2017 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Sid DalalSiddhartha Dalal works at AIG since October, 2013 as Chief Data Scientist, and Sr. VP in charge of advanced R&D that include creation and application of AI technologies to Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing and Sensors/IOT for mitigating risks and disrupting underwriting and claims processes. Prior to AIG, he was the CTO at RAND Corporation, where he pioneered several new AI systems for conducting research. Sid also served as VP of Research at Xerox overseeing their worldwide imaging and software services research, and Bell Labs and Bellcore/SAIC, as Chief Scientist, and Executive Director of Information Sciences Research. Sid has recently taught graduate courses on Machine Learning and Bayesian Inference at Columbia University. Sid received an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, patents and monographs; covering the areas of machine learning, risk analysis, medical informatics, Bayesian inference, image processing and sensor networks. He was also responsible for creation of technology and founding of Praedicat, Inc., an insurance analytics firm in casualty space that identifies harmful chemicals/drugs through big data and machine learning approaches. Sid is also a member of US Army Science Board, an advisory board of 20 scientists appointed by Secretary of Defense, to advise US Army on technologies. Sid has received several awards including from IEEE, ASA and ASQ. He became Bellcore Fellow and ASA Fellow for his pioneering work on probabilistic risk analysis of Space Shuttle Challenger on behalf of National Academy of Sciences; it resulted in changing NASA risk assessment policy and launching of a major network risk analysis business at Bellcore. It is being taught in high schools and universities.

Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans Harris works with a broad network of academic institutions, data science organization, application developers, and foundations to increase the use of open data standards, APIs, and ethical algorithms in scaling data science efforts that directly benefit people receiving social services.
Most recently as a Senior Policy Advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer in the Obama Administration, Natalie has dedicated over 16 years of technical and program management expertise in the development and delivery of data-driven software and platform solutions for the Federal Government, leveraging technology and data as a tool to break down silos and modernize public service delivery. She founded the Data Cabinet – a federal data science community of practice with over 200 active members across more than 40 federal agencies that develops best practice tools that can be immediately leveraged by the community to assess and advance data capacity needs. She also co-led a cohort of federal, non-profit, and for-profit organizations to develop data-driven tools through The Opportunity Project.
Natalie has served as a Brookings Legislative Fellow to Senator Cory Booker focused on cyber and governmental affairs issues and led an analytics development center for the National Security Agency. She has a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University, a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Sociology from University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Speakers and Session Chairs


Brendan Aldrich is the Chief Data Officer for Ivy Tech, the nation’s largest singly-accredited community college educating nearly 175,000 students each year across the state of Indiana. In this role, he is responsible for enterprise-wide data and information governance, curation and use that engages and empowers the institution around data-informed decision-making. Aldrich has an extensive record of accomplishment in the management of enterprise technology, data, and analytics operations for large organizations in numerous industries including City Colleges of Chicago, The Travelers Companies and The Walt Disney Company. His groundbreaking work in data accessibility and interactivity has been recognized with both Campus Technology Magazine’s Innovators Award (2014) and Gartner’s Data & Analytics Excellence Award (2017).


Nikhil AggarwalNikhil Aggarwal is RegTech Mentor at iValley Innovation Center. Nikhil has 18 years of international experience spanning Consumer and Corporate Banking across financial crime compliance, fraud, operations, credit risk, user experience and marketing analytics. He has built and led global teams specializing in data management, metrics design and dashboards, visualization, data mining, statistical modeling and financial modeling. Nikhil has held analytics positions with Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of America, Citigroup and Capital One. He is currently engaging in advising start ups in the RegTech and FinTech space. Nikhil holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MA in Economics from the University of Southern California.

Peter Aiken

Peter Aiken is an acknowledged Data Management (DM) authority. As a practicing data consultant, professor, author and researcher, he has studied DM for more than 30 years.  International recognition has come from assisting more than 150 organizations in 30 countries including some of the world’s most important.  He is a dynamic presence at events and author of 10 books and multiple publications, including his latest on Data Strategy.  Peter also hosts the longest running and most successful webinar series dedicated to DM (hosted by  In 1999, he founded Data Blueprint Inc, a consulting firm that helps organizations leverage data for profit, improvement, competitive advantage and operational efficiencies.  He is also Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), past President of the International Data Management Association (DAMA-I) and Associate Director of the MIT International Society of Chief Data Officers.  Peter also hosts the longest running and most successful webinar series dedicated to DM (hosted by  In 1999, he founded Data Blueprint Inc, a consulting firm that helps organizations leverage data for profit, improvement, competitive advantage and operational efficiencies.  He is also Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), past President of the International Data Management Association (DAMA-I) and Associate Director of the MIT International Society of Chief Data Officers.

Bala Annadorai headshot

Bala Annadorai is a Managing Director in PwC’s banking & capital markets practice with extensive experience in the financial services industry. His experience include developing strategy, business, and technology solutions for buy-side, sell-side, custody bank and utility market participants. He also has deep experience evaluating, selecting and implementing many of the leading vendor platforms.
Bala worked with many global investment banks building enterprise technology solutions that include architecture definition, governance, and BI solutions. As part of his role, he worked closely with many stakeholders (e.g. Shared Services Group, EDW, Reporting) to build frameworks for data governance, data management/access strategy, data acquisition and transformation, and enterprise data warehouse. He is a frequent speaker on industry collateral management and clearing conferences and has published several papers on related topics. Bala holds an engineering degree from College of Engineering, Anna University. India.

Peter Anlyan - photo 2

Peter Anlyan, Founder, Anlyan Consulting. 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.”


Paul Barth, Ph.D, 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.


Chaitan Baru, PhD, is Senior Advisor for Data Science in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the US National Science Foundation. He co-chairs the NSF working group on Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea; serves as advisor to the NSF Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs and Spokes program (BD Hubs/Spokes); manages the cross-Foundation NSF BIGDATA program; and, is a member of the NSF Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) program. He also co-chairs the Big Data Inter-agency Working Group of the Networking and IT R&D program (NITRD) of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is one of the primary co-authors of the Federal Big Data R&D Strategic Plan, released May 2016. He is also a member of the NITRD Data Science Interagency Working Group and represents NSF on the Federal Data Cabinet. He was General Chair for the 33rd IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2017) held on April 19-22, 2017, in San Diego, California. He is on assignment at NSF from the San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego, where he is Associate Director for Data Initiatives and directs the Center for Large-scale Data Systems Research ( and the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Development Group ( He has a BTech in Electronics Engineering from IIT Madras and an M.E. and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Randy Bean HeadshotRandy Bean is Founder and CEO of NewVantage Partners, strategic advisors to Fortune 1000 business and technology leaders on data and business innovation.  Randy writes and speaks extensively on the topic of Big Data and the evolving role of the Chief Data Officer.  He is a regular contributor to MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal, where he has written a monthly column on Big Data.

Gil Benghiat

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&T Bell 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. He completed hiking all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000′ peaks and is now working on the New England 67.

Chris Bergh

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. He is an avid cyclist, hiker, reader.

