Conference Speakers


Anthony Algmin Anthony Algmin
Data Governance Practice Lead
West Monroe Partners

Anthony J. Algmin is a Manager in the Business Intelligence Practice of West Monroe Partners, specializing in Data Management. Mr. Algmin has deep experience designing, architecting, and implementing business intelligence and data management transformations for organizations in a wide range of industries. With a hands-on technology development background, complemented by a passion for delivering business impact, he is equally comfortable in the board room as in the server room.

Prior to joining West Monroe Partners, Mr. Algmin spent more than 12 years in the capital markets industry developing business intelligence and technology solutions. Most recently, he founded and ran the Business Intelligence group at a leading proprietary trading firm in Chicago. Mr. Algmin’s industry experience provides him a unique perspective of the strategic and operational challenges that today’s data-reliant organizations face.

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Michael Atkin Michael Atkin
Managing Director
EDM Council

Michael Atkin is a professional facilitator and has been a financial information industry advocate for over 25 years. He is currently the Managing Director for the Enterprise Data Management Council. Mike is an active participant in industry initiatives, provides consultation to global market authorities on the data implications of financial regulatory reform and is recognized as an expert in reference data strategy, governance, data quality and standards.face.

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Funmi Balogun Funmi Balogun
Director, Enterprise Data Standards and Governance
Fannie Mae

Funmi Balogun is a seasoned professional with over 14 years of Financial Services experience and 12 years of exceptional leadership performance. She has expertise in data management strategy development, metadata management, data quality and data governance implementation. She is a member of TDWI, DAMA, and EDM Council and participates in numerous data management discussions, events, and etc.

Began career as a Management Trainee at First Virginia Bank, now operating as BB&T. Quickly moved up the ladder to Commercial Lender Investment portfolio manager and bank officer. After 3 years, left to join Fannie Mae as a Business Analyst. Promoted to Manager of Credit Data Analytics in the Data Warehouse unit. Left Fannie Mae after 9 years, started own data management consultancy, operated for 2years and re-joined Fannie Mae as Director of Data Standards to design and implement their Enterprise Data Governance program.

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Peter Benson Peter Benson
Executive Director
ECCMA

Peter Richard Benson is the Founding and Executive Director of the Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA) and the author of Managing Blind a Data Quality and Data Governance Vade Mecum.

Peter is the project leader for ISO 8000 the international standard for information and data quality as well as for ISO 22745 the international standard for open technical dictionaries and their application to the exchange of characteristic data.

Peter’s interests are the creation, maintenance and distribution of quality master data, and the automatic rendering of high quality multilingual descriptions from master data that are at the heart of today’s ERP applications and the high speed and high relevance text search engines. Peter is a proponent of open standards for data portability and long term data preservation as well as data provenance, tracking the source of data.

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Dave Borean Dave Borean
VP Technology
InfoTrellis

Dave Borean has been in the MDM space for over 14 years and was one of the original architects of what has become IBM's MDM offering. Dave has direct experience with MDM programs with a number of Fortune 500 companies in North America and large companies worldwide. With this experience, he has brought to market a new offering at InfoTrellis that bridges master data with big data for next generation managed hubs. A fundamental and key capability is in analyzing and measuring the data and reporting on metrics to support data governance

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Scott Braker-Abene Scott Braker-Abene
Director Solution Management, Information Management
SAP

Scott Braker-Abene has been with SAP for over 13 years and started his SAP life with the SAP BW Portals RIG in 2001. From 2004 through 2009 Scott was an SAP NetWeaver Product Manager covering a wide variety of topics including the SAP NetWeaver Portal, SAP NetWeaver Application Server, Web Dynpro, SAP Mobile, SAP Portal MDM UI, JAVA Server and other systems topics.

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Jeff Brown Jeff Brown
Product Manager
Infogix, Inc.

Jeff Brown is currently a Product Manager at Infogix, Inc. where he is responsible for working with product development to create customer driven solutions. Prior to this position, he worked as a Senior Consultant with IBM Global Business Services. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing his MBA from DePaul University.

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Anne Buff Anne Buff
SAS Best Practices Thought Leader
SAS

Anne Buff is a Thought Leader for the SAS Best Practices Team. As a speaker and author she specializes in the topics of data governance, MDM, data integration and data virtualization. In her role she leverages her 15 years of training and consulting experience to lead best practices workshops and facilitate intra-team dialogs in fun and engaging ways.

She has developed courseware for SAS® Data Management software and works closely with SAS development teams to offer guidance on the business application of key SAS products. Anne went to clown school as a child, which culminated in spending a week with the circus, an experience that taught Anne to always have fun in her job. She went on to attain a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from West Virginia University, which wasn’t as fun as the circus — but it has taught her all about juggling corporate teams. Her mission is to help you find your love for data because (as she says) it will love you back.

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Mario Cantin Mario Cantin
Chief Data Strategist
Prodago

Mario Cantin has been a data quality strategist for over 20 years. He is the founder and Chief data strategist of Prodago, a firm specializing in Data value management.

His down-to-earth approach to all aspects of data management has helped many organizations in the past two decades. He has played key data governance roles with National Bank of Canada, Standard Life insurance, Bell Mobility, Schering corp., Hydro-Quebec and other firms. He is currently working with Cirque du soleil.

He has a unique ability to help organizations finding applied and sustainable ways to collaboratively manage and govern their data.

A sought after speaker and a passionate communicator, Mario has been sharing his views on data governance, quality and value with multiple audiences in the past years.

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Joe Caserta Joe Caserta
President
Caserta Concepts

Joe Caserta is a recognized technology solutions provider, writer and educator. As President of Caserta Concepts, a New York based technology consulting firm founded in 2001, Joe and his teams build data warehouse and big data solutions for businesses and organizations in the Healthcare, Finance and Insurance industries, frequently partnering with CIOs to help implement practical, accessible solutions using emerging technologies in data warehousing, business intelligence, big data, NoSQL, data analytics and visualization. He is an industry thought leader and a frequent speaker at tech conferences and events. Caserta Concepts was recently named a Top 20 Analytics Consulting Company by CIO Review.

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Katherine Chalfant Katherine Chalfant
Operations and Outreach Team Leader
US EPA

Katherine Chalfant serves as the Quality Staff Operations and Outreach Team Leader responsible for oversight, training, guidance, communications, and outreach.

Katherine has also served as the Reporting Team Leader in Office of Compliance in the Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance (OECA). Here she developed OECA’s processes and procedures for reporting and analyzing end-of-year enforcement and compliance. Katherine has also worked in the Office of Solid Waste, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response on Environmental Indicator Goals and Resource Conservation Recovery Act Corrective Action Program.

Prior to joining EPA in 2002, Katherine worked for the Department of the Army for 15 years. Here she was responsible for managing, assessing, and analyzing  Environmental and Infrastructure Programs, and Base Operation Services at the installation, Major Army Command, and Headquarters Department of the Army levels in the United States and Europe.

