The UnPlug Humans
Chris is the Founder & CEO of UnPlug. He spent the first fifteen years of his career in senior consulting and sales roles for large tech companies such as CapGemini and Avnet. Chris also brings a wealth of international experience to UnPlug, as a number of career breaks in his corporate life allowed him to spend four years travelling and working in international aid organisations across four continents. As a former tech worker, he has experienced first-hand many of the negative impacts of information overload, and witnessed how distraction and an ‘always on’ culture has changed the lives of many people.
Professor Monideepa Tarafdar
Scientific advisor working with UnPlug to ensure that our solutions are evidence-based and in line with current academic research. Professor Tarafdar is recognised as a global expert in how information technologies (IT) and systems impact individuals and collectives.
Professor Tarafdar lectures at Lancaster University and has had a number of fellowships including MIT Sloan CISR.
She is collaborating with UnPlug on the publication of materials and development of toolkits that promote engagement and understanding of the maladaptive uses of IT. This includes developing new ways of identifying, measuring and understanding the challenges of the maladaptive uses of IT.
Aidan is the Head of Learning and Development at UnPlug, where he oversees the design and delivery of all of our evidence-based programmes.
Aidan comes from a background in psychology, coaching and leadership development. Over the last ten years, he has worked in organisations across the public, private and non-for-profit sectors, mostly recently at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Aidan brings a depth of international experience and intercultural competence to the UnPlug team, having previously delivered training and coaching programmes across six continents.
Emer is a Specialist Occupational Therapist with a Masters in Cognitive Rehabilitation. Her passion is how behaviour change (specifically mindful practices) can affect the brain. Emer recognizes that digital distractions are a significant challenge in today’s world and has been working with the UnPlug team since mid-2015 in leading workshops to help people improve focus and reduce distraction.