.Nalini Polavarapu

Enterprise Data Science Strategy Lead at Bayer
Dr. Nalini Polavarapu, a 10-year Bayer veteran, manages a global team of analytical and IT professionals specializing in machine learning, operations research and cloud analytics with a goal to deliver better products to market faster using data science. Activities range from inventing cognitive systems to enhance decision making, predictive and prescriptive analytics to automate/augment decisions, geo-spatial and image analytics to realize precision farming, and analytics to increase operational efficiency. Nalini also serves as the senior leader on the Data Science Center of Excellence Council partnering to drive efforts to realize the vision of transforming Bayer into a digital company through data science. She has aided in mplementing an enterprise wide talent and community development strategy, scalable technology platforms, best practices for development and deployment of analytical solutions and portfolio management. Over the course of her career, Nalini held positions of increasing levels of leadership responsibilities managing teams operating across geographies in Americas, EMEA, Asia and Africa, and has successfully established and led an off-shore center in India. She also initiated multiple external partnerships and collaborations with start-ups, large corporations and universities. Being the first data scientist at Monsanto, Nalini played a key role in building a world-class global data science organization which is now at 300+ and growing through hiring and development of data scientists, data science leaders, as well as positions of seniority within the groups.

Humans at a crossroad with AI

From early public policy to
Shared benefit
From employment fears to
Workforce opportunities

From marginalized and undercounted to
Social Justice

Can AI improve society for all?

Chicago's premiere AI Event


Applied AI Tracks

AI + Healthcare
AI + Customer Experience
AI + Finance
AI + Internet of Things

AI Career Track

AI Career Days
AI Executive Education

AI Startup Track

AI Startup Bootcamp
AI Startup Weekend

AI Enterprise Research

Emerging Applications

AI Social Good Track

AI Community Programs

Next event starts in

Next Events

AI for Social Good Conference
October 25, 2024

AI Careers Program
July 16, 2024
ALSO October 25, November 15

Midwest Applied AI Conference
November 14-15, 2024


About Chicago AI Days

AI Days is a production of Destination AI and it's partners. Destination AI is the leading Artificial Intelligence innovation hub in the Midwest, located at MARCH (The Midwest AI and Robotics Center for Humans).