About us - meet the team and the company behind ArangoDB

About Us

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Distributed team for a Distributed technology

ArangoDB Inc is a US-based privately held company, that was founded in Cologne in 2014 to meet the increasing demand for professional services around ArangoDB.

The company is headquartered in San Francisco (USA) with European HQ in Cologne (Germany). Our team is distributed around the globe and we welcome great minds to join us also remote.

ArangoDB Inc offers subscriptions, support of development, training and consulting.

Management

Claudius Weinberger
Claudius Weinberger
CEO

Claudius studied economics with business informatics as key aspect at the University of Cologne. Together with his co-founder, he builds databases for more than 20 years; from in-memory to mostly memory databases and from K/V stores over multi-dimensional cubes to graph databases. His responsibility was mostly the product and project management. Since 2012 he is the CEO of ArangoDB.

Frank Celler
Frank Celler
CRS

Frank studied in Aachen and London and obtained a PhD in mathematics. Prior to founding triAGENS GmbH, the company behind ArangoDB, he worked for several German tech companies as a consultant, team lead and C/C++ developer. Frank’s major achievements and projects relevant to ArangoDB are: development of a quota database that was faster than Reuters’, concept and implementation of JIT compilers for Intel and Sparc architectures, concept and implementation of a high-performance in-memory session database for Deutsche Post AG, development of an IDE for Dylan.

Joerg Schad
Joerg Schad
CTO

Jörg Schad is our CTO. In a previous life, he worked on Machine Learning Infrastructure in health care, distributed systems at Mesosphere, implemented distributed and in-memory databases, and conducted research in the Hadoop and Cloud area. He’s a frequent speaker at meetups, international conferences, and lecture halls.

Advisory Council

Florian Leiber
Florian Leibert
Advisor

Florian is the CEO and Co-founder of Mesosphere. As one of the brightest technical minds in Silicon Valley, Florian enabled Twitter to establish a microservice architecture and built AirBnB’s big data team. At Mesosphere, he is now building DC/OS, the revolutionary open source datacenter operating system based on Apache Mesos, which is already used at his former companies in exciting use cases like Verizon Wireless. Florian will help ArangoDB to further sharpen its focus on the needs of large scale enterprises, their problems and solutions.

Ted Dunning
Ted Dunning
Advisor

Ted is Chief Application Architect at MapR and has years of experience with machine learning and other big data solutions across a range of sectors, notably in recommendation systems and fraud detection. With twenty-five patents, and more pending, he has a long history of innovation. Dunning has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield and is active in a number of open source projects as a contributor and mentor. He is currently serving on the board of the Apache Software Foundation.

Human Resources

Gudrun Franzen
Gudrun Franzen
Talent Acquisition Manager

Gudrun is always on the lookout for the next great talent to add to the ArangoDB family. She is a passionate Tech Recruiter and your first choice if you want to join ArangoDB. If she is not in the office, you can find her somewhere in the great outdoors.

Drishti Recruiting
Drishti Kundu
Working Student Recruiting

Drishti is working on her master’s in management and engineering from RWTH Aachen. She is a very social person who loves interacting with people and getting to know them better. In her free time, she loves going for walks with friends or eating out.

Alexandra Werk
Alexandra Werk
Talent Acquisition Manager

Alex is working in Tech Recruiting since 2019 and is now supporting the HR Team at ArangoDB. Outside of work, she likes to stay active as well as try out new restaurants.

Development

Jan Steemann
Jan Steemann
Senior Developer

After more than 30 years of playing around with 8 bit computers, assembler and scripting languages, Jan decided to move on to work in database engineering. Jan is now a senior C/C++ developer with the ArangoDB core team, being there from version 0.1. He is mostly working on performance optimization, storage engines and the querying functionality.

Michael Hackstein
Michael Hackstein
Senior Graph Specialist

Michael Hackstein is a Senior Graph Specialist @ ArangoDB Inc. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and is the creator of ArangoDBs graph capabilities. During his academic career he focused on complex algorithms and especially graph databases. Michael is an internationally experienced speaker who loves salad, cake and clean code.

