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.
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 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 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.
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 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.