David M. Blaszkowsky headsot

David Blaszkowsky, Principal Director, Technology Innovation, Accenture. David is part of the Data Practice at Accenture, where he is responsible for innovation and thought leadership with respect to data and regulatory compliance products and services, with a special focus on applying data governance technologies to GDPR.  David most recently had been Senior Vice President / Head of Enterprise Data Governance at State Street Corporation, where he established the function and the critical components of data governance for the organization, and pioneered initiatives in financial contracts, blockchain, and semantic technologies.
David joined State Street from the Office of Financial Research, US Department of the Treasury, where he served as its Senior Policy Advisor, working on data and technology issues related to financial institution and systemic risk and stability, including standards, data strategy, and emerging data technologies. Prior to joining the OFR, the Securities and Exchange Commission appointed David in October 2007 as Director of its new Office of Interactive Disclosure, which developed and implemented interactive data rules, standards (particularly XBRL) for financial and regulatory reporting, and analytical tools for SEC-required financial disclosures. At both the SEC and OFR, David co-created and helped promote the adoption of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), as an original member of the “Linchpin” team. Before his stints in government, David managed several equity research and analytics businesses for Standard & Poor’s in New York. Before that, he was the director of strategic planning and development for McGraw-Hill’s Construction Information Group, held finance and reengineering roles at Fidelity Investments, and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, PwC, and Gemini. David received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and his MBA in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Dr. Kirk Borne is an Executive Advisor and the Principal Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton (since 2015). He previously spent 12 years as Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University where he taught and advised students in the graduate and undergraduate Data Science degree programs. He directed seven completed Ph.D. students’ dissertations. Before that, he worked 18 years on NASA projects, developing and managing large data systems for space science research, including a term as the NASA Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope Science Data Archive, and served as contract Program Manager in NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office. He is an active contributor on social media, where he has been named consistently among the top worldwide influencers in big data and data science since 2013. Kirk received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Caltech.

Kenneth Bray Headshot

Kenneth Bray is a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and is the Acting Associate Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Headquarters US Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight and leadership of Air Force ISR capabilities; force development of more than 25,000 ISR Total Force Airmen and integration of Air Force ISR planning with the national intelligence community.


Dr. Jeff Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine (DPM) at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.  He is Research Director of the Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease program at DPM and Associate Director of the FDA’s Mini-Sentinel project. Dr. Brown is a health services researcher with expertise in pharmacoepidemiology and medical product safety, with primary research interests in the development of approaches to facilitate multi-institutional medical product safety surveillance and research using electronic health data.
Dr. Brown is the lead architect and inventor of PopMedNet, an open-source software platform that facilitates the creation and operation of large-scale distributed health data networks.He is the co-lead of the PCORnet Distributed Research Network Operations Center, co-chair of the Informatics Core of the NCI Cancer Research Network, and co-lead of the EHR Core of the NIH Health Care System Research Collaboratory. Dr. Brown holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Tufts University and a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University. Jeff is an 8-time US national champion and 3-time world champion in Ultimate Frisbee and coached the Tufts Men’s Ultimate team for 20 years.

Marla Capozzi - Headshot

Marla Capozzi is a leader and dean in McKinsey Academy, McKinsey’s leadership and capability building business, where she will be supporting the development of our new Analytics Academy and Digital Academy programs.  Previously, she was a leader of McKinsey’s innovation practice and has been serving clients on the disruptions in technology and innovation as well as how to mobilize incumbents to innovate at scale.  She is an adjunct faculty at Babson College where she teaches strategy and innovation. She is also vice chair of the Board and chairs the Academic Affairs Committee.  She has published leading articles on innovation and is a frequent speaker and lecturer and is a frequent Mass Challenge startup judge and mentor. Prior to joining McKinsey, she led product development at Lotus/IBM Innovation Centre.

Zachary CarwileZach Carwile, Solutions Architect, Continuum Analytics.  Zach is a Solutions Architect for Continuum Analytics, where he guides large organizations through provisioning and deploying the Anaconda data science platform.  He has over 10 years of experience in the analytics software space — this includes 5 years at MathWorks and several years building custom text mining solutions.  He received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2006.

JOEfinalLinkedin headhsot

Joe Caserta is an entrepreneur, technologist and founding President of Caserta Concepts (now Caserta).  He is one of the most respected data technologists and thought-leaders in the industry today. His work was first publicized in 2003 when his innovative approach to Clickstream analytics was featured in Intelligent Enterprise magazine, which became the standard for analyzing web data.
In 2004 Joe co-authored The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit, an industry bestseller that has become the de facto standard for preparing data for analytics. He is currently an established authority on enterprise data analytics and his relentless creative thinking allows him to continually innovate and invent new ways to stream and analyze data.
In 2009 Joe had the vision to align Caserta to big data methods and technologies, and it has since remained at the forefront of the “big data revolution,” devising some of the most unique and advanced analytics environments in use today. He is an internationally recognized public speaker on data analytics and entrepreneurial leadership. When not working, Joe can be found riding his motorcycle, playing bass, or scuba diving a coral reef.

Christina ClarkChristina Clark leads Data & Analytics team within GE’s newly created Digital Technology organization, which redefines the function formerly known as Information Technology (IT). Her recently formed team is bringing together all data & analytics talent into one team across the company. Their mission is to deliver employees the data they need, faster; to inspire and enable more innovative use of data to drive business outcomes; and to deliver more efficiently and powerfully through a horizontal organization.
Christina started at GE in the Financial Management Program (FMP) with GE Plastics. She then joined GE Corporate Audit staff, the Company’s premiere leadership development program, working across many GE businesses, industries, and countries with a primary focus in financial services in GE Capital. Ultimately, Christina was promoted to Executive Audit Manager for GE Capital.   Christina held leadership positions within GE Capital including finance leader for the Regulatory & Compliance organization and Enterprise Data Leader where she established the first centralized data management function for the Company. Prior to her current role, Christina was Chief Data Officer for GE Power, the first of GE’s Industrial units to name such a role.
A native of Rochester, New York Christina is a graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.  Additionally, Christina studied abroad in the Netherlands at the University of Maastricht where she focused on economics.  Christina resides in Tarrytown, New York with her husband, son, and daughter.

Russ Cohen pic

Russ Cohen has been with Chubb for ten years and currently serves as the Vice President of Cyber Services. His responsibilities include managing all policyholder services associated with Chubb’s pre- and post-incident cyber services, as well as supporting innovations in underwriting, data analytics and predictive modeling associated with enterprise cyber security risks.
Russ previously spent seven years as Chubb’s own Global Enterprise Security Architect, responsible for developing the company’s enterprise security architecture, strategies and methodology on cyber security. Russ has more than 15 years of cyber security and technology experience in a variety of roles, including an ethical “white hat” hacker, a systems architecture consultant at a large pharmaceutical corporation, and a senior consultant at one of the largest software companies in the world. He has also led classes on ethical hacking for employees of large corporations.
Russ received a Master of Science in Information Systems from Drexel University. He holds a CISSP certification and is an active member of various security organizations, including Infragard, ISC2, FS-ISAC, and the Cloud Security Alliance.   Author of Transforming Cyber Underwriting advisory.

