Enhanced Games

Our Team

Leadership

Dr Aron D'Souza, PhD

Founder and President

Dr Aron D’Souza, M.A.(Oxon.) Ph.D.

Founder and President

  • Led Peter Thiel’s Successful Litigation Against Gawker Media (Involving the Wrestler Hulk Hogan).
  • Co-founder, OPEN – Venture Capital Fund.
  • Law, Oxford University.
  • Ph.D. (Intellectual Property Law), University of Melbourne.

Aron D’Souza is the president of the Enhanced Games and leads a global movement of athletes who believe in science and aims to end the exploitative practices of the International Olympic Committee. 

Previously, he led Peter Thiel’s litigation against Gawker Media involving the wrestler Hulk Hogan, which resulted in one of the largest invasion of privacy judgement in history, and is the subject of the book Conspiracy by best-selling author Ryan Holiday.

Together with the Foundation for Young Australians, Aron founded the Nexus Australian Youth Summit, a branch of a global movement of young philanthropists and impact investors convened by the United Nations. The Prime Minister, the Hon. Kevin Rudd, commented, “The Nexus movement is recognised for its role in helping to build momentum towards a new way of interacting within communities that is socially focused and globally engaged.” In 2014, Men’s Style magazine recognised him as one of Australia’s most influential men.

In terms of scholarly output, Dr D’Souza is the foundation editor of The Journal Jurisprudence, a quarterly publication on legal philosophy. The Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser, former Prime Minister of Australia, commented in a foreword to a recent edition: “The Journal Jurisprudence has a high reputation as an effective and authoritative law journal.” Distinguished past contributors include the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia, former Australian of the Year Stephen Keim, SC, and Judge Baltasar Garzón of the National Court of Spain.

Additionally, he is the author of three books: The Art of Time (2007), Special Protections: The Ethics of Copyright and Aboriginal Iconography (2009) and A General Theory of Property (2011). He edited a book on the impact of the Nuremberg war trials on international law. 

Aron is an avid athlete and a keen believer in the importance of sport. Whilst at Oxford, he played rugby for Wadham College, where he wore the number 14 jersey and has served as the team’s Honorary Chairman.

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Christian Angermayer

Co-Founder

Christian Angermayer

Co-Founder

  • Founder, Apeiron Investment Group, Presight Capital, and re.Mind Capital.
  • Founder and Chairman, atai Life Sciences (NASDAQ: ATAI).
  • Chairman and Co-Founder, Rejuveron Life Sciences.
  • Chairman and Co-Founder, Cambrian Biopharma.
  • Advisory Council Member, Academy for Health and Lifespan Research.

Maximilian Martin

Chief Strategy Officer

Maximilian Martin

Chief Strategy Officer 

  • Board Representative of Apeiron Investment Group.
  • Chief Strategy Officer, Northern Data.
  • Co-Founder & CEO, Bitfield.
  • Former Investment Banker, Morgan Stanley.
  • B.Sc., Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Team

Prof Dr Guido Pieles, MD

Chair of Medical Commission

Prof Dr Guido Pieles, D.Phil. MD

Chair of Medical Commission

  • Head of Sports Cardiology and Screening, Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha.
  • Professor of Sports Cardiology at UCL.
  • D.Phil. (Cardiovascular Medicine), University of Oxford.
  • Executive M.Sc. (Health, Health Care Administration), LSE.

Dr Dan Turner, PhD

Director of Athlete Safety

Dr Dan Turner, Ph.D.

Director of Athlete Safety

  • Lead Scientist and High Performance Manager, Red Bull North America.
  • Sports Performance Scientist for Olympic Athletes, GB Sport & Worldwide.
  • Founder, Silicea Labs.
  • Performance Medicine Consultant, Mount Sinai Hospital, Washington DC.
  • Scientific Consultant, Aycoutay Technologies.
  • Ph.D. (Clinical Human Physiology), Swansea University.
  • B.Sc. (Hons) (Sport and Exercise), Swansea University.

