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Business of Data | Global Advisory Board


Consisting of senior executives from a plethora of industries and backgrounds the Global Business of Data Advisory Board seeks to bring a voice to all those within the data & analytics community.

Providing consultation on content and experiences, this board will serve as an invaluable resource for influencing the Business of Data's content strategy, events, and networking opportunities. 

These advisors will also take an active role in various projects such as the annual North American Business of Data awards, where they feature as Judges each year.

The members of the Business of Data Advisory Board have been nominated to join by those within the community. Our members come from many different backgrounds, showcasing the brilliant diversity of thought and talent within the Corinium communities.

Our Advisory Board Members

Ines Ashton

Director of Advance Analytics


Ines has been working in data and analytics since she joined Capital One in 2007, and has since expanded her analytics leadership in a variety of industries: banking, publishing, oil, pharma and FMCG. Ines spent 7 years working with Shell petroleum where she transformed their CRM strategy by championing digitisation, customisation, and automation. In 2019, Ines joined Mars Inc to drive the AI/ML supply chain agenda. Over past 4 years, Ines has helped Mars embrace cognitive supply chain equipping them to meet the ever-changing customer needs while weathering adverse supply chain shocks. Ines and her family are keen animal lovers with two dogs, two cats and a fishpond.

Karine Serfaty

Chief Data Officer

The Economist

In a nutshell:
Karine is a pragmatic, commercially savvy, global leader and data expert with a track record of commercial impact and a passion to break new ground and drive growth. She laid foundations for sustained 40% YOY growth in digital subscriptions at The New York Times, drove the Data agenda as ITV's first Chief Data Officer, and is looking forward to continuing to drive growth and invent the future in a forward-thinking, dynamic business with a positive mission.

Unique background: Commercial + Data + Ground-breaking leadership
- Deep business comprehension and commercial savvyness
- Can set a shared vision and work towards it, adapting along the way
- Deep expertise across full Data stack (details below)
- Makes change happen via flexible strategy development, high-impact use of data and effective leadership across levels and cultures

Extensive experience in Data, Media and Subscriptions
- Data: experience across the full Data value chain, identifying top value-creating applications of Data as well as major strategic data acquisition opportunities, creating both tangible (micro-optimization and data product suite) and intangible value (KPI definition, agility via reliably decisioning data speedily available) at the strategic and operational levels.
- Subscriptions: laid foundations for 200% growth in subscribers at The New York Times
- Media

Deep grounding in world-class education (Harvard Economics PhD, 2008) as well as state-of-the-art Machine Learning methodologies, Design Thinking and Data platforms.

Louis DiModugno

Chief Data and Technology Officer

HSB, a division of MunichRe

Leader/Creator of Enterprise Transformation programs focused on data, ready to address complex issues and migrate organizations toward a successful future state. Focuses on creating a "Culture of Curiosity," driving data and data insight tools into the hands of business professionals.

Repeatedly sought out to pioneer data & analytics and transformation programs, which have consistently ignited unprecedented gains in performance, productivity, cost savings, and revenue growth. Expertise in aligning and supporting speed of operational improvements with changes in mindsets and behaviors.
Educates and Empowers leadership teams to design and execute strategic improvement & quality enhancement initiatives reducing complexity and promoting creativity.
Leadership in over 30 years of military and corporate change through accountabilities driven by business intelligence architectures. Data and technology focused executive who has proven successful at deploying Continuous Improvement methodologies throughout the Enterprise. Expertise in Project/Program strategy, planning and execution for successful delivery. Customer and Process focused.

Specialties: Data Strategy creation and metrics development to ensure progress. Develops processes for consistency in metrics reporting to drive accountability. Excels as data visualization and data analysis designer. Strong background in leadership development fostered through Military and Civilian experience. GE- trained Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Lean Six Sigma Black/Green Belt training/mentoring Certification to ASQ standards. US Gov't trained Lean Sensei. Expertise in Theory of Constraint.

Fernando Fernandez

CX Advanced Analytics Director


Fernando Fernández is a data and analytics professional and executive with more than 10 years of experience. He specializes in big data, analytics and customer experience.

