Valentine Fontama is a principal data scientist manager on Microsoft’s Analytics + Insights Data Science team that delivers analytics capabilities across Azure and C+E cloud services. Previously, he was a new technology consultant at Equifax in London, where he pioneered the use of data mining to improve risk assessment and marketing in the consumer credit industry; principal data scientist in the Data & Decision Sciences Group (DDSG), where he led consulting to external customers, including ThyssenKrupp and Dell; and a senior product manager for big data and predictive analytics in cloud and enterprise marketing at Microsoft, where he led product management for Azure Machine Learning, HDInsight, Parallel Data Warehouse (Microsoft’s first ever data warehouse appliance), and three releases of Fast Track Data Warehouse. He has published 11 academic papers and coauthored three books on big data: Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning: Build and Deploy Actionable Solutions in Minutes (2 editions) and Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight. Val holds an MBA in strategic management and marketing from the Wharton School, a PhD in neural networks, an MS in computing, and a BS in mathematics and electronics.
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