Dr. Ahmed Abukhater
An award-winning author and TED speaker, Dr. Ahmed Abukhater is an architect, environmental scientist, and an urban and regional planner by trade. He is the author of the book “Water as a Catalyst for Peace – Transboundary Water Management and Conflict Resolution” and the upcoming book “Palestine: Peace by Piece.” Dr. Abukhater is a noted expert in a number of areas including geospatial and navigation solutions, strategic marketing and product management, sustainable community development, and trans-boundary water resources management and conflict resolution.
Throughout his career, he served in a variety of senior and executive positions in both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including Digital Aviation Leadership at Boeing, Senior Director of Mapping and GIS at Trimble, Global Director of Product Management at Pitney Bowes, Esri’s Global Industry Manager for Planning and Community Development and Director of PLACES (Planning, Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Sustainability). As a practitioner, he strives to promote a holistic approach to addressing organizational needs through the creation of effective, robust and compelling solutions that add demonstrable value to its operation.
He holds a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, Executive Education in Public Leadership from Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a dual Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. Throughout his career, Dr. Abukhater has authored numerous publications, served on many governing and advisory boards, and received over 20 prestigious awards for his work.
Elena Alikhachkina is the data and technology leader with Johnson & Johnson Consumer and CMD businesses. As WW Head of Data, Analytics and Insights solutions, she is driving the enterprise-wide technology strategy for the data and analytics to ensure that Johnson & Johnson Consumer maximizes the power of data as a competitive advantage.
Elena has a strong track record in building and growing data capabilities across multiple industries, including telecommunications, healthcare, media, publishing and information services. Before J&J, Elena led multi-channel data capabilities for GSK Pharma, including their global multi-channel data platform implementation across 22 countries. Prior to that Elena held analytics, data and technology roles of increasing responsibility at Novartis, The Wall Street Journal and News Corp companies.
Lynda M. Applegate
Baker Foundation Professor
Harvard Business School
Lynda M. Applegate is the Baker Foundation Professor at HBS. She was recruited to join the HBS faculty in the mid-1980s and helped build the school’s Technology and Innovation Special Interest Group. In the mid-1990s, she helped launch the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at HBS and headed the unit for many years. Lynda continues to play a leading role in developing HBS Executive Education Programs for entrepreneurs and business owners. She has also held a variety of leadership positions at HBS, including serving as the Co-Chair of the MBA program, Chair of Field Based Learning and as a founding member of the HBS Technology Board. She has also held a number of Harvard University leadership positions, including serving as the Co-Chair of the Harvard Policy Group on Networked Government Services and on the Harvard University Provost’s Technology Advisory Board. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Lynda was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Arizona. In addition to her academic positions, Lynda also held a variety of leadership positions in the health care industry.
Lynda’s research and publications focus on the challenges of building new ventures and leading radical business innovation in the face of significant industry, technological, capital market, and regulatory turbulence. A second stream of research examines emerging governance models to support inter-firm collaborative innovation. She is currently embarking on a study of the evolution of entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets and technology clusters and is also conducting a global study of high impact women entrepreneurs. Lynda recently served as Series Editor for Harvard Business Publishing’s Core Readings in Entrepreneurship. She is the author of over 40 articles, books, and book chapters, and over 350 published case studies, online learning DVDs, and course materials.
Lynda is the recipient of numerous HBS awards for her research, teaching, and service to the school. Most recently, she was awarded the Robert F. Greenhill award for her outstanding contributions to HBS over the course of her career. She has also received Harvard Business School’s Berol Award for Research Excellence and its Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching. She has won numerous “Best Paper” awards for her academic research on 21st century business models and executive team decision-making and collaboration when developing and launching strategic innovations, and she has served as a Senior Editor and on the editorial boards for leading research journals in the field of technology innovation.
Lynda is an active international consultant and has served on the board of directors of public, private, non-profit and venture-backed companies. She is an advisor and advisory board member for entrepreneurs launching new ventures and for senior executives leading innovation in established companies. She is currently on the board of two non-profit organizations Endeavor Detroit and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and two privately-held firms. She has also served as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for NASDAQ, as a policy advisor on a Blue-Ribbon Panel to define a National Research Agenda on the development of the Network Economy, and as a member of a roundtable panel for President Clinton’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.
As Chief Methodologist, Luk Arbuckle works consultatively with all functions at Privacy Analytics, providing strategic leadership in how to unlock the value of data while respecting privacy. Luk was previously Director of Technology Analysis at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada leading a highly skilled team that conducted privacy research and assisted in investigations when there was a technology component involved. He has also developed de-identification methods and re-identification risk measurement tools, participated in the development and evaluation of secure computation protocols, and led a top-notch research and consulting team that developed and delivered data anonymization solutions.
Luk is co-author of the O’Reilly book Anonymizing Health Data, as well as a numerous papers and guidance documents. Previously he did graduate and industry research in the area of digital image processing and analysis, and in the area of applied statistics. He has been awarded numerous scholarships and bursaries, including a Canada Graduate Scholarship doctoral award.
Founder and CEO
Paul Barth is founder and CEO of Podium Data, creator of the industry-leading Podium data lake software platform that is redefining enterprise data management. He has spent decades developing advanced data and analytics solutions for Fortune 100 companies, and is a recognized thought-leader on business-driven data strategies and best practices. Prior to founding Podium Data, Paul co-founded NewVantage Partners, a boutique consultancy advising C-level executives at leading banking, investment, and insurance firms. In his roles at Schlumberger, Thinking Machines, Epsilon, Tessera, and iXL, Dr. Barth led the discovery and development of parallel processing and machine learning technologies to dramatically accelerate and simplify data management and analytics. Paul holds a PhD in computer science from the MIT, and an MS from Yale University.
Gil Benghiat is one of three founders of DataKitchen, a company on a mission enable analytic teams deliver value quickly and with high quality. Gil’s career has always been data oriented starting with collecting and displaying network data at AT&TBell Laboratories, managing data at Sybase, collecting and cleaning clinical trial data at PhaseForward, integrating pharmaceutical sales data at LeapFrogRx, and liberating data at Solid Oak Consulting. Gil has a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics/Biology from Brown University.
