Nela Brown is an award-winning Croatian sound artist, technologist, researcher and lecturer living in London, UK. She studied jazz and music production at Goldsmiths, University of London, followed by a BA (Hons) in Sonic Arts at Middlesex University London. Since graduating in 2007, she worked as a freelance composer and sound designer on award-winning international projects including theatre performances, dance, mobile, film, documentaries and interactive installations. In 2013, she won a Highly Commended WISE Leader Award for setting up innovative programmes "to inspire girls and young women to engage with the male-dominated field of computer science" in her role as the Chair of G.Hack (2011-2016) and Chair of WISE@QMUL (2012-2013). In 2014, she started FLO, gathering an eclectic group of musicians and technologists exploring co-located and distributed collaborative music making within different contexts and across different geographical locations.
Nela regularly talks at international conferences and technology events about collaborative music-making, laptop orchestras and hack culture and performs with FLO globally. In 2019, she was invited to join the Faculty of Fine Arts & Music at the University of Melbourne in Australia as the recipient of the prestigious Macgeorge Fellowship Award. She is currently doing a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction and lecturing at the University of Greenwich in London.
Over the years, Nela has been actively involved with the following music & technology communities/professional bodies in the UK and worldwide, some of which she also helped build as a founder member or a steering committee member.
- FLO: Founder/ Creative Director 2014-present
- Association of Sound Designers: Steering committee/ Member 2009-present
- OISTAT Sound Design Group: Member 2008-present
- G.Hack: Founder member/ Chair 2011-2016
- BCSWomen: Committee 2013-2019
- WISE@QMUL: Chair 2012-2013
- FLOSSIE: Member 2011-2013
- BECTU: Member 2007-2018