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We were born out of sports and know that the smallest edge can make the biggest difference

Background

Our journey began with sports by crunching data and numbers to predict outcomes in live football matches, using powerful AI technologies. Today we've brought this approach to industry, to help make advanced analytics (AA) and AI real in a variety of organisations.

We help these organisations utilise data, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence within a well-structured AAAI-Framework to create business value, drive a data-driven sustainability agenda, become truly customer-centric, and maximise return on investments.

‏‏‎We combine knowledge from PhDs in physics, engineering and applied mathematics with data engineers, computer scientists, AI scientists and researchers. We derive from Stanford, Caltech, Imperial, Oxford, CERN, Facebook.AI, McKinsey, BCG, and more.

We believe that everything good comes when working as a team, using our brain trust across a variety of disciplines and connecting people, data, computing power, algorithms and models to help our clients make better, more informed decisions, faster.

People of Halfspace
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Pierre Pinson
Chief Scientist

Pierre is Professor and the Chair of Data-Centric Design Engineering at Imperial College London. Prior to moving to London, Pierre was a Professor with DTU - Technical University of Denmark for more than 16 years - Initially as Professor in Energy Analytics and Markets, followed by a position as Professor of Operations Research and Analytics.

As Chief Scientist at Halfspace, Pierre is focused on the use of cutting-edge AI technologies and technical problem solving to help our partners achieve and maintain a competitive edge.

Pierre is as well the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Forecasting and a Director of the International Institute of Forecasters. ‎ ‎

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Claus Bek Nielsen
Founding Partner & CEO

Claus is founding partner and CEO of Halfspace, advising on- and enabling management and leadership teams to drive analytics and AI initiatives. He has years of experience in building advanced technical teams to support commercial strategies, and has served as an advisor to senior leaders in well-known Danish and American organisations on AI use case maturity and investments in AI.

Prior to founding Halfspace, Claus co-founded two of the most recognised online platforms in Scandinavia, within gaming and fashion blogs. 

He is a former world top 10 ranked backgammon player by World Series of Backgammon.

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Malene Lindhardt
Partner & COO

As Chief Operating Officer, Malene is responsible for structuring and growing Halfspace to keep pace with client demands, while bringing her people, leadership and management experience into play as the company scales. 

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With a background as an Attorney-at-law and years of experience within the area of risk and compliance, Malene brings in extensive knowledge of regulation, ethics, conduct and governance. She is also a Partner at Halfspace and helps clients enable strategic initiatives. 

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Previously as Senior Vice President at Danske Bank, Malene has years of experience with building teams, capabilities and culture within one of the largest Danish organisations. 

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Mikkel Bjørn
Partner & Lead Data Scientist

Mikkel is a partner and Lead Data Scientist at Halfspace. He holds a PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Oxford and the LHCb collaboration at the CERN laboratory and an MSc in theoretical physics from the Niels Bohr Institute.

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Mikkel works with our clients to create sustained and lasting value through advanced analytics and AI solutions, and supports the entire development life cycle, from driving ideation and design to the implementation of sophisticated statistical and machine learning models, and finally communicating findings to executives, translating rigorous analysis into actionable conclusions.

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‏‎Prior to joining Halfspace, Mikkel worked with Nordea Markets in their Desk Quant's Division, has been analysing the shipping industry with SeaIntel Maritime Analysis and has been teaching physics and mathematics courses at DTU and the University of Oxford. Always curious, Mikkel has won a bronze medal from the International Physics Olympiad Finals in Mexico in 2009, been a visiting student at Caltech, and studied Political Sciences for one year between his bachelor's and master's in Physics, achieving top results all around.

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Rasmus Nørregård
Partner & Chief Analytics Officer

Rasmus is a partner and Chief Analytics Officer at Halfspace. He has an extensive experience in driving large scale analytics and AI projects within industries such as pharma, manufacturing and retail. 

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Prior to joining Halfspace, Rasmus spent 6.5 years with BCG, the past 3 years as Lead Data Scientist for the BCG GAMMA Copenhagen Office, building its Danish presence. He further served as Global Coordinator at the BCG GAMMA CoE for Analytics and AI projects across the globe. 

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‏‏‎Rasmus holds a BSc and MSc with Honors in Chemical Engineering from DTU and has been a visiting student at Caltech. 

