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.
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