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Dr. Mark Last is a Full Professor at the Department of Information Systems Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel and the Head of the Data Mining and Software Quality Engineering Group. Prior to starting his employment at Ben-Gurion University in 2001, Dr. Mark Last has been the head of the production control department at AVX Israel (1989-1994), a senior consultant in Industrial Engineering and Computing (1994-1998), and a visiting assistant professor at the department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida, USA (1999-2001).

Prof. Last obtained his Ph.D. degree from Tel Aviv University, Israel in 2000. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers and 10 books on data mining, text mining, and software engineering. Prof. Last currently serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics and Pattern Analysis and Applications. His main research interests are focused on data mining, cross-lingual text mining, software quality engineering, and medical informatics.  


Dr. Bai is Worldwide Information Management Channel Development Lead. Dr. Niu Bai is Worldwide Business Development Lead for Big Data at IBM. He joined IBM via Guardium acquisition. At Guardium, he was Director of Global Channel Marketing and Programs, responsible for double-digit channel revenue growth. Before Guardium, he served various marketing, sales, and business development positions at NetScout Systems, Open Market and Shiva/Intel.

Dr. Bai got his PhD from Boston University and Master of International Business Studies from Darla Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina.


Dr. Priyadarshy is Chief Data Scientist at Halliburton (NYSE: HAL). He is also Senior Fellow of International Cyber Security Center at George Mason University. He is a veteran of Big Data and Data Science. He is a global leader often referred as Venture Idealist, who transforms businesses by leveraging Big Data, Data Science, and Emerging Technologies. He has provided executive consulting to Global companies. Some of his recent associations include established company like BellSystem24 in Tokyo, mPortal (Virginia) and Internet Startups like Enformed (San Francisco), Foodem, Sustainable Star, and Innoengineer (in the DC Metro area), etc. Recently, he was the VP of Data Science, at Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM), in their Industry Principals Group at division within the Global Consulting.

His key accomplishments include the alternative sourcing strategy using agile, adaptable and cost-effective outsourced global partners, 75% reduction in cost and 300% increase in productivity; deployment of the software as a service (SaaS) model for increased productivity, re-evaluation of the existing ROI models for search engine marketing leading to savings of millions of dollar per year and; innovative solutions for resolving issues raised by customers, by performing holistic analysis of business, technology and voice of customer data.

Dr. Satyam holds Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and MBA from the Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech. Dr Satyam has lived in 3 continents for work and has worked with teams in all continents, thus providing a deep understanding of the power of diversity.


Kaushal Kurapati is a seasoned executive with 15 years of experience in driving product management, innovation and global business development across consumer Internet (Web Search, Personalization, e-commerce) and Payments industries. Currently, he is a Vice President of Product Management at MasterCard after stints at Yahoo, Ask.com, IBM and Philips.

At MasterCard Kaushal is responsible for overseeing a targeted ads/offers platform that connects online ads to offline store visits and spends thereby closing the advertising loop. As part of this he oversees development in the areas of Data Science, Personalization, Merchant Analytics, and drives business development in international markets.

Prior to MasterCard, Kaushal worked at Yahoo for 6.5 years as a Senior Director of Product Management, where he led major initiatives around Search, e-commerce and Yahoo Mail. Kaushal started with leading Multimedia Search globally for Yahoo and grew his responsibilities to run Yahoo Search in Emerging Markets (led market entry in the Middle East) and then further expanded his role as lead product executive for Yahoo Web Search globally. Kaushal also served as the Head of Products for Yahoo’s Small Business & Deals units; as part of this, he oversaw the development of a fully white-labeled SaaS eCommerce platform that processed $3B+ GMV per year and drove the vision to create new lines of business in targeted advertising catering to small businesses specifically.

Kaushal holds 23 US Patents issued to-date. He has won numerous awards including Yahoo’s highest honor – the SuperStar award or the Founders’ Award – and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Delaware. He holds an MBA from NYU-Stern, Masters degrees in Computer Science (U of Maryland) and Mechanical Engineering (U of Delaware), and a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from IIT-Madras, India.

At Careers Unbound Kaushal will be guiding overall vision, technology development, product innovation and go-to-market strategy along with other distinguished advisors.