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Kasper Nagel Nielsen
CO-Founder & Chief Engineer

Kasper is a co-founder and Chief Engineer at Halfspace. He has extensive experience in leading client engagements, from engineering teams to end-users and senior management, to understand their needs and build scalable, robust and resilient data infrastructures, laying the foundation for advanced analytics and AI solutions. 

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Kasper has been in the game of data and software engineering for more than two decades and has previously held positions within the financial sector (Danske Bank/Danske Data), mobile payment solutions and platform solutions. 

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His expertise lies at the intersection of scalable data infrastructure, software engineering, math and data analysis. Kasper has co-founded several startups and is a former ranked backgammon no 1. in Denmark.

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Simon Kristiansen
Co-Founder & Lead Engineer

Simon is a co-founder and Lead Engineer at Halfspace. He partners with our clients, from engineering and data science teams to end-users and senior management, to understand their needs and build impactful analytics solutions.

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He holds a Ph.D. in operations research and applied math from DTU with deep insight in optimisation. Simon has a bronze medal from the unofficial World Cup in Schedule Planning.

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Ana Valeria Gonzalez
Senior Data Scientist

Ana is a Senior Data Scientist at Halfspace. She holds a BSc. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from UCSD, an MSc. in IT specialised in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Copenhagen. 

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Prior to joining Halfspace, Ana did research in explainable NLP at Facebook AI, in Menlo Park, CA., and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen within the subfield of explainability and fairness in AI.

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At Halfspace Ana uses her interdisciplinary perspective and analytical thinking to create human-centered, trustworthy and responsible data-driven solutions.

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Thomas Dalgas Rasmussen
Partner & Lead Engineer

Thomas is a partner and Lead Engineer at Halfspace. He works closely with our clients, from engineering teams to end-users and senior management, to understand their needs and build impactful engineering and analytics solutions. 

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He holds a M.Sc. in Management Engineering from DTU and have previously worked at KPMG followed by Nordea Markets IT, building analysis and reporting software solutions for the Analytics Division. Thomas is a former 2. Division football player.

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Isabel Rosendal Krogtoft
Senior Engagement Manager

Isabel draws upon her commercial experience as a strategic advisor, business strategist and client lead to top-tier organisations such as Maersk, Danske Bank, Velux and PFA Pension within strategic business development and consulting on how to use insights to develop better customer experiences.

Isabel holds a M.Sc in Economic Marketing & Consumer Behavior.

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Jacob Jepsen
Staff Data Engineer

Jacob is a promotor of clinical engineering and an ambassador to clean code practices. He is supporting teams and ensures that our deliveries are scalable, robust and architecturally well-crafted. 

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Prior to joining Halfspace Jacob has several years of experience as a data engineer from working in IT- and pharma companies. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from DIKU with specialisation in high performance computing. 

Jacob is a former top ranked player in the original Warcraft III DotA e-sport game.

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Rune Christiansen
Data Scientist

Rune holds a PhD in statistics under the supervision of world-renowned Professor Jonas Peters and has spent much of his research career exploring the application of causal methods to machine learning. At Halfspace, Rune works with highly advanced models and algorithms to solve complex challenges for our clients. 

He has been involved in groundbreaking papers in the applied sciences, including a Nature publication in 2021. In his spare time, Rune sings in a rhythmic choir, brews homemade IPA and plays discgolf (current PR -7).

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Emilie Josephine Lindblad
Engagement Manager

Emilie has years of industry experience having worked as a consultant with Data2Decisions and most recently having spent 6 years with Danske Bank as Senior Analyst in Future Finance, Data Scientist in New Ventures, Digital Lead and Head of Sustainability Assessment and Product Owner for the digital Sustainability Squad with a high focus on ESG risk assessment, Carbon footprint and green loans.

Emilie comes with a background from Copenhagen Business School (CBS), having obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Economics and an MSc in Business Administration and Management Science.

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Michael Hejselbak Jensen
Senior Data & Machine Learning Engineer

Michael is a member of the Halfspace engineering and data science team. He holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from DIKU with a specialisation in machine learning. Michael is a former European top three per cent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) player.

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Prior to joining Halfspace, Michael worked at the Danish research institute MEGAFON as a Statistical Research Assistant and at the University of Copenhagen as a Research Assistant.

