Dr Satyam Priyadarshy

Chief Data Scientist

Dr Satyam Priyadarshy is a pioneer in the fields of data science, big data, analytics, and emerging technologies. He is currently Chief Data Scientist at Halliburton’s Landmark PSL in the USA – where he leads the data science team to optimise the most complex operations of any industry. He has appeared as keynote speaker at major international conferences, and has written, co-authored, presented and published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals and magazines.

He is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University and is currently senior fellow at the International Cyber Security Center, George Mason University. He is an advisory board member at multiple organisations including Big Data Summit, Virginia Tech’s MBA Board and the GCC Big Data Summit in Dubai. Dr Priyadarshy holds a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

Benu Bhargava

Data Visualisation Expert

Benu Bhargava is an industry-recognised leader and innovator in the area of business intelligence and data visualisation. His passion is helping others to turn data in to beautiful insights to tell powerful stories for business growth and innovation. He has analytical experience in the areas of marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, economics, technical operations, call centre management and cyber-security. His work has been prominently featured by Tableau software in 2014 and 2015 as their “Viz of the Day”

Benu has held leadership roles in analytics and business intelligence at AOL and Neustar where he led the development of a BI Centre of Excellence. He has also worked in the field of management consulting, managing technical assistance and training projects internationally.


Venkata Alla

Big Data Administrator

Venkata Alla is a senior Big Data/Unix /Linux engineer with over 17 years of professional experience. He possesses a proven track record of successfully managing some of the world’s largest Unix deployments in permanently operational environment. He also has over 15 years of experience in working with teams spread across the globe. One of the key systems he has managed included 150 Million active email boxes, stored across over 1800 Linux servers, migrating large Hadoop clusters running CDH3 to CDH5.x.

He has spent a number of years building, configuring and supporting applications that running Hadoop, Spark, Yarn, Hive, Hue, Hbase, Cassandra, Couchbase, Oozie, MySQL, Mango, Apache, Tomcat and several AOL proprietary components. He has managed key spam fighting applications that block over seven billion spam messages every day.