Data Science Program Ambassadors

Who are the ambassadors and how can I contact them?

Data Science Program Ambassadors are graduates of the Barcelona GSE Master's Degree in Data Science. Ambassadors have made themselves available to candidates and prospective students to answer questions about their experience in the program.

To get in touch with an ambassador, please contact the Data Science Program Director, who will make a personal introduction for you.

 


List of Data Science Ambassadors

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Michele Costa '18
Italy
Quantitative Research Analyst (UK)

"I pursued the Data Science master at BGSE in a moment when I needed to step up my level of quantitative analysis and research. It has the peculiarity of a small student cohort, which gives a great boost to the interaction with the faculty and all other classmates. With the current hindsight, I can say that the Data Science master provided me enough plug-in tools to make a direct contribution in the work environment, as well as theoretical framework to look at less trivial problems..."

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Travis Dunlop '18
United States
Data Analyst, Bowery Farming (USA)

"Living in Barcelona for a year was a dream. Through the program I gained confidence in applying data science to real world problems and worked with talented and thoughtful machine learning researchers. But, what made me happiest was the friendships I fostered with like-minded ambitious people from around the world..."

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Matthew Keys '18
United Kingdom
Statistician, CRES-UPF (Barcelona)

"The Master's Degree in Data Science is an exceptional program. World class experts and a gold standard curriculum aside, it demands creativity and encourages exploration of individual interests in both technical skills and applications. The result is an incredibly inspiring and collaborative environment where you are pushed to use and combine individual strengths to innovate, and learn not only from the lecturers but also your peers. In the end everyone graduates with unique but equally impressive skillsets and initiate their careers in a highly diverse array of fields. I really look forward to continuing to learn from the people that I shared the most rewarding year of my life with yet."

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Richard Knudsen '18
Germany
Data Scientist, Derbysoft (Barcelona)

"For me the time at BGSE was truly amazing. Besides receiving excellent academic training in Data Science I gained much from working with such talented, motivated and passionate professors and students on a daily basis. I never thought that learning this much in just 9 months was actually possible – experiencing that it motivates me every day now to push myself a little more. Moreover, it was often fun (despite being exhausting), I made some really good friends and fell in love with beautiful Barcelona."

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Jie Hao Kwa '18
Singapore
Data Scientist, GovTech Singapore

"The BGSE Data Science masters was without a doubt the most academically rigorous and intense period I've experienced. It provided me with a very solid foundation to approach and solve problems in a statistically sound way. Personally, I feel like I've gained lifelong friends in my fellow coursemates and professors, who helped me and supported me emotionally and academically throughout what was a very challenging year. Professionally, it equipped me with the skills I needed to make a switch and pursue a career in Data Science. In addition, the practicum programme provided good networking opportunities..."

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Laurits Marschall '18
Germany
Trainee, European Central Bank

"The master taught me first and foremost how to conquer knowledge myself and a way-of-thinking. The field of Machine Learning is extremely dynamic, therefore, the skill to teach yourself is much more valuable that actual knowledge. In the end, working under constant pressure without losing enthusiasm, still enjoying life, and building up amazing friendships was the mixture for a fantastic year..."

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Kinga Ritter '18
Hungary
Analyst, Accenture Analytics (Barcelona)

"...Not only our faculty was inspiring, but my classmates were all original, extremely clever and diverse people. I have never been in such a great group of people, and I truly believe that one of the most unique attribute of the program is the people (both faculty and students) that it brings together. The program was designed in a way that it always encouraged cooperation among us, and it never turned into a competition... "

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Michael Cameron '17
United Kingdom
Trading Analyst, Gambit Research

"...The program completely opened up a new area of employment that I hadn't previously even considered. I now feel confident and excited by the direction of my career path which started at the Barcelona GSE. There is also an incredible careers service within BGSE, who are always available to give useful advice and guidance..."

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Hans-Peter Hoellwirth '17
Austria
IT Project Manager, MIC Customs Solutions

"As someone with an IT background who already took some machine learning courses in my bachelor degree at the University of Edinburgh, the BGSE data science program mainly attracted me because of its well-balanced mix of statistics, applied IT, and economics - something I didn’t find in any other program at that time..."

