Meet the team

Faisal Saigol

CEO/CFO. Co-Founder

Faisal has deep entrepreneurial experience with large budgets/teams/investment and his educational/business background has made him passionate about ensuring the best teaching is opened up to millions irrespective of background. He has leveraged his expertise to build a highly motivated and experienced team at Saigol Education that has carried out thorough user-based, competitor-based and investor-based research to define a practical vision disrupting a large untapped market, maximise shareholder value and make sure users get the best value for their money. Previously spent approx. 2 decades capital raising, investing, negotiating, running large teams and hitting complex financial/operational milestones across >>$1BN of various property deals. Developed royalty & leading funds as investors/clients. In the 1990s he worked in venture capital in London, at Goldman Sachs in New York and at Bain & Co. in London/Los Angeles. He read Law (undergrad) at Cambridge University and holds an MBA (grad) from Harvard Business School.

Melanie Grace

Sales & Marketing Director. Co-Founder

Melanie is driven to ensure our engine room of cost-effective tutors is precisely marketed, branded and sold to customers/users globally. She led innovative branding campaigns for clients incl. Jaguar, Fendi, NetJets and Damac with a focus on the latest marketing techniques. She led the Digital Marketing team for the entrepreneurial launch of a new Soccer League in Pakistan: Global Soccer Ventures securing endorsements from Itel and Nokia. She was also Marketing Director of an EdTech company: The Oxbridge Research Group (holding company) that helps students secure PhD acceptances to world-leading universities. Melanie was previously a Lecturer at Sunderland University teaching Digital Marketing for three years. Melanie has successfully led the user-group testing, branding and wireframe building for both Cosmos and Kassoom working on tight budgets and timeframes.

Dr Fernando Loizides

COO and CTO

Fernando is immersed in education and has deep business/entrepreneurial tech expertise with world-leading companies. Fernando is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University. He has commercialised products in Virtual Reality and the Internet of Things as well as in mobile applications for information interaction and discovery. He has worked with 100s of SMEs, creating/testing their prototypes and supporting them from pre-revenue to self-sustaining profitable states. He currently works with Google’s Silicon Valley team, developing voice recognition and AI systems to assist communication between disabled and non-disabled people. He has worked with Microsoft, Fujitsu, Dyson, Admiral, and Nokia. He has won several international awards for ground-breaking tech advancements and innovation. He has trained 1000s of students from GCSE level to Ph.D. and published cutting-edge work on novel teaching methodologies

Jonathan Hall

Advisor

Jonathan has extensive experience in the online tutoring market across multiple geographies from his time as President of Education First’s online language school, EF English Live, which had over 100k students across 15 different geographies sourcing teachers globally to cover all time zones. Subsequently Jonathan was the President of the Kids and Teens English Center division for Education First based in Shanghai and, in this role, he introduced a hybrid online/ offline product for all school age students. Education First is an international education company that specializes in language training, educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange and has c.50,000 employees in over 100 countries.

Richard Watkins

Head of Production

Richard’s production background is fantastic to make Cosmos’ content engaging and fun. He founded and has run for 14 years an award-winning production company (Imaginar). He was in charge of 200+ professionals with lead responsibility for all phases (all technology aspects, production/ creative/ graphics/ filming/ budgets). He creatively finds character and atmosphere appropriate to each target audience and budget. He delivered over 2500 high value unique digital content productions across every media format for clients such as Nike, Coca Cola, Cadbury and Sony.