Katherine holds a BA in Environmental Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. She graduated from the National Defense University’s Chief Information Officer Certificate Program in 2010 and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a certificate in Government Performance Results in 2012. Katherine enjoys spending her spare time with her husband Michael and their three children.

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Theodore Chila Ted Chila
Director of Data Services
Broadcast Music Inc.

Ted Chila is director and chief architect responsible for the architecture of BMI enterprise data assets (ODS and EDW). He designed and managed the implementation of infrastructure required to successfully implement corporate Data Governance and Data Quality protocols across a diverse data source and technology platform landscape.

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Kira Chuchom Kira Chuchom
Data Governance
Microsoft

Kira Chuchom is responsible for building the framework and deployment strategy for Data Governance Offices world-wide for Microsoft, as well as developing and providing Data Governance and Compliancy services for Microsoft IT's Data Management Services (DMS) organization. Kira is a data management strategist and data evangelist, with experience across data-related disciplines such as Data Governance, Data Quality, Master Data Management (Customer and Product), Enterprise Data Warehouses, Business Intelligence, data modeling, data architecture, hierarchy management and metadata strategy. Previously, Kira headed up Data and Architecture Governance at Kaiser Permanente, Enterprise Data Quality and Data Governance at Cisco Systems, Product Data Management at eBay, Decision Support at Rainmaker Systems,  metadata and data-based publishing solutions at CMP Media.

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Erin Clancy Erin Clancy
Corporate Business Analyst
Fernco, Inc.

Erin Clancy is a Corporate Business Data Analyst at Fernco, Inc., in Davison, MI. Her early career was focused in the areas of process improvement, work design and measurement, Lean manufacturing, and inventory management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University, and a Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. Concerned with the importance of quality and the increasing importance of data in her organization, she was offered and accepted a challenging, newly-created role - leading Data Management. Erin brings a broad and in-depth knowledge of manufacturing having experience working on the shop floor in many production roles as well as experience in sales support, customer support and business analytics.

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Lisa Dodson Stan Christiaens
Co-founder and Operational Director
Collibra

Stan Christiaens is co-founder and operational director at Collibra (www.collibra.com), a Data Governance enterprise software company. Stan has a global responsibility for all technical pre sales and implementation activities. This allows him to have a front seat view on real customer demands, issues and implementation challenges. Prior to founding the company he was a senior researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels (STARLab), a leading semantic research center in Europe, performing application-oriented research in semantics. Stan participated actively in several international (ITEA, FP6, FP7) research projects and conferences (OTM, FIS, ESTC, ...). He has also published various articles in the field of ontology engineering. He is an active DAMA member and speaker at various events.

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Lisa Cutler-Farwig Lisa Cutler-Farwig
Master Data Project Manager
Schlumberger

When Lisa Cutler-Farwig started with Schlumberger seventeen years ago as an offshore geophysicist, the last thing she thought she would be involved with was the Master Data Program. However, over the years, her role in the company evolved. She moved into a business segment's headquarters to support Personnel and Marketing functions at a time when an enterprise wide business intelligence (BI) tool was being implemented. So this new tool could display correct results for business decisions, she began developing and implementing global processes to capture data correctly. Even when the data was captured correctly, cross-functional reporting proved difficult due to the lack of a common language across the various enterprise systems. So, when the opportunity to join the master data team arose, she jumped at the chance. For the two years, she has participated in projects to bring enterprise data together, including developing and implementing governance processes.

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Barbara Deemer Barbara Deemer
Chief Data Steward
Sallie Mae

Barbara Deemer is the Managing Director, Finance Project Management Organization and Chief Data Steward at Sallie Mae. In that role she leads the Data Governance Council which is comprised of representatives from all Lines of Business. Barbara has 27 years of experience in the Accounting, Finance and Servicing areas of Sallie Mae. She was the Controller of the Company from 2000 to 2003 until she took an extended leave of absence. She returned to Sallie Mae in 2005 to work on data improvement projects and is now in her current role focusing on Data Governance and Data Quality.

Barbara graduated in 1982 from George Washington University with a BA in Accounting

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Michelle Dennedy Michelle Dennedy
VP Chief Privacy Officer
McAfee

Michelle Dennedy currently serves as Chief Privacy Officer to McAfee, an Intel Company.  She is responsible to creating a privacy practice that is focused on quality and excellence in McAfee’s policies, products, procedures and governance efforts.  Her team is a staunch supporter of McAfee’s outreach efforts to educate and protect children, families and communities in the Digital Age.

Before coming to McAfee, Michelle founded The iDennedy Project, a consulting and advisory company specializing in privacy and security sensitive organizations.  Michelle is also a founder and editor in chief of a new media site—TheIdentityProject.com—that was started as an advocacy and education site, currently focused on the growing crime of Child ID theft.

Michelle was the Vice President for Security & Privacy Solutions for the Oracle Corporation. Her team worked closely with customers to enable them to proceed with the confidence that information is protected and accelerated as an asset.

Before the Oracle acquisition of Sun, Michelle was Chief Data Governance Officer within the Cloud Computing division at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Michelle worked closely with Sun's business, technical and legal teams to create to the best data governance policies and processes possible for cloud computing to build trust for cloud environments through vendor transparency.

Michelle also served as Sun’s Chief Privacy Officer where she was responsible for the development and implementation of Sun's data privacy policies and practices, working across Sun's business groups to drive the company's continued data privacy excellence. 

Michelle has a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BS degree with university honors from The Ohio State University.  In 2009, she was awarded the Goodwin Procter-IAPP Vanguard award for lifetime achievement and the EWF – CSO  Magazine Woman of Influence award for work in the privacy and security fields. In 2012, she was honored by the National Diversity Council as one of California’s Most Powerful and Influential Women.

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Lisa Dodson Lisa Dodson
Data Management Practice Leader
SAS

Lisa Dodson has been with SAS for 14 years and is a recognized expert in the information management, data governance and data management space within the organization. She holds a Master's Degree in Information Quality, and has affiliations with many data management/governance organizations including as a former board member and President for the International Association for Information and Data Quality and organizing committee member for MITIQ's Industry Symposium. Through job roles including, account executive, systems engineer, product manager, technical trainer and solutions architect she’s developed a deep understanding of the SAS software architecture. In her current role she leads the Americas Data Management Practice.

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Dawid Duda Dawid Duda
Director of Product Development
Compact Solutions

Dawid Duda is the Director of Product Development at Compact Solutions. He is responsible for delivering software solutions for our customers. Dawid works with the development team as well as directly with the customers to provide products that solve challenges our customers face in the field. He specializes in metadata integration and data governance projects. Prior to joining Compact Solutions Dawid has been a Product Manager at Google and AXIT working on B2B, infrastructure and consumer products in various industry verticals.

