Kalyan Raman - CTO, Dynata, USA

Kalyan Raman has more than 15 years of experience in technology related to data, analytics and insights. Prior to joining Dynata, previously known as Research Now, Kalyan was CTO of the global buy business for The Nielsen Company, serving their CPG and retail clients.

Before Nielsen, he was with Tata Consultancy Services as Business Intelligence and Performance Management Practice leader supporting various clients in North America.

Kalyan graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a PhD in Mathematics. His research interests include optimization, machine learning, data integration and high performance computational platforms. He has won various awards, including the Arthur C. Nielsen Award for outstanding leadership, and was selected as part of the “Top 100 under 50” for executive leadership in 2014 by Diversity MBA Magazine.

Emily Chen - Director of Marketing Science and Analytics, Intel, USA

Emily Chen, Director of Marketing Science and Analytics of Intel, leads a group of data scientists embedded in Intel’s Marketing organization to formulate analytics and data science solutions to help Marketing and BU groups make informed business decisions.

Prior to Intel, Emily worked for companies such as HSBC, PayPal, Symantec and built various analytics functions including marketing analytics, business analytics, and risk management. 

Emily graduated from Oregon State University with a Master’s degree in Ag and Resource Economics.

Clark Burdick, PhD - Head of Data Science, NinthDecimal, USA

Clark Burdick is Head of Data Science at NinthDecimal, an industry leader in location-based business intelligence.  Clark leads a team of data scientists who are focused on developing and delivering best in class omni-channel measurement and attribution solutions. 

Prior to joining NinthDecimal, Clark was Senior Director of Statistics at comScore and was product developer for comScore’s suite of lift and attribution solutions. Before transitioning to the MarTech industry, Clark spent 15 years as a Senior Research Economist with the Social Security Administration. Clark has also worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and as an Assistant Professor for Indiana and Georgia Tech Universities.

Clark did his undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota before earning a PhD. In Economics and M.S. in Statistics from Stanford University.

Kerstin Clessienne - Independent Media & Marketing Consultant, Freelance, ROOFTOP CONSULTING, Germany

Based on more than fifteen year industry experience and leadership in media and marketing and a strong background in strategy and data driven marketing, Kerstin Clessienn facilitates as a consultant, interims leader and coach excellence in future marketing and media.

She’s also facilitating the cultural change in leaders and organisations within.

Neema Mashayekhi - Data Scientist, Global Insights and Analytics in GMC, Intel, USA

Neema Mashayekhi is a Data Scientist for the Marketing Global Insights & Analytics team at Intel. He supports the organization’s needs for measuring and impacting growth of brand health, KPI intelligence, and enabling accessibility of diverse datasets. He also drives strategic business decisions using market-driven insights by understanding customer segments, monitoring consumers’ attitudes of the products, and understanding end-user needs.

Neema has several years of experience in manufacturing, operations, analytics, and modeling. He is experienced in building data pipelines and developing machine learning models to understand and predict the performance of various semiconductor products.

Neema holds a BS from University of California, Santa Barbara and PhD from Northwestern University, both in Chemical Engineering.

Peter Williams - VP of Analytics, TCGplayer.com, USA

Peter Williams is VP of Analytics of TCGplayer.com.

Most recently, he was Director of Data and Decision Sciences at Turner Inc, where he focused on the development of data-driven advertising products, media optimisation, and enhancing return on investment for Turner’s advertising partners. 

Peter has been extensively recognised for his work in advanced advertising with awards from organisations like INFORMS and the Association of National Advertisers, and is the author of several patents.  

Peter earned an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and is currently a graduate student in the School of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jose Antonio Carbajal - VP, Data Science, Turner, USA

José Antonio Carbajal is the VP, Data Science of Turner Broadcasting, where he leads the Optimization and Revenue Management team that develops optimization-based decision support systems, assisting Turner management with decision making, policy formulation, and other managerial functions. He has most recently been involved in the design and implementation of novel forecasting and optimization models enabling audience targeting on television.

José Antonio is also a part-time instructor at the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, and he is an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, INFORMS, where he has served in several committees, including the Franz Edelman Award selection committee and the Practice Section council.

José Antonio holds a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in operations research and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ashwin Navin - Co-Founder and CEO, Samba TV, USA

Ashwin Navin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Samba TV, a data and analytics service that measures television and video viewership across screens. The company has been compared to more traditional TV measurement firms like Nielsen which rely on the people meter to gather viewership data.

Prior to Samba TV, Ashwin was the President and Co-Founder of BitTorrent, Inc. He and the inventor of BitTorrent Inc. started the company in 2004 after a stint at Yahoo! within its Corporate Development group which handled strategy and acquisitions. Before Yahoo!, Navin worked at Goldman Sachs as a Research Analyst. He is a 1999 graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a dual B.A. in Government and Economics.

Ashwin's currently binge watching Westworld on HBO and Grand Tour on Amazon, but his all-time favorite TV show is the Planet Earth series from the BBC.

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.

Nancy Smith - President and CEO, Analytic Partners, USA

Nancy Smith is the President and CEO of Analytic Partners, the world's premier independent, global marketing analytics consultancy. Headquartered in New York City, Nancy leads a global team dedicated to turning data into expertise to drive competitive advantage and bottom-line results for large brands around the world. 

Before founding Analytic Partners, in 2000, Nancy worked at ASI (now, Ipsos ASI) and Clairol (now, P&G) where she managed marketing insights projects, teams, and vendors.

Nancy has an MBA degree from the University at Buffalo School of Management where she focused on econometrics, marketing, and international business.

