Rishi Bhatnagar         Chairman, r.bhatnagar@abdsociety.org
Rick Doody                President, r.doody@abdsociety.org
John Thomas             Vice President, j.thomas@abdsociety.org
Nikhil Sawant            Treasurer, n.sawant@abdsociety.org
Richard Sheinis          Secretary, r.sheinis@abdsociety.org              
Tammy Harris             Executive Director, tammy@abdsociety.org

  Rishi Bhatnagar   Chairman

Rishi Bhatnagar


Rishi Bhatnagar is CEO of Syntelli Solutions Inc., a premium provider of advanced analytics services. He is a powerhouse of all things data, emanating new ideas for making data work! Syntelli stands for ‘Synchronizing Intelligence with Data’. Rishi is also the Founding Chair of the Analytics & Big Data Society (ABDS), which contributes to the community by Using Data for Social Good. The ABD Society forms a community where corporates, practitioners, and educational institutions come together to share ideas, experiences, and use-cases. Rishi serves on many different advisory boards, enjoys playing chess with his son, and hiking with family and friends.

  John Thomas   Vice President

John Thomas

Vice President

John Thomas serves as EVP of Data Science for Red Ventures.  He has launched and overseen a machine-learning powered transformation of Red Ventures digital funnel. Prior to joining Red Ventures, John has started and led several Boston-area startups’ data science teams in a variety of industries including social media analytics, online advertising, and telecom analytics. John earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Gettysburg College and MS and PhD in Computer Science at Dartmouth College.  Outside of Red Ventures, he serves as the Vice President of the Analytics & Big Data Society in Charlotte and as a member of the advisory board of Wake Forests’ MS of Business Analytics program.

  Nikhil Sawant   Treasurer

Nikhil Sawant


Nikhil Sawant is an Executive-Level Chief Information Officer and Global Shared Services Leader with deep experience in directing cross-functional teams of business and technical experts using enabling technologies to achieve business growth. Well-versed in Business Analytics, Trade Promotion Planning, Demand & Supply Planning, Cybersecurity, Mobile, Cloud and Digital Transformation of a company, Nikhil is an Information Technology leader with the ability to establish consensus between diverse groups across all functions, cultures and multiple levels of organization with experience in the United States, Europe and Asia. Nikhil has extensive Board experience, including being a former Member of the Board of Trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter and a current Member of the Board of Directors for Crisis Assistance Ministry. He holds a Governing Body Advisory Role for the Charlotte CIO Executive Summit hosted by Evanta, a CEB company; an Executive Advisory Council Role for the Charlotte Premier CIO Forum; and is a Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Nikhil received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Mumbai, India.

  Tammy Harris   Executive Director

Tammy Harris

Executive Director

Originally from Pennsylvania, Tammy earned her BS in Marketing from Penn State University and also holds an MA in Education. She has had a passion for pursing social good endeavors since she relocated to Charlotte 14 years ago, where she worked with the ESL refugee population, the disadvantaged youth, and, most recently, domestic victims of human trafficking. From 2016-18, she served as Director of Development for Redeeming Joy, and the housing and restoration center for female sex-trafficking victims. With this experience, Tammy took on the role of a subject-matter expert at the UNCC Data Analytics Initiative that worked to determine the prevalence of sex trafficking in North Carolina. This further led to an opportunity to serve as a mentor and judge in the 2017 Queen City Hackathon. Tammy now works in the capacity of Executive Director for the ABD Society; striving towards its mission of using analytics for social good. She also serves as a subject-matter expert for the CWA of North Carolina, is co-founder of a new anti-trafficking non-profit, acts as a legislative team leader for the Cabarrus County Trafficking Task Force, and has given input to our General Assembly members regarding House Bill 910- Human Trafficking: Resistance and Rescue.