Hema Sundaram

MIDS Student


Data Science



Hema Sundaram

Hemaandananth@gmail.com                                                                                         Cell: 626 506 5684       

Data Strategy, Data Management, Data Governance, Data Lake, Data Science, Cloud Utilities, Energy, Communication Industries


  • PROFILE: Overall 20+ years of experience in providing data & analytics strategies and solutions thru latest technological platforms and data science. Proficient in AI/ML, setting up data management & data governance. A highly innovative & passionate leader with core focus on value creation.
  • Domain: Energy, Utilities, Communications
  • Technologies: Hadoop, HANA, SAP Suite, AWS, IBM & Oracle


                             Select accomplishments include:

      • Enterprise Data Strategist – Portland General Electric
      • Define enterprise data strategy & information management
      • Develop & Manage cloud data platform using AWS
      • Integration & API management, Data Lake management
      • Monetization & democratization of data using Data Science
      • Senior Manager, Business Analytics – Southern California Edison
      • Business analytics strategy and roadmap
      • Manage Hadoop analytics platform & grid modernization analytics teams
      • Information & data management
      • Industry Principal, Strategy & Management Consultant - Infosys
      • Management consultation & partnership (America, Europe, Middle East)
      • Practice Lead for SAP HANA, SAP suite of products
      • Business Intelligence (BI) delivery lead – Infosys
      • Delivery leadership for BI programs
      • BI org, data stewardship & data governance set up for Energy & Utility clients
      • Talent management across the globe (~ 375 employees)





2017 -           Director, Enterprise Data Strategy & Management, Portland General Electric


Head of enterprise data analytics and business intelligence, enabling and improving decision making analysis at all levels of the organization, directing analytics processes, and for using analytics to drive innovation for strategic enterprise objectives. Advisor to the executive team concerning data strategy, data management and data integrity.


Current Achievements:  

      • Development of outcomes-oriented data & analytics strategy that aligns directly with corporate strategy
      • Driving the development of multi-cloud data platform in AWS using Snowflake, a catalog of where the data is, and standards of when and how to store it
      • Leading the implementation of integration platform as a service - microservices architecture, API’s for digital interaction with our customers
      • Leading data and analytics governance council that provides executive sponsorship and oversight
      • Leading an agile “product focused” group of data scientists, data engineers, modelers, & architects for
        • Identification of new kinds, types and sources of data to drive business innovation throughout the organization
        • Research and development of new data products or services to improve operations, expand markets and monetize data. Few examples: AI/ML for
          • estimating restoration times of outages & chatty meter identification
          • pole inspection for split top, woodpecker hole, & decay
          • condition-based asset failure identification
          • PV & EV prediction; EV charging profiles; customer propensity
        • Creation and expansion of data offerings to empower customers, and to enable better government and commercial services
        • Manage 80+ highly performing professionals


2014 - 2017        Senior Manager, Business Analytics Competency Center, Southern California Edison


Responsible for implementing a Competency Center for Business Analytics


Key Achievements:

      • Developed business analytics strategy and roadmap
      • Developed a mechanism to identify & prioritize data & analytics use cases for development (e.g. transformer to meter mapping improved asset maintenance, crew optimization, identification of downed wires)
      • Provided guidance to develop BI maturity assessment, analytics roadmap, & data governance frameworks
      • Designed & architected the development of Hadoop based big data platform for real time analytics


  1. - 2014          Industry Principal – Strategy & Management Consultant, INFOSYS


Strategic BI leader/advisor for Energy and Utility clients.


Key Achievements:

      • Actively maintained 25 to 35 client relationships; coached & advised C-Suite and Senior Management on BI org & governance set up; helped them develop value management & value measurement frameworks; influenced their technology platform & BI tools selection
      • Facilitated/chaired internal BI advisory team committee and ensured alignment of BI roadmap with strategic goals & initiatives
      • Influenced pre-sales and sales; pioneered rapid solution prototyping and go-to-market data products & services
      • Engaged with clients to understand their needs & drove the global teams to develop end to end solutions
      • Lead webinars, speaker sessions and panel discussions; leveraged professional licenses to learn the new technologies & techniques relating to data & analytics


BI Delivery Lead, INFOSYS


      • Ensured Operations Excellence - Resource utilization, geo mix, visa utilization, high levels of standardization and quality for support & operational projects
      • Lead cross functional teams to define and drive innovative solutions by assessing customer needs; developed value realization plan to achieve the strategic needs of the clients
      • Leveraged proven pricing & delivery models to align varying business needs and engagement maturity levels; Applied robust governance structure, change management, risk management tracking and controls
      • Responsible for account planning, resource growth - hiring, training, evaluation, promotion, rewards & recognition and termination of employees
      • Reviewed market growth on a monthly/quarterly basis; strategized the future avenues of HANA practice and developed plans accordingly
      • Managed more than 350 resources across the globe


2008 - 2012         BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE SENIOR MANAGER, Southern California Edison

2005 – 2007         LEAD DATA ARCHITECT, Southern California Edison

2002 – 2005         LEAD APPLICATION ARCHITECT/PROJECT LEAD, Southern California Edison

1996 –2002          PROJECT LEAD/PROJECT MANAGER, Covansys

1992 –1996          PROJECT DEVELOPER/TEAM LEAD/ONSITE – OFFSHORE LEAD, Tata Consultancy Services




Revenue recovery tool

$600K O&M savings year on year; $1M billing recovery

Portland General Electric

Power quality analyzer

Retaining major customers & improving operations ($4M)

Portland General Electric

Risk based pole inspection

$500K efficiency

Portland General Electric

100+ API’s and microservices for digital platforms

<500ms response, highly scalable API’s

Portland General Electric

Wire down condition

Public safety

Southern California Edison

Tools consolidation & license negotiation

$1.5M O&M savings year on year

Portland General Electric

Predicting asset failures & damage assessments

$.5M O&M savings on damage assessment for 1 asset

Will be disclosed during interview




    • Florida Power & Light, Utility, US
    • Southern California Edison, Utility, US
    • Pacific Gas & Electric, Utility, US
    • Duke Energy, Utility, US
    • CenterPoint Energy, Utility US
    • Takreer, Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas
    • AT&T, Communications, US
    • Verizon, Communications, US
    • EON, Utility, UK




    • Bachelor of Engineering, Major: Computer Science
    • Knowledgeable in
      • SAP, Oracle Suite
      • BI software/database/tools - SAP BO, SAS, Tableau, Microsoft BI, AWS technologies, Oracle Utilities, Snowflake
      • Cloud platforms – AWS, Google Cloud Platform
      • Data Science Platforms/Technologies – Sage Maker
      • Middleware tools & platforms – IBM BPM, MQ, Data Power, ODI, Informatica
      • Instituting Information Management, Data Governance Program
    • Currently doing master’s in data science at UC Berkeley (will graduate in 2024)



PGE Foundation Board Member

OREGON STEM, non-profit Board Member

SAS Utility Analytics Advisory Board Member

OSU College of Business, Business Analytics Board Member


Last updated:

May 26, 2024