Christopher Bergh is a Founder and Head Chef at DataKitchen, the DataOps company. Chris has more than 25 years of research, engineering, analytics, and executive management experience. Previously, Chris was Regional Vice President at Model N. Before Model N, Chris was COO of LeapFrogRx, a descriptive and predictive analytics software and service provider. Prior to LeapFrogRx Chris was CTO and VP of Product Management of MarketSoft. Prior to that, Chris developed Microsoft Passport. Chris began his career at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and NASA Ames Research Center. Chris served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Math Teacher in Botswana, Africa. Chris has an M.S. from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Applied Artificial Intelligence
Ron is a Technical Director on the Applied Artificial Intelligence team. In this role, Ron provides leadership for AI success for customers in Google’s Cloud CTO office. Ron engages deeply with Global F500 enterprises to unlock strategic value with AI, acts as executive sponsor with Google Product and Engineering to deliver value from AI solutions, and leads strategic initiatives working with customers and partners. Previously, Ron was the founding CEO of Think Big Analytics. Think Big provides end to end support for enterprise Big Data including data science, data engineering, advisory and managed services and frameworks such as Kylo for enterprise data lakes. Think Big was acquired by Teradata in 2014 and was the leading pure play big data services firm. At Teradata, Ron led Think Big to grow globally, to develop the Kylo open source data lake framework, and to expand to architecture consulting. In 2017 Ron led the creation of an Artificial Intelligence incubator at Teradata. Previously, Ron was VP Engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineer teams that pioneered the use of Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making. Prior to that, Ron was Founder of New Aspects, which provided enterprise consulting for Aspect-oriented programming. Ron was also Co-Founder and CTO of B2B applications provider C-Bridge, which he led to team of 900 people and a successful IPO. Ron graduated with honors from McGill University with a B.S. in Math and Computer Science. Ron also has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from MIT, leaving the PhD program after presenting the idea for C-bridge and placing in the finals of the 50k Entrepreneurship Contest.
Chris is responsible for driving data/analytics strategies that enable self-service, integration of data silos, and ensuring integrity of assets for Toyota North America. Key strategic initiatives include driving a data science competency center, regional Mfg. IOT platforms, and redefining analytics delivery through agile methods for Toyota Motor North America to drive the digital competencies needed to be a data-driven organization.
Chris has been with Toyota for a total of 13 years in various capacities within Information Systems. In 2014, he began managing Toyota data platform and engineering teams and eventually moved into the overall executive leadership role for Toyota North American Data in 2017. Previous to 2014, he spent 9 years managing Mfg. & Quality systems across Toyota’s 11 North American locations. Prior to Toyota, Chris spent 3 years in Financial Analytics with ConAgra Foods as well as IT Management with Guardian Automotive.
Acquisition Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Ralph is in charge of developing architecture, data strategy, systems migration plan, and a portfolio management process for the acquisition domain, which is part of the Air Force enterprise architecture. He spent 25 years on active duty in the Air Force and retired as a colonel in April 2006. As an Air Force officer, he served as an acquisition program manager, test manager, and in various staff positions involved in planning, resource allocation, and congressional appropriations liaison. He joined Federal service as an Air Force Civilian in 2006 and served as acting director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence as well as program manager of a Major Automated Information Systems.
Wayne W. Eckerson is an internationally recognized thought leader in business intelligence and analytics who thinks critically, writes clearly, and presents persuasively about complex topics. He is a sought-after consultant, noted speaker and bestselling author. Eckerson is founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group, a research and consulting firm that helps business leaders use data and technology to drive better insights and actions. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Assistant Director for Research and Methodology
United States Census Bureau
John Eltinge is the Assistant Director for Research and Methodology at the United States Census Bureau. Before moving to the Census Bureau in 2016, he served as the Associate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research at the Bureau of Labor Statistics for twelve years; and previously served as a senior mathematical statistician at BLS, and as an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University; is a fellow of the American Statistical Association; is an associate editor for the Journal of Official Statistics and for the Survey Methodology Journal; and is the chair of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology. His research interests include design optimization; integration of multiple data sources; imputation; time series; and small domain estimation.
Chief Technology Officer
Ruhollah Farchtchi is the CTO at Zoomdata. He has over 15 years experience in enterprise data management, architecture and systems integration. Prior to Zoomdata, Ruhollah held management positions at BearingPoint, Booz-Allen and Unisys. He holds an M.S. in Information Technology from George Mason University.”
Informatica Professional Services
Kevin Fleet is Vice President of the Professional Services organization at Informatica. In this role, Kevin has global delivery responsibility for Informatica’s customer adoption services program. Kevin’s team is focused on ensuring Informatica’s most strategic subscription customers quickly realize value from their investment, which is achieved by leveraging his group’s unparalleled experience, industry leading best practices, and world-class solution delivery capabilities.
Prior to joining Informatica in 2011, Kevin was Executive Director of Global Data Management at Pfizer. In this role, Kevin was the global leader for data management, with responsibility for developing and delivering shared technology, solutions and support services for data warehousing, data integration, master data, and analytics. Kevin also established and chaired the Pfizer Data Governance Council, and was the de facto Chief Data Officer, responsible for driving an aligned data strategy across the Pfizer organization.
Kevin’s technology career spans over 20 years working in both business and technical capacities across various industries including Manufacturing, Technology Services, Life Sciences, and Healthcare. He has a broad and deep technology background, ranging from ERP implementation to database administration, application development, and analytics solution delivery. More recently, Kevin actively participates as a thought leader in the data management industry, speaks at industry events and conferences, has authored multiple blogs and white papers on the topic, and co-authored “The Data Strategy Playbook: A CIO’s Practical Guide to Driving Change”. Kevin holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Chief Data Analytics Officer
Carl Gerber recently founded Analytic Leaders, a consultancy specializing in Data Strategy, Analytics Modernization, Data Landscape Rationalization, Global Data Privacy, Data Quality, Master & Reference Data, Data Risk & Regulatory Compliance and Data Governance.
