About

I build technology, companies, capabilities, and teams. I help lay the tracks and build the bridges to get places where they want to go through engineering, data science, and product.

Details available in my CV (A4 pdf here).

As of Oct 2020, I’m global VP Data of DAX-listed Delivery Hero, the world’s largest global on-demand delivery network. Our team leads Data Platforms, Machine Products, and Analytics Products for 49 markets on 4 continents, 800k+ restaurant partners, ~25k staff, and across 5M+ daily orders. We’re the global data science and software engineering group that focuses on solving thorny cross-domain and worldwide business problems for our companies. Often those solutions need large amounts of data, engineering ingenuity, lotsa compute, and some fancy math.

Previously, I was VP Data at Traveloka, SE Asia’s travel unicorn, growing us to an amazing 125+ person team. We transformed the team from a 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.

Before that, I was Managing Director of venture builder Pivotal Labs/Neo Innovation APAC. I anchored Asia and led our technical and commercial turnaround, growing us into the largest, most profitable region globally, and resulting in our Feb 2016 acquisition by Pivotal/Dell. We built and scaled a handful of well-known, successfully-exited Asian startups, as well as entire new businesses and capabilities for our enterprise clients.

Further back in my 20+ year career, I’ve led global technology at Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organization, been Directeur Technique of France’s 5th largest private investment bank, and was Director of Analytics and BI for a $500M USD/a online gaming concern.

Off work, I’m an avid traveller (in non-COVID times) and involved with wildlife and conservation causes. I study astronomy and archaeology for personal interest (and hope to do a PhD in Astronomy in the future). I’m an aspiring chef, terrible ceramist, and over-enthusiastic snowboarder and snorkeler. I also code open source and personal projects in my spare time and contribute to a handful of open source and data science communities. Please check Projects for specifics.

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