Elena Alikhachkina

Worldwide Head Data & Analytics Product Line – Consumer & CMD
Johnson & Johnson

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.

Elena Alikhachkina’s LinkedIn Profile

Luk Arbuckle

Chief Methodologist
Privacy Analytics

Advising healthcare enterprises topping the Fortune 500, Luk Arbuckle has co-authored books, scholarly journal articles and patents on re-identification risk and de-identification. He brings a decade of experience in the field of anonymization, and is co-author of Anonymizing Health Data: Case Studies and Methods to Get You Started (O’Reilly Media, 2013/2014). Mr. Arbuckle is currently Chief Methodologist at Privacy Analytics. He was formerly Director of Technology Analysis at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and Research Manager and Data Scientist at the Children’s hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute. He holds multiple graduate degrees and was awarded numerous scholarships and bursaries.

Luk Arbuckle’s LinkedIn Profile

Robert Audet


Mr. Audet is a Director with Guidehouse and a leader in data management. He focuses on helping organizations extract value from data assets and establishing the necessary capabilities to effectively manage data. Mr. Audet also has over 20 years of experience in advising CIOs, CDOs, and IT leadership across different industries and the following disciplines: Information Strategy, Data Management Maturity Assessments and Strategic Planning, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing, Data Governance, portfolio management, organizational design, SDLC optimization, organizational change management, and complex program management.

Mr. Audet also leads an IT Program Management Office for a federal client that governs the transition from a private cloud and on-premises architecture to an AWS Gov Cloud architecture.

Robert Audet’s LinkedIn Profile

Veda Bawo

Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Enterprise Data Governance
Fifth Third Bank

Veda Bawo serves as senior vice president and managing director of Enterprise Data Governance. In her role, Veda oversees Fifth Third’s data governance program which includes all foundational capabilities (e.g. data quality, dictionary, metadata, lineage, etc.).  Before joining Fifth Third Bank in 2016, Veda was the head of North America Wholesale’s Financial Reporting Quality at Rabobank (NY) where she was responsible for developing a quality assurance program over critical data.  She served as a Data quality manager at GE Capital Americas (CT), starting their first data quality program.  Prior to that, Veda spent 15 years at JPMorgan Chase (NY, NJ, DE) in various leadership roles in Corporate Financial Reporting, Finance Reference Data, Corporate & Investment Bank Regulatory Reporting & Operations, ranging from Global Accounting & Operations to Project & Data Management. During her tenure with JPMorgan Chase, Veda: led post-merger process and data integrations in Finance; managed the global intercompany reconciliation for a $700+ billion line of business; managed the bank’s legal document management process, introducing significant automation.  Veda started her career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers (NY), specializing in the financial service industry.

Veda Bawo’s LinkedIn Profile

Randy Bean

Founder and CEO
NewVantage Partners

Randy Bean is a noted author, speaker, and thought-leader in the field of data-driven business transformation.

He is founder and chief executive of NewVantage Partners, a strategic advisory firm which he founded in 2001. Prior to founding NewVantage, Bean was a founding executive at Wheelhouse, a Kleiner Perkins backed CRM firm, Chief Marketing Officer at Veridiem, a Northbridge backed CRM firm, and senior vice president at Harte-Hanks Data Technologies, a pioneer in database marketing and CRM, where he was a member of the operating committee during a 10-year tenure. He began his career in IT and Strategic Planning at Bank of Boston (now Bank of America).

Bean is a recognized thought-leader in the areas of Big Data, AI, and data-driven business innovation. He is known for his frequent writing in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. As a writer and commentator, Bean is known for his observations on business innovation and data ethics. He has written on the business and social consequences and impact of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Bean has been active in civic and philanthropic activities for nearly three decades. He was named in 2016 to the National Council Board of the College of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and previously served on the university’s National Council Board for University Libraries and Special Collections from 2010-2016. Bean has served since 2010 on the board of The James Merrill House and Writer-in-Residence Program in Stonington, CT, where he serves as Program Chair for its nationally recognized Writers-in-Residence Program. He also serves on the National Technical Advisory Board for Year Up, the 2025 Advisory Board for DataKind, and on the board of directors of the Stonington Historical Society. Bean is founder and executive director of the Big Data for Social Justice Foundation, a non-profit foundation established in 2016 with the goal of raising awareness for data-driven social good initiatives.

Bean obtained a BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1978, where he studied literature and history. Bean and his wife Elizabeth (Beth) Black are the parents of two grown sons, and currently reside in Boston, MA and Stonington, CT. Bean enjoys travel, reading, cultural events, and outdoor activities.

Randy Bean’s LinkedIn Profile

Gil Benghiat

VP Product and Founder

Principal, Oak Consulting Group, VP Engineering, HealthEdge, VP Engineering, Phreesia, VP Engineering, LeapFrogRx, Phase Forward (first employee), various roles at Sybase & AT&T Bell Labs; Stanford University, Brown University

Gil, along with Chris Bergh, have spoken on DataOps, Data Engineering, and Data Science at dozens of conferences including ODSC, Strata Data, Enterprise Data World, Data Architecture Summit, and multiple CDO/CAO events including the MIT CDO conference.

Gil Benghiat’s LinkedIn Profile

Christopher Bergh

Head Chef, CEO, and Founder

Regional Vice President – Model N, COO – LeapFrogRx, CTO and VP Product Management, MarketSoft; various engineering leadership roles at Microsoft, Firefly Network, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and NASA Ames; US Peace Corps, Botswana; Columbia University, University of Wisconsin.

Chris, along with Gil Benghiat, have spoken on DataOps, Data Engineering, and Data Science at dozens of conferences including ODSC, Strata Data, Enterprise Data World, Data Architecture Summit, and multiple CDO/CAO events including the MIT CDO conference.

