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Data from a human lens. In Data Futurology we speak with Data Science leaders from around the world about: interesting applications of ML/AI, career tips for up and coming data scientists and how the future will be driven by data. Visit

Data from a human lens. In Data Futurology we speak with Data Science leaders from around the world about: interesting applications of ML/AI, career tips for up and coming data scientists and how the future will be driven by data. Visit
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Data from a human lens. In Data Futurology we speak with Data Science leaders from around the world about: interesting applications of ML/AI, career tips for up and coming data scientists and how the future will be driven by data. Visit




#33 Graeme McDermott - Chief Data Officer

Graeme started in actuarial science and developed a love for algorithms and automation. He worked in data warehousing before moving into data analytics. He spent 16 years in several Head of Data roles at The Automobile Association (AA) before joining Addison Lee as their Chief Data Officer, where he is today. We speak about: * What is actuarial science * Data warehousing & GIS systems * Overview of the Chief Data Officer role * Automation in the data space * How to build a data warehouse *...


#32 Carole Wai Hai - Head of Data Science & Analytics

Carole had an unusual path into data science. She's worked as a content project manager, in strategic planning and in sales before getting into data through Business Intelligence at Fyber where she eventually became their Head of Analytics. Today she is the Head of Data Science & Analytics at Tenjin. We speak about: * The strengths of being a generalist * Upskilling throughout your career * Focus on self service reporting * The skills needed in a BI team * Creating internal user groups to...


#31 Scott Wilson - Founder & CEO

Scott started his career pushing trolleys at Woolworths. In his career he rose to management levels in retail with Woolworths, consumer goods with Kraft Foods, Fonterra SPC and PZ Cussons, then in media with 21st Century Fox. He then became the CEO of iSelect, a role he left earlier this year to start his own AI company Wilson AI. We speak about: * Focus on customer needs * Digitising industries to access more data * Helping companies in multiple industries to begin their data analytics...


#30 Aaron Black - Chief Data Officer

Aaron started his career working in accounting and building management information systems (MIS). He had his own company, worked in multiple industries and then got into biology and genomics. Today he is the Chief Data Officer at the Inova Translational Medicine Institute. We speak about: * How to take research into scaled applications * The importance of sharing your knowledge and helping others understand * Why you're only as good as your team members * How to engage many different types...


#29 Dr. Klaus Ifflander - Chief Analytics Officer

Klaus started his career doing internships at Yahoo! and the port of Hamburg. He worked as a consultant and completed a PhD in Quantitative Marketing. Today he is the Chief Analytics Officer at We speak about: * The importance of getting applied experience as early as possible * Defining KPIs for businesses * Using data to change organisational behaviour and increase safety * How to navigate organisations to create data definitions * Realities of consulting: positives and negatives...


#28 Jennifer Prendki - VP of Machine Learning & Data Strategist

Jennifer started her career as a particle physicist before becoming a data scientist. After gaining experience in many fields including high frequency algorithmic trading & advertising, she was Atlassian's first Chief Data Scientist. Today she is the VP of Machine Learning at Figure Eight and an Expert and Advisor at the International Institute for Analytics. We speak about: * How to see the results of your work sooner and faster * The importance of choosing your manager * Making data...


#27 Dr. Mark Nasila - Chief Analytics Officer

Mark used to be a statistics lecturer at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. He then joined First National Bank as a quantitative analyst where he climbed through the ranks to Head of Advanced Analytics and beyond. Today he is the Chief Analytics Officer at FNB. We speak about: * Predicting what the customer is calling about * Improving compliance in banking through analytics * Creating and driving a data strategy across an organisation * Using analytics to look after customers in...


#26 Sam Robertson - Head of Research & Innovation

Sam's background is in sports & exercise science. He has an accomplished career in sport analytics. Today, he is the Head of Research and Innovation at the Western Bulldogs and an Associate Professor at Victoria University. We speak about: * Using ML to help people see the non-linerarity in their problems * Common misconceptions of ML * Interpretability of ML * Using ML to improve athletes performance, measure their contribution & prevent injuries * Carving a data science job in an area...


#25 Ben Taylor - Chief Al Officer & Cofounder

Ben started his career as a chemical engineer. He developed an interest for computer vision early on. He worked for Intel, then at a hedge fund and then became the Chief Data Scientist at HireVue. A couple of years ago he started his own AI startup called where he's is building a Deep Learning platform for product visionaries and software engineers. We speak about: * How computers amplify us * What it looks like to start your own AI company * How to switch programming languages *...


#24 Mistakes in Building a DS Capability by Felipe Flores

This is a different type of episode! This episode is a presentation I recently did at a large financial services institution. I presented on 5 Mistakes and Lessons Learned in Driving Business Value with Data Science and the Cloud. I talk about: - Using Lean Startup and Design Thinking principles in Data Science - The importance of staying close to your end customer and what that looks like in practice - The difference between machine learning for machines and for humans - What is the purpose...


