Atanas Kiryakov is a leading expert in semantic databases, author of multiple signature industry publications, including chapters from the widely acclaimed Handbook of Semantic Web Technologies.
Atanas is the founder and proud CEO of Ontotext. His history in semantics dates back to 1993 when he decided to split his interests between knowledge representation, jazz and poetry.
Eventually science won over art, and Atanas started working as a software engineer at Sirma, one of the three most successful Bulgarian software companies of all time. Completing his Master of Science degree in Computer Science at Sofia University in 1995, he soon became a member of Sirma’s management board.
Atanas founded Ontotext in 2000. The company started as an R&D lab within Sirma Group, but soon grew to be an independent worldwide leader in semantic technology.
In addition to further exploring success with Ontotext, Atanas’ boldest dreams include making sure his daughter doesn’t sneak into bed without brushing her teeth and helping his son navigate his ships in the tub without causing a flood.
Veska Davidova is an established business leader, a Master of Science in Engineering and Process Automation, a golf and tennis aficionado and a mother of two sons. And, yes, she’s our irreplaceable COO, taking care of administration, finance, HR, business planning and forecasting.
Before Veska joined Ontotext , she was no stranger to business management at the highest level. She has been the CEO of Atos IT Solution & Services. Under Veska’s skillful command, the company went through a complete transformation after the global M&A deal between Atos Origin and Siemens.
Veska has also been a management board member at Siemens Bulgaria and was in charge of the Healthcare and IT businesses within the regional Siemens branch. She has held various positions at Hewlett Packard, with core responsibilities of providing consultation in the financial services industry across the EMEA, localizing and formalizing core IT based concepts for the public sector, manufacturing and FSI.
Besides her invaluable skills and experience, Veska brings style and elegance in Ontotext’s work. Her not-so-secret passion is making her DIY garden ever more beautiful (which should probably be called a park, actually).
Semantic Analytics Solutions
Semantic Analytics Solutions
The prodigy that he is, Stefan Enev joined Ontotext when he was still in high school, almost a decade ago.
His relentless energy and enthusiasm led him to his key roles in product development, development infrastructure, and projects with some of Ontotext’s biggest clients. Stefan was the guiding force behind the creation of the Dynamic Semantic Publishing platform and two of its core components, the Concept Extraction Service and the Recommendations engine.
In his present role as, Stefan manages the Semantic Annotation and Search squad. His mission is to make sure the team builds exciting, easy to use and run, and semantically powered software. The focus is on creating technologies which empower publishers to generate more relevant, interconnected content and personalized semantic recommendations, which helps them increase user engagement.
A former tennis player, who was once deep into mathematics and informatics, Stefan can always surprise you with a curious fact you never knew about him. He is also very fond of high-speed tracks, whether it’s on a motorcycle, go-kart or ski. It’s no wonder that his passion to go for the perfect shot, or perfect lap, translates into a never-ending quest for improvement and innovation in his work
Data Management and Products
Data Management and Products
Vassil Momtchev’s specialty at Ontotext is development of solutions in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and healthcare domains.
An explorer by heart, Vassil possesses remarkable enthusiasm that knows no borders. He feels equally comfortable in product development, software architecture, text analytics, linked data, knowledge management, reasoning and large-scale databases.
Vassil has been involved in developing innovative information systems for Pharma and adopting the latest trends from applied research for more than 15 years now – and counting.
For the past ten years at Ontotext, he has managed multiple teams, coordinated several EU funded research projects and has a few years as a board member behind his back.
Besides a skillful team leader, Vassil is in love with off-the-beaten-path travel destinations, where he can delight his growing family with new experiences.
Innovation & Consultancy Services Global Alliances Development
Innovation and Consultancy Services Global Alliances Development
Dr. Georgi Georgiev is a leading expert in technical programming and technical architecture, linked data and cognitive technology, big data and text analytics.
Georgiev is author of more than 60 insightful research and industry publications on today’s hot topics of machine learning, algorithms, linguistics, big data, analytics and semantic technology.
As an experienced project management and data analytics professional, Georgiev manages the strategic and operational aspects of the research and innovation projects at Ontotext.
He strongly believes that public-private partnerships with universities, non-for-profit and research organizations boost Ontotext’s competitive advantage and help foster the company’s culture of innovation.
