Top Data Science Influencers in 2020

20 Data Science Leaders and Influences You Must Follow

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With the Data Science industry continually evolving, there can be a lot to keep up with. LinkedIn articles, podcasts, and Twitter are a great source of information that is easily digestible. We have compiled a list of people to help you eliminate unnecessary noise while staying connected to the Data Science community. The people listed promote learning and the sharing of knowledge by sharing their insights through LinkedIn, blog posts, podcasts, and other media.

Listed alphabetically, here are the top 20 data science Influencers in 2020:

1. Angela Shen-Hsieh

The Director of Innovation at Telefonica uses machine learning and AI to take complex data, find value, and develop new business lines. She also was previously the Program Director of Strategy and Offering Management at IBM Watson, where she worked on platforms for building cognitive AI and machine learning-based solutions for businesses.

To learn more about how Angela innovates using AI and ML, listen to this podcast.

2. Bernard Marr

Is a best-selling author and Founder/ CEO of Bernard Marr & Co. where he provides consulting, training, speaking, and writing services in a variety of areas. He is a major influencer in the big data analytics space and regularly writes a column for Forbes.

Follow his Twitter for content related to business strategy performance and the effective use of data in business.

3. Charles Givre:

Charles is a Cybersecurity Data Scientist at JPMorgan Chase & Co, who is passionate about solving complex business problems with data-driven decisions. He has 10+ years of experience in the intelligence community, where he enjoys teaching and mentoring. He also speaks at conferences, writes blog posts, and is a chair member of The Apache Software Foundation.

Check out his blog for more data science resources and information.

4. Dan Becker

Is the CEO and Founder of, a price modeling company that allows businesses to optimize revenue using ML models. He also worked as a Data Scientist for Google and is the founder of Kaggle Learn, a community of 30,000+ members that serves as a data science training platform.

For more information on how optimizes pricing, give this podcast a listen.

5. Darren Kaplen

Is the host of The Data Standard Audio Experience, the largest user community made up of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning experts. Additionally, as a two-time startup founder, Darren specializes in building strong, high-performance teams and user communities that foster conversations and insight.

For a full list of his podcasts, check out The Data Standard Audio Experience.

6. Dr. Ganapathi Pulipaka

Is the Chief AI HPC Scientist at Accenture Technology and best-selling author of “Big Data Appliances for In-Memory Computing: A Real-World Research Guide for Corporations to Tame and Wrangle Their Data.” He has 9+ years of experience in deep learning, machine learning, Python, TensorFlow, and others.

Follow his Twitter account for industry trends, informational blog posts, and other resources.

7. Josh Odmark

As the co-founder and CTO at Pandio, Josh Odmark helps companies connect their data more efficiently to AI/ ML models in the cloud. Pandio uses Apache Pulsar to handle the implementation side of projects so that businesses can focus on tuning and optimizing their ML models.

Josh discusses using public data sets to run queries in place using Presto by Facebook in this podcast.

8. Kirk Borne

As the Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, Kirk Borne has been a worldwide top influencer since 2013 and regularly shares content on LinkedIn and Twitter as well as through his blog “Rocket- Powered Data Science.”

You can also follow him on Twitter here.

9. Laura Edell

As the Chief Data Scientist at Microsoft, Laura uses ML to solve complex business problems, specializing in model presentation. Laura started her passion for math driven science young, graduating from high school at 15, and studying quantum physics as an undergrad. She then moved into the data science industry, focusing on the ethics of AI and how to use social data for reinforcement learning and predicting outcomes. She shares her knowledge by speaking at summits and conferences as well as on podcasts.

In this podcast, she discusses AI Sustainability: how to use AI for the betterment of a community and augment it with social outcomes.

10. Nandini Malik

Nandidi Malik is currently a Data Scientist at Walmart Labs, who received her master’s in Data Science from Columbia University. She focused heavily on mathematics and computer science while also working as a research assistant and graduate teaching assistant. Now, she uses statistical analysis, machine learning, and business intelligence to tackle retail, price optimization, customer satisfaction, and other problems.

Nandini discusses experimental design and how to measure the impact of an induced change on this podcast.

11. Nick Singh

Has worked at Facebook, Google, and startups as a software engineer. Today, his focus is on helping people navigate the data science community by sharing information on tech careers, startups, and data science through monthly emails and LinkedIn posts.

View his guides on how to break into data science, resume tips, and resources for finding jobs during COVID on his website.

12. Olga Perera

Is a Data Scientist with NASA who specializes in AWS for data integration and application development. She focuses on developing innovative solutions for the Department of Defense.

Listen to her discuss physics-based transfer learning in space on this podcast.

13. Patrick Bangert

Patrick is the VP of Artificial Intelligence at Samsung SDS with a master’s in physics and Ph.D. in mathematics. He has applied his background in mathematics to the commercial environment, working on projects across the globe involving automating data labeling with AI and distributed training to decrease training time.

Patrick talks more about distributed training and Samsung’s AI accelerators in this podcast.

14. Sanjay Basu

Has been in the IT field for 25+ years and is currently the Director of Product Management at Oracle. Sanjay specializes in helping businesses set their technology direction, manage relationships, deliver results.

To learn more about the business impact of setting the technology direction of an organization, listen to this podcast.

15. Vin Vashishta

A top voice in data science and machine learning since 2015 and in the tech field for 20+ years, Vin Vashishta posts content for aspiring data scientists and teaches companies about machine learning integrations.

To learn more, check out this podcast where he discusses frontier vs. laggard companies in the ML space.

5 People to watch:

Ben Lorica: Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media

Bradley Voytek: Fellow University of California San Diego: Halicioglu Data Science Institute

Fernando Schwartz: Global Head of Data Science at Merck

Janelle Shane: Research Scientist at Boulder Nonlinear Systems

Monica Rogati: Data Science and AI Advisor

A complete list of podcasts mentioned can be found here.

If there is anyone you think we should add to the list, leave a comment, or send us an email:!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave your feedback below, or you can always reach me on LinkedIn. Till then, see you in the next post!

Data Scientist @ The Data Standard: fostering conversations and sharing insights among leading data enthusiasts.

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