Elliott Ash is assistant professor in the department of social sciences at ETH Zurich, where he chairs the Law, Economics and Data Science Group. His research explores the legal system using tools from natural language processing to machine learning. Previous roles have included assistant professor of economics at the University of Warwick, and postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. He received a PhD in economics and JD from Columbia University, a BA in PPE from University of Texas at Austin, and an LLM in international criminal law from University of Amsterdam.
Phil Baty is a leading international authority on university performance and strategy, with more than 22 years of experience in global higher education, including a decade as editor of the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings and its derivative analyses. He is an award-winning journalist, a sought-after speaker and commentator, and the creator of the THE World Academic Summits.
Ellie Bothwell is rankings editor and international reporter at THE. She oversees editorial content for THE’s global series of rankings, including the flagship World University Rankings, and reports on all areas of internationalisation, including student and staff mobility, research and institutional partnerships, and branch campuses.
Emma Deraze is a data scientist at Times Higher Education where she works on the teaching rankings, including the THE/WSJ US College Rankings and the Japan University Rankings. She is involved in the analysis and processing of the data used in those rankings as well as development of the various methodologies.
Lisa Ericsson has more than 20 years’ experience of working with innovation and entrepreneurship tied closely to the academic sphere. She has held a number of roles at KTH Royal Institute of Technology since 2002 and is currently chief executive officer of investment company KTH Holding AB, and founder and head of KTH Innovation, the innovation support department at the university. She studied business at Orebro University and at HES Amsterdam School of Business, and has taken complementary courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge.
Mark Kennedy is associate professor of strategy and organisation at Imperial College Business School, director of Imperial Business Analytics – a research lab in Imperial College London’s Data Science Institute (DSI) – and also a deputy director of DSI. He is a specialist in categories and categorisation processes for their role in the adoption and diffusion of innovations. Having previously focused on the dynamics of product markets and changes to organisations and business practice, he is currently studying what AI-based innovations will mean for the future of organisations, careers, labour markets and society.
Chair of the database systems and information management, TU Berlin
Head of intelligent analytics, DFKI
In addition to his role at TU Berlin, Professor Markl is chief scientist and head of the Intelligent Analytics for Massive Data research group at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence. He is also director of the Berlin Big Data Centre and co-director of the Berlin Machine Learning Centre. His expertise is in indexing, query optimisation, lightweight information integration, and scalable data processing. He serves as president-elect of VLDB Endowment Inc. and was elected as one of Germany’s leading “digital minds” by the German Informatics Society.
Programme executive for Earth Science Data Systems, Earth Science Division
Kevin Murphy oversees the ingesting, processing, archiving and distributing of more than 11,000 unique data products resulting from NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). It currently archives more than 17.5 petabytes of Earth science data collected from satellites, airborne campaigns and field observations, representing one of the largest collections of Earth-observing data in the world. He was also the recipient of the 2016 Falkenberg Award for his extraordinary accomplishments as the system architect for EOSDIS.
Noel O’Connor is a full professor in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University (DCU). He is a director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland’s largest Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded research centre. He is also deputy director of the SFI Enable Spoke, which brings together three SFI national research centres (Connect – Insight – Learn). In 2010, he was awarded the DCU president’s Research Award for Science and Engineering, in addition to receiving Enterprise Ireland’s National Commercialisation Award for ICT.
Chair of the Global Working Group on the use of Big Data
Niels Ploug has been involved with the United Nations’ Global Working Group on Big Data for Official Statistics since its inception in 2014 and has been director of social statistics at Statistics Denmark since 2008. Before that, he worked for many years as the research director at the Danish National Institute of Social Research. He is also an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen in the department of economics. In addition, at the UN he is engaged in the development of quality standards for multisource statistics.
Duncan Ross has been a data miner since the mid-1990s. As director of data and analytics at THE, he oversees a team that generates university rankings and related data products. Prior to this, he led Teradata’s data science team in Europe and Asia, where he was responsible for developing analytical solutions across a number of industries, including warranty and root-cause analysis in manufacturing and social network analysis in telecommunications.
Sophie Rwegera Khadhraoui is the head of people analytics at the International Committee of the Red Cross. She has been working in the humanitarian sector for the past eight years in various positions in field operations, analytics and human resources. She has a master’s in management from SKEMA Business School in Paris and has completed certificates on strategic workforce planning with Human Capital Institute and on strategic thinking with IMD Business School Lausanne. She is currently finishing a certificate on human resources strategic leadership with Cornell University.
Since 2017, Jon Schwarz has served as assistant director of institutional research in the Office of the Provost at MIT. His recent work includes workplace climate studies, data to support the development of a new college at MIT, establishing a qualitative research unit, as well as computational analysis of large corpora of textual data. He has a PhD in sociology from the University of Notre Dame and more than 15 years’ experience in academic and administrative research in higher education.
Professor emeritus Schwarzenbach is president of the Platform Science and Policy of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, and president of the board of the International Sustainable Campus Network. Until 2016, he served as head and delegate of the steering board of the Competence Centre “Environment and Sustainability” of the ETH Domain, and was also a member of the university council of the University of Konstanz in Germany. Until his retirement in 2011, he was a full professor of environmental chemistry in the department of environmental systems science at ETH Zurich.
Wimbledon and Rugby Football Union client and programme executive
Sam Seddon’s role at IBM covers the company’s partnerships with Wimbledon tennis tournament and England Rugby and encompasses the technical delivery and showcase of IBM’s technology. At Wimbledon, he manages a team that provides services ranging from capturing data from the courtside to media services and all digital platforms. At the Rugby Football Union, he is responsible for delivering analytics solutions and customer relationship management services. He has won many awards and, in 2015, was recognised by Information Age as being one of the UK’s top 50 data leaders and influencers.
In parallel with his role at the Psychometrics Centre, David Stillwell is a lecturer in big data analytics and quantitative social science at the Cambridge Judge Business School. His research uses big data to understand psychology. He has used social media data to show that a computer can predict a user’s personality as accurately as their spouse can, and personalising an advert to a recipient’s psychology is more effective than generic ads. He was named one of the “30 top thinkers under 30” by Pacific Standard Magazine in 2017.
Laura Tucker founded Vertigo Ventures in 2009 and led the development of the company’s flagship product, the VV-Impact Tracker, which is used by research institutions in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong, across disciplines, to identify, capture and report the impact of their research. She oversees service delivery, ensures the core values are at the heart of how the company operates and contributes to the impact agenda through co-writing papers and speaking at conferences.
Chief statistician of the Federal Statistical Office
Swiss Ministry of Home Affairs
Professor Ulrich is the chief statistician of Switzerland – one of five members of the UN Statistical Commission Bureau – and professor in strategic management and research methods at Zurich University of Applied Sciences. He has been vice-chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts and is a long-standing elected board member of the Swiss Society for Practical Social Research. He has worked in an honorary capacity in a wide range of organisations and for many years was the owner and chief executive officer of various research institutes. He was also director of the Statistical Office of the canton of Lucerne.
Billy works closely with some of the top universities in the world to help them identify national and global competitors, understand their relative strengths and weaknesses, and formulate strategies that best suit the higher education needs of their countries. He studied in France and Hong Kong, and is involved with DataKind UK, which promotes the use of data science techniques in the charity sector.