He has worked in different roles in his nine-year career at BBVA México, creating teams, and leading them in areas such as business intelligence, NPS, digital banking and product marketing. He now serves as the CX Advanced Analytics Director, where he is focused on finding insights within the data to improve all of BBVA’s customer’s experiences, generating customer feedback directly from data and recently working on predictive models to proactively improve the satisfaction of any customer that interacts with BBVA’s services.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and an MBA from Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas (México), as well as studies in subjects such as analytics, data science, management and blockchain.

Kulani Likotsi

Head Data Management and Data Governance

Standard Bank

My career has spanned across multiple industries including Insurance, Oil & Gas and now the Financial Services sector.

I have held various information management-related positions from Information Analyst, Data Warehouse Developer, Business Intelligence Developer, Data Steward , Senior Manager Data Governance and currently as a Head of Data Management and Data Governance which includes Information Risk Management, Data Privacy and Regulatory compliance.

I am an inspiring leader and motivational speaker who is always looking for new innovative solutions to unlock business value and to drive organizational excellence.

Extensive knowledge and hands-on experience

• Co-creation and ensuring execution of Data Strategy
• Driving regulatory readiness for applicable legislation (POPIA, GDPR, PCI DSS)
• End-to-End protection of Information Assets and design of incident response capabilities
• Embedded and proactive risk management (including cloud environments and 3rd parties)
• Co-creation of Data Governance frameworks
• Overseeing aligned and professionally run information Governance Committees
• Ensuring accountability for the stewardship and ownership of information assets
• Serving as a liaison between business, technology and functional areas in making sure data requirements are clearly defined.
• Embedding industry frameworks including DMBOK principles as a guide and reference for the execution of the Data management function
• Effective development of data warehouse structures and data migration processes
• Establishing a Data management and Data Governance capability

Maritza Curry

Head of Data

BNP Paribas Personal Finance SA (RCS Group)

I have been involved in data and analytics since 2001, fulfilling a diversity of roles, spanning across Data Management, Data Analytics and Data Governance. My focus since 2013 has been on helping organisations formulate and execute their data strategies, both in South Africa and Australia. In 2015, I completed my MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School – my research report was on how to measure the value of data and analytics in organisations.

I have been featured in Corinium’s Global Top 100 Innovators in Data and Analytics list, HotTopics’ Global Top 100 Data Activators Awards, CDO Magazine’s Global Data Power Women List and OnCon’s Top 50 Data & Analytics Professional Icon list.

Victoria Gamerman

Global Head of Data Governance and Insights

Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

I am a curious thought and people leader focused on improving healthcare by connecting the dots among patient-centricity, digital health, and real-world evidence to evolve clinical research through innovation and digital transformation. 

As Global Head of Data Governance and Insights, I am accountable for shaping the data strategy and data governance for Clinical Development and Operations. Previously, I was the Head of Health Informatics and Analytics where I established the strategic priorities based on needs from Medical and Commercial stakeholders. As a team of data scientists, we executed use cases to generate evidence from external clinical data and real-world health care data in support of drug development. 

I have formal training with a PhD and MS in Biostatistics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MA/BA in Mathematics from Boston University. I am also trained in Scrum/Agile methodologies (Product Owner and Scrum Master) as well as Design Thinking. I currently teach in the Applied Analytics program as an Adjunct Scholar-Professional Lecturer at Columbia University.

I enjoy connecting with others who support the use of data to generate insights, especially with innovative applications to advance the health of patients!

Jigyasa Grover

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Twitter, Inc.

𝟒+ 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐋 𝐬𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐟𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐌𝐋.

I am a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter working in Ads Prediction; spearheading app install ads ranking with a focus on foundational infrastructure and core ML modeling for install and click prediction rate across multiple display locations like Timeline Feed, Tweet Conversations, Search, etc.

I have experience driving projects spanning ML model quality and performance improvements (viz. conversion rate, cost per install, revenue), feature engineering (feature addition, imputation, and importance pipelines), iOS app tracking transparency remediation, and privacy-preserving.

I have been honored with varied awards in AI and Open Source namely, Women of Impact, Next Generation Leader of the Year, Outstanding in AI, Young Role Model, VentureBeat
Women in AI Rising Star Award, Moxie Women in Tech, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Empowering Women Innovator of the Year, and so on.

