Universidade de Lisboa


FDA, Center for Devices and Radiologic Health


Decision Skill Institute

After a degree in Applied Math and an MBA, Tyler studied Decision Science at Stanford. He then spent a decade applying it at Fortune 500 companies, including working with 18 of the top 20 pharma companies. In 2018 he pulled a Robin Hood with Decision Science and founded the Decision Skills Institute to share it to people everywhere. The Institute targets broad-reaching efforts like training large teams of employees,...


Genentech, Inc

Dr. Comfort is a Principle Scientific Enablement Director for Roche in the Science Enablement and Process group, leading innovation work supporting Pharmacovigilance. He is a Board Certified Neurologist with 20+ years combined biopharma industry/regulatory experience including roles as former Medical Reviewer at the US FDA, Clinical Research and Safety at J&J, Anesiva, KCI, Cyberonics, Adaptix, and Genentech. Dr....



Kuno Huisman is Head of Strategic Capacity Preparation Decision Quality and Strategic Programs. Next to that he is part-time full professor of decision making under uncertainty at Tilburg University where he teaches courses on professional skills and investment under uncertainty. Kuno believes that decision quality can assist individuals and institutions to make better decisions that will lead more often to desired outcomes....


The University of Adelaide

Steve Begg is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Adelaide. His focus is on tools and processes for decision-making under uncertainty; bias identification, impact quantification and mitigation; project/asset and portfolio economic evaluations. Prior to academia he spent 19 years in industry in a variety of technical and management roles related to uncertainty assessment/modeling, economic evaluation and...


Amy specializes in teaching young people and the adults who care about them how to make good decisions. With over two decades of experience in Decision Education and a Stanford certification, she teaches courses through corporate partnerships, community organizations and schools, and Clarity4Action-hosted classes. Amy is the co-founder and Executive Director of and an SDP Board Member.


Decision Education Foundation

Chris is passionate about bringing decision skills to young people. In addition to teaching and developing decision skills programs, Chris supports educators and organizations in realizing and evaluating the benefits of decision education. Chris completed a Masters at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and an MBA at Thunderbird. Prior to joining DEF, Chris was a Project Manager for Johnson & Johnson and a...


Uncertainty Research, LLC

A full-spectrum data professional, Dr. Neil Hamlett curates decisional evidence essential to organizations' most-important strategic and operational challenges. He currently helps the U.S. government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure assess and manage risk related to the most-important federal-civilian information systems. Recently, he helped the U.S. Food and Drug Administration explore Natural-Language Processing...



Michael Kane is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Yale University and the Director of the Biostatistic's Department's Data Science Pathway. He received his PhD and MA in Statistics at Yale University and his MS in Electrical Engineering and BS in Computer Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor at Telperian Inc., which provides machine learning tools, designs,...


US Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Leah Sharpe is a decision scientist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development. Her work at the EPA focuses on incorporating ecosystem service concepts into a variety of decision-making processes and developing tools and approaches to support doing so. Her recent work includes the development of decision tools, such as the Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Scoping Tool...


Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Ashley Goode is an assistant research scientist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute where she develops manatee population models. She previously completed a post-doc at the University of Florida, department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and the USGS Co-op Unit, where this research was conducted. Her research interests include conservation of endangered species, population...


Eli Lilly

Charles Persinger is an Executive Director in R&D Strategy at Eli Lilly and leads their Decision Sciences group. He joined Lilly after receiving his MBA from Duke University. Charles has over 20 years of experience helping enable organization decision quality at Lilly, with a focus on drug development and portfolio management decisions within Research and Development. He and the Decision Science team at Lilly work...


Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Leslie Lippard is currently serving as the Senior Director of Strategy and Portfolio at Alnylam, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the pharmaceutical industry. With a background in physics, Leslie earned a BS degree from Caltech and further honed strategic and managerial skills through an MBA from the University of Oregon, proudly representing the Ducks. Prior to joining Alnylam, Leslie held pivotal roles in...


Astellas Pharma

Terrence Karner is on a mission to help everyone improve the way they make decisions. He is Director of Portfolio & Decision Analysis at Astellas Pharma where his group continually seeks to lead with best practices in Decision Quality and portfolio analysis. He has over 30 years of industry experience in pharma, big four management consulting, and wireless telecom where he has focused on deploying the best tools of...


University of Maryland College of Performance Management

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...


A440 Management

Sheldon Bernard is the founder of A440 Management LLC, a firm specializing in handling special situations and complex decisions. With over a decade and a half of experience assisting Fortune 100 boards and executive teams, he is a strong advocate for the utilization of Bayesian methods in strategic problem-solving. Sheldon has managed large projects in special situations, R&D, and corporate strategy, among others. He...


