Speaker Bio

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Peter Speyer, MBE, MBA, is Chief Data and Technology Officer at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. He is responsible for obtaining and managing the data that fuel IHME’s research in global and public health and establishes relationships with data providers and statistics offices in governments, international organizations, NGOs and other organizations around the world. To make information about these data more widely available, Peter directed the development and implementation of the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), IHME’s public catalog and repository of health-related data. Peter and his team also develop innovative data visualizations that facilitate and encourage the use of data for policy and decision making; interactive features make IHME’s comprehensive and detailed data readily accessible and useful for diverse audiences ranging from researchers and policy makers to public health professionals and the private sector.

Prior to joining IHME, Peter spent most of his career in strategy and product management, working most recently for image licensing company Corbis as Director of Market Strategy and Director of Product Management. Before moving to the US, Peter worked in the Corporate Strategy departments of travel company Thomas Cook and media conglomerate Bertelsmann in Germany, and managed foreign TV licenses for the leading German TV network, RTL Television.

Peter is a frequent speaker at conferences like Strata Rx, VisWeek, Health Data Initiative Forum (aka Health Datapalooza), tech@state and health-related conferences around the world. He shares insights on his Health Data Innovation blog and tweets as @peterspeyer.

Peter holds an MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia and a Master in Business and Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.