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AI Strategy Advisory

What sets us apart?

Our AI strategy advisory board and consultants are today’s CDOs, they have first-hand experience; having defined and built their own AI, Data & Analytics teams. This means at their core, they personally understand what it takes to define compelling business strategies and envision and establish the right operating model and team structure with an organizational context in mind. Most importantly the ability to establish a culture that delivers and measures the value of AI, Data & Analytic investments.

They’re experienced in evaluating AI, Data, & Analytics for board members and senior executive teams, thus ensuring the right sponsorship and visibility efforts in this space. Given their knowledge of not only defining strategy but also executing it, they have the metaphorical "battle scars." This distinguishes us from other established consultancy firms, with their expertise and insights, they contribute valuable perspectives to your organization's AI & Data roadmap and maturity.

Our global reach allows them to cater to clients from all corners of the world, especially in the UK, Europe, and the USA, ensuring you receive the same level of service and expertise regardless of location. We have unparalleled expertise in AI, Data & Analytics making us a trusted partner for your business to leverage the latest technologies to drive growth and innovation in your operations.

Bridgewater Partners is committed to excellence no matter the complexity of the task at hand.

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meet the team

Bridgewater Partners is a team of highly skilled professionals dedicated to providing exceptional technical advisory and staffing solutions services to our clients. With experts in finance, software engineering, technology, and pharmaceuticals, we offer innovative solutions to meet your needs. Our Technical Advisory Board consists of seasoned professionals who keep us at the forefront of AI, Data & Analytics advancements.

Contact us at to learn more about our team and how we can help you achieve your business goals.


Arun Cowan

Co-founder & CEO
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Founder of Bridgewater Partners and cross-brand client relationship expert, Arun began his career in headhunting 9 years ago, with a specific focus on data and data systems. His ability to identify top talent and match them with companies in need of their skills has earned him a reputation as a leader in his field, having won multiple awards. 

He has a keen and active interest in the latest technology advancements, with unparalleled skills in leveraging the information to help his clients succeed. 


Tom Madeley

Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer
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Originally hailing from Manchester, Tom has been proudly calling Dublin home for the past decade. With 15 years of experience in Tech Recruitment, Tom has led large teams for global agencies and successfully launched several successful businesses into the Irish market. In 2020, he founded Realta Associates and later Co-founded Bridgewater Partners.


Ella Thorpe

Director, Brand & Marketing
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Ella brings with her a decade of experience across multiple areas of marketing, including a strong background in developing cross-channel strategies and data-driven growth marketing. She has worked both in-house, agency-side and freelance across a broad range of industries, including for the likes of MAG (Airports Group) and UCAS.

Her work has been recognised in the likes of the Social Media Fitness Index Report, whilst she was also personally nominated in the UK Social Media Communication Awards 2019 for the Mark Hanson Award, which recognises the brightest and most promising social media communicators under 30 years old.

Ella is passionate about bringing people and their ideas together to create top performing campaigns, whilst empowering others to succeed. She’s also a huge advocate for mental health support, often fundraising for Samaritans.


Charles Handley

Partner - Asia Pacific & West Coast US
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With over 15 years’ experience working internationally, Charles’ networking, advisory and talent sourcing capabilities, delivered in an ethical and client centric manner have seen him develop a market leading position reputation with his talent network and CMOs in Australia and Asia. He is acutely aware of the impact AI will have and is leaned on by his client base for market insight and sees an increasing demand for both consulting and talent solutions in the region.

Some examples of organizations Charles has partnered with include: Allen & Overy, ANZ Bank, National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, MLC, Clifford Chance, Linklaters.


Rachel Hardwick-Cox

Coach to Executives
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  • - Group Technical Program Manager 
  • Bigpoint GmbH - Senior Development Director 
  • Zynga - Executive Producer 
  • Booyah - Studio Development Director 
  • Bioware - Development Director 
  • Trion World Network - Senior Producer 
  • AKQA - Senior Project Manager 

Rachel is an experienced Program Manager who possesses extensive knowledge in the areas of strategy development, program establishment and expansion, and collaboration with both technical and non-technical teams. She is skilled in planning and road-mapping, creating effective operating models, and mentoring and nurturing teams to achieve growth.


