Senior VP, AI & Analytics Platform
Sanji Fernando is a Senior Vice President at Optum, where he leads the Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Platforms team for Optum Enterprise Analytics (OEA). He is responsible for developing platforms that support the design and development of leading edge AI models and analytic tools for the enterprise. Previously, Sanji was a vice president at OptumLabs and led the OptumLabs Center for Applied Data Science (CADS). The CADS team applied breakthroughs in AI and machine learning to solve complex health care challenges for UnitedHealth Group (UHG) by developing and deploying software product concepts. CADS pioneered using deep learning to streamline administrative processes in revenue cycle management and developed graph analytics tools to support provider network design, among other innovations. Sanji joined OptumLabs in 2014 from Nokia, where he created Nokia’s first data science team. Sanji is a graduate of Trinity College with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and their three boys. In his free time, Sanji enjoys coaching his sons in basketball and baseball. He also serves on the board of his local Little League.