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Onyinyechi U. Daniel, PhD

Vice President, Data & Analytics Strategy and Partnership, Highmark Health

Dr. Onyinyechi U. Daniel is the Vice President of Data & Analytics Strategy and Partnership at Highmark Health, where she is responsible for development and maintenance of the Data & Analytics Strategy and alignment with enterprise business priorities. She also has accountability for internal and external strategic partnerships, including research relationships with Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University and other institutions, and the Enterprise Data & Analytics Research agenda.

She is accountable for the Data/AI Ethics strategy and operationalization, embedding Data/AI Ethics, machine learning operations and responsible AI throughout the end-to-end initiative and data life-cycles. She also has accountability for enterprise data governance, analytics governance, and D&A product commercialization. She is passionate about the application of data and analytics to drive evidence-based health outcome improvements and address health inequities. Prior to joining Highmark Health, Dr. Daniel was the Senior Director of Data & Analytics Strategy at Health Care Service Corp.

Dr. Daniel holds masters' degrees in Medical Humanities and Bioethics and Health Policy & Administration from Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health respectively. She also holds a PhD in Health Policy and Administration with a focus on Public Health Informatics, and Health Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, where she is also an adjunct instructor. She also earned the Certified Health Insurance Executive (CHIE) designation by America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Sinai Health System in Chicago, a network of 4 hospitals, 17 community clinics, 1 community institute, and 1 nationally recognized research institute all serving communities on Chicago's West and Southwest sides, where she chairs the Technology Committee. She also sits on the Governance and Budget and Finance Committees. In addition to board service, she is a member of the Institute of Physician Diversity, an executive group tasked with increasing the number of physicians of color throughout the medical school and physician faculty pipeline and also sits on the Loyola University AI Business Consortium Steering Committee. Dr. Daniel was named one of Becker's Hospital Reviews 75 Black Healthcare Leaders to Know 2022, CDO Magazine's Global Data Power Women 2022, Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in STEM 2023, and most recently Modern Healthcare’s Innovator Awards 2024. She resides in Chicago, IL, with her husband and three young children.