2nd Annual Big Data Virtual Masterclass Conference (Time Zone - EST)

22nd - 23rd July 2021
CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Speakers
Richard Self
Richard Self
Senior Lecturer in Governance of Advanced and Emerging Technologies,
University of Derby


Richard Self worked in the aerospace sector for thirty years supporting the business with innovative approaches to the use of analytics to model aspects of decision forming and making.

He then made the transition into academia in 2002, where he now has small teams of Undergraduate and Masters students researching to identify the best frameworks of questions for developing strategies for the governance of analytics and data in order to deliver ethical and trustworthy business solutions.

Richard was co-chair of the IBM sponsored Big Data Analytics Educational Conferences between 2014 and 2018.

Richard is a regular invited keynote speaker at UK and international business conferences where he always provides the audience with the important questions for evaluating their business needs and technologies.


Upendra Mardikar
Upendra Mardikar
Chief Security Officer ,
Snap Finance


A prolific inventor and cyber security & digital identity executive with an “art of possible” mindset who led global teams to secure world class organizations including American Express, Visa, PayPal and is credited with 95+ patents issued and pending. Upendra is the Chief Security Officer of Snap Finance, a leading omnichannel digital first fintech and POS lender, where he leads cyber security while building new platforms to enable growth opportunities. This includes securing innovative multi-cloud platforms and products, Artificial Intelligence, client-facing technology, and customer and developer experiences. He is a regular speaker at esteemed conferences for Stanford University, Global Big Data Conference, NFC forums, European Identity Conference, KNOW Identity Conference, Global Retail Conference in Canada, IOT conference and others. Featured in Genius Journal, he helped pioneer blockchain in Amex and filed patents on blockchain and DLTs. He and his team worked on IOT security and payments and participated in several industry standard bodies like EMV,Global Platform, PCI-DSS, FIDO, etc. He is an advisory board director for select security startups and helps venture capitalists evaluate companies. He holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, California and Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from VNIT, Nagpur, India. He is credited with 95+ patents issued and pending and has received awards for innovation and leadership.

 

 


Steve Ennen
Steve Ennen
Director Marketing Analytics & Translation,
West Pharmaceutical Services


Steve Ennen leads the market analytics and intelligence unit for West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., a global designer and manufacturer of injectable pharmaceutical packaging and delivery systems. Steve's journey to data and analytics began in earnest at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he and academic colleagues launched the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, a global research center that served students, academics, and corporate partners in advanced data analytics and infrastructure. While there, Steve built curriculum for and instructed MBA programs and executive education programs, while also advising global corporations on data-driven transformation. From Wharton, Steve helped launch a social media, data and analytics company called SocialStrategy1, serving as president and chief intelligence officer before moving on as a contract, data transformation executive for a number of global companies. Steve was also the Chief Digital Strategy Officer for MJH Associates, North America’s largest healthcare education, media, research and marketing operation.


Tony Giordano
Tony Giordano
Senior Partner & Vice President: Global Leader Data Platform Services,
IBM


Tony is an experienced Big Data executive with more than 25 years of global professional services experience in the areas of performance marketing, big data and analytics, information governance, customer relationship management, and program management. He has significant work experience in the financial services, life sciences, retail, and automotive sectors. He has extensive international experience in Belgium, Australia, China, England, France, Thailand, Turkey, and Japan. He is a Senior Partner and is currently IBM’s Global Data Platform Services Practice Leader.  He has functioned in various roles, including positions such as Senior Partner, Executive Vice-President, Service Line Leader, and Financial Services Practice Partner. Academic qualifications include; a Masters in Business Administration in Accounting and Bachelor of Computer Information Systems Degree. He  has multiple certifications in Information Management, a patent in Data Integration Modelling, and two books on Information Management.


