About

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

Details available in my CV.

As of Oct 2020, I’m global VP Data of DAX-listed Delivery Hero, the world’s largest global on-demand delivery company. Our team leads global Data Platforms, Data Science, and Machine Learning for 49 countries on 4 continents, 800k+ restaurant partners, ~25k staff, and across 8.5M+ daily orders. We focus on solving thorny cross-domain and worldwide business problems for our group of companies. Often those solutions need large amounts of data, engineering 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.

Previously, 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 Dell/VMWare. We built and scaled a handful of successful, well-known, exited Asian startups, as well as entirely new businesses and capabilities for our enterprise clients.

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

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

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