Our Team

Zeta Alpha is located at Startup Village on the Science Park campus of the University of Amsterdam. With strong ties to the local and global research community, we are motivated by building beautiful and useful products based on the latest AI and natural language understanding technologies. Zeta Alpha is not your typical startup. We are building a team and a company for a long-term prosperous and impactful future.

We have the ambition to change the way AI helps people to make better decisions in their work, and the drive to create a new product category to realize this ambition.

Jakub Zavrel

Founder, Technologist, Entrepreneur. Building a new long lasting, prosperous, and global AI company with a very ambitious goal is what  he loves to do. When he is not working or with family, you can find him listening to live music, enjoying a crafty cocktail, running or rowing, or tending to his rooftop garden.

Olga Gureenkova

Graduated as a linguist and gradually switched to working on NLP and software engineering, in both academia and enterprise. She has a special love for developing Question Answering and Search systems, Chabot development, and open source. She likes to create smart algorithms that help people in their everyday life.

Carsten Schnober

Having completed his MSc at the University of Edinburgh, and academic research in NLP, Carsten decided to focus on bringing the state of the art into the hands of users. Used to write for various tech magazines, and enjoys open source software, languages, chess, plus some less nerdy things.

Victor Zuanazzi

Recent graduate of MSc in AI program at University of Amsterdam. Machine learning, urban cycling and engaging in political discussions is probably how he spends most of his awake hours.  Working to improve the transformer powered search at Zeta Alpha.

Wouter Weerkamp

After his PhD in Search Technology from the University of Amsterdam, he left academia to bring the latest scientific advances to the industry with his own startup, 904 Labs. He has now joined forces with the Zeta Alpha team as a Search Engineer, but also brings significant entrepreneurial chops. When time permits, he enjoys going for a run or a nice cycling trip.

Marzieh Fadaee

Besides her work as NLP Research Engineer at Zeta Alpha, she is currently wrapping up her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam on meaning representation in machine translation. Her interests lie in getting insights from data and understanding natural language. When not training understanding models, she’s training her own brain to learn a new language.

Fernando Rejon Barrera

Fernando spent some time in academia while completing his PhD in theoretical physics, and afterwards  made a switch to industry in order to follow his lifelong passion for technology. He now focuses on software architecture of distributed systems, data engineering, and cloud infrastructure.

Shamil Mammadov

Experienced web developer. Always looking for new challenges. Combines eye for detail as well as strong technical foundation in building large & scalable web applications. Enjoys a good movie, biking and snowboarding.


We are looking to grow the team with talented and fun NLP researchers, data, and software engineers (both front end and back end) as well as enterpreneurial sales and marketing leads. If you are interested to join our ambitious mission, please send your CV.  

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