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Daniel Altman      

Sports Analytics & Strategy Expert

A Harvard-trained trailblazer of “Moneyball” in professional soccer, Dan Altman left a successful career as an economist and best-selling author to become one of the leading minds in sports analytics and strategy. His lively presentations, full of real-world examples, help organizations in a wide range of industries to use tools pioneered in sports analytics for forecasting, long-range planning, and decision-making. From hiring strategies and team-building to creating incentives and measuring performance, he brings the best thinking from the playing field into the workplace. Dan has presented all over the globe on sports analytics, Big Data, people analytics, and economics, including at the Wharton People Analytics Conference, MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and IBM Finance Forums. Mixing true stories from the worlds of sports and business, he explains how any team can win by the numbers – optimizing individual performance and organizational success.

Dan is a co-founder of NYK Capital Management, an investment firm focused on soccer clubs, and the founder of North Yard Analytics, a sports analytics consulting firm that applies “Moneyball” techniques to soccer and other sports. He also spent two years as head of strategy at Kaplan-Levien sports, the owner of three soccer clubs in the United States and United Kingdom. Outside of soccer, Dan works with US Olympic teams to generate an extra competitive edge, through both tactical decision-making and people analytics. Before moving into sports, Dan used Big Data in many contexts as an economist, at one point creating a ten-year simulation of the criminal population of England and Wales as an advisor in the British government. Earlier, after finishing his doctorate at Harvard, he also spent several years as an economics columnist for The Economist and The New York Times. Immediately before his career change, he worked as a director of Dalberg, a global strategic consulting firm, and was senior editor for economics at Foreign Policy magazine. At Foreign Policy, he created the Baseline Profitability Index for assessing the attractiveness of global markets for direct investment. A former member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has lived and worked on four continents and is comfortable making presentations in Spanish.

A dynamic speaker who makes the power of Big Data and analytics come alive through stories from on and off the playing field, Dan provides invaluable approaches to almost any aspect of workplace performance and business success.

Speech Topics


The Future of China & the Pacific Rim

China's rising influence is reaching into every corner of the global economy. Speaker Daniel Altman explains the likely path of China's growth, the expanding importance of its currency, and the opportunities that will arise in other countries as China gets richer and exerts its economic power. He provides invaluable advice for companies and individuals involved in trade, overseas business, and portfolio investment throughout East Asia.

What Is the Future of Selling?

Speaker Daniel Altman has exhaustively researched the future of consumption in the global economy: what we will buy, how we will use it, and who will sell it to us. He explains how underlying trends in technology, population, and resources will affect all of these facets of selling in the coming years and he points out which public policies and strategies would make the most of these changes for the private sector.

What Are the True Returns in Emerging Markets?

Big economies like Brazil, China, and India attract plenty of attention from the markets but investors don't always see the returns they expect. Speaker Daniel Altman shows how combining smaller and safer markets can be a more sensible choice for exporters, multinationals, and portfolio investors. He also outlines the risks and opportunities that will drive the performance of emerging markets in the future.

How to Maximize Profits by Creating Social Benefits

Major investors in large public companies insist that executives maximize profits. But these companies can create massive benefits for society as well. Speaker Daniel Altman is one of the originators of the "long-term single-bottom line," an alternative to concepts such as corporate social responsibility, shared value, and double- and triple-bottom lines. He explains why the long-term single-bottom line is the best choice for shareholders, companies, and societies as a whole.

What's Next for the American Worker?

The recent economic downturn has shown that a good education and a wealth of experience are not always enough to keep the American worker competitive. Yet economist, author, and speaker Daniel Altman sees promising signs that distinctly American skills and talents can be brought to bear in the global economy, both in existing industries and in new roles. He shares his insights in this hopeful keynote.

Challenges for the Data-Driven Economy

Now that processing power and storage space are virtually unlimited, the main constraint to our use of data and the Internet is the human mind. Speaker Daniel Altman explains how we must balance the costs and benefits of wading through oceans of data and asks, with so many public goods being created, whether government or collective action can make the data-driven economy even more beneficial for society.

Bringing Productivity From the Playing Field to the Workplace

Daniel Altman is at the forefront of the emerging science of sports analytics, using data to understand how athletes work together to win games. With his deep background in economics, he translates empirical lessons from the soccer field into guidance for managers in the public and private sectors. By answering questions like "How much was David Beckham worth to his teams?", "Who are Manchester United's most pivotal players?" and "What is the value of a goal in the English Premier League?", he offers new ways for employers to choose targets and get the best out of their employees.

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