Meet... Dr. Sébastien Foucaud


Dr. Sébastien Foucaud | Executive Technologist at Palo Alto Strategy Group

Sébastien is a world renowned expert in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. A former Professor in Astrophysics, he has taken up Executive positions in Data across various industries over the past decade. From heading entire Data departments to company-wide Data Functions, he focuses on creating a measurable business impact leveraging data related technology and machine learning. Sébastien wears many different hats as Executive Technologist at Palo Alto Strategy Group, Managing Director of SBSF Agritech, Adjunct-Professor at the Plaksha University in Punjab, India, and as an independent Professional Consultant in Data & AI Strategy. Deeply convinced that data is a strategic business asset, he aims at democratising data across the board by advocating profound cultural changes, with data becoming part of everyone’s responsibility.

#7 questions to Sébastien about him and the DATA festival…


# With which three words would you describe the DATA festival?

Fun, Insightful, Connecting

# Why did you want to be a part of the DATA festival committee?

I have been attending the DATA festival for years, and feel very close to its mission and drive. Ensuring continuing the high quality of the program is essential, but also maintaining the spirit of the festival, by providing people opportunity to share and connect, is what I feel is important to do … happy to help!

# How did you join the DATA festival committee?

I owe quite a few beers to Alex & Carsten, so I couldn’t refuse 😉

# How would you like to have an impact on the DATA community?

One thing I am convinced of is that Data & Analytics is directly touching everything and everyone, and with time passing we, as “experts” (still surprised to be fitting in that category), need to democratise the methodologies and products which are still today confined to few of us. There is so much the world can benefit from clever use of data and machine-learning!

# What is your passion besides DATA?

Life in general … I can’t refrain myself to try new things constantly, and let my passion drive the way forward. Currently I am thinking a lot about sustainable agriculture …

# What is your festival must have?

THE PARTY! Missed it so much during the pandemic …

# If I would not be working with DATA, I…

… would be preaching about Life, the Universe and Everything.

…Thanks for sharing your #passion for #data, Sébastien!