2016Hack

Jacques Colle - Enterprise Architect, doctorant du CIRLEP, Belgium

Jacques Colle is a top-performing Enterprise Architect with extensive experience in Information Technology. He is highly skilled in evaluating existing systems and programs to identify inefficiencies and redundancies, implementing innovative solutions to optimize workflow and streamline operations.

Jacques leverage his extensive knowledge of cloud and data systems to establish architecture for enhanced communication, information exchanges and innovation. He has a proven ability in overseeing all facets of project lifecycle from inception to completion, directing cross-functional teams and allocating resources for adherence to established timelines and budgetary guidelines.

Jacques is bilingual in French and Dutch with proficiency in English and basic Spanish skills.

Kasper Skou - CEO, Co-Founder, Semasio, Germany

Kasper Skou began his career as a Management Consultant before joining the semantic search engine company Speed of Mind as CEO.

After earning his MBA at INSEAD, he joined European behavioral targeting company Wunderloop as Chief Product Officer.

In 2010, Kasper founded Semasio with former Speed of Mind colleague Thomas Rask Thomsen. Together they leveraged their shared experience to create a new paradigm in data-driven marketing: semantic behavioral targeting.

Michael Sheng - CTO, Co-founder, DoGood Media, USA

Michael Sheng is the Co-Founder and main technology driver at DoGood Media. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the cloud-based, distributed architecture for DGM's web properties, mobile apps, linear TV, and connected TV assets. As one of the earliest participants in Microsoft's BizSpark Sponsorship program, Michael has created a global platform that has delivered over 5 billion videos to hundreds of millions of users.

Previous, Michael Co-Founded FavGames (exited 2007), an early virtual-currency platform.

Michael holds degrees in bioengineering (BS University of Illinois, MS University of Michigan), and an MBA with honors (University of Chicago, Booth). In his spare time, Michaelloves playing with his three children, playing tennis, and swimming.

Yuan Ren - Head of Data Science, mParticle, USA

Yuan Ren is Head of Data Science at mParticle, a customer data platform that integrates and orchestrates data across channels, partners, and systems. Yuan works on data driven products in general, including building reliable and near real-time data pipeline, designing and implementing algorithms to extract insights from data, and delivering custom-facing analytics features.

He has a background in software engineering and machine learning. Previously, Yuan was Sr. Principal Research Engineer at Yahoo, where he came via the acquisition of interclick. At interclick/Yahoo, Yuan built services and algorithms to optimize performances of digital advertising.

Yuan holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and a BS in Automation from Tsinghua University, China.

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.

Caspar Atkinson - Former Chief Product Officer, Brandwatch, UK

Caspar Atkinson is the former Chief Product Officer at Brandwatch, a leading social listening and analytics group.

Based in Brighton, he and his team was responsible for the product design and development that lets brands understand and engage with their customers on the social web. As part of the executive team, he was accountable for the product strategy, helping his clients use social data to better answer their business challenges and gain an in depth understanding of customer behaviour and market opportunities.

Caspar has been working in product management for over 10 years, with a passion for building data-driven user experiences. Prior to joining Brandwatch, Caspar was a Product Director at Sky TV, where he was responsible for product growth at NOW TV; one of the fastest growing online TV services in Europe.

Diane Leung - Principal of Analytics Innovation, Altman Vilandrie & Co., USA

Diane Leung is a strategic business leader who excels at capturing data science and analytics opportunities. She has deep technical expertise and has spent her entire career focused on harnessing value from data and analytics.

Diane is a Principal at Altman Vilandrie & Co., a 120-person strategy consulting firm, where she partners with clients in the Telecom, Media, and Technology industries to provide expert advice on corporate strategy, detailed operational and go-to-market analysis, planning, and execution guidance. She leads the Analytics Innovation team which is responsible for developing unique data assets and building an innovative suite of advanced analytical solutions leveraging the latest emerging technologies to help clients execute their business strategy.

Diane holds a Master’s of Science degree in Marketing Science from Columbia Business School. She also received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics from Wellesley College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with national honors in Economics.

