Dr. Richard Y. Wang, Founder, Executive Director, and General Chair
Founder & Executive Director
MIT Chief Data Officers and Information Quality Program
UALR Institute for Chief Data Officers
Richard Y. Wang is Director of the MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality (CDOIQ) Program. He is a pioneer and leader in the research and practice of Chief Data Officer (CDO). Dr. Wang has significant credentials across government, industry, and academia. He conceived and chaired the Inaugural MIT-Army CDO Forum, and established the CDO Forum as an annual event at MIT. In addition, he has been chairing the Annual MIT CDOIQ Symposium since 2007. Dr. Wang was a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management for almost a decade. From 2005-2009, he was appointed as a Visiting University Professor of Information Quality, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is an Honorary Professor at Xi’An Jiao Tong University, China.
Dr. Wang has put the term Information Quality on the intellectual map with myriad publications. In 1996, Prof. Wang organized the premier International Conference on Information Quality, which he has served as the general conference chair and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Wang’s books on information quality include Journey to Data Quality (MIT Press, 2006), Information Quality: Advances in Management Information Systems (M.E. Sharpe, 2005), Introduction to Information Quality (MITIQ Publications, 2005), Data Quality (Kluwer Academic, 2001), and Quality Information and Knowledge (Prentice Hall, 1999).
Prof. Wang has been instrumental in the establishment of the Ph.D. and Master of Science in Information Quality degree program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Stuart Madnick IQ Best Paper Award for the International Conference on Information Quality, the comprehensive IQ Ph.D. dissertations website, and the Donald Ballou & Harry Pazer IQ Ph.D. Dissertation Award.
Dr. Wang is the recipient of the 2005 DAMA International Achievement Award. Previous recipients of this award include Codd for inventing the Relational Data model and Chen for the Entity Relationship model.
In 2005, he received a certificate of appreciation from the Director of Central Intelligence and a thank you letter from the Director of National Intelligence. From 2009-2011, Dr. Wang served as the Deputy CDO and Chief Data Quality Officer of the U.S. Army, for which he received letters of appreciation from the Army’s Chief Information Officer, and the CIO at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
He received a Ph.D. in Information Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1985.
Robert Lutton, Lead Co-Chair
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Robert Lutton runs Sandhill Consultants North America and had been directly responsible for creating an organization that delivers technology, service, products and training in the areas of Enterprise and Data Architecture. Robert has used his vision to develop, market and deliver innovative solutions of exceptional value in the area of Model Driven Enterprise Architecture, Data Design Management and Data Governance to Sandhill customers. Robert has built a highly skilled organization, known in data community for its expertise and responsiveness to its customers’ needs. Sandhill Consultants is recognized as a growing, innovative organization and Robert has been instrumental in this growth. With over 20 years of broad business and technical experience, Robert has enabled Sandhill Consultants in all of its business and operations aspects including, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Sales, Customer Service, and Consulting. Robert continues to guide Sandhill Consultants growth and will continue to lead the organization to expand its reach in every aspect of the business.
Peter Anlyan, Co-Chair
As an organizational development catalyst for clients in the information sector, health care, higher education, state and county government, Peter’s work has included aligning leadership teams, strategic planning, training staff in enhanced communications skills and coaching leaders to be more effective team members. In his fifth year as a co-chair of the MITCDOIQ Symposium, Peter’s passion has been exploring the human dynamics elements of data quality. His most recent article is for Cutter Consortium, “The People Leg of the Organizational Stool.”
Arka Mukherjee, Co-Chair
Founder & CEO
Founder and CEO, Arka Mukherjee is an expert in global data management, with extensive experience in creating new technologies to assist business in the U.S. and around the world. Arka received a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from Princeton University. Under his leadership, Global IDs has developed MDM and Data Governance products and solutions for Fortune 500 companies across multiple vertical industries. Prior to Global IDs, as a principle of IBM Global Services, he was the practice leader in business intelligence services and was responsible for growing this e-business practice.
Nihal Erian, Senior Program Manager
MIT CDOIQ Symposium
International Society of Chief Data Officers
Institute for Chief Data Officers
Nihal Erian is the Senior Program Manager of the UA Little Rock Institute for Chief Data Officers, and the MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality (MITCDOIQ) Symposium. She is also a founding member of the International Society of Chief Data Officers (ISCDO) where she serves as a Program Manager.
Nihal worked for the UA Little Rock Information Quality Graduate Program and the Information Science Graduate Program as an Administrative Professional for years. She also worked for government agencies and American and International companies. In addition, Nihal volunteered with the International Association for Information And Data Quality (IAIDQ), where she helped administer the IAIDQ Certification Test.
Nihal holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the UA Little Rock College of Business. She received her B.A. in Linguistics from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt and is fluent in three languages. She holds the Certified Administrative Professional specializing in Organizational Management (CAP-OM) credential from the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).
Nihal has been recognized by the UA Little Rock College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) for her outstanding work and support of the Integrated Computing PhD Program. She has also been recognized for her outstanding service and support for the Institute for Chief Data Officers, the Information Quality Graduate Program and the Information Science Graduate Program.