Kash Mehdi

Data Governance and Privacy Leader, EMEA & LATAM, Informatica

Connecting people through data! Kash brings deep international data governance experience working with customers across various industries. In his current role at Informatica, Kash’s responsibilities include providing leadership to the EMEA & Latam region to expand Data Governance & Privacy footprint, engage in business conversations, and craft the strategy for mapping solutions covering Data Governance, Catalog, Data Privacy, Data Quality, and MDM. Kash’s expertise helps customers achieve business outcomes within Regulatory Compliance, Data Analytics, Customer Intelligence, and Digital Transformation. Previously, Kash worked at Collibra where he started as the 5th founding member and leading a global advisory team to scale data governance programs for customers and help guide the company through milestones including double-digit revenue growth, customer acquisition, and market leadership. He also held a research role at the Bioinformatics division of UAMS and designed an ontology-driven quality framework supporting cancer research. Kash has a master’s degree in Information Quality from UA Little Rock in collaboration with MIT, and a bachelor's in Computer Science. He has appeared as a guest speaker at many international forums on (for) Data Governance and Kash’s work has been published in journals like Gartner, Info Gov, International Data Governance Winter Conference (DG Winter), MITCDO Forum, DMC LATAM in Brazil, Collibra Data Citizens, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ), UA Little Rock and Informatica.

My Sessions

Democratization of Data with Privacy and Trust to Drive Business Outcomes

The COVID19 pandemic is prompting many organizations and data leaders worldwide to look for new ways to meet business outcomes. This includes operational efficiency in insights and analytics, complying with growing regulations, achieving enterprise-wide data literacy, and agility to move to the cloud, i.e. Digital Transformation. A common theme across all business goals warrants Data Democratization, making data freely available to all employees while ensuring standards for privacy and quality.

The objective is to move employees in concert from simply finding data to responsibly applying data in daily decision making, thereby being data ready for driving innovation, gaining the competitive lead, and achieving business goals. Achieving a Data Democratization environment presents unique challenges for many, which opens up the topic for today. We will discuss how organizations can operationalize Data Democratization to create business value, including cases that enable ecosystems such as Snowflake, Microsoft, Amazon, GCP, and other technologies.

  • Kash Mehdi, Data Governance and Privacy Leader | EMEA & LATAM | Informatica
  • Alberto Villari, Data Governance Domain Expert, Informatica
Cloud Matters: Data Storage, Migration and Access Management in the New Normal

One year on from the biggest transformation in the way we work, organisations have had to embrace digital transformation and with that create migration to the cloud. With cloud migration and data storage accelerated, organisations need to keep in mind privacy and security. This panel will look at the challenges and best practice for cloud migration and access management.

  • Robert Carolina, Cyber Security, IT, & IP Lawyer, Professor Royal Holloway University
  • Stephen Owen, Chief Information Security Officer, esure Group
  • Kash Mehdi, Sr. Director, Data Governance and Privacy Leader EMEA & LATAM, Informatica
  • Tanya Forsheit, Chair of the Privacy & Data Security Group. Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Anhad Singh, PhD, Global Technical Leader, Partners, PKWARE