About Soffos Inc.

About Soffos Inc.

Do you want to streamline your organisation’s Learning & Development, saying goodbye to classrooms & webinars?

Soffos, Inc. is building the next generation of Educational Technology solutions. Whether you're a trainer, teacher, or individual app user, the SoffosCognitive AI Engine puts the knowledge locked away in all your files and resources straight into the palm of your hand. We are based in Austin, TX, and we were founded in 2019.

Soffos™ is unique, because it will auto-assimilate and 'understand' knowledge without human oversight, allowing it to deliver value immediately, without weeks of challenging configuration. Knowledge transfer is via natural (spoken and / or typed) language, just as a person would converse with a human teacher, manager, colleague or friend.

The Soffos Team

Do you want to streamline your organisation’s Learning & Development, saying goodbye to classrooms & webinars?

The senior team has a seasoned pedigree between them. Our key people variously come from backgrounds in EdTech, entrepreneurship, data science and taking startups from a zero balance sheet to millions in revenue within remarkably rapid timescales.

NIKOLAS KAIRINOS

Founder & CEO

An award-winning innovator with four decades of experience in AI. Also a serial entrepreneur who bridges the divide between scientists & others, leading to the creation of novel, practical and impactful AI solutions.

Nikolas is recognized for his vast publication history, public speaking reputation and deep involvement in the field of AI.

ERO GEORGIADES

Director of Operations

Our Operations Director, Ero Georgiades, is a detail-oriented self-starter and an excellent communicator, with a gift for building business relationships at all levels. Whether it’s a new idea for a stalled project, a missing technical specification, or helping a scientist and a salesperson communicate, Ero finds the solution.

Ero oversees the daily operations of Soffos, ensuring that output is productive by managing procedures and people – she plans diverse operational activities with her extensive proven experience of the most efficient ways to run a business. In short – Ero runs a tight ship!

ALIKI CONSTANTINOU EdD

Education Consultant

Aliki has been in the field of education for over 20 years as a teacher, leader and teacher trainer, complemented by a Doctorate in Educational Leadership focused on the impact of training in online cooperative learning techniques on self-efficacy.

Aliki is consistently fascinated by what enhances learner engagement and how the dynamics of such engagement incessantly metamorphoses with the changing times and technologies to which we are exposed. Learning more about how to engage learners in order to enhance their learning experience are her major priorities as an educator.

Polina Svidovsky

NLP Engineer

Polina designs and develops NLP/NLU based applications & solutions to analyze and improve existing products’ core algorithms. She is something of a polymath, as she has been a data scientist for Lithuanian railways and also specialized in the physics of microwaves for her Bachelor’s degree.

Avgi Christofi

Online Marketer

With an original background in the tourist industry, Avgi Christofi graduated with flying colors from the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki in Macedonia. Her specialist thesis covered the concept of 'neuromarketing' and its practical applications.

Consequently, Avgi brings the Soffos team priceless insights on how people interact on an emotional level with new technologies.

Julie Constantinou

Chief Administrator

Julie has worked in several different industries and careers including administration, sales, health and wellness. She is passionate about working with people from diverse backgrounds and is consistently fascinated by how we may be different, but our humanity, our passion for life and wellbeing often makes us quite similar.

Julie ensures that operations run smoothly to help create a stress free and pleasant working environment for everyone at Soffos.

Anna Kyriacou Spies

Creative Director

Anna Kyriacou Spies has been a creative entrepreneur for seven years, working with companies across several continents, from South Africa, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, UK and Bolivia.  Her expertise is in Brand Identity, Design and Art Direction. Anna has been part of the Soffos team since 2018, creating and nurturing the Soffos brand, as well as overseeing the creative aspects of our app’s UX and UI by collaborating with developers and contractors.

Anna also manages her own creative team at her company Nomadic Projex, which produces marketing and other public-facing assets for Soffos.

KEN HUBBELL

Interim Chief Product Officer

Ken is a strategic and innovative learning leader and an award winning producer of training solutions. Ken presently leads Instructional Design Strategy & Innovation as a SVP for Learning and Development at Wells Fargo Bank and has over 20 years of assembling, developing and enabling diverse teams, creating customer and stakeholder value.

His software development background is in the areas of NLP, AI, game design, and VR. Ken has designed and developed programs for a variety of organizations including the FAA, NASA, the United Nations, Caterpillar, Ingersoll Rand/Trane and General Motors.

Nik Levenberg

Chief Business officer

Nik Levenberg brings a rich and diverse experience of working as a consultant with very many startups across various industry sectors, most recently including supply chain and logistics organizations.  He has a keen interest in operational and workflow software and its potential to enable agility and add robustness into any enterprise.

Nik is a technologist and futurist who has also participated in strategic planning and consequent reorganization of two professional services firms; his success is down to his aptitude for bridging technical, operational and financial considerations into clear models and frameworks.

DANIEL HARRIS, PhD

Chief Science Officer

Daniel is a computational semantics specialist with 7 years of professional experience in operational modeling, enterprise taxonomy/ontology, enterprise data warehouse reporting, and management consulting.

He brings to Soffos a broad skill set in logic programming, data modeling, linguistics, and discrete mathematics, with a keen interest in declarative paradigms for knowledge representation and computational linguistics. Daniel’s expertise is in prototyping and designing NLP systems for document auto-classification and natural-language database interaction.

Sean Bethard

Lead NLP Engineer

Sean is a linguist with 9 years of experience in natural language processing and expertise in linguistic semantics, search and question answering.

