Favourite Film: His Girl Friday
Chris Taggart is the Co-founder and CEO of OpenCorporates. Chris Taggart was originally a magazine journalist and publisher, and is an experienced and successful entrepreneur, having started and grown several successful companies. He has been working exclusively in the field of open government and public sector information since 2009. Chris was name in the Top 10 Digital Social Innovators to watch out for by The Guardian. He also sits on the board of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation.
Favourite Book: On the Beach (Nevil Shute)
Ben is OpenCorporates’ Tech Lead, responsible for its technical implementation. He is an experienced web application architect and developer, previously working for digital consultants With Associates and ambitious London startup State. He was attracted to OpenCorporates because it has the rare combination of interesting technology/data challenges and being something that is "good for the soul". He splits his spare time between his family and training for the occasional marathon.
Favourite Book: Thank You For Smoking (Christopher Buckley)
Shyam is the “human bot machine” at OpenCorporates. While he considers himself an analog player in digital world, he is an experienced bot writer who is responsible for bringing millions of datapoints to OpenCorporates. A strong believer in the importance and transformative nature of corporate transparency, Shyam was taken by our mission. Although he is a polyglot by nature, he prefers a “Ruby way of talking”. Shyam lives in India and likes to spend his spare time playing with his son, gardening and experimenting with food.
Favourite Book: The Spirit Level (Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson)
Hera is the Community and Partnerships Manager at OpenCorporates. She is responsible for community relations, partnerships and engagement with stakeholders. Previously, she worked as a Marketing and Community consultant for startups such as Nutmeg, Eat Balanced and helped organise events with Microsoft, Mozilla and Wikipedia. She joined OpenCorporates because she wanted to work for a purpose-driven organisation that was as exciting a commercial opportunity as it was for social benefit. When not working, she can be found volunteering for conferences, causes especially violence against women charities and watching far too much American TV.
Recently Enjoyed Book: Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle series
Alex is an independent Technology Consultant, specialising in Project Management, Team Leadership, Business Analysis and System Design. He has over 20 years of full project lifecycle experience managing people, projects and data, and designing and developing software for investment banks, and has extensive experience of Legal Entity data management practices. His brief for the OpenCorporates Data Team is to improve processes, documentation, monitoring, metrics / reporting and data quality, as well as provide interim team & project management services. An avid traveller, Alex enjoys collecting new countries and cuisines – the spicier the better!
Favourite Book: 1984 (George Orwell)
Szymon Rybicki is an Account Director at OpenCorporates. His main responsibility is to maintain and develop business relationships with our commercial clients. Compelled by the mission of the company he is determined to fuel further efforts to make the corporate world more transparent. Szymon brushed shoulders with Thomson Reuters early in his career as a data analyst and is now back in the big data space. He spent the last 5 years at Groupon – a highly commercially driven e-commerce high growth company where he was responsible for both sales strategy and contract negotiations.
Favourite Film: Brazil
Ben is the Systems Administrator for OpenCorporates, responsible for maintaining and improving the security, stability and performance of its computing infrastructure. With over 16 years’ experience focused on Linux systems management and Open Source infrastructure projects including scientific research systems (on land, at sea, and in the Antarctic), Ben has been instrumental in migrating the site to its current platform, designed to maximise flexibility, scalability, and resilience, ready for the next phase of OpenCorporates expansion. Its unique combination of engineering challenges and its altruistic ambition attracted Ben to the OpenCorporates project. When he is not working with, tinkering with, or speaking about Linux, Ben plays unicycle hockey for the Cardiff team.
Favourite Book: Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
Zosia Sztykowski is a capacity builder serving as the Project Coordinator for OpenOwnership, a new project to build a open register of global beneficial ownership in the public interest. With a background in cultural analysis and feminist organizing, Zosia is dedicated to effecting policy and shifting norms in the interest of a more equal, more open society. Before moving to London, Zosia served as the Executive Director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, a grassroots nonprofit that empowers people in the Washington, DC area to end gender-based violence. Zosia recently graduated with an MSc in cultural sociology from the London School of Economics, where she earned the Hobhouse Memorial Prize for her dissertation research. She also holds a BA in political science from Tufts University.
Favourite Book: Different Seasons (Stephen King)
Alex Angelov is a Data Analyst at OpenCorporates. He controls the processes of data profiling to discover inconsistencies and anomalies and performs cleansing activities for data quality improvement. Alex joined the team an year ago, and being inspired by OpenCorporates’ aim to do a straightforward thing: have an URL for every company in the world. Alex lives in London and when he is not at his desk can be found exploring different countries and cultures by reading books at home or travelling around the world.
Tom is an ruby engineer at OpenCorporates, working on improving how users access and interact with the site. He’s excited by civic mission that drives OpenCorporates, as well as the challenges involved in making data as accessible and useable as possible. He lives in London but spends as much time getting away from London as he can.