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Bibi Ephraim Bibi Ephraim
Manager of Data Policy and Governance
Cisco Systems

Bibi Ephraim is a research scientist turned business manager leading cross-functional teams of technology experts in Fortune 100 companies. As manager of Data Policy and Governance at Cisco Systems, Mr. Ephraim built and led a team to drive data governance and policy while implementing MDM practices to enable optimal business decision-making.  Previously at Hewlett Packard, he was responsible for business intelligence and related programs.  Mr. Ephraim holds a Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from USF and a Master degree in Information Management from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Mario Faria Mario Faria
Head
Chief Data Officer, Inc.

Mario Faria is the head of Chief Data Officer, Inc, a consulting and advisory company. Mario is one of the first Chief Data Officers in the world, and has worked as a CDO at ServiceSource and Boa Vista (Equifax), leading global teams focused in Data Monetization, Data Quality, Data Governance, Operations, Architecture and Analytics. Also, he is a professor of Marketing and Strategy at the MBA program of the Laureate University and a contributor of several conferences, magazines and publications in areas of Analytics, Big Data, Data Management, Digital Marketing, Social Media and Technology. Mario has also worked for IBM, Accenture and Microsoft, leading projects related to BI, DW, CRM, Supply Chain, Web Development and Management Consulting. Mario has an MBA from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a MSc in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany and a BSc  in Computer Science from Unicamp. Mario advises companies to cross the "data chasm". One of them is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where Mario is the TPN Big Data Advisor.

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Erik Ferrone Erik Ferrone
Manager
TIAA-CREF

Erik Ferrone is currently responsible for the development and implementation of sustainable, business-led, data and process governance practices and capabilities at TIAA-CREF. Taking into account diverse business needs and challenges, Mr. Ferrone assists business area sponsors in developing proper data and process governance capabilities wherever they are required, including budgeting/planning applications, transactional systems, data warehouses, data marts, or financial models. Mr. Ferrone also participates in the Finance & Actuarial division’s, Data Governance Committee, as well as the company’s Enterprise Data Governance Council.

Prior to joining TIAA, Mr. Ferrone worked as a Managing Consultant within IBM Global Business Services’, Financial Services Practice. There he aided major financial institutions in the implementation of industry-leading analytical and reporting platforms aimed at lowering operational risk, increasing efficiencies, and delivering dynamic analytical capabilities. Prior to IBM, Mr. Ferrone also held roles at Tata Consultancy Services’ GE Global Practice, where he was a functional consultant and architect,  and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, where he was a senior member of the Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis team.

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Harold Finkel Harold Finkel
Managing Director, Business Data Management
TIAA-CREF

Harold Finkel is the Managing Director, Business Data Management at TIAA-CREF. As Managing Director his responsibilities   include development of policies and practices to guide data information collection and management; oversee a data management advisory council to provide guidelines and recommendations on business requirements, practice, and compliance to ensure business strategy, regulatory compliance, and continuity requirements are met; communicate awareness and understanding of data information needs, objectives, and direction to appropriate stakeholders and users; strategic and tactical planning, focusing on solutions for current and future business data practice problems; ensure basic metrics for the data information architecture, systems and processes have been identified, and an ongoing assessment process of these metrics is implemented; facilitate, mediate and define a strategy for leveraging information through data warehousing and data mining technologies.

Previously, as Global Head of Enterprise Data Governance Management at Citigroup, established the Citi Data Management Policy; led the Enterprise Data Governance Council; created and deployed a global Data Awareness Training program; established formal data management roles and responsibilities; implemented enterprise-wide Data Management Maturity assessments and targets and ensured establishment of associated improvement plans.  Prior experience included SVP, Global Program Management Office at Citigroup, and various technology management responsibilities as VP at JPMorganChase and at Citigroup.

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Thomas Finneran Thomas Finneran
Principal Consultant
IDennedy Project

Thomas R. Finneran is a Member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and of Ohio, New Jersey, and Connecticut and the Member of Patent Bar. He has practiced business, civil rights, and intellectual property law. Mr. Finneran has held executive positions at major corporations, including Director of MIS at a major research lab. He was also a managing principal in a successful mainframe software company. He has done strategic planning as well as implementation of tactical projects. He is currently associated with the IDennedy Project, a Privacy Policy, Strategy, and Implementation organization. 

Tom was Principal Consultant for CIBER, Inc for over 25 years. His strengths include Enterprise (including data, information, knowledge, business, and application) Architecture, business and data analysis, UML

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George Firican George Firican
Data Quality Manager
University of British Columbia

George Firican is the Data Quality Manager at the University of British Columbia, Development and Alumni Engagement Services – IT. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from UBC, and a Master of Management from Sauder School of Business. Besides his expertise in the information quality and data governance fields, he has 8+ years of project management and business/technical analysis experience in higher education, software/web development and e-commerce industries. His techie hobbies include design, photography, and tinkering with WordPress and Tableau. Outside of work, George likes hiking, skiing, playing tennis, and performing magic.

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Catherine Folkes Catherine Folkes
President
Data Best Practices

Cathy Folkes is a leading expert in nonprofit data best practices. With more than 25 years of experience guiding nonprofit organizations, direct marketing agencies and commercial organizations, she has developed a balanced scorecard approach to data governance.

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Lowell Fryman Lowell Fryman
Sr. Principal
Aspen Information Solutions

Lowell Fryman has been an independent consultant for over two decades. He is recognized as a leader in business glossary, metadata, enterprise data integration, business intelligence, quality and governance, having hands-on experience with over 80 business intelligence implementations.. Lowell is a co-author of the book “Business Metadata: Capturing Enterprise Knowledge”. Lowell is the past President of DAMA-Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) and an active speaker at international conferences. Lowell has developed technology best practice courses and trained thousands of professionals in data warehousing and ETL architecture, data architecture and data quality, as well as enterprise application integration. Recently he has lead teams in the implementation of enterprise Data Governance, business glossary Metadata repositories, Data Vault Architecture, business intelligence applications, and MDM/CDI integration. Lowell holds both the CBIP and CDMP certifications from ICCP.

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Kiran Gill Kiran Gill
Senior Strategic Consultant
Trillium Software

Kiran Gill is a Senior Strategic Consultant with Trillium Software. She has over 13 years of experience working with data in various sectors. She has a strong background in Data Strategy, Management, Marketing and Performance.

Her focus is to ensure that data is used as an asset and is maximized for a variety of purposes. She works with clients to enable transformation, optimization and maintenance of their data. This covers areas such as data governance, compliance, global data management, single customer view and online/offline integration.

Kiran has expertise in creating large scale data management programs across the Public and Private Sectors. Her work has involved implementing change and migration programs and strategies to facilitate robust data management and data usage across global organizations.

She has worked with Healthcare, Automotive, Financial, Legal and IT organizations to help embed a data driven approach with an aligned business strategy. She works to enable businesses to trust their data and to understand that data is the glue that holds them together.

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Robert Guberud Robert Guberud
VP, IQM and Governance Practice
Stream Integration

Robert Guberud leads the strategy for Stream Integration's Quality Management practice and Information Governance automation. In this role, he is responsible for identifying key initiatives and implementing solutions within enterprise Information Governance and Quality Frameworks, Information Value Chains, and Business Language modeling. Previously, Mr. Guberud has held a number of information architecture and development positions at IBM, including co-architect of GBS' Ready to Launch (RTL) SAP data migration methodology.