Christopher Bergh’s LinkedIn Profile

Stewart Bond

Research Director, Data Integration and Data Integrity Software
International Data Corporation (IDC)

Stewart Bond is Research Director of IDC’s Data Integration and Integrity Software service. Mr. Bond’s core research coverage includes watching emerging trends that are shaping and changing data movement, ingestion, transformation, mastering, cleansing and consumption in the era of digital transformation. Having worked in the IT industry for over 25 years, from early experience in database and application development, through solution design and deployment, to strategic architectural consulting, Stewart has worked through some significant changes in the IT industry. His depth of field experience coupled with market insight gives him a unique perspective, valued by his customers and peers.

Mr. Bond has led numerous research projects and publications, and is recognized as a valued industry analyst by leading software vendors, consumers, and peers in the areas of enterprise and data integration, business-to-business integration, Big Data, and cloud. Prior to becoming a market and industry analyst in 2011, Stewart spent 10 years with IBM as a master certified IT architect, consulting on information management and middleware strategies, and delivering integration solutions to customers around the globe.

Stewart Bond’s LinkedIn Profile

Chris Boone

Vice President, Head of Real World Data and Analytics Center of Excellence

Chris Boone has a career-long history as a dynamic, innovative thought leader and a public voice on the power of real-world data and health informatics and its ability to radically transform the U.S. health care delivery system from a healthcare quality and clinical research perspective.

Boone currently serves as the Vice President and Head of the Global Real-World Evidence Center of Excellence at Pfizer, an adjunct professor in the health informatics program at the University of Cincinnati, an active board member of several influential organizations, and a co-founder of a few start-up companies.

Most recently, he was honored as a 2017 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health Award by the National Minority Quality Forum  and a 2018 Emerging Pharma Leader by Pharmaceutical Executive magazine.

Boone also served as the CEO & Executive Director for the Health Data Consortium, a public-private partnership under the Obama Administration focused on advancing open health data and promoting innovation using health data in the U.S. Moreover, he launched the Real World Informatics and Digital Strategies advisory services practice at Avalere Health and served as a key driver in digitizing clinical data registries at the American Heart Association as the national lead for health informatics. Other professional experiences involve the design, build, and implementation of various electronic health record and other clinical systems in several major health systems across the U.S.

Boone holds, or has held, appointments to some of the most influential national committees focused on health data and patient centricity, including the Board of Directors for the Stewards of Change Institute, the Executive Board of Directors for the Patient Advocate Foundation, the Executive Board of Directors for the National Patient Advocate Foundation, the Board of Directors for SHARE for Cures, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) Initiative, the Interoperability Committee for the National Quality Forum, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Working Group on HHS Data Access and Use, the Health IT Policy Committee (federal advisory committee), and the advisory group for the American Society of Clinical Oncologists’ (ASCO) CancerLinQ initiative.

Boone earned a B.S. from the University of Tulsa, a M.S. from the University of Texas at Arlington, a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas, and two executive certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Executives and a Fellow of the Healthcare Information Management & Systems Society.

Chris Boone’s LinkedIn Profile

Josh Brickman

Vice President of Business Strategy
Boston Bruins and TD Garden

Josh Brickman serves as Vice President of Business Strategy for the Boston Bruins and TD Garden, a role that he has held since 2016. Brickman is responsible for managing the business intelligence and strategic digital marketing for all revenue areas of Boston Bruins & TD Garden, which includes digital marketing, data solutions and a growing analytics group.

Brickman is known for his broad-based sports business strategy and research expertise, as well as his ability to find solutions to long-standing problems. In his role, he leads the company’s drive to a more connected TD Garden, by implementing various data solution platforms. Brickman and his team use data collected from a variety of sources to help better serve fans. Brickman’s expertise on applied analytics to drive bottom line revenue helps guide direction on consumer marketing, retention, sales strategy, CRM, as well as sales planning – all with an eye on toward keeping the Boston Bruins & TD Garden as an industry leader in digital trends and maximization.

Josh Brickman’s LinkedIn Profile

Chris Brummett

Director of Software Development & Enterprise Data Management
Chicago Cubs

As Director of Software Development and Enterprise Data Management, Chris is responsible for the Enterprise Data Management initiative for the Chicago Cubs business operations.  He has led the strategy, design and implementation of the Data Warehouse including the rollout of descriptive analytics throughout the organization.  The focus of the initiative is building a 360-degree view of Cub’s customers including their transactions within the ballpark, interactions online, and engagement with the brand. Chris was recently promoted to Director with additional oversight into the Software Development team. Prior to joining the Chicago Cubs, Chris worked as the Lead ETL & Database Developer for CNO Incorporated. At CNO, he was part of a team that built and maintained an integrated new business system for captive and third party agents. Chris has developed integration solutions in Informatica for over 12 years, and he has developed ETL and database solutions for over 19 years. He is a graduate of Purdue University.

Chris Brummett’s LinkedIn Profile

Tavis Cabral

Database sales and Marketing Manager
New England Revolution

Tavis Cabral is Database Sales and Marketing Manager for the New England Revolution. Throughout his ten years with the Revs, Tavis has held a number of different positions in sales, retention and data analysis. He is currently responsible for CRM, data hygiene, new technology implementation and special projects. He works across a number of Kraft Sports and Entertainment entities to deliver insights and drive revenue generation. He also works closely with sales and customer service staff with a focus on lead generation, scoring and retention. Current projects include developing and implementing a comprehensive onboarding strategy and updating season member and multi-game package retention models.

Ge “Gary” Cao

Vice President, Insight Analytics
U.S. Venture, Inc.

Mr. Ge “Gary” Cao is an executive leader in decision analytics strategies and implementation.  He has founded or built decision science teams in six companies in multiple industries: energy and automotive product distribution, retail and ecommerce, healthcare, financial services, and consumer marketing and risk analytics solutions.

Gary is Vice President of Insight and Analytics at U.S. Venture Inc. Previously, he was an executive leader and internal analytics start-up founder in data analytics and decision science at Express, Cardinal Health, Equifax, Anthem, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America.

Gary was an advisory board member of Data and Marketing Association’s Analytics Council (2006-2012), a contributor to “The Future of Direct Marketing” (2009), and Associate Editor of DMA Analytics Journal (2012).  He was a speaker and judge on Data Fest and career planning events at Tulane University, The Ohio State University, Miami University, and Peking University.

