Our People

A quickly growing group of smart doers

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Brett Thebault

Director

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Brett Thebault
Director

With a focus on all things innovation, I love a technical challenge and push for disruption and commercial simplicity. I grew up in the Channel Islands in Europe, studied at Oxford University and worked for 6 years in London at Detica, a niche Analytics firm. I then had the opportunity to move to Brisbane to set up and build the EY analytics team before kicking things off with Aginic.

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Marty Conneely

Director

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Marty Conneely
Director

Born in Brissy, started out as a chartered accountant but rarely do that anymore! Loves new technology and learning how it's applied to businesses. I think its awesome that my job is meeting people, understanding their business and coming up with solutions. Try to have fun and aiming to be the office table tennis champ (still a fair way off!!!).

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Rob Mackay

Director

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Rob Mackay
Director

A former health professional with over 10 years clinical and technology consulting experience. I came to Australia from Africa when I was 10 years old and haven't looked back. The Aginic team is unbelievably smart, vibrant, friendly, honest and hard working. We are in a very fortunate position of being able to work with a range of the latest technology platforms to help solve some of societies most wicked problems.

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James Hayes

Director

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James Hayes
Director

Co-founder and managing director of AginicDS, James is an experienced agile coach and delivery manager with an impressive track record of helping teams and organisations across the world find pragmatic ways of improving the way they deliver for their customers. Equally comfortable working with a single team or an entire company, James is able to help people quickly make improvements in a fail safe way and keep the momentum of change up over the long term. Recently James has worked with organisations such as Suncorp, Marks & Spencer, Sky and MOO Print Ltd to establish improved delivery practices and build high performing teams.

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Dale Freya

Director

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Dale Freya
Director

Dale is a software engineer and data analyst specialising in web development and business intelligence using modern cloud technology. His experience includes building systems to scale for hundreds of millions of users. He has worked for both public and private sector organisations across industries such as health, recreation, entertainment, video games, education, and defence.

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David Hodges

Managing Director - NSW/ACT

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David Hodges
Managing Director - NSW/ACT

A tennis tragic and proud father of 3. Believer in living a healthy life and looking after myself and others. Retired marathoner and city2surf fan. Seasoned traveller who loves to discover new places and ways of life. Love the talent and energy of our Aginic team - always bringing the best out of each other.

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Helen Rizzoli

Managing Director - VIC

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Helen Rizzoli
Managing Director - VIC

Gains personal and professional satisfaction from leading teams to bring a new and innovative approach to longstanding challenges; particularly those in healthcare. Ultimate career goal is to influence system policy and direction such that health outcomes, clinical, personal and experiential, are improved for all. Loves the collaboration, co-operation and intent to achieve the ‘greater good’ in our culture. In my next life will be a professional tap dancer or Roulette pilot.

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Ian Rodin

Non-Executive Chairman

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Ian Rodin
Non-Executive Chairman

A chartered accountant for over 35 years, I've travelled a lot and worked in Australia for over 27 years.I'm loving working with a great team in a smart, vibrant, values-based organisation which is really going places. I feel energised every time I walk through the door.

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Angel Chan

Senior Manager

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Angel Chan
Senior Manager

Globe-trotter, foodie, bookworm and analytics consultant. Passionate about using data in smart ways to drive better decisions and outcomes. Loving the pace of change in Aginic because there are always new challenges - from a growing company to evolving technologies. It's also the most geeky, hilarious, motivated and genuine team I've had the fortune to work with.

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Cassandra Schultz

Senior Manager

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Cassandra Schultz
Senior Manager

An animal loving mathematician who's dabbled with a bit of coding. Gets a buzz out of being able to solve tricky questions for clients using analytics and seeing the reaction that results. Loves the culture of the team and enjoys the excitement that comes with every day in the office.

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Laura McDonald

Operations Manager / EA to Directors

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Laura McDonald
Operations Manager / EA to Directors

A food enthusiast and exercise junkie, who never says no to a family day at the beach. I love helping others with any challenge, and I thrive on a busy office with happy colleagues. I'm energised by the relaxed and genuine work culture that the Aginic team represents.

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Demi Van Der Poel

Finance Manager

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Demi Van Der Poel
Finance Manager

Aginic!

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Sally Greenwood

Enterprise Agile Coach

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Sally Greenwood
Enterprise Agile Coach

Sally is a delivery focused coach with extensive experience in large transformations and executive leadership coaching. Sally was leading the Agile strategy and capability across Suncorp Bank, the first financial institution to experiment with an Agile Way Of Working. More recently she has been working across Macquarie Bank to further transform their Way Of Working.