UCottone Profile Picture v2Ursula Cottone is the Chief Data Officer and leads the Enterprise Data and Information Management Office.  In this capacity she is driving the end-to-end processes for Citizens Bank’s strategic enterprise asset, data. Her leadership role includes:
– Partnering with executive leadership and the businesses of Citizens Financial Group to align an enterprise data strategy and business-unit level data plans with the strategy and priorities of the business.
– Leading the creation of an organizational capability to support the technical and business aspects of our data supply chain to ensure data is treated as an enterprise asset.
– Driving the synchronization of enterprise data initiatives to ensure value across the corporation.
– Executing on a common process for sourcing data, organizing data into a ‘data lake’, replacing an existing customer file with a master data management solution, and implementing a metadata repository.
– Creating and maintaining the data management and quality processes and standards, including the establishment of a data stewardship community.
Ursula received her Bachelor of Science degree in business from Bowling Green State University, her MBA from Cleveland State University and certification from the Stonier School of Banking, while maintaining her Series 7 license.  She is currently on the Board of The Centers for Families and Children.  In addition, she volunteers her time with United Way, Junior League of Cleveland and Cleveland Bridge Builders.

CDD 2016-12-01 v2

Christopher D. Dahl is Sr. Director, Data Governance and Shared Services, Centene Corporation. Chris leads the enterprise-wide data governance program toward achieving Centene’s purpose:  Transforming the health of the community, one person at a time.  The success of Centene mission of “Better health outcomes at lower costs” can only be delivered with accurate and timely information about patients, providers, diagnoses, and treatments.  Chris’ primary responsibilities in the area of data governance include establishing strategic objectives, aligning executive sponsorship, designing policy & organizational frameworks, leading process & stewardship approaches, and delivering technology implementations to increase data value.  His role also includes business ownership of the enterprise data warehouse, as well as leading data architecture for business intelligence and analytics.
Chris joined Centene in 2016 from prior IT and business leadership roles at Monsanto and MasterCard.  He has led programs in data governance, data architecture, data warehousing, systems development, business intelligence and analytics.
Chris earned his Master of Business Administration, Master of Information Management, and Bachelor of Science at Washington University in St. Louis.  Chris also taught data and technology courses for 20 years at Washington University.
Centene, recently advancing from number 124 to number 66 on the Fortune 500, is a managed healthcare company with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.  Centene serves more than 12 million individuals through locally-delivered healthcare programs across the United States.


Ramin Daron is Senior Director, Data Architecture and Knowledge Management within the Data Science Institute at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He leads the technology engineering efforts for R&D, implementing their enterprise data hub and data lake. Ramin has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry with leading roles driving global large scale technology and harmonization initiatives for all major functions within R&D from strategic planning to operational service models. Ramin holds a bachelors degree in engineering from Drexel University and a Masters degree from Penn State University.

Pieter De Leenheer photoPieter De Leenheer is a cofounder of Collibra and leads the company’s Research & Education initiative, including the Collibra University, which offers a range of self-paced learning and certification courses to help data governance professionals and data citizens gain new skills and expertise. Prior to co-founding the company, Pieter was a professor at VU University of Amsterdam and a visiting scientist at several leading universities across the globe, including Stanford. Pieter was a key inventor of the principles and methods underpinning the visionary data governance technology of Collibra. He has authored more than 60 scientific publications, including five books on the topic of data governance and semantics, as well as several technology patents. He holds a Master of Science degree in Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, both from VUB University Brussels.

PastedGraphic-Joan Del Bianco

Joan Del Bianco is the US Chief Data Officer for TD Bank.  As the head of Enterprise Data Governance, Quality & Management accountable for oversight & execution of Enterprise Data Strategy owning Data Policy application and compliance, communication & training of the various Chief Data Office (CDO) functional capabilities including Data Governance, Data Quality & Enterprise Business Data Management. Primary on any data related issues associated with Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). Also acts as a liaison between the US business stewards and the Chief Data Office.


Ralph DiCicco

Ralph DiCicco 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.

Duvall small

Col Stan Duvall, Chief, Human Resource Management ES Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). Stan is establishing the Air Force Human Capital Analytics office in line with the Secretary of Defense’s Office of People Analytics. The office is developing a data strategy, initiating human capital data synthesis, and using data analytics to improve attracting and retention efforts.

Dimitry Feldshteyn Picture 216x255

Dimitry Feldshteyn is the Chief Technology Officer of Spectrum Comm Inc., supporting the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition & Logistics). In his current role Mr. Feldshteyn advises the USAF CIO on portfolio management processes (budgeting, development, test, implementation and sustainment), enterprise data strategy, architecture development, and cloud migration plan for Air Force acquisition portfolio of systems.
Mr. Feldshteyn has over 25 years of experience working as an IT industry professional in both commercial and government sectors.  Dimitry has a wide expanse of expertise and provides expert guidance and oversight in specialization areas such as enterprise data strategy, cloud computing technologies, infrastructure virtualization, utility computing, data visualization, business analytics and architecture-driven systems development.
Before joining Spectrum Comm Inc., Mr. Feldshteyn worked for Hewlett Packard including as its Chief Technology Officer, responsible for research, design and implementation of HP’s enterprise solutions, as well as developing and managing software infrastructure, platforms, content and apps for the mobile industry. Other responsibilities at HP included leading the company’s world-wide solutions organization deploying products and systems to all HP regions (Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific & Japan).  Dimitry also managed HP’s tech investment venture fund of early-stage startups (consisting of approximately 20 companies).
Mr. Feldshteyn started out his career at IBM, as a software developer, product manager and a consulting services executive over a period of 10 years.  In these roles, Dimitry led and managed geographically distributed teams of developers and consultants to bring to market IBM software products and services.
Mr. Feldshteyn holds multiple patents in the data management and software distribution areas.

Kevin Fleet

Kevin Fleet is Vice President of Strategic Services within the Professional Services organization (IPS) at Informatica. In this role, Kevin has global service delivery responsibility for Enterprise Information Management, Technical Architecture, Data Governance, and Business Transformation Solutions.  Kevin’s team is dedicated to ensuring the success of Informatica’s most strategic customers, which is achieved by leveraging the 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 lead for data management, with responsibility for developing and delivering shared technology, solutions and support services for data warehousing, data integration, business intelligence, and master data. Kevin also chaired the Pfizer Data Governance Council, and was the de facto Chief Data Officer, responsible for driving 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. Kevin holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.


Mr. Kevin Garrison serves as the Chief of Analytics in the Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer.  With more than 40 years combined Federal Service and defense contractor experience, Mr. Garrison leads the efforts to build a DoD business data analytical environment and engages with key stakeholders across the Department to identify IT systems and provide analysis for cost saving opportunities.  His leadership drives an informed decision-making model based on a repeatable data analysis methodology, including processes for data collection and enrichment, IT spending segmentation, and industry benchmarking comparisons.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Garrison served as the Department of Defense (DoD) Principal Director, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Business Process and Systems Review (DCIO(BPSR)).  The organization’s function was to conduct the business process and Information Technology (IT) systems reviews directed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense in July 2014.  Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Director of Information Enterprise Governance with a portfolio including Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initiatives, IT Portfolio and Inventory Management, and Acquisition Oversight.  He was the lead action officer for PortfolioStat, TechStat, Shared Service, and CIO Ratings on the Federal IT Dashboard.  As the requirements manager for the Department’s IT systems inventory, he implemented several initiatives that provided greatly improved visibility for technical and financial matters related to IT.  Mr. Garrison was also responsible for significant activities regarding Defense Business Systems, including development of the IT portion of the Strategic Management Plan, the Enterprise IT Infrastructure Functional Strategy, and improvements to policy guidance to refine granularity in identifying IT systems performing business functions.
Mr. Garrison spent 12 years as a defense contractor supporting the Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence, ASD (Networks and Information Integration), Army CIO/G6, Army G3 LANDWARNET, Wounded Warrior, and the Federal Voting Assistance Program.  He supported the Year 2000 Program Office and managed reporting to OMB, GAO, and DODIG, as well as, the plan for distribution of the $2.2B supplemental appropriation.  He later supported the development and management of the DoD IT Portfolio Repository, IT Portfolio Management, and FISMA E-Gov, and Privacy Impact Assessment reporting.  In the Army CIO/G6 he managed the Army Knowledge Management Goal 1 Waiver process and improvements to the Army Portfolio Management System.  In Army G3/LANDWARNET he drove implementation of the initial Capability Portfolio Reviews for IT.
Mr. Garrison is a retired US Army officer and a graduate of the US Air Force Academy (BS Astronautical Engineering). He is also Acquisition Certified at Level III for IT and Level I for Program Management, and is a member of IEEE and ACM.