Gary is an advisor and former member of the Board of Directors at “naisA Global” (http://www.naisaglobal.org/), a national non-profit organization on mentoring programs for new leaders in Asian American community.  Gary was recognized as one of the “Top 100 under 50” Executive Leader in 2015 by Diversity MBA Magazine.  In addition to a Master’s degree in Technology Management from University of Pennsylvania, Gary holds an MBA from Tulane University, an MA in Economics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Peking University.

Gary Cao’s LinkedIn Profile

Michael Conlin

Chief Data Officer
US Department of Defense

As Chief Data Officer, DoD, Mr. Conlin is responsible for DoD-wide management, analytics, and governance of data, to meet the needs of DoD leaders for timely, reliable answers to critical business questions in support of the National Defense Strategy. As the Director of the OUDS, OCMO Data Insights Directorate, Conlin is driving the development of a Shared Service that enhances speed to insight by applying advanced analytics, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence.

Conlin is a career technologist, with 20+ years of professional experience on five continents. He has served organizations in numerous industries, business domains, technical domains, and government functions. He helps C-level Executives refine their IT Strategies for Reform, business innovation and digital transformation.

Conlin has served high-tech firms and technology organizations in a range of roles from executive to individual performer. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded and participated in numerous start-ups.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Conlin lives in the Washington DC area with his wife and children. His avocations include: blacksmith; cook; enamellist, gaffer; goldsmith; lamp worker; lapidary; and poet.

Michael Conlin’s LinkedIn Profile

Derek Danois

Vice President, Chief Data Officer
GE Healthcare

Derek is an artificial Intelligence data strategy leader with a focus on enabling the transformation of healthcare.

Derek Danois’ LinkedIn Profile

Tom Davenport

President’s Distinguished Professor, Babson College and Research Fellow, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Tom Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, cofounder of the International Institute for Analytics, Fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. He teaches analytics/big data and artificial intelligence courses in executive programs at Babson, Harvard Business School and School of Public Health, and MIT Sloan School. His most recent book is The AI Advantage: How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work from MIT Press. He wrote or edited nineteen other books and over 200 articles for Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, The Financial Times, and many other publications. He has been named one of the top 25 consultants by Consulting News, one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry by Ziff-Davis, and one of the world’s top fifty business school professors by Fortune magazine. He is the most often cited researcher in the business information systems field in the world. He was also a “Top Voice” on LinkedIn in 2016 in the education industry and in 2018 for technology.

Tom Davenport’s LinkedIn Profile

Althea Davis

Former Chief Data Officer
ING Bank Challengers and Growth Markets

Althea is tri-lingual with a heart for adventure! She has lived in the Netherlands for almost 30 years and worked for some of the most prestigious Global Brands and Management Consultancies such as Levis Straus, Nike, and Accenture.

For the past 11 years, Althea started Chiavi BV, a management consultancy in the Netherlands where she has worked in the capacity of senior data strategist and advisor to organizations on Data Strategy, Data Governance, Data Architecture, Data Management Maturity, Analytics and Data Quality. She has held the role of Chief Data Officer five times. Throughout this time she provided data thought leadership to data leaders and data teams in financial services, government, and retail.

She has managed complex stakeholder landscape including external service providers, regulators and internal client stakeholders for firms such as ING Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, WUB Bank, NN Insurance, ABN AMRO Insurance, Atradius Insurance and the European Commission.

A regular speaker at CDO, CISO and AI events in London, Amsterdam, Dublin and Singapore, Althea completes her extensive profile with Portfolio Management expertise.

This Fulbright Alumni shows you how to put your data to work to achieve business results. She is a progressive CDO always pushing for professionalism and modernization for the practice and is a member of several associations and signature to manifestos for this purpose.  Her conviction and passion for raising the CDO bar is clearly demonstration in her advocacy for infonomics encouraging CDO’s to safeguard the health and wealth of information assets.

Althea Davis’ LinkedIn Profile

Ralph DiCicco

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 Eckerson

Eckerson Group

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 wayne@eckerson.com.

Wayne Eckerson’s LinkedIn Profile

Lisa Ehrlinger

Senior Researcher
Johannes Kepler University Linz and Software Competence Center Hagenberg

Lisa Ehrlinger is senior researcher at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria and at the Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH). At JKU, she conducts research about the automation of DQ measurement and teaches courses about information systems and data modeling. At SCCH, she leads a multi-firm project about “Secure Big Stream Data Processing”, where she applies findings from her scientific work and gets insight into companies needs with respect to data quality. Her research interests and publications cover the topics data quality, knowledge graphs, and information integration.

Lisa Ehrlinger’s LinkedIn Profile

Kimberly Essary

Deputy Director and Senior Counsel
Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics
U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Kimberly Essary serves as the Deputy Director and Senior Counsel of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (“OEDA”) at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Essary serves as the office’s legal expert and “alter ego” of the agency’s Chief Data Officer and OEDA Director.  She is currently serving as a Federal Data Fellow on the Administration’s Federal Data Strategy Team.  This core group of cross-discipline Federal data experts is developing and planning a government-wide data strategy sponsored by the Executive Office of the President to develop practices and action steps for the Federal Data Strategy as part of the President’s Management Agenda.

Ms. Essary joined the EEOC in 2009 where she served as the Chief of Staff to an EEOC Commissioner for eight years as well as a Senior Attorney Advisor to the Acting Chair of the Commission.  She has also previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards at the U.S. Department of Labor.  Prior to joining the federal government, Ms. Essary was an antitrust attorney at the international law firm Skadden Arps in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Essary holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and a Juris Doctor, with honor, from the University of Maryland School of Law.  Her bar memberships include the District of Columbia; Maryland; Missouri; Texas; and Virginia.  In June 2019 Ms. Essary will complete the senior executive level Leadership for a Democratic Society (LDS) program at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kimberly Essary’s LinkedIn Account

Salla Franzén

Group Chief Data Scientist

Salla Franzén is the Group Chief Data Scientist at SEB. She leads a team of data scientists working on analytics and applied artificial intelligence/machine learning use cases together with the business in order to inspire the business to become more data-driven.

