WHO’S SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AI? OUR SPEAKERS

MEET THE WORLD’S BRIGHTEST AI BRAINS

We’re climbing exponential mountains and crossing deep-learning valleys to find 140 of the brightest AI brains on the planet for the World Summit AI stage!

We are known for having the best of the best speakers on stage, with 140 experts speaking last year from Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba, Tencent, Google, Intel, NASA, Uber, IBM Watson and so many more.

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2018 SPEAKERS

YOSHUA BENGIO

Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research

University of Montreal

YOSHUA BENGIO

Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research

University of Montreal

Yoshua Bengio is Full Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research, head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), CIFAR Program co-director of the CIFAR program on Learning in Machines and Brains, Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms. His main research ambition is to understand principles of learning that yield intelligence. He supervises a large group of graduate students and post-docs. His research is widely cited (over 135,000 citations found by Google Scholar in September 2017, with an H-index of 125).

 

Yoshua Bengio is currently action editor for the Journal of Machine Learning Research, associate editor for the Neural Computation journal, editor for Foundations and Trends in Machine Learning, and has been associate editor for the Machine Learning Journal and the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks.

STEVE CHIEN

Head of Artificial Intelligence Group, JPL

NASA

STEVE CHIEN

Head of Artificial Intelligence Group, JPL

NASA

Dr. Steve Chien is Technical Group Supervisor of the Artificial Intelligence Group and Senior Research Scientist in the Mission Planning and Execution Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology where he leads efforts in automated planning and scheduling for space exploration. Dr. Chien is also Adjunct Faculty with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Southern California and previously was a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Computer Science of the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds a B.S. with Highest Honors in Computer Science, with minors in Mathematics and Economics, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, all from the University of Illinois.

 

Dr. Chien was a recipient of the 1995 Lew Allen Award for Excellence, JPLs highest award recognizing outstanding technical achievements by JPL personnel in the early years of their careers. In 1997, he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work in research and development of planning and scheduling systems for NASA. He is the Team Lead for the ASPEN Planning System , which received Honorable Mention in the 1999 Software of the Year Competition and was a contributor to the Remote Agent System which was a co-winner in the same 1999 competition. In 2000, he received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for service and leadership in research and deployment of planning and scheduling systems for NASA. He is the Principal Investigator for the Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment which is a co-winner of the 2005 NASA Software of the Year Award. In 2007, he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for outstanding technical accomplishments in the development of the Autonomous Sciencecraft deployed on the Earth Observing One Mission and the development of the Earth Observing Sensorweb. In 2011 He was awarded the innaugural AIAA Intelligent Systems Award, for his contributions to Spacecraft Autonomy. In 2011, he was the team co-lead for the Sensorweb Toolbox team, which was awarded Honorable mention in the 2011 NASA Software of the Year Competition. In 2015 He was awarded a JPL Magellan Award as well as the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his contributions to automated science scheduling for ESAs Rosetta mission.

CASSIE KOZYRKOV

Chief Decision Scientist

Google

CASSIE KOZYRKOV

Chief Decision Scientist

Google

As Chief Decision Scientist at Google Cloud, Cassie Kozyrkov advises leadership teams on decision process, AI strategy, and building data-driven organizations. She works to democratize statistical thinking and machine learning so that everyone – Google, its customers, the world! – can harness the beauty and power of data. She is the force behind bringing the practice of Decision Intelligence to Google and she has personally trained over 15,000 Googlers in machine learning, statistics, and data-driven decision-making. Before her current role, she served in Googles Office of the CTO as Chief Data Scientist. Prior to joining Google, Cassie worked as a data scientist and consultant. She holds degrees in mathematical statistics, economics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. When she’s not working, you’re most likely to find Cassie at the theater, in an art museum, exploring the world, or curled up with a good novel.

RUSLAN SALAKHUTDINOV

Director of AI Research and Professor in Machine Learning

Apple and Carnegie Mellon University

RUSLAN SALAKHUTDINOV

Director of AI Research and Professor in Machine Learning

Apple and Carnegie Mellon University

MANUELA VELOSO

Managing Director and Head of AI Research

JP Morgan Chase and Carnegie Mellon University

MANUELA VELOSO

Managing Director and Head of AI Research

JP Morgan Chase and Carnegie Mellon University

Manuela M. Veloso is the Head of J.P. Morgan AI Research, which pursues fundamental research in areas of core relevance to financial services, including data mining and cryptography, machine learning, explainability, and human-AI interaction. J.P. Morgan AI Research partners with applied data analytics teams across the firm as well as with leading academic institutions globally.

Professor Veloso is on leave from Carnegie Mellon University as the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science, and the past Head of the Machine Learning Department. With her students, she had led research in AI, with a focus on robotics and machine learning, having concretely researched and developed a variety of autonomous robots, including teams of soccer robots, and mobile service robots. Her robot soccer teams have been RoboCup world champions several times, and the CoBot mobile robots have autonomously navigated for more than 1,000km in university buildings.

Professor Veloso is the Past President of AAAI, (the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence), and the co-founder, Trustee, and Past President of RoboCup. Professor Veloso has been recognized with a multiple honors, including being a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and AAAI. She is the recipient of several best paper awards, the Einstein Chair of the Chinese Academy of Science, the ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award, an NSF Career Award, and the Allen Newell Medal for Excellence in Research. See www.cs.cmu.edu/~mmv/Veloso.html for her scientific publications.

ITAMAR FRIEDMAN

Head of Alibaba Israel MV Lab

Alibaba

ITAMAR FRIEDMAN

Head of Alibaba Israel MV Lab

Alibaba

Itamar (一塔) Friedman is the founder and head of Alibaba Israel Machine Vision Lab, leading teams to create innovations for Alibaba’s diverse ecosystems.

Itamar was the CTO of Visualead, a startup developing cutting-edge machine vision O2O technologies acquired by Alibaba.

In the 90s, during high school, Itamar founded his first company, at that time pioneering the Internet scene in Israel by developing web applications to assist businesses having an online presence. Later on Itamar worked as an engineer at Mellaxon and Kaminario, and then was the co-founder and CTO of Dreambots, a startup in the robotic field.

Itamar holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) and a MSc in Computer Vision and Machine Learning from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).

FRANCESCA ROSSI

AI Ethics Global Leader & Professor of Computer Science

IBM Research & University of Padova

FRANCESCA ROSSI

AI Ethics Global Leader & Professor of Computer Science

IBM Research & University of Padova

Francesca Rossi is AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM Research AI and professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy, currently on leave.

 

Her research interests focus on artificial intelligence, specifically they include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making. She is also interested in ethical issues in the development and behaviour of AI systems, in particular for decision support systems for group decision making. She has published over 170 scientific articles in journals and conference proceedings, and as book chapters. She has co-authored a book. She has edited 17 volumes, between conference proceedings, collections of contributions, special issues of journals, as well as the Handbook of Constraint Programming. She has more than 100 co-authors.

 

She is a AAAI and a EurAI fellow, and a Radcliffe fellow 2015. She has been president of IJCAI and an executive councillor of AAAI.
She is Editor in Chief of JAIR and a member of the editorial board of ConstraintsArtificial Intelligence, AMAI, and KAIS.

 

She co-chairs the AAAI committee on AI and ethics and she is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Future of Life Institute and of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She is in the executive committee of the IEEE global initiative on ethical considerations on the development of autonomous and intelligent systems and she belongs to the World Economic Forum Council on AI and robotics.

 

She is a member of the board of directors of the Partnership on AI, where she represents IBM as one of the founding partners.

JOSEPH SIROSH

Corporate Vice President and CTO AI

Microsoft

JOSEPH SIROSH

Corporate Vice President and CTO AI

Microsoft

Dr. Joseph Sirosh is the CTO for Microsoft AI. Prior to this role, he has served as a Corporate Vice President of the AI and Data Platform at Microsoft responsible for Databases, Big Data, Machine Learning Cognitive Services, Bot Services and Information Management, and as the Vice President of the Global Inventory Platform at Amazon where he also spent nearly 9 years in various roles including building internal Machine Learning platforms. Prior to Amazon he was the VP of R&D at Fair Isaac Corporation. He holds a PhD in Neural Networks from the University of Texas at Austin and a BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

YOSSI MATIAS

Vice President Engineering

Google

YOSSI MATIAS

Vice President Engineering

Google

Yossi Matias is Vice President, Engineering, at Google and the Managing Director of Google’s R&D Center in Israel which he established, leading efforts in Search and Research, including Google Trends, Autocomplete, Live Results, SOS Alerts and Google Duplex. He is the founding executive lead of Google’s Campus Tel Aviv and Launchpad.

 

Yossi has years of experience as a computer scientist, entrepreneur and executive. He has been on the Computer Science faculty at Tel Aviv University, and previously a Research Scientist at Bell Labs and visiting professor at Stanford. He published over 100 papers and is the inventor of some 45 patents. He pioneered some of the early technologies for the effective analysis of big data, internet privacy, and contextual search.

 

Yossi is a recipient of the Godel Prize and is an ACM Fellow for contributions to analysis of big data.

 

MIKHAIL PARAKHIN

CTO

Yandex

MIKHAIL PARAKHIN

CTO

Yandex

Mikhail Parakhin has been leading teams in AI innovation for some of the world’s top tech companies for over a decade. After several years at Microsoft leading the Bing Multimedia team, Mikhail brought his machine learning expertise to Yandex, one of Europe’s largest tech companies that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning. As CTO of Yandex, Mikhail leads all technical teams globally for the company.

 

Under his leadership, Yandex introduced the Machine Intelligence and Research (MIR) Division, which functions as a centralized, cross-functional unit to accelerate innovation and unify Yandex’s core machine learning technologies: MatrixNet (proprietary ML platform) and its development, CatBoost (best in class GBDT implementation), DaNet (DNN framework), computer vision, speech, and translation. Yandex has also recently launched it’s intelligent assistant, Alice, and tested its driverless vehicle on the snowy roads of Moscow among other innovation milestones set to shape the future.

 

Mikhail brings his unique background in machine learning and coding plus specializations in Search, Image processing and Handwriting/Speech recognition algorithms to not only advance Yandex’s technologies and products but the global tech ecosystem. Mikhail holds a Master’s in Physics from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute.

DANNY LANGE

VP of AI and Machine Learning

Unity Technologies

DANNY LANGE

VP of AI and Machine Learning

Unity Technologies

Dr. Danny Lange is Vice President of AI and Machine Learning at Unity Technologies where he leads multiple initiatives around applied artificial intelligence. Previously, Danny was Head of Machine Learning at Uber, where he led the efforts to build a highly scalable machine learning platform to support all parts of Uber’s business.

 

Before joining Uber, Danny was General Manager of Amazon Machine Learning providing internal teams with access to machine intelligence. He also launched an AWS product that offers machine learning as a cloud service to the public. Prior to Amazon, he was Principal Development Manager at Microsoft where he led a product team focused on large-scale machine learning for big data. Danny spent eight years on speech recognition systems, first as CTO of General Magic, Inc., and then as founder of his own company, Vocomo Software. During this time he was working on General Motor’s OnStar Virtual Advisor, one of the largest deployments of an intelligent personal assistant until Siri. Danny started his career as a Computer Scientist at IBM Research.