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Aftab Haque Aftab Haque
Vice President, Global Data Management
SAP America, Inc

Aftab Haque is a Vice President with the Global Data Management & Governance Organization at SAP America. He is responsible for Global Data Management Operations at SAP leveraging Offshore, Near Shore and Regional Data Management Centers. He is also responsible for driving Enterprise Master Data Analytics enabling Data Quality and Data Lifecycle Analytics and driving Data Quality improvement programs at SAP.

Aftab has over 20 years of experience in various strategic business and advisory roles encompassing Consulting, Service Sales, Pre-Sales, Practice Management, Project/Program Management, Business Operations and IT Management. Aftab has extensive experience in IT driven business transformation projects leveraging various SAP solutions like SAP ERP, SAP CRM, Data Management, Analytics and Financial Consolidation.

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Mary Anne Hopper Mary Anne Hopper
Management Consultant
SAS

Mary Anne Hopper is a Management Consultant with the Data Management Consulting practice at SAS.  She has over 15 years of experience of driving business end-user requirements in support of data governance, master data management, and analytic projects to successful conclusion. 

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Peter Kapur Peter Kapur
Director Data Governance, Quality and Analytics
The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC)

Peter Kapur is Director of Enterprise Data Governance at DTCC (The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation). For past 2 years, he has created and managed the Data Governance program at DTCC which is the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry. DTCC's Data and Repository Services is focused on working with the industry, regulators and DTCC counterparts to create capabilities that leverage data in order to mitigate risk, enhance transparency and drive down costs in financial markets globally.

Prior to joining DTCC, Peter spent 20 years in Leadership roles in various financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.

Peter’s work is focused on creating Business Value driven sustainable Data Management initiatives which are led by the Business in partnership with Technology. He has expertise in Master Data Management, Data Strategy, Data Stewardship, Data Quality and Metadata management.

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Doreen Kasozi Doreen Kasozi
Senior Officer Standards
Uganda Bureau of Statistics

Doreen Kasozi currently works with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics as the officer in charge of coordinating and spearheading the development and implementation of statistical standards. Her core values are integrity, quality commitment, Teamwork, professionalism. She recently completed her Masters degree in Economic Policy and Management from Makerere University Business School, and had earlier on graduated with an Upper Second Bachelors' Degree in Population Studies from Makere University, Kampala Uganda. She is married, with 2 little girls.

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Michele Koch Michele Koch
Director, Enterprise Data Management
Sallie Mae

Michele Koch is the Director of Enterprise Data Management and the Data Governance Office at Sallie Mae. Michele was responsible for the successful design and implementation of the enterprise Data Governance and Data Quality Programs at Sallie Mae. Their Data Governance Program won TDWI’s 2010 Best Practices Award for Data Governance and the international 2011 Data Governance Best Practice Award. Michele received dual masters’ degrees from The American University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

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Denis Kosar Denis Kosar
Data Governance Consultant
Knowledge Masters LLC

Denis Kosar has over 35 years experience working in IT and Financial Services focusing on Data Governance, Data Stewardship and Data Quality.

He has presented at various conferences including the DAMA International Conference, DGIQ Conference and the Information Quality conference at MIT.

He has served as VP of Communications for DAMA International and as President of DAMA NY.

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Eileen Koski Eileen Koski
Director, Data Governance
North Shore LIJ Health System

Eileen Koski has extensive experience in medical informatics and data management in both academic and commercial settings, currently as Director, Data Governance at North Shore LIJ Health System, where she is responsible for Enterprise Data Governance, a position she previously held at Medco, now Express Scripts, where she also managed population based analytics.

As Director, Informatics Research at Quest Diagnostics, Ms. Koski led data mining, graphical report design and biosurveillance initiatives; and represented the laboratory industry in government task forces and panels such as the ANSI HITSP Population Health Technical Committee, NGA State Alliance for e-Health Health Care Practice Task Force and AHIC Biosurveillance Data Steering Group. At Columbia University, Ms. Koski designed and developed medical database systems and was Director of Operations on a multi-center clinical trial.

Ms. Koski has a B.S. in Biology, and M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in Sociomedical Sciences, all from Columbia University.

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Tom Kunz Tom Kunz
Downstream Data Manager
Royal Dutch Shell

Tom Kunz is a 33 year Shell finance professional who became involved with Shell’s global master data team 5 years ago. Working as the Data Manager for Shell’s Global Downstream businesses, he has brought knowledge from his previous business roles as a finance manager to help the newly formed Master Data organization drive business and process improvement.

Tom has a degree in business management from Brigham Young University and has been involved with continuous education for more than 30 years including post graduate courses at the University of Houston and Management Education courses at Wharton.

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Gregory Lampshire Gregory Lampshire
Partner
K2 Solutions

Gregory Lampshire is a Partner at K2 Solutions and has led multiple consulting practices in multiple industries including financial services, healthcare, life sciences, telecommunications and energy.  Gregory has used his business strategy, business development and deep analytical skills to help his clients solve problems. He has established and mentored clients on a variety of best practices including data, process and analytics delivery and operational methods. He has worked deeply in the data science space, complex data mining and analytical formulations including novel formulations for customer lifetime value (CLV) and helped make analytics part of the business process to include churn/attrition, acquisition, lifetime value and segmentation.  Gregory has helped both his clients and his employers place or win awards: CIO Magazine’s Enterprise Value, Data Warehouse Integrator of the Year and the Smithsonian Computer Innovative Use of Technology.

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Marty Loughlin Marty Loughlin
Vice President, Financial Services
Cambridge Semantics Inc.

Marty Loughlin is Vice President, Financial Services at Cambridge Semantics Inc. Prior to joining Cambridge Semantics, Marty was the Managing Director for EMC's consulting business in Boston. His 25 year career has focused on helping clients leverage transformative technologies to drive business results, most recently in Cloud and Big Data. Prior to joining EMC in 2005, Marty was co-founder and COO of Granitar, a web consultancy that grew to 250 people in four years and served clients such as State Street Co., The New York Times and Standard & Poor's. Marty began his career in Ireland with Digital Equipment Co. He holds a B. Eng. from Dublin City University and a High Tech MBA from Northeastern University.

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David Loshin David Loshin
President
Knowledge Integrity

David Loshin is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc, (www.knowledge-integrity.com), a consulting company focusing on information management solutions (information quality, business intelligence, metadata, and data governance). David is among Knowledge Integrity’s recognized experts in information management, contributing to Intelligent Enterprise, DM Review, and is a channel expert for the Business Intelligence network (www.b-eye-network.com).

David's books include "The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement," and "Master Data Management,” and his book, "Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager’s Guide" (June 2003), has been hailed as a resource allowing readers to "gain an understanding of business intelligence, business management disciplines, data warehousing, and how all of the pieces work together." David has created courses for TDWI, Dataversity, and other number of venues, and is often asked to provide thought leadership to the Information Management Community.

