Syed Humza Shah

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Hands-on engineering leader. Expertise in backend scalability during hypergrowth. Interested in solving complex technical problems. Passionate about mentorship and organizational culture. Runs on a combination of optimism and pragmatism.

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Introduction

I am a hands-on engineering leader, with main expertise in creating scalable back-end software and infrastructure for high-traffic public-facing always-on commercial projects.


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Work Experience

Staff Software Engineer at Credit Karma, London

Since July 2019 to now

I am attached to multiple teams to provide platform and product engineering leadership. In recent months, I have led the UK team’s migration from Linkerd to Envoy and I have led the implementation of features to comply with GDPR.

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

Senior Software Engineer at Deliveroo, London

From September 2016 to July 2019

At Deliveroo, I played an instrumental role in multiple projects.

In the Logistics Algorithms team, I worked closely with data scientists on Deliveroo’s famous rider dispatch algorithm - Frank; soon afterwards, I led the design and development of the company’s first framework to train statistical models - Canoe.

In the platform team, I reduced datastore costs, built load-source observability, and helped transition from monolith to service oriented architecture.

My last few months were spent in the Payments group, adding support for new payment providers and improving the build-times of the central monolith.

Tech lead at Innovation Enterprise, London

From September 2015 to 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.

Software Engineer at OmniScriptum, Saarbrücken

From May 2014 to September 2015

I worked in a small team to develop features for multiple Ruby-on-Rails websites, used by authors to submit books to be published.

Software Engineer at ProtonLabs, Lahore

From November 2012 to April 2014

I joined senior engineers to build and maintain HedgePo (now Allocator). The product connected hedge fund managers with investors; we built it using Ruby-on-Rails, MySQL, Heroku, and CoffeeScript.


Conference Talks

Improving the reliability of a monolithic web service
At USENIX SREcon, Singapore in June 2019
Recording

Automating development workflows using GitHub features
At GitHub Constellation, London in March 2018
Recording

Training statistical models in containers with Kubernetes
At Kubernetes Meetup, London in February 2018
Recording


Education

B.Sc. Electrical Engineering
University of Management and Technology, Lahore
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


Professional courses

Operations Training for Kafka
By Confluent, London in April 2018

Python Data Science Bootcamp
By Cambridge Coding Academy, London in July 2016

Advanced Linux Administration
By City University, London in April 2016


Competencies

I have at-scale production experience with the technologies listed below; entries with asterisks are amongst my favourites.

Akka, Amazon Web Services*, Angular, Ansible*, Chef, CircleCI*, Cloudflare, Cloudflare*, CoffeeScript*, Datadog*, Docker*, DynamoDB*, Finagle, Flask, Git*, Go, Google Cloud Platform, Grafana*, GraphQL, HAProxy, Heroku, HSM, JavaScript, Jenkins, Kafka, Kinesis*, Kubernetes*, Memcached*, MySQL, New Relic, Nginx*, PgBouncer, PostGIS, PostgreSQL*, Protobuf*, Python, Rails*, React, Redis*, Redshift, REST*, Ruby*, Salt, Scala, Segment*, Sentry*, Snowflake, Splunk, Terraform*, Thrift, Travis