Big Data Council

For CTOs, CIOs and Big Data Leads of emerging and large businesses


    Melvin Greer, Intel Chief Data Scientist, America's

    Melvin Greer, Intel Chief Data Scientist, America's

    Melvin Greer is the Chief Data Scientist at Intel America’s. Melvin uses his knowledge in graph analytics, machine learning and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for Federal Agencies and global enterprises. His systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in Cloud Computing, Synthetic Biology and IoT Bio-sensors for edge analytics.
    He functions as a principal investigator where he significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. Melvin is the award-winning author of the bestselling book, 21st Century Leadership, and the Managing Director of the Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation, focused on the maturing of new leaders and the growth of future innovators. Melvin Greer has written for, or been covered by, The New Times, Washington Post, Federal Computer Week, Forbes, Computerworld, Washington Executive and Government Computer News. 
  • Sanjay Sardar, VP, Analytics and Simulation at SAIC

    Sanjay Sardar, VP, Analytics and Simulation at SAIC

    Sanjay Sardar is the vice president of analytics and simulation at SAIC.

    Prior to joining SAIC, Sardar served as chief information officer for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he was responsible for its strategic visioning, tactical leadership and operational management for all information technology. From 2002 to 2008, Sardar worked for General Dynamics as a senior program director. During his career, Sardar has also held managerial positions with DDLabs, Inc., Oracle Corp., and Platinum Technologies, Inc.

    Sardar earned a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University, a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Virginia, and is currently working toward completing further executive education from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Gary Shiffman, CEO & President, Giant Oak

    Gary Shiffman, CEO & President, Giant Oak

    Dr. Gary Shiffman created Giant Oak to deliver social science-driven innovations in “big data” environments to advance his work countering organized crime, insurgency, and terrorism. In addition, he is Managing Director of the Chertoff Group, a global strategic advisory, M&A advisory, and security services firm. He also teaches, writes, and runs research projects as a faculty member of Georgetown University.

    Previously Dr. Shiffman served as Senior Vice President & General Manager at L-3 Communications. While at L-3, Dr. Shiffman developed a global strategy and an organizational design for a $4 billion business group to diversity into new security markets, and he turned around a $100 million business unit by focusing business structure, processes, and human capital on risk management and resiliency solutions.

    His government series includes the Department of Homeland Security, Capitol Hill, and the Department of Defense. As the Chief of Staff at US Customs and Border Protection, the help manage the most complex unification under DHS creating the largest law enforcement agency in the United States. Dr. Shiffman led many border security and facilitation policy initiatives, including the Secure Border Initiative Working Group which successfully re-engineered border enforcement and security processes. He also supported the development of the department’s first framework for risk metrics.

    Shiffman spoke to WashingtonExec about the use of predictive analytics towards organized crime in March 2013.


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