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Plenary Speakers

Monday, April 15 – 8-9am

Opening Plenary Panel

How Data Science is Revolutionizing the Future

As we embrace Industry 4.0 with the fusion of new products, markets, customers and technology, the common phrase “we are data rich but information poor” seems to take a significant meaning. As traditional structured data move to unstructured and big data, it is becoming a requirement for companies to quickly form “data into information into insight.” The advent of data science has accelerated this movement and is paving the way for a future rich with data-based insight for making value-add decisions.

This panel of experts will share the evolution of data science, its applications across various facets of industry, how academia is creating the talent needed for the future, and what’s ahead.

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Noha Tohamy

Moderated by:

Noha Tohamy

Distinguished Vice President of Research at Gartner, Inc.

Noha Tohamy is a Distinguished Vice President of Research at Gartner, Inc. In her 25-year career, she has been a strong advocate for the use of advanced analytics to improve supply chain performance. She has advised hundreds of manufacturers and retailers on their strategy, talent and technology requirements for analytics success. Before joining Gartner, she was a Vice President at AMR Research, and Principal at Forrester Research. Previously, she held various senior technology and consulting positions at companies including The Sabre Group and i2. She holds a B.S., with high honors, in Mathematics from Emory University and an M.S. in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a frequent speaker at CSCMP, APICS and INFORMS.

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Nada Sanders

Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Northeastern University
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Viju Menon

Group President, Global Quality and Operations
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Katherine Rosback

Rosback Enterprises, Inc.

Tuesday, April 16 – 8-9am

Plenary Speaker

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Anju Gupta

The Role of Analytics in the Digital Era

As companies embark on their digital transformation journey, big data and analytics have become integral to their success. In this keynote, Dr. Gupta will highlight the explosion of data being generated by large corporations and how it is leading to new business models. She will share her experience in driving organizational & business transformation through data-driven analytics, and will address the real challenges companies face today in adopting the technology and getting value from it. She will also provide examples on how large enterprises have implemented data analytics, democratized it, and generated new business models to drive growth. She will share some lessons learnt regarding leading a data-driven organization, including constructing, attracting & retaining the right talent in this new data intensive world.

Anju Gupta

Head of Sustainability Campaign at Syngenta

Anju Gupta is currently the Head of Sustainability Campaign for Syngenta. In her role, she is responsible for managing the global social media analytics and campaign strategy for Syngenta. Prior to that, Anju led the corporate innovation at Monsanto. She and her team built a unique digital partnership platform that rapidly enabled digitization and adoption of Artificial Intelligence at scale. Monsanto received CIO100 innovation award in 2018 for her work on “Innovating through Partners”. Anju started her career at Monsanto as a statistical geneticist and transitioned into leading global analytical teams. As part of her career, she also successfully delivered long term strategies for Monsanto’s product portfolio.

Anju is a Science Fellow and selected as YWCA Women Leader in 2014. She is a frequent invited speaker on Artificial Intelligence in East Coast and West Coast and has also co-authored a book “AI in Business” by John Desmond. She serves as an Executive Board Member of AIWorld and NPower. Anju has a Ph.D in Quantitative Genetics and statistics from The Ohio State University and has ~17 granted and published patents.