MEET THE AI BRAINS 2019

CORINNE VIGREUX
Co-Founder and Founder
TomTom and Codam
CORINNE VIGREUX
Co-Founder and Founder
TomTom and Codam
Co-Founder

 

Corinne Vigreux is co-founder of TomTom, a location technology specialist on a mission to create the most innovative technologies to help shape tomorrow’s mobility and create a safe, connected, autonomous world free of congestion and emissions.

 

Voted one of the top 50 most inspirational women in European tech, Corinne champions women in the workforce and advocates passionately for improved social mobility through education. In 2018, she launched CODAM, a tuition-free, nonprofit coding college in Amsterdam, because she believes coding is the engine for innovation that is driving the world forward faster than ever before. CODAM’s learning system is designed to unleash talent and open doors to new opportunities, and its mission is to help a new generation shape the future. Corinne is passionate about education, maximizing young people’s potential and social mobility.

 

Additionally, Corinne is a member of the supervisory board of takeaway.com NV and Groupe ILIAD, a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet and an advisor to the Amsterdam Economic Board. She was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2012 and Officer in the Royal Order of Orange-Nassau in 2016.

DR. WERNER VOGELS
CTO
Amazon.com
DR. WERNER VOGELS
CTO
Amazon.com

Dr. Werner Vogels is Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com where he is responsible for driving the company’s customer-centric technology vision.

As one of the forces behind Amazon’s approach to cloud computing, he is passionate about helping young businesses reach global scale, and transforming enterprises into fast-moving digital organizations.

Vogels joined Amazon in 2004 from Cornell University where he was a distributed systems researcher. He has held technology leadership positions in companies that handle the transition of academic technology into industry. Vogels holds a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing.

DR. HUI XIONG
Chief Scientist and Head of Business Intelligence Lab and Talent Intelligence Center
Baidu
DR. HUI XIONG
Chief Scientist and Head of Business Intelligence Lab and Talent Intelligence Center
Baidu

Hui Xiong is a Professor at Rutgers University, and is currently on leave and serving as head of Business Intelligence Lab and Talent Intelligence Center at Baidu Inc. His research interests include data mining, mobile computing, and their applications in business. He has authored over 200 research articles, and co-edited or coauthored 4 books including the widely used Encyclopedia of GIS, which has been recognized as the Top 10 Most Popular Computer Science Book authored by Chinese scholars at Springer. Dr. Xiong has served as chair/co-chair for many international conferences in data mining, including a Program Co-Chair (2013) and a General Co-Chair (2015) for the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), and a Program Co-Chair of the Research Track (2018) and the Industry Track (2012) for the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). Dr. Xiong’s research has generated substantive impact beyond academia. He is an ACM distinguished scientist and has been honored by the 2018 Ram Charan Management Practice Award as the Grand Prix winner from the Harvard Business Review, the 2017 IEEE ICDM Outstanding Service Award, and the ICDM-2011 Best Research Paper Award.

MARC CARREL-BILLIARD
Global Senior Managing Director, Accenture Labs
Accenture
MARC CARREL-BILLIARD
Global Senior Managing Director, Accenture Labs
Accenture
Global Senior Managing Director, Accenture Labs

Marc Carrel-Billiard is the Global Senior Managing Director of Accenture Labs, the company’s dedicated R&D organization. In his role, he also directs Accenture’s annual Technology Vision research, which looks at the future of enterprise technology.

Marc has been with Accenture for nearly 20 years and has worked across all the five industries we serve. Before taking on leadership of Technology R&D, Marc was the global lead for Emerging Technology in Accenture. He has held several global leadership roles within Accenture’s technology group, including within Application Portfolio Optimization and SOA/Integration Architecture. He has worked across several cutting-edge areas of IT including voice recognition, knowledge-based systems and neural networks.

Marc is one of a select group of Accenture certified Master Technology Architects, and is also a Solution Architect and Select Quality Assurance director. He has broad software engineering and delivery experience, particularly in areas such as component and object-oriented technologies.

Before joining Accenture in 1998, Marc was part of IBM Global Services where he published several articles and books on C++ and Java programming with Prentice Hall. Marc currently is based in Accenture’s Labs in Sophia Antipolis, France. He lives in Vence, France with his wife and his passions include photography and hiking.

CASSIE KOZYRKOV
Chief Decision Scientist
Google
CASSIE KOZYRKOV
Chief Decision Scientist
Google
Chief Decision Scientist

 

As Chief Decision Scientist at Google Cloud, Cassie Kozyrkov advises leadership teams on the 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 theatre, in an art museum, exploring the world, or curled up with a good novel.

STUART RUSSELL
Professor of Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley
STUART RUSSELL
Professor of Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley

Stuart Russell is a pioneer in the understanding and uses of artificial intelligence (AI), its long-term future, and its relation to humanity. He also is a leading authority on robotics and bioinformatics.

Stuart Russell is the author or coauthor of three books on knowledge, reasoning, and machine learning, including the standard textbook on artificial intelligence. Stuart Russell is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC-Berkeley and Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at UC-San Francisco.

Artificial intelligence. AI is a machine’s ability to perceive its environment and use that information to maximise its chance at succeeding at some goal. All of the technologies behind artificial intelligence are evolving at exponential rates and are just now beginning to rocket up the curve. Soon artificially intelligent machines will be doing things we can barely conceive, in virtually every area of human business, life, and culture. Few people understand this future better than Stuart Russell, who wrote the standard textbook on AI (with coauthor Peter Norvig), now in its third edition.

Robotics. Stuart Russell is also a leading researcher in the practical applications of machine intelligence. If AI is the brain of the machine of the future, the robot is its body. Robots are taking over more and more functions that once required a human actor, with far-reaching consequences — and opportunities — for people, businesses, and society as a whole. He has focused recently on the threat of autonomous weaponry.

Biological information. As an Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery, Stuart has been researching computational physiology, with a current focus on Intensive Care Unit monitoring systems. He is a leader in the development of technologies that make sense of biological data and that apply this information in ways that advance human health.

Credentials. In addition to the positions already mentioned, Stuart Russell holds the SmithZadeh Chair in Engineering at UC-Berkeley and is Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on AI and Robotics. He is the recipient of many awards and held the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris from 2012 to 2014. He is a researcher at a number of research centers, including the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab (BAIR), the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), and the Synthetic Biology Institute (SBI). He is the founder and Vice-President of Bayesian Logic, Inc., a data analysis start-up under contract with the UN to build a new Nuclear Test Ban Treaty global monitoring system.

RAQUEL URTASUN
Chief Scientist
Uber
RAQUEL URTASUN
Chief Scientist
Uber
Chief Scientist
FERNANDA WEIDEN
Former Director of Engineering
Facebook
FERNANDA WEIDEN
Former Director of Engineering
Facebook

Fernanda is an engineering executive with 20 years of industry experience. She is currently a consultant and an advisor on issues related to scalability of infrastructure and organizations. Her most recent job was as a Director at Facebook where she spent 7 years leading teams of up to 200 people leading the Production Engineering engagements with the Facebook family of apps, Advertising, Growth and Machine Learning. Fernanda is originally from Brazil, and prior to Facebook, Fernanda worked at Google Zurich for 6 years, IBM Brazil and other smaller companies. Fernanda has also been a Free Software advocate for over 15 years, and is one of the members of Free Software Foundation Europe.

DR. LARRY HECK
President and CEO
Viv Labs
DR. LARRY HECK
President and CEO
Viv Labs
President and CEO

Dr. Larry Heck is the CEO of Viv Labs and SVP and Head of Bixby North America at Samsung. From 2014-2017, he was a Research Director at Google, leading an advanced Dialogue R&D effort behind the Google Assistant. From 2009-­2014, he was the Chief Scientist of the Microsoft Speech products team and later a Distinguished Engineer in Microsoft Research. In 2009, he co­-founded the initiative that led to Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant. From 2005-2009, he was Vice President at Yahoo! responsible for Search and Advertising quality. From 1998-2005, he was with Nuance Communications and served as Vice President of R&D. He began his career as a researcher at the Stanford Research Institute (1992-1998) initially in acoustics and later in speech research with the Speech Technology and Research (STAR) Laboratory. Funded by the US government’s NSA and DARPA, his SRI Speaker Recognition team achieved the first significant success with deep neural networks in speech processing in the 1998 National Institute of Standards and Technology Speaker Recognition evaluation.

Dr. Heck received the PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, published 150+ scientific papers and holds 50+ United States patents. He was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech and received the Distinguished Engineer Award from the Texas Tech University Whitacre College of Engineering.

Specialties: machine learning (ML), deep learning, artificial intelligence (AI), natural language processing (NLP), dialogue systems, speech recognition, speaker recognition/voice authentication, web search, online advertising, signal processing, acoustics.

SANDEEP DADLANI
Chief Digital Officer
Mars
SANDEEP DADLANI
Chief Digital Officer
Mars
Chief Digital Officer
JO COUTUER
Chief Data Officer
BNP Paribas Fortis
JO COUTUER
Chief Data Officer
BNP Paribas Fortis
NEELIE KROES
Former Vice President
European Commission
NEELIE KROES
Former Vice President
European Commission
Former Vice President

Neelie Kroes has served as a Director since May 2016. Ms. Kroes is the former Vice President of the European Commission, European Commissioner for Competition and European Commission for Digital Agenda. Ms. Kroes served as Commissioner for Competition from 2004 to 2010 and as Vice President and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society from 2010 to 2014. Prior to joining the European Commission, Ms. Kroes served in the Dutch House of Representatives and as State Secretary and Cabinet Minister.

She is currently a member of the Global Policy Advisory Board of Uber Technologies, Inc. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and a member of the Finance Committee of Rijksmuseum Fonds (Amsterdam). Ms. Kroes previously served on the boards of Lucent Netherlands, AB Volvo and McDonald’s Netherlands and was the chairperson of Nyenrode University. Ms. Kroes received her M.S. in Economics from Erasmus University.

JOANN STONIER
Executive VP and Chief Data Officer
Mastercard
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JOANN STONIER
Executive VP and Chief Data Officer
Mastercard

JoAnn C. Stonier serves as chief data officer for Mastercard, charged with delivering on both the promise and protections of data. She oversees the curation, maintenance and management of the company’s strong data assets as Mastercard increasingly looks to deepen the value it can provide its merchant, banking and government customers and cardholders through its analytics capabilities.
Reinforcing the critical imperative of putting consumers and their privacy at the center of the data strategy at Mastercard, JoAnn previously served as the company’s chief information governance & chief privacy officer. In that role she was responsible for worldwide privacy and information governance as well as leading regulatory engagement in this area.

Prior to joining Mastercard in 2008, JoAnn was the chief privacy officer for American Express. She also held various roles with the company, including chief operating officer, American Express Tax & Business Services; vice president, acquisition integration; and vice president & assistant to the chairman. JoAnn has worked at Waldenbooks, Inc., PepsiCo and started her career as an auditor for PriceWaterhouse Coopers.
JoAnn often speaks on the need for balancing data innovation and privacy, and has been recognized as an innovative leader in data and privacy by the Aspen Institute, the United Nations and the Information Governance Initiative. JoAnn was instrumental in the creation of Trūata, a trust co-founded by Mastercard and IBM that offers a new approach to handling data anonymization in order to meet the data protection standard established by the EU-General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). JoAnn currently serves on the Trūata board.

In addition to her work at Mastercard, JoAnn is an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute, where she teaches business strategy and international business in the Design Management Master’s program; she has served on the boards of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Center for Information Policy Leadership and the Information Accountability Foundation.

JoAnn received her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University and her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College. She holds memberships in the Bar of the State of New York and the Bar of the State of New Jersey. She is based in Purchase, N.Y.

XIAOFENG REN
Chief Scientist – Autonavi
Alibaba
XIAOFENG REN
Chief Scientist – Autonavi
Alibaba
JOLEEN LIANG
Partner
Squirrel AI Learning
JOLEEN LIANG
Partner
Squirrel AI Learning
Partner

Joleen Liang is a successful serial entrepreneur who built a number of successful brands and raised over 100 million RMB. She was also a main guest for the most popular business-styled TV program “Only you ” in China and “Virtual Business School”of CCTV2.

After joining Squirrel AI Learning as a Partner, she created the “Squirrel AI” brand and successfully put the brand under the spotlight globally.

She is a regular speaker at EdTech and AI conferences, and was also invited to speak at ACM Singapore UMAP, IJCAI, KDD, Tsinghua University in Beijing, Slush, Tech Crunch, World Summit AI, Bloomberg Summit and UBS HQs.

ANNE MARIE NEATHAM
COO
Ocado Technology
ANNE MARIE NEATHAM
COO
Ocado Technology
COO

Anne Marie Neatham is chief operating officer (COO) at Ocado Technology, the division that powers Ocado, the world’s largest online only grocery retailer. As COO of Ocado Technology, Anne Marie leads the creation and organisational development of Ocado Technology’s centres in UK, Poland, Barcelona and Sofia.
An Irish Ex-Pat, She completed a BSc in Computer Science at University College Cork before starting work as a software engineer and has worked in various technical roles in Ireland, the US, Germany and the UK. Anne Marie joined Ocado in 2001, to lead the development of early in-house support applications and has since lead the development of various applications in Ocado as well as opening Ocado’s first off shore development centre in Poland.