Tim Phelan

Director of Athlete Relations

Tim Phelan

Director of Athlete Relations

  • Director, Sports Marketing, Nike North America (Track & Field).
  • Director, Sports Marketing, Nike Russia.
  • Director, Sports Marketing, Nike EMEA (Track & Field).
  • Co-Founder, Phelan Strategic Consulting.
  • MHK, Sports Management, University of Windsor.
  • BPHE, University of Toronto.

Alejandro Arenas

Director of Content & Digital Channels

Alejandro Arenas

Director of Content & Digital Channels

  • Snapchat, Head of International Sports Partnerships.
  • Real Madrid C.F., Global Head of Social Media.
  • You First, Sports Marketing and Sponsorship.
  • MBA, Columbia Business School.
  • BEMS, Harvard Business School.
  • Law & Business Administration, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Mike Oakes

Communications Director

Mike Oakes

Communications Director

  • Head of Communications, Apeiron Investment Group.
  • Brand, Marketing & Communications Leader, Global Sustainability, EY.
  • Crisis, Leadership, and Business for Good Communications at Virgin Atlantic.
  • Various Editorial Roles at The Economist, Middle East Economic Digest, and United Business Media.
  • M.A., Middle East Politics, University of Durham.
  • B.A. (Hons), Economics & Accounting, University of Newcastle upon-Tyne.

Christina Smith, OLY, MSA

Associate Director of Athlete Relations

Christina Smith

Associate Director of Athlete Relations

  • Canadian Pioneer Olympian, Bobsleigh – Salt Lake City 2002.
  • Bobsleigh World Cup, Two-Time Bronze Medalist.
  • Sportscaster, 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
  • Russian International Olympic University, M.S.A. (Olympic and Paralympic Sport Administration).
  • University of Calgary, B.P.E. (Sports Therapy and Kinesiology).
  • Author, Speaker, Brain Injury Advocate.

Troy Austin

Manager of Art Direction

Troy Austin

Manager of Art Direction

  • Art Director, iToonDesigns.
  • Creative Lead, Good Super.
  • Creative Director, Coronis Group.
  • Creative Lead, Beyond International.
  • TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Advance Diploma of Multimedia and Design.
  • South Bank Institute of TAFE, Advance Diploma in 3D and Animation.

Thomas Rex Dolan

Executive Operations

Thomas Rex Dolan

Executive Operations

  • World Doubles Champion, Court Tennis (Bordeaux 2022).
  • Youngest Australian to Stand for Parliament (2022).
  • Analyst, OPEN – Venture Capital Fund.

Dirk Struycken

General Counsel

Dirk Struycken

General Counsel

  • General Counsel, Bitfield.
  • Partner, Farlap Capital.
  • Senior Associate, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.
  • Head of Legal, Travelex Global Business Payments.
  • Solicitor, Clifford Chance.
  • Associate, Citi Investment Banking.
  • MBA, INSEAD.
  • LPC, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.
  • BA Jurisprudence (Law), University of Oxford.

Investors

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Venture Capitalist

  • Co-Founder, Founders Fund.
  • Co-Founder, PayPal.
  • Co-Founder, Palantir Technologies.
  • First Outside Investor in Facebook.

Christian Angermayer

Christian Angermayer

Venture Capitalist

  • Founder, Apeiron Investment Group, Presight Capital, and re.Mind Capital.
  • Founder and Chairman, atai Life Sciences (NASDAQ: ATAI).
  • Chairman and Co-Founder, Rejuveron Life Sciences.
  • Chairman and Co-Founder, Cambrian Biopharma.
  • Advisory Council Member, Academy for Health and Lifespan Research.

Balaji Srinivasan

Balaji Srinivasan

Venture Capitalist

  • Former General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz.
  • Co-Founder, Counsyl.
  • First CTO, Coinbase.
  • Stanford University, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Scientific and Medical Advisory Commission

Dr George Church, PhD

Dr George Church, Ph.D.

