Valentine Fontama

Valentine Fontama is a principal data scientist in the Data and Decision Sciences Group at Microsoft. Val has more than eight years of data science experience. After obtaining his PhD in neural networks, he was a new technology consultant at Equifax in London, where he pioneered the application of data mining in the consumer credit industry. Over the last seven years, Val was a senior product marketing manager for big data and predictive analytics in SQL Server marketing, responsible for machine learning, HDInsight, Parallel Data Warehouse, and Fast Track Data Warehouse. Val also holds an MBA in strategic management and marketing from the Wharton School, an MS in computing, and a BS in mathematics and electronics. He has published 11 academic papers and is an accomplished speaker about big data.