Meet the Cobrainer team

We are driven by the idea of connecting teams globally and we are backed by leading business angels
The vision of Cobrainer

At Cobrainer, we envision a fast and intuitive way for people and organizations to find and connect with relevant expertise needed to drive their ideas and projects. We work on a truly innovative software product that creates expertise context in an unprecedented way. By building and growing the world’s largest expertise distribution map we are creating the platform for tracking, managing and allocating expertise effortlessly and rapidly.

Meet our Team

The Team

Hanns-Bertin Aderhold
Managing Director

Hanns grew up in the US, Germany, and China. He studied architectural engineering and design at Technische Universität München, led engineering projects both in the EMEA and APAC region, and worked as an analyst in the venture capital field. Hanns is the managing director of Cobrainer.

  • Architectural engineering
  • Modular design
  • Financial modeling
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Management
  • Project management
  • Agile software development
  • Management accounting
  • Computer-aided design
  • Graphic design
  • Market analysis
  • Product design
  • Sketch (drawing)
  • HTMLCascading Style Sheets
  • JavaScript
  • Web design
  • New product development
  • Design thinking
Dr.-Ing. Martin Kiechle
Head of Technology

Martin has extensive working experiences in China and studied information technology and technology management at Technische Universität München and UC Berkeley. He is a researcher at the TUM Research Group for Geometric Optimization and Machine Learning and Cobrainer’s head of technology.

  • Software engineering  
  • Data processing
  • Java (programming language)
  • Neo4j
  • Python (programming language)
  • Big data
  • C Sharp (programming language)
  • C++
  • Embedded system
  • Machine learning
  • Mathematical optimization
  • Ruby (programming language)
  • Statistical signal processing
  • Image processing
  • Natural language processing
  • Technology management
  • Recurrent neural network
  • Cluster analysis
  • MongoDB
  • Requirements engineering
  • Apache Spark
  • Elasticsearch
Anton Zering
Head of Software

Anton was born in Yurga, Russia and later moved to Germany where he started building software professionally at secondary school. Anton studied computer science at the University of Duisburg-Essen and is head of software at Cobrainer.

  • JavaScript
  • Software engineering
  • Data processing
  • Distributed computing
  • Django (web framework)
  • Electronic music
  • Freebsd
  • Java (programming language)
  • Neo4j
  • macOS
  • Photography
  • PostgreSQL
  • Pyramid (web framework)
  • Python (programming language)
  • Scala (programming language)
  • Scrum (software development)
  • Virtualization
  • Database
  • NoSQL
  • Representational state transfer
  • Apache Kafka
Dr.-Ing. Sarath Kumar Kondreddi
Head of Knowledge

Sarath has been an active researcher in the fields of knowledge acquisition, crowdsourcing and gamification. Prior to Cobrainer, he obtained his PhD from the Databases and Information Systems group at Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany. Sarath takes immense interest in building systems for big data processing and analytics. Sarath is Cobrainer’s head of knowledge.

  • Java (programming language)
  • Python (programming language)
  • Scrum (software development)
  • Mathematical optimization
  • Analytics
  • Data management
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Database
  • Data mining
  • Human-centered computing
  • Information retrieval
  • Information system
  • Natural language processing
  • NoSQL
  • Web search engine
  • Product management
  • Deep learning
  • Product development
  • Conceptual graph
  • MongoDB
  • Information engineering
  • Data acquisition
  • Requirements engineering
Felix Sonntag
Big Data Systems Engineer

Felix’ work focuses on various fields in data engineering and natural language processing. He pursues a Master's degree in Informatics at Technische Universität München. In the past he gained software development experience as a working student in small and big sized companies. Felix is a big data systems engineer at Cobrainer.

  • Software engineering
  • Java (programming language)
  • Python (programming language)
  • Data access layer
  • Command–query separation
  • Machine learning
  • Data management
  • Database
  • NoSQL
  • MongoDB
  • Information engineering
  • Systems engineering
  • Data acquisition
  • Apache Kafka
  • Taekwondo
Marian Tam
Senior Manager Controlling and Finance

Marian was born in Hong Kong, grew up in San Francisco, California, lived in Seoul, Korea, and now living in Munich, Germany. She received her MBA from the University of San Francisco in Finance and International Business, and a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from San Francisco State University. Prior to Cobrainer, she worked in strategic analysis and financial planning for major investment management firms. Marian is senior manager controlling and finance at Cobrainer.