Jeff Giles

Jeffrey Giles is Principal Architect at Sandhill Consultants. Prior to that he has worked for Sybase Inc and SAP. He has over 15 years experience in Information Technology and is recognized as Certified PowerDesigner Professional. Jeffrey has been a guest lecturer on Enterprise Architecture at the Boston University School of Management. Information management experience includes customizing Enterprise Architecture frameworks, creating model driven solution architecture for business intelligence projects. Modeling experience includes modeling and analysis of business process workflow, modeling data at the conceptual, logical, and physical levels, and UML application modeling. Possesses knowledge of both transactional and data warehousing systems. Understands the alignment of business, data, applications and technology. Has been involved in designing data governance standards, data glossaries and taxonomies.

Gillin, Paul photo

Paul Gillin, B2B Social Media Adviser, Author and Trainer, Paul Gillin Communications. Paul Gillin is a speaker, writer and B2B content marketing strategist who specializes in social media. He is the author of five books and more than 300 articles on the topic of social media and digital marketing. His award-winnin2007 book, The New Influencers, was one of the first to document the disruptive power of individual online voices. Since then he has traveled the world helping organizations understand and use social media to build their brands and strengthen customer relationships. Previously, Paul was a technology journalist for 23 years. He was founding editor-in-chief of B2B technology publisher TechTarget and editor-in-chief and executive editor of the technology weekly Computerworld.

Sam Habib

Sam Habib is a Competency Partner for Knowledgent’s Big Data Practice with over 18 years of Architectural Experience. In this role, he has established a Knowledgent analytics platform that includes machine learning and text analytics on unstructured data sets. Sam has also provided thought leadership for the development of Knowledgent’s Big Data assets like ingestion framework, their metadata management tool, Kariba and other Big Data accelerators. Sam received his MBA from Marketing and IT from Asia Pacific Institute of Management.


Todd Harbour is the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for New York State, where he orchestrates work to design and implement a data management regime for the Empire State. Todd’s work includes developing a data governance strategy, framework, and roadmap, defining a unified information architecture, realizing master data, coordinating data sharing, and establish a state-wide data analytics community of practice.
Prior to this role, Todd was a senior federal government official based in the Washington DC metropolitan area, where he led work to establish data strategies, business frameworks, and data management platforms, which helped provide a reliable basis for answering questions from Congress and organizational leaders. Previously, Todd served as senior vice president at FGM Inc., a software and systems engineering corporation in Northern Virginia.
Todd is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Program Management Professional (PgMP), Scrum Master (CSM), and Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the Project Management Institute and National Defense University, respectively. Todd is also a certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) and Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGSP) with the Data Management Association (DAMA). Todd currently holds 4 graduate degrees in information systems, project management, business administration, and government information leadership.

Chauncey Holden

Chauncey Holden is the Chief Security Officer and Head of Corporate Security and Resilience.  He has deep expertise in developing and operating security functions and delivering solutions to enhance security while enabling the business and responding to emerging threats.  He brought together the various digital and physical security functions within Citizens to increase their synergies and drive change. Prior to his role with Citizens, Chauncey spent 15 years at Fidelity Investments in a variety of expanding roles including Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Technical Risk Officer.  Chauncey also was the head of IT Audit at Liberty Mutual Insurance for 7 years and started out as a financial auditor where he earned his CPA.

Salahldin Hussein headshot

Salahaldin Hussein, Director, PwC Financial Services Advisory. Sal is a practitioner of data and analytics at PwC with over 10 years of experience, helping financial services clients address their most pressing data and analytics challenges. He has deep knowledge of Federal Reserve Board (FRB) compliance framework, including regulatory reporting requirements (e.g. CCAR / DFAST, BASEL III), cross-functional expertise in banking and capital market products, and significant experience with reference data management, data governance, and data quality management. Sal is especially passionate about helping client pursue innovative techniques to embedding analytics in both their compliance and growth-centric efforts. He has co-authored a number of publications on the evolving mandate of the Chief Data Officer.
Sal graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a M.A in Management Information Systems and is based in New York City.

Rich Inserro Headshot

Rich Inserro, Principal, PwC Financial Services Advisory. Rich is a Principal in PwC’s Financial Services Advisory practice and has extensive experience leading the design and implementation of solutions to address regulatory and risk issues. He has more than 20 years of professional experience and has been with PwC since 2000.
Rich has advised clients on data governance operating models, the development of data standards, and applying data governance concepts to meet risk and regulatory requirements.  In 2004, he wrote the Information and Communication chapter of the COSO Enterprise Risk Management — Integrated Framework and has been published and spoken at conferences on the topic of risk data.
He has advised clients on a variety of credit risk related matters spanning technology, data and process domains.  For example, he has implemented limits management systems to manage credit and market risk positions,  built capital calculators aggregating data from trading books and built databases and processes to aggregate commercial and retail loan positions for credit risk modelling purposes.

mark johnson

Mark Johnson has over 35 years of experience in Strategic Data and Enterprise IT Leadership as a data entrepreneur, speaker, consultant, and highly valued resource on many aspects of the data and IT landscape. Prior to joining Fusion Alliance, Mr. Johnson was CEO and President of Gavroshe USA, Inc., a Strategic Data Management & Analytics consultancy. Mr. Johnson has led all functions of IT reporting, including Data Warehousing / Business Intelligence, Global Infrastructure and Shared Services for (Veritas Software / Symantec) and Application Development. As a long-time industry presenter, Mr. Johnson is an exceedingly intelligible speaker that knows how to captivate an audience. Mr. Johnson is also the founding member of the International Society of Chief Data Officers and frequent collaborator with MIT on their work in the Data and Analytics.

Milind Kamkolkar

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.


Vikas Kapoor is Chairman and CEO of Mezocliq. Prior to Mezocliq, Vikas was president and CEO of iQor, a technology-enabled global business processing and outsourcing company that was ranked by InformationWeek as one of the 30 most innovative companies in America.
Prior to iQor, he was CEO of Delano Technology and Walker Digital, an incubator of internet businesses, including
Vikas started his career in the technology practice of McKinsey & Company and co-founded Mitchell Madison Group.
He received a BA from Princeton University, an MA in philosophy from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Vikas is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the Newport Jazz Festival and on the Board of Directors at the Metropolitan Opera.

