Hugo GävertChief Data and AI Officer

Hugo Gävert is a passionate AI Evangelista, who has 20 years of experience working at the forefront of applying AI in business settings. At DAIN Studios, Hugo leads AI project portfolio development.

He believes that all successful AI projects start from understanding the business problem. A key step is formulating the business problem into the language of math, while cognizant of the data needed and the appropriate AI methods that can be used to solve the problem. He has  agood understanding of what can be accomplished with the help of analytics and the technical enablers are needed. He’s also mindful of the importance of  fairness of data and explainability of AI algorithms, especially when they have impacts on people and society.

Hugo has worked in various roles ranging from data scientist to product development . In addition to taking on the responsibility of product owner roles, he has led multiple data science and data engineering teams at OP, Sanoma, Nokia and Xtract.

Previous to joining DAIN Studios, Hugo was at the OP Financial group, where he led the AI development in the Financial Intelligence, Finanssiäly, which was a strategic companywide AI initiative. OP has one of the largest AI teams in Finland, with close to 30 data scientists serving the whole group.

Prior to OP, Hugo worked at Sanoma Building data science teams in Finland and the Netherlands. The team built advanced media consumption based online targeting groups using one of the largest data sources in Finland. They pioneered real time streaming data targeting using Spark big data platform. In the Netherlands, the team also built multiple recommender systems for online stores in addition to online targeting groups.

Before Sanoma, Hugo lead the data science team at Nokia Music, building recommender systems for the music store as one of the big data pioneers in Finland. Originally, he joined Nokia CDIP program, led by Dirk Hofmann.

After studying data science at the Information Sciences laboratory of Helsinki University of Technology, Hugo started his career in a data science consultancy company, Xtract, as one of the founders, serving clients around the world in different industries ranging from media and publishing companies to retail and telecom companies. He was one of the forces driving social network analytics product to the telecom operators that had networks of millions of customers.

Hugo holds a M.Sc. from the Helsinki University of Technology (renamed Aalto University) and worked in the Laboratory of Computer and Information Science.