Gerber has led enterprise-wide data transformations as the Chief Data Officer for AIG Commercial Insurance and Pearson. His teams have established end-to-end data strategies, roadmaps, and execution plans that improved data quality for enhanced decision making, operational efficiency, regulatory compliance and other business outcomes. He is known for building data management cultures where information is readily available, trusted and leveraged to deliver value aligned to the business plan and priorities.
Gerber’s teams have established global data platforms and services, and his teams delivered master data for global Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) consolidation programs. At TIAA-CREF, his team achieved sustainable data quality, controls, and delivery improvements across the company. His program realized over $30M in data infrastructure savings; reduced uncontrolled annual database growth from 20 to 5 percent; increased the amount of data under quality management by 50 percent YOY; and resolved regulatory and compliance data controls issues impacting core business growth.
In recognition, he was named a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader, and his data program received CIO Magazine’s Top 100 Innovation Award and The Data Warehouse Institute’s Data Management Best Practice Award for 2014.
Mr. Gerber also held data and analytics positions at Procter & Gamble, American Financial Group, and Essilor of America. He began his career as a Communications & Computer Officer with the United States Air Force. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a member of the IT Leadership Academy and the CIO Solutions Gallery. He co-founded the Columbus Business Intelligence Roundtable and is a past President of the Southwest Ohio Data Management Association.
PwC Financial Services Advisory
Sal is a Director in PwC’s Financial Services data analytics group, with 10+ years of experience helping financial services clients address their most pressing data and analytics challenges. He has significant experience with foundational data programs such as building up and implementing pragmatic data governance and quality disciplines as well as transformational “Next-Gen” data initiatives including Big Data and analytics, interactive visualization, and AI / Machine Learning adoption.
Sal has deep knowledge of the FRB and OCC compliance frameworks, including regulatory data requirements (e.g. CCAR / DFAST, BASEL III) and cross-functional expertise in banking and capital market products. Sal is especially passionate about helping client pursue innovative techniques to embedding analytics in their compliance and growth efforts. He has co-authored publications on the evolving role of the Chief Data Officer and leads’ PwC’s Financial Services Global CDO Survey.
Sal graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a M.A in Management Information Systems and is based in New York City.
Strategic Data Management & Analytics Executive
Mark Johnson is a Strategic Data Management & Analytics Executive at Fusion Alliance. Mr. Johnson’s distinguished career spans more than 30 years in the IT industry, with a deep concentration on data management and analytics over the most recent 25 years. At Fusion Alliance Mr. Johnson is responsible for formulation and alignment of Data Management and Analytics Consulting Services Strategy and Solutions with consulting and technical capabilities to meet client data management strategies and needs. Mr. Johnson also engages directly with our most strategic clients to help develop and enable successful execution of enterprise data management and analytic programs. In this capacity his focus is on optimizing adoption and engagement of strategic data management and advanced analytic technologies, and supporting business processes through transformation of people, process, technology, and data to drive competitive advantage.
Chief Data Officer
Milind Kamkolkar is the CDO of Sanofi, a company focused on empowering lives through human health. Milind’s focus is driving and transforming Sanofi from a data generation organization to an insights generating organization where data is a monetizable asset class on par with product and shareholder value. Milind joined Sanofi from a career spanning big pharma (Novartis), big and boutique consulting (Cognizant and PA Consulting), and numerous technology and software startup companies focused on health, technology and data mining blending insights and approaches across industries to solve complex human health problems at scale. Milind is a featured speaker and thought leader in Digital Health, AI & Big Data, serves as a Board Advisor and mentor to 3 exciting startups hacking education/mental health, deep learning for research technologies, Honorary Lecturer for physician entrepreneurship at BartsX, Faculty at Exponential Medicine and Special Advisor to the UN Global Sustainability program.
U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate – Cyber Security Division
Erin Kenneally is currently a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division for the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate. Her portfolio comprises cybersecurity research infrastructure, privacy, security economics, and technology ethics. She manages the IMPACT (Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk and Trust), CYRIE (Cyber Risk Economics), and Data Privacy programs. Kenneally is Founder and CEO of Elchemy, Inc., and served as Technology-Law Specialist at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and the Center for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) and Center for Evidence-based Security Research (CESR) at the University of California, San Diego. Erin is a licensed Attorney specializing in information technology law, including privacy technology, data protection, artificial intelligence ethics and legal risk, trusted information sharing, technology policy, cybercrime, data ethics, and emergent IT legal risks. She holds Juris Doctorate and Masters of Forensic Sciences degrees and is a graduate of Syracuse University and The George Washington University.
Chief Data Officer
State of Connecticut
Tyler Kleykamp is the State of Connecticut’s Chief Data Officer, within the Office of Policy and Management (OPM); and is responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing staff and activities related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of the State’s enterprise information assets. In doing so, he leads the State’s efforts to use data to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of state programs and policies. Tyler has previously served as Chair of the Connecticut Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Council as well as the State GIS Coordinator. In addition, he has led numerous initiatives to improve data and information sharing including; emergency management and disaster response, transparency and accountability during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and land use and economic development activities. In 2016, Tyler was the recipient of the U.S. Open Data Institutes’ “Open Data Pioneer” award and was named a “Data and IT Innovator” by the Atlantic Media Group’s Route Fifty.
Deputy Director for Enterprise Information
Department of Defense, OUSD(A&S)/ARA
Mr. Mark Krzysko leads Enterprise Information Department of Defense (DoD) on behalf of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. His focus is on transforming the way the Department thinks about and uses data. He leads data governance, management, analytics, and access and dissemination control to give analysts and decision makers the information they need to manage and make decisions about the Department’s $1.9 trillion portfolio of major defense programs.
Chief Data Officer
State of Vermont
Andrew serves as the State of Vermont Chief Data Officer under a newly created Agency of Digital Services overseeing the broad range of data management functions across the State. In this new role, Andrew is helping the State unlock the power of its rich data assets through governance, integration and intelligence efforts. Before taking on this role, Andrew directed the Systems Engineering team for Vermont’s Health and Human Services and developed strategic, operational, and information architecture that drove IT and business change projects. He is trained as an electrical engineer, lives in Burlington VT with his three kids, loves the outdoors and gardening, and even roasts his own coffee!
