Albert-Jan Nicholas Yzelman was born in Zevenaar and raised in Duiven, the Netherlands. He started his scientific educate and career at Utrecht University and graduated with two B.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Computing Sciences and a M.Sc. degree in Scientific Computing. His final internship involved researching spatial data storage in application to oil reservoir simulation software, in collaboration with Alten Nederland and the Royal Dutch Shell. He received his PhD from Utrecht University in 2011 for his thesis `Fast sparse matrix-vector multiplication by partitioning and reordering', written under supervision of Prof. dr. Rob H. Bisseling. Afterwards, Albert-Jan moved to Leuven, Belgium, to work at KU Leuven, first within the Flanders ExaScience Laboratory, and later within the ExaScience Life HPC Lab. These labs were collaborations between Flemish universities, Intel, and Johnson & Johnson. Albert-Jan moved to Paris to pursue a career at Huawei Technologies in 2015. There, he continues his research on parallel computing within a newly set-up research group on Parallel & Big Data computing, headed by Prof. Bill McColl. He was promoted to principal researcher in 2017.