Anne Marie also leads the Code for Life initiative, at the heart of which is Rapid Router, a free and comprehensive teaching resource for coding in primary schools. Rapid Router is the first in a series of educational resources being created by Ocado Technology based on real life challenges within its business to teach young people to code and to inspire them to take up a career in a technical field. We are very proud of having recently topped 100K users of this application.

PROF GARY MARCUS
Professor of Psychology and Neural Science
New York University
PROF GARY MARCUS
Professor of Psychology and Neural Science
New York University

Gary Marcus, scientist, bestselling author, and entrepreneur, was CEO and Founder of the machine-learning startup Geometric Intelligence, recently acquired by Uber, and is known for his provocative and bold claims in artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and cognitive science. Trained by Steven Pinker, he received his PhD at MIT at age 23. His professional research, published in leading journals such as Science, Nature, Cognition, and Artificial Intelligence, has focused on the foundations of cognition in humans, animals and machines, spanning fields from developmental psychology to neuroscience to genetics to artificial intelligence. A special interest has been on the challenge of endowing machines with common sense.

 

He is also well-known for his writing for the general public, including frequent essays and op-eds for The New Yorker and The New York Times. His books include The Algebraic Mind, The Birth of the Mind, Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind, The New York Times Bestseller, Guitar Zero and The Future of the Brain: Essays By The World’s Leading Neuroscientists.

 

In a 2012 essay for The New Yorker, he was perhaps the first person to publicly criticize deep learning, drawing on arguments he developed in his 2001 technical book The Algebraic Mind. More recently, in a 2018 arXiv article, Deep Learning: A Critical Appraisal, he asked whether deep learning might be “approaching a wall.” The challenges he laid out there were covered everywhere from The
New York Times to Wired to The Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.

 

In another provocative 2012 essay, Moral Machines, Marcus was the first to adapt “trolley problems” to driverless cars, anticipating much recent research on the ethics of AI. His next book, REBOOT: Getting to AI We Can Trust, to be published by Pantheon in Fall 2019, co-authored with Ernie Davis, calls for a fundamental rethinking of current approaches to artificial intelligence.

ASTRID UNDHEIM
VP Analytics & AI
Telenor Group
ASTRID UNDHEIM
VP Analytics & AI
Telenor Group
VP Analytics & AI

Astrid Undheim is VP of Analytics & AI in Telenor Research, with responsibility for the AI research agenda in Telenor Group. She has a telecommunication background and has been in Telenor since finishing her PhD at NTNU in 2009. Astrid and her team has been part of establishing the Norwegian Open AI-lab at NTNU, and her team is working with NTNU researchers and students to advance AI methods and make it applicable to industry.

DANIEL JEAVONS
GM for Data Science
Shell
DANIEL JEAVONS
GM for Data Science
Shell

Dan Jeavons currently works for Shell in the digitalisation department. He has led the multi-award winning Data Science Centre of Excellence since its inception in 2013, growing the team from the ground up to around 150 individuals. In 2018, he was recognised in the top 50 data leaders in the UK.

 

He has been a significant contributor to the development of Shell’s digital and data platforms and has developed a series of high profile and well-publicised projects which have contributed significant bottom-line business benefits. He has also developed effective technology partnerships with a number of start-up companies leading to Shell investment.

 

He began his working life as an Accenture consultant working in their Upstream practice before joining Shell In 2008. He started in Shell in Finance before moving to IT in 2009. Subsequently, he worked in the CIO Office, and then in architecture before joining the Shell technology division in 2013. Dan is passionate about big data & analytics (a recurring theme throughout his career) but also has extensive experience in business process design and improvement, and business transformation and change.

 

He is married to Anne (a barrister) whom he met at university and has 2 children, Joshua and Isaac. He enjoys travelling, scuba diving and is a keen guitarist. He enjoys being able to apply expertise acquired within Shell in a charitable context.

ALI BOUHOUCH
CTO
Sephora
ALI BOUHOUCH
CTO
Sephora
PROF MARCIN DETYNIECKI
Group Chief Data Scientist and Head of Research and Development
AXA
PROF MARCIN DETYNIECKI
Group Chief Data Scientist and Head of Research and Development
AXA

Marcin Detyniecki is Head of Research and Group Chief Data Scientist at AXA Group. He leads innovation projects – with a strong focus on advanced analytics – in conjunction with AXA’s operational business entities while providing strong technical insights. Marcin also plays a key role in animating and leveraging the academic community as well as defining the research strategy for AXA.

 

Additionally, he is a professor at the Polish Academy of Science (IBS PAN) and associate researcher at the computer science laboratory LIP6 of Sorbonne University.

 

Currently, his research focuses on humanizing Artificial Intelligence to foster technology adoption. On Machine Learning interpretability, his work has been to propose better interpretability approaches and to provide actionable tools such as library and tutorials to bring transparency to Machine Learning models. On developing a fair and regulated Machine Learning, he has investigated the mitigation of the usage of sensitive information in ML models for bias-free predictions. This will lead to developing fairness measures useful in AXA’s operational context.

 

Marcin Detyniecki studied mathematics, physics and computer science at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris. In 2000 he obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the same university. Between 2001 and 2014, he was a research scientist of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He has been a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley and at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He has been visiting researcher at the University of Florence and at British Telecom Research Labs. He was a member of the research and academic council of UPMC University, member of the executive board of laboratory SMART, an elected member of the LIP6 laboratory council, and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Uncertainty, Fuzziness and Knowledge-Based Systems (IJFUKS). Dr. Detyniecki has over 100 publications in journals and conference proceedings.

PROF MAX WELLING
Vice President Technologies & Research Chair, Machine Learning
Qualcomm & University of Amsterdam
PROF MAX WELLING
Vice President Technologies & Research Chair, Machine Learning
Qualcomm & University of Amsterdam
EMILY FOGES
CEO
Luminance
EMILY FOGES
CEO
Luminance
CEO

Emily is CEO of Luminance, the leading artificial intelligence platform for the legal profession. She became CEO in 2016 when the company was a small team of technologists and lawyers. She took the product to market and led the growth of the business which is now used by over 150 law firms and organisations across 40 countries and six continents worldwide. Emily has more than 20 years’ experience of growing and scaling technology-led businesses. Prior to joining Luminance, she worked in M&A as a consultant and in-house, building teams to drive acquisition strategy and deliver integration. In 2018, Emily was named ‘Woman of the Year’ at the ‘Women in IT Excellence Awards’.’

PATRICK MAES
MD CTO Strategy & Architecture
Credit Suisse
PATRICK MAES
MD CTO Strategy & Architecture
Credit Suisse

MD CTO Strategy & Architecture

HILA LAMM
Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder
Firefly.ai
HILA LAMM
Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder
Firefly.ai
Chief Strategy Officer

Hila Lamm, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Firefly.ai is a seasoned executive with 15+ years of experience in enterprise software management, spearheading product, market, and go-to-market strategy. Today Hila manages the entire business unit at Firefly.ai, an Israeli based startup that developed an automated machine learning platform that allows analysts to easily build predictive models and enhance every business decision. Previously, as GM at NICE Systems, she managed the recording and voice biometrics business line. She continues to drive enterprise growth by delivering AI, big data and analytics products, adding tremendous value to enterprise products and their markets.

PIERLUIGI CASALE
Chief Data Scientist
TomTom
PIERLUIGI CASALE
Chief Data Scientist
TomTom
JANE ZAVALISHINA
Co Founder
Mechanica AI
JANE ZAVALISHINA
Co Founder
Mechanica AI
Co Founder

Jane Zavalishina is the President and Co-founder of Mechanica AI and a faculty member of Singularity University Benelux.

Throughout her career, she has always focused on applying innovative technologies to create new and transform traditional businesses. She held various executive positions within Yandex, which she joined in 2000 as its Chief Product Officer. Since 2005, she served as CEO of e-commerce payment service Yandex.Money. Since 2014, she took the leadership of Yandex Data Factory, a new business unit focused on enterprise machine learning solutions. In 2018, she co-founded Dutch tech start-up Mechanica AI, a provider of AI-based solutions for the industrial sector.

Jane is a frequent speaker on the topics of AI strategy and applications at various events in Europe, Middle East and Asia. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network.

In 2016, Jane was named in Silicon Republic’s Top 40 Women in Tech as an Inspiring Leader. She is recognized by Inspiring Fifty as one of the top fifty most inspirational women in the technology sector in the Netherlands in 2016, 2017 and 2019.

PETER JACKSON
Director – Group Data Sciences
Legal & General
PETER JACKSON
Director – Group Data Sciences
Legal & General
IVANA BARTOLETTI
Head of Privacy and Data Protection and Co-Founder
Gemserv and Women Leading in AI Network
IVANA BARTOLETTI
Head of Privacy and Data Protection and Co-Founder
Gemserv and Women Leading in AI Network

Ivana Bartoletti is Head of Privacy and Data Ethics at City-based consultancy Gemserv, and supports businesses in their privacy by design programmes, especially in relation to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology.
Ivana was awarded Woman of the Year (2019) in the Cyber Security Awards in recognition to her growing reputation as an advocate of equality, privacy and ethics at the heart of tech and AI.
She is a sought after commentator for the BBC, Sky and other major broadcasters and news outlets (Guardian, Telegraph) on headline stories where the tech economy intersects with privacy and data law and politics.
Ivana launched the Women Leading in AI network in May 2018, a thriving international group of scientists, industry leaders and policy experts advocating for responsible AI. Their 2018 report made waves among tech leaders, international institutions and the media, who backed many of its recommendations.
Bartoletti is Co-editor of the Fintech Circle’s AI Book, their first major publication focused on how AI is reshaping financial services.
Ivana’s first book focuses on the socio-economic impact of AI and will be released in 2020 by Indigo Press.

SOHAILA OUFFATA
Director of Platform
BMW i Ventures
SOHAILA OUFFATA
Director of Platform
BMW i Ventures

Sohaila develops and implements strategic growth initiatives for BMW i Ventures’ portfolio companies. Within her role as the Director of Platform, she is focused on leveraging the unique strength of the BMW ecosystem to establish transformative partnerships and help the portfolio companies succeed and scale. Sohaila is a mission-driven leader who thrives in highly creative, entrepreneurial and fast-moving environments. Technology-driven innovation has always been her passion. Before joining BMW i Ventures Sohaila worked as a Senior Innovation & New Business Manager within the Telecommunications and Media industry.

HUI CHENG
Head of JDX Silicon Valley Research Center
JD.COM
HUI CHENG
Head of JDX Silicon Valley Research Center
JD.COM
Head of JDX Silicon Valley Research Center

Dr. Hui Cheng is the Head of JD.com’s JD-X Silicon Valley Research Center and the Head of JD.com Silicon Valley Innovation Center, where he leads teams working on technologies that will revolutionize E-commerce and Logistics. JD-X is developing autonomous ground delivery vehicles, delivery drones and warehouse robotic systems, all powered by artificial intelligence, advanced robotics and computer vision. Dr. Cheng also serves on the board of directors of a high-flying AI and robotics startup company.

Prior to JD, Dr. Cheng was Senior Research Manager of Amazon Go where the new grab-and-go shopping experience was first developed. He was also the Program Director and head of the Cognitive and Adaptive Vision System Group at SRI International where he led more than 30 client-sponsored R&D programs in many areas including social medial analysis, video understanding, cloud-based Big Data analysis, AR/VR, mobile authentication, mobile activity understanding, media forensic, etc.

Dr. Cheng received his Ph.D degree from Purdue University. He has more than 60 publications and holds more than 30 patents.

JESPER SOEGAARD
Global Senior Director Big Data Engineering
LEGO GROUP
JESPER SOEGAARD
Global Senior Director Big Data Engineering
LEGO GROUP
Global Senior Director Big Data Engineering

Managing, architectecting and building a data Engineering and ML/AI practice within LEGO pure agile setup. Managing a team of 50 Data engineers and data platform engineers (internal and externals) all focused on delivering data , data products and AI/ML Products to the LEGO Group. Building solutions on a Cloud infrastructure

Part of the leadership team focusing on Digitalization and how to abobt and prioritise digitalization initiatives in LEGO

MONA KEIJZER
State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Government of The Netherlands
MONA KEIJZER
State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Government of The Netherlands

Mona Keijzer began her career in January 1991 as a legal policy officer serving the municipality of Waterland. From 1993 to 1994 she was a management trainee at Leiden University. She then held legal positions at the Gelderland Environment Inspectorate and the municipality of Almere.

In 1998 Ms Keijzer became a member of the municipal executive and deputy mayor of the municipality of Waterland. In 2006 she began working as a lawyer and certified mediator at the law firm Abma Schreurs Advocaten en Notarissen in Purmerend. In 2007 she became a member of the Purmerend municipal executive.

In 2012 Ms Keijzer became a member of parliament for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA), with policy responsibility for chronic care for older and disabled people, and later became spokesperson for hospital care and asylum, migration and integration policy.

On 26 October 2017 Mona Keijzer was appointed State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the third Rutte government.
Party political positions and outside activities

Ms Keijzer was a member of the CDA strategic council (which in 2012 presented proposals to take the party in a new direction over the next 10 to 15 years), served on the general board of the North Holland CDA, and chaired the national CDA party committee for the 2010 municipal elections. She was also deputy chair of the committee for the 2002 municipal elections. From 1994 to 1998 she was a member of the Waterland municipal council for the CDA, spending the last two years as leader of the CDA group.

