Ram Iyer

Ram Iyer


Health IT Advisory Committee, Federal Representative

Chief Data Officer
Food and Drug Administration

As the Chief Data Officer of the FDA, Ram C Iyer has the accountability to develop and execute an agency wide data modernization strategy, building robust central functions that can be leveraged by the centers and the agency for high value decisions.  The scope spans the entire stack from data identification to actionable decision, including data policies and governance.

Ram is an industry and peer recognized data and technology professional with experience in the Pharma, Consulting, Telecom and International Government organizations. His expertise includes Data and Decision Sciences, Digital and Technology Architecture, and Talent Development with a focus on building collaborative partnerships and Ecosystems.

Before joining the FDA, Ram was the Head of Enterprise Architecture and Executive Director of Analytics Center of Excellence at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS). He helped jumpstart several Data and Analytic practices at BMS including enterprise class platforms for reproducible research, model management and visual analytics.  He also built a thriving network of data scientists, data analysts, visual story tellers, and agile specialists to tackle urgent and complex problems in the organization.

Ram received his Masters Degree in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from the University of Madras, India. He is also trained in several complementary skills such as Enterprise Analytics, System Dynamics and Design Thinking from leading institutions in the US. 

Content last reviewed on April 20, 2021
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