Conference Speakers

Alex Bähr Alex Bähr
Director of Global Supply Chain & Sustainability – Process & Data COE
McDonald’s

Alex Bahr is a Director for Global Supply Chain Processes and Data at the McDonald’s Corporation where he is responsible to lead master data solutions and processes as well as planning systems/processes for the McDonald’s system. Working for more than 20 years within this system, Mr. Bähr previously held positions as the Global Logistics Category Lead, within Finance and Information Services in Europe and for the Austrian market. Prior to joining McDonald's, he held positions at the Vienna School of Economics and GLAXO Austria GmbH. Mr. Bähr earned a university degree in Economics from the Vienna School of Economics and qualifications in project, process management and personal coaching.

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Gerard Bartley Gerard Bartley
Director Global Master Data
FrieslandCampina

Gerard Bartley is a seasoned Netherlands-based Chartered Accountant and data expert with nearly two decades of extensive experience. Born and raised in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, his passion for all things technology began early on and it has stayed with him ever since. However, his avid interest in the data world started back in 1999 while he worked at Tesco.com before moving to Asda.com.  Currently, Gerard serves as a Director of Global Master Data at FrieslandCampina, where he successfully manages global master data, implementing data governance and raising the quality of the organisation’s data generally.  He also oversees two different data service centres on an international level - one in The Netherlands and another in Malaysia.  Additionally, Gerard is a frequent conference speaker and focuses primarily on the topics of data governance and management at his speaking engagements.

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Erika Bendixen Erika Bendixen
MDM Team Leader
Bestseller A/S

Erika Bendixen is MDM Team Lead at BESTSELLER, a family-owned clothing and accessories company based in Denmark.  As part of BESTSELLER's Global Master Data department, she is responsible for Data Governance and leads the team that oversees all data lifecycle processes, including documentation, availability and maintenance.  In her role, Ms. Bendixen works closely with the IT organization to ensure standardized data lifecycle processes across companies.  Prior to BESTSELLER, she held roles at DANFOSS in Logistics, Planning and Buying.  Ms. Bendixen holds graduate and postgraduate degrees from ITESM and Århus School of Business (DK).

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Michael Bendixen Michael Bendixen
Data Governance Manager
Grundfos

Michael Bendixen is Data Governance Manager and head of IS Data Management Solutions at Grundfos, the world’s largest manufacturer of pumps and pump systems. Within both business and IT, Michael has experience leading master data organizations with responsibility spanning from IT solutions, maintenance of master data to Data Governance. Since 2010 he is responsible for Grundfos' global IT solutions within data management, overall responsible for master data shared services as well as having the role as Data Governance Manager. Prior joining Grundfos, Michael was leading master data organisations at Vestas and Arla Foods.

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Scott Benson Scott Benson
Head of Architecture
GBG

Scott Benson heads up the architecture team within GBG and is responsible for defining its strategic technical direction.  Mr. Benson has over 12 years of experience on large scale systems within the finance industry, government and other large scale organisations.  Prior to GBG, he worked at consultancies Misys and Capgemini, where he had major project roles at HMRC, Heathrow Airport and Royal Mail.  As the Head of Architecture at GBG, Mr. Benson helps set the strategic technology direction, governance and assess new technologies for use in GBG’s industry.  His current focus is of course graph technologies but also other Big Data capable technologies to help GBG process its global datasets.

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Joachim Bondeson Joachim Bondeson
Process Manager - Commercial Offer & Configuration
Volvo Penta

Joachim Bondeson is the Process Manager for Commercial Offer and Configuration at Volvo Penta.  He has a background as a technical editor in the area of sales information where a secret addiction to databases left him with a passion for information structures and data quality that turned into a career path.

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Chris Bradley Chris Bradley
Information Strategist
Data Management Advisors Ltd

Christopher Bradley has spent 35 years in the forefront of the Information Management field, working for leading organisations in Information Management Strategy, Data Governance, Data Quality, Information Assurance, Master Data Management, Metadata Management, Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence.   Chris is an independent Information Strategist & recognised thought leader.  Recently he has delivered a comprehensive appraisal of Information Management practices at an Oil & Gas super major, Data Governance strategy for a Global Pharma, and Information Management training for Finance & Utilities companies.  Chris guides Global organizations on Information Strategy, Data Governance, Information Management best practice and how organisations can genuinely manage Information as a critical corporate asset.  Frequently he is engaged to evangelise the Information Management and Data Governance message to Executive management, introduce data governance and new business processes for Information Management and to deliver training and mentoring.  Chris is Director of the E&P standards committee “DMBoard”, an officer of DAMA International, an author of the DMBoK 2.0, a member of the Meta Data Professionals Organisation (MPO) and a holder at “master” level and examiner for the DAMA CDMP professional certification. Chris is an acknowledged thought leader in Data Governance, author of several papers and books, and an expert judge on the annual Data Governance best practice awards. Follow Christopher on Twitter @inforacer.

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Richard Branch Richard Branch
Vice President of Operations, UK and Northern Europe
Semarchy

Prior to joining Semarchy, Richard Branch held senior positions at Oracle and Informatica and established Sunopsis in the UK. He has worked in data management all his career, specializing in business intelligence, data warehousing and master data management.

