Meet the certace Management team


Sibylle Luther, Co-Founder

Sibylle loves the challenge of transforming a vision into successful products and services. Before matching ace data scientists to client projects, she matched lonely hearts through a digital dating application, where she was responsible for internationalizing 30 brands in 22 countries and first got introduced to recommender systems. She then applied her entrepreneurial streak to finding and making digital investments as part of the M&A team of a major publishing house. Sibylle holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.


Sandra Hallbauer, Co-Founder

Sandra truly enjoys great products that address customer needs in a simple way. Prior to matching professional service partners to businesses, she matched professional cleaners to private households via an online platform, where she was responsible for building and driving the operations in 14 countries. Before that, she worked as a Consultant in a top management consulting firm and as an M&A Analyst at a leading investment bank. Sandra holds a BSc from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany, and a Master of Management from the University of Sydney, Australia, as well as from CEMS.


Meet our Board / Advisory Board

Dr. Robert Berendes, Chairman of the Board

Robert is a Venture Partner at Boston-based Flagship Ventures and a Client Service Partner at a-connect, where he leads the development of the agribusiness, food, and chemical industries. He is passionate about building businesses – particularly those motored by technology innovation and growth into new markets. He is also a Board Member of Verdesian and holds a PhD in Biophysics from the Max Planck Institute, Germany.


Nils Hagander, Vice Chairman of the Board

Nils is an entrepreneur and Co-Founder of a-connect, Vice Chairman at Sécheron Hasler Intl. and a Board Member of UrbanAlps AG. He is passionate about making a difference to people and companies. During his 30 years of experience in professional services, he has always engaged in attracting, developing and inspiring great talent. As a board member, investor and consulting team leader, he has shaped the future of many companies and institutions, serving clients around the world on their most pressing and important issues.



Dr. Paul von Bünau, Member of the Board

Dr. Paul von Bünau has more than 10 years of experience in implementing data science projects within large organizations. He is the Managing Director at the data science agency idalab, specialising in machine learning, AI, mathematical modeling and data strategy. Paul focuses on integrating strategy, methodology, and product perspectives. He previously worked at SAP, Fraunhofer, Deutsche Bank, and RDRS Bangladesh. Paul holds a PhD in data science from TU Berlin, an MSc in pure mathematics (St Andrews, Scotland) and a BSc in computer science.

Emeric Chevalier, Advisor

Emeric has always been thrilled by the creative force of entrepreneurship. This deep passion for driving innovation and transformation initiatives has permeated his whole career: from working at Renault participating in the implementation of the finance function of the newly created Latam Business unit, through McKinsey developing new business models in healthcare, media and internet or as an independent consultant supporting Brazilian agribusiness clients.



Prof. Donald Kossmann, Member of the Advisory Board

Prof. Donald Kossmann is a professor for Computer Science at ETH Zurich, Switzerland as well as a Principal Researcher at Microsoft. His research interests lie in the area of data management in the cloud, i.e. data visualization & analytics and data security and privacy.

Besides his academic achievements he is a co-founder of i-TV-T AG, a company that develops Web-based information systems and the co-founder of XQRL Inc., a company that develops XML database technology and was aquired by BEA Systems in 2002. Furthermore he is a co-founder of the ETH spin-off Teralytics, the leading expert in big data analytics for mobile carriers.

He held positions at the University of Maryland, the IBM Almaden Research Center, the University of Passau, the Technical University of Munich, and the University of Heidelberg. Prof. Kossmann received his MS in 1991 from the University of Karlsruhe and completed his PhD in 1995 at the Technical University of Aachen.







Dr. Sébastien Foucaud, Member of the Advisory Board

Dr. Sébastien Foucaud has extensively focused his career in deriving insights from data and transferring them into knowledge and products, first in Physics and then for Businesses, by using the power of Data technology and Machine learning. Throughout his career he has been leading teams in Data Science, Data Engineering, Data Analytics, Risk management and Business Intelligence across various sectors.

Sébastien is currently serving as the Head of Data Science for a leading classifieds organization. Prior to this, he served as Head of Data Innovation at Naspers Limited, a global internet and entertainment group, and as Head of Data Science at CrossLend, an alternative finance marketplace lending platform in Europe.

Sébastien built up his expertise through a 15-year-long career in Astronomy, at Professor level, at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), at the National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan), and as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham (UK).

Dr. Sébastien Foucaud has been awarded the “Thousand Talents Fellowship” by the Chinese Central Government in 2014 and an Outstanding Early Career Researcher award from the University of Nottingham in 2007.





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