Advisory Board


Paul Clough
Senior Lecturer, Information School, University of Sheffield
Paul Clough is a Senior Lecturer in the Information School at the University of Sheffield. He received a B.Eng. (hons) degree in Computer Science from the University of York in 1998 and a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 2002. His research interests mainly revolve around developing technologies to assist people with accessing and managing information. Paul is co-author of a book on multilingual information retrieval and contributed to over 90 peer-reviewed publications.

Susan Farrell
Head of Web & Mobile Services, Information Services Division, University College London, UK
Susan Farrell is Head of Web & Mobile Services at UCL’sInformation Services Division, helping staff across UCL to build and manage their websites. Susan joined UCL in October 2011 following two years as a web consultant working with companies to help them optimise their web presence. Before that, she was Head of Web and Portal Services at King’s College London.

Charlie Hull
Managing Director, Flax
Charlie Hull runs Flax, specialists in all aspects of search technology based in Cambridge, U.K. Flax have been developing powerful search applications based on open source software for clients including The Financial Times, media monitors Gorkana, UK Government and Reed Specialist Recruitment since 2001. Charlie also runs the Cambridge Search Meetup and London Lucene/Solr Usergroup and regularly talks and writes on search-related subjects.

Agnes Molnar
CEO, Search Explained, Hungary
Agnes Molnar is an internationally-recognized expert in the fields of enterprise search, in-formation architecture, and Microsoft technologies. The author of many acclaimed books, Agnes regularly speaks at technical conferences throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, and has been recognized a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional since 2008.

Her passion for helping people understand the power and possibility of search has guided her career, during which she has consulted many of the world’s largest companies, government agencies, and NGO’s in over 30 countries.
Kristian Norling
Founder & CEO, Norling & Company


Kristian is a partner at IntraTeam - knowledge sharing and conferences about the digital workplace and intranets.  Previously, Kristian worked at Findwise and before that as an IT strategist and product owner of Enterprise Search at Region Västra Götaland. Kristian has been working with intranet and internet portals, websites and search in many different roles, each with its own challenges. Starting out as an non-techie communications officer, where the web was only one of many communication channels ending up as an IT strategist, working in the intersection of business, technology and communication. Always with a pragmatic and practical focus on the benefits of technology for people in the digital workplace.



Valentin Richter
CEO, Raytion GmbH
Valentin Richter is managing director and founder of Raytion, an internationally IT business consultancy focused on enterprise search. Prior to consulting Global 500 companies he worked for Trinkaus & Burkhardt, a private bank which is now owned by HSBC. Valentin has studied mathematics and information sciences.

Dr Tony Russell-Rose
Director, UXLabs, UK, University of Essex
Tony Russell-Rose is founder of 2dSearch, a start-up applying artificial intelligence, natural language processing and data visualisation to create the next generation of advanced search tools. He is also director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications. Previously Tony has led R&D teams at Canon, Reuters, Oracle, HP Labs and BT Labs. He currently holds the position of RAE Visiting Professor of Cognitive Computing at Essex University and publishes widely on information retrieval, NLP and human-computer interaction. He has a PhD in Computer Science and a first degree in engineering, majoring in human factors.

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