President and CEO, Centre for Policy on Emerging Technologies
A native of the UK, Nigel Cameron has spent much of his professional life in the United States.
Former President and CEO of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington, DC, he was also recently Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society at the University of Ottawa, and earlier a Research Professor and Associate Dean at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Professor Cameron has been a featured speaker at a range of international events, including the Aspen Ideas Festival and Global Health Forum, the Science Prepcon for Rio+20, the Champalimaud Foundation conference on the world in 100 years, the International Content Summit, TEDx Port Alegre, the World Healthcare and Innovation Technology Summit, the STARS emerging leaders conference, and most recently a UN Human Rights Council expert consultation on AI and Human Rights.
He convened the first Washington, DC conference on the implications of the Internet of Things, and has chaired a series of subsequent IoT events in DC and Brussels, as well as the Dubai GITEX and Future Tech conferences, and the European Identity and Cloud conference.
He has testified to the European Commission’s Group on Ethics, as well as committees of both US Houses of Congress, on issues including nanotechnology and the security implications of new technologies. He has also been a member of US Government delegations to the UN General Assembly and UNESCO, and was appointed to four terms as a commissioner of the US National Commission for UNESCO.
He has written and edited a number of books on the impact of emerging technologies, including Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives (Wiley) and Will Robots Take Your Job? A Plea for Consensus (Polity/Wiley) (shortly to appear in Mandarin). He also recently served as first tech editor of the UK journalistic start-up UnHerd.
He is currently a non-executive director of a start-up working on air-generated water, has been an adviser to various businesses including Constellation Research and Giesecke & Devrient, and three times executive-in-residence at Wolfsberg, the UBS executive development centre. He is also a committee member of HumanIN, a start-up advisory on the human dimensions of AI.
He is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities, and the Edinburgh Business School.
Head of Engineering Data Products, Daimler AG
Ever since starting his career at Daimler, Bertram has been working with bill-of-material data; but only after Daimler focused more on the value that can be extracted from data under a new CIO, Bertram looked into new ways of digging deeper. For 4 years, Bertram has been leading a data-driven team to find ways to unlock the potential of Data for Daimler Trucks engineering and has been an ambassador of digital transformation and focus on data.
In recent projects, Bertram has been focused on creating business value by providing “insights for everyone” and successfully rolling-out easy access tools. These tools don’t require data science, data engineering or programming skills, bringing the right questions it the only requirement.
Bertram supports the vehicle and powertrain organization of Daimler Trucks in their respective strategic projects to reduce variants and complexity without impacting the ability to deliver the exact right product to every customer.
Product Manager for Enterprise Data Security, comforte
Felix has been passionate about cyber-security and hacking since he was in grade school. He began his career as an IT professional over ten years ago and has gained a great deal of experience and market insight into the data security industry.
He started off in systems integration where he was responsible for infrastructure management, system hardening, intrusion detection, anti-virus solutions, and encryption. Today, he is Product Manager for Enterprise Data Security at comforte.
Drawing from his vast experience and expertise in cybersecurity & cryptography, he is responsible for the success of comforte AG’s strategy for Enterprise Data Security and connecting with companies to secure their data and their growth.
Product Owner Data, Nationale-Nederlanden
Sébastien Oldenbroek is Product Owner Data at the Dutch insurance company Nationale Nederlanden – Non Life within the NN-Group. He has been leading several teams that work on the Non-Life Data Warehouse since 2019. Dating back to 2015, he held various roles, from IT Management Trainee to Data Quality Officer.
How did a Chemistry graduate end up in IT? He likes the complexity of IT, especially data, thinking in different layers and abstract models and combining it with business sense.
Senior Enterprise Architect-Data & Reporting, Rabobank
Sander is an experienced architect with 20 years of experience within the financial sector (Insurance and Banking).
Topics he has worked on, are: business intelligence, logical data architecture / data warehousing, data governance, big data, master data management, reference data management, linked data, data virtualisation, data maturity, rationalisation of data silo’s, to name but a few.