Samuel C. Franklin, PhD - Vice President of Data Science, 360i, USA

Dr. Samuel C. Franklin is an experienced Big Data analytics leader with expertise in statistics, machine learning, and consumer psychology. Samuel earned his B.S.B.A. in Finance from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and continued on to Columbia University where he earned an M.A., M.Phil., and PhD.

As Vice President of Data Science, Samuel leads a talented team of analytics professionals developing advanced solutions for Fortune 500 clients at 360i.  

Prior to joining 360i, Sam served as a Principal Analytical Lead for Retail at Google, and he was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship with the U.S. Treasury Department.

Outside the office Sam teaches graduate and executive education seminars on data science for both Emory University and Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Humane Society and is active in Atlanta’s technology start-up community. 

Andreea Popescu - Director, Statistics and Predictive Analytics, Turner, USA

Andreea Popescu is the Director, Statistics and Predictive Analytics at Turner Broadcasting System, leading the Statistics and Predictive Analytics team within the Analytics, Data and Decision Sciences. 

With more than 15 years of expertise in the Analytics, Data and Decision Sciences fields, she has applied her skills to work on various Scheduling, Revenue Management, Pricing, and Consumer Choice Modeling.

She is a member of INFORMS and I-COM, and serves as an Advisory Board Member for the MS Analytics at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Andreea attained her PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

John Gim - SVP, Marketing Sciences, RAPP, USA

John Gim is the SVP, Marketing Sciences at RAPP, where he leads a diverse and seasoned team of data scientists who focus on creating efficient modeling suites that act as a backbone for complex targeting and as a driver of strategic insight.

Previously he has held lead roles at Epsilon and TBWA\Chiat\Day.

Over his career, John has produced measurably effective, award-winning work by leveraging a wide-ranging background across analytics, technology, and data. In addition to producing highly effective modeling solutions, John is able to leverage his experience across verticals and research sectors to bring solutions to market rapidly by iterating off of known best-practice or method.

John’s passion for data science is also evidenced in his active role in the local data science community as well as RAPP’s Global Consumer Trust council.

John-Alistair George - Global Head of Data Strategy, IPG Mediabrands, USA

With over 20 years of experience in media agency and advertising and having worked in over 8 countries, John-Alistair George utilises his passion and commitment to ensure company’s products and capabilities are ahead of industry trends by archetyping the next generation of data strategy, technologies and partnerships; all with the intention to drive performance, audience insights, brand safety and optimisation strategies for clients, by providing unique and forward-looking ideas to better serve a company’s brand and its relationship with its customers in relevant and strategic ways.

Dr. Ralph Wirth - Director, Digital Innovation Hub, Schaeffler, Germany

Ralph Wirth is Director, Digital Innovation Hub at Schaeffler.

Previously, he was VP Technology, Sales Effectiveness at SUPERCRUNCH by GfK. In this role, he proved that leading a big, cross-functional team of cutting-edge IT and data science experts does not necessarily require you to be a total nerd best hidden behind his computer.

While being an award-winning author of numerous methodological publications, his educational roots in Business Administration and Economics explain why he puts a strong emphasis on developed analytics solutions being understandable and providing genuine business value.

Prior to his current position, Ralph held different roles in Marketing & Data Science and innovation management and finished a PHD in the area of choice modeling.

Subhasish Misra - Data Scientist, WalmartLabs, India

Subhasish Misra is Data Scientist at Walmart Labs, Bangalore. He’s currently leading a group of talented statisticians working on harnessing diverse data sources to create scalable statistical/machine learning based solutions for customer analytics (and previously for assortment optimization).

With 10+ years of advanced analytics experience, Subhasish has previously worked at Hewlett Packard Co, WPP & Aon and consulted for many Fortune 500 clients across multiple geographies.


He has a marketing analytics patent on using Bayesian hierarchical models for customer re-purchase propensity forecasting and has written thought papers and delivered conference talks on data science related topics. His major interest areas are market response models, time series forecasting & CRM analytics.

Subhasish holds a M.A in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, where econometrics was one of his focus areas.

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). 

