Who is Nova?

Production Team 

Joe Mecca

Joe Mecca

Founder & CEO

Innovation. Business. XR Development.

Joe was born to entrepreneurs in North Jersey and educated at Purdue University.  After several years in media started developing virtual reality in 2016 because it democratizes experience. 

As an field producer and for Nova. Joe and his team capture volumetric, 360, and photogrammetry to be post-processed in a game engine. In 2019 the captured stories in Palestine, Chile, Italy, Kurdistan & Iraq.

Joe has a high sensitivity and low tolerance for bullshit.

Jacques Lalo

Jacques Lalo

Co-Founder & CDO

Jacques perceives each design process as a limitless fruit tree. Together with you he creates the tree’s trunk. Through an iterative process the tree becomes fractal, naturally spawning the most coveted fruit.

Through medical school and independent scientific study, Jacques discovered the biological mechanisms behind human sensory input. He understood DNA as a backend code to our front end perception of environments. The essence of creation became a clearer focus and is now evident in his XR design work.

After medical school, Jacques studied architectural, interior, and object design at three prestigious universities in Paris. An expert in 3D modeling softwares, you can see Jacques original designs throughout our website.

Dedicated to designing emotions, Jacques builds concepts and communicates through shapes and colors.

Kyle Kesses

Kyle Kesses

Co-Founder & CMO

Kyle simplifies complex concepts into plain language. He writes Nova's documents, represents the company at New York City events, and manages XR production.

In 2016, he won an Emmy award for writing and voicing a New York Yankees documentary series, later producing his own video series that was screened at film festivals in Los Angeles.

He believes in the power of human attention. The stories we tell ourselves, the stories embedded in our surroundings, and the stories distributed through media are the foundation of awareness.

Kyle’s belief in Extended Reality as the next step in media evolution inspires him to introduce new AR & VR solutions to businesses across industries.

Thomas Binetruy

Thomas Binetruy

Co-Founder & CTO

After earning his degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University, Thomas went on to design hydrogen fuel cell prototypes at Zodiac Aerospace. A year-long consulting stint at Ailancy in Paris was the final segue to his arrival in New York, where he became Nova's CTO.

A self taught and multilingual coder, Thomas builds VR prototypes and data visualizers distributed direct to Nova’s clients. His intuitive grasp of computer science mixed with his obsession for solving problems, leads him to create strong, efficient, and sustainable business applications.

His core knowledge of physics and how it merges with computer science makes him a rare breed among this generation’s XR developers.

Grace Cham

Grace Cham

3D Annimator

An aspiring 3D animator and CGI generalist, Grace works to create everything with the maximum efficiency and proficiency. She’s always looking to expand her horizons and reintegrate that knowledge back into her work.

Studying at the School of Visual Arts, Grace has dipped her toes into the world of XR and now prepares to take a plunge into the new medium as an art intern at Nova XR. As technology continuously integrates into the fabric of society, Grace believes XR will be the new frontier that will extend that technological integration.

Marina Montesanti

Marina Montesanti

Theater Director

Marina Montesanti is a New York-based theater director and producer that has been involved with theater in Johannesburg, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and New York City.

Montesanti develops new works about untold stories of multicultural identities in the United States. The results of her work are healing, a force against cultural segregation and an optimist conductor toward hope.

Marina is the co-producer, conceiver, and director of the musical EXI(S)T.

Daniela Sandoval

Daniela Sandoval

Production Assistant

Daniela is an production assistant who strongly believes in the power of humanitarian work.

She studied the major in Modern Languages and Interculturality in La Salle University in her hometown, Leon, Mexico. She;s worked with the United Nations and various NGOs in New York, Bogota, and Haiti.

Daniela is the EXI(S)T XR media content production assistant. She was part of the media capturing process in Albania, Greece and Turkey.     

Her sensitivity, creativity and life philosophy drive her.  She seeks to have a direct impact on improving immigration, human rights and cultural diversity.

Luis Huiza

Luis Huiza

Web Developer

Luis is a web and XR developer who is passionate about history and bringing greater attention to the refugee crisis around the world.

Luis studied at the New School, New York City. 

Annelise Mecca

Annelise Mecca

Field Producer

Humanitarian. Film Producer.

Annelise studied at Villanova University and The University of Amsterdam before her thesis in Lesbos and a short stint in Saudi Arabia.       

Annie is known for her persistence, dedication and infinite energy to make a positive impact on the world.

Her current project is a film “AL MAFQUD: The Missing” which follows the stories of underground-rescues of Yazidis still missing since ISIS incursion in Northern Iraq (Kurdistan).

Nick Karkut

Nick Karkut

Web Developer

City College of New York - Levy Fellowship - Engineering.

Queens native of Polish immigrants, Nick spends his time coding and playing soccer for CCNY. His current projects include an interactive VR map of the world to integrate into New Year’s XR, Bloomaway and other projects using the Torus patented design.