Enterprise Architect, IoT & Big Data Domain architect, Damen Group
Dani Marouane works as a digital segment architect at the IT&IM department of Damen Shipyards Group, the Netherlands.
He graduated in 2011 from the Moroccan Aviation international Academy as embedded systems engineer and 2014, from EMLyon Business School as a digitalization engineer. His main specialties are big data, real-time processing, analytics and IoT.
He joined Damen Shipyards in 2015 working on multiple innovation projects before designing and realizing the Damen Digital platform, implementing a DevOps structure with automation and continuous delivery implementations among other Big Data projects.
Head of Customer Success EMEA, HVR
With over 15 years’ data integration and management experience, Frank Knot has extensive knowledge in designing and architecting cloud data integration projects. Real-time analytics, data lakes, and data warehousing are common enterprise projects he is involved with across EMEA.
Frank is located in HVR’s Amsterdam office.
Data scientist, Dutch Railways
Isabel Bevort graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a MSc Mathematics degree before joining NS as an IT trainee. During this time, she has worked in Data & Analytics and the research department of NS Stations (Dutch Railways).
After her traineeship she went on working at the latter as a data scientist/researcher. The projects she has worked on include descriptive and predictive analyses, such as predicting crowds at the Schiphol Airport train station and analysing pedestrian flows inside Utrecht Central station to optimize cleaning schedules.
With a passion for clear communication of the information that data provides, she has transformed the knowledge she obtained from a training by Stephen Few into several workshops and presentations to introduce the concepts to a wider NS-audience.
Business Development EMEA, Fivetran
Senior Data Scientist, OKR Program Lead, TNT Digital / FedEx
Polina is a Sr. Data Scientist in the Advanced Analytics team of TNT Digital International, with experience in data engineering, analytics and data science in corporate international environments, previously at Shell International and Exact.
As OKR Program Lead at TNT Digital, she is also currently leading the Digital International organisation in the adoption of the OKR methodology with the ultimate goal to have measurable and visible business impact throughout the organisation.
Being a certified Scrum Master, certified Product Owner and certified SAFe Agilist, Polina also loves working in an agile and pragmatic way, educating others and helping the business embrace agile transformation.
Senior Product Owner, a.s.r. analytics lab
After finishing her PhD at the Utrecht University in 2015, Sarah started working for a.s.r. as a marketing intelligence analyst. Since then, she has held different functions within a.s.r. all related to data innovation and machine learning.
In 2018, Sarah set up the a.s.r. analytics lab, the company’s centre of excellence for machine learning and artificial intelligence. She currently works together with her fast-growing team on accelerating the use of algorithms for a.s.r’s different operations.
Sarah has a keen interest in everything related to agile leadership, data innovation, automation and machine learning.
Lead Data Scientist, Albert Heijn
Sanne works as a lead data scientist for forecasting at Albert Heijn. Together with a team of data scientists and engineers, she works on providing accurate and relevant forecasts throughout the organization.
Prior to Albert Heijn, Sanne worked as a data science consultant at Macaw. She worked with clients in various industries, inventing, designing and building real-world applications of advanced analytics and machine learning. Before that, she worked as a data analyst/scientist for Eneco group, focusing on data management and predictive maintenance.
Sanne holds a PhD in Neurosciences from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has always been passionate about data, statistics and math. She is driven to create solutions that are understood and trusted and add value to the organization.
Pieter van Geel
Director of Data, Greenhouse (part of WPP)
Passionate, cross-functional, creative and result-driven marketing professional with 25 years’ experience.
Pieter loves data driven growth, insights activation and digital transformation for media & marketing partners, and he’s spent the last 10 years helping growing revenue through dedicated efforts in digital analytics, data science, consumer experience optimization and consultancy.
Head of Data Science, Royal Mail
Katherine James is the Head of Data Science at Royal Mail, where she leads a team of 20 data scientists working on a wide variety of projects including forecasting, vehicle route optimization, workload planning and AI for operational managers.
