Alexander Statnikov is a Vice President of Digital Modeling and Machine Learning at American Express. He plays an essential role in leading Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics activities for the company. He is currently managing teams of data scientists responsible for developing a variety of machine learning models and data products for customer acquisition, underwriting, credit and fraud management. Prior to joining American Express, Alexander was an Associate Professor at New York University specializing in causal discovery and various areas of data science and machine learning. Alexander is an author of more than 50 journal articles, 5 books and monographs, and inventor of 13 U.S. patents (issued or pending).