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Bas-Jeroen Busscher Bas-Jeroen Busscher
CEO of Arena do Brasil and DG Lead and Corporate Lawyer
Amsterdam Innovation ArenA

Bas-Jeroen Busscher is an experienced lawyer and contract manager in the field of large-scale infrastructure projects. In the past 25 years, he has been involved in almost all large-scale infrastructure projects in the Netherlands Bas-Jeroen was Involved in the opening of Amsterdam ArenA in 1996 as part of the Management Team. Bas-Jeroen was responsible as Director of Operations for new World Cup stadiums in Salvador da Bahia [Arena Fonte Nova] from 2012 until after the World Cup 2014 and Natal  [Arena das Dunas] from 2014-2015]. Bas-Jeroen is now CEO of Arena do Brasil, the Brazilian daughter of Amsterdam ArenA as well as Manager of the Projects Bureau of Amsterdam ArenA. He is also the Data Governance Lead and Corporate lawyer for the Amsterdam Innovation ArenA.

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Mar Cabra Mar Cabra
Editor, Data & Research Unit
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) 

Mar Cabra, Spain, is the head of the Data & Research Unit, which produces the organization's key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She has been an ICIJ staff member since 2011, and is also a member of the network.  Mar fell in love with data while being a Fulbright scholar and fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University in 2009/2010. Since then, she's promoted data journalism in her native Spain, co-creating the first ever masters degree on investigative reporting, data journalism and visualization and the national data journalism conference, which gathers more than 500 people every year. She previously worked in television (BBC, CCN+ and laSexta Noticias) and her work has been featured in the International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, PBS, El País, El Mundo or El Confidencial, among others. In 2012 she received the Spanish Larra Award to the country's most promising journalist under 30.

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Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm
Chief Innovation Officer
First San Francisco Partners

Malcolm Chisholm has over 25 years’ experience in data management, and has worked in a variety of sectors, with a concentration on finance.   He is an independent consultant specializing in data governance, master/reference data management, metadata engineering, and the organization of Enterprise Information Management.  Malcolm has authored the books: “Managing Reference Data in Enterprise Databases”; “How to Build a Business Rules Engine”; and “Definitions in Information Management”.  He was awarded the DAMA International Professional Achievement Award for contributions to Master Data Management.  He holds an M.A. from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol.

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Suzanne Coumbaros Suzanne Coumbaros
Head Data Governance
The Co-operative Bank

Suzanne Coumbaros is a data management professional with many years of experience in data governance, data architecture, data warehousing, business intelligence, data quality,   data development and data strategy in a variety of organisations. Originally a computer programmer, statistician and mathematician from Cumbria UK, she had worked for many government led organisations as well as public and privately own companies both across the UK and Africa. Her background information comes from having created data governance teams in different organisations and countries.

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Louise Pagh Covenas Louise Pagh Covenas
Business Specialist
ATP

Louise Pagh Covenas has 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, where she worked with business improvement and customer satisfaction, starting from correct data registrations to customer care. In 2014 Louise got the opportunity to work more intensely with Masterdata Management and data quality, and is now Business manager for two MDM systems within ATP. Louise Pagh Covenas is ATP's representative in the Danish governmental basic data program as leading end user, as well as ATP internal program manager.

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Davin Crowley-Sweet Davin Crowley-Sweet
Professional Head of Asset Data
Network Rail

Davin Crowley-Sweet is the Professional Head of Asset Data and Information for Network Rail. In this role Davin is accountable for setting the corporate governance and assurance framework for asset-related data. Over the past decade Davin has held a number of asset roles ranging across front line maintenance management and asset reliability on the West Coast Mainline, delivery of multimillion pound asset renewal programmes, leading award winning data quality improvement initiatives and development of strategic business plans for regulated investment periods

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Regine Deleu Regine Deleu
All of Government Enterprise Architect
New Zealand Government

Regine Deleu is a successful strategic transformation leader who aligns strategies, lay out business & technology -baseline & target architecture- perform gap analysis, reorient technology to fit business goals & processes. She has 30 years working experience. Regine is specialised in business innovation, data science, and business process optimisation.

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Simon Dimbylow Simon Dimbylow
National Lead - Data Quality
The Environment Agency

Simon Dimbylow has been in the Environment Agency for 10 years working in various data related roles. His work has naturally flowed into understanding data quality culminating in him working to change the way the organisation looks at and understands data quality. Follow Simon on Twitter @cumulodimbus.

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Mary Drabble Mary Drabble
MDM Consultant & Customer Success Manager
Agile Solutions GB

Mary Drabble has more than 15 years’ experience in Information Management and has helped clients across all industries in a wide variety of engagements ranging from Analytical to Operational data and information management solutions. Mary has a proven track record in Master Data Management, Data Governance and Data Quality tools, methodologies, architectures and processes and joined Agile Solutions as a Customer Success manager, focussed on collaborating with customers, peers and partners to achieve successful project outcomes.

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Naima El Omari Naima El Omari
Information System Project Manager
Dorel Juvenile

Naima El Omari currently is project manager for the New Product Development, Marketing and Quality at Dorel Juvenile Group.  Prior to this, Ms. El Omari was ICT manager at Intrasurance Technology Services.  Her other major employment tenures include: ProPlanet, Societe Generale, and BNP Paribas Personal Finance.  In addition to her TOGAF certification for Enterprise Architecture, Ms. El Omari received her Masters degree in Information Technology from Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC).

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Rolf Emmens Rolf Emmens
Data Quality Officer
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Rolf Emmens has a degree in Computer Science and IT Auditing. He has been in Data Management since early 2010. Rolf has substantive knowledge on the subject of data quality and has been implementing data governance at several organizations including Getronics and Schiphol. Within Schiphol Rolf is responsible for Asset Data Quality.