Her background is in statistical genetics and she completed a PhD in the genetics of HIV-2 infection at Oxford in 2014. Following a short Post-Doc in Kumamoto in Southern Japan, she returned to the UK and entered industry as a data scientist in the Know Me team at British Airways. She was responsible for building a recommender system for email personalization which went through successful A/B testing and formed the basis for destination personalization to over 4 million customers.
She has been at Royal Mail since 2016 and alongside her day job is a passionate advocate for women in Tech, mentoring several early career data scientists and regularly blogging and speaking about how to increase diversity in tech teams at internal and external events.
Arno Van Sloun
Lead Data Scientist, ARAG
Arno van Sloun is an enthusiastic and result driven thought leader in the field of data science. He specializes in advising organizations on becoming data-driven and enables the change needed to transform.
Using statistics and mathematics as the fundament of analytical thinking, he coaches, influences and inspires colleagues into a data-driven way of working. He is the driving force behind data science products in core processes to add value.
Prior to his current role at ARAG, Arno worked as a quantitative business analyst and senior consultant. He holds a masters in Econometrics and Operations Research and has a postgraduate masters in the field of Investment Management.
Professor Marc Salomon
Dean of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS), Director of the MBA in Big Data & Business Analytics and Member of the Big Data Alliance Board
Marc is Board Member of Amsterdam Data Science, Dean/Professor at the University of Amsterdam Business School (ABS) and Director of the MBA in Big Data & Business Analytics. His research interests are in the field of Operations Research with applications to areas such as transport and logistics, marketing and professional service firms.
Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, Marc was COO at the law firm Stibbe (2004-2013), COO and Director of Research at McKinsey & Company (1998-2004), Director of the Centre for Applied Mathematics at Rabobank (1996-1998) and Professor in Operations Research at Tilburg University (1996 – 2005).
Marc holds Bachelor and master’s degrees in Econometrics from the VU University Amsterdam and a PhD in Business & Operations Research from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Global Head of Data Governance, TNT
Anwar is a recognised authority on the subject of Data Governance, Master Data Management and Information Management. For the last decade, he has spoken at numerous global events covering forums for Analytics, Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Mobile, Shared Services etc. Anwar’s keynotes, panels and Masterclasses are a balanced blend of cross-functional, business and IT perspectives presented in a logical flow.
Anwar has developed his own unique Data Governance methodology and deep-dives into the critical areas that companies often struggle with and prescribes ‘Data’ as the new business imperative. His approach has been adopted by many multi-national companies, software companies and consulting firms in the USA, Australia, Asia and Europe
With 30 years of experience at TNT, Anwar has a proven track record in Functional management, global project delivery, controlling core business processes, managing large teams, implementing applications and technology presented in the form of tangible top and bottom line benefits from the outset.
For the past 7 years, Anwar has dedicated much of his personal time to lecturing at University level with a personal objective of bringing ‘Data’ into mainstream education.
Senior Systems Engineer, Confluent
Mic Hussey is a Senior Systems Engineer at Confluent. After gaining his PhD in Civil Engineering, Mic has spent 20 years working as an Architect and Solutions Consultant with messaging and event processing technologies. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
Vice-President, Market & Customer Insights, Barclays; CEO/Founder, Orchestra
Teren Teh is a Vice-President of Market & Customer Insights at Barclays UK, where he serves clients in retail and commercial real estate, and is a leader in applied machine learning, analytics and big data. Teren has worked extensively on marketing, customer segmentation, location planning and innovation. He is also the founder of Orchestra, an enterprise SaaS platform that lets organizations manage, deploy and monetize AI/machine learning in a scalable and reliable way.
Previously, Teren lead analytics for Cards at RBC and sales analytics at TD Insurance, served as a technology consultant
with KPMG and was a software engineer developing business intelligence systems at OANDA, where he helped develop
an innovative forex trading solution that lets traders buy forex from any news website in 3 clicks.
Former mentor at NASA Frontier Development Lab; Member, Libre Space Foundation; former Data Scientist at European Space Agency
Dr. Red Boumghar worked as a data scientist at the European Space Operations Center where he organised a machine learning challenge with the first release of open data from the Mars Express spacecraft. As a mentor for the AI accelerator of the NASA Frontier Development Lab 2018, Red nurtured creative and shared thinking. He continues to launch machine learning into space as a member of the LibreSpace Foundation and he will tell us about what ingredients he thinks can make your first machine learning project a success and its follow-ups a solid roadmap to AI.
