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Nicole Underwood

HR Director

The world fascinates me – so many places, cultures, foods, experiences and, most importantly, people.  Where they came from, what they have experienced, where they are going and how they can use their knowledge, experience and skills to make a daily impact.  While many people come to Xinova to build and solve problems, I am the first to admit I am neither an innovator nor an inventor.  However, I have a passion for people, connecting people, helping people scale, creating a culture where people can thrive and be their very best.  This is what Xinova is striving for every day and I am excited to partner and build for our future.  When given the resources and culture to improve, our employees develop skills to take into the world and connect with amazing people who solve problems every day. 

At three years of age I told my mother that I would work in one of those big buildings downtown one day. At four I dressed up as a “business woman” for Halloween.  At 16, in my advanced business study program, I realized I would never be able to spend all day doing “business stuff.”  I knew the world where I belonged existed; but it existed beyond the strict confines of accounting, finance, marketing and economics.  I quickly realized the human dimension of business was what truly fascinated me in the business world. After all, what is a business without its people?  This led me to achieve a double degree in Business Studies and Human Resources, closely followed by an M.B.A with a dual emphasis in Human Resources and Organizational Development.  While the people component is key, it is critical to understand that to be an effective HR leader it is as important to understand the business as it is to understand the people in the business. 

My journey has taken me through several Fortune 500 organizations and one very successful private consulting organization.  I had the opportunity to make an impact at a smaller level, on different pieces of the people puzzle, for the business and its employees.  Xinova has given me the opportunity to partner with our leaders to create an amazing place for our employees to work and our innovators to create. 

When not building a people-focused culture, you will find me at soccer, football, and baseball games with my two boys.  My husband and I have a passion for travel and helping our boys explore the world.  Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, we have become avid hikers and are always on the hunt for a new adventure

Our Team

Brian Yen


Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Paul Levins


Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Rahul Das

Vice President

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Mai Huong Tran


Rob Dhat

VP of Innovation Partnerships

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

John Kim

IT Manager

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

BK Lee

President Korea

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Chal Davidson


Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Bo Garcia

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Alyssa Moore

Senior Marketing Manager

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Connect with Xinova

We are always seeking new problems to solve, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs to help us solve them. Let’s work together to create the future.

Our Worldwide Locations


311 ½ Occidental Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
+1 (206) 800-2678


Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan


Xinova Innovation (Beijing) Consultancy Co. Ltd.
Room 2494, Level 24, Tower 3
China Central Place
77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China


Xinova Asia Pte Ltd.
331 North Bridge Road
#22-01, Odeon Towers
Singapore 188720
+65 6408 5080


Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840


Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
223 Liverpool St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
+61 2 8093 4850


Xinova India
Suite No 208, 2nd Floor
Survey No 414
PSR Complex
Govinda Reddy (GR) Layout
Bannerghatta Road
Karnataka, 560076, India


Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki

Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna