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Keynote Speakers

Jill Dyché

Jill Dyché

Vice President of Best Practices, SAS

Jill Dyché is a respected speaker, author and blogger on aligning IT with business solutions and the business value of analytics and information. Before being acquired by SAS in 2011, Jill was partner and co-founder of Baseline Consulting, where she combined the roles of best-practice expert, industry gadfly, key client advisor and thought leader. At both firms, she has led client strategies and market analysis in data governance, business intelligence, master data management, CRM and big data.

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Carl Farrell

Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, SAS

Carl Farrell leads SAS teams across more than 60 countries around the world. He’s charged with driving consistent revenue growth for SAS, and ensuring that customers get significant value from SAS products and services. He is the chief architect behind the long-term vision and operational strategy to assure that growth and market potential are achieved worldwide. Farrell has over 30 years of global experience in the software and related services industry spanning business operations, product development and sales.


Rahaf Harfoush

Rahaf Harfoush

Strategist and Digital Anthropologist

Rahaf Harfoush is a Member of Obama’s Social Media Team with a passion for exploring how technology affects the way we communicate, work and play. She is co-author of The New York Times best-seller The Decoded Company – the first book on big data in the workplace – she connects business leaders to the latest global foresight trends and offers a unique approach to digital strategy, ideation and innovation.

Radhika Kulkarni

Radhika Kulkarni

Vice President, Advanced Analytics, SAS

Radhika Kulkarni, PhD, oversees software development in many analytical areas at SAS, including statistics, operations research, econometrics, text analytics, forecasting and data mining. In addition to supporting the core analytical tools from SAS, her team provides algorithms for analytical solutions in diverse application areas, including finance, retail, marketing, hospitality and supply chain. Her division is also responsible for the Advanced Analytics and Optimization Services team.

Fritz Lehman

Fritz Lehman

Senior Vice President, Customer Engagement and Support Division, SAS

Throughout his 30-plus years at SAS, Fritz Lehman has always had a passion for taking care of the customer, from his first job as a Technical Support Representative to management roles in Education, R&D and Consulting. His global division provides strategic direction to the Customer Loyalty, Education and Training, Professional Services, Publications, and Technical Support organizations and is dedicated to achieving one objective: customer satisfaction through a seamless support experience.

Pierre Philippe Mathieu

Philippe Mathieu

Earth Observation Scientist, Applications & Future Technologies Department, European Space Agency

Pierre Philippe Mathieu is an Earth observation applications engineer in the Earth Observation Science and Applications Department of the European Space Agency. He spent 15 years working in the field of environmental modeling, weather risk management and remote sensing. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and MSc from University of Liege, a PhD in oceanography from the University of Louvain, and a management degree from the University of Reading Business School.

Bob Messier

Senior Director, Global Technologies, SAS

Bob Messier joined SAS in 1997. He has worked in various roles within SAS including Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Product Management.
In his current role leading the Global Technologies organization, Bob is responsible for developing programs that help educate and enable Customers and Partners on the deployment of analytics. His team also manages programs that drive best practices in the adoption of SAS technologies spanning, analytics, visualization, data management, and marketing solutions.
He has worked extensively with customers in the deployment and architecting of analytical solutions. He and his teams have developed best practices that drive alignment of Business and IT in an effort to govern the analytic discovery process. He has also helped organizations evaluate their analytic readiness and maturity related to the adoption of analytics.
Bob holds both a MBA in International Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in Accounting from Providence College.


Jer Thorp - Data Visualization Artist

Jer Thorp

Data Visualization Artist

Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science, data, art, and culture. Jer is an adjunct Professor in New York University’s ITP program, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation.
From 2010- 2012, Jer was the Data Artist in Residence at The New York Times.

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