 

He holds MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the Technical University of Denmark. He is a member of ACM and IEEE Computer Society and has numerous patents to his credit.

TONY JEBARA

Director of Machine Learning Research

Netflix

TONY JEBARA

Director of Machine Learning Research

Netflix

RODOLPHE GELIN

EVP Chief Scientific Officer

SoftBank Robotics

RODOLPHE GELIN

EVP Chief Scientific Officer

SoftBank Robotics

Mr. Rodolphe Gelin is Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at SoftBank Robotics Europe. Prior to SoftBank Robotics, Rodolphe was at CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission) for over 20 years as the head of robotics, virtual reality and cognitics program. He joined SoftBank Robotics in 2008 to lead the Romeo project. This French collaborative project (2009-2017), united over 12 partners, and aimed at developing a tall humanoid robot to assist elderly people. Rodolphe Gelin has been invited to talk and present at numerous scientific, general public and industrial events. He is the author of five books about Virtual Reality and Robotics.

DR. ATHINA KANIOURA

Global Data Science Lead

Accenture

DR. ATHINA KANIOURA

Global Data Science Lead

Accenture

Athina Kanioura is Accenture’s Global Data Science Lead. She comes to us a with a wealth of knowledge and insight which she has amassed over an impressive career, both in academia and business. Her specialism is in applied statistics and machine learning. Athina’s 12 years’ practical experience have seen her focus her expertise on a wide range of areas, including personalization; customer analytics; pricing; omnichannel optimization; enhancing marketing and communication effectiveness and content optimization. She adds enormous value to our own capabilities from a career which has encompassed innovation in sectors ranging from Telecommunications, Hi-tech industries and Life Sciences to FMCG, Financial Services and Resources.

JAY BELLISSIMO

General Manager, Cognitive Process Transformation

IBM

JAY BELLISSIMO

General Manager, Cognitive Process Transformation

IBM

Jay Bellissimo is the Global Managing Partner of IBM Services Cognitive Process Transformation Growth Platform, leading the service lines of Cognitive Process Re-engineering, Cognitive Process Services, and Cognitive Business Decision Support. The Practices he oversees include Watson AI & Data Platform, Advance Analytics, Blockchain, Watson Internet of Things, Watson Health, Talent & Engagement, Process Automation, among others. His primary mission is to fuel growth by deploying competitive market offerings and building a diverse and differentiated talent pool and to continue to amaze and delight our customers.

DR. PATRICIA FLORISSI

VP & Global CTO

Dell

DR. PATRICIA FLORISSI

VP & Global CTO

Dell

Patricia Florissi is Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Sales. As Global CTO for Sales, Patricia helps define mid and long term technology strategy, representing the needs of the broader Dell EMC ecosystem in strategic initiatives. Patricia also acts as the liaison between Dell EMC and our customers and partners, to foster stronger alliances and deliver higher value.

 

Patricia was previously the Vice President and Global CTO for Sales at EMC prior to the merger between Dell and EMC. She also holds the honorary title of EMC Distinguished Engineer, having been nominated in October 2007. Patricia is the creator, author, narrator, and graphical influencer of the educational video series Dell EMC Big Ideas on emerging technologies and trends.

 

Patricia joined EMC in February 2005 via the System Management Arts (SMARTS) acquisition as a Distinguished Technologist in the Ionix business unit, and became the CTO for Ionix in November 2005. As CTO, Patricia was responsible for defining, and communicating the medium- to long-term vision EMC would embrace for delivering solutions to automate the management of Information Infrastructure resources. Patricia was appointed Strategic Initiative Leader for Governance, risk and Compliance (GRC) in August 2008, where she was responsible for leading the research, design, execution, and communication of EMC’s GRC vision and strategy. Patricia was appointed Americas CTO for Sales in January 2010, Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) CTO in March 2011, and Global CTO for Sales in July 2012.

 

Before joining EMC, Patricia was the Vice President of Advanced Solutions at Smarts in White Plains, New York. In that capacity, Patricia was responsible for researching emerging technologies and for defining the strategy that Smarts would take in bringing solutions to market to address the challenges introduced by these technological advances. Patricia led the research, design, and first release of over half a dozen products. These have been driving millions of dollars in revenue and still remain in the market today.

 

Patricia is an EMC Distinguished Engineer, holds a Ph. D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in New York, graduated valedictorian with an MBA at the Stern Business School in New York University, and has a Masters and a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, in Brazil. Patricia holds multiple patents, and has published in periodicals including Computer Networks and IEEE Proceedings.

 

Patricia is a board member of the Columbia School of Engineering Board of Visitors. Founded in 1955, the Columbia Engineering Board of Visitors is approved by the Columbia University Trustees to “advise and assist the Trustees, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Dean in the development of the school.” Patricia is the chairman of the advisory board for the Data Science Graduate Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she will advise and assist in the school’s new program. Patricia is a board member of the Brazilian/American Chamber of Commerce where she assists in fostering relations with Brazil. Additionally, Patricia is also an active member and participant of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas organization.
Patricia also serves as a mentor for several groups both inside and outside of EMC. She sits as mentor and judge for the Boston based Mass Challenge group, as well as the Boston Club for advancing women’s leaders.

SANTIAGO BRAJE

Global Head of Credit Trading and Katana Founder

ING

SANTIAGO BRAJE

Global Head of Credit Trading and Katana Founder

ING

Santiago Braje is the Global Head of Credit Trading at ING Bank. Santiago has 20 years of experience in banking, having worked extensively in public and private credit markets. He joined ING Financial Markets in 2005 after spending his formative years in corporate finance at Societe Generale and Citigroup in Argentina, where he also co-founded a credit restructuring boutique. At ING, Santiago has been responsible for emerging markets and structured credit trading and more recently led the integration of ING’s global credit trading franchise. He has pioneered the application of data science in the front office, integrating machine learning models into the traders’ workflow. Backed by ING’s Innovation Fund, in 2017 Santiago started Katana, an augmented intelligence tool to assist decision-making in financial markets. After developing the first Katana app to help traders at ING price faster and sharper, a second Katana tool was co-created with a large institutional European investor, this time designed to help investment managers detect opportunities by scanning the whole universe of bonds systematically. Santiago holds a BA in Economics from University of Buenos Aires, an MSc in Economics from Torcuato Di Tella University and an MSc in Operational Research from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

OSCAR CELMA

Head of AI

Pandora

OSCAR CELMA

Head of AI

Pandora

Dr. Òscar Celma is Head of Research at Pandora, where he leads a team of 80 (40 scientists and 40 musicologists) to provide the best personalized radio and on-demand music experience. Òscar has published a book named “Music Recommendation and Discovery” (Springer, 2010). Òscar holds a few patents from his work on music discovery as well as on Vocaloid, a singing voice-synthesizer bought by Yamaha in 2004. From 2011 till 2014 Òscar was Senior Research Scientist at Gracenote. His work focused on music and video recommendation and discovery. Before that he was co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Barcelona Music and Audio Technologies (BMAT). He’s also an avid speaker at conferences such as Strata + Hadoop, QCon, MLConf, SXSW, and Midem.

 

GILAD LOTAN

VP – Head of Data Science

BuzzFeed

GILAD LOTAN

VP – Head of Data Science

BuzzFeed

Gilad is the Head of Data Science at BuzzFeed where he leads a team that’s tasked with building state of the art analytics and data products to support entertainment, news, business and tech. Previously Gilad led Data Science at betaworks, and built data products at Microsoft.

 

Gilad’s work has been covered across a wide range of academic journals and publications, most recently focused on propaganda and bias within algorithmic ranking systems.

MARK WIERMANS

Managing Director – Innovation Center for Smart Services, Netherlands Lead for AI and Robotics

Accenture

MARK WIERMANS

Managing Director – Innovation Center for Smart Services, Netherlands Lead for AI and Robotics

Accenture

Mark Wiermans is responsible for growing a new service offering and location for Accenture. The Innovation Center for Smart Services in Heerlen focuses on innovative services that enhance or renew the digital experience. These services are based on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Blockchain. We service clients in the Benelux and Germany with local talent from the Euregion.

 

For Accenture Netherlands he is responsible for driving our Robotics and AI business across our Strategy, Consulting, Digital and BPO businesses.  Since 2012 he is responsible for the rapid growth of the Technology workforces in Almere (now Utrecht) and Heerlen. This is achieved by applying industrialization, developing entrepreneurship and investing in new technology and industry capabilities. His view is that organizations should seek to co-innovate with their partners, instead of expecting them to tell them what to do. Collaboration in the ecosystem and adopting new technologies to develop new services is key to be disruptive. Adding intelligence to processes with analytics and, in a later stage, cognitive computing will boost personalized services and improve the digital experience.

 

However, let’s not forget the core. Many systems and technologies have become commodity but are still the backbone. Organisations can profit from commoditization of IT. Not only from an attractive price point but also from high quality at scale by highly standardised and automated delivery. This enables organizations to focus on realizing the competitive edge that new technologies can bring.

 

Mark holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology. When not at work he enjoys racing his bicycle and spending time with his wife and daughter.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/markwiermans/

DR. LUCIAN GHEORGHE

Senior Innovation Researcher, Nissan Research Centre

Nissan

DR. LUCIAN GHEORGHE

Senior Innovation Researcher, Nissan Research Centre

Nissan

HUW PRICE

Academic Director and Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

HUW PRICE

Academic Director and Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Huw Price is Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy and a Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. He is also Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, which he founded in 2012 with Martin Rees and Jaan Tallinn, and Academic Director of the new Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. Before moving to Cambridge he was ARC Federation Fellow and Challis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, where from 2002—2012 he was Director of the Centre for Time

 

His publications include Facts and the Function of Truth (Blackwell, 1988; 2nd. . OUP, forthcoming), Time’s Arrow and Archimedes’ Point (OUP, 1996), Naturalism Without Mirrors (OUP, 2011) and a range of articles in journals such as Nature, Science,  Philosophical Review, Journal of Philosophy, Mind and British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. He is also co-editor (with Richard Corry) of Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell’s Republic Revisited (OUP, 2007). His René Descartes Lectures (Tilburg, 2008) were recently published as Expressivism, Pragmatism and Representationalism (CUP, 2013), with commentary essays by Simon Blackburn, Robert Brandom, Paul Horwich and Michael Williams.

 

He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow and former Member of Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Past President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy. He was consulting editor for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy from and is an associate editor of The Australasian Journal of Philosophy and a member of the editorial boards of Contemporary Pragmatism, Logic and Philosophy of Science, the Routledge International Library of Philosophy, and the European Journal for Philosophy of Science.

ADRIEN GAIDON

Machine Learning Lead

Toyota Research Institute

ADRIEN GAIDON

Machine Learning Lead

Toyota Research Institute

Adrien Gaidon is currently the Machine Intelligence Lead and a Senior Research Scientist at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) in Los Altos, CA, USA. He received his PhD from MSR-Inria Paris in 2012, was a post doctoral research scientist at Inria Grenoble in Cordelia Schmid’s group, and a Research Scientist in the Computer Vision Group at Xerox Research Center Europe (XRCE). Before that, Adrien won the Pascal VOC 2008 challenge on object classification and detection. His work on Computer Vision and Machine Learning has led to 27 publications (patents and academic papers, mostly in top international conferences and journals like CVPR, PAMI.

 

Adrien’s main research focus is on video understanding, especially action recognition, object detection and tracking, deep learning, and domain adaptation. His recent work on using virtual worlds and game engines to generate synthetic training and test data for deep learning was published at CVPR 2016 and 2017, and covered internationally in Wired, MIT Tech Review, and Forbes. Adrien recently co-organized the first international workshop on Virtual/Augmented Reality for Visual Artificial Intelligence (VARVAI) at ECCV 2016 & ACM-MM 2016, is a Guest Editor for the International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV) Special Issue on “Synthetic Visual Data”, and a reviewer for the major machine learning and computer vision conferences and journals.

CIARAN JETTEN

Head of the Insights Lab

Heineken International

CIARAN JETTEN

Head of the Insights Lab

Heineken International

PASCAL WEINBERGER

AI Lead

Telefonica’s Alpha

PASCAL WEINBERGER

AI Lead

Telefonica’s Alpha

Pascal has always been interested in the puzzle of intelligence.  Starting with the Max-Plank for Neuroscience, he’s explored potential algorithms of intelligence, that he then later on applied in real-world problems. He’s worked on this with Numenta, then Google Brain and then his startup company Gaia Solutions, where he and his team used AI to help Farmers manage their fields more effectively through disease detection. After his successful exit, he’s started advising and investing in startups as well as consulting corporates globally in the field of Data-Science and AI.

He currently runs the AI team at Alpha.Company, Europe’s first Moonshot factory, focusing on advancing the status-quo in the areas of distributed Learning algorithms, transparency in machine-learning and “empathic” AI

BING SONG

Vice President and Director

Berggruen Institute and The Berggruen Institute China Center

BING SONG

Vice President and Director

Berggruen Institute and The Berggruen Institute China Center

Berggruen Institute provides a platform for top thinkers and opinion leaders from China and West to exchange ideas on the global challenges of our day. The institute’s areas of inquiry include the ethics artificial intelligence and the transformations of global governance. As a senior member of the Berggruen Institute, Ms. Song is responsible for the overall strategy and programmatic and institutional development of the China Center.
Prior to joining the Berggruen Institute, Ms. Song served in a senior country leadership position for Goldman Sachs’ China business. Earlier in her career, she did legal and public policy research in Singapore and China and published works on Chinese administrative law and competition law.

ROMARIC REDON

DataLab Manager

Airbus Defence and Space

ROMARIC REDON

DataLab Manager

Airbus Defence and Space

Romaric has over 20 years of experience working on Innovation and AI applications in the aerospace industry. He started in the early days with LISP programming and had a chance to apply various AI technologies (rules based systems, cased based systems, semantic web, multi-agent systems, Machine learning and deep learning). Romaric has been through various roles: programmer, team leader of a data scientist team, roadmap leader for a data science department and today he is managing the AIRBUS Defence and Space DataLab.

LUCIANO FLORIDI

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information & Director

University of Oxford and Digital Ethics Lab

LUCIANO FLORIDI

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information & Director

University of Oxford and Digital Ethics Lab

Luciano Floridi is the OII’s Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Director of the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute. Still in Oxford, he is Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics of the Faculty of Philosophy, and Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy of the Department of Computer Science. Outside Oxford, he is Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (the national institute for data science) and Chair of its Data Ethics Group; and Adjunct Professor (“Distinguished Scholar in Residence”) of the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C.

 

His research concerns primarily Information and Computer Ethics (aka Digital Ethics), the Philosophy of Information, and the Philosophy of Technology. Other research interests include Epistemology, Philosophy of Logic, and the History and Philosophy of Scepticism. He has published over a 150 papers in these areas, in many anthologies and peer-reviewed journals.

SURYA RAMKUMAR

Director of Services

Microsoft

SURYA RAMKUMAR

Director of Services

Microsoft

As Director of Services at Microsoft, Surya Ramkumar brings the breadth and depth of Microsoft products and services – from Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality to Cloud Computing, Mobility and Productivity – to innovate and inspire businesses to deliver bottom-line impact.

 

She is well-experienced in AI in action, working with organizations across sectors to make the latest technologies tangible and practical and driving real-life AI applications at scale. As intelligence becomes pervasive, it is crucial that the human element remains at the center, and Surya is passionate about driving human-centric AI innovation.

 

Prior to this role, Surya was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she has worked with over thirty companies globally, especially on topics of disruption and innovation. Prior to that, she worked at Citigroup and Accenture. She holds a Masters in Computer Science from National University of Singapore and a Bachelors in Engineering from Nanyang Technological University.

CYRILLE BATALLER

Managing Director –Artificial Intelligence

Accenture

CYRILLE BATALLER

Managing Director –Artificial Intelligence

Accenture

Cyrille Bataller is a Managing Director in the Emerging Technology group at Accenture. He is the Artificial Intelligence lead, incubating the next generation of AI technology services.

 

With over 20 years of experience in technology innovation, Cyrille leads Accenture’s exploitation of the disruptive Artificial Intelligence field, where intelligent IT systems can sense, comprehend, act and learn, interact naturally with people, data and their environment, and can deliver value by automating or augmenting work activities in various domains or creating innovative solutions. Artificial Intelligence specialties notably include Text Analytics, Deep Learning, Software Robotics, and Virtual Agents. Cyrillic’s recent work has also focused on Video Analytics, an artificial intelligence specialty that applies computer vision to video surveillance cameras to derive operational, security/safety and marketing insights. Most notably, he supported various police Safe City initiatives, where Accenture integrated advanced analytic capabilities into existing video monitoring systems to increase situational awareness, streamline operations and enhance response time to public safety incidents.

 

Cyrille also led Accenture’s Unique Identity activities, another artificial intelligence specialty which includes for instance the provision of a biometric identity management system to UNHCR to manage refugee populations globally. Previously, Cyrille directed European R&D activities within Accenture Labs.

 

Cyrille is a certified Accenture Solution Architect, Digital Architect, Master Technology Architect and Quality Assurance Director. He received an Electrical Engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris. Based in Sophia Antipolis, Cyrille lives near Nice, in the South of France, with his wife Nathalie and two children.

DEREK HAOYANG LI

Founder

Squirrel AI Learning

DEREK HAOYANG LI

Founder

Squirrel AI Learning

Derek Haoyang Li is the founder of Squirrel AI Learning. Squirrel AI Learning is the leading AI+ education innovator at the forefront of K12 AI revolution. Within 4 years, Squirrel AI Learning has established more than 1,000 learning centers in China and hosted the first series of human-vs-AI competitions in the Asia-Pacific region and proved the AI’s success. Squirrel AI Learning is included in the TOP 20 Chinese artificial intelligence Unicorn companies this year.

KAY FIRTH-BUTTERFIELD

Project Head, AI and ML

World Economic Forum

KAY FIRTH-BUTTERFIELD

Project Head, AI and ML

World Economic Forum

Kay Firth-Butterfield is a Barrister and part-time Judge who has worked as a mediator, arbitrator, business owner and professor in the United Kingdom. In the United States, she is the Executive Director and Founding Advocate of AI-Austin which is a non-profit dedicated to the responsible design, development and use of AI and the socially beneficial use of AI in the community, specifically in Healthcare, Education and ethical governance. She is the former Chief Officer of the Lucid.ai Ethics Advisory Panel.

 

Kay is a Senior Fellow and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University of Texas, Austin and Vice-Chair, The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Additionally, she is a Partner in the Cognitive Finance group and an adjunct Professor of Law. Kay is a humanitarian with a strong sense of social justice and has advanced degrees in Law and International Relations. She advises governments, think tanks, businesses, inter-governmental bodies and non-profits about artificial intelligence, law and policy.

 

Kay co-founded the Consortium for Law and Policy of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Texas and taught its first course: Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies: Law and Policy. She thinks about and works on how AI and other technologies will impact society and business. Kay regularly speaks to international audiences addressing many aspects of these challenging changes.

ARNAUD COHEN STUART

Head of Business Ethics

ING

ARNAUD COHEN STUART

Head of Business Ethics

ING

Arnaud Cohen Stuart is Head of Business Ethics at ING Bank in Amsterdam, where he guides sustainability trend analyses, stakeholder engagement and reputation management associated with a broad range of banking transactions. The team engages in dialogue with key stakeholder groups such as civil society (NGOs), government, clients, rating agencies and investors and contributes to the bank’s sustainability strategy, environmental and social risk policy framework and communications. Recent examples are ING’s response to the banks former involvement in the Dakota Access Pipeline, ING’s decision to phase-out exposure to thermal coal power generation and tobacco, and the development of a Data Ethics framework and Data Ethics Council.

 

Arnaud is a guest lecturer Institutions, Identity and Reputation at VU University Amsterdam and Economic Ethics at Utrecht University.

 

Arnaud holds a master’s degree in Law, a master’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Applied Ethics.

AMBASSADOR AMANDEEP SINGH GILL

Executive Director & Co-Lead of the UNSG’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

United Nations

AMBASSADOR AMANDEEP SINGH GILL

Executive Director & Co-Lead of the UNSG’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

United Nations

Amandeep Singh Gill joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992. He has served abroad at the Indian Mission to the UN and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (1994-1996, 2010-2013), the Indian Embassy in Tehran (2001-2004) and the High Commission of India in Colombo (2004-2006). At headquarters in New Delhi, he has served thrice in the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division (1998-2001, 2006-2010 and 2013-2016) as well as in the United Nations Division (1996-1998).  He served as the Head of the Disarmament and International Security Division in the Ministry of External Affairs from 2013 to 2016. He has also served as an expert on the UN Secretary General’s panels of experts on the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT), Small Arms and Light Weapons and on Missiles. He participated in the UN Disarmament Fellowship programme in 1999.

 

He is the current Chair of the Group of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). He is also President-designate of the 2017 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC).

 

Amandeep Singh Gill has a B. Tech in engineering from Punjab University, Chandigarh and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from Geneva University. His PhD from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London is on Nuclear Learning in Multilateral Forums. During 2008-2009, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) on an Asia Foundation regional security studies fellowship. As a scholar he has contributed to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the Lowy Institute, the East West Institute, the Center for a New American Security and the Indian Economic and Social History Review.

 

Amandeep Singh Gill was born in 1968 in Chandigarh. He is married to Ashma Singh and has a daughter (Bani) and a son (Ujjay).  His personal interests include creative writing, yoga and sustainable agriculture. His first book of poems in English was published by Wisdom Tree in 2016.

BABITA SHARMA

Television Presenter

BBC

BABITA SHARMA

Television Presenter

BBC

Babita Sharma is a BBC News presenter, regularly seen on the BBC News Channel, BBC World News, and presenting the show Newsday. After working in local radio in TV in Wales and her home county of Berkshire, she moved to Dubai to present shows for broadcasters in the region. She returned to the UK and local broadcasting before moving to the BBC News Channel and BBC World News.

 

Babita has presented the finance programme Your Money, and fronts business reports for BBC News. She has also covered economic and political stories from around the world.

