IBF Town Hall: AI Unleashed: Navigating Supply & Demand Harmony
Gerald Verno
Director of Supply Chain Planning and Analytics (SCPA)
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
Gerald is the Director of Supply Chain Planning & Analytics at WMATA. His team is responsible for ensuring sufficient levels of materials for the WMATA maintenance groups, using best practices in forecasting, S&OP, and inventory management. The team also manages data governance and analytics for the entire supply chain, working with the procurement department to source materials globally to support the 8th largest transit agency in the United States. Gerald holds a degree in Business from Queens College, NY, and several supply chain certifications from ASCM and is also the President of the DC Metro ASCM Chapter.
Thiru Viswanathan
Data Scientist - Innovation & Portfolio Analytics
Mars Wrigley
Thiru is a seasoned professional in the CPG industry, specializing in advanced analytics, innovation, R&D, and commercialization. Currently serving as the data science lead for portfolio, innovation, and R&D analytics at Mars Wrigley, Thiru leverages his expertise to develop cutting-edge AI/ML solutions for application in forecasting, profitability optimization, and demand transference. Thiru holds a master’s degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia and an MBA in Business Analytics from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
Dr. Devavrat Shah
Co-Founder & CEO
Ikigai Labs

Devavrat successfully combines academia and entrepreneurship. He is a professor and a director of Statistics and Data Science Center at MIT. He co-founded Celect, a predictive analytics platform for retailers, which he sold to Nike. Devavrat holds a Bachelor and PhD in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology and Stanford University, respectively.

Marianna Vydrevich
Manager Operations Research & Network Optimization
Marianna Vydrevich is a seasoned supply chain expert with a decade of global experience, specializing in Supply Chain Network Design and Data Science. She is currently the Manager of Operations Research & Network Optimization at GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. She has also contributed insightful articles to industry journals, enriching the discourse on supply chain network design.

Unlock the secrets of generative AI in our upcoming town hall event! Join us for a captivating discussion led by industry thought leaders on transforming supply and demand dynamics for the 21st-century. Brought to you by Ikigai, this free virtual event will empower practitioners in demand planning, supply chain, and S&OP with valuable insights.

You will learn:
  • AI Dynamics: Uncover the potential of AI in reshaping supply and demand strategies
  • Data Challenges: Navigate the complexities of working with limited historic data
  • Decision-Making: Streamline information for accurate demand forecasting and strategic decision-making
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