2019 Speakers

Randy Bean

Founder and CEO
NewVantage Partners

Randy Bean is Founder and CEO of NewVantage Partners, a management consulting and strategic advisory firm to Fortune 1000 clients.  He is a recognized industry authority and thought-leader in the areas of Big Data, AI, and business innovation.  Randy writes and speaks extensively on the topics of data-driven organizations and data-driven business cultures.  He is a contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and wrote a monthly column on Big Data for the Wall Street Journal for two years.  Randy holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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” (, 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.

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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.

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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.

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Shirin Mojarad, Ph.D.

Lead Data Scientist
McGraw-Hill Education

Dr. Shirin Mojarad is currently a Lead Data Scientist at McGraw-Hill Education. She was formerly a senior analytics specialist in the Advanced Analytics team at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and a data mining consultant with a leading software company in predictive analytics.

She is an expert in navigating and deriving insight from large datasets and analyze behavioral patterns using advanced statistical modeling and data mining techniques. Shirin’s expertise lies in drawing causal inferences in observational studies and applying machine learning to the field of causal inference, which she has applied at McGraw-Hill Education and published in international conferences.

Shirin received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and her M.Sc. in Communications and Signal Processing from Newcastle University U.K., where she specialized in predictive modeling and artificial neural networks.
Shirin is the founder and leader of three Boston based Meetup groups including Women in Big Data, So You Want To Be A Data Scientist, and Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining.

She has led several workshops on Python, causal inference, and data mining in international conferences including Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference, European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, and Big Data Summit. She has been invited as the subject matter expert on several data and analytics panels including Harvard Big Data panel, Chief Analytics and Data Officer analytics roadmap and implementation panels.

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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.

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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 to hear stories from C-level technology executives and national and regional technlogy news.


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