Here you’ll find who works at OpenCorporates, arranged by who has been here the longest….
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.
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.
Ben is the Systems Administrator for OpenCorporates, responsible for maintaining and improving the security, stability and performance of its computing infrastructure. With over 13 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 a newly crafted 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.
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.
Stuart is the Commercal Director at OpenCorporates. Over the past 15 years, he has assisted businesses in raising capital, designed and executed market growth plans for early stage high growth businesses. At AMEE, Stuart secured key contracts with large companies such as BP, Autodesk, SAP and SAS on projects opening up data in innovative ways, saving energy costs and reducing environmental impacts. Earlier in his career, Stuart successfully launched a US-backed learning technology business in to the European market, encouraging the opening up of learning data in reusable formats. Formerly Commercial Director and part of the founding team of Open Data Instituite. Stuart enjoys working with smart, passionate people who are making things which matter. When not growing businesses, he can be found training for endurance challenges and spending time with his young family.