Our Team

Meet our Neo4j experts

Michal Bachman, CEO at GraphAware

Michal Bachman

CEO
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About Michal

Michal Bachman is the Founder and CEO at GraphAware, Managing Director at GraphAware UK, and General Manager at GraphAware UAE. 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 has developed software for large organisations (Kohl’s, SFR, Kuehne+Nagel) as well as small ones, published numerous technical articles online, and presented at conferences around the world.

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Luke Housego, Business Development Director at GraphAware

Luke Housego

Managing Director APAC
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About Luke

Luke Housego is 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.

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Christophe Willemsen

Christophe Willemsen

CTO
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About Christophe

Christophe Willemsen is the CTO at GraphAware. Before joining the team, Christophe worked as 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 who has led many big projects in HR and Operations Departments. Christophe is the author of Graphgen, an online graph generation engine for Neo4j, which received a Graphie Award during GraphConnect San Francisco 2014, and an active member of the Neo4j community.

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Alessandro Negro, Chief Scientist at GraphAware

Alessandro Negro

Chief Scientist
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About Alessandro

Dr. Alessandro Negro is the Chief Scientist at GraphAware. He has been a long-time member of the graph community and he is the main author of the first-ever recommendation engine based on Neo4j. At GraphAware, he specialises in natural language processing, recommendation engines and graph-aided search. Before joining the team, Alessandro has 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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Kateřina Kubalíková

Kateřina Kubalíková

Operations Director
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About Kateřina

Kateřina Kubalíková (also known as KK) is the Operations Director at GraphAware. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from University of Economics in Prague and has 9 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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Abir Gharazeddine, Business Development Director at GraphAware

Abir Gharazeddine

Business Development Director
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About Abir

Abir Gharazeddine is a Business Development Director at GraphAware. She holds a BSc in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut. Abir is a result oriented professional with an extensive experience, of which the last 18 years were in business development and account management within Thomson Reuters. Throughout her corporate experience, Abir has a track-record of achieving organizational goals and growing company’s market share while providing leadership to various teams that kept an outstanding mutual productive relationship with clients globally.

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James Wenn, Business Development Director at GraphAware

James Wenn

Business Development Director APAC
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About James

James Wenn is a Business Development Director 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 usability.

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Luanne Misquitta

Luanne Misquitta

Principal Consultant (UAE)
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About Luanne

Luanne Misquitta is a Principal Consultant at GraphAware. She holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from St. Xavier’s College. Luanne is a developer, consultant, and trainer with over 17 years of experience. She is a valued member of the Neo4j community, an active open-source contributor, and one of the main committers to Spring Data Neo4j. Luanne is based in Abu Dhabi.

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Vince Bickers

Vince Bickers

Principal Consultant (UK)
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Neo4j Certified Professional

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About Vince

Vince Bickers is a Principal Consultant at GraphAware and the main author of Spring Data Neo4j. He has been writing software and leading software development teams for over 30 years at organisations like Vodafone, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Network Rail, UBS, VMWare, ConocoPhillips, Aviva, and British Gas.

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Rob Schley

Rob Schley

Head of Product
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About Rob

Rob Schley is the Head of Product at GraphAware. He has an extensive background in software engineering and product development with an emphasis on data platforms, visualization, analytics, search, and user experience. Rob loves helping organizations understand data and make better decisions. He has applied his expertise to a variety of industries including e-commerce, energy, healthcare, and non-profits.

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Scott David

Scott David

Innovation Director
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About Scott

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 London.

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Adrian Shawcross

Adrian Shawcross

Brand & Creative Director
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About Adrian

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 Brighton.

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Jan Žák

Jan Žák

Senior Consultant
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About Jan

Jan is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware with more than 10 years of experience in developing web applications. He specialises in front-end technologies, graph and geospatial libraries, computer security, continuous delivery and DevOps. Jan holds an MSc degree in Computer Security and a BSc degree in Software Engineering from Czech Technical University in Prague. He is based in Prague but frequently travels to clients around the world.

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Aldrin Misquitta

Aldrin Misquitta

Senior Consultant
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About Aldrin

Aldrin Misquitta is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware based in Abu Dhabi. Aldrin has 17+ 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 Peša

Jan Peša

Senior Consultant
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About Jan

Jan Peša 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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Nicolas Mervaillie

Nicolas Mervaillie

Senior Consultant
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About Nicolas

Nicolas is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware and a software engineer with extensive experience in various industries. He has been developing, architecting, coaching, and performance tuning software for over 18 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 Lille.

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Eric Spiegelberg

Eric Spiegelberg

Senior Consultant
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About Eric

Eric Spiegelberg is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. With over 16 years of experience with the Java platform, Eric holds a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Software Engineering, is an avid technologist, a published technical author, and life long learner. Outside of technology Eric is a high performance and instrument rated private pilot, has run the Paris Marathon in France, and enjoys an interest in travel.

