Who we are & why we are
Koben was born from a mission to deliver digital solutions that raise the bar and empower businesses, government organisations, and not-for-profits throughout Australia, New Zealand, and around the world.
Everything we do is backed by a passion for the way people interact with technology.
We pride ourselves on being technologists and digital advocates for our customers. Clients choose our team for powerful design (visual and technical), our development expertise and our genuine investment in meaningful long-term relationships.
Our team is made up of specialised, passionate, and innovative designers and developers.
It’s in our name...
The name Koben shares its origin with the birthplace of Umbraco CMS – Kobenhavn (Copenhagen), Denmark which holds a special place in our hearts.
We love danish design and their ability to see things differently, to break the mold of mediocrity. A direct translation of our name means ‘crowbar’, which speaks to our unique ability to break through the boundaries to offer clients a digital presence that unlocks their potential and secures future success.
Technologists. Pioneers. Advocates.
It makes sense that for Koben to develop dedicated client relationships, the same care is taken within our unique business.
Our ethos is simple – a vibrant, collaborative and supportive culture at Koben reflects the level of commitment and enthusiasm we carry into our projects.
Each member of our team brings their own specialist skills and creative flair. We work to potentiate each other's growth – and celebrate each win together.
The strategic visionary of Koben, Peter loves getting involved in client projects early to best understand how digital technology can be used best to deliver meaningful results. He is also our resident Umbraco fanboi, having worked with and contributed to the open source CMS project since 2006. When he's not steering the Koben ship, Peter can be found dreaming up new furniture projects, playing board games with his wife and four kids, or avidly following the Formula One.
My favourite game: Competitive Hide and Seek
Director, Marketing & HR
Director at Koben Digital and She-E-O of Thumsters, Cherie keeps herself busy running marketing for three companies under the Koben banner. Always making sure people are taken care of, she loves letting people in on the magic of who we are and what we do. An enthusiast of coffee and Disney parks, chances are, you’ll find her with a plate full of doughnuts which she uses to bribe people into saying her meetings are the best.
My favourite game: Air Hockey master and champion since age 14 to present
Project Manager extraordinaire, Simon brings over 20 years of experience to the team. As an international man of mystery, we know him as the guy that lives over the border. His secret talent is that he can play any kind of sport.
My favourite game: Uno
Project Manager / SEO
De Wet Hartman
De Wet is a man of many talents. Project Manager, moustache grower and post-meeting cheer instigator. A true life scholar, he loves learning new things and has a great understanding of people and their needs. Making sure the people he works with are encouraged and well cared for is his top priority and he loves delivering projects that exceed clients’ expectations. He’s known around the office as the one who always forgets to take out the bins and his secret talent is that he can clap his tongue really loud.
My favourite game: I enjoy watching e-sports, and hide and seek
Digital Marketing Specialist
Florian makes sure that the marketing for Thumsters Parenting App, Koben Digital and their clients gets that extra spark you love so much. Because of him, we are seen in the digital world of Social Media, SEO, Emails, etc… If he is not trying to implement the newest marketing strategies, you can find him on the beach having a game of volleyball.
My favourite game: Dragon Ball Legends
Designer / Mobile Developer
As one of our clever designers, Caleb is in charge of designing intuitive digital experiences. People know him for his half-decent barista skills and obsession with hummus. When he’s not wearing his design hat, you’ll find him playing a mean Rein-hart on Overwatch.
My favourite game: Overwatch and Destiny 2
As a resident Senior Developer, Sam is a whizz when it comes to coding. Known for always being late for work, he makes up for it with hard work, dedication and awesome memes. Often found staying late practicing his Hadouken, he one day hopes to topple the current office Street Fighter Champion and regain the crown.
My favourite game: Hungry Hungry Hippos.
Jake is one of our Senior .Net Web Developers who loves all things Umbraco. As a self-taught developer with 20 years’ experience, his approach isn’t always textbook. With design and front-end experience, he’s got all the UX and UI bases covered. His secret talent is that he only writes in lowercase and has recently considered dropping punctuation (this didn’t get past our copywriters).
My favourite game: I’m not a gamer so you’re more likely to find me blipping around the forest on my dirt bike
Wherever Shavina goes, she brings sunshine and rainbows (with a dash of creativity). A talented front-end developer and web designer, she’s a double threat. Known around the office as the ‘best DJ’, her secret talent is, in fact, beginners luck.
My favourite game: Portal 2 and Uno
All round nice guy, Omar has a vast set of software and web development skills that he has gained from his many years of experience. He is meticulous and well organised with his code and takes pride in always doing things the right way.
My favourite game: FIFA
Sumair is a resident Street Fighter Champion / .Net Developer and is packed with fresh ideas and a solid understanding of back-end development. He knows Umbraco and Microsoft Azure like the back of his hand and when he’s not coding, you’ll find him jamming guitar and banging on his conga drums. Some say he must beat Sheng Long.
My favourite game: Street Fighter 2
Vonnie takes care of accounts, admin and marketing at Koben. Keeping things running smoothly, she makes sure bills are paid and client accounts are looked after. Also part of our in-house marketing team, she’s a social media whizz and often assists with testing client websites, all while trying to keep the jungle of office plants alive (her true love). Her secret talent is that she’s a dessert queen.