John Hawkins is an Australian data scientist with a research background in machine learning for bioinformatics. He holds positions as the Chief Scientist for Ad Tech company Playground XYZ, machine learning advisor for Health Tech start-up HealthVox.org and is an affiliate researcher with the Transitional AI Group. He has 20 years of experience in solving problems in industry and academia, delivering data science solutions for organizations in software development, banking, insurance, media, ad-tech, and bio-medical research. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Queensland, an Associate Degree in Information Technology from Southern Cross University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors I) in Philosophy from the University of Newcastle. He has written more than 20 peer-reviewed academic articles and presented at academic and industry conferences around the world.