Other roles she has held include secretary of the board of the Wethoudersvereniging (the association of members of municipal executives), member of the general board of the Hoogheemraadschap Uitwaterende Sluizen (a water authority) and chair and member of the supervisory board of the Stichting CPOW (a group of Christian primary schools).

JACOMO CORBO
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder , QuantumBlack
QuantumBlack
JACOMO CORBO
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder , QuantumBlack
QuantumBlack
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, QuantumBlack
ANJA KASPERSEN
Director
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva
ANJA KASPERSEN
Director
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva
DAVID BUDDEN
Research Engineering Team Lead
DeepMind
DAVID BUDDEN
Research Engineering Team Lead
DeepMind
Research Engineering Team Lead

Dr. David Budden is an engineering team lead and distributed systems researcher at DeepMind, the world leader in AI research and its application for positive impact. His recent projects include AlphaStar, the first AI to defeat a top professional player at StarCraft II, in addition to many other reinforcement-learning agents and environments. Before joining DeepMind, David worked at MIT and Harvard on projects including the first real-time “connectomics” system for reconstructing biological neuron connectivity maps from electron microscopy data. He was named Australia’s 2016 Young IT Professional of the Year for his startup work in the sports and education industries.

CYRILLE BATALLER
Managing Director - Applied Intelligence
Accenture
CYRILLE BATALLER
Managing Director - Applied Intelligence
Accenture

Managing Director – Applied Intelligence

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

With over 20 years of experience in technology innovation, Cyrille leads Accenture’s exploration of the disruptive Artificial Intelligence field, where cognitive 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. Artificial Intelligence specialties notably include Text Analytics, Deep Learning, Cognitive Robotics, and Virtual Agents.

Cyrille’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 oversees 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 Technology Labs.

Cyrille is a certified Accenture Solution Architect, Digital Architect, Master Technology Architect and Quality Assurance Director; he is also an IEEE CBP-Certified Biometrics Professional. He received an Electrical Engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris. Cyrille lives near Nice, in the South of France, with his wife Nathalie and two children.

LINDA LEOPOLD
Head of AI Policy
H&M Group
LINDA LEOPOLD
Head of AI Policy
H&M Group
Head of AI Policy

Linda Leopold is Head of AI Policy at the global fashion retailer H&M Group, where she leads the company’s work on sustainable and ethical AI. She joined the advanced analytics & AI department at H&M Group in 2018, after 15 years in the media industry and working as an innovation strategist at the intersection of fashion and technology. She is a former Editor-in-Chief at the critically acclaimed fashion magazine Bon, and the author of two non-fiction books. She has been a columnist for Scandinavia’s biggest financial newspaper, and an investment advisor to Sweden’s government agency for innovation. Her passion lies in merging fashion and culture with science and technology.

PROF LUCIANO FLORIDI
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director
The University of Oxford and Digital Ethics Lab
PROF LUCIANO FLORIDI
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director
The 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 a 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 150 papers in these areas, in many anthologies and peer-reviewed journals.

HON. SILVIO SCHEMBRI
Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy & Innovation
Parliament of Malta
HON. SILVIO SCHEMBRI
Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy & Innovation
Parliament of Malta

Silvio Schembri is an elected Maltese politician and academic currently serving as a Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy & Innovation within the Maltese Government. Hon. Schembri was born in Luqa, the second child among four siblings. His father John Schembri has occupied the office of Mayor of Luqa since 2001. Silvio is an experienced lecturer in Economics with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is skilled in political communications, negotiations, sustainable development, political science, and analytical skills. He has a Master of Arts and a Bachelors Degree of Honours focused in Economics from the University of Malta.

SARAH PORTER
Founder and CEO
Inspired Minds
SARAH PORTER
Founder and CEO
Inspired Minds

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 Group (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 the 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.

DR JOHN DANAHER
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
NUI Galway
DR JOHN DANAHER
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
NUI Galway

John Danaher is a Senior Lecturer in Law at NUI Galway, Ireland, the author of Automation and Utopia (Harvard University Press, 2019) and the coeditor of Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (MIT Press 2017). He has published over forty papers on topics including the risks of advanced AI, the ethics of social robotics, meaning of life and the future of work, and the ethics of human enhancement, His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, Aeon, and The Philosophers’ Magazine.

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, TV in Wales and hew 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.

ANDY PEART
CMSO
Artificial Solutions
ANDY PEART
CMSO
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 of marketing experience within the IT and natural language industry, successfully helping build innovative, technology-driven organizations.

MARLEEN STIKKER
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Waag
MARLEEN STIKKER
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Waag

Marleen Stikker is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Waag, a Dutch Public Research foundation in the field of technology and society. Marleen also advises the European Commission policy strategy group. She has been actively supporting the democratisation of technology and maker culture with various initiatives since 1994 and is committed to open access to the internet and to transparency in dealing with data and algorithms.

HELENIO GILABERT
Senior Director Business Transformation
Schneider Electric
HELENIO GILABERT
Senior Director Business Transformation
Schneider Electric

Helenio is the Senior Business Transformation Director for the Process Automation business unit and leads the innovation and incubation of new industrial solutions and business models that take advantage of emerging technology trends like IIoT and Industry 4.0 to deliver better profitability, operational efficiencies and increased production to Schneider’s industrial customers.

 

Helenio was previously the Senior Director for SCADA Solutions at Schneider Electric. During his 20 years’ career Helenio has also held positions in R&D, Portfolio Management and International Business Development in companies like Hyprotech, Aspen Technology, WorleyParsons, 3esi-Enersight and Zedi.

MATTIAS FRAS
Head of AI Strategy & Acceleration
Nordea
MATTIAS FRAS
Head of AI Strategy & Acceleration
Nordea
DAVID XI LI
Head of Advanced Data Analytics, Director
Blackrock
DAVID XI LI
Head of Advanced Data Analytics, Director
Blackrock
RAVINDER SINGH
Chief Information and Innovation Officer
Tata Singapore Airlines (Air Vistra)
RAVINDER SINGH
Chief Information and Innovation Officer
Tata Singapore Airlines (Air Vistra)
Ravinder Pal Singh (Ravi) is an Award winning Technologist with over 50+ global recognitions. His body of work, most 1st in the world are making a difference within acute constraints of culture and cash via commodity technology that can be seen and felt in day to day life and over the years. Ravi is a global speaker and has delivered over 100+ lectures and papers.
In the current year he has shared his body of work and its thinking in over 20+ renowned journals and conferences in Asia, Europe, USA and Africa. Ravi is advisor to board of 9 enterprises where incubation and differentiation is a core necessity and challenge. He brings in technology sanity, brutal honesty and no-nonsense simplistic management thinking towards rapid profitable business growth.
He sits on the advisory council of 3 global research firms where he contributes in predicting practical future automation use cases and respective technologies. He is a child right activist and also a holder, in his personal capacity, of several technologies patents, advance practitioner of yoga and flies aircraft
MISHA BILENKO
Head of Machine Intelligence & Research Division
Yandex
MISHA BILENKO
Head of Machine Intelligence & Research Division
Yandex
Head of Machine Intelligence & Research Division

Misha Bilenko brings over two decadesof academic and industrial experience in machine learning, as well as growing and leading teams that produce state-of-the-art AI solutions. He currently heads the Machine Intelligence and Research (MIR) division at Yandex. MIR includes teams that focus on research and development of core AI technologies (speech technologies, computer vision, machine translation and NLP), machine learning tools and platforms, and fundamental computer science research. MIR covers the complete research-to-product cycle, and delivers AI technologies to all Yandexproducts, from Search to Taxi. Under Misha, the division launched the intelligent assistant Alice, open sourcedthe gradient boosting library, CatBoost, and integrated advanced machine learning solutions in a number of new products. Misha joinedYandex after 10 years at Microsoft, where he led the Machine Learning Algorithms team in the Cloud and Enterprise division. Before that, he was a member of the Machine Learning Group at Microsoft Research, and was a research intern at Googleand IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.Misha obtained his Ph. D in Computer Sciencesfrom the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the Machine Learning Group.

PETRA HIELKEMA
Director of Payments and Market Infrastructures
Dutch Central Bank
PETRA HIELKEMA
Director of Payments and Market Infrastructures
Dutch Central Bank

Petra Hielkema is Director of Payments and Market Infrastructures at the Dutch Central Bank. Her division is responsible for the payments and collateral operations of the Dutch central bank, as well as oversight, the DNB Cyber Intelligence Unit and policy. The policy agenda if focuses on PSD2, Open Banking, instant payments, fin/bigtech, e-identity, blockchain, crypto and CCPs. As payments are at the frontier of technological innovation in the financial sector, the division is actively involved in the monitoring developments in this field, as well as experimenting with new technologies itself. Furthermore, the division is leading the operational resilience program (ethical hacking) called TIBER-NL.

 

Petra joined the Dutch Central Bank in February 2007. Prior to joining the Dutch Central Bank Petra had an international career in the oil and gas industry. Petra is a member of the Basel Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) as well as the ECB’s European Cyber Resilience Board (ECRB) and Market Infrastructures Board (MIB). She also co-chairs the FSB financial market infrastructure Cross Border Crisis Management (fmiCBCM). Furthermore, she is member of the Supervisory Board en Executive Committee of Child and Youth Finance Internationa (CYFI), an organisation that is encouraging sound economic citizenship and enterpreneurship for children and youth worldwide. Petra has a European Masters in Law & Economics and a Masters in Russian Studies.

EEVA RAITA
Head of Cultural Advisory
Futurice
EEVA RAITA
Head of Cultural Advisory
Futurice
Head of Cultural Advisory

Eeva Raita is a social psychologist (Dr.) and change expert who specialises in advising global companies on how to create and cultivate work cultures that
meet the needs of the post digital era. With her team she coaches companies to tackle slowness, silos, and lack of human-centricity with a variety of lean, agile, design, and data-driven methods and practices. She is fascinated about the opportunities that lie in the smart usage of AI and data in helping
companies to renew both their businesses as well as their whole organisation.

REZA KHORSHIDI
Chief Scientist
AIG
REZA KHORSHIDI
Chief Scientist
AIG

Reza is currently the Chief Scientist at AIG (leading the company’s global machine learning research and AI-first product development), as well as a principal investigator at Deep Medicine program at the University of Oxford’s Martin School (focused on healthcare innovation, and the use of AI in digital health ecosystems). He obtained his DPhil (i.e., PhD) in computational neuroscience and machine learning from the University of Oxford in 2010, and since then has been leading teams, research initiatives, and large-scale international projects in both academia and industry.

 

Reza’s team at AIG (i.e., Investments AI: a group of machine learning scientists, engineers, designers and product managers and strategists) is primarily focused on the development of AI-first products: apps and software services that employ Machine Learning to inform and assist their users. Such software products provide both AIG’s asset management (with near $0.5T AUM) and insurance arms with strategic differentiation in the market through the power of AI and design.

LILLIAN LI
Investor
Eight Roads
LILLIAN LI
Investor
Eight Roads
Investor

Lillian Li is an investor at Eight Roads, a global venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs scale. She is also a Co-Founder at Diversity VC, a non-profit group, made up of interested individuals working in venture capital, who seek to increase the diversity of thought in the venture industry.

DEEPASHRI VARADHARAJAN
Lead Analyst, AI
CB Insights
DEEPASHRI VARADHARAJAN
Lead Analyst, AI
CB Insights
Lead Analyst, AI

Deepashri Varadharajan is a lead analyst at CB Insights, researching the intersection of AI and different industries. She’s passionate about studying new business models and opportunities that AI is helping shape and how traditional corporations and governments are adapting to a rapidly changing landscape. Previously, she worked for media houses including Al Jazeera America. Deepashri holds an undergraduate degree in electronics and communications engineering from VIT University in India and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

PAUL CLARKE
CTO
Ocado
PAUL CLARKE
CTO
Ocado
ROMARIC REDON
DataLab Manager
Airbus Defence and Space
ROMARIC REDON
DataLab Manager
Airbus Defence and Space
DataLab Manager

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.

CIARA RIORDAN
Assistant Editor/ Deputy Editor – Social News
BBC
CIARA RIORDAN
Assistant Editor/ Deputy Editor – Social News
BBC
Assistant Editor/ Deputy Director – Social News
HUGH WESTBROOK
Senior Product Owner
Sky
HUGH WESTBROOK
Senior Product Owner
Sky

Hugh Westbrook is Senior Product Owner for Sky News and Sky Sports. He started with Sky News as an online journalist before moving into the product world, where he produced a number of interactive features, including the award-winning Fallen Heroes. His focus is now on data projects, with a specialist focus on elections, where he manages the results data which appears across all Sky News platforms. He is also working on a number of AI initiatives and led the development of the Royal Wedding Who’s Who application in 2018.

REINHARD STOLLE
Head of Engineering
AID-Autonomous Intelligent Driving
REINHARD STOLLE
Head of Engineering
AID-Autonomous Intelligent Driving

Reinhard Stolle has been Head of Engineering at AID GmbH since 2019. Stolle holds a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he worked on heterogeneous reasoning techniques for the task of automatically building models of physical systems. From 1999 until 2000, Stolle was a postdoctoral fellow at the Knowledge Systems Lab at Stanford University, contributing to research on model-enabled planning and control. From 2000 until 2004, he was a Research Scientist at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, California, where he led a research project on automated text understanding, combining techniques from computational linguistics and model-based reasoning. In 2004, Stolle joined BMW Car IT GmbH in München, leading a software innovation team in the infotainment area. In 2008, he founded the central department for „Software Architecture and Development“ at BMW Group. From 2012 until 2016, Stolle served as Managing Director of BMW Car IT GmbH in Ulm, building up software expert teams in the areas of infotainment, driver assistance, and autonomous driving. From 2016 until 2018, Stolle was the Vice President for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning at BMW Group, focusing on AI for autonomous driving.

