Governing Body Spotlight

Co-Chair of the San Francisco CDAO Community

Patrick Bangert

SVP Data, Analytics and AI


Patrick Bangert is currently the SVP of Data, Analytics and AI at Searce, and Co-Chair of the San Francisco CDAO community. 

Learn more about leaders in the San Francisco CDAO community here.

Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

Before joining Searce, I led the AI division at Samsung SDS for 3 years, and I spent 15 years as the CEO at Algorithmica Technologies, a machine learning software company serving the chemicals and oil and gas industries. Prior to that, I was assistant professor of applied mathematics at Jacobs University in Germany, as well as a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

I obtained my machine learning PhD in mathematics and a Masters in theoretical physics from University College London.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Transparency. Everyone on the team knows what the overarching goals are and how their piece fits into the larger whole. They know what's going on at any one time and what that means for them.

With disruption being a key theme of the past year, where do you see your role as a CDAO going in the next 1-2 years?

In artificial intelligence, ethics and explainability are the key themes that will lead to some foundational shifts in the next few years. AI must stop being a black box and must start being accountable to its users and that will induce a change in how it is created.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the role as a CDAO?

While it's important to be knowledgeable about the mathematics and technology of AI, it is more important to unify domain knowledge and AI for any given application and to put the human being (whether domain expert, AI expert, or end user) at the center of the process, as well as the outcome.

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

  1. I like the great outdoors, hiking and climbing
  2. I read a lot of books.
  3. I truly enjoy baking cakes and pastries.

What is the value of joining an Evanta community?

The advantage of Evanta is the access to like-minded people who share in your experiences and challenges. Evanta’s events are in a friendly environment where there is time and opportunity to meet and discuss. It's much more valuable than joining a large impersonal society or event where you may be surrounded by many people, but you don’t have a deep conversation with anyone.



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