Our Advisory Committee supports our skills-based and research-based programs with recommendations, referrals, and (optionally) guest post content.


We are always looking to meet new thought leaders to discuss mutually-beneficial relationships so please get in touch if our mission aligns with your professional goals.




Mark Surman (USA/Canada)


Mark is Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global nonprofit that does everything from making Firefox to standing up for issues like online privacy. Mark is focused on fueling the broader internet health movement by working with citizens, technologists and civic leaders around the worldLinkedIn

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Rupal Agrawal (USA)


Rupal is a Data Science, Analytics & AI Executive with 20+ years experience building AI/ML, Data Science & Advanced Analytics capability at Fortune 500 corporations as well as startups. She has held leadership and consulting roles in Technology and Data Science at United Airlines, Bay Area AI startup Noodle.ai, Royal Caribbean Cruises and US Dept of Energy National Lab. Rupal has a Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo and B.Tech. from IIT Bombay. LinkedIn



Arun Nandi (USA)


Arun is the Head of Analytics at Unilever. Arun is a senior executive leader with extensive experience across Marketing, Sales and Finance and is a strong believer in the role of data and analytics in driving top and bottom line value for the organization.  His experience includes excelling in industries such as consumer goods, telecommunications and blockchain. LinkedIn



Hema Lakkaraju (USA)


Hema Lakkaraju is an international author, speaker, and the CEO and Co-Founder of HAYAG Corp. Hema provides data-driven strategic compliance solutions and consulting services to the healthcare and life sciences industries. LinkedIn



Raju Rampa (USA)


Raju is a technology leader with over 25 years of global experience in leveraging technology to deliver business impact. As a Vice President at Cognizant Technology Solutions, he is responsible for the Digital Process Automation, Digital Customer Experience and Supply Chain Management practices. Raju helps Global 2000 corporations navigate the digital shift by developing successful strategies, collaborating with executives, engaging with technology partners and implementing technology initiatives at scale. LinkedIn



Jacqueline Lu (Canada)


Jacqueline helps organizations build new nervous systems that use tech and data. At Helpful Places, she’s building a coalition to implement and improve DTPR, an open-source communication standard for digital technology. Jacqueline is also Data Lead at Mozilla Foundation, where she is building a data strategy that will glean insights and measure progress on Mozilla’s theory of change for trustworthy AI. LinkedIn



Adam Samson (USA)


Adam is a US-based healthcare research professional with expertise in global and single center studies and clinical trial phases across multiple therapeutic areas including endocrinology, cardiovascular, respiratory, and infectious disease. LinkedIn



Brenda Cunnington (Canada)


Brenda is the Managing Director, Americas, for Trayport at TMX Group.  Brenda has over 25 years of financial sector experience, bringing a deep understanding of market structure with a strategic view across multiple asset classes. Her experience includes market data, trading, capital formation, crypto/digital assets, and energy/commodities. LinkedIn



Darrell Robinson (USA)


Mr. Darrell Robinson is the founder & owner of BioMedVerse LLC, a biotechnology research and data science software startup in Binghamton, New York. Darrell also is a PhD Candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Darrell conducts research on creating computational data science and machine learning models to better understand the genetic mechanism of the immune system while fighting disease with the aim to create safer and more effective therapeutic medicines. LinkedIn



Kristin Riddell (Canada)


Kristin is an Ottawa-based principal of curriculum working with schools, schoolboards, post-secondary institutions, other districts, and central agencies to build educational excellence. LinkedIn



John Durland (Canada)

John is an associate at Gilbert’s LLP, where his practice spans the corporate, commercial, and intellectual property issues relevant to growing businesses, specifically technology companies where data governance issues are at the forefront. LinkedIn

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Sylvie Veilleux (USA/Canada)


Sylvie is the CIO at Dropbox and a global leader who has helped some of today’s largest technology organizations, including Apple, Salesforce, Mozilla and Dropbox, to scale for growth. Sylvie brings a deep understanding of developing technology transformation roadmaps and implementing scaleable governanceLinkedIn

Derek Strauss, Advisory Commitee member,Data Collaboration Alliance


Derek Strauss (USA)


Derek is the founder, CEO and Principal Consultant of Gavroshe, a 34-year old boutique-sized international consulting company which specializes in multi-year Enterprise Transformation Programs, utilizing Data and Analytics, and the enablement of the Office of the Chief Data Officer. Derek is a former Chief Data Officer, TD Ameritrade – an FTE role spanning 5 years (2012-2016). Responsible for building the Office of the CDO from scratch. He is also an active Founding Member of MIT’s International Society of Chief Data Officers and co-author of "DW 2.0: The Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing”. LinkedIn



Tim Collins (UK)


Tim Collins is the Chief Data & Analytics Officer at Kognitiv. Tim is a passionate evangelist for the application of data science to deliver business performance. Deploying customer intelligence to inform business strategies, business processes and more personalized engagements. Tim’s remit is to ensure clients maximize the use of and return from their customers data (including Zero Party Data). One of the founders of Aimia’s Intelligent Shopper Solution business unit, over thirteen years, Mr. Collins held progressive leadership roles, serving as Managing Director for the last four. LinkedIn

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Mia Champion (USA)

Based in Seattle, Mia has been a global trailblazer in life sciences, healthcare, machine learning and cloud computing. Mia is committed to helping shape a future where technology contributes to the betterment of humanity. LinkedIn

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Craig Bradley (Canada)


Craig is the Senior Vice President at YMCA of Greater Toronto and is a technology leader with a strong vision for how IT can secure the future of business. LinkedIn



Rohit Kumar (Canada)


Rohit is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto based boutique techno-management consulting firm, The Honest Consultants. LinkedIn



Paul Banwatt (Canada)

Paul is a partner at Gilbert’s LLP. Paul's practice focuses on emerging technologies, music, entertainment, and high-tech IP litigation. LinkedIn



XinChi Yang (Canada)


XinChi is an enterprise B2B product manager. XinChi's product experience focuses on data architecture and she is passionate about building solutions with a data first mindset. LinkedIn



Keith Jansa (Canada)


Keith Jansa is the Executive Director of the CIO Strategy Council. The CIO Strategy Council is Canada’s national forum that brings together the country’s most forward-thinking chief information officers and executive technology leaders to collectively mobilize on common digital priorities. LinkedIn



Neal Oswald (Canada)

Neal is a senior executive leader and execution specialist with extensive financial services experience in retail and wholesale banking. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector in senior line roles and as a senior advisor. LinkedIn