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Meet the Team
Emma Prest, General Manager
Emma handles the day-to-day operations of DataKind UK, supporting the influx of volunteers and building understanding about what data science can do in the charitable sector. Emma sits on the Editorial Advisory Committee at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She was previously a programme coordinator at Tactical Tech, providing hands-on help for activists using data in evidence-based campaigns. Emma holds an MA in Public Policy with a specialism in Media, Information & Communications from Central European University in Hungary and a degree in Politics and Geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Duncan Ross, Chair of Trustees
Duncan has been a data miner for far too long, and is the Data and Analytics Director for TES Global. As part of this role he talks to customers and prospects across the world about the joys of data science - which is why he got involved in DataKind. If companies could do this, then why not charities? He twisted Jake's arm to let him set up DataKind UK with Fran, Kaitlin and Hannah. He is a serial volunteer, having been a City Councillor, chair of trustees of a national charity, founder of a farmers' market, press officer for a historic building on reality TV, co-counder of the Society of Data Miners, and one of the first UK Data Ambassadors when DataKind came calling. He lives in a town designed to caused severe pronunciation problems in the US: Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire.
Lauren Smith, Project & Events Coordinator
Lauren is in charge of making sure DataKind UK events go off without a hitch,ensuring that our thriving UK community of volunteer data scientists is happy and engaged. Although new to the Data for Good movement, Lauren spent several years working on events in the charity
sector and knows all too well the challenges facing the third sector. Also a qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Lauren spent almost two years teaching in Busan, South Korea and loves any excuse to eat kimchi!
Fran Bennett, Trustee
Fran runs a startup called Mastodon C, which is made up of big data technology specialists. She spends her days talking to big enterprises and governments about the exciting potential of making better use of data. For the past seven years, she was also a trustee of a mental health charity in Hackney, East London, which makes her doubly excited about the potential to bring better use of data to the charity sector!
Hannah Underwood, Trustee
Hannah has long been a science boffin, fascinated in how people learn, behave and develop. For almost 10 years, Hannah has led The Key, a charity which empowers young people to unlock their potential. After The Key was lucky enough to benefit from the UK’s first-ever DataDive, Hannah was hooked. She continued to drive a data agenda through the heart of her small charity and was honored to become a Director of DataKind UK. Hannah wants more charities to understand the importance and power of data and to how it can be used to maximise the impact they make in society. Hannah also brews beer, competes at ten-pin bowling, loves smashing up old houses and is a Trustee for a 78 year old boutique cinema.
Alexandra Rehak, Trustee
Alexandra Rehak is an independent strategy consultant and analyst with over 20 years of experience in the telecoms, media and technology sector, focusing on the Internet of Things, digital health and big data. She’s currently an Associate Partner with STL Partners where she helps companies find the best ways to analyse and interpret data. After volunteering for DataKind UK in early 2015 to support a children’s health charity, Auditory Verbal, she was hooked on the idea of data for good! Alexandra is a born-and-bred New Yorker, but now lives with her family in Cambridge. She dreams of someday introducing real bagels to the UK.
Jake Porway, Trustee
Jake is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data. He founded DataKind™ in the hopes of creating a world in which every social organization has access to data capacity to better serve humanity. He was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.
Rishi Nalin Kumar, Chapter Leader
Rishi is co-founder and chief data scientist at eBench.com, a data-led digital marketing advisory and SaaS start up. Prior to this, he’s had a long run as an analyst in large-corporate consumer goods, with a light touch of news and media; developing a variety of data science capabilities from pricing soap in Thailand to ensuring human rights compliance across the globe. More recently he’s worked with companies such as Unilever, The Guardian and Spotify, to develop their data strategies and help them introduce data science and data scientists into their everyday decision making.
Kate Vang, Chapter Leader
As chapter lead for community, Kate works to build an engaged community of Data Ambassador volunteers. She first built a career in investment management at Värde Partners, where she worked in roles across risk management, trading, investment, data strategy and portfolio strategy. In late 2015, she left to pursue her passions for data science and social impact; today she consults with charities, NGOs and corporates to find stories and insights in data.
Gianfranco Cecconi, Chapter Leader
Gianfranco is DataKind UK's current lead for the Programmes Committee: the volunteer body that is responsible for specifying the format of the services we provide to our partners and supporting them through suitable processes, documentation and tools. His indie consultancy, Digital Contraptions Imaginarium, focuses on the sweet spot between data, people and technology. As an associate to the Open Data Institute in London, he developed a fixation for alternative models to share information: open source, open and shared data, innovation and culture in general.
Billy Wong, Chapter Leader
Billy leads the Selection, Scoping and Impact Committee, which is responsible for aligning DataKind UK with the right charity partners and the right projects to achieve social good. Billy grew up in Hong Kong and worked across Asia in the Business Intelligence industry. Billy also studied for an MBA at INSEAD, France, after which he joined BT Plc and led the analytical work for commercial deal negotiations. He currently works as a data scientist in the higher education sector and helps universities devise strategies using data-driven techniques. In his spare time, Billy enjoys theatre and long walks.
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