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Tamer Hassan - Co-Founder & CTO, White Ops, USA

Tamer Hassan is the CTO and Co-Founder of White Ops, a company that builds human verification technology to differentiate humans from autonomous agents on the internet. 

White Ops was named one of the 10 most innovative security startups by RSA for their original approach to botnet detection and security against automated attacks.

Prior to White Ops, Hassan was the founder and CEO of Compel Data Technologies Inc., a software development and consulting company focused on big data and business intelligence solutions. In the years prior to entering the technology sector, Tamer was a major in the U.S. Air Force. Tamer was a decorated pilot who completed multiple combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Combat Search and Rescue helicopter pilot and Tactical Officer.

Maziar (Maz) Motahari - Vice President of Data Science & Analytics, Samba TV, USA

Maz is the Vice President of Data Science & Analytics at Samba TV, where he helps build the world's best and most diverse source of TV viewership data, enabling advertiser and TV networks  to measure the effectiveness of their TV commercials, increase audience reach, optimize exposure frequencies, and target people based on their TV viewership habits and history.

He has a wide range of experience solving big data problems in various industries including, TV data (Samba TV), social advertisement (Facebook), payments (PayPal), natural catastrophe risk management (RMS), and technical computing (MathWorks). 

Yerjanat Khabai - Senior Data Analyst, Global Insights and Analytics, Intel, USA

Yerjanat Khabai is a hands on Senior Data Analyst for Global Insights and Analytics under Intel’s Global Marketing organization. He has been with Intel for three years and with Capital One prior to that for 2 years.

His focus at Intel is on marketing analytics and particularly its impact on business outcome, efficiency, ROI and effectiveness.

Yerjanat’s educational background is in economics, both undergraduate and graduate. 

Xian (Vivian) Zhou - Senior Director, Global Data, Acxiom, Australia

Vivian Zhou serves as Senior Director for global data for Acxiom Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for supporting global data business strategy and growth tied to Acxiom’s global data products, data assets and capability development and all global client opportunities.

Before joining Acxiom in December 2016, Vivian served as the APAC Director for the Global Solution Group at Merkle, leading the global data solution business in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining Merkle, Vivian worked for Accenture, Discover Financial Services, OCBC and GE Capital Global Science Decision Centre with more than 10 years of full-spectrum database marketing experience from strategy to operations to data analytics.

Vivian earned a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Calgary in Canada and a bachelor’s degree in finance in Hunan University in her home country of China. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and son.

William Ullstein - Global Commercial Director, YouGov, UK

William joined YouGov in 2015 to create an Account Management function and in 2016 moved to a global role working with the Chief Strategy Officer to develop new propositions and lead YouGov’s Audience Data proposition.

Prior to joining YouGov, William held commercial positions at some of the UK’s leading market research and data companies: Sales and Marketing Director, Future Thinking; Director of Innovation, Munro Global and was one of the Co-Founders of The Sunday Times Best Green Companies – a project that sought to find and celebrate the achievements of Britain’s most sustainable organisations.

Will read Economics at the University of Sussex, is a keen sportsman and father of one.

Susan Tillou - Global Head of Partnerships, Kantar Media, USA

Susan serves on Kantar Media’s central team where she manages strategic data partnerships with a focus on technology and key global accounts.

Susan previously worked 5 years with Kantar Media return path (digital TV) data unit overseeing client service and business development on the West Coast.  Before Kantar Media, she headed up business development, product and client service for an LA-based software firm that tracked international TV program distribution and performance for the Hollywood Studios.

Previous to her work in media, Susan was an electoral and political officer for multinational organizations including the OSCE, the UN Development Programme and the UN Department of Political Affairs. She has published articles with The Los Angeles Times, Japan Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times and the Asian Wall Street Journal, among others.

Susan has a joint degree in International Relations and Asian Studies from the University of California, a Master’s degree in Northeast Asian Politics from the American University School of International Service in Washington DC, and a certificate from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. She speaks English, Spanish and conversational Mandarin.

