Yoshi Coppens

Yoshi Coppens - element61
Business Analytics experience
11 months
Data Scientist

Yoshi graduated in 2014 as a Master of Science in Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Ghent University. After this he decided to pursue a Master in Financial Management at the Vlerick Business School which he completed with great distinction in 2015.

Yoshi started his professional career at Optiver as a Trader in Amsterdam. The job consisted mostly of analyzing data, spotting patterns, deciding on the best moment to enter a trade, making sure our strategies and algorithms performed well and making quick impactful decisions when the market changes.

After 2 years he got promoted to lead a small team consisting of two other junior traders, getting the responsibility for the long term evolution of the desks and setting up some floor wide projects to improve other desks. This went well as the yearly P&L of his desk increased by 60%.
After 3,5 years in the Netherlands (and three months of travelling in Asia) Yoshi felt it was time to come back to Belgium and start his life here.

Having an entrepreneurial spirit in combination with a passion for sport, Yoshi started a small project where, using Python, he gathered, manipulated, cleaned and processed data to make predictions about Darts and Tennis games.

After this experience he was fully convinced that working professionally as a Data Scientist would be his ideal job and he accelerated his self-study via books and MOOCs before landing with element61.