Team • PyTobians

Python Predictions is a team with a healthy mix of business and technical oriented data profiles. Our passion for data 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

Data Strategist

Jan is senior Data Strategist at Python Predictions. He 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.

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.

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 telco.

Nick Janssens

Data Strategist

Nick has joined Python Predictions in 2020 after doing PhD research in geology. In his first two years, Nick was data scientist and gained expertise in big data processing and predictive analytics.


As data strategist, Nick has grown expertise in analytics translation, analytical orchestration and change management over various sectors.

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, and holds a joint PhD from the Université de Neuchâtel and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. During his research, he studied how to use textual data to generate better time series forecasts. He is an open-source software adept.

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.

Hannes Bulté

Customer Success Manager

Hannes joined Python Predictions as a Customer Success Manager in June 2021. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication/Business & Event Management. Afterwards, he obtained experience in Business Development & Recruitment at Teksystems where he gained the love for data.

Hannes is the person who is going to support your organization in every part of the data journey. He understands (our) clients like no one else and helps them to become futureproof and data driven.

Hendrik De Winter

Data Scientist

In July 2021, Hendrik joined the Python Predictions team as a Data Scientist. With a Master’s degree in Business Statistics and Data Science from the University of Leuven, Belgium, he feels comfortable in data analysis, predictive modelling and more elaborate statistical methods.

Hendrik has a great interest in topics such as segmentation, classification, dimension reduction, association rules and time series analysis.

Elena De Roeck

Data Scientist

In September 2021, Elena joined the Python Predictions team as a Data Scientist.

She graduated in Business Engineering: Data Analytics at Ghent University. During her diverse education she grew familiar with data analysis, predictive modelling and segmentation.

Nicolás Morandi

Data Engineer

Nicolás joined the Python Predictions team as a Data Engineer in September 2021. He holds a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Nicolás started his career working several years in different Software Engineering related positions and industries abroad. He then decided to focus on Data Engineering in order to build impactful applications that leverage the power of Data and AI.

Joost Neujens

Data Scientist

Joost joined Python Predictions as a Data Scientist in October 2021. He holds a degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Spatial Modelling from KU Leuven.

For 4 years, he explored the digital side of geography by automating spatial data pipelines or extracting patterns out of satellite imagery. Joost has experience in the sectors of asset management, insurance & humanitarian aid.

Karel Vandendriessche

Data Scientist

Karel joined Python Predictions as a Data Scientist in October 2021. He obtained a MSc. in New Media and Society at UGent.

By doing research on media consumption, smartphone log data and technology adoption, Karel gained relevant experience in data science.

Samuel Franssens

Data Strategist

Samuel joined Python Predictions as a Data Strategist in October 2021. He holds Master’s degrees in Psychology and in Statistics, and a PhD in Business Economics, all from KU Leuven.

Before joining Python Predictions, Samuel was an assistant professor at Rennes School of Business (France) and a postdoc researcher at KU Leuven. His research focused on consumer psychology and he taught (sustainable) consumer behavior, data analysis, and business analytics.

Salar Rezvan Rabbani

Senior Analyst

Salar joined Python Predictions as a Senior Analyst in November 2021. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Management Studies.

Salar gained experience in various marketing positions where he eventually focused on data analysis and visualization with tools such as Power BI to build insightful dashboards for business stakeholders.

Nassira Riad

Talent Scout

Nassira joined Python Predictions in January 2022 as a Recruiter.

As an experienced Talent Acquisition Specialist and Social Worker, she prioritizes the human well-being at work.

Sales oriented, polyglot and hands-on, Nassira is the HR partner that will listen to your demand and provide you a supply.

Ceren Mörey

Data Engineer

Ceren joined Python Predictions team as a Data Engineer on March 2022. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Sciences and did a PhD research for two years in digitalization of education at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

As a researcher, she developed an interest in the field of data and steered her career towards Data Science & Engineering by completing an intensive training and an internship as a Data Engineer.

Jano Roelandt

Data Scientist

Jano joined the Python Predictions team as a Data Scientist in March 2022. He holds a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering (Automation) and has gained experience in Project Engineering and Machine Learning Engineering.

Bouchra Benjelloun Jbina

Data Analyst

Bouchra holds an engineering degree in business intelligence from the national school of applied science Al Hoceïma Morocco -ENSAH , and is currently taking a specialized master’s degree in Data science and big data At University of Brussels.

She has focused her career path on data analysis and visualization fields to develop, implement and maintain a BI solution to support business roadmaps and improve the decision-making process.