Speakers

Susan Etlinger - Keynote

Industry Analyst, Altimeter

Susan Etlinger - Keynote

Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet company. She is a globally recognized expert in digital strategy, with a focus on artificial intelligence, big data, analytics and...

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Jeremy Achin - keynote

Co-founder and CEO, DataRobot

Jeremy Achin - keynote

Jeremy is a data scientist turned entrepreneur. As CEO of DataRobot, Jeremy sets the direction of the company, products, and the culture. He’s passionate about helping organizations become more...

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Paul Zikopoulos - Keynote

VP of Big Data, IBM

Paul Zikopoulos - Keynote

Paul is an award-winning author, speaker and future trends expert and the VP of Big Data and Cognitive Systems at IBM. Named one of the “50 Big Data Twitter Influencers” by SAP, Paul has served...

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Councilman Tariq Bokhari

Charlotte City Council

Councilman Tariq Bokhari

Charlotte City Councilman Tariq Bokhari has spent his professional career at the intersection of financial and technology industries, and is an influential leader in the financial technology (fintech...

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Bob Morgan

President and CEO, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Bob Morgan

As president and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber, Bob Morgan oversees all aspects of the nonprofit’s operations, including its finances, economic development and pro-business public policy efforts,...

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Rep. Jason Saine

NC House of Representatives

Rep. Jason Saine

Representative Jason Saine, UNC Charlotte ‘95, is a state and national public policy leader in information technology, tax and revenue.  He represents Lincoln County in the NC House of...

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Geoff Ables

Founder, C5 Insight

Geoff Ables

Bestselling author, dynamic speaker and entrepreneur, Geoff Ables is a thought leader on analytics-driven customer and employee engagement.  His insights have been seen and heard in dozens of...

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Nitin Agrawal

Partner, Banking and Securities, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Nitin Agrawal

Nitin is a partner in Deloitte’s Banking and Securities practice with focus on strategy and analytics. He has over 15 years of experience in implementing large scale risk and finance solutions...

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Joel Amick

Director, Cyber Analytics, TIAA

Joel Amick

Joel is a lecturer and Director level IT professional with almost 20 years of experience. Currently Joel is the Director of Cyber Analytics at TIAA leveraging Data Science and Cyber Security to...

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Amy Aussieker

Executive Director, Envision Charlotte

Amy Aussieker

As Executive Director for Envision Charlotte, Amy Aussieker is responsible for developing strategic plans for community outreach, fundraising, vendor and partner relationships. Since she joined...

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Peter Bals

Founder, Gluetech, Inc.

Peter Bals

Peter Bals is the founder of Gluetech Inc.. He started his career building AI solutions in the automotive industry in Germany before eventually moving to the United States joining the AI Center...

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Dr. Mark Cooke

Innovation and Technology Consultant, Reason Analytics, LLC

Dr. Mark Cooke

Dr. Mark Cooke is an innovation and technology consultant, a data geek, and an all around technophile.  His experience spans multiple product launches, corporate leadership, and fourteen years...

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David Crespi

Data Scientist, Red Ventures

David Crespi

David Crespi is a Data Scientist at Red Ventures, where he focuses on optimizing a customer’s journey and experience in the digital marketing space. David is passionate about generalizing data...

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Dr. Wenwen Dou

Assistant Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Wenwen Dou

Wenwen Dou is an assistant professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests include Visual Analytics, Text Mining,...

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Michael Dulin, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Director, The Academy for Population Health Innovation (APHI) UNC Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Public Health, and Tresata Health

Michael Dulin, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael Dulin, MD, PhD directs the Academy for Population Health Innovation – a novel collaborative between the Mecklenburg County Health Department and UNC Charlotte. In addition, he has...

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Doug Ellis

Co-founder and Managing Partner, DecisionPoint

Doug Ellis

Doug Ellis was co-founder of DecisionPoint in 1998 and has served as a Managing Partner since that time.  His operational career was in the technology sector, prior to providing M&A advisory...

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Cynthia Gibas

Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, UNC Charlotte

Cynthia Gibas

Dr. Cynthia Gibas received the Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. She subsequently worked as a bioinformatics analyst and...

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Doug Hague

Analytics Executive Adviser and Former Chief Analytics Officer of Bank of America Merchant Services

Doug Hague

Doug Hague is an analytics and modeling expert who applies data science to achieve transformational business results. With more than 20 years of experience, he has had consistent success at...

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Tammy Harris

Director of Development, Redeeming Joy

Tammy Harris

​Tammy Harris is the Director of Development for Redeeming Joy, a non-profit that provides housing and restoration services for female victims of sex trafficking.  She has worked directly...

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Darlene Heater

Executive Director University City Partners

Darlene Heater

Darlene Heater is the Executive Director for University City Partners, which envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive University City’s long term economic vitality as a center for...

