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Dr. Sven Roden, Keynote Speaker
Senior Decision Analyst
Decision Analysis Group
Finance Academy, Unilever

Dr. Sven Roden is a senior Decision Analyst within Unilever’s Finance Academy. Dr. Roden acts as an internal consultant, leading decision analysis evaluations on problems where teams have been struggling to find a solution. He is also involved in developing new methodologies and providing expert training and coaching to Unilever's financial managers. Prior to joining Unilever, Sven worked for BNFL as a Technology Strategist and research physicist.

Mark N. Abramovich
Principal
Interdisciplinary Solutions, LLC

Mr. Abramovich is the Principal of Interdisciplinary Solutions, LLC and the architect of the Panálysis system of pandemic management. Panálysis is an epidemiologic model that projects healthcare demands during a pandemic to include critical product requirements and staffing needs. The conceptual framework for Panálysis was derived through combining his experiene as a financial analyst and operations manager with elements from the fields of public health and epidemiology.

Since the release of Panalysis, Mr. Abramovich has been recognized by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for his expertise in the fields of pandemic influenza, emergency preparedness and vaccine uptake. He recently sat on a CDC scientific merit review panel. Currently, he is the principal consultant for Intedisciplinary Solutions' work with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for a Major Metropolitan Area to develop new and novel strategies to provide essential medical services during a pandemic, which could be implemented nationwide.

Mr. Abramovich previously worked as an Associate Equity Research Analyst for Wachovia Securities, the investment banking arm of Wachovia bank. At Wachovia, he helped to create financial models and to publish research on publicly traded companies for Wachovia’s institutional clients. Prior to his work at Wachovia Securities, he worked as an operations supervisor for Airborne Express where he helped to manage to company’s largest station which was located in New York City.

Mr. Abramovich is a prior United States Marine Corps Officer and served as a combat engineer. He held the positions of Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer. One of Mr. Abramovich’s collateral duties in the Marines was that of Company NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) Officer. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

He holds a BA in history and political science from New York University and went on to earn an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he concentrated his studies on entrepreneurship and strategic management. He has also completed a basic science curriculum at Hunter College.

Outside of his professional pursuits, Mr. Abramovich serves as an elected Director for his Co-Op Board in lower Manhattan where he resides with his 12 year old brindle boxer Winnie.

Dr. Chris Albright
Professor of Operations & Decision Technologies
Kelley School of Business
Indiana University

Dr. Albright’s professional interests and expertise are in Spreadsheet Modeling for Optimization, Statistical Analysis and Simulation, Developing Excel Add-ins for Statistics, Statistics for Research, Stochastic Models in Management Science, Quantitative Methods for MBA Core, Web Page Development and Database Access with .NET, Data Mining, and VBA for Excel. He is the author and co-author of many books, including VBA for Modelers; Data Analysis and Decision Making (with Wayne Winston and Christopher Zappe) ; and Practical Management Science (with Wayne Winston). Also, Dr. Albright developed the statistical add-in StatsPro for Excel, later developed as StatTools by Palisade Corporation.

Dr. Robert Ameo
Principal
Market Modelers, LLC

Robert Ameo has over 20 years experience in health care management, marketing and business development. Prior to founding Market Modelers, he served in the corporate development group at Johnson & Johnson. He is a recognized expert and innovator in the modeling and forecasting of new technology adoption and market share. Robert has extensive experience evaluating investment opportunities and their portfolio impact for mergers and acquisitions, venture investing, research development, and marketing efforts.

Using his training as a psychologist and his extensive industry experience, he designs and executes targeted market and expert research experiments to quantify the defensible range of possibilities for new technology and product adoption. His forecasts are used both by start-up ventures to create a vision of their potential worth, and well-established biopharmaceutical and medical device companies to understand the true economic (uncertainty adjusted) value of their potential investments.

Prior to his industry experience, Robert was VP of Clinical Operations and Utilization Management for a national managed care company. He holds a behavioral science PhD from the University of Miami.