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Cheri Mallory Cheri Mallory
North American Information Management Practice Lead
SAP

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Curt McAdams Curt McAdams
Manager of Data Modeling
Care Source

Curt McAdams has over 25 years in data and IT and is the Data Modeling Manager for CareSource and has been with the company since 2010. Curt has been integrally involved in building out data management services for the company and integrating data management within existing processes and culture.

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Danette McGilvray Danette McGilvray
President and Principal
Granite Falls

Danette McGilvray is president and principal of Granite Falls Consulting, a firm that helps organizations increase their success by addressing the information quality and data governance aspects of their business efforts. Focusing on bottom-line results, Granite Falls' strength is in helping clients connect their business strategy to practical steps for implementation. Data quality and governance are always tied to an organization's goals, issues, and opportunities, with communication and the human aspect of work also being emphasized.

Danette is the author of Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information™ (Morgan Kaufmann, 2008). An internationally respected expert, her Ten Steps™ approach has been embraced as a proven method for managing data quality in the enterprise. A popular speaker, she has taught her courses in several countries. Her book has been translated into Chinese and is being used as a textbook in university graduate programs

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Melanie Mecca Melanie Mecca
Data Management Maturity Model, Product Manager
CMMI Institute

Melanie Mecca is the CMMI Institute’s Data Management Maturity (DMM) Model Product Manager, and a primary author of the DMM since January 2011. She secured corporate sponsor funding and created a methodology for benchmarking an organization’s data management capabilities. Ms. Mecca has led enterprise DMM Assessments for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of Financial Research, Microsoft Corporation, Fannie Mae, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Goldman Sachs. Ms. Mecca has architected and implemented data strategies and organization-wide data management improvement programs, and managed many projects to design enterprise data architectures, enterprise data models, master data hubs, data warehouse components, and shared data services. At a recent health analytics conference, she led executive data management sessions emphasizing the importance of sound data management practices for analytics. She has a Masters degree in Philosophy.

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Joy Medved Joy Medved
Strategy Consultant
Paradata Consulting, LLC

Joy L. Medved is currently Strategy Consultant at Paradata Consulting, LLC. Joy has spent most of the past 20 years as a business improvement consultant, strategist, coach, researcher, trainer and speaker, and specializes in the development, implementation, evaluation and improvement of Data Governance, Data Quality, Metadata, and Training Programs. She always seeks to employ the most efficient and effective combination of methodologies and tools in order to help her clients “simplify the quest for quality.” As a trainer and coach, Joy enjoys helping others learn how to become self-sufficient to achieve and sustain their business improvement goals. Joy spends her spare time enjoying long-distance touring on her GL1800 Goldwing motorcycle. Follow Joy @paradatageek.

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Sherry Michaels Sherry Michaels
Data Quality Program Manager
The Hartford

Sherry Michaels is the Data Quality Program Manager at The Hartford responsible for the development, growth and oversight of data quality efforts across the organization. She is closely aligned with the business data governance and stewardship programs to ensure corporate-wide consistency regarding data that is used for processing and decision making every day.

She has 30 years of insurance industry experience, spending the last 10 years in the data quality and data governance space. She had the opportunity to build a data quality program from the ground up, has actively participated in the development of a corporate governance program and has attended many conferences learning and building an invaluable professional network. She is extremely passionate about data quality, especially in an industry that sells an intangible product, and enjoys sharing her experience and insight with others in order to raise awareness of the critical importance of high quality data.

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Duncan Munro Duncan Munro
IT Program Manager
Seattle Public Utilities

Duncan Munro is a Technology Program Manager with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) a department of the City of Seattle. Since completing his PhD in 1992 he has worked as an acquirer, steward and manager of information in support of business processes in various organizations ranging from international government agencies to small start-up technology companies. Duncan’s current focus is on leading engagement between business process owners and technology enablers in governing and managing the information life-cycle. Coupled to the diversity of assets that are managed by SPU in the course of service delivery is an attendant diversity in the information that is required to implement the asset management paradigm. Designing and implementing approaches that ensure that the quality of the information that is used in our decision making is always measureable and visible has allowed SPU to leverage their information assets more deeply and to lower the risk of poor decisions.

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Mark Nadeau Mark Nadeau
Director, Global Marketing Technology and Data Governance Office
Schneider Electric

Mark Nadeau has spent a decade in both IT and various business functions. Both facets of his career have always centered around Customers within the Sales, Marketing and Customer Services processes or CRM and BI systems. This experience has given him unique insights to run Schneider Electric's Enterprise Data Governance Program for Customer Master Data.

Amidst an Enterprise Transformation at Schneider Electric that began in 2008, Mark helped guide the creation and implementation of a Data Governance Program for Customer Data. Since, this program's operational framework has been adopted and deployed to other data domains. Mark and his team have recently advanced the scope of their Data Governance to include Marketing Process data in addition to Customer Master data.

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Kimberly Nevala Kimberly Nevala
Director Business Strategy
SAS Best Practices

Kimberly Nevala, aka the "Governance Guru" of the SAS Best Practices team, is responsible for industry education, key client strategies and market analysis in the areas of business intelligence and analytics, data governance, and master data management. She has more than 15 years of experience advising clients on the development and implementation of strategic customer and information management programs, as well as managing mission-critical projects. She specializes in developing business and IT strategies, organizational alignment, program planning, design, and governance. She is the co-author of The Data Governance eBook: Maps, Mechanics and Morals, as well as Planning Your BI Program: A Portfolio Management Approach and 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Launching a Data Governance Program.

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Barbara Nichols Barbara Nichols
President
Metaview360, LLC

Barbara Nichols is an Information Technology professional with over 30 years of experience assisting clients and software vendors to develop IT solutions and products to leverage data and information to their strategic advantage. She has specialized experience in meta data modeling and management with a focus on integration in repository-based environments.

Barbara held strategic data integration and product development roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, R&O (now ASG/Rochade), Dovetail Software (Founder) and Ascential Software, now part of IBM’s WebSphere Information Server product line.

Barbara founded Metaview360 in 2002 and has focused her consulting business in the areas of data and information management including: data governance, data warehousing, meta data management, tool evaluation, and information systems architecture.

Barbara has articulated and implemented meta data architectures for dozens of Fortune 500 clients.

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Michael Nicosia Michael Nicosia
Director, Corp Finance Data & Integration
TIAA-CREF

Michael Nicosia joined TIAA-CREF in November 2004 and is currently responsible for developing and deploying business-led data and process governance capabilities, and leading the development of Finance & Actuarial's (F&A) multi-dimensional vision, strategy, and roadmap. In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Nicosia oversees a large scale transformation program focused on strengthening and automating critical Finance business processes, improving data quality and integration and upgrading Finance's underlying technology/infrastructure. He is also an active member of the company's Enterprise Data Governance council.

Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Mr. Nicosia worked as a Managing Consultant for The Amherst Group Limited, a consulting firm that provides advisory services to Shared Services organizations around the world. During this time, he provided strategic advice and counsel to Fortune 100 companies on organizational design, implementation of shared services management practices, and conducted detailed studies of various service delivery processes across multiple functional areas and industries.

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Daragh O Brien Daragh O Brien
Managing Director
Castlebridge Associates

Daragh O Brien IQCP,  is a leading Information Quality, Information Governance, and Data Privacy consultant, teacher, and author. He spent a decade with Ireland's leading telecoms company in CRM and Regulatory Ops roles and now advises leading organizations in Ireland, UK, and elsewhere on "Connect the Dots" approaches to Information. Daragh is a former Director of the IAIDQ, leads their Irish community, and is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society. He is also Global Privacy Advocate for DAMA International.

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Kelle O'Neal Kelle O'Neal
Managing Partner
First San Francisco Partners

Having worked with the software and systems providers key to the formulation of Master Data Management (MDM), Kelle O'Neal has played important roles in many of the groundbreaking initiatives that confirm the value of MDM to the enterprise. Recognizing an unmet need for clear guidance on the intricacies of implementing data solutions, she founded First San Francisco Partners. Under her leadership, FSFP immediately established a reputation as the first-call resource for companies looking to tap the value of Enterprise Information Management (EIM), MDM and Data Governance (DG). Kelle developed her ability to work through organizational complexity, build consensus and drive results in senior roles at companies such as Siperian, GoldenGate Software, Siebel Systems and Oracle. Kelle's strong background enables her to provide expert counsel to organizations seeking to execute an EIM, MDM or DG project. Kelle holds degrees from Duke Univ and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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Michael Ott Michael Ott
Sr. VP
Innovative Systems, Inc.

Michael M. Ott is a Senior Vice President of Innovative Systems, Inc. (ISI), an international provider of leading data quality, MDM, data governance, and AML compliance solutions. Mr. Ott has extensive experience in executive management, marketing, business development, product management, and management of software development. He currently oversees marketing, product management, customers, and partners for Innovative Systems.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Ott has been involved in managing the delivery of consulting, software, and professional services to some of the largest companies in the world and has spoken at numerous events on topics related to achieving and maintaining effective data management and data governance for better business results.

Mr. Ott received a Bachelor of Economics degree from Allegheny College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual concentration in Marketing and Information Systems.

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Raman Parthasarathy Raman Parthasarathy
Vice President of Product Strategy
Riversand Technologies

Raman Parthasarathy has joined Riversand as VP of Product Strategy and will be primarily focused on new & emerging industry verticals to deepen Riversand’s focus and product road map to address the specific needs of these verticals. Raman has over 18 years of global IT services and consulting experience and specifically in last 10 years was involved in building a new MDM Consulting group worldwide from scratch to ~75 Million USD.

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Jessica Pham Jessica Pham
Data Governance Analyst
Hoag Hospital

Jessica Pham is responsible for the development and deployment of Enterprise Data Governance to deliver Metadata Management, Data Quality, and Master Data Management programs at Hoag Hospital. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University where her early career focused on employing continuous improvement methodologies. Expanding from Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Contact Centers, she transitioned to Data Management in early 2013.

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David Plotkin David Plotkin
Advisory Consultant
EMC

David Plotkin is an Advisory Consultant for EMC2, working in Enterprise Information Management. He is responsible for leading efforts at client companies to plan and implement Data Governance both as stand-alone efforts and as part of other initiatives such as Data Quality improvement and Master Data Management. He has previously managed Data Governance at an insurance company and managed data quality at two large banks. He has been working with data governance, data modeling, metadata and data quality for over 20 years. He is a popular speaker at DAMA chapters and conferences, and serves as a subject matter expert on many topics around metadata, data governance, and data quality.

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Chris Reed Chris Reed
Solutions Consultant
Infogix

Chris Reed has been a Solutions Consultant with Infogix for 8 years. In his role he works with Infogix customers and prospects providing assessments, product demonstrations, and product knowledge. Prior to working at Infogix, Chris was an Architectural Consultant with Unisys. Chris graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degrees in Operations Management and Information Systems.

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April Reeve April Reeve
Advisory Consultant
EMC

April Reeve has spent the last 25 years working as an enterprise data architect and program manager.Currently she is working for EMC Consulting as an Advisory Consultant in the Enterprise Information Management practice on Big Data Strategy and Data Governance.

April is an expert in multiple Data Management disciplines including Data Conversion, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Master Data Management, Data Integration, and Data Governance.

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Pablo Riboldi Pablo Riboldi
MDM & Governance Engineer
LDS Church

Pablo Riboldi has worked of the past 7 years as the Solution Manager for Information Governance and Quality for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has presented many times at DAMA, Data Governance Conferences in the US and Europe. Pablo’s Data Governance program at the Church of Jesus Christ was awarded the 2013 Data Governance Best Practice Award. He has a PhD in Instructional Science and is an adjunct faculty for Argosy University teaching graduate courses on Information Management and Research Methodologies. He has a passion for teaching and sharing with others. Pablo is an animated presenter known for his ability to simplify difficult concepts and show them in practical, understandable ways. In his free time, Pablo enjoys running, biking, and sailing around the mountains and lakes of beautiful Utah while raising his eight children with his wife Heidi.

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Robert Rich Robert Rich
Global Program Director MDM
Teradata Corporation

Robert Rich leads MDM sales as a recognized expert in data quality, data governance, data integration and managing master data in complex heterogeneous environments.  His real world understanding of how to drive business value out of technology deployments comes from 20+ years of experience as an IT professional, consultant and in various sales, marketing and product roles for enterprise application software vendors. Robert was responsible for Data Quality tools at Ascential software where he positioned data quality and MDM to help clients initialize SAP deployments and manage data warehouse environments.  When IBM purchased Ascential Robert led product marketing for IBM MDM Solutions.  Robert’s passion for data quality led him to start DataQualityFirst and bring to market a packaged solution to automatically identify “party” data across disparate sources.  Most recently Robert led business development for MDM service specialist InfoTrellis working with blue chip clients across industry on complex large scale implementations to fully leverage master data across the enterprise.

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Mario Rosso Mario Rosso
Data Governance Process Manager
Schneider Electric

Mario Rosso spent the first part of his career in technical and business roles in the Southern California aerospace industry. He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Technology and has over ten year's experience teaching Information Technology at the post-secondary level. An interest in research, data, and analytics prompted Mario to pioneer a small BI program at Pelco, Inc., a major manufacturer of video security equipment in Central California. When Pelco was acquired by Schneider Electric in 2008, Mario began seeking a wider role within the global enterprise. His frustration wrestling with endemic data quality problems led him to Schneider's then newly formed Enterprise Data Governance Program for Customer Master Data in 2011. Mario has spent the last two years assisting Schneider's Customer  Master Data Governance program director, Mark Nadeau, establish an effective operational data governance program

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Rodney Schackmann Rodney Schackmann
Sr. Staff Information Architect
Intel

Rodney Schackmann is an Information Industry veteran since 1982, with a history in software development, management, consulting, mentoring, and strategic technical leadership, and is currently the Sr. Staff Information Architect in Intel’s Corporate Quality organization. In his 20+ years at Intel, a majority of that time has been focused on Key Information efforts — educating and establishing Taxonomies, Controlled Vocabularies, Master Data Management, Data Governance, and driving cross-organizational teams to better solutions with higher Information Quality results. Rodney is now leveraging Intel’s long Quality history and world leadership in silicon manufacturing, and applying expertise and best-known practices from that domain to their Enterprise Information landscape.

