Big Data Analytics

23 May 2017

Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam



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Dr David Stephenson

Chief Data Scientist, DSI Analytics

Dr. David Stephenson was previously Head of Global Business Analytics at eBay Classifieds Group, a group with analytics teams spread over six continents.  Prior to joining eBay, David held a professorship at the University of Pennsylvania, giving post-graduate lectures in applications of advanced analytics. David has also worked extensively in insurance, capital markets, and financial risk management and has served as an expert advisor to several large investment, consulting, and private equity firms. 

David left eBay in 2014 to found DSI Analytics, a company whose goal is help organisations make step changes in their use of data and analytics. In his current role, he has worked closely with executives at various regional and multinational organizations; organisation such as CoolBlue, at the time the most rapidly growing e-commerce player in the Benelux (and now a market leader). He is currently finishing up an extensive engagement with @Leisure, a rapidly expanding subsidiary of Axel Spring operating within the Travel and Tourism Sector, working together with the managing board to formulate and launch a greenfield analytics strategy and to hire and on-board a newly formed analytics team. David is from the USA and is currently based in Amsterdam.


Christian Elsasser

Manager – Data Analytics, Swiss Re

Christian Elsasser joined Swiss Re in 2015 as a manager for data analytics projects. In this role he is responsible for the development of new projects in connection with large external data sets and innovative analytics approaches.

Before joining Swiss Re he worked for five years at CERN as a physicist where he was responsible for the analysis and interpretation of data samples collected by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Christian studied physics, economics, and computer science and holds an MSc degree from the University of Zurich. For his research at CERN he was awarded a PhD in natural science. He is currently also appointed as a lecturer in scientific computing by the University of Zurich.

Thiago de Faria

DataOps Consultant, LINKIT B.V.

Thiago is a happy AI aficionado and a different Brazilian – why? Because he likes football, but mainly loves Ice Hockey (Go Habs!)! Mathematician and Statistician by formation, he always loved gaming, breaking stuff, automating his job and predicting behaviour. He worked as a Database Administrator and Data Scientist before figuring it out he loves all the aspects of a Big Data pipeline and AI integrations! Data architecture, ML implementations, user interaction with AI systems and how to build systems that will not need him anymore. His experience in consultancy, IT companies and government, only showed him that the primary focus is communication and innovation. His passion is connecting, helping, learning and sharing knowledge, so he builds the unthinkable and screws up demos in front of everyone.

Johannes Wagner

Manager Advanced Analytics, Adidas Group

Johannes Wagner works as a Manager Advanced Analytics in the Western European Analytics team of the adidas group. In this function, Johannes is leading the transition from traditional BI to Big Data-based advanced analytics. Further, Johannes is responsible for developing, deploying, and operationalizing the strategic projects for adidas Direct to Consumer Western Europe.

 Previous to his current position, Johannes was a Senior Business Analyst in Western European Analytics, driving enhancements to adidas’ BI systems environment as well as providing key insights into the business.

Currently, Johannes is using Alteryx to prototype, design, and deploy analytical processes in the framework of a Big Data solution. Johannes joined the Western European Analytics team one year ago—coming directly from University.

Darko Krizic

Chief Technology Officer, PRODYNA AG

Darko Krizic is a founding member of PRODYNA and serves as Chief Technology Officer. It is the bridge from software development to high-availability critical applications to strategic management consulting. He studied general computer science at the FH Frankfurt. In his spare time, he hopes for good weather, to relax as a private pilot during a sightseeing tour, or to take part in the mountain biking.

Adrian Swinscoe

Forbes Contributor, Customer Experience Evangelist, Author of “How to Wow: 68 Effortless Ways to Make Every Customer Experience Amazing”

Adrian Swinscoe is a customer experience consultant and advisor, and has been growing and helping develop customer-focused large and small businesses for 20 years. He has previously worked with Shell, FT and The Economist Group and has advised and consulted to numerous large and smaller businesses helping them engage with their customers, build their customer retention and improve their service and customer experience.

Adrian is a huge fan of organisations that do great things for their customers and their people. He enjoys using research, stories and human insights to help create change and better results for his clients. Overall, he’s a lover of simplicity and an advocate of the human touch with some really useful technology thrown in.

Adrian has an MBA from Cass Business School, City University as well as an MA in Economics. 

He has also recently published a new book: How to Wow: 68 Effortless Ways to Make Every Customer Experience Amazing (Pearson).


Kees Kerkhoven

Information Analyst, Vitens N.V.