Susan resides in Los Angeles where she enjoys photography, hiking, dancing and supporting community cultural organizations such as national and local public radio and the LA County Museum of Art.

Robert Kittell, P.E - Analytics Architect, Huawei, China

Robert Kittell, P.E. is Technology Diplomat to the OpenROADS Community, where he is developer of initiatives in Big Data Monetization, Digital Transformation, Journey-based NPS Modeling, and High Performance Computing.

Sponsored by Huawei GTS as Analytics Architect, Robert has delivered innovation in the areas of Universal Customer View, Economic Clustering, Financial Vector Transformation, and Business Outcome Prediction.

Robert has over 30 years experience in advanced analytics, with a specialization in computational statistics, decision science and stochastic financial modeling. He holds a Masters Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a licensed Professional Engineer; his contributions to the field of Big Data are delivered through the lens of Engineering Scientist.

He is a published author, invited speaker, past PhD competition Data Science judge, and has been awarded 4 US patents. He has served in international leadership roles in R&D, Operations, Marketing Support, Consulting and Client Services.

Michael Bigby - CTO, Research Now, USA

As Chief Technology Officer at Research Now, Michael Bigby leads the global technology organization and drives major technology-enabled initiatives.

Michael has nearly two decades of software development and management experience in both start-ups and large companies. Formerly, he was the CTO and interim-CEO of Extole!, a referral marketing startup and served as entrepreneur in residence at Redpoint Ventures. Also, Michael was the co-founder and CTO of BlueKai, and served as Senior Director of Engineering at Yahoo.

Tini Sevak - VP Audiences & Data, CNN International Commercial, UK

Tini Sevak is the VP Audiences & Data of CNN International Commercial, in the UK.

Previously, she was Global Director of the Data Applications team at YouGov, where was responsible for developing the strategic connect solutions that go beyond YouGov’s syndicated data products, most notably YouGov BrandIndex and YouGov Profiles. Tini lead a team of data application specialists who’s primary objective is identifying the key challenges of clients and link audience understanding to brand performance.

Prior to joining YouGov, Tini started her 14+ year career in the media agency industry. Whilst working at Mindshare & Starcom Mediavest, Tini has worked with digital, data, analytics and technology to lead client on a journey of transformation turning insights into actions.

Over the years, she has worked across various categories including pharmaceuticals, automotive, finance, telecommunication, and FMCG working for clients like Sprint-Nextel, Motorola, Unilever, BP, Kraft Foods, Novartis, Honda, McCormick and P&G.

In her spare time, Tini is passionate about photography, running and especially cooking. She is currently writing a cookbook with her Mom called ‘East Meets West: A Mother Daughter Cookbook’.

Mauro Damo - Senior Data Scientist, Dell Technologies, USA

Mauro Damo is the Senior Data Scientist of Dell Technologies.

Mauro has 19 years of experience developing analytical solutions for several industries like Telecommunications, Media, E-commerce, Finance, Internet, Retail, Supply Chain, Health Care, Advertising in different functional areas like Marketing, Finance and Operations. 

Mauro is skilled in the areas of Analytics, Machine Learning Modeling, Monetization, Business Intelligence, Customer Relationship Management, New Business Development, Data Modeling and Project Management.

Ioana Badea - Director, Strategic Pathfinding, Facebook, USA

Ioana Badea is Director of Strategic Pathfinding at Facebook.

Previously she led the Global Insights & Analytics team at Intel, acting as a partner to Intel’s strategy office, global marketing, and business units. The charter of her team was to provide vital support for market insight and strategic foresight as a foundation to build brand relevance and accelerate Intel’s growth. Her team advocated the voice of the market throughout the product development life cycle, including various initiatives to detect global market trends, understand end-user needs, monitor changes in people attitudes and behaviours, and turning the learning into actionable recommendations.

