The Bookarang team consists of a combination of (nerdy) readers and (reading) nerds.

The Bookarang team:

Victor Bergen Henegouwen

Business Development

Studied Industrial Development at TU Delft. Founded multiple successful internet companies. First person to talk to at Bookarang.

Favourite book: Platform, Michel Houellebecq

Frederique Schut

Book Annotation

Background in Psychology, Neuroscience and Linguistics. Published two books. Coordinates the book annotation process.

Favourite book: The Way of the World, Nicholas Bouvier

Niels Bogaards

Artificial Intelligence

Expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Worked at the world-famous IRCAM in Paris. Thinks in zeros and ones.

Favourite book: A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul

Maaike Koninx

Research & Development

Studied Mathematics and Computer Science and gained ML experience at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica. Avid reader and thus intrinsically interested in the combination of books and AI.

Favourite book: Kafka on the shore, Haruki Murakami

Fokke de Jong


Studied at the HKU and works as a software developer in the field of music and audio processing. Essential part of Bookarang’s team as DevOps.

Favourite book: Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Lisa Bylinina

Research & Development

Academic heavyweight with over 10 years of experience in theoretical and data-driven language science. Obtained a PhD, taught 200+ students and published in top journals. Focuses on the most complex NLP questions at Bookarang.

Favourite book: The Gift, Vladimir Nabokov

Robin van der Markt

Research & Development

Dedicated computer scientist. Graduated in Machine Learning and worked as a Lead Developer and Software Engineer. One of Bookarangs ML experts.

Favourite book: Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the confusion?, Johan Harstad

Shady Khattab

Software Engineering

Experienced software engineer and allround programmer. Fluent in almost all programming languages. Confidently knows his way through Bookarang’s backend and databases.

Favourite book: Life of Pi, Yann Martel

Simone van Bruggen

Research & Development

100% background in artificial intelligence. Studied AI at the UU and UvA, interned at Microsoft and TNO and gained working experience as a Machine Learning Research Engineer. Special interest in NLP.

Favorite book: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

Patricia Piolon

Research & Development

Developer and data analist with a background in the literary world. Studied Social Science Informatics, worked as a technical writer and as a literary translator for various leading publishing houses. Likes data, code and language to be pretty & neat.

Favorite book: To Reign in Hell, Steven Brust