About

I’m VP Data at Traveloka, Asia’s $5B travel unicorn. I lead Data Science, AI+Machine Learning, Data Platforms, and Analytics with a 70+ 100+ 120+ person team of data science, engineering, and machine learning experts. We help democratize travel and enhance discovery for our customers by helping Traveloka’s businesses, people, and systems make better decisions faster.

Before Traveloka, I was Managing Director of Neo Innovation/Pivotal Labs APAC. I anchored Asia-Pacific for the company and led the turnaround which grew our team to be the most successful global region in the company, building notable startups and new businesses or capabilities for our enterprise clients. After building up Neo APAC with my team to its Feb 2016 acquisition by Pivotal and shepherding it through a year’s transition, I left and took up my role with Traveloka.

Further back, I’ve led global technology at the world’s largest human rights organization, Amnesty International, been CTO of France’s 5th largest private investment bank, and been Director of Analytics and BI for a $500M/a entertainment conglomerate. I can also hand-wavingly claim to having been interim CTO or builder of half a dozen successfully exited startups on two continents. Want details? Please have a look at my CV.

My sweet spot is building technology companies and business capabilities: aligning technology, data science, culture, and organizational design to get companies to figure out and achieve their goals. Basically, I help lay the tracks and build the bridges to get companies where they want to go.

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