To support our industry-leading, unique, comprehensive curriculum of essentials of data science and analytics, Principal Analytics Prep has assembled a star-studded faculty, comprising experts from every background and specialization. Our typical instructors are senior-level professionals in a variety of industries, including finance, media, healthcare, entertainment, consulting, gaming, nonprofit, technology, retail, insurance, and advertising. They obtained degrees in diverse fields, including statistics, computer science, communications, mathematics, marketing, business management, and law.Learn more about our current and past faculty below:
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A statistician and economist with 30 years of business experience at Cisco, AT&T Bell Labs, Citibank, SAS Institute, etc., Leonardo is an expert and invited speaker in the area of Big Data methods, and the intersection of statistical and data mining models.
Leonardo is a statistician and economist with more than 30 years of business experience and SAS expertise. He is an acknowledged expert and invited speaker in the areas of Giga-Data Analysis and Methods, and has written papers and delivered lectures on Variable Selection, Missing Value Imputation, Tree Regression, Support Vector Machines, Market Basket Analysis, Database Marketing, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), GDP and Relative Price Inflation studies, Expectation Formations, Productivity and Technology effects in the economy. He was a lecturer of Finance and Macroeconomics at Rutgers University. Over his career, Leonardo has worked for some of the top names in industry, such as Cisco, AT&T Bell Labs, Citibank, and SAS Institute.
KAI CHAN, PMP
Kai is a Vice President of Project Management and an Aerospace Engineer with over 25 years of Project Management experience working in the aerospace, consulting, financial, and media industries.Kai is a Vice President of Project Management and Aerospace Engineer with over 25 years of experience working in the aerospace, consulting, financial, and media industries. He has managed engineering projects, corporate mergers, and system implementations globally for domestic and international corporations. Kai also has in-depth working experience as a Business Analyst, Developer, Systems and Data Architect. He has developed Project Management methodologies at PWC, Citibank, iSiDentsu, and has run Program Management Offices (PMO) globally. Kai is currently the Vice President of PMO at SiriusXM managing a team of Project Managers with project execution responsibilities.
An SVP of Data Science for Nielsen for 13 years, Rawley was the statistical and methodology lead on Nielsen's Brand Effect products and database. He holds a Masters of Engineering from Johns Hopkins and was a Professor of Statistics at Westchester University prior to joining Nielsen.After graduating with a Masters of Engineering from Johns Hopkins, Rawley became a Professor of Statistics at Westchester University, and more recently taught graduate statistics at Columbia University, as well as lecturing at Pace and New York Universities. Currently, Rawley is working as a statistical consultant executing marketing and advertising statistical projects and creating massive models (such as marketing mix and multi-touch attribution). He has also created computer graphics for the TV and the movie industries, training simulations for the US Army, AI algorithms for a robotics company, and won two international Phoebe awards for computer-based training software. For 13 years Rawley was an SVP of Data Science for Nielsen (as in the Nielsen TV Ratings). His responsibilities included: predicting future movie grosses, authoring a major white paper on the effects of DVR use on advertising recall, predicting engagement on TV programs prior to their premiere, valuing in-program-placements (including creating a web-based IPP pricing tool), and so on. He was also the statistical and methodology lead on Nielsen’s Brand Effect products and database.
AUGUSTINE FOU, PhD
Dr. Augustine Fou is the Chief Marketing Science Officer of The Advertising Foundation. Dr. Fou is an industry-recognized thought leader in digital strategy and integrated marketing, and former Chief Digital Officer of Omnicom’s Healthcare Consultancy Group, a $100 million agency group serving pharma, medical device, and healthcare clients.
Dr. Fou has over 20 years of management consulting experience and hands-on experience in creating and optimizing marketing across traditional and digital channels. Dr. Fou also teaches digital and integrated marketing at Rutgers University and NYU.
