Taka Ariga

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Taka Ariga

Chief Data Scientist

Government Accountability Office

Taka is the first Chief Data Scientist appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States for the Government Accountability Office. He also leads GAO’s Innovation Lab in driving problem-centric experiments across oversight, insight, and foresight work through data science and emerging technologies. As a member of the federal Senior Executive Service, Taka is responsible for working with GAO stakeholders to adopt prospective views on impacts of emerging capabilities such as AI, cloud computing, blockchains, RPA, extended reality, and IoT. Taka is a seasoned data science executive with over 22 years of experience helping private and public sector organizations make sense of hidden correlations, behaviors, relationships, patterns, and anomalies. He is passionate about fostering a data-informed culture, using data science as a catalyst to address complex regulatory, risk, operational, and business intelligence challenges.

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