December 13, 2017

Our team

Emma Scarlet – Executive Assistant


Emma spent the first half of 2017 as the Establishment Manager for CSST, coordinating the initial tasks required in the formation of this new organisation.

For the past 6 years, Emma co-owned a retail business in Alexandra. During this time, she also worked part-time for 3½ years as personal assistant to Dr Greg Bodeker. Greg’s company, Bodeker Scientific, was the lead agency in the successful funding application that led to the formation of CSST.

Prior to this, Emma worked for a number of years as an occupational therapist within the health and education sectors in New Zealand.



Kelsi Doscher – Director of Communications


Kelsi Doscher has a background in strategic communications and brand management. She is passionate about genuine stakeholder engagement, organisational development and creating space for two-way communication.

Her past roles have given her a foray into high-performance networking (serving the specific needs of New Zealand’s research, innovation and education communities), the world of TEDx and ‘ideas worth spreading’, and developing the digital side of emergency response and recovery in the humanitarian sector.

Kelsi works remotely for CSST from Wellington.



Rafael Kargren – Director of Technical and Commercial Operations


Rafael has over 25 years’ experience in multiple leadership roles in telecommunications and space satellite industries. Before joining CSST, Rafael was the Executive Vice President and Head of Asia, Pacific Region for the Swedish Space Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for the establishment, development and growth of business with commercial and government sectors in Asia and the Pacific. He maintained close cooperation with space industry in the region, building relationships and partnerships with key players and new start-ups.

Prior to moving into the space industry, Rafael worked for many years as the COO at Ericsson, responsible for global telecommunication operations with the main focus on new services and products. He was overseeing the daily global operations of product development units and systems integration services, creating and executing a global strategy, and driving expansion into new markets and areas. In addition, he successfully drove acquisitions and mergers of several companies during that period.

Before being hired by Ericsson, Rafael worked at Accenture as a consultant responsible for technical sales support on governmental and commercial ICT systems. Rafael holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering, as well as an MBA from UCL.


Sam Russell – Software Developer


Sam is a software developer from Wellington, most recently at Flux Federation (the software arm of Powershop). While passionate about writing elegant software, his main focus is on working closely with customers to make sure they’re always getting the right tool for the job at hand; if this means getting his hands dirty, then all the better.

Sam made the move from Wellington to Alexandra and is making himself right at home in Central Otago.




Steve Cotter – CEO


Steve came to CSST with 25 years leadership experience, including more than 15 years in the information technology and research and education (R&E) sectors.

Prior to CSST, Steve was the CEO of the GÉANT Association, overseeing both operating companies in Amsterdam and Cambridge. GÉANT runs the pan-European high-performance R&E network serving more than 50 million users from 41 countries. Before joining GÉANT, he was the CEO of REANNZ, the New Zealand R&E network.

He joined REANNZ from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) in 2011. As the head of ESnet, he was responsible for providing high-performance networking to thousands of researchers and scientists at more than 40 national laboratories and research institutions.

Prior to ESnet, he served as Google’s network deployment manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before being hired by Google, Steve worked for Internet2, the R&E network in the U.S. as Deputy Operations Officer and was CEO & President of their wholly owned subsidiary, FiberCo.

Steve got his start in telecommunications and networking at SBC Global Communications (now AT&T), serving as a Director in network engineering and construction departments, and also in optical networking as an engineer and program manager at Cisco Systems. He served eight years as an Officer and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. Steve attended the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering. Steve also earned an MBA from Boston University.


Tim Uckun – Director of Data and Analytics


Tim Uckun is a self-described serial entrepreneur and an angel investor who has been involved with technology since 1980.

He grew up with and had a hand in shaping the computing age having been a programmer, network engineer, data scientist, product designer and an executive in companies ranging from six to six thousand employees. He has built companies, teams and products in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Tim works remotely for CSST from Tauranga.