Sameer Dhanrajani, columnist, is Chief Strategy Officer at Fractal Analytics. Recognized within the Top 10 Influential Analytics Leaders in India, Sameer is renowned as an analytics and AI business leader and visionary known for his deep knowledge, innovation and topical approaches in the analytics and AI space. He is responsible for curating strategic roadmaps, driving investments and inorganic growth thru M&A’s, building partnerships and alliances, leading high-priority growth initiatives, and helping Fractal's clients on AI-led transformation of their businesses.
In Sameer’s previous role, he was Global Business Leader for Cognizant Analytics and Data Sciences at Cognizant Technology Solutions where he pioneered the Customer, Risk & Operations Analytics framework (CRO) to help clients realize transformative value from data detonation encircling enterprises, and enabling accelerated business impact through greater customer experience, robust risk management strategies and optimized business operations. Under Sameer's leadership, Cognizant Analytics became a leader in the analytics market with 3400 professionals and an exemplary broad-based structure with an exhaustive repertoire of services framework, consulting methodologies, solutions and platforms spanning the advanced analytics and data science spectrum serving 180 clients across geographies.
A fast tracker and a well-rounded professional with 20+ years of industry experience, Sameer has filled various leadership roles to help deliver innovative analytics and AI solutions, and has consulted with many CXO’s for faster, better decision making. Prior to Cognizant, Sameer was the Country Head at Fidelity National Financial and pioneered India's first Global Competency Center (GCC) to be based on a non-linear growth model with platform-based value propositions, and developed Fidelity India into a hub of customer delight, delivery of innovation, and operational dexterity. Before Fidelity, he worked as Vice President, Analytics for Genpact.
Sameer is a distinguished member of the NASSCOM Analytics Special Interest Group, CII knowledge roundtable, ASSOCHAM digital council and has been instrumental in leading the effort to position India as the next best destination of choice for AI & Analytics. He is a recipient of the “Outstanding Leadership Award” at India Human Capital Summit, and also the “Exemplary Leader Award” during the Asia Pacific HRM Congress. Sameer has been highlighted four times consecutively (2014-17) in the “Top 10 influential analytics leaders in India” published by Analytics India magazine. Sameer is also advisor to Telangana and AP government council for setting up data analytics park and policy in Hyderabad & Vizag and is a steering committee member for drafting AI policy in India.
Sameer is also a renowned keynote speaker and has been a moderator on various business, leadership and topical AI and analytics themes at leading conferences. He is quoted regularly in business media and news publications. Sameer is a prolific blogger and his blog post “Demystifying digital, data analytics and decision science” is a trendsetter.
Sameer is a well-known contributor in the academia space. He has delivered numerous industry guest lectures and has enjoyed mentoring several fresh and experienced graduates to help ensure their successful careers in Analytics. Sameer is a trusted industry advisor and council member to leading Business & Technology schools. He is the first analytics professional leader in India to deliver a TED talk. His recent book “AI and Analytics: Accelerating Business Decisions" published by Wiley, is a best seller and has been featured amongst top books in the AI and Analytics space.