  • Harvard University, MIT, Professor of Health Sciences and Technology.
  • Harvard Medical School, Professor of Genetics.
  • Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Synthetic Biology Faculty Lead.
  • Director, U.S. Department of Energy Technology Center.
  • Founder, Human Genome Project.
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences and Engineering.

Dr Katherine Zagone, ND

Dr Katherine Zagone, N.D.

  • Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder, Clockwize, Inc.
  • Concierge Physician, 10X Health Beverly Hills.
  • Medical Director, Gentera Center for Regenerative Medicine Beverly Hills.
  • Naturopathic Doctor, Orian Wellness.
  • Naturopathic Doctor, Chief Conception Officer, The Holistic Fertility Method.
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, N.D.

Dr Michael Sagner, MD

Dr Michael Sagner, M.D.

  • Board Member, Ageing Research at King’s College Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine London.
  • Director, European Society of Preventive Medicine.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Preventive Medicine and Longevity Science.
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine.
  • Former Advisor to the European Union Health Commission.

Dr Kyle Grant, DPhil

Dr Kyle Grant, D.Phil.

  • Founding CEO, OxWash.
  • System Engineer (Synthetic Biologist), NASA.
  • Postgraduate Biophysicist, King’s College London.
  • University of Oxford, D.Phil., Synthetic Biology.
  • King’s College London, M.Sc., Biophysics.
  • Cardiff University, B.Sc. (Hons), Microbiology.

Alexander Bisignano

Alexander Bisignano

  • Genomic Scientist & Serial Entrepreneur.
  • Founding CEO, Phosphorus.
  • Founding CEO, Recombine.
  • Founding CEO, Chromosoft.
  • Princeton, A.B., Molecular Biology.
Athletes Advisory Commission

Brett Fraser

Brett Fraser

  • Olympic Athlete (Swimming), National Team Captain.
  • Olympic Games Semi-Finalist – Tokyo 2020, London 2012, Beijing 2008.
  • Five-time World Championships Semi-Finalist.
  • Two-time NCAA Division 1 Champion.

David Karasek

David Karasek

  • Swiss Olympian – London 2012.
  • Founder & Head Coach, Create Your Dream Role.
  • VP of Sales, Bank J. Safra Sarasin.
  • IE Business School Madrid, Master’s Degree (Finance).
  • University of Virginia, B.Sc. (Business Administration and Finance).

Christina Smith, OLY, MSA

Christina Smith

  • Canadian Pioneer Olympian, Bobsleigh – Salt Lake City 2002.
  • Bobsleigh World Cup, Two-Time Bronze Medalist.
  • Sportscaster, 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
  • Russian International Olympic University, M.S.A. (Olympic and Paralympic Sport Administration).
  • University of Calgary, B.P.E. (Sports Therapy and Kinesiology).
  • Author, Speaker, Brain Injury Advocate.

Luke Pechmann

Luke Pechmann

  • Minnesota State Champion.
  • All American.
  • Three-Time US Olympic Trials Qualifier.
  • Top 20 US Olympic Trials Finish in 50m Freestyle.
  • Strength Coach and Mobility Specialist.

Roland Schoeman, OIS

Roland Schoeman, OIS

  • South African Olympian (2000–2012, Gold, Silver, Bronze Medalist).
  • Three-Time World Champion, World Aquatics Championships (2001–2013, 2023, 3 Gold, Silver, Bronze Medalist).
  • Commonwealth Games (4 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze Medalist).
  • Head Coach, Trinidad and Tobago, 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Accredited Coach, USA Swimming.
  • Recipient, South African Presidential Award Order of Ikhamanga in Silver.
  • University of Arizona, B.A. (Psychology).

Nicholas Horbaczewski, MBA

Nicholas Horbaczewski, MBA

  • Founder and CEO, Drone Racing League.
  • Chief Revenue Officer, Tough Mudder.
  • Chief Information Officer, ADS, Inc.
  • Harvard Business School, M.B.A.
  • Harvard University, A.B.

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