Ron Thompson

Advisory Board Member & Strategy Consultant
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  • Quantum Space - Executive Director & CDO 
  • NASA - CDO & Deputy Digital Transformation Officer 
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture - CIO & Director of IT 
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - CIO 
  • U.S Department of Health and Human Services - Executive Director IT Engineering and Operations 
  • Internal Revenue Service - Director/Senior Technical Advisor 

Ron has more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles spanning the federal government and public sectors.  Throughout his career, he has been responsible for organizational transformation utilizing automation, data design, innovation, engineering, operational management, and governance of complex IT solutions to drive business outcomes. Ron’s breadth of hands-on experience in leveraging the power of AI and Data organizational design and transformation will bring valuable perspectives in partnerships and creative problem-solving.


Kirk Wroblewski

Advisory Board Member & Strategy Consultant
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Healthfirst - Chief Data Officer

Deloitte Digital - Vice President for Enterprise Data Solutions

Optum, UnitedHeath Group - Vice President for Modern Data Platforms

Merz Therapeutics - Global Information Architecture

Labcorp - Executive Director of Data Services, Analytic and Data Architecture

GSK - Director of Global Database Services

Kirk has more than 25 years of experience in Data, Analytics, and AI leadership roles across the Life Science and Healthcare sectors. His focus has been around creating, launching, and operating enterprise data and analytics ecosystems that create a sustainable advantage for companies, leveraging innovative uses of data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence for both healthcare and digital business transformations.

Kirk has recent experience leading cross-functional business-aligned teams to redefine enterprise data experiences, as well as facilitating transitions to modernized data strategies. This included leading the transition to a modern cloud analytic architecture leveraging a Lakehouse hub-and-spoke design pattern and adopting a data fabric/mesh design principle to provide more business-consumable forms of enterprise data.


Sham Kashikar

Advisory Board Member
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  • Meta - Global Head of Data and Analytics 
  • DataStax - GTM, Analytics, Data Management 
  • Intel Corporation - CDO, Sales & Marketing 
  • McAfee - Senior Director, BI, Analytics & Data Management 
  • Vmware - Senior IT Manager, BI, Analytics, MDM 
  • Cisco Systems - Senior IT Manager 

Sham is a visionary industry leader with over twenty years of experience driving enterprise data strategy, product and services to enable top-line growth and customer experience.

His experience includes building world-class data organizations in large enterprise organizations as well as building a team from scratch from a start-up level.


Phanii Pydimarri

Advisory Board Member
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  • Stanley Black & Decker INC - Head of Commercial Products, AI & Advanced Analytics 
  • Sabre Corporation - Head of Enterprise Data & Analytics Products 
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit - Head of Data & Analytics 
  • SunGard/Capco Consulting Services - Head of Information Management
  • PNM Resources - Data & Analytics Technical Leader 
  • Zinio Systems - Business Intelligence Leader 

Phanii is a Global Digital, Product, and Data Analytics Leader with over 17 years of experience in Digital Transformation, Commercialization, and end-to-end Data Management with key focus areas such as Strategy, Data Analytics, Business Transformation, Product Management, and Customer Success.


Jean-Christophe Lionti

Advisory Board Member
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  • Minzuho - Managing Director & CDO 
  • BNP Paribas - Managing Director & CDO 
  • Deloitte - Senior Manager 

JC Lionti is an accomplished business leader with extensive experience in financial services, including strategy, risk management, corporate finance, banking, data management, and investment banking. He has a successful track record of driving business development, transformation, and operational efficiencies in dynamic environment


Ian Thomas

Advisory Board Member
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Credera UK - Chief Data Officer

KingMakers - Interim Chief Data Officer

Microsoft - Senior Director, Program Management, Marketing Data & Analytics

Publicis Groupe - Chief Data Officer

Microsoft - Principal Group Program Manager, Bing Data Mining

WebAbacus - Founder/Chief Product Officer

Microsoft - Senior Director, Microsoft Advertising

Ian Thomas is a twenty-year veteran of the Data and Analytics industry. He co-founded one of the industry's first Web Analytics firms and has held senior data leadership roles for Microsoft, Publicis Groupe and Credera UK dealing with some of the world's largest and most complex datasets, and building effective cross-functional teams to bring data to life. Currently, he works with CDOs and senior leaders across multiple industries to help them transform the value they derive from their investments in data, analytics, and AI.


