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February 13, 2023

Datanami Unveils 2023 People to Watch

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 13, 2023 — Datanami, the leading publication covering big data, analytics, and AI news, today unveiled its BigDATAwire People to Watch for 2023. This feature highlights key community members who are poised to drive the industry forward in the coming year.

For the past eight years, Datanami has scoured the landscape every 12 months in search of exemplary individuals who have made a big difference in the wider big data community. And 2023 is no different. As it has for previous years, the 2023 People to Watch puts the spotlight on 12 individuals who have done extraordinary work in the areas of big data, advanced analytics, and AI.

banner showing the People to Watch 2023 text superimposed on a face“It’s my pleasure to present the People to Watch for 2023,” said Datanami Managing Editor Alex Woodie. “Selecting these 12 individuals wasn’t easy, considering the great work and amazing accomplishments made across our coverage areas. But I’m confident this list showcases the depth of creativity, ingenuity, and hard work occurring across the greater fields of big data, advanced analytics, and AI.”

From conversational AI technologies like ChatGPT to next-gen analytic engines such as Trino and Druid, the big data world never stays still. But behind these very visible amazing technological achievements are the people who make them a reality. This is the essence of the People to Watch program, and what inspires the Datanami editorial team to highlight the great work of exceptional individuals every year.

“It’s my honor to announce this year’s People to Watch winners,” Woodie continued. “Please join me in taking a minute to reflect on the compelling contributions our honorees are bringing to their fields and the impact they’re having on not only the big data community, but the wider world as well.”

The 2023 Datanami People to Watch selections are:

Sam Altman
CEO & Co-founder, OpenAI

Maxime Beauchemin
Founder & CEO, Preset and Creator of Apache Superset and Apache Airflow

Justin Borgman
CEO & Co-founder, Starburst

Kim Crider
Managing Director of AI Innovation for National Security and Defense, Deloitte Consulting LLP

George Fraser
CEO & Co-founder, Fivetran

Barr Moses
CEO and Co-founder, Monte Carlo Data

David Nalley
Head of Open Source Strategy & Marketing, AWS and President, Apache Software Foundation

Micaela Parker
Founder & Executive Director, Academic Data Science Alliance

Raluca Ada Popa

Associate Professor UC Berkeley, Co-Founder & President of Opaque Systems, Co-founder of PreVeil

Karthik Ramasamy
Head of Streaming at Databricks and
Creator of Apache Storm & Apache Pulsar

Reggie Townsend
Director of Data Ethics Practice, SAS

Fangjin Yang
CEO & Co-founder, Imply and Co-Author of Apache Druid

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