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Bahman is a VP of Data Science and Engineering at Rakuten (the seventh largest internet company in the world), managing an AI organization with engineering and data science managers, data scientists, machine learning engineers, and data engineers, globally distributed across three continents, and in charge of the end-to-end AI systems behind Rakuten’s Americas businesses such as Rakuten Intelligence (B2B) and Rakuten Rewards (B2C). Previously, Bahman built and managed engineering and data science teams across industry, academia, and the public sector in areas including digital advertising, consumer web, cybersecurity, and nonprofit fundraising, where he consistently delivered substantial business value. He also designed and taught courses, led an interdisciplinary research lab, and advised theses in the computer science department at Stanford University, where he also did his own PhD advised by the legendary late Rajeev Motwani, Prabhakar Raghavan (currently SVP of Ads at Google), and Ashish Goel, and focused on large-scale algorithms and machine learning, topics on which he is a well-published author.

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