Published by Advanced Research Computing at the University of Michigan on May 1, 2014. Watch online.
Usama Fayyad, Ph.D. is Chief Data Officer at Barclays. His responsibilities, globally across Group, include the governance, performance and management of our operational and analytical data systems, as well as delivering value by using data and analytics to create growth opportunities and cost savings for the business. He previously led OASIS-500, a tech startup investment fund, following his appointment as Executive Chairman in 2010 by King Abdullah II of Jordan. He was also Chairman, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of ChoozOn Corporation/ Blue Kangaroo, a mobile search engine service for offers based in Silicon Valley.
In 2008, Usama founded Open Insights, a US-based data strategy, technology and consulting firm that helps enterprises deploy data-driven solutions that effectively and dramatically grow revenue and competitive advantage. Prior to this, he served as Yahoo!’s Chief Data Officer and Executive Vice President where he was responsible for Yahoo!’s global data strategy, architecting its data policies and systems, and managing its data analytics and data processing infrastructure. The data teams he built at Yahoo! collected, managed, and processed over 25 terabytes of data per day, and drove a major part of ad targeting revenue and data insights businesses globally.
In 2003 Usama co-founded and led the DMX Group, a data mining and data strategy consulting and technology company specializing in Big Data Analytics for Fortune 500 clients. DMX Group was acquired by Yahoo! in 2004. Prior to 2003, he co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Audience Science. He also has experience at Microsoft where led the data mining and exploration group at Microsoft Research and also headed the data mining products group for Microsoft’s server division.
From 1989 to 1996 Usama held a leadership role at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where his work garnered him the Lew Allen Award for Excellence in Research from Caltech, as well as a US Government medal from NASA.
He spoke at the University of Michigan Symposium on Data and Computational Science on April 23, 2014.