FILIPPO DELLA CASA
Head of Analytics, Chief Innovation Officer Department
Gruppo Unipol
FILIPPO DELLA CASA
Head of Analytics, Chief Innovation Officer Department
Gruppo Unipol

After graduating in Physics and attending a Master Programme on Computational Finance, Filippo joined the Allianz Group in 2006, starting as a quant in the Investment Department, with a focus on scenario generation, pricing and portfolio optimization. End 2009 he started his career as a freelance and founded mid-2012 Toymodels®, a start-up dealing with mathematical models for capital markets. He joined the Unipol Group in 2013 Q4, in charge of the set up of the Data Science skills within the Group. The initial team evolved beginning 2017 to Leithà®, a NewCo of the Unipol Group working as a service provider in the Data Science space. Filippo is heading the Analytics team.

DR DIWAKER GUPTA
Head of Engineering
Blockstack
DR DIWAKER GUPTA
Head of Engineering
Blockstack

Diwaker Gupta is the Head of Engineering at Blockstack PBC — Blockstack is a new internet for decentralized apps that let you own your data and maintain your privacy, security and freedom. Diwaker joins us from Dropbox, where he spent 4 years in a variety of leadership roles across Engineering. Most recently, he led engineering for Intelligence at Dropbox — a group of 30+ engineers, PMs and designers — encompassing Search Infrastructure, Search Quality, Machine Learning, ML Platform and new product initiatives. During his tenure at Dropbox, Diwaker oversaw major infrastructure initiatives and product launches, including a new search engine
for Dropbox. Before Dropbox, Diwaker was on the founding team at Maginatics, an enterprise storage startup building a next-generation cloud-native filesystem acquired by EMC in late 2014. Diwaker received his M.S and Ph.D. in Computer  Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2009, working with Amin Vahdat who is currently a Google Fellow. Diwaker’s research work has been cited more than 3,000 times and won numerous awards, including Best Paper in OSDI 2008, UCSD CSE Best Dissertation in 2009 and Middleware Test of Time in 2016.

EMIL MATSAKH
Former Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Commonwealth Bank
EMIL MATSAKH
Former Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Commonwealth Bank

Emil Matsakh is a former Chief Analytics Officer at Commonwealth Bank of Australia where has was accountable for developing the Group’s competitive advantage in data and analytically driven insight and delivering value from this advantage through digital transformation. Emil joined the Group in 2010 as Executive General Manager, Portfolio Risk Management.

 

Prior to joining CBA Emil spent over 15 years at First Manhattan Consulting Group where he was co-head of the Risk Management and Capital Strategies practices. During his consulting career, Emil has advised over 50 leading global and US banks, insurance companies, fintechs and private equity firms on analytics, risk management, and corporate finance and strategy.

 

Prior to consulting, Emil worked in global markets with JP Morgan & Co. Emil is located in New York.

DR. CARA ANTOINE
CMO & COO
Microsoft Netherlands
DR. CARA ANTOINE
CMO & COO
Microsoft Netherlands
CMO & COO

Dr. Cara Antoine joined Microsoft the Netherlands in January 2017 as Chief Marketing & Operations Officer. In this position, Cara is responsible for the overall marketing, strategy, and operations of Microsoft the Netherlands, in particular for the digital transformation of companies which is made possible thanks to innovations in the cloud.

Cara was previously employed at Royal Dutch Shell where she was responsible for the business transformation of the global IT within the Shell organisation. Prior to Shell, she held various executive roles in both Germany and France for Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, and Polaroid. Cara received her DBA degree (Doctor of Business Administration) through her research into Collaborative Innovation in Technology at the University of Bradford Graduate School of Management & Law in the UK and the Tias-Nimbas Graduate School of Business in the Netherlands.

Cara is passionate for the arts and music and she has a special affinity for persons with impairments. She has an active voice to bring equality, accessibility, and sustainability to the world for all persons, no matter our differences.

DR CHRISTIAN MULLER
Head of Competence Center Autonomous Driving
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
DR CHRISTIAN MULLER
Head of Competence Center Autonomous Driving
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Christian Müller began working in automotive in 2007 when getting in contact with Silicon Valley OEM think tanks during his postdoc in Berkeley, Ca. Before, his machine-learning driven research has been applied in the telecommunication industry (speech-based classification including age and gender recognition, emotion and stress classification). Back at DFKI, he built up the automotive UI group, gaining international recognition (among first eye-gaze controls in the car, among first gesture recognition systems). In 2012 he was appointed DFKI Research Fellow, a distinction which received only 19 researchers within nearly 30 years. From 2012 to 2014 Christian Müller was Action Line Leader for Intelligent Mobility with the European Knowledge and Innovation Community EIT Digital. He is considered the father of OpenDS, the world’s most popular open source driving simulator. In 2017, Christian Müller became Head of the Competence Center for Autonomous Driving at DFKI.

SID RAISONI
Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Nestle Waters
SID RAISONI
Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Nestle Waters
Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Sid is a customer experience ‘transformist’ with a track record of helping companies improve business results by changing how companies use Data. Sid has established and led Data science and Technology teams for various companies and is currently the Head of Analytics at Nestle Water’s North America. Specializing in strategy, insights, interactive design and leadership practices, Sid has earned a reputation for developing highly effective teams that increase revenue and profitability through focused execution.

OLAV STETTER
Head of Data Science
Konux
OLAV STETTER
Head of Data Science
Konux
Head of Data Science

Olav Stetter is Head of Data Science at the Munich-based AI/IoT startup KONUX. Olav gained his Ph.D. in statistical physics at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self- Organization. Olav’s passion for applying machine learning to real-world challenges lead him to move from academia to the start-up world, where he acted both as a founder and CTO in multiple AI startups including Riskmethods, Free Machines and Smart Reporting. At KONUX, Olav is focused on leading and growing a diverse team of data scientists. Since its foundation in 2014, KONUX has raised more than $50 million from world-leading investors, such as NEA and Andy Bechtolsheim, and was selected into the WEF’s prestigious group of “Technology Pioneers” as one of the world’s 30 most innovative start-ups and scale-ups worldwide.

JIANG TAO
VP Strategy & Business Development Intelligent Computing BU
Huawei
JIANG TAO
VP Strategy & Business Development Intelligent Computing BU
Huawei
VP Strategy & Business Development Intelligent Computing BU

Jiang Tao is the vice president of Huawei Intelligent Computing BU, responsible for the strategy & business development.
Over 18 years of experience in ICT industry. Currently responsible for the strategy and business development of intelligent computing products and solutions, including AI module, inference/training board, edge computing equipment, mobile vehicle computing platform, x86 Server, ARM server, AI server etc.
Prior to Huawei, Jiang Tao acquired a master degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

AGNIESZKA LUKASZCZYK
Senior Director - European Affairs
Planet
AGNIESZKA LUKASZCZYK
Senior Director - European Affairs
Planet
JOHN SPINDLER
CEO
Capital Enterprise
JOHN SPINDLER
CEO
Capital Enterprise
CEO

John Spindler is the CEO of Capital Enterprise. John has had over 15 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and business advisor/consultant and as well as being responsible for the day to day management of Capital Enterprise is also a director and co-owner of audio designer and manufacturer Ferguson Hill.

BARNABY HUSSEY-YEO
CEO
Cleo
BARNABY HUSSEY-YEO
CEO
Cleo
CEO

Barnaby Hussey-Yeo is Co-Founder & CEO of Cleo AI. He is a Data scientist with a diverse set of interests across machine learning, finance and technology. Significant experience with generating actionable insights from large scale data sets.

AGNES ROQUEFORT
Senior VP Digital Strategy & Data
ACCOR
AGNES ROQUEFORT
Senior VP Digital Strategy & Data
ACCOR

Agnès ROQUEFORT works at Accor as Senior VP Strategy, Transformation & Data, in the Digital and Commercial Division. With an MBA from the ESSEC Business School, Agnes is a senior executive with 15 years of experience in the Hotel & Services industry covering different domains including business strategy, consulting, revenue management & pricing marketing and data management. She has a strong business acumen that is augmented by her passion for management and revenue growth. A dynamic manager with a flair for handling international teams and demanding projects, she started her career started in a private equity fund, then did strategic consulting at Bain & Company and Advancy. She has been working with Accor for 9 years.

GEMMA MILNE
Technology & Science Writer Co-Founder
Science: Disrupt
GEMMA MILNE
Technology & Science Writer Co-Founder
Science: Disrupt
Write and Co-Founder

Gemma Milne is a Science & Technology Writer covering all things deep tech, including biotech, advanced computing, space, energy and innovation in academia, for titles such as Forbes, the BBC, CNBC, the Guardian, and Quartz. She is also Co-Host of Science: Disrupt – a podcast interviewing the innovators, iconoclasts & entrepreneurs creating change in science. As a deep tech consultant, she is an Expert Advisor for the European Commission and Innovate UK, and a Scout for Backed VC. Gemma is an Innovation Jury Member for SXSW and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and she is currently writing her first book on hype and idealism in science and tech.

DR STEVE FLINTER
Director Software Engineering
Mastercard Labs
DR STEVE FLINTER
Director Software Engineering
Mastercard Labs

Steve is an IT professional with more than 20 years’ experience in industry, government and academia. Steve is currently responsible for leading Mastercard Labs’ initiatives in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

 

Steve has been with Mastercard for five years. Steve’s initial role with Mastercard was with the global Mastercard Start Path team – Mastercard’s startup engagement activity. In this role, he supported fintech startup companies, connecting them to Mastercard and its global network of customers, accelerating their internal innovation activities.

 

Prior to joining Mastercard, Steve spent eight years with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Irish Government agency investing in academic research. At SFI he managed an investment portfolio of approximately €120m in the software and computer science areas. Prior to that, Steve spent ten years in various senior software development roles in a variety of industry verticals.
Steve holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence from Trinity College Dublin.

JAIR RIBEIRO
Artificial Intelligence Senior Business Analyst
Volvo Group
JAIR RIBEIRO
Artificial Intelligence Senior Business Analyst
Volvo Group

Jair Ribeiro, AI Business Strategist of Volvo Group, is Brazilian, living in Poland after several years spent in Italy where he developed his extensive experience in Enterprise Environments while leading teams and international projects in companies like Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and IBM.

 

He is currently leading, inspiring and helping the Volvo Group to innovate through the power of Artificial Intelligence, with a broad technical background and relevant experience in Business Analysis, Solution Design, Management, Communication, and Consulting.

 

Performing his role of AI Evangelist, Jair has been a very active speaker, present in several international Conferences and Summit, always engaged in popularizing not only AI from the business point of view but also Leadership, Multiculturalism, and International Career Management skills.

DARIO IZZO
Advanced Concepts Team
European Space Agency
DARIO IZZO
Advanced Concepts Team
European Space Agency

Dario Izzo graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from the University Sapienza of Rome in 1999. He later obtained a second master in “Satellite Platforms” at the University of Cranfield in the UK and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Modelling in 2003, at the University Sapienza of Rome where he had the honour to assist Prof. Chiara Valente throughout the classical mechanics and space flight mechanics courses during the academic years 2001-2003.

 

In 2004, Dario moved to ESTEC in the Netherlands as a research fellow in Mission Analysis and, in 2008, became one of two permanent staff members in the team where he now coordinates all the scientific activities of the Advanced Concepts team and manages its interface to the rest of ESA.

 

During the years spent with ACT, Dario led studies in interplanetary trajectory design and artificial intelligence and took part in several other innovative types of research on diverse fields. He started the Global Trajectory Optimization Competitions events, the ESA’s Summer of Code in Space, and the Kelvins competition platform (https://kelvins.esa.int/) and published more than 150 papers in journals, conferences and books.

 

In 2013, Dario received the Humies Gold Medal for the work on grand tours of the galilean moons and, the following year, won the 8th edition of the Global Trajectory Optimization Competition, organized by NASA/JPL, leading a mixed team of ESA/JAXA scientists.

 

His interests range from computer science, open source software development, interplanetary trajectory optimization, biomimetics and artificial intelligence, but in general interested in all aspects of science and technology.

BERND RATTEY
CIO
Deutsche Bahn
BERND RATTEY
CIO
Deutsche Bahn
ALEXANDRA JANKOVICH
Managing Partner
SparkOptimus
ALEXANDRA JANKOVICH
Managing Partner
SparkOptimus
Managing Partner

Alexandra started in traditional strategy consultancy at McKinsey & Company, before moving on to set up the digital division at RELX (Elsevier Science) in New York, and later holding a number of senior digital management positions across the US and Europe. As Managing Director of Lastminute.com Benelux, she took the site to the no.1 spot in six months. She is co-founder of top management consultancy SparkOptimus, the hands-on business builders with a 100% focus on digital disruption, and is a member of various supervisory boards. Together with Tom Voskes, co-founder of SparkOptimus, she has published the bestselling book ‘Make Disruption Work’.