He has published research on question answering at IBM and helped to build out the inference framework for a semantic parser built on Splunk that powers semantic search for digital forensics use cases. Sean is also a SemEval participant.

Rafael Andrade

Senior Front-End Developer

Rafael has in-depth knowledge of the latest technology trends to produce clean website designs. He combines sound technical frameworks with appealing media assets to generate front-end solutions focused on expanding user bases. He is experienced in working with teams to produce impactful, leading-edge websites that engage customers and deliver business results.

Rafael is well-versed in contemporary design standards and user preferences.

STEFAN KAIRINOS

Lead Full-Stack Developer

Stefan is a computer scientist and algorithmist specializing in technical analysis and software implementation. He also ensures that all Soffos’ modules and components integrate smoothly without conflicts.

Nabil Khaled

Marketing Co-ordinator

With a burning passion for media and tech, with a customer satisfaction-oriented background, Nabil tackles community and digital marketing challenges to enable Soffos to best present its cutting-edge AI technology

Ronaldo Faria Lima

Senior Full-Stack Developer

Ronaldo is a software developer who started his professional life in 1982 with an Apple II, then became a programmer in 1994.

Ronaldo has written software used variously in small solutions and mission-critical server software. He works in a range of programming languages, operating systems, database engines and frameworks.

Ronaldo has worked within several corporations including Schlumberger and McDonalds.

Prof. CHRIS HUYCK, PhD

AI / NLP Expert

Professor Huyck has been working in Natural Language Processing for 35 years. After developing the Visual Basic 1 at Microsoft, he returned to receive his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1994, working on text extraction systems.

Steph van Schalkwyk

NLP / Search Expert

Steph is a computational linguist, NLP, AI and search engine guru.

Specializing in Lexical Search Engines (Elasticsearch, SOLR and others) ,Vector Search (FAISS, Weaviate, Milvus), NLP (SpaCy, Haystack, Hugging Face, Python), GPT-3/J/NEO and bespoke AI-NLP enterprise search engines. Steph brings exceptional value to the Soffos team - because natural-language driven enterprise knowledge discovery is exactly what our technology is designed to achieve.

Dr. ELIAS IOSIF, PhD

NLP Expert

Dr. Iosif is a scientist in the field of natural language processing and blockchain technologies with over 12 years of research experience. His passion is computational semantics, and he holds two ‘best system’ awards for his contributions in this regard.

Associate Professor, PhD

AI / KRR Expert

More than 20 years of research experience in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, specializing in the development of learning algorithms and computational systems that can effectively and efficiently acquire knowledge from text and from human interactions, and use this knowledge to reason in a manner that is compatible with the argumentative and dialectical nature of human cognition.

TOM HILL, Ma Cert ED

Lead Copy Writer and English Language Specialist

Having specialized in linguistics at early university, Tom has crafted language output for several software houses.  After 10 years of university lecturing in communications, Mr Hill also has a publication history with the UK’s Guardian newspaper and the BBC.

Prof. Giuseppe Primiero, PhD

Computational Logic Expert

Giuseppe is a logician working in formal modeling and verification of multi-agent systems. His preferred tools are extensions of proof-systems, modal and computational logics for non-monotonic & dynamic rationality in humans, together with applied Artificial Intelligence. His extensive research includes an examination of the Philosophy of Computing and Information.

DINO DEMETRIOU

Co-founder & Director

Entrepreneur & Keynote speaker (National Retailers Federation) on the subject of ‘Digital transformation, Beyond the Omni-channel,’ Featured in Forbes & Conde’ Nast on the subjects of digital personalisation & mood analytics.

Experienced energetic business visionary with over 25 years of proven leadership with a passion for tackling complex problems & developing suitable solutions. Started & sold numerous companies over the years acquiring knowledge that only doing can provide.

Focused on the online / offline potential presented by impending digital transformation.

JOE McCALL

Director

Joe McCall, Director, is a serial tech investor and helped found the Austin Technology Council.  He also served as exec director of the Texas Nanotech Initiative.

STERGIOS ANASTASIADIS

Director & Angel Investor

Stergios Anastasiadis, Director & Angel Investor is a tech guru within disruptive tech startups. He has experience at building great teams and scaling businesses, with hands-on experience in R&D, UX/UI, Big Data, ML and infrastructure. Stergios has no fewer than six tech startups under his belt; one IPO, three acquisitions and five angel investments.

STAVROS STAVROU

Director

Stavros Stavrou, Soffos director, is a chartered accountant and a fellow member of the ICAEW. Stavros holds many prominent appointments: founding member and chairman of a ship management company, member of the BOD for insurance, reinsurance, banking, CCCI, funds and investment firms.

For over a decade, Stavros was the Group CFO and Member of the Board of a major trans-European energy company as well as holding chairman and member of the board of directors appointments including chairman of the board of directors for a publicly listed airline and board member appointments in the banking, insurance, energy, software development, construction and education sectors – European University and Member of the Board of Trustees of the International School of Monaco during the period 1998 – 2003.

Do you want to streamline your organisation’s Learning & Development, saying goodbye to classrooms & webinars?

Soffos™ Inc. is in partnership with its incubator, Fountech Ventures, Deep Tech AI Venture Builders, also based in Austin TX, with a satellite office in London, England.

Fountech Ventures immerse themselves as corporate co-founders for the long-haul; providing ongoing technical development and commercial knowledge transfer from their in-house scientists, IP lawyers, engineers and entrepreneurs.