Rayid Ghani is a senior fellow and research faculty member at the University of Chicago’s Computation Institute and Harris School of Public Policy. Rayid directs the Center for Data Science and Public Policy and focuses on developing and applying data science methods to improve how governments and nonprofits make policy decisions.
He is also the co-founder of Edgeflip, an analytics and technology startup focused on helping social causes better use social networks and social media for advocacy, fundraising, and related functions. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Rayid was the Chief Scientist for the 2012 Obama Re-election Campaign. Before that, Rayid led the Analytics Research Group at Accenture Technology Labs, developing and applying machine learning and data science to large-scale business problems.
Rayid received his graduate degree in machine learning from Carnegie Mellon University and his undergraduate degrees in computer Science and mathematics from the Sewanee - University of the South.