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 and, in the past 12 years, she composed music and designed sound for 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 Female Laptop Orchestra (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, Nela 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: Member 2013-2019
- WISE@QMUL: Chair 2012-2013
- FLOSSIE: Member 2011-2013
- BECTU: Member 2007-2018