Elspeth Ritchie - Rakuten, Japan

Elspeth is the Innovation Analyst for Unilever’s People Data Centre. The PDC is an internal research group integrating a wide variety of data to answer market and brand questions: social, search, sales, survey, CRM, clickstream, brand equity measures, call lines, and more. Established in 2014, the PDC has grown rapidly and demonstrated the ability to act like a start-up within one of the world’s largest consumer goods providers. The role of Innovation Analyst within the PDC Capability Centre is split between evaluating new capabilities and internal builds to support the work of market- and category-facing PDCs.

Before joining the PDC, Elspeth was completing her doctoral thesis in Biopharmaceutical Process Development with Newcastle University, following a MEng in Chemical Engineering with Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

She also holds a typical millennial resume including video games journalism, a technology editorship, and being a founding co-editor-in-chief of Newcastle University STEM Magazine {react}.

Scott Clendaniel - AI/Machine Learning Instructor, Harvard University, USA

T. Scott Clendaniel is AI/Machine Learning Instructor for Harvard University.

Previously, he was the Vice President of Analytics for Morgan Stanley, where he focused on fraud detection and prevention for the firm’s $50 trillion per year wire transfer business. 

Scott began his career as a financial services marketing executive, raised on Citicorp’s pioneering data-driven practices. In 2001, he transitioned to Data Science, specializing in predicting consumer behavior such as transaction fraud (Dell Computer, PayPal, Sears), donations (St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital) and customer response (Mercedes, Los Angeles Times, AOL).


Scott Hendrickson, PhD - Director, Data Product and Services, Notion, USA

Dr. Scott Hendrickson is Director of Data Products at Notion Inc., a leader in IoT for home environment awareness. Notion partners with Insurers and home owners world wide delivering awareness solutions that avoid property loss and bring peace of mind.

Scott recently spent 6 years leading analytics at Twitter Data, working with partners and brands to discover marketing insights. Before joining Twitter, Scott worked with startups and established software companies building data analysis, machine learning, data visualization solutions and developing data strategy.

Dr. Hendrickson has a PhD in Physics from the University of Colorado, where he simulated beam particle-field interactions. 

Krassimir Kostov, PhD - Manager, Cognizant Analytics, Japan

Krassimir Kostov is a Manager at Cognizant Analytics, Cognizant Technology Solutions. Leveraging the company’s global capability, he helps leading multi-national and Japanese clients solve important business challenges by deriving value from data. As a Senior Data Scientist, his duties involve management consulting of C-level clients, as well as hands-on design, execution, and implementation of strategic Advanced Analytics solutions. Some examples include: customer acquisition, growth and retention, multi-channel marketing optimization, operations and efficiency optimization. His clients include companies from the Banking and Financial Services, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Retail, Logistics, and Communications industries in Japan, APAC and even Europe.

Before joining Cognizant, Krassimir worked at the Analytics & Optimization Division of Netyear Group Corporation (NGC), a Japanese Digital Marketing agency. He was responsible for growing the Customer Analytics team’s Advanced Analytics and Strategic Solutions for clients in the luxury and fashion goods, insurance, automobile re-sale, and pharmaceutical industries. Employing NGC's unique data-driven approach to Digital Marketing, he and his team created value for leading Japanese and global clients, by optimizing their ROI across channels and customer lifecycle. He also contributed to the NGC’s blog, writing on Advanced Analytics topics.

Prior to Netyear, Krassimir was an Assistant Manager at the Analytics team at the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), USA and India. His responsibilities included end-to-end development of Predictive Analytics models and strategies, which empowered internal clients to make more informed data-driven decisions. Major clients were Marketing Campaign Management, Assets and Liability Management, Online Savings, Branch Network Management, Product and Pricing, and Call Center Operations.

Krassimir is a Data Scientist with multi-geographical experience, and an extensive know-how in management consulting, acquisition, CRM and multi-channel analytics. He holds a PhD from the University at Buffalo, and an MA from the University of Delhi.

Brian D'Alessandro - Head of Data Science, SparkBeyond, USA

Brian d'Alessandro is Head of Data Science of SparkBeyond.

Most recently, he was the Head of Data Science at Zocdoc, a NYC-based startup that enables digital discovery and instant booking for healthcare appointments. Brian is an experienced data science leader and innovator in the marketing community, having published several dozen peer reviewed white papers and earning multiple patents, both at Facebook and Dstillery.

Brian is also an adjunct Professor for the NYU Data Science program and is an active member of the ACM SigKDD conference organizing committee.

He is a long-time volunteer for Datakind and regularly advises or leads data mining projects for various non-profit organizations. Brian is also the drummer for the critically acclaimed indie rock band COASTGAARD.

Joshua Koran - Managing Director, DMP, Sizmek, USA

Joshua Koran is currently Sizmek’s Managing Director for their data enablement product line.

Joshua is a true pioneer in digital marketing, behavioral targeting, data marketplaces and data management platforms with nearly 20 years’ experience in these domains. AdWeek recently recognized his contributions to this field, in which he holds 22 patents, by naming him one of the top innovators in the space.

Among his many accomplishments, he designed the industry’s first predictive behavioral targeting platform, the first data marketplace ad network, and the first three-screen (TV, mobile, display) behavioral profiling platform. Over the course of his international career, he has lead product, engineering, data science, user experience, business development, and commercialization teams in companies such as Turn, AT&T, Yahoo!, and ValueClick. Through his digital consultancy he has helped nearly two dozen other digital advertising companies improve their understanding and monetization of online data.

Joshua holds B.A. from Boston College, J.D. Law from U.C. Hastings College of the Law and M.B.A. from Oxford University.