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Pragmatic Institute Data Advisory Board

Pragmatic Institute’s Data Advisory Board features industry leaders and experts who bring a real-world lens of data and business to our program. Our curriculum was developed in close partnership with the board to ensure alumni can have a strategic impact in an evolving data and business landscape.

Neal Fultz

njnm Consulting

Alexey Grigorev

OLX Group | DataTalks.Club

Christopher Laubenthal

The DeBruce Foundation

Michael Li

The Data Incubator

Eugenie Packer

Mount Sinai Health Systems

Barton Poulson

Neal Fultz


Neal Fultz has 12 years of experience in computational statistics and software engineering. His company, njnm, is a boutique analytics consultancy in Los Angeles specializing in fintech, market research and online advertising.

He serves as a staff statistician for UCLA’s College of Social Sciences. He also developed pro-bono machine-learning models for the University of Wisconsin, Teach for America and the LA Fire Department.

He mentors students on data science projects and contributes to several open-source packages in the Python and R ecosystems, including the DeclareDesign suite for reproducible research and research planning.


Principal data scientist at OLX Group and founder of DataTalks.Club

Alexey Grigorev is an experienced software engineer who focuses on machine learning, and he is instrumental in helping his colleagues bring machine learning to production.

He’s the author of multiple books about machine learning, including Machine Learning Bootcamp. Alexey also runs DataTalks.Club—a community of people who love data science and machine learning.


President at Sciata

Harish Krishnamurthy is the president at Sciata, a company providing specialists and custom software and analytics to accelerate change within organizations. Prior to this role, he led $40 million businesses (Cloud division at Insight Enterprises and Spear Education business) and a $2 billion business (IBM Midmarket Business Unit)—driving double-digit growth while building a foundation for sustainable growth.

He brings a broad spectrum of expertise across operations and strategy, having held leadership roles across P&L, sales, marketing and strategy during his tenure at IBM, Insight Enterprises, Spear and currently Sciata.

Harish has a global-and-diversity mindset shaped by his experience. Born and raised in India, he has lived in the U.S., Canada and China, and he’s worked in more than 40 countries. Harish holds an MBA from University of Chicago and three engineering degrees, including a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Minnesota.


Data Design Manager at The DeBruce Foundation

Christopher Laubenthal focuses on innovating the current and creating the unexpected to enable better data use in a business setting. He is most recognized in this field for a data tool he created for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The tool was used by the Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor’s office, received an industry award, and was featured on an NPR affiliate. Additionally, Christopher has given several public talks on data visualization, mentored at SXSWedu, and was appointed to a data project review panel for NEA. 

He is the data design manager at The DeBruce Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to innovating the way people look for, prepare for and pursue careers. He helps leaders tell data stories, increase engagement and work to close that insight-to-action gap.


Co-founder at Claps and data scientist

Yacov Lewis is the co-founder of Claps, a company that leverages artificial intelligence to disrupt content creation. Yacov has expertise in deploying massive consumer-facing AI and deep learning technology and in presenting technical solutions to large audiences, as well as industry experience in consumer technology and media.

Previously, as a data scientist at IBM, Yacov created conversational AI solutions for He studied computer science and statistics at Columbia University and holds a number of data science certifications from IBM.

Michael Li

Founder of The Data Incubator

Michael Li headed up monetization data science at Foursquare and worked at Google, Andreessen Horowitz, J.P. Morgan and D.E. Shaw before founding The Data Incubator. He navigated the company to a successful sale to Pragmatic Institute in December 2018.

Michael was a postdoc at Cornell Tech, a PhD at Princeton and a Marshall Scholar in Cambridge. He is a regular contributor to Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch, Wired, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Entrepreneur, Venture Beat, Tech Target and O’Reilly.


Senior director of development systems and analytics at the Mount Sinai Health Systems and a graduate student in statistics at Hunter College in New York City

For 20 years, Eugenie Packer has worked for organizations of all sizes in the nonprofit sector by helping them design, develop, implement and oversee fundraising systems, business intelligence data projects and analytics platforms of varying complexity.

She has consolidated, migrated and transitioned enterprise database applications through capital campaigns and mergers. Prior to her tenure at Mount Sinai, Eugenie was the database manager at the New Museum in New York City.

With a background in the arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Eugenie is recognized for her exceptional data visualization and information design and for giving the same attention to the white space around the report as the content of the report.


Applied Intelligence Strategy at Accenture

Shilpam Pandey has more than 20 years of broad industry experience with the full life cycle of data and analytic adoption in a variety of industries, such as financial services, life sciences, healthcare and the Federal Government.

At M&T Bank, she established and led the Data Literacy and Culture Program, which enables the use of data as an asset by embedding data in the DNA of the organization. She thrives at the intersection of people, business and data. She is also passionate about designing an inclusive and more ethical future with data and AI.

Shilpam studied at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) in New Delhi and got a Master of Science from ITC in the Netherlands and has an MBA from Cornell University. She is a member of Women Leaders in Data and AI (WLDA)


Founder of and guest lecturer

Barton Poulson has consulted with government agencies, corporate clients, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions on how to use data to better fulfill their missions and serve their communities. He focuses on the interpretation and implementation of data analysis, as well as the social impact of data science.

Bart has a PhD in social and personality psychology and is on the faculty of Utah Valley University. He has organized service events called “data charrettes,” in which volunteers joined forces with local nonprofits to answer important operational questions. He has presented on data topics at the Open Data Science Conference, the Marketing Analytics and Data Science Conference, the Mountain West Arts Conference and academic events.

Bart serves on the advisory team of Blossom Academy, a groundbreaking data science bootcamp in Accra, Ghana. In addition, he has collaborated extensively with choreographers to bring interactive digital technology into live performances. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Cloud CTO, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Yonas Yohannes has more than 31 years of experience as a C-level leader and entrepreneur in industries including financial services, high tech, healthcare industries, business consulting and SaaS Solution development.

He also has executive leadership experience at a global scale, which includes operations, business development, new product development, communicating and advising executives and driving strategic visions. He has held CEO, COO, CTO, CPO and CSO positions and has founded, grown and sold/merged several companies.

Yonas provides executive consulting in banking and payment strategies, new business and platform development, service delivery design and operations, technology, data centers design, SaaS business and solution development, enterprise security and client and account management.

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