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Board of Advisors

In the ever-evolving and fast-paced industry of data science, it becomes imperative to get the right advice on managing, delivering, and empowering the learning to upskill and reskill the talent force. The USDSI's Board of Advisors enables the management and stakeholders to discover, develop and demonstrate their fullest potential to thrive in the data science industry. The Board of Advisors is the beautiful minds from various walks of life and domains that bring unique skills, knowledge, and energy to help the United States Data Science Institute's missions, vision, and commitments.


Dr. Milton Mattox

CEO, Chief Advisor, USDSI®, United States

Dr. Mattox is a technologist, corporate leader, and author who has worked with some of the world’s most acclaimed companies. An authority in delivering highly complex technology products and solutions, he continues to practice the leadership techniques and methodologies outlined in his books and articles to successfully increase return on investment for companies, organizations, and executives.

Ed Mayer

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services & Delivery, Radian Group, United States

Ed Mayer is a senior-level business technology leader well renowned for “getting things done” by focusing on five key areas: (1) ROI, (2) delivery, (3) effectiveness, (4) cost containment, and (5) customer satisfaction. He is always mission-focused. He is courageous, possesses great thought leadership, deals well with ambiguity, as critically needed organizational agility, and has a great EQ/IQ mix.

Dr. Cindy Gordon
Dr. Cindy Gordon

CEO, SalesChoice Inc., Canada

Cindy is the Founder and CEO of SalesChoice, a SaaS AI company that focuses on Ending Growth Uncertainty for Human Advantage, using advanced AI and Data Science methods. Dr. Gordon is an international AI thought leader and AI business strategy pathfinder, and she is passionate about educating boards and senior executives on the practical realities of designing, developing, and sustaining Responsible AI.

Dr. Luiz Laranjeira

Senior Researcher and Software Architect, Joyent, United States

Dr. Laranjeira is a senior scientific researcher who generally oversees scientific and engineering teams, including basic and applied research projects, as well as the development of new processes, technologies, or products.

Dr. Elijah Porter II

Electrical Engineer and Scholar, United States

Dr. Porter is a theorist, educator, and engineer who has spent fifteen years working as an electrical engineer, and the most recent fifteen years working as a mathematics educator. He has positioned himself as a leading contributor to mathematics education at the K-12 level.

Alecia Andersen

Chief Executive Officer, V3 Enterprises, United States

Alecia is an intelligent, solutions-focused, no-holds-barred marketing, sales and operations executive. She dives headfirst into solving complex, deep-seated challenges, uncovering possibilities and reframing thinking to capitalize on opportunities that have previously eluded similar teams by leveraging enterprise market insight and general on-demand software expertise.

Shankar Sundaram

Corporate Vice President, New York Life Insurance Company, United States

Shankar Sundaram is a healthcare leader with more than 15 years of experience in driving IT investment decisions and operating big bet initiatives. His primary areas of concentration are IT strategy planning for technology innovation and business transformation, post-merger technology integration, complex program planning and oversight, technology organization optimization, and technology vendor evaluation and contracting.

Brenda Patton

Realtor, CNE, GRI, SRS - Ebby Halliday Realtors, United States

Brenda is a senior executive with multiple years of experience in negotiations and contracting. She is a passionate realtor and is a residential specialist in the North Dallas area with a focus on the communities of Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen and The Colony.

Niraj Kumar

Director – Delivery, Nagarro, India

Niraj is a technology geek with a major interest in the IT services domain and has expertise in Managed Services, P3O Practice, Consultancy, Transition, and Transformation of an IT service delivery process. He has steered multiple application managed services engagements & operations across verticals based on an internationally recognized framework (TIPA).

Vladimer Botsvadze

Mentor - Abu Dhabi SME Hub

Vladimer Botsvadze is a world-renowned digital transformation and social media influencer, advisory board member, and keynote speaker who initiates change, drives growth, and positions brands as market leaders in their industries. He has more than 15 years of international experience with a proven track record and has enjoyed an outstanding career at the top of the technology industry.

Melissa Brickhouse

Technology Leader and Coach

Melissa Brickhouse is a senior Data Science Professional leveraging 22+ years of critical thinking and strategy to drive product innovation and organizational excellence. Her expertise in data analysis, business intelligence, and strategic decision-making have helped organizations to expand their capabilities in Data Science, business processes, and 360-degree organizational growth. Melissa is a thought leader in Data Analytics and a motivational coach helping individuals as well as organizations to reinvent from within. She is also the founder of Reinvent Within which helps professionals focus on career growth through workshops, coaching sessions, and online programs.

Dr. Kenneth Cooper

Founder/DataPoint Solutions Consulting, LLC

Dr. Kenneth Cooper is a Cybersecurity industry leader with 25+ years of experience in innovating, developing strategic solutions, ensuring secure integration, and applying security-first design and architecture engineering for Department of Defense systems, Broadband and Media Telecommunications Service provider Systems and Corporate Fortune 100 companies and State and Local Government agencies in several States and their major cities and metropolitan areas. Understanding organizational landscapes and identifying their core environments that require Cybersecurity focus for protection and risk mitigation is his specialty.

Dr. Eddie Tiggs

Education and Business Consultant at Consulting Services of America, LLC

Dr. Eddie TIggs is an accomplished scholar, finance executive, and serial entrepreneur with more than 30+ years of experience in education, finance, healthcare, food service, and disposable paper industries. His expertise includes relationship management, human relations, critical thinking, educational counseling, mentoring of adult students, mortgage finance, team performance improvement, and training. Dr. Tiggs is a passionate educationist and believes in mentoring young minds to achieve robust career growth.

Nathalie Bar

Head of Customer Advocacy and Global Campaigns at Temenos I Top 100 CMA

Nathalie is an award-winning marketing leader with more than 20+ years of experience in B2B technology, telco, and FinTech industries. Her expertise in global campaigns and customer advocacy campaigns has impacted her organizations tremendously in terms of marketing processes, demand generation, million-dollar pipelines, etc., that led her to win the Top 100 CMA strategists list.

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