Kees has a background in process automation and software engineering. He joined Vitens 9 years ago to be a project manager for process automation and now works as business analyst.

In Vitens’ innovation program Kees manages the Smart Water Management work package. Innovations in this work package cover data analytics, water distribution modeling, anomaly detection for quantity (e.g. leaks, pressure) and water quality and response strategies.

Juriaan Spek

Program Manager DAS-project, Aegon

Juriaan Spek is owner of InfoRatio. He specialises in program, interim management and coaching and has a degree in Logistic Management and Computer Science. His primary specialty is managing technical teams to achieve strategic business goals. Juriaan also coaches start-ups and SMEs looking to expand.

Previous Speakers

Professor Marc Salomon

Dean of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS), Director of the MBA in Big Data & Business Analytics and Member of the Big Data Alliance board

Marc is a member of the Big Data Alliance board, Dean/Professor at the University of Amsterdam Business School (ABS) and Director of the MBA in Big Data & Business Analytics. His research interests are in the field of Operations Research with applications to areas such as transport and logistics, marketing and professional service firms.

Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, Marc was COO at the law firm Stibbe (2004-2013), COO and Director of Research at McKinsey & Company (1998-2004), Director of the Center for Applied Mathematics at Rabobank (1996-1998) and Professor in Operations Research at Tilburg University (1996 – 2005).

Marc holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Econometrics from the VU University Amsterdam and a PhD in Business & Operations Research from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Diederik Meijerink

Data Scientist, Schiphol Group

Diederik Meijerink works as team leader in the Data Innovation Lab at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Diederik is managing the data innovation lab. He has been active in extracting value from data for over 7 years. He is intrigued by the data sphere, the web and travelling the world.

Sjoerd Blum

Head of Business Technology Center, Schiphol Group

Sjoerd Blüm is responsible for the Business Technology Center at Schiphol including IT Innovation, Big Data, Strategic Alignment and IT Process Management.

Schiphol aims to be the world’s best digital airport. Important cornerstones for this ambition come together in the Business Technology Center that Sjoerd is managing. One of these cornerstones is the setting up of a data innovation lab to discover valuable insights.
Sjoerd joined Schiphol in 2015 after 10+ years in the financial sector where he set up new organisations and lead transformations of existing organisations.

Aziz Mohammadi

Manager Data Scientists Team and Senior Data Scientist at ING Nederland

Aziz Mohammadi is currently manager of the Data Science team within ING Netherlands. One of his main responsibilities is to make Data Science a core capability within ING generating tangible customer and business value. He is also a Senior Data Scientist with over 7 years of experience. He continues to work on several business projects in diverse areas such as Marketing, Risk, Fraud and IT. He has previously served as a Product Owner bringing new data driven services to ING customers through their mobile app. Aziz holds a Master degree in Business Mathematics and Informatics (graduated with honours).

Dr. Maryam Ramezani-Bartsch

Director, Global Brand Consumer Analytics – Marketing Intelligence & Data Science, ‎Adidas Group

Dr. Maryam Ramezani-Bartsch is the global Director of Marketing Intelligence at Adidas group where she is responsible for advanced analytic and data science initiatives to bring consumers to the heart of all adidas activities. Maryam has years of experience in data science and advanced analytics in leading organizations such as Xaxis, SAP, IBM research, and DePaul University. Maryam has a PhD in business information technology from Karlsruhe University, Germany.

Paul Poels

Director of Digital Analytics at PhilipsDirector of Digital Analytics at Philips

Paul Poels is the Global Lead of Digital Analytics at Philips. He has developed digital analytics as a capability in Philips, and has deployed this globally across all markets and Business Groups. Paul is continuously improving the maturity of digital analytics in the company, by developing new tools and ways of working, and training the marketing teams. Paul has been with Philips since 2009, working in various positions in strategy, marketing and digital marketing. Before Philips, Paul worked as a consultant for 9 years, at KPMG Consulting and at McKinsey. He graduated at Eindhoven University of Technology with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.

Natalino Busa

Enterprise Data Architect, ING Group

Natalino is currently Enterprise Data Architect at ING Group in the Netherlands, where he leads digital transformations for company-wide, mission-critical, data-driven systems.