Independent Strategy Consultant

Patrick Leach is a Professor of Practice at the Colorado School of Mines and an independent strategy consultant. He is the author of Why Can't You Just Give Me the Number? - An executive's guide to using probabilistic thinking to manage risk and to make better decisions, now in its Second Edition, and is a Past President of the Society of Decision Professionals. He has written numerous pieces about the need to move toward...


Haskett Consulting

Bill is an award winning strategy and decision-consultant with companies in North America and a global clientele. He has over 36 years of diverse strategy, decision and uncertainty management experience in several industries. While he is now a Vancouver-based independent consultant, you may remember him from his 25-year stint in Texas or his many appearances at DAAG starting back in 1995. He has taught decision and...



Fadi Micaelian is a seasoned enterprise software executive. Over the past three decades he has served in a number of senior positions at industry leaders like Oracle, BroadVision, Intellectual Ventures, and DataBeam (now IBM). He is also a serial entrepreneur, currently serving as a CEO at Sparkdit, the 3rd start-up he founded. Fadi is a distinguished scholar. He lectures at MIT, ASU and USF. As an inventor, his work has been...


ECS Federal

Patrick Elder is the Director of the Data and AI Center of Excellence at ECS, supporting both DoD and Federal Civilian programs. He has over 19 years of experience in federal consulting focusing on data management, analytics, and solution architecture. Patrick also hosts and produces the ECS StoryPoints podcast, showcasing interesting stories and lessons learned to help build community in our increasingly geographically...



Niki Arya is an Associate Director of Biostatistics at AstraZeneca in the Respiratory & Immunology division. She is based at the Durham, NC office. She has been a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years. She has a prior statistical experience in the Cardiovascular/Metabolic, Infectious Diseases, and Oncology therapeutic areas. She has a masters degree in Biostatistics from UNC-Chapel Hill.



Leila Lackey is the Program Lead for Decision Support at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Decision Support and Analysis Staff (DSAS). This group provides benefit-risk and decision analysis expertise for regulatory and policy decisions at the Center and led development of the Draft Guidance for Industry on Benefit-Risk Assessment for Human Drugs and Biologics. She has a Master of Health Science from Johns Hopkins...


US Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Hong Yang is a senior advisor on Benefit-Risk in the Office of Biostatistics and Pharmacovigilance, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, US Food and Drug Administration. She was a member of FDA Benefit-Risk Guidance Working Group and FDA Benefit-Risk Framework Implementation team. She led many benefit-risk assessments to inform regulatory decision in CBER. She currently actively participates and contributes to...


Aera Energy

Heather began working in the energy industry in 2010 while pursuing her undergraduate studies and starting working as a staff geologist for Aera Energy LLC in 2013 after completing her Masters of Science in geology from California State University, Long Beach. Her journey in decision analysis began in 2019 when she started taking executive education courses from UT Austin, earning the Strategic Decision and Risk Management...



George Nsoribe is an IT Planning, Performance management and Partner engagement professional with over two decades of experience in the energy industry, half of which was spent in the field, planning, deploying and managing telecommunication circuits across locations of diverse terrains while over a decade was spent deploying decision assurance activities to support major capital projects as well as working on budgeting,...



Sri Vaidyanathan brings over twenty years of international expertise to the energy industry, specializing in technology, strategy, and supply chain management. As the Global Architect and Process Quality Leader for the Lubricants supply chain at Shell, Sri is passionate about integrating Decision Analysis and Quality into supply chain operations. An active member of the Houston Society of Decision Professionals (SDP) chapter,...


RWE Offshore Wind US

Brendon is a DQ practitioner driving the energy transition at RWE, a global renewable energy developer, here in the US with a focus on Offshore Wind. Prior to joining RWE, he worked for a decade at ExxonMobil, developing, applying, and building organizational capabilities in DQ. Applications ranged from exploration and appraisal strategy in Guyana, country level strategy across the globe and business line strategies for low...



Jennifer Graham is a supervisory research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and leads the Integrated Science Branch in the New York Water Science Center. For over two decades Jennifer has conducted research on the environmental factors influencing the occurrence of cyanotoxins in the United States. She has conducted both regional and single system studies at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Jennifer also...


Institute for Water Resources

Dr. Hal Cardwell has focused on collaborative multi-stakeholder planning and decision making throughout his career. Since 2008 he has led USACE’s Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise ( in providing technical assistance to dozens of USACE projects and programs, and training hundreds of USACE staff on public participation, risk communication, and conflict resolution. Before...


