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GDC Summit Advisors are distinguished industry professionals who volunteer their time to help develop the GDC Summit program. Their work is critical to ensuring that the highest quality and most relevant content is shared in the GDC Summits.

Advanced Graphics Summit Advisors

Jeremy Ong

Wildlight Entertainment

Julien Merceron

Bandai Namco Studios

AI Summit Advisors

Ahmed Khalifa

Insitute of Digital Games at University of Malta &


Andrea Schiel


Duygu Cakmak

Creative Assembly


Steve Rabin

Electronic Arts

Tommy Thompson

AI and Games

Animation Summit Advisors

Lana Bachynski

Riot Games

Michael Jungbluth

Compulsion Games

Myk Braker

JALI Research

Art Direction Summit Advisors

Andrew Maximov

Promethean AI, LLC

Keith Self Ballard


Audio Summit Advisors

Damian Kastbauer


Scott Selfon

Meta Reality Labs Research

Community Management Summit Advisors

Grace Carroll

Payload Studios

Nick van Vugt

PopCap Games

Victoria Tran



Educators Summit Advisors

Gillian Smith

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Katherine Isbister

UC Santa Cruz

Miguel Sicart

IT University of Copenhagen

Fair Play Alliance Workshop Advisors

Carlos Figueiredo

Two Hat

Natasha Miller

Blizzard Entertainment

Free to Play Summit Advisors

John Welch

Making Fun

Seth Sivak

Proletariat Inc.

Katrina Wolfe


Nika Nour

Genvid Entertainment

Frank Cartwright

Microsoft Casual Games

Lindsey Williamson Christy

Phoenix Labs

Steve Meretzky


Future Realities Summit Advisors

Dana Ware

ARound/The VOID

Daniel Aasheim


Lauren Domingo

HP Inc.

Aaron Lemke

The Wave VR

Pete Isensee


Ethan Stearns

MWM Immersive

Game Design Workshop Advisor

Marc Leblanc

Riot Games

Game Narrative Summit Advisors

Richard Dansky


Susan O'Connor

The Narrative Department

Tom Abernathy

Crystal Dynamics

Independent Games Summit Advisors

Des Gayle

Altered Gene

Felix Kramer


Hannah Nicklin

Die Gute Fabrik

Kaitlin Tremblay

Soft Rains

Rachel Hwang

Liminal Experiences

Sunni Pavlovic

Windflower Games

Level Design Summit Advisors

Blake Rebouche


Jim Brown

Epic Games

Machine Learning Summit Advisors

Julien Merceron

Bandai Namco Studios

Olivier Pomarez

Ubisoft La Forge

Production Essentials Workshop Advisors

Charu Desodt

Interior Night

Dave Ranyard

Dream Reality Interactive

Storytelling Fundamentals Workshop Advisor

Evan Skolnick


Tabletop Summit Advisors

Banana Chan

Read/Write Memory

Geoff Engelstein

Mind Bullet Games

Sen-Foong Lim

Soren Johnson

Mohawk Games

Technical Artists Summit Advisors

Mary Cassin


Mary Denman

Electronic Arts

Game UX Summit Advisors

Celia Hodent


Rebecca Cohen Palacios

Visual Effects Summit Advisors

Bryan Venzen

Let's Make FX

Bryanna Lindsey

Insomniac Games

Keith Guerrette

Beyond-FX & RealtimeVFX

Sarah Grissom

FXVille, Inc.


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