His strengths are in data technology from strategy to design for data-driven applications, such as personalized marketing, predictive analytics and fraud/security management. Natalino is an all-round IT Innovator and seasoned data scientist with 15+ year’s of experience in research, development and management of distributed architectures and scalable services and applications. He blogs regularly about big data, analytics, data science and scala reactive programming at

Davide Cervellin

Head of EU Analytics, Merchant Development, eBay

Davide Cervellin is Head of EU Analytics at eBay. With more than 10 years of experience in roles across Finance, Analytics, Business Development and Ecommerce, he is now responsible for analysis related to business-to-consumer sales on the European eBay marketplaces sites. Prior to this, he was responsible for the definition of the global strategy for online B2C sales at Pirelli Tyres and for Analytics and Performance Management at Vodafone.

Dr. Maria Girone

Chief Technology Officer, CERN Openlab

Maria Girone graduated in Physics at the University of Bari (Italy). She obtained her Ph.D. in High Energy Physics in 1994. Maria obtained a CERN research fellowship in the ALEPH experiment and later worked at Imperial College, London as a research associate with the LHCb collaboration.

Maria joined the IT Department at CERN an applied scientist in 2002. Two years later, she was appointed as section leader and service manager of the Oracle database services for the LHC experiments. In 2009, she moved on to become deputy group leader of the CERN IT Experiment Support group and task leader within the EGI-InSPIRE project.

In 2012, Maria became the founding chair of the WLCG Operations Coordination team, responsible for the core operations and commissioning of new services in the WLCG. The following year, she was appointed the Computing Coordinator for the CMS Experiment at CERN. As Coordinator Maria was responsible for 70 computing centers on 5 continents and more than 100 FTE of effort yearly to archive, simulate, process and serve petabytes of data.

In January 2016, Maria took over the responsibility of CERN openlab Chief Technology Officer.

Francesco Gadaleta

Data Scientist, Johnson & Johnson

Francesco Gadaleta, PhD is Data Scientist in the Advanced Analytics Team of Johnson&Johnson. He is a former member of the Statistical Genetics Unit at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Liège, where he focused on integrating heterogeneous data. Francesco was also a Data Scientist at the Department of Human Genetics at the University Hospital UZ Leuven, where he was involved in the Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) project.

Since 2010, he has been a science writer at – thinking human world in mathematical terms, where he also runs Data Science at Home and public podcasts about Data Science.

Kalman Tiboldi

Chief Business Innovation Officer, TVH Group

Kalman Tiboldi is the Chief Business Innovation Officer of TVH, worldwide market leader in replacement parts for material handling and in-plant industrial vehicles and has over 35 year experience in using information technology for business process innovation.
Kalman merged IT and Business in a new department called Business Innovation through IT (BI²T) and managed to promote the collaboration between IT and Business as driving force behind innovation. With his team he has successfully implemented a flawless IT infrastructure with flexible applications, based on service-oriented architecture, turning TVH into a real-time, extended enterprise.

Providing the leadership and direction towards the development and implementation of information systems, Kalman is taking advantage from Cloud-based Services, Big Data and Internet of Things and strongly support Open Source solutions.

Kalman holds a Civil Engineer Polytechnician degree from Military Technical Academy of Bucharest and a Master of Mathematics and Computer Science degree from University of Bucharest.

He was named IT Manager of the Year’ – Large Organizations in 2004 and 2011 by Leading European Trade Publication, Data News.

Mohammed Younos

Business Analyst , Improve Digital B.V.

Mohammed is an accomplished IT industry professional with 20+ years’ experience understanding business needs and developing tailored solutions. He has worked extensively with analytics and machine learning technology during a 15 year tenure in Amazon’s software development team. He won the Amazon Achievement award in 2005 and the “Just Do It” award in 2010. After leaving Amazon, Mohammed served as Head of IT for Logistics Company, building a full-featured logistics tool from concept to implementation. He recently joined Improve Digital as Business Analyst, working with big data and data analytics to identify trends, building useful metrics and visual maps that enable clients to grow revenue and operate more efficiently.

Hovhannes Khandanyan

Manager, Big Data Analytics at Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Hovhannes Khandanyan is Manager of Big Data Analytics at CWT Solutions Group, the consulting arm of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). In this role, Hovhannes creates innovative data products to help companies make the most of their travel programs.
His most recent research has focused on analyzing and understanding the spending behavior of employees, both during their business trips and at the office. Hovhannes has conceived and developed a new model to analyze travel and entertainment expenses, which helps finance, procurement and travel decision makers to identify the areas of spending where action is most needed.

Prior to joining CWT, Hovhannes worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), home of world’s most powerful particle accelerator. His research focused on identifying signals of interest in the massive amounts of collision data produced at CERN. Hovhannes holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Over the last decade Hovhannes has lived and worked in five countries across three continents, which allowed him to both develop professionally and acquire a network of outstanding collaborators.