Maryam Haghighi

Director, Data Science

Bank of Canada

Dr. Maryam Haghighi is the Director of Data Science at the Bank of Canada. As the first-ever Director of Data Science for Canada’s central bank, she provides Bank wide strategic leadership related to data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Dr. Haghighi has successfully led development across diverse teams from academic and research-oriented environments to global state-controlled enterprises to multinational private partnerships. With over 15 years of experience in a broad range of topics in advanced analytics and AI-driven innovation, she has overseen implementation of sophisticated solutions to complex data problems for multi-billion-dollar projects on the ground and in the skies. Prior to joining the Bank, she pioneered the first ever space-based data analytics systems of a new satellite constellation. As Canada’s delegate to international advisory panels under the United Nations, she provided data and modelling expertise for enhancing the safety of global aviation and the betterment of lives of millions of Canadians. Dr. Haghighi holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics-Optimization and Operations Research from the University of Ottawa. She was a professor of mathematics and computer science and has been a technical consultant in multiple patent processes. She has a deep passion for building bridges between advanced theories of mathematics and real-world applications as well as supporting women in technology initiatives.