Data Scientist, Ford Motors
Kasper is a data scientist at Ford Motor Company, where he focuses on leveraging the opportunities of big data analytics and machine learning for connected vehicles and other smart mobility solutions.
Prior to joining Ford in Germany, Kasper worked as a data scientist in the Netherlands for T-Mobile (telecom), Meeùs (insurance) and RTL (media). At the companies, he worked on a variety of topics like CRM, churn reduction, segmentation, look-alike modeling.
Kasper holds an MSc in Business Administration, with specialization in Marketing Management and Marketing Research from the University of Groningen.
Regional Business Director – Netherlands & Belgium, Talend
Jaap-Jan Pepping joined Talend as Regional Business Director for the Netherlands in 2018. He has spent his 20-year career in sales and channel management helping companies successfully deploy technologies to drive business value. Prior to Talend, he served as Regional Business Director for Quark Enterprise Software, supporting organisations with their content automation. Before that, Jaap-Jan had several management functions at OpenText and Box.com.
Jaap-Jan is also a keen volunteer as a foster family for HulpHond Netherlands, training service dogs during the first 14months of their lives.
Head of Data and Analytics, Dutch Railways
Martijn Scheele introduced Internet services and automated decision making at Volkswagen Pon Financial Services and Advanced Analytics at the Dutch Tax Authority before he joined the Dutch Railway Company (NS) in April 2016 to introduce the subject over there. As manager Data & Analytics he is responsible for the merger of different BI business units to one strong department for both BI and Advanced Analytics. Beside IT/Data he is an experienced Business Administration leader changing the business acting into data governance, optimisation and personalisation. Such as taking ownership, prioritizing by business value/GDPR etc.
Data Scientist-Researcher, Dutch Railways
Isabel graduated at the University of Amsterdam with a MSc Mathematics degree before joining NS as an IT trainee. During this time, she has worked at Data & Analytics and the research department of NS Stations. After her traineeship she went on working at the latter as a data scientist/researcher. The projects she has worked on include descriptive and predictive analyses, such as predicting crowds at the Schiphol Airport train station, and analysing pedestrian flows inside Utrecht Central station to optimize cleaning schedules. With a passion for clear communication of the information that data provides, she has transformed the knowledge she obtained from a training by Stephen Few into several workshops and presentations to introduce the concepts to a wider NS-audience.
David Vaquero López
Global Lead Architect, ING Bank
David joined ING 4 years ago to take the role of Enterprise Architect after having more than 10 years of experience as an engineer in different companies and start-ups in different countries. 3 years ago he took the role of Global Lead Information Architect in Customer Context and Analytics within ING Group.
Manuel de Francisco Vera
Director of Product Analytics, Elsevier
Manuel works as Director of Product Analytics at Elsevier, focusing on rapidly building a deep understanding of digital platforms for researchers with the goal of strengthening Elsevier data-driven optimisation practices.
Manuel is an analytics professional with strong experience in managing and leading data analytics projects and teams. He has more than 10 years of experience across industries like e-commerce, telecommunications, investment, education and innovation.
He holds a Master’s degree in Statistics and Machine Learning, as well as one in Economics.
Manager-Marketing Intelligence, AON
Almost 10 years of experience in data science, data analytics, digital marketing and digital transformation.
Yuliya has primary responsibility for outlining and executing the Marketing Intelligence vision and strategy. It includes business and consumer intelligence, market and competitor insights, social media and account-based marketing programs. Her role is cross-functional – with a large focus on launching marketing cloud platform with machine learning models, whilst keeping an eye on consumer trends and consumption patterns to define the brand’s meaningful role in the world, a to build both a functional and emotional connection with consumers.
In addition, her role is to build the team to execute the strategy, establish the required structure, processes and tools, continually track and improve the performance of B2B and B2C marketing departments, and oversee the day-to-day tactical operations of the organization.
