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Michal Bachman, CEO at GraphAware

Michal Bachman

CEO
michal@graphaware.com

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About Michal

Michal Bachman is CEO at GraphAware. He holds an MSc degree in Computing from Imperial College London, where he wrote a distinguished thesis on graph databases. Prior to founding GraphAware, Michal worked in the software industry as a developer, architect, consultant, and trainer for over 10 years. He specialises in the application of graph technologies for intelligence and law enforcement use cases, graph-based security models, and high performance graph data ingest. Michal occasionally publishes technical articles and frequently presents at conferences around the world.

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Luanne Misquitta

Luanne Misquitta

VP of Engineering
luanne@graphaware.com

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About Luanne

Luanne Misquitta is the VP of Engineering and Professional Services at GraphAware. She holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from St. Xavier’s College. Luanne is a developer, consultant, and trainer with over 20 years of experience. She has been working with Neo4j daily since 2010, which makes her one of the world's most experienced Neo4j consultants. Currently, she specialises in graph data modeling and query optimisations, with a particular focus on the law enforcement and intelligence domains. At GraphAware, Luanne builds high performing teams and promotes engineering best practices. She is a valued member of the Neo4j community and an active open-source contributor.

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Christophe Willemsen

Christophe Willemsen

CTO
christophe@graphaware.com

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About Christophe

Christophe Willemsen is the CTO at GraphAware. Before joining the team, Christophe worked as a communication systems engineer for the Belgian Navy for almost 15 years and taught courses about maritime distress and emergency communication systems. He is a skilled software engineer when shipping production code, as well as an efficient hacker on tactical assignments. Christophe is one of the main authors of Hume, GraphAware's Graph-Powered Insights Engine, and an active member of the Neo4j community.

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Alessandro Negro, Chief Scientist at GraphAware

Alessandro Negro

Chief Scientist
alessandro@graphaware.com

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About Alessandro

Dr. Alessandro Negro is the Chief Scientist at GraphAware. He is the author of Graph-Powered Machine Learning (Manning, 2020) and a thought leader in the space of graph-based AI and ML. He is one of the main authors of Hume, GraphAware's flagship product and a leading Knowledge Graph Platform. He specialises in natural language processing, recommendation engines, fraud detection, and graph-aided search. Before joining the team, Alessandro gained over 10 years of experience in software development and spoke at many prominent conferences such as JavaOne. Alessandro holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Salento. He is based in Southern Italy (lucky him!) but travels to clients around the world.

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Daniela Merglova

Daniela Merglova

Non-Executive Director
daniela@graphaware.com

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About Daniela

Daniela Merglova is a Non-Executive Director at GraphAware. She was Operations Director for the initial three years of GraphAware's operation, having grown the company from zero to £1M revenue and 14 staff. Currently, she oversees the accounting agenda of all GraphAware entities and advises the management team in tax, finance, accounting, operations, and global restructuring. She holds a BSc degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York and has 8 years of experience in accounting and tax from SAP and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Peter Fencak

Peter Fencak

Finance Director
peter@graphaware.com

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About Peter

Peter Fencak is the Finance Director at GraphAware. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Masaryk University in Brno. He also holds CFA and ACCA certificates. After graduating from university, he joined EY where he spent 9 years working on a wide variety of assurance and advisory engagements. Before joining GraphAware, he also worked as the CFO for a FinTech start-up. At GraphAware, he is responsible for Finance, Operations, as well as strategic business activities.

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Esther Bergmark, Director of Product Management at GraphAware

Esther Bergmark

Director of Product Management
esther.bergmark@graphaware.com

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About Esther

Esther Bergmark is Director of Product Management at GraphAware. She brings ten years of experience in product management and marketing in fast growing, market leading technology companies. Her approach to product management focuses on creation of value for customers. She holds a double master degree from Humboldt University and Freie Universität Berlin in Communication, Politics and Sinology. At GraphAware she is in charge of Hume, leading the growth of the product line.

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Ondrej Peterka, Marketing Director at GraphAware

Ondrej Peterka

Marketing Director
ondrej.peterka@graphaware.com

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About Ondrej

Ondrej Peterka is Marketing Director at GraphAware. He holds a Master’s degree in International Trade and Commercial Communications from The Prague University of Economics and Business. He started his career as a PR professional, later building and developing a digital communications department. Before joining GraphAware, he managed marketing operations in a MarTech startup. At GraphAware, he is responsible for driving business success through integrated marketing efforts.

