Global Head of Big Data & AI, Vodafone
Cengiz Ucbenli is currently Global Head of Big Data and AI at Vodafone Group, responsible for AI Strategy, Scalability, and Innovation. He is passionate about founding data science teams from scratch and delivering the most impactful AI use cases for various industries. He was the founder and the Head of Big Data & AI department at Vodafone Turkey, where his team developed recommender systems, network investment and credit risk models. Prior to joining Vodafone, he worked as Senior Vice President at BBVA Garanti Turkey where he founded and led Marketing Analytics Department on a range of innovative use cases. Cengiz embarked on his professional career as a data scientist in Strategic Analysis and Information Management department of American Express in New York City, leading various research and analytics projects. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in the City of New York, an M.B.A degree from Bogazici University, and a B.Sc. degree from Istanbul Technical University.