Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ailan was a Copywriter at StretchSense, a New Zealand-based company specializing in a revolutionary branch of performance capture technology. Before this, he worked as a Features Writer for sports content websites, such as VolleyballAdvice.com.
Here, he analyzed the technology surrounding the sport, discussed optimal strategies for training, and offered educational advice for those seeking to improve. His articles garnered the website an additional 45,000 views per month.
Ailan holds an Ancient Masters (MA) in English and Medieval History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a postgraduate degree from Bournemouth University in Creative Writing and Publishing. During his postgraduate studies, he also worked as an Assistant Editor for Fresher Publishing, a publishing house affiliated with the university there.