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What is Folkalist?

A social enterprise, building a platform to revolutionise human collaboration. For everyone with ideas and ambition, skills and vision – from seasoned entrepreneurs exploring epic concepts to individuals just doing their thing. A culture that empowers folk to express themselves and work together like never before. Creating powerful alliances and making extraordinary things happen.

Founding team

Ryan Board CEO

Design consultant and technical producer with over 20 years experience, Ryan is known for creating unconventional experiences for big brands, celebrated artists and cultural giants, including Microsoft, Nokia, Lenovo, the Design Museum and Guggenheim. A serial doer and tinkerer himself, he is spearheading the vision for Folkalist – the man with the roadmap and management head to make things happen.

Igor Jocic CCO

Creative director with an uncanny ability to turn cold, hard strategy into beloved brands. In the last 25 years he has worked with and managed some of the world’s most successful ones, including BP, American Express, Coca-Cola, Pirelli, Scottish Power, MasterCard, Xerox and Virgin Airlines. As both a design and communications honcho, Igor is making sure that Folkalist becomes not just a world-class platform but also one of its ace brands.

Ian Davies CTO

Master technologist with over 20 years experience and formally the head of engineering and architecture at a global fintech institution. Ian is a razor-sharp, unflinching leader, skilled in architecting and delivering complex tech solutions. Brilliant at creating seamless, scalable and bomb-proof systems, he is currently developing our technology roadmap with the same  level of ingenuity and rigour… everything happens automagically!

Cristina Roman CBDO (Global)

Working between Barcelona and London, Cris has been the D&AD’s dynamite communications and business development chief for over 10 years. A masterful catalyst for connections, partnerships and good will among folk in general, she will be our Swiss army knife when it comes to shouting about Folkalist through launch events, social and marketing initiatives, and PR manoeuvres throughout Europe and beyond.

Simon Gates CFO/COO

Enabler of all things financial and operational, Simon brings strong experience from corporates, SME’s and start-ups in marketing, tech, data, software and PE backed hospitality. A seasoned leader at board level and in complex, international, finance operations, he has delivered sizeable acquisitions and fast growth at Experian, and is now focused on making sure that Folkalist creates value for our community, investors, founders and colleagues.

Coming soon…

Folkalist is now in development, investing in game-changing technology and exploring new and profound partnerships. Unveiling in the UK later this year to early adopters and adventurers.


Watch this space, drop your email and get ready to bend the world.

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