Meet the team

Ali

Ali is the Program Leader for the Creative Media Department at University College Kensington. During the day he leads & lectures for the undergraduate Computer Games Design course. He has more than 15 years of experience and has worked on many different projects with many different companies such as Siemens, London Underground and Royal Air Force (RAF). In the eyes of his 12 year old nephew, he’s the coolest uncle in the world, because he makes games! One day his nephew (who was 9 years old at the time) asked to learn games design. He was surprised to see how quickly his nephew learnt the same tools his adult students use. “You’re a lot more capable than I thought!” he said. He then taught the same techniques to his 8 years old niece who also learnt just as quick. This gave him the idea to set up Software Academy, so kids as young as 6 can start learning how to code and make 3D games.

Michael is one of Ali’s graduated students and has a first class degree in Interactive Animation. He is a talented 3D artist, who enjoys creating environmental and organic models, as well as creating 2D and 3D animations for his games! On Tuesdays Michael teaches Coding and on Wednesdays he teachers Visual effects. Michael loves coding and has mastered Python,  Raspberry Pi & much more! He enjoys traditional 2D drawings, Clay modeling, Particle simulations, as well as 2D digital art.

Michael

Ana

Ana is also one Ali’s graduated students. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Games Design and has recently graduated with a Master’s degree. She enjoys working with kids and has been described as a “caring tutor” by our students. Ana teaches the Computing Basics course on Mondays, Graphic Design on Thursdays and does Private training on Weekends. Ana is also a true artist with a creative mind. Besides being an experienced user of contemporary designing technologies, she is also a fantastic artist with traditional methods of drawings and illustrations.

Atai is a recent graduate from the University of West London where she studied Game Design and Animation as a transfer student. She was previously one of Ali’s students at the University College Kensington and also at Software Academy. She is a talented artist who enjoys creating 3D and 2D character designs and environments for her own games. Atai was autonomously home educated, until 17, which has given her the liberty to find many interests in various areas of art and technology such as drawing, sculpting, 2D/3D animations, game design and app development. Having the freedom to explore these areas of interest from a young age has encouraged her to be very self-motivated and take the initiative of learning as much as possible.

Atai

Matin

Matin was also Ali’s student, however unlike others, he wasn’t an official student of his. Ali has known Matin since he was 12 years old as he used to teach him games design privately! Matin started working at Software Academy as a teacher assistant at the age of 17, and now at the age of 18, he’s become one of our tutors and we’re proud to have him! At Software Academy, Matin is mainly famous for the fact that he has the same IQ score as Albert Einstein!

Arif is studying Computer Science at King’s College London. Want to hear about his achievements? Sure! 1 gold medal and 2 silver medals in the Olympiad in Informatics (competitive programming, high emphasis on speed, algorithms and data structures). Want to hear more? Of course you do! He also taught for the Olympiads for 4 years, where his students got 4 medals (3 bronze and 1 silver). Oh, did we mention he got 10/10 in the European Baccalaureate (A level equivalent in Europe) in both Mathematics and Computer Science?

Arif

Tobi

Tobi is a true professional!  He keeps our computers up and running and makes sure everything goes smoothly around here. He works with the tutors to ensure they all have the tools they need to carry out their lessons. Even though Tobi is one of our most experiences members of staff, he never stops learning and that’s why he’s a legend!

Fun Fact About Our Staff

Most of our tutors are Ali’s previous students! After graduation, they became the family members of Software Academy.

This means the staff are carefully selected and trusted individuals. We’ve known them for years, truly believe in their talents, skills, and believe are the right tutors to train our students!

Even though we have known our tutors for many years, we still run an enhanced DBS background check for all tutors!