Steve Wyer

Advisory Board Member & Strategy Consultant
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The Crown Estate (UK) - Chief Data & Analytics Office

ING (NL) - Chief Data Officer (across 14 countries)

Woolworths Group (AU) - Group Head of Data Management and Strategy

Telstra (AU) - General Manager, Big Data Business Development & Product Delivery

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (AU) - Executive Manager, Data Solutions Group

Steven has more than 20 years global experience in Data, Analytics and Digital transformation roles across financial services, telco, retail, FMCG, real estate, and consultancy.

He has a unique blend of startup to Enterprise, tech to business and governance to analytics meaning he can navigate most organisations to recover failing projects, build world class data capabilities from scratch and deliver digital transformation at any scale for any outcome in any market.


Meet Patel

Advisory Board Member
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Kellanova (formerly Kellogg Company) - Global Senior Director of Advanced Analytics

The Coca-Cola Company - Director of Advanced Analytics and Decision Science

Cox Automotive Inc. - Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics & Strategy

AT&T - Principal, Advanced Analytics - Big Data & Advanced Solutions

Meet has more than 15 years of experience in Data, Analytics, and AI leadership roles across Consumer-Packaged Goods, Automotive, and Telecommunications. He has a strong passion to solve challenging business problems and drive impactful results by leveraging AI and ML.

Throughout his career, he has focused on bridging the divide between advanced analytics and business by building data-driven capabilities and scalable AI-based solutions at a startup to Fortune 10 companies with domain expertise in data science, AI/ML, strategy, marketing, and financial modeling.


Ylan Kazi

Advisory Board Member
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota - Chief Data Officer

Children's Mercy Kansas City - Chief Data Officer

UnitedHealth Group - Vice President for Data Science and Machine Learning

Target - Healthcare Analytics

Ylan has 10+ years experience leading data science and analytics teams in the healthcare space. He brings deep strategic experience in analytics, emerging technology, data governance and other aspects of creating a data driven culture. He excels at creating value from data, and helping organizations apply artificial intelligence for top line and bottom line growth.

Ylan has ample experience building data intelligence teams and comprehensive data strategies from the ground up, and was recognized as one of 40 Chief Data and Analytics Officers making a significant impact in healthcare for 2022 by Becker’s Hospital Review.


Robin Jose

Advisory Board Member
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wefox - Chief Data & Analytics Officer

FinstarLabs - Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Scorable - Managing Director & CTO

EMC - Director and Global Head - Data Science and Analytics Innovation

Synrgy24 - Co-Founder

With a remarkable track record spanning more than two decades in the field of Data and AI, Robin has been involved in various ventures, from establishing startups to serving prestigious Fortune 100 companies. His extensive expertise lies in understanding how AI has the potential to revolutionize conventional business models.


Natalie Lambert

Advisory Board Member & Strategy Consultant
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Google - Global Director, Applied AI for Marketing & Storytelling for Google Cloud

Citrix - Senior Director, Product Marketing

Sapho (acquired by Citrix) - Chief Marketing Officer

Instart Logic Inc. - Chief Marketing Officer

GenEdge Consulting - Founder & Managing Partner

Natalie brings a whirlwind of innovation, expertise, and visionary thinking in marketing and generative AI. She has a storied career in the tech sector spanning over two decades, marked by a relentless pursuit of how technology can make our lives and work more efficient, enjoyable, and impactful. Her mission is to harness generative AI for a competitive edge in marketing, aligning perfectly with our forward-thinking ethos at Bridgewater.


Matt Fisher

Advisory Board Member
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Stealth AI Startup - Founder & CTO

Amazon - Head of Measurement and Marketing Science - Prime Video

Microsoft - Principal Director | Data and Applied Science - Cloud + AI

Brown University - Adjunct Faculty Member

Matt is a seasoned leader in the AI and data science sector, with a deep-rooted passion for developing and deploying AI solutions. As a co-founder and CTO of a Stealth AI Startup in Seattle, he's at the forefront of building and leveraging generative AI to build groundbreaking applications focused on redefining the e-commerce landscape.