Chief Data Officer, Beslist.nl
Henk is board member / Chief Data Officer at beslist.nl; the largest online shopping Mall of the Netherlands and holds a master degree in Medical Biology.
As Chief Data Officer he provides Enterprise Data Ownership, leads the BI/Data Science department as well as being Primary Stakeholder for several key business processes, especially the ones that are data-driven.
Prior to this position, he worked in the Pharmaceutical domain for Amgen, a global Biotech company, where he worked on International Sales and Marketing Effectiveness programmes. A business domain where both systems and data are key ingredients for success.
Vice President, European Association of Data Protection Professionals; President of the Board, European Institute for Privacy, Audit, Compliance & Certification
Romeo Kadir is a legal data protection scholar and holder of an Executive MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management. Studying the premises of ‘personal life’ (back in 1988) as a European fundamental right and its compliance challenges were at the basis of becoming the first appointed Data Protection Officer in the Netherlands with a semi-governmental organization (Authority for Financial Markets). As pioneer and founder of the Dutch Privacy Academy (2009), he trained many data privacy professionals combined with PhD Research in the field of the professionalization of the Data Protection Officer.
Romeo is involved with several EU certification initiatives and member of the International Board of Experts with EuroPrivacy (a pan-European certification scheme) which has been sent for final approval to the European Data Protection Board.
As Chairman of the EADPP Certification Committee and EADPP Academic Board, Romeo is responsible for the completion of certification schemes for European data protection professionals in line with the GDPR, upholding a truly cross-European approach.
Romeo has 15+ years of experience at senior level data protection compliance with data privacy laws and regulations, data breach management, data privacy contract law, privacy implementation programs, digital data privacy compliance performance reporting & big data management, data privacy project management, data cybersecurity & business intelligence (AI).
Recently his newest book –an EU pioneering publication on the DPO work plan – was published, ‘Praktijkboek Functionaris voor Gegevensbescherming (FG) – Leidraad voor een professioneel werkprogramma’ (in Dutch). The EU (English) version is planned for 1st July 2019 entitled, ‘GDPR Workplan of the Data Protection Officer (DPO)’ – Practical Guidance’.
Cryptography and Privacy Researcher, Information Security, École normale supérieure
Aisling is an Irish mathematician and cryptographer based in Paris. Aisling has written and co-authored a number of research papers in the areas of symmetric cryptography, public key cryptography, digital signatures, post-quantum cryptography, and privacy. Ultimately, her goal is to continue to tie the theoretical questions of life to the practical needs of society.
Marc Steen Senior Research Scientist: Human-Centred Design and Responsible Innovation; TNO
Marc (marcsteen.nl) works as a senior research scientist at TNO (tno.nl). He earned MSc, PDEng and PhD degrees in Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. He is an expert in Human-Centred Design and Responsible Innovation.
Marc supports organizations and companies in using technologies to create a just society in which people can flourish. He is interested in ethical and societal issues in relation to big data, algorithms and artificial intelligence.
He is especially interested in virtue ethics, e.g., the virtues that software developers need to cultivate in order to contribute to “the good life” (see: DearEngineer.eu “everything you need to know about ethics but are too busy to ask”).
Interim Manager, InfoRatio
Juriaan Spek is owner of InfoRatio. He specialises in program -, interim management and coaching and has a degree in Logistic Management and Computer Science. His passion is managing technical teams to achieve strategic business goals. Juriaan also coaches start-ups and SMEs looking to expand.
Senior Data Scientist at Ferratum
Spilios is a senior data scientist at Ferratum Group, where he is responsible for the development, deployment and maintenance of predictive models. He has previously worked as a structurer in Greece and as equity derivatives strategist in the UK. He holds a PhD in statistics from Imperial College London, he obtained his MSc in applied statistics from Oxford University and his BSc in mathematics from the University of Athens.
Head of Data Science team, Schiphol Group
Julio is on a mission to make businesses more data driven and data scientists more business driven.
