Full Team


Founders


Lisa Wood

Lisa Wood, co-founder and CEO, is a big business media veteran leading Cognitive World. Lisa's deep interest in AI over the past two decades is what spawned the inception of Cognitive World, well aligned with her media expertise. Throughout the mid and late 90’s, Lisa produced many of the largest and most successful IT-focused custom content productions ever to appear in FORTUNE, and a decade l…

Peter Fingar

Peter Fingar, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, is an author of 26 best-selling books, most recently Cognitive Computing, a Brief Guide for Game Changers. Peter has delivered…

Kiran Garimella

Kiran Garimella, PhD, co-founder and columnist, is a former CIO and Chief Architect at GE, with an extensive background in software engineering, a Ph.D. in AI/ML, and a strong foundation in data analytics, statistics, and operations research. Dr. Garimella is a global speaker and management consultant, and understands how to align and integrate business, analytics, and IT functions. He is the a…


Columnists


Phaedra Boinodiris

Phaedra Boinodiris, columnist, has served as Global Lead for the Game Development Ecosystem at IBM, creating a game development ecosystem populated by Cognitive cloud services and APIs for developers of both serious games and entertainment games. The market focus includes: patient engagement, advanced war games and city sim games, apps for employee engagement, customer retention, strategic resi…

Chuck Brooks

Chuck Brooks, columnist and advisor, is a thought leader and technology evangelist. Chuck leads the federal, state & local government relations for Sutherland Government Solutions. He's the 2016 Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year, and was named # 2 Person To Follow in Tech by LinkedIn. Chuck received Presidential Appointments by two Presidents of the U.S.; helped to "stand up" the Office of…

Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf  Ph,D., columnist, is the co-inventor of the Internet and VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. Dr. Cerf's awards include the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Calum Chace

Calum Chace, columnist, is an author and speaker on artificial intelligence. Calum writes about how, in the course of this century, AI will change pretty much everything about being human. Calum’s books - ”The Economic Singularity" addresses the coming wave of cognitive automation; ”Surviving AI" looks further ahead to the arrival of strong AI, (aka human-level AI, or artificial general intelli…

Dan Conway

Dan Conway, Ph.D.columnist, is an author and founding MBA Director and Associate Professor of Business Analytics at Loras College. Dr. Conway has served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and the University of Iowa focusing on finance and economics, big data analytics, web and text analytics and business analytics. He has also served as faculty at Indiana Univ…

Sanjit Singh Dang

Sanjit Singh Dang, Ph.D., columnist, is Investment Director at Intel Capital, and is a speaker, blogger and board member. Dr. Dang is a venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley that invests in both the consumer and enterprise sectors across several areas such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, security, big data, IoT, virtual reality, eCommerce, etc.

Tom Davenport

Tom Davenport, columnist, is a world-renowned thought leader and author, the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, a Fellow of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and an independent senior advisor to Deloitte Analytics. An author and co-author of 15 books and more than 100 articles, Tom helps organizations revitalize their management pr…

Ahmed El Adl

Ahmed El Adl, Ph.D., a columnist and advisor, is an intelligent technology thought leader and change agent. Dr. El Adl is a Chief Technologist for Artificial intelligence and smart industry solutions with Accenture. He creates and applies new technologies to accelerate the cognitive digital transformation of business, solutions, machines and digital services. To enable these transformations, he…

Peter Fingar

Peter Fingar, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, is an author of 26 best-selling books, most recently Cognitive Computing, a Brief Guide for Game Changers. Peter has delivered…

Kiran Garimella

Kiran Garimella, PhD, co-founder and columnist, is a former CIO and Chief Architect at GE, with an extensive background in software engineering, a Ph.D. in AI/ML, and a strong foundation in data analytics, statistics, and operations research. Dr. Garimella is a global speaker and management consultant, and understands how to align and integrate business, analytics, and IT functions. He is the a…

Melvin Greer

Melvin Greer, columnist, is Director of Data Science and Analytics at Intel. 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 Io…

Paul Harmon

Paul Harmon, columnist, is currently a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium, specializing in Cognitive Technologies, and also the Executive Editor of BPTrends. He is the author of both Business Process Change and Expert Systems: AI for Business. Paul has provided management advice and has spoken at leading AI conferences around the wo…

Setrag Khoshafian

Setrag Khoshafian, Ph.D., columnist, has been a senior executive in the software industry for the past 25 years, and has invented, architected, and led the production of several enterprise software products and solutions. Dr. Khoshafian is Pegasystems' Chief Evangelist, IoT strategist, and strategic BPM (digital processes) technology leader involved in numerous innovation, technology, marketing…

Doug Lenat

Doug Lenat, Ph.D., columnist, is a pioneer in artificial intelligence. Dr. Lenat is founder of the long-standing Cyc project and CEO of Cycorp, a provider of semantic technologies for unprecedented common sense reasoning. He has been a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon and Stanford and has received numerous honors, including the bi-annual IJCAI Computers and Thought Award (the hi…

N. D. Ludlow

N.D. Ludlow, Ph.D., columnist, is an entrepreneur, research scientist, professor, CEO, and inventor. Dr Ludlow has a broad range of experience from academia, to technical leadership of research companies, to being CEO of three companies, one of which he took public on the NYSE. Following an honorable retirement from the US Air Force after 16 years as a pilot and researcher, and being decorated…

Mark Minevich

Mark Minevich, columnist, is an author and world-renowned visionary in the fields of digitization and artificial intelligence. Mark is the principle founder of Going Global Ventures in New York and Venture Partner of GVA Capital in Silicon Valley. He is a Senior Fellow of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils and Senior Advisor of the Council of Competitiveness in Washington DC and…

Mike Olson

Mike Olson, columnist, co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013 when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer (CSO.) As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment and direct engagement with customers.

Steve Omohundro

Steve Omohundro, Ph.D., columnist, is a scientist, professor, author and entrepreneur. Dr. Omohundro is working to ensure that artificial intelligence is beneficial to humanity, and is developing a new kind of intelligent computing for better software, decision making and social structures. Although his Ph.D. is in mathematical physics, most of his work focuses on natural and artificial intelli…

Nathaniel Palmer

Nathaniel Palmer, columnist, is a best-selling author, speaker, practitioner, and is rated the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management (BPM) by independent research. Nathaniel has been the Chief Architect for large-scale and complex projects involving investments of $200 million or more. He is the Editor-in-Chief of BPM.com, as well as the Executive Director of the Wor…

Bruce Richardson

Bruce Richardson, columnist, is SVP and Chief Enterprise Strategist at Salesforce. During his 20-year career as Chief Research Officer at AMR Research he initiated and led the firm’s coverage of ERP, supply chain management, CRM, e-commerce, cloud computing, and the “future of work.” He described it as the "Best job in the world," and was responsible for First Thing Monday, a weekly publication…

Paul Roma

Paul Romacolumnist, is Chief Analytics Officer at Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Paul leads Deloitte Analytics, which offers powerful outcomes, not just insights, for some of the toughest challenges facing businesses today. Paul specializes in developing growth and innovation strategies, and in applying disruptive technologies that help give the world’s leading companies an insigh…

Jim Sinur

Jim Sinur, columnist, is a VP and Research Fellow at Aragon. As a distinguished Thought Leader, Jim covers Digital Transformation, the Digital Business Platform (DBP), the Internet of Things(IoT), Cognitive Delivery, and the Intelligent Workplace. Prior to joining Aragon, Jim spent 20 years at Gartner, where he was critical in creating the first Hype Cycle and Maturity Model, which have become…

Richard Soley, Ph.D

Richard Soley, Ph.D., columnist, is Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG), the world's largest standards consortium; as well as Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council; and Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Jim Spohrer

Jim Spohrer, Ph.D., is Director, Cognitive OpenTech at IBM. Cognitive open technologies include open source intelligence augmentation (IA), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL). IBM Director, Global University Programs and Lead of Cognitive Systems Institute (2009 - 2016). Jim has been pioneering the development of a new field known as service science (Ser…

Jim Stikeleather

Jim Stikeleathercolumnist, has designed, developed and implemented award winning information and communications technologies over the past 30 years. Most recently serving as Chief Innovation Officer at Dell Services, Jim speaks and consults internationally on digital infrastructures and evaluation of emerging technologies, providing strategic guidance, and participating in in…

Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa, columnist, is a Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, and was recently Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.

Richard Welke

Richard Welke, Ph.D., columnist, has held many roles over 25 years to bootstrap dormant units to create a series of new units within the prevailing university structure. Not replicating. New visions for going forward. Dr. Welke is director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, and professor and previous chair of the Center for Process Innovation, e-Commerce Institute, GeM (Global e-…

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Ph.D., columnist, retired from IBM after 37 years of identifying emerging technologies and marketplace developments critical to the future of the IT industry. Since retiring from IBM, he has served a Strategic Adviser for Citigroup, HBO and Mastercard.


Advisors


Steve Ardire

Steve Ardire, advisor, is a software startup advisor and speaker at conferences in the machine intelligence and cognitive computing space. Steve's successful history involves 40 startups over the past 20 years. His advisory work centers on business strategy, market innovation by interrogating reality to connect and illuminate the dots that matter, along with funding, go-to-mark…

Geoff Dodge

Geoff Dodge, advisor, is Head of Sales Productivity at AOL, and is a former SVP at Salesforce.com and publisher of BusinessWeek and Money. Geoff is a seasoned executive with sales strategy and leadership experience across a unique combination of industries: offline and online media, SaaS based CRM, data driven, digital advertising and analytics technology. He was named 2005 Most Innovative Cons…

Specialists

Fabio Bottacci

Fabio Bottacci, specialist, is an expert in IIoT. Fabio is Founder/CEO of VINCI Digital, an Independent Trusted Advisor focused on the development of disruptive technologies to shape new "winning" business models. Located in Brazil, with extensive global reach, Fabio contributes as an expert in IIoT on the World Economic Forum's "Shaping the Future of Production" initiative. Integral to Fabio's…

Eric Franzon

Eric Franzon, specialist, is a well-known Semantic Technology consultant, trainer, evangelist, journalist, community organizer, and business analyst. Eric regularly teaches and consults about Semantic Web and Linked Data concepts, as well as their use in SEO/SEM and enterprise applications. With more than 15 years in web development and smart data expertise, Eric has directed a daily publicatio…

Sandra Ponce de Leon

Sandra Ponce de Leon, a corporate and startup podcaster, is co-host of Popping the Bubbl. Sandra is a long time Silicon Valley tech veteran, marketer, cofounder and lover of scintillating conversation. Popping the Bubbl offers a team of professional marketers and podcasters who collectively have recorded over 150 podcasts over the la…

Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor, CIO Evangelist, is developing a CIO community on CogWorld. Her expertise involves the development of innovative strategies for CIO’s to harness sustainable success in this exciting time of the evolving intelligent enterprise. Jess recognized the need for a critical shift in the way CIO’s must engage in their role today, both internally and externally, to create mutual value.

Influencers