With a Master's from Brown University, focused on Engineering, Math, Science and Technology Leadership, Matt's academic achievements align with his professional dedication to AI development. As we aim to expand our AI Strategy, Execution, & Advisory services, Matt's unparalleled expertise in AI, machine learning, and ethical AI practices positions him as an ideal leader to guide Bridgewater Partners into a new era of responsible and innovative AI solutions.


Alex Vayner

Advisory Board Member & Strategy Consultant
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KPMG US - Managing Director for Data Science and AI

PwC - Director, Analytics

PA Consulting - Partner for America’s Data & AI

Capgemini - Principal and Americas Data Science & AI Lead

Equifax - VP, Global Data Innovation Leader

Alex has a wealth of experience across all industries, driving transformation of companies into insight-driven enterprises using machine learning, AI and cognitive technologies. He has spent his entire career in data & analytics, with his last five roles focused on
building high performance data science teams, products and capabilities in consulting and corporate environments.

Alex is globally respected as a leader within the Data, Analytics & AI space. Early in his career he worked as a quantitative developer and data scientist in multiple roles, both client side and advisory. He is considered one of the greats in the global consulting landscape and having him become part of our firm is an achievement within itself. Alex’s practice building, operations and consulting experience perfectly compliments the other world-leading Chief Data/AI Officers on our Advisory Board and Consulting team.

types of roles

Data Scientist

Responsible for extracting insights and knowledge from large and complex data sets by using advanced analytics, machine learning and statistical modelling techniques. They also develop algorithms and predictive models that help organisations make data-driven decisions. Data scientists work closely with data analysts and engineers, to ensure that the data is cleaned, pre-processed, and transformed to support the analysis. Also required to communicate findings and insights to stakeholders in a clear and understandable way.

Data Architect

Designs and manages the structure of an organisation's data assets. Responsible for creating and maintaining the organisation's data architecture, including designing data models, defining data standards and policies, and overseeing data integration and management processes. Data architects work closely with stakeholders to ensure that the organisation's data assets meet business needs and comply with legal and regulatory requirements. They also stay up-to-date with emerging data technologies and industry trends to ensure the organisation's data architecture remains effective and efficient.

Data Analyst

Responsible for collecting, processing, and performing statistical analyses on large datasets to identify patterns, trends, and insights that inform business decisions. They work closely with other professionals, such as data scientists and business analysts, to help organisations make data-driven decisions.

Data Engineer


Critical in designing and developing data infrastructure for organizations. Building and maintaining data pipelines that collect and process data from various sources, designing data storage systems, and integrating data systems with analytics and visualisation tools. Data engineers ensure data quality and work collaboratively with other professionals to meet the organisation's data needs.

Chief Data Officer

A senior executive role, responsible for overseeing data strategy and management, including strategy, governance, architecture, analytics, culture, and stakeholder management. Ensuring data assets are effectively managed and data initiatives support business strategy. This role requires technical expertise, strategic thinking and strong leadership skills.

Machine Learning Engineer

Designs, builds and maintains systems that use machine learning algorithms to make predictions or decisions automatically. Working with data scientists to develop and refine models that can learn and improve over time. Responsibilities include selecting and deploying appropriate algorithms, designing, and implementing scalable data pipelines, and optimising model performance for speed and accuracy. The goal of a machine learning engineer is to create reliable and effective machine learning systems that meet business or user requirements.

Robotics Engineer

Designs, develops, and maintains robotic systems by programming robots, testing and debugging the system, and maintaining and repairing it as needed. They collaborate with other professionals and end-users to ensure the system meets specific business or industrial needs.

AI Programmer

Designing, developing, and maintaining AI software applications and machine learning, Core responsibilities include, developing AI algorithms, writing, and developing code, testing, and debugging, and collaborating with data scientists. A crucial aspect is staying up to date with the latest AI technology trends including new algorithms, programming languages and hardware platforms to ensure maximum effectiveness.