Full List of 2019 Speakers

2019 Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Kumsal Bayazit, CEO, Elsevier

Kumsal joined RELX Group in 2004. She is currently the Chair of RELX Technology Forum, a role she has held since 2012. She is also responsible for managing Reed Exhibition’s European portfolio with almost $1b in revenues and over 2000 employees since January 2016. Before starting her role at Reed Exhibitions, Kumsal was RELX Group’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for driving strategic initiatives, technology development and portfolio management and prior to that she held several operational and strategic roles with LexisNexis. Kumsal is also a Non-Executive Director at LSL Property Services plc, a real estate services company listed in the UK. Prior to joining RELX Group in 2004, Kumsal spent several years at Bain & Company in their New York, Johannesburg, Sydney and Los Angeles offices.

Kumsal has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley where she received a bachelor’s degree in Economics with honors. Kumsal is a dual citizen of Turkey and France. She currently lives in London with her family.

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director, National Library of Medicine

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, is the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide.

Since assuming the directorship in August 2016, Dr. Brennan has positioned the Library to be the hub of data science at NIH and a national and international leader in the field. She spearheaded the development of a new strategic plan that envisions NLM a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health.  Leveraging NLM’s heavily used data and information resources, intramural research, and extramural research and training programs, Brennan aims for NLM to accelerate data driven discovery and health, engage with new users in new ways, and develop the workforce for a data-driven future.

Her professional accomplishments reflect her background, which unites engineering, information technology, and clinical care to improve the public health and ensure the best possible experience in patient care.

Dr. Brennan came to NIH from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She also led the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, which develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data.

She received a master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Dr. Brennan held several academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Brewster Kahle, Founder and Digital Librarian, Internet Archive

A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 38 petabytes of data – the books, Web pages, music, television, and software that form our cultural heritage, working with more than 1000 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

He first called builders to “Lock the Web Open” using decentralized technologies in 2015, and continues to write about, experiment, cajole, and cheer on those creating decentralized systems we can trust.

Other Plenary Sessions:

  • Future of the Scholarly Communication Industry Panel: Jason Price (SCELC), Alicia Wise (Information Power Ltd), and Lorcan Dempsey (OCLC). Moderated by Beth Bernhardt, UNC Greensboro.
  • The Long Arm of the Law: Bill Hannay (Schiff Hardin LLP) and Michelle Wu (Georgetown University Law Center)

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