Master in Business Analytics



Dr. William Torres was one of those who laid down the foundations of the internet in the country. He had informal negotiations with the U.S. National Science Foundation in 1992. The Philippines was finally connected to the Internet on March 29, 1994. Currently teaching at the Mapúa’s School of Information Technology, Torres graduated as a gold medalist in Mapúa in 1955 with a degree of BS Mechanical Engineering. To add to that, he was the first PhD graduate of Computer Science among Filipinos.


Sonny Halili is regarded by many as the “Father of Commercial Analytics in the Philippines”. He has over 30 years of corporate experience having worked with prestigious companies like SGV, Andersen Consulting, Digital Equipment, Unisys, Informix, Oracle and SAS. He has worked with various customers in financial services, telecommunications, public sector, retail, manufacturing, gaming and energy. In early 2000’s, he introduced advanced analytics in the Philippines. In a few years, he increased the adoption of analytics in business by multitudes such that by mid-2000, he was the first to set up an Analytics Center of Excellence in partnership with academe to supply the growing demand for data scientists in the Philippines and worldwide.

Jose Albert Llamas has more than 30 years of relevant experience in Banking, Financial Services and Information Technology with extensive knowledge in managing business units and corporate operations. He is presently holding a regional post with Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Tokyo, Japan), in the automotive financing business for the East Africa and Southeast Asia Region since 2013. 

He also has a strong business development and leadership experience having become the First Vice President for Operations and Technology of Toyota Financial Services, Executive Vice President and COO for a local Toyota Dealership, Country Manager for Financial Services of Seimens Nixdorf Systems and Regional Manager for SPL Worldgroup Software. In addition, he also became Project Director for SAS Institute (Phils.) for technology projects in Globe Telecom and GSIS.

Prior to these, Mr. Llamas worked for the following banks: Citibank, Citifinancials, Asia United Bank, Bank of the Philippine Islands and BA Finance Corp (An Affiliate Bank of America).

Deepak Ramanathan in his role as Chief Technology Officer has been advising customers across the region on their analytical strategies. Now in his 13th year at SAS, Deepak works with customers across industries in identifying business issues which could benefit from an analytical outlook and helps these organizations in rolling out these analytical solutions. Deepak also serves as an analytical evangelist, familiarizing customers with analytical lifecycles, support structures for deploying, maintaining these initiatives and developing an ecosystem which would sustain the analytics

Deepak current area of focus is around High Performance Analytics and Big Data Analytics, working with clients to build use cases and deploying it within the organization. He has been working with customers in Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail and Loyalty Optimization and Communications industries to identify and build the appropriate business cases.

Deepak is based in Singapore and has been working with customers across the Asia Pacific region for the last 8 years in what has been a thoroughly enjoyable and learning experience.

With vast experience in SAS analytics spanning a career of over 30 years, Dr. James Sattler is an expert in the field of analytics. His expertise has been gained in the government, pharmaceutical, banking and telecommunications industries. Some of his notable work involved clinical trials analysis for drug development in the pharmaceutical industry while he worked extensively in risk management and fraud detection for a large US Bank.
In addition to being a consultant, Dr. Sattler is a trainer for SAS foundation courses in the Philippines, Singapore and the Middle East. Dr. Sattler was also previously a university lecturer for the University of California in the course of SAS programming, in which he designed the curriculum.

Kadir Dindar is currently an international consltant in the field of Customer Intelligence. He was the former Head of the Global Practice Customer Intelligence at SAS. In this capacity, he lead a global team of subject matter experts and thought leaders in the are of CRM and Data-Driven-Marketing. He advises international companies on key issues for modern, value-oriented customer management with the aim of sustainable and profitable growth. This work focuses on adapting information and decision-making processes to the requirements of a radically changing market structure and customer behavior. The main areas of activity are developing strategies for corporate management, dovetailing processes for sales, service and marketing, and optimizing customer interactions in an Omni-Channel environment.

Previously, Kadir Dindar spent many years as Head of Center of Excellence EMEA and AP, an Head of the Customer Intelligence Competence Center at SAS Germany, successfully implementing numerous large-scale projects, both national and international. Before he joined SAS he worked as Senior Business Development Manager at Chordiant Software and as Head of Direct Marketing at Deutsche Telekom, and also gained experience in classical marketing at companies such as the German airline Lufthansa.