Dr. Jeffrey Bewley
Assistant Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
University of Kentucky

Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, is Assistant Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist, specializing in Dairy Systems Management, Dairy Decision Making, and Precision Dairy Farming, at the University of Kentucky. He received his BS from the University of Kentucky, MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and PhD from Purdue University. Jeffrey has a keen appreciation for the opportunities automation provides for more precise management. His own work is in the technical and economic assessment of Precision Dairy Farming technologies, body condition scoring, and temperature monitoring. His outreach program is focused on developing tools and strategies for improved decision-making on dairy farms.

Dr. Jose A. Briones
Director of Operations
SpyroTek Business Solutions

Dr. Jose A. Briones has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University and is a graduate of the Business Administration Program of Wharton Business School.

Dr. Briones is currently the Director of Operations for SpyroTek Business Solutions. SpyroTek supplies specialty materials, software and consulting services to the manufacturing industry. Dr. Briones has 18 years of technical and commercial experience in the manufacturing industry, having held marketing, innovation, sales, engineering and research positions with several Fortune 500 companies such as Celanese, Air Products, Elf Atochem and Reichhold.

Dr. Briones’ expertise includes Product Development and Ideation support, Innovation Practices implementation, Business Model Assessments, Business Process Workflow Software, Six Sigma Processes, Project Risk Financial Analysis, Forecasting Models and Product Portfolio Pricing and Value Analysis.

Andrea Dickens
Decision Analysis Group Leader
Finance Academy, Unilever

Andrea Dickens joined Unilever in 1988 as a statistician. Since then she has had a number of roles in Unilever, but all with one thing in common: managing and analysing uncertainty.

Andrea now leads the Decision Analysis Group, which has been developing and applying a wide range of decision analysis techniques. These techniques have been deployed on probabilistic business cases and complex decision problems throughout Unilever. The group also leads the development and rollout of training courses for Unilever Managers in Decision Making techniques, and provides coaching to course participants. In addition, the Decision Analysis Group has an internal consultancy role where they provide facilitative leadership to analyse complex business decisions. These tend to be the large, difficult and sensitive problems, high stake one-off decisions, or problems that cross organisational boundaries.

Clayton Graham
Department of Management, DePaul University
Baseballwon.com

Clay Graham is an adjunct professor of Statistics and Economics at DePaul University. He holds senior positions with the Chaos Group, Inc. and Analytical Advantages, LLC where he functions as a management consultant specializing in analytical and graphic econometrics. His formal education includes a BS from Purdue and graduate degrees in Economics (MA) and Business (MBA - Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University). He was a NASA Scholar (National Aeronautical and Space Administration) during his PhD studies at Northwestern (concentration in advanced large scale computer modeling and mathematical simulation.) Clay has functioned in various advisory capacities to Purdue and Northwestern Universities.

His entrée into the education field first came while a volunteer for a citizens group in Barrington (evaluating academics, finances and taxes). The creation of integrated databases and innovative statistical modeling for that project drew the interest of many professionals and resulted in presentations to The White House, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Center for Governmental Studies (Northern Illinois University), and many boards of education.

Prior to his current undertakings, he was CEO of an upstart aerospace, laser mapping and engineering firm. He’s brought with him years of practical management and leadership experience from the metal finishing industry where he owned and operated his own firms in the Chicago area. He introduced effective statistical process control technology to many firms including: Motorola, Siemens and Ford. He served that industry by being president of the local trade association, a director of several national alliances and sitting on industry standardization and quality committees.

Prior to running his own companies, Graham was with one of the world's foremost Management Consulting firms - A.T.Kearney, lnc. where he introduced cutting edge computer and mathematical modeling to the transportation and service distribution industries. Clay has written and published extensively in the areas of profitability and control, marketing, financial risk, computer integrated manufacturing, and technology. He has been a featured and keynote speaker at many trade association and professional conclaves. He was awarded the top technical paper in the world at the Second Asian Metal Finishing Forum (part of the Tokyo World Exposition). At Interex Europe (Hewlett-Packard users) he presented an award-winning work on a fully integrated system of research and development, process control and management integrating: personal computers, micro-systems, programmable controllers and digital-analog interfaces. He was also the subject of a press conference by Alteon Networks at Networld + Interop (Atlanta 1998) where he introduced the first commercial application of large file transfer incorporating “Jumbo Frame Technology."