Salla has a PhD in theoretical mathematics. After doing research in several complex variables, Salla chose to move to the financial industry and worked as an analyst at a hedge fund. She has been working within SEB since 2011. She started her career at SEB as a risk analyst, became the head of the index equity funds at SEB Investment management AB and has also worked within SEB Private banking and counterparty risk modeling at the group level.

Salla Franzen’s LinkedIn Profile

Peter Geovanes

Head of Data Strategy, AI and Analytics
Winston & Strawn LLP

Peter Geovanes (JD/MBA) is a data scientist and business executive with over 25 years of experience. He provides a unique background that combines data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities along with business strategy, innovation, project management and management consulting skills.

Peter specializes in applying state-of-the-art analytics, business intelligence tools and modeling techniques to generate legal insights and improve firm performance. He leads Winston & Strawn’s Data Strategy & Analytics team with notable accomplishments across early case assessment, pricing & budgeting, business operations and forecasting.

Work Experience: Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, Peter was a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal, a Director and Analytics Market Leader with PwC, a Principal for a regional consulting firm, a senior project manager for SPSS and proudly served as a commissioned Officer in the United States Navy.

Peter received his JD from Northwestern Ca University, his MBA from University of Phoenix and his B.S. from the University of Illinois (Urbana) and is based in the Chicago metro Area.

Peter Geovanes LinkedIn Profile

Bill Groves

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Bill is an aggressive and driven global leader with expertise in technology and data-enabled business solutions. As the chief evangelist of data being Walmart’s most valuable asset, Bill is driving this competitive advantage that is enabling the retailer’s transformation into a digital enterprise through data-driven decisions and automation. With the viewpoint that “analytics” is not technology, but instead a process that technology enables, Bill’s organization sets enterprise data and analytic standards across the globe for Walmart and establishes foundational platforms and tools to leverage scale across all business domains. He is a strong advocate of capturing data at every customer touchpoint, and some of his career highlights include leading data efforts at Honeywell and Dun & Bradstreet – where he created their data governance and policies procedures while spearheading their Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence capabilities. He is a graduate (undergrad and masters) of the University of Delaware and manages as a technical and hands-on leader who bridges both sides of tech and business/strategy – constantly enforcing the mantra that data science and analytic solutions only add value when they drive action.

Bill Groves’ LinkedIn Profile

Tom Henry

Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Schnuck Markets, Inc

Tom leads a 50+ person Data and Analytics business unit with the mission of constructing and maintaining a purpose-built information management environment, governed and utilized by teammates at all levels of the enterprise, where trusted and increasingly intelligent insights are produced.

His current focus is to help deliver on the corporate commitment to ‘Nourishing People’s Lives’ by producing intelligent, data driven operational workflows and personalized customer experiences.

Tom Henry’s LinkedIn Profile

David Highhill

Vice President, Strategy and Analytics
National Football League

David is a Vice President of Strategy and Analytics at the NFL. This group is responsible for using data driven analysis and fan insights to set broad-based business planning goals and corporate strategy.  Current work includes fan segmentation and lifetime value analysis as well as other key strategic initiatives.  Past work at the League included launching the Madden Championship Series, the largest esports relationship in professional sports with partner Electronic Arts. Previously, David worked in the League’s club analytics group, and at Turnkey Sports, building predictive models across sales, retention, and pricing.

David Highhill’s LinkedIn Profile

Mark Johnson

Executive Director of Client Solutions
Fusion Alliance

Mark Johnson is Executive Director of Client Solutions – Cincinnati Market, and 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 leading Fusion’s engagement with major clients in the market to accelerate digital transformation.  In addition, he 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 across all Fusion Markets.

Mr. Johnson engages directly Fusion Alliance’s most strategic clients to 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 to enable business processes transformation through people, process, technology, and data to drive competitive advantage.

Mark Johnson’s LinkedIn Profile

Aaron Kalb

Chief Data Officer

Aaron’s spent his career working in the intersections of humans, technology, and language to help people satisfy their curiosity and make more rational decisions.

At Alation, which he co-founded in 2012, Aaron serves as Chief Data Officer with the mission of promoting data culture within the company and around the world. Prior to Alation, he worked on Siri at Apple in the Advanced Development Group. He holds a BS and MS in Symbolic Systems at Stanford, with an Honors thesis on language and logic, and a Masters thesis on machine translation.

Aaron Kalb’s LinkedIn Profile

Amandeep Khurana

CEO, Co-Founder

Amandeep founded Okera in 2016 with CTO and co-founder Nong Li. While supporting customer initiatives at Cloudera and involved in product development at AWS, Amandeep witnessed first-hand the challenges companies faced in adopting big data and cloud technologies. This experience, along with the goal to empower people and business through easy data access, led him to start Okera.

Amandeep is also the co-author of HBase in Action, a book on building applications on HBase. He is passionate about distributed systems, big data, and helping customers get value out of new technology.

Amandeep Khurana’s LinkedIn Profile

Jennifer Kish

Data Governance Chair, Data Stewardship Tactical Working Group Facilitator
United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans, Immigration Data Integration Initiative

Jennifer Kish serves as the Data Governance Chair of the largest data integration initiative within DHS. Ms. Kish has a rich background in Program Management, Policy & Governance, Analysis, Data Management, Contract Management, Budget Formulation, and Risk Management. Her career is a combination of establishing program offices, policy development, strategic planning, and collaboration across different lines of business within the DHS ecosystem.

As the Data Governance Chair, Ms. Kish’s role in the data integration process has positively impacted data integration in other DHS programs that are establishing data governance integration standards in their respective areas. For her tireless efforts for growth of the largest and most successful data communites in DHS history, Ms. Kish was chosen to play a pivotal role in assisting the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS). She has created a successful Data Stewards Tactical Working Group (DSTWG) that shares her vision of focusing and collaborating with Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) working to develop enterprise-wide implementation that enhances data governance and data standards across multiple federal agencies.

