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We’re your trusted partner to provide high-quality data solutions for AI, with a strong focus on large language models (LLMs) and deep learning. Our mission is to empower businesses to harness the full potential of artificial intelligence while upholding ethical principles and creating AI for good.

With a diverse and skilled workforce comprising data scientists, linguists, engineers, and subject matter experts, we offer unrivaled expertise in data collection, annotation, fine-tuning and assurance. We understand the transformative power of LLMs in revolutionizing natural language processing and communication.

What sets us apart is our commitment to ethical AI practices. We believe in the responsible use of AI, ensuring fairness, transparency, and unbiased decision-making. Our stringent processes are designed to mitigate biases and uphold the highest ethical standards, enabling our clients to deploy AI applications that are trustworthy and inclusive.

At Appen, we firmly believe in the potential of AI to make a positive impact on society. Our mission is to drive innovation and solutions that address pressing global challenges. We actively collaborate with organizations and researchers working on socially impactful projects, aiming to leverage AI technology to solve real-world problems, improve lives, and foster a more sustainable future.

Welcome to Appen, where we unlock the power of LLMs and deep learning, driven by our commitment to ethical practices and our mission to create AI for good.

Appen at a Glance

Diversity, experience, and unmatched capabilities—check out the top six reasons why we’re your trusted partner to launch your most innovative AI applications.

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Diverse experience

working in 170+ COUNTRIES

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Expertise in

235+ LANGUAGES

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More than

1,125 EMPLOYEES located in nine offices around the globe

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Access to

more than 1 MILLION crowd contributors, AI Training Specialists, and domain experts from all around the world.

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Nearly

6 BILLION judgements made and 3 million images and videos collected

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Partnering with

leading global technology companies for more than 26 YEARS

Our Leadership

We’re a diverse and well-rounded group of innovators from all over the world, each with decades of experience in a variety of backgrounds—from tech solutions and software engineering to online travel and automotive retail. Our list of accomplishments covers everything from co-authoring a bestselling AI book to staffing one of the largest veterinary companies in the US. It’s our broad range of expertise and backgrounds that make us completely unique.

Ryan Kolln | CEO

Ryan Kolln is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Appen. Ryan brings over 20 years of global experience in technology and telecommunications, along with a deep understanding of Appen’s business and the AI industry. 

His professional career began as an engineer, with a focus on mobile network data engineering in Australia, Asia and North America. On completion of an MBA from New York University, Ryan joined The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2011 as a strategy consultant. During his time at BCG he specialised in technology and telecommunications and gained deep strategy expertise across a variety of growth and operational topics. 

Joining Appen AI in 2018 as VP of Corporate Development, he led strategic acquisitions like Figure Eight and Quadrant, and supported the establishment of the China and Federal divisions. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he served as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing global operations and strategy.

Board of Directors

Richard Freudenstein

Non-Executive Chair

Richard Freudenstein is the Chair of Appen. He was appointed Chair in October 2021 and has been a non-executive director since August 2021. Richard is a director of Coles Group Limited, REA Group Ltd and Cricket Australia, and is a member of the Afiniti Advisory Board. Previously, he was Chairman of REA Group Ltd and a director of Ten Network Holdings Ltd, Foxtel and Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad. Richard has held the roles of Chief Executive Officer at Foxtel, News Digital Media and The Australian, and was Chief Operating Officer at British Sky Broadcasting. He is currently Deputy Chancellor and Fellow of the Senate at the University of Sydney.

Richard has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

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Richard Freudenstein

Non-Executive Chair

Richard Freudenstein is the Chair of Appen. He was appointed Chair in October 2021 and has been a non-executive director since August 2021. Richard is a director of Coles Group Limited, REA Group Ltd and Cricket Australia, and is a member of the Afiniti Advisory Board. Previously, he was Chairman of REA Group Ltd and a director of Ten Network Holdings Ltd, Foxtel and Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad. Richard has held the roles of Chief Executive Officer at Foxtel, News Digital Media and The Australian, and was Chief Operating Officer at British Sky Broadcasting. He is currently Deputy Chancellor and Fellow of the Senate at the University of Sydney.

Richard has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Ryan Kolln

Managing Director

Ryan Kolln is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Appen. Ryan brings over 20 years of global experience in technology and telecommunications, along with a deep understanding of Appen’s business and the AI industry. 

His professional career began as an engineer, with a focus on mobile network data engineering in Australia, Asia and North America. On completion of an MBA from New York University, Ryan joined The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2011 as a strategy consultant. During his time at BCG he specialised in technology and telecommunications and gained deep strategy expertise across a variety of growth and operational topics. 