Max Neunhöffer
Max Neunhöffer
Senior Developer, Architect

Max Neunhöffer is a mathematician turned database developer. In his academic career he has worked for 16 years on the development and implementation of new algorithms in computer algebra. During this time he has juggled a lot with mathematical big data like group orbits containing trillions of points. Recently he has returned from St. Andrews to Germany, has shifted his focus to NoSQL databases, and now helps to develop ArangoDB.

Ewout Prangsma
Ewout Prangsma
Oasis Architect and Teamlead

Ewout is a software engineer who has worked in lots of different industries, ranging from financial services, to software development tools to cloud providers. He has played various roles such as software engineer, architect, project lead and entrepreneur. In recent years Ewout has worked extensively on highly distributed system running on various cloud platforms, most related to, or based on Kubernetes. He is the leading Architect and Teamlead of ArangoDB Oasis – the managed service for ArangoDB. He is also the original author of ArangoDB Go driver, Kubernetes operator and Arango Datacenter to Datacenter replication.

Wilfried Goesgens
Wilfried Goesgens
Software Developer

Wilfried is another one of the C/C++ developers working for the ArangoDB Core Team. He also works on measuring and optimization of the performance.

Andrey
Andrey Abramov
Senior Software Developer

Andrey is an expert in information retrieval and recommendation systems. He is passionate about state-of-art search techniques and data similarity measures. As the member of ArangoDB core team he is responsible for developing the ArangoSearch engine and further integration into the ArangoDB core.

Mohammad
Mohammad- Al Fattah
Working Student QA Engineer

Mohammad is passionate about android application development and recently worked on public transportation ticket validating machines for settings optimization, functionality, and software testing. Mohammad achieved the URC’19 special research award for his final year thesis in the event of the Undergraduate Research Award 2019. Mohammad recently completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from University Technology Malaysia and working towards his master’s degree in Communication Systems and Networks at TH Cologne.

Lars Maier
Lars Maier
Software Developer

Lars is a C++ developer at ArangoDB. He is working now on the server infrastructure. He is a recent university graduate, math enthusiast and cryptography hobbyist. Lars has started programming at school as a hobby, where he looked into the web related technologies like JavaScript and PHP and later he focused on C and C++.

Vadim
Vadim Kondratyev
Software QA Engineer

Vadim develops and supports ArangoDB’s QA process based on technical and non-technical requirements to ensure that the company has a high level of quality, reliability and fault-tolerance.

Richard Parker
Richard Parker
Software Developer

Richard is a research mathematician (computational group theory) and software developer in about equal proportions. His interest is primarily in software performance – such issues as multi-core, cache usage, vector instructions and avoiding unpredictable branches – particularly on the x86 platform. His contributions to ArangoDB are primarily in this area.

Sven
Sven Luschgy
System Administrator

Sven is taking care of the everything starting with official ArangoDB packages build process, making sure our servers run smoothly, the website is always online, emails get send out and everyone in the team has working computers.

Andrei Lobov Software Developer ArangoDB
Andrei Lobov
Software Developer

Andrei is C++ developer in ArangoDB core team with 10+ years experience in multithreaded automation systems.
Currently he is developing ArangoSearch engine. Andrei is passionate about building reliable, fault-tolerate software.

Heiko Kernbach
Heiko Kernbach
Software Developer

Heiko is a JavaScript and C++ Developer working on ArangoDB’s frontend and backend. He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and is passionate about new technologies and programming. Whilst completing his Bachelor degree, Heiko dived deeper into ArangoDB and focused on developing geo location-based services.

Kaveh Vahedipour
Kaveh Vahedipour
Senior Architect

Kaveh, Master in theoretical physics in Cologne, Zuerich and Bonn. Ph.D. in physics. Joined ArangoDB after medical imaging research and lecturing at Juelich Research Center, RWTH Aachen University, Maastricht University and New York University. He joined ArangoDB in 2016 as a core software engineer. He has been responsible for the development of core facilities in the ArangoDB cluster; among them the consensus infrastructure.