Since the inception of the DSTWG in January 2014, the community has over 600 members that have grown with the Department and have served as invaluable resources for providing data quality solutions. A critical component in Ms. Kish’s work includes providing hands-on guidance, direction, mentorship, and support to an integerated data community that facilitates department-wide data quality improvement and information sharing initiative. Her vision and Data Stewardship Framework methodologies are widely recognized to currently be the most mature framework developed within DHS. The DSTWG was recognized by the Federal Data Strategy and published as the first Proof Point.
As an active information management professional, Ms. Kish plans on continuing to foster healthy relationships within the data community, contribute productively to the data governance efforts, and play a key role in providing end-to-end solutions support throughout the DHS footprint.

Jennifer Kish’s LinkedIn Profile

Matthew Kobe

Vice President of Business Strategy and Analytics
Chicago Bulls

In his fifth season with the Bulls, Matthew Kobe provides strategic and analytical support to all areas of the Bulls organization, seeking to better understand fans of the team in order to improve financial performance, enhance fan engagement, and optimize marketing efforts.  He also leads the development of the Bulls technical infrastructure required for the analytics team to scale operations and become a customer insight hub for the entire organization.  Prior to joining the Bulls, Matt worked at Deloitte Consulting within its Strategy practice focusing on pricing, promotion and revenue management for Consumer Goods companies.  He is a 2011 MBA graduate of the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern) and a 2005 graduate of Indiana University, where he studied Finance and Operations.  Matt resides in Chicago with his wife, Amy, and two sons, Brendan and James.

Matthew Kobe’s LinkedIn Profile

George Komatsoulis

Chief of Bioinformatics

George Komatsoulis is the Chief of Bioinformatics at CancerLinQ, a rapid learning healthcare program at the American Society of Clinical Oncology. CancerLinQ uses standard clinical care data from Electronic Health Records to create a national cohort that participating practices can use to improve outcomes for their patients. Prior to coming to CancerLinQ, Dr. Komatsoulis spent 12 years at the NIH, working at the National Cancer Institute and the National Center for Biotechnology Information. At the NIH, he spearheaded the development of innovative biomedical informatics capabilities including the NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots, the NIH Commons Credits Model and semantic technology to support interoperability. From 1997 – 2004, Dr. Komatsoulis was a bioinformatics scientist at Human Genome Sciences, Inc. He has a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology and did post-doctoral work in the Department of Biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Southern California.

George Komatsoulis’ LinkedIn Profile

Sreekar Krishna

Managing Director, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Innovation

Sreekar Krishna is a Managing Director specializing in large-volume data analytics, machine learning, natural language processing and artificial intelligence within the KPMG Lighthouse Data & Analytics group. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and extensive experience working on billion-scale big data architectures and machine learning algorithms. In particular, he has extensive training in developing algorithms for search engine technologies, including ranking and relevance problems, collaborative filtering and crowd sourcing, state-of-the-art A/B testing frameworks and developing metrics and measurement systems for big data analytics. Additionally, he has extensive experience in software development and agile methodologies for rapid prototype and product development. Sreekar has been focusing on data analytics and developing systems that enable rapid decision making.

Sreekar Krishna’s LinkedIn Profile

Mark E. Krzysko

Principal Deputy Director, Enterprise Information
Acquisition Analytics and Policy

Mr. Mark Krzysko’s focus is on transforming the way the Department thinks about and uses data related to the business of defense acquisition.  As the senior executive for all aspects of management of the Department’s acquisition data, Mark leads data governance, provides access to data, and delivers and supports data science initiatives to enable acquisition analysis and decision making across the Department.

Mark Krzysko’s LinkedIn Profile

JC Lionti

Managing Director & Chief Data Officer
BNP Paribas CIB Americas

JC Lionti is the Americas Chief Data Officer for BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking division. He is responsible for defining and implementing an effective and efficient enterprise data management function that curates and develops BNP Paribas data assets, while satisfying both local and global requirements.

JC was previously BNP Paribas Deputy CFO for North America and has over twenty five years of experience serving financial services firms across Paris and New York.

A native of France, JC has been living in Westchester, NY for almost 20 years.

Dr. Stuart Madnick

John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies, Sloan School of Management
& Professor of Engineering Systems, School of Engineering
Founding Director of CYBERSECURITY AT MIT SLOAN: the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Dr Madnick’s involvement in cybersecurity research goes back to 1979, when he co-authored the book Computer Security. Currently, he heads MIT’s Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, ­aka (IC)3.

Dr Madnick holds a PhD in computer science from MIT and has been an MIT faculty member since 1972. He served as the head of MIT’s Information Technologies Group in the Sloan School of Management for more than 20 years. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 books, articles and reports. Besides cybersecurity, his other research interests include Big Data, semantic connectivity, database technology, software project management and the strategic use of information technology.

Dr Madnick has been active in the industry as a developer of IBM’s VM/370 operating system and Lockheed’s DIALOG system. He has served as a consultant to major corporations and has been the co-founder of five high-tech firms and currently operates the 14th century Langley Castle Hotel in England.

Dr. Stuart Madnick’s LinkedIn Profile

Kevin McCarthy

Director of Product Marketing
Experian Data Quality

Kevin has spent more than 30 years in the data quality and data management space. At Experian, Kevin has been leveraging his vast experience with data quality technology and customer implementations to expand Experian’s data quality portfolio presence in the marketplace. As part of the Global Product Marketing team, Kevin is working with regional teams in North America, United Kingdom, and Australia to bring practical data quality use cases to the market as Experian continues to grow and invest in its innovative data quality solutions. Kevin continues his role as a thought leader in the data quality space, and has represented Experian’s dedication to data quality through blogs, industry events, expert panels and speaking directly with customers and prospects around their unique data issues.

