About us


Stencila's team come from different backgrounds allowing us to bring different points of view to our work and create products that are useful for a diverse community of users. We share a passion open source technologies and lowering the barriers to learning how to code.

Nokome Bentley,
Founder and CEO

Nokome is the founder of Stencila. He is originally a marine scientist with over twenty years experience in research for sustainable management of marine resources. Stencila is a project born out of Nokome’s own frustrations with traditional copy and paste workflows and the inaccessibility of many existing tools for data-driven research. He set out to create a platform for reproducible research that bridges the gap in collaboration between coders and non-coders. Nokome is based in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Alexander Ketchakmadze,
Software Engineer

Alex is a Designer and a Software Engineer determined to help make Stencila accessible and delightful for researchers of all technical backgrounds. Having witnessed first-hand the often substantial efforts needed for data-scientist to collaborate, he believes that streamlining this process is paramount for accommodating future innovative research in a global society. Alex is currently braving the frigid parts of Canada, reminiscing about the milder winters of Georgia.

Ben Shaw,
Senior Software Engineer

Ben is a Software Engineer with many years' experience across a range of fields and industries. His prior work history includes startups, small businesses, creative agencies and large enterprise, as well as consulting services. Ben's technical skills range from web development and design to low level programming, system design and architecture and mobile development. He also brings to Stencila his experience in team leading, mentorship and project planning and management. Ben is based in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Jacqueline Wijaya,
Product Designer

Jacqueline is a Product Designer with a background in full-stack development from Hawaii/Indonesia. Previously, she worked for startups, consultancies, and large enterprise on various web, mobile applications and open-source enterprise tools. She has experience mentoring designers and developers, and aims to bridge the gap between coders and non-coders. She loves whiteboarding, synthesizing user research, developing sitemaps and task flows, and refactoring lines of code. Jacqueline is currently based in Seattle, Washington.


Aleksandra Pawlik,
Community Advocate

Aleksandra's work at Stencila focussed on understanding users’ needs to direct further development, building open source developer community and keeping you all updated on what's going on at Stencila. She has worked in research software for over 6 years coordinating training for the Software Sustainability Institute in the UK and then for New Zealand eScience Infrastructure. She holds a PhD in Computing and is a Software and Data Carpentry certified instructor. Aleksandra has also trained other instructors in Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.