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Ian Liddicoat - CIO, Zenith Optimedia, UK

Ian Liddicoat - CIO, Zenith Optimedia, UK

Ian Liddicoat is the Global Chief Information Officer and Head of Data Sciences at Zenith Optimedia based in London. His responsibilities include strategy for all applications of data, technology and analytics, global technology platforms, Ninah UK Analytical consultancy including econometrics, customer analytics and machine learning practice. He led major projects in digital attribution and the integration of machine learning methods in programmatic media buying.

Previously, Ian was the Ministry of Defence Senior Analyst MD Equifax Decisions services. He was the Founder and MD Monday International Consultancy – acquired by WPP GreyWPP. He was the Head of Marketing Sciences Towers Watson at EMB Consultancy LLP.

Ian has an MBA, IDM Diploma in Marketing (winner of WWAV top student prize) BSc Computer Science.

Konstantin Tretjakov - Researcher, University of Tartu, Estonia

Konstantin Tretjakov - Researcher, University of Tartu, Estonia

Konstantin Tretjakov currently works as a researcher at the University of Tartu, participating in various data-centric projects, teaching related courses, supervising students, organising informatics olympiads and popularising computer and data science in general.

Konstantin has extensive experience in a wide range of fields ranging from bioinformatics or social network analysis to music information retrieval or robotics. Maintaining a hacker attitude, Konstantin both participate and contribute regularly to software hackathons in Estonia.

Among other things, he received the third prize at the international "Big Data competition" TEXATA (the final round of which was also essentially a hackathon).

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. 

Mikko Kotila - Principal, botlab.io, Finland

Mikko Kotila - Principal, botlab.io, Finland

After having started one of the early digital agencies in the mid-nineties, Mikko Kotila worked in the digital industry as a technology innovator, a strategist and a public advocate. Working with Fortune100 companies, global agency networks and technology startups, he found that profound understanding is more important than insight, and people are more important than technology or data. Mikko is interested in ideas and innovation that radically challenge the way we think about the world.