Keynote Speakers

Maria Konnikova
Guest Speaker
Author, journalist, psychologist, and professional poker player

Maria Konnikova is the author, most recently, of The Biggest Bluff, a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book of 2020. Her previous books are the bestsellers The Confidence Game, winner of the 2016 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, an Anthony and Agatha Award finalist. Maria is a regularly contributing writer for The New Yorker whose writing has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Excellence in Science Journalism Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. While researching The Biggest Bluff, Maria became an international poker champion and the winner of over $300,000 in tournament earnings—and inadvertently turned into a professional poker player. Maria's writing has been featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing and has been translated into over twenty languages. Maria also hosts the podcast The Grift from Panoply Media, a show that explores con artists and the lives they ruin, and is currently a visiting fellow at NYU's School of Journalism. Her podcasting work earned her a National Magazine Award nomination in 2019. She graduated from Harvard University and received her PhD in psychology from Columbia University.

Jana Marle-Zizkova
Co-founder & CEO
Meiro & SheLovesData

Avid data and diversity advocate, Jana headed teams and country operations at Estee Lauder, Sybase, Sas and Socialbakers. In 2015 she left the corporate career to start a data consultancy, soon followed by a Singapore based Customer Data Platform (CDP) tech start-up Meiro where she is the CEO. At the same time, Jana co-founded the non-profit movement She Loves Data. Since 2016 over 13,000 women have attended 150+ free data & tech workshops, certification programs and webinars. She Loves Data has chapters in 16 countries on 3 continents. She Loves Data received the 2019 “Diversity Initiative Award in Asia” by Women in IT. In 2008 & 2009 Jana was named one of the “Top 25 business women” in the Czech Republic and she is featured on the inaugural 2020 “Singapore 100 Women in Tech” list. Jana is a volunteering mentor of a non-commercial mentoring project for future female leaders My Odyssey. As someone with passion for uncharted territories Jana circumnavigated the world on a 38ft sailboat between 2003-2005.

Hamid Mehdizadeh
Director of Digital Manufacturing Intelligence

Hamid leads major initiatives to transform Pfizer Global Supply (PGS) and develop the company’s manufacturing intelligence vision & strategy to enable scalable and accelerated AI/ML deployments. Hamid has over 10 years’ experience providing strategic and tactical direction using extensive knowledge of process and analytical technologies. Before Pfizer Digital, he was with Pfizer Global Technology and Engineering, where he led innovative cross-functional projects to spearhead application of advanced modeling and simulation, troubleshooting, and optimization of manufacturing processes.

Nic Rohart
Lead Vehicle Dynamicist
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Nic began his career in F1 racing in 2005 with Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd., working on simulation and optimization of seamless shift gearboxes, hydraulic suspension components, brake balance shaping devices, and intercooler design for the hybrid turbo era. In 2013, he joined Mercedes AMG Petronas where he is now lead engineer for the Vehicle Thermal Performance group that provides car physics modelling and performance development including factory-based race support. He holds two Master’s degrees, one in Simulation & Modelling from the Ecole Polytechnique in France, the other in Automotive Engineering from the RWTH-Aachen in Germany.

Ben Shneiderman
Emeritus Distinguished University Professor, Department of Computer Science and Founding Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory
University of Maryland

BEN SHNEIDERMAN is an Emeritus Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory ( at the University of Maryland.  He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, NAI, and the Visualization Academy and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. Shneiderman’s information visualization innovations include dynamic query sliders and multiple coordinated windows for Spotfire, development of treemaps for viewing hierarchical data, and novel network visualizations for NodeXL. He has received six honorary doctorates for his contributions.
Ben is the lead author of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (6th ed., 2016).  His forthcoming book on Human-Centered AI, will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2022.

Ahmer Srivastava
Director, Memory Product Solutions - Analytics & Software Applications
Western Digital

Ahmer has deep passion and experience for bringing together ideas, technology, and people to solve complex problems through software-driven manufacturing and advanced analytics. He currently spearheads strategic initiatives for big data analytics, visual analytics, and predictive analytics solutions for Western Digital’s NAND flash product engineering & manufacturing teams. With 20+ years of experience in high-tech manufacturing at IBM, Hitachi Global Storage, and SanDisk/Western Digital, he brings deep expertise in failure analysis and yield management, advanced analytics, and product management. Ahmer received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from UC San Diego and completed executive education at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Kate Strachnyi

Kate Strachnyi is the Founder of DATAcated, providing brand amplification for companies focused on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data science. She’s also the founder of the DATAcated Academy – delivering training on data visualization best practices. She’s delivered several courses on data storytelling, dashboard techniques and visual best practices. Additionally, Kate is the host of the DATAcated Conference and the DATAcated On Air Podcast. Kate was appointed a LinkedIn Top Voice of Data Science & Analytics in 2018 & 2019. She’s the mother of two girls and enjoys running ultra-marathons and obstacle course races.

