Ralf Klinkenberg, founder and head of data science research at RapidMiner, is a data-driven entrepreneur with 24 years of experience in machine learning and advanced data analytics research, software development, consulting, and applications in the automotive, aviation, chemical, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, and telecom industries. He holds Master of Science degrees in computer science with focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics from Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, and Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA. 2001 he initiated the open source data mining software project RapidMiner. 2007 he founded the company RapidMiner with Dr. Ingo Mierswa. 2008 he won the European Open Source Business Award and 2016 he the European Data Innovator Award. 2017 the German government invited him to the steering committee of the platform Lernende Systeme. Today RapidMiner has 300,000+ registered users.