Georgiev is also in charge of the training and consultancy business operations and takes part in all product development and portfolio management upstream the Ontotext services value chain.
Last but certainly not least, Georgiev supervises the Ontotext partnership program and manages its strategic alliances.
A regular speaker at conferences, trade shows, radio and TV programs, Georgiev holds a Ph.D. from Sofia University and a top-tier Global Executive MBA from Madrid’s renowned IE Business School, Instituto de Empresa.
NA Sales VP Business Operations USA
NA Sales, VP Business Operations USA
Peio Popov joined Ontotext after years of successful work at IBM and SEP Bulgaria. He is a legal counsel with strong IT background, specializing in business development, intellectual property, and technology-related contract negotiations. Plus, he is one of the most influential people in Bulgarian social media, so mind your language on Twitter.
Soon after coming on board as a Contracts and Negotiations Manager advising on commercial, technology and IP contracts, Peio took over business development in North America. Combining his outstanding organizational skills with his acute business flair, he seamlessly finds the best solutions for our customers.
Besides being highly skillful in business operations, Peio’s professional focus spans software licensing and development, free software and Open Data licensing issues, text analysis and Information extraction, PKI and Identity services and applicable cryptography, among others.
Peio is well-known in the Linux society in Bulgaria and is an Open Data advocate. He is truly fond of travelling, but only for the sake of learning human stories. And yes, Peio can spend a whole weekend writing scripts to analyze the protocols of the National Assembly or artefacts of the Communist Party meetings without losing his sense of humor.
Once you’ve met Milena, you’ll surely know what makes her the powerhouse behind strategic marketing and portfolio management of Ontotext.
A bright lady with a PhD in Computer Science, Milena joined Ontotext in 2004. Her path started in the role of a developer, passed through project and product management and quickly led her to Head of the Web Mining Group. In this position, she was busy leading a team that tackled the application of research prototypes to large commercial systems.
But you see, Milena is a curious one, so she can never stop exploring new fields. That’s why today she is on to a new challenge as the Head of Marketing of Ontotext.
Besides semantics, Milena is fascinated by the way people interact, how children learn and how all of us connect with each other through verbal and written communication. For her a constant source of miracles is how technology supports and alters our behavior, engagement and social connections.
When she’s not pondering on topics like semantics and human communication, she’s busy running around with (and after) her two daughters, Alisa and Leda.
Ilian Uzunov joined us to strengthen Ontotext’s key position in the mainstream publishing industry, develop strategic partnerships and pursue business opportunities in EMEA.
With a Master’s degree in Contemporary Methodologies for Teaching and Learning English Language with Strong Use of ICT from Sofia University, later Ilian jumped in the deep end with an MBA programme in Executive Management from BEIED.
Prior to Ontotext, Ilian founded Sirma Media in 2002 and in 2008 spun it off as an independent company. He positioned Sirma Media among the major players in the fields of e-learning and modern presentation of cultural heritage in Bulgaria, accomplishing some of the most innovative and challenging nation-wide projects in these two domains.
Ilian is truly fond of finding new ways in which semantic technology can be harnessed for the sake of better and more efficient learning and teaching. After working for more than 15 years in the fields of publishing, education, e-learning, contemporary ways for management and presentation of cultural heritage, his enthusiasm is only understandable.
When Ilian is not supporting publishers in their digital transformation journey, he’s constantly looking for the road to his inner self with the help of his family and their constant pursuit of new sports and travel adventures.
Borislav Popov has been a part of Ontotext’s team since day one. He started off with managed projects in the field of financial services and ERP, but quickly transferred to more senior positions and became responsible for the development of the Ontotext Semantic Platform.
Borislav is a champion in semantic linking as well as identity resolution, semantic targeting and personalized recommendations. His work has a flagship role in transforming the present media and publishing industries. His expertise in semantic annotation has revolutionized media architecture, authoring and customer-facing leading to higher levels of productivity and unchallenged scalability.
Besides his astute insight into semantics, Borislav carries the charisma and inspiration of a true leader and is a stunning interlocutor. Be careful: it would be difficult to win a discussion with him unless you have really strong arguments.
A true adventurer, when he’s not making a revolution, he’s busy leaving his wife Reneta and their daughter Yana breathless on their endless travels around the globe.