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Who we are

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

Our journey began with sports by crunching data and numbers to predict outcomes in live football matches. Today we make data, analytics and AI real in organisations across a variety of verticals. We help these organisations utilise data within a well-structured AI Framework to create business value, drive a real 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, MIT, Oxford, CERN, Facebook.AI, McKinsey, BCG, Danske Bank, Nordea 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 partners unlock true data-driven innovation and better performance.

Andreas Søgaard

Andreas Søgaard

Partner & Chief Scientist

Andreas focuses on using cutting-edge AI technologies to help our partners achieve and maintain a competitive edge. He holds a MSc in Physics from Niels Bohr Institute and a PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining Halfspace, he was a part of the recognised and prestigious ATLAS Collaboration at CERN where he analysed and applied machine learning to vast datasets from the Large Hadron Collider.

Claus Bek Nielsen

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 supporting commercial strategies.

Prior to founding Halfspace, Claus co-founded two of the most recognised online platforms in Scandinavia, within gaming and fashion blogs. Claus is a former world top 10 ranked backgammon player by World Series of Backgammon.

Malene Lindhardt

Malene Lindhardt

Partner & Chief Operating Officer

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

Knut Akselvoll

Knut Akselvoll

Senior Advisor

Knut draws upon more than 25 years of consulting and business experience as an advisor to large Scandinavian and international organisations while first serving as a consultant, and later a Partner at McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), before joining Ramboll Group as COO. He has extensive experience with change management and business improvement efforts as well as strategy development and implementation. Knut 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, which was sponsored by NASA, focused on developing mathematical models to simulate turbulent fluid flow. He programmed and ran his simulations on NASA’s mainframe supercomputers (Cray).

Ana Valeria Gonzalez

Ana Valeria Gonzalez

AI Research Scientist

Ana uses her interdisciplinary perspective and analytical thinking to create human-centered, trustworthy and responsible data-driven solutions. Prior to joining Halfspace, Ana was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen working within the subfield of explainability and fairness in AI. 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 also with a focus on NLP from the University of Copenhagen. Ana also spent 6 months doing research in explainable NLP at Facebook AI, in Menlo Park, CA. and is fascinated by language, science and history.

Mikkel Bjørn

Mikkel Bjørn

AI Scientist

Mikkel brings his analytical skills to diverse projects, ranging from the energy sector over healthcare to retail. He holds a MSc in theoretical physics from the Niels Bohr Institute and a PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining Halfspace, he has worked with Nordea Markets in their Desk Quants 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.

Simon Kristiansen

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.

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.

Jacob Søberg Bach

Jacob Søberg Bach

Machine Learning Researcher

Jacob focuses on analysing vast amounts of data and developing models and algorithms for forecasting and predictive maintenance within pharma, energy, manufacturing and production companies. He holds a MSc in Physics from DTU, and a PhD in Physics from DTU in collaboration with MIT. Jacob has played piano all of his life and has participated in several classical competitions. He is an avid sailor and has further been on the youth national team in Ultimate Frisbee.

Kasper Nagel Nielsen

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

Thomas Dalgas Rasmussen

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.

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.

Svend Lund Breddam

Svend Lund Breddam

Data & Machine Learning Engineer

Svend is a member of the Halfspace engineering- and data science team. Among the top students from DIKU with a strong e-sport background, Svend 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”. 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.

Michael Hejselbak Jensen

Michael Hejselbak Jensen

Data & Machine Learning Engineer

Michael is a member of the Halfspace engineering- and data science team. Prior to joining Halfspace, Michael worked at Danish research institute MEGAFON as a Statistical Research Assistant and University of Copenhagen as Research Assistant. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from DIKU with specialization in machine learning. Michael is a former European top three percent Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) player.

Rasmus Nordfang

Rasmus Nordfang

Data & Machine Learning Engineer

Rasmus is a member of the Halfspace engineering- and data science team. He holds a M.Sc. in Physics from Niels Bohr Institute and is an experienced data- and machine learning engineer having previously worked with DMI and LiveIntent, as Senior Data Scientist. His main work areas include deterministic and probabilistic matching algorithms, anomaly detection and data analysis, helping companies such as The New York Times and CBS News gain deep insights in costumer behavior. He is a keen skateboarder having spend half of his life skateboarding, and has managed to achieve a Top 0.1% spot of Berlingske Business Stock Trading Game.

Christian Engelsborg Naumann Hansen

Christian Engelsborg Naumann Hansen

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

Jacob Jepsen

Jacob Jepsen

Data & Software Engineer

Jacob is a member of the Halfspace engineering- and data science team. He has several years of experience as a data- and software engineer from cBrain and Abacus Medicine, having excelled within big data, software architecture and software engineering. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from DIKU with specialization in high performance computing. Jacob is a former top ranked player in the original Warcraft III DotA e-sport game.

Niels Jakob Søe Loft

Niels Jakob Søe Loft

Data & Machine Learning Engineer

Niels Jakob focuses on building models and algorithms to advance insights in data. He holds a MSc in Physics from Aarhus University and a PhD in quantum computing from Aarhus University in collaboration with MIT. Prior to joining Halfspace, Niels Jakob worked as Technical Engineer on Microsoft's Quantum Computing project.

Mads Davidsen

Mads Davidsen

Business Developer

Mads ensures fast paced deliveries within budgets, and is the link between partners and our data- and machine learning engineers, transforming client needs into data-driven software solutions. He holds a M.Sc. in Economics & Business Administration, and comes with experience from companies like IQVIA and Visma working at the intersection of business development and project management.

Isabel Rosendal Krogtoft

Isabel Rosendal Krogtoft

Engagement Manager

Isabel draws upon her commercial experience as a strategic advisor, business strategist and client lead to top tier organizations 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.

Pernille Møller

Pernille Møller

Office Manager

Pernille is our Office Manager making sure daily operations run smooth and efficiently. She was born and raised in Denmark before moving to New York and L.A. where she lived for 14 years. After returning to Denmark, Pernille started working as a Court Assistant at the Court House of Frederiksberg, followed by a position as Operational Manager at Ordnung, responsible for the day-to-day operations of several office hotels across Denmark.

Patrikk Dyrberg Sørensen

Patrikk Dyrberg Sørensen

Data & Visualization Engineer

Patrikk is all about capturing and visualizing data in simple and intuitive ways, breaking down complexity. he holds a MSc in Games Technology from ITU Copenhagen and has several years of experience within software engineering, web technologies and business intelligence tools. Prior to joining Halfspace, Patrikk worked as Software Engineer at AudienceProject for several years. In his sparetime Patrikk does stock trading, studies Japanese and has yearly scuba dives across the globe. He also has a deep interest in the video games industry and serverless technologies.

Peter Rasmussen

Peter Rasmussen

Data Scientist

Peter works with highly advanced models and algorithms to solve complex challenges for our clients. He holds an MSc in mathematics from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD in algorithms from DIKU. Peter has programmed since primary school and has competed in mathematical competitions at the highest levels. He has participated in the Danish Mathematical Olympiad (Georg Mohr konkurrencen) three times resulting in a 2. place and a 1. place, and has represented Denmark at The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) twice, both times receiving an honorable mention. Furthermore, he is a Danish Champion in programming, a Danish Champion of building Lego Robots, has played piano for most of his life, and loves to play chess.

Manifesto

We believe in our team and in what we do. Being a part of Halfspace comes with responsibilities to our partners and to our team. We are all here to help our partners 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.

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 partners accelerate data-driven innovation and to help them make better decisions through data.

We work like a soccer team

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

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.

Summer hours

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

Sabbatical

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

Serve our partners well

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

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