CDO Magazine Editorial Board Member Dr. Adita Karkera has recently completed her Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Arkansas. Karkera's research focuses on the critical role of Chief Data Officers (CDOs) in government settings and their associated frameworks.
Delving into the complexities of an increasingly data-driven government landscape, her work promises to provide invaluable insights aimed at enhancing the efficacy of CDOs in their pivotal roles. The achievement is not only a testament to her dedication but also marks a significant contribution to the evolving landscape of government operations.
“Balancing family, work, education and life wasn’t always easy – but if I can do it, you can too! I hope that me sharing my academic journey gives you some motivation to continue pursuing your own goals and dreams,” shared Karkera in her LinkedIn post.
With over 22 years of industry experience, Karkera serves as the Chief Data Officer for Deloitte Consulting’s Government and Public Services where she leads the data strategy to foster value creation from the organizations’ data while facilitating trust. She also serves as a thought leader and Fellow in the Deloitte AI Institute for Government where she strategically advises government clients on maximizing business value in the areas of data management, strategy, advanced analytics, and AI.
Karkera's prior role as Deputy CDO for the State of Arkansas saw her leading numerous pioneering data initiatives, significantly improving government program effectiveness and decision-making. Her contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic as a member of the governor's Technical Advisory Board in Arkansas were pivotal.
As an advisor and thought leader, Karkera has served on many industry boards and data management industry forums. Karkera also devotes herself to empowering women in data and AI through formal and informal mentorship programs. She is a founding member of Women Leaders in Data & AI (WLDA) and is the inaugural Chapter Lead for the Federal Government Chapter for Women in Data.
She has been nationally recognized by Women in IT Awards, CDO Magazine, Women Leaders in Data & AI, GovTech Awards, and StateScoop 50 Awards for her exemplary contributions to the industry.