isCDO-logo The International Society of Chief Data Officers (isCDO) is the professional society of individuals who serve the role of the Chief Data Officers (CDOs) for their organizations.  Under the guidance of the isCDO Steering Committee and a Board of Advisors, isCDO serves as a vendor neutral, peer-advisory resource for all members, as a society of CDOs, by CDOs, for CDOs.

Our Members

isCDO members are the senior-most leaders of data and analytics in their respective organizations. While some carry the title of Chief Data Officer (CDO), others are "de facto CDOs", sporting an array of titles including: Analytics, Innovation, Customer Insights, Digital or other related roles. Our members span all global geographies and industries, including public and private sectors. Members represent themselves, not their organizations.

Our Vision

Enable enterprises to derive the maximum value from its information and data assets, to realize the value of datadriven decision making, and to gain competitive advantage through high-quality information.

Our Mission

Support and empower CDOs and others charged with leading enterprise strategy, governance, and management of information and data assets.

Our Goals

  • Bring together CDOs to network with peers, share our experiences, and better give back to our organizations and communities through collaboration.
  • Develop and promote education and training to help CDOs to improve in knowledge and skills.
  • Help CDOs strengthen their organizations by improving the quality, use, and interoperability of data and information.
  • Cultivate an environment that encourages the free exchange of information and techniques between CDOs across multiple industries and environments.


isCDO grew out of MIT's annual CDO and Information Quality Symposium, held since 2007 by the MIT Sloan School of Management. In 2015, work began on forming a professional association for CDOs.

MIT Sloan first university patron of isCDO (2016)

In 2018, the isCDO initiative joined under the auspices of the Reengineering Forum (REF), a 501(c)(6) non-profit industry association founded in 1990 that manages and fosters collaboration and professional exchange across a number of related data and information technology areas, including business process reengineering, data-driven management, data reengineering, systems reengineering, and reverse engineering.