  • Financial modeling
  • Management accounting
  • Financial plan
  • Financial statement
  • Profitability analysis
  • Performance indicator
  • Balance sheet
  • Accounting management
  • Income statement
  • Financial software
  • Accounting
Roman Kurpatov, PhD
Product Owner

Roman was born in Moscow, Russia where he studied power engineering, computer science and later received his PhD in Telecommunications. After his move to Germany and prior to working at Cobrainer, he led projects focused on connectivity and application enablement infrastructures for IoT applications. Roman is Product Owner at Cobrainer.

  • Product management
  • Internet of Things
  • Software Engineering
  • Project management
  • Cloud Computing
  • Web application
  • Product design
  • Requirements management
  • Risk assessment
  • Enterprise software
  • Project planning
  • Java (programming language)
  • Scrum (software development)
  • Distributed Computing
  • Wireless sensor network
Ashish Bhatt
Software Engineer

Born in India, Ashish completed his Masters in Databases and Information Systems from IIIT-Bangalore, India. His project exposure reaches from design & development, documentation, to testing and implementation. After working with Intuit and Randstad's Risesmart, Ashish joined Cobrainer as a key part of the Software Engineering team to develop the core business logic.

  • Software engineering
  • Software development
  • Data processing
  • Java (programming language)
  • Neo4j
  • Python (programming language)
  • Scala (programming language)
  • Scrum (software development)
  • Data access layer
  • Command–query separation
  • Data management
  • Representational state transfer
  • Information engineering
  • Systems engineering
  • Data acquisition
Orhan Yesilöz
Product Manager

Orhan studied Business Management at the University of Cologne and Information Systems at the London School of Economics. Before Cobrainer, he lived in London, New York, and San Francisco for study and work purposes. He is a coding enthusiast, loves design and is eager to build engaging products. Orhan is Product Manager at Cobrainer.

  • Project management
  • Information Systems
  • Strategic management
  • Technology management
  • Market analysis
  • Web development
  • New product development
  • Product management
  • User Experience
  • Graphic design
  • Interaction Design
  • Product design
  • Sketch (drawing)
  • HTML
  • Cascading Style Sheets
  • JavaScript
  • Python (programming language)
  • Data analysis
  • Web design
  • Photography
Isabelle von Eichborn
Executive Assistant

Isabelle grew up in Germany and studied Language and Interpretation at the Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln. She has been living in Canada, the United States and Spain. Prior to Cobrainer she worked as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager at several international law offices in Madrid, a Real Estate and a food processing company in the United States and at a German publishing firm. Isabelle is Executive Assistant at Cobrainer.

  • Office Procedure Development
  • Office Management/Administration
  • Procurement
  • Document Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Process improvement
  • Publishing services
  • Executive Administration
Dr.-Ing. Lu Liu
DevOps Engineer

Lu was born in Tianjin, China. He got his PhD at the Department of Cartography in Technische Universität München. Lu is experienced in operating the infrastructures of high-performance computing and cloud computing, especially for large-scale graph-based applications. After having worked as a PostDoc researcher at the OpenRouteService team in Universität Heidelberg, Lu joined Cobrainer as a DevOps engineer.

  • DevOps
  • Bash (programming language)
  • C (programming language)
  • PostGIS
  • Spatial databases
  • Geographical Information
  • System Routing
  • Cartography
  • Vim
Polina Popova
Software QA Engineer

Polina was born and grew up in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She moved to Munich in August 2018 to join Cobrainer’s team. Polina finished a degree in Applied Informatics at Saint-Petersburg State University and then worked as a QA Engineer and team leader for an enterprise software company with a focus on SaaS applications development. Responsible for Cobrainer’s Software Quality Assurance, she concentrates on testing and test automation.

