Cornelia Schaurecker is an experienced leader with a long-term experience in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digitalisation, as well as Automotive IT and is widely recognized in the industry, e.g. by Data IQ TOP 100 2020 and 2021 and by Global TOP 100 Data Visionaries.
She joined Vodafone Group in London in June 2019, where she is responsible for all Big Data and AI initiatives across the world and leads the teams at Group and Market level (>250 team members in ~20 markets, predominantly in Europe as well as Africa. In addition, she is a global advisory board member of the Supervisory Board and CEO of Capgemini. In recent years, Cornelia’s primary focus is about the Scalability and reusability of AI models via ML automation, AI Ethics/Policy and how data and AI could be governed by big corporates in today’s world.
Vodafone’s “AI Everywhere” Strategy is the driver to deliver value for our customers and business at scale and pace. Within the context of industrialising and productionising use cases across markets, Cornelia’s focus is on attracting and retaining the best talent, and industrialising the way Big Data&AI use cases are built and scaled at pace, by providing Standards, training, as well as the best appropriate tools and processes (AI Ethics)
Further acknowledging the importance of female role models in triggering changes about gender-role preconceptions, Cornelia aims to promote more women to leadership positions by providing support and mentoring on career path development that provides the best possible environment to cultivate diverse talents and an inclusive culture of growth at Vodafone group and its markets.
Before joining Vodafone, Cornelia worked for BMW Group as Vice President of IT Region EMEA, in charge of all IT organizations of BMW AG in all National Sales Companies and NFSCs (BMW Financial Service Companies) in Europe as well as the Middle East and South Africa(equivalent to CIO EMEA).
Previously, she worked in Senior IT Management within AUDI AG and the VW Group (12 premium car brands) for 19 years. In her last position, she was the founder and Director of the Volkswagen Data Lab for all Volkswagen Group brands. The VW Group Data Lab is a future-oriented, data-driven innovation hotspot for brands, as well as markets and cross-functions. It is building Use Cases in the areas of Big Data, AI, Connectivity, and the Internet of Things (IoT). She also spent enormous time working with leading tech companies from Silicon Valley, Israel, Europe, leading universities, research institutes, and start-ups.
She holds degrees of Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, with a focus on Digitization, IT, eCommerce and CRM, as well as a master’s degree in International Economics from the Swedish Business School in Helsinki and did the University of Oxford’s Artificial Intelligence programme.