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Michael Scofield Michael Scofield
Asst. Professor
Loma Linda University

Michael Scofield is an Assistant Professor in Health Information Management at Loma Linda University in the Department of Health Information Management. He was a 2007 nominee for the DAMA Intl. Award for Professional Achievement.  He is a frequent speaker to a variety of professional and general audiences on topics of data management, data quality, data warehouse design, and data visualization. His career has included education and private industry in the areas of data quality, decision-support systems, data warehousing, and data management. His articles appear in DM Review, the B-Eye Newsletter, InformationWeek magazine, the IBI Systems Journal, and other professional journals. He also has humor published in the L.A. Times and other journals.

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Robert S. Seiner Robert S. Seiner
President/Publisher
KIK Consulting / TDAN.com

Robert (Bob) S. Seiner is the President and Principal of KIK Consulting & Educational Services and the Publisher of The Data Administration Newsletter (TDAN.com). In 2014, TDAN.com celebrated its 17th anniversary and attracts close to 125K visitors every month. In 2013, KIK Consulting celebrated its 11th anniversary focusing on knowledge transfer and consultative mentoring.

Bob was recently awarded the DAMA Professional Award for significant and demonstrable contributions to the data management industry and recently chaired the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Data Governance Best Practice Awards. Bob specializes in "non-invasive data governance", data stewardship, and meta-data management solutions and has successfully assisted and mentored many notable organizations.

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Jay Shah Jay Shah
Product Manager
Infogix, Inc.

Jay Shah is currently an Enterprise Product Manager at Infogix, Inc. where he is responsible for driving the Visibility Suite solutions focusing on Data Visualization and Reporting. He has over 12 years of Product Management experience including stints at Salesforce.com, Oracle, Sage Software, and Marsh. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Sciences from University of Illinois and MBA from DePaul University.

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Kevin Shannon Kevin Shannon
VP Data Strategy Operations
Standard and Poor’s

Kevin Shannon is Vice President and Global Head of Data Stewardship for Standard and Poor’s ratings agency. He has over 17 years experience conceiving and implementing enterprise wide technology and data management strategies. He is a thought leader in establishing vision, re-engineering enterprise data architectures and managing the associated change.

Kevin has a broad range of experiences in the financial services industry that cross front, middle and back offices. He has overseen numerous data infrastructure re-engineering initiatives; established enterprise data management strategies; implemented data governance, stewardship and quality measurement programs; and managed fixed income trading and derivative collateral management technology teams.

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Len Silverston Len Silverston
President
Universal Data Models

Len Silverston is a best-selling author, consultant, and speaker with over 30 years of experience helping organizations integrate their information, systems, and people. Mr. Silverston is an internationally acclaimed expert and thought leader in the fields of data management, data modeling, data governance, and in the human dynamics of integrating information. He is well known for his work on "Universal Data Models", or in other words, re-usable models that help develop higher quality data models in less time. He is the author of The Data Model Resource Book series (Volumes 1, 2, and 3), which describe hundreds of reusable data models. The volume 1 book was rated #12 on the Computer Literacy Best Seller List and his volume 1 and 2 books have been translated into Chinese and in 2009, he co-authored “The Data Model Resource Book, Volume 3, Universal Patterns for Data Modeling”, which has been into Korean. Mr. Silverston has published many articles and has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences, winning many awards for his top rated seminars. He is also the winner of the DAMA (Data Administration Management Association) International Professional Achievement Award for 2004 and the DAMA International Community Award for 2006. Mr. Silverston's company, Universal Data Models, provides consulting, training, publications, and software to enable information integration.

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Sunil Soares Sunil Soares
Founder and Managing Partner
Information Asset LLC

Sunil Soares is the founder and managing partner of Information Asset, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations build out their information governance programs. Prior to this role, Sunil was the Director of Information Governance at IBM, and worked with clients across six continents and multiple industries.

Sunil's first book called The IBM Data Governance Unified Process that details the fourteen steps and almost one hundred sub-steps to implement an Information Governance program. Sunil's second book Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function reviews the best way to approach Information Governance by industry and function. Sunil's third book called Big Data Governance will review the importance of information governance for different types of big data.

Sunil has also worked at the Financial Services Strategy Consulting Practice of Booz Allen & Hamilton and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Sunil Soares is the founder and managing partner of Information Asset, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations build out their information governance programs. Prior to this role, Sunil was the Director of Information Governance at IBM, and worked with clients across six continents and multiple industries.

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Jose Solera Jose Solera
Director IT Enterprise Services & PMO
Railinc

Jose Solera, PMP, MBA (Cornell University) and a United States Military Academy (West Point) graduate, has over 25 years of experience in high technology companies. He has led and managed projects and programs of all sizes in IT, security, and marketing. Currently with Railinc in Cary, NC as the Director of IT Enterprise Services and the PMO, he worked previously for Symantec, Intel, and Accenture. At Railinc he leads many large multi-year programs, the delivery of enterprise services, user experience (UX), and Agile. Other major programs Mr. Solera has led include the Year 2000 program for all Intel, the Intel Inside® Program system development, and a SaaS (Software as a Service) initiative at Symantec in support of a new set of products. Mr. Solera teaches and coaches on leadership and project management at two major universities and PMI chapters.

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Maureen Spence Maureen Spence
Sr. Manager MIS
Capital One

Maureen Spence has 25 years of experience in the Banking Industry to include Accounting/Finance, IT and Data Governance/Data Stewardship positions. She is and has been an integral part of Data Warehouse implementation, Data Governance and Data Stewardship process at Capital One.

Previous to Capital One, Maureen was responsible for the implementation of the successful Data Warehouse and Enterprise Data Governance program at Chevy Chase Bank. As a proponent of process improvement, Maureen has also led many cost and time reduction efforts at Chevy Chase. Examples of those efforts were speed to market financial reporting, report automation increasing analytical review time. Revamped Mortgage funding model resulting in tremendous savings in out of pocket costs.

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Maria Suarez Maria Suarez
MDM Manager
Cerveceria Nacional - Sabmiller Ecuador

Maria Suarez graduated from Economics at the Polytechnic University and MBA at Catholic University in Guayaquil - Ecuador, worked at PwC as part of the Management Consulting Services Department developing projects in order to improve business process and structure alignment.

