Cobrainer is a multicultural team of talented individuals on a mission to rethink how we navigate our careers.

Cobrainer is a multicultural team of talented individuals on a mission to rethink how we navigate our careers.

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Our Team

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Hanns-Bertin Aderhold
Chief Executive Officer
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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.
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Sascha Stojakovic
Chief Technology Officer
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Sascha has worn many hats in his career, giving him a unique set of skills as a leader and our CTO. Before joining us, he oversaw international teams as an IT consultant, took on tech, product management and ownership roles at ProSiebenSAT1, founded his own company and served as VP Engineering at Joyn. Sascha is a big believer in empowering people to follow their true calling and makes sure our product reflects our values.
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Saša Savić
Chief Sales Officer
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As a passionate salesman of 17 years, Saša has made it his mission to tell the stories of great solutions. With 14 years in sales leadership, he will take to the road to tell the world of new possibilities in HR and empower employees with true career confidence. This traveling and tennis fanatic with roots in Croatia and Serbia is a real international and no joke, even sneaked on stage once with the Backstreet Boys!
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Julian Baumann
Chief Marketing Officer
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As the mastermind of creative and strategic communications, Julian embodies the very definition of a remarkable career. Early on, he pivoted from linguistics and physics into the world of marketing. With no discipline untouched, Julian's marketing experience inspires. Over 6 years, he propelled tech startup Celonis into the stratosphere with Celosphere, earning numerous accolades and double-digit billion dollar valuation.
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Marc Borgstedt
Director of HR
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Fast-thinking, fast-talking facilitator of HR, Marc has shaped peopled roles for over 15 years. A true people person, his authentic and empathetic demeanor makes him a trusted HR figure among both company and team. With a philosophy that professionalism and fun are not mutually exclusive, his pragmatic, results-oriented approach means Marc gets it done with great effect. The father of two and a dog spends his free time watching sports and relaxing.
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Dr.-Ing. Sarath Kumar Kondreddi
Head of Knowledge
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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.
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Thomas Andrae
Co-Founder
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As a co-founder and mentor, Thomas has been a big part of the Cobrainer journey since day one. He regularly shares his knowledge in building tech companies with our team to maximize our product value and execution speed. Working with Cobrainer, he enjoys driving the workforce transformation efforts that strengthen our clients' market position.
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Anton Zering
Head of Software
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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.
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Gregor Bieler
Lead Board Member
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The European head of the software company Aparavi has been supporting Cobrainer with his global market expertise since 2013. He is one of the most respected pioneers of digital business and culture transformation and has already achieved significant sales and marketing successes for companies such as Microsoft, Logitech Europe and Paypal. With his know-how and connections in the software industry, he enriches our partner network.
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Dr.-Ing. Martin Kiechle
Board Member
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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.
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Orhan Yesilöz
Product Manager
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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.
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Torsten Labusch
Technical Presales Executive
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With a passion for learning new topics, Torsten loves challenges. For Cobrainer, the technology fan with years of sales experience takes on responsibility of all technical matters during the sales process and ensures that customer requirements are optimally mastered. In his free time, the family man enjoys his other passion of cooking, barbecuing with friends and testing out new photo equipment.
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Wilfried Pasquazzo
Backend Engineer
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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.
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Liyan Jiang
Data Engineer
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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.
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Akhil Tummala
QA Engineer
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His professional passion – computer science – inspired Akhil to travel the world: from Kakindada, India, to Sweden and Germany. Working at Ericsson, he took a liking to Quality Assurance and Testing and gained his first experience. Up for new challenges, he joined Cobrainer to bring QA to the next level. After days full of UI Test Automation and Manual Testing, he likes doing an intense workout.
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Anne Müller
Executive Assistant
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Anne supports our CEO Hanns as an Executive Assistant. She graduated university as a State Certified Business Economist, where she also studied management and digitalization on the side. She loves bringing order to chaos, organizing events and supporting smaller digital projects. Anne heads out to the mountains during her free time, hiking in the summer and skiing in winter.
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Polina Popova
QA Lead
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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.
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Carlotta Pohling
Office Manager
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As a people person and an avid list maker, Carlotta started her career in the hotel and gastronomy industry, where she developed skills that make her a great fit for her role as our office manager. Her workdays are busy creating the best possible work environment at Cobrainer. Her hobbies include all kinds of activities— yoga, hiking and climbing to name a few—but her real love is food.
