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AI Mentors help you pave the way for a successful career in the world of Data Science and AI. Powered by Alldus International, the premium AI Workforce Solutions, our consultant's interview AI Leaders and Data Scientists from around the world about their personal journey to becoming a front-runner in AI. Guests offer practical advice to those interested in becoming a leader in Data Science and AI.

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AI Mentors help you pave the way for a successful career in the world of Data Science and AI. Powered by Alldus International, the premium AI Workforce Solutions, our consultant's interview AI Leaders and Data Scientists from around the world about their personal journey to becoming a front-runner in AI. Guests offer practical advice to those interested in becoming a leader in Data Science and AI.

    E44 Adam Waksman, Director of Engineering at BlackRock

    E44 Adam Waksman, Director of Engineering at BlackRock

    Today's guest is Adam Waksman, Director of Engineering at BlackRock. Adam is an Executive Technology Leader with a focus on enterprise software delivery, product strategy, data management and data science, as well as CTO experience and knowledge of organizational design. He is also an accomplished scientist and mathematician, having made scientific contributions across fields in computer science, data science and neuroscience.

    BlackRock is a global asset manager who helps investors build better financial futures. As a fiduciary to investors and a leading provider of financial technology, BlackRock's clients turn to them for the solutions they need when planning for their most important goals. Launching over 30 years ago, their founding mission was to establish a firm that thinks differently about managing investment risks to best serve our clients, and this is still at their core today.

    In the episode, Scott will discuss:

    Transitioning his career into leadership,

    Advice to academics moving into industry,

    What to expect in your first Data Science role,

    What he enjoys about his role,

    How to best approach an interview,

    What excites him for the future within Data,

    and Advice on moving into leadership/management roles.

    • 29 min
    E43 Scott Taylor, The Data Whisperer

    E43 Scott Taylor, The Data Whisperer

    Today's guest is Scott Taylor, who is commonly known as "The Data Whisperer." Scott has helped countless companies “calm data down” by enlightening business executives to the strategic value of master data and proper data management. He focuses on business alignment and the “strategic WHY” rather than system implementation and the “technical HOW.” He also acts as Principal Consultant for MetaMeta Consulting – A Data Story Boutique.

    An avid business evangelist and original thinker, Scott continually shares his passion for the strategic value of master data through industry events, public speaking opportunities, blogs, videos, whitepapers, podcasts, cartoons, puppets shows and all forms of thought leadership. He has also worked with global enterprises by representing some of the world’s most iconic business data brands including Dun & Bradstreet, Nielsen and Microsoft.

    In the episode, Scott will discuss:

    His interesting work in helping enterprises tell their data story,

    The role of Data Management within Data Storytelling,

    Challenges of introducing a data-driven culture in your business,

    How to effectively communicate with senior managers & stakeholders,

    The role of Data Monetization in impacting ROI,

    and What he loves about public speaking.

    • 27 min
    E42 Marco Morales, Senior Director of Data Science at NBCUniversal Media

    E42 Marco Morales, Senior Director of Data Science at NBCUniversal Media

    Today host Mark Kelly speaks with Marco Morales, Senior Director of Data Science at NBCUniversal Media in New York. As part of the leadership of a corporate-level group that builds data products, develops tools and supports strategic decisions with data across all NBCUniversal business units, Marco is leading the integration of linear and digital forecasting in a unified platform to provide a comprehensive view of the total audience for all NBCUniversal's TV properties.

    Marco has successfully architected and led a team of data scientists, data engineers and consultants to migrate data and forecasting pipelines that feed the forecasting platform to open-source which reduced data and forecasting processing time by 50%. He also provided methodological guidance and led the development of novel methodologies to automate monitoring of 5K+ forecasts in production, including early indicators of changes in TV viewership.

    In the episode, Marco will discuss:

    Transitioning from Political Science into Data Science,

    Transferring his current skills into his new career,

    The role of Social Science in Data Science,

    Defining the problem you are looking to solve,

    and How AI will further impact the customer experience in media.

    • 26 min
    E41 Cameron Davies, Former SVP of Corporate Decision Sciences at NBC Universal

    E41 Cameron Davies, Former SVP of Corporate Decision Sciences at NBC Universal

    Today's guest is Cameron Davies, former SVP of Corporate Decision Sciences at NBC Universal. Cameron was responsible for both the Corporate Management Sciences and their News Group Insights teams. His work included working on the development and execution of advanced analytics, data and research strategies, driving NBCU priorities such as leveraging Big Data, personalization of content, monetization strategies, alternative measurements and customer insights.

    In the episode, Cameron will tell you about:

    Transitioning from academia into industry,

    His amazing experience with Disney,

    The importance of empathy,

    Building trust & maintaining strong relationships,

    How AI is impacting the customer experience within media,

    and Advice to Data Scientists coming into industry

    • 23 min
    E40 Wally Lo Faro, VP of Data Science at Mastercard

    E40 Wally Lo Faro, VP of Data Science at Mastercard

    Today's guest is Wally Lo Faro, VP of Data Science at Mastercard. Wally has successfully built the data science capabilities and team in MasterCard Operations and Technology over the past five years. He is responsible for applying advanced techniques for improving and maintaining data quality of very large data sets, information product ideation and development as well as applying data science principles for process improvement.

    Wally has applied techniques from the areas of mathematics, machine learning, information retrieval, text analysis and statistics to design highly scalable approximate string matching systems, data quality monitoring and alerting systems, and fraud detection applications. He has also worked in designing marketing analytics and modeling environments, as well as building scalable and personalized recommendation engines.

    In the episode, Wally will tell you about:

    Interesting projects he is leading at Mastercard,

    How his role has evolved in his 13 years with the company,

    Transitioning from academia to industry,

    3 ways you can get involved in AI and Data Science,

    What the ideal Data Science team looks like,

    How to successfully add business value from Data Science projects, 

    and What he looks for in an interview

    • 22 min
    E39 Gokcen Aygenc, Director of Analytics at Blue Apron

    E39 Gokcen Aygenc, Director of Analytics at Blue Apron

    Today's guest is Gokcen Aygenc, Director of Analytics at Blue Apron. Founded in 2012, Blue Apron are reimagining the way that food is produced, distributed and consumed. Their core product is the cooking experience with original recipes designed along with fresh, seasonal ingredients directly to customers. They are building a better food system that benefits consumers, food producers and the planet.

    Gokcen leads a team of data analysts to coordinate demand forecasting related inputs (brand marketing strategies, programs, promotional calendar, launches) for a reconciliation to the financial forecast and procurement schedule. Prior to her current role, she served as an executive at various business analysis roles at Quontigo, Blackberry, Acer, and Hewlett Packard in Istanbul, Dubai and New York.

    In the episode, Gokcen will discuss:

    Developing her technical and people skills within different cultures,

    How to use predictive analytics effectively within your business,

    What to look for in hiring Data Scientists,

    The importance of trust and strong relationships with stakeholders,

    How to apply Data Analytics successfully to improve the customer experience,

    and Advice to Data Science Managers on how to maximise ROI.

    • 15 min

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