Santiment team

In true crypto fashion, our team is as decentralised as they come - spanning 12 countries and 8 time zones (which makes organizing team calls a blast:)
Meet the people dedicated to bringing context to the crypto ecosystem:

Core team

Maksim Balashevich

Maksim Balashevich

Founder

Veteran product creator and entrepreneur with more than 15 years experience leading international teams, and more than 10 years in financial markets analysis. A distinguished sentiment analyst and crowd psychology expert, he’s a regular media commentator who has been featured in Forbes and other financial publications. He also draws on his unique background in a yogic way of life to foster a human-focused, balanced approach to building communities and decentralized platforms.

Yura Zatsepin

Yura Zatsepin

Product Dev Lead

He’s developed a guitar education service, online payment services for banks, and MMO mobile/flash games and extensions for purchase. He also won first place in 2 hackathons (Gazprom, QIWI) and got special prizes from Evernote. He now wants to turn his passion for building great applications toward the crypto world.

Tzanko Matev

Tzanko Matev

PhD Developer / Mathematician

Number theorist, software developer and devops leader keeping Santiment systems in shape. Brings experience with backend logic and data structures as well. Data scientist. New crypto explorer. Meditator.

Research Group

Irina Pranovich

Irina Pranovich

Data Scientist

Data science nerd currently writing apps and creating visualizations for social data collection and analysis. A python coder, she’s built a knowledge base for a major university project based on graph theory, and holds a BSc with specialization in AI (Minsk). She studied Data Mining in Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest). She also takes amazing photos while exploring the world.

Alexander Grablevski

Alexander Grablevski

Data Scientist

He has a Major in Economics, enjoys DS and ML, and has deep experience in econometrics, including awards in several Econometric competitions. He also has a passion for discovering crypto space and used to work as analyst of crypto projects. He currently is a teacher for Cryptocurrencies and Derivatives course in Belarusian National Technical University. Likes learning and discovering new things.

Yordan Pavlov

Yordan Pavlov

Big Data Engineer

Yordan has 10+ years of experience as a software developer, mainly as a C++ developer. He has worked on projects in the telecom and travel industries, and likes devising optimized and lean software especially related to fast networking, optimized algorithms and high performance data structures. He was instantly drawn to cryptocurrencies because they intersect cryptography, finance and social behavior. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, snowboarding or just going for a walk.

Vassil Kalkov

Vassil Kalkov

Big Data Engineer

Vassil brings a pragmatic approach plus experience in startups and mid-size companies, using a diverse set of technologies. He’s a long-time crypto believer and is committed to building applications that foster its adoption. He’s also passionate about hardware, mining, connected devices, and shooting pictures with old analog cameras.

Lyudmil Danailov

Lyudmil Danailov

Junior Developer

Lyudmil is starting his career in development while studying Informatics at Sofia University. He’s also a martial artist and guitar player, and really enjoys reading books in English (and in the future, maybe Italian, French or Japanese). He also loves spending time with his girlfriend and playing with his dog in his hometown of Varna.

Ante Sosa

Ante Sosa

Big Data Engineer

Ante has a background in mathematics with experience in analyzing large amounts of malicious files. He is passionate about data science and exploring innovations in crypto space. He enjoys playing football, traveling and meeting new people.

Anatoliy Pozdeyev

Anatoliy Pozdeyev

Big Data Engineer

Master degree in computer security and cryptography, software engineer with entrepreneur background, 15+ years experience. Made a lot of projects in different fields (security, IPTV, mobile, games). Now his main passion is Big Data and Crypto. He likes challenges, when it is necessary to think, rather than just knocking on a keyboard. He desires to compete in Iron Man triathlon, 4km swim, 200 bike ride, and 40 runs!

Katsiaryna Dzibuk

Katsiaryna Dzibuk

Junior Data Scientist

Katsiaryna holds a BSc in field of AI. A person of numbers being in love with mathematics and statistics. Likes to learn Japanese and spend time with her cats.

Vladislav Volynets

Vladislav Volynets

Junior Data Scientist

Vlad joined our team while studying at the Belarusian State University. Enjoys learning math, implementing various kinds of classical algorithms, and understanding ml algorithms under the hood. Likes to play basketball, table tennis and spend time with his friends.

Development team

Ivan Aleksandrov

Ivan Aleksandrov

Backend developer

Ivan is a new crypto enthusiast and developer with C++ experience writing software for telecoms and working as a university teaching assistant in computer programming. He is also pursuing a BA in Computer Science. He loves music, books, mountaineering and exploring nature.

Tsvetozar Penov

Tsvetozar Penov

Backend developer

Tsvetozar is an experienced full stack developer who has worked for several startups. He enjoys building robust and scalable systems that have impact. He also holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is a certified trainer who loves rolling, hiking and doing all kinds of sports.

Dmitri Marov

Dmitri Marov

Frontend developer

Curious. Disciplined. Passionate. Dmitri Is not afraid to wonder and learn more about how things work. He always tries to find ways to make life better…. and never stops doing these things because he loves it.

