Skyler Speakman  Skyler Speakman photo         

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Research Scientist
IBM Research - Africa



'Data Science' is statistics done on a Mac.  -Big Data Borat

Skyler uses Machine Learning and Data Science to impact peoples' lives across the continent of Africa.  He is a member of the "Inclusive Financial Services" team at the Kenya Lab.

He measures inclusion at the transaction level and believes all financial transactions, even simple ones like topping up a phone, can be used to enable access to deeper services such as savings and credit accounts. 

Most recently Skyler has been working on credit decisioning project which uses a customer's cell phone data to create a credit worthiness score. 

Skyler received a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.  He was a founding member of the Event & Pattern Detection Lab.  Before CMU he earned master degrees in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Kentucky.  He lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife and young son.