Charlotte, N.C. - (May 25, 2021) - Qintess and its chairman, CEO and chief culture officer, Nana Baffour MS, ’97 have established a new partnership with UNC Charlotte's School of Data Science (SDS) through the Founding Members program.
"A company such as Qintess joining the Founding Members program demonstrates SDS’s potential to make an impact worldwide,” said Doug Hague, executive director, SDS. “It’s great to welcome Nana home to support his alma mater and our students.”
A founding member contribution of more than $25,000 will support the educational and research needs of the SDS. The company’s donation will also help remove financial hurdles for students by providing access to necessary resources such as software and emergency funding opportunities.
Baffour, who co-founded Qintess, which specializes in experience management, agile automation, and analytics and decision science, ranks among the global technology sector’s most prominent entrepreneurs. With leadership experience that spans more than 17 years, he has transformed a number of companies’ international management and multinational operations.
“I’ve always had a fond relationship with the University and the city of Charlotte, so becoming an SDS founding member on a personal level and Qintess joining as a corporate member makes perfect sense,” said Baffour. “We’re excited to bring a global perspective to the School of Data Science as well as support efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion across data science, computer science and analytics.”
“In addition to providing internship and mentoring opportunities, we look forward to contributing to UNC Charlotte’s research efforts through our Qintess Analytics and Decision Sciences (QADS) platform,” said Jaider Martins Ramos, managing director, Americas, for Qintess. “The QADS platform utilizes machine learning and natural language processing techniques to uncover hidden insights within data. We’re eager to discover how the University’s researchers may apply QADS to their research needs.”
SDS announced the Founding Members program in 2020, after raising more than $100,000 from long-time supporters and valued industry partners. Baffour and Qintess join the ranks of six individual members and industry contributors that include Bank of America, Lowe’s Inc. and Wells Fargo.
About the School of Data Science
Established in 2020, the UNC Charlotte School of Data Science (SDS) is the only school of its kind in the Carolinas and offers the state’s only undergraduate program in data science. As a collaboration among the College of Computing and Informatics, the Belk College of Business, the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, SDS has approximately 75 faculty members. It was named a 2020 Inspiring Program in STEM from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
With an obsession with innovation and agility in decision making, Qintess accelerates the delivery of solutions for different business challenges, generating real value for the ecosystem of customers and partners. All of Qintess’s work is in line with ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) practices and a genuine concern for our employees and the communities in which we operate.
With approximately 3,200 employees and operations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, United States, United Kingdom and Spain. Qintess’s primary customers include seven of the top ten financial institutions globally, eight of the ten largest utility companies in Brazil, and two of the three largest telecommunications companies in the country.
To learn more, visit: www.qintess.com.