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Robert Lange '17
Germany
Researcher, Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin

"The Barcelona GSE Data Science Master’s program enabled me to follow my dream and to transition from Economics to Computational Neurosciences. The program provides the perfect structure to acquire deep theoretical insights as well as fundamental skills required to execute a complete data-driven project..."

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Akhil Lohia '17
India
Data Scientist, MakeMyTrip (India)

"The Master's in Data Science was a great learning experience for me. The classes had a rigorous mix of in-depth theory behind machine learning and statistical models as well their practical applications and how to deal with real world datasets. The well-rounded course structure encompassed the breadth of modern data science from basic statistics all the way to NLP and deep learning which makes this program unique... "

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David Rosenfeld '17
United Kingdom
Economist, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

"The Master's in Data Science provided me with tools to conduct economic analysis with cutting-edge data analysis techniques. I really appreciated the possibility in the Barcelona GSE Master's to explore the topics that we found most interesting, and work on collaborative projects which made clear the practical implications of what we learned..."

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Davide Viviano '17
Italy
PhD Student in Economics, UC San Diego

"The Master's in Data Science at Barcelona GSE had a positive impact from an academic and personal perspective and it gave me a strong competitive advantage as a PhD student in Economics. As a social scientist, I gained a set of incredibly useful tools for research in applied fields. As a statistician, I acquired knowledge and the language useful for more theoretical-oriented research..."

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Sarah Inman '16
United Kingdom
PhD Student, Columbia University

"The Barcelona GSE Master's in Data Science gave me solid practical skills in statistics and computing that have proved enormously helpful in pretty much every project I have worked on since then...In my current research I am hoping to combine the data science I learned on the Master's with the social science that I learned during my undergrad to come up with some innovative solutions to problems in the field of sustainability..."

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Guglielmo Pelino '16
Italy
PhD Student, University of Padova

"...The Barcelona days have helped me in understanding more about myself, my ambitions and future plans. Academically, I am very happy to have chosen this course, because I am convinced that it completed my formation in a quite unique way. I really enjoy studying per se, so I value the Master even at a purely cultural level..."

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Thomas Vicente '16
France
Machine Learning Engineer, Vintra Inc. (Barcelona)

"The Data Science program was a great occasion to meet people who are also passionate about finding the proper answer to complex problems. I am still often in touch with some of them. I believe the one year program gave us strong theoretical foundations, and allowed us to be autonomous in research or engineering environments. In particular, I was involved in many hands-on projects and research problems such as my master thesis. These works played a big role for many job interviews after the master."

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Gaston Besanson '15
Argentina
Data Science Manager, Accenture Applied Intelligence (Barcelona)

"I was part of the first cohort from the Master's in Data Science (2014-2015). It allowed three things: 1) Time for the Data Science market and how it will evolve in the next 3 years, thanks to its holistic approach, merging methodologies, techniques and technologies 2) Go beyond just implementing (coding) ML solutions for problems, by allowing me to push at the same time for theoretical and methodological soundness. 3) Provided new friends (fellow alumni from that first cohort) that I have the pleasure to enjoy in my everyday life at my current job."

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Zsuzsa Éva Holler '15
Hungary
Data Scientist, e-marketing company

"The reason I applied to the Data Science program is because I wanted to make a career shift. I felt that with all the hype around data science I needed a structured way to gain real knowledge in the field. I believe that the program was a perfect fit for me. Both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills I gained were exactly what I aimed for..."

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Anestis Papanikolaou '15
Greece
Data Science Lead, Jacobs Engineering (UK)

"...The basics of ML/Stats are essential but the optimization and economics behind data science is what really distinguishes the Barcelona GSE Data Science Master, offering a profound background on how to develop the models, but also how to use them to take the most meaningful decisions in the optimal way depending on the context, and for this reason, the BGSE Data Science master is a category on its own..."

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Tim Stumpf '15
Germany
PhD Student, University of Warwick

"With hindsight, I think that more than anything the program encouraged us to move to the edge of our comfort zone. I came in as a generic economics graduate, and four years later, I'm doing research in applied probability. In the meantime, I've worked with statistics professors, computer scientists, software engineers and product managers, each time taking a step away from what I was already confident in doing..."

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