Mini-MBA™: Data Driven Management - Meet the Faculty

About Ronak Parikh

Ronak Parikh (@parikhronak) is Vice President of Product Management for Data Solutions at Merkle. Previously, he was the Product Director for Dun & Bradstreet’s (D&B) Audience Solutions, a suite of products aimed at digital marketing managers to get most of their investment in digital assets. Ronak was responsible for helping launch Dun & Bradstreet’s (D&B) Data Exchange, a Linked Data as a Service platform where customers can mix and match D&B data with vertical data from authorized D&B Data Exchange Partners. Before D&B, Ronak was a Product Manager at Bloomberg L.P.

Ronak specializes in finding ways to monetize data and new product development. The products he has helped launch involve working with all aspects of data - curation, management, analytics, and presentation. He enjoys working on building products from concept to customer adoption by partnering across the organization.

Ronak currently lectures part-time in the MBA program at Rutgers Business School where he teaches Business Forecasting within the Analytics and Information Management concentration.

An alumnus of Rutgers Honors Program, Ronak has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Masters in Computer Science from Columbia University.


About Bodhi Ganguli

Bodhi Ganguli is the Lead Economist for the Country Risk Services team at Dun & Bradstreet. In this role, Bodhi directs a global team of ten analysts that provide macroeconomic and political risk research for clients across multiple geographic markets.

Based in Short Hills, New Jersey, Bodhi is also the primary analyst for North America and in this capacity he leads Dun & Bradstreet’s monthly Economic Health Tracker sessions upon release of the company’s Small Business Health Index and other proprietary indices.

In addition to covering Canada and the United States, Bodhi frequently contributes to the team’s publications on global economics, trade and financial flows. Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet, Bodhi was an International Economist at Moody’s. Bodhi received his Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University and his bachelor's degree in economics from Presidency College, India.


About Priya Ponnapalli

Ponnapalli is CEO and co-founder of Eigengene, a healthcare big data startup that develops powerful data analysis algorithms, and uses them to develop genomic signatures for personalized cancer prognostics and drug companion diagnostics. She is also a senior data science consultant whose portfolio includes the Early Clinical Development Group at Genentech, Inc. and the University of Utah.

Prior to this she was the founding data science lead at JPMorgan Chase. Prior to that she was a senior software engineer on the machine learning team at Bloomberg LP, where she initiated and led the development and deployment of the first social media analytics tool in finance ¬ Bloomberg Social Velocity. For her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, she developed the higher-order generalized singular value decomposition, the only framework that can create a single coherent model from multiple two-dimensional datasets, by extending the generalized singular value decomposition (GSVD) from two to more than two matrices.


About Patrick M. Plummer

Dr. Plummer is the Coordinator for Health Administration at Penn State Harrisburg, where he teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate level courses, including Health Analytics, Strategy, Finance, and Management/Leadership. Plummer had a successful entrepreneurial career in healthcare data and analytics, and currently serves on the Boards of several data intelligence firms. Prior to joining PSU, Plummer was on the Board of Directors and a corporate officer for IMS Health (NYSE: IMS)/Healthcare Data Solutions (a healthcare data analytics firm), following its acquisition of StratCenter, where Plummer was the Founder and CEO. Previously, Plummer was a corporate officer of Neoforma (Nasdaq: NEOF with a market cap high of $4.5 billion), which was a B2B Exchange. At Neoforma, Plummer served as the President of the U.S. LifeLine division (a firm that Plummer began and sold to Neoforma).

Plummer was the Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed monthly periodicals for senior healthcare executives, publisher of The MAX and OSCAR healthcare information services (used by members of U.S. Congress), and co-author of a graduate-level textbook published by the American College of Healthcare Executives, entitled Healthcare Strategy: In Pursuit of Competitive Advantage.

Plummer holds a Doctorate of Business Administration in Management (concentration in Entrepreneurship) from Saint Leo University in Tampa, FL, an MBA in Management from Amberton University in Dallas, TX, and a BS in Biomedical Engineering/Technology from Thomas Edison University in Trenton, NJ.


About Ryan Womack

Ryan Womack is Data Librarian at Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick. As Data Librarian, he serves as the primary expert within the New Brunswick Libraries on datasets and statistical methods, assisting the Rutgers community in locating and using data, and with developing services promoting data and statistical literacy. His academic background includes Master's degrees in economics, library science, and statistics and biostatistics. He currently serves as Secretary of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST). He has published articles in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Library and Information Science Research, PLOS ONE, and other journals, and presented numerous talks and workshops on Data Analysis and Data Visualization using R and other statistical software.


About Robert Anderson

Bob Anderson is a partner at Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. in Westfield, NJ, and his legal practice emphasizes the needs of fast growing, entrepreneurial companies.  He has experience in representing business clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions and cybersecurity matters.

Bob is Co-Chair of Lindabury’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice group, and assists businesses in the creation of their internal Information Security Programs.  He advises companies and their executives on cybersecurity and data privacy matters involving the protection of customer and client data, cyber-breach response protocols and compliance with state and federal cybersecurity laws.

Bob received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, his M.A. from Rutgers University, and his B.A. from Bucknell University.


About David Millrod

As co-founder and managing partner of Insight Rocket, David has helped a wide variety of organizations derive real business value from data analytics, an often elusive goal. Doing so has required a blend of data analysis, mentoring, and product development. Within data analytics, David’s passions have been in the areas of digital analytics and optimizing the flow of data-driven insights to business decisionmakers. This has culminated in the development of Insight Rocket’s innovative data storytelling platform for Tableau.

David began his career in 1985 at Morgan Stanley’s New York and Tokyo offices working with SAS, and has founded several successful analytics businesses since 1994. He has worked closely with a wide variety of companies, including Coca-Cola, Comcast, Chubb, GSK, MetLife, Prudential, Merck, and Whirlpool. A patented inventor, he is currently co-chair of the Digital Analytics Association NYC chapter.