Projjol Banerjea - Founder & Chief Product Officer, zeotap, India

Projjol Banerjea is the Founder and Chief Product Officer at zeotap, a global data platform aggregates deterministic high-quality data at scale from unique sources - such as telecom operators - for better audience targeting, insights and identity matching

His prior roles include those as Chief Product Officer at premium network Moboqo, acquired by mobile advertising company Applovin (in turn acquired by private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4B), as well as VP Marketing & Business Development at supply side platform Fyber (formerly SponsorPay), acquired by RNTS Media for $190 million.

Projjol earned an MBA at Oxford, where he was a member of the university's lightweight rowing team. He also holds an MS in HCI from Indiana University's School of Informatics, a BA in Computer Science (highest honours, Phi Beta Kappa) from DePauw University, and is an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT). He was selected as a member of StartingBloc, an international fellowship of young leaders who share a keen interest in corporate responsibility, cross-sector partnerships and sustainability.

In addition to physical activity, Projjol enjoys food, reading, music and travel, ideally in some combination.

Oliver Kanders - Chief Client Officer, zeotap, Germany

Oliver Kanders is the Chief Client Officer of zeotap, a certified Systemic Coach and TEDx Speaker Coach.

In his position at zeotap, Oliver overlooks the global client and channel partnerships, global marketing and carries our deterministic identity and data intelligence capabilities into new markets.

Before zeotap, Oliver initially worked for the Executive Boards of Handelsblatt Publishing Group and Bertelsmann Media Group and started to advise countless startups on their marketing strategies as the group-wide executive for marketing & PR at Berlin-based incubator HitFox Group. Oliver also was instrumental for HitFox in winning the notorious EY Entrepreneur of The Year Award in 2014.

Ruben Cuevas, PhD - Assistant Professor, Telematic Engineering Department, UC3M, Spain

Dr. Ruben Cuevas is currently Assistant Professor at the Telematics Engineering Department at University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M). Previously he was Courtesy Assistant Professor in the CIS Department at University of Oregon (US) and Research Visitor in the Internet Scientific Group at Telefonica Research Lab (Spain).

He obtained his PhD and MSc in Telematics Engineering and MSc in Telecommunications Engineering at University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain). Furthermore, he received his MSc in Network Planning and Management at Aalborg University (Denmark).

Ruben's main research interests include Privacy, Fraud Detection and Personalisation in Online Advertising, Online Social Networks and Internet Measurements.

He is co-author of more than 50 papers in prestigious international journals and conferences such as IEEE Infocom, ACM CoNEXT, WWW, IEEE/ACM TON, IEEE TPDS, PlosONE or Communications of the ACM. He has been the PI of 6 research projects funded by the EU H2020 and FP7 programs, the National Government of Spain and private companies and associations. Overall Rubenparticipated in more than 15 research projects. 

Ruben's research has been featured in major international and national media channels such as The Financial Times, BBC, The Guardian, The Times, Wired, Corriere della Sera, O'Globo, El Pais, El Mundo, ABC, Cadena Ser, Cadena Cope, TVE, Antena3.

Mark Davenport - Senior Director, Analytics, The Trade Desk, USA

Mark Davenport is the Senior Director of Analytics at The Trade Desk, a global demand-side platform in the $5B real-time bidding industry. In his role at The Trade Desk, Mark leads the strategy and execution of all analytics products inside the platform. Mark is also responsible for working directly with The Trade Desk’s clients to help them understand and harness the power of their own data. 

Mark worked in finance prior to joining The Trade Desk. He holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering and Economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Chicago. He lives and works in New York City.
 

Naresh Rajendra Shah - Co-founder and CTO, Untangle AI, Singapore

Naresh R. Shah is Co-founder and CTO of Untangle AI.

Previously he was Data Engineer at Procter & Gamble Co., where was responsible for setting up Data Science team for utilising IoT systems in order to improve productivity and drive efficiency of manufacturing systems in Beauty Product segment. 

He has a special interest in novel use cases of Natural Language Processing, Social Network Analytics and their application to Marketing. He’s a beta tester at the forefront of using and advocating new data science tools at organizations.

Naresh holds a Masters in Business Analytics and Big Data degree from IE Business School, Madrid. At IE Business School, he participated, led teams and won several events like IE Data Dive, Hotelbeds Big Data Challenge, and Procter and Gamble’s IT Business Challenge. He was also part of the winning team at the first Forbes Hackathon, in New York.