Rayid Ghani is a Research Director and Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
He is also the co-founder of Edgeflip, an analytics and social media startup helping non-profits, advocacy groups, and charities do better fundraising, volunteer recruiting, outreach and advocacy.
Rayid is currently focused on using data science for social causes, both with the University of Chicago and Edgeflip. Rayid created and runs the Eric & Wendy Schmidt “Data Science for Social Good” Summer Fellowship which brings together aspiring data scientists to work on data science projects in partnership with governments and non-profits.
At the university, Rayid directs the Center for Data Science and Public Policy and is also developing and teaching courses that bring together Data Science and Public Policy.
Before joining the University of Chicago and starting Edgeflip, Rayid was the Chief Scientist for the Obama 2012 Election Campaign focusing on analytics, data, and technology. Rayid did his graduate work in Machine Learning from Carnegie Mellon University. In his spare time, Rayid advises several startups and non-profits and speaks at, attends, and organizes academic and industry machine learning and data mining conferences.