Meet our colleagues

From its humble beginnings as a two-person operation in 2001 to the internationally oriented company it is today, Textkernel has been shaped by the people working here. Not just the cultural diversity of our colleagues, but the variety of their academic and professional backgrounds form the engine that has fueled the development of our products and helped extend our reach worldwide. Currently our team consists of more than 80 people from over 20 nationalities. Having said that, we are still looking for new influences!

Colleagues

"Some of the things I like the most about working at Textkernel are that I can be myself and that my opinions matter. It's a great place to grow and develop yourself by learning about different areas from very smart people! "

Andrea Bravo Balado

Support Lead & Consultant

Speaks:
Spanish, English, and learning Dutch!

Specialises in:
Professional services: consultancy and support

Likes:
Interesting conversations, history, dancing, swimming

"Working at Textkernel is encouraging me to learn more, and it comes with a familial culture. I mostly like the creative aspect that comes with my job."

Carlo Bernardini

Web developer

Speaks:
Dutch, English, Italian

Specialises in:
User experience, User interfaces, Front-end development

Likes:
Winter sports, cooking, city trips, festivals

"Always ask "Can we do better?". Ultimately if we are not moving forward we are moving backwards. On a side note, I believe that "choice is misery" but that is a topic for another conversation."

Carsten Lygteskov Hansen

Research Engineer

Speaks:
Danish, English, Dutch

Specialises in:
Machine learning, NLP, and bringing Git love to everyone

Likes:
Lifting Iron, Programming, Deep Learning, and Snow

"One of my initial motivations when starting the company was to create a fun team of really smart, and highly capable people. I think we have been very fortunate with that. I love making this team a success."

Jakub Zavrel

CEO

Speaks:
Dutch, English, German, Czech

Specialises in:
Growing the company, helping customers, improving the product

Likes:
AI, NLP, Machine Learning, Complex systems, Solutions to hard problems, Doing business

"For me it's the familial working environment with great colleagues, which makes Textkernel such a pleasant company to work at. Creativity and initiative is appreciated; everyone gets the chance to make a difference.
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Kim Pieschel

Head of Marketing

Speaks:
Dutch, English, basic German and un petit peu of French

Specialises in:
Marketing, Writing, Lead generation

Likes:
Craft beer, Squash and Aqua tae-bo

"TK has the perfect mix of informality and professionalism."

Ludmila Lima

International Business Development Consultant

Speaks:
Portuguese, English, Spanish and basic Dutch

Specialises in:
Account management Eastern Europe and Americas

Likes:
Food, traveling, fitness

"Textkernel is a young company with an open culture. People are passionate about delivering great products to our customers. Coming with new ideas, improvements and innovation is stimulated."

Maarten Oortwijn

Senior software engineer

Speaks:
Dutch, English, German, Spanish

Specialises in:
Sourcebox and Portal products, ATS integration, improving development process

Likes:
Painting, photography, digital art, music, (flamenco) guitar, speed skating, hanging out with / cooking for friends

"I enjoy applying state-of-the-art academic research to our challenging and open-ended problems. Did I mention the smart and fun people I work with?"

Mihai Rotaru

Head of R&D

Speaks:
Romanian (native), English

Specialises in:
Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing

Likes:
Travelling, movies, motorcycles, photography

"Peaceful & friendly atmosphere, flexible working hours and open to new ideas management provides inspiring environment to express yourself at a full power."

Oleksii Shevchenko

Backend developer

Speaks:
Russian, English, Ukrainian

Specialises in:
Back-end developement, architecture

Likes:
Docker, CI, micro services, video games, esoteric literature

"A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle (Khalil Gibran)"

Panos Alexopoulos

Ontology Mining Lead

Speaks:
Greek, English, Spanish

Specialises in:
Data & Knowledge Architecture, Mining and Evolution

Likes:
Reading, Cooking and Travelling

"I like the unique combination of Individuals & Personalities, Innovation, Entrepreneur Ship and Internationalism - and our technology is fascinating me, plus I love HR & IT."

Ralph Dennes

Business Development

Speaks:
German, English

Specialises in:
Business Development, HR Strategy and Processes, HRIS Systems

Likes:
Music, sailing, good food & cooking, travel and exploring

"At a fast-growing company, there is always something new!"

Tom Krikke

CFO

Speaks:
Dutch, English

Specialises in:
Finance, Reporting, Internal Control, Tax, Risk Management, Legal

Likes:
Making music, attending shows, having a night out with my wife or going to the zoo with my son

"Tough problems, good people"

Valentin Jijkoun

Technical Lead Web Mining

Speaks:
Russian, English, Dutch

Specialises in:
Scale, Architecture, Machine Learning, Python

Likes:
Buckwheat

"Testing and tasting at Textkernel go hand in hand."

Viktoria Bancheva

QA Engineer

Speaks:
Bulgarian, English, basic Czech

Specialises in:
Software Quality Assurance

Likes:
Traditional dances, yoga, swimming

"Crazy and ambitious enough!"

Yves Loiseau

Business Development Manager - France&Southern Europe

Speaks:
French English Russian (some Spanish)

Specialises in:
Southern Europe

Likes:
Punk Rock, Steam Punk Era, Wilderness, 20th century spy and adventure series, role-play, superficial science, Enigma, Exotica, Epigrams and other good words

"Textkernel grew to be a remarkably open and friendly environment, where people appreciate each others' backgrounds and differences. I particularly enjoy the fact that people are encouraged to make decisions, influence our products and solve complex problems. Working here never stops surprising you!"

Zsuzsa Szabó

Head of Talent

Speaks:
Hungarian, English, Dutch and I can order a drink in Spanish and German

Specialises in:
Sourcing, Recruitment, Talent Management, HR

Likes:
Sports, music, craft beer, tea and unicorns

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