Global Chief Data Officer
Inderpal Bhandari is the IBM Global Chief Data Officer, where he has leveraged his extensive experience to lead IBM’s data strategy to ensure IBM remains the number one AI and hybrid cloud provider for the enterprise. Under his leadership, the Cognitive Enterprise Blueprint was created, a roadmap for IBM’s clients on their own transformation journeys.
Inderpal brings to IBM more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at such leading companies as Cambia Health Solutions and Express Scripts/Medco Health Solutions. Prior to joining IBM, Inderpal served as Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer of Cambia Health Solutions where he led the development of Cambia’s data strategy and drove the transformation of the company’s consumer experience strategies.
Prior to that, Inderpal served as Vice President of knowledge solutions and Chief Data Officer at Express Scripts/Medco Health Solutions, where he was responsible for maximizing the utility of the company’s data and its readiness to respond to emerging market trends. Before that, he founded Virtual Gold, growing the company into an international market leader for analytics in call centers and professional sports.
Inderpal is an expert in transforming data into business value and improved customer experiences by delivering strategic, innovative capabilities that use analytic insights to enable growth and productivity. In 2017, he was named U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year by the CDO Club and has been featured as an industry expert by Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News & World Report, CNN and FOX.
Inderpal earned his Master of Science Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and holds a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Director, AI Accelerator, Global Chief Data Office
In an era of disruptive technologies and a myriad of innovation challenges, Dr. Liliana Horne empowers start-ups, government agencies, and Fortune 500 organizations through major transformations and complex enterprise architectures.
Liliana is the IBM Director of AI Accelerator, which has enabled $350M in revenue since 2019, along with a diverse portfolio of 20+ data and AI assets and solutions. Her strategic thinking and passion for harnessing leading technologies to accomplish core business goals align perfectly with the team’s mission. Liliana brings together deep expertise in technical, application and network optimization solutions, as well as client solutions.
Attaining an MIT Post-Graduate Certificate in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. in Information Systems, Liliana successfully developed the “Client-Side Mobile Evil Twin Attack Detection (CSMETAD)” application and published her doctoral dissertation “Development of a Client-Side Evil Twin Attack Detection System for Public Wi-Fi Hotspots based on Design Science Approach.”
Previously, as Client Solutions Executive at IBM, Liliana led global, large-sized teams to advance enterprises and government agencies to become agile by adopting new technologies. As a future-focused technology leader, she led complex transformation projects, designed clear IT strategy and roadmaps, and strengthened network and information security.
For a global hospitality organization, Liliana developed a net new $15M cloud-managed High-Speed Internet Access service product from scratch, which grew hotel revenue by 22% and improved customer experience. For the Puerto Rico Department of Education, she drove the network modernization initiative at 750 schools, which reduced cost by 50%.
Earlier, as a Growth Executive and Application & Network Optimization Solutions Leader, Liliana added to the top- and bottom-line growth by boosting the enterprise sales pipeline by 60% and closing $10M in revenue in the first year.
Liliana served as a National Practice Leader and was entrusted with building and running a net new line of business for IBM. Here, she led go-to-market, strategic partnerships, and pricing strategy. As Principal, she supported clients’ growth by delivering scalable and resilient architectures, modernizing systems and networks, and cutting-edge engineering infrastructures.
Liliana operated as the Acting CIO, leading the US DOJ-sponsored multiyear Life Sciences digital transformation initiative for the anti-terrorism and human rights forensic services division. Here, she developed a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), including automated workflows, modern data management, and secured networks.
Liliana is married to a successful business executive and has a 12-year-old daughter who is a rising robotics inventor and entrepreneur. She is proficient in English and Spanish and loves yoga, biking, swimming, and hiking.
Chief AI Ethics Officer
US Army AI Integration Center (AI2C)
Recently named as one of Forbes’ “Top 15 AI Ethicists” and as a Visiting Fellow at Oxford’s Institute for
Ethics in AI, BG(R) Dave Barnes empowers senior business and government leaders seeking to develop,
implement, and lead strategic and responsible digital transformation, aligning business strategy while
mitigating AI ethical, legal, and societal risks affecting their business or investment decisions.
He retired from the US Army after 32 years of distinguished service, most recently serving as Professor,
United States Military Academy (PUSMA) Department of English and Philosophy, West Point, NY and as
Chief AI Ethics Officer for the US Army’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Integration Center (AI2C).
As Chief AI Ethics Officer, he advises the Army on incorporating ethics, law, and policy into Army AI
design, development, testing, and employment, directly contributing to the development of the DoD AI
Ethical Principles and the 2020 US Army AI Strategy. He directs the effort to develop and operationalize
an Army Responsible AI strategy.
He has provided expert assistance to DARPA, the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO),
Defense Innovation Board (DIB), National Security Commission on AI, OSD Autonomy Community of
Interest (CoI), OSD Biotechnology CoI’s Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Subcommittee, and
others. He also served as the US Army’s Senior Service Representative for the USSOCOM Commander’s
2019 Comprehensive Review of Culture and Ethics.
He is an internationally renowned expert in responsible and assured AI, human machine teaming, and
autonomy. He is a member of the Editorial Boards for AI and Ethics and the Journal of Military Ethics,
and a Non-resident Fellow at the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. He is the author of
The Ethics of Military Privatization: The US Armed Contractor Phenomenon and multiple articles on
ethics of armed conflict and the ethics of emerging technology; he has been an invited panelist and
speaker for over 100 national and international events.
