Usama founded Open Insights as a technology and consulting firm in 2008 after leaving Yahoo! to
enable enterprises to get value out of their data assets and optimize or create new business
models based on the new evolving economy of interactions. Leveraging both technology and
strategic consulting Open Insights deploys data-driven solutions to grow revenue from Data assets
through BigData strategy, new business models on data assets, and deploying data science, AI/ML
solutions. Usama is also Co-Founder & CTO at OODA Health, Inc a VC-funded company aiming to
liberate the healthcare system from administrative waste by leveraging AI/automation to create
real-time/retail-like experience in payments in healthcare.
From 2013-2016 Usama served as Global Chief Data Officer & Group Managing Director at
Barclays Bank in London, after launching the largest tech startup accelerator in MENA following his
appointment as Executive Chairman of Oasis500 in Jordan by King Abdullah II in 2010. His
background includes Chairman and CEO roles at several startups, including Blue Kangaroo Corp,
DMX Group and digiMine Inc.
He was the first person to hold the Chief Data Officer title when Yahoo! acquired his second startup
in 2004. At Yahoo! he built the Strategic Data Solutions group and founded Yahoo! Research Labs
where much of the early work on BigData made it to open source and led to Hadoop and other
open source contributions. He has held leadership roles at Microsoft (1996-2000) and founded the
Machine Learning Systems group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1989-2005), where his
work on machine learning resulted in the top Excellence in Research award from Caltech, and a
U.S. Government medal from NASA.
Usama has published over 100 technical articles on data mining, data science, AI/ML, and
databases. He holds over 30 patents and is a Fellow of both the AAAI and the ACM. Usama earned
his Ph.D. in Engineering in AI/Machine Learning from the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor. He has
edited two influential books on data mining/data science and served as editor-in-chief on two key
industry journals. He also served on the boards/advisory boards of private and public companies
including: Criteo, Invensense, Exelate, RapidMiner, Stella.AI, Virsec, Silniva, Abe.AI, NetSeer,
Choicestream, Medio, and others. He is on advisory boards of the Data Science Institute at
Imperial College, AAI at UTS, and The University of Michigan College of Engineering National
Advisory Board. He serves on the Board Advisory Committee to Nationwide Building Society in the
UK and on the Advisory board of the WEF Global Center for Cybersecurity. He is an active angel
investor and advisor in many early-stage tech startups across the U.S., Europe and the Middle
Martina L. Cheung is President of S&P Global Market Intelligence, one of the four divisions within S&P Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPGI). Ms. Cheung is also on S&P Global’s Operating Committee, and in this capacity is responsible for driving the enterprise-wide growth strategy for key strategic initiatives, including ESG and Cyber Risk. She is an appointed member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s subcommittee on Climate-Related Market Risk, and formally served on the Board of CRISIL.
She joined S&P Global in 2010 as VP of Operations and went on to serve as S&P Global’s Chief Strategy Officer, where she was responsible for the execution and measurement of S&P Global’s continuing expansion of its global footprint. Most recently, she served as Head of Risk Services in S&P Global Market Intelligence, where she helped monetize and leverage S&P Global’s significant risk IP to serve clients in managing complex risk challenges.
Prior to joining S&P Global, she worked in the consulting industry in Accenture’s Financial Services Strategy group and later as a Partner at Mitchell Madison Consulting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a master’s degree in Business Studies from University College Galway.
