Syed Humza Shah


Engineering leader. Likes coffee. Loves to travel. Runs on a combination of optimism and pragmatism.

Check out his blog posts here.


Hands-on software engineering leader with expertise in building scalable architectures, designing distributed systems, and working with product stakeholders. Demonstrable history of working on high-traffic public-facing always-on commercial projects. Passionate about engineering leadership, mentorship, and improving organisational culture.

Reachable at humzashah at gmail dot com.

Work Experience

Credit Karma
Staff Software Engineer [July 2019 - Present]

I joined Credit Karma’s UK expansion team to provide both platform and product engineering leadership. So far, I have:

My current area of focus is platform security and data encryption using hardware security modules.

Senior Software Engineer [September 2016 - July 2019]

At Deliveroo, I led projects, improved site reliability, improved development workflows, mentored engineers, contributed to hiring, and improved on-boarding. Some of my technical achievements were:

The Innovation Enterprise Ltd.
Engineering tech lead [October 2015 - August 2016]

I secured IE’s online content, set up reliable continuous deployments for online services, and built the company’s first data pipeline consolidating its various data sources.

Simultaneously, I was building the engineering team to progress feature development, mentoring junior engineers, and working with the VP and other departments to align tech’s goals.

OmniScriptum Publishing Group
Software Engineer [May 2014 - September 2015]

I worked in a small team to develop features for web services; I worked on a book-cover creation tool and led the development of a salary calculation tool for on-commission employees.

Software Engineer [November 2012 - April 2014]

I joined senior engineers to build and maintain HedgePo (now Allocator).

Conference Talks

Improving the reliability of a monolithic web service
USENIX SREcon, Singapore
Thursday 13 June 2019

Automating development workflows using GitHub features
GitHub Constellation, London
Wednesday 14 March 2018

Training statistical models on containers in Kubernetes
Kubernetes Meetup, London
Wednesday 21 February 2018


B.Sc. Electrical Engineering
University of Management and Technology
Fall 2008 - Spring 2012
GPA: 3.74 on a scale of 4.00
Rector’s Merit Award, Spring 2009
Dean’s Merit Award, Fall 2009
President Science Society, 2011

Core Technology Competencies


Ansible, Amazon Web Services, CircleCI, Cloudflare, CoffeeScript, Datadog, Docker, DynamoDB, Git, Grafana, Kinesis, Kubernetes, Memcached, Nginx, PostgreSQL, Protobuf, Rails, Redis, REST, Ruby, Segment, Sentry, Terraform

More tech that I have hands-on high-traffic production experience with

Akka, Angular, Chef, Cloudflare, Finagle, Flask, Go, Google Cloud Platform, GraphQL, HAProxy, Heroku, HSM, JavaScript, Jenkins, Kafka, MySQL, New Relic, PgBouncer, PostGIS, Python, React, Redshift, Salt, Scala, Snowflake, Splunk, Thrift, Travis