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The Culverhouse Business Analytics Symposium presented by the Institute of Data and Analytics, and the Culverhouse College of Business brings data and analytics to the forefront. Hear from industry experts, and network with hundreds of other data-driven individuals.

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2022 Symposium Speakers

Director, Data Science | Greenlight Financial Technology, Inc.

Bart began his career as a data analyst and statistician, and then focused on data science and ML (machine learning) as an individual contributor, before transitioning into leadership. He has been leading teams in advanced analytics and data science for approximately 7 years in healthcare, biosciences, and technology companies. Currently at Greenlight, he is building and leading a small ML team to have a big impact in an aggressive late-stage startup environment.

Data-led Transformation Leader & Managing Director, Data Transformation Leader | Accenture

Ryan is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Applied Intelligence practice responsible for architecting and directing large data-led transformation programs. He is currently Accenture’s global data-led transformation lead for the Consumer and Packaged Goods (CPG) industry and is a frequent speaker on how organizations can prepare for large transformations that impact talent, technology, operating models, and business processes. Dr. Rubina Ohanian is a Managing Director with Accenture’s Applied Intelligence out of Atlanta. She manages the data science & ML/AI organization for the US South and leads a team of highly talented data scientists with deep technical skills who solve challenging and hard data and analytics problems.

Senior VP of Business Intelligence and Integrated Solutions &  Lead Analyst | Luckie and Co.

Brian Lamkin is the Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence and Integrated Solutions Luckie & Co. Brian has an extensive background in database management, BI platform implementation, team leadership, and predictive analytics. Margaret joined Luckie’s BI & Analytics team after earning her master’s degree in marketing from the Culverhouse College of Business at the University of Alabama in 2020, driven to pursue a career that would allow her passion for storytelling and her skills in data analytics to work hand in hand. She has experience working across all of Luckie’s SBUs in addition to business development, helping them leverage data and analytics to solve the key business questions.

CEO & Founder | ProcureVue

Cameron has spent his career developing solutions for complex problems utilizing modern advancements in technology. Starting with an idea designed to support a small family bakery in 2012, it has grown into a world-class, AI and machine-driven, value delivery system that is unmatched in the industry. After more than a decade of development, Cameron founded ProcureVue in 2020 as a new hybrid supply chain consulting breed. Intending to reimagine how procurement executives deliver value to organizations, he introduced a proprietary software that helps provide value in a fraction of the time and resources of traditional methods.

Vice President, Data and Advanced Analytics | Nestlé USA

Born and raised in Mexico City, Octavio Flores joins Nestlé as the Vice President of Data and Advanced Analytics for Nestlé USA. Before this current opportunity at Nestlé, he was at Edenred, a leading service and payments platform, as Chief Information Officer – Americas. Prior to Edenred, Octavio worked his way up through Procter and Gamble, holding numerous positions with increasing responsibilities, including Sr. Director Mexico and Central America CIO and Share Services, Sr. Director Enterprise Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence for Supply Chain, Sales and Retail Execution, and Vice President Enterprise Information Security Strategy, Application Security and Information Security Governance.

Chief Data Scientist | Protective Life Corporation


Raja Chakarvorty is the Chief Data Scientist for Protective Life. Protective is a national life insurance and annuity company that operates throughout the US and is headquartered in Birmingham, AL. Protective is a subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life, which is a global financial institution and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. His niche is to build Data Science capabilities from scratch. Raja is responsible for overseeing the company’s Data Science function. His team leverages data and advanced analytics to create a best-in-class customer experience and a targeted sales process with superior risk selection. Raja aspires to make Protective a data driven company. Prior to joining Protective in August 2017, Raja was the Head of Personal Lines Data Science at Hanover Insurance headquartered at Worcester, MA, leading the Data Science team focused on solving complex business problems using machine learning/AI & statistical techniques. Raja started his career at Travelers Insurance in Hartford, and worked on variety of data science problems focused on bodily injury severity, commodity forecasting, customer churn, claims etc. Raja earned his PhD in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and holds a MS and BS degree in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai and Banaras Hindu University.

Assistant Professor of Economics | The University of Alabama


Dr. Erik Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Culverhouse College of Business at the University of Alabama. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder and current affiliations with the Alabama Transportation Institute and the University of Alabama Institute for Data Analytics. His academic specializations include urban and rural economics, public finance, and machine learning. 
Dr. Johnson is also the CEO of several smart city tech startups that make use of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) techniques.

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