About Ilan Schnell

Since joining Anaconda in 2012, Ilan has become the main driving force behind the Anaconda Distribution and the conda ecosystem.

He began working on Anaconda Distribution after years of experience building Python packages and seeing the demand for a simple and robust software distribution system. For his first five years at Anaconda, Ilan has managed every Anaconda Distribution release, and watched it become the de facto standard distribution for data scientists using Python.

Ilan holds a PhD in theoretical solid state physics from the University of Bremen in Germany. After having worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Lab and Georgetown University, he joined Enthought, where he mainly focused on building the Enthought Python distribution. He is also the author of the bitarray Python library.