Vice President, Sales
Andrew Lambert, Vice President, Sales, joined Privacy Analytics as an experienced healthcare business leader with a strong clinical informatics and analytics background. He has over 30 years of healthcare executive leadership experience with a successful track record of growing revenue across multiple venues and sizes of organizations, and growing world-class teams. He’s held senior leadership roles at Symphony Performance Health Solutions, Mediware, Inc., Cognovant, Inc., Press Ganey Associates, Thomson Healthcare (Thomson Reuters), Eclipsys Corp., Cerner Corp., Phillips Medical Systems and Johnson & Johnson – that included domestic and international business growth and experience.
Executive VP, Enterprise Data Management
Barbara Latulippe, Executive VP, Enterprise Information Management, CoreLogic, has more than two decades’ experience in information supply chain, healthcare and high tech industries. She has provided expertise and leadership in the areas of Information Management, MDM, Governance, Data Quality, Data Science as a Service and most recently Big Data Governance. Her broad experience in technology and business processes drives strategic change and organizational transformation. Barbara’s approach of “actionable data governance” leverages information assets based on consumption value. This approach results in prescriptive insights which in turn, enable business outcomes. Barbara’s leadership at CoreLogic is focused on optimizing the information supply chain and transforming to a knowledge management governance model leveraging an Information Marketplace.
Barbara is a recognized thought leader and industry advocate for innovative approaches and effective use of technology to improve business performance. She delivers solutions to business challenges by democratizing information for advanced analytics, operational efficiency and personalized consumer experiences. Her past experiences at Dell/EMC, Smith and Nephew and Philips has given her the passion to enable a culture focused on information knowledge management, innovation and insight.
Chief Data Officer
The PNC Financial Services Group
Denise M. Letcher is Executive Vice President, Chief Data Officer within Independent Risk Management for PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. In this role, she leads Enterprise Data Management, which includes Data Strategy, Data Risk Framework, and Risk Information. She is also the Director of Corporate Insurance.
Ms. Letcher’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the data warehouse, analytics infrastructure investment and delivery, data quality and remediation, data governance, which includes data risk metrics and aggregation, as well as regulatory information and reporting. As Director of Corporate Insurance, she ensures the group provides risk balanced insurance solutions.
Ms. Letcher has over 25 years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to rejoining PNC in 2010, she was the Director of Risk Management Technology for both Wachovia and Wells Fargo. In those positions, she was responsible for compliance and operational risk, technology and information strategy.
Ms. Letcher is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics, with a concentration in accounting.
Research Director – Data and Analytics, Office of the CDO
Former Global Vice President, Strategy and Portfolio – Information Management & Analytics Services
Valerie joined Gartner in 2015 as a Research Director in the Data and Analytics group, where she covers information management strategies, advanced analytics and related change management topics. She is a member of the Office of the CDO (Chief Data Officer) research team- where she leads Gartner’s Annual CDO Survey, as well as the CDO Circle executive training and networking event, which she designed from scratch. She is also pioneering research in the area of Data Literacy, and nurturing the “speaking of data” with Information as a Second Language (ISL).
Ms. Logan has more than 25 years of experience, including two decades of global consulting practice management in the information and intelligence domains across industries, and five years of applied experience in the telecommunications industry at both field and enterprise levels.
Ms. Logan is an active and passionate thought leader in the areas of information and decision science strategies, supporting clients with their information and analytics evolution. She is a natural systems thinker – able to understand and distill complex concepts and systems for general understanding.
Ms. Logan is recognized as a pioneer in innovative consulting practices – recognized by Consulting Magazine in 2008 as one of eight top women in global consulting. She is known as an inspiring motivator, genuine advisor and change agent – driven by a passion to synthesize information to solve real-world problems.
When not busy traveling or working, Valerie works closely with youth and young adults- helping them to discover their unique skills, passions and esteem. Her commitment to mentoring students and professionals is in recognition and appreciation for early contributors to her life and career- just “paying it forward”.
Valerie holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from New Mexico State University with a concentration in Operations Research. She is based in the Adirondack Mountains with her husband Brian in Brant Lake, New York.
Dave Mariani has been in the technology and data business for nearly 30 years, first as an engineer and now as co-founder and CEO of AtScale Inc. Drawing from a solid educational background—David has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economic s from UCLA— Dave ran Yahoo! data pipelines and analytics teams at the time Hadoop was born. After Yahoo!, he went on to run engineering at Klout, where he managed a 200+ node cluster and Hive Data Warehouse of over one trillion rows. He founded and now leads AtScale Inc, helping Fortune 100 customers run their BI on Big data.
Jeffrey G. McMillan
Chief Analytics & Data Officer
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Jeff McMillan is Managing Director, Chief Analytics & Data Officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, where he is responsible for all aspects of Wealth Management’s strategy to leverage analytics, data and artificial intelligence to drive growth and efficiencies across the firm. Jeff’s is a leader in Wealth Managements efforts to transform its operating model to deliver even higher quality advice and scalable solutions, leveraging the most advanced analytical and artificially intelligent capabilities available. Jeff is a member of the Wealth Management Operating and Risk Committees as well as the firm’s Securities Operating Committee. He is also Co-chair of Morgan Stanley’s Veterans Employee Network. Prior to his current responsibilities, Jeff has held a variety of leadership roles at Morgan Stanley, including leading the integration of the firm’s advisor and client platforms as part of the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney merger, overseeing the firms digital strategy and development of all product and advisory platforms, as well as owning the build out of Wealth Managements Research capabilities. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Jeff had a variety of roles within financial services, with a deep focus on business transformation, digital enablement, and analytics. Jeff is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a BS in economics. Upon graduation, he served on active duty as an armor officer and scout platoon stationed in South Korea and Fort Knox, KY.
Jodi D. Morton
Vice President, Data Governance and Management
Single Family Division – Freddie Mac
Jodi Morton is vice president of data governance and management for Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Business. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the Single-Family data strategy, which includes: (1) Data governance, policies, standards, and practices, (2) Data quality transparency and reporting, (3) Advancement of data acquisition strategies and analytic capabilities.
Morton began her Freddie Mac career in 2004. Since then, she has served in a variety of roles within the finance division, most recently as chief financial officer of the Single-Family Business.
