Haftan EckholdtChief Data Officer & Chief Science Officer at Understood.org
Haftan Eckholdt is Chief Data Officer and Chief Science Officer at Understood, a nonprofit digital resource supporting the 1 in 5 people with learning and attention issues. In this new role at the organization, Haftan is creating a data science team (data engineering, data analytics, and data modeling) and building new programs, products, and experiences for people with learning differences to complement existing programs for their parents, their teachers, and their employers.
His career began with research professorships, most recently Neuroscience/Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he directed the Biometry Core at the Kennedy Center for Human Development. This was followed by industrial research appointments to build data science teams at companies like Albertsons, Amazon and AIG. He holds graduate degrees in Biostatistics and Developmental Psychology from Columbia and Cornell Universities. In his spare time he thinks about things like chess, cooking, cross-country skiing, jogging and reading. When things get really really busy, he actually plays chess and cooks delicious meals and jogs a lot. Born and raised in Baltimore, Haftan has been a resident of Brooklyn, NY since the late 1990's.