Kaiser founded Principal Analytics Prep at the Harvard Business School Startup Studio in New York City. He is a widely-cited industry expert, invited speaker and educator in business analytics and data science. For nearly 15 years, Kaiser built and led data teams at firms including SiriusXM, Vimeo and [X+1], a pioneering adtech startup.A member of the Harvard Business School Startup Studio in New York City, Principal Analytics Prep is the brainchild of Kaiser Fung, a widely-cited industry expert and educator in business analytics and data science. He is the author of Junk Charts, an influential blog on data visualization; and Numbers Rule Your World and Numbersense, best-selling books that explore how data analytics transform decision-making in business and government. Kaiser was founding director of the Master of Science in Applied Analytics degree at Columbia University, and has over 12 years of experience teaching data visualization and business analytics at Columbia and New York Universities. He is a frequent speaker at industry and research conferences. Prior to founding Principal Analytics Prep, Kaiser established and managed data teams at SiriusXM Radio, Vimeo, and [X+1], a pioneering ad-tech startup. Kaiser is a graduate of Princeton and Cambridge Universities, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jim has over 25 years of experience using SAS, ranging from medical research at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine to data analytics for the pharmaceutical industry.Jim has over 25 years of experience using SAS, ranging from medical research at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine to data analytics for the pharmaceutical industry. For pharmas, such as Pfizer, Jim's work encompasses both analyses of clinical data for new drug applications being submitted to the FDA, and analyses of marketing and sales trends for multi-billion dollar products already on the market worldwide. Since becoming an independent consultant, Jim has engagements with several large and small pharmaceutical companies in projects ranging from pre-launch planning, launch tracking, to managing end of exclusivity marketing and coping with generic competition. Jim also works with several traditional and digital advertising agencies serving the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, Jim has applied these same techniques to help the NYC Non-Profit sector, including Museums and Non-Profit media outlets in and around NYC.
JUAN HUERTA, PhD
Juan is the head of Decision and Data Science at Goldman Sachs’s Consumer Finance Group. In a long career, Juan also worked at IBM Watson Research, PlaceIQ,Citibank , Dow Jones, and Dragon Systems Inc. He holds a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.Juan is responsible for leading the development of statistical models and algorithms that support the Goldman Sachs Consumer Finance business, including models for targeting, customer segmentation, underwriting, conversion attribution, and fraud detection. Previously, Juan worked in organizations including IBM Watson Research, PlaceIQ,Citibank , Dow Jones, and Dragon Systems Inc., developing machine-learning algorithms to help computers acquire, decode, and understand human intention from raw signals.
NORMAN JACKNIS, PhD
Dr. Jacknis has decades of executive and leadership experience in the public and private sectors. He has successfully led organizations to adopt innovations and new strategies, upgrade technologies, and embrace data-driven cultures.
Dr. Jacknis is currently Senior Fellow at the Intelligent Community Forum. He is also the lead instructor for Analytics and Leading Change in Columbia University’s Applied Analytics program as well as a mentor in its Technology Management Master’s degree program.
Starting in 2008, Dr. Jacknis was Director of Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group, where he worked extensively and in-depth with governments and businesses around the world on open innovation and strategy.Before joining Cisco, he served more than ten years as CIO and commissioner of Westchester County, NY government, where he was responsible for all technology, analytics, Internet and broadband activities, as well as technology-based economic development. In addition to the County government, he provided these services to municipalities and other non-profit community organizations. He also was co-chair of Technology and Enterprise Architecture in New York State Government’s CIO Council and a member of the Partnership For Intergovernmental Innovation. Government Technology Magazine selected him as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers who, using technology ... broke bureaucratic inertia to better serve the public”. Under Dr. Jacknis’s leadership, Westchester County won numerous awards, including the Center for Digital Government’s top ten digital counties in the country, American City & County's Crown Communities Award for technology and was selected as one of the top seven Intelligent Communities in the world. Prior to his public service, Dr. Jacknis had diverse experience as an executive in the software industry, with emphasis on Internet applications and distributed computing. He also has had extensive experience consulting to major financial and other Fortune 500 companies. Earlier in his career, he taught applied statistics as a faculty member of Stony Brook University and was Senior Research Associate at the Vera Institute. He was the keynote speaker at the