Morton erned a Master’s degree in finance from American University, a B.S. in accounting and B.S. in business administration from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.
Freddie Mac makes home possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Since our creation by Congress in 1970, we’ve made housing mre accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide. We are building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders, and taxpayers. Learn more at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac, and Freddie Mac’s Blog.
BGen Kevin J. Nally, USMC (Ret.)
BGen Kevin Nally was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 1981, after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Natural Resources.
After completing The Basic School and Communications Officer Course, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade where he served as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Marine Service Support Group-37 and later as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Brigade Service Support Group. During this tour, BGen Nally attended SCUBA School, Pearl Harbor where he served in an additional duty capacity as a search and rescue diver.
In 1985, he was reassigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Los Angeles, California where he served as an Officer Selection Officer. In 1988, BGen Nally attended Command, Control, Systems Course in Quantico, Virginia. After graduating in 1989, BGen Nally was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division where he served as the Communications Platoon Commander during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Following this, he was assigned to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division as the Executive Officer.
In 1992, BGen Nally was assigned as the Operations Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island. In 1995, BGen Nally was transferred to the 3rd Marine Division where he served as the S-6, then the S-3, and finally as the Executive Officer for the 4th Marine Regiment. In 1996, he served as the Commanding Officer, Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. In 1998, BGen Nally was assigned as the Deputy Director, J6, United States Forces, Japan and completed a Masters in Information Systems Management. From 2000 to 2002, BGen Nally was the Commanding Officer of Support Battalion, MCRD/ERR, Parris Island.
From May of 2002 to July 2003, BGen Nally was the Director, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. BGen Nally is a 2004 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a concentration in Information Strategy. Following this assignment, he served from 2004 until 2006 as the Deputy Director for C4, United States Central Command where he deployed twice in support of OIF/OEF. In 2006, BGen Nally was transferred to Camp LeJeune, NC, where he served as the II MEF AC/S G-6 and subsequently as the II MEF Chief of Staff. From 2007 until 2009, he served as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School in 29 Palms, CA, and as the AC/S, G-6, MCAGCC/MAGTF-TC.
He is currently serving as the Chief Information Officer for the US Secret Service. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with one gold star), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Steve Orrin is the Federal CTO for Intel Corporation. Steve has held architectural and leadership positions at Intel driving strategy and projects on Identity, Anti-malware, HTML5 Security, Cloud and Virtualization Security. Steve was previously CSO for Sarvega, CTO of Sanctum, CTO and co-founder of LockStar, and CTO at SynData Technologies. Steve is a recognized expert and frequent lecturer on enterprise security and was named one of InfoWorld’s Top 25 CTO’s of 2004 and, in 2016, received Executive Mosaic’s Top CTO Executives Award. He is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and a Guest Researcher at NIST’s NCCoE.
Sun Life Financial
Pierre-Armand Peiclier moved to Ireland from Paris, France to join Sun Life Financial U.S in 2004, where he heads IT Architecture and Data organizations at present. He studied engineering and business at the University of Evry before founding a B2C startup in 1997 contracting for EU and US corporations, in time joining Honeywell, then Sun Life. Passionate about Enterprise Architecture and Information Management, he designed for the University of Waterford the Masters in Information Systems curriculum, where he still lectures today. He is an engaging speaker who never misses an opportunity to remind adults and kids alike how technology really works.
Charles K. Pickar
Charles K. Pickar is a member of the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a retired Army officer with extensive experience in project management, systems engineering, international security affairs and strategic planning and is fluent in German and Italian. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, a Master’s from The Johns Hopkins University in Systems Engineering, as well as a Master’s in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate of the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). His professional experience includes executive management positions at Lockheed Martin and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). His research interests focus on applying a systems approach to acquisition management problems.
Mark Ramsey, Ph.D.
Dr. Ramsey holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science , an MBA with specialization in Computer & Information Security, and a Ph.D. specializing in Applied Computer Science. His dissertation work on Exploring the impact of inferred social networks on the accuracy of churn prediction models in the mobile phone industry resulted in a US patent.
Dr. Ramsey joined GSK as Senior Vice President, Head of R&D Data in 2015 reporting to the President of R&D. He is responsible for driving the utilization of information as a strategic asset through data consolidation, metadata, business intelligence, big data, and advanced data mining.
Prior to GSK, Dr. Ramsey was the first Chief Data Officer (CDO) for Samsung Mobile, reporting directly to the President. He was responsible for enterprise-wide governance and utilization of information as an asset, through data consolidation, business intelligence, big data, and advanced data mining. Prior to Samsung, he held the position of Vice President, Business Analytics & Optimization, Growth Markets for IBM. In this role, he was responsible for setting the strategic direction and operational management of the IBM Business Analytics & Optimization services division for eight growth markets including South East Asia, India and South Asia, Greater China, Korea, Australia/New Zealand, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa and Latin America. Dr. Ramsey started at IBM in 1995 and was one of the pioneers in the creation and expanded focus on data and analytics. Ramsey was named an IBM Master Inventor in 2010 for his role as an inventor in over 50 patent filings which resulted in the issuance of 28 patents focused on business intelligence and business analytics.
Chief Technology Officer
John Roese is the Chief Technology Officer of Dell EMC. In this role, John is responsible for ensuring Dell Technologies anticipates customers’ needs and leads the technology industry in a scalable, coordinated and efficient manner. John’s organization provides the foundation, tools and processes needed to both foster innovation and optimize Dell EMC technology and R&D capabilities. This is an expansion of John’s existing role as EMC’s Chief Technology Officer. John joined EMC in the fall of 2012 and was instrumental in shaping EMC’s technology strategy as the company embarked upon a new of growth and leadership across three of the most transformative trends in the history of IT – Cloud, Big Data and Trusted IT.