DR. EVERT HAASDIJK

Senior Manager and AI Expert

Deloitte

DR. EVERT HAASDIJK

Senior Manager and AI Expert

Deloitte

Evert has been active as researcher, consultant and entrepreneur in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data mining for over 25 years. He was one of the key developers of a machine learning application to assess credit risk, started a data mining practice in Cap Gemini and was CTO of a successful AI startup. He subsequently joined the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to research self-learning robots that can adapt to new tasks and environments.

 

Since early 2018, he has joined Deloitte as a senior manager with a keen focus on AI-enabled solutions that actually make a difference.

DR. ANDRONIKI MENELAOU

Lead Data Scientist

ING

DR. ANDRONIKI MENELAOU

Lead Data Scientist

ING

Androniki Menelaou is a Lead Data Scientist in the Wholesale Banking Advanced Analytics team of ING.  Born and raised in Cyprus, she moved to the UK where she studied Mathematics and Statistics and received a PhD in Statistical Genetics from the University of Oxford. After six years in academia analysing human genomes and their association with complex diseases, she moved to ING as a Data Scientist. There she continued exploring the wealth of information hidden in data. She has worked for three years in the retail domain of ING, focusing on predictive models related to lending. She is now the initiative lead of Katana Lens, an innovation project that develops tools to aid asset managers on their decision process marrying Machine Learning, UX design and cloud solutions.

SIDHARTH BALAKRISHNA

Executive Board Director

Essel Group

SIDHARTH BALAKRISHNA

Executive Board Director

Essel Group

Sidharth Balakrishna holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta and an Economics degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University; both premier institutions in India. He has over 13 years of experience in the energy, infrastructure, artificial intelligence, digital media and education sectors. 

 

He is currently an Executive Board Director with the Essel (Zee) Group, India’s largest media entity and other organisations; and is leading several strategic initiatives in digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence etc. In the past, he has led strategy and headed many large projects including in the fields of oil & gas, renewable energy, education, water and vocational training. Mr Sidharth Balakrishna has also been a Strategy Consultant with Accenture and KPMG. Some of the projects that he has led have been awarded nationally and internationally. 

 

He is also a reviewer with the Massachusetts Inst of Technology (MIT, Boston, USA)’s Ideas program. 

 

Mr Balakrishna has also considerable academic experience; and has written five books published by Pearson, the world’s largest publishing house, and Tata McGraw Hill. He is a Visiting Faculty at a number of management institutes in India. He has presented at a number of international fora in the past including at London, Muscat, Dubai, Myanmar, Mozambique, Kuwait, New Delhi, Goa, Mumbai etc.

He is a columnist with the Economic Times, India’s largest English business daily and other reputed publications. 

DOUGLAS HANSEN-LUKE

Executive Chairman

Future Planet Capital

DOUGLAS HANSEN-LUKE

Executive Chairman

Future Planet Capital

JOHN SPINDLER

CEO

Capital Enterprise

JOHN SPINDLER

CEO

Capital Enterprise

John Spindler is the CEO of Capital Enterprise and Founder of Capital List

 

John has several years of experience with early stage businesses both as a founder, investor and an advisor. The last few years he has focused on supporting startups in the investment process and has successfully helped startups raise finance through introductions to accelerators, angels and venture capital.

 

John is an invaluable resource for startups looking for advice in the investment process.

RUMMAN CHOWDHURY

Responsible AI Lead

Accenture

RUMMAN CHOWDHURY

Responsible AI Lead

Accenture

Rumman operates at the intersection of humanity and artificial intelligence. As the Global co-lead for Responsible AI, her role at Accenture is to evangelize the ethical uses and benefits of artificial intelligence technologies, push the boundaries of what Accenture does today, and facilitate the integration of AI into client solutions.  She is a practicing data scientist and a quantitative social scientist.

CHRISTOPH AUER WELSBACH

Partner

IBM Ventures

CHRISTOPH AUER WELSBACH

Partner

IBM Ventures

Experienced founder, investor, product manager, venture community builder, and speaker on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Infrastructure & Cloud and Internet of Things. Focusing on Deep Technology as partner at IBM Ventures, and applied Artificial Intelligence as the initiator of City.AI.

ANJA KASPERSEN

Director, Office for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations

ANJA KASPERSEN

Director, Office for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations

JOANNA BRYSON

Associate Professor

University of Bath

JOANNA BRYSON

Associate Professor

University of Bath

Joanna J. Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. Her research covering  topics from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation has appeared in venues ranging from a reddit to
Science.  She holds degrees in Psychology from Chicago and Edinburgh, and Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh and MIT. She has additional professional research experience from Princeton, Oxford, Harvard, and LEGO, and technical experience in Chicago’s financial industry, and international management consultancy. Bryson is presently a Reader (associate professor) at the
University of Bath.

ILYA GELFENBEYN

CEO and Co-Founder

API.ai (Google)

ILYA GELFENBEYN

CEO and Co-Founder

API.ai (Google)

Ilya previously co-founded Dialogflow (formerly known as API.AI), a developer platform for building conversational experiences, and served as its CEO before Google acquired the company in September 2016. Prior to launching API.AI, the company built Assistant.ai, the highest rated independent voice assistant in the world with 40M+ users.

 

Ilya earned his MBA from the University of Brighton, and a BSc in Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University. Ilya’s areas of interest are in natural language processing, artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces. He is an author of a number of patents in those fields.

EMILY ORTON

Co-Founder

Darktrace

EMILY ORTON

Co-Founder

Darktrace

NICOLE HU

Co-Founder and CTO

One Concern

NICOLE HU

Co-Founder and CTO

One Concern

Ms. Hu serves as the CTO and Co-Founder of One Concern, a Palo Alto-based benevolent AI company with a mission to save lives and livelihoods before, during and after natural disasters. As the CTO for One Concern, Ms. Hu leads the company’s diverse team of technology specialists and hazard scientists, combining AI and human learning to predict the impact of natural disasters including earthquakes, floods and fires. In 2016, Forbes named Ms. Hu one of the world’s top innovators in its “30 Under 30” edition. Prior to launching One Concern with her co-founders, Ahmad Wani and Tim Frank. Ms. Hu received her Master’s degree in machine learning from Stanford, where she studied under noted AI pioneer, Andrew Ng.

VIRGINIA DIGNUM

Chair of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence

Umeå University

VIRGINIA DIGNUM

Chair of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence

Umeå University

Virginia Dignum is Full Professor and Chair of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence at University of Umeå in Sweden and associated with the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the ethical and societal impact of AI. She is a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI), a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, and of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous Systems. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for her work on computational agent-based organizational frameworks. She a well-known speaker on the social and ethical impacts of Artificial Intelligence, and is member of program committees of all major journals and conferences in AI.

KATE DEVLIN

Senior Lecturer, Social and Cultural AI

King’s College London

KATE DEVLIN

Senior Lecturer, Social and Cultural AI

King’s College London

Kate Devlin is an academic and a writer. She is Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural AI in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. A former archaeologist, with a PhD in computer science, Kate researches into how society interacts with and reacts to technological change and what we can learn from that in forecasting new and emerging tech, particularly our relationships with machines. Her book, “Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots” is out on 18th October.

SARAH PORTER

CEO and Founder

InspiredMinds

SARAH PORTER

CEO and Founder

InspiredMinds

Sarah Porter has launched 21 b2b and b2c technology products in 11 countries since 1996 and has a renowned reputation for taking ideas from concept to market with subsequent significant growth globally. Emerging tech / AI / Medtech / Singularity / existentialism is where her core experience lies and she has over 20 years of commercial experience.

 

As a board executive for i2i events (parent company The Guardian Media Group / Apax – Ascential – previously Top Right Group) with the specific remit to rapidly grow the business whilst leveraging operational costs and prepare pre IPO. She sat on the i2i mergers and acquisitions committee identifying, analysing and approaching target businesses and accelerated growth by 22% within 12 months.

 

Achievements include the launch and acquisition of Money2020 – a leading fintech product. This included negotiation, 3 stage due diligence, its subsequent integration, and the long term geo-adaption into a global portfolio worth over $40m. The launch of World Retail Congress in 10 countries, the re-launch of Cannes Lions festival.

 

Sarah is a regular keynote speaker on start-ups, business and women / equality related issues and is an ambassador for the Royal Marsden where she champions the use of AI tech in oncology advances.

AMIR BANIFATEMI

General Manager of Innovation and Growth

XPRIZE

AMIR BANIFATEMI

General Manager of Innovation and Growth

XPRIZE

Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Banifatemi began his career at the European Space Agency and then held executive positions at Airbus, AP-HP and the European Commission division for information society and media. He managed two venture capital funds and contributed to the formation of more than 10 startups with emphasis on Predictive Technologies, IoT, and Healthcare. Mr. Banifatemi is a guest lecturer and an adjunct MBA professor at UC Berkeley, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, UC Irvine, and HEC Paris.

 

He holds Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology of Compiègne, a Doctorate in System Design and Cognitive Sciences from the University Paris Descartes, as well as an MBA from HEC Paris.

LILLIE HARRIS

Director, World Wide Enterprise Global Specialist

Microsoft

LILLIE HARRIS

Director, World Wide Enterprise Global Specialist

Microsoft

Sales Director, World Wide Enterprise Global Specialist Leading EMEA Time Zone for Intelligent across UK, France, Germany, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and Middle East and Africa., with plus 26 years’ experience in Enterprise Software Solution at Microsoft leading teams of Specialist working with Enterprise customers and partners to build Mission Critical Data Driven Applications and Business Cloud Transformation solutions across, big compute, intelligent application, blockchain, IoT, analytics and AI  across Microsoft full portfolio of Cloud and Enterprise platforms. Previously to joining the EMEA TZ Lillie worked in UK subsidiary for 20+ years including leading the Data Platform Enterprise Sales Specialist Group in UK.

JONNIE PENN

Affiliate

Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University

JONNIE PENN

Affiliate

Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University

Jonnie Penn is a technologist, historian of science, and #1 New York Times bestselling author. He is currently an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. He has been a fellow at Google, the MIT Media Lab, and the Royal Society of the Arts. He hold degrees from the University of Cambridge and McGill University. As a teenager, he co-founded The Buried Life, a popular youth movement and cult-hit TV series syndicated in 70+ countries that asks, “What do you want to do before you die?” Jonnie volunteers on the IEEE’s Working Group on a Standard for Child and Student Data Governance (IEEE P7004).

SCOTT WHITE

CEO

PragmatIC

SCOTT WHITE

CEO

PragmatIC

Scott White graduated from the University of Western Australia with a 1st class degree in Pure & Applied Mathematics and Information Technology. His honours thesis was focused on neural networks and syntactic machine learning, long before the recent explosion in interest around these techniques. He has since lived and worked across the globe (including Asia, the US and the UK) and over the past 20 years has built and sold four technology businesses. In his current role as CEO of PragmatIC, Scott has led the development of a unique low-cost flexible electronics platform able to connect everyday objects to the Internet of Things, and is now pioneering the use of automation and machine learning to rapidly scale and optimise semiconductor manufacturing. Scott is also a founding Board Director of leading vision AI company Cortexica, whose clients include Accenture, eBay, GSK and Nike.