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Sebastian Daugaard
Staff Data Scientist

Sebastian was the first person ever in the Nordics, to be fast-tracked at BCG GAMMA, before joining Halfspace as Staff Data Scientist. He has been involved in several advanced analytics and AI projects in various industries across Europe - from pharma to consumer and industrial goods to the airline industry.

Sebastian holds an MSc in industrial engineering and management with a specialisation in Operations Research and Machine Learning from DTU.

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Svend Lund Breddam
Senior Data & Machine Learning Engineer

Svend is a member of the Halfspace engineering- and data science team. Among the top students from DIKU, Svend’s expertise lies at the intersection of machine learning and high-performance computing, finding patterns in data and exploiting them to best solve problems while retaining speed and scalability.

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Svend also has a strong e-sport background and has accomplished what most gamers strive to accomplish their entire life, being a former Top 1% Overwatch player (20M players worldwide) and currently holding a Top 0.7% spot in CS:GO reaching the coveted rank of “Global Elite”. 

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Isa Kristina Kirk
Lead Engagement Manager

Isa is a Lead Engagement Manager at Halfspace and comes with a background as a pharma strategist and engineer.

Prior to joining Halfspace, Isa worked as a Senior Strategy Manager at LEO Pharma where she drove and supported strategy projects bridging the research and commercial agendas, identifying new business development approaches and generating business models with reference and direct deliverables to executive management, board and owners. 

Before joining LEO Pharma, Isa spent close to 4 years with QVARTZ, now a part of Bain & Co, where she worked on a variety of projects within operations excellence, strategy formulation and execution in industries such as manufacturing and pharma.

Isa holds an MSc with honours in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology from DTU - Technical University of Denmark, and a PhD from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the University of Copenhagen. Isa has further been a visiting researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, focused on personalised medicine and genetic relationship to disease within the areas of diabetes and psychiatric diseases.  

Isa has been an avid dancer for more than 15 years, and once came in 4th place in the Nordic Yoga Championship.

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Mikkel Mathiasen
Data Scientist

Mikkel Mathiasen helps our clients leverage their data to make better, more informed decisions, faster. He is a part of our multi-disciplinary team of AI- and data scientists, machine learning engineers, data engineers, project managers and UX researchers. 

Mikkel comes with a background in mathematical modelling and computation, attaining his MSc from DTU - Technical University of Denmark. Prior to joining Halfspace, Mikkel worked with Airfinity Ltd as a Junior Data Scientist and AdPlenty as a Data Scientist.

He is an avid participant in competitions and won the Djøf / Boston Consulting Group (BCG) / Novozymes 'Doing Business In' case competition during his MSc. 

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Victor Petrén
Data Scientist

Victor is a part of our multi-disciplinary team of AI- and data scientists, machine learning engineers, data engineers, project managers and UX researchers. He holds an Industrial PhD within Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) focusing on dialogue systems and fairness in NLP and ML. 

Prior to joining Halfspace, Victor held positions at Amazon Alexa AI (Cambridge Division) working on neural semantic parsing, and TopDanmark where he did his Industrial PhD. In his spare time, Victor enjoys bouldering, fishing and spends a lot of time listening to music.

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Christian E.N. Hansen
Senior Data & Machine Learning Engineer

Christian is a member of the Halfspace engineering- and data science team. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from DTU, after having finished a B.Sc. in Computer Science from DIKU. 

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Christian has programmed since high school and is a supreme gamer having previously made his way to the world top 0.7% of CS:GO players named “Global Elite”. Furthermore he has managed to reach top 3% of the worlds best DotA2 players. 

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Prior to joining Halfspace, Christian worked at Rigshospitalet, followed by two years with Oticon building automated testing frameworks for Hearing Clinics.

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Marie Ingeman Andersen
Senior Data Scientist

Marie is a Senior Data Scientist at Halfspace, and a part of our multi-disciplinary team of AI- and data scientists, machine learning engineers, data engineers, project managers and UX researchers. 

Prior to joining Halfspace, Marie spent more than a decade within the insurance industry working with two of the major insurance companies in Denmark - Codan Forsikring and Tryg. Initially as a Pricing Actuary for several years focusing on predictive modelling of risk, before taking on the position as Senior Data Scientist at Tryg.

