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Sanji Fernando - UnitedHealthGroup

Sanji Fernando

Vice President, Center for Applied Data Science, OptumLabs

SANJI FERNANDO is a Vice President at OptumLabs, where he leads The Center for Applied Data Science (CADS).  CADS focuses on the application of new data science methods to solve complex health care challenges by applying breakthrough innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning to create software product concepts.  

Sanji joined OptumLabs in 2014 from Nokia, where he was the Head of Data Science for Nokia’s Cloud Computing Group and HERE, Nokia’s navigation services division.  Sanji spent 9 years at Nokia in a variety of roles with Nokia’s Multimedia Division, Nokia Research and Nokia Ventures.

Prior to Nokia, Sanji was a co-founder and VP of Engineering of a venture-backed mobile software company, Vettro.  Sanji began his career in management consulting.

Sanji is a graduate of Trinity College with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.  He lives in the Boston area with his wife and three boys.  In his free time, Sanji enjoys coaching his sons in basketball and baseball.