Meet our Neo4j experts
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.
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
VP of Engineering
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.
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.
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.
Business Development Director
Pavel Trubacik is Business Development Director at GraphAware.
Having studied Business Administration (CZ) and European Business (UK), he focused on a career in
international business development, sales & marketing.
With 15 years of experience across government, military, public and private sector in more than 30 countries,
Pavel has led projects in the defence, security and the aerospace industries.
At GraphAware, he is responsible for sales, marketing and business development.
Daniela Merglova is a Non-Executive Director and Finance Manager 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.
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
She runs the day to day operations of the company.
Neo4j Certified Professional
Nicolas is a Principal Consultant at GraphAware and a software engineer with extensive experience in
He has been developing, architecting, coaching, and performance tuning software for over 20
years in the Java and Spring framework fields.
He likes challenges and working with other people in order to deliver good quality projects on
time. Nicolas holds an MSc degree in Maths and Computer Science from the University of
Scott leads User Experience strategy and digital platform design, for data-driven knowledge and
communities of leadership. He has 20 years of global experience as a digital consultant, serving
International Organizations like the World Economic Forum, as a member of their leadership for
seven years, and brands from BP to Zaha Hadid. He is a conference speaker on Artificial
Intelligence, Innovation and Organization Design, and holds degrees in both Philosophy and
Design – from London & Sydney Universities, Central Saint Martins, and Ravensbourne University
Brand & Creative Director
Adrian has worked as a high level global creative director for over 20 years, delivering
exceptional brands, digital experiences, advertising and communications strategies. Clients
range across governments, international organizations, cities, universities, digital product
companies, and luxury brands. He holds a BA Hons in Graphic Design from the University of
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.
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
Neo4j Certified Professional
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
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.
Graph Specialised Anthropologist
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),
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.
Lead Data Scientist
Dr. Vlasta Kus is a Lead Data Scientist at GraphAware. With a solid background in maths and research
in subnuclear physics and several years of experience in the field of data analytics, he has
gained a wide range of skills in software development, distributed computing, data processing
and visualization, and machine learning. He is dedicated to expanding his knowledge base as well
as pursuing his interest in figuring out the meaning of life and the universe.
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.
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
He firmly believes avoiding any anti-pattern is the best design pattern that ever existed.
Giancarlo Longo is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. He is an engineer with more than 10 years
of experience as a full stack developer. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from
the University of Salento in Lecce (Italy), and gained a lot of experience in developing
solutions and architectures for gambling, real-time systems, software reliability and
performance. Before joining GraphAware, he worked for a consultancy firm specialising in bank
customers. He also worked as a freelance consultant in the citizen services industry, developing
platforms for digital payment, insurance, financial and e-money solutions.
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.
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.
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.
He is passionate about modern technologies, business applications and programming in general. Vojtech is currently studying Computer Science at Czech Technical University. In his free time Vojtech is mostly learning new things or riding his bike.
Alexander Ignacz is a Consultant at GraphAware. He moved from his home country Slovakia, to Denmark, where he studied Computer Science.
In his free time, Alex likes travelling the world or spending time in the kitchen cooking tasty meals.
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.
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.
Luke Housego is a Partner and the Managing Director at GraphAware APAC and leads our Enterprise Advisory
service. Luke is an Enterprise Architect and Data Strategist with over 20 years experience in
world leading management consultancy and technology services organisations. He is experienced
across Financial Services, Telecommunications, Government and Education. He has led Graph Data
based strategic initiatives with a focus on use of Neo4j, Linkurious and Graph Visualisation
within the APAC region. He has developed commercial strategies for Enterprise Knowledge, Data
Maturity Roadmaps and Enterprise Resource Management..Additionally Luke has also provided cross
geographic functional leadership for Enterprise and Information Architecture, Big Data,
Analytics and Reporting.
James Wenn is a Partner at GraphAware APAC and is focused on assisting enterprises across ANZ and
AP succeed by using graph technology. With over 30 years of experience in information management
helping customers across Government, Defence, Manufacturing, Finance and Communication
industries throughout Asia Pacific. James is passionate about creating solutions that drive
knowledge creation and support feedback systems to continuously improve system delivery and