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Leads the education, research and practice of business analytics

The Center for Business Analytics is proud to play an important role in driving the value of strategic business decisions through evolving analytics tools and research. We partner with faculty across the University to share in best practices, innovations, and applications to deliver a Business Analytics curriculum with a practice-based approach for a rapidly growing student population.

Through the outreach with invested alumni, corporate partners and friends, the Center continually seeks input for factors that employers consider when hiring new and seasoned employees. Our Advisory Councils assist in keeping VSB aware of the latest trends across the Analytics spectrum.

The CBA is committed to hosting guest lectures and presentations from key influencers representing organizations who have developed strategic analytics practices and disruptive technologies. Events hosted by the center are open to students across the university, as well as alumni and interested friends in the community.


The Center for Business Analytics (CBA) Advisory Council is a senior-level, invitation-only forum that assists CBA leadership in connecting analytical theory to analytics practice. Membership in the Advisory Council is an ongoing educational experience and a forum for executive networking.



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The Advisory Council consists of executive leaders working in the field of analytics who serve as connectors and a sounding board for the Center’s strategic initiatives. The following Associate Members are young analytics professionals who are building their careers and can provide real-time support and guidance to our students planning to enter the field. Many of our Associate Advisory Council members are graduates of VSB’s MBA and MS programs and provide excellent insight to the trends and demands for students entering the digital space for the first time or transitioning to analytics strategy roles. They assist with most of the CBA student-facing events and training with the Business Analytics Society

David Avery ’12 VSB , ’18 MBA
Managing Director
Optimax Business Consulting, LLC

Chris Ciufo ’18 MBA
Senior Investment Data Analyst

Gary Diana ’17 MBA
Principal Data Scientist
The Hershey Company

Meredith Gibson ’18 MBA
Strategy and Business Intelligence Analyst
Braskem America

Brandin Hirsch '18 VSB
Data Scientist

Erin Malone ’13 VSB, ’15 MBA
Senior Manager, Analytics
Free People

Alyssa Nazar ’15 VSB
Business Intelligence Team Lead

Jerry O’Brien ’10 VSB, ’18 CLAS
Manager, Strategic Analytics, Enterprise Business Intelligence

Arpeet Ravalji ’17 MSA
Senior Manager, Revenue Operations & Analytics
Stack Overflow

Christos Voutsakis ’13 CLAS
Senior Consultant, Digital Analytics & Personalization



Villanova’s Center for Business Analytics has been a proud host to the nation’s brightest industry leaders, researchers and pioneers in the area of big data, business intelligence, data visualization, artificial intelligence and the internet of things respectively. We actively seek thought-leaders who are interested in giving-back to the Villanova community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and local business members who are seeking to engage in this ever-changing and expanding field.

Daniel Wright, PhD
Faculty Director

Allyson Daley
Director, Center for Business Analytics

Sharon Ballard
Program Coordinator


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