Alena Rogozhkina

Alena Rogozhkina

Founder & Managing director
Inventor of CASPER
Awarded Mentor of the Year (2020) by University of Stirling

Illia Rogozhkin

Founder & Tech Lead

Illia Rohozkin
Alena has both BS in Human Resource management from State University of Management (Moscow) and MSc from Behavioural Science for Management from University of Stirling with distinction. She has diverse leadership experience over 10 years managing international teams in Russia, UK and India. Having the opportunity to live and work in the totally different parts of the worlds; Alena realised that despite enormous differences, people from any parts of the world simply wish to be healthy, happy and have meaning in their lives, and work. Alena’s passion is experimenting with applied behavioural insights to solve real challenges in the workplace. She believes in the concept of daily wellbeing and the idea that making small improvements to our everyday working routine, we can improve our quality of life overall.

Alena’s personal interests include discovering various cultures and authentic coffee shops. She is also learning abstract painting at Edinburgh drawing school.
Illia is experienced software engineer and was fascinated by programming since his childhood. He graduated from Kharkiv University of Radioelectronics (Kharkiv, Ukraine). Since 2012 he worked as a software developer for the international tech companies such as EPAM Systems and GlobalLogic as well as on various projects across the globe via the Upwork platform. Illia is really inspired by the idea to build CASPER as an intelligent digital platform powered by AI that would be able to gain real-time insights to improve quality of working lives worldwide.

Illia’s personal interests include watching thought-provoking documentaries and fixing electronic devices.
Phoebe Allan

Phoebe Allan

Marketing & Business Development Assistant

Sophie Mackintosh

Research Assistant

Sophie Mackintosh
A recent graduate of the University of Stirling with a BSc (Hons) in Business Studies and Marketing, Phoebe believes she has found her true passion through this role not just for business but for helping people love their job.

Phoebe’s personal interests outside of work include spending time with her friends and family.
Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) in 2018 at the University of Stirling, Sophie is now undertaking my MSc, specialising in Cognitive Neuropsychology. Her role at SONAS is one that is exciting, fast-paced and extremely varied. Sophie enjoys explodata analysis and insightful data visualisation supporting the CASPER Early Adopter Programme.

Sophie’s personal interests outside of work include creative upcycling to give the old items a new life and maintaining a good social life.

Meet our growing family!

Here at SONAS, we go beyond the structure of a typical workforce. Support, empowerment and collaboration are central to our internal network. Since the beginning of the project, our mission was to support the growing talent of university students and recent graduates. Many volunteers and interns have put passion in to this project and it’s a pleasure to see their development. Supporting the younger workforce is a core mission for us and we are always keen to take on board new talent as youthful and vibrant workers make for the happy workplace we are proud to call our own, see for yourself!

What the younger workforce think about work at SONAS!

Natalie Smith Samantha Slorach Louis Hardy

Natalie Smith

"Working with SONAS really boosted my confidence and allowed me to gain practical experience within a professional working environment. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Ally and SONAS. The skills I developed during my work experience were invaluable and something I’ll be able to my own career after university."

Samantha Slorach

"I am very thankful for getting this opportunity, it was lovely to work with Ally and the summer crew. I enjoyed collaborating with others on the project and learning new things regarding marketing and business strategy."

Louis Hardy

"I feel like the work with SONAS was really grounded in actual business practice and we were all really involved. Ally didn’t hesitate to bring us into the fold as genuine members of the team and valued us on a personal level."

Are you a student or recent graduate? Get in touch with our friendly team today to see if we have an opportunity for you!
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