David Totten
Chief Technology Officer, US Partner Ecosystem

David Totten is a leader in the Microsoft One Commercial Partner organization. The One Commercial Partner group manages field and partner integration and execution across specific disciplines, including technical capacity creation, practice development, partner profitability and experiences, and go to market investment areas. He has only recently moved to 100% partner focus, recently leaving his leadership role as the Americas Capability Lead helping to build digital transformation, industry, and technical sales skills for a workforce of over 5000 individuals and managers. Previously, David was accountable for the United States’ go to market strategy for Office 365 across 18,000 accounts and 3,000 partners, blending all industries and verticals. He oversaw the Cloud Productivity value proposition, field and partner readiness, deployment programs, competitive intelligence, product evangelism and the customer experience across the entire Office 365 portfolio of solutions. David joined Microsoft in 2004 as a product manager within the Server and Tools Product Group. Over four years, David held a variety of roles across products and services before transitioning to the US subsidiary as the Director of Anti-Piracy. He has served as an Account Executive, Licensing Sales Manager, and Sales Director before taking on full accountability for Office 365 across the US.

Matt Quinn
Executive Vice President, Products & Technology, and COO
TIBCO Software Inc.

Matt Quinn manages TIBCO's day-to-day operations and is instrumental in the growth and development of TIBCO's products and technologies, including the TIBCO Connected Intelligence Cloud. Formerly serving in executive roles including Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Products and Technology, Matt has spent more than 20 years with TIBCO leading large-scale transformations to organizational structure and product strategy. He received his BA in Computer Science and Masters of Applied Science Information Technology from RMIT University Melbourne.

Fred Studer
Chief Marketing Officer
TIBCO Software Inc.

Fred Studer is the Chief Marketing Officer of TIBCO. He's had a distinguished career in marketing, creative, and product management, with more than 25 years in the high tech industry. Previously, as the CMO of FinancialForce, he led the modernization of the brand, defined a targeted go-to-market model, and helped to dramatically improve marketing ROI and efficiency. Studer has also led worldwide marketing as the CMO of Gigamon and NetSuite, and before that, spent several years at Microsoft and Oracle. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Studer received his B.S. in accounting and finance from the University of Colorado Boulder and is a board member of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.

Michael O'Connell
Chief Analytics Officer
TIBCO Software Inc.

Michael O'Connell is the Chief Analytics Officer at TIBCO Software, developing analytic solutions across a number of industries including Financial Services, Energy, Life Sciences, Consumer Goods & Retail, Telco, Media and Networks. He has been working on statistical software applications for the past 20 years, and has published more than 50 papers and several software packages on statistical methods. Michael did his Ph.D. work in Statistics at North Carolina State University and is Adjunct Professor Statistics in the department.

Neil Kanungo
Senior Data Scientist
TIBCO Software Inc.

Neil specializes in data visualization, real-time analytics, IoT, and geoanalytics. Using the full suite of TIBCO’s Analytics portfolio, he helps organizations deliver on industry’s biggest challenges. Outside of the software itself, Neil takes a special interest in operationalizing analytics across organizations at multiple levels, and in building analytics adoption across teams. In his free time, Neil enjoys outdoor sports, hiking with his dog, live music, and playing pinball!

Breakout Speakers

David Baltar Boilève
Data Scientist and Business Analyst
Hospital Universitario Lucus Augusti (HULA)

Dave Barnett
Product Development Manager
Bahwan Cybertek

Sarah Bunn
Principal Consultant

Sami Cheong
Data Science Technical Lead

Andrew Choo
Data Management Engineering Technologist
Western Digital

Tim Crocker
Solutions Architect

Mohana Donthabhaktuni
Lead Platform/Systems Engineer
Western Digital

Lee Grant
Supervisor Strategic Planning & Business Intelligence
Birchcliff Energy

Matthew Haggerty
Senior Data Scientist
Biota Technology

Clay Harter
CTO Oil and Gas
Bahwan Cybertek

Jonathan Henderson
Chief Analytics Officer

Cathy Herbert
Sr. Vice President of Customer and Partner Enablement

Sherlock Holmes 

Denise Johnson
Director, Healthcare Practice

Paul Jones
Senior Data Scientist
Keysight Technologies

Lyndsee Manna
EVP, Strategic Partnerships


Vishakha Mujoo
Associate Director

Maria Perry
Data Scientist

Julie Sebby
Staff Data Associate
SM Energy

Sreelatha Sunkugari
Data Governance and Visualization Manager

Anni Toner
Chief Data Scientist
Data Shack

Jonathan Tudor
Senior Director Enterprise Products
GE Aviation

Brayn Zwahlen
SVP of Customer Success and Partner Relations