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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 Advisor

Julien Merceron

Bandai Namco Studios

Nicolas Thibieroz


AI Summit Advisors

Aleissia Laidacker

Magic Leap

Emily Short


Steve Rabin

DigiPen Institute of Technology

Animation Summit Advisors

Lana Bachynski

Riot Games

Michael Jungbluth


Art Direction Summit Advisors

Keith Self Ballard


Andrew Maximov

Naughty Dog, Inc.

Audio Summit Advisors

Scott Selfon


Damian Kastbauer


Board Game Design Summit Advisors

Soren Johnson

Mohawk Games

Geoff Engelstein

Mind Bullet Games

Community Management Summit Advisors

Nova Barlow

Microsoft (Experis)

Troy Hewitt


Grace Carroll

Creative Assembly

Educators Summit Advisors

Katherine Isbister

UC Santa Cruz

Michael Mateas

UC Santa Cruz

Miguel Sicart

IT University of Copenhagen

Esports Summit Advisor

Patrick Miller

Riot Games

Fair Play Alliance Summit Advisors

Kimberly Voll

Stray Bombay

Carlos Figueiredo

Two Hat

Elise Lemaire


Free to Play Summit Advisors

Frank Cartwright


David Edery

Spry Fox

Juan Gril

Xbox Game Studios

Steve Meretzky


John Welch

Making Fun

Katrina Wolfe


Game Design Workshop Advisor

Marc Leblanc

Riot Games

Game Narrative Summit Advisors

Tom Abernathy


Lev Chapelsky


Richard Dansky

Ubisoft/Red Storm

Susan O'Connor

Susan O'Connor Writing Studio

Independent Games Summit Advisors

Ryan Clark

Brace Yourself Games

Tanya X. Short

Kitfox Games

Steve Swink

CubeHeart Games

Akira Thompson


Jonatan Van Hove


Level Design Summit Advisors

Joel Burgess

Ubisoft Toronto

Clint Hocking


Machine Learning Summit Advisors

Olivier Pomarez

Ubisoft La Forge

Julien Merceron

Bandai Namco Studios

Math in Game Development Summit Advisor

Squirrel Eiserloh

The Guildhall at SMU

Online Game Technology Summit Advisors

Edward Pereira

Naughty Dog, Inc.

Mark Mandel

Google Cloud

Production Essentials Summit Advisors

Jessica Brunelle

Ember Entertainment

Charu Desodt

Interior Night

Ruth Tomandl

Facebook Reality Labs

Storytelling Fundamentals Workshop Advisor

Evan Skolnick


Technical Artists Summit Advisors

Mary Cassin


Mary Denman

Electronic Arts

Tools Summit Advisors

Geoff Evans

Epic Games

David Lightbown


Game UX Summit Advisors

Anouk Ben-Tchavtchavadze


Celia Hodent

Game UX Consultant

Visual Effects Summit Advisor

Christina Wun

Riot Games

VRDC Advisors

Daniel Aasheim


Ikrima Elhassan

Kite & Lightning

Chet Faliszek

Stray Bombay

Robin Hunicke


Pete Isensee

Oculus Research

Aaron Lemke

The Wave VR

Alex Schwartz

[unnamed next venture]

Ethan Stearns

MWM Immersive

Summit Advisory Board Emeritus

  • Lilian 'Lil' Chen
    YouTube Gaming
  • Mary DeMarle
    Eidos Montreal
  • Tracy Fullerton
  • Susan Gold
  • Sulka Haro
  • David Kalina
    Tiger Style
  • Frank Lantz
    Area/Code, NYU Game Center
  • Miguel Bernal Merino
    Roehampton University
  • Fabio Minazzi
    Binari Sonari
  • Daniel Pagelina
    Double Fine Games
  • Donna Prior
    Catan Studio
  • Chris Pruett
    Robot Invader
  • Brenda Romero
    University of Limerick & Romero Games
  • Kellee Santiago
  • Ian Schreiber
    Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Saralyn Smith
    Blizzard Entertainment
  • Steve Swink
    CubeHeart Games
  • Mario Vasquez
  • Ben Wibberley
    VMC Game Labs
  • Matthew Wegner
    Flashbang Studios

VRDC Advisory Board Emeritus

  • Dan Hurd
    Playful Corp.
  • Colin Northway
    Northway Games



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