SAM WARNAARS

Head of Innovation

aFrogleap, a Merkle company

SAM WARNAARS

Head of Innovation

aFrogleap, a Merkle company

Sam is Head of Innovation at aFrogleap (a Merkle Company). With over a decade of experience in digital, he has built connected services that touched the lives of millions. Given his work at companies such as NOS, Sanoma and now aFrogleap, chances are you use his products daily. Over the span of his career, Sam has worked with R&D departments of global players in Tech (Microsoft, Blackberry), Consumer Electronics (Sony, Samsung, Philips) and Automotive (Peugeot Citroën) to create digital products that define their categories. The practical application of technological innovations is Sam’s main interest, with a strong focus on the human aspect of the technology.

KATHLEEN LAWAND

Head Arms Unit – Legal Unit

International Committee of the Red Cross

KATHLEEN LAWAND

Head Arms Unit – Legal Unit

International Committee of the Red Cross

Kathleen Lawand is Head of the Arms Unit, in the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Since joining the ICRC in January 2000, she was posted to India, West Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan.

From 2008 to 2012, she was Head of the Legal Advisers to
the ICRC’s Operations. Prior to joining the ICRC, she worked for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She was called to the Québec Bar in 1990, and practiced law in Montreal mainly in the field of aboriginal law. In 1995 she obtained a Master’s degree (LL.M.) in public international law from the London School of Economics, with distinction.

SARA CONEJO CERVANTES

Entrepreneur

Inspiring Juniors

SARA CONEJO CERVANTES

Entrepreneur

Inspiring Juniors

Sara Conejo Cervantes, 1, born in London of spanish origins is an enthusiast in the advancement of technology. Having graduated from Coloma Convent Girls’ School with GCSEs in the core subjects, Computer Science and Economics, Sara is currently studying for her A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science, continuing on from GCSE, at King’s College London Mathematics School. With two years of experience in coding, Sara regularly takes part in Hackathons and has she won a number of them. She recently took part in Alexa Bootcamp where she led her team to develop and publish an Alexa skill called Optimus Maths. She did a two-week placement at Codex, a city-based data analytics firm where she wrote a piece of code used now in the platform. As well as this, Sara has accreditations from the Royal Institution in both Maths and Engineering. She has taken part in many MUN conferences and debates in and out of school. Her background of coding in Python and other languages has helped her to complete the task of building an AI with the ability to play smartphone games. Despite her strong background in Computer Science, Sara is currently undecided on what her path will be post-KCLMS, however she has indicated an interest in possibly studying Maths and Computer Science at university. She is currently part of Artificial Intelligence Task Force at Teens in AI and has recently written her response to Lord Clement Jones AI Report.

DR. STEPHEN CAVE

Executive Director

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

DR. STEPHEN CAVE

Executive Director

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Dr Stephen Cave is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy, and Fellow of Hughes Hall, all at the University of Cambridge.

 

Stephen earned a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge, then joined the British Foreign Office, where he served as a policy advisor and diplomat. He has subsequently written and spoken on a wide range of philosophical and scientific subjects, including in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and on television and radio around the world. His research interests currently focus on the nature, portrayal and governance of AI.

VASILIS GIAGKOULAS

Senior Data Scientist in the Digitalization Center of Excellence

Shell

 

VASILIS GIAGKOULAS

Senior Data Scientist in the Digitalization Center of Excellence

Shell

 

Vasilis is a Senior Data Scientist in the Digitalization Center of Excellence in Shell. Leading the application of Machine Learning and Big Data technologies for electric mobility and renewable energies. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. in mechanical engineering and a M.Sc. in econometrics. He started his career in marketing consultancy in the field of budget optimization and moved to the R&D, developing methods for calculating consumers’ sentiment. Having experienced the production environment in Philip Morris Holland, he joined Shell in 2014 as part of the HR Analytics team.

CATELIJINE MULLER

President and Member High Level Expert Group on AI

ALLAI Nederland and European Commission

 

CATELIJINE MULLER

President and Member High Level Expert Group on AI

ALLAI Nederland and European Commission

 

DR. LYDIA KOSTOPOULOS

Senior Researcher – AI in Disruptive Technologies

Digital Society Institute

DR. LYDIA KOSTOPOULOS

Senior Researcher – AI in Disruptive Technologies

Digital Society Institute

ANAND RAMAN

Chief of Staff for Microsoft AI

Microsoft

 

ANAND RAMAN

Chief of Staff for Microsoft AI

Microsoft

 

Anand Raman is the Chief of Staff for Microsoft AI. Previously he was the Chief of Staff for Microsoft Azure Data Group covering DataPlatforms and Machine Learning. In the last decade, he ran the product management and the development teams at Azure Data Services, Visual Studio and Windows Server User Experience teams at Microsoft.

Anand holds a PhD in Computational fluid mechanics and worked several years as researcher before joining Microsoft.

DR. KANTA DIHAL

Postdoctoral Researcher

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

DR. KANTA DIHAL

Postdoctoral Researcher

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Dr Kanta Dihal is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and the Research Project Coordinator of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. As a researcher on the AI Narratives project she explores how fictional and nonfictional stories shape the development and public understanding of artificial intelligence. Kanta’s work intersects the fields of science communication, literature and science, and science fiction. She obtained her DPhil at the University of Oxford: in her thesis, titled ‘The Stories of Quantum Physics,’ she investigated the communication of conflicting interpretations of quantum physics to adults and children. She is an editor of the forthcoming collection AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines and is currently co-authoring AI: A Mythology with Dr Stephen Cave.

STEFAN GERMANN

CEO

Fondation Botnar

STEFAN GERMANN

CEO

Fondation Botnar

Stefan Germann is CEO of Fondation Botnar, a large foundation in Basel (Switzerland) focused on child health, nutrition and education. He was formerly Executive Director of onegoal.org (an innovative collaborative child nutrition and healthy lifestyle campaign) and Senior Director of World Vision International’s Sustainable Health Partnership, Innovation and Accountability unit based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

He has worked for more than 15 years in Africa in different leadership roles with various agencies related to child health development, relief and advocacy work. His worked included managing a large rural hospital in Zimbabwe. He has held a number of board and advisory board memberships (Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, UBS Optimus Foundation, REPSSI in Africa) and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Health Program, The Graduate Institute – Geneva focusing on the role of NGOs in global health diplomacy.

 

He holds a micro-engineering BSc degree, an MSc degree (Economics) in Social Policy & NGO Management and, in 2005, completed a doctoral degree in Development focused on child wellbeing in an urban African context. In 2015, Stefan graduated from the Executive Masters program in Tri Sector Collaboration at Singapore Management University.

MIKE REINER

Venture Partner, OpenOcean and Co-Founder,

City.AI

MIKE REINER

Venture Partner, OpenOcean and Co-Founder,

City.AI

Mike is the co-founder of City.AI and World Summit AI – building a global AI community – and he is the chairman at the work management company Scoro. Previously he co-founded and managed the B2B Accelerator Startup Wise Guys where he invested in 30+ companies out of 20+ different countries. He also used to cover venture capital business development for Amazon Web Services in EMEA and founded CCC Startups and Startup AddVenture, a global entrepreneurship network that produced events in 7 different countries reaching thousands of entrepreneurs. Mike is an active advisor to various startups and mentors at accelerators such as Techstars.

KUMARDEV CHATTERJEE

CEO

Unmanned Life

KUMARDEV CHATTERJEE

CEO

Unmanned Life

ANDY PEART

Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Artificial Solutions

ANDY PEART

Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Artificial Solutions

Andy Peart is CMSO of Artificial Solutions, an international business that “Makes Technology Think,” believing that people should be able to interact with technology intelligently, using their own voice, in their own terminology and across whatever channel they choose.  Using a form of AI referred to as ‘Conversational AI’, Artificial Solutions allows people to talk to applications, websites and devices in a human like, intelligent and conversational way. Its Teneo platform enables non-specialists to rapidly build and deploy enterprise strength, conversational applications and deliver customer insight and personalization using conversational data. Andy has over 25 years marketing experience within the IT and natural language industry, successfully helping build innovative, technology driven organizations.

THOMAS LIDY

Head of Machine Learning

Musimap

THOMAS LIDY

Head of Machine Learning

Musimap

Thomas Lidy has been active in the field of machine learning and music analysis since 14 years. He is the Head of Machine Learning at Musimap, a company combining human and artificial intelligence to work on the Internet of Emotions, starting with an emotion aware music AI. Thomas leads a team of Data Scientists to create a next generation music recommender engine that recognizes emotions, styles and moods in the global catalog of music, by analyzing 50 million titles. This emotion-aware music AI is able to characterize people based on their emotional signature and to retrieve the psych-emotional portrait of a user, complementing existing demographic and behavioral statistics to enhance recommendation and branding and to deepen the connection with customers. Formerly, Thomas was a researcher at Vienna University of Technology, and the founder and CEO of the music analysis and discovery startup Spectralmind. Thomas is also the creator and co-host of the successful Vienna Deep Learning Meetup, co-organized AI Summit Vienna 2017 and has published over 40 publications in the field of music & AI.

MOLLY CONNOLLY

Director, Industry Strategy and Partner Marketing

Dell EMC

MOLLY CONNOLLY

Director, Industry Strategy and Partner Marketing

Dell EMC

BAS ROOKHUIJZEN

Head of Marketing Benelux

Google Cloud

BAS ROOKHUIJZEN

Head of Marketing Benelux

Google Cloud

Bas Rookhuijzen is an experienced International Business Development Manager with a track record of 15 years creating valuable partnerships at global enterprises based on the relationship between business and IT. He clearly sees the value of a culture of innovation in combination with the power of the Cloud.

 

Leading Google Clouds Marketing organization in the Benelux, he’s responsible for creating a pipeline of innovative business propositions. Bas is also responsible for the business and the relationship with Google Clouds strategic customers Shell and Ahold Delhaize. Bas joined Google in 2014 as the account executive for large accounts overseeing the representation of Google’s SaaS products and services. Also Bas is part of the advisory board of “Xentral Station” a fast growing enterprise IT player. Furthermore, he is also a visiting lecturer at Nyenrode Business Universiteit. The program “Information and Innovation” he has designed together with Nyenrode has been nominated as top four of the most innovative MBA programs in the world by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

 

Before joining Google, Bas was managing consultant / account executive at Capgemini for 7 years. At Capgemini he helped customers in their IT transformation strategy and their global sourcing strategies. He has worked in Scandinavia, Germany, England, Saudi Arabia , Dubai and India. He also completed his Executive MBA at Nyenrode Business Universiteit in Netherlands, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and the Kellogg Business School in Chicago.

CHRISTINA TAYLOR

Managing Partner

Creaholic

CHRISTINA TAYLOR

Managing Partner

Creaholic

Christina Taylor is a co-owner and a managing partner of Creaholic SA, a Swiss innovation factory. Christina works at the intersection of customer experience design, transformation and product invention. She has gathered experience in the most diverse fields, ranging from the telecommunication industry to non-profit organisations.

