Data & AI Architect | Deloitte Consulting
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Adita Karkera is a distinguished data & AI architect in Deloitte's Government & Public Services (GPS) Analytics & Cognitive practice. In her role, Adita is a senior data advisor to Chief Data Officers (CDO), providing guidance to federal and state CDOs on their data and AI strategies. She also serves as a fellow in Deloitte’s AI Institute for Government.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Adita spent nearly 20 years with the Arkansas Division of Information Services (DIS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. She began her career as a database administrator and was appointed the Deputy State Chief Data Officer (CDO) in 2017. In her role as Deputy CDO, she led the State through many data firsts. Her emphasis on fostering a data driven culture, advancing data sharing and spearheading initiatives to improve the effectiveness of government programs and decision-making positioned her as a principal specialist and passionate leader in data management. She was instrumental in researching, recommending and implementing statewide data policies across a multitude of policy areas. She was also appointed to the governor's COVID-19 Technical Advisory Board to recommend technology solutions for combatting the pandemic in Arkansas.
Adita holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Allahabad University in India and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus on Information Quality from the University of Arkansas. She has won numerous industry awards, including Arkansas Money & Politics “Tech Titan” of 2021, Women in IT “Data Leader of the Year” 2020 and the StateScoop 50 Award 2020. Most recently, GovTech honored her as a Top 25 Doers Dreamers Drivers for 2021. She is a huge proponent for girls and women in data/AI and is part of numerous data management industry forums. You can find her actively engaged with the CDO/data community as a speaker and on LinkedIn & Twitter.