Jessica Alderson was appointed as Chair of the Online Dating Association in September 2023.
Jess is the CEO & Co-Founder of So Syncd, a dating app that matches compatible personality types. She founded the company with her sister, Louella, and the pair are on a mission to make dating more fun, meaningful and successful. The app has been named “the next big thing in dating” by Forbes and has helped thousands of people find love.
Prior to So Syncd, Jess was the Head of Research at Workthere and an equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley. Her passion for equality and inclusion led her to build the UK Women in Tech team from scratch.
Morgan Cauvin was appointed as Deputy Chair of the Online Dating Association in September 2023, having previously served as Chair since February 2021.
Morgan is Head of Government Relations & Policy EMEA for the Match Group.
Prior to Match Group, Morgan, who started his career as solicitor at the Paris Bar, held various positions in sensitive and exposed industry such as alcohol amongst others.
David Brown has spent 25 years leading customer care, and Trust & Safety for start-ups including online retail in the 90’s, online schools in the early 2000’s, and social networking and dating services since 2006.
Dave was “Director of Trust & Safety” for myYearbook.com from its inception until 2012, and has been “SVP of Trust & Safety” at The Meet Group since. In this current role, Dave and his team are responsible for all things moderation, user safety, and customer care.
Geoff is a serial entrepreneur and long-time public company CEO. He co-founded The Meet Group, a NASDAQ-listed social dating and live-streaming company connecting millions of active users globally. Geoff served as The Meet Group’s CEO from 2013 to 2023, leading it through its sale for $500 million in 2020.
Under Geoff’s leadership, The Meet Group was early to social networking, mobile apps, live-streaming video, and creator economy. The video Platform-as-a-Service enterprise product that he conceived of — Livebox — launched and grew to power 6 of the top 50 social apps in the US by revenue.
A driving force of industry consolidation, Geoff acquired 4 companies and was acquired twice. Post-acquisition, Geoff also served as co-CEO of the parent company ParshipMeet Group, which includes a portfolio of dating apps including eharmony, MeetMe, Tagged, Lovoo, Skout, Growlr, among others.
Geoff has been a thoughtful voice on issues of social safety for more than a decade, operating at the forefront of moderating live-streaming video and seeking a combination of human-powered and technological solutions to solve important safety & privacy issues.
Geoff is the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner for the Philadelphia Region. He graduated from Harvard University in 2000 with a BA in Economics. He currently resides in Princeton NJ with his wife and 3 children.
Duncan has been the Managing Director of The Dating Lab since 2007, who specialise in providing white label dating solutions to media partners. Before that he worked for its parent company, Spoke Interactive Ltd in a variety of operational and commercial roles. He has been involved in the provision of dating services to the UK media since the early 1990’s.
Michael is the owner of HubPeople Limited and has been with the company since 2009. HubPeople runs a SaaS platform, HubStars Dating for entrepreneurs and businesses looking to launch and promote their own dating site or app and is available in multiple languages and countries. The business has grown significantly since inception, welcoming over 20M new users worldwide in 2020.
A frequent public speaker, Michael is passionate about delivering the best experience possible to the customer. He has been listed in the annual GDI Powerbook of influential dating executives 4 times. He has worked at various software startups and holds degrees in Engineering and Mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Dan Winchester was appointed a Director of the Online Dating Association in August 2013.
Dan is the founder of FreeDating.co.uk, a free UK dating site established in 2005. He is involved in all aspects of the day-to-day running of an online dating service.