It’s that time of year again.  Data Natives is ramped up and ready to go for its most impressive lineup of speakers to date.  Whether focused on the fastest growing developments in fields such as FinTech and AI or examining the many minute ways that data sets can affect individuals, businesses, or even entire economies, here are just some of our high profile and highly engaging speakers.


Kirk Borne  serves as both principal data scientist and executive advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton.  With career that includes over 20 years of experience working with large data bases at NASA  (not to mention the Hubble telescope), he is one of the most influential figures in data science today.  

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is the founder of Designswarm and Good Night Lamp, as well as being the co-founder and CEO of Tinker London.  A standout when it comes to both entrepreneurship and interaction design, she is as comfortable exhibiting work at the MOMA as she is discussing IoT.

Bart De Witte is the director of Digital Health DACH at IBM Germany. With over 17 years of experience in digital health, as well as serving at the helm of IBM’s newly-formed Digital Health Unit, he is a master at understanding and applying the most cutting-edge developments in HealthTech.

Trent McConaghy is the founder and CTO of BigchainDB.  As the founder of three successful startups, he has used his knowledge of AI to serve humanity in brilliant and inspiring ways. His latest endeavor has the goal of democratizing data, and of course, making Data Natives all the more dynamic.

Alan Akbik is a research scientist on NLP at Zalando. As one of Zalando’s most relied-upon researchers, he has been looking into advanced text analytics capabilities and what they can do to serve the ever-growing online retail market.  

Nicolas Woloszko: is a data scientist and economist at OECD. As a part of the OECD, his work is shedding a light on all of the latest ways in which we can leverage the new knowledge to improve economic performance and quality of life for people living in countries all around the world.

Dirk Freytag: is the founder and MD at Content Pass and has over 20 years of executive experience in advertising. Working to provide an array of cutting-edge monetization strategies for digital publishers, he has a valuable perspective on one of the most competitive industries on the planet.

Nasir Zubairi is CEO at the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT).  An avid entrepreneur and FinTech aficionado, his knowledge of how modern technology meets with the world of finance is as extensive as it is impressive.

Mari Hermanns is the  Head of business intelligence at Solaris Bank.  Every day, she is ensuring that her company’s digital products are quick, efficient, and always scalable. Like solaris, she is a bridge between banking and the startup scene.  

Dr. Chris Armbruster is the director of Data Science Retreat in Berlin.  He has an astute understanding of the many ways in which AI can change our world for the better. Organizing an array of data from academic work and global surveys, he’s masterful as both a mentor and an expert at exploring the reader-author relationship.

Suzy Moat: is an associate professor of behavioral science at Warwick Business School.  As digital tools become an increasingly critical part of our lives, her work is about using data to better understand how we all behave, leading to some fascinating correlations.

Curious to learn more?  Join us for Data Natives 2017 by getting your ticket here.


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