Prior to EMC, John was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the North American R&D Centers at Huawei Technologies responsible for advanced technology development across the entire product portfolio ranging from photonics to cloud computing and consumer technology. Having previously served as CTO at four large corporations in the telecom and IT sector over the past two decades (Nortel, Broadcom, Enterasys and Cabletron), John has developed a broad understanding of the total ICT ecosystem and its diverse global customer base. In addition to his roles as CTO, John has been a Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Information Officer in publicly traded companies. This expertise has allowed John to become an extremely well-rounded senior executive and an expert in both establishing the long-term strategy of a company and the near-term tactical execution to reach those goals. John is a published author; holds more than 20 pending and granted patents in areas such as policy-based networking, location-based services, and security. John has sat on numerous boards, including ATIS, OLPC, Blade Networks, Pingtel and Bering Media. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the leading open source platform for cloud native applications.
Chief Data Officer
General Services Administration
Kris is responsible for developing and implementing the GSA strategic vision for data management. He has operational oversight for Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) activities, data marts, and business intelligence reporting. He coordinates and champions the public release of GSA data assets, establishes and maintains the clearance processes, and leads prioritization the data assets for release.
Dr. Prakriteswar Santikary
Vice President & Chief Data Officer
Dr. Santikary is an accomplished technology executive with more than 20 years of experience across a variety of business, architecture and technology domains encompassing areas such as modern data architecture, distributed computing, cloud computing, big data tools and technologies, advanced analytics, business intelligence, and data science. Throughout his career, he has worked in the clinical, pharmaceutical, e-commerce, banking, financial and energy sectors.
In his current role as Chief Data Officer at ERT, a data and technology company supporting data collection and analysis for clinical trials, Dr. Santikary leads the strategy and execution of the company’s global data infrastructure, including cloud services, data science, data governance and advanced analytics, as part of ERT’s multi-year technology transformation and modernization. Over the past two years, his eam has built a cloud-based data and real time analytics platform to gather, integrate and process clinical data across all of ERT’s product lines, as well as to enable ‘smart’data products for monetization. Dr. Santikary also is spearheading data governance, data quality and master data management initiatives across the enterprise.
Before joining ERT, Dr. Santikary held several technology executive roles, including Head of Data Engineering and Director of Engineering at eBay; VP of Engineering at Zeta Global; Chief Architect and Technologist at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals; Director of Data Science and Engineering at EnerNOC; Chief Data Architect at PNC Financial and Research Scientist; andpost-doctoral fellow at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
A thought leader and data evangelist, Dr. Santikary is a frequent speaker at conferences, summits and meet-ups on advanced software architecture and emerging computer science-related topics including artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Dr. Santikary earned his PhD in Computer Simulations at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India, and published several research papers in peer-reviewed journals as part of his doctoral and post-doctoral research work. He is the recipient of several national and international research fellowships, including a doctoral fellowship from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; a post-doctoral fellowship from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and an advanced research fellowship from The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India.
During his leisure time, Dr. Santikary loves to listen to music and practices yoga.
Chief Technology Officer
Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Colonel Bobby Saxon, USA Retired, is the Chief Technology Officer for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS). Colonel Saxon is responsible for leading the architecting, development, and implementation for all information technology for the Insurance Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act.
Colonel Saxon has over 25 years of information technology leadership experience including seven years at the Pentagon. As a Division Chief on the Army staff, he led the Army G-3/5/7 (Operations and Plans) Capability Management Office for Global Force Information Management and the development of the multi-award winning Enterprise Management Decision Support system. Colonel Saxon previously served at the Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Operations and Plans.
Colonel Saxon began his IT career in 1991 as a medical software sales consultant before becoming a regional, then national sales manager for multiple software companies specializing in Electronic Health Records (EHR). Before re-entering active military service after the events of 9/11, Colonel Saxon founded a Customer Relationship Management company to provide collaboration and data analytic solutions to Fortune 5,000 organizations.
Colonel Saxon holds a Master of Science (MS) degree in Government Information Leadership, w/CIO concentration, from the National Defense University (NDU) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management degree from Georgia Southern University. He also holds graduate certificates for Global Strategic Leadership and Chief Information Officer from NDU and is a previous AFCEA Distinguished Graduate of the NDU CIO Leadership Development Program. Additionally, Colonel Saxon is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.
Colonel Saxon has been recognized for government and industry awards including: the 2017, 2015, and 2014 FedScoop 50 Federal Leadership Award, the 2014 GTRA GOVTek Executive Government Technology Award for Excellence in Big Data, and the 2013 CIO Magazine “Ones to Watch” Award. His military awards and badges include the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star as well as the Combat Action Badge, Paratrooper Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Under Colonel Saxon’s leadership, the EMDS program received the 2014 & 2013 FedScoop 50 Federal IT Program of the Year
US Chief Data Officer
Peter Serenita is the US Chief Data Officer for Scotiabank, responsible for defining and implementing data management capability to improve data quality and leverage data for business enablement. He is the Chairman of the Enterprise Data Management Council, trade organization advancing data management in the financial services industry. Prior to joining the Scotiabank, Peter was the Group Chief Data Officer and was responsible for building the data management and analytics practices across all businesses and global functions at HSBC, focusing on improving data consistency across the firm. Previously, Peter was a 28-year veteran of JPMorgan having held several key positions in business and information technology including the role of Chief Data Officer of the Worldwide Securities division. Mr. Serenita holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from New York University.
Vice President, Privacy & Data Governance, CPO
Della Shea is the Vice President of Data Governance and Chief Privacy Officer for Symcor Inc. She is responsible for leading the organization’s data governance, data management, privacy, data protection , digital ethics and regulatory compliance functions. Prior to this role, Della was appointed executive lead over new product development and innovation as well as Symcor’s healthcare expansion strategy. Under Della’s leadership, Symcor was recognized internationally with the 2010 Privacy Innovation Award presented by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). In 2013 she was selected as Canada’s Information Security Executive of the year by Technology Executive Network. Prior to joining Symcor, she was the Director of Privacy and Information Risk for the Royal Bank of Canada where she provided strategic guidance and direction that helped launch many of the Bank’s most innovative and challenging initiatives involving behavioral advertising, mobile and social media.
Passionate about the nexus of where opportunities and risk intersect, Della’s work has been featured in various publications including a cover story of SC Magazine and a highlight of her career has been addressing global leaders at the 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Hong Kong. Della has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University)/Schulich School of Business (York University) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University. Della is an international board member of the Information Accountability Foundation, an advisory board member of the Conference Board Council of Chief Analytics Officers and well as the Council Chief Privacy Officers. She is an advisory board member of Acadia University’s Fred Manning School of Business and a former advisory board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (Canada). Della holds numerous designations including Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/C), Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), PCI DSS Internal Security Assessor (ISA) and Pragmatic Marketing Certified (PMC).