Joining Appen AI in 2018 as VP of Corporate Development, he led strategic acquisitions like Figure Eight and Quadrant, and supported the establishment of the China and Federal divisions. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he served as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing global operations and strategy.

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Ryan Kolln

Managing Director

Ryan Kolln is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Appen. Ryan brings over 20 years of global experience in technology and telecommunications, along with a deep understanding of Appen’s business and the AI industry. 

His professional career began as an engineer, with a focus on mobile network data engineering in Australia, Asia and North America. On completion of an MBA from New York University, Ryan joined The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2011 as a strategy consultant. During his time at BCG he specialised in technology and telecommunications and gained deep strategy expertise across a variety of growth and operational topics. 

Joining Appen AI in 2018 as VP of Corporate Development, he led strategic acquisitions like Figure Eight and Quadrant, and supported the establishment of the China and Federal divisions. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he served as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing global operations and strategy.

Steve Hasker

Non-Executive Director

Steve Hasker has been a non-executive Director of Appen since April 2015. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters, a global company providing its customers with critical news, information and technology, effective March 15, 2020.

Previously, Steve served as senior advisor to TPG Capital, a private equity firm, chief executive officer of CAA Global, a TPG Capital portfolio company, and global president and chief operating officer of Nielsen, an information, data and measurement firm. He spent more than a decade with McKinsey as a partner in the global media, information and technology practice.

Before joining McKinsey, Steve worked in several financial roles in the United States, Russia and Australia. He started his career with PwC, where he qualified as a chartered accountant.

Steve is a non-executive director of Appen Limited and a member of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He received an MBA and master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

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Steve Hasker

Non-Executive Director

Steve Hasker has been a non-executive Director of Appen since April 2015. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters, a global company providing its customers with critical news, information and technology, effective March 15, 2020.

Previously, Steve served as senior advisor to TPG Capital, a private equity firm, chief executive officer of CAA Global, a TPG Capital portfolio company, and global president and chief operating officer of Nielsen, an information, data and measurement firm. He spent more than a decade with McKinsey as a partner in the global media, information and technology practice.

Before joining McKinsey, Steve worked in several financial roles in the United States, Russia and Australia. He started his career with PwC, where he qualified as a chartered accountant.

Steve is a non-executive director of Appen Limited and a member of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He received an MBA and master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

Robin Low

Non-Executive Director

Robin Low has been a non-executive director of Appen since 30 October 2014. Her other directorships include AUB Group Limited (AUB), CSG Limited (CSV), IPH Limited (IPH), Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation, and she is the deputy chairman of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. Previously Robin had a 28 year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was a partner specializing in assurance and risk, mainly in financial services. Robin is also involved with not-for-profit organizations and serves on the boards of Public Education Foundation and Primary Ethics.

Robin has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Robin Low

Non-Executive Director

Robin Low has been a non-executive director of Appen since 30 October 2014. Her other directorships include AUB Group Limited (AUB), CSG Limited (CSV), IPH Limited (IPH), Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation, and she is the deputy chairman of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. Previously Robin had a 28 year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was a partner specializing in assurance and risk, mainly in financial services. Robin is also involved with not-for-profit organizations and serves on the boards of Public Education Foundation and Primary Ethics.

Robin has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Stuart Davis

Non-Executive Director

Stuart has over 30 years’ experience as an international banker with the HSBC Group including roles in Hong Kong, New York, Taiwan, India and Australia.

Most recently he was CEO of India for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (2009-2012), CEO and Executive Director for HSBC Bank Australia Limited (2002-2009) and CEO HSBC Taiwan (1999-2002).

He was a member of the Australian Bankers Association from 2002 to 2009 and Deputy Chairman from 2006 to 2009.

Stuart holds a LLB from Adelaide University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Stuart Davis

Non-Executive Director

Stuart has over 30 years’ experience as an international banker with the HSBC Group including roles in Hong Kong, New York, Taiwan, India and Australia.

Most recently he was CEO of India for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (2009-2012), CEO and Executive Director for HSBC Bank Australia Limited (2002-2009) and CEO HSBC Taiwan (1999-2002).

He was a member of the Australian Bankers Association from 2002 to 2009 and Deputy Chairman from 2006 to 2009.

Stuart holds a LLB from Adelaide University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Vanessa Liu

Non-Executive Director

Vanessa was most recently the Vice President of SAP.iO, the early stage venture arm of SAP which invests in and accelerates startups in enterprise technology. She oversaw SAP.iO’s North American Foundries.

Before SAP, Vanessa was the Chief Operating Officer at Trigger Media Group, a digital media incubator. In her role, she co-founded, incubated and oversaw business operations and strategic initiatives of Trigger’s portfolio companies: InsideHook and Fevo.