Kevin McCarthy’s LinkedIn Profile

Gokula Mishra

Senior Director, Global Data & Analytics and Supply Chain

Gokula Mishra drives global data & analytics, and supply chain strategy and implementation for McDonalds Corporation in 100+ countries. He is a senior IT executive with experience in developing and implementing business-driven IT strategy, enterprise information management (EIM) strategy, big data and business analytics architectures and solutions. His professional pursuits include how to fast monetize data to increase revenue, improve efficiency, lower cost, reduce and manage risk better. Prior to McDonald’s, Mishra has held senior data & analytics roles at Oracle, HP, Knightsbridge, TransUnion, Booz-Allen and ZS Associates.

He is a co-author of Oracle Big Data Handbook published by McGraw-Hill, and he speaks frequently at conferences on how to use and leverage enterprise and open data to generate business value. He received his undergraduate from BITS, Pilani and is a graduate from Northwestern University.

Gokula Mishra’s LinkedIn Profile

Daniel Morgan

Chief Data Officer
United States Department of Transportation

Daniel Morgan is the first Chief Data Officer of the United States Department of Transportation. As the CDO, he has overall responsibility for the Departmental data program and data compliance across the Department. He is responsible for establishing a clear vision of the data managed in DOT and the application of DOT data for decision-making. He serves as data strategist and adviser, steward for improving data quality, liaison for data sharing and developer of new data products.

Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Morgan spent 15 years as a management consultant, providing services to public and private sector clients in a variety of areas, including: open government, information technology governance, capital planning and investment control, enterprise architecture, and human capital planning.

Mr. Morgan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Daniel Morgan’s LinkedIn Profile

Dr. Arka Mukherjee

Founder and CEO
Global IDs, Inc.

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.

Arka Mukherjee’s LinkedIn Profile

Gina Papush

Global Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Gina Papush is the Global Chief Data and Analytics Officer for Cigna, a global health services company. In this newly created role, Gina is responsible for driving Cigna’s data and analytic vision, strategic priorities and objectives. She and her team leverage data and advanced analytics across the enterprise, enabling data-driven decision making and innovative strategies to deliver improved financial performance, operational and network efficiencies, better overall health care quality, and greater stakeholder engagement and satisfaction.

Gina is recognized for her proven leadership and expertise in analytic innovation and data-driven strategies to accelerate growth in complex environments. She has successfully built leading decision analytics and information management capabilities across diverse industries and business models, delivering significant business results during her 22+ year career.

Prior to joining Cigna, Gina served as the Global Chief Data & Analytics Officer at QBE Insurance Group, where she oversaw development of big data and decision science capabilities, and held leadership positions in data and analytics within the financial services and consulting industries, including Citigroup, Fulcrum Analytics and GE Capital. Her experience includes leading data science, information management, customer and risk analytics; market research, and strategic business planning for retail and digital banking, consumer lending and credit, traditional and digital retail, health care, pharma, manufacturing and entertainment industries.

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Gina is active in advising data analytics, AI and blockchain start-ups. She holds an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Maryland, where she also completed her Ph.D. qualifications.

Gina Papush’s LinkedIn Profile

Jennifer Park

Director of Certification & Community
What Works Cities

Jennifer Park is the Director of Certification and Community for What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative. She launched the Certification program, the first-ever national standard of excellence for well-managed, data-driven local government that helps cities benchmark their progress and develop a roadmap for using data to drive effective change and deliver results for residents. Previously, she was at Echoing Green, a global nonprofit providing early-seed funding, fellowship, and strategic support to social entrepreneurs. She supported the implementation of the Work on Purpose program, which was awarded the 2014 AshokaU’s Cordes Innovation Award. Prior to Echoing Green, she worked for Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Organizing for Action and started her career in research at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Jenn attended the University of Southern California and Villanova University.

Jennifer Park’s LinkedIn Profile

Bob Parr


Bob is currently a senior leader in KPMG’s own Digital Transformation and is serving as KPMG’s Advisory Chief Data Officer in the US while also leading the Financial Services Data Governance and Transformation Practice Area.   Within Financial Services, Bob primarily serves Chief Data Officers helping them build data driven cultures while generating sustainable momentum.   He as a long record of designing and implementing change to organizations, processes, data management /governance tools required to transform client CDO organizations and their impact on the businesses they support.

Bob Parr’s LinkedIn Profile

Fred Rahmanian

Chief Analytics & Technology Officer

Fred Rahmanian is Geneia’s Chief Analytics & Technology Officer. At Geneia, Fred leads a large team of software developers, QA engineers, data engineers and data scientists where they develop analytic software that uses AI to help healthcare organizations manage their patient population more effectively.

Prior to his tenure at Geneia, he was principal data scientist at IBM Watson Health. He also held leadership roles at KPMG and Siemens Healthcare. Rahmanian has been awarded multiple patents for his work to improve patient data.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science and a master’s degree in software engineering from the University of Maryland UC. He also has a graduate certificate in health informatics from Columbia University. He continues to be a guest lecturer in Columbia’s HIT certificate program, and has served on many governmental and industry expert panels, including the HIMSS Task Force on Healthcare Quality Measure Development.

Fred Rahmanian’s LinkedIn Profile

Jason Raines

Vice President, Data and Digital Health Technology

Jason currently serves as the VP, Data and Digital Health Technologies at Apellis. Jason is accountable for the Apellis novel Data and Digital direction, company-wide performance, and utilization of data as an asset. In addition, Jason oversees the creation of clinical and market insights to support Apellis clinical development and commercialization efforts. Jason’s career spans 24 years’ in the clinical and pharmaceutical research industries, with a concentration in data management, analytics, and digital and clinical systems applications.

Prior to joining Apellis, Jason was Head, Biometrics Data Sciences and Operations at Biogen. This Biometrics function comprised of Clinical Data Management, Statistical Programming, Data Standards and Governance, Data Analytics and Innovation, and Business Performance Management. While at Biogen, Jason co-led the R&D Data and Digital transformation program which delivered a framework for the enterprise data and digital strategy.

