Discover cutting-edge insights and strategies at the Society of Decision Professionals 2024 Annual Conference with our expert speakers. Join thought leaders from diverse fields as they share practical wisdom and real-world applications to elevate your decision-making skills. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in a dynamic learning experience and connect with the forefront of decision science.


Qingbin Cui

  • Dr. Qingbin Cui serves as the Director of the Build America Center (BAC), an entity funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also directs the Smart Construction Laboratory at the University of Maryland. In his role, he spearheads BAC, focusing on the development of data-driven tools to support the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). His efforts extend to aiding numerous local communities in accessing BIL grants and ensuring the efficient delivery of transportation projects.



  • William “Schatten” Douglas leads the US Air Force contracting eBusiness covering contract business systems. Before his current position, he served on the senior staff with the Office of Secretary of Defense, Army, Navy, and Air Force before shifting to the private sector. He earned a master’s in information systems technology at George Washington University and Defense Acquisition Workforce senior certifications in Program Management, Contracting, IT, Acquisition Logistics. He currently holds certifications from Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) Washington Chapter, Public Sector Data Governance Professional (PSDGP) Mastery level certification from Institute Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP), National Contract Management Association (NCMA.



Paul Gordon is a highly accomplished business leader with over fifteen years’ experience leading decision-making transformation. He has facilitated key decision points for major programmes and strategic planning initiatives across a wide range of sectors, including extensively with the Defense and Security sectors in Australia, NZ and the UK.

Paul is committed to collaborative, value-focused decision-making with clear, open communication. As CEO, he leads and inspires the Catalyze team and frequently works with public- and private-sector leaders to build decision capability.



Ellen Coopersmith is the founder of Decision Frameworks, a Decision Quality enablement firm, specializing in training, consulting, and software, which she formed in 1999.

She specializes in Decision Quality consultation, facilitation, training, and implementation. Her passion for the decision sciences focuses on decision framing, uncertainty analysis and leadership coaching.

Prior to founding Decision Frameworks, she led one of the oil industry’s most successful implementations of Decision & Risk Analysis for Conoco.



Dr. Spetzler, Chairman of Strategic Decisions Group, has been an innovator and leader in the application of Decision Science for decades. He is a recipient of the Ramsey Medal of the DA Society, the Pioneer Award of SDP, and was inducted into the SRI Hall of Fame for his contributions to the world of financial services.



Tom Keelin is a founder and Managing Partner of Keelin Reeds Partners, a firm that provides strategy, decision analysis, and education services to emerging businesses and venture-funded startups. Previously, over two decades with the Strategic Decisions Group (SDG), Tom co-developed the definition of "decision quality", led dozens of strategy engagements for leading companies, founded SDG's life sciences practice, and served as board member and Worldwide Managing Director. Later, Tom invented the metalog distributions. Tom is a fellow and director of the Society of Decision Professionals and a founder and director of the Decision Education Foundation. His three Stanford degrees include a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems.



Max Henrion is Founder and CEO of Lumina Decision Systems. He has experience as professor, decision analyst, software designer, and entrepreneur. He originated Analytica, Lumina’s visual software platform for decision analytics. He was formerly a Professor at Carnegie Mellon and Consulting Professor at Stanford. He has published 3 books and over 70 articles in decision and risk analysis, energy and environment, and artificial intelligence. He has a BA from Cambridge University and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon. His project on “Rigs to Reefs” won the 2014 Decision Analysis Practice Award. He received the 2018 Frank Ramsey Medal for his contributions to the theory, practice, and dissemination of decision analysis from the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society.



David Matheson cofounded SmartOrg, a Silicon Valley company that connects Innovation and Finance. SmartOrg's portfolio evaluation platform and consulting services help companies align on how to drive upside as well as on where and how much to invest. With decades of experience, David has helped senior management of firms around the world improve their results via portfolio management, product development, innovation, R & D, capital investment, and strategy. He is co-author of the bestselling book, The Smart Organization: Creating Value through Strategic R & D (Harvard Business School Press) and has authored numerous articles on innovation, portfolio management, and decision making. David is a founding member and Fellow in the Society of Decision Professionals (SDP), an educator in Strategic Portfolio Management, and is an advisor for numerous startups. Prior to SmartOrg, David was a Principal at Strategic Decisions Group and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.



Warren Hatch is CEO of Good Judgment Inc, a world leader in applying innovative probabilistic solutions to real-world decisions to forecast the future. He has assisted governments and private companies around the world to improve their foresight and quantify uncertainty. Warren's prior career was on Wall Street where he started at Morgan Stanley before co-founding a boutique investment firm. He earned his PhD from Oxford University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.



Beaumont Vance has been operationalizing Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Analytics for Fortune 500 companies, startups and VC funds for over 30 years. His focus has been on practical deployments that drive competitive advantage through enhanced revenue and operational efficiency. While not a Decision Science professional, his work has borrowed heavily from this field and he really should start giving Carl credit before he gets in trouble.


John Driessnack

John Driessnack is the President of the College of Performance Management. He holds faculty positions at University of Maryland, Project Management Center of Excellence and American University. John owns Olde Stone Consulting LLC, a niche sole proprietorship consulting firm. John has worked on ANSI standard development teams and is currently on PMI’s Standards Insight Committee. A retired USAF Lt Colonel, John’s military experience includes 21 years within six major programs, including senior Systems PM for the Joint Global Broadcast System Program. Industry credentials include PMP, PfPM, CSM, and a prior Certified Cost Estimator. He has 20 years in the industry as a consultant, including a prior intermittent DSMC Professor.

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