Clay and his companies have been the subject of articles in Forbes, Business Week, Modern Metals, Industrial Finishing and Arthur Andersen's Small Business Forum. In addition, the methods incorporated in the management of his firms have been utilized in academic case studies in the United States and Western Europe. He was selected to speak on “The Management of Professional Advisors” before a joint session of the American Bar Association and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He has served as an Advisor to the White House and Members of Congress in the areas of economics, environmental control and management strategy.

Timothy J. Havranek, MBA, PMP
Vice President of Business Solutions and Risk Management
ENTRX, Inc.

Mr. Havranek is a Vice President of Business Solutions and Risk Management with ENTRX, Inc. with over 25 combined years' experience in the environmental remediation and the oil and gas production industries. Mr. Havranek has managed numerous large-scale environmental projects throughout industry, working with multiple site owners, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders in the development of strategic and sustainable business liability and asset management solutions to minimize environmental and social risk. He is highly skilled in the application of quantitative decision analysis and probabilistic modeling to facilitate strategic planning for environmental projects, having developed a wide range of successful decision analysis models for more than 400 sites. Mr. Havranek holds MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelors Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and author of the book Modern Project Management Techniques for the Environmental Remediation Industry.

Marwaan Karame
Value Based Management Consultant - Managing Director
Economic Value Advisors

Marwaan Karame consults businesses in the areas of Value Based Management (VBM) and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). Previously, Mr. Karame worked in investment banking for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) and Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) advising companies in the areas of M&A, Private Placement, Debt Financing, IPOs, and VBM.

Prior to DLJ and CSFB, he worked for Stern Stewart & Co., leading Fortune 500 companies to create sustainable gains to shareholder wealth by aligning the interests of management with shareholders. Through a customized financial management system, incentive compensation design, and value based finance-training curriculum, Mr. Karame assisted companies to adopt the concepts of Economic Value Added. These concepts were applied to various industries including Automotive, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Industrial Manufacturing, and Oil Exploration and Production.

Preceding Stern Stewart, he managed Ivey Business Consulting Group, a boutique business-consulting firm that served small to middle market companies. Mr. Karame started his professional career working for one of the world's top sales organizations, Xerox, where he managed executive relationships with Canada's largest companies, selling Xerox's high-end information technology and services.

Mr. Karame has been a keynote speaker for several Wall Street Research Analyst seminars and has conducted workshops for 1,000+ Fortune 500 executives, lecturing on the topics of VBM and M&A. Mr. Karame has also authored several articles in publications including The Globe and Mail, American Executive, and The Trusted Professional.

Mr. Karame holds an MBA in finance from Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Economics from St. Lawrence University.

Michael A. Kubica
Senior Scientist, Econometric Modeling
Applied Quantitative Sciences, Inc.

Michael is Founder and President of Applied Quantitative Sciences, Inc. He has over 18 years' experience within the healthcare industry, and has been providing quantitative sciences consultancy since 1999. Michael has extensive experience in providing quantitative decision support solutions for leading pharmaceutical, medical device/diagnostics, and biotechnology companies, addressing a wide range of business issues. Prior to establishing AQS, Michael held the position of Vice President, Operations for Magellan Health Services. During his career Michael has also held positions of Director of Quality Management, Regional Director of Business Operations & Finance, and Hospital Administrator. Throughout his career, Michael employed sophisticated quantitative methods to forecast performance, streamline operations, and improve quality. Michael has an MBA and Master’s of Science in psychology. He serves as Adjunct Professor of Research Design and Statistical Analysis at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL.

Applied Quantitative Sciences, Inc. (AQS) is a consultancy specializing in assisting medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies make decisions under conditions of complexity and uncertainty. They are a market leader in providing simulation and optimization models which are used by industry leaders for the purposes of forecasting, new technology valuation, business and strategic planning, supply chain management, and resource planning.

