Speakers

    Alexey Grigorev
    Lead Data Scientist
    Xiaojun Su
    Senior Data Scientist
    Xiaojun Su is a Senior Data Scientist at Newcomp Analytics and leads the data science team to deliver machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions for clients across diverse industries such as energy and gas, retail, hydroelectric power, government and education, and healthcare. She is passionate about new trends and how businesses can leverage new technologies to tackle real challenges. Aside from work, Su joins mentorship programs to help new graduates pursue their careers in data science.
    Diego Hueltes
    Machine Learning Manager
    Diego is the Machine Learning Manager at RavenPack, in Marbella, (Málaga, Spain). He is a teacher in the Big Data & Analytics master for ESESA IMF, an Antonio de Nebrija University title. He also collaborated teaching in the Big Data Executive Program at Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI), a Spanish business school where he has been also a Big Data mentor. He is passionate about Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, and he loves to share this passion speaking in international congresses & seminars, being the opening or closing keynoter in some important ones.
    Irina Matveeva
    Chief of Data Science and AI, Reveal Data
    Irina Matveeva is Chief of Data Science and AI at Reveal Data, an eDiscovery company based in Chicago. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she teaches Data Mining. Matveeva earned her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and her professional expertise includes Natural Language and Machine Learning technologies. Matveeva frequently presents on the subject of AI and NLP. She has been a volunteer mentor for the Data Science for Social Good fellowship.
    Jon Bratseth
    VP Architect
    Jon Bratseth is a VP architect in the Big Data and AI group of Verizon Media, and the architect and one of the main contributors to Vespa.ai, the open big data serving engine. Jon has 20 years experience as architect and programmer on large distributed systems, and a frequent public speaker. He has a master in computer science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
    John K. Thompson
    Global Head of Advanced Analytics & AI
    John is an international technology executive with over 30 years of experience in the business intelligence and advanced analytics fields. Currently, John is responsible for the global Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence team and efforts at CSL. Prior to CSL, John was an Executive Partner at Gartner, where he was management consultant to market leading companies in the areas of digital transformation, data monetization and advanced analytics. Before Gartner, John was responsible for the advanced analytics business unit of the Dell Software Group. John is the author of the new book – Analytics Teams: Leveraging analytics and artificial intelligence for business improvement. The book was published in June 2020 and outlines how to hire and manage high performance advanced analytics teams. The book outlines how to engage with executives and senior managers. How to select and undertake analytics projects that change and improve how a business operates. John is co-author of the bestselling book – Analytics: How to win with Intelligence, which debuted on Amazon as the #1 new book in Analytics in 2017. Analytics is a book that guides non-technical executives through the journey of creating an analytics function, funding initiatives and driving change in business operations through data and applied analytical applications. Mr. Thompson’s technology expertise includes all aspects of advanced analytics and information management including – descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics, artificial intelligence, analytical applications, deep learning, cognitive computing, big data, data warehousing, business intelligence systems, and high performance computing. One of John’s primary areas of focus and interest has been to create innovative technologies to increase the value derived by organizations around the world. John has built start-up organizations from the ground up and he has reengineered business units of Fortune 500 firms to reach their potential. He has directly managed and run - sales, marketing, consulting, support and product development organizations. He is a technology leader with expertise and experience spanning all operational areas with a focus on strategy, product innovation, growth and efficient execution. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Ferris State University and a MBA in Marketing from DePaul University.
    Vinnie Saini
    Director, Enterprise Data & Analytics Architecture
    Avery Smith
    Data Science - Optimization Engineer
    Avery Smith is an innovative data science who loves to help make smart decisions with the power of data.
    Srujana Kaddevarmuth
    Board member
    Wessel Oosthuizen
    Associate Director – AI Lead
    I am an Associate Director with more than 9 years’ experience in data and analytics. I am part of Deloitte Analytics, a cross-functional team with a focus on embedding data and analytics and AI in organisations across Africa. I am also responsible for the Digital Transformation team in Risk Advisory with a focus on exponential technologies, AI, Digitisation and rapid prototyping. I am passionate to help people on their journey to enable their company to become a data driven organisation, and have a passion for moving Africa into the fourth industrial revolution and enabling the true potential.