I consider myself as AI transformation executive and thought leader in advanced analytics. During my career, I got the opportunity to lead the development and implementation of numerous innovative analytics solutions solving complex problems for a variety of industries and global Fortune 2000 companies in USA, Europe and Asia. I was able to provide exceptional business value by out-of-the box thinking and delivering solutions facilitating unique business opportunities with actionable decision support augmentation.

I hold a PhD in economics and have been a researcher and docent in economics and especially consumer psychology at several highly ranked universities in Australia, Asia & Europe. I am specialized in motivational psychology and behavioral change, driving change management initiatives across the enterprise value chain and implementing sustainable analytics solutions to augment/automate business processes.

I have enterprise leadership experience of cross-functional international teams of analysts, data-scientists, engineers, and consultants as well as external data and technology vendors. I managed up to 50 data science projects per year under budget and time constraints from ideation to implementation. I have hands-on experience in programming and prototyping advanced analytics/machine learning (in Python, R, H2O, SPSS) solutions and am proficient in data literacy, management and handling structured and unstructured data.

Here are some of my most recent positions as AI specialist, consultant and academic researcher:

    Chief Scientist for AccelerEd, a UMGC Ventures company (USA)

Head of AI Customer Transformation/ Subject Matter Experts/ Customer Success (USA)

Principal Data Scientist (USA)

Director of Data Science / Head of Department (Germany)

Data Analyst & Research Consultant (Germany)

Researcher & Docent in Economics (Australia/Singapore)

Post-Doc Researcher & Docent in Economics (Germany)

Voluntary & Industry Leadership:

Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Mathematics (USA)

Adjunct Faculty for the Business Program (Germany)

Selected Publications & Presentations:

Proksch, M. (2023). What, Where, and Why Zero Trust and What is its Future. Conference Roud Table Talk. CommSpark Data & Security Summit 2023, Wisconsin, USA.

Proksch, M. (2022). From Academia to Industry: Real world challenges of advanced analytics. Conference Presentation. Presented at IEEE Cloud Summit 2022, Harrisburg, USA.

Jarmyn, D., Proksch, M., Richardson, K. (2022) How AI helps deliver better business outcomes and improved decision making. Commbank of Australia, Foresight article series. Sydney Australia

Proksch, M (2022). Learnings from Zillow’s AI inflicted Loss of $10,000,000,000 Dollars, Medium, https://medium.com/@michael.proksch/learning-from-zillows-ai-inflicted-loss-of-10-billion-79d9b1625ac7

Proksch, M. (2021, Oct 20). Current and Future Challenges of AI fort Business Value Creation. Conference Presentation. Presented at IEEE Cloud Summit 2021, Harrisburg, USA.

Proksch, M. (2021, Oct 20). Current and Future Challenges of AI for Business Value Creation. Conference Presentation. Presented at IEEE Cloud Summit 2021, Harrisburg, USA.

Proksch, M. (2020, Oct 21). How to (not) drive Business Value with AI. Conference Presentation. Presented at IEEE Cloud Summit 2020, Harrisburg, USA, LINK

Sood, A., Proksch, M., Raghavan, V. (2020). The Benefits of Budget Allocation with AI-Driven Marketing Mix Models. White Paper, LINK

Hall, P., Proksch, M. (2020). From GLM to GBM Part II. The Business Value of a Better Model, TowardsDataScience, LINK

Proksch, M., Hall, P. (2020). From GLM to GBM Part I. How an Economics Nobel Prize could revolutionize insurance and lending, TowardsDataScience, LINK

Tarabashkina, L., Quester, P., Tarabashkina, O., & Proksch, M. (2018). When Persuasive Intent and Product’s Healthiness Make a Difference for Young Consumers. Young Consumers, LINK

Zwicker, S., Proksch, M., Hardiman, M., & Tarabashkina, L. (2017, Dec 4-6). Social media context’s enhancement of brand image. In L. Robinson, L. Brennan, & M. Reid. ANZMAC Conference Proceedings. Paper presented at ANZMAC Conference: Marketing for Impact, RMIT University (206). Melbourne: RMIT University, LINK

Hardiman, M., Proksch, M., & Zwicker, S. (2017, Feb). How Facebook ads disrupt brands’ images. Poster presented at Consumer Behavior Conference, Schmalkalden.

Crouch, R., Ewer, M., Quester, P., & Proksch, M. (2016, Feb 17-18). Talking with You—Not at You: How Brand Ambassadors Can Spark Consumer Brand Attachment?, In J. Bruwer, L. Lockshin, A. Corsi, J. Cohen, & M. Hirche. Conference Proceedings. Paper presented at the 9th Academy of Wine Business Research Conference: Wine Business Research that Matters, Adelaide (475-483), Adelaide: Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, LINK

Proksch, M., Orth, U., & Cornwell, B. (2015). Competence enhancement and anticipated emotion as motivational drivers of brand attachment. Journal of Psychology & Marketing, 32(9), 934-949, LINK

Proksch, M., Orth, U., & Bethge, F. (2013). Disentangling the influence of attachment anxiety and attachment security in consumer formation of attachments to brands. Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 12, 318-326, LINK

Veale, R., Quester, P., & Proksch, M. (2012). (2018). How do country of origin, closure type and label style affect purchase decisions. Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, 9, 114-115, LINK

Proksch, M. (2012). Warum sich Menschen an Marken binden [Why people attach themselves to brands]. Book, Göttingen: Cuvillier, LINK

Proksch, M. & Orth, U. (2011, Feb 24-26). For self, fun, or fear? Why people attach themselves to brands. Conference Proceedings. Poster presented at Society for Consumer Psychology 2011 Winter Conference, Atlanta (238).