Lead Scientist and Co-Founder – Center for Large-Scale Data Systems Research
San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
Jim Short is Lead Scientist and co-founder of the Center for Large-Scale Data Systems Research, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego. Previously he taught Management Information Systems and Business Strategy at the MIT Sloan School and London Business School. He has served as a lead researcher on several nationally known studies, including the MIT Management in the 1990s program, and the How Much Information? series on digital media and information growth. His projects include a study on data and information growth, a valuation model for estimating the asset and activity value of enterprise data and information, and an analysis of data and information use by information workers. His current work focuses on blockchain technologies and distributed value. He has published in The Accounting Review, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of MIS, the Journal of Management Studies, the International Journal of Communications, Sloan Management Review and in the business press, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. He holds SB, SM and PhD degrees from MIT.
John P. Skudlarek, CAP – CISSP
Deputy Chief Information Officer
Federal Communications Commission
John P. Skudlarek joined the Federal Communications Commission as Deputy Chief Information Officer in May, 2014. Mr. Skudlarek works closely with the FCC CIO to execute FCC IT Transformation that fosters innovation, transforms business processes, speeds delivery, reduces costs, and improves security. John directs capital planning, budget, and acquisition activities; leads stakeholder outreach; establishes and oversees IT governance; and coordinates FCC information technology plans. Mr. Skudlarek served as Acting FCC CIO in 2015 and 2016. In June 2016, John was awarded the FCC’s Catherine Forster Public Service Award.
Mr. Skudlarek was Deputy CIO at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce, from 2012 to 2014. He oversaw IT budget planning and execution, enterprise planning, governance, acquisition, and information assurance activities. John was instrumental in improving NTIA’s IT information security posture and was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service in December, 2013.
Mr. Skudlarek served as IT Portfolio Manager for the United States Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation from 2010 to 2012. He directed PBGC IT Capital Planning and Portfolio Management activities for over $100 million in IT investments and served as Chair of the Agency’s IT Investment Review Board. During 2009, Mr. Skudlarek served as a Senior Enterprise Architect supporting the DoD Chief Information Officer’s Enterprise Architecture and Standards Directorate. He was played a key role in standing up the CIO’s DoD-wide Architecture and Standards Review Group, developed and coordinated DoD policy on Enterprise Architecture implementation, and authored Departmental performance objectives as a member of the CIO’s strategic planning working group.
From 2006 until 2008, Mr. Skudlarek was Chief Information Officer of the Defense Security Service, United States Department of Defense. John provided enterprise IT capabilities to 120,000 government and industry security professionals supporting over four million cleared individuals and 12,500 cleared contractor facilities, and provided the full range of information technology services to DSS employees at over 70 locations nation-wide. He oversaw development and operations of the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) and Industrial Security Facilities Database, and co-chaired the DoD-wide JPAS Executive Steering Committee.
Prior to beginning his civilian career, Mr. Skudlarek served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served both as an Infantry officer and as a member of the Military Intelligence corps. John has over ten years overseas experience serving in Europe and Asia, and speaks fluent French and German. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and French Brevet Technique.
John P. Skudlarek is a 1983 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC in 1987 and a Master of Science in Information Management degree from Syracuse University in 2005. John was awarded an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership in 2017 from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Authorization Professional (CAP).
Mr. Skudlarek served as Vice-Chair of the Fairfax County, Virginia, IT Policy Advisory Committee, Vice-President for Education of the AFCEA’s Northern Virginia Chapter, and as President of the Mount Vernon Civic Association. John received the AFCEA International Meritorious Service Award in 2014. In 2015, he was the recipient of a Cloud Innovation award from the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center and a team award for Leadership in Cloud Computing from the Association for Federal Information Resources Management.
VP Data Strategy
Chuck Smith is the VP, R&D Data Strategy at GlaxoSmithKline and is responsible for building strategic organizational capabilities, platforms, data assets and processes that leverage data in support of R&D.
Prior to GSK, Chuck was responsible for the Data Analytics team at Samsung Electronics America where he focused on establishing analytical capabilities to support decision making for Marketing, Product Development, Customer Loyalty, Customer Service, eCommerce and Retail Sales.
Chuck also spent seventeen years with IBM as an executive consultant and Partner in the Business Analytics and Optimization consulting practice. During that time, he helped to establish the business analytics competency, led dozens of data and analytical engagement teams and was responsible for the delivery of numerous innovative Data solutions.
Founder, CEO and Principal Consultant
Founder, CEO and Principal Consultant of Gavroshe. Former Chief Data Officer at TD Ameritrade for approximately 5 years; was responsible for Data Governance, Data Science & Advanced Analytics, Data Architecture & Management, and Development and Maintenance of Enterprise-class Data Assets. A career of over 3 decades, mainly in the Data Management and Information Resource Management (IRM) fields. Established Office of the CDO, Data Resource Management, Architecture and IRM Functions in multiple large Corporations. Established and managed numerous enterprise programs and initiatives in the domains of Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Data Quality Improvement, and IRM. Bill Inmon’s Corporate Information Factory and John Zachman’s Enterprise Architecture Framework have been the foundational cornerstones of the above work. Served as VP Programs for DAMA SW Ohio. Active member of MIT’s Chief Data Officer Roundtable and Forum, and Founding Member of the International Society of Chief Data Officers. Co-authored “DW 2.0: The Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing” Inmon, Strauss and Neushloss (Book published 2008 by Morgan Kaufman, Series in Data Management Systems).
