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 .