Dries Deep Learning Cafe


Founder & Chief Barista

I am a technology entrepreneur and the founder of the Deep Learning Café. My driving force is to use technology to solve real-world problems and create value from technology that transcends industries.

Prior to incorporating Deep Learning Café, I was instrumental in creating a blueprint for artificial intelligence which was used as a road map to introduce AI into a leading South African vehicle tracking company in a way that aligned perfectly with the company’s business objectives. In addition, I not only created a business case for taking the very same company into the cloud but also implemented the business case with quantifiable success. As a company that invested heavily in infrastructure, it was important to weigh the OpEx and CapEx expenditure migration to cloud against keeping production operational. I achieved this by developing a hybrid approach to offset against the CapEx expenditure while ramping up the OpEx expenditure in the cloud.

With a career that expands 15 years, I have taken on numerous leadership roles. In my previous position as head of AI, I led 13 people across 3 cities (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria). By creating a common vision aligned with business objectives based on proven processes and methodologies the team, performed with excellence.

Apart from the breadth of knowledge and experience as described above, I also have a deep understanding of Machine Learning and what is required to take machine learning models into production.