MAGGIE JORDAN, PhD
Dr. Jordan possesses more than 20 years of marketing and management experience in the entertainment, media, technology, and healthcare industries. She holds a DBA from Temple University.Dr. Jordan possesses more than 20 years of marketing and management experience in the entertainment, media, technology, and healthcare industries. Her career includes management-level positions at SiriusXM Radio, Vimeo/IAC, Omnicom Health Group’s BioPharm Communications, and GE Healthcare’s Oncura. Her experience spans both corporate and agency sides of the business. Maggie currently runs her own marketing consultancy, Jordan Consulting, which provides strategic marketing and management advising for various companies. Maggie’s academic career includes a Doctorate in Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University, a Master’s Degree in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Villanova University, and a Marketing Certificate from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She taught several marketing courses as an Adjunct Professor at New York University for four years. She currently teaches as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Marketing at Lehigh University and as an Adjunct Professor in MIS at Temple University. Maggie’s core competencies include research and consumer insights, innovation, global marketing management, VR/AR/MR, team building, strategic planning, acquisition programs, subscription marketing, e-commerce, entrepreneurship, data-driven marketing, marketing automation, customer segmentation, brand building, analytics, testing/optimizing, and CRM. She is known for her marketing team building skills as well as her ability to create new business capabilities from the ground up. Dr. Jordan’s research interests include consumer behavior and decision-making, brand loyalty, global marketing, cross-cultural communication, VR/AR/MR and the psychology of digital environments.
John is a senior executive who has been advising Fortune 500 marketing leadership as a marketing strategy and analytics expert for nearly 25 years.John has been advising Fortune 500 marketing leadership as a marketing strategy and analytics expert for nearly 25 years. His career began in the ad agency world at McCann-Erickson and most recently at veteran predictive analytics technology and consulting firm Opera Solutions. He and the teams he works with apply market-facing analytics solutions that sense and dynamically adjust the marketing 4 “Ps”: product, price, place and promotion. With regard to customer, projects have included predicting customer propensity, anticipating customer needs, tracking customer journeys, and predicting their demand or lack thereof (churn). Industry sectors include Media, Entertainment, Technology, Travel & Hospitality, Healthcare, Retail, Products and Financial Services. John is also a guest lecturer on econometrics at George Washington University.
Marcos has over 10 years' experience as Data Scientist at New York Life, Liberty Mutual and the SAS Institute.Marcos is a Data Scientist at New York Life. Previously, he worked at Liberty Mutual in Boston and SAS Institute in Europe. Marcos has over 10 years of experience as a Data Scientist. He has expertise in Python, machine learning, and natural language processing (NLP). He gained experience as a trainer at SAS Institute while teaching SAS programming, advanced statistical analysis, and machine learning. Marcos won a Kaggle competition in 2014. He holds a degree in Economics focused on Econometrics and a degree in Actuarial Science from Carlos III University in Spain.
Tina has been working in the healthcare and technology industry for more than 15 years at New York City’s top healthcare institutions, providing technical and analytic expertise for research and clinical programs.Tina has been working in the healthcare and technology industry for more than 15 years at New York City’s top healthcare institutions, providing technical and analytic expertise for research and clinical programs. She is currently Director of Data Strategy and Reporting at Healthix, one of the nation's largest health information exchanges. Previously, Tina worked as Senior Data Analyst at the Mount Sinai Medical Center Emergency Department, managing and analyzing large data sets (20-50 million records) for studies sponsored by the Agency of Health Research and Quality and the National Library of Medicine. Her broad experience in healthcare technology includes data cleaning, modeling, parsing of HL7 messages, identifying anomalies using SQL and Python. She has an undergraduate degree in French from North Carolina Central University and a Masters in Health Management Services and Policy from New School for Social Research. She has also completed a post-graduate certificate in User Experience Design from Rutgers University and Graphic and Digital Design at Parsons, The New School for Design as well as advanced graduate work and publications in biomedical informatics.