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Mike Ferguson Mike Ferguson
Managing Partner
Intelligent Business Strategies 

Mike Ferguson is Managing Director of Intelligent Business Strategies Limited.  An analyst and consultant he specialises in business intelligence, data management and enterprise business integration.  With over 34 years of experience, Mike has consulted for dozens of companies on business intelligence/corporate performance management strategy and technology selection, big data, enterprise architecture, business integration, MDM and data integration.  He has spoken at events all over the world and written numerous articles.  Formerly he was a principal and co-founder of Codd and Date Europe Limited – the inventors of the Relational Model, a Chief Architect at Teradata, on the Teradata DBMS, and European Managing Director of Database Associates.  He teaches master classes in Big Data Analytics, New Technologies for Data Warehousing and BI, Mobile and Collaborative BI, Operational BI, Enterprise Data Governance, Master Data Management, Data Integration and Enterprise Architecture. Follow Mike on Twitter @mikeferguson1.

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Sue Geuens Sue Geuens
Head: Data Standards & Best Practice Adoption
Barclays & President DAMA International

Sue Geuens started in Data Management during 1996 when she was handed a disk with a list of builders on it and told they were hers to manage. Sue mentions this as fate taking over and providing her with what she was "meant to do". Various data roles later, her clients numbered 3 of the top 4 banking institutions in SA, a number of telco's and various pension funds, insurance companies and health organisations. Sue was the initial designer of data quality matching algorithms for a SA built Data Quality and Matching tool (Plasma Mind). This experience has stood her in good stead as she has slowly but surely climbed the ladder in Southern Africa to become the first CDMP in the country. Sue worked tirelessly on starting up DAMA SA with the successful Inaugural meeting in February of 2009. She was unanimously voted as President just prior to this event. From that time on Sue has been the leader and driving force of the DAMA SA Board. Sue has been the DAMAI VP Operations since 2011 and is the DAMA I President for 2014. She is a sought after presenter and has been a prominent speaker at EDW in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, DAMA Brazil, DAMA Australia in 2013 and IRMUK in 2006 and 2011. Follow Sue on Twitter @suegeuens.

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Nic Gordon Nic Gordon
Associate Director
BCG

Nic Gordon is an Associate Director based in the London office, he has nearly 25 years experience in Financial Services with a focus on Data and Analytics.

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Jacqueline Harrison Jacqueline Harrison
Data & Information Manager
National Grid

Jacqueline Harrison has worked to deliver data focused business change in several sectors including telecoms, finance, pensions, and fuel charge cards before joining National Grid in 2008.  In all of these, the same challenge exists: to establish sufficiently controlled and managed data to achieve a target business outcome.  As Data and Information Manager at National Grid, Jacqueline has been core to leading the case for change to establish improved data management in National Grid.  More recently, she has developed corporate wide Data Management principles, developed a suite of minimum standards and authored supporting guidelines to support business implementations.

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Fiona Healy Fiona Healy
Senior Business Analyst
Dixons Carphone

Fiona Healy has over 11 years of information technology experience with emphasis on a few key areas such as IT Operations, Delivery, System integration and most recently Data Governance, Data Quality, Data Security and Information Management.  Fiona was involved from inception with the development of Dixon Carphone’s Single Customer View. Her initial role was with the Agile delivery team prioritising the work and liaising with the stakeholders to capture business and data requirements. Fiona went on to collate the security requirements for the final solution.  Fiona is now leading an effort to establish a centre of excellence to provide data management services to the organisation including data quality, data governance, data security and protection policy and process involving the full extent of people, process and technology.

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Jan Henderyckx Jan Henderyckx
Managing Partner
Inpuls     

Jan Henderyckx is a highly rated consultant, speaker and author who has been active in the field of Information Management and Relational Database Management since 1986. He has presented, moderated and taught workshops at many international conferences and User Group meetings worldwide. Jan's experiences, combined with information architecture and management expertise, have enabled him to help many organisations to optimise the business value of their information assets. He has a vision for innovation and ability to translate visions into strategy. A verifiable track record in diverse industries including non-profit, retail, financial, sales, energy, public entities. Contributed to better stream lined and higher yielding operations for some of the leading businesses through a combination of creativity, technical skills, initiative and strong leaderships. He is a Director of the Belgium and Luxembourg chapter of DAMA (Data Management Association) and runs the Belgian Information Governance Council. He has published articles in many leading industry journals, and has been elected to the IDUG Speakers Hall of Fame, based upon numerous Best Speaker awards. Jan is Chair of the Presidents Council DAMA International.

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Peter Jackson Peter Jackson
Head of Data
The Pensions Regulator

Peter Jackson is Head of Data at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), a new post tasked with developing and delivering a data strategy for the organisation which regulates the pensions and automatic enrolment in the UK. An integral part of the data strategy is data governance. Before joining TPR Peter spent 17 years providing Data Strategy consultancy across the not for profit sector, financial services and FMCG working with large multi-national organisations and blue chip brands.

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Dana Julinschi Dana Julinschi
Master Data Governance & Projects Manager
FrieslandCampina

Dana Julinschi currently leads an ambitious programme to implement company-wide master data governance, together with data quality processes and KPIs.  Throughout the past eight years she has been part of several MDM implementation projects in different industries with a strong focus on change management within governance organisations, MDM maturity assessments, data quality KPIs and data maintenance processes.  The overall goal of each of her projects is to turn master data management into a way of living for the organisations.

