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KUMSAL BAYAZIT

Elsevier

As Chief Executive Officer, Kumsal Bayazit is a strong advocate of research and innovation and leads Elsevier’s 8,600 people in their mission to help researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. Kumsal has an extensive background in technology, analytics, and risk management; leading large international teams to understand the diverse needs of customers to deliver innovative solutions that support them in driving better outcomes. Under her leadership, Elsevier is applying artificial intelligence technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing to extensive, high-quality content and datasets to deliver those solutions. Read full bio.

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JOHANNA BEYER

Harvard University

Johanna Beyer is a research associate and lecturer at the Visual Computing Lab at Harvard University. Before joining Harvard, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Center at KAUST. She received her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Technology Vienna, Austria, in 2010.

 

Her research interests include scalable methods for visual abstractions, large-scale volume visualization, immersive analytics, and the combination of abstract information visualization with scientific visualization for novel domain-specific applications.

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R. MARTIN CHAVEZ

Computer Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Investor

Marty Chavez, PhD is widely renowned as a trailblazer and leader who turned the Wall Street trading business into a software business, revolutionizing the way that capital moves and works. He is a partner and vice chairman of Sixth Street Partners and holds an A.B. (1985) magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences and an S.M. (1985) in Computer Science from Harvard, and a Ph.D. (1990) in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford.

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CATHY CHUTE

CATHY CHUTE

Harvard University

Cathy Chute is Executive Director of Harvard's Institute for Applied Computational Science and Assistant Dean for professional programs at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Cathy has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and an AB degree in comparative literature from Princeton University. She currently serves on the Open Data Review Board for the City of Cambridge, and is a member of the advisory board of the Harvard Data Science Review.

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KATHERINE B. COFFMAN

Harvard Business School

Katherine Coffman is the Piramal Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiations, Organizations & Markets unit. Before joining HBS, she was an assistant professor of economics at The Ohio State University and a visiting assistant professor of economics at Stanford University.

In her research, Professor Coffman uses experimental methods to study individual, team, and managerial decision making, with a focus on gender stereotypes. Read full bio.

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KATE CRAWFORD

USC Annenberg

Professor Kate Crawford is a leading international scholar of the social and political implications of artificial intelligence. Her work focuses on understanding large-scale data systems in the wider contexts of history, politics, labor, and the environment. She is a Research Professor of Communication and STS at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. She is the inaugural Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where she co-leads the international working group on the Foundations of Machine Learning. Over her twenty year research career, she has also produced groundbreaking creative collaborations and visual investigations.

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FRANCESCA DOMINICI

Harvard University

Francesca Dominici is Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population and Data Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative. Her research focuses on the development of statistical methods for the analysis of large and complex data to address important questions in environmental health science, climate change, comparative effectiveness research in cancer, and health policy. She has degrees from University La Sapienza and University of Padua.

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CHIARA FARRONATO

Harvard Business School

Chiara Farronato is an Assistant Professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management (TOM) Unit and teaches Data Science for Managers to MBAs. Chiara draws from the fields of industrial organization and market design to study platform growth and its related challenges. Chiara is an affiliate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), and an Associate Editor at the Harvard Data Science Review.

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FRANCESCA GINO

Harvard Business School

Professor Gino is an award-winning researcher who focuses on why people make the decisions they do at work, and how leaders and employees have more productive, creative and fulfilling lives. She is the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School and the author, most recently, of "Rebel Talent: Why it Pays to Break the Rules in Work and Life.” Gino is also affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard, and the Behavioral Insight Group at Harvard Kennedy School. 

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ALYSSA GOODMAN

Harvard University

Alyssa Goodman is Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy; Co-Director for Science at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; and Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. She received her PhD from Harvard University. Goodman's work spans astrophysics, science education, data science, data visualization, and prediction.

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NELSON R. GONZÁLEZ 

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

For more than 25 years, Nelson has used the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to ensure all, regardless of socioeconomic background, have meaningful life options. Using technology, public policy, and research to improve lifelong learning systems, his work has influenced policy, philanthropy, corporate innovation, and capital markets. Nelson co-founded Declara, a venture-backed collaboration platform that accelerates professional learning using cutting-edge applications of machine learning. He was Chief Strategy Officer of the Stupski Foundation, where he designed systems innovation methods for a national network focused on personalizing learning at scale. He advised the Colombian President on national innovation and poverty reduction strategies, and founded Advent Strategy, where he led dozens of engagements with impact investing, philanthropic, corporate, academic, and international development institutions focused largely on lifelong learning.

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PRITI HEGDE

Foundation Medicine

Priti Hegde, Ph.D., joined Foundation Medicine as the Chief Scientific Officer in August 2019. Dr. Hegde oversees clinical product development, cancer genomics, and early-stage research, as well as regulatory to accelerate advancement of the Company’s leading comprehensive genomic profiling portfolio. She is passionate about innovation in cancer research and translating innovations to precision medicine tools to advance care for patients.

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ASHLEY VAN HETEREN

McKinsey & Company

Ashley is part of Digital McKinsey and a leader in the firm’s Healthcare Systems & Services and Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practices. She brings years of experience in applying digital and advanced-analytical techniques to innovation across the healthcare value chain. She engages patients, practitioners, institutions, and industry leaders to develop innovative wraparound digital services and solutions. Ashley is also a core leader in Noble Intelligence, McKinsey’s initiative on artificial intelligence (AI) for social good. This team uses analytics technology and AI to address humanitarian crises, such as helping victims of natural disasters and addressing long-term unemployment. She works with colleagues, communities, and industry leaders to develop and deploy innovative applications to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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ISAAC KOHANE

Harvard University

Zak Kohane is Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School; Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School; and Associate Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital. He received his MD, PhD from Boston University School of Medicine. He develops and applies computational techniques to address disease at multiple scales.

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DEANNA LEE

Communications and Digital Strategies Specialist

Deanna Lee has spent her career working across communications, journalism, new media, digital strategies, and public engagement. Most recently Visiting Professor of Media Studies at John Cabot University in Rome and Senior Adviser to Carnegie Corporation of New York, she served as Carnegie’s Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer until 2016, when she became a visiting artist/writer at the American Academy in Rome. Previously, as Vice President for Communications and Marketing at The New York Public Library, she created and launched Biblion: The Boundless Library, Apple’s 2011 free Education iPad app of the year. Lee’s work in broadcast journalism included serving as ABC Nightline’s overseas producer reporting from the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia—and later as Senior Producer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. She is the recipient of eight news and documentary Emmy Awards and a duPont-Columbia Award. Read full bio.

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DANIL MIKAILOV

data.org

Danil is the Executive Director of data.org. He has 20+ years experience setting up multiple start-ups and leading work across a range of diverse sectors, always investigating and innovating in the space where technology, culture, and society converge. Prior to data.org, Danil was at The Wellcome Trust, where he founded and directed the Wellcome Data Labs, an interdisciplinary team of data scientists, software developers, and social scientists, creating open-source data tools supporting Wellcome’s mission. Before joining The Wellcome Trust, Danil founded and chaired the Digital Strategy Forum for Science, Art, and Culture, in the UK. 

Danil holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Communications from the University of Brunel, an MA in Philosophy, from Birkbeck, University of London, an MA in Chinese Studies, from SOAS, University of London, and a BSc in IT & Business Management, University of York.  

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MARK NAMCHUK

Harvard Medical School

Mark Namchuk PhD is a professor of the practice of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology and the executive director of therapeutics translation at Harvard Medical School. In this later role, Namchuk works with HMS scientists to identify and harness basic insights and move them towards clinical therapies, while training the next generation of therapeutics investigators.

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RACHEL NETHERY

Harvard University

Rachel Nethery Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.. She received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include causal inference, machine learning, Bayesian methods, latent variable models, spatial statistics, and time series analysis.

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DAVID PARKES

Harvard University

David Parkes is the George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science in the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Co-Director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative. Parkes has degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania. His primary research interests include the design of incentive-aligned, multi-agent systems, and in his recent work he has pioneered the use of machine learning for the automated design of revenue optimal auctions that have defied theoretical analysis.

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HANSPETER PFISTER

Harvard University

Hanspeter Pfister is the Academic Dean of Computational Sciences and Engineering and An Wang Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is an affiliate faculty member of the Harvard Center for Brain Science and served as director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science 2013-17. His research in visual computing lies at the intersection of visualization, computer graphics, and computer vision. It spans a wide range of topics, including visualization, biomedical image analysis, 3D fabrication, and data science. Pfister has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stony Brook University, New York, and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Before joining Harvard, he worked for over a decade at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, where he was Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist.

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JOHN QUACKENBUSH

Harvard University

John Quackenbush is Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Professor in the Channing Division of Network Medicine, and Professor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He received his PhD in Theoretical Physics. John uses massive data to probe how many small effects combine to influence human health and disease.

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SIR DAVID SPIEGELHALTER

University of Cambridge

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS OBE is Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, which aims to improve the way that statistical evidence is used by health professionals, patients, lawyers and judges, media and policy-makers. He has been very busy over the COVID crisis. He presented the BBC4 documentaries"Tails you Win: the Science of Chance,” the award-winning “Climate Change by Numbers,” and in 2011 came 7th in an episode of BBC1’s Winter Wipeout. His bestselling book, The Art of Statistics, was published in March 2019, and Covid by Numbers came out in September 2021.

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MEGAN T. STEVENSON

University of Virginia

Megan Stevenson is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia where she conducts empirical research in various areas of criminal justice reform, including bail, algorithmic risk assessment, misdemeanors and juvenile justice. She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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ELIZABETH STUART

Johns Hopkins University

Elizabeth Stuart, Ph.D. is Bloomberg Professor of American Health in the Departments of Mental Health, Biostatistics, and Health Policy and Management as well as Vice Dean for Education at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in statistics in 2004 from Harvard University. Her primary research interests include the trade-offs in different study designs for estimating causal effects, and the use of causal inference methods in public health, mental health, and education.

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KARA SWISHER

The New York Times

Kara Swisher is the host of "Sway," the twice-weekly interview podcast about power by New York Times Opinion. She has been a contributing Opinion writer since 2018.

 

Over her career, Ms. Swisher has hosted hundreds of newsmaking interviews, going head-to-head with prominent figures including Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Rupert Murdoch, Stacey Abrams, Kim Kardashian and President Barack Obama. Her early and no-holds-barred coverage of the technology industry earned her a reputation as "Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist." Read full bio.

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JESSIE TENENBAUM

Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Tenenbaum serves as the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for DHHS, where she oversees data strategy across the Department enabling the use information to inform and evaluate policy and improve the health and well-being of residents of North Carolina. Prior to taking on the role of CDO, Dr. Tenenbaum was a founding faculty member of the Division of Translational Biomedical Informatics within Duke University's Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics where her research focused on informatics methods to enable precision medicine, particularly in mental health. She is also interested in ethical, legal, and social issues around big data and precision medicine. Nationally, Dr. Tenenbaum has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). She currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Library of Medicine.

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LISA BERKMAN

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Berkman is the director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist whose work focuses extensively on social and policy influences on health outcomes. Her research orients toward understanding inequalities in health related to socioeconomic status, working conditions, social and economic policies, and social networks and isolation. Read full bio.