About

I build technology products, companies, and teams. Mostly with code. Sometimes data science. Usually successfully.

Details available in my CV.

Since 2020, I’ve been global VP Data of Delivery Hero, the world’s 3rd largest online food delivery company at €35B annually. I remotely manage our three-continent team. Our group leads global Data Platforms, Data Science and Machine Learning, and Operations and Governance for 51 countries on 4 continents, across 8M+ daily orders, and 800k+ restaurant partners. We focus on solving thorny cross-domain and platform issues for our global companies. Those solutions often need large amounts of data, engineering and data science ingenuity, lots of compute, and fancy math.

Before DH, I was VP Data at Traveloka, SE Asia’s $5B travel unicorn, growing us to a 125+ person team leading Platforms, Data Science, Machine Learning, and Analytics. We rapidly transformed the team from a simple BI concern to a modern data science and machine learning group, delivering impactful production models, insights, and capabilities at scale worth millions to the company.c

Previously, I was Managing Director of venture builder Pivotal Labs/Neo Innovation APAC. I anchored and led the technical and commercial turnaround of APAC, growing us into the largest, most profitable region globally, and resulting in our Feb 2016 acquisition by Dell. We built and scaled a handful of lauded and successfully-exited Asian startups, though were also known for building entire new companies and business capabilities for our other large, enterprise clients.

Further back in my career, I’ve notably led global technology at Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organization, and been Directeur Technique of France’s 5th largest private investment bank.

Off work, I’m an avid traveller and involved with wildlife and conservation causes. I study astronomy for personal interest (and a future PhD) and code open source and personal projects (check Projects for specifics). I’m also a bad writer, questionable improv actor, and over-enthusiastic snowboarder and snorkeler. I am still trying to find that perfect global location I can easily feed my inner yeti and Cousteau in the same week.

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