Val Fontama

Val Fontama
With over ten years of Data Science experience, Dr. Valentine Fontama is a Principal Data Scientist Manager in the Growth and Ecosystem Data Science team, which delivers analytics capabilities across Azure and C+E cloud services. After doing his PhD in Artificial Neural Networks, Valentine worked at Equifax in London where he pioneered the use of Data Mining to improve Risk Assessment and Marketing in the Consumer Credit industry. His previous roles at Microsoft include Senior Product Manager for Big Data and Predictive Analytics in Cloud and Enterprise Marketing, where he led product management for Azure Machine Learning; HDInsight; Parallel Data Warehouse; and three release of Fast Track Data Warehouse. Valentine has an M.B.A in Strategic Management and Marketing from Wharton Business School, an M.Sc. in Computing, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Electronics. He has published 11 academic papers, co-authored three Big Data books and is an adjunct Professor of Data Science at the University of Washington.