Andre de Waal received his PHD in Theoretical Computer Science from the University of Bristol in the UK during 1994. He then spent six months at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany and six months at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium doing postdoctoral research in Logic Programming and Automated Theorem Proving. He then returned to South Africa to take up his position as lecturer in the department of Computer Science and Information System at North-West University. During 1998 he became a founding member of the Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics and was promoted to associated professor. At the end of 2010 he joined SAS Institute in the US as an Analytical Training Consultant before joining IBM in 2019 as the Ecosystem Data Science an AI Learning University Programs Lead.