Julien Simon is often referred to as the ‘Global Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Evangelist’. In this capacity, his focus is on helping both developers and enterprises bring their ideas to life.
Prior to joining Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2015, Julien Simon had the position of chief technical officer at Viadeo, a company regarded as a leader in the field of professional social networking. His career before this saw him as CTO of software at Aldebaran Electronics, VP of Engineering at Criteo, and CTO at Pixmania, amongst a few others. His work saw him intimately involved in top-tier web startups, leading large Software and Ops teams in charge of thousands of servers on a global scale. This period also saw Julien Simon fight his way through numerous technical, business, and procurement issues. This has helped him an invaluable understanding of physical infrastructure, its limitations, and how computing could solve these issues.
Julien Simon completed his Engineering degree in the field of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Institut supérieur d’Electronique de Paris and his Masters in the field of Distributed Systems and Network Protocols from Pierre and Marie Curie University.
As an engineer at heart, Simon has a never-ending curiosity for technology, and for innovative ways to solve real-world business challenges.
As a speaker, Julien Simon talks about a large range of AI, cloud computing, and other issues within the tech industry, about infrastructure, cloud, scalability, data, machine learning, algorithms, science, and hard problems in general bringing his insights and knowledge backed by a wealth of experience to his audiences.
“Julien has an extremely broad knowledge of his business and Technology in general, both technically and in terms of attitude. This makes him a very demanding customer, but also one who understands how things work and knows how to get the best out of a supplier. Business with him is smoother, faster, more efficient.”
“I worked with Julien on several projects where we've had to resolve both technical escalations and customer satisfaction issues, and can highly recommend Julien's expertise, attitude, and approachability.”
“Julien not only has great technical knowledge but also decisive management skills and business oriented experience. In 2005, working with Julien and his team lead both of us to one of the biggest accomplishment for our company's US division!”
“Julien is a tough manager: both with high technical skills and hunger to get things done. He's also challenging as he have a deep overview of technologies: you won't fool him, and he will always make yourself wonder if your solution is the right one. A good way to get the best out of his team.”
“Julien is a focused, easy going and wide-knowledge top manager. He knows how to get straight to a point, and how to get the best out of any situation. He not only has the right broad technical skills, but also has the ability to handle crisis situations with his team like a maestro.”