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Katerina Kubalikova

Katerina Kubalikova

Operations Manager
kk@graphaware.com

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About Katerina

Katerina Kubalikova (also known as KK) is an Operations Manager at GraphAware. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Economics in Prague and has 10 years of experience in project management, operations, sales, marketing, and customer relationship management. She runs the day to day operations of the company.

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Veronika Srncova

Veronika Srncova

Talent Manager
veronika.srncova@graphaware.com

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About Veronika

Veronika Srncová is Talent Manager at GraphAware. She graduated at the University of Economics in Prague with a Masters degree in HR and Business Administration. Veronika has over 12 years of experience in HR and project management, mainly in the Middle East, where she has lived and worked for the past 10 years. She is now responsible for the smooth and effective talent management at GraphAware.

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Gabriela Masnicova

Gabriela Masnicova

Finance Manager
gabriela@graphaware.com

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About Gabriela

Gabriela Masnicova is a Finance Manager at GraphAware responsible for accounting, reporting, tax and compliance agenda of the company. She holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Economics and Management from the University of Economics in Prague. Gabriela has over 10 years of experience in finance controlling and accounting in a multinational corporation and international environment.

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Ovidiu Petrenciu

Ovidiu Petrenciu

Business & Compliance Consultant
ovidiu@graphaware.com

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About Ovidiu

Ovidiu is a Business & Compliance Consultant with 8 years of experience in in-house legal counselling roles for multinational companies operating in R&D, IT Development, IP Management, and Engineering Technology. He holds a master’s degree in Business Law from the University of Montpellier, France, and he is a graduate of the World Commerce & Contracting association. Ovidiu has gained international experience in corporate governance and business restructuring, commercial contracts negotiation and management, regulatory compliance, and general legal and commercial risks.

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Juho Antikainen

Juho Antikainen

Sales Executive
juho@graphaware.com

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About Juho

Juho is a Sales Executive at GraphAware. He has extensive experience in sales, complex IT project management and business development. During his career he has had several leading roles in IT technology companies, generating growth and enabling international expansion. At GraphAware he is responsible for organic growth in both existing and emerging markets.

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Jan Martinek

Jan Martinek

Sales Executive
jan.martinek@graphaware.com

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About Jan

Jan Martinek is a Sales Executive at GraphAware. He brings 11+ years of experience in sales, business development, and negotiation in fast-growing companies. Jan’s previous roles include Head of Sales at a Czech FMCG startup and Senior Partnerships Manager in a market-leading travel startup. His approach to sales is to be human and to provide value to the customer.

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Nina Matejcic

Nina Matejcic

Business Development Representative
nina.matejcic@graphaware.com

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About Nina

Nina Matejčić is a Business Development Representative at GraphAware. She graduated at the University of Zagreb with a master's degree in English language and Anthropology - both with a focus on linguistics. She started her career as a translator, and later transitioned into marketing and sales. In recent years she has worked with big brands, as well as small startups in the realm of B2B. At GraphAware she handles creating new business opportunities and advocates for the brand.

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Alejandro Rios

Alejandro Rios

Business Development Representative
alejandro.rios@graphaware.com

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About Alejandro

Alejandro has prior experience as a consultant in several Fintech companies obtaining tangible results such as successful B2B software sales, international company expansion and management of technical integrations into other markets which fostered growth. After living in Canada, he decided to go back to his home country, Spain, where he studied a dual degree in Law and International Relations. Fun fact: Alejandro has lived in a boat for a year sailing to more than 20 different countries.

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Aldrin Misquitta

Aldrin Misquitta

Senior Consultant
aldrin@graphaware.com

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About Aldrin

Aldrin Misquitta is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware based in Abu Dhabi. Aldrin has 20+ years of experience in software development with specialisation in front end and middle tier technologies. He has strong focus on processes, automated testing and continuous development. He has spent his career working with services, startups and product companies. He loves challenges and can quickly ramp up on any new technology. Aldrin has a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University.

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Jan Pesa

Jan Pesa

Senior Consultant
jan.pesa@graphaware.com

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About Jan

Jan Pesa is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. He has profound experience with modern web development and frameworks like Angular (since early versions from 2013), Aurelia and Backbone. Jan has over 10 years of experience as a front-end developer and web designer – from small web presentations and single-purpose applications to vast corporate intranet systems. He is passionate about clean UI and maintainable code. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Computer Graphics and Multimedia from Brno University of Technology.