Scott Cohanpour
Scott Cohanpour
Chief Data and Technology Officer,
GE Capital


  • An industry thought-leader with extensive experience in Enterprise Information Management, MDM, Data Warehousing, Big Data & Analytics
  • Winner of Gartner’s Excellence Award in Enterprise Information Management
  • Frequent speaker on trends in data and advanced analytics topics at Gartner, IDMA, Informatica World, TDWI and others.

Mehdi Charafeddine
Mehdi Charafeddine
Global Data Platforms Architect,
IBM


  • Mehdi is a technical thought leader with a track record for delivering large complex projects. Mehdi’s expertise is sought after to turn around distressed or difficult projects, that require a new way of looking at problems and designing solutions for them.
  • Mehdi is a strategic innovator constantly looking at pushing the technical boundaries to solve business problems. As a strong Open-Source advocate, Mehdi is constantly experimenting with new technologies with a value potential to clients. This requires a unique combination of a deep understanding of software vs the risk/return ratio for clients.
  • Mehdi has deep Retail, Travel & CP industry expertise. He worked with many global retailers and distributors worldwide on mission critical projects such as data platforms, point of sale, eCommerce and analytics implementations.
  • Mehdi is well versed into Information Security Cloud architectures and has delivered projects with a security-first approach, encompassing technical design, people and processes.

Kimberly Mosely
Kimberly Mosely
Executive Director,
Digital Analytics Association


  • Kimberly Mosley, CAE, CPE has been a leader in the association industry for more than 20 years. She is the executive director of the Digital Analytics Association (DAA). A trade association serving analytics professionals through professional development, career services, certification, and networking.
  •  Prior to her role with DAA, she served as the executive director of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) and CIO for the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Association Forum where she served in many leadership roles including board service for the Association Forum. She has chaired the Diversity Workforce Committee and served on the CAE Commission. In 2002, she was awarded the Diversity Executive Leadership Scholarship and in 2003, she earned distinction as a Certified Association Executive. She is a Certified Play Expert - a certification that recognizes the important role of play on healthy brain development. 
  • She serves as adjunct faculty and on the advisory board for several colleges and training centers. She also lectures, blogs and writes articles on specialty toy retailing, association management, and technology.
  • Ms. Mosley holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Governors State University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.
     

Reet Padda
Reet Padda
Head of Data Engineering,
TD



Mohit Jain
Mohit Jain
Lead Data Scientist,
American Express


Mohit Jain is a data Science Leader with 9+ years providing employers with innovative and actionable machine learning solutions and products, partnering cross functionally, and presenting to all levels of leadership to drive profit growth. He is working in American Express as Lead Data Scientist where he is responsible to build and deploy various ML models using NLP, forecasting and predictive modelling which helps business and other stakeholders to derive insights which brings business value at enterprise level. Prior to American Express, he worked in Research and Development teams in both corporate and academics and published research papers in journals and conferences and built the models for bioinformatics such as Alzheimer disease and IT solutions for banking and real estate sectors. In American Express, he has provided various trainings and workshops to employees on Big Data, Machine Learning and Data Visualization.


Furkan Karayel
Furkan Karayel
CEO & Inclusive Leadership Advisor,
Diversein


Furkan Karayel is an award winning inclusive leadership advisor. She founded Diversein.com after 10 years of software engineering experience in multinational tech companies in Ireland. As a result of her counselling, she developed the "Inclusive Intelligence" concept, providing practical steps to be a diversity and inclusion role model in the workplace. Her passion is leveraging women-in-tech leadership, diversity and empowering female founders globally. 

Furkan has been honoured with "Speaker of the Year", "Diversity and Inclusion Role Model in Business" and "Trailblazer" Awards. Additionally, she lectures at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) about equality, diversity, inclusion and leadership.

 


Venkata Komaragiri
Venkata Komaragiri
Senior Manager - Digital Transformation,
State Farm



Yibin Xu
Yibin Xu
Director, Data Scientist (Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning),
USAA



Nizar Ghoula
Nizar Ghoula
Senior Manager AI and Advanced Analytics,
National Bank of Canada