Data Science & Strategy Lecture Series

The Data Science & Strategy Lecture Series seeks to provide an understanding of the role of data and statistical analysis in managerial decision-making. The focus is on the role of managers as both consumers and producers of information, illustrating how finding and/or developing the right data and applying appropriate statistical methods can help solve problems in business. In this video series, Haas lecturer and lecture series host Greg La Blanc interviews industry executives and data science practitioners on key topics in data science in conjunction with graduate courses in Data Science/Data Strategy and invited lectures.

Prof. Greg La Blanc

Lecture Series Host

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Matt Killingsworth

Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley and Scientific Advisor, Facebook

Stacia Garr

Co-founder, RedThread Research

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Jared Souter

Chief Data Officer, First Republic Bank

Ludovic Breger

Global Head Investor Data, BlackRock

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Newton Cheng

Health and Performance Innovation Manager, Google

Andreas Gyr

Sustainability Program Manager, Google

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Jennifer Prendki

Head of Data Science, Atlassian

Friday, March 30, 2018

Gary Tang

Data Scientist, Airbnb

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Li Deng

Chief AI Officer, Citadel

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sanjit Singh Dang

Director of Investments, Intel Capital

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Joshua Bloom

Professor of Astronomy, UC-Berkeley

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Michael Housman

Founder, RapportBoost.AI

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dean Abbott

Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist, Smarter HQ

Monday, May 15, 2017

John Elder

Founder, Elder Research

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ming Leung

Asst. Professor, Haas School of Business, UC-Berkeley

Darren Kaplan

CEO & Founder at HiQ

Don Moore

Professor, Haas School of Business, UC-Berkeley

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sherif Botros

Chief Data Officer, Wells Fargo

Data Science for B2B Customer Success

(requires UCB password)

Rafael Pous

Prof. of Engineering, UPF-Barcelona and Co-founder, Keonn Technologies

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mohammed Guller

Principal Architect, Glassbeam

Reynold Xin

Chief Architect, Databricks

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mike Evans

Analytics Product Manager, New Relic

Francis Kendall

Digital Strategy Leader, Roche

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Steve Hirsch

Chief Data Officer, IntercontinentalExchange Group/NYSE

How Data Technology has Transformed Global Markets

(requires UCB password)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Anand Chandrasekhar

Senior VP, QualComm Data Center

Flat Earth? or Round Earth?

(requires UCB password)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Healey Cypher

CEO, Oak Labs

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sineesh Keshav

SVP for IT, Experian

How Zero UI and APIs are Changing the World

(requires UCB password)

Victor Szczerba

CEO, Yeti Data

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ashok Srivastava

Chief Data Scientist, Verizon

Data Science in the Enterprise

(requires UCB password)

Vivek Wadwa

Carnegie-Mellon Silicon Valley

How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future

(requires UCB password)

Arash Nourian

Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Information

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jeremy Stanley

VP Data Science, Instacart

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pedro Domingos

Professor, Machine Learning, University of Washington

Michael Li

Head of Analytics, LinkedIn

How Data Science Drives Business Value

(requires UCB password)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

William High

Data Scientist, Netflix

Avinash Kaushik

Data Evangelist, Google

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bjorn Austraat

Global Leader, Cognitive Visioning and Strategy, IBM Watson

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Anand Chandrasekhar

Senior VP, QualComm Data Center

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bill Pearce

Executive Chairman, RichRelevance

Amy Gershkoff

Chief Data Officer, Zynga

Enterprise Data & Analytics Architecture

(requires UCB password)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tatsiana Maskalevich

Data Science Manager, Stitch Fix

Nandini Nayak

Managing Director, Design Strategy, Fjord

Nathan Shetterley

Senior R&D Principal, Accenture Technology Labs

Carl Dukatz

Research and Development Manager, Accenture Technology Labs

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Laurent El Ghaoui

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of California, Berkeley

Erik Wilde


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tye Rattenbury

Director, Data Science and Solutions Engineering, Trifacta

Bennet Harvey

Multi-channel CX Management Consultant

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Steve Ramirez

CEO, Beyond the Arc

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jake Flomenburg

Partner, Accel Capital

Brian Busch

Director of Business Development, Captricity

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Roopesh Varier

Big Data, American Express

Arijit Sengupta

CEO, BeyondCore

Veronika Beloskhvostova

Analytics, Facebook

Marketing Attribution

(requires UCB password)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mike Olson

Co-founder and CSO, Cloudera

What’s Happening to Data?

(requires UCB password)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

David Reiley

Principal Scientist, Pandora

Controlled Experiments Measure the Effects of Advertising

(requires UCB password)

Gary Class

Senior VP, Wells Fargo

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Barry Kahn

Founder and CEO, QCue

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bob Shanks

CFO, Ford Motor Company

Friday, September 11, 2015

Adam Grossman

Founder and President, Block 6 AnalyticsCo-Author, “The Sports Strategist”

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (MBA)

Jonathan Ballon

VP, Internet of Things, Intel

Data Science and the Internet of Things

(requires UCB password)

Saturday, May 2, 2015 (EWMBA)

Sineesh Keshav

VP IT, Safeway

Safeway’s Big Data Journey

(requires UCB password)

Michael Lasmanis

CTO, Pulpo Media

Piyush Malik

Data Science Evangelist, IBM

Thursday, April 30, 2015 (MBA)

Juan Miguel Lavista

Principal Data Scientist, Bing

Max Simkoff

VP Analytics, Cornerstone OnDemand

Data Science for Talent

(requires UCB password)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 (MBA)

Mike Glass

Director, Demand Side Systems, PG&E

Louis Beryl

Founder & CEO, Earnest

Saturday, April 25, 2015 (EWMBA)

John Miller

Data Insights Group Lead, Accenture

Piyanka Jain

Author, Behind Every Good DecisionFounder, Aryng

George Roumelioitis


Data Science, Design Thinking

(requires UCB password)

Thursday, April 23, 2015 (MBA)

Lutz Finger

Director of Data Science, LinkedIn

Kaushik Das

Head of Data Science, Pivotal

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (MBA)

Sumit Sharma

Strategy, MuleSoft

Saturday, April 18, 2015 (EWMBA)

Vince dell’Anno

Managing Director, Global Big Data Practice, Accenture

Thursday, April 16, 2015 (MBA)

Gaurav Agarwal

Head, Product Management and Strategy, GoodData

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (MBA)

Juliet Hougland

Data Scientist, Cloudera

Daniel Bruckner

Co-Founder, Tamr

Saturday, April 11, 2015 (EWMBA)

Esteban Arcaute

Sr. Director, Software Engineering, @Walmart Labs

Rodolfo Martell

Sr. Portfolio Manager, Blackrock

Quant Investing in the 21st Century

(requires UCB password)

Achalesh Pandey

Machine Learning Lab ManagerGE Global Research

Thursday, April 9, 2015 (MBA)

Alexander Ross

Director, Data Science Programs, GE

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 (MBA)

Matt Schumpert


Jose Plehn-Dujowich

Co-Founder, Powerlytics

Thursday, April 2, 2015 (MBA) & Saturday, April 4 (EWMBA)

Veronika Beloskhvostova

VP, Analytics and Strategy, Hotwire

Thursday, April 2, 2015 (MBA)

Ta Chiraphadhanakul

Data Scientist, Facebook

Visualizing Big Data at Facebook

(requires UCB password)

Tuesday, March 30, 2015 (MBA)

Gary Class

Senior VP, Wells Fargo

Jack Levis

Director of Process Management, UPS