Team • PyTobians

Python Predictions is a team with a healthy mix of business and technical oriented data profiles. Our passion for data science and our shared values are what connects us and why we enjoy working together for our clients. Since January 2020, Python Predictions is part of the Tobania group, the leading Belgian Business & Technology Consulting company. We are happy to introduce you to our team, our PyTobians.

Wouter Buckinx

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Since 2006, Wouter Buckinx is co-founder and managing partner at Python Predictions. Wouter is a master in applied economics, an advanced master in marketing analysis, and concluded his PhD in the domain of predicting individual customer behavior at Ghent University in 2005. He is clearly customer oriented, and an expert in delivering tailor-made, robust solutions.

Geert Verstraeten

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Since 2006, Geert Verstraeten is co-founder and managing partner at Python Predictions. He is a master in applied economics, an advanced master in marketing analysis, and concluded his PhD in predictive analytics in 2005. At Python Predictions, Geert focuses on general management, project management and training. His ambition is to coach data scientists and their managers to become successful with data science and prediction.

Jan Muermans

Senior Data Strategist

Jan is senior Data Strategist at Python Predictions. Jan joined our team in August 2015 after starting his career in FMCG, where he obtained strong business understanding. At Python Predictions, he built modern data science and analytical project management skills throughout projects in a wide range of industries. Today, Jan mainly works as project manager, data science team lead or analytics translator. He has a solid track record for making sure his projects create real value.

Klaas Van den Heede

Data Scientist

Klaas joined Python Predictions in 2016 and combines a master in bio-engineering with an advanced master in economics. After working abroad in the non-profit sector, he has built experience in advanced analytics and predictive modeling for several years within the financial sector and in fundraising.

At Python Predictions, he mainly works on projects in the telecommunications industry.

Elien Catthoor

Talent Manager

Elien joined Python Predictions as a Talent Manager in July 2017. She holds a master’s degree in educational science from Ghent University, and gained five years of experience in human resource management before joining.

At Python Predictions, Elien’s main responsibilities are retention of talent and recruitment of new team members. Besides this, Elien is also in charge of general office management.

Jan Beníšek

Data Scientist

Jan joined Python Predictions as a Data Scientist in October 2017. Jan holds a Master's degree in Statistics from KU Leuven.

Before joining Python Predictions, Jan has gained several years of experience in banking and in a consumer protection organization, where he was working as a Data Scientist on projects involving Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence.

Jennifer Roelens

Data Scientist

Jennifer joined Python Predictions as a Data Scientist in January 2019. She has a background in machine learning and predictive modelling techniques for analysing large spatial data sets.

During her time at Python Predictions, Jennifer has gained experience in customer segmentation, prediction, predictive maintenance and fraud detection.

Benoît Vandekerkhove

Data Scientist

Benoît joined Python Predictions as a Data Scientist in February 2019. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics specialized in Statistical Engineering from the University of Nantes, France.

Since he started at Python Predictions, Benoît developed skills in data analysis, segmentation, recommendations and predictive modelling. He has been working for clients in a wide range of industries such as retail, energy, banking and HR.

Nick Janssens

Data Scientist

Nick joined Python Predictions as Data Scientist in January 2020. After obtaining a MSc. in Geology at KU Leuven he performed PhD research in which he has used neural networks and developed “deep fakes” to improve the resolution of 3D images.

At Python Predictions, Nick has gained expertise in data analysis, big data processing, predictive modeling, analytics translation and change management.

Sam Borms

Data Scientist

Sam joined Python Predictions as a Data Scientist in September 2020. He holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Solvay Brussels School, had a brief stint as a financial risk management consultant, but then went on to obtain a joint PhD from the Université de Neuchâtel and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. During his research, he studied how to dive smartly into textual data to obtain better forecasts, combining tools from text mining and time series econometrics.

Koen Vanbrabant

Data Strategist

Koen is a Data Strategy consultant at Python Predictions. Koen joined our team in September 2020. After finishing his PhD, he gained experience in data science at Telenet and advanced analytics consulting at McKinsey & Company. Koen has a solid track record for the delivery and management of impactful analytics projects. He is at his best when both technical and business teams claim him as their own. Today, Koen works as a data strategist with a focus on project management and analytics translation.

Sander Vanden Hautte

Data Scientist

Sander joined Python Predictions as a Data Scientist in February 2021. He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering (ICT) and performed PhD research specializing in monitoring industrial assets and detecting anomalies. Before his PhD research, Sander has gained several years of experience as a developer and technical analyst in the insurance domain.

Daan Nyckees

Data Scientist

Daan joined Python Predictions as a Data Scientist in March 2021. He holds Master’s degrees in Physiotherapy and in Statistical Data Analysis, from Ghent University.

Before joining Python Predictions, Daan gained experience in banking and KYC.