Prof David Ford

Professor David Ford, Director of the Population Data Science Group at Swansea University, has been recognised amongst the most influential people in data and analytics in the 2021 edition of the DataIQ 100.

As one of the founders of the world-leading SAIL Databank housed at Swansea University, David’s inclusion in the industry list recognises the role that he has played over the last 25 years developing new ways of harnessing the potential of routinely-collected data from healthcare and organisations including academia and government.

Read David’s Q&A session here.

The DataIQ 100 is the first and only fully-curated power list of the data industry’s key figures. This year’s list recognises the enormous transformation wrought by the global Covid-19 pandemic, especially the way it has pushed chief data officers, chief analytics officers and chief data scientists right to the heart of decision-making.

David Reed, knowledge and strategy director at DataIQ, said:

“We had a record-breaking 1,000-plus nominations to review this year. What became clear is that data is now a frontline tool for all types of organisations, especially when dealing with market disruption. Our 2021 list reflects the scale and pace of this change and the individuals who are responding to it.”

Inclusion in the DataIQ 100 is a career-defining recognition of achievement at a personal and organisational level that is widely referenced by the individuals who make the cut.

Adrian Gregory, chief executive of DataIQ, said:

“Those honoured have made remarkable achievements under extraordinary circumstances; possessing the influence, profile and knowledge to drive this vital industry forward and help create truly great businesses.”

DataIQ is a platform for providing intelligence and help to data leaders and their teams to advance the data and analytics industry. DataIQ membership comprises many global, FTSE 100, large and mid-market organisations including Aviva, Barclays, BBC, BT, HSBC, Sainsbury’s, TUI, VW, Walgreen Boots Alliance, Warner Media and Zurich Insurance.

The full 2021 DataIQ 100 list is available here.

Population Data Science group - Swansea University Medical School



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