Alumni Spotlight

Academia Alumni Spotlight

Daniela Saban

Position Currently Held: Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Assistant Professor

Career Path: Daniela Saban is an Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Her research interests lie in the interface of operations, economics and computer science. She received her Ph.D. from the Decision, Risk, and Operations division in 2015.

Santiago Balseiro

Position Currently Held: Columbia Business School, Assistant Professor

Career Path: Santiago Balseiro is an Assistant Professor in the Decision, Risk, and Operations division at Columbia Business School. His primary research interests are in the area of dynamic optimization, stochastic systems and game theory with applications in revenue management and internet advertising. Professor Balseiro received his Ph.D. from the Decision, Risk, and Operations division in 2013. Before joining Columbia, he was on the faculty at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Industry Alumni Spotlight

Wei Ke

Position Currently Held: Managing Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Career Path: Dr. Wei Ke is a Partner based in Simon-Kucher’s New York and Toronto offices. He currently heads the Financial Services Practice in North America and is Managing Partner of Simon-Kucher Canada. He received his Ph.D. from the Decision, Risk, and Operations division in 2009.

Bar Ifrach

Position Currently Held: Director of Data Science, Airbnb

Career Path: Dr. Bar Ifrach is Director of Data Science at Airbnb. He received his Ph.D. from the Decision, Risk, and Operations division in 2012. Before joining Airbnb, he was a postdoctoral researcher fellow at Stanford University.

Quote: My education from Columbia University's Decision, Risk, and Operations division equipped me with a broad and deep toolkit that I utilize daily, spanning modeling, statistics, inference and optimization.