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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.