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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 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, 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 clients make better, more informed decisions, faster.

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. He is also a Marie Curie Fellow at the Niels Bohr Institute , awarded by the European Commission, in open competition with approx. 10,500 applicants.

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.

Rasmus Nørregård

Rasmus Nørregård

Partner & Chief Analytics Officer

Rasmus is a partner and Chief Analytics & Advisory Officer at Halfspace. He has an extensive experience in driving large scale analytics and AI projects within industries such as pharma, manufacturing and retail. 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. Rasmus holds a BSc and MSc with Honors in Chemical Engineering from DTU and has been a visiting student at Caltech.

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.

Mikkel Bjørn

Mikkel Bjørn

Partner & Staff Data Scientist

Mikkel works with our clients to create business impact with advanced analytics and AI solutions. He 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. Mikkel holds a MSc in theoretical physics from the Niels Bohr Institute and a PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Oxford and the LHCb collaboration at the CERN laboratory. 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.

Ana Valeria Gonzalez

Ana Valeria Gonzalez

Senior Data 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.

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.

Rune Riera

Rune Riera

Experience Design Lead

Rune is our Experience Design Lead, heading up our front-end and visualisation Experience group. A way to put even stronger focus on our client collaborations, ensuring world-class analytics and AI products to end-users with maximum value creation. He has spent more than a decade of his professional career within the Telco industry, taking various positions as Design Manager, Head of Online and Head of Online & Design. Rune has led strategic projects within the fields of brand management, graphic design, user experience, digital strategy, sales & performance optimisation, A/B testing, and much more.

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 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).

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.

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.

Jacob Jepsen

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. 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.

Christian Engelsborg Naumann Hansen

Christian Engelsborg Naumann 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. 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.

Michael Hejselbak Jensen

Michael Hejselbak Jensen

Senior 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.

Svend Lund Breddam

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 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.

Victor Petrén

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. Prior to joining Halfspace, Victor spent 3+ years with Topdanmark doing an industrial PhD within Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) focusing on dialogue systems and fairness in NLP and ML. During his PhD studies he also held a position as Applied Science Intern within ML at Amazon Alexa AI (Cambridge Division) working on neural semantic parsing. Prior to that he completed his BSc and MSc in Computer Science at DIKU. In his spare time, Victor enjoys bouldering, fishing and spends a lot of time listening to music.

Mads Davidsen

Mads Davidsen

Consultant

Mads 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 consulting 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 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.

Rune Christiansen

Rune Christiansen

Data Scientist

Rune works with highly advanced models and algorithms to solve complex challenges for our clients. He obtained his PhD degree 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. Rune has further been involved in groundbreaking papers in the applied sciences, including a recent Nature publication. In his spare time, Rune sings in a rhythmic choir, brews homemade IPA and plays discgolf (current PR -7).

Sebastian Daugaard

Sebastian Daugaard

Staff Data Scientist

Sebastian works with our clients to create business impact with advanced analytics and AI solutions. He holds a MSc in industrial engineering and management with a specialisation in operations research and machine learning. Prior to joining Halfspace, Sebastian fast tracked his way through BCG GAMMA being involved in several advanced analytics and AI projects in various industries across Europe from pharma to consumer and industrial goods to the airline industry.

Uffe Furlig Larsen

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

Nils Smed

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 its 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 built his own company.


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 building compelling digital experiences for end-users making sure, that our data infusing methods make sense for regular users. He uses his skills in UX research and design to ensure optimal endpoint experiences.

Frederik Jensen

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. 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. 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.

Camilla Stilbo

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.

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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