Marie comes with an academic background in Actuarial Science, attaining her MSc from University of Copenhagen. She further spent a semester as an exchange student at University of Wisconsin-Madison focusing on game theory, statistics and risk management. She has played bridge for many years, and enjoys crossfit and visiting abandoned places.

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Frederik Jensen
Senior Experience Designer

Frederik has a long track record of building top-shelf digital products and services for a wide range of software startups and corporations such as Danske Bank, Continental, Novo Nordisk, Mobilepay, Volvo, P&G, Unicef and Bang & Olufsen.

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Prior to joining Halfspace, he worked as a consultant and launched several companies as an entrepreneur. Frederik helps our clients reach their potential by identifying needs and designing data-infused tools by using his skills in UX/UI and visual design to create digital experiences.

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‏‏‎He holds a BSc of Arts from the Design School Kolding, studied at Tongji University, and is a former alumni of world-renowned Hyper Island.

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Knut Akselvoll
Senior Advisor

Knut is a former partner at McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) followed by a position as COO of Ramboll Group. He draws upon more than 25 years of consulting and business experience and has been an advisor to large Scandinavian and international organisations. 

He has extensive experience with change management and business improvement efforts as well as strategy development and implementation, and holds a MSc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he worked in the field of computational fluid dynamics. His Ph.D was sponsored by NASA and focused on developing mathematical models to simulate turbulent fluid flow. He programmed and ran his simulations on NASA’s mainframe supercomputers (Cray).

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Uffe Furlig Larsen
Senior Data Scientist

Uffe is a part of our multi-disciplinary team of AI- and data scientists, machine learning engineers, data engineers, project managers and UX researchers.

Prior to joining Halfspace, Uffe spent 3+ years with Wunderman Thompson MAP as Data Scientist, followed by a position as Senior Data Scientist at Trustpilot. 

He has a background in Physics attaining his MSc in 2017 from Aarhus University. 

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Vera Patrício
Data Scientist

Vera is a Data Scientist at Halfspace helping our clients leverage their data to make better, more informed decisions, faster.

Prior to joining Halfspace, Vera did a PhD in astrophysics and spent two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Copenhagen. Vera has industry experience from in companies like London-based Faculty, Danske Bank, Pandora and Dixa.

Vera has spent most of her industry career working on healthcare, finance, consumer goods and large-scale platforms. In her spare time Vera enjoys hiking and skiing in the mountains, and bouldering in Copenhagen.

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Nils Smed
Senior Experience Designer

Nils is a part of our Experience team, a team that is set out to use design to craft human-machine interfaces that will enable our clients to leverage analytics and AI to their fullest effect. He draws upon many years of experience as both consultant and entrepreneur. Nils comes with a BSc in Cultural and Aesthetic Studies and did embark on his MSc in Experience Economy, before dropping out to build his own company.

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Prior to joining Halfspace, Nils helped companies such as IKEA, Ikano Bank, Danske Bank, COOP, Salling Group and many more with building various digital tools and digital business models. He has co-founded three companies, all within e-commerce, marketplaces and consultancy. At Halfspace, Nils helps identify user needs and build compelling digital experiences for end-users, ensuring that our data infusing methods make sense for regular users. He uses his UX research and design skills to ensure optimal endpoint experiences.

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Camilla Stilbo
Office Manager

Camilla is our Office Manager making sure daily operations run smoothly and efficiently. Camilla comes with a background as an Accounting Assistant from Niels Brock and has worked for several years as an Accounting Assistant at both Samsøe Samsøe and Won Hundred. 

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Rasmus Leth Friis
Senior Data Engineer

Rasmus is a Senior Data Engineer at Halfspace, helping our clients build scalable, robust and resilient data infrastructures to support the growing need of advanced analytics and AI solutions that Halfspace are deploying.

Prior to joining Halfspace, Rasmus has years of experience as a consultant and as a software and data engineer within the financial sector, having worked at both Nordea Markets and Saxo Bank. 

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Rune Lyng
Senior Data Engineer

Rune is a Senior Data Engineer at Halfspace, helping our clients build scalable, robust and resilient data infrastructures to support the growing need of advanced analytics and AI solutions that Halfspace are deploying. 

Prior to joining Halfspace, Rune spent 3 years as Assistant Professor at Copenhagen School of Design and Technology teaching software construction and web development, after which he spent 4 1/2 years with Abacus Medicine within their software team.