Previously, Vanessa was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Media and Entertainment Practice, based in Amsterdam, London and New York. She was responsible for serving clients in a variety of media and high-tech sectors on issues of digital strategy, emerging market strategy, growth and innovation.

Vanessa graduated magna cum laude highest honors with an AB in psychology from Harvard University and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. She serves as President of the Harvard Alumni Association.

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Vanessa Liu

Non-Executive Director

Vanessa was most recently the Vice President of SAP.iO, the early stage venture arm of SAP which invests in and accelerates startups in enterprise technology. She oversaw SAP.iO’s North American Foundries.

Before SAP, Vanessa was the Chief Operating Officer at Trigger Media Group, a digital media incubator. In her role, she co-founded, incubated and oversaw business operations and strategic initiatives of Trigger’s portfolio companies: InsideHook and Fevo.

Previously, Vanessa was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Media and Entertainment Practice, based in Amsterdam, London and New York. She was responsible for serving clients in a variety of media and high-tech sectors on issues of digital strategy, emerging market strategy, growth and innovation.

Vanessa graduated magna cum laude highest honors with an AB in psychology from Harvard University and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. She serves as President of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Lynn Mickleburgh

Non-Executive Director

Lynn joins the Appen Board bringing experience as an ASX non–executive director, a board advisor and transformational leader of both Fortune 500 companies and high growth SaaS companies.

Lynn is a former non-executive Director of ASX listed Altium Limited (ASX:ALU), where she chaired the HR Committee and served on the Audit and Risk Committee. Previously, she was Head of Business Optimisation at Atlassian Inc, VP Finance at Citrix Systems and held various global and operational roles at Adobe Systems and Apple Computer.

Lynn has many years of experience in digital transformation and brings valuable skills to the Appen Board in building agile, scalable business platforms for operational efficiency, introducing new GTM and cloud-based business models. She is also well versed in finance and accounting, corporate planning and reporting, data governance and M&A Integrations.

Lynn holds a BSc (with Honors) in Mathematics from the University of Southampton in the UK and an MBA in Business Management from St. Edwards University in the US.

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Lynn Mickleburgh

Non-Executive Director

Lynn joins the Appen Board bringing experience as an ASX non–executive director, a board advisor and transformational leader of both Fortune 500 companies and high growth SaaS companies.

Lynn is a former non-executive Director of ASX listed Altium Limited (ASX:ALU), where she chaired the HR Committee and served on the Audit and Risk Committee. Previously, she was Head of Business Optimisation at Atlassian Inc, VP Finance at Citrix Systems and held various global and operational roles at Adobe Systems and Apple Computer.

Lynn has many years of experience in digital transformation and brings valuable skills to the Appen Board in building agile, scalable business platforms for operational efficiency, introducing new GTM and cloud-based business models. She is also well versed in finance and accounting, corporate planning and reporting, data governance and M&A Integrations.

Lynn holds a BSc (with Honors) in Mathematics from the University of Southampton in the UK and an MBA in Business Management from St. Edwards University in the US.

Mini Peiris

Non-Executive Director

Mini is currently the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Doma (NYSE: DOMA), a real estate technology company that is disrupting a century-old industry by building an instant and frictionless home closing experience for buyers and sellers. Previously, Mini was the CMO at Elementum (a Lightspeed company) and Ambra Health (acquired by Hg’s Intelerad).

Mini spent 12+ years at cloud-pioneer company NetSuite (NYSE: N), from its early stages through to its IPO and beyond. She helped drive product growth as Vice President of Product Management, then went on to lead a global team as Vice President Worldwide Marketing that delivered go-to-market scale from US$100 million to US$750 million.

Mini has many years of experience in managing global teams and all forms of product and marketing functions including go-to-market strategy, product management, product marketing, demand generation and partner marketing.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.

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Mini Peiris

Non-Executive Director

Mini is currently the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Doma (NYSE: DOMA), a real estate technology company that is disrupting a century-old industry by building an instant and frictionless home closing experience for buyers and sellers. Previously, Mini was the CMO at Elementum (a Lightspeed company) and Ambra Health (acquired by Hg’s Intelerad).

Mini spent 12+ years at cloud-pioneer company NetSuite (NYSE: N), from its early stages through to its IPO and beyond. She helped drive product growth as Vice President of Product Management, then went on to lead a global team as Vice President Worldwide Marketing that delivered go-to-market scale from US$100 million to US$750 million.

Mini has many years of experience in managing global teams and all forms of product and marketing functions including go-to-market strategy, product management, product marketing, demand generation and partner marketing.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.

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