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Nick Keen Nick Keen
National Lead - Data Governance
The Environment Agency

Nick Keen has worked for the Environment Agency for 18 years in various roles across the organisation from inspecting waste sites to tackling environmental crime. He is now the National Data Governance lead - where he uses his knowledge of the organisation and culture of the Environment Agency to implement data governance that will last. Follow Nick on Twitter @kernowkeeno.

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Dr. Timothy King Dr. Timothy King
Principal Consultant
LSC Group

Dr. Timothy King is Principal Consultant at the LSC Group with expertise information and knowledge management across Defence, Energy, Transport and Utilities markets. Tim is the chair and convener of the ISO working group that is developing ISO 8000 for Data Quality. This new standard enables organizations to implement a systematic and systemic approach to data quality management, resulting in data that conform to requirements. Tim is Principal Consultant within a practice of 35 individuals who provide expertise in information and knowledge management across Defence, Energy, Transport and Utilities markets. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of both the IMechE and British Computer Society.

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Jan Lenders Jan Lenders
Data Integration Specialist
HAN University of Applied Sciences

Jan Lenders is an experienced Data Integration specialist, currently working at NL-based HAN University.  Mr. Lenders started his professional IT career in 1986, moving from data-centric programming and database design in the financial industry to data integration & distribution (DI&D).  He switched to HAN University in 2007, specialising in Data Integration; provisioning all major data streams to support operational business processes for 30,000 students and all staff involved.  Mr. lenders recently obtained a MSc in IT honours degree at the University of Liverpool, graduating on the subject of Data Integration and Distribution.   

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Sharon Lankester Sharon Lankester
Enterprise Data Governance Leader
Dun & Bradstreet

Sharon Lankester is a Data Governance Leader at Dun & Bradstreet a leading global provider of business insight and analytics. Her responsibilities include managing the Data Governance Office, providing oversight to a robust data governance program that helps to streamline business process, data architecture, sustain data quality, and maintain a metadata program across the organization.

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Garry Manser Garry Manser
Head of Data Governance
Visa

Garry Manser has worked in financial services for too many years to mention in a number of different roles. He has been involved with data since 1998 and was introduced to the worlds of governance and quality in 2005. During his career he has worked both in industry and consultancy, across both banking and insurance, with a brief spell in a mine in Seville! Achievements include introducing supporting a number of successful governance frameworks across organisations both at a local level and on a global scale as well as a number of quality initiatives, from the initial monitoring, through root cause analysis and onto remediation, with one role involving introducing circa 200 front end controls to improve data quality at capture. He is currently leading a data governance strategy across a major financial organisation, in support of various regulatory requirements and a driven business wide desire to succeed. Follow Garry on Twitter @garry2406.

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Nick Martijn Nick Martijn
Senior Consultant, Enterprise Data Management
KPMG IT Advisory

Nick Martijn is a senior consultant at the Enterprise Data Management department of KPMG IT Advisory in the Netherlands. He advises companies in various sectors in the development and implementation of data governance, but also other data management topics, such as Master Data Management, data management strategy or data quality improvement. Together with Amsterdam ArenA, Nick has developed and implemented data governance for their big data analytics environment. This interesting case follows the latest trends in data management.

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René Meijers René Meijers
Group IT, Head of Data & Information Management
SBM Offshore

With more than 20 years of experience, René Meijers is a true expert in the area of master data and information management. For several international organizations, Mr. Meijers managed the design, implementation and daily operation of their global master data management programs. These solutions spanned multiple domains and industries. In September 2015, he joined SBM Offshore to establish and lead the Data & Information Management capability.  Previously, Mr. Meijers directed and managed global MDM programs at Zimmer Biomet and TNT-Cendris, and at other companies including Heineken, APG, and Philips. He earned his Masters degree in Business Economics from Maastricht University (NL) and his Bachelors degree in Commercial Economics from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (NL).

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Sara Monsef Sara Monsef
Deloitte MCS Limited

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Godfrey Morgan Godfrey Morgan
Head of Data Management
Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)

Godfrey Morgan is the Head of Data Governance working within the Data, Analytics and Insight team, at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. The DIO has the responsibility for the management of property, infrastructure and related services to ensure strategic management of the defence estate as a whole, optimising investment and critically supporting military capability to the best effect. He is responsible for implementing a Data Governance framework working with Data Owners and Data Stewards to embed the value of data as a corporate asset through data ownership, data quality, and the usage and understanding of uniform data standards.. His responsibilities also include working with external industry suppliers to ensure data matching and verification of key defence asset data. Godfrey has experience of working in Data Governance for a number of large financial services and asset management organisations over the last sixteen years.

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John Morton John Morton
Business and Technology Advisor

John Morton advises CxOs, Directors and Business Managers on the capabilities and value of new methods and technologies in providing data driven business enhancing services. John has broad and deep experience in data creating digital business in established business and challenger businesses. John has been a key member of transformation boards in Financial Services, Central Government, Utilities and Telecommunications in both large and medium sized companies. John's experience includes: Former Senior Director and regional CTO for SAS; CTO and Technical Assurance Advisor transforming legacy systems to multi-channel, multi-product services leveraging existing investment; on the Overall Design Authority for the delivery of transformation of IT systems in the UK National Health Service ;Innovation director and healthcare CTO for Intel, Rationalisation of Global MIS and data warehousing systems from over 40 separate data systems to three key information platforms; Worldwide CRM architecture for a Mobile Telecommunications company; to name a few.

