Dr. José Quesada

Jose Quesada is the founder of DSR. Jose helps others to decide better, do better, or be better through data. Like everyone else, he doesn’t know what data science really is, but suspects it has to do with predicting the future before it catches you empty-handed.

He holds a PhD in Machine learning and has worked at top research labs (U. of Colorado, Boulder; Carnegie Mellon; Max Planck Institute for Human Development). Previously he was a data scientist consultant, specializing in customer lifetime value, and also head data scientist at GetYourGuide.

Marcel Ackermann

Marcel is passionate about learning. He has been organizing various study groups and meetups since 2010, e.g. about machine learning and rationality. Machine learning topics that he is been working on so far are natural language watermarking and recommender systems (at TU Darmstadt), ranking (at Bing), scalability and variational bayesian inference (at Amazon), real-time reinforcement learning (at Ocono) and deep learning model interpretability (at Fraunhofer HHI).


Daniel Voigt Godoy is a Data Scientist and Programmer with more than 15 years of experience in Brazil and in Germany in the financial sector, including private banking and public treasury. His stack has included MatLab, R, Statistica, Python (numpy, scipy, scikit-learn, pandas), Java, Apache Spark, and Scala. Daniel studied Computer Science and holds a Master's degree in Economics from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre. He is also an alumnus of Data Science Retreat (Batch 05).



arun kalarickal
hr specialist

Arun, originally from India, is currently pursuing his master’s in international business and consulting with a specialization in Human Resource Management at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. He has over 6 years of industry experience in Human Resource Management with special focus in Learning and Development. He is handling the human resource activities of Data Science Retreat (DSR) and is also assisting the director in smooth running of the daily operations at DSR.