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Gentijana Syla
Talent Aquisition Manager
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Born in Aarau, Switzerland and having grown up in Munich, Genti is optimistic and people-oriented by nature. She trained as a tax clerk before studying business psychology. She brings over 5 years of experience in the HR field as well as several other departments. Her goal is to bring people together, unleash talent, support teams and create greatness.
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Kangle Li
SRE
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After studying information and communication technology, Kangle worked as a Research Engineer in the sensor data processing field in her homeland China. Machine learning and deep learning in the AI field are among her major areas of interest. That's what makes her a perfect match for Cobrainer: Since 2021, she is responsible for software product operation and deployment.
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Ogün Öz
Machine Learning Engineer
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After getting his BSc in Computer Science, Ogün worked as a Software Engineer in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2018, he moved to Munich to pursue his master’s degree and specialized in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. At Cobrainer, he is the man in charge of developing skill tagging systems for multilingual knowledge bases using AI techniques. His favorite hobbies? Listening to old-school hip hop and playing piano.
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Johannes Kapsreiter
Finance Specialist Accounting
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After his initial experience as a tax consultant, the native of lower Bavaria opted for a change with a move to Munich to work in Cobrainer’s international startup atmosphere. Interested in all kinds of sports, Johannes enjoys playing schafkopf in social gatherings, beach volleyball at the lake and watching soccer matches of his hometown club.
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Nadine Wöhning
Personal Assistant to the CSO
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With a 6-year track record at Free Now, Nadine brings her experience as Hospitality Team lead to Cobrainer, to take up the reins as Personal Assistant to our CSO. Her love of pasta is unrivaled, her ideal vacation is on a beach and she holds a strong passion for family and friends. She started her career as an office administrator for the German Ski Association, despite having not once stood on skis herself.
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Hossain Mahmud
Lead Machine Learning Engineer
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As the lead machine learning engineer at Cobrainer, Hossain takes on responsibility for the whole ML tech stack. With multiple computer science degrees from BUET, Dhaka and TUM, Munich, he came to Munich to ply his trade at the EU-flagship Human Brain Project and a German OTT streaming service - Joyn. With a solid home base in the center of Europe, Hossain satiates his "Wanderlust" by exploring the world and working on the go.
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Dennis Knauer
Sales Operations Executive
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Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dennis has always shown an interest in sales, from retail to mobile SaaS, only later moving to Hamburg, Germany to study International Business. His passion for the trade has only grown with time, as he built up expertise in key accounts and partnerships and by seeing positive impact of his actions on people's lives. As a tried and true traveler, Dennis craves sunny weather, delicious foods, and great friends.
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Tim Koch
Enterprise Account Executive
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With more than a decade of sales experience, including heading up the Central Europe region for Free Now, Tim delivers the message of remarkable careers as Cobrainer's sales aficionado. He loves to negotiate and has a competitive drive to win. An enthusiastic tennis player, Tim is a real people-person, music lover and enjoys spending time with his family!
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Michel Thomsen
Sales Operations Executive
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From number crunching to process development, Michel provides insights on how the Sales team can grow and develop. In other words: He constantly questions the status quo and makes sure we’re never bored. He mastered a lot of the skills he needs for his job during his experience working for large corporations. Michel is the guy to go to if you want a laugh—he’s a goofball at heart and always has a silly joke to tell.
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Lisa Decker
Junior Product Owner
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With five years of experience in the OTT streaming industry, Lisa's remarkable career spans communications, customer service and even the more technical product management. Her time working with customers regularly proves useful with her a unique perspective on user requirements in her role as a product owner. Before jumping into her career, Lisa experienced life in New Zealand as an Au Pair and even dared to go bungie jumping.
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Krasimir Popov
SRE Lead
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With a long operational track record in scaling large websites, Krasimir has thrust the Cobrainer team into fast growing, rapidly changing software architecture, processes and innovative cloud solutions. With a history in telecom and tech companies, he has built a large variety of complex IT services and solutions. When not behind the screen he enjoys hiking, biking, tennis and kicker. Last but not least, he cooks like a real chef.
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Jasmin Zec Peškirič
Enterprise Account Executive
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Professional development, optimization and the constant drive to level up are Jassy's greatest priorities. She has driven the digitalization of companies for almost 20 years. With roots in tourism, she pivoted to discover her heart beats for the software industry. She loves her wife's slovenian accent, her four-legged companion's need for cuddling, sun on her face, tango and friends cheering on the dance floor.
