About

A British developer currently based in London.

I'm 33 and from the UK. I'm the founder of CourseMaker - an online course builder for technical authors.

Previously, I worked in a few different roles (developer, tech lead and engineering manager) for Healthtech unicorn Babylon Health. Whilst I was there, I worked on the Healthcheck product. A small team of us grew this disease risk assessment tool from a prototype to more than a million users in over a dozen countries, something I am proud of. I also led Babylon's central health record platform team for a while. I've also done a stint as an ML engineer in fintech.

From 2013-2016 I was fortunate enough to work in Beijing. I miss the dumplings a lot.

One of my favorite quotes is from Carl Friedrich Gauss: "It is not knowledge, but the act of learning which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again ..." This is why I love Computer Science, especially software development: I'm constantly learning. There are so many fascinating areas to explore. For me, it is an amazing source of enjoyment.

I'm a full stack developer. I really enjoy writing code in Python, I co-organized the Beijing Python meetup for a couple of years and it's going stronger than ever. I am co-author to an online course on Testing and Monitoring Machine Learning Model Deployments. Students (more than 15k) really like it. I'm biased, but I think it fills an important gap in educational resources for intermediate/advanced engineers and data scientists.

In my current and previous roles I've spent time working on machine learning and AI engineering. This interest was originally born of some of my personal projects such as a prototype wearable for martial artists which allowed me to develop my understanding of scikit-learn and the scientific Python stack.

Oh yeah, I can manage stuff too. I went to business school, worked in consultancy, and setup (design, contract negotiations, integration etc.) the IT for Bupa's clinic startup in China.

When I'm not learning about Computer Science, I also like to write about personal finance and personal development over on a blog I run with a few friends: Life-Life Balance (the blog is powered by Ghost, one of my favorite open source projects).

I also enjoy reading and writing fiction. My Science Fiction short story "Bodyware", which explores the future of wearable technology, won the 2014 Aeon Science Fiction Prize. You can download it here.

Now you know a bit about what makes me tick, and what I can offer. If you have anything you'd like to discuss, please feel free to drop me an email at christopher[DOT]samiullah[AT]protonmail.com

You can also find me on github.