Dr. William J. McKibbin
Consulting Financial Engineer and Risk Analyst
McKibbinUSA, LLC

Dr. William J McKibbin is a consultant to management specializing in strategic and operational planning, business modeling, risk analysis, financial engineering, systems integration, process design, project management, due diligence, turnarounds, executive coaching, and team leadership. Dr. McKibbin's client list includes names such as Intel, Oracle, Chevron, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Pfeizer, Guggenheim Capital, and others. Dr. McKibbin has been in professional practice serving companies, boards, and executives in various capacities as consultant, director, and interim management since 1998.

Sam McLafferty
President and CEO
Palisade Corporation

Sam McLafferty is Palisade's founder, president, and CEO. He started the company in 1984 with the release of PRISM, a stand-alone Monte Carlo simulation package for DOS on the PC. PRISM later evolved into @RISK for Lotus 1-2-3, and then for Excel. Sam is Palisade's lead developer, with over thirty years of programming experience. He works closely with the technical and sales staff, ensuring that customer feedback is heard. He personally oversees the development and evolution of every one of the fifteen software products Palisade sells. Prior to Palisade, he was a risk analysis consultant.

Roy Nersesian
Center for Energy Marine Transportation and Public Policy
Columbia University

BS Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute followed by 8 years in the U.S. Navy with last position as Chief Engineer on a Polaris submarine. Graduated from Harvard Business School with a MBA and worked for a shipping company, a bank in shipping finance, and a consultant for a ship brokerage firm, and finally a professor at the School of Business, Monmouth University and Columbia University. He has written several books, one of which is Corporate Financial Risk Management published by Praeger Press, 2004. His most recent book is Energy in the 21st Century published by M. E. Sharpe. He is also associated with the Center of Energy and Marine Transportation at Columbia University, where @RISK simulation is an integral part of his course in quantitative analysis.

Jay O’Connor
Director
Turner & Townsend Inc.

With over 25 years of experience in the areas of estimating, planning and quantitative risk analysis for international projects, Jay understands the complexities that are associated with identifying and assessing project risks. His experience includes both the owner’s and contractor’s side of engineering and construction projects. He has worked in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry sectors and the pulp and paper sector. His career has taken him to the United Kingdom, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

Dr. Javier Ordóñez
Director of Custom Solutions
Palisade Corporation

Dr. Javier Ordóñez holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador and a MS in Project Management from the University of Maryland. Javier earned his PhD from the University of Maryland performing research on project risk analysis. His current research deals with cost and schedule integration and correlation issues through the use of Bayesian belief networks.

Javier's experience is in the areas of construction and project management, optimal project and capital investments selection, earned value management, engineering and project risk analysis, and operations research applications to engineering and management problems.

Javier has taught as an adjunct professor in the Project Management Program at University of Maryland and provides training in risk and decision analysis. He is also registered as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Dr. Michael Rees
Global Director of Training
Palisade Corporation

Michael has 20 years’ of business and finance experience, including roles such as Principal (Partner) at the strategy consultants Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) and Vice-President of Equity Research at J.P. Morgan. He has worked independently for 8 years, for 6 of which he was retained by Palisade Corporation to act as their Director of Training and Consulting. He is the author of Financial Modelling in Practice: A Concise Guide for intermediate and Advanced Level, John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

His academic credentials include a Doctorate in Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Algorithms, and a B.A. with First Class Honours in Mathematics, both from Oxford University. He has an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD in France, as well as holding the Wilmott Certificate of Quantitative Finance, where he graduated top of the course for class work and also received the Wilmott Award for the highest final exam mark. Michael is based in the UK and speaks fluent French and German.

Ahmad R. Saadat
Manager of Business Development.
Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Ahmad R. Saadat is the Manager of Business Development at Momenta Pharmaceuticals. His responsibilities include analysis of project, portfolio and deal valuations in support of licensing, partnership and financing activities, competitive intelligence and decision support. Ahmad has previously worked at Altus Pharmaceuticals and Acambis where he was responsible for strategic planning in finance and decision support for business development. He briefly worked as an independent consultant and performed market research and financial analysis to support strategic decisions for various organizations. Ahmad started his career in science as an enzymologist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Abbott labs and Chiron, where he contributed to research and development of drug candidates to treat a variety of indications in oncology and autoimmune disorders and co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific publications. Ahmad obtained his Masters degree in Pharmacology from Northeastern University and MBA from Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Andy Sleeper
President
Successful Statistics LLC

