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Make Data Work
21–22 May 2018: Training
22–24 May 2018: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Data, AI, and innovation in the enterprise

Michael Li (The Data Incubator), Sol Rashidi (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines), Philipp Diesinger (Boehringer Ingelheim), Julie Shin (Citigroup)
14:0514:45 Thursday, 24 May 2018
Data-driven business management, Strata Business Summit
Location: Capital Suite 15/16 Level: Beginner

Who is this presentation for?

  • Everyone will find value in this presentation.

What you'll learn

  • Understand how AI fits within the larger landscape of innovation in data
  • Explore the key attributes of data and AI that every manager and decision maker should know in order to effectively make decisions


What are the latest initiatives and use cases around data and AI? How are data and AI reshaping industries? How do we foster a culture of data and innovation within a larger enterprise? What are some of the challenges of implementing AI within the enterprise setting? Michael Li moderates a panel of four experts in different industries to answer these questions and more.

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Michael Li

The Data Incubator

Michael Li is the founder and CEO of the Data Incubator, a New York-based training program that turns talented PhDs from academia into workplace-ready data scientists and quants. The program is free to fellows and routinely accepts just 1% of applicants. Employers engage with the Incubator as hiring partners. Previously, Michael was a data scientist at Foursquare, a quant at D.E. Shaw and JPMorgan, and a rocket scientist at NASA. At Foursquare, Michael discovered that his favorite part of the job was teaching and mentoring smart people about data science, so he decided to build a startup that lets him focus on what he really loves. He holds a PhD from Princeton, where he was a Hertz fellow, and read Part III Maths at Cambridge, where he was a Marshall scholar. Michael lives in New York, where he enjoys the opera, rock climbing, and attending geeky data science events. You can find out more at the Data Incubator’s webiste or @thedatainc.

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Sol Rashidi

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Sol currently holds 3 patents in the Information Management space and is a keynote speaker at several technology conferences speaking on various topics such as Machine Learning, Cognitive Computing, Data & Analytics, and Emerging Operating Models.

Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Sol was a Partner at Ernst & Young in the Data & Analytics practice, and before that she was a part of the 1st generation of leaders taking WATSON to market at IBM.

Goal oriented and a team player, Sol believes in bringing together people, processes, and technology to cultivate environments that are innovative, driven, and collaborative A Thought Leader in the Data, Robotics, AI, and IT space. Sol is a competency player who solves complex Business, IT, and Operational problems and helps companies with large Transformational Programs.

Sol has a unique ability in bridging the gap between Business and IT, her deep understanding of multiple functional disciplines (i.e. change management, enterprise data, application architecture, process re-engineering, sales, etc.) enables her to drive change by articulate the need for change in organizations that otherwise wouldn’t evolve with the emerging market place.

Sol played NCAA Water Polo and Rugby for Cal on the Women’s National Rugby Team for several years, and completed the Ironman. She and her husband are avid wine drinkers, travelers, and learning to brew Belgium beer.

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Philipp Diesinger

Boehringer Ingelheim

Phillipp Diesinger is Global Chief Data Scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim. He is a passionate data scientist and researcher. Leveraging his global data science experience at SAP, he is driving internal transformation of BI towards smart, evidence-based decision making with a team of more than 20 hand-picked and world-class data scientists.

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Julie Shin


Julie Shin is the Head of Strategic Operations and Innovation at Citigroup. She reports to a Citi Operating Committee member and executes enterprise transformation initiatives with management teams that drive the organization’s strategy across products, geographies, operations, technology, and global functions. Julie also manages a portfolio of fintech ventures to test for proof of concept and commercialization viability in improving client experiences, scaling internal capability building, delivering efficiency and growth opportunities, and enabling open innovation with partnership from businesses and senior leadership teams.

Prior to joining Citi in 2011 in Investor Relations, Julie was an investment banker at Deutsche Bank covering retail, consumer, and financial technology verticals, and in corporate development and executive relationship management roles at Lincoln Financial Group. Julie earned her BA from Northwestern University, MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and completed post-baccalaureate studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Julie holds FINRA 6, 7, and 63 licenses and is an active member of the New York community and angel investor. Julie is an honoree of Innovate Finance’s Women in FinTech Power List, Remodista’s Women2Watch in Business Disruption, and Lendit USA’s top 100 most innovative women executives in finance and technology.

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