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Frank Valks

Enterprise Agile Coach

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Frank Valks
Enterprise Agile Coach

Experienced (~30 Years) technical IT practitioner and using my enterprise agile delivery coach role to get the best out of people, creating high performing teams who produce high quality deliverables. This includes large scale programs (~3000 People) and executive leadership coaching. Like to work with people who are passionate and together we try to solve complex problems in innovative ways.

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Paul Thornton

Senior Delivery Manager

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Paul Thornton
Senior Delivery Manager

Paul was one of a small number of people who instigated Sky's (UK) move to Scrum and the digitisation of their services (such as Sky Go, Sky News, and the award winning Sky Sports app), across web and mobile (this waslater mirrored by Foxtel so you can thank him for Foxtel Go!). He has with a wealth of experience having worked for leading bluechip companies (Trinity Mirror, Elsevier, Sky, UKTV) over the past 19 years and comes from computer science, software engineering, web development background - still loves to dabble with new tech when given the chance. As a long term believer and practitioner of the agile principles and extreme programming practices over the past 10 years, gives him the ability to oversee the success of large and complex agile programs whilst also coaching the improvement of the team's technical practices.

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Ruben Slabbert

Service Delivery Lead

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Ruben Slabbert
Service Delivery Lead

Whiz kiddo

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Rahul Nair

Software Development Lead

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Rahul Nair
Software Development Lead

Originally from India, a cultural outcast, non-religious, obviously atheist. I love photography, also love reading humour but am easily distracted and super lazy. I have been coding for quite some time now and want to continue coding for a long time. I joined Aginic because I wanted to learn new tech and get exposed to the nitty-gritty of building and running a startup, have loved my time here ever since. I have the opportunity to work with some of the smartest people I have ever met and I draw motivation from them. And oh, there's also beer and pingpong, not necessarily in that order!

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Nik Ilich

Delivery Manager

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Nik Ilich
Delivery Manager

Passionate business improvement professional, with a background in Lean & Process Management spanning the mining and financial services industries. Enjoys tackling complex problems in a systematic and user-centric way with diverse and driven teams. Any spare time is usually consumed playing the guitar, surfing, learning something new, or playing social (amature!) basketball.

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Ben Forbes

Marketing Manager

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Ben Forbes
Marketing Manager

A passionate marketing professional who loves looking at the bigger picture. A background in tourism, health and manufacturing industries, and a love for the arts (especially music). Continually motivated by the role data analytics can play in shaping our world, and learning from the best in the biz here at Aginic.

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Kristina Hayes

Product Manager

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Kristina Hayes
Product Manager

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Pietari Keurulainen

Design Manager

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Pietari Keurulainen
Design Manager

Moved to Australia from a small town in Finland. Passionate about improving user and customer experience. Loves playing sports, gaming and drinking a good cup of coffee. Also trained in Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

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Anna Fransson

Lead Designer

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Anna Fransson
Lead Designer

A design-loving Swede inspired by science fiction, Japanese culture, photography and most of all the people I work with! Creating a fulfilling user experience with elegant designs is very rewarding, whether it's an interactive dashboard, exhibition or brand identity.

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Emma Freya

Senior Designer

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Emma Freya
Senior Designer

Qualified Swedish chef with experience in financial planning; turned developer; now designer. Loves creating awesome stuff. Enjoys turning concepts to beautiful pieces visualised on the web. Engaged by learning new things on the job everyday. Energised by our social work culture.

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Sam Kosky

Senior Developer

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Sam Kosky
Senior Developer

Holds a Bachelors degree in Information Technology; consultant turned developer. Passionate about IoT and AI. Builds unique solutions from the ground up. Our dynamic work culture feeds his innovation and creativity.

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Vijay Rajagopalan

Senior Data Engineer

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Senior Data Engineer

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Cael Degnian

Supervisor

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Cael Degnian
Supervisor

Biomedical engineer turned data dude. Enjoys working collaborative in teams to solve complex technical and social problems; passionate about finding elegant solutions. Inspired by people and their stories. Likes food, dislikes John Cusack. Always intrigued by the 'how' and the 'why'.

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Lachlan Robertson

Supervisor

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Lachlan Robertson
Supervisor

I love it when my job is to help other people do their job better, and in applying this lens to my work with clients, colleagues & data, I get a kick out of finding efficiencies in day-to-day work. A former Excel-monkey, I have seen the light with modern analytics tools. I'm always up for a physical challenge, and I am one of the slowest eaters in the country.

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Samuel Bunting

Supervisor

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Samuel Bunting
Supervisor

Enthusiastic adventurer with a keen understanding of mathematics. Inspired by passions, obsessed with innervation and a zeal for growth. Everyday is exciting when you're surrounded by motivated colleagues.

