Leadership

Andrew Beveridge
Co-Founder, President and CEO

Professor Andrew Beveridge is a longtime scholar and demographic expert. He is a professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Andrew is a leader in the demography field and regularly analyzes and presents maps and data for a variety of audiences, including expert testimony in many state and federal court cases related to civil rights litigation.

Since 1993, Andrew has been a consultant to the New York Times, which has cited him and Social Explorer over 1,500 times. Grant and fellowship support includes the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He won the 2007 Public Understanding of Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association for his contributions to the field and development of Social Explorer. He received his B.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Ahmed LaČević
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President

Ahmed Lacevic is a software engineer and an entrepreneur. At Social Explorer he directs software development and business operations. A hands-on leader, he is deeply involved with product ideation, design and development. Ahmed developed Social Explorer's first products and innovations such as the automatic metadata driven map visualization system. He was also one of the pioneers in the development of vector based tiles which open up tremendous possibilities for data visualization and flexibility in mapping. While attending the university he worked with Andrew and the CUNY Research Foundation, where he was instrumental in capturing over $2 Million in National Science Foundation grants. Ahmed graduated from Queens College (CUNY) with a B.S. degree in Computer Science.

Željko Palinić
Chief Scientist

Željko brings more than two decades of experience writing complex code, building libraries and APIs, and coordinating the development of multiple products and projects. Zeljko is an expert in algorithms development and optimization particularly in the area of geospatial topology and fields related to computer spatial analysis, processing and rendering systems. His background is in games development where he worked on everything from Linux graphics drivers to OpenGL. Today he works on some of Social Explorer’s most complex software, including client-side map rendering libraries, mapping applications and the backend services that power them. As part of the engineering team, he played a major role in building the next generation of vector based maps, and has contributed to the Social Explorer’s data driven mapping system. Željko holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Mostar.

Emir Pašić
Chief Technology Officer

Emir Pašić has had a passion for computer science from an early age in the late 1980s. Today he works on complex distributed systems that span the globe. As a software engineer and architect, he leads the technology development team. He finds joy in delivering simple solutions to complex problems that support a very large user base. As CTO, he ensures that the company maintains a creative and productive environment, and that our technology aligns well with our business strategy. A proponent of open-source software, he is also the author of a popular project that ranked first on GitHub. He received his B.S. degree in IT and B.S. (Honors) in Computer Science from University of Pretoria in South Africa. He received his M.S. degree in Information Technology from Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics in Japan, focusing on artificial intelligence and its practical applications.

Amina Kadrić
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer of Social Explorer, Amina Kadrić directs the day-to-day leadership and management of the company. Amina collaborates with upper management to develop and implement the operational infrastructure of people, processes and systems. She also manages large client accounts and acts as a liaison between the company, partners and clients. A proactive, purpose-driven leader, she built and organized the data and content production team early in her tenure. Prior to joining Social Explorer, Amina worked for several software companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina specializing in data processing, business intelligence, analytics and big data. Some of the prominent clients she worked closely with include Navteq, Nokia, Apple, Vertafore and Research Affiliates. Amina received a B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Buckingham and an M.S. in Economics from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology with first class honors.