Prior to joining Biogen, Jason was Head, Global Data Operations at Novartis, Alcon Division, which included Clinical Data Management, Statistical Programming, Clinical Systems, and Standards. He also served as the R&D IT Portfolio Coordinator responsible for oversight and administration of all R&D IT-related activities. Lastly, Jason served as the Novartis EDC/CDMS Modernization Steering Committee chair and was an active member in Novartis cross-divisional workstreams responsible for developing Digital, Real World Evidence, Big Data, and Clinical Data and Reporting Transformation strategies.

Jason holds Bachelor’s and Masters of Science degrees from the University of Texas, and earned a Masters degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Jason is a frequent speaker and contributor to Artificial Intelligence, Data Management, and Statistical Programming-focused conferences.

Jason Raines’s LinkedIn Profile

Mark Ramsey, Ph.D.

SVP, R&D Chief Data & Analytics Officer

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.

Mark is the R&D Chief Data & Analytics Officer for GSK.  He leads the Data & Computational Sciences team responsible for the transformation of R&D through the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics on internal and external data to drive data-driven decision making.  Mark led the development of the R&D Information Platform which serves as the foundation of the data strategy.  Integrating an ecosystem of nearly two dozen technologies, RDIP provides a production, large scale environment to support data consolidation, rationalization, and analytics on complex data ranging from genetics to bioassays.  Mark has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Innovators in data & analytics.

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 29 patents focused on business intelligence and business analytics.

Mark Ramsey’s LinkedIn Profile

Brolin Rodrigues

Senior Sales Engineer
Experian Data Quality

After three years in Experian’s London office, Brolin made the transatlantic move to Boston to support sales teams and clients across North America. Coming from a technical background, he has evolved his Contact Data Management experience to become an enterprise Data Quality and Data Management expert. He was worked with organizations across every industry, including the world’s largest financial institutions, retailers, telecommunication and utility providers, supporting them through their data initiatives and strategies.

Brolin Rodrigues’s LinkedIn Profile

Kris Rowley

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.

Kris Rowley’s LinkedIn Profile

Dr. Prakriteswar Santikary

Vice President, Global Chief Data Officer

Dr. Santikary is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years of experience across a variety of business, architecture and technology domains, encompassing modern data architecture, distributed computing, cloud computing, big data architecture, advanced analytics, business intelligence, and data science. His business domain experience covers several industries including clinical research, pharmaceutical, e-commerce, banking, financial and energy sectors.

In his current role as Chief Data Officer at ERT, a global data and technology company supporting clinical trials for bio pharmaceutical, medical device and bio technology companies, Dr. Santikary leads the vision, strategy and execution of ERT’s global data and platform architecture, including cloud architecture, data science, data governance and master data management. His data office focuses on building innovative data products with three big goals in mind – additional revenue through new product offerings, cost savings through efficiency gain, automation and technology consolidation, and risk mitigation to clinical trials by allowing our customers a consolidated real time view of the trials and their potential risks using predictive modeling, thereby reducing cost overrun of a clinical trial and accelerating time to market of life savings drugs, therapies and procedures for millions of patients.

Before joining ERT, Dr. Santikary held various technology executive roles, including serving as 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 Scientist at PNC Financial and Research Scientist at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

A thought leader and a data evangelist, Dr. Santikary has been a frequent speaker and thought leader at conferences, summits and meet-ups on advanced software architecture and emerging computer science topics including artificial intelligence, big data platform and machine learning.

Dr. Santikary earned his PhD in Computer Simulations from Indian Institute of Science (I.I.Sc), Bangalore, India, and published several research papers in peer-reviewed journals as part of his doctoral and post-doctoral research work. He is also the recipient of several national and international research fellowships, including a doctoral fellowship from I.I.Sc, 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 enjoys listening to music and practicing yoga.

Dr. Prakriteswar Santikary’s LinkedIn Profile

Pria Sanyal

Director – State and Local, Data Management

As a leader in Guidehouse’s State and Location Government practice Pria has extensive experience in helping government organizations leverage their information assets to develop strategic insights and drive operational excellence via data-related efforts. Pria acts as advisor to executive customers across a myriad of data management topics. She brings a unique blend of data management expertise and digital strategy acumen that helps her translate the importance of citizen experience and cross-agency synergy for government entities to thrive in a highly regulated and an increasingly technology driven space.

Over the last 4 years Pria has focused on leading a large-scale program in Enterprise Information Management for a State Government organization as Lead Strategist, Architect and Program Director. In her role she is responsible for shaping the vision for the State while leading multiple state agencies and program teams across 25+ data initiatives.

Pria Sanyal’s LinkedIn Profile

Michael Stonebraker

Co-Founder & CTO

Michael Stonebraker has been a pioneer of database research and technology for more than 40 years, and is the author of scores of papers in this area. Before joining CSAIL in 2001, he was a professor of computer science at the University of California Berkeley for 29 years. While at Berkeley, he was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS; the object-relational DBMS POSTGRES; and the federated data system Mariposa. After joining MIT, he was the principal architect of C-Store (a column store commercialized by Vertica), H-Store, a main memory OLTP engine (commercialized by VoltDB), and SciDB (an array engine commercialized by Paradigm4). In addition, he has started three other companies in the big data space, including Tamr, oriented toward scalable data integration. He also co-founded the Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data, based at MIT CSAIL.

JoAnn Stonier

Chief Data Officer

JoAnn Stonier is the Chief Data Officer for Mastercard, where she is responsible for the enterprise data strategy and management, including identifying and mitigating data risks across the company, as well as influencing data-driven products, overseeing data policy and governance.  She advises executive management on a broad range of complex data policy and regulatory issues.    Prior to her current position, Ms. Stonier established the first Privacy Office for Mastercard in 2008, and developed the organization’s Information Governance program beginning in 2013.  Prior to joining Mastercard, Ms. Stonier was the Chief Privacy Officer for American Express Company.