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Samantha Scott

Supervisor

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Samantha Scott
Supervisor

Commerce and Digital Business graduate who enjoys challenges presented from working across new and different tools and technologies. Has a keen interest in exploring relationships across data sets and translating them into simple, effective insights and actions for organisations. Loves having a social team environment because of the awesome vibe it creates in the office whether we’re working on a project or catching up over some table tennis.

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Vivian Shih

Supervisor

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Vivian Shih
Supervisor

Actuarial graduate who prefers to do maths with a calculator. Loves creating positive impact through client engagements. Motivated by learning new technologies on the job. Enjoys travelling to different cities for work. Thrive on our family-like team dynamic.

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Molly Rafferty

Supervisor

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Molly Rafferty
Supervisor

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Samuel Bentley

Supervisor

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Samuel Bentley
Supervisor

IT & Finance graduate now a Data Consultant. Fascinated with new technologies and making life simpler. Enjoy gathering insights from data and driving positive change. Driven by the mateship and the fun culture at Aginic.

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Felix Kiefer

Delivery Lead

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Felix Kiefer
Delivery Lead

Studied International Business in Dortmund (Germany), gained experience in Europe, South America and Australia in various industries. Enjoys simple and intuitive designs and strives to tackle problems from unusual angles and perspectives. Always curious how things work. Savours the diversity and energy of the team.

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Delivery Lead

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Delivery Lead

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James Hume

Delivery Lead

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James Hume
Delivery Lead

Completed degrees in law and accounting before realising that was not the right path for me. I am now a passionate and enthusiastic professional who enjoys helping teams come together to solve challenging problems in an efficient and user-centric manner.  My spare time is spent running or recovering from running related injuries.

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Michael Griffin

Delivery Lead

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Michael Griffin
Delivery Lead

With 20 years' experience working in the data, technology and health industries Michael is a forward-thinking professional with a track record of developing long-term solutions to business problems and opportunities. Passionate about improving communication and collaboration throughout all areas of the business, Michael uses a servant leader approach to guide teams through the uncertainty and ambiguity that accompanies change and the development of new products. A data nerd, healthtech fanatic and obstacle course racer, Michael is an advocate of "building the right things" as a product manager while "building the things right" as a delivery manager.

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Rowan Walsh

Delivery Lead

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Rowan Walsh
Delivery Lead

Moving to Australia from Ireland in 2006 Rowan started his career as a Data Analyst in the Market Research industry, and over time moved more into delivery facilitation and coaching, most recently working with Macquarie in their Regulatory Reporting and Banking and Financial Services areas. He focuses a lot on improving the way that teams work, and takes a pragmatic approach when encouraging change and enabling delivery. Rowan is a firm believer in the core Agile Principles, and the value that empowering all members of a team can have when delivering client focused solutions. He is a rugby tragic, and spends his free time with his family, watching rugby with mates, and enjoying a craft beer or two.

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Lachlan Hamilton

Senior Consultant

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Lachlan Hamilton
Senior Consultant

Country boy turned Biomedical Scientist with a love for numbers. Happy to be working with a team who cares about helping people beyond just improving their bank balances.

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Kieran Dowling

Senior Consultant

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Kieran Dowling
Senior Consultant

Insatiably curious. I spend my time seeking interesting problems, nice people to work with and a good cup of tea. To date this search has spanned an eclectic range of fields, from consulting, physics and social science to activism and specialty coffee. While content with any good puzzle I'm particularly interested in solutions that improve people's everyday experience, whether that’s providing better health outcomes in hospitals or simply better tasting coffee.

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Jake Hughes

Senior Consultant

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Jake Hughes
Senior Consultant

A huge football (soccer) fanatic from Wales with a passion for astrophysics. Studied and researched physics and astronomy. Enjoys helping clients discover new insights in their data, and learning about other industries. Slowly but surely getting better at table tennis.

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David Bishop

Senior Consultant

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David Bishop
Senior Consultant

Mathematician and (semi-professional) musician with an unashamedly niche sense of humour. Strengths are statistics, programming, and working with large datasets. Driven by constantly reading, learning, and finding new novel ways to solve problems. Could literally talk for hours about footy if required. Loves the social and friendly work culture, and always up for banter.

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Will Weldon

Senior Consultant

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Will Weldon
Senior Consultant

Maths Graduate with experience in telecommunications. Loves playing around with new technologies and excited about learning new things. Enjoy creating ways for people to engage with their own information. Excited to play futsal each week with our company team.

