Nonny de la Peña is the founder and CEO of Emblematic Group, a leader in creating immersive virtual, mixed and augmented reality.
One of the most influential pioneers in VR, Nonny created walk around virtual reality with the first-ever VR documentary Hunger in Los Angeles at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
An award-winning filmmaker, journalist and former correspondent for Newsweek, she is known for inventing the genre of immersive journalism and has more than 20 years of directing and producing multimedia content in collaboration with world-class organizations including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Google, BBC, CBS, Sony, Universal, The World Economic Forum, PBS Frontline, Cartier and Standard Chartered Bank.
Nonny was named the “Godmother of Virtual Reality” by The Guardian and Engadget while Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative” for her pioneering work in immersive storytelling.
A Yale Poynter Media Fellow, she is a Harvard graduate with a Masters degree from USC School of Cinematic Arts and Annenberg. In 2016, the White House honored Nonny for her work to create media that cultivates empathy.