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February 22, 2022

Datanami Unveils 2022 People to Watch

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 22, 2022 — Datanami, the leading publication for coverage of big data, advanced analytics, and AI, today unveiled its People to Watch for 2022. This feature highlights key community members who are poised to drive the industry forward in the coming year.

Datanami honors 12 individuals in 2022, the seventh consecutive year of the Datanami People to Watch program. It is no easy task to select a dozen people from the large and vibrant big data, advanced analytics, and AI ecosystem, where so many promising careers are flourishing. However, the sterling accomplishments and bright futures of this particular People to Watch class makes it somewhat less difficult.

“I consider it a great privilege to cover the latest in data, where so much innovation occurs on a daily basis,” said Datanami Managing Editor Alex Woodie. “While the technological progress is breathtaking, what really amazes me are the people who drive this digital innovation. For that reason, I am extremely pleased to shine the spotlight on these 12 individuals, for the unique talents that each of them brings to their given field and the energy they deliver to supporting the community around them.”

After two years of a global pandemic, the growth and progress made within big data, advanced analytics, and AI has been nothing short of remarkable. Instead of pulling back, the world is marching forward faster than ever toward a bright digital future. These 12 Datanami People to Watch winners have played leading roles in driving that innovation leading up to this point, and will undoubtedly have a hand in pushing digital progress for many years into the future.

“It’s my honor to announce this year’s Datanami People to Watch winners,” Woodie continued. “Let us take a moment to reflect on the contributions these individuals have brought to their particular fields and to society as a whole.”

The 2022 Datanami People to Watch selections are:

Ryan Blue

Co-Founder & CEO, Tabular

Co-Creator, Apache Iceberg


Joy Buolamwini

Founder, Algorithmic Justice League

Researcher, MIT Media Lab


Zhamak Dehghani

Director, Emerging Technologies, ThoughtWorks

Founder of Data Mesh


Susan Gregurick

Associate Director, Data Science

Director of the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS),

National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Tristan Handy

Founder & CEO, dbt Labs


Andrew Ng

Founder & CEO, Landing AI

Founder, DeepLearning.AI

Co-Chairman and Co-Founder, Coursera


Satyen Sangani

CEO & Co-Founder, Alation


Matthew Scullion

CEO & Founder, Matillion


Adam Selipsky

CEO, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Venkat Venkataramani

Co-Founder & CEO, Rockset


Lauren Woodman

CEO, DataKind


Yu Xu

Founder & CEO, TigerGraph


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