Atanas Kiryakov is the founder and CEO of Ontotext – Semantic Web pioneer and vendor of semantic technology. Atanas is member of the board of the Linked Data Benchmarking Council - standardization body, who's members include all major graph database vendors.
Atanas is a expert in semantic graph databases, reasoning, knowledge graph design, text mining, semantic tagging, linking and search. Author of signature academic publications with more than 2500 citations. Until 2010 Atanas was product manager of GraphDB (formerly OWLIM) – a leading RDF graph database serving mission critical projects in organizations like BBC, Financial Times, Nikkei, S&P, Springer Nature, John Wiley, Elsevier, UK Parliament, Kadaster.NL, The National Gallery of US and top-5 US Banks.
As CEO of Ontotext Atanas supervised multiple high profile semantic technology projects across different sectors: media and publishing, market and investment information, cultural heritage and government.