Ed_Kelly_12 small

Ed Kelly has over 30 years’ experience in business and information technology. He currently serves as the Statewide Data Coordinator for the Department of Information Resources (DIR). In his role, he works with agencies and institutions of higher education to collaboratively develop data policies, standards, and best practices to improve data governance and integrity statewide.
Ed is also responsible to seek out opportunities for data sharing across government agencies to increase government transparency, reduce duplicative information collection, and improve data management and analysis. Prior to joining DIR, he held positions with the Texas Department of Agriculture as Chief Administrative Officer and with the Texas Department of Public Safety as Chief Information Officer. Ed’s experience includes a variety of roles in the private sector including State Street Bank and Trust Company, Fidelity Investments, Dell Computer, Dell Financial Services, and Unisys Corporation.


Dr. Michael Kelly serves as the University of South Carolina system’s first Chief Data Officer; as one of roughly two dozen CDOs working in higher education today, he is helping to adapt the CDO role from business and industry. He leads governance of the university’s data and information assets, ensuring the availability and accuracy of data for making decisions that advance the mission, goals, and strategic priorities of the university’s eight campuses and Palmetto College. Mike works with senior leadership and functional managers to develop a sustainable data governance framework that addresses data stewardship, data standards, data quality & integrity, identity & access management, as well as reporting, analytics, and decision support. He co-chairs the Data Governance & Chief Data Officers constituent group for EDUCAUSE, as well as the Higher Education CDOs Working Group sponsored by isCDO and EDUCAUSE. Mike holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Ajay Khana

Ajay Khanna is the vice president, Marketing at Reltio, the creator of data-driven applications. His product marketing and product management expertise stems from various leadership roles at large public enterprise software companies including Veeva Systems, Oracle, KANA, Progress, and Amdocs. He holds an MBA in marketing and finance from Santa Clara University.



Eliot Knudsen

Eliot Knudsen leads Data Science at Tamr. Eliot began at Tamr soon after it was spun out of the CSAIL MIT research lab, working to deploy Tamr’s first commercial adopters. Before joining Tamr, Eliot was a Data Scientist at Kyruus, a healthcare IT start-up in Boston, building novel provider analytics and algorithms to optimize patient referral. Eliot has a BS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics with specialization in Machine Learning from Carnegie Mellon.



Ray Kraus 1

Ray Kraus is Director of Product for Acxiom Research, the research and development arm of Acxiom Corporation.  In this role, Ray is responsible for identifying discontinuous, potentially disruptive technologies that can impact Acxiom’s business and developing new revenue streams that leverage those technologies. He also helps to facilitate the diffusion of innovation and product development best practices to the rest of the organization.
As part of its long history in the data marketplace, Acxiom has established itself as a trusted player in the market and as an advocate for effective self-regulation.
Ray has twenty years’ experience in product management, marketing and consulting focused on analytics, business intelligence, database marketing and visualization.
Prior to joining Acxiom, Ray consulted with clients to devise fact-based analytical solutions to specific marketing and business challenges.  He was responsible for ideation, management and project delivery.
Ray holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration where he focused on marketing and finance.

MarKrzysko,Markk E. Krzysko, Deputy Director, Enterprise Information, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, US Department of Defense. Mark Krzysko directs acquisition data management and analysis, technical transformation, and shared services efforts to make timely, authoritative acquisition information available to support oversight of the Department of Defense’s major programs—a portfolio totaling more than $1.6 trillion of investment funds over the lifecycle of the programs. Preceding his current position, Mr. Krzysko served as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (ADUSD) for Business Transformation, providing strategic leadership for re-engineering the Department’s business improvement decision-making processes and leading strategic sourcing and Acquisition process efforts. In the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he also served as Director of the Supply Chain Systems Transformation, championing innovative uses of information technologies to improve and streamline the supply chain process for the Department. Prior to that, Mr. Krzysko led the Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy office as Deputy Director of e-Business, where he provided oversight and led transformation of the acquisition community into a strategic business enterprise. Prior to that Mr. Krzysko led the Electronic Commerce Solutions Directorate for the Naval Air Systems Command and served in senior-level acquisition positions at the Naval Air Systems Command, including Contracting Officer of F/A-18 Foreign Military Sales, F/A-18 Developmental Programs, and the F-14.

Barbara Latulippe

Barbara Latulippe, Dell’s Chief Data Governance Officer, has more than two decades’ experience in the 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.
Her passion is enabling information as a differentiator in consumer experiences and to monetize the value of data.  Her current innovation at Dell is the creation of an Information Marketplace, enabling both IT and the business to collaborate on how to search and surface data sets rapidly in a business context.  Big data platforms are challenged to understand the ocean of information available to analytics teams; verifying it is from a trusted source, driving cross functional collaboration and data sharing, and governing effectively (domain experts). Barbara has a proven track record of mobilizing and leveraging cross-functional knowledge teams, building relationships and securing executive buy-in.  These dynamics drive innovation with information to achieve actionable business value.
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. Information fuels experiences.

Lynn Laverty Headshot

Lynn Laverty is a Senior Global Data Privacy and Data Governance consultant.  Lynn brings more than 30 years of experience across the financial services, healthcare, insurance, automotive, and food and beverage industries.  Lynn’s track record includes establishing and managing large global, multi-site data privacy and data governance programs.  Additionally, Lynn has extensive background in transforming operational functions and managing large scale business and information technology projects.
Specifically related to global data privacy, Lynn’s experience has focused on keeping abreast of the changing data privacy landscape, including new data protection regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR.) Lynn brings a demonstrated ability for developing strong working relationships with people across all levels and functions.  She is results focused with a can-do attitude and a ready smile.
Lynn is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and possesses the CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPT, and CIPM certifications.  Lynn holds a BBA and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.


Lester Lobo is an innovation evangelist and technical architect within SAP’s Database and Data Management organization. He has global GTM responsibilities for the platform, advanced analytics and machine learning solution areas. Lester brings 15+ years of experience in analytics, data warehousing and data/information management and he has worked with a score of SAP’s most strategic customers across every major industry vertical.
Lester holds a MS degree in Computer Engineering & Data Mining from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.”

56414Valerie Logan, Research Director in the Data and Analytics group within Gartner Research, 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. Ms. Logan has more than 24 years of experience, including two decades of global consulting practice management in the information and intelligence domains, 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 sciences and business intelligence 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. She is recognized as a pioneer in innovative consulting practices – recognized by Consulting Magazine in 2008 as one of eight top women in global consulting, and most recently recognized as a winner of Gartner’s 2016 Thought Leadership Award for CDO Survey research and leadership development. She is known as an inspiring motivator, genuine advisor and change agent – driven by a passion to synthesize information to solve real-world problems.

Lutton, Robert photo

Robert Lutton, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sandhill Consultants. 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.

Stuart Madnick_Headshot

Stuart Madnick, MIT Sloan School of Management. Stuart has been a faculty member at M.I.T. since 1972. He has served as the head of MIT’s Information Technologies Group for more than 20 years. During that time the group has been consistently rated #1 in the nation among business school information technology programs (U.S. News & World Reports, BusinessWeek, and ComputerWorld). He has also been an affiliate member of MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science, a member of the research advisory committee of the International Financial Services Research Center, and a member of the executive committee of the Center for Information Systems Research.Dr. Madnick is a prolific writer and is the author or co-author of over 250 books, articles, or reports including the classic textbook, Operating Systems (McGraw-Hill), and the book, The Dynamics of Software Development (Prentice-Hall). He has also contributed chapters to other books, such as Information Technology in Action (Prentice-Hall). His current research interests include connectivity among disparate distributed information systems, database technology, software project management, and the strategic use of information technology.He is presently co-Director of the Productivity From Information Technology (PROFIT) Initiative and co-Heads the Total Data Quality Management (TDQM) research program. He has been the Principal Investigator of a large-scale DARPA-funded research effort on Context Interchange which involves the development of technology that helps organizations to work more cooperatively, coordinated, and collaboratively. As part of this effort, he is the co- inventor on the patents “Querying Heterogeneous Data Sources over a Network Using Context Interchange” and “Data Extraction from World Wide Web Pages.”He has been active in industry, making significant contributions as a key designer and developer of projects such as IBM’s VM/370 operating system and Lockheed’s DIALOG information retrieval system. He has served as a consultant to many major corporations, such as IBM, AT&T, and Citicorp.

