Vanja Josifovski is the CTO of Pinterest where he’s responsible for establishing the company’s overall technical strategy as well as leading efforts in the areas of machine learning, search, feeds, and online advertising product development. Prior to serving as CTO, Vanja led the Pinterest Discovery team overseeing content selection for home feed, search and visual discovery, as well as the Growth team responsible for user and engagement growth. Before Pinterest, he worked on large scale machine learning and information extraction at Google Research for products including Search, Search Advertising, Play and YouTube. Earlier, he was Senior Director at Yahoo Research where he led the design and initial development of two major advertising platforms and core Hadoop components.
Dr. Josifovski is the co-founder of the new scientific sub-discipline of “Computational Advertising”, which defines the scientific principles behind the online advertising technology. He also taught the first course on this topic at Stanford University. Additionally, he’s an ACM Distinguished Scientist, with over 90 publications in the top peer reviewed conferences and 30 granted patents. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Linköping University (Sweden), Master’s in Computer Science from University of Florida, and Dipl. Eng. from Ljubljana University. He attended USO Korchagin in Skopje.