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Ales Havlik

Ales Havlik

Senior Consultant
ales@graphaware.com

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About Ales

Ales Havlik is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Masaryk University, Czechia and an MSc. in Software Development from Open University, UK, where he wrote a thesis on Temporal Queries in Graph Database Management Systems. Ales has over 15 years of experience with software development for large organizations as well as startups. He is experienced with back end and front end development, server administration, and TCP/IP networks. Ales is currently based in Prague.

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Miro Marchi

Miro Marchi

Graph Specialised Anthropologist
miro@graphaware.com

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About Miro

Dr. Miro Marchi is our Graph Specialised Anthropologist. He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from University of Verona, where he studied the consumption of graph visualisations by members of communities of practice. Miro's skills and interests lie between social and computer sciences. He combines experience in ethnographic analysis (deep immersion in the field to understand stakeholders practices), in graph data modelling with Neo4j, and in JavaScript data visualisation. Miro facilitates project communication and helps clients to extract actionable insights with knowledge graph solutions. He is passionate about the game-changing effect of network thinking and graph technology on organisations and processes.

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Vlasta Kus

Vlasta Kus

Lead Data Scientist
vlasta@graphaware.com

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About Vlasta

Dr. Vlasta Kus is a Lead Data Scientist at GraphAware. He is passionate about delivering machine learning solutions into production. Vlasta has a solid background in mathematics and research in physics. He became passionate about combining Machine Learning and property graphs into Knowledge Graphs. Over the years he gained extensive experience with statistical data analysis, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and building Knowledge Graphs in various domains. Currently, Vlasta specializes in natural language processing, knowledge graphs, graph analytics and graph ML.

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Michal Trnka

Michal Trnka

Senior Consultant
michal.trnka@graphaware.com

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About Michal

Michal Trnka is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. He has over 5 years of experience with software engineering and development of projects ranging from internal tools for corporations through open source frameworks to outsourced development. Michal is passionate about automation of the software development and deployment process and loves to find innovative and creative solutions to problems. He adds experience from academia: he is currently finishing his Ph.D at Czech Technical University and is a Fulbright scholar.

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Sergio De Lorenzis

Sergio De Lorenzis

Senior Consultant
sergio@graphaware.com

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About Sergio

Sergio De Lorenzis is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. Sergio is an engineer with 10 years of experience as full stack developer, data analyst and data warehouse designer for industries like banking, healthcare and food & beverage. In the latest years he has worked as a software architect and as software developer, mainly focused on backend systems powered by micro service architectures. He firmly believes avoiding any anti-pattern is the best design pattern that ever existed.

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Andrea Evangelista

Andrea Evangelista

Senior Consultant
andrea@graphaware.com

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About Andrea

Andrea Evangelista is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware and has 10 years of experience as a full stack engineer across all spheres of application development: analysis, design, coding and testing using both proven and cutting edge technologies. A resolute, versatile, computer science and programming enthusiast with an intensely inquisitive mind describe him best. He is also passionate about writing in multiple programming languages. Previously, he has built secure, intensively tested and reliable architectures supporting a very high volume of users. Andrea holds a Computer Science degree and is a co-author of a scientific publication on Pattern Recognition Letters for a low-cost and calibration-free gaze estimator for soft biometrics.

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Antonin Smid

Antonin Smid

Senior Consultant
tony@graphaware.com

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About Antonin

Antonin Smid is a Senior Consultant and a full-stack developer at GraphAware with a focus on front-end technologies. He has over six years of UI development experience ranging from web design to motion graphics and interactions in VR. He is passionate about readable code and effective, minimalist UI. Antonin holds a Master’s degree in software engineering from Baylor University, Texas, and is currently based in Prague.

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Fabio Montagna

Fabio Montagna

Machine Learning Engineer
fabio@graphaware.com

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About Fabio

Fabio is a Data Engineer at GraphAware. As a Software Engineer he devoted most of his 10+ year career in the research field, both scientific and industrial. Ranging from neuroscience to operational oceanography through natural language processing, Fabio helped scientists to push their research forward, designing support infrastructures that are ready to be industrialized. As a bridge between science and industry, he assists with moving rapidly from scientific reasoning to product value.

