Chief Science Officer GoDataDriven 2016.07–Now The Netherlands

As GoDataDriven Chief Science Officer, I have a number of responsibilities. Among them:

  • Help clients become data driven enterprises; this includes helping them shaping their data architectures, hire and foster data scientists and data engineers, and, last but not least, help them set them up experiments platforms;
  • Help and lead our team of data scientists through the crucial steps of their projects;
  • Ensure that the many trainings GoDataDriven prepares are consistent in their high quality, methodology, and format, so that the students can enjoy practice driven trainings that immediately help them apply the knowledge learned.

As we’re far from being a corporation ourselves, I still very much enjoy designing the shoes that you get when you join the company.

Data Whisperer GoDataDriven 2013.10–2016.06 The Netherlands

At GoDataDriven I enjoy what probably is the coolest job title I’ll ever have: Data Whisperer. As for my daily tasks, they involve advising clients on how to extract valuable insights from (big) data analysis. Being a swell chap, once that is done, we perform these analysis and build data driven products with a stellar team.

I am also a certified Cloudera trainer for the Data Analyst, Developer, Admin, and Spark Cloudera courses.

IT Consultant KPMG 2012.10–2013.09 The Netherlands

At KPMG I was mainly doing source code analysis and code quality reviews. Occasionally involved in the Big Data group and overall always happy to help when some advanced modeling or analytics are needed.

PhD, Th. Physics Leiden University 2008.07–2012.09 Leiden

I focused on models describing DNA mechanics, taught Statistical Physics and Stochastic processes to Master students and had a lot of fun.

While doing that I programmed, wrote papers and delivered stunning presentations. You don’t believe me? I think we should talk.

Research Assistant Leiden University 2007.08–2008.07 Leiden

It was a fake job. In the pre-crisis years, Leiden University thought to have a lot of money, so it was paying me to work on my Master thesis. Crazy, right?

2006–2008 MSc Th. Phsyics Leiden University Leiden

Exams average: 8.5/10. Total: 8.25/10 (It’s lower than the exams, I KNOW!)

2003–2006 BSc Phsyics Universit√† degli studi di Padova Padua (IT)

Getting my Physics bachelor in Padua means I became Doctor (in Italy I became a doctor with the Bachelor. Now you know why they’re in recession).

Exam average: 100/110. Total: 105/110.

That’d be a long list, but long story short I am very good in English and Dutch, and less so in Spanish and French. Annoyingly good in Italian.

Programming languages python (especially Numpy and pandas), C++, C, Haskell, Javascript, Erlang;

Markup languages LaTeX, html + CSS, XML;

Other Hive, Pig, Impala, Hadoop (streaming and non streaming API), PostgreSQL, MySQL, Spark.

I have a passion for photography and my favorite subjects are my wife and my seven kids.

Furthermore I like reading, writing, playing the guitar and music in general.