2018 Advisory Board


Kirk Borne - Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton

Kirk Borne



A globally acknowledged thought leader in the industry, he was recently ranked first on a list of Top 100 Big Data Global Influencers by Onalytica. As the Principal Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, Kirk works across numerous internal and external projects: human resources, organizational change, training and mentoring, marketing, customer engagement, behaviour analytics, risk mitigation, novelty discovery (including fraud detection, anomaly detection, surprise discovery), thought leadership, socialization of data science across organizations and industries, data technologies (including machine learning, data management innovations, graph analytics), predictive and prescriptive analytics, geospatial-temporal modelling, and much more.

Ronald Van Loon - Director, Adversitement




Ronald van Loon, Director at Adversitement a data & analytics consultancy firm, and Advisory Board Member & course advisor for leading professional certification training company Simplilearn, is a frequent public speaker for significant Big Data, IoT, and Data Science events. A globally acknowledged thought leader in the industry, he was recently ranked third on a list of Top 100 Big Data Global Influencers by Onalytica for another consecutive year. He’s also recognized as a Top 10 Global Influencer in IoT, Data Science, Business Intelligence, and Predictive Analytics, and helps companies implement successful data and analytics strategies to meet and surpass their goals in this digital age.

Chris Combemale - CEO, Direct Marketing Agency




Chris is the CEO of the DMA Group, comprising the DMA, IDM and TPSL companies. Chris is a dual French/US citizen with over 35 years advertising and 1 to 1 marketing experience in Europe, the USA and Asia/Pacific including senior roles at client, agency and technology companies. In addition to his commercial activity, Chris has taken a lead in industry issues including legislation, best practice and education. His industry roles include being Co-Chair of FEDMA and seats on the boards of the Advertising Association, Asbof and CAP.

Sue Daley - Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, Tech UK




Sue leads techUK's work on cloud, data, analytics and AI and has been recognised in the UK Big Data 100 as a key influencer in driving forward the Big Data agenda. In addition to being a regular industry speaker, Sue is also a judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards. Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham.

Bas Geerdink, Technology Lead, ING Bank




Bas is a programmer, scientist, and IT manager. At ING, he is working as technology lead in the global innovation office. His academic background is in Artificial Intelligence and Informatics. Bas has a background in software development, design and architecture with a broad technical view from C++ to Prolog to Scala and is a Spark Certified Developer. He occasionally teaches programming courses and is a regular speaker on conferences and informal meetings.

Dominic Cushnan - Head of AI, NHS




After running a successful technology innovation company for nearly 10 years, Dominic joined NHS England three years ago for a new challenge and to bring ideas with how to work with new technology to improve patient care improve public health issues and improve society. As part of NHS Horizons Dominic has delivered hackathons, innovation projects and change platforms. Dominic is fascinated about the spread and adoption of technology in health.

Bertie Müller, Chair, The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (SSAISB)




Dr Bertie Müller is Senior Lecturer in Computing and leader of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Paradigms (CSAIP) research group at the University of South Wales. He is also Chairman of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour. Bertie holds a PhD from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and has previously worked in the Computer Science Department at Durham University. He has collaborated with industrial partners throughout his academic career. His main research interests are in resource and location modelling, multi-agent programming, and intelligent systems. The emphasis in his current work is on making AI work for and with humanity.

George Zarkadakis - Digital Lead, Willis Towers Watson




George Zarkadakis leads Willis Towers Watson’s consulting practice on the Future of Work, and the impact of Artificial Intelligence in the workplace.  He has over 25 years’ experience in management consulting, media, marketing and communications, as well as in digital strategy and innovation. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and is the author of “In Our Own Image: will Artificial Intelligence Save Us or Destroy Us?”. He blogs regularly in the Huffington Post on Artificial Intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Kim Nilsson - CEO, Pivigo




Kim is an Astrophysics PhD turned Entrepreneur. She is the CEO of Pivigo, an organisation focused on supporting analytical MScs and PhDs in their career transitions into data science roles, as well as companies on their data science journeys. She is passionate about people, data and connecting the two. Kim also recently won ‘Entrepeneur of the Year’ award at the fourth annual, Women in IT awards.



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  • "The show has been good. There’s been a lot of people, a lot of attendance. People passing by; I kind of like the idea of having different types of businesses like IoT, Security and Big Data, having a nice mix of things. I get the chance to talk to some people that have a complete different perspective.”
    Principal Sales Engineer - Maria DB
  • “We’ve been on exhibition duty the whole time. It’s been that busy. I has a box of business cards when I arrived, 500, and all gone, every single one is gone. Really engaging. “It’s our second time at the show, we did it last year. Definitely had to do it again this year, and it’s been a resounding success, really really good. I would suggest that anybody that is entering this market space, look at the BDW show, not only form a view point of exhibiting, but also presenting. You have to do the two together to make it worthwhile."
    Sales Director, UK – Splash BI
  • "Big Data World is a good event with a lot of attendees and a wide range of exhibitors. We faced some interesting leads that seemed really prepared. This is just the type of audience we are looking for; well informed and who are looking for the leading providers to cover their needs."
    Lead Solution Specialist - TimeXtender
  • “It is the first time we are at the show, we are a French Start Up, we try to expand into the UK, so I think Big Data World was a key point to expand in the market, the UK market. We already made an option for next year. My regret from this year is that we didn’t book a session, so I’m looking forward to booking a session to present our platform. What I see is that all the sessions have a lot of success, a lot of people, they are interested in content in terms of experience, client experience and so on, so I would be very happy next year to be part of that”
    Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer – ForePaaS
  • "Pivigo has participated in many events in the UK & Europe over the last 12 months and Big Data World was by far the best of them all. The event was a huge success delivering a ROI, prompting us to participate in Big Data World in Germany and London next year."
    Marketing & Communications Manager - Pivigo
  • "I have taken away some great ideas from Big Data World! I have talked with some great suppliers which was my main reason for attending – to connect and network with people in the industry. There’s not many opportunities like this for you to go to one place and see everything in one room. I hope to be back again next year! "
    Head of Data Science - Barclays (Visitor)
  • "Cloud Expo Europe & Data Centre World located alongside Big Data World added huge value to my experience at the event as it made me think about the different ways of relating to data & making me question things which I don’t usually think about from a data point of view in my every day work life. Overall, I liked the range, scope & diversity of the event and I will definitely recommend the rest of the Sky team attend alongside myself in 2019."
    Data Scientist - Sky (Visitor)
  • "I’m here to learn about all emerging technologies, get an insight into the developments in the technology world. I think around Cloud and Machine Learning and AI are all big areas to cover so I think being able to get high level insights from the presentation available is important. I will be coming back next year as well."
    Senior Director - Ralph Lauren (Visitor)