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Hello. Tell us about who you are & what role you will be doing OpenCorporates.

Hi! My name is Alexander Angelov. I’m a Data Analyst at OpenCorporates and I am doing the processes of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modelling data with the goal of discovering useful information, suggesting conclusions, and supporting decision-making.

What brought you to the field of data analysis?

I’ve studied mathematical statistics and sustainable business risk management. This made me versatile, knowledgeable and confident about analysing variety of datasets for different organisations and industries. Before OpenCorporates, I worked as an Energy Analyst at PCMG – the UK’s leading provider of cost recovery and optimisation services. I’ve also worked at UniCredit, a leading European commercial bank and BNP Paribas.

Where did you grow up?

Burgas, Bulgaria and Moscow, Russia. I speak Bulgarian and a little Russian!

3060535881_34da075c6d_zBurgas by Evgeni Dinev

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Moscow by Aleksei.

Favourite childhood junk food?

McDonalds.

What drew you to OpenCorporates?

The public good! When you need to search for a company, there are a lot of difficulties to find accurate official information. Firstly, you need to find the company register, and then try to figure out where on that register is the option to find the company you are looking for. And if you are searching for an officer or company across multiple jurisdictions, then it gets next to impossible.

So, what drew me to OpenCorporates is the idea of creating a very powerful tool for searching information for all companies in the world. The role itself gives me the chance to obtain raw data which is collected and analyzed to answer questions; test hypotheses; and then converting it into useful information for banks, academics, NGOs, insurance companies, and governments.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

Sports – gym, football, swimming etc. Also, I like to analyse different kinds of mathematical and statistical problems with my friends. I also like travelling and sometimes in my spare time, I read books related to different countries, their cultures and ways of thinking.

What’s your favourite book/movie/tv show and why?

I like to read different types of books, but it depends on whether the book is exciting. I don’t care about its genre but I do like narrative books the most. My favourite is “The Shawshank Redemption” (from Steven King’s Different seasons). What I love about this story is the way the man’s character is developed, and how he finds a way to escape from wrongful imprisonment. I would highly recommend it (even if you’ve seen the film).