James Meng

James Meng, Senior Fellow, SuperComputer Center, University of California, San Diego, since October 2016. Established a Managerial Data Science Curriculum.

Career History & Accomplishments: Dr. Meng entered the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service in June 1998 and retired on June 27th, 2015. His major accomplishments are listed in chronological order of positions served.  Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Architectures, Standards and Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller. 2010 to 2015.  Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics Executive, office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research Development & Acquisition, from 2009 to 2010.  Executive Director, Warfare Systems Engineering Directorate, NAVSEA06B, Washington, DC, and also Chief Systems Engineer, the Navy’s certifying authority of the Strike Force Interoperability from July 2004 – February 2009.  Dual-hatted as the NAVSEA Warfare Centers Work Assignment Executive, and the NAVSEA Warfare Centers Business Executive from 2003 to June 2005. Executive Director, NUWC Keyport Division, NAVSEA NUWC, 2000-2003.  Head of Torpedo Systems Technology Department, NUWC Newport Division 1995-1999.


He earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; M.S. in engineering physics from the University of California, Berkley; and Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering from the University of California, Berkley. In 1994, he received a M.S. degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

Alexander Mueller headshot

Alexander Mueller works in data science at Centene using predictive modeling and data mining techniques to drive a variety of business and population health decisions.  His previous career includes experiences in the start-up space and a past life in number theory.  Alexander holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in Saint Louis and a PhD from the University of Michigan.



Arka Mukherjee photo

Dr. Arka Mukherjee, the founder and CEO of Global IDs Inc., is an expert in global data management, with extensive experience in creating new technologies to assist businesses 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 the principal of IBM Global Services, he was the practice leader in business intelligence services and was responsible for building and growing this e-business practice.


Elena Naumova

Dr. Elena Naumova, Professor of Mathematics and Academic Dean for Faculty at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, directs the research and graduate programs in Data Analytics in Nutrition. She also directs the NIH-sponsored Tufts Initiative for Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases (InForMID) and provides guidance for study design, development and implementation of analytical plans, guide data quality assessment, facilitate data compilation, select proper statistical models and conduct statistical analysis for large-scale epidemiological studies. She co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, technical reports and reviews and oversee institutional policies on data sharing and management, data quality assurance and information security. She serves on the governmental research review panels, editorial boards of the Journal of Public Health Policy and Environmental Health Perspectives. Dr. Naumova is elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a technical advisor for WHO and UN.

OBrien_John headshot

Mr. John O’Brien works as the systems engineering lead supporting Enterprise Information for the United States Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics community. In this role, he helps guide the overall definition, engineering and design of the Defense Acquisition Visibility Environment (DAVE) technology platform in support of the AV EI mission goals of acquisition information visibility. Mr. O’Brien is the founder of LLC.


Brian O'ConnellBrian O’Connell, Head of Technology Services, is a seasoned financial services executive with extensive experience in leading organizations and driving change. Before joining Citizens, he worked as an independent consultant to companies in industries including private equity, software and insurance. Earlier, he was the chief information officer at The Hartford Insurance Group and a Managing Director at Accenture. Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Boston College.

Steve Orrin_Headshot

Steve Orrin is Chief Technologist for Intel Corp’s Federal Division and is responsible for Cyber Security and Cloud Strategy, Federal Solution Architectures and Engagements. Steve has held architectural leadership positions at Intel where he has led strategy and projects on Identity, Anti-malware, HTML5 Security, Cloud and Virtualization Security, and is the creator of Trusted Compute Pools Secure Cloud Architecture and co-author of NIST’s IR-7904 “Trusted Geo-Location in the Cloud”. 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 the NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). Steve is a member of INSA, ISACA, OASIS, IACR and is a co-Founder and Officer of WASC (Web Application Security Consortium) and is the Vice-Chair of the NSITC/IDESG Security Committee.


Martin Ouimet, PhD, is a Partner and Managing Director in the Boston office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and a core member of the Technology Advantage and Financial Institutions practices. He advises companies on how to deliver value through technology, particularly using data and analytics. Dr. Ouimet’s expertise also includes implementing large-scale transformations, change management and developing technology and operations strategy for the financial services and health care industries.
Dr. Ouimet leads BCG’s global Data & Analytics benchmarking effort, the Insights on Data, Ecosystems and Analytics (IDEA) study, which provides insight into the practices and ambitions of over 130 organizations across the globe in the data & analytics space. He is also a co-author of the recent BCG publication “Are You Set Up To Achieve Your Big Data Vision?
Outside of his experience at BCG, Dr. Ouimet has held positions as a principal software engineer for Microstrategy Incorporated (Business Intelligence), and as an engineer for McDonnell Douglas and the Boeing Company. He holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, a S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Ph.D. in Computer Systems, also from MIT.

Mark Ramsey_HeadshotMark Ramsey, PhD, Chief Data Officer, GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Ramsey is the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for GlaxoSmithKline plc, reporting to the R&D President. He is responsible for enterprise-wide data governance and utilization of information as an asset, through data consolidation, business intelligence, big data, and advanced data mining. GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) is a multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in London and is the world’s sixth-largest pharmaceutical company. Prior to joining GSK, Dr. Ramsey joined Samsung Mobile as their first Chief Data Officer (CDO), reporting directly to the President. He was responsible for developing an enterprise-wide consolidated consumer data repository, creation of the organization’s first big data platform, the application of data analytics to driven data-driven decision making. Prior to Samsung, Mark 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 execution 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 filing over 50 patent applications which have thus far resulted in the issuance of 28 patents focused on business intelligence and business analytics. 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.

Anand Rao headshot

Anand Rao, Partner, Global AI Lead for PwC’s Data & Analytics team. Anand is a Partner with PwC’s US Advisory practice, with over 26 years of industry and consulting experience, helping senior executives structure, solve and manage critical issues facing their organizations. With a computer science and Artificial Intelligence background and over 15 years consulting experience he blends deep analytics and computational techniques to solve challenging business problems using creative solutions. His work has included natural language processing, machine learning, behavioral economics, simulation modeling, global growth strategies, marketing, sales, and distribution strategies, online, mobile, social media strategies,  customer experience, multi-channel integration, risk management and compliance, large scale program mobilization and management.
Before his consulting careers, Anand was the Chief Research Scientist at the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute, a boutique research and software house and has taught and supervised students at University of Melbourne. Anand has also co-edited four books on Intelligent Agents and has published over fifty papers in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in major journals, conferences, and workshops.  Anand was awarded the Most Influential Paper Award for the Decade in 2007 from the Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) organization. He is a frequent speaker at a number of industry and academic forums.
Anand holds a MSc(Tech) in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India and PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Sydney, where he was awarded the University Postgraduate Research Award. He was also awarded an MBA from Melbourne Business School with Distinction.