 

Having brought back valuable insights from her 5 years in San Francisco (Swisscom Outpost) to Switzerland, she now drives visionary entrepreneurship and Human Centered Design. In her book, “Oops! Innovation is no accident”, she describes the 15-year transformation journey she lead at Swisscom, moving the company from a traditional, tech-oriented to an agile, human-centred one.

Her company Creaholic, operating since 1986, helped invent over 1000 products/services, registered more than 220 patents and spun-off 12 start-ups into successful companies. Today, 60 professional inventors share their hard earned knowledge with leaders who dare question the status quo, reinvent their business, as
well as their way of working.

MICHIEL KOTTING

Partner

Northzone

MICHIEL KOTTING

Partner

Northzone

Michiel is a General Partner at Northzone. He joined in 2016 from Accel London, where he was an investor for five years. Originally from the Netherlands, Michiel spent the early years of his career at BCG before founding Digital Jones, an artificial intelligence company, in Silicon Valley. He has previously invested in companies such as Catawiki, Fiverr, Vinted, KNC and Packlink. Michiel has a graduate degree in physics from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

JON KOPLIN

Managing Director

Cisco Investments

JON KOPLIN

Managing Director

Cisco Investments

HENRIK LANDGREN

Analytics Partner

EQT Ventures

HENRIK LANDGREN

Analytics Partner

EQT Ventures

NICOLAS BRIEN

Managing Director

France Digitale

NICOLAS BRIEN

Managing Director

France Digitale

DR. CHRISTOPH WINDHEUSER

Global Head of Intelligent Empowerment

Thoughtworks

DR. CHRISTOPH WINDHEUSER

Global Head of Intelligent Empowerment

Thoughtworks

Dr. Christoph Windheuser is the Global Head of Intelligent Empowerment at ThoughtWorks Inc. Before joining ThoughtWorks, he held several positions at SAP and Capgemini. Before that, he completed his PhD in Neural Networks with a focus on Speech Recognition.

ERIK PFANNMOLLER

CEO

Solvemate

ERIK PFANNMOLLER

CEO

Solvemate

Erik Pfannmöller is the CEO of Solvemate, that he founded in 2015. Prior to Solvemate, Erik founded Vaola.de, an eCommerce platform that he lead for four years, reaching 70 employees.

 

In his early 20s, Erik was a professional sportsman competing in white water canoe slalom and his career culminated in becoming World Champion in 2007 and winning the World Series for three consecutive years. Erik is the father of three little kids and is enjoying Geocaching, climbing, running and mountain biking.

ILSE VERDIESEN

Staff Officer

Dutch Armed Forces

ILSE VERDIESEN

Staff Officer

Dutch Armed Forces

Ilse Verdiesen is a major at the Armed Forces and part-time PhD student at Delft University of Technology. She works at the Dutch Cyber Command in The Hague and has been deployed to Bosnia and Afghanistan in the past.

 

Her PhD research focusses on the design of human oversight of Autonomous Weapons to study the control mechanisms that are related to Meaningful Human Control and military decision-making processes. She conducted her graduation project on moral values related to Autonomous Weapons at the Media Lab of MIT as part of her master Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management at Delft University of Technology.

MASON VICTORS

CTO

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

MASON VICTORS

CTO

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Mason earned his MS in Mathematics from BYU, where he focused on developing new approaches to identifying individuals at-risk for chronic kidney disease. After an internship with the NSA, being unable to decide between becoming a spook or pursuing a PhD he chose the obvious route: join a start-up instead. As part of a small team of data scientists at Red Brain Labs and later Savvysherpa, he developed algorithms to mine unstructured medical records, analyze human behavior through cell phone logs, and simulate complex call centers. Apart from work, he loves spending time with his wife and two daughters.

DANIEL NATHRATH

Co-Founder and CEO

Ada Health

DANIEL NATHRATH

Co-Founder and CEO

Ada Health

Daniel is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in strategic growth and transformational change. During his career, he’s founded several startups around the world and served as general counsel and managing director at various tech firms across the UK, US, Denmark and Germany. Daniel was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and studied law as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Houston. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

ALESSIO BAGNARESI

Director- Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft

ALESSIO BAGNARESI

Director- Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft

Alessio Bagnaresi is the AI Sales Lead in the Intelligent Cloud team in Microsoft EMEA since July 2018 and in his capacity he is responsible of landing the AI Commercial plans across all the areas in the region.  Before that, he has been the Sales Manager for the Data & AI business in Microsoft Gulf since July 2016 where he led a team of solution specialists and managed Digital Transformation projects for Enterprise customers with special focus on the impact of AI to help customers to innovate.   He has 18 years of experience in the IT industry and has been with IBM for 12 years and based in Dubai since 2010, covering various regional roles both Sales and Technical. 

BRAM KOKKE

Global Digital Experience Lead – Paints

AkzoNobel

BRAM KOKKE

Global Digital Experience Lead – Paints

AkzoNobel

A Global Digital Experience Lead for AkzoNobel Decorative Paints, responsible for AkzoNobel’s Digital and Mobile strategy, managing a team of professionals and product owners with a portfolio of digital propositions with channels like the Flourish consumer and Professional Painter web platforms and flagship apps “Visualizer” and “Professional Expert” across 45 markets.

AJUNG MOON

Senior Advisor for High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

United Nations

AJUNG MOON

Senior Advisor for High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

United Nations

Dr. AJung Moon is a founder of the Open Roboethics Institute (ORI), an international roboethics think tank based in Vancouver, Canada, that investigates ways in which stakeholders of robotics technologies can work together to influence how robots should shape our future. She is also a CEO of Generation R, a consultancy that provides internal assessment of algorithmic ethics and robot ethics to help manage risks that are inherent in automation projects.

 

As a roboticist with experience in both roboethics and human-robot interaction, she has been heavily involved in international discussions on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. Among the many hats she wears, she serves on the Executive Committee of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. She frequently serves as an expert panelist, speaker, and guest lecturer on ethics of autonomous systems, including multiple appearances at the United Nations CCW, the Senate of Canada, and the OECD. 

NAL KALCHBRENNER

Research Scientist

Google Brain

NAL KALCHBRENNER

Research Scientist

Google Brain

LIV BOEREE

Science Communicator and Poker Champion

LIV BOEREE

Science Communicator and Poker Champion

EAMONN CAREY

Managing Director – London

Techstars

EAMONN CAREY

Managing Director – London

Techstars

Eamonn Carey is the Managing Director at Techstars London. He was previously MD at Techstars Connection in partnership with AB InBev in New York, and has been a long term mentor, advisor and angel investor in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US.

In the past, Eamonn started, succeeded and failed with several startups in Europe and the Middle East – including Farmvillain – an app which some described as the ‘South Park of Facebook’. He first started building games (as an eight year old) to impress girls in the late 1980s. His efforts were unsuccessful. His love for games lived on in spite of that fact.

Since then, he has worked with Kiip – helping them establish their footprint and offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

BART FUSSEL

Co-Founder

aFrogleap, a Merkle Company

BART FUSSEL

Co-Founder

aFrogleap, a Merkle Company

Bart is the co-founder and former CEO of Amsterdam based digital innovation agency aFrogleap, which is now part of Merkle. aFrogleap is a leading innovation and digital products agency working for clients like NU.nl, de Goede Doelen Loterijen, NPO, HEMA, and BMW. Bart has a never ending curiosity for innovation and loves sharing his vision of the future for companies and people.

AMY BOYD

Cloud Developer Advocate

Microsoft

AMY BOYD

Cloud Developer Advocate

Microsoft

Amy Boyd is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, having obtained a degree in Computer Science, completing a research project in Natural Language Processing/Machine Learning and an internship at Microsoft’s search engine, Bing. Amy is passionate about Data Science and Machine Learning and her roles at Microsoft have allowed her to work on many different areas of data science (visualisation, ML, big data, IoT) as well as working on projects with customers across the globe. Her role as a Cloud Developer Advocate is to help developers to engage with Microsoft around Microsoft Azure and specifically the Microsoft AI Platform by providing content, learnings, and sample code. You will find her sharing her content and learnings online and at in-person events.

TOM HENRIKSSON

General Partner

OpenOcean

TOM HENRIKSSON

General Partner

OpenOcean

Tom’s investment interests revolve around his expertise in accurate consumer profiling and digital media technologies. Before joining OpenOcean as a General Partner, Tom launched and led Nokia Interactive Advertising – which was the leading first generation premium mobile ad network. In less than three years, Tom scaled the business from scratch to ca. $50 million in revenues and spearheaded the acquisition of Boston-based Enpocket Inc. It was at Holtron Ventures, as Managing Director, that Tom was introduced to Monty (Founder of MySQL) which resulted in him leading a Series A for MySQL, eventually exiting for over a billion dollars to Sun Microsystems.

 

DR. BART GEERTS

Consultant Cardiac Anaesthetist, AMC & Founder

Healthplus.ai

DR. BART GEERTS

Consultant Cardiac Anaesthetist, AMC & Founder

Healthplus.ai

Bart is the founder and CEO of Amsterdam startup Healthplus.ai with tools to predict depression relapse through mobile app use, readmissions for chronic heart failure for cardiologists via home monitoring, 3D bone segmentation for orthopaedic and trauma surgeons and in-hospital infections. He is an active physician and has over ten years of clinical experience as an anaesthetist, intensivist and clinical pharmacologist in the Netherlands and UK. He has managed a research group of more than ten scientists with a focus on medical technology and big data. Bart has years in Pharma and AI. He has worked on several innovation projects in hospital consortia regarding digital health. He has studied medicine (MD), biomedical sciences (MSc), intensive care medicine (PhD), and global business (MBA at IE University). Bart has worked for Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, World Health Organisation, University College London Hospitals, Royal Brompton hospital, and Academic Medical Center Amsterdam.

JERRY WOOTAE JEONG

Co-Founder and CTO

42Maru

JERRY WOOTAE JEONG

Co-Founder and CTO

42Maru

Jerry Wootae Jeong is the co-founder and Head of Research at 42Maru – a company building the next generation of search. Their QA (Question Answering) system uses deep learning to understand a question and deliver a single, correct answer in less than a second.
Jerry graduated from Pusan National University with a major in computer engineering and began his career as a software developer at Serome Technology, the world first VoIP provider offering free computer to phone calls. He has extensive work experience in the area of WAP Gateway, SMS Gateway, Ringback tone Solution, etc. with major global telecoms.
 
He is now focusing on QA (Question Answering), Search & Discovery, Recommendation, MRC (Machine Reading Comprehension), NLU/NLP based on artificial intelligence. He recently led his team to rank no. 3 in the globally renowned MRC competition called SQuAD from Stanford Computer Science Department.

CONNIE LOW

Co-Founder

Impact Hub Basel

 

CONNIE LOW

Co-Founder

Impact Hub Basel

 

Connie Low is Co-Founder of Impact Hub Basel (https://basel.impacthub.net ), a non-profit based in Basel, Switzerland. Impact Hub is a global network of over 16,000 members in over 100 hubs in 50+ countries around the world, and is continuously growing. Its main purpose is to combine the skills of compassionate, committed and purpose-driven individuals to make a positive impact in our world. Connie is from Singapore and is a Master of Science graduate of Imperial College London, UK (Business and Environment). As a Co-Founder of Impact Hub Basel, she focuses her energy on building the team, strategy and creating meaningful content. Connie also holds the role as Head Third Party Labor Rights at Novartis in Basel, Switzerland, focusing on Human Rights and Sustainability topics in the supply chain and has a broad network engaged in sustainability topics globally.