SATYEN YADAV
CTO, Analytics
Boeing
SATYEN YADAV
CTO, Analytics
Boeing
CTO, Analytics

Satyen Yadav is the Chief Technology Officer and head of software development for Boeing Digital Solutions & Analytics business. He is responsible for creating the vision and direction for digital product architecture, agile development methodologies, cloud service architecture, and security practices. Satyen is also responsible for providing industry technology leadership for airlines, MROs, and other commercial aviation and regulatory agencies.

ALI NASSERI
Aerospace Consultant
Defence Research and Development Canada
ALI NASSERI
Aerospace Consultant
Defence Research and Development Canada
STEPHEN DONNELLY
CIO
Spectral Energy
STEPHEN DONNELLY
CIO
Spectral Energy

Stephen Donnelly is the CIO with Spectral, a rapidly-growing system integrator and technology development scale-up in the smart energy services domain based in Amsterdam. Stephen has more than 20 years’ experience of technology deployments across multiple roles from software development to process consultancy and project management. He joined Spectral last year from the European Commission’s Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and has previously held roles in the hi-tech, consultancy and non-profit sectors. Stephen holds a Masters in Engineering and Computer Science from Oxford University.

HRH PRINCE CONSTANTIJN VAN ORANJE
Special Envoy
TechLeap.NL
HRH PRINCE CONSTANTIJN VAN ORANJE
Special Envoy
TechLeap.NL

Constantijn van Oranje leads TechLeap.NL (formerly StartupDelta), the accelerator for the Tech-ecosystem in the Netherlands. As Special Envoy he is on a mission to turn The Netherlands into a unicorn nation. He and his team connect the Dutch Tech-ecosystem to help ambitious and promising Dutch Tech companies grow fast internationally by improving their access to capital, market and talent.

Constantijn co-founded StartupFest Europe, which is still the biggest start-up event ever organized in The Netherlands. He used to be Chief of Staff of VP Neelie Kroes at the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda and lead the Brussels office of the RAND Corporation.

He is currently also Director Digital Technology & Macro Strategy at Macro Advisory Partners in London and New York and Edge Fellow at Deloitte Centre for the Edge, where he advises companies and the European Commission on their digital innovation strategies. Besides innovation and technology.

Constantijn van Oranje is passionate about art, music, photography and nature.

VICTOR BOTEV
CTO
Iris.ai
VICTOR BOTEV
CTO
Iris.ai
CTO

Victor is the CTO and Co-Founder at Iris.ai, building the world’s first ‘AI Researcher’ aiming to connect the dots of all of the world’s research. Iris.ai today delivers AI tools both to academic researchers as well as to chemical researchers in industry.

Victor studied individual Master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Systems and Networks at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and Chalmers University of Technology, respectively. After his degree he stayed at Chalmers, he conducted research on clustering and predictive neural networks models and the usage of signal processing techniques in studying Big Data. At Iris.ai, he is responsible for the technology, research & development team, as well as overall product development and company management.

NIMA RIAHI
Senior Data Scientist
SBB
NIMA RIAHI
Senior Data Scientist
SBB

Nima Riahi has spent most of his career automating processes (business and science), exploring and exploiting structure in data, and presenting the results. Both statistical modelling and machine learning have served Nima well, as have his (current) favorite tools Python, R, and Matlab.

JOHNSON POH
Head Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Adjunct Professor – Big Data and Analytics
United Overseas Bank
JOHNSON POH
Head Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Adjunct Professor – Big Data and Analytics
United Overseas Bank

Jonhson Poh has professional and leadership experience in operations analysis, data science R&D and consulting across government, finance and pharmaceutical sectors with focus on advanced analytics, statistical computing, machine learning, big data, modelling/simulation and data visualisation.

LAYLA EL ASRI
Research Team Lead
Borealis AI
LAYLA EL ASRI
Research Team Lead
Borealis AI

Layla El Asri is a team lead at Borealis AI. She completed her Ph.D. in computer science at Université de Lorraine in France in 2016. Her Ph.D. was a joint project between Université de Lorraine and Orange Labs, the research and development branch of Orange, a French telecommunication company. Her research focused on improving dialogue systems with machine learning. She developed methods to train dialogue systems faster while respecting strong industrial constraints. After her Ph.D, she joined Maluuba, a Canadian startup, in 2016 as a research scientist where she worked on user simulation, reinforcement learning, and datasets for dialogue systems. Layla then joined Microsoft, through the acquisition of Maluuba in 2017, as a research manager leading a team focused on conversational AI and natural language processing. She is continuing her work on natural language processing at Borealis AI, the AI branch of the Royal Bank of Canada.

ABHIJIT AKERKAR
Artificial Intelligence Strategist and Business Integrator
Lloyds Banking Group
ABHIJIT AKERKAR
Artificial Intelligence Strategist and Business Integrator
Lloyds Banking Group

Abhijit is an Artificial Intelligence Strategist and Business Integrator. He is bringing machine intelligence to life at the Lloyds Banking Group. His focus is on combining machine and human intelligence with data to fundamentally change the way the Bank does business and create new opportunities for customers and colleagues.

Earlier, at McKinsey & Company, Abhijit engaged with leaders from large enterprises to help them take strategic and investment decisions, build new digital business models, and drive above-market growth. Previously, at HCL Technologies, Abhijit built and led tech-enabled businesses in Europe and Asia. An engineer by training, Abhijit has an MBA from London Business School with exchange at MIT Sloan.

TANIYA MISHRA
Director of AI Research
Affectiva
TANIYA MISHRA
Director of AI Research
Affectiva
Director of AI Research

Dr. Taniya Mishra is Director of AI Research and Lead Speech Scientist at Affectiva. Taniya leads Affectiva’s research team, innovating in machine learning, speech analysis, computer vision and multi-modal analysis of emotional and cognitive states. She also built Affectiva’s speech product from the ground up. Prior to Affectiva, Taniya spent 5+ years at AT&T Research and two years at Interactions Inc. She has a PhD in computer science and speech processing from the OGI School of Science and Engineering at OHSU.

Taniya has been a coauthor on more than 25 technical publications and has more than two dozen patents (granted or pending) related to speech technology and affective computing. She is passionate about STEM education and mentoring.

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MIKAEL MUNCK
Founder & CEO
2021
MIKAEL MUNCK
Founder & CEO
2021
Co Founder & CEO

Mikael Munck is the founder and CEO of 2021.AI, The Enterprise AI Company, a fast-growing next generation technology company, delivering AI platforms technology and development of advanced Data Sciences models.

Mikael has 25+ years’ experience from the Technology and Financial sectors. Most recently, Mikael was Global Head of Technology and Operations at Saxo Bank. Prior to that Mikael had a stint of CEO and manager positions within Technology. Mikael is the Chairman of Copenhagen FinTech. and investor in several other succesfull technology companies.

PIERRE ANTOINE BEAUDOIN
Deep Learning and AI Start Ups Business Manager
Nvidia
PIERRE ANTOINE BEAUDOIN
Deep Learning and AI Start Ups Business Manager
Nvidia
AMIR HEVER
CEO
UVeye
AMIR HEVER
CEO
UVeye

Amir Hever is the CEO and co-founder of UVeye, the deep learning computer vision startup that is setting the global standard for vehicle inspection with fast and accurate anomaly detection to identify issues or threats facing the automotive and security industries. Hever co-founded UVeye in June 2016 along with his brother Ohad, who serves as the COO.
With an extensive background of over 10 years working in the field of computer vision, UVeye is Hever’s third venture. He previously held the position of VP R&D at Visualead which was acquired by Alibaba. There he created technology to improve interactions between people and brands through mobile innovation. Prior to Visualead, he worked with Correlsense, an enterprise-application performance-management (APM) company.

ANDREW HOPKINS
CEO
Exscientia
 
ANDREW HOPKINS
CEO
Exscientia
 
CEO

Prof. Andrew Hopkins is one of the most distinguished and cited scientists in modern drug discovery. As part of his role as founder and CEO of Exscientia, he invented and championed an automated and algorithmic approach to drug design and drug discovery. Before founding Exscientia, he spent 14 years at Pfizer and in academia, and pioneered cutting-edge projects using data mining and machine learning in the pharmaceutical industry. His papers, published in Nature journals, are widely considered as pivotal points in the new paradigm of modern drug discovery. He holds a doctorate degree in molecular biophysics from the University of Oxford.

JAN FREDERIK MORGENTHAL
Tribe & Product Lead
Deutsche Telekom
JAN FREDERIK MORGENTHAL
Tribe & Product Lead
Deutsche Telekom

Tribe & Product Lead

Jan is Chief Product Owner AI at Deutsche Telekom Group for several nimble, agile teams working on intelligent products & services such as chatbots, voice- & callbots, semantic search or emotion recognition. Beforehand he worked for digital boutique consultancies in Germany and South Korea and holds Master in Management Information Systems

RICHARD GALVEZ
Artificial Intelligence Research Scientist
NASA Frontier Development Lab
RICHARD GALVEZ
Artificial Intelligence Research Scientist
NASA Frontier Development Lab
Richard Galvez is an experienced Science Researcher, skilled in Data Science, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Deep Learning, and Astrophysics.
LUCIAN GHEORGHE
Senior Innovation Research Manager
Nissan Motor Corporation
LUCIAN GHEORGHE
Senior Innovation Research Manager
Nissan Motor Corporation

Born in Romania, Dr. Lucian Gheorghe lived in Bangladesh, the USA, Israel and other places before coming to Japan in 1998. After earning a master’s degree in computer and systems engineering from Kobe University’s Graduate School of Science and Technology in 2005, he joined the Nissan Research Center in Atsugi, Japan, where he was involved in research on visual support while driving and driver-assist systems. He also worked on measuring the burden drivers have by using brainwaves as one means of measurement. In 2011, he went on short-term assignment* to the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where he conducted research on Brain Machine Interfaces. After returning to Japan in 2014, he formed a team that contributes to automobile manufacturing from the perspective of brain activity measurement. In 2015, he became Senior Innovative Researcher (SIR)** and earned a doctorate of science from EPFL. * Short term assignment system: An overseas assignment program in which employees are sent overseas with the task of achieving project objectives in line with the project to which they are assigned. * Senior Innovative Researcher system: An original Nissan employment system that aims to bring together researchers from a broad area both inside and outside the company to strengthen development abilities and research new technologies. Exceptionally talented people from inside and outside the company are hired on temporary contracts for three years.
ROOPA DANDAMUDI
Project Manager, Prize Operations
Xprize
ROOPA DANDAMUDI
Project Manager, Prize Operations
Xprize
Project Manager, Prize Operations

Roopa Dandamudi joins XPRIZE with more than eight years of experience in the urban planning and development field. Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Dandamudi worked as an urban planner for AECOM in Los Angeles, working closely with government agencies and community stakeholder groups to develop creative policies focused on transportation, community health, sustainable land use development, affordable housing, and local economic development. Ms. Dandamudi has managed development projects with government entities that include the CA High Speed Rail Authority, LA Metro, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, LAX International Airport, and the City of Santa Monica.

GERMAN VISCUSO
Alexa Evangelist EU
Amazon Alexa
GERMAN VISCUSO
Alexa Evangelist EU
Amazon Alexa
Alexa Evangelist EU

German is a fan of computers since he was in kindergarten. He started his professional career as a software developer and later transitioned into developer advocacy roles. Before that, he had the opportunity to be part of many projects in different industries for major companies (as developer, technical writer, team lead, tech advocate, community manager and consultant). He has a passion for technology and finding ways to make it approachable and interesting to others which led him to be involved in creating and growing developer communities. His main interests are ASR/NLU technologies and VUI/VUX because he believes these will be the main drivers of innovation in human-computer interaction for decades to come

LIOR AKAVIA
Co-Founder & CEO
Seebo
LIOR AKAVIA
Co-Founder & CEO
Seebo
Co-Founder & CEO

Lior Akavia is the CEO
and co-founder of Seebo, an Industrial AI company with solutions to help manufacturers predict and prevent losses in yield and quality.

Lior has a strong passion
for building innovative products combining AI & IoT which is enabled by his experience in entrepreneurship, software
development, machine learning, and manufacturing.

Lior holds a BA in Computer Science, which he started
at the age of only 15 and graduated with honors. He served 5 years in the IDF as a software developer and R&D manager, all while completing an MBA.

Lior’s professional record includes co-founding and
managing Playfect, which manufactured over 3M gaming accessories before being acquired in 2013.

Lior’s takes pride in his ability to unite smart people
– employees, investors and partners – around a common innovative mission, and to effectively turn the mission into market disruption.

ERIC MOUILLERON
Founder & CEO
Bankable
ERIC MOUILLERON
Founder & CEO
Bankable
Founder & CEO

Eric is founder and CEO of Bankable, a global architect of white-label and API-based payment solutions. He previously co-founded Valtech, an IT project-based consultancy, and spearheaded its transformation into a Euronext listed multinational in 8 countries, 1,500 staff and peak market cap of USD 1.5+ billion, all within 6 years

PETER DUDIN
Co Founder
EnCata
PETER DUDIN
Co Founder
EnCata
Co-Founder

EnCata is the independent DESIGN and SOFTWARE house, developing hardware and software integrated solutions for a range of industries (IoT, oil&gas, robotics, aerospace, automotive). The company’s headcounts >200 engineers, with a wide range of skills in R&D, engineering design, technology transfer, AI, applications blockchain and industrial prototype manufacturing.