JoAnn is a recognized data and privacy expert and is sought after for her innovative and practical approach to solving problems in the digital age.  In 2018 she assisted in the creation and launch of Trūata, an Irish data trust enterprise, formed to ensure anonymization compliance with the EU-General Data Protection Regulation. She currently serves on their board.  In addition to the Trūata board of directors, she currently advises a broad range of industry and policy groups regarding data innovation and privacy including:  the United Nations Global Privacy Advisory Group; the World Economic Forum’s Data Driven Development Steering Committee; and the Board of Directors of the Information Accountability Foundation.  She is also a Board Advisor for Hope for the Warriors, a non-for-profit organization that assists U.S. military personnel and their families.   She has served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Privacy Professionals from (2013-2018) and served on the Executive Committee in multiple roles including Chairman in 2017. For her data thought leadership, Ms. Stonier has been recognized by the Information Governance Initiative as the Chief Information Governance Officer of 2015 and in 2011 she was named as an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow.

Ms. Stonier received her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University in Queens, and her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College.  Ms. Stonier is a lawyer and holds memberships in the Bar of the State of New York and the Bar of the State of New Jersey.

JoAnn Stonier’s LinkedIn Profile

Steve Wanamaker

Founder and CEO

Steve Wanamaker is the Founder and CEO of ComSpark. The goal of ComSpark is to champion technology through media properties and technology events the company produces in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Louisville, Indianapolis, and Boston. ComSpark also produces print and digital publications, and is excited to add the Chief Data Officer Magazine in partnership with MIT Chief Data Officer Information Quality (MIT CDOIQ) Symposium as the company’s newest title in the fall of 2019. The publication will be available in print and digital format.

As a lifelong entrepreneur, Wanamaker founded Inspire Magazine, which he sold to Gannett in 2004 when he was 34 years old, and was recognized with the 40 Under 40 Award. As a Fortune 500 Company, Gannett is a leading global media organization that owns media properties such as USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he was a member of the ROTC program. Upon graduation, he received his commission as an officer in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of captain. His current board involvements include the UC Health West Chester Hospital President’s Advisory Board, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, the FC Cincinnati Foundation (America’s newest Major League Soccer team), and JDRF, and is excited to participate in the MIT CDOIQ symposium as a strategic media partner. Lastly, he is also the recipient of  the 2019 West Chester – Liberty Chamber Alliance Businessperson of the Year Award, which is the organization’s most prestigious award given to recognize leadership and community impact. He has been happily married for 21 years, has three children and calls Cincinnati, Ohio home. ComSpark is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lead Tribune Media Group. Follow ComSpark.tech to hear stories from C-level technology executives and national and regional technlogy news.

Steve Wanamaker’s LinkedIn Profile

Amy Webb

Quantitative Futurist
Professor of Strategic Foresight, NYU Stern School of Business
Founder, Future Today Institute

Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Webb was named to the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led and won the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar Award. Webb is a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program and was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. She was also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy. Webb’s research focus is artificial intelligence, and she has advised three-star generals, White House leadership and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies on the future of AI. She is the bestselling author of The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream, which explains how to forecast emerging technology. It was a Washington Post Bestseller, won the Gold Axiom Award for business books, and was selected as one of the best books the year by Fast Company, Inc. Magazine and Amazon. Webb’s new book is about AI — The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity.

Amy Webb’s LinkedIn Profile

Dan Whitacre

Senior Director Kroger Technology – Innovation
Senior Director Sunrise LLC – Transformation

Dan currently serves as Senior Director of Kroger Technology Innovation and as Senior Director of Transformation at Sunrise Technology, LLC.  Sunrise is a Kroger commercial technology venture company which invents and licenses Kroger advanced technologies to other companies.

In late 2015, Dan re-joined the Kroger organization to lead the data and analytics practice and the organization transformation necessary to move to an enterprise approach to data architecture, technology, practices and strategy.

Prior to Dan returning to Kroger, he worked at IBM and an IT consulting company.  For 3 years, Dan served as CTO and Vice President of Business Development for a consulting company that want though a transformation to a data and analytics consultancy and was eventually acquired by Data Intensity, LLC.  Dan also spent six years consulting at IBM on Information & Analytics strategy and architecture in multiple industries from retail, healthcare, manufacturing to national defense and intelligence.  At IBM, Dan served in multiple roles including consultant to the National Security industry within the IBM Federal CTO office, IBM’s Big Data Champions team member, a client software advocate for IBM R&D, and as a member of the IT Architecture Certification board.

Dan also began his career at Kroger where he held a variety of leadership roles in business intelligence, data management, application development, data warehousing and others across multiple business units.

Dan Whitacre’s LinkedIn Profile

Susan Wilson

VP & Data Governance Leader

Susan Wilson is the VP & Data Governance Leader for Informatica. She is responsible for connecting customers to the value that Informatica brings with its industry-leading Data Governance business solutions and inspirational leaders.  She helps customers realize their Data Governance potential with practical approaches to implement sustainable data governance programs in the healthcare, financial, insurance and software industries.

Prior to joining Informatica, Susan spent over a decade in a leadership role with a large pharmaceutical organization and was instrumental in establishing an industry-leading enterprise information management program.  She was responsible for leading multiple functions including data architecture, engineering, portfolio management, data governance and business relationship management.  During that time, she has built numerous large-scale enterprise solutions connecting strategic business goals with technology.

Susan Wilson’s LinkedIn Profile

Jiashen You

Director, Information and Data Access Division
Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Jiashen joined the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) headquarters in August 2018. He coordinates EEOC’s Data Governance Board meetings and is the primary contact for internal and external stakeholders on issues related to data policy, access, and quality.

Jiashen previously worked at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Policy. He led a team that oversaw a broad range of immigration enforcement data products. Prior to DHS, Jiashen’s federal tenure included Department of Transportation and Census Bureau, where his research areas were small area estimation and statistical disclosure limitation.

Jiashen holds a B.S. in computer science and mathematics from University of Hawaii. He earned a Ph.D. in Statistics and an M.A. in Mathematics from UCLA.  Jiashen is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Statistics at George Washington University.

Jiashen You’s LinkedIn Account