KATHLEEN MAHONEY, PhD
Kathleen is an experienced media research and strategy professional with more than 25 years of experience working for iconic brands like NBC and ABC Television, The New York Times, and SiriusXM Radio.Kathleen is an experienced media research and strategy professional with more than 25 years of experience working for iconic brands like NBC and ABC Television, The New York Times, and SiriusXM Radio. She has led teams to research international business expansion, digital strategy and pricing, and partnership brand compatibility. Kathleen's skill set includes survey research design, implementation, and analysis, as well as qualitative research including focus groups, in-depth interviewing, ethnography, and social media analysis. Prior to her media career, Kathleen was a Department Chair and Assistant Professor at Ithaca College in the School of Communication. She is now using her research and strategy skill sets to help non-profit organizations achieve their objectives.
Ben is the Director of Development for Innovation at the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid and development organization. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.Ben is the Director of Development for Innovation at the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid and development organization founded by Albert Einstein. Previously, he served as Director of Development at the Mozilla Foundation, a public interest organization that builds and protects the open Web. He has held senior roles leading the design, implementation, and management of new open source initiatives, and built systems to engage distributed communities around solving hard problems. Ben is an Adjunct Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Visiting Associate Arts Professor at NYU Shanghai.
Michele has been an investment professional for 20 years, and holds a JD from Yale and an MBA from Harvard.Michele has been an investment professional for 20 years. She was the Founder and Managing Member of PCM, LLC. Previously, she was a senior investment professional at King Street Capital Management and at Icahn Associates (the investment vehicle for Carl C. Icahn’s personal multi-billion dollar fortune). As a distressed investor, she managed numerous investments in multiple bankrupt and distressed entities, including serving on the Board of Directors and senior management of three publicly-traded companies: Director of Philips Services Corp., Director of Panaco Inc., and President/CEO of Cadus Corp. (KDUS). Michele earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an Editor of The Yale Law Journal. She earned her A.B. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University. She was an adjunct lecturer/visiting professor at Yale Law School and Yale School of Management where she taught courses on Distressed Debt Investing and Corporate Restructuring.
Marc is a visionary serial entrepreneur, whose IT career spans over 30 years of software design and development, data architecture, SQL and noSQL databases, analytics, cloud computing, machine learning and AI.Marc is a visionary serial entrepreneur, who has routinely been ahead of the curve, has an extensive business and technology background, and has a long list of outstanding accomplishments in many areas. Marc's IT background alone spans over 30 years of software design and development, data architecture, SQL and NoSQL databases, analytics, cloud computing, machine learning, and AI to name a few. As a lifetime learner, he prides himself on keeping up with the acceleration of new ideas, concepts, strategies, processes and procedures taking place in technology and their application. He is acutely aware of the importance of being a good listener, educator and communicator. Marc is a former adjunct faculty member at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. During his over 21 years at NYU, he taught graduate level courses in Database Design and Management, Enterprise Application Integration, Advanced Database Applications, Database Management & Modeling, and The Business of Online Publishing as well as continuing education courses in Oracle Database 8i to 12c, Oracle APEX, On Technology: Selling and Marketing on the Web. On Technology: Google--Getting Listed Is Half the Battle, WebSphere Studio Servlet and JSP, Introduction to IT Project Management, Project Management for Information Systems, Introduction to Web Services, IBM DB2 Introduction and Family Overview, Internet and Intranet Business Applications, How to Setup a Web Business, Investment Research & Trading Using the Internet, Introduction to Java and several others. As an adjunct faculty member at Stevens Institute of Technology's School of Technology Management, Marc taught graduate level courses in E-Commerce: New Models for a Changing Economy, and E-Intra/Entrepreneurship.
Diane Rubino is a communications professional and teaches in graduate-school programs at NYU and Columbia.
She focuses on improving life prospects for marginalized groups like girls in poverty in her communications consulting practice. Diane also develops skill-building workshops, helping people express personal values in difficult circumstances and using art and acting techniques to give individuals an opportunity to explore their own moral compass.
She writes about teaching effectiveness for an academic press, Wiley, and other educational publications too. In her spare time, she’s logged countless hours developing her own voice in Toastmasters International, the public speaking and leadership program, and serving as the voice for those in need, like mentally ill older adults. Diane’s also passionate about political organizing. During the last election cycle alone, she visited over 500 homes to register and encourage voters to the polls.
Bill is a senior data analytics professional who's spent the last 10 years applying machine learning to optimizing website personaliation.Bill has a degree in Chemical Engineering, and after years in the CPG industry, switched to the Internet for fun and adventure. For the past ten years, he's been running machine learning models to optimize performance of website personalization. Before that, he was Vice President of Analytics at Publicis Modem and at Ensequence (an interactive TV company). In his spare time, he sings, writes songs, and plays guitar.
Michael leads the Retention Marketing and Marketing Operations teams at 1stdibs.com, the world's leading online destination for rare and desirable objects.Michael leads the Retention Marketing and Marketing Operations teams at 1stdibs.com, the world's leading online destination for rare and desirable objects. Founded in 2001 to bring the Paris flea markets online, 1stdibs.com today is the go-to source for those who have a passion for the most beautiful things on earth. By bringing together the best furniture, fine art, jewelry and watch dealers from more than 600 cities around the world, 1stdibs offers an exclusive inventory not available anywhere else online.
Prior to 1stdibs, Michael worked at Brooks Brothers with a focus on Paid Acquisition, and before that, helped grow FSAstore.com over 5+ years in multiple B2C and B2B marketing roles. His focus throughout his career has been on creating a personalized shopping experience in order to drive customer acquisition and retention. Michael had his first introduction to testing through the Natural Sciences. He holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Delaware with a double minor in Advertising and Business Administration. He realized his passion for teaching while working as an Organic Chemistry Lab TA at the University of Delaware. He resides in Manhattan.
Akshaya is an analytics and business intelligence professional with broad expertise in healthcare for companies of different sizes.Akshaya is an analytics and business intelligence professional with broad expertise in healthcare for companies of different sizes. She works in Data Governance at a Medicare Advantage startup in San Francisco. Her specialties include data analysis, data warehousing, and project management. She is a big fan of learning and helping to improve the healthcare system. Akshaya holds degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DePaul University, and olumbia University. Her prior work was with Augmedix, Siemens Healthcare, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Jason has been involved in Data & Analytics for over 20 years in the technology sector; and is CTO of Aponia Data.Jason has been involved in Data & Analytics for over 20 years in the technology sector; and is CTO of Aponia Data. He has been involved in architecture, algorithm optimization, and also sales & marketing. Jason is a rare professional who has both deep technical knowledge, as well as business process experience. He made the transition, from pure deep architect to a career of strategy, marketing, and presenting Executive Briefings to enterprise CxOs. Jason has since mentored many individuals on how to do the same, and taught presentation skills to STEM-oriented audiences. Jason has worked at AT&T, KPMG, and Pivotal, and is currently Chief Technology Officer of Aponia Data, a startup focusing on cognitive computing.
Stavros has held executive management roles for Technology and Business in the last 15+ years. His leadership experience includes creating and managing projects and programs for publicly traded, mid-sized and startup companies. Envisioned, developed and delivered solutions in the Financial Services, Technology, Restructuring, Business Consulting, Education, Insurance, Human Resources, Real Estate and Retail sectors. He is a strategic thinker with strong tactical, hands-on and results-focused management approach. He pioneered automated software testing methodologies and created related test tools, managed critical components of $100Ms projects and transformed long term bleeding projects into successful ones. His recent industry experience includes leading global AML programs for Citigroup and holding executive leadership role in a highly visible, global business and technology restructuring program.
He recently designed and taught hands-on courses at NYU related to Business Intelligence, Applied Data Analytics, Management Information Systems, Collaboration Technologies, etc. He enjoys working on project management engagements.
Educational background includes an MSc in Electrical Engineering with focus on machine learning, ongoing participation in seminars and conferences related to Technology and innovation trends, Project Management, Finance and Executive Leadership. Completed a thesis on Machine Learning and Computer Networks.
He enjoys travelling, swimming, photography, and conversations related to technology innovations, psychology, and practical philosophy.