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Sidsel Nag
Data & Analytics Strategist

Sidsel has consistently throughout her career bridged gaps between disciplines combining cutting-edge research from different fields to create the synergies that only multidisciplinary and holistic approaches can create. She is a former Postdoctoral Researcher from the Digitalisation Task Force and Research Data Management forum at DTU - Technical University of Denmark.

During the past +3 years, Sidsel has lead a data infrastructure team at DTU in relation to sharing research data and implementing the FAIR principles. She has further worked with the strategic aspect of DTU's positioning and digitisation profile in order to better compete with universities across the world.

Sidsel comes with a MSc in Molecular Biology and a PhD in International Health.

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Thomas Emil Ryde
Data Scientist

Thomas is a part of our multi-disciplinary team of AI- and data scientists, machine learning engineers, data engineers, project managers and UX researchers. 

Before joining Halfspace Thomas worked at Novo Nordisk within their Software as a Medical Device department. 

He holds a MSc. in Mathematical Modelling and Computation from DTU with specialisation in machine learning and optimisation, and has been a visiting student at Caltech.

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Christian Michelsen
Data Scientist

Christian is a Data Scientist at Halfspace. He holds a PhD in physics from the Niels Bohr Institute.

Prior to joining Halfspace, Christian worked with professor Guido Sanguinetti, Head of the Machine Learning and Systems Biology Group at SISSA and recently published an article in Nature. His article, written with a group of co-writers, put focus on which animals and plants lived in Northern Greenland 2 million years ago.

Christian has further been a part of Statens Serum Institut where he developed an agent-based model to predict the spread of COVID-19 and optimised the model which allowed them to simulate the entire Danish population (5.8 million).

At Halfspace, Christian works at the intersection of data analysis and data science using his skills to help our clients leverage insights from advanced analytics.

In his spare time, Christian is a Julia programming language enthusiast and a professional wedding photographer.

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Wojciech Ciok
Associate Experience Engineer

Wojciech is a part of our Associate Engineering and Data Science team. As an Associate Experience Engineer Wojciech excels at creating fast and efficient applications focusing on design, user experience and linking backend APIs with frontend experiences.

Wojciech is currently finishing his Master in Computer Science (MSc) at DTU - Technical University of Denmark.

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Tomasz Nawrocki
Associate Data Engineer

Tomasz is a part of our Associate Engineering & Data Science team. With a background in backend, frontend, and devops technologies, Tomasz has proven his ability to tackle various challenges. Before joining Halfspace he worked with a startup in the pharmaceutical e-commerce industry.

Tomasz is currently finishing his thesis in Computer Science at DTU - Technical University of Denmark.

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Asger Sturis Tang 
ASSOCIATE DATA SCIENTIST

Asger is a part of our Associate Engineering & Data Science team. As an Associate Data Scientist at Halfspace, Asger works across multiple projects in close collaboration with our Senior staff to deliver on various data science solutions. He is currently completing his Master's degree in Business Analytics with a focus on Predictive Analytics at DTU - Technical University of Denmark. 

Prior to joining Halfspace, Asger held a position as teaching assistant in advanced business analytics at DTU and worked as a software consultant for two years at Voli.

Manifesto

We believe in our team and in what we do. Being a part of Halfspace comes with responsibilities to our clients and to our team. We are all here to help our clients be the best they can be, and are inspired by ideas brought to life by Fried and Heinemeier. These are some of our guiding principles.

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Halfspace is the product

When people ask us - do you have a product? Our answer is simple. Halfspace is our product. The way we think, work and operate is our product. We are here to help our clients accelerate data-driven innovation and to help them make better, more informed decisions, faster.

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We work like a soccer team

We don't have room for self-glorifying individuals. We help our clients as a team. We believe in collective intelligence and use our brain trust to be the best we can be to our clients.

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Summer hours

During summer we work 4 days a week. This is from 1st June - 31st July, every year.

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Serve our partners well

Our philosophy is simple. If we serve our clients well, they will serve us well.

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Sabbatical

Every three years, team members are eligible to take one month paid sabbatical.

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Employee liquidity pool

If Halfspace is ever sold, tenured employees will be eligible to receive a portion of the value of the company that would be given as warrents.

Applications

"Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it" - Niels Bohr

We value diversity of background, knowledge, curiosity and perspective, and are always looking for great people. For recruitment enquiries, please send your CV to: