Data Leaders Summit Europe 2018

17 - 18 October, 2018

Hotel NH Collection Barcelona Tower

Contact: 44 (0) 207 036 9451


Elena Gil
Global Big Data Director

As the Global Director for Big Data B2B at the Telefonica Group and CEO at LUCA Data Driven Decisions. Elena’s responsibility is to help corporate customers on their Big Data adoption journey, enabling them to become data-driven companies, providing an extensive portfolio of cutting-edge Big Data solutions. Elena holds a degree in Economics and Business studies from Deusto University (Spain) and an MBA from MIT-Sloan School of Management (USA). She has also completed studies at Berkeley University (USA) and EDHEC de Lille (France).  Elena joined Telefonica in 2000. Since then, she has held prominent managerial positions at Telefonica International and Telefonica Latinoamérica, in the units of Large Corporations, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and Consumer businesses. From 2014 to 2016, Elena was the BI & Big Data Global Director at Telefonica Group, responsible for leveraging customer insights for internal use and external monetization, leading the transformation of Telefónica into a data-driven company. Before joining Telefonica, she worked for McKinsey and HI Holding – Iberdrola (Spain) and Mitchel Madison Group (USA).

Charlie Ballard
Director of Customer Insights

Charlie began working with consumer data at Forrester Research in Boston just in time to witness the dotcom crash of 2001, before switching to lead agency measurement and analytics with multiple global clients including General Motors, American Express, AT&T, BT, Fidelity and Comcast. After receiving his MBA in 2012 at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Charlie joined BT’s MBA Leadership Programme as an internal consultant before most recently moving to TripAdvisor in 2013 in his current role of Director of Customer Insights. Now based out of London, Charlie today works to help TripAdvisor and its clients make the most of all available forms of travel research, using TripAdvisor’s own data to help the world’s largest travel companies stay current with global traveller trends

Timothy Lum
Head of Data & Insight
Virgin Atlantic
Tim is building the centralised data and insight function at one of the world's most beloved airlines.
Steve Wright
Head of Data Security and Privacy
John Lewis Partnership
Steve is responsible for both the Information Security and Data Privacy policies. Both of these enable the John Lewis Partnership (including Waitrose) to protect the personal data of our Customers and Partners, to be compliant with data protection laws and regulations, and to provide trust and transparency - resulting in greater brand experiences across our digital, mobile and ecommerce channels. Steve will be presenting the session ‘Data Leakage Prevention, The GDPR And International Data Security Regulations: Developing Compliance And Best-practice To Avoid Costly Mistakes’ on the 7th December.
Ben Chamberlain
Head of Data Science
Ben leads the customer profiling team focussing on modelling customer lifetime value, loyalty and segmentation. He has built the high performing team of PhD level data scientists. Ben has also designed and implemented large scale supervised and unsupervised machine learning solutions using Apache Spark.
Dan Kellett
Senior Director of Data Science
Capital One

As head of the Data Science at Capital One UK, Dan leads an 18-strong cross-functional team that is changing the way we do business. He uses the latest distributed computing technologies and operate across many billions of customer transactions. The models and data products that his team builds, unlocks big opportunities for the business and help UK consumers save money and reduce friction in their financial lives. He and his team have recently implemented a new open source analytic environment for model building/deployment as well as a sandpit for testing new analytic approaches. The last 6 months have seen the launch of major new credit risk models, leveraging the latest machine learning approaches to optimise our decisions. He has also made recent strides in understanding and mining customer contact data to better meet their needs and help them succeed. Dan have over 15 years of experience in analytics within the Finance industry. He has looked to build and lead highly-skilled, engaged teams focused on using data to solve real business problems.

Vanessa Galvany
Business Intelligence & Advanced Analytics Director
Liberty Global
Vanessa Galvany is on a mission to help companies grow profitable businesses by delivering best in class insights and data analytics capabilities, while acting as a change agent to transform the role of business intelligence within the organization. Vanessa held a variety of BI and marketing roles at Dell Technologies prior to becoming the “Director of Market and Business intelligence” at Royal Philips in 2014. In January ’17 Vanessa joined Liberty Global (telecom industry) as the new Global Director for their BI and Advanced Analytics unit, focused in driving operational excellence through cutting-edge data science. Specialties: BI and Information Systems, CRM, Strategic Consulting/Analytics, Program Management, Executive Engagement, Change Management and People Management. Vanessa is originally from Barcelona, Spain and holds a BSc in Business Administration and an Executive MBA from IESE Business School.
Gael Decoudu
Head of Data Science & Digital Analytics
Shop Direct

With 15+ years of experience in leading Data Science and analytics in multiple industries and countries, Gael is now responsible for data analytics within Shop direct and has lead a team of 30. He provides strategic direction on how to best leverage the data they own and is currently heading up an internal training programme to increase data skill levels across the company. On a journey to make ShopDirect one of the world analytical powerhouses, Gael has started to include linking with the academic world, having a nurturing environment for analysts of all levels, strong processes and delivering on world class analytical projects in helping shape the business.

Ryan den Rooijen
Head of Data
Ryan leads Dyson's Global Data & Analytics team, who are tasked with designing and building the company’s next-generation analytical capabilities. From marketing to research, their work spans the breadth of the company, with a strong focus on data-as-a-service. Prior to Dyson he spent four and a half years at Google, where he laid the foundation for the Global Business Organisation's analytical curriculum. Most of his work focuses on the practical application of big data analytics, and how demystifying these technologies can help deliver impact on the front line. Prior to completing his MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the University of Oxford he worked on a number of digital media startups. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, cycling, and travelling.
Olivier Van Parys
Head of Advanced Analytics
Bank of Ireland
Olivier has 15 years of Experience in Data Mining, Project management and integrated business forecasting system delivery. Olivier is in charge of the analytic capability within Bank of Ireland and coaches and develops teams of Econometricians and Management Scientists to impact the bottom line through advanced predictive analytics. He has delivered tangible competitive advantages to Insurance Companies, Financial Institutions and Utility Companies within countries like Philipinnes, Thailand, Mexico, Russia, Ireland, France, UK and Saudi Arabia.
Claire Pritchard
Director of Advanced Analytics
Liberty Global
Claire heads up the data science team looking after revenue growth and customer at Liberty Global. Since joining Liberty Global in 2015, Claire has been working with various parts of the organisation to transform how Liberty Global uses its data to drive the business forward. Claire has over 15 years’ experience within the Telco industry working with companies in both the UK and the US. Focusing on analysis to understand customer needs, the key drivers of customer behaviours and the latest modelling techniques to deliver actionable data driven strategies helping grow revenue and market share for businesses.
Paul Laughlin
Founder and Managing Director
Laughlin Consultancy
Paul Laughlin is an international speaker, at conferences across UK, Europe & USA. He has been speaking professionally for over 15 years. Paul is also the founder of Laughlin Consultancy, a business that enables companies to maximize the value of their customer insight. Paul has added over £10m to the bottom line of blue chip companies annually, by removing common barriers to realising that value. Clients maximise such value by using data, analytics & research together, to intelligently interact with their customers. Services, that are achieving this, include training & consultancy. Paul also provides executive coaching, to ensure leaders can sustain such performance themselves. He helps customer insight teams, especially their leaders, to have the knowledge and skills they need to sustain this improvement. Paul is also an active blogger on the blog.
Doug Spence
Executive Coach
Spence Partners
Doug is a Guru on Networking, Behavioural Psychology and Relationship Management, whose services are sought after by Major Corporations around the World and also some of the biggest names in Sport to help them manage their Sponsorship obligations. This includes the Elite, in Soccer (including David and Victoria Beckham.!), Tennis, Golf (The Ryder Cup) and Formula 1, so you can imagine what his address book looks like! His company slogan is “the people behind great people” and his passion for people development is both insightful and inspiring. So don’t miss this session on ““Emotional Intelligence” What amateurs ignore and professionals exploit as I know from experience you will feel refreshed, energised and equipped to take your Networking and Relationship management up not one gear, but two!
Enda Ridge
Head of Data Science and Algorithms

Enda Ridge is the Head of Data Science and Algorithms at Sainsbury's Group in the UK and the author of "Guerrilla Analytics – a practical approach to working with data". He is an accomplished data scientist who sets up and grows data science teams to help businesses leverage data to stay competitive. His experience spans 15 years of consulting, software pre-sales and academic research. He has consulted to clients in the public and private sectors including financial services, insurance, audit, IT security and retail in the US and UK. Most recently, he founded Sainsbury's supermarkets first data science team and is leading efforts to productionise data science algorithms.  He is an expert in the agile delivery of practical applied data science and analytics where data and requirements change often and results must be explainable to high profile business stakeholders.

David Gonzalez Martinez
Head of Big Data Analytics & AI
Vodafone Group

David is the Head of Big Data Analytics for Vodafone Group Enterprise. In this role, David is responsible for developing the strategy, form and lead a team, and drive BD & AI projects that generate high value and business outcomes for Vodafone’s global enterprise customers.

Alexander Borek
Global Head of Data Analytics
Volkswagen Financial Services

Dr. Alexander Borek is a data analytics executive, evangelist and thought leader. In his current role, he serves as the Global Head of Data & Analytics at Volkswagen Financial Services. He runs an international unit consisting of data scientists, data engineers and UX experts to develop and operate high-end data analytics products. Before, he led the data analytics transformation at Volkswagen Group and worked as a consultant at Gartner and IBM, where he had advised Global Fortune 500 executives in multiple industries. Dr. Borek is the author of the books “Total Information Risk Management” and “Marketing with Smart Machines“. He holds a PhD from the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge.


Calvin Seward
Research Data Scientist

Calvin Seward is a Research Scientist at Zalando Research and concurrently perusing his PhD at the Johnnes Kepler University in Linz. While at Zalando, he’s applied his mathematics background to fields as diverse as warehouse management, size recommendation, Artificial Intelligence and currently generative modeling. He knows AI can be a constructive force for good but since computer security has always been a topic of interest for him, he worries that poorly secured AI will put users at risk.

Dr Stefan Meinzer
Head of Advanced Analytics, EMEA

Dr. Stefan Meinzer is head of advanced analytics in the EMEA regions of the BMW Group. Previously, he worked in the Volkswagen Data: Lab. There, Mr. Meinzer managed numerous projects in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning for the 12 automotive brands of the Volkswagen Group. In parallel to his professional career, he completed his PhD at the Research Association of Data Science and Psychology of the Medical Faculty in Erlangen-Nuremberg. Mr. Meinzer writes a variety of publications about the digital transformation of the automotive industry and the use of methods from the field of machine learning as a competitive advantage.

Harvinder Atwal
Head of Data Strategy and Advanced Analytics

Harvinder Atwal leads a team of analysts and Data Scientists to deliver data-driven customer insight, marketing optimisation and predictive analytics for Moneysupermarket from one of the largest customer databases in the UK with records for 23 million unique individuals. Harvinder was previously Insight Director for Tesco Clubcard at Dunnhumby and Senior Manager for Customer Strategy and Insights at Lloyds Banking Group. He is passionately interested in Data Science, Machine Learning, Big Data technologies and how they can be used to improve Customer Experience.

Pete Williams
Head of Data and Insight
Pladis Gobal

"With over 20 years experience of business intelligence and transformational change leadership, Pete is ranked amongst the top data people in the UK: 'Power 10' in The DataIQ Big Data Top 100 2017; 'Data Titan' in The DataIQ Big Data Top 100 2016; and Winner of the B2C Category in the Information Age Data Top 50 2016. Pete believes that better, faster decisions can be made in every situation by empowering decision makers with relevant data. He does this by designing an organisational strategy to bring together insight from marketing, digital engagement, dynamic customer insight and operational analytics to deliver high quality insight, machine learning and predictive analytics."

Imre Szucs
Director of Market, Analytics and Data
Telenor Hungary

Imre is the Director of Market, Data and Analytics Department at Telenor Hungary. He is leading almost all data related activities - including Data Science, Big Data, DWH, Reporting, Market research – and supporting the whole organization with analytics. Beside line activities he is responsible for the data and analytical aspects of the Digital transformation and GDPR. He also initiated data intensive application development and Data as a Service at Telenor Hungary. He has got more than 15 years’ experience in analytics. Before joining Telenor he has been working in the financial, FMCG and consultancy sectors. Imre has got a strong academic background, he holds MSCs in Physics, Astronomy and Computer Science and he is also a PhD candidate.

Pierre-Philippe Mathieu
Earth Observation Data Scientist
European Space Agency

Pierre-Philippe is an Earth Observation Applications Engineer in the Earth Observation Science & Applications Department of the European Space Agency in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy). He spent 15 years working in the field of environmental modelling, weather risk management and remote sensing. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and M.Sc from University of Liege (Belgium), a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Louvain (Belgium), and a Management degree from the University of Reading Business School (UK).

Alfonso Escriche

Engineer and entrepreneur. Passionate of the social innovation and technology, specialized in the design of software solutions to current problems of our society. With this goal in mind he creates CerQana, adapting technology to the specific capabilities of those who can not benefit from it right now. 

Totte Harinen
Senior Data Scientist

Totte works in the intersection of data science and behavioural research. He’s passionate about all things causality: randomised experiments, quasi-experiments and causal modeling. At Uber, his job is to help EATS and ridesharing teams across the world to apply these methods to understand what works and what doesn’t. Totte has a PhD on causal explanation from King’s College London.

Eric Tryee
Chief Data Scientist
Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Dr Eric Tyree is the Chief Data Scientist at Carlson Wagonlit Travel responsible for developing new, data driven products and services for the corporate travel industry. With a career spanning over 20 years, Eric has led the development of a wide range of data driven applications and businesses involving travel, consumer segmentation/profiling, personalisation, HR/people analytics, algorithmic trading, fund management, fraud detection and compliance. Eric is experienced in building and leading high performance organizations and has worked with a wide range of companies ranging from some of the largest corporate institutions in the world to helping develop start-ups from the ground up.

Althea Davis
Chief Data Officer Challengers and Growth Markets

Althea has managed complex stakeholder landscape including external Service Provider, regulators and internal client stakeholders for firms such as Nike, Levis Strauss, ING Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, WUB Bank, NN Insurance, Atradius Insurance and the European Commission and ABN AMRO Insurance. Althea completes her extensive profile with management consulting experience from Accenture. She has held roles in Portfolio Management, Management Consultancy, Data Strategy and Chief Data Officer as a passionate Data Management Professional. She shows you how to put your data to work and key it in motion! 

Dr Maryam Ramezani-Bartsch
Head of digital advanced analytics’

Dr. Maryam Ramezani-Bartsch is an innovative leader in the field of advanced analytics, data driven marketing and personalization. Maryam helps companies on their digital transformation to be more data-driven and utilize Big data technologies to its full potential and drive business impact & innovation.  She has years of experience in data science and intelligent marketing projects in leading organizations such as adidas, Xaxis, SAP, IBM research, and DePaul University. Maryam has a PhD in data mining from Karlsruhe University in Germany and currently leads advanced analytic team in adidas digital brand commerce.

Jason Nathan
Group Managing Director, Data

As Global Managing Director for Data, Jason leads dunnhumby’s data consultancy and engineering practices, helping clients drive growth by optimising their data assets through creation and execution of cloud-based data strategies which put the customer at the heart of decision making. Since joining dunnhumby in 2005, Jason has held roles such as Global Solutions Director for Category Management, Solutions Director Brazil, and Global Director of Products. Prior to joining dunnhumby, Jason was Space and Category Management Consultant at ACNielsen and has also held Analyst Developer roles at both the Royal Mail and Statpro.


Rob Mclaughlin
Head of Digital Analytics & Decisioning

Rob is an experienced digital marketing professional and a proven leader in the field of data & analytics with a track record of bringing customer data into the complex marketing and technology landscape. A combination of visionary and pragmatist, Rob creates solutions which blend established business processes with bleeding edge digital techniques. Having worked both as a consultant and in-house he has in depth knowledge of how businesses from multiple verticals can leverage data to power efficiency and growth.  

Joseph Nelson
Data Advocacy Lead
General Assembely

Joseph Nelson leads Data Advocacy at General Assembly, helping individuals and Fortune 500 companies alike become more data-driven. He helped launch and taught four cohorts of GA's Data Science Immersive, a 12-week career changing curriculum. Joseph cofounded Represently, creating products that improve lawmaker and citizen communication. He guest lectures for George Washington University's Master's in Data Science program. Joseph previously worked at Facebook, the US Senate, and digital consultancies.

Dr Detlef Nauck
Chief Research Scientist, Data Science

Detlef Nauck is the head of data science research in BT's Research and Innovation Division located at Adastral Park, Ipswich, UK. He is leading a group of international scientists working on Intelligent Data Analysis and Autonomic Systems. Detlef’s interest is making data analytic techniques more widely available by automating analytics and embedding them into systems and processes. His research focusses on developing new ways of analysing data to achieve better insights and how to conduct analytics professionally and responsibly. Detlef is a Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University and a Private Docent at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany. Detlef holds an MSc (1990) and a PhD (1994) in Computer Science both from the University of Braunschweig, Germany. He also holds a Habilitation (post-doctoral degree) in Computer Science from the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany (2000). Detlef has published over 120 papers, holds 6 patents and 30 active patent applications.

Harry Powell
Head of Corporate Analytics
Jaguar Land Rover

Harry is Director of Corporate Analytics at Jaguar Land Rover, where he leads a team of 40 people delivering analytics projects and heads up an analytics transformation programme to embed evidence-based decision making at the heart of the business. The team includes data engineers, analysts and data scientists and is on track to deliver £100m incremental profit in the current year. Previously, Harry was Head of Advanced Analytics at Barclays where his team built and deployed production big data and machine learning applications. Harry is on the committee of the Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section and has a particular interest in the Industrialisation of Data Science.

Jose Sanchez Loureda
VP, Head of Data Science
Carson Wagonlit Travel

Jose Sanchez Loureda is currently VP, Global Head of Data Science & Analytics at CWT, and has over 15 years’ experience in data science and research. Previously, Jose worked as Head of Data Science for Sky UK, tasked with developing the big data strategy for the business and leveraging the value of rich datasets within and outside of Sky, to deliver innovative products and services. Prior to that, he worked in the energy analytics industry in the early days of smart metering and IoT. Jose comes from an academic background, having spent a number of years at Durham University doing research and teaching in mathematical sciences.

Alex Henry
Director of Customer Solutions

As Director of Solutions Consulting in EMEA for Domo, Alex has had the pleasure of working with many of Domo’s European client base, helping them make better decisions and access valuable insights.  For the last 10 years Alex has been working for leading SAAS and cloud-based technologies such as Omniture, Adobe, the Oracle CX, Marketing and Social clouds, Monetate and now Domo gaining experience in how many of the world’s biggest brands and companies combine cutting-edge technology with people to really drive their businesses forward.

Honor Powrie
Data & Analytics
GE Aviation Digital

Professor Honor Powrie has worked in the Aviation industry for more than 25 years. She has 20+ years' experience in Machinery Health Monitoring and Management and has worked for General Electric since 2007. Honor currently leads GE Aviation's only UK-based Data Science group, delivering innovative solutions for monitoring and managing GE's extensive and world-renowned commercial engines fleet. Honor is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southampton and in 2017 was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professorship in Data and Analytics, Asset Condition Monitoring and Management.

Donna Green
Senior Staff Data Scientist
GE Aviation Digital

Donna has over 18 years’ experience in developing and applying advanced analytics to a wide variety of domains including aircraft systems and engines, gas and wind turbines, financial and supply chain data, and has been with General Electric since 2007. In her current role she leads projects developing and applying analytics for aircraft systems and supply chain data. Donna has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Exeter and is a Chartered Engineer in the Institute of Engineering and Technology. In 2015 Donna did a TEDx talk on ‘What is Big Data and why does it matter?’ at the University of Southampton.

Javier Campos
General Manager
Experian UK&I and EMEA Data Labs.

Javier Campos is the Head of the Experian DataLabs for UK&I and EMEA.  He oversees innovation with emphasis on the development of new products and services. Pioneering application of Artificial Intelligence in mobile, voice, fraud, credit, marketing, social media, digital advertising and healthcare. Javier is also Advisor to Fenestra, that provides the global advertising market with a new platform using distributed ledger technology. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Javier has 26+ years’ experience globally within the Finance, AI, Market Research, Media and Technology fields including serving at Global Chief Technology Officer at Kantar-WPP, Havas Media and CIO at GroupM-WPP.

Tom Spencer
Head of Customer Science
Aviva Quantum

Tom Spencer is Head of Customer Science at Aviva, leading the customer-first data science team at the Aviva Digital Garage disrupting the insurance industry.  He is passionate about driving data science into business action and better customer outcomes. Tom’s background is in retail customer analytics, with fourteen years’ front-line experience at dunnhumby, the world’s leading customer science company. Starting out as a hands-on data analyst, career highlights include establishing dunnhumby Korea as analytics lead, heading-up data analyst teams across the Asia region, and leading the South Korea business as Country Head.

Sarah Jewkes
Director, Mobile Analytics and Marketing Acquisition
Bertrand Hassani
VP, Chief Data Scientist
Carlos Soares
Head of Marketplace Analytics
Luisa Hallmann
Analytics Product Lead, Strategic Insights
Payal Jain
Director, Existing Customer Management
Vanquis Bank & Chair
Roisin McCarthy
Women in Data UK
Ewan Nicholson
Principal Data Scientist
Stuart Thomson
Technical Lead, Data
Sergio Romero Penas
Director, Marketing and Performance Analytics
Nicolaus Henke
McKinsey Analytics
Keith Graham
Senior VP Sales
Deborah Alasraki
3D Click
Gerard Compte
Andres Manso
David Leichner
SQream Technologies

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