Dani Kiwi Meier

Founder | CEO

Dani Kiwi

Dani Kiwi
Meier

Founder | CEO

The boss, the brainchild, the kiwi: call him what you want, but one thing is clear - Dani is a true pioneer, a visionary. By the age of 22, this native New Zealander was a professional snowboarder competing worldwide and making first descents in Alaska. Those runs now bear his name. It was these 12 years as a celebrated athlete which fueled his first opus: The Crystal Awards™, a concept that transformed the world of sport photography and eventually became what we know as - MANA.

For the past 15 years, he’s funneled the drive and dedication of an elite athlete into one of the world’s most successful creative production houses. And he’s humble about it. But pull any of us aside and we’ll tell you: He manages demanding creative environments like he’s a practicing yogi. He’s a leader that empowers those around him. And he’s a man of his word, with an uncompromising integrity that continues to inspire the Group, and our clients, to do the best work possible.

Dani speaks German, Swiss, English and French.

Dani Kiwi Meier

Founder | CEO

Dani Kiwi

Founder | CEO

Dani Kiwi
Meier

Founder | CEO

The boss, the brainchild, the kiwi: call him what you want, but one thing is clear - Dani is a true pioneer, a visionary. By the age of 22, this native New Zealander was a professional snowboarder competing worldwide and making first descents in Alaska. Those runs now bear his name. It was these 12 years as a celebrated athlete which fueled his first opus: The Crystal Awards™, a concept that transformed the world of sport photography and eventually became what we know as - MANA.

For the past 15 years, he’s funneled the drive and dedication of an elite athlete into one of the world’s most successful creative production houses. And he’s humble about it. But pull any of us aside and we’ll tell you: He manages demanding creative environments like he’s a practicing yogi. He’s a leader that empowers those around him. And he’s a man of his word, with an uncompromising integrity that continues to inspire the Group, and our clients, to do the best work possible.

Dani speaks German, Swiss, English and French.

Christian Lupo Salchegger

Group CFO | MD London

Christian Lupo

CFO | MD LONDON

Christian Lupo
Salchegger

Group CFO | MD London

Lupo - as we call him - has the perfect mix of entrepreneurial leadership, CFO-precision, and creative ingenuity. It’s a trifecta of qualities that has served him well, from European marketing director and company owner at the age of 21 to event organizer and proprietor of a wine boutique and fine French beach restaurant. Today, alongside directing a robust accounts team, who oversee global application, accountability and support systems for the group, the native Austrian drives new business and develops production relations with key partners. His UK team ensures that all projects elevate creative, adhere to scope and are executed in the highest of standards. Lupo's meticulousness and formal engineering education extend far beyond his day job. On the weekends, you might catch him wrenching around on his bikes, surfing or growing the perfect heirloom tomato. A man to be trusted.

Lupo speaks German, English and French.

Aric Rist

ECD | MD Portland

Aric

ECD | MD Portland

Aric
Rist

ECD | MD Portland

Aric knew at an early age that his love of art would not be confined to a box of Crayolas and a few trips to the MOMA. For the past 20 years, he has honed his keen eye and vast knowledge of photography, film, design, music, technology and art with brands such as Nike, Kodak, Google, Canon and Converse to become one of the world’s most respected creative partners. As the head of our Portland Agency, he directs creative strategy and brand marketing planning, collaborating with clients on overarching marketing and advertising communications. But what we respect most about Aric - besides his custom-made bike frames and self-produced 12” EPs - is his drive to continually do things better and always, yes always, color outside the box.

Aric is fluent in English and German and spends his free time continually planning his next family travel adventure while teaching his 7-year old son the inner workings of Photoshop and how to pull the perfect trail manual.