Nastya Kharitonova

Nastya Kharitonova

Frontend developer

Nastya loves to make awesome apps. She is attentive to details, and is crazy about friendly UX, animations and beautiful UI. As a frontend developer, she helps people understand the crypto world and tries to understand it herself.

Nikolay Kalev

Nikolay Kalev

DevSecOps

He has a Master degree in industrial automation with more than 15 years of IT/infrastructure expertise. Throughout his career, he grew few large scale projects to more than 4000 hosts and devices. He is passionate with cloud technologies, automation, security, Linux, BSD and embedded systems. He is interested about scifi , technology and always enjoy learning new things on his spare time

Nail Khafizov

Nail Khafizov

Blockchain developer

He likes to develop extraordinary and complex apps. He is sure: blockchain will lead us to the bright future. Programming is his passion.

Ivan Genev

Ivan Genev

DevOps

Ivan has more than 15 years of IT/infrastructure expertise. Throughout his career, he was working in large telecoms, on-line gaming companies and e-commerce platforms. Enjoys to learn new things and play with linux, networks and automation.

Communications

Kelvin “Wilhelm” Lee

Kelvin “Wilhelm” Lee

Community Manager

Known as “Wilhelm” in the crypto space, he’s your gateway to all things Santiment. He ensures that communication between the team and community is in sync, and info you need is at your fingertips. No stranger to building great communities, he’s also a core member of crypto’s largest slack, Cryptocopia. There have been rumors he might be an AI, have a chat with him to find out more.

Max “balresch” Bartel

Max “balresch” Bartel

Tech Support

Max got hooked on crypto in 2018, after the last bull run. While his portfolio is still in the red, he’s learned a lot during this bear market, including that “bear market conferences” can be great for making connections (Santiment was lucky to meet him at Devcon IV!) With more than 7 years of experience in small teams providing high-quality tech support, he can help answer all of your Santiment questions.

Marketing

Brian Quinlivan

Brian Quinlivan

Director of Marketing

With a freshly-minted MBA in finance from Chapman University, Brian has 10+ years of marketing, financial, and data analytics experience. He enjoys creating financial models to improve modern-day investing strategies and to study the intricacies of market variations. He’s also fascinated by cryptocurrency and loves being part of a growing community that represents a change from the status quo of traditional banking and transactions. When away from work, he’s an avid music producer and writer, and enjoys playing tennis, basketball, and cards.

Dino Ibisbegovic

Dino Ibisbegovic

Content & SEO

Resident wordsmith and SEO nerd, Dino oversees all things content. He’s worked in a medley of startups big and small before joining Santiment, specializing in content creation, search engine optimization and many other -ations. He has since caught the crypto bug and is currently a refreshingly average swing trader. Get in touch with him to talk content collabs and/or favorite html tags.

Business Development

Serena Tan

Serena Tan

Partnerships

Builds partnerships at the project level, and brings users, developers and traders in the Santiment community together. She’s committed to diversity, inclusion and representation for the industry, facilitating meetups and learning opportunities for the wider Santiment community. She graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Science and previously worked in non-profit and social enterprise before joining Santiment.

Garry Kabankin

Garry Kabankin

Project Coordinator

Organizer, structurizer, and master in wrangling complex data into manageable forms. Keeps Santiment projects running smoothly and never stops learning. Aviator.

Vladimir Donskoi

Vladimir Donskoi

Managing Director

Dr. Vladimir Donskoi - expert in the development of new growth models and entrepreneurial ecosystems; studies at Harvard and Oxford universities; experience in founding, managing and strategic consulting for a number of companies.

Design

Anastasia Gelemeeva

Anastasia Gelemeeva

Designer

Anastasia is a passionate product-marketing designer who believes in simple and balanced design. She helps Santiment look pretty and structured. She has worked mostly with B2B and e-commerce companies but has always was looked forward to creating something unique and high-valued in a new industry.

Kim Carson

Kim Carson

Designer

User-focused visual/interactive designer specializing in partnership integrations, and enterprise apps for web and mobile. Dreams in html/css and data visualizations. Wordsmither. Aspiring crypto trader.

Ehrlan Zholdosh

Ehrlan Zholdosh

Designer

Ehrlan does product design over six years. Feels a sincere devotion to translating complex products into functional user-centered interfaces visually balanced across any device. Born with a blue heart and devoted to FC Chelsea.

Ksenia Parfinovich

Ksenia Parfinovich

Illustrator

Ksenia has been illustrating for many years, making comics and books. She has been actively engage in graphic design and has given drawing lessons to adults and children. Likes to watch beautifully animated cartoons and read good literature.

Advisors

Dorjee Sun

Advisor

Social entrepreneur who has co-founded 17 companies in the areas of biotech, education, conservation, agriculture, philanthropy, technology and financial innovation. Named one of TIME Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment, he also is a hero of Santiment business development and leading new initiatives.

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