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Big Data Thought Leaders, Rated and Reviewed for 2019

The definition of Big Data is a large volume of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data that has the potential to be mined for information. However, there’s a great deal of misunderstanding about Big Data. If you want to understand the topic better, you need to turn to an expert.

Today, everyone is a self-made expert, so it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. But, if you’re looking for Big Data thought leaders, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the top 14 Big Data thought leaders of 2019 – read on to see what they have to say about one of the biggest technological forces today. 

Big Data Thought Leader Description Years in business Number of social followers Number of Published Articles
Bernard Marr Bernard Marr is an internationally-recognized technology expert who has authored books and articles. Marr has served as an advisor to governments and companies. 19 1596000 1000
Craig Brown Dr. Craig Brown is a Big Data expert and a technology consultant. He has doctoral degrees from University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and BS degrees from University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brown has earned 25 professional certifications in technology. 30 899211 200
Lillian Pierson Lillian Pierson is the founder of Data-Mania and teaches data science courses on She works with many public sector enterprises in the technical domain, such as Dell, and government organizations such as the US Navy. 12 654851 31
Kirk Borne Dr. Kirk Borne is the principal data scientist at Booz Allen. His experience includes working at NASA for almost 20 years and teaching at George Mason University for 12 years. His areas of expertise include data science, computational modeling, statistics, data ethics, and databases. 36 281290 115
Ronald van Loon Ronald van Loon is a Dutch Big Data expert. He has been recognized as among the top 10 global big data, analytics, IoT, business intelligence, and data science influencers. Van Loon recently joined the advisory board of Simplilearn, an online education provider. 24 230326 130
Mark Lynd Mark Lynd specializes in Big Data, cyber security, blockchain, mobile, social, and IoT. He believes most business decisions today are shaped and influenced by mixing marketing and technology because it has the power to transform businesses, relationships and opportunities. Currently, he serves as managing partner at the consultancy form Relevant Track. 23 65612 4
Monica Rogati Monica Rogati is a data scientist and AI advisor. She helps organizations address their technical and strategic data and AI needs. 23 57500 8
Bob Hayes Bob Hayes researches Big Data, data science, and customer feedback. He’s the president of Business Over Broadway, a consultancy firm. 18 45599 6
Sandeep Raut Sandeep Raut is a Mumbai-based Big Data thought leader with decades of experience in this space. He founded Going Digital, a consulting firm that aims to help clients adapt to the changing market. 30 18775 30
Isaac Sacolick Isaac Sacolick is the president and CIO of StarCIO, a consulting firm specializing in digital transformation. Sacolick has led digital transformation, product development, innovation, agile management, and data science programs in multiple organizations. He is an author and a speaker, too. 23 14935 1658
Eric Wilson Eric Wilson is a predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author, and speaker. Currently, he serves as the Director of Thought Leadership at The Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF), as well as the Director of Demand Planning at Escalade Sports. He is a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) with over 20 years experience. 20 14757 39
Kelly Barner Kelly Barner owns and manages Buyers Meeting Point, a website devoted to procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics. Barner has several regular columns throughout the industry, and in the summer of 2016 was appointed to become the Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. 19 12966 81
Thomas Koulopoulos Thomas Koulopoulos is a futurist focusing on the implications of disruptive technology on global organizations and society, He’s the president and co-founder of the Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank and technology management advisory firm. 30 10449 180
Tony Rhem Dr. Tony Rhem is an Information Systems professional with over thirty years of experience. Since 1990 Dr. Rhem has served as President/Principal Consultant of A.J. Rhem & Associates, a knowledge management and system integration consulting, training & research firm located in Chicago, Illinois. 30 2468 10

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