Host and Moderator
Pietro Polidori is a seasoned multilingual presenter of stage, screen and digital platforms. He is an entertainer with heart and soul and audiences appreciate his combination of professionalism, quick wit, humour and charm. As the host and moderator of this year’s conference, Pietro will ensure you receive an energetic welcome and engaging guidance throughout your Analytics Experience 2019.
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.
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer, SAS
As COO and CTO, Oliver Schabenberger sets the technology direction for SAS and executes the company’s strategic direction and business priorities. He oversees multiple divisions within SAS, including R&D, Sales, Marketing, Information Technology and Customer Support, as well as divisions focused on solutions for IoT, financial risk management and cloud. Schabenberger joined the SAS R&D Division in 2002 and was named CTO in 2016. Prior to SAS, he served as Associate Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech, where he earned his PhD in 1995. He frequently writes on emerging technology and holds several patents on software design and algorithms.
Principal Analyst Futurum Research, CEO Broadsuite Media Group
Daniel Newman is the principal analyst of Futurum Research and the CEO of Broadsuite Media Group. Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring digital transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise.
From big data to IoT to cloud computing, Newman makes the connections between business, people and tech that are required for companies to benefit most from their technology projects, which leads to his ideas regularly being cited by CNBC, Barron’s, Business Insider, Squawk Box, Yahoo Finance and hundreds of other sites around the world. Daniel is also a Forbes, VentureBeat and MarketWatch contributor.
MBA and graduate adjunct professor, Daniel Newman is a Chicago native, and his speaking takes him around the world each year as he shares his vision of the role technology will play in our future. A seven-time best-selling author, Daniel’s most recent publications include, “Human/Machine” and "Futureproof."
Philosopher and Neuroeconomist
Matteo is a Full Professor of Philosophy of Science and E.ON Professor in Behavior Change at The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. He was an Advisor for Social and Behavioral Sciences of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. Matteo investigates human irrationality and how we make (or are made to make) our decisions. He can help us in making better decisions and avoiding mental traps. Matteo is also the International bestselling author of Emotional Economics, Mental Traps and Charlie Brown's PsychoEconomics.
In his research, Matteo investigates the neurobiological basis of human rationality by studying the neural correlates of decision-making processes in economic-financial contexts, with particular attention to the role of emotions, regret, fear, loss aversion, and social learning.
For the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, he designed and tested the ways in which the results of behavioral economics and neuroeconomics, can inform more effective and evidence-based public policies.
Dr. Youssef Al Hammadi
Chief Intelligence Officer at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019
With 17 years of experience across multiple functional roles, Dr. Youssef always had a lifelong passion for everything around the data, analytics and technology eco system. As an Advisor within the Office of Strategic Affairs at the Abu Dhabi Executive office, he is currently instrumental in conceptualizing and delivering a government-wide data fusion and analytics platform in Abu Dhabi where advanced analytics has been applied to data from different sectors such as health, education, transportation, energy, etc. Dr. Youssef has also worked at the MIT Centre for Digital Business among inspiring Tech Industry personalities.
Juggling Management Artist
A graduate of the elite École Nationale de Cirque de Montreal, Matt Ledding has performed around the world working in eight different languages, and has won numerous awards. After surviving the equivalent of SEAL training for the performing arts, Ledding has been working with educators in Spain, France, England, Turkey and Uruguay and training them to use performance skills and technology to enhance the human factor in education. Using juggling, the simplest of all complex systems, to hack the learning process, he challenges people to rewire their minds and overcome false assumptions that they never suspected they had.
Vice President of Product Strategy, SAS
As Vice President of Product Strategy, Shadi Shahin is responsible for leading Product Management, Price and Offering Management, and the Enterprise Excellence Center teams. His background as an IT professional began at IBM more than 25 years ago. He went on to lead Wolters Kluwer and, most recently, Red Hat. Along the way, Shahin’s teams pushed the boundaries within data, analytics and next-generation technologies. This included creative integrations of SAS into open architecture ecosystems. His guiding principle is to infuse both a customer and practitioner perspective into a pragmatic and collaborative SAS road map.
Serial entrepreneur and member of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission
Stefano Quintarelli is a serial entrepreneur and former Professor of Information Systems, Network Services and Security. Founder of I.NET, the first Italian Internet Provider, he has played a pivotal role in the founding and development of the Italian internet ecosystem. He was awarded Computer Scientist of the Year in 2009 by the Italian Computer Scientists Association and has been recognized by Corriere della Sera as one of the 30 most innovative Italian entrepreneurs.
An active business angel, he works as an advisor to international investment funds. He has been member of the Italian Parliament in the XVII legislature, member of the Commission of Internet Rights of the Chamber of Deputies and leader of the Parliamentary Intergroup for Technological Innovation.
He is a recurrent contributor to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the steering board of the Italian Digital Agency, member of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission and member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the UN.
Author of many articles and speaker at several conferences on digital technology, regulation and competition, Stefano Quintarelli is interested in the intersection between technology, regulation and markets.
Gianluca de Cobelli
Co-Founder and CEO, Yolo Group
Gianluca de Cobelli has many years of experience in the financial industry. He started in GE Medical Systems, then specialized in payment services holding increasingly responsible roles within the CartaSi Group: Sales Director of Cartasi, CEO of Icon Card (joint venture with American Express), CFO of the parent company and Deputy General Manager of CartaSi. In 2014 he moved into the world of consulting, first at EY and then at Reply as Senior Advisor, managing and developing projects for innovation and digitalization in payment services. At the end of 2017 he co-founded and became CEO of Yolo, an insurtech start-up, to focus on the insurance sector which is going through a phase of strong digital transformation.
Professor of Surgery and Director of Surgical Oncology at the Cancer Center Amsterdam
Geert Kazemier is professor of Surgery and Director of Surgical Oncology at the Cancer Center Amsterdam. He serves as director of the Cancer Center Amsterdam and ADORE Foundations. He received his surgical training at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam and at University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany. Most of his patients suffer from liver or pancreatic cancer. Improving diagnosis and treatment of these patients is the focus of his research. He is a strong believer of the added value of advanced analytics in patients care and translational research.