Mike Rollings HeadshotMike Rollings, Research VP with Gartner’s Chief Data Officer Research team. Mr. Rollings covers the strategic use and governance of data, how advanced analytics is transforming business and how to drive enterprise behavior change. Prior to joining the team, he facilitated peer interactions and conducted member-directed research for CIOs of the world’s largest global companies in Gartner’s Research Board. He led studies about driving enterprise agility, using customer experience and engagement to drive competitive advantage, and the impact of machine intelligence on the future of work and outsourcing. He is a winner of Gartner’s 2013 Thought Leadership Award for his examination of the changing IT career and the effects on skills, talent and leadership. His over 30 years’ experience covers strategy, transformation, innovation, human behavior, collaborative organizational change, communication and influence, and cross-discipline effectiveness.

PastedGraphic-1 David Roux

David Roux is Chairman of Jackson Laboratories, one of America’s largest independent biomedical research institutes, and on the board of Boston Scientific.   He was previously at Silver Lake Group, which he co-founded and where he served as co-CEO and Chairman until his retirement.  Earlier in his career David worked as a senior executive at Oracle, Liberate, Lotus and Datext.  He grew up in Maine and attended Harvard College, Kings College at Cambridge University and Harvard Business School.  David resides in Upperville, Virginia.  He is married to Barbara Roux and has three grown children.

Tina Rosario

Tina Rosario, Global Vice President, Enterprise Data Governance and Management at SAP. In this role, Tina is responsible for driving the data governance program across lines of business and the enterprise data strategy across SAP. As a business strategy professional Tina has more than 25 years of experience in business process re-engineering, transformation management, and enterprise data management. During her 18 years at SAP, Tina has held executive positions in business operations, consulting management, and corporate strategy. Her expertise ranges from building best practice information governance programs, defining data management innovations, driving data technology development, and managing teams of data stewards and data operations.
As head of SAP’s data governance program, Tina leads a cross-enterprise team of master data stewards and runs the executive governance forums. In her data strategy role, Tina drives the definition of the future-state data capabilities and the execution of the strategy across SAP through to technical enablement.  She serves on steering boards for the many transformation programs ensuring that SAP continues to apply best practices in data governance and management.
A recognized expert in information management, Tina is regularly requested to speak at industry events and advise SAP’s external customers. Under her guidance, SAP’s internal Enterprise Data Management organization has won external recognition for best practices in information management, having received three industry awards for its data quality approach, overall organizational structure, and the programs’ overall return on investment.  Tina lives with her family in Paris, France.

Kris Rowley headshot

Kris Rowley is 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.



Kimberly Sanders Headshot

Kimberly Sanders, Director Television Distribution Technology with NBC/Universal. Currently leading the transformation of the studio’s $6B Contract Administration and Revenue Recognition System is a Financial Systems and Data Analytics consultant with over 20 years of diverse experience in Entertainment, Financial Services and Manufacturing program and continuous improvement project management. With a background and foundation in Accounting, Finance and Information Technology she has established herself in a unique niche as a liaison with the ability to speak both languages and an innate ability to bridge the gap between business users and IT. Kimberly is also a founding member of ISCDO and a Co-Chair of MIT CDOIQ Symposium as well as Managing Director and Founder of Breakthrough Business Resources Group, a boutique consulting firm focused on providing advisory services and educating small to midsized organizations on the value of leveraging and transforming data assets.

JES Machine Room (MIT)Jim Short is Lead Scientist and co-founder of the Center for Large Scale Data Systems (CLDS) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He has taught business strategy, management information systems, and communications at the London Business School, Theseus Institute, and the MIT Sloan School of Management. His current work focuses on topics in data valuation, data analytics and deep learning.  He holds S.B., S.M. and PhD degrees from MIT.

Harald Smith-2014-07-v2

Harald Smith is Director of Product Management at Trillium Software and co-author of “Patterns of Information Management” published by IBM Press. Harald has a diverse career specializing in information quality, integration, and governance products with a focus on accelerating customer value and delivering innovative solutions. He has written extensively on the integration, management, and use of information and has been issued four patents in this field.


Don Soulsby_HeadshotDonald Soulsby, VP Architecture Strategies, Sandhill Consultants. Mr. Soulsby is Sandhill Consultants Vice President Architecture Strategies. His practice areas include strategic and technical architectures for data management, metadata management, and business intelligence. Mr. Soulsby has held senior professional services and product management positions with large multi-national corporations and software development organizations. He has an extensive background in enterprise architecture and data modeling methodologies. He has over 30 years of experience in the development of operational and decision support applications. He is completing his qualification as an Enterprise Data Management Expert (EDME) with the CMMI Institute. Mr. Soulsby is an excellent communicator and has taught metadata, data modeling and data warehouse courses through public offerings and onsite engagements to corporate clients. Mr. Soulsby is a recognized thought leader who speaks regularly at international industry events, MIT CDO Conferences and DAMA functions.

Derek Strauss

Derek Strauss, 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).

John Talburt Headshot

John R. Talburt, PhD, IQCP, CDMP is the Acxiom Chair of Information Quality and Director of the Information Quality Graduate Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) where he is also the Campus Director of the Institute for Chief Data Officers (iCDO). In addition, Dr. Talburt serves on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA), is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the area of data quality, and is an advisor to the Board of Directors for IQ International and Editor-in-Chief of the IQ International Journal. Dr. Talburt previously served as the Chief Scientist for Black Oak Analytics, Inc., an Arkansas-based company specializing in data quality and entity identity information management solutions. Prior to his appointment at UA Little Rock he was the leader for research and development and product innovation at Acxiom Corporation, a global leader in information management and customer data integration.  Professor Talburt is an inventor for several patents related to customer data integration and the author of numerous research papers and articles on information quality and entity resolution.  He has authored a number of books including Entity Resolution and Information Quality (Morgan Kaufmann, 2011), Data Engineering: Mining, Information and Intelligence (Springer, 2010), Information Quality and Governance for Business Intelligence (IGI Global, 2014), and Entity Information Life Cycle for Big Data: Master Data Management and Information Integration (Morgan Kaufmann, 2015).
His current research interests are entity and identity resolution, master data management, data governance, and the role of the Chief Data Officer (CDO).  Dr. Talburt is the winner of the International Association for Information and Data Quality 2014 Distinguished Member Award and the 2008 Data Management Association (DAMA) International Academic Award. He has earned the Information Quality Certified Professional (IQCP) credential from IQ International and the Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) credential from the Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP). He is also a certified Master Data Quality Manager (MDQM) for the ISO 8000-110: 2009 Master Data Quality standard through ECCMA.

Nevin Taylor Head Shot2.jpg

Colonel Nevin Taylor serves on the Air Staff as the Air Force’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer developing a strategic framework to operationalize data.  He Co-chairs the newly established United States Data Cabinet, Data Steering Committee and Science Interagency Working Group, under the Executive Office of the President’s National Science and Technology Council. In addition, he is leading the adoption of data science best practices through the Data Science Community of Practice.  A military reservist, Colonel Taylor has served five tours in the Pentagon, to include the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary, Senior IMA to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Integration and Chief of Staff.       In his civilian capacity, he has been the CEO of Digital Forensics Consortium, a non-profit organization focused upon supporting our country’s national defense, economic competitiveness and strategic viability.

