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Role Players 2018

Sameer Dhanrajani

Chief Strategy Officer, Fractal Analytics

Sameer Dhanrajani is a distinguished and widely recognized analytics and AI business leader and visionary known for his deep knowledge, innovation & topical approaches in the analytics and AI space. Sameer is Chief Strategy Officer at Fractal Analytics . He is responsible for curating strategic roadmaps, driving strategic investments ; inorganic growth thru M&A , partnehips and alliances , open innovation; lead high-priority growth initiatives and help Fractal clients on AI-led transformation of their businesses . In his previous assignment, Sameer was Global Business Leader for Cognizant analytics and data sciences at Cognizant Technology Solutions.He pioneered the Customer, Risk & Operations Analytics framework (CRO) at cognizant analytics and data sciences to help clients realize transformative value from data detonation encircling enterprises and enable accelerated businesse impact through accentuated customer experience, robust risk management strategies and optimized business operations. Under his leadership, Cognizant Analytics became a leading market player in the analytics market space with 3400 analytics professionals an an exemplary broad-based structure with exhaustive repertoire of services framework, consulting methodologies, solutions and platforms spanning the advanced analytics & data science spectrum serving 180 clients across geogrpahies . As an accomplished professional, Sameer provided the pivotal strategic direction and execution led insights to galvanize Cognizant Analytics run better & run different.A fast tracker & a well-rounded professional with 20 + years of industry experience, Sameer has donned various leadership roles to help deliver innovative analytics and AI solutions and consulted with several CXO’s for faster, better decision making. Prior to Cognizant, Sameer was the Country Head at Fidelity National Financial and pioneered India's first GCC to be based on non-linear growth model with platform-based value propositions and developed Fidelity India into a hub of customer delight, delivery 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 for positioning India as the next best destination of choice for AI & Analytics. He has been recipient of “Outstanding Leadership Award” at India Human Capital Summit and “Exemplary Leader Award” during the Asia Pacific HRM Congress. He has been highlighted four times consecutively – 2014-17 in “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 well-renowned speaker and has been a key note speaker & moderator on various business, leadership and topical AI and analytics themes at leading conferences. He has been quoted regularly across multiple business media and news publications. Sameer is a prolific blogger and his blog post “Demystifying digital, data analytics and decision science” ( is a trendsetter; he is a well-known contributor in the academia space. He has delivered numerous industry guest lectures and mentored several fresh & experienced graduates on making a successful career in Analytics. He is a trusted industry advisor and council member to leading Business & Technology schools. He is the first analytics professional leader in India to deliver TED talk. His recent book “AI and Analytics: Accelerating Business Decisions “published by Wiley is a best seller and have been featured amongst top books in AI and Analytics space.


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