An Organization Dedicated To Understanding The Data-Driven World


Data Catalyst is a non-profit organization working to inform and shape data privacy policies that provide both meaningful protection and promote economic and social good. Catalyst works with governments, academics, and industry partners to realize the benefits of a data-driven world made possible by a more integrated regulatory approach. To support that integrated approach, Catalyst provides policymakers with empirical analysis, topical research, and most importantly, access to the small businesses directly affected by their policies.

Data is powering a global industrial revolution and should be understood, promoted, and respected to ensure the benefits are realized – for everyone.

Companies of all sizes and from every industry, hundreds of millions of consumers increasingly dependent on a digital world, and policymakers in emerging and established markets grappling with crucial policy questions will share the future they build today. To realize the potential societal and economic benefit of a data-driven world, Catalyst supports policymaker understanding at all levels of government primarily, but not exclusively, throughout the Americas. Catalyst’s programs and products are led by an Advisory Council of renowned experts and stakeholders.

Peter Cherukuri serves as Executive Director & Publisher of the Data Catalyst Institute, a global think tank focused on improving public policy and practices within the data economy.  Much of his career has focused on connecting the mission of newsrooms with business and technology innovation in senior executive roles at major media companies such as POLITICO, Huffington Post and the Economist Group. Over the last few years, he has leveraged his years of media industry experience to advise and invest in the global startup community by co-founding a successful angel investment group, K Street Capital, and serving as President and Chief Innovation Officer of 1776 – a DC-based incubator for startups that disrupt highly regulated sectors.

Peter is deeply passionate about the intersection of public policy and data-driven innovation. Through the Data Catalyst Institute, he hopes to achieve two things: 1) increase knowledge and discourse on the data regulation landscape among technologists, developers, corporate executives and policy makers and 2) improve data practices across the ecosystem.

A graduate of Colgate University, Peter has served on the board of trustees for the National Press Foundation, West Virginia University Reed College of Media, National League of Cities – Race Equality Leadership Initiative, Shakespeare Theater Company and the Close-up Foundation.  Originally from Mingo County, West Virginia, Peter is based in Washington, DC.

Data Catalyst appreciates the support and contributions of the following organizations, institutions, and companies: 

Google  |  Guardtime  |  MobiledgeX  |  Legitifi  |  Illinois Institute of Technology  |  Facebook  |  Connected Commerce Council  |  Universidad Católica de Chile