MIGUEL MARTIN ACOSTA
HO Health Management & Predicitve Analytics
Airbus
MIGUEL MARTIN ACOSTA
HO Health Management & Predicitve Analytics
Airbus
Health Management & Predicitve Analytics

Miguel Martin Acosta is Head of Health Management and Predictive Analytics in Airbus Defence and Space where is responsible for running product development for diagnostics and predictive maintenance. Leading data-drive algorithms and models design for optimized operations and supporting digital transformation and paradigm shift in Airbus, he is focused on bringing all the power of AI ad predictive analytics to make safer and efficient airplanes.

Prior to joining Airbus, Miguel worked as algorithm developer for aerospace control systems and computer vision. Miguel holds a degree in electronic engineering and a master in robotics and has a strong relationship with the academic world, teaching in different programs as Master in Aircraft Systems Integration at University Charles III of Madrid or Master in Intelligent Avionics at University of Malaga.

Additionally, Miguel is co-founder of the The Spanish Verbo Company, a technology platform for Spanish learning supported by Machine Learning and founder of Foresight X –the Foresight eXploration band– an intercompany initiative to defy how every machine behaves thanks to the power of the data.

Miguel is passionate with AI, but when he’s not working, he spent the most of the time with his children and wife who are the most amazing project!

DAVID BAILEY
CEO
Aitrak
DAVID BAILEY
CEO
Aitrak
CEO

David has more than twenty-five years of international retail experience working for global brands such as Apple, Samsung, and The Gap. As CEO and Co-Founder of Aitrak, David and his team are helping brands, retailers, and advertisers to analyse and optimise the visual impact of their designs.

CHRISTOPH WINDHEUSER
Global Head of Intelligent Empowerment
Thoughtworks
CHRISTOPH WINDHEUSER
Global Head of Intelligent Empowerment
Thoughtworks
Global Head of Intelligent Empowerment

Dr. Christoph Windheuser is the global head of intelligent empowerment at ThoughtWorks, where he’s responsible for the company’s positioning on data management, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Previously, he held a number of positions in the IT industry at companies like SAP and Capgemini. Christoph studied computer science in Bonn (Germany), Pittsburgh (USA), and Paris (France), and he holds a PhD in speech recognition with artificial neural networks.

JARNO KARTELA
Principal Machine Learning Partner
Fourkind
JARNO KARTELA
Principal Machine Learning Partner
Fourkind
Principal Machine Learning Partner

Jarno has spent the last decade in high-volume, high-velocity data and machine learning as team lead, lead architect, machine learning engineer with over 20 cases ranging from reinforcement learning to generative modelling. Experienced in public speaking and management advisory with multiple data & AI strategy and architecture cases in various industries, most recently in telecom, media, aviation and consumer goods.

TATE CANTRELL
CTO
Verne Global
TATE CANTRELL
CTO
Verne Global
CTO

Tate is responsible for setting the technical direction for Verne Global. He would say that it is his role to translate our mission into the products that create success for our customers. He believes that without strategy and philosophy, technology is an empty vessel.

Tate oversees the design and development of all aspects of our data center campus. Aside from his internal leadership, he enjoys exploring what’s next through early-stage, industry related mentoring. His experiences and expertise range from system administration for supercomputers to critical facility design and through to cloud operations for HPC and AI applications.

Tate works at Verne Global because he loves to innovate and wants to ensure that tomorrow’s world is a better place for his children. A couple of little-known facts about him; he is a certified Arctic Engineer, an artisan sourdough baker, and he is a huge rugby union fan and maintains that everything in life should be compared with the feeling of dotting down a rugby ball over the try-line.

MILO BOERS
Intelligent Mobility Analyst
Bloomberg NEF
MILO BOERS
Intelligent Mobility Analyst
Bloomberg NEF
KONSTANTIN BYCHENKOV
CEO
Aligned Research Group
KONSTANTIN BYCHENKOV
CEO
Aligned Research Group
CEO

Konstantin Bychenkov is a co-founder and CEO of Aligned Research Group LLC with a background in mathematics. He is the author of multiple academic publications in applied algorithms and medical image processing. Before founding Aligned Research Group he was a CEO at SMedX LLC, working with Fortune 500 companies, designing and implementing high-throughput, mission-critical solutions.

A seasoned technology expert, he has been consulting executives and investors focused on technology and developed a significant business experience in the enterprise computing industry.

BERTRAND FONTAINE
Chief Data Scientist
Sentiance
BERTRAND FONTAINE
Chief Data Scientist
Sentiance
Chief Data Scientist

Bertrand serves as Chief Data Scientist at Sentiance, a scale-up that uses AI to model, predict and coach human behaviour using smartphone sensor data.
He is leading a team of data scientist and machine learning engineers responsible for building out the AI technology at Sentiance, applying state-of-the-art academic research to real-life problems.
Bertrand holds a Ph.D. in Machine Learning. Before joining Sentiance, Bertrand was an independent researcher in machine learning and computational neuroscience in different universities in Antwerp, Paris, New York, and Leuven

TIFFANY THOMPSON
Head of Global Marketing
Oracle for Startups
TIFFANY THOMPSON
Head of Global Marketing
Oracle for Startups
Global Marketing

Tiffany Thompson is a proven leader with experience driving strategic marketing activation in both entrepreneurial and enterprise settings. She joined Oracle via startup acquisition in 2012, and currently leads global marketing for Oracle for Startups, an acceleration program that enables mutually beneficial partnerships between startups, Oracle and customers. Oracle is creating a virtuous cycle of innovation by blending startup ingenuity with enterprise resources to deliver transformative solutions to customers. She also runs her own marketing consulting business and served as Director of National Accounts for the Canadian Tourism Commission.

RANI SAAD
Co-Founder & President
Stanford Angels
RANI SAAD
Co-Founder & President
Stanford Angels
President

Rani has built and invested in ventures for over 20 years. He is focused on deep-tech startups, with investments in over 25 startups, and is co-founder and President of the Stanford Angels of the UK.

Most recently, as Managing Partner at Foundamental (a Berlin-based venture firm), he helped found and manage the fund. Rani has also co-founded or co-built four startups in Silicon Valley, London and elsewhere, in addition to a $120M emerging markets VC fund. He launched products globally and directed innovation acceleration at Microsoft, launched cutting-edge Fintech platforms at Capital One, and led venture formation at ideas42, a leading behavioral sciences entity affiliated with Harvard, MIT and Princeton. He also formerly served as a Partner at Delta Pacific Partners (based in Silicon Valley and Tokyo) and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at a Silicon Valley accelerator, Reactivity.

Rani holds an MBA from Stanford and degrees in three engineering fields (Master’s in Intelligent Transportation Engineering and Bachelor’s in Computer and Communications Engineering).

NIKOLA MRKSIC
Co-Founder & CEO
PolyAI
NIKOLA MRKSIC
Co-Founder & CEO
PolyAI
Co-Founder & CEO

Co-founder and CEO of PolyAI, a London-based machine learning startup building the next generation of conversational user interfaces. Natural language works better than existing web or mobile-based user interfaces, and our technology provides an integrated solution for voice or chat-based search, recommendation, and proactive sales. Our general purpose platform enables the development of chatbots or voice-based agents capable of performing tasks across many application domains, using a plethora of world languages.

I did a PhD at Cambridge, working with Professor Steve Young at the Dialogue Systems Group. I also worked as a machine learning researcher with the Apple Siri team in Cambridge. Before that, I was the first technical hire at VocalIQ, a dialogue systems startup acquired by Apple.

I graduated from the Cambridge Computer Science Tripos, completing my Master’s degree with Professor Zoubin Ghahramani. My recent research has focused on language understanding for spoken dialogue systems, building open-domain and multilingual systems powered by recent advances in deep learning.

EDGAR KRAYCHIK
Head of Enterprise Data Management
Sears
EDGAR KRAYCHIK
Head of Enterprise Data Management
Sears
Head of Enterprise Management

My professional experience encompasses an intricate maze of highly diverse business and technology domains, and international locations across North America, Europe, and Japan. I’ve gained an insider perspective from an wide-ranging roster of companies, ranging from Bay Area late-stage startups experiencing an explosive growth, to private equity fund, to founding and bootstrapping my own company, to now leading a diverse IT portfolio for a traditional multi-billion dollar company, transforming to adjust to ever-changing market conditions. During my career, I’ve built some of the first VoIP cloud-based contact centers, invented Visual IVR for iOS, created Visual Voicemail (VVM) on Symbian and Blackberry OS ahead of iPhone’s VVM. I’ve built contextual communication service mashups that combined a variety of mobile, telecom, front-office and back office applications to deliver a game-changing carrier-grade PaaS and VAS for business communications, pioneered context-aware, brokered, multi-modal, and multi-platform interactive CaaS for mobile operators. My Enterprise Telephony Server was voted one of the most outstanding products on Microsoft campus and later became a part of MSFT Lync server(now Skype4Business). Today I am leading a massive transformation of technology debt towards cloud-based microservices, and implementation of Data Management, Data Governance and cloud-based Data Management Platform.

MAREME DIENG
Partnerships and International Relations Manager
Draper University
MAREME DIENG
Partnerships and International Relations Manager
Draper University
Partnerships and International Relations Manager

Mareme is currently the head of international partnerships and relations at DraperU. She has a 2 year experience working previously as a program
manager for Draper University, an intensive entrepreneurship program in Silicon Valley before endorsing her current position. Mareme has worked for research centers in Paris (CNRS) and Senegal (ISM). She has also worked as the Hackathon Manager at Schoolab,
an innovation studio based in Paris that offered consultancy in innovation to top European corporates. She is passionate about human development and structuring systems that maximize individuals’ potential. She has worked with several educational organizations
such as ISM Senegal and the Global Scholar Programs in Johannesburg, and has developed with them different educational models in order to promote entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation within the African education system. She has worked with the Global
Startup Ecosystem on the programmation of the Ghana Tech Summit and the Haiti Tech Summit which both took place in 2018. She has also worked with the Lumina Foundation based in Indianapolis through a research project with Bennington College on investigating
work integrated learning and the ways we prepare college students for the workforce. Email: mareme@draperuniversity.com

SOUPS RANJAN
Head of Financial Crime Risk
Revolut
SOUPS RANJAN
Head of Financial Crime Risk
Revolut
DMITRY KISYLUK
Staff Engineering Manager
Pinterest
DMITRY KISYLUK
Staff Engineering Manager
Pinterest
Staff Engineering Manager

Dmitry Kislyuk leads Visual Search at Pinterest, where he has worked on applied computer vision and deep learning for over four years, pioneering technologies which help Pinterest understand the semantics behind every image. Most recently, he led the launch of Pinterest Lens, allowing a camera to function as a search input to find out more about anything you see, a technology which is now integrated into the core search product at Pinterest. Dmitry studied AI at U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University, and his work is focused on solving practical problems in for novel visual search systems, including visual object detection, and image embeddings for fast, fine-grained, and large-scale retrieval.

SUSANA ZOGHBI
Co Founder & CEO
Macty
SUSANA ZOGHBI
Co Founder & CEO
Macty
Co Founder & CEO

Susana is co-founder and CEO of Macty.eu, an Artificial Intelligence startup creating new and fun shopping experiences for retailers and fashion brands. She is a researcher turned entrepreneur, in a quest to help businesses grow with AI. She received a PhD in Computer Science, where she developed end-to-end learning architectures to jointly detect fine-grained attributes on both images and text. Her work has been published in top conferences and journals. She has worked for NASA, Microsoft, among others, and has been granted Google’s Anita Borg award for her contributions in Computer Science and her community

CARLO RUIZ
Head of AI Data Centre Solutions
Nvidia
CARLO RUIZ
Head of AI Data Centre Solutions
Nvidia
Head of AI Data Centre Solutions

The world of emerging, disruptive technologies has always been a major draw for Carlo. That’s why in 2015 he joined NVIDIA, the pioneer in AI computing. Carlo leads NVIDIA’s Enterprise Services, Operations and Datacenter Solutions. From scientific discoveries to artificial intelligence, modern data centers are key to solving some of the world’s most important challenges. The NVIDIA accelerated computing platforms gives modern data centers the power to accelerate deep learning, machinelearning, and high performance computing workloads. Carlo’s career started off at Compaq as a telecom technology consultant, followed by various sales leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard. Carlo lives in Amsterdam with his wife and 4 children.

JEFF NG
CSO
Founders Factory
JEFF NG
CSO
Founders Factory
CSO

Jeffrey Ng is Chief Scientific Officer at Founders Factory, an incubator/accelerator with corporate investors such as L’Oreal, Aviva, Easyjet, M&S, among others. He looks after the AI sector, helping to build, make investments and accelerate 7 AI startups every year, spanning Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Recommender Systems and predictive Machine Learning. He previously co-founded two AI startups, raising in aggregate more than ~$70M and in a past life was a research scientist at Imperial College, with more than 50 publications in international journals & conferences and is an author on 3 granted patents.

EDWARD SNELSON
Head of Applied Research
Thread
EDWARD SNELSON
Head of Applied Research
Thread
Head of Applied Research

Ed began his career as an academic Machine Learning researcher of Bayesian regression and classification algorithms, before moving into industry. Over the last decade Ed has worked on machine-learning production systems across a diverse range of industries: from
algos powering hedge-fund trading strategies, to search-ad ranking and optimisation at Microsoft Research / Bing Ads, and real-time bidding (RTB) algorithms for display advertising at Adform. Ed is now Head of Applied Research at Thread, where he develops the
Style-AI to help Thread’s stylists make perfect personalised clothing recommendations for men.