#23 Mario Vinasco - Marketing Analytics and Data Science Mgr

Mario is an Electrical Engineer from Colombia. He went to Silicon Valley to do his Masters at Stanford University and stayed to build a career in Marketing Analytics. He has incredible experience and has worked at Intuit, Google, HP, Symantec and Facebook. He currently works at Uber as Marketing Analytics and Data Science Manager. We speak about: - Starting in marketing analytics without knowing anything about it - Data dictators and why multiple versions of the truth are necessary - The...


#22 Kshira Saagar - Head of Analytics and Data Science

Kshira has been with the Analytics/Decision Sciences industry for almost a decade now having worked across Americas, Asia, Europe and Australia. He is the Head of Analytics and Data Science at The Iconic. We speak about: -Why he moved from analytics consulting to building data products -What a data driven product should do and how to prioritise your efforts -How to make analytics less intimidating and more accessible -How to take your stakeholders on the data-driven decision making journey...


#21 Antony Ugoni - Director, Global Matching and Analytics

Antony stumbled into his love of predictive modelling at the tender age of 10. He started his professional career in biostatistics and then made the switch to corporate Australia to work as Head of Analytics in banking before joining Seek; where today he is the Director of Global Matching and Analytics. We speak about: - how analytical thinking adds value both in research and in corporates - why you should read an intro to epidemiology textbook - why this is the most exciting time to be in...


#20 David Greenberg - Senior VP and Head of Data Analytics

David studied applied physics and began his career as a consultant. He’s had his own company where he created a video asset management & workflow software in the 90s!. Then worked in the education/not-for-profit sector and then went into the finance sector as VP of BI & Data Analysis. Today, he is the Senior Vice President and Head of Data, Analytics and Research at BankMobile. We discuss: - the insights into large companies from his early days in consulting - why technology provides the...


#19 Vlad Kazantsev - Head of Data Science

Vlad started his career in visual effects & computer graphics. He worked on Hollywood blockbusters such as Avatar, Dark Knight, Happy Feet. He currently is Head of Data Science at Wooga which makes June’s Journey (Facebook Game of the Year 2017), Pearl’s Perils, Diamond Dash and many more. We speak about: - why it’s important to follow your curiosity and what that looks like how to keep learning and stay current in data science - uses of pytorch, the second deep learning python library after...


#18 Dr. Ahmed Khamassi - Vice President of Data Science

Ahmed started his career at Siemens research, worked in startups, at Google, PayPal, SAS and JPMorgan and has his own machine learning company and now he runs data science at Equinor We speak about: - benefits of simulations in research and data science how he went from “equation-driven” to “data-driven” - the role of simulations in optimisation, decision-making and automation - uses of simulations and deep reinforcement learning models in the energy industry - how data is used 2-5kms...


#17 Naomi Clarke - Head of Data

Naomi Clarke started as a graduate in the oil business, since then she's worked in multiple industries, and now she is Head of Data in the finance sector. Naomi has a strong background on business data arch, business data modelling, data governance. I loved the human-centred perspective that she has taken to her work. We talk about: - the Management Information Systems (MI or MIS) she created in her early days - the importance of business data models for analytics - the difference between a...


#16 Apollo Gerolymbos - Head of Data Analytics

In this episode we speak with Apollo Gerolymbos who is the Head of Data Analytics at the London Fire Brigade. We speak about: - the applications of data science in firefighting - how the London Fire Brigade (LFB) uses data to preempt and minimise fires - the end to end data science process at the LFB - how their data affects laws, policies and citizens’ lives - how Natural Language Processing (NLP) and text analysis is used on the reports of the most serious fires to identify new patterns of...


#15 Tony Laing - General Manager Analytics & Data Services

In this episode we speak with Tony Laing who is the General Manager of Analytics & Data Services at Auto & General. We talk about: - what is the ‘nuts and bolts’ of analytics - what is the data supply chain required in organisations for the delivery of analytics/ML solutions - how to deliver quick wins and strategic projects concurrently - the journey to add significant value in an organisation through analytics - what questions to ask executives to kickstart their data science journey - why...


#14 Dr Gabriel Maeztu -Medical Doctor & Chief Data Scientist

In this episode we speak with Dr Gabriel Maeztu who is the Co-Founder and & Chief Data Scientist at IOMED Medical Solutions. We talk about: - his background, how he went from medicine to data science and how he combines medicine, data science & entrepreneurship - how to start coding when everyone around you tell you you’re crazy - image processing in medicine, using scikit learn to classify patients - how to use data science to validate what you’re taught in medical school - economical...