Julio Peironcely works as Head of Data Science team at Schiphol Airport, where his goal is to productionize data science and help build the Schiphol Data Hub, the cloud production environment that enables the digital transformation of Schiphol.
Prior to Schiphol, he worked as Senior Data Scientist for companies like VodafoneZiggo, Microsoft and Deloitte. He has experience developing data science solutions in insurance, telecommunications, energy, the public sector and law enforcement.
Julio holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a MSc in Bioinformatics and a PhD on Computational Life Sciences from Leiden University.
Group Director for Data Management, Lowell Group and Co-author of ‘The Chief Data Officer's Playbook’
Caroline is a ridiculous optimist whose natural curiosity never stops. She is also the first Group Director for Data Management for the Lowell Group and previously was Network Rail’s first Chief Data Officer but has been a data cheerleader for more years than she can remember. Caroline is a strong advocate of ‘getting the basics right’ and the KISS principle, despite being a complete geek when it comes to any form of technology. As a trustee for CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) she champions the growing professionalism of the data and information-related disciplines so that we can all head towards data nirvana a bit quicker.
Caroline draws on experience from a varied background covering CIO/CTO roles through to running large-scale complex change programmes. It was the recognition that ‘everything we do is fuelled by data and information’ that drove her down the CDO route and she now describes herself as a Data Cheerleader.
Chief Data Officer, Southern Water and Co-author of ‘The Chief Data Officer's Playbook’
Peter is Chief Data Officer at Southern Water and is tasked with developing and delivering a data strategy for the organisation. Southern Water supplies 524 million litres of drinking water from 89 water treatment works along 13,793 kilometres of water mains to customers’ taps. It also treats and recycles 718 million litres of wastewater at 365 treatment works, after it is pumped through a network of 2,375 pumping stations and 39,600 kilometres of sewers each day.
Previously Peter was Head of Data at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), which regulates the pensions and automatic enrolment in the UK. Before joining TPR Peter spent 17 years providing data strategy consultancy across the not for profit sector, financial services and FMCG, working with large multi-national organisations and blue chip brands. Peter is a specialist in Data Strategy, Data Technologies, Master Data Management Strategies, Data Governance Frameworks, GDPRand Data Science Strategies. Peter is the co-author of ‘The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook’ published by Facet November 2017.
Director, Lead Architect Digital, Architecture & Emerging Technologies, Philips IT
Alejandra works as Director, Lead digital architect in the Architecture & Emerging Technologies department, Philips IT. Alejandra develops digital architectures for CRM, DMP, NLP and several other digital marketing projects; her focus is to develop digital architectures that can help Philips respond effectively to customer demands.
Originally, from Peru, she is also an Australian citizen; she gained a bachelor degree in Systems and Software engineering at the Australian National University, Canberra. A few years later, she completed her Masters in Business, specializing in Marketing, at the University of Adelaide.
She has lived in The Hague for several years, working at Royal Dutch Shell, Inter IKEA and Philips. In 2014, she led a team to win first place at Startup Weekend Eindhoven with VRroom, an app that utilizes Google Cardboard to create 3D virtual reality showrooms for Do-It-Yourself stores.
Alejandra has been at speaker at several events such as European Women in Technology 2017 & 2016 – Amsterdam, Cloud Expo Europe/Smart IoT 2017 & 2016 – London, Enterprise Apps World 2015- London, and Big Data Expo 2015-The Netherlands.
Global Director BI & Analytics, FrieslandCampina
Aart Labee is Global Director BI & Analytics at FrieslandCampina, where he has been in a leadership role since 2016. He is tasked with the implementation of BI and analytics capabilities across multiple disciplines throughout the global FrieslandCampina organization (a leading Dairy multinational with revenue of $13 billion, active in 40 countries with 22,000 employees and 30+ brands selling to consumers and B2B). His responsibilities range from defining business needs, implementing solid data architecture, data warehousing, developing and delivery of Business Intelligence & Analytics capabilities – on both operational, tactical and strategic levels.