Brandon Thomas web

Brandon Thomas is serving as the Chief Data Officer for Zions Bancorporation.  In this newly created role, he is charged with deploying a data & analytics strategy that bridges business and technology.  His responsibilities include overseeing the data science team, developing a data governance framework, uniting business intelligence, and continuing to strengthen the data management environment.
Prior to this role, Thomas was Director of Financial Operations and Systems for Zions. Thomas started at Zions Bancorp in 2005 and has served in senior positions within Corporate Finance and was a key contributor to the development of stress testing within the Corporation.  Thomas received an MBA from Brigham Young University.

Bruce Tyler

Bruce Tyler is a Vice President with IBM.  He is the global leader of Big Data and Analytics consulting practice.  He is a an accomplished senior business executive with proven track record of enabling Fortune 100 companies make better decisions and optimize performance by combining strategy, information management and advanced analytics to address important and complex business opportunities.
Bruce has with over twenty years of consulting experience with industry experience in: Credit Risk Management, Marketing, Financial Disciplines, Data Management, Business Intelligence and Performance Management, Advanced Analytic Capabilities and sound Program Management. He has directed several financial systems implementation projects through the full life cycle of back office financial systems, decision support, and enterprise information solutions.  He has also performed numerous finance function diagnostic projects that have encompassed the spectrum of financial operations (from fixed assets to management reporting).



Vijay Venkatesan is the Chief Data Officer for Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH). He is accountable for the creation of a next generation data and analytics strategy that accelerates the use of data, analytics, mobile-ready apps and machine learning to advance PSJH mission and strategies.
Prior to joining PSJH, Vijay served as vice president of enterprise data management for Sutter Health. Under Vijay’s leadership, Sutter Health made great strides advancing its capabilities around data, reporting and analytics. He was instrumental in advancing several regional and system wide strategic priorities in support of the shared savings program, advanced illness management, Epic clarity reporting and other quality-related initiatives. Vijay also served as vice president of analytics and business intelligence for Sutter’s physician services. Before joining Sutter, he was VP of management information and analysis with Kaiser Permanente for four years. While there, Vijay helped lead Kaiser’s data transformation. Vijay holds a bachelor of science degree in computer and information science from Cleveland State University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Gerard Verveij

Gerard Verweij is the Global Data and Analytics Leader for PwC. In his leadership role Gerard is responsible for driving the strategy and direction for PwC’s Data and Analytics capabilities across all of our businesses with a focus on helping clients with all data and analytics challenges as well as embedding data and analytics in everything we do.
Prior to this title, Gerard was PwC’s Technology Consulting Leader responsible for the US, Japan, Hong Kong/China and Mexico, a member of the US Advisory Leadership team and the US Extended Leadership team. He continues to serve several of the firm’s key clients particularly in the Retail and Consumer Goods industry and also leads several technology enabled transformation engagements.
Most recently, Gerard led the PwC US Alliances and Channels program in addition to leading the Global Oracle alliance. In these roles he was responsible for strengthening PwC’s major alliances to drive growth across the firm and specific to Oracle, he was responsible worldwide for all Oracle solutions and services as well as the Oracle relationship and practice. In the past, Gerard has acted as the US Advisory CIO for PwC with the responsibility for overseeing the Advisory IT organization and the development, maintenance and support of the Advisory-specific technology products and solutions.
Gerard has over 28 years of experience and is trained in Business Applications, Information Systems, Information Security, Information Management and IT auditing. Gerard has been IT-auditor, consultant and project manager for global clients in a wide variety of industries, including Retail, Technology, Financial Services, Consumer Goods, Industrial Manufacturing, Healthcare and Utilities. He possesses extensive knowledge and expertise in leading and supporting large enterprise projects for global organizations, such as Technology Enabled Business Transformation, Cyber Security projects, global strategic sourcing projects, as well as year 2000 and Euro conversion project
Gerard has an IT Auditing degree from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and holds a B.S. in Business Information Systems. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Information Security Manager and he is also an IAAP member.

Wang, Richard photoDr. Richard Wang, Director, MIT Chief Data Officer & Information Quality Program. 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 was a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management for almost a decade. He has also served as the Deputy Chief Data Officer and Chief Data Quality Officer of the U.S. Army. He is a recipient of the DAMA International Achievement Award, the German Society of Information Quality Award, and the International Association of Information and Data Quality Award. Dr. Wang received a Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Bill Winkler headshot

Bill Winkler is Chief Technology Officer at Global IDs, a firm specializing in building large scale data management and governance tools.  Mr. Winkler’s IT career spans over 35 years.  He has been involved with large scale data and systems integration, rationalization, merger and divestiture projects in the Telco industry for the last two decades.  He was a lead principle data architect at AT&T, working as a specialist on service oriented and distributed systems architectures.  Mr. Winkler designed and implemented some of the first real-time customer data integration services at SBC, linking customer, product, and location information across former Southwestern, Pacific and Nevada Bell application databases.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and a masters in distributed information processing from Webster University.

Ari Yacobi

Ari Yacobi is the Chief Data Scientist and RWE Practice Lead at Knowledgent.  He spends his time bringing data science to Real-World-Evidence and Outcomes Research and has successfully led RWE strategy and analytics engagements at large pharmaceutical companies.
Previously, Ari was the Lead Data Scientist and CTO at a venture-funded startup, where he led the development of predictive marketing analytics offering. He also played a key role in forming a partnership with Google, building mobile capabilities, and driving business model innovation that led to a successful exit.
Ari holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Penn State University and a dual Master’s degree in Engineering and Business from University of Pennsylvania.  Ari regularly speaks at industry events and occasionally teaches data science and analytics at General Assembly.

Ken Yamaguchi

Ken Yamaguchi, MD, MBA, joined Centene in April of 2015 as an Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer. Prior to this position, he was a full-time academic surgeon at Washington University.  He continues to maintain the position of the Sam and Marilyn Fox Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery as part-time faculty and has been named as a Top Doctor in America by Castle Connolly yearly for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Yamaguchi received both a BA and MS from UCLA.  After earning his medical degree with distinction from George Washington School of Medicine, Yamaguchi also completed his residency there and then a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at Columbia University in New York. He then did elbow training at the Mayo Clinic.  He followed this with an MBA at the Olin School of Business at Washington University as well as numerous executive programs at the Olin, Kellogg, and Booth Schools of Business.
Yamaguchi is an author of more than 200 publications and has given more than 150 presentations nationally and internationally. Invited professorships have included Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Dartmouth, Peking University and Oxford University.  He has had numerous leadership positions in medicine including: Executive Committees of the American Orthopedic Association and American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Deputy Editor for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Treasurer of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Dr Yamaguchi has also been active in medical device innovation.  He has worked with Zimmer-Biomet Corp and Tornier Corp (Wright Medical) to help develop highly successful joint replacement systems for both the shoulder and elbow.  Currently, he is the team lead in designing the next generation of shoulder replacement system for Zimmer-Biomet.
As Chief Medical Officer at Centene, his primary responsibilities in the area of Medical Affairs include oversight of: Clinical Policies, Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, Clinical Programs, Clinical Analytics, Medical Management Operations (Utilization Management and Care Management), Medical Management Systems (support of medical management software), Data Governance and Quality Improvement.
Dr. Yamaguchi has a daughter, Kelli, who is a recent graduate of NYU, Tisch School for the Arts, and a son, Kyle, who is a freshman at Washington University in St Louis.