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Janos Szendi-Varga

Janos Szendi-Varga

Senior Consultant
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About Janos

Janos Szendi-Varga is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. Janos has gained 17 years of experience in IT projects for companies such as Nokia, T-Mobile, Erste Bank, Hungarian Telekom, Makedonski Telekom, Ericsson, and many more. He was involved in many areas of IT, like testing, developing, architecting, project managing, strategy planning, innovating, and mobile development. In addition to his professional background, he is committed to spreading his experience and is the main organizer of the Neo4j Budapest meetup. Janos holds an MSc in Information Technologies and an MSc in Economics.

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Aleš Havlík

Aleš Havlík

Senior Consultant
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About Aleš

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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František Hartman

František Hartman

Senior Consultant
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About František

Frantisek Hartman is a software developer and coding architect with 7 years of experience, mainly in Java, devoted to writing well readable and maintainable code. Keeping up to date with current technologies and always expanding horizons and willing to learn. With passion for understanding all aspects of a problem at hand. Helping colleagues and sharing knowledge. TDD and CI evangelist with keen interest in agile development process. Graph databases and distributed systems enthusiast.

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Jasper Blues

Jasper Blues

Senior Consultant
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About Jasper

Jasper Blues is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. He has developed a number of Neo4j-based apps including a proprietary recommendation engine that allowed like-minded musicians from around the world to collaborate. In applying Neo4j as the backend to mobile applications, Jasper focused on facets such as automated deployment, machine configuration, JVM tuning, query performance tuning, and particularly, the use of Spring Data Neo4j. Prior to joining GraphAware, Jasper enjoyed a 20 year career as a polyglot programmer applying his passion and expertise in industry sectors such as banking, government, marketing, performing arts and entertainment. He is also a distinguished open-source contributor, having founded and worked on numerous projects. He contributed to the Spring Framework, which revolutionized enterprise Java. He founded Typhoon, which powers thousands of iOS applications around the world. He has created various libraries and utilities used in products by made by Microsoft, Apple and Yandex.

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Miro Marchi

Miro Marchi

Senior Consultant
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About Miro

Dr. Miro Marchi is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. 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. He is passionate about the game-changing effect of network thinking and graph technology on organisations and processes.

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Roberto Previdi

Roberto Previdi

Senior Consultant
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About Roberto

Roberto Previdi is a Senior Consultant at GraphAware. After completing his BS in Computer Science in 2003, he accumulated significant experience as a Software Developer in very diverse environments, such as banking, vintage markets, mobile applications, production industry, and online trading. He is a passionate developer since childhood and he never stops learning and finding new ways of improving the quality, readability, and flexibility of the code he writes.

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Vlasta Kůs

Vlasta Kůs

Data Scientist
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About Vlasta

Dr. Vlasta Kůs is a 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.

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Ladislav Jech

Ladislav Jech

Senior Consultant
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About Ladislav

Ladislav is Senior Consultant at GraphAware. He has been writing software, leading software development teams, and defining system architectures for about 20 years at organisations like IBM, Deutsche Telekom, Sony, Pfizer, Citibank, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank, and others. He is a seasoned developer, architect, and team lead with focus on high-performance event-driven architectures with emerging focus on machine learning problematics.

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Asma Adala

Asma Adala

Data Scientist
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About Asma

Dr. Asma Adala is a Data Scientist at GraphAware. She holds a Ph.D. in ICT from the University of Carthage of Tunisia. She is based in the Czech Republic. Asma has 9 years of experience in research and academia. Her research interests are in the areas of Data Analytics, machine learning, Big Data Management Systems, and Distributed Systems. At GraphAware, she is focusing on Natural Language Processing and knowledge extraction empowered by Graph technologies. Her focus is to unlock data-driven insights with NLP and AI for smarter IT solutions in the enterprise.

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Niko Nevala

Niko Nevala

Senior Consultant
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About Niko

Niko Nevala is a front end engineer with over a decade of web development experience in various industries ranging from telemedicine to e-commerce. He specialises in JavaScript development and is passionate about clean code, test automation, and continuous delivery. Niko holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and is based in the Helsinki region in Finland.

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Jitka Svedova

Jitka Svedova

Operations Manager
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About Jitka

Jitka Svedova is the Operations Manager at GraphAware. After completing her business education in Czech Republic, she gained over 12 years of working experience as an executive assistant, PA and a conference host in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is now responsible for the smooth and effective running of the company in the UAE.

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Irena Sevcikova

Irena Sevcikova

Operations Support
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About Irena

Irena Sevcikova joined GraphAware as Operations Support. After completing hotel management education in the Czech Republic she worked mainly in hotel and airline industry. She lives in the Middle East since 2002 and worked as a marketing executive for a major airline.

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Martin Macke

Martin Macke

Designer
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About Martin

Martin Macke is a designer at GraphAware. He is responsible for the GraphAware logo and visual identity, the look and feel of the GraphAware website and all online and offline materials. He studied media and communication at the University of New York in Prague. He has more than 10 years of experience with design and website development.

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Daniela Merglova

Daniela Merglova

Non-Executive Director
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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. 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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