I am also one of the few ML Google Developer Experts globally. 

Last year, I co-authored a book titled 'Sculpting Data for ML' that campaigns for a data-centric approach to ML and is a practical guide on curating quality datasets. My latest research titled ‘Do not fake it till you make it!’ is a synopsis of trending fake news detection methodologies on social media using deep learning, published in a world-renowned Springer book series. 

Having graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a Master’s degree in CS and an AI specialization, my journey is highlighted by a myriad of experiences from my brief stints at Facebook, the National Research Council Canada, and the Institute of Research & Development France involving data science, mathematical modeling, and software engineering. 

I am an avid proponent of open-source and credit my career growth to this sphere of community development. I am also the proud recipient of multiple scholarships for my research and travels like Mitacs Globalink, Linux Foundation, Facebook GHC, ESUG, GHC India, etc. I currently lead the open-source and ML track for Anita Borg's IWiC group, co-lead the Women@ML BRG at Twitter, and serve as the Program Chair at PyBay.

Feel free to send a connection request! 

You can also visit me online at https://jigyasa-grover.github.io/ or on Twitter (@jigyasa_grover).

Vineet Kumar

Head of Data Science, Marketing Solutions Sales


Seasoned analytics & data science leader helping businesses maximize the power of data & drive customer-centricity. 

Proven track record in translating data into insights to make business decisions, growing & managing high-performing teams, and driving data innovation & real business outcomes through applied data science, advanced analytics & insights. 

People-first. Expertise & success in all situations, from hands-on coding to presenting to Fortune 100 C-suites, driving transformations through data, defining analytics strategy & operating models, embedding machine learning into products, scaling data teams, and end-to-end Customer/Product/Marketing/Sales analytics & data science delivery directly informing business strategy and customer outcomes.

Available for resume reviews/mentoring/MBA & data science career coaching at https://superpeer.com/vineetk

Brendan Mathias

Marketing Analytics Director


I bring 17 years’ experience, specialising in Strategic Marketing, Digital execution, Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence. My career spans across Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Advertising & Media, e-Commerce and currently medical devices through varied Client, Agency and Consulting roles.

I drive business growth through rapid decision making supported by innovative analytical solutions. I’ve built Analytical Centres of Excellence recognised for translating big data into commercial value. My leadership style is highly collaborative so I’m always on the lookout to spearhead opportunities centred around, improving organisational data literacy, self-service adoption, marketing efficiency & effectiveness.

I’m passionate about Attribution, Mar Tech and BI within the data & analytics arena. You’ll find me at my happiest when I’m; Building insight & data lead solutions, Storytelling, identifying growth strategies, transforming Analytical & BI maturity and developing Talent 

Member of; Golden Key International Honours Society

Lazola Ndamase

Head of Data Insights & MI

Absa Bank

Data & Analytics Evangalist.

Nirali Patel

Head of Data Strategy


A globally recognised Exec in Data & AI, with a passion for empowering change in organisations with data driven insights, whom collaboratively sets and successfully delivers data & AI strategies and visions, leading to multi £m and enterprise transformation initiatives. Excellent reputation for resolving problems, improving customer experience, and driving overall operational improvements, through effective use of data and analytics. With a solid track record championing and driving data and digital transformation for large complex organisations through deep business understanding and customer focused solutions.

Munyaradzi Nyikavaranda

Group Executive Head: Digital & Marketing Analytics

Multichoice Group

I am a software engineer turned digital analytics executive & behavioural science practitioner with 18+ years in the digital space. My passion is driving business value through the provisioning, operationalization, and democratization of data-led thinking - through people empowerment, streamlined processes & strategies, powered by fit-for-purpose technology. I believe in continuous development and mastery which is why approximately 85% of hard skills are self-taught.

Throughout my career, I have worked on large scale projects that led to the commercialisation of digital data on enterprise-wide systems on mobile, web, and social media for global brands such as Standard Bank, ABSA, Barclays, Multichoice, Toyota, Jägermeister, Stella, Boschendal Wines, Hino, Cadbury, Vodacom, Cell C, South African Venture Capitalist Association (SAVCA), Phatisa, Old Mutual, and Lexus in different roles and levels.

