark Barry


Mark is a consultant for Studious, offering continued guidance and insight on all things tech. He is also I.T. Director for the UEA.

Dr Frederique Bouilheres

Pedagogical Consultant

The Road To Studious

January 2018

Ivan and Sarah meet as Consultants

Prior to meeting at an educational publishing service, Ivan was experienced at creating videos and using technology in his lectures, while Sarah had spent years building digital learning materials for flipped learning experiences at UCL.

May 2018

New projects, new ideas

Sarah, Ivan and James kept developing their independent digital interests: Ivan produced a series of learning videos for an education publishing service; James carried out research on interactive learning and simulations; and Sarah continued integrating digital technology at UCL.

September 2018

Ivan, Sarah and James collaborate on e-learning

James, Ivan and Sarah bring together their knowledge with an ambition to create outstanding e-learning materials, offering something really special for their students.

December 2018

University of East Anglia grants funding

The vision for Studious as a social enterprise takes root, and we develop a wide range of films and interactive media.

January 2019

Collaboration with leading universities

We are excited to get a fantastic group of leading academics from the University of Leeds, University of Exeter, Essex University, University of Liverpool, UEA and UCL to join us to develop courses.

March 2019

Exciting times – growing ambition and the team

After receiving more funding, Studious grows in size and ambition. We film a range of interviews and case studies at leading companies, and our designers give us a distinctive brand.

June 2019


Studious starts working with IBM Watson to develop interactive learning experiences. We see the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning to make learning dyadic, active and personalised.

October 2019

Virtual reality

Studious now offers pioneering virtual- and augmented-reality services, specifically designed for university learning experiences.

December 2019

Studious' own platform, Ryze, is launched

The world's most exciting digital learning app is launched on the App Store and Google Play, featuring interactive media, videos, micro-lessons, gamification and quizzes - all personalised for each user.

Our Manifesto

Studious is about inspiring learning through collaboration. We work together to achieve the outstanding. We encourage students to connect with each other.

We don’t underestimate learning potential. We bring accessibility to today’s learners. We don’t stick to tradition. Being stuck in the past should be stuck in the past. We disrupt monotony because we respect learning diversity. We believe in innovation, adaptation and imagination. We want every student to have the tools to succeed.

We believe in leading the education of tomorrow. Using technology to push the boundaries of today. We don’t stop. We won’t stop. We are Studious.