Derek Snow is a PhD student at the University of Auckland (UoA). He completed his secondary schooling in South Africa, before moving to New Zealand in 2013. He graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a BCom in Finance, Accounting and Commercial Law, and went on to complete an Honours in Finance at the UoA. Prior to starting his PhD, Derek worked at three of the big four firms in assurance and advisory and corporate finance. His primary interests are in machine learning and prescriptive analytics. He is also an avid participant in data science competitions. The topic of his thesis is ‘Machine Learning Applications in Finance’. Derek’s future projects involve the creation and assistance of a postgraduate course in machine learning, the development of FirmAI.org, and the prospect of joining a newly created data science team at a bulge bracket investment bank.