Andy Sleeper is President of Successful Statistics LLC, a consulting firm providing customized DFSS training and problem solving services to clients around the world. Andy is the author of two books, DFSS Statistics and Six Sigma Distribution Modeling, both published by McGraw-Hill. Andy holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Statistics, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Dr. William Strauss
President
FutureMetrics

William Strauss is the President and founder of FutureMetrics. He brings more than thirty years of strategic planning, project management, data analysis, and modeling experience into the company’s stock of knowledge capital. Bill’s professional history includes executive positions as director, president, and senior vice president, as well as positions as senior analyst and field coordinator. He has an MBA (specializing in Finance) and a PhD (Economics).

Bill is a member of the New England Complex Systems Institute, a member of the Eastern Economics Association, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and acts as Executive Consultant for Aviation Management Systems, Inc., and President of Lightval Mines, Limited. He is also engaged in an ongoing study of Monhegan Island, ME, economics through FutureMetrics, in association with the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission.

Bill currently takes some time in the fall and spring to teach a few business and economics classes at a small college near his home in western Maine. He has logged over 1,000,000 vertical feet of heli-skiing.

Thompson Terry
Senior Training Consultant
Palisade Corporation

Thompson Terry is a dedicated member of Palisade’s training and consulting staff. With ten years of experience at Palisade, including eight in technical support, he is recognized as an expert in all Palisade software products and their applications.

Thompson has led numerous regional training seminars on risk and decision analysis and provided customized onsite training in a variety of industries including insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, defense, and food safety. Clients Thompson has trained include: The Hartford, Unilever, Duratek, Eastman Chemical, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, National Rail (UK), RWE Thames Water (UK), National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago, Stone & Webster, and Northrop-Grumman.

Thompson is also on the board of directors of a local credit union’s not-for-profit, community development investment fund. He holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University with specializations in economics, marketing, and finance.

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar
Senior Energy Consultant
Customized Energy Solutions

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar leads the Emerging Technologies practice for Customized Energy Solutions with focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response and smart grid technologies. He is an internationally acclaimed expert in areas covering electricity markets, emerging technologies, energy management and new product development. Rahul has been involved in evaluating economics of emerging technologies in deregulated electricity markets since 2004. His research and consulting activities have covered complete range of demand response and energy storage technologies including compressed air energy storage (CAES), Pumped Hydro, Sodium Sulfur (NAS), flow batteries (VRB & ZBB), Lithium Ion batteries and flywheels.

Rahul currently serves on the Board of Directors of Electricity Storage Association and is involved in providing inputs for the demand response and energy storage policy to FERC & various state agencies. He also serves as a Lead Analyst for "Global Energy Assessment" initiative of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) as part of an international team of experts.

Rahul holds a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Rahul conducted research on “economics of emerging energy storage and demand response technologies in deregulated electricity markets” under the guidance of Dr. Jay Apt, Dr. Lester Lave, Dr. Granger Morgan and Dr. Rahul Tongia at the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. He also holds Masters in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology and undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering.

He is recipient of numerous awards including Computer Society of India’s Young IT Professional Award, Demonstration of Energy Efficiency Developments scholarship from American Public Power Association and is also recognized as one of the Legends in Energy by Association of Energy Engineers.

Rahul is member of various professional organizations including AEE, IET, IEEE and IAEE. He has also worked as an Energy & IT Consultant with various companies including EPS Capital Corp, Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) and Tata Infotech Ltd (now part of Tata Consultancy Services). He has authored over 40 technical papers including reports on demand response and energy storage for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), American Public Power Association (APPA), Department of Energy (DOE) & National Energy Technology Labs (NETL), and various market participants including utilities, project developers and technology companies.

Erik Westwig
Software Engineer
Palisade Corporation

Erik Westwig received his BS in 1991 and MS in 1994 from the applied and engineering physics department at Cornell University. In 1998 he published the book Mathematical Physics with co-author Bruce Kusse, which was re-released in its second edition in 2006. Since 1995, Erik has worked as a software engineer at Palisade as part of the DecisionTools Suite development team.

 

 

 


 


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