Abhishek Joshi
Senior Director, Visa Consulting & Analytics
Abhishek Joshi

Abhishek Joshi ‘AJ’ is a Sr. Director in Visa’s consulting & analytics group. He is responsible for helping financial institutions with improving growth and profitability through advanced analytics techniques. AJ has diverse experience in employing analytics to solve business problems across multiple industries – Manufacturing & Engineering, Financial Services and Telecom.

Bas Geerdink
Technology Lead
Bas Geerdink

Bas Geerdink is responsible for the fast data systems that process and analyze streaming data at ING. He has a background in software development, design, and architecture with broad experience from C++ to Prolog to Scala. He studied artificial intelligence and informatics and has published research on reference architectures for big data solutions.

Dr. David Stephenson
Author and Founder, DSI Analytics
Dr. David Stephenson

Dr. David Stephenson is an independent consultant in the field of data science and big data analytics and author of the forthcoming Pearson publication, “Big Data Demystified:  How to make better business decisions”. He has led global analytics programs for companies such as eBay, Axel Springer and Coolblue (a skyrocketing ecommerce player in the Netherlands) and has worked extensively in insurance, capital markets, and financial risk management. He has also served as an expert advisor to top-tier investment, private equity and management consulting firms.

David completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University and was subsequently Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching applied analytics to graduate students in the engineering and Wharton business schools.

David is currently based in Amsterdam.

Dr. John Elder
Founder and Chair, Elder Research
Dr. John Elder

John Elder chairs America’s most experienced Data Science consultancy. Founded in 1995, Elder Research has offices in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Washington DC. Dr. Elder co-authored 3 award-winning books on analytics, was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular keynote speaker. John is occasionally an Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia, and was named by President Bush to serve 5 years on a panel to guide technology for national security.

George Iordanescu, PhD
Research Data Scientist
George Iordanescu, PhD

Dr. George Iordanescu is a researcher in the Algorithms and Data Science Group at Microsoft, where he develops AI solutions using deep learning, computer vision, and multivariate time series forecasting. He received his PhD in EE from “Politehnica” University in Bucharest, Romania, before training as a post-doctoral fellow in computer assisted detection at www.nih.gov .

Hector Yee
Team Lead Google Brain
Hector Yee

Hector Leads a team at Google AI: Healthcare (formerly a part of Google Brain) researching the applications of AI on Medical Waveforms. His other Google projects include image search ranking, perception for the self-driving car, video content analysis and Youtube’s Emmy award winning personalized video recommendation system.

Jim Sterne
Founder, Marketing Analytics Summit
Jim Sterne

Jim Sterne, Conference Chair of the Marketing Analytics Summit is an international consultant focused on measuring the value of the online marketing for creating and strengthening customer relationships since 1993. Sterne has written twelve books on using the Internet for marketing, most recently: Artificial Intelligence for Marketing: Practical Applications. He produced the 16-year-long run of the eMetrics Summit, and is co-founder and Board Chair Emeritus of the Digital Analytics Association.

Joey Marburger
Director of Product
Joey Marburger

Joey Marburger was labeled as The Washington Post’s punk rock star by Digiday for the work he’s accomplished as Director of Product. During his time at The Post, there has been immense growth which Columbia Journalism Review called a ‘revolution.’ Most recently, Fast Company placed him at number 13 on their Most Creative People in Business 2017 list.
Marburger leads a team of product designers and managers overseeing the development and design of digital products such as washingtonpost.com, Android and iOS apps, distributed news, and a variety of other platforms. He has been at The Post for more than eight years, moving from Mobile Design Director to Director of Digital Products and Design to his current role. He has also worked at Gannett and the Indianapolis Star.
He lives in Northeast D.C. with his wife, Cas, the social media manager for the Truth Initiative Foundation, and their black Labrador retriever, Walt.

Mike Tamir
Head of Data Science
Mike Tamir

Mike serves as Head of Data Science at Uber ATG, UC Berkeley Data Science faculty, and head of Skymind Labs the Machine Learning research lab affiliated with DeepLearning4J. He has led teams of Data Scientists in the bay area as Chief Data Scientist for InterTrust, Director of Data Sciences for MetaScale/Sears, and CSO for Galvanize where he founded the galvanizeU-UNH accredited Masters of Science in Data Science degree and oversaw the company’s transformation from co-working space to Data Science organization. Mike began his career in academia serving as a mathematics teaching fellow for Columbia University before teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. His early research focused on developing the epsilon-anchor methodology for resolving both an inconsistency he highlighted in the dynamics of Einstein’s general relativity theory and the convergence of “large N” Monte Carlo simulations in Statistical Mechanics’ universality models of criticality phenomena.

Saúl Vargas Sandoval, PhD
Senior Data Scientist
Saúl Vargas Sandoval, PhD

Dr Saúl Vargas Sandoval is a Senior Data Scientist in ASOS, the U.K.’s largest online-only fashion retailer. His current work focuses on designing and adapting recommendation algorithms to help customers discover clothes. Saúl has a PhD from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) on the topic of novelty and diversity in recommender systems, and has previously applied his skills in both academia (University of Glasgow) and industry (Mendeley).