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Martin Neubert
Enterprise Account Executive
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A man who's sailed the salty Baltic Sea, Martin puts his passion for steering the wind into sales conversations. With more than 10 years of experience at Sixt, he now connects growth-mindset companies with Cobrainer's trailblazing platform. Although never one to forget his roots, he found himself "Bavarian-ized" after relocating to Munich, an excellent place for his pastimes of good BBQ, powerdery skiing and colorful photography.
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Larissa Vollrodt
Lead Partner Management
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A citizen of the world, Larissa's remarkable career has taken her from the boot of Italy to the shores of Rhodos to the "Hansestadt" Hamburg. No stranger to human resources, she completed her Master's in HR management, while plying her trade in sales as an account manager at Sixt. She pivoted to Cobrainer to combine her love of sales and HR into one for a truly remarkable experience.
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Susanne Lockhart
Marketing Operations Manager
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A true traveler, Susanne’s marketing and life experience could fill a tome. From mountains in Bavaria and the cool waters of Kiel, to Berlin and around the world to Australia, her career in advertising, communications and consulting makes for an impressive talent profile. Her thirst for thrills and skills remains relevant in her role as marketing ops, as she seeks out new waves to surf, new talents to learn and notably, organizing chaos with 3 little ones at home.
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Stephanie Ziolko
Enterprise Account Executive
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With a consulting and sales background in both the start-up and corporate worlds, most recently with IBM Consulting, Stephanie aims to inspire and spark passion in her colleagues and clients—which is why she loves sales. After living mostly in cities like Berlin, Munich and London, Stephanie traded the busy streets for cows and the countryside. She likes hiking with her dog George and is working on her tennis game.
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Paul Platonov
Business Development Manager
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Paul likes a challenge—whether that means baking a cake or following his affinity for sales from one industry to another. After starting at BMW in business administration, his last role as Field Sales Manager was in the logistics sector. Other than pampering his colleagues with barista-level cappuccinos, Paul supports our sales team as a Business Development Rep. He likes to spend his free time outside, especially playing football.
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Florian Greil
Technical Pre-Sales Executive
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As a tech guy, Florian likes to be involved in the entire sales process until implementation. A self-described generalist, his experience spans from dubbing engineer to presales for buy now, pay later solutions. Florian has Alexa devices set up in every room of his apartment, but his interests don’t stop with tech. He also enjoys maintaining his two saltwater aquariums and baking his own delicious sourdough bread.
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David Schopf
Frontend Engineer
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David believes in technology’s potential to help people lead better lives. He has an app for virtually every aspect of his life, so he practices what he preaches. With a background in psychology and ergonomics, his mission as a frontend engineer is to make our software accessible and delightful to use. David’s skills don’t stop there though—he sings in a choir in his free time and can even perform Gregorian chants.
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Patrizia Lindelaub
Senior Art Director
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An eternal student of all things design, Patrizia's true calling is bringing brands to life. Her passion for corporate design, project management and implementing brands is guided by her creativity and eye for detail, and aided by solid communication skills and dedication to accuracy. Patrizia's loyal companion—Colleen the collie—is always by her side and frequents the Cobrainer office weekly.
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Gail Wilcoxen
Copywriter
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Hailing from Chicago, home of the delicious deep dish pizza, Gail loves tinkering with words to create unique marketing content of all kinds. She believes in simple, down-to-earth communication and has experience writing for several top brands. Storytelling and brand language development make her happy. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she can be found swimming or playing roller derby in her free time.
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Simon Kibler
Data Engineer
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Before finding his true calling, Simon once worked at a restaurant during his adventures in Australia—where he was promptly fired for chopping mushrooms too slowly. Luckily, he’s much better at his current job as a Data Engineer. Simon helps us improve models that identify skills and match employees with jobs based on their skills. Outside of work, he enjoys backpacking, bouldering and bargain hunting in thrift stores.
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Leonie Schwaiger
Content Marketing Manager
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As a content and marketing allrounder, Leonie is always looking for the best story to tell. The graduate online editor and experienced video journalist told stories for the fashion industry and the content team for the Munich-based SaaS startup Personio. She loves good food and discovering new places. For Cobrainer, she creates unique and inspiring social media content and marketing campaigns for all communication channels.
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Josh Taboga
Senior Content Marketing Manager
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Born & raised in cowboy country - Wyoming, USA - Josh loves creative thinking, designing and getting marketing stuff done. He enjoys the occasional honky tonk song, but in his heart is a real international. He collected experience in marketing and communications at several startups in the DACH region. Considering himself a “Linguino” Josh is interested in languages. While the terms bike, hike, run and swim round out his hobbies
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