  • Java (programming language)
  • Scrum (software development)
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Requirements analysis
  • Test automation
Denis Harsch
Entrepreneur In Residence

Denis is a startup enthusiast with vast academic and professional experience in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Brazil, Colombia, Germany and Spain. Prior, Denis worked with Daimler AG during his studies in mechanical engineering. Denis holds a MSc in Innovation & Entrepreneur from ESADE Business School and a CEMS MSc in International Management.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Startup Company
  • Sales
  • Motivation
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Business Model
  • Collaboration
  • Sales process engineering
  • Innovation Management
  • Management
  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Decision-making
  • Software as a service
  • Business process
  • Product (business)
  • CATIA
  • Leadership
  • Adobe InDesign
  • English language
  • Digital Marketing
  • Customer relationship management
  • Educational technology
Jan Mark Lingthaler
Entrepreneur In Residence

Constantly challenging the status quo, Jan Mark loves the fast changing environment in startups. Prior to Cobrainer, Jan Mark worked in several B2B startups focusing on customer success, product and operations. He also co-founded the social association Enidaso. Jan Mark graduated from ESADE Business School with a MSc. in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and holds a CEMS MSc in International Management. Being close to the Alps Jan Mark enjoys skiing and hiking in his free time.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Empathy
  • Project leadership
  • Startup company
  • Interpersonal relationship
  • Software as a service
  • Business administration
  • Customer Success
  • Product management
  • Business Development
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Problem solving
  • Project Management
  • Executive search
  • Communication
  • Customer contact
  • English language
  • Strategic management
Liyan Jiang
Data Engineer

Liyan was born and grew up in Xiamen, China. After her Bachelor’s studies in Software Engineering she moved to Germany to pursue a Master’s degree in Informatics at Technical University of Munich. During her studies, she gained experiences in data engineering and natural language processing as a working student. As a data engineer at Cobrainer, she is responsible for further enhance the Cobrainer skill graph.

  • Python
  • Natural language processing
  • Data engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Scrum
  • Machine learning
  • Data mining
  • MongoDB
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • C++
Steve Hilbert
Head of Recruiting

Steve was born in Luxembourg and moved to Munich, Germany in 2015. He initially studied Hospitality Management at the university of Glion in Switzerland and later changed careers to Human Resources upon arrival to Munich. Steve has worked with several startups where he learned everything he knows about recruiting. Curious of getting to know the corporate culture, he took on a job with BMW. After three years, Steve decided that it was time to go back to the startup environment to help with setting up Human Resource departments.


  • Human Resources
  • Talent Management
  • Digital transformation
  • Employee engagement
  • Personal development
  • Consulting
  • Employer branding
  • Agile working methods
  • SCRUM Master
  • Kanban
  • New Work
  • Innovation
  • Product owner
Stefan Kolbeck
Junior Business Development Manager

Stefan holds a B.Sc. in Management & Technology. He is currently in his Master's program at the Technical University of Munich. During his bachelor's, he worked for a Munich startup, a digital innovation and transformation consultancy, and an OES. At Cobrainer, Stefan supports the business team as a working student to enable faster growth, manage existing partners, and generate new leads.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Startup company
  • Consultant
  • Business model
  • Technology
  • Transformation
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Digitalization
  • Leadership
  • Business Development
  • Sales
  • English language
  • Talent mobility
Anna Kohler
Data Curation Analyst

Anna did a B. Sc. in Business Administration and another one in Computational Linguistics (with a minor with Language, Literature and Culture) at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Now she is in her M. Sc. for Business Administration also at LMU Munich. Her interest lies in creating business-relevant insights through data analysis. She worked extensively with data both for university projects and during an internship at Infineon Technologies in Munich. At Cobrainer she is responsible for data curation.

  • Business administration
  • Computational linguistics
  • Python  
  • Data analysis
  • Stata
  • Language model
  • Digital business models
  • Innovation
Donika Morina
Data Curation Analyst

Donika was born and raised in Munich, Germany with Albanian roots. After initially studying business administration, she currently pursues a Bachelor's degree in mathematical economics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. At Cobrainer Donika helps as a working student with Data curations.

  • Business administration
  • Mathematical economics
  • English
  • Financial mathematics
  • Albanian
  • Innovation
  • Data
Wilfried Pasquazzo
Backend Software Developer

Wilfried was born and raised in Innsbruck, Austria. Got his BSc in Computer Science at the Universität Innsbruck. Took off his career as a software developer of online banking solutions for several Austrian Banks. Recently moved to Munich to gain more experience in the FinTech industry. At Cobrainer, Wilfried supports the Application Team as a backend developer engineer. His hobbies include biking, running, and playing video games.

  • Software engineering
  • Software development
  • Java (programming language)
  • Kotlin (programming language)
  • Scrum (software development)
  • REST API Design
  • PostgreSQL
  • Apache Kafka