Michael Maes

MICHAEL MAES

Big Data Specialist, Collibra

BIOGRAPHY

Michael is Big Data Specialist at Collibra. He is fascinated by Big Data technologies like Hadoop and Spark as well as data science at scale. Prior to joining Collibra, Michael was a data mining applications developer at a direct marketing company and holds a PhD degree in experimental High Energy Physics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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Benedict Benoit

BENEDICT BENOIT

Sales Engineer, Collibra

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Benedict is a Sales Engineer focused on the Financial Services industry. Before joining Collibra, he worked for Wolters Kluwer Financial Services as principal consultant implementing Finance, Risk and Regulatory compliance solutions worldwide.

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Simon Hankinson

SIMON HANKINSON

Market Manager, Financial Services, Collibra

BIOGRAPHY

Simon is the Market Manager for Financial Services at Collibra. During his 20+ years of management consulting services experience at leading consultancies EY and PwC, Simon helped financial services institutions design and implement information and data governance processes to support internal, external, and regulatory reporting including BCBS 239 and CCAR.

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Erwin Dral

ERWIN DRAL

Product Manager, Collibra

BIOGRAPHY

Erwin is a product manager at Collibra, focusing on traceability diagrams and the overall Collibra Data Governance Center. He has 25 years of experience in IT, with metadata as a common theme throughout his career. Before joining Collibra over 3 years ago, he was product manager for Informatica Metadata Manager & Business Glossary and served as a presales and post sales consultant for various organizations. Erwin holds a degree in Computer Science from University of Groningen.

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Andreas Pumberger

ANDREAS PUMBERGER

Senior Product Specialist, Collibra

BIOGRAPHY

Andreas is a Sr. Product Specialist at Collibra. He is involved in research, development, and delivery of enterprise data governance solutions. Andreas started his career as a Software Entrepreneur in Austria and has 15+ years of experience in the Software Industry. Prior to joining Collibra, he was responsible for designing, developing, and delivering EDM solutions at major financial services enterprises.

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Ali Mehdi

ALI MEHDI

Solution Architect, Collibra

BIOGRAPHY

Ali works for Collibra’s Professional Services team as a Solution Architect. He has over 2 years of experience working with customers on Data Governance implementations, trainings, integrations and workflows. He is also a certified Mulesoft developer and leverages that experience to implement custom integrations through Collibra Connect. He holds a Masters in Information Systems and a Bachelors in Computer Engineering degrees.

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Bob Hardaway

BOB HARDAWAY

Presales Engineer, Collibra

BIOGRAPHY

Bob has dedicated his career in data management and governance to assisting customers in the effort to better leverage data to solve essential business challenges. He has a broad range of experience with data management tools (Hadoop, Qlik, Greenplum, Trifacta, and Collibra), technologies (Java, SQL, Python, and Spark), and across every major vertical, from Healthcare to FinServ to Telco. What he finds most compelling about the unique approach Collibra takes to data governance is its ability to connect with and improve efficiency of business users, without sacrificing operational effectiveness. In short, a single, scalable platform for every data citizen to share and drive value.

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Tudor Borlea

TUDOR BORLEA

Product Specialist, CIPP/E, Collibra

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Tudor is a Collibra Pre-Sales Engineer based in London, UK. With an IT background and a degree in Computer Science, Tudor has spent the past 13 years gradually moving from IT-focused roles like software implementation and integration towards more business-focused roles like business analysis and management consulting. The one constant throughout was that he enjoyed helping institutions bridge the understanding gap between Business and IT. Since joining Collibra, Tudor has focused on the GDPR and other regulatory applications of Data Governance, while becoming a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E) in the process. Over the past 18 months, Tudor has applied the insights gained from his conversations with prospects, customers and partners to contributing thought leadership articles on the Collibra Blog, recording GDPR related courses on Collibra University and participating on the panel of several popular industry webinars.

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Kash Mehdi

KASH MEHDI

Senior Customer Advisory Management, Collibra

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Kash Mehdi is a founding member of the Collibra organization making him the 6th US employee. He currently works as a Senior Customer Advisory Manager helping top 20+ Collibra customers. He is involved with research, development, and delivery of enterprise data governance solutions. Kash has helped many Collibra customers covering Financial Services, Healthcare, Government, Insurance, Retails, Life Science, Oil & Gas, and more. Before joining Collibra, he was a researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a leading cancer research institute where he designed and implemented an ontology-driven data quality framework to collect clinical trial data to support cancer research. His work was predominantly related to future scientific research in the bio-banking field. On the academic side, Kash has an extensive master’s degree in Information Quality from UA Little Rock in collaboration with MIT, and a bachelor’s in computer science. His work has been published in journals like ICIQ, SE Regional IDeA, ITNG, and Collibra University. He also appeared as a guest speaker at MIT, DMC LATAM in Brazil, ITAM, IAIDQ, UALR, and many other institutions.

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Felix Van de Maele

FELIX VAN DE MAELE

Co-Founder, CEO, Collibra

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Felix has led Collibra from idea to founding to more than eight years of record growth and industry leadership. He’s responsible for the company’s global business strategy. Prior to co-founding Collibra, Felix served as a researcher at the Semantics Technology and Applications Research Laboratory (STARLab) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, where he focused on ontology-focused crawlers for the semantic web and semantic data integration. He holds a Master’s in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a master in General Management from the Vlerick Business School.

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