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Giuseppe Futia

Giuseppe Futia

Senior Data Scientist
giuseppe.futia@graphaware.com

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About Giuseppe

Giuseppe is Senior Data Scientist at GraphAware. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, where he explored Graph Representation Learning techniques to support the automatic building of Knowledge Graphs. In 10+ years he gained multidisciplinary experience in different areas, including research, software development, and communication both in academia and industry. He is passionate about Semantic Web, Machine Learning, and all the cutting-edge technologies to incorporate human knowledge into intelligent systems.

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Marco Del Coco

Marco Del Coco

Machine Learning Engineer
marco@graphaware.com

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About Marco

Marco is a Machine Learning Engineer at GraphAware. With a background in Telecommunication Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, he spent most of his career (10+ year) in the research field, ranging from the academic to industrial environments. His interests range from object and people tracking to image and video processing. He is an experienced machine learning engineer guided by a natural attitude in finding innovative solutions oriented to product and customer requirements.

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Zsolt Katona

Zsolt Katona

Senior Consultant
zsolt@graphaware.com

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About Zsolt

Zsolt is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. He holds a Masters in Computer Science and has 10+ years of backend development and systems integration experience. He has a deep understanding of infrastructure provisioning, automations, migrations, governance and cloud technologies – including their product management, architecture and hands-on coding perspectives. He has extensive experience coding in Java. He enjoys communicating with clients, establishing trust and improving customer success.

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Jiri Palas

Jiri Palas

Senior Consultant
jiri@graphaware.com

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About Jiri

Jiri Palas is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. He is a front-end developer at GraphAware with full-stack experience. He has over 6 years of experience in modern web development ranging from small internal products to large-scale projects involving micro-frontend architecture. Jiri is passionate about UI performance, maintainable code, test automation. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Czech Technical University in Prague. When Jiri is not coding, he climbs or rides a bike in the mountains.

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Andrés Jesus Diaz Santos

Andrés Diaz Santos

Senior Consultant
andres.diaz.santos@graphaware.com

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About Andrés

Andrés is a Technical Lead on the Hume team. He holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Software Engineering, getting honors in his thesis based on Reverse Image Search with Machine Learning. He has successfully led software development products for various startups in India, Spain, Hong Kong and the U.K. He also has wide exposure to cybersecurity and threat analytics while working for companies like Micro Focus and Cisco. Andrés is passionate about functional programming and believes that cultivating a culture of growth mindset and collaboration is key to achieving success.

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Daniel Moraru

Daniel Moraru

Senior Consultant
daniel@graphaware.com

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About Daniel

Daniel Moraru is a Senior Backend developer at GraphAware. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has been working as a software engineer in various roles from developer to architect. As a long time user of Java, he developed a strong interest in performance engineering and relishes the challenges it brings. Apart from this, he brings 20+ years of experience in building applications with Spring Boot, Node.js and React.

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Grzegorz Aniol

Grzegorz Aniol

Senior Backend Developer
grzegorz.aniol@graphaware.com

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About Grzegorz

Grzegorz is a senior backend software engineer. He holds an MSc. in Computer Science from Silesian Technical University in Gliwice. He has 20 years of experience working as engineer, team lead and product owner in domains like automotive, electronics, IoT, GIS, medical and VOD. Every day, he tries to find the holy grail of optimal backend systems in terms of performance, functionality and simplicity, and thus he’s always on the look out for different DB engines, frameworks and cloud solutions. Off work, he plays the keyboard and ukulele and enjoys hiking and cycling.

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Galen Rutledge

Galen Rutledge

Technical Support Engineer
galen.rutledge@graphaware.com

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About Galen

Galen Rutledge is a Technical Support Engineer at GraphAware, based in Australia. He holds a B.Sc in Physics and BIT in Information Management, both from Queensland University of Technology. Galen brings 11+ years of broad experience conducting forensic analysis of complex systems, and guiding users and technical teams resolving critical issues. He is passionate about creating positive customer experiences, and building information resources to accelerate high-quality customer services.

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Alexander Ignacz

Alexander Ignacz

Consultant
alexander@graphaware.com

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About Alexander

Alexander Ignacz is a Consultant at GraphAware. He moved from his home country Slovakia, to Denmark, where he studied Computer Science. He is passionate about front end development with great focus on writing clean code using JavaScript and the React or Vue.js technologies. In his free time, Alex likes travelling the world or spending time in the kitchen cooking tasty meals.