Connie is a visionary who can dream big out of simple ideas. Her empathy and instinctive ability to understand others
enables her to connect, adapt and relate. Connie truly believes that the power of curated collaboration can create a bigger impact and a better world.

FELIX MANYOGOTE

Women Deliver Young Leader

 

 

FELIX MANYOGOTE

Women Deliver Young Leader

 

 

Felix Manyogote is an award winning social activist who believes in the Universal right to health care and Social Protection. He’s a recent graduate medical doctor passionate on working with rural and urban communities in technology and entrepreneurship with a focus on improving reproductive health services for young people in developing and emerging world. He has over 5 years experience working directly with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and United Nations and proven a track record of working extensively with multiple stakeholders focusing on gender based violence and sexual reproductive health rights for women and girls and has advocated for evidence based solutions to address youth drug abuses, teenage pregnancy, sexual exploitation and HIV/AIDS.

Felix brings a breadth of clinical experience and public health background to his role as an advocate for youth programs through numerous innovations in the fields of adolescent sexual health including co-founding “Teen Plus” a mobile phone technology that provides a platform to inform teens and young adults to get accurate and potentially lifesaving information about sex education in an anonymous and judgment free environment.

MICHI KARSCH

Professional Inventor

Creaholic

MICHI KARSCH

Professional Inventor

Creaholic

Michael Karsch (Michi) is a trained IT Systems Engineer that reinvented himself into a Human Centred Design advocate. Although Michi loves the satisfaction of writing running code, his biggest discovery when programming was the critical impact end-customer have when developing solutions. Moved by this insight, he shifted his interests to Human Centred Design to support teams in product discovery, business modelling and prototype validation.

Together with his colleagues at Creaholic, Michi transforms organisations by developing their customer centred innovation culture. Always being one step ahead, he has become a workshop
champion, guiding teams with ease even through hard topics.

ILYA KIRNOS

Founding Partner & CTO

Signalfire

ILYA KIRNOS

Founding Partner & CTO

Signalfire

Ilya is a founding partner of SignalFire, where his areas of particular interest include data infrastructure and applications. Ilya is also SignalFire’s CTO and leads a team of engineers and data scientists working to help the firm make better investment decisions and support portfolio companies.

 

Prior to co-founding SignalFire, Ilya was a Software Engineer at Google (2004-2012). During his time at Google, Ilya held several technical leadership positions. He was a Technical Lead for Gmail Ads and was responsible for predicting consumer purchase intent and consumer Gmail monetization.

 

Ilya was also a Technical Lead for AdWords Performance and Scalability where he managed responsiveness and uptime of the AdWords frontend. Ilya was also the founder and Technical Lead for Google Prediction Markets, where he led the engineering team from conception to product launch.

Ilya started his software engineering career at Bell Labs and Oracle. Ilya graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Computer Science and a minor in Applied Mathematics.

MICHAEL PICKERING

President & CEO

CloudConstable Incorporated

MICHAEL PICKERING

President & CEO

CloudConstable Incorporated

An expert in AI, data architecture and Cloud solutions, Michael has extensive global IT leadership experience in diverse industries. Before launching CloudConstable, he led two successful boutique consulting firms, advising clients such as HSBC, Kraft Foods, and BMI. Recognized as an Intel Software Innovator, he has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

TARAS MATSELYUKH

CEO & Founder

OPT/NET BV (OPTOSS AI PROJECT)

 

TARAS MATSELYUKH

CEO & Founder

OPT/NET BV (OPTOSS AI PROJECT)

 

Taras is a passionate inventor and creator of sustainable and profitable services and architectures for Telecoms and Service Providers. He is a subject matter expert in AI applications in service provider fixed and mobile networks.

Taras is an IT and telecom systems operator, who was making mistakes… He was a good operator and made less mistakes than the average worker in his positions. He even became a successful freelance consultant whose services were in high demand by leading telecom equipment vendors and telecom operators all over the world for more than 5 years. But now, Taras has become the first human whose knowledge and skills are being transferred to the machine – OPTOSS AI. OPT/NET is the team behind OPTOSS AI project.

 

Taras lives in the Netherlands with his family and has a background in quantum physics, radio electronics and economics from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

SILVESTRE PITTI

Team Leader

A.S.i.M.O.V

 

SILVESTRE PITTI

Team Leader

A.S.i.M.O.V

 

Silvestre has more than 25 years’ experience in the computer technologies field. He has worked as a system manager, database manager and software developer. He prefers developing software and can do it in various programming languages though Java is his favorite. He likes to try new things; his latest is Deep Learning, which is what brought him to the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE.

DANIEL FORTIN

Co-Founder & VP Strategic Partnerships

WikiNet

 

DANIEL FORTIN

Co-Founder & VP Strategic Partnerships

WikiNet

 

Daniel has worked for more than 40 years in high-level positions in international companies such as IBM. He has been an entrepreneur, founding president of a software publishing company, business developer and vice-president of sales and marketing for several small and medium-sized companies in North American markets (Canada and the United States) and Asia. He has been with IBM for more than 23 years on various Strategic Advice committees that bring together key players in the
information technology and telecommunication industry, and advise senior management at IBM (US) on the software orientations, materials, and programs for partners.

 

Since he left IBM at the end of 1991 to take up the entrepreneurial challenge and founds a company that specializes in workgroup(intranet) and obtains many successes from his main partner – Lotus / IBM as the recipient of the prestigious award «Beacon Award» for the best North American partner for 1999.

 

During these last sixteen years as part of his company NetBiz, he collaborated on startup and the development of European and Canadian software companies and their access to the World Wide network of IBM partners. His leadership, his understanding of global markets, and his broader view of the potential of technology solutions have earned him an enviable position in IBM’s network of partners. With a pool of more than 10,000 active IBM partners, he is helping to open up the software solutions market to his clients, expanding their offering and increasing their revenues and their profitability.

 

His contribution to different advisory councils allows him to take advantage of the programs offered by IBM and put in place the best commercial strategies. Since 2015 as a co-founder of WikiNet, we have developed products aimed at improving the environment using artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and traceability of environment sensitive material.

 

Participant in the Watson AI Xprize global competition with our application WatRem, WikiNet the last milestone of the AI competition was selected among the top 10 solutions (on more than 150 projects proposed to improve the future of man kind (AI for good).

DR. NIELS WOUTERS

Research Fellow

University of Melbourne and Science Gallery Melbourne

 

DR. NIELS WOUTERS

Research Fellow

University of Melbourne and Science Gallery Melbourne

 

Niels is a Digital Media Specialist and Architectural Design Researcher with a passion for designing engaging technology in public space. His work aims to highlight local qualities, address contextual challenges, and support social interaction. He does so by involving end users in participatory design journeys, and by turning the insights that emerge into sustainable and socialising end products. In doing so, he has had the opportunity to work with policy makers, architects, cultural agencies, startups, and citizens, including local residents and recent political refugees in Australia and Western Europe.

MARC-ETIENNE OUIMETTE

Director of Public Policy

Element AI

MARC-ETIENNE OUIMETTE

Director of Public Policy

Element AI

Marc-Etienne has worked over a decade in advocacy positions, and is currently Director of Public Policy & Government Relations at Element AI, one of the world’s fastest growing AI companies. He advocates on their behalf around the globe. Marc has previously worked for the Carter Center, the Canadian High Commission, and as a corporate lawyer in a major firm. He holds an MA in political theory as well as Civil & Common law degrees from McGill University.

ALEXANDER FINLAYSON

GP and Co-Founder, Nye, and Doll Fellow

Oxford University

 

ALEXANDER FINLAYSON

GP and Co-Founder, Nye, and Doll Fellow

Oxford University

 

Alexander is a co-founder of Nye, an early stage healthcare company with a big dream to build a health system which maximises welfare and an individual’s ability to flourish. He is also a practicing primary care physician and on the faculty at Oxford University. He was previously a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University where he studied System Biology and Genetics and was the Head of Research at the King’s Centre for Global Health. In 2008,

Alexander started an award-winning health technology company which delivers health system capacity building in fragile states, with a particular focus on Somalia. Most recently MedicineAfrica and partners were awarded the first of UKAID’s flagship global Higher Education programme, Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR). He likes to ski and play the bagpipes.

ERWIN HUIZENGA

Machine Learning Specialist

Google

ERWIN HUIZENGA

Machine Learning Specialist

Google

TRENT MCCONAGHY

CTO

Ocean Protocol

 

TRENT MCCONAGHY

CTO

Ocean Protocol

 

Trent McConaghy has worked on AI for two decades, including national defence and variation-aware CAD tools for chip design. His current focus is Ocean Protocol, a decentralized substrate for AI data/compute marketplaces to unlock datasets, and facilitate verified & privacy-preserving compute. He’s worked on problemsin optimization, classification, regression, rare event estimation and density estimation. He’s given invited talks at TedX, Stanford, MIT, Berkelely, Jet Propulsion Lab, Santa Fe Institute and more; and has written two textbooks and dozens of peer-reviewed papers and patents. He holds a PhD in engineering from K.U. Leuven

APPU SHAJI

CEO

Mobius Labs

 

APPU SHAJI

CEO

Mobius Labs

 

Appu is the CEO and Chief Scientist at Mobius Labs who are looking to democratize computer vision. They are currently in stealth. Appu also co-founded sight.io where he developed technology to rate images based on computational aesthetics. sight.io was acquired by EyeEm on March 2014. Appu became the Head of R&D of EyeEm, where the aim was to solve photographic search by solving various visual classification and ranking problems. The group ranged between a pure research and industrial lab, with a strong emphasis on algorithmic/machine learning innovation.

 

Appu was previously employed as a postdoc at Image and Visual Representation Group (IVRG) at EPFL, Lausanne, and has also held post-doc positions at Computer Vision Lab (CVLAB). He did my PhD from Computer Science and Engineering Department at IIT Bombay.

REETU KAINULAINEN

CEO

Ultimate AI

 

REETU KAINULAINEN

CEO

Ultimate AI

 

ALESSIO MAURO

CEO

neoEYED

 

ALESSIO MAURO

CEO

neoEYED

 

Alessio Mauro, 33 years old from Italy, CEO at neoEYED. Bachelor in Digital Communication from University of Milan. More than 15 years of experience in web/mobile development. Spent the last 5 years on finding a way to get rid of passwords using biometrics as a consultant and main promoter of a new European Electronic Money Institution. He also worked in the payment space in his previous startup in the US to create a new payment circuit, detached from the credit card ones, where all transactions, even offline, where authorized through biometric recognition. Now working at his third startup to help banks and enterprises to reduce frauds using the next generation of Artificial Intelligence.

