We believe in educational empowerment

Personalized education is proven to produce learning gains for the average student to the order of two standard deviations. Our mission is to apply recent breakthroughs in machine learning to make personalized education accessible to everyone — providing these benefits on a global scale.

About Sana Labs

Sana Labs is an artificial intelligence company that applies recent breakthroughs in machine learning to personalize education. Sana Labs was founded in Stockholm in 2016 and is backed by a renowned set of investors and advisors. Our interdisciplinary team consists of experienced engineers and scientists with backgrounds ranging from Imperial College and CERN to Google and Spotify.

Our Thesis

The global education industry is vast, valued at over $6 trillion in 2018, and is undergoing a sea change with the move to digital and online instruction, materials and modalities. This shift, to digital and online resources, is enabling what many educators consider to be the holy grail of learning — personalized, adaptive instruction and assessment. With our machine learning platform, we aim to be the engine that drives forward this change — fundamentally improving the function of the entire industry, directly affecting hundreds of millions of people’s lives every day.

Joel Hellermark,
Founder and CEO

An enterprising child, Joel taught himself to code in C at age 13 and founded his first company, a video recommendation technology, at 16. While a senior in high school, Joel developed the initial Sana algorithm. Although it was only the seed of what the Sana technology would become, it received widespread attention from world-class investors, advisors and artificial intelligence researchers. Subsequently, at age 20, Joel raised $1M from some of Europe’s most prominent investors to bring Sana Labs to the world.

Anna Nordell Westling,
Co-founder and CMO

Anna has 15 years of experience developing and implementing marketing strategies for a wide variety of brands, with a pronounced focus on fast growing tech companies. Previously, Anna worked as a Senior Marketing Strategist at Saatchi & Saatchi and King. She currently sits on the adisory board of AI Sustainability Center, and is active in Stockholm AI, Nordic AI Alliance and Nordic.AI

Valentino Pacifici PhD,
Director of Business Development

Valentino previously worked at The Boston Consulting Group leading a team of data scientists building powerful analytics-based solutions to help clients tackle their most pressing business problems. He holds a double M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology.

Oscar Täckström PhD,
Director of Research

Oscar has 15+ years of experience with machine learning and software engineering, having spent the past 6 years at Google. While at Google, Oscar worked with neural architectures and loss shaping for language and video understanding problems. Prior to this, Oscar did 3 internships at Google and earned a PhD in Computational Linguistics from Uppsala. Prior to Uppsala, he studied Computer Science at KTH. Interestingly Oscar taught the first neural network about digits for ReadSoft 1999.

Faruk Sahin,
Director of Product

Faruk previously worked at Spotify as a product manager and as an engineer with the development of their external APIs and Playback SDKs which enabled hundreds of companies like Sonos, Google, Facebook and Amazon to bring music into their products. Faruk earned a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Linköping University graduating first class.

Dima Kunin,
Senior Software Engineer

Dima previously worked at Spotify as a senior engineer focused on their experimentation platform that allowed the company to run A/B testing across products and markets. Prior to Spotify, Dima worked at Yandex in charge of Yandex music application for Android. Dima studied Computer Science at Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics.

Susanna Nilsson PhD,
Senior Data Scientist

Susanna earned her PhD in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London. She previously worked at AstraZeneca, harnessing predictive modelling and segmentation techniques to optimise drug therapies in a selection of target populations, to great effect.

Anton Osika,
AI Research Engineer

Anton previously worked at Ampfield where he designed bayesian engines for implementation in algorithmic trading. Prior to Ampfield, Anton worked on research and development at CERN. Anton earned a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology.

Sofie Nabseth,
Marketing Manager

Sofie previously worked at the investment firm Karnell screening potential investments in small and medium sized unlisted Nordic companies. She earned her M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Royal Institute of Technology and spent a semester during her master’s at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina. During her studies, she did internships at Citigroup, Barclays Investment Bank, and Morgan Stanley.

Viktor Qvarfordt,
Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Viktor previously worked at VPD Financial Software where he developed software for financial analysis used by some of Sweden’s leading banks and asset managers. Prior to VPD Financial Software, Viktor did a research internship at Ericsson and helped develop one of Sweden’s largest online courses in mathematics at the department of mathematics of Stockholm University. Viktor holds a joint M.Sc. in Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University where he did research on topological quantum computing.

Vasilis Kalogiras,
Machine Learning Engineer

Vasilis previously worked at Inovia on speech recognition. Prior to Inovia, Vasilis worked at Starcounter with text classification. He completed his MSc in Machine Learning at the Royal Institute of Technology with a thesis on sentiment classification with deep neural networks. Vasilis grew up in Greece and wrote his B.Sc. thesis on machine translation from ancient greek to english.

Ulf Karlsson,
Senior Software Engineer

Ulf has 15+ years of experience with software engineering, having previously worked at Spotify. While at Spotify he built core components of the infrastructure for content delivery, making it scale to millions of users. Prior to Spotify, Ulf researched new methods of executing controller software on servers as a consultant at HiQ. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Gothenburg.

Samuel Björklund,
Business Development Manager

Samuel previously worked as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, supporting clients on a wide array of topics ranging from strategic planning, corporate turnaround, to pricing. At BCG, Samuel also worked extensively on bringing high-value, transformative analytics use cases to market. He holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University.

Miruna Cristus,
Data Scientist

Miruna earned her Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics and Data Science at Harvard University. During her studies, she worked on a range of projects, including natural language processing algorithms in the medical field, building civic engagement models for local communities in Europe, and researching compartmental models with application to measles epidemics.

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If you want to bring the benefits of AI to the education industry with us - get in touch with the department of your expertise, we are always happy for unsolicited applications.