ARIF WIDER
Head of AI Germany
Thoughtworks
ARIF WIDER
Head of AI Germany
Thoughtworks
Head of AI Germany

Dr. Arif Wider is a lead consultant and developer at ThoughtWorks Germany, where he enjoys building scalable applications, teaches Scala, and consults at the intersection of data science and software engineering. Previously, he was a researcher with a focus on data synchronization, bidirectional transformations, and domain-specific languages.

ADAM SALTER
Global Head of Advisory
Futurice
ADAM SALTER
Global Head of Advisory
Futurice
Global Head of Advisory

As Global Head of Advisory for Futurice, Adam’s role entails helping leadership teams build AI-powered organisations, focusing on new innovation and leadership models.
Prior to Futurice, his work centered on embedding innovation practices such as systems thinking, human centricity and foresight into organisations’ ways of working to drive growth and transformation. He received his MBA from IE Business School (Instituto de Empresa), in Madrid.

CHUCK GANAPATHI
Founder & CEO
Tact.ai
CHUCK GANAPATHI
Founder & CEO
Tact.ai
Founder & CEO

Chuck Ganapathi is the Founder and CEO of Tact.ai, the company on a mission to make enterprise software more human-friendly. Tact.ai’s conversational AI sales platform is used by sales teams at Honeywell, Cisco Systems, Kelly Services and other Fortune 500 companies to drive revenue growth by eliminating friction in their daily sales workflow. Founded in 2012, Tact.ai is the only AI company backed by Amazon, Comcast, Microsoft and Salesforce.com (as well as Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Upfront Ventures). Previously, Chuck was SVP of Products at Salesforce.com where he led some of the largest product development efforts in the company’s history, including its flagship Sales Cloud, Chatter, and Mobile products. In addition, Chuck served as GM and developed CRM products at Siebel Systems, helping the company transition from the client-server platform to the Web.

Chuck has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from PSG Tech in India, a master’s in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and a master’s in product design and an MBA from Stanford University.

AMANDEEP GILL
Project Lead, International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative, former Executive Director, UNSG’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
United Nations
AMANDEEP GILL
Project Lead, International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative, former Executive Director, UNSG’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
United Nations
ALEX CHISHOLM
Permanent Secretary
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
ALEX CHISHOLM
Permanent Secretary
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Alex Chisholm became Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in September 2016. Prior to that he was Joint Permanent Secretary for BEIS. He is also: · Trustee and Deputy Chair at the international charity Breadline Africa Previous career highlights include: · Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) · Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) · Chairperson and Commissioner of Ireland’s communications regulatory agency, ComReg · Chair of the Economic Regulators Network in Ireland · senior executive positions in the media, technology and e-commerce industries, with Pearson plc, Financial Times Group, eCountries Inc and Ecceleration Ltd Previous roles in government 1. Joint Permanent Secretary, BEIS o 2016 to 2016 2. Permanent Secretary, DECC o 2016 to 2016 3. Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority o 2013 to 2016

MICHIEL KOTTING
Partner
Northzone
MICHIEL KOTTING
Partner
Northzone

Michiel is a Partner at Northzone, focusing on SaaS, healthcare and AI. He leads Northzone’s investments in Spacemaker, Personio, Catawiki, Kahoot, FreightHub and Aidence. Prior to joining Northzone, Michiel was an investor at Accel. 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. Michiel has a graduate degree in physics from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

CHRISTOPH AUER WELSBACH
Partner
IBM Ventures
CHRISTOPH AUER WELSBACH
Partner
IBM Ventures
Partner

A product driven deep tech investor and entrepreneur with a strong background in finance, strategy and artificial intelligence with over 10 years of experience in identifying, building, and growing successful businesses and partnerships in the North America and Europe. Having worked with and for enterprises and startups alike, my strengths are building the bridge between technology and business, quickly understanding markets and the potential of new technologies, as well as accessing networks and building relationships for strategic partnerships, technology-driven investments, and SaaS + enterprise business model development.

Partner at IBM Ventures focusing on strategic engagements with later-stage tech companies in regards to commercial opportunities in the fields of cloud, storage, security, enterprise SaaS with a particular interest in AI.

(Co-)Founded 2 FinTech startups, a globally active NPO on #appliedAI, and a leading AI industry conference. In various advisory capacities at industry-leading tech startups and R&D organizations after having invested in tens of early-stage startups in the US, UK, BENELUX, DACH.

LINDA FRIETMAN
CEO & Founder
IamProgrez
LINDA FRIETMAN
CEO & Founder
IamProgrez
CEO & Founder

Linda Frietman is founder and CEO of iamProgrez, a Dutch tech company that delivers HR bi through ai driven assessment data. Her passion lies in exploring, creating and developing technology that will enhance and visualize future proof skills. She is driven to catch the uniqueness of you in data. In order to built the workforce of the future.

She has led IamProgrez to be one of the few Dutch companies that not only developed but also realized their own Ai Processing System – Xavier. She has introduced the term augmented intelligence layer to describe their tech solution. A decision making layer for Hr & recruiters that optimizes the hiring/recruitment process and delivers business intelligence based on data driven insightful candidate and or employee profiles.

She is on the board of several non-profit foundations in The Netherlands and a strong advocate of job market equality and more women in tech. She was on the 2017 list of InspiringFifty in the Netherlands.

MIKE REINER
Co-Founder
City.ai
MIKE REINER
Co-Founder
City.ai
Co-Founder
DR. DARKO MATOVSKI
CEO
causaLens
DR. DARKO MATOVSKI
CEO
causaLens
CEO

Dr. Darko Matovski is the CEO of causaLens. The company’s vision is to optimise the global economy. causaLens’ flagship product is helping prominent organisations discover valuable data insights and drive profitable business decisions. Darko has worked for top hedge funds and research institutions. For example, the National Physical Laboratory in London (where Alan Turing worked) and Man Group in London. Darko has a PhD in Machine Learning and an MBA.

HANAN SALAM
Co-Founder
Women in AI
HANAN SALAM
Co-Founder
Women in AI
Co-Founder
STIJN VAN BALEN
Head of Datlab
Rijkswaterstaat
STIJN VAN BALEN
Head of Datlab
Rijkswaterstaat
Head of Datalab

Stijn has a background in AI is founder of Verbeterdebuurt.nl & CreativeCrowds.com and head of the RWS Datalab. The RWS Datalab is a unit within Rijkswaterstaat, the agency responsible for the main Dutch infrastructure (roads, bridges, waterways and water systems). The Datalab helps RWS to accelerate its digital transformation, by testing and developing new data techniques and AI. The Datalab is investing in AI and has developed, amongst others, NLP-applications, computer vision models and systems that interpret sensor data from assets, such as bridges and locks, accelerating asset maintenance.

GIELS BROUWER
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
SciSports
GIELS BROUWER
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
SciSports
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer

Giels Brouwer is a football addict and came straight out of college when he founded his own company SciSports with two of his friends. He noticed that an incredible amount of money was wasted on player transfers at professional soccer clubs because their decisions were not supported by objective facts. With his company, he introduced big data to the world of soccer scouting.

ALEX HOUSLEY
Founder and CEO
Seldon
ALEX HOUSLEY
Founder and CEO
Seldon
Founder and CEO

Alex is a deep tech entrepreneur on a mission to help people predict and shape the future. For fun, he co-created the genome laser, which sequenced their DNA and blasted it into space with an enormous laser. Alex is a guest advisor at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on artificial intelligence.

ANNE-LAURE THIEULLENT
VP Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Group Offer Leader
Capgemini
ANNE-LAURE THIEULLENT
VP Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Group Offer Leader
Capgemini

I advise Capgemini clients on how they should put Artificial Intelligence solutions to work for their organization. Choosing the right technology for the right usage is key, but how your company should change the way it acts around data is vital. My passion is to bring technology, business transformation and governance together and take our clients to where they want to be as Intelligent Entreprises, while cultivating the values of trust, privacy and fairness.

ELLIE GORDON
Founder, CEO & Designer
Behaivior
ELLIE GORDON
Founder, CEO & Designer
Behaivior
CEO

For more than 12 years, Ellie Gordon’s work has primarily focused on improving people’s lives through technology. She is a health information technology entrepreneur and user interface and user experience designer with a strong passion for science and medicine and for enacting positive change wherever and whenever possible. She has successfully created, organized, led, and managed teams for everything from hackathons and codefests, to other science based startups and initiatives, to community development and research projects. She did a TEDx Pittsburgh talk as a behavioral technologist speaking about the design elements of what her startup Behaivior is developing.

Since founding Behaivior in January 2017 she has led a growing team to win multiple competitions, grants, and entrance into multiple startup incubator and accelerator programs, receiving investment from Innovation Works, and being in the top 10 in the world for both the first and second rounds of the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition, and continuing into the third round. They were awarded an NIH/NIDA SBIR and an NSF I-Corps grant. Through their research, she has become a subject matter expert on behavior, opioids,
addiction, wearables, and using technology for sensing.

MAURICE FRANSEN
Public Sector
Deloitte
MAURICE FRANSEN
Public Sector
Deloitte
Public Sector

I lead a team of Analytics & Cognitive consultants that help organizations to become Insight Driven I’m passionate about turning data into valuable and actionable insights and I look at this from an broader perspective than only the technology. I guide my clients in the Public sector in this journey to become insight driven on topics such as; strategy, governance, change, operating model, performance measurement, ethics and transparency but I can also advise them on the impact of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, big data, Machine learning, Intelligent interfaces and the new generation dashboarding tools.

NASER BAKHSHI
Director Artificial Intelligence
Deloitte
NASER BAKHSHI
Director Artificial Intelligence
Deloitte
Director Artificial Intelligence

I work as Senior Manager Analytics in the Deloitte Dutch Analytics service line. In the world of ever-growing data and continues new technological advances, my goal is to bring to bring the best, the newest and most innovative analytics solutions and unlock actionable insights for a fact-based decision making. I combine enabling technologies such as Machine Learning, Cognitive Analytics and intelligent self-learning systems to develop and embed advanced decisions support systems in the supply chain and in customer domain. Moreover, I’m an experienced transition manager with a strong feeling for organizational change and sensitivity helping organizations to define analytics strategy and build analytical capabilities.

DR JULIAN MERTEN
Head of Data Science at Data & Analytics Mercedes-Benz Cars
Mercedes Benz (Daimler AG)
DR JULIAN MERTEN
Head of Data Science at Data & Analytics Mercedes-Benz Cars
Mercedes Benz (Daimler AG)
Head of Data Science Data and Analytics

I am looking for structure in complex systems and as a trained theoretical Astrophysicist I have done so from many different perspectives. At the end of the day, I was always drawn to information technology. For Daimler/Mercedes-Benz Cars I am therefore deploying machine-learning based solutions to the company’s data bases to, ultimately, fully optimise financial processes within Daimler/MBC. Key to this is the implementation of a positive data culture for all employees. As the Head of Data Science for the Data & Analytics team, I am particularly interested in advancing deep learning techniques for data analysis, representation learning, decision making, process acceleration and privacy protection.

In 2010 I was awarded my PhD in Physics from the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and worked as a research fellow at Caltech and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena/California (USA). I held Marie Curie Fellowships at the University of Oxford (UK) and at INAF Bologna (Italy) and taught as a lecturer at University College Oxford (UK). In my free time, I am particularly interested in the latest HPC trend, bit-level code optimisation and higher mathematics.

ANNA NORDELL-WESTLING
CMO
Sana Labs
ANNA NORDELL-WESTLING
CMO
Sana Labs

Anna is the co-founder and CMO of Sana Labs, an artificial intelligence company that applies ML to personalize education at scale. Sana’s algorithms find every single students’ unique and optimal path through a course by recommending the right question, piece of content or explanation at the right time – constantly optimizing each students engagement and learning outcomes. The interdisciplinary team at Sana Labs includes leading engineers and scientists with backgrounds ranging from Imperial College, Harvard and CERN to Google AI and Spotify. Working with some of the world’s largest education companies, Sana Lab’s technology is transforming how millions of people learn. Anna is an entrepreneurial strategic brand builder with 15+ years of experience in developing and implementing marketing strategies. Previous to Sana Labs, Anna headed brand strategy and consumer insight at Saatchi & Saatchi, Acne, and King for almost ten years. She also ran her marketing acceleration agency for five years, working with tech startups and growth companies in Stockholm, Berlin, San Fransisco and Kuala Lumpur. Anna has also angel invested in tech startups, is active in Stockholm.AI, is an advisor of the AI Sustainability Center and sits in the steering committee of Nordic.AI.

TAREK NASSAR
CEO & Founder
Kirontech
TAREK NASSAR
CEO & Founder
Kirontech
CEO & Founder

Tarek is the Founder & CEO of Kirontech, a Cambridge-based machine learning company focussing on the health insurance space. Before launching Kirontech in 2014, he worked for a decade in investment banking in the City of London, and later on founded his first startup in Cleantech.

Tarek has a PhD in Theoretical Physics (StringTheory). He also holds patents in material science, nuclear fusion and machine learning. His other interests include information theory and non gradient descent based methodologies.