The deep understanding of data, eCommerce, performance marketing, technology, behavioral science and business, coupled with strategic understanding of digital marketing and eCommerce allows me to approach problem-solving from multiple perspectives while identifying commercialisation opportunities in the value chain.

Rafaela Salzer

Director of Data & Analytics

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

 People, Stakeholder & Commercial Leadership ★ Strategy ★ Board ★ Data & Analytics ★ Product Management ★ Entrepreneurship ★ Start-up ★ Program & Project Management 

Rafaela is a highly energetic, MBA & CPA qualified Executive with over 20 years commercial experience. Having excelled in a variety of roles most notably as the Head of Customer Care & Offshoring and Experience Analytics, Global Head of BI Delivery at a FTSE 100 company, CEO of her own Start-up and Director at a Top 4 Consulting firm, she is passionate about Leadership and Commerce. 

Due to her diverse experience across various industries & disciplines, large/ medium cooperations & start-ups, she has a unique ability to challenge the norm, drive transformational change through efficiency & inspiration and improve business performance. 

Rafaela has demonstrated expertise in leading with a commercial & data driven approach to help companies grow and scale positively with successful People, Processes and Technology in place. She has the ability to drive a huge amount of efficiency improvements with energy and passion and bring the team along by empowering them to do the best job possible and love their journey. Creating the structures required to increase Business performance and customer & employee satisfaction is a proven ability.

Rafaela has successfully led large high performing teams - business teams of up to 300, program teams of up to 70, technology teams of up to 50, P/Ls of up to $20M and delivering projects & programs in waterfall, agile & hybrid. 

She has demonstrated expertise at building positive working relationships with C-Suite Leaders & Steering Committees. Know how to navigate through political environments negotiating strategy, objectives, scope & budgets. Comfortable and experienced in discussing high level conceptual thinking & strategy through to detailed solutions with technical as well as non-technical stakeholders & teams.

Entrepreneurship is a passion and Rafaela has founded two Start-ups [ecommerce export platform + geolocation service/ marketplace] in the last 5 years. Bootstrapped and built up from the ground, the experience has given her all-round Business experience & loads of resilience! Her contribution was instrumental to scale Pupsy to 100K Users/ month and creating a set of much loved Technology products for customers. 

Business, MBA & CPA qualified and certified in BI & multiple PM disciplines (agile & waterfall), Rafaela has the expertise, senior Leadership skills and passion which is required to take any Commercial Executive role to the next level.

Vukosi Sambo

Head of Data Solutions

Medscheme Holdings

 I am an Experienced Executive, Change Agent & Strategist- Specialising in Data Science, Data Monetisation, Digital, Analytics, BI, Data Management, AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Cloud Computing, Information Security, Customer Insights, Risk Management, Remuneration, Business Development, Business Architecture, Agile Project Management and Operations Management. I have keen interest in helping organisations implement data strategy to ensure realisation of value from data assets and position data as a key strategic asset and enabler to digital & business transformation.

I am a 2022 Global Top 40 Under Forty Data Leader, 2022 Global Top 100 Data Activators Judge, 2022 Global Business of Data Awards Judge, 2020 Global Top 100 Data Visionary, Future Leader Forum Member, Chartered Advisor, Advisory Board Member, Mentor, frequent speaker (+keynote speaker) and moderator at data & technology leadership conferences & round tables. I am qualified/ certified in economic science, business administration, risk management, data management, AI, Cloud Computing, Digital, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, Leadership and Lean Six Sigma. I am a Comrades Marathon, Two Oceans Marathon and Soweto Marathon finisher.

