External Advisory Board

EK’s External Advisory Board (EAB) is composed of world-leading experts across and between the fields of Knowledge Management, Information Management, Content Management, and Data Management. EK’s Leadership Team and subject matter experts work with the EAB to identify the latest trends, produce new thought leadership, and educate our consultants and clients.

The Board is configured with rolling membership, ensuring EK can consistently access the most innovative leaders in the industry. EAB members remain independent from EK, ensuring they offer unique perspectives and help us to challenge assumptions and the status quo in service of our clients.


Malcolm Hawker

Malcolm Hawker is a thought leader in the fields of Data Strategy, Master Data Management (MDM), and Data Governance.  As a former Gartner analyst, Malcolm has authored industry-defining research and has consulted some of the largest businesses in the world on their enterprise data and analytics strategies.  Having served as a Chief Product Officer, Head of IT, and strategic business consultant, Malcolm is an industry leader with over 25 years’ experience at the forefront of data-enabled business transformations. Malcolm is a frequent public speaker on data and analytics best practices, and he cherishes the opportunity to share practical and actionable insights on how companies can achieve their strategic imperatives by improving their approach to data management. When not sharing his passion for data or recording episodes of the CDO Matters podcast, Malcolm is an avid hobbyist landscape photographer and lives with his wife and two dogs in a small beach town in Florida. 


Polly Alexander

Polly Alexander is a senior leader in the knowledge management and healthcare space with a background in public health and informatics in a critical care and hospital setting.  She has extensive experience identifying and defining taxonomies and ontologies to be used for organizing and searching complex data sets across online environments and content types and has a passion for using semantic technologies to accelerate personalized solutions for healthcare consumers.  

In her early career, Polly was part of a nationally recognized medical informatics organization at Vanderbilt University and a National Library of Medicine Informatics Fellow.  She has collaborated with researchers and published evidence-based systematic reviews through Vanderbilt’s AHRQ funded/Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) and the Department of Emergency Medicine.  As a clinical librarian, Polly provided clinical information consulting services to inpatient and outpatient clinical teams and contributed complex searching and critical assessment expertise for Clinical Order set development.  In her work as Director of Knowledge Management at HealthStream, Polly further applied her experience with development and analysis of structured and unstructured data in healthcare to lead the organization in establishing enterprise taxonomies and knowledge graph infrastructure to support personalized education delivery for the healthcare professional.

In her current Director role, Polly contributes vision and thought leadership towards information architecture development and standardization to support patient engagement and activation oriented solutions at WebMD Ignite.  She is the knowledge expert for taxonomy creation and metadata application to business processes in the healthcare space and is focused on growing customer and internal stakeholder satisfaction with content discovery and management using semantic technologies.


Mohammed Aaser

Mohammed Aaser is Domo’s chief data officer, where he helps Domo and its customers build innovative data apps and modern data experiences that accelerate key business processes and optimize strategic outcomes. He also works closely with the company’s data and technology partners to extend the power of Domo’s robust ecosystem of integrations.

Prior to Domo, Mohammed was CDO at McKinsey and Company, where he championed the strategic use of data across thousands of client initiatives in all industries. He led the firm’s data innovation capabilities, accelerating development of data apps by combining deep industry knowledge with cutting-edge data sets, data management technology and data engineering. He also helped launch and build McKinsey’s analytics practice – focused on helping companies scale their data and AI initiatives – and served as the practice’s head of operations and strategy. Prior to McKinsey, Mohammed held leadership roles at Ameriprise Financial, where he led the organization’s marketing strategy and analytics transformation. Mohammed received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Harvard University.


Jeff Jonas

Jeff Jonas is an acclaimed data scientist. He is at the forefront of solving some of the world’s most complex business and big data problems for government and companies. A former IBM fellow, Jonas is the leading creator of entity resolution systems. National Geographic recognized him as the Wizard of Big Data, and today numerous organizations rely on his systems to extract useful intelligence from tsunamis of data.

For more than three decades, Jonas has focused on creating technologies that solve the world’s biggest data challenges, while also being an advocate for privacy and civil liberties. He has tackled many high-profile challenges, including identifying potential terrorists, detecting fraudulent behavior in casinos, connecting loved ones after a natural disaster, and modernizing voter registration systems.

A three-time entrepreneur, Jonas sold his last company to IBM in 2005. With his latest company Senzing, he is primarily focused on democratizing entity resolution – making this complicated task for programmers easy.