TARAS MATSELYUKH
CEO & Founder
OPT/NET BV
TARAS MATSELYUKH
CEO & Founder
OPT/NET BV
CEO & Founder

Passionate inventor, Taras Matselyukh is a subject matter expert in application of advanced AI in profitable markets. For more than a decade Taras was telecom systems operator, who noticed costly consequences of human errors in complex data-driven environments. Informed by these experiences, he became a successful freelance consultant, whose services were in high demand by leading telecom equipment vendors and telecoms all around the world for more than 5 years. After founding OPT/NET BV, Taras became the first human whose knowledge and skills are being transferred to the OptOSS AI he built. Taras lives in the Netherlands with his family and has an educational background spanning quantum physics, radio electronics and economics with internationally recognised science degrees from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

DR. DAGMAR MONETT
Professor of Computer Science
Berlin School of Economics and Law
DR. DAGMAR MONETT
Professor of Computer Science
Berlin School of Economics and Law
Professor of Computer Science

Dagmar Monett is a full Professor of Computer Science at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, HWR Berlin; Co-founder of the AGI Sentinel Initiative, AGISI.org; an Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert at Ms.AI, “Artificial Intelligence for and with Women;” and Co-Director of the Competence Center Digitalization at the HWR Berlin. She is a professional member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM SIGAI, ACM SIGSOFT, ACM-W, ACM SIGCSE, and German Chapter of the ACM); a board member of the Berlin Federation of Professors, hlb LV Berlin; and has served as invited speaker, session chair, author, and member of scientific committees at several AI (and non-AI) leading conferences and workshops worldwide.

Dagmar Monett has over 30 years of research and teaching experience in different countries. Her current research fields include AI, robotics, software engineering methods and techniques, and computer science education. Her most recent work focuses on intelligence research, particularly on defining and understanding both (machine) intelligence and its boundaries. She is also interested in machine learning, robotics in education, metaheuristics, knowledge-based systems, and software design and development including Agile. Her previous scientific work addresses distributed AI, agents and multiagent systems, automatic differentiation, optimization, and socionics. She obtained her PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin after graduating in Computer Science (M.Sc.) and Mathematical Cybernetics (B.Sc.) from the Havana University.

GEORGES CARON
Co Founder & VP Product Development
Piximate
GEORGES CARON
Co Founder & VP Product Development
Piximate
Co Founder & VP Product Development

Georges is an acknowledged recognized entrepreneur with specialization in Telecom andComputer Vision. From 2016, Georges has invested in several companies and has an active role in Piximate, a computer vision company specialized in providing offline analytics.“ Piximateis the result of years of experience in Computer Vision and understanding of the current retailers’ challenges such as facing ecommerce and still creating value for their customers in-stores. We give them valuable insights to stay ahead and remain relevant.”From 2012 until 2015, Georges is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder for Keemotion, he is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the organization.“Keemotion technology brings sports coverage, immediately and easily. It is an automated production unit running without any human intervention. Have access to the sports content you want to watch, analyze and share, 24/7, in the palm of your hand.”Prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer, Georges held the position of General manager of Citendo, a telecom outsourcing company, and held several senior positions in corporate environments like Orange where he was responsible for MNC (Major National customers).Georges has successfully driven several start-ups in telecommunications and empowered successfully the sales of these start-ups. Major skills: Shrewd, self-driven and very entrepreneurial, able to work under pressure, great communicator at all level within an organization. Able to lead without imposing, finding the right balancebetween initiative, creativity and analytical min

LAETITIA CAILLETEAU
UKI Emerging Tech Lead, Virtual Agent & Delivery Innovation Global Lead
Accenture
LAETITIA CAILLETEAU
UKI Emerging Tech Lead, Virtual Agent & Delivery Innovation Global Lead
Accenture

Laetitia Cailleteau is leading Accenture’s Conversational AI business across the company. She also serves as the Director of the London Liquid Studio – an applied innovation organisation that uses Technology and Design to solve clients ‘challenges in new and innovative ways. She is passionate about Emerging Technologies and, most importantly how they can make the world we live in, a better place. She spent a lot of her time in the last couple of years working with AgeUk London, Hanover Housing association and the NHS EPUT on voice and AI innovation to help the older generation live at home independently for longer.

She joined Accenture (then Andersen Consulting) in Sophia Antipolis France in 1999, where she grew from Software Engineer upwards. She strives on finding new ways of applying technology and innovation to deliver value for clients and industries. Laetitia has a first class master degree in computer science from INSA LYON, and graduated from Harvard Business School on Disruptive Strategy in 2016. She is a reserve member of the AI HLG at the European commission.

She is currently based in London where she lives with her Swedish husband and her three kids.

KATE DEVLIN
Senior Lecturer, Social and Cultural AI
King's College London
KATE DEVLIN
Senior Lecturer, Social and Cultural AI
King's College London
Senior Lecturer, Social and Cultural AI

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.

LARS VESTERGAARD
EMEA Market Connect
Oracle for Startups
LARS VESTERGAARD
EMEA Market Connect
Oracle for Startups
EMEA Market Connect

Lars Vestergaard is an IT industry, mobile and cloud veteran. He has well-accomplished achievements as a key consultant, enterprise sales and recognized thought leadership to world-leading companies, operators, vendors, services companies as well as management consultants, investment banks, hedge funds, startups, and venture capitalists.

He has worked across the entire ICT value chain linking technology up with topics of digitalization and innovation for vendors and customers. Has authored more than 40 white papers and performed as an inspiring and entertaining keynote presenter for a long list of companies.

RON CHRISLEY
Visiting Scholar
Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI
RON CHRISLEY
Visiting Scholar
Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI

Ron Chrisley’s current position — Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Human Centered AI (HAI) at Stanford — is a kind of homecoming for him, in that his over three-decade long career of research in AI began in the same place, when he was an undergraduate at Stanford: as AI programmer and research assistant at Stanford’s Psychology Department, Stanford’s Knowledge Systems Laboratory, NASA Ames, and Xerox PARC. He also conducted research in machine learning for speech recognition as a Fulbright Scholar at the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland, and at ATR Laboratories in Japan. In 1992 he took up a lectureship in Philosophy in the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex, and he received a DPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 1997. From 2001-2003 he was Leverhulme Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. Since 2003 he has been the director of the Centre for Cognitive Science (COGS) at the University of Sussex, where he is also on the faculty of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. The Fellowship that is supporting Ron’s affiliation with Stanford HAI is made possible by the University of Sussex via generous donations from Reid Hoffman and the Aphorism Foundation.

MIKAEL DA COSTA
CEO
Leadoo
MIKAEL DA COSTA
CEO
Leadoo
CEO

Mikael da Costa is the Founder of a fast growing Martech company Leadoo that helps its customers to newer miss a lead again with their simple yet powerful chatbot toolset. Despite his young age Mikael has been involved in many start-ups and has also wrote a book about his learnings called The Start-up Warrior. Mikael believes that success is a combination of hard and smart work done with people who are fun to work with.

RAMINE ROANE
VP of AI and Software
Xilinx
RAMINE ROANE
VP of AI and Software
Xilinx
VP of AI and Software

Ramine is the Vice President of software and AI Product Marketing at Xilinx. He led the introduction of the Vivado Design Suite in 2012, a modern Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tool that helped give Xilinx a solid software foundation for hardware programmability. Since then, he has taken to market design environments that enable software programmability and AI acceleration, which are essential to the company’s goal of expanding in Datacenter and intelligent Edge applications.

Ramine joined Xilinx in 2010. Prior to that he held roles in management and software architecture in large software companies as well as FPGA Startups. He holds a Masters in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the INPG, the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France.

TAMAR NETER-GANS
Founder
Robotwise
TAMAR NETER-GANS
Founder
Robotwise
Founder
PHILIPP HELTEWIG
CEO
Cognigy AI
PHILIPP HELTEWIG
CEO
Cognigy AI
CEO

Philipp is a German/Australian entrepreneur with deep experience in technology ventures in Europe, APAC and the Americas. After having obtained a Master’s in Business Information Systems from reputable universities in Germany, Australia and Harvard Business School, Philipp established the Australian and later Asian operations for digital marketing leader Sitecore. Later leading sales of Sitecore’s Global Markets, Philipp became CIO and left Sitecore after its 1.2B USD acquisition in 2016. He then established Cognigy to bring the power of artificial intelligence to the automation of customer and employee processes. Philipp lives in Düsseldorf, Germany, with his wife and son.

MAGGIE FENG
CEO
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
MAGGIE FENG
CEO
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
CEO

Maggie Feng is a Member of the Board of the Wittenborg University Executive and, is CEO at the Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in Apeldoorn (Headquarter). Wittenborg also opened its new location in Amsterdam in 2015 and her Vienna location in 2017, following by Munich in 2019. Although small, with around 1000 students in 2019 growth is around 15% per year during the past 8 years, and it is one of the most international privately funded higher education institutes in the Netherlands, aiming to become a top ranking institute to contribute to Human Capital & Talent development. Students and staff at Wittenborg represents over 100 different countries.

Proud to be a Chinese, living in the Netherlands and speaking and working in 3 languages, Maggie Feng is a truly international personality who is continuously aiming to improve herself and to improve landscape of international higher education and to inspire others. “Better yourself & Better Our World” is what Wittenborg stands for and what drives her.

JACQUES DE SWART
Partner Data Analytics
PWC
JACQUES DE SWART
Partner Data Analytics
PWC
Partner Data Analytics

‘Making mathematics more accessible to a wider public’ is the key driver for Jacques de Swart, data analytics partner at PwC Nederland and professor in applied mathematics at the Nyenrode Business University.
Jacques has a passion to deploy the power and beauty of mathematics to bring together issues that, in the first instance, appear to be unconnected. As more and more public data becomes available, the key is to translate this data into applicable information – information that is not only useful for stakeholders in compiling management reports but can also be more broadly deployable for us as a society.
Jacques has more than 20 years of experience in risk modelling at banks and insurance companies, covering areas such as data management, model implementation, validation and development.

PROF. DR. DANIEL BURGOS
Director of Research Institute
UNIR iTED / UNESCO Chair
PROF. DR. DANIEL BURGOS
Director of Research Institute
UNIR iTED / UNESCO Chair

Prof. Dr. Daniel Burgos works as Vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer & Technology (UNIR Research, https://research.unir.net), at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR, https://www.unir.net). In addition, he holds the UNESCO Chair on eLearning (https://unesco-elearning.unir.net), and the ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources (https://www.icde.org). He works also as Director of the Research Institute for Innovation & Technology in Education (UNIR iTED, https://ited.unir.net). Previously, he worked in Atos and Open University of The Netherlands.

His interests are mainly focused on Educational Technology & Innovation: Adaptive/Personalised and Informal eLearning, Learning Analytics, Social Networks, eGames, and eLearning Specifications. He has published over 100 scientific papers, 15 books and 10 special issues on indexed journals. He is or has been involved in +50 European and Worldwide R&D projects, most of them with a clear ICT implementation for underprivileged groups and social progress.

He is a visiting professor at Coventry University (UK), Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL, Colombia), Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas (ESPE, Ecuador) and An-Najah University (Palestine). He has been chair (2016, 2018) and vice-chair (2015, 2017) of the international jury for the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education. He holds degrees in Communication (PhD), Computer Science (Dr. Ing), Education (PhD), Anthropology (PhD), Business Administration (DBA) and Artificial Intelligence (MIT, postgraduate)

STEFANIA GIANNINI
Assistant Director-General for Education
UNESCO
STEFANIA GIANNINI
Assistant Director-General for Education
UNESCO

Ms Stefania Giannini was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the top UN official in the field. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4.

With an academic background in the Humanities, Ms Giannini has served as Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia (2004 – 2012), being one of the first and youngest women to hold this position in Italy. As Senator of the Republic of Italy (2013 – 2018) and Minister of Education, Universities and Research (2014 – 2016), she developed and implemented a structural reform of the Italian education system, centred on social inclusion and cultural awareness. She has also been closely involved in an advisory capacity with the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation.

JON MCLOONE
Director Technical Services, Communication and Strategy
Wolfram Research Europe
JON MCLOONE
Director Technical Services, Communication and Strategy
Wolfram Research Europe
Director Technical Services

As Director of Technical Services, Communication and Strategy at Wolfram Research Europe, Jon McLoone is central to driving the company’s technical business strategy and leading the consulting solutions team. Described as “The Computation Company”, the Wolfram group are world leaders in integrated technology for computation, data science and AI including machine learning. With over 25 years of experience working with Wolfram Technologies, Jon has helped in directing software development, system design, technical marketing, corporate policy, business strategies and much more. Jon gives regular keynote appearances and media interviews on topics such as the Future of AI, Enterprise Computation Strategies and Education Reform, across multiple fields including healthcare, fintech and data science. He holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Durham. Jon is also Co-founder and Director of Development for computerbasedmath.org, an organisation dedicated to a fundamental reform of maths education and the introduction of computational thinking. The movement is now a worldwide force in re-engineering the STEM curriculum with early projects in Estonia, Sweden and Africa.

DR MARTIN GOODSON
Chief Scientist & CEO
Evolution AI
DR MARTIN GOODSON
Chief Scientist & CEO
Evolution AI
Chief Scientist & CEO

Martin Goodson has worked in data science for over 15 years. His interests are in natural language processing and statistical modeling of human behaviour using internet-scale data sets.

He has