After graduating from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Communication and Media Studies, Lisa joined Dunedin’s mobile free-to-play developer, Runaway as Community Manager in September 2015. Whilst studying, Lisa acted as the Games Editor for Critic Te Arohi – the student magazine of the Otago University Student Association.
From day one, Lisa hit the ground running and was a consistent speaker and and advocate outside of her day-to-day responsibilities. Highlights of this include; NZGDC and the Game Developer’s Conference Community Management Summit.
In February last year, Lisa took on the additional responsiblity of Narrative Designer and Writer at the developer. Her talent was instantly recognisable, winning the Pixelles Ensemble Scholarship recipient to attend GDC in San Francisco. Additionally, Lisa was a finalist in Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Teina)“Rising Star” category and won thee Narrative Designer for award winning Flutter VR (The Game That Entranced) at Play by Play 2018.
Lisa has continued her work speaking at conferences and events, facilitating two sold out workshops for Play by Play 2018 and speaking at both Play by Play and NZGDC. She is also a speaker and Mentor for COSC360 (Game Design) at Otago University.
As a part of the global reaching #GirlsBehindTheGames campaign, Lisa was featured in; Vice’s “New Zealand’s Girls Behind the Games”, spoke on national television (Seven Sharp) about how her parents are supportive, she loves God of War and how games are great.
If all of this wasn’t enough, Lisa is a guest Lecturer for “Indigenous Media” and “Digital Culture” at Otago University and sits on the NZGDA board.
Speaking to Develop Pacific about her inclusion in this year’s list, Lisa said, “Being alongside so many women I admire, look up to and am lucky enough to be friends with is an absolute privilege and makes me extremely hopeful for the future of game development.”
“If I had told my younger self where I am and what I am doing today, she would be in awe and definitely not believe me, so thank you so much, it means more than you know!”