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Markus Müller Markus Müller
Team Lead - Data Governance & Data Quality Management
DPD

Markus Müller is leading a small team within DPD responsible for all activities around the topics Data Governance and Data Quality Management. One of the flagship projects was to introduce a single point of truth on master data via unique “Golden Records” and use that knowledge to optimize business processes and introduce new innovative products.  Prior to DPD, Mr. Müller was a Senior Software Engineer with Capgemini Technology Services and started as a software developer for Albat + Wirsam. He received his master’s degree in computer science from Hochschule Darmstadt.

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Lars Nordwall Lars Nordwall
COO
Neo Technology

Lars Nordwall was born and raised in Stockholm, and has lived in Silicon Valley since 1998. Mr. Nordwall joined Neo Technology early 2011 as the COO, and has transformed the company from an early stage European based start-up to one of the rising stars in Silicon Valley.

His track record includes: (1) A turn-around and transformation of Pentaho from a flat-lined struggling Business Intelligence software provider to a leader in the Big Data Analytics space. The company was acquired by Hitachi for $600M; (2) SugarCRM where he joined as the founding VP of WW Sales, and established the firm to become one of the global SaaS CRM leaders; and (3) Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), where he built his career foundation and was fortunate to experience rapid growth from 400 to 6,500 employees, transformation to one of the hottest consultancy firms in the world with a market cap over >$5B, followed by an acquisition by Novell.

Mr. Nordwall has an M.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the Stockholm University School of Business, and he has completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School in Boston.

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Daragh O Brien Daragh O Brien
Castlebridge    

Recently rated the 24th most influential person in Information Security worldwide on Twitter (http://www.onalytica.com/blog/posts/data-security-top-100-influencers-and-brands/ ), Daragh O Brien, FICS, is a leading consultant, educator, and author in the fields of Information Privacy, Governance, Ethics, and Quality. After over a decade in a leading telco, Daragh now works with clients in a range of sectors on a range of Information Management challenges.  Daragh is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and a Privacy Officer for DAMA-l. He teaches Data Privacy Law and Practice at the Law Society of Ireland. Castlebridge is a commercial partner of the Adapt Centre in Trinity College Dublin and collaborates with the Insight Centre for Digital Analytics, Europe’s largest Analytics research group. Follow Daragh on Twitter @cbridgeinfo.

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Martin Oberhofer Martin Oberhofer
Executive Architect
IBM

Martin Oberhofer is a certified Executive Architect at IBM and a certified Distinguished Architect with The Open Group with 15+ years of experience in information management and 10+ years in the areas of master data management, information integration, data lakes and information governance. Between 2006 and 2015 he advised many of IBM's largest customers on these topics. Since 2016 he is the responsible development architect for IBM's on-prem MDM product portfolio. He co-authored several books on MDM and enterprise information architecture, contributed as inventor to over 70 patent applications and speaks regularly at conferences every year since 2006.

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Michael Ott Michael Ott
Senior VP
Innovative Systems

Michael M. Ott is a Senior Vice President of Innovative Systems, Inc., a global leader in the development and delivery of MDM, Data Governance, Data Quality, and AML compliance solutions.  Mr. Ott has extensive experience in executive management, marketing, business development, product management, and software development. He currently oversees the Data Management, MDM, and business solutions areas for Innovative Systems. For 30+ years, Mr. Ott has been involved in managing the delivery of MDM, risk management, data governance, and data quality consulting and solutions to some of the largest companies in the world.  He frequently speaks on topics related to achieving better business results through more effective data management and data governance approaches. 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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Nilesh Parmar Nilesh Parmar
Senior Enterprise Architect
Dell Boomi

Nilesh Parmar is a Senior Enterprise Architect for Dell Boomi in EMEA. He has extensive experience in Data Management and more specifically in Data Integration-iPaaS. Nilesh has over 15 years of experience in helping organisations harness their information and transforming it into a strategic business asset. Previous to working at Dell Boomi Nilesh has held senior positions at Informatica, IBM and Lloyds TSB Insurance. Nilesh has a BSc in Computer Science from Cardiff University.

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Marco Pinheiro Marco Pinheiro
Director Finance Master Data
AstraZeneca

Marco Pinheiro is an accomplished director in both Information Management and MDM with an MBA in leadership.  Mr. Pinheiro is currently heading the AstraZeneca Finance MDMG team. He is also an active member of the British Academy of Management with over 16 years of experience in Master Data, BI, Data Governance and Architecture, including 10 years in consulting for the Retail, Insurance, and Financial sectors. Mr. Pinheiro is a proven senior manager with a strong track record in delivering multi-million pound projects and programs with teams of 60+ people in data/information and application areas.  Furthermore, he is responsible for completely developing Master Data Governance from ground zero and improving business processes to define the business in many organisations by providing data/information strategy.

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Thomas Place Thomas Place
Director of Data Management & Governance
First Data Corporation

Thomas Place is the Director of Data Management & Governance at First Data Corporation, where he leads enterprise data initiatives. Mr. Place currently focuses on pivoting the organization’s transactional data to a value-add asset through development of an enterprise data lake, governance and quality controls. Thus enabling new product development, and optimization of existing sales channels. Prior to First Data, he has over a decade of experience leading enterprise data technology initiatives in capital markets on both the buy and sell side. Mr. Place holds a BSc in computer science from the University of Nottingham in England.

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Adam Preston Adam Preston
Chief Data Officer
Santander

Adam Preston has over 15 years experience in Financial services and over 10 years in Data. He is currently the CDO of Santander Corporate Bank and Markets and prior to Santander ran multiple data programmes focusing on the regulatory issues affecting data.

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Dr. Andreas Reichert Dr. Andreas Reichert
Partner
CDQ AG

Dr. Andreas Reichert is Partner at CDQ AG heading the consultancy services of the company. Dr. Reichert has been working on governance topics for MDM for more than 12 years. The focus of his work is supporting enterprises in designing master data strategies, setting up governance structures, and transferring project results into business operations. Prior to his role at CDQ, he worked as a business consultant at SAP for several years supporting companies in setting up business process structures for large ERP transformations.  Dr. Reichert holds a Ph.D. in Information Management as well as two Master's degrees in Information Management and Technology Management.

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Nigel Risner Nigel Risner
Motivational & Inspirational Speaker

Nigel Risner is a respected author, television presenter and a prolific speaker and the only motivational speaker in Europe to have been awarded Speaker of the Year from The Academy For Chief Executives, Vistage, Footdown and The Executive Committee. Nigel’s workshops and keynote speeches are results –oriented, challenging his listeners to expand their horizons, embrace the opportunities that await them and dare to dream of achievements which seemed impossible before.  Nigel speaks at over 150 conferences a year, in over 18 different countries. His recent clients include: BT, BSKYB, PFIZER, Pepsi-cola, GSK, Siemens, HSBC Bank, The Academy for Chief Executives and many more. He is one of only six speakers in the UK to have been awarded the highly prestigious PSAE (professional speaking award of excellence) from the Professional Speakers Association.

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Caroline Schofield Caroline Schofield
Product Data Manager
Waitrose

Caroline Schofield has led the implementation of product data governance within Waitrose and for the last 2 years has been working on the implementation of a product MDM from a data perspective. Prior to this, Caroline was a senior business user with 10+ years of experience within Commercial at Waitrose which has given her insight and expertise into how product data is used across the business and the opportunities and challenges that the implementation of MDM and data governance bring. Caroline has championed data quality for many years at Waitrose and brings the perspective of the business to changes to the underlying data structure and the product life cycle.

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Douglas Silverstone Douglas Silverstone
Thames Valley Housing

Douglas Silverstone, has worked in the Not for profit sector for over a decade. Helping organizations of all sizes to identify how to get the most from technology and the data at their disposal. He is currently the Data governance manager for Thames Valley Housing, an Organization with 15,000+ homes. His role is establishing a framework as a foundation for a data driven future. He is responsible for Data Compliance (GDPR, PCI, FOI), Information security, Data Quality and Integrity, as well as proving the value of data and its criticality to any business strategy.

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Bradley Smith Bradley Smith
Group Master Data Services Manager
Meggitt

As Group Master Data Services Manager, a role at the interface of Business and IT, Bradley Smith is the key sponsor for the SAP MDG implementation in Meggitt, a UK-based global manufacturer of civil and military aerospace sub-systems with revenues of £1.6B and nearly 11,000 employees. His responsibilities include the development and deployment of Meggitt’s master data strategy, the successful rollout of MDG, evangelising the business value of quality data, and driving Meggitt’s maturity in Data Governance and MDM.  Moreover, Mr. Smith has global responsibility for the SAP ERP modules Manufacturing, Inventory & Plant Maintenance.  Prior to Meggitt, he held management roles at Ultra Electronics Controls and Global Orthopaedics.  Mr. Smith received his MSc in Technology / Business Management from Kingston University   

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Kevin Smith Kevin Smith
Head of Data Architecture
Willis Towers Watson

Kevin Smith is Head of Data Architecture for Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. Data Architecture maintains the target state vision for the company’s Data Assets.  Kevin partners with the business, CDO and technology leadership to deliver this vision, maintain standards and is a thought leader in Data Modelling, Data Quality, MDM and Data Governance.  Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, he ran his own successful software consultancy.  Kevin received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire (UK).

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Nick Stammers Nick Stammers
Director of Professional Services UK & Northern Europe
Ataccama

Nick Stammers is responsible for the growth and development of Ataccama’s UK & Northern European services business. Leading the delivery of solutions and services, Nick helps customers leverage the full potential of Ataccama’s solutions and has a particular focus on the (re)insurance market. Previously, Nick ran CMC Insurance, a specialist consulting firm delivering regulation, risk and finance programmes for the global (re)insurance market. Prior to joining CMC, Nick held a senior role at Pro Insurance Solutions, a specialist (re)insurance services provider. Nick also held senior roles at Concentra, a Business Intelligence and Analytics consulting firm and Serverside Group, a software firm delivering solutions in the banking sector.

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Neil Storkey Neil Storkey
Director
InfoMana Ltd

Neil Storkey is an independent consultant specialising in enterprise data and information management strategies with a focus on trust, integrity and sustainability of information assets. Neil started his data journey as an accountant back in 1991, where consolidation and reporting of financial management information depended on consistent quality data.  25 years on, he has lead and delivered change management programs in large global enterprises shifting the onus of accountability of data and information away from IT. These enterprise programs included BW / BI, MDM strategies, business change management, Data and Information strategies, all based on establishing business lead working practices around standards, stewardship, governance, organisation and quality.  His strategies have been recognised as industry leading and innovative which challenge established data management practices.  Neil’s career following the data has allowed him to experience industries in motor manufacturing, financial services, recruitment, telecommunications, mobile telephony, tobacco and Hydrocarbons.  His challenge to everyone is to lose the tag of ‘ownership’; we are but custodians of company data.

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David Swayne David Swayne
Chief Information Officer
Goldsmiths, University of London

An experienced and results-driven Chief Information Officer / IT Director with a successful background in improving IT service delivery in education, financial services and corporate sectors.

David Swayne takes a strategic approach to successful IT leadership, engaging with key business stakeholders and 3rd parties to deliver ‘cost appropriate’ IT solutions and business process change via emerging technology solutions.

David’s experience includes business change management, business transformation, IT service transition, IT strategies, technology roadmaps, stabilisation of systems, e-commerce, infrastructure renewal, shared service facilities, IT centralisation & systems integration, delivering added business value & ROI through the use of technology.

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Stuart Swindell Stuart Swindell
 Dun & Bradstreet (on behalf of Neo Technology)

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Charlotte Gerlach Sylvest Charlotte Gerlach Sylvest
Senior Master Data Governance Manager
Coloplast

Senior Master Data Governance Manager, Compliance and Systems at Coloplast since 2014.

Charlotte Gerlach Sylvest has been working with Master Data Management and Master Data Governance on both a strategic as well as an operational level since 2008 and has more than 15 years of experience with IT system implementations and process improvements in the cross field of IT and Business.

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Ivo-Paul Tummers Ivo-Paul Tummers
Managing Director
Jibes

Ivo-Paul Tummers, Bsc/MBA.  Ivo-Paul held several international positions for the aerospace/defence industry in mechanical engineering. In the mid ‘90s he became involved in resource planning, in an era where middleware was introduced. Out of this perspective he was an early adaptor of SOA principles, consequently recognizing the increasing demand for accurate, complete, in context and actionable decision streams.  This resulted in the foundation of JIBES. To date Jibes is a leading European implementation partner with a focus on data integration, governance & data analytics.

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Nigel Turner Nigel Turner
Principal Information Management Consultant EMEA
Global Data Strategy

Nigel Turner is Principal Information Management Consultant EMEA at Global Data Strategy.  He specialises in information strategy, data governance, data quality & master data management. During his consultancy career he has worked with over 150 clients, including British Gas, AIMIA/Nectar, HSBC, EDF Energy, Telefonica O2, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Intel US.  With more than 20 years’ experience in the Information Management industry, Nigel started his career working to improve data quality, data governance & CRM within British Telecommunications (BT), and has since used this experience to help many other organisations do the same.  Whilst at BT he also ran a successful Information Management and CRM practice of 200+ people providing consultancy and solutions to many of BT’s corporate customers.   He is also an elected member of the UK’s Data Management Association (DAMA) management committee.  In 2015 he was given DAMA International’s Community Award for setting up a mentoring scheme for data management professionals in the UK.  In 2007 fellow data professionals voted him runner up in Data Strategy magazine’s UK Data Professional of the Year awards.  Nigel is a well-known thought leader in data management and has published several white papers & articles and is a regular invited speaker at Information Management & CRM events. 

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Stefan Van der Weide Stefan Van der Weide
Manager Asset Data Management & Business Analytics
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Within the Asset Management department, Stefan van der Weide, is responsible for the full scale of the Data Governance. Even including the data entry of the most valued data. Next to that he heads the team, who turns the data into real business value. This team consists of Business Process Engineers & Analysts and Data Scientist and Analists. Although improving the Data Quality is his primary target, he is inspired on a daily basis by the team working with the data. Combining business and data kwowledge is delivering value, even without the Data Quality always being on the correct level. Stefan started his career with Capgemini and has worked in various (project) management roles within the Royal Schiphol Group. He received his degree from the Rotterdam Business School, majoring in International Management with Cultural Antropology as a minor.

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Dhivya Venkatachalam Dhivya Venkatachalam
Head of Data Governance
Schroder Investment Management

Dhivya Venkatachalam heads up the Data Governance Practice at Schroders.  She is passionate about holistic data capability in the enterprise and has managed all facets of data in the enterprise- data management, governance, architecture and the data in projects. She has been instrumental in defining the Data and Information Strategies, establishing enterprise information management strategy roadmaps and managing the delivery of complex information-centric transformation programs Dhivya, as part of the holistic data strategy has set up data governance & stewardship at Schroders – Established Business and IT data ownership, Moderated the data steering group and data stewards, acted as custodian of the data and information ecosystem. The data governance program maps every data attribute and entity in the enterprise to a very clear owner and an associated steward. This creates accountability at every level and promotes a data discipline in the company- leading to good data quality, reduction in costs, teams working cohesively together, faster resolution of data issues and better reporting / KPIs. Follow Dhivya on Twitter @diyavenkat.

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Alberto Villari Alberto Villari
Data Governance Manager
Ricoh EMEA

Within the Business Governance Division, Alberto Villari manages the Master Data Management processes and Data standards, definitions and use across applications within Ricoh EMEA.  These Data Governance responsibilities include delivering effective management of Master Data and the achievement of Data Quality targets. Additional responsibilities include maintenance of the documentation on data guidelines, processes and standards, as stored on the Data Governance Portal, analysis of business requirements regarding data changes implications and the approval of any solution enhancements where data are involved and coordinate Data Issues remediation, whilst promoting a robust Data Governance Framework to move the organization towards an adequate Data Management Maturity level.  Prior to Ricoh EMEA, Mr. Villari was the Data Quality Lead at GE Capital (London) and Data Quality Manager at Bulgari (Rome).  He also chaired the 2014 Chief Data Officer Forum in London.  Mr. Villari received his degrees from Università di Roma - La Sapienza with his thesis in Multi-Dimensional Dynamic Data Management (GeoMap) system.