Deep Ratna Srivastav

Head of AI and Digital Transformation

Franklin Templeton

Deep Srivastav is a senior vice president and head of digital transformation for Franklin Templeton Investments
Mr Srivastav is responsible for the strategy and execution for FT’s AI and digital capabilities. He is responsible for AI research and innovation, for managing FT’s digital product offerings and for leveraging AI and digital to drive the transformation of the enterprise. 
In his prior role, he was responsible for the development and deployment of Franklin Templeton's investment solutions through digital channels. He oversaw the digital product roadmap leveraging financial technologies, data science capabilities and investment for bringing personalized investment solutions to market.
His earlier roles within Franklin Templeton include the global head of data & and head of business strategy for North America. He has also held various leadership roles at the firm in the areas of client analytics, capital market research, data sciences, digital analytics, data engineering, business intelligence, and business strategy. He represented Franklin Templeton within Data Board (a board.org community) for 2020-21.
Prior to Franklin Templeton, Mr. Srivastav served as the head of solutions and operations at Oracle Financial Services, technology manager at GE Capital, and engineer at Tata Motors.
Mr. Srivastav holds a bachelor of engineering in electronics from The M.S University of Baroda in India and an MBA with a focus in quantitative research and marketing from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He holds the Certificate in Quantitative Finance by the CQF Institute. He is also a GE Capital certified Six Sigma Black Belt and IBM certified in Python for Data Science and SQL.

Mr. Srivastav is the co-author of “A New Approach to Goals Based Wealth Management”, which was published in the Journal of Investment Management and won the Harry M. Markowitz Award in 2018. His other co-authored papers have bene published in Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Computational Management Science, Journal of Wealth Management and the Journal of Risk and Financial Management. 
He is on the advisory committee of SFO Chief Data Officers Community managed by Evanta, the client advisory board of Fractal Analytics and on the program committee of Journal of Investment Management. 

Sankaraiah Sreeramula

Chief Data Scientist

APP Sinarmas

I am a performance-driven forward-thinking technocrat having innovation mindset with over 15+ years of experience in leveraging machine learning models and data mining to uncover insights ($300M++ in business growth in last 3 years). I am proficient in communicating complex statistical modelling to revenue growth business opportunities. I am highly motivated, enjoy solving complex problems, leading and mentoring technical team, optimizing data management, automation, and integration. I have a proven track record in leading 50+ challenging projects in ML/AI, Digital Transformation, eCommerce, Industrial IoT and AWS Cloud by being trusted advisors to the clients, guiding them through the journey. 

To learn more about my projects, my data analysis and prediction modelling, please feel free to contact me. I’m always interested in making new professional acquaintances.

Harleen Thethy

Head of Analytics

BBC StoryWorks - BBC Global News

Harleen Thethy has over 15 years of industry experience working with various publishers and newspapers before her data career. Coming from a legal background, she is a firm believer in finding and following your passion, even when deviating from your ‘given’ plan.

Harleen focuses her knowledge of the data industry to research, develop and deploy meaningful insights on the ever-evolving data and analytics space for internal and external stakeholders alike.

Over the last three years at BBC StoryWorks and BBC Global News, Harleen has created a Data Steering Committee, of which she is Chairperson; led several projects ranging from data automation to insights, and has supported growth whilst expanding the company’s data and analytics footprint.

Juan Vitantonio

Head of Group Business Intelligence & Visualisation


Digital Transformation| Innovation | Banking | Financial Services | Data Strategy| Analytics | Visualisation | MI | Reporting | Author

Thought Leader, published author and speaker.

I help companies plan, execute, deliver and implement innovative capabilities with focus on Cloud, AI, MI reporting, Visualisation, Data Exploration, Augmented Analytics and Business Performance Analytics.

I advise C-Level executives and their teams on Cloud, data, analytics and reporting strategies so they can transform, grow, and excel in the digital world.

I'm passionate about delivering successful projects by building, promoting and leading inclusive and diverse global teams.

Author - "Mastering Qlik Sense" - https://bit.ly/2DymSQ8

Qlik Luminary 2020, 2019 - https://bit.ly/2Gsr0oB

Pete Williams

Director of Data

Penguin Random House

Shortlisted 'Data & Analytics Leader of the Year' in DataIQ Awards 2022
Shortlisted 'Data Literacy Champion of the Year' in DataIQ Awards 2022
'Power 10' in The DataIQ Big Data Top 100 2017, 
'Data Titan' in The DataIQ Big Data Top 100 2016, 
Winner B2C Category in the Information Age Data Top 50 2016, 

Passionate and inspirational on analytics strategy to drive commercial performance. Experienced in empowering decision makers with data driven solutions for faster, better decisions. Innovative and strategic thinker, motivated to disrupt and ‘make a difference’. Outstanding stakeholder management and communication skills, particularly translation between technical and business understanding