The Rise Above Team

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Director – Rafi Mehdi

Rafi Mehdi is the founder of Rise Above Custom Drone Solutions; having studied Management and International Business at the University of Wollongong, he left his full time employment with the NSW State Emergency Service HQ in 2012 to pursue his passion for UAVs. 

Rafi’s extensive background in UAV theory, technical, design and customisation skills have lent to Rise Above’s rapid growth in the Australian UAV sector, and their growing reputation as experts in the UAV field.  


Chief UAV Technician – Dhiya Mehdi

Dhiya is the father of Rafi Mehdi, bringing 35 years of experience as an electrical engineer with Toshiba to our organisation.  Dhiya manages the construction of all of our custom drone systems, and is integral in the design and production of customised solutions. 

With his knowledge of gadgets, gizmos and radio controlled devices, Dhiya’s skills as a UAV technician and electrical engineer bring a wealth of resources to Rise Above; assisting us in offering high level solutions to clients.


Operations Manager – Ben Grear

Ben Grear has an extensive IT background, which was further developed in his role as Network Administrator for the NSW State Emergency Service HQ for almost 5 years.  His passion for radio controlled devices has further blossomed with his appointment as operations manager at Rise Above.

Ben acts in numerous roles at Rise Above including customising solutions for UAVs, customer service, and technical liason.


Hobby UAV Technician – Faris Subhiyah

Faris brings a wealth of experience in multirotor drones, working closely with Rafi since the conception of Rise Above.  Faris incorporates years of UAV experience which he applies to his role at Rise Above.

Faris is responsible for hobby UAV construction, testing, repairs and configuration, and is always seeking new opportunities to further his UAV knowledge.


Purchasing Manager and Customer Service Coordinator – Vick 

Vick was specially imported from the USA for his expertise in sUAS and outstanding abilities in purchasing, customer service, and warehouse management. Having made huge contributions to the rapid growth of his previous organisation, Vick has already earned a well-deserved reputation as a customer service extraordinaire at Rise Above. 


Administration Staff – Leanne, Rachel, Amanda

Our girls – Leanne, Rachel and Amanda are your friendly administration staff at Rise Above.  These ladies dedicate their time and experience to ensuring that all of our customers needs are met, every day.  Together they have a wealth of administration and office management experience, which they utilise as a team to provide the best service possible.

Bubbly personalities, friendly attitudes, and smiling faces are what you can expect from the girls at Rise Above.