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Used to breaking down boundaries and collaborating across borders, DataKind Singapore (DataKind SG) launched in August 2014 with a vision of bringing together data scientists and nonprofits to tackle challenges in Singapore and beyond! Singapore is one of the world's top five international financial centers, and already a regional and international hub for data, analytics and insurance with fast growing tech and startup sectors. While Singapore is a wealthy nation, many countries in the region are still developing, which means there is a robust nonprofit sector working to provide support. As many data professionals in Singapore are originally from nearby countries, there's an opportunity and motivation to see how data science can help support causes in Singapore and the region at large.
Meet the Team
Oliver is currently a partner in a boutique data science consulting firm. He was previously a Deputy Director at the Risk Management Institute (RMI) at the National University of Singapore. He had served a number of roles at RMI, including deputy lead of the Credit Research Initiative and director of the Master of Science in Financial Engineering Program. Oliver was also a member of the Advisory Board for the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 report. Oliver received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Toronto in 2004 and now realizes that math is fun but data is awesome!
Erik van Helvoort
Erik is a founder of Solution Space, a fifteen-year old software firm with no employees and two other partners that operates on anarchist principles. He is a *nux, C++ kind of guy, and really should have a UNIX beard. He completed his Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence during the last AI winter. While he agrees with Michael Jordan (the machine learning professor, not the basketball player) that the current AI summer is mostly media hype, he does believe in the power of data science to help social good organizations.
Pui Kwan (PJ) Lee
Pui Kwan is a Program Manager at Expedia. With over 18 years of project management and business consulting experience, she has led large IT projects to implement a wide range of applications in industries such as oil and gas, chemicals and agribusiness. Most of her projects have involved cross-cultural teams across three continents. Pui Kwan has a Master of Science in Business Analytics from the National University of Singapore. Pui Kwan believes in two things: 1) there are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people; and 2) better is possible.
Raymond is the principal data scientist at the Tao of Shop. As part of a startup applying agile methodology, he works with a number of software engineers to fully integrate his algorithms into production systems with little hierarchical bureaucracy. His primary expertise is in building mathematical models for decision making during movement which he developed both as a postdoc at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX) and as a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Leipzig, Germany). Raymond believes in the deliciousness of insects though he has not been able to convince others of this.
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