In her 16 years with Intel, Ioana has acted as a champion of market-driven insights to inform strategic business decisions in marketing, long lead technology and specific form factor innovation. Prior to joining Intel, she held a variety of market research roles on the client and supplier side. 

Ioana holds a Nuclear Energy Engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. In her spare time, she enjoys the ongoing study and practice of dance, yoga, and painting.

Joni Ngai - Head of Marketing & Customer Experience, Microsoft Online Stores, Greater China, Microsoft, China

Joni Ngai - Head of Marketing & Customer Experience, Microsoft Online Stores, Greater China, Microsoft, China

Joni Ngai is I-COM's Vice Chair in China. She is also a consulting partner with Azurio, and a part-time lecturer who teaches an analytics course for the Master of Science in New Media program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  

Joni has more than 12 years of experience in digital and CRM strategy, measurement and analytics and technology development. She started her digital career with Razorfish in New York since 1999. Since then, she has worked with many digital agencies, Euro RSCG in Hong Kong, MRM in Beijing and Shanghai, on many challenging digital and CRM initiatives for many global businesses and brands, including Intel, Microsoft, Shanghai GM and Carrefour. Joni graduated from the University of Waterloo with a major in Electrical Engineering. She also received an Executive MBA degree from Kellogg school of management, Northwestern University and HKUST. - See more at: http://www.i-com.org/ipb-china/#sthash.RcKSTCT8.dpuf

Wes Chaar, PhD - Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Catalina, USA

Wes Chaar is the Chief Data & Analytics Officer of Catalina.

Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Analytics, Data and Decision Sciences at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Wes attained his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the Analytics, Data and Decision Sciences fields. He has applied his skills to work on various Revenue Management, Pricing, Channel Distribution, Consumer Choice Modeling, Scheduling, CRM and other problems.

He has published in various journals and proceedings (e.g. IEEE Transactions, M&SOM, AAS, etc.) and presented at various conferences. His work experience covers the Airlines, Hospitality, Online Retail and Mediasectors, where he held various research, consulting, management and leadership positions. 

He is a member of IEEE, INFORMS and I-COM, where he serves as a board member. 

Norbert Wirth - CEO, Sqooba Deutschland GmbH, Germany

Norbert Wirth is the CEO of Sqooba Deutschland GmbH.

Most recently, he was the Director of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence of PwC Europe.

Previously, he was the visionary mastermind at SUPERCRUNCH by GfK, where he blended analytical expertise, data savviness, business sense and more years than he’d admit consulting numerous Fortune Global 500 companies in marketing analytics. Being a passionate number cruncher throughout his entire career he never lost focus on the one big vision: to move Data Science to the centre of the stage.

Previously, Norbert worked for GfK Group, as Global Head of Data and Sciences and was in charge of GfK’s Marketing and Data Sciences capabilities, data landscape and strategy. 

Michael Schoen - VP, Marketing Solutions, Neustar, USA

Michael Schoen is the VP Product Management at Neustar, developing and perfecting an integrated platform that enables companies to win in the connected age. Michael oversees the end-to-end system of identity that gives marketers a complete, real-time portrait of their customers and prospects based on accurate data, enabling a personalized dialogue across all marketing channels.  His leadership has been instrumental in architecting the industry’s most authoritative and real-time marketing platform, built on trusted identity across people, places, and things.

Prior to joining Neustar in 2014, Michael was the EVP, Product at Cadreon, IPG’s cross-channel audience measurement, management and buying platform. Michael was responsible for driving the product strategy, development, and technology partnerships that enabled Cadreon’s offerings across all addressable media.

Prior to joining Cadreon, Michael was General Manager, Advertising Platforms and VP, Product & Technology at LookSmart, where he was responsible for building out a paid search platform and publisher syndication business.

Michael holds an AB in Computer Science from Harvard College and an MBA from UCLA.