Aart has 18 years hands-on business experience leading international Pricing, Strategy, Store network optimization and Business Intelligence & Analytics teams. Previously, he was with McDonald’s for 18 years, starting in the Netherlands and afterwards within the European organization.
Maarten van der Veen
Strategic Lead – 510 Global, Netherlands Red Cross
Maarten van der Veen is the founder of 510, the data initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross. 510 aims to make humanitarian aid faster and more cost effective by using data. Maarten has a degree in Artificial Intelligence, and has experience in a number of humanitarian disasters, such as Typhoon Haiyan (2013, Philippines), Malawi Floods (2015) and Hurricane Irma (2017, St. Maarten).
Michiel van Dongen
Senior Advisor Data Innovation and IoT, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut
Michiel is a senior advisor at the KNMI Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute. His background is in data analytics, applied earth science, and technical and program management. He has broad experience in applied science in entrepreneurial, business and public sector environments in different countries. He spent a total of 11 years overseas and enjoys meeting and working with people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Prior to working at KNMI, he spent half a year at a leading business school gathering a global network of business professionals and upgrading his skill set. Since then, he has pivoted his career towards helping society understand the challenges and opportunities brought by our physical environment, climate change and the renewable energy transition. His focus is on using data science, citizen science, Internet of Things and organisational behaviour as the principal drivers for achieving impact.
Program Lead, Big Data Program, Air France-KLM
Cosmando Byarugaba is Big Data Program Lead at Air France KLM, where he has been leading the joint program since 2014. He has been tasked with the definition customer data strategy and implementation of the program including operationalization throughout the customer journey. He is based at both Amsterdam and Paris Head Offices and previously worked as Regional Commercial Director for Air France KLM in West Africa region.
Cosmando holds a Master’s Degree in Economics with many years of business and leadership experience in Pricing, Revenue Management, Business Development, Marketing, Sales and Digital line of businesses. He is also responsible for leading an organizational transformation program of Air France KLM cross functional data teams in multiple locations.
Head of Product Marketing, Hitachi Vantara
Naser Ali is the Head of Solution Marketing for what was Pentaho and now part of Hitachi Vantara. Naser joined Pentaho after twenty years working for big data, cloud, middleware, data centre management, storage and power management companies where he handled marketing and strategic planning. Prior to that, Naser was a research engineer for GE Lighting. Naser has an honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of York, a master’s degree in Optoelectronics from the University of Strathclyde, a professional postgraduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He is based in London, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Program Manager Data Innovation, City of Amsterdam
Tamas Erkelens is a Program Manager of Data Innovation at the Municipality of Amsterdam. He aims to add public value using data analysis. Previously, Tamas graduated with honors as Research Master of Quantitative Analysis and has worked for ING as a Product Owner. With a background in academia and the private sector, he aims to open Amsterdam to partners solving urban challenges. In his spare time he is a co-founder of Data Mission, a foundation connecting big data analysts to Mission driven organizations.
Senior Product Manager, Expedia
Satya Singh is a Senior Product Manager at Expedia. Satya has over ten years of experience within business and IT solving data related problems. He has worked in various fields – starting from e-commerce, product and digital to the realms of data and analytics. Satya specializes in developing data and product strategy roadmaps to make sure big data means big insights. He is passionate about solving the big data problem in the world of the Internet of Things (IoT). He currently focuses on understanding how the travel industry is transforming with data. Satya is passionate about bridging the gap between big data technologies and business – he is currently working with various acquisition marketing channels in the travel industry to re-define how data products can help the business to make effective decisions.
Manager FP&A Predictive Analytics and Big Data, AkzoNobel
Pascha is Manager Predictive Analytics within Group Financial Planning and Analysis at AkzoNobel. With a team of Data Scientists and in close collaboration with Business and Functions, they define, develop, and deliver improvements to the process of planning, budgeting, and forecasting.
Prior to joining AkzoNobel, Pascha worked for 10 years within ORTEC Consulting, supporting multinational companies in the area of Analytics. Before that, he worked within the R&D department of Océ (a Canon company).
Pascha holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Belarusian State University and has a Master’s of Technological Design degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology.