Sarah K. Diamond is a seasoned global leader with deep experience in the financial services, technology, consulting, and regulatory sectors. She was the Global Managing Director of Financial Services at IBM, where she led the top 50 global financial services clients to embrace digitization to grow their businesses and create customer value.
Sarah is passionate about supporting the development of women’s careers and the importance of education and is currently an Executive Mentor with the ExCo Group which helps executives and teams develop their full leadership potential. She also volunteers with PENCIL – an organization focused on connecting NYC students with business professionals and is a mentor to the Columbia University Executive Master of Science in Technology Management Program.
Nandan Sudarsanam is a faculty member in the Department of Management Studies and a core member of the Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBCDSAI) at IIT Madras. He earned his PhD from the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, following which, he worked as a quantitative researcher for five years at a high-frequency algorithmic trading firm in New York. His research and work experience focuses on applications of experimentation, machine learning and the abstraction of data to models and algorithms. This spans data and problems across different domains, including but not limited to finance, urban mobility, digital platforms, civic services, and criminology. He publishes in premier machine learning conferences as well as peer-reviewed journals in engineering and applied statistics.
Joe Makoid is a dynamic leader of innovative information technology ventures. Joe focuses on business development and strategic partnerships with premier technology companies such as Dell, Acer, IBM, and Lenovo to help drive sales growth.
His previous IT industry background includes leadership positions at Siemens Nixdorf, BusTech, Data Center Direct, MSPI, Tarantella, and Devon IT. In 2013 Joe co-founded and orchestrated a divestiture of HiveIO, Inc. from one of the world’s largest financial institutions. In 2017 he spearheaded HiveIO’s efforts to acquire Atlantis Computing assets. In 2017-18 Joe co-founded Cloud Therapeutics Inc., a medical technology company and MakTrax, Inc., a strategic investment and business development firm. Joe sits on the board of directors of several technology companies. In 2005 he was inducted into the Villanova University Athletics Hall of Fame.