Sanji Fernando

SVP, AI & Analytics Platforms, Optum

SANJI FERNANDO is a senior vice president at Optum, where he leads the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Analytics Platforms team for Optum Enterprise Analytics (OEA). He is responsible for developing platforms that support the design and development of leading edge AI models and analytic tools for the enterprise.

Previously, Sanji was a vice president at OptumLabs and led the OptumLabs Center for Applied Data Science (CADS). The CADS team applied breakthroughs in AI and machine learning to solve complex health care challenges for UnitedHealth Group (UHG) by developing and deploying software product concepts. CADS pioneered using deep learning to streamline administrative processes in revenue cycle management and developed graph analytics tools to support provider network design, among other innovations.

Sanji joined OptumLabs in 2014 from Nokia, where he created Nokia’s first data science team. His team launched the first big data computing cluster at Nokia, using cluster derived insights on user activity and engagement to design new product concepts. Before that, Sanji spent 9 years at Nokia in a variety of corporate roles with Nokia’s Multimedia Division, Nokia Research Center and Nokia Ventures.

Prior to Nokia, Sanji was a co-founder and VP of Engineering at Vettro, a venture-backed mobile software company. Sanji began his career in consulting with Viant and Accenture.

Sanji is a graduate of Trinity College with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and their three boys. In his free time, Sanji enjoys coaching his sons in basketball and baseball. He also serves on the board of his local Little League.

Past sessions

Summit 2020 Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Forum

June 24, 2020 05:00 PM PT

Join us for an interactive Healthcare and Life Sciences Forum at Spark + AI Summit. In this free virtual event, you will have the opportunity to network with your peers and participate in engaging panel discussions with industry leaders from A16Z, Optum, Mercy Health, Regeneron, and Genomics England on how data analytics and machine learning are driving innovation across the entire healthcare ecosystem. This live event is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and has limited capacity. The recording will be available on-demand shortly after.