Usman Shuja

Vice President of Market Development, SparkCognition
Usman Shuja is Vice President of Market Development at SparkCognition – a Cognitive analytics startup that is applying Artificial Intelligence to solve cyber-physical security challenges. In this role, he is responsible for developing new markets for Cognitive and AI technologies, including IBM Watson-powered applications. Usman has represented the US national cricket team for nearly a decade and is the USA’s all-time leading wicket taker. He also serves on the US advisory board for the International Cricket Council (ICC), cricket’s world governing body. Previously, Usman worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and as a software engineer at IBM, and founded a startup focused on AI and computer vision. In addition, he has interned and consulted for several sports organizations including MLS franchises. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.