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David Walder David Walder
Head of Insight & Marketing Technology - Global Academic
Oxford University Press

David Walder leads Oxford University Press’ Insight and Marketing Technology program supporting 200 marketers worldwide. He has been instrumental in creating a transatlantic team to introduce new marketing systems; target direct marketing; undertake market research and provide deep, actionable customer analytics.  Prior to his current role, he was Managing Director of ScoreStore Music,Ltd, an online retailer.  After an early career in management consultancy, David held numerous positions with Microsoft spanning technical consultancy, pre-sales and management. His final position at Microsoft was as head of the Customer Systems Group where he led the design and development of innovative marketing databases and associated sales management tools. David holds a Masters in Engineering and Computer Science from Cambridge University.

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Ian Wallis Ian Wallis
Head of Data, Analytics & Insight
Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)

Ian Wallis is Head of Data, Analytics & Insight (DA&I) at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). DA&I’s role is to transform DIO into a data-driven, evidence-based organisation to support efficient use of £3.5bn of annual spending to enable the armed forces to live, work and train. Ian’s remit encompasses data management, business intelligence, MI and reporting, analytics and insight.  Ian has nearly thirty years’ experience in this field and has managed programmes in blue chip organisations, including data warehouse projects at organisations including Centrica and BBC. He has led analytics teams at HSBC, Royal Mail and The Pensions Regulator and delivered data management programmes at Thomson Reuters, Barclays and Arqiva.  Ian works for Aecom and is deployed through the Strategic Business Partner arrangement which has insourced private sector expertise to transform the DIO. Prior to this, Ian worked as an interim manager through his own company, Data Strategists.l

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Lena Woolf Lena Woolf
Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM)
IBM

Lena Woolf is a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) at IBM with 15+ years of experience in the master data management and entity analytics area. Lena provides thought leadership advise to IBM customers worldwide on MDM, entity analytics and information governance solutions. She is the development architect for IBM’s cloud MDM solutions. Lena regular speaks at conferences since many years. She authored articles on master data management. As inventor, Lena contributed to many patents and constantly pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with MDM technology – a recent example includes adding graph technologies to IBM’s MDM capabilities. 

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Birgitte Yde Birgitte Yde
Enterprise Architect
ATP

Birgitte Yde is an enterprise architect with more than 25 years of experience in IT and business development. She holds a degree in electronic engineering. After some years working with electronic apparatus, requirements and reliability Birgitte started her IT career at the Technical University of Denmark as a teacher in software development and database design. The last 15 years she has worked at ATP as IT specialist, IT architect, business developer, business architect and enterprise architect, with main interest in information and data architecture. Birgitte Yde is ATP's representative in the Danish governmental basic data program as leading end user. Follow Birgitte on Twitter @birgitteyde.

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Nathan Young Nathan Young
Data Quality & Governance Manager, Maritime - Naval Ships
BAE Systems

Nathan Young has worked in the defence industry for 27 years with 25 of those being in the data management field. Nathan spent 25 years at Rolls-Royce predominantly in data management roles rising to the position of Data Delivery Manager before leaving the company in 2015. During his time at Rolls Royce, he saw significant changes to the defence market and helped to adapt the data management service to meet the challenges of today. In 2015 he joined BAE Systems – Naval Ships in the role of Data Governance Manager within the Data Quality & Governance team tasked with implementing a Data Governance Framework on the Type 26 programme. After an organisational change Nathan is now the Data Quality & Governance Manager heading up the team.

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Aaron Zornes Aaron Zornes
Chief Research Officer
The MDM Institute

Aaron Zornes is the founder and chief research officer of the MDM Institute (formerly the CDI-MDM Institute). Mr. Zornes is a noted speaker and author on Global 2000 enterprise IT issues and is the most quoted industry analyst on the topics of master data management (MDM), customer data integration (CDI), and data governance. Mr. Zornes is also the editor and lead contributor to DM Review's CDI and MDM Newsletters as well as the monthly columnist for both CDI and MDM. Prior to founding the MDM Institute, he was founder and executive VP of META Group's largest research advisory practice for 15 years. Mr. Zornes also held line and strategic management roles in leading vendor and user organizations, including executive and managerial positions at Ingres Corp., Wang, Software AG of North America, and Cincom Systems. Mr. Zornes received his M.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. 

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Hiyan Mhd Zoubi Hiyan Zoubi
Head of Information and Data Governance
Riyad Bank

Hiyan Zoubi is Head of Information and Data Governance at Riyad Bank (in Saudi Arabia); after heading the MetaData and Data Quality functions in the Bank Hiyan has been tasked by the senior executives to lead and develop the ambitious Enterprise Data Management Programme.  An integral part of this program is the key discipline of Data Governance.  Hiyan completed a Masters in Computer Sciences from the University of Turin-Italy (major in “information theories”) with a track of strong technical and management skills in the information field. Throughout the past twenty years of experience Hiyan worked for ING Direct, American Express Middle East and Mubadala GE Capital taking on several roles in data management, leading and delivering multiple Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence programmes, setting up the function, developing and executing strategy, implementing and rolling out state of the art Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing solution.

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