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Keynote Speakers

  • Ajay Agrawal, University of Toronto

    Ajay Agrawal
    AI economist and thought leader - and Founder of the Creative Destruction Lab

    Agrawal is the Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and founder of U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab, which is home to the greatest concentration of A.I.-enabled companies in any program on Earth. Featured on the cover of The Globe and Mail’s “Report on Business,” the CDL is “paving the way for a more vibrant Canadian economy.” Report on Business Magazine has also named Agrawal to its “Power 50” list of the most influential Canadians to watch, calling him “a key contributor to Toronto’s emergence as a world-class technology ecosystem.

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    Fritz Lehman
    Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, SAS

    Fritz Lehman leads SAS’ Global Professional Services and Delivery, Technical Support, Education and Publications divisions, as well as the US Customer Loyalty team. He is focused on ensuring customers are connected to the support and service they need at SAS, acting as a customer advocate across the company worldwide. A SAS veteran of more than 30 years, Lehman has always been customer-focused in his career, whether he was working in tech support, consulting, or research and design. He extends his passion for providing service to others through philanthropic work with organizations such as the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Dress for Success.

  • Dr Hannah Fry

    Hannah Fry
    Lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL

    Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.

    Alongside her academic position, Hannah is an experienced public speaker giving conference keynotes and taking the joy of maths into theatres and schools. Hannah’s mathematical expertise has led to the development of fascinating documentaries.
    As an author, Hannah has written two books: ‘The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas’ which followed ‘The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation’

  • Dr. Jim Goodnight

    Jim Goodnight
    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SAS

    As the CEO of SAS, the world’s leading business analytics software vendor, Jim Goodnight has led the company since its inception in 1976, overseeing an unbroken chain of revenue growth and profitability unprecedented in the industry. He is recognized globally for being a trailblazer among companies that top great workplace rankings, including being No.1 on several country and multinational lists. Harvard Business School named Goodnight a Great American Business Leader, and he was named one of America’s 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. A champion of education reform, Goodnight sees education as critical to the success of individuals, organizations and nations.

  • Jon Briggs

    Jon Briggs
    Conference Chairman

    Jon Briggs has been a broadcast journalist for the BBC and ITN for 30 years. His credits include anchoring BBC Radio 5’s Breakfast News show and reporting for BBC Radio 4’s current affairs programs. Jon is a highly experienced international conference moderator, having hosted over 300 international events for many of the world’s largest companies. He’s also one of the best-known commercial voices in the UK, recognized as the original voice of Apple’s iPhone assistant, Siri, in the UK.

  • Leonard Doyle, IOM

    Leonard Doyle
    Head of Media and Communications for the UN Migration Agency (IOM)

    Leonard Doyle is the Head of Media and Communications for the UN Migration Agency (IOM). He previously worked with IOM in Haiti and the Philippines in humanitarian emergencies. Prior to that he was a journalist and was US correspondent and Foreign Editor of The Independent (UK). He has also worked as an editor for The Observer and The Guardian newspapers. Leonard has been a foreign correspondent in New York, Washington DC and Brussels and had reported from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. He was educated at University College Dublin, Ireland and the College of Europe Bruges, Belgium.

  • Oliver Schabenberger

    Oliver Schabenberger
    Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, SAS

    As Chief Technology Officer, Oliver Schabenberger leads SAS’ Research and Development Division, shaping the vision for R&D employees worldwide – and providing the resources to produce the highest quality software in areas such as advanced analytics, business intelligence, customer intelligence, data management, fraud and risk. Schabenberger also oversees the software innovation strategy that focuses on advanced analytic technologies such as machine learning, cognitive analytics, deep learning, and artificial intelligence and keeps SAS at the forefront of change. He received his PhD from Virginia Tech, is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and holds several patents on software design and algorithms.

  • Pieter-Christiaan Michiel Prins van Oranje-Nassau

    Pieter Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau
    Member of the Dutch Royal Family and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Dutch Red Cross

    Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau is founder and chairman of the Milan Group, consisting of the companies Milan Innovincy and Milan Ops. Previously he held the position of CEO of AGT the Netherlands. 
He holds currents positions as chairman of the advisory board of Syntus Netherlands BV (part of Keolis Group, a public transport company), partner in Tardus BV. Furthermore, he is part of the Dutch Association of Security Managers (VBN), vice chairman of the board at the Dutch Red Cross, and chairman of Laureus Foundation of the Netherlands. 
His previous experience includes work at Equity Capital Markets in London, a joint venture between ABN AMRO and NM Rothschild and a former Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal marechaussee, where his focus was on the external borders of the EU. Pieter-Christiaan obtained a Master of Law (LLM) from Utrecht University and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.

  • Randy Guard

    Randy Guard
    Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, SAS

    Randy Guard is responsible for the SAS brand, providing global, strategic direction and marketing vision for SAS products and solutions. He oversees several operational business units, including product management, global marketing, sales enablement, communications and creative services. Guard has many years of consulting, marketing and product development experience. He is responsible for the SAS portfolio, which spans analytics, data visualization, data management, business intelligence and industry solutions. Guard’s extensive consulting background, along with a strong grasp of market dynamics, allows him to align marketing initiatives that position SAS at the forefront of new developments such as IoT, cybersecurity and cloud.

  • Thomas Davenport

    Tom Davenport
    President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management, Babson College

    Tom Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of IT and Management at Babson College and a research fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. He is the cofounder of the International Institute for Analytics and senior adviser to Deloitte Analytics. He is the author of nineteen books, including five on analytics and cognitive technology. 

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