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Cory Hefner

Sr. Info Security Analyst, TIAA

Cory Hefner

Cory Hefner is a graduate of North Carolina State University with both a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Advanced Analytics. His studies in Analytics covered...

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Bryan Irwin

Special Agent, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch

Bryan Irwin

Special Agent Bryan Irwin is with the Alcohol Law Enforcement branch of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. He has served as a task force officer with United States Homeland Security...

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Daniel Janies, Ph.D.

Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics UNC Charlotte

Daniel Janies, Ph.D.

In 2012, Daniel Janies joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as The Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics and Director of...

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Bill Kahn, Ph.D.

Senior VP, Head of Consumer Behavior Modeling, Bank of America

Bill Kahn, Ph.D.

Bill runs the statistical modeling group for consumer banking at Bank of America. His team uses a broad range of statistical techniques and makes extensive use of machine learning. He has run similar...

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Shikha Kashyap

Chief Technology Officer, Syntelli Solutions, Inc.

Shikha Kashyap

Shikha Kashyap is Syntelli’s CTO and the powerhouse behind architecture decisions and technology direction. She knows that keeping big data solutions simple will ensure successful deployments. Her...

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Jeff Michael

Director, Urban Research Institute, UNC Charlotte

Jeff Michael

Jeff Michael is Director of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, an applied research center focusing on public policy issues in the greater Charlotte region.  A planner and attorney by...

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Fatma Mili

Dean, College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte

Fatma Mili

Fatma Mili the Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte. She joined UNC Charlotte in August 2017 from Purdue University where she served respectively as Department Head...

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Avishkar Misra

America's Practice Director - Data Science & Analytics, Teradata

Avishkar Misra

Dr. Misra leads the Data Science & Analytics Practice in the Americas focusing on helping customers realize the promise of machine learning and artificial intelligence to grow their business...

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Jayesh Mori

Director of Products, Tresata

Jayesh Mori

Jayesh Mori is the Director of Products at Tresata and works for developing and delivering Tresata’s market leading predictive analytics software that is deployed by Fortune 500 enterprises across...

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Aysha Nahan

Data Analyst, TIAA

Aysha Nahan

Aysha Nahan  began her career in Data Science as an intern at TIAA Cyber Analytics. She is currently a Data Analyst at TIAA  and is responsible for analyzing data and applying...

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Matthew Phillips

Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, UNC Charlotte

Matthew Phillips

Dr. Matthew Phillips is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at UNC Charlotte. He received his PhD in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany, and served as an...

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Robert Phocas

Sustainability Director, City Manager’s Office, City of Charlotte

Robert Phocas

Rob serves as the sustainability director for the City of Charlotte, an organization of 7,000+ staff and a City with nearly 800,000 residents.  He supports a variety of internal and external...

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Jared Piedt

Software Engineer, Red Ventures

Jared Piedt

Jared Piedt is a Software Engineer on the data science team at Red Ventures, where he works on their automated machine learning and data management platforms. He graduated from the University of...

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Anand S. Rao

Partner, US Advisory Practice, Global AI Lead, PwC Data & Analytics

Anand S. Rao

Anand Rao 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...

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Dr. Dylan Savage

Associate Professor of Piano, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Dylan Savage

Dr. Dylan Savage is a concert pianist, speaker, author, and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Dr. Dylan Savage is a recording artist on the Capstone...

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Priyanka Saxena

Senior Manager, Deloitte

Priyanka Saxena

Priyanka Saxena is a senior manager within Deloitte’s Banking practice.  Priyanka focuses on providing technology-oriented business solutions to financial services clients. She leads current...

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Samira Shaikh

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, UNC Charlotte

Samira Shaikh

Dr. Shaikh is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department in the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte (UNCC). She has a joint appointment...

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Douglas Shoemaker

Director of Research and Outreach, Center for Applied Geographic Information Science, UNC Charlotte

Douglas Shoemaker

Douglas A. Shoemaker is a Geospatial Analyst investigating urbanization and its impact on socio-ecological systems. He is also Director of Research and Outreach at the Center for...

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Zwick Tang

Director of Data Science, Red Ventures

Zwick Tang

Zhijun (Zwick) Tang currently serves as Director of Data Science at Red Ventures, where his team is responsible for the development and deployment of data science driven solutions for digital...

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Amaresh Tripathy

Principal, PwC Advisory Group

Amaresh Tripathy

Amaresh is a Principal in PwC’s Advisory group. He founded the firm's advanced analytics practice, which he helps to manage. Amaresh has helped Fortune 500 companies in...

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Ryan Wesslen

PhD candidate in Computing and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte

Ryan Wesslen

Ryan Wesslen is a PhD candidate in Computing and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. His research focuses on integrating computer science methods with social science research: the emerging field of...

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John Williams

Research Engineer, UNC Charlotte

John Williams

John Williams began his career as a Research Assistant in Professor Dan Janies' lab while studying as an undergraduate at UNC Charlotte. In this role he curated a database of venom-encoding genes...

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