In this session, Mike Flowers, Chief Analytics Officer, Enigma, sat with Vishal Kumar, CEO AnalyticsWeek and shared his journey as an analytics executive, best practices, hacks for upcoming executives, and some challenges/opportunities he’s observing as a Chief Analytics Officer. Mike discussed his journey from trial prosecutor to Chief Analytics Officer, sharing some great stories on how Govt. embraces data analytics.
0:29 Mike’s journey.
23:32 Mike’s role in Enigma.
27:46 The role of CAO in Enigma.
29:50 How much Mike’s role is customer-facing vs. in facing.
30:00 Getting over the roadblocks of working with the government.
34:06 Creating a data bridge.
39:17 Collaboration in the data science field.
46:02 Challenges in working with Clients at Enigma.
51:34 Benefits of having a legal background before coming to data analytics.
Here’s Mike Flowers Bio:
Mike is Chief Analytics Officer at New York City tech start-up Enigma, an operational data management and intelligence company, where he leads data scientists assisting the development and deployment of decision-support technologies to Fortune 500 clients in compliance, manufacturing, banking, and finance, and several U.S. and foreign government agencies. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow at Bloomberg Philanthropies, working with select U.S. city governments to launch sustainable analytics programs. Mike is also an advisor to numerous organizations in a wide variety of fields, including, for example, Weil Cornell Medical College, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Office of the New York State Comptroller, the Greater London Authority, the government of New South Wales, Australia, and the French national government.
From 2014-15, Mike was an Executive-in-Residence and the first MacArthur Urban Science Fellow at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, where he advised students and faculty on projects to advance data-driven decision-making in city government.
From 2009-2013, Mike served under Mayor Michael Bloomberg as New York City’s first Chief Analytics Officer. During his tenure, he founded the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, which provides quantitative support to the city’s public safety, public health, infrastructure development, finance, economic development, disaster preparedness and response, legislative, sustainability, and human services efforts. In addition, Mike designed and oversaw the implementation of NYC DataBridge, a first-of-its-kind citywide analytics platform that enables the sharing and analysis of city data across agencies and with the public, and he ran the implementation of the city’s internationally-recognized Open Data initiative. For this work, Mike was twice recognized by the White House for innovation.
Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Mike was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for the 110th and 111th Congress (2007-09), leading bi-partisan inquiries into the global financial crisis of 2009, money laundering by the North Korean government in furtherance of its nuclear weapons program, and international corporate tax evasion. From 2006-2007, he was Deputy Director of the Department of Justice’s Regime Crimes Liaison’s Office in Iraq, supporting the investigations and trials of Saddam Hussein and other high-ranking members of his regime. From 2003 to 2005, he was an attorney with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington D.C., specializing in federal, state, and local criminal investigations and regulatory matters. After a clerkship in federal district court in Philadelphia, Mike began his career as a trial prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 1999.
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