Joined PRONACA, Ecuador´s largest food processing company developing organization designs and compensation programs based on results. In 2006 she  became part of SABMiller and was later appointed as MDM Manager in order be part of the implementation of  the new Global Solution (SAP) for the country.

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Traci Sullivan Traci Sullivan
Sr. Solution Engineer
SAP

Traci Sullivan is a consultant for SAP EIM (Enterprise Information Management) solutions. She has experience demonstrating and communicating to organizations the benefits and value of a robust information governance strategy.

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John Talburt John Talburt
Professor
UALR Information Science

Dr. John Talburt is Professor of Information Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and the Coordinator for the Information Quality Graduate Program. He is Executive Director of the UALR Center for Advanced Research in Entity Resolution and Information Quality and Associate Director of the Acxiom Laboratory for Applied Research. His areas of research are information quality and entity and identity resolution. From 1995 to 2005 he was a leader for research and development and product innovation at Acxiom Corporation. Professor Talburt is an inventor for several patents related to customer data integration, author for numerous articles on information quality and entity resolution, and author of Entity Resolution and Information Quality published by Morgan Kaufmann. He is the winner of the 2008 DAMA International Academic Award and holds the Information Quality Certified Professional (IQCP) certification.

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Laura Tellmann Laura Tellmann
Director, Clinical Informatics
BJC HealthCare

Laura Tellmann has 22 years of experience in data management, including a background in developing database applications which grew into management of data integration, decision support application and web-based user interfaces for Washington University and BJC HealthCare. Currently, she is Director of Clinical Informatics within BJC HealthCare and has championed the Data Governance Program, serving as Data Governance Officer.

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Gauthier Vasseur Gauthier Vasseur
Chief Operations Officer and co-founder
Semarchy

Gauthier Vasseur is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) and co-founder of Semarchy, a software start-up helping organizations rely upon and drive value from their consolidated master data across all their business domains. Semarchy Convergence platform is specifically designed to build customer or product 360 views, manage data quality and support governance on small and big data.

Gauthier has held leadership positions in top companies such as:- Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young- Senior Director of Marketing at Hyperion and Oracle- Director of Global Performance Management at Google- Vice President of Business Intelligence Performance Management at TriNet (in pre-IPO)With wide-ranging experience, Gauthier has taken advantage of countless opportunities to develop extensive, adept management and leadership skills.

Gauthier has deep international and diverse expertise across numerous domains, such as marketing, product strategy, communication, finance and management.

His experience in running a business enables him to share his all-encompassing knowledge via published articles, corporate keynotes and his courses at Stanford University where he teaches Business Intelligence and Big Data with approaches that blend systems, data, people, and process. 

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Dennis Waldron Dennis Waldron
Sr. VP, Chief  Data Steward
Northern Trust Wealth Management

Dennis Waldron is a Senior Vice President, Chief Data Steward at The Northern Trust Company for the Wealth Management business.

Prior to his career with Northern Trust, Dennis was the Global Lead Architect for the Oracle Practice at Accenture, Director of Enterprise Architecture for ACNielsen, Data Management executive for Discover Financial Services, and an Information Management Solution Architect at IBM. Most recently, he served as Chief Solution Architect & Big Data Champion at Teradata.

He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Information Sciences from Grand Valley State University and his graduate degree from University of Phoenix. He also attended Nova Southeastern University with dissertation research in distributed real-time computing.

Dennis has been a board member for TDWI (The Data Warehouse Institute) Chicago Chapter since 2009 and is the founder of the Business Intelligence User Group of Chicago.

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John Warren John Warren
Senior Statistician
US EPA

John Warren has been a senior statistician in the Quality Assurance field for over 18 years and with EPA for 30 years. His principal interests center on bringing statistical theory and concepts to the environmental community in plain English through guidance documents, explaining statistical quality assurance methodologies to environmentalists through teaching and seminars, and research into innovative methods to characterize representative samples. He has a PhD in statistics from North Carolina State University. John came to America in 1968 in an attempt to raise the IQ on both sides of the Atlantic, but it seems to have been a petered out to a draw. He enjoys cooking and his latest research efforts center on recreating the British National Dish: Beans on Toast, but he can’t find the recipe.

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David Weinberg David Weinberg
Data Architect
Railinc

David Weinberg has over 25 years of experience in high technology companies. He has been Railinc's Data Architect for the past three years, where he founded the Data Architecture practice. David's approach to Data Architecture is based on what he calls the "Seven Pillars"--Cultural Readiness, Data Standardization, Data Strategy, Dissemination and Integration, Data Quality, Information Lifecycle Management, and Data Governance. Prior to working at Railinc, David was the Senior Data Architect in the International Wholesale Division of Verizon Business. He presents regularly at Railinc and to the Railroad Industry on Data Architecture topics.

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George Yuhasz George Yuhasz
Director, Data Process & Governance
HealthNow New York Inc.

George Yuhasz is the Director of Data Process and Governance at HealthNow NY, which offers the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan of Western NY, joining the organization in 2010. As a consultant, he has evangelized information strategy and business analytics across a number of industry portfolios and verticals; including healthcare, military/defense, higher education, retail and manufacturing.

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Steve Zagoudis Steve Zagoudis
CEO
MetaGovernance Inc

Steve Zagoudis is the president and founder of MetaGovernance. Steve currently holds the VP Marketing Board position for Data Governance Professional Organization (DGPO). He is an Information Governance specialist with 20+ years' extensive business and technical experience. Steve has a proven track record resolving chronic data infrastructure issues. He has formed Data Governance functions for numerous organizations. Steve has cross-industry experience in international and domestic organizations, having been based in the UK and Germany for several years. He has led the design and implementation of technical and data architectures on complex data warehousing and data mining applications, providing straightforward solutions to business problems. He is a 'second surgery' and metadata specialist, refocusing failed Business Intelligence projects. Steve excels at unlocking information hidden within organizational data, for improved operations and competitor position.

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Timothy Zeddies Timothy Zeddies
AVP, Analytics & Improvement
Spectrum Health

Timothy C. Zeddies, MHSA, PhD is Associate Vice President of Analytics and Improvement at Spectrum Health. He  is responsible for measuring, analyzing, understanding, and improving the quality and efficiency of care that members of Priority Health receive. He and his team develop activities to focus clinical quality performance improvement and reduce variation in care. He also provides informatics leadership for getting data, analyzing information, and developing improvement activities across the Triple Aim of per capita cost, patient’s clinical experience, and population health.

Following several years in academic health center management, Timothy earned graduate degrees from The University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.  After teaching healthcare administration at The University of Kansas, he led numerous healthcare informatics departments for managed care plans and related organizations.   His work included contracting and network services, quality, research and evaluation, medical cost management, strategic planning, and disease management.

During his career, he directed an HMO to its first NCQA accreditation; conducted and published research on small area variation, rural hospitals, hospital P4P programs, and patient safety efforts; designed and implemented provider profiling and pay-for-performance programs; and held active leadership in state cost containment efforts and national advisory panels.

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