Experts, Innovators, and Earthquake-haters

Our remarkable mission requires remarkable people

Our team is ambitious, passionate and collaborative. Grillo has PhD scientists, IoT hackers, data-obsessed engineers, and more.

The mix of academia and business encourages everyone to work closely together and aim high.

Grillo Team

Andy Meira

Andy Meira

CEO
Andy created Grillo following years of living and working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Previously he worked for the Clinton Foundation delivering important humanitarian projects, and has also worked in India, Malawi, and the UK. Andy founded Grillo to protect his family from earthquakes when he moved to Mexico City. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a recipient of the Gifted Citizen Award, and his projects have been widely published.
Luis Edgar Rodriguez

Luis Edgar Rodriguez

Head of Seismology
Luis Rodríguez-Abreu has a PhD from the UME Graduate School in Pavia, Italy. He has experience in seismic source characterisation, seismic modelling, early warning systems and hazard modelling, strong motion analysis. Previously he worked for the Global Earthquake Model Foundation, as well as the national Seismological Service in Mexico. Luis joined Grillo because he wanted to be part of an initiative that has an impact in the world saving lives, reducing vulnerability and increase awareness of earthquakes based on state-of-art applied science.
MIchael Allman

MIchael Allman

Head of Data Analytics
Michael specializes in Big Data and machine learning, converting vast amounts of sensor data to actionable events. He is from London, England, and obtained a PhD in Mathematics from Warwick University. Michael enjoys the dynamic, interdisciplinary environment at Grillo and the opportunity to work with highly talented colleagues towards making a positive impact around the world.
Karlo Rodriguez

Karlo Rodriguez

CTO
Hacker, Maker & Trouble Maker, democratizing Artificial Intelligence in emerging countries.
From welfare kid to serial tech entrepreneur with 2 companies sold before turning 30, Karlo believes in the power of technology as a tool to improve people’s lives- the future is already here but is not evenly distributed-that’s why karlo’s daily efforts are focused in democratizing the access to technology in developing countries.
Felipe Valdivia

Felipe Valdivia

Grillo Chile Manager
Felipe Valdivia Sotomayor is an engineer in Chile. He has 14 years of experience in electronic security systems, such as CCTV, theft alarms and panic alarms, fire systems, access controls, urban surveillance, and more. The last 4 years he has specialized in software integration as apps or software and IoT devices. Previously Felipe founded ‘Community Surveillance’, which is an emergency communication solution for neighbors and businesses, and also ‘MDS Security’ for municipalities, industries and retail. Felipe joined Grillo because he wanted to be part of an initiative that has an impact in the world by saving lives, reducing vulnerability and increasing awareness of earthquakes based on state-of-the-art applied science. Felipe also wants to make a difference in his home country, Chile.
Enrique Barco

Enrique Barco

Head of Business Development
Enrique is leading the team’s business strategy to ensure Grillo is able to convey its important social impact to its users while delivering market rate returns towards its fiduciary stakeholders. Enrique has previously worked with Accion International, an NGO that provides people with the financial tools necessary to improve their lives. He also worked for a Global Fund Placement Agency, Eaton Partners, with the Asia Team in Shanghai, China. He has also worked for a multinational solar energy company, Sonnedix, with the business development team in Puerto Rico. Enrique has a specific interest in startups that provide impact while also generating positive returns.

Advisory Board

Gary Hattem

Gary Hattem

Business and Social Impact Advisor
Gary Hattem is an independent adviser to non-profits/NGOs, corporations, and social enterprises with a specialization in community development, impact investing, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.

Mr. Hattem held the position of Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and headed the Global Social Finance Group as well as its Americas Foundation until year-end 2016. In those roles, he was responsible for lending and investment activities within the U.S. and throughout the developing world that benefit disadvantaged communities. Mr. Hattem is a recognized leader in the field of private sector investment in distressed communities having pioneered many initiatives and fund structures putting private capital to work for affordable housing, urban regeneration, health, the arts, microfinance and climate. Over the past two decades, he has overseen nearly $3 billion in financing for projects and enterprises which benefit the poor.

Mr. Hattem maintains leadership positions in philanthropy and community development. Notably, he is trustee of Pratt Institute, chairman of the Carbon Initiative for Community Impact, founding president and director of the DB Microcredit Development Fund and a director of the Fondacion Viviane Gauthier, SpaceWorks and the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Partnership.

Allen Husker

Allen Husker

Seismology Advisor
Allen is the Head of Seismology at UNAM university in Mexico, a world-leading research institute for seismology. Allen has been involved with Grillo since 2014 and helped design its current solutioon. Previous to Grillo, Allen had worked with the Quake Catcher Network initiative from Stanford University, deploying small seismometers to volunteers around the world for seismic analysis.
Diego Melgar

Diego Melgar

Seismology Advisor
Diego is a professor of seismology at the University of Oregon, and also a member of the Shakealert committee for the US Pacific coast. Diego brings experience of modern EEW practices including Machine Learning.