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Hamza Beini

Hamza Beini

Consultant
hamza@graphaware.com

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About Hamza

Hamza is a full stack developer with 6 years of experience and a member of the Hume engineering team. He has developed a variety of applications for industries like HR, parking management and telecom and has experience working in both product and service-based companies. Hamza is adept in technologies like Java, Angular, AWS, etc. He enjoys communicating with clients and engaging with teams.

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Adrian Kolodziejski

Adrian Kolodziejski

Consultant
adrian.kolodziejski@graphaware.com

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About Adrian

Adrian is a backend consultant at GraphAware and has over 4 years of experience as a full-stack developer. He holds an MSc. in Computer Science from Warsaw Military University of Technology. Adrian is passionate about programming, solving problems and delivering value. He is experienced with Domain-Driven Design and Test Driven Development. In his spare time he likes to learn new things and work on new DIY electronic projects.

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Vasileios Bakosis

Vasileios Bakosis

Consultant
vasileios.bakosis@graphaware.com

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About Vasileios

Vassilis is a Java developer at GraphAware, based in Greece. He holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has over 5 years of experience as a software engineer. He’s passionate about OOP, clean coding and Java design patterns. He is experienced with developing search-driven applications and full-stack development. When not coding, he loves playing and writing music and watching movies.

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Hasan Ayan

Hasan Ayan

Frontend developer
hasan.ayan@graphaware.com

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About Hasan

Hasan Ayan is a Frontend Developer at GraphAware. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and his passion for technology drove him into a career in Software Engineering. After working for 5 years in the construction industry developing various software solutions to help digital transformation, he started working on various 3D model and geographic data visualization projects. He enjoys being challenged by complex problems and is passionate about creating efficient solutions for them. When Hasan is not working, he does sports, rides his motorbike or makes electronic music.

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Dimitrios Stamatis

Dimitrios Stamatis

UX Designer
dimitrios@graphaware.com

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About Dimitrios

Dimitrios is a UX Designer at GraphAware. He has a varied design experience in consultancies and startups in Athens, London and Hangzhou and likes to create meaningful, intuitive, and delightful digital products. Dimitri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design & Technology from Brunel University, London, and is currently based in Ireland.

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Tomas Varholik

Tomas Varholik

Technical Recruiter
tomas.varholik@graphaware.com

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About Tomas

Tomas is a Technical Recruiter at GraphAware. He started as a DevOps Engineer for Cloud environments. After 3 years, he discovered a new passion – people. And after 4 years of hiring for small service companies, start-ups and big corporations, Tomas joined GraphAware to bring more technological experts and talents. Even though hiring became his new obsession, he stayed relevant in IT trends and technologies. In his free time he is interested in fine arts and studies of historical scriptures.

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Irena Sevcikova

Irena Sevcikova

Operations Support
irena@graphaware.com

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About Irena

Irena Sevcikova joined GraphAware as Operations Support. After completing a Hotel Management Diploma in the Czech Republic she worked mainly in the hotel and airline industry. She has lived in the Middle East since 2002 and worked as a Marketing Executive for a major airline.

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Claudia Boellis

Claudia Boellis

Operations Support
claudia@graphaware.com

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About Claudia

Claudia Boellis joined GraphAware as Operations Support in Italy. After her studies, she worked in the export-import business and the tourist industry. During her professional career, she gained experience in office management and accounting.

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Alexandra Klacanova

Alexandra Klacanova

Junior Marketing Specialist
alexandra.klacanova@graphaware.com

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About Alexandra

Alexandra Klacanova is a marketing and sales specialist in GraphAware. She recently graduated from Umeå University in Sweden with a master’s degree in Marketing. Through her studies, Alexandra grew her B2C marketing experience and since joining GraphAware she has broadened her horizons within the field of B2B marketing. Her primary focus is driving business through marketing efforts.

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Zuzana Dancova

Zuzana Dancova

Junior Accountant
zuzana.dancova@graphaware.com

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About Zuzana

Zuzana Dancova is a Junior Accountant at GraphAware. She graduated from the Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia with a Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Natural Resources. Zuzana has experience in accounting and finance. In her free time, she likes to learn the Italian language.

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Joseph Soukup

Joseph Soukup

Intern
joseph.soukup@graphaware.com

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About Joseph

Joseph Soukup is taking an internship position at GraphAware to deepen his hands-on development expertise. He's just finished high school where he specialized in IT and he's on the way to start his university studies at a software development college in Prague. Joseph has already gained some experience in managing small-scale projects, providing support for the products he built and took care of creating the required infrastructure for them.

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