Institute for Water Resources

Dr. Michelle Hilleary serves as a Supervisory Environmental Planner at the Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Center based in Alexandria, VA, where she works on planning, collaboration, risk communication, and decision support tool development. She also serves as a Professor of Practice for Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in the Online and Executive Master of Natural Resources in...


US Fish & Wildlife Services

Jonathan has diverse experiences working with a variety of state and federal agencies on wildlife and fisheries management decisions that integrate decision support and ecological modeling. Recent examples include facilitating a management strategy evaluation addressing management of the summer flounder recreational fishery which included compiling survey input from over 800 respondents and facilitating stakeholders through the process for...


University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Dr. Kristen Harmon graduated from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in 2022 with a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management and a specialization in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Her PhD research focused on developing spatial and statistical models to assess environmental impacts on Hawaiian waterbird reproductive success and the role of Hawaiian Indigenous resource management in recovering...



Harrison Miller is a Senior Associate Scientist in Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ research department. In the over two years he has spent at the company; he has been responsible for developing two of the major models used by the design pipeline in determining which drugs are tested in vitro. In addition to his machine learning responsibilities, Harrison has designed chemical informatics applications for modeling Alnylam’s drugs and...



Eric Johnson supports drug development decision making at GSK, where he is helping the new DA practice to grow. Previously he had done DA work at BMS, and for consultancies. He is co-author of the Handbook of Decision Analysis, and a Fellow of SDP.



Lan Ding is a portfolio management and analytics leader driving data-powered decision optimization for GSK's R&D pipeline investments. With over 10 years experience and EMBA, Lan has spearheaded analytics platforms leveraging cutting-edge frameworks and industry best practices to optimize high-stakes portfolios. Recognised for bridging the gap between data insights and actions, Lan’s pioneering frameworks have delivered lasting impact,...



Ellen Vernotzy is general manager of Opportunity Shaping for Capital Projects in Chevron’s Technology Company, based in Houston, Texas, a position she assumed in May 2020.

Vernotzy joined Chevron legacy company Unocal in 1998 as a geophysicist. After that, she held roles of increasing responsibility including Subsurface Manager for Deepwater Exploration and Projects, Planning Manager for Chevron North America...



Mike Benefiel is the General Manager of Decision Analysis for Chevron.

Mike is a Geophysical Engineer with a BSc. in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Mike has extensive experience in the energy industry, he has held positions in data acquisition, research, data processing, data interpretation, exploration, field development, consulting, technical management and...



Christa has over thirty years of experience in the oil and gas industry – first with Royal Dutch Shell and then with Chevron. Her career has given her the opportunity to explore most aspects of the crude to customer value chain, largely thanks to the last twenty years in the decision analysis space. She has worked on large capital projects running into the billions of dollars, regional strategic studies, business improvement...


Exxon Mobil

Alison Zabik is the founder and head of Planning and Decision Technology at ExxonMobil, a multdisciplinary team combining decision science, corporate strategy & planning, and digital transformation. She founded the group in 2020 to scale the use of decision quality and analysis within ExxonMobil's project investment decisions. Ms. Zabik is a registered Professional Engineer and has degrees in civil engineering and music...


Open Options

Dave is a strategic leader in the inextricably linked fields of decision-making, strategy, innovation, and collaboration. Formerly a Vice President of Decision Quality, he currently serves in a Strategic Analysis role with Open Options Corporation, the pioneering firm at the forefront of applying Game Theory to strategic decision-making. He is also a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches Strategy...


Practical Portfolio Management LLC

Tony Kenck worked in the oil industry for 40 years. He started as a geophysicist, but eventually migrated to the dark side.

Since the late 90s, he tried to change the culture at Texaco and Chevron from an extremely de-centralized approach to a more centralized perspective. He was partially successful and, along the way, helped develop many of the portfolio tools, practitioners, and ways of thinking still in place. He...


Decision Frameworks

Luis Mendoza is a senior consultant at Decision Frameworks. He joined the team in 2013. Luis enjoys the gamut of Decision Quality enablement with DF, from training to framing and evaluation to presentation. He specializes in probabilistic model development and strategy evaluation. Since 2013, Luis has worked a wide variety of engagements with oil and gas companies, manufacturers, and technical government projects. He holds a...



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...


Good Judgment, Inc.

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...



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 &...



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...


Keelin Reeds Partners

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...


Strategic Decisions Group

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.


Decision Frameworks

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,...



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,...


USAF Contracting SAF/AQC

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...


University of Maryland Project Management Center of Excellence

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...