Introduction

Fact file

  • Current position: Technical Mentor, Data Science for Social Good at The Alan Turing Institute, BE6 Cohort Member at Entrepreneur First.
  • Former position: MSc in Computer Science with specialization in Artificial Intelligence at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • Main interests/academic achievements: Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Machine Learning Interpretability, and Recommender Systems..
  • 2020 DSSG Summer project group: World Bank.

What is a social cause you care about deeply?

Climate change is one of the most devastating problems humanity has ever faced.

Its impact extends well beyond an increase in temperature, affecting ecosystems and communities all around the world. Water, energy, transportation, wildlife, agriculture, and human health, amongst others, are experiencing the effects of climate change with people living in extreme poverty being the most affected.

What we are doing is too little, too late. At this rate, the Arctic, for example, may be ice-free within just a few years, and hundreds of millions of people may be force outside of their own homes due to the rising sea levels.

There is a lot we can do: vote for politicians who care deeply about climate change, instruct other people about dangers and solutions, etc. For the AI researchers among us, contribute to wonderful initiatives like www.climatechange.ai.

 

What have you found the most interesting so far when working with Ofsted/World Bank?

Working with World Bank on anti-corruption was fascinating. I left inspired by how this global organization coordinates state-of-the-art research on anti-corruption policies and diagnostics with researchers from many different universities, and by the energy and passion of the people from the bank.

Working with Ofsted was equally inspiring as their very passionate, thoughtful, and data-aware leaders helped drive this year’s project and how much this organization cares about raising standards to improve children’s lives.

However, the best part of this year’s DSSG has been the two teams of researchers whom I had the pleasure to mentor. Their humour, drive, work ethic, knowledge, and passion made this summer one of a kind.

 

When you are not working, what can you be found doing?

In my spare time I like to exercise, produce music, play the guitar, shoot photos, snowboard, and hang out with people.

 

What blog, podcast or book does everyone need to be aware of?

“The Mom Test: How to talk to customers and learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you” by Rob Fitzpatrick. Why a book on business you may ask? It is simple: during my career I noticed that the most important thing, and the one you should really spend more time on, is to figure out what problem to solve. This book will help you talk to your “customers”, which in social good are your project partners from NGOs or the people you are trying to improve the lives of, and figure out what are their real problems. Only then it is useful to talk about solutions. But always start with solving the right problem.