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Michael Gilmour

Senior Consultant

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Michael Gilmour
Senior Consultant

Mechanical engineering graduate, with a love for numbers and problem solving. Best part of the job is being pushed to learn new things and challenge my thinking everyday, as part of a dynamic and supportive team. Also gotta the fun team building activities.

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Andre Wong

Developer

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Andre Wong
Developer

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Andrew Li

Consultant

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Andrew Li
Consultant

Biomedical Engineer turned data enthusiast. Excited about data applications in healthcare from policy to individual biomechanics. Always curious about how and why things work. Love the culture at Aginic, and always keen for more banter.

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Anthony Pirlo

Consultant

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Anthony Pirlo
Consultant

Mechanical Engineering graduate, Fragrance Consultant and now Number Nerd. Loves diving deep into the data to find new stories then making them look gorgeous on the front end. Excited to work with such a young and motivated team. Competitive ping-pong enthusiast who is passionate about finding humour in any situation.

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Ben Phipps

Developer

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Ben Phipps
Developer

Software Engineering background with a passion for data and it’s real world applications. I love working with new and exciting technologies to solve complex problems. I like the social work atmosphere at Aginic and the opportunity to talk about all things software and data related.

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Blake Entwisle

Consultant

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Blake Entwisle
Consultant

Physicist turned biophysicist turned analytics consultant. Can talk under wet cement, and takes any chance to tinkle the ivories and sing. When I’m not playing piano you’ll find me with my family (and dog). I love all things numbers, from data to dice rolls. I enjoy digging through data for the story within, then communicating this to colleagues and clients.

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Breanna Fahey

EA / Admin Officer

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Breanna Fahey
EA / Admin Officer

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Carina Chen

Consultant

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Carina Chen
Consultant

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Chris Lam

Developer

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Chris Lam
Developer

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Danielle Simkus

Consultant

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Danielle Simkus
Consultant

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Daniil Zaikin

Cloud & IT Admin

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Daniil Zaikin
Cloud & IT Admin

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Jason McLaren

Designer

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Jason McLaren
Designer

Designer fascinated with the cross section of design and user experience. With skills in visual design, development, user interaction, and user experience Jason is keen to tackle any challenge that comes his way. Other interests include photography and debating the word limit of Google Slide presentations.

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John Owen

Developer

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John Owen
Developer

Hooked on coding since high school. Now loves building tools that make life easier for real people. Intrigued by real-world applications of maths and computer science. Stays on the cutting edge of the tech world. Loves chatting over a coffee. Can square a circle.

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Elynor Liu

Consultant

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Elynor Liu
Consultant

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Ken Wong

Senior Consultant

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Ken Wong
Senior Consultant

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Kirsten Vo-Phuoc

Consultant

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Kirsten Vo-Phuoc
Consultant

Landed upon data analytics via nuclear physics PhD via pure maths. Lover of learning and getting stuck into either a problem, a book or a hike that didn't go to plan. I am interested in drawing meaning from data and communicating this through engaging visualisations. Doing this with Aginic's super dynamic team makes it even better!

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Naunghton Williams

Consultant

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Naunghton Williams
Consultant

Business graduate now data analyst. Born in England and raised in South Africa. Passionate about working collaboratively to solve complex problems and also eating until I fall into a coma. I enjoy working at Aginic because of the emphasis on learning and being very friendly and inclusive.

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Natasha Dronova

Consultant

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Natasha Dronova
Consultant

Professionally, I love discovering insights from complex data. Personally, I say "Yes" to every opportunity that comes my way and chase the ones that try sneaking by: I'm an avid language learner, tennis player, teacher and puzzle solver. I love learning new technologies every day and enjoy working in a team on innovative projects!

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Neil Ashford

Developer

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Neil Ashford
Developer

"I wish this card was written in Rust"

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Nicole Hare

Consultant

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Nicole Hare
Consultant

It is the 21st century and data is the new black. As an innovative, passionate and dedicated young professional with a fervor for knowledge, Nicole sees herself as a craftswoman manipulating data and analytics to provide effective Business Intelligence solutions. With a purposeful approach and efficient work style, Nicole uses data science to serve clients by generating powerful, actionable insights and making significant contributions to the sphere of knowledge.

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Olga Drath

Consultant

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Olga Drath
Consultant

A wannabe data ‘wizard’ suffering from everlasting wanderlust. Previous professional experiences include: translating medical papers from Japanese to Polish, cleaning hotel rooms in North-East Iceland and a PhD research in molecular magnetism. Likes hiking, learning foreign languages, patting dogs and data digging. Passionate about translating long tables and spreadsheets into beautiful charts. At Aginic, I enjoy working on diverse and challenging projects with the friendliest and geekiest people of all.

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Sebastian Haviland

Developer

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Sebastian Haviland
Developer