NEVIN “Mustang” TAYLOR
Colonel Nevin “Mustang” Taylor is a decorated combat veteran with a distinguished 32-year military career that includes leading one of the nation’s largest logistical activities following the initial cessation of hostilities in Iraq. An Air Force Senior Officer with a decade of command time, he has served as the Sr. IMA to the Deputy Under Secretary Policy Integration and Chief of Staff, Military Advisor to both the Under Secretary of Defense Policy and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During his tenure, he has chaired the Strategic Advisory Board for USAF Task Force Cyber, and led the DoD CIO’s Enterprise Services and Data Panel Tiger Team Enterprise Search and Catalog. An innovative leader and seasoned data, cyber, and space professional in corporate, public and military service, he has relocated two Air Wings, built an air base, and oversaw the standup of the first space communications squadron coupled with the nation’s only Joint Space Operations Center. He has served as the Deputy Regional Director Liaison Officer Air Force Academy, Honor Guard Commander for President Ronald Reagan at his Presidential Library, Naval Destroyer modernization technologist, Cyber Subject Matter Expert underway onboard the USS Carl Vinson and Deputy Director Warfighter Integration Senior Executive Service bridge. He is currently the Co-Chair of the United States Data Cabinet and their four working groups; Policy, Governance, Talent, and Analytics as well as the NSTC’s Data Science Interagency Working Group. As a reservist, Colonel Taylor serves on the Air Staff as the Air Force Deputy Chief Data Officer, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Special Programs, and Cyberspace Strategy and Policy IMA. A published author, he is currently working to support the development of a strategic framework to operationalize a data driven organization. Additionally, he is one of the founders of the Secretary of the Air Force’s AFWERX innovative initiative to transform and modernize their ability to Fly, Fight and Win our Nation’s Wars. A Harvard University National and International Security and Senior Executive fellow as well as a Cyber Policy credentialed professional he is one of MIT’s Big Data and Social Analytics credentialed expert and technology anti-tamper professional. A National Defense University Credentialed Chief Information Officer and lecturer of “The Power of Information.” This Georgetown University’s Transformational Leadership alumni serves as the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute orator lecturing on “Leaders Inspire T.H.E.M.” This credentialed Stanford University’s Strategic Decisions Management and Oxford University Planning Foresight, Innovation, Knowledge, and Change Management certified professional has served as the White House international visionary on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and national lead for the Camp David Summit on developing a data driven organization.
Head of Data Science & Advanced Analytics
Asim Tewary is the Enterprise Head of Data Science & Analytics at Verizon driving revenue growth, churn mitigation, digital transformation, and data monetization for $120 Billion business across Wireless, FIOS, IoT, and enterprise businesses across 130+ Million customer base.
His current focus is building cognitive self-learning capabilities to augment employee intelligence (digital employee) and personalize customer experience across channel using customer DNA and propensities derived by deep learning algorithms.
Asim manages 350+ full time employees in United States as well as in India. His responsibilities extend across all aspects of Data Investment, Management, and Monetization including Budgeting, Infrastructure & Operations, Governance, Business Intelligence, Data Science & Advanced Analytics, and End-to-End Solutions Design & Implementation.
Prior to joining Verizon, he was Managing Director for PwC’s Financial Services Analytics practice across banking, capital markets, insurance, risk, and asset management business and Chief Data Officer at AIG. He has over 20 years of experience and has held senior leadership positions managing analytics organizations at Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and other financial services companies.
Vice President, Chief Data Officer
James (Jim) Tyo is the enterprise Chief Data Officer for Nationwide. He is responsible for overall strategic vision, planning, execution and management of all activities related to operation of the Enterprise Data Office (EDO) for Nationwide. With the overarching goal of providing trusted data services for business optimization, they own and deliver on the data and analytics strategy by enabling alignment of needs, skills, and governance across the lifecycle of solutions through improved data accessibility and analytic capabilities. They are the champions of data as a strategic asset to challenge and improve current products, services and processes. Jim formerly worked at BB&T; one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S., where he was their first enterprise CDO, and USAA; a member-owned association dedicated to providing financial services to the military community and their families, where he began their first Chief Data Office. Prior to USAA, Jim held senior positions within GE Capital and Key Bank.
Vice President of Cybersecurity
Technology Concepts and Design Inc.
Eric Vanderburg is the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI where he and his cybersecurity team protect companies from cyber threats, investigate data breaches, and provide guidance on security governance and compliance. Vanderburg has an MBA from Kent State University and several undergraduate degrees. He has also obtained over 40 security and technology certifications.
Vanderburg is a well-known author, blogger, and a thought leader. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage and has published books on storage networking and cloud computing. Vanderburg is passionate about sharing cybersecurity and technology news, insights and best practices. He regularly presents on security topics and publishes insightful articles. You can find him throughout the day posting valuable and informative content on his social media channels.
Head of Enterprise Data Transformation
Maria Villar is Head of Enterprise Data Transformation. In this role, she advises SAP customer’s on the crucial role of data management in the digital transformation, leveraging our internal best practices, to assist our customer’s implementation.
She reports into SAP’s NA Chief Innovation Officer. Maria joined SAP in 2009, following a 15 year career as a respected practitioner, author, trainer and consultant in helping major companies build and execute enterprise strategies in Enterprise Information Management.
Over the last 7 years, she’s built SAP’s internal data management program, reporting to SAP’s COO. SAP’s approach to managing its most critical master data is a successful, business led program with over € 70 Euro benefit since inception. These data management capabilities are foundational to our ability to analyze and predict our operational metrics with the Digital Boardroom and our internal process transformation to become a cloud company powered by S4 Hana.
In addition to the business value realized internally, SAP’s data management program has been recognized externally with 3 industry awards.
In addition to her SAP experience, Maria has built data management organizations in 2 other companies in the financial services and the technology industry.
She has authored a book, “Managing your Business Data from Chaos to Confidence.” Also, published 2 online classes and numerous articles, most recently “Time to Level Up: The Evolving role of the Chief Data Officer”
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Barbara Wixom
Principal Research Scientist
MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research
Barbara Wixom is a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). MIT CISR was established in 1974 as a non-profit research group, and it currently is funded by 100 corporate sponsors and patrons. The center undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from digitization. Barbara’s work focuses on how organizations effectively deliver value from their information assets.
Since the mid–90’s, Barbara has deeply explored data warehousing, business intelligence, analytics, and big data. She is a leading academic scholar, publishing in such journals as Information Systems Research; MIT Sloan Management Review; MIS Quarterly; and MIS Quarterly Executive. Barbara presents her work globally to academic and business audiences.