Krishna Cheriath is the Chief Data Officer for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company reporting to the CIO. Krishna is responsible for driving the data, analytics and insights agenda for BMS while ensuring that the company’s data is accessible, reliable, secure and legally compliant protecting the privacy of employees, patients and others. He is the company’s data strategist and adviser, steward for improving data quality, evangelist for data sharing, data driven innovations and data ethics and standards, and lead technologist for data and analytic automation. His core responsibilities as CDO include:
– Building the company’s understanding of the business and data strategy
– Designing and implementing data strategies and systems
– Leading, motivating and managing large data and technical teams
– Overseeing the collection, storage, management, quality and protection of data
– Implementing data privacy policies and complying with data protection regulations
– Communicating the status, value, and importance of data
Krishna joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in 2006 and held several IT roles of increasing responsibility. Since September 2016 till the appointment as the Chief Data officer, Krishna served as the Head of Information & Data Management. In January 2018 he took the additional responsibility of being BMS’s EU Data Protection Officer. His was responsible for overseeing BMS’ advancement of data governance, data stewardship and digital capabilities focused on data, reporting and analytics. As the company’s EU DPO, he was instrumental in ensuring compliance with the GDPR and facilitating the company’s responses to requests from EU data subjects and data protection authorities.
He is also part of the leadership team of Business Insights and Analytics (BIA), the centralized analytics function in BMS.
Krishna has over 25 years of experience in IT, data management and analytics. Prior to BMS he was in management consulting working for such firms as TCS, PWC, IBM and Accenture.
Krishna received his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Kerala and his MBA from the Stern School of Business at the New York University.
Sara Fischer is a media reporter for Axios. She joined the company in 2016 as a founding staff member. Fischer is considered one of the top reporters on her beat. Revue cited her weekly newsletter, Axios Media Trends, as the second-most popular media newsletter in the market and deemed it a “must-read” by media industry leaders. She was also recently named to Forbes “30 Under 30” Media list and to the 2019 Folio 100 in their “Creator” category. Beyond her weekly newsletter, Fischer oversees Axios’ media coverage for the newsroom, and steers the company’s products and events around that topic. Her coverage spans corporate media, technology, social media, deals, entertainment, media regulation, policy and consumer habits.
Philip Carter is Chief Analyst for the European region. This new role has been created specifically to drive innovation in new research topics and deliverables, to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing, and to increase customer satisfaction.
Carter will continue to manage the European Enterprise Infrastructure and Software Group. This group comprises a team of analysts that cover the infrastructure, middleware, and applications software markets and is tasked with writing and presenting on broader enterprise infrastructure software trends and the impact of emerging technology areas such as Big Data, cloud, mobility, and social as they relate to the European region. Carter is regularly featured on mainstream media such as CNBC and Bloomberg, and in global publications such as the New York Times. Prior to working for IDC in Europe, Carter worked in IDC’s Asia/Pacific region, covering the software, services, channels, and sustainability research areas. Before joining IDC, he worked at SAS Institute (both in EMEA and Asia/Pacific) in marketing strategy, product management, and business development roles.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Carter holds an honors degree in business science, majoring in economics and law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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Stephanie has 20 years experience, from executive roles at Oracle and IBM to leading her start-up through a public company acquisition. She thrives building aligned, high-performing teams and compelling storytelling platforms.
As GVP of Transformation and Offerings at Oracle, Stephanie leads the continued shift to an offerings model that is both outcome-driven and client-focused, transforming both Oracle and its clients to star in a modern cloud story, grounded in both technology and expert talent. Stephanie leads initiatives across digital and experience disciplines, driving entrepreneurial thinking into disrupting how Oracle Consulting works and how Oracle works with its clients.
At IBM, Stephanie was the Global Head of IBM Cloud Garage, a network of over a dozen innovation hubs purpose-built to meld industry practices, startup culture, and IBM’s expertise. Prior to that, she founded and led her digital transformation start-up through a public acquisition to Globant. As Managing Director, she led Globant’s largest portfolio, and pioneered incubators for AI and cognitive.
While Stephanie is a tech geek across Cloud, AI, and emerging tech, she is also a storyteller with a commitment to usability and design thinking. Stephanie was affectionately dubbed “the prototype” for the Chief Digital Officer role by the CDO Club. She is an active advisor, giving back to non-profits and early start-ups, including TechGirlz, WomenNC, and InsureLife. Her writing can be found in publications like Fast Company, Forbes, and Huffington Post.