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Nominate Your Top 100 Data Activators 2022 Now

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Data Activators: HotTopics.ht and Wandisco are opening a call for nominations for the top 100 data leaders for 2022. Find out why, here.

HotTopics.ht and Wandisco are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for The Top 100 Data Activators 2022.

Together we aim to discover and showcase the top 100 leaders globally who are using data to unlock value, lead innovation and transform their organizations by activating the power of data. This call for nominations comes at a time of great significance for the Chief Data Officer and their remit. The power of analytics has coincided with the competitive value that comes from having a sound data governance plan, amid a period of industry turbulence. Collecting data is no longer enough, if it ever was; leaders are expected to bring to life the data they collect, turning analytics into intelligence and intelligence into actions.

And as we have determined in historic Chief Data Officer awards, the collaborative C-suite is central to any business transformation journey. For a business to survive it must invest in the technologies that enable it to engage deeper with customers, keep users secure, run services more efficiently and help teams discover new lines of business. All of those – and more – require data. Clearly, the individuals in charge of this asset, data activators, are now poised to help lead their businesses.

Over  250 billion terabytes of data is collected by organizations globally every day. That information comes from myriad sources and has the potential to be used for far more; executive boards are extremely mindful that sound data practice, management and governance are now core to their organization’s future. It is for these reasons why it is so important to showcase and celebrate these leaders.


  • JoAnn Stonier, Chief Data Officer, Mastercard
  • Charles Ewen, Director of Technology and CIO, Met Office
  • Nelly Chatue-Diop, President, Tezos, West Africa Foundation, and others
  • Vukosi Sambo, Head of Data Solutions, AfroCentric Group
  • Heather Barnes, Partner, Technology and Digital, Savannah Group

If you know of a brilliant data activator, please nominate them here, after reading the suggested criteria to help us showcase the finest Chief Data Officers of 2022

Chief Digital Officer 100 Criteria:

Have disrupted their industry or their company using cloud analytics and ML/AI to activate new growth, optimize costs, open additional revenue channels or ways of working.

  • Established a culture of data literacy, building a robust data activation strategy and framework of intelligence to see around corners, gain competitive advantage and accelerate growth.
  • Innovating the analytics space with business-impacting use of AI, machine learning to provide new services to customers and a better customer experience
  • A recognized thought leader, showcasing the power of data and the influence of the Chief Data Officer in the C-Suite.
  • Leading by example, championing a diverse and inclusive culture.

The nomination window will last until mid-January where we will close nominations in anticipation for our official Judges’ selection. Our Judges, to be announced soon, will review the nominations and, using the above criteria, decide on the final 100. 

We will get in touch with the winning nominees ahead of the official announcement, before announcing and sharing the Top 100 publicly. We can’t wait to reveal the top 100 Data Activators, each a central figure behind their business’s future.


Please read the criteria carefully and fill in the form to nominate your Global Data Activators 100 leader.