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Tej Anand

Lecturer: Blockchain, AI, and IT; M.S. Technology Management

Tej Anand is an award winning business-technology strategist, advisor, innovator, educator and practitioner with a passion for conceiving and successfully implementing transformative data-driven strategic initiatives across multiple industries.

As an electrical engineer and computer scientist who specialized in artificial intelligence research in the late 1980s, he pioneered commercial data mining, and has been in the field of data mining and knowledge discovery since the early 1990s.

To increase his impact on the business, Anand became a CIO in the late 1990s and since then has been advocating “business-technology” as an alternative to “information technology.” Since 2003, he has worked in the healthcare services industry. He served in executive and leadership roles at CareCentrix and Medco Health Solutions as a way to bring together well-meaning people, existing and emerging technology, empathy and persistence in making a tremendous difference in people’s lives.

Most recently, he served as Chief Information and Technology Officer/Chief Data Officer at CareCentrix, a $1.5 billion tech-enabled healthcare company that manages the services, therapies, and resources that enable patients to heal and age at home. In this role, he doubled revenue and quadrupled earnings by creating a comprehensive technology strategy aligned with business strategy, built a strong and versatile leadership team, drove innovation and stabilized IT operations, infrastructure, software development and release management. At Medco Health Solutions, as VP, Information Technology, Anand was responsible for Clinical, Consumer and Information Management Services.

Prior to his healthcare services roles, Anand served as an Executive Management Consultant and CIO at The Concours Group, NetCreations and Golden Books. He also held senior roles at several technology companies: NCR (Teradata), A. C. Nielsen and Philips Research Laboratories.

Anand is a published author of over two dozen peer-reviewed articles and online publications, an industry speaker and holder of more than a dozen patents in healthcare business processes and business intelligence. He is an official member of the Forbes Technology Council, a mentor in the Executive Master of Science in Technology Management program at Columbia University, and Associate Editor, Reflective Practice – International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives.

After spending almost two decades teaching computers how to learn and create meaning from data for business professionals, Anand came to the realization that he also wanted to focus on how adults learn and cope with change. In 2009, he embarked on a doctorate program in adult learning and organizational leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University that he completed in 2014.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.S., University of South Carolina
  • B.Tech.,  India Institute of Technology, Bombay



  • "The Art of Data Science" (, 2018)
  • "When data acts as a force multiplier: A CDO's take" (, 2017)