BG(R) Barnes graduated from the United States Military Academy with a BS in Aero-Mechanical
Engineering. He holds a MA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a PhD in
philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
His remarks are personal views and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Defense, the
United States Army, or any other department or agency of the United States Government.
Chief Data Scientist, Managing Director - IC and Technology Fellow
SVP Data Science and Machine Learning Engineering
Warner Bros. Discovery
Senior Strategic Advisor for Data to the Federal CIO
Office of Management and Budget
VP, Head of Digital, Data and Analytics
SVP & Chief Data Officer
American Tire Distributors
Lalit Thakur is a data executive that leads complete data lifecycle, spanning from data management & analytics to data science and monetization.
During his career, spanning over a decade in data space, Lalit has driven data strategy, led data standards and championed migration of data platforms from conventional to modern frameworks.
He enjoys being at the intersection of business strategy, technology, and data.
Currently at American Tire Distributors (ATD), he is focused on delivery of enhanced data and analytics capabilities.
In this role, he is driving the build of a modern data and analytics organization in order to deliver data driven decisioning capability.
Prior to ATD, Lalit served at Novant Health as VP of analytics and before that in a global role as VP & Chief of Data at Solera.
In those roles he has built digital backbone for the organization and has driven mission to lead & execute the strategy to monetizing globally disparate data.
He has mentored & volunteered in several hackathons, not-for-profit organizations as well as individual mentees.
Lalit has been on several panels and presented on variety of data related topics.
Lalit holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and an Undergraduate degree in Mechanical
Senior Vice President, P&C R&D
Chief Data Officer
United States Military Academy at West Point
Head, Enterprise Data Governance
London Stock Exchange
Head of Analytics, US Personal Bank
Vice President, Global Chief Data Office
Distinguished Fellow, Alfred Lee Loomis Innovation Council
The Stimson Center
Anthony Scriffignano, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized data scientist with experience spanning over 40 years in multiple industries and enterprise domains. Scriffignano has extensive background in advanced anomaly detection, computational linguistics and advanced inferential methods, leveraging that background as primary inventor on multiple patents worldwide. He also has extensive experience with various boards and advisory groups. Scriffignano was recognized as the U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year 2018 by the CDO Club, the world's largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders. He is a Distinguished Fellow with The Stimson Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan Washington, D.C. think tank that aims to enhance international peace and security through analysis and outreach.. He is a member of the OECD Network of Experts on AI working group on implementing Trustworthy AI, focused on benefiting people and planet. He has served as a commissioner for the Atlantic Council, most recently contributing to a Report on the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies and Data. He also served for many years as SVP/Chief Data Scientist at Dun & Bradstreet. He has briefed the US National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and contributed to three separate reports to the President, on Big Data Analytics, Emerging Technologies Strategic Vision, and Internet and Communications Resilience. Additionally, Scriffignano provided expert advice on private sector data officers to a group of state Chief Data Officers and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Scriffignano serves on various advisory committees in government, private sector, and academia. Most recently, he has been called upon to provide insight on data science implications in the context of a highly disrupted datasphere and the implications of the global pandemic. He has published, delivered keynote presentations and participated in panel presentations extensively in various settings internationally concerning emerging trends in AI and advanced analytics, the “Big Data” explosion, artificial intelligence applications and implications for business and society, multilingual challenges in business identity and malfeasance in commercial and public-sector contexts.
Executive Director, Data and AI Architecture
Enterprise Deputy Chief Data Officer
Linda F. Powell is the Enterprise Deputy Chief Data Officer at Bank of NY Mellon. She has over 20 years of experience in the finance industry including commercial banking, banking supervision, and supporting economic research. She spent most of her career with the Federal Reserve System. She was also the Chief Data Officer at the Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In 2018 she joined Citibank as the Global Head of Data Governance, Data Reporting, and End User Computing and joined Bank of NY Mellon in 2021. She has published several papers on the topics of data standards, metadata, and data strategy. She has a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Quantitative Finance from George Washington University.
Head of Strategic Planning & Partnerships, Enterprise Data & AI Solutions Group
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
Head of Strategic Planning & Partnerships, Enterprise Data & AI Solutions Group
Chief Data Officer
William and Mary
Barbara Forth is the inaugural Chief Data Officer for the College of William & Mary in
Williamsburg, VA leading Institutional Research and Analytics teams in the deployment of
analytics, data governance, and management infrastructure to generate insights to be used
to improve organizational decision-making and excellence. W&M aspires to data excellence
in the administration and support of teaching, learning, research, community action and
Barbara has 30 years + of data management experience in the Financial Services industry.
She has held numerous executive and consulting roles at major financial institutions such
as Fidelity Investments, Capital Group, Experian Consumer Services, and General Electric.
She is an accomplished Information Management leader who has delivered a wide range of
IT solutions with a focus on Business Intelligence/Analytics, business and data architecture,
database technology research, and large-scale operations management. She has directed
teams of 120+ for large scale technical initiatives, ranging from $1.2 -$20M and budget of
$25M+. In her various roles she has overseen all aspects of how complex data is gathered,
managed, protected, and monetized.
Barbara founded B4th Consulting in 2018 with the idea of helping companies transform
digitally and build DATA capabilities into the core of an organization. B4th Consulting
identifies and removes impediments to Digital Transformation programs to improve speed
of adoption, revenue growth or business efficiencies. B4th Consulting helps young
companies grow with an eye to building DATA capabilities at each stage of growth.
Barbara is a recognized speaker on emerging data management trends, technology,
innovation, and tool adoption. She was a board member of ai4biz.org and a founding
member of the Orange County Chapter – Private Directors Association.