About

I’m VP Data at Traveloka, Asia's $5B travel unicorn. I lead Data Science, AI+Machine Learning, Data Platform Engineering, and Analytics with a 70+ 100+ 125+ person team of data science, engineering, and machine learning experts. We democratize travel and enhance discovery for our customers by helping Traveloka's businesses, people, and systems make better decisions faster at scale.

Before Traveloka, I was Managing Director of Pivotal Labs/Neo Innovation 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 several successfully-exited SE Asian startups as well as new businesses or capabilities for our enterprise clients. After building up Neo APAC with my team to its Feb 2016 acquisition by Pivotal/Dell and shepherding the company 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 was 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 three continents. Want details? Please look at my CV in US Letter or A4 page sizes.

My sweet spot is building teams, companies, and capabilities. I get technology, data science, culture, and organizational design aligned to get companies to focus on and achieve their goals. Basically, I help lay the tracks and build the bridges to get companies where they want to go.

In my spare time, I also help wildlife and conservation causes with high-level technology, data science, and campaigning work. Check Projects for specifics.

If you need to communicate securely, please use my gpg public key, id EF08 6E30 4602 905A. My public key is also available and verifiable via keybase.io and can be easily imported into gpg via curl https://keybase.io/wakatara/pgp_keys.asc | gpg --import.