- About Us
Andrew hails from Hong Kong. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics and computational science from KAUST with a focus on renewable energy resource assessment using high-resolution simulation and statistical analysis. He is a Data Carpentry Instructor, one of the five certified instructors operating in the Middle East, who practices evidence-based teaching methods to deliver training and workshops on data analysis and computational thinking using Python, R, and SQL. Currently, he focuses on digital strategy and digital transformation for the semi-governmental sector. He is an avid developer, built a VR game, an instant app for the university community, and a culinary chatbot that represented Saudi Arabia in the Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge 2017. Andrew is passionate about developing local ecosystems of tech entrepreneurship. He currently leads the Startup Grind chapter and Facebook Developer Circle in Riyadh. Previously, he initiated and organized the Facebook Developer Circle, Legal Hackers, and Hyperledger meetup in Jeddah. Andrew hosted various workshops and hackathons on IoT, Data Science, and Blockchain in Western Saudi Arabia. He is also a Techstars-certified global facilitator of Startup Weekends and facilitated the Startup Weekend Global AI Edition in Jeddah co-organized with the Islamic Development Bank Group. He has been awarded at three Startup Weekend events, selected as a regional finalist in the Hult Prize 2016, and participated at hackathons in Dubai, Beirut, Tallinn, the Vatican, Leeds, London, Jeddah, and Riyadh. Andrew loves tabletop gaming and taught kids piano in his free time.