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Michele Rastelli
Java Engineer

Michele is a software engineer working on the development of the Java driver and frameworks integrations. He is passionate about software design, software quality and everything JVM related. In his free time, he likes playing chess and riding MTB.

Robert Stam ArangoDB Software Developer
Robert Stam
Senior Software Developer

Robert has developed many successful products mainly in C#. He loves to write product grade code, including tests. He is focused on cloud platforms, and currently specialized in Kubernetes. He is one of the engineers who is creating *ArangoDB Oasis:* _The Managed Cloud for ArangoDB_. Previously he worked at one of the most security minded companies in the world, so *Security* is his second name.

Tobias Gödderz
Tobias Gödderz
Software Developer

Tobias is a C++ developer in ArangoDB’s graph team with a background in discrete mathematics and functional programming. He loves programming in strong, statically typed languages and favors software verification to help in writing reliable and useful software.

Alan Plum
Alan Plum
Software Developer

Alan is an experienced web developer who feels equally at home in the backend and frontend. At ArangoDB he works on everything regarding JavaScript, with a special focus on Foxx.

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Christopher Woodward
Developer Relations Engineer

Chris has over 10 years experience at all angles of technology including service, support, and development. He is also passionate about learning and right now he is focused on improving the learning experience for the ArangoDB community. Chris believes the future is native multi-model and wants to help tell the world.

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Rajiv Sambasivan
Software Developer

Rajiv has a background in software development and machine learning. He has developed enterprise grade applications for various application domains -retail, telecom, financial services etc.. He has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Data Mining. He is wrapping up a PhD in Machine Learning. For his PhD, his research focus\sed on developing computational approaches for machine learning on big datasets. He is interested in applying machine learning to solve practical business problems. He believes machine learning and graph data can compliment each other well and have an intrinsic connection.

Adam Janikowski Go Engineer ArangoDB
Adam Janikowski
Go Engineer

Adam has worked on the Kubernetes and Hadoop solutions. He likes to dig into the core of each software problem which he will face. For ArangoDB he works on the Kubernetes Operator.

Tomasz Mielech
Tomasz Mielech
Go Engineer

Tomasz is a Go developer and a Kubernetes enthusiast. He used to work with C and C++, which helped him to be closer to the hardware. He likes self-development and challenges. At ArangoDB, Tomasz is responsible for developing Kubernetes operators. To keep his life balanced, Tomasz loves playing the guitar, windsurfing, and snowboarding.

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Stanislav Filippov
Site Reliability Engineer

Stanislav is part of the ArangoDB Oasis team where he works as a Site Reliability Engineer. For the last 10 years, Stanislav has been working on optimizing distributed systems for security, performance, and reliability. If he is not working, Stanislav spends time with his family or does sports. He also likes cooking, fishing, traveling, and photography.

Sachin Sharma
Sachin Sharma
Machine Learning Research Engineer

Sachin is a Machine Learning Research Engineer at ArangoDB whose aim is to build Intelligent products using thorough research and engineering in the area of Graph Machine Learning. He completed his Masters’s degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Intelligent Systems. He is an AI Enthusiast who has conducted research in the areas of Computer Vision, NLP, and Graph Neural Networks at DFKI (German Research Centre for AI) during his academic career. Sachin also worked on building Machine Learning pipelines at Define Media Gmbh where he worked as a Machine Learning Engineer and Scientist.

Manuel Pöter
Manuel Pöter
Senior Software Engineer

Manuel started to work with ArangoDB about 8 years ago. Now he is a C++ developer on the Core team. Manuel has a Masters degree in Software Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology where his research focus was on parallel programming, in particular memory reclamation for concurrent data structures on shared-memory systems. Manuel has several years of experience working on a high performance application (optimization of mobile radio networks) where his main focus was on parallelization and low-level optimization. So you could say that Manuel “likes to make things run fast”

Marcin Swiderski
Marcin Swiderski
Site Reliability Engineer Oasis

Marcin has worked on many projects ranging from social networks, CMS, security, and network software, mostly in Python and C. A few years ago switched to Go language and worked with Kubernetes infrastructure and orchestration projects for some major corporations. He is currently working on ArangoDB Oasis as a DevOps engineer.

Alexey Bakharev
Alexey Bakharev
Junior Software Engineer

Alexey is a Junior Engineer who is passionate about software development and cracking up various sophisticated algorithms. He is ready for new challenges, opportunities, and interesting tasks.

Alexander Geenen
Alex Geenen
Machine Learning Ecosystem Engineer

Alex is a Machine Learning Ecosystem Engineer at ArangoDB. He is passionate about the practical application of new developments in the fast-moving field of Machine Learning. He holds a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on NLP and Graph Neural Networks, as well as a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering. Alex is an avid rock climber and loves playing tabletop games in his free time.

Dick Meuleman
Dick Meuleman
DevOps Engineer in Oasis

Dick is a jack of all trades. After studying medicine for a couple of years he decided working with computers is less complicated than working with people. After completing a bachelor’s degree in computer science he jumped from being an expert at Java to Android engineering and from there to NodeJS and then to a multitude of other languages and frameworks. For the last couple of years, he has been occupied with keeping an elaborate CI/CD system up and running.

Vitaly Pryakhin
Vitaly Pryakhin
QA Engineer

Vitaly is working on ArangoDB’s QA processes to ensure high standards of quality for our clients.

Aditya Mukhopadhyay
Aditya Mukhopadhyay
Software Engineer

Aditya is part of the Graph Team at ArangoDB. He loves open source and maintains OSS projects in his spare time. He has a background in web development and was a full-stack developer before zooming in on database engineering and design. He believes every programming language is good at solving a specific class of problems, and hence deserves merit in its own strength areas. He is a fan of TDD and automated tooling for code quality assurance.

Julia Casarin Puget
Julia Casarin Puget
Software Engineer

Julia is an animal-loving computer engineer with a passion for programming.
Has masters in microelectronics, in the field of electronic design automation. Has worked majorly with C, C++, and Javascript.

Roman Rabinovich
Roman Rabinovich
Software Engineer

Roman has a Ph.D. in Computer Science about graph searching games, have been a researcher with focus on structural graph theory, logics, and verification, distributed computations on graphs. He is starting as a Software Engineer at ArangoDB.

Cristhian (Cris) Octavio Miranda Ruiz
Cristhian Miranda Ruiz
Community Manager

Cris has spent the last 8 years performing marketing and community-building strategies with companies in the virtual reality and augmented reality space. He is deeply passionate about learning new technologies and enabling others through teaching, how to tap into the unlimited potential for good found in our technological frontiers.

Nikhil Varma
Nikhil Varma
Frontend Engineer in Oasis

Nikhil is a Frontend Engineer with 7+ years of experience in the Frontend World. A CSE graduate and a fan of Science & Art. Apart from work, I read about Tech, Science and do VFX/Designing. I love OSS software development and community collaborations. Have contributed to a few good projects myself and currently maintain a popular library in the React’s ecosystem and love everything CSS, JavaScript and TypeScript.

Boris Popovschi
Boris Popovschi
Engineering Manager

Boris was a Software Engineer for around ten years, but recently he decided to switch to Engineering manager position. As a software engineer, he was an active open source contributor in projects like Kubernetes, Docker, Firecracker, mostly everything related to containerisation, and he is still a member of the ContainerD core team. Besides software engineering and management, he likes to travel, especially in japan. He also has been practicing karate for the last 17 years.

Arthur A Keen
Head of Machine Learning

Arthur Keen is head of machine learning at ArangoDB. He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science from Texas A&M University. He has over 20 years of experience developing solutions and products in graph analytics, AI, and semantics. He has worked in diverse domains, including intelligence, cyber, financial services, logistics, retail, and energy. He has led 3 products from concept to general availability, is listed as an inventor on 7 patents, and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Markus Pfeiffer
Markus Pfeiffer
Senior Software Developer

Markus is a Computer Mathemagician. Starting programming on a Commodore C64, he later spent a long time at universities doing undergraduate degrees in computer science and mathematics, earning a PhD in pure mathematics at the University of St Andrews, then working in Manchester and St Andrews on practical algorithms in computer algebra. 

Markus first joined ArangoDB as a C++ developer in 2019 and worked on graph algorithms, AQL, and Pregel. After a year of getting distracted, he decided that ArangoDB is his place to be.

In his free time he codes in Rust and Racket, learns Scottish Gaelic, and explores the Scottish Highlands.

Anthony Mahanna
Anthony Mahanna
Working Student

Anthony is an Honours Computer Science student at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He first discovered ArangoDB’s multi-model services while working on his searchable image repository application, and has transitioned to working with the Core & ML teams.

Anastasia Soboleva
Anastasia Soboleva
Documentation Manager

Anastasia is the Docs Team Lead. She got into technical writing in her college years and hasn’t left the realm since. Throughout her career she has worked in different hardware and software companies, writing tech docs for various target audiences and creating tool chains to streamline documentation processes. In her free time, she likes to spend time outdoors with her family and explore the Michelin Guide to discover culinary delights.

Alexandru Petenchea-Moga
Alexandru Petenchea
Software Engineer

Alex joined ArangoDB because he loves open source. Ex security researcher, he likes to experiment with everything he can get his hands on, from Machine Learning and Python to C++ and assembly code. Apart from being a software engineer, he strives to become an accomplished yogi, enjoying every asana on the way.

Customer and Community Support

Max Kernbach
Max Kernbach
Support Engineer

Max is a dedicated Computer Science student who is interested in graph theory. He is implementing test scripts for various use cases of ArangoDB and investigates issues by use of error scenario reproduction.

Simran Brucherseifer
Simran Spiller
Documentation Manager

Simran is a data modeling and migration enthusiast with a cultural sciences background. He is responsible for ArangoDB’s documentation, helps out in design questions and supports the community, especially with AQL and JavaScript.

Edgar Lanting
Edgar Lanting
Principal Support Engineer

Edgar is a seasoned distributed systems & database engineer who loves to dive under the hood of systems to get to the bottom of a problem and the inner workings of components. When not working, Edgar likes to spend time with his wife and dog traveling Europe in their campervan as well as photographing, mountain biking & snowboarding.

Yaman Srivastava
Yaman Srivastava
Customer Success Manager

Yaman is an engineering graduate with 4+ years of customer success, business development experience. He worked with startups till now, and he is quick to adapt to new work environments. Outside of work, he loves to travel and explore. He plays the guitar and is self-taught. He also binges a lot of Netflix and has extensive recommendations for shows in any genre.

Sivaram (Siva) Subramaniyan Kannan
Sivaram Subramaniyan Kannan
Support Engineer

Siva is an experienced System engineers who enjoys working distributed systems, cloud, networking and with customers. He enjoys travelling and an avid runner. He aspires to be ultra marathoner in the near future. 

Sales

Tim Kellund
Tim Kellund
Account Executive

Tim is a San Francisco bay area native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He has spent the majority of his career in technology and SaaS as an account executive. Before he began his career in sales, he was a professional touring golfer. He enjoys spending time with his family, music, reading, and sports in his spare time.

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Kristijan Talajic
Account Executive

Kristijan holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from HULT School of Business in San Francisco as well as a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology. He grew up in Croatia but lived in various countries such as Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey. Kristijan has held several positions managing small sales teams in various industries. Before starting his business career, he was a professional football (soccer) player.

Jackson Reimers
Jackson Reimers
Account Executive

Jackson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Finance in 2015. He went on to work in finance and eventually for the House of Representatives running the credit card program for all members and their staff. While working, Jackson went to night school to obtain his MBA from John Hopkins in 2020. Post Graduation, Jackson decided to switch from finance to sales and join the high tech industry.

Jason Plotch
Jason Plotch
Account Executive

Jason was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona before moving to Brooklyn, New York where he has been based since 2011. He graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Political Science in 2007 and has spent his entire professional career in technology – including 9 years in AdTech at several startups, helped co-found the social network; Hyper, and most recently started in business intelligence at Sisense. He is a big basketball fan, loves to run, bike, make homemade ice cream, and spend time with his family.

Victor Moey
Victor Moey
Solutions Architect

Victor has 20+ years of experience in various technology companies in Silicon Valley, ranging from startups to large companies in Graph Databases, RDBMS, Full-Text Search, Enterprise Security, and AdTech.

Nyle SDR
Nyle Fitzstephens
Sales Development Representative

Nyle is from Walnut Creek, California in the East Bay area. He graduated with a degree in Business: Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the University of San Francisco. After graduating, Nyle pursued real estate as the market was doing very well working as a property manager. Before starting college Nyle had his eyes set on being in tech-sales, which is why he chose to pursue a company like ArangoDB. He is estatic to be working with such an amazing team and has goals to exceed sales quotas in his first year at ArangoDB. Nyle is also a music producer and an avid cook.

James Hong
James Hong
Sales Development Representative

James was born and raised in Mountain View, California before residing in various pockets within the Bay Area. He graduated from San Francisco State University where he obtained a degree in Business Marketing. James has worked for various companies, mostly within the Kubernetes space, including Rancher Labs, SUSE, and SUSE RGS (Rancher Government Solutions). In his spare time, he loves to spend time with family, travel the world, and explore different types of food.

Michael Zakaria
Michael Zakaria
Account Executive

Mike grew up in San Luis Obispo, California and graduated from UCLA where he studied Sociology and Business. He always wanted to have a career in the tech space, and has worked at Oracle and MySQL during his years before joining ArangoDB. Mike lived in Los Angeles for 8 years prior to moving to San Francisco in May 2021. Although spending time at sunny beaches is no longer a regular activity, in his free time Mike loves golfing, cooking, attending concerts, and looks forward to traveling in the future.

Tanya SDR
Tanya Sergeichhuk
Sales Development Representative

Tanya graduated from the Financial Government of the Russian Federation University with a bachelor’s degree in Management. She began her career path immediately after graduating in the summer of 2009 as an auxiliary worker and was promoted to the position of sales manager at the prestigious Russian company. She is a positive and open mind person who like everyone else is looking for her true path in life and aspires to bring positivity to our World.

Alexander Malandin
Alexander Malandin
Solution Architect

Alexander comes to the team from Moscow, Russia. After completing Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology he decided that his true passion lied in IT so he landed a Systems Engineer job at Dell Technologies where he spent 10 years before joining ArangoDB. His goal is to make customers successful in their endeavors by helping them use ArangoDB technology to its full potential. In his free time Alexander enjoys reading books, practice martial arts, go down the hill on a snowboard or launch himself up the sky on a kitesurf. Alexander is a nigh owl and a cat-person.

Marketing and Communications

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Amy White
Communications Manager

Amy has spent the past 10 years working with early-stage startups, such as Elastic, Box, and Wolt. At ArangoDB, she is focused on storytelling — both for ArangoDB as well as our users.

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Laura Cope
Online Marketing Manager

Laura recently completed her MA in North American Studies at the University of Cologne in Germany. Previously, she received her BA in Media and Communication Studies from Brock University in Canada. She has always been passionate about social media and the role it plays in how we communicate with each other. Outside of work, Laura likes to stay active and can often be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Sanket Working Student
Sanket Chandak
Working Student Marketing

Sanket is currently a student at RWTH Aachen University, pursuing his master’s in Management & Engineering with a focus on Marketing. Branding and how companies use various tools for branding is something that fascinates him. Outside work, he likes to play Volleyball and Table tennis.

Emma Louise Outerbridge
Emma Louise Outerbridge
Marketing Operations Manager

Finance

Kirsten Link
Kirsten Link
Operations Manager

Kirsten is responsible for everything Accounting related in the ArangoDB office, be it contractual agreements or any other financial procedure.

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Oliver Linares
Assistant Ops Manager

After studying philology, business administration and political sciences, Oliver has worked at the Advanced Training Center for the Unemployed, as well as for the German authorities. Today he uses his reach experience at the position of an assistant to the Operations Manager at ArangoDB.

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