ERIK UBELS

Chief Technology Officer

EDGE Technologies

ERIK UBELS

Chief Technology Officer

EDGE Technologies

Erik Ubels, started his career at Royal Philips Electronics as electronics product engineer. While studying computer science he moved on to KPMG, after five years joining what would become Deloitte. At Deloitte he was part of the team responsible for the first global digital audit system. Responsible as CIO for IT and facility management operations at Deloitte, Erik worked in close relationship with OVG to realize The Edge building in Amsterdam. Since January 2016 Erik is CTO at OVG Real Estate, as Chief Technology Officer, he is driving innovation and application of technology in the widest context you can imagine. Including the development of the cloud based platform for Edge Technologies.

At Edge Technologies we believe the world needs better buildings, we take pride in building the world’s most bespoke buildings, not just smart, but intelligent, healthy and inspiring work places, by applying data analytics and machine learning we learn from the building and make it a better place to work, improving users’ comfort and wellbeing.

SABINE NOLKE

Ambassador

Embassy of Canada

SABINE NOLKE

Ambassador

Embassy of Canada

Ambassador Nölke began her diplomatic career in 1992 as junior counsel in the Economic and Trade Law Division. Since 1993 Ms. Nölke has specialized in international law, in increasingly responsible positions, with a focus on international peace and security, human rights, terrorism, humanitarian law and international criminal law. She served abroad at the High Commission of Canada in London and with the Canadian delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna. Prior to her appointment to the Netherlands, she was Director-General of the Non-Proliferation and Security Threat Reduction Bureau.

JIM STOLZE

Algency

JIM STOLZE

Algency

Stolze is an Amsterdam-based Dutch Tech entrepreneur and AI-specialist. He is a tech pioneer, currently building a global platform for useful artificial intelligence at Aigency.com. Jim is an active leader in the TEDx community. Under his leadership dozens of events have taken place under the brand of TEDxAmsterdam with an international cast of speakers and innovative ad campaigns. Since 2017 he also teaches Entrepreneurship in Data Science at the University of Amsterdam (Uva) and JADS in Tilburg.

JODY GLIDDEN

CEO & President

Introhive

JODY GLIDDEN

CEO & President

Introhive

Jody has over 20 years of start-up and development experience in e-Learning, web and mobile technology. Prior to founding Introhive Jody was CTO and COO of Chalk Media that was acquired by BlackBerry / RIM in 2009. Past Experience includes 2 successful eLearning companies that were acquired by global leaders in the market.

MAHER EZZEDDINE

CEO

Ideanco

 

MAHER EZZEDDINE

CEO

Ideanco

 

Maher Ezzeddine is the Chief Executive Officer of Ideanco and the Chairman of Harvard Business School Aerospace Alumni Association. Ideas Founded in 1999, Ideanco is an idea innovator company that prides itself in being an early adopter of crowdsourcing, a major innovation key differentiator. Maher has been instrumental in kick-starting the integration of AI into the core of Ideanco and exploring transformative ways, ensuring the upcoming smart online manifesto becomes the first “intuitive” online marketplace in the world. The notion of teleportation is somehow taking a first step forward at Ideanco bringing a new revolution to the way we live and work. The outcome is the creation of thousands of jobs and opportunities with the absolute freedom and responsibility given to all stakeholders.

 

For more information, please visit www.ideanco.com

JEREMY EASTERBROOK

CEO & Founder

Index

 

JEREMY EASTERBROOK

CEO & Founder

Index

 

With a BA in Communication Sciences, and two years in a web marketing agency engineering their digital marketing department, Jeremy co-founded Index. Specialized in web strategies and programming, certified in Google Adwords, and recognized as a Google Partner, his leadership has played a key role in Index. Jeremy has brought together a team that has developed a unique AI solution in his field.

MARIEKE DE BIE

Director of Emerging Technologies

CGI

MARIEKE DE BIE

Director of Emerging Technologies

CGI

Marieke is responsible for teams that make use of the newest technologies. “We assemble high performance teams with people from different backgrounds and studies that have a passion for new technologies. We work together with people from various educational institutes and startups and call this cocreation.” Emerging Technologies connects clients and CGI industry-specific teams to create the perfect combination of indepth knowledge.

DEVIN KROTMAN

Director of IBM Watson AI XPRIZE

XPRIZE

DEVIN KROTMAN

Director of IBM Watson AI XPRIZE

XPRIZE

Devin Krotman serves as the Director of both the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE and Global Learning XPRIZE. In this capacity for the last three years, Mr. Krotman oversees all complex operational aspects of these large programs – including, but not limited to project management, fiscal management, knowledge management, and risk management. Mr. Krotman is passionate about tackling the world’s grandest challenges from education to disaster prediction and firmly believes AI technology will help humanity get there. With more than 7 years of experience in management consulting and international development prior to XPRIZE, Devin focuses on leveraging his problem-solving experience when it comes to helping run XPRIZE’s large scale competitions focused on innovative technology.

Mr. Krotman holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. He also holds Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees, both from James Madison University.

DIMOS CHRISTOPOULOS

Strategic Cloud Engineer

Google Cloud

DIMOS CHRISTOPOULOS

Strategic Cloud Engineer

Google Cloud

RUNE THEILL

Co-Founder & CEO

Rockstart

RUNE THEILL

Co-Founder & CEO

Rockstart

CHELSEY COLBERT

Lawyer

Fasken

CHELSEY COLBERT

Lawyer

Fasken

Chelsey Colbert is a lawyer at Fasken, an international business law firm, based in Toronto, Canada. Her practice focuses on technology law and policy, especially emerging tech, such as AI and robotics. She is currently on an off-site work assignment in-house where she focuses on privacy, data governance, and AI ethics. Chelsey is particularly passionate about the legal, ethical, and policy opportunities arising from AI, AVs, and ‘smart cities’.

COLIN PEARTREE

Project Manager of ANA Avatar XPRIZE

XPRIZE

COLIN PEARTREE

Project Manager of ANA Avatar XPRIZE

XPRIZE

ROKESH JANKIE

Customer Engineer

Google Cloud

ROKESH JANKIE

Customer Engineer

Google Cloud

HILA AZADZOY

Managing Director, Global Health Initiatives

Ada Health

HILA AZADZOY

Managing Director, Global Health Initiatives

Ada Health

Hila Azadzoy is an experienced social entrepreneur, dedicated to use the power of technology for social good. In 2018, Hila joined Ada Health to lead Ada’s Global Health Initiative, using Artificial Intelligence to increase healthcare access for vulnerable populations in resource-limited settings, and specifically for women and children. Prior to joining Ada, Hila became a Founding Member of Kiron Open Higher Education, an award-winning social startup working to remove the barriers to higher education for refugees worldwide through smart digital solutions. As the Head of Academics, Hila shaped the continuous development of Kiron’s academic program, determined strategic partnerships, and oversaw significant organization building. To date, Kiron has 4,000 students and operations throughout Germany, Jordan, and Lebanon. Hila is a recipient of the Digital Female Leader Award, an MIT Solver and a frequent public speaker (TEDx, Clinton Global Initiative, UNESCO NGO Forum, UBS Social Innovator).

ALAN ADOJAAN

CEO

Yanu

ALAN ADOJAAN

CEO

Yanu

Alan has acquired two degrees in Communications and PR, more than 15 years’ experience in the food & beverage and entertainment business. He has run some of the biggest nightclubs and most popular restaurants in Estonia, been involved in the marketing of various entertainment projects and figured on the local media market.

DON PICKERING

CEO

Olis Robotics

DON PICKERING

CEO

Olis Robotics

Don Pickering is CEO of Olis Robotics (formerly BluHaptics), a remote robotics software company based in Washington State, USA. An enterprise technology pioneer, Pickering has launched and developed five tech startups and brings extensive experience in software application development, analytics, geospatial, big data, and unmanned systems.

MARJEL QUEKEL

Accelerator Director

Rockstart

 

MARJEL QUEKEL

Accelerator Director

Rockstart

 

RICCARDO OSTI

CEO

Wonderflow

 

RICCARDO OSTI

CEO

Wonderflow

 

MANOJ ADITHYA

Co-Founder & CEO

GeoSpark

 

MANOJ ADITHYA

Co-Founder & CEO

GeoSpark

 

JANNEKE NIESSEN

Entrepreneur and Investor

 

JANNEKE NIESSEN

Entrepreneur and Investor

 

Janneke is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, board member and mentor for startups. She has started and sold 2 international tech companies and is currently working on her third: CapitalT.

She is co-initiator of InspiringFifty, an initiative that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models more visible. As part of the InspiringFifty initiative, Janneke has published Project Prep, a novel for young girls in conjunction with an award winning child book’s author. The goal of the project is to encourage young girls, inspiring them to pursue a career in technology and invest in an educational foundation focusing on math and computer science. Janneke is member of supervisory board of UNICEF, boardmember of Codam, advisory board member of FutureNL, member of the investment committee of Innovation Quarter, member of the advisory commission seed capital Technostarters of the Dutch government and she writes a column about technology for LINDA, the biggest magazine for women in the Netherlands. Janneke was named 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Innovative Leader in 2016, two of many in a long list of honours for Janneke.

JAROSLAV LIKHACHEVSKIY

CEO

Deepdee

JAROSLAV LIKHACHEVSKIY

CEO

Deepdee

EDUARD VAZQUEZ

Director of Research

Cortexica Vision Systems

EDUARD VAZQUEZ

Director of Research

Cortexica Vision Systems

Eduard Vazquez received his PhD in Computer Vision from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2010). Eduard has 9 years’ experience on commercialising a variety of methods for medical imaging, retail, manufacturing and real-time video analytics. He has 3 years’ experience as a consultant on AI. His main focus as a Director of Research at Cortexica Vision Systems is to understand and explain the gap between theoretical research and the technology that can be effectively applied.

SIEM UITTENHOUT

Pre-Sales Consultant

Artificial Soloutions

SIEM UITTENHOUT

Pre-Sales Consultant

Artificial Soloutions

Passionate about languages and technology, Siem has over 7 years of experience in designing, implementing and maintaining Conversational AI solutions. Siem currently works in the Presales and Innovation team of Artificial Solutions, where he gives presentations and develops use case demonstrations and proofs of concepts for customers, partners and prospects across Europe and North America.

HELENA LINDGREN

Associate Professor, Department of Computing Science

Umeå  University

HELENA LINDGREN

Associate Professor, Department of Computing Science

Umeå  University

Helena Lindgren is Associate Professor in Computer Science at Umeå University in Sweden. As a former Occupational Therapist and expert on adaptation of work places for people with various needs for cognitive, social, emotional and physical support, she takes particular interest in how AI can manifest similar capacities as humans, adapt, support and evolve over time as individuals and teams develop. Helena’s research is interdisciplinary, where formal methods for reasoning and decision making applied in argument-based dialogue systems are developed alongside methods for knowledge elicitation and participatory design of behavior change systems. Applications include clinical decision-support systems in the dementia domain and cognitive companions for managing stress.

Recent engagements include serving as member of the board of the Swedish AI Society, local organization committees of IJCAI-ECAI 2018, the Federated AI Meeting 2018, MIE 2018, and Local Chair of ECCE 2017. She is leading the Umeå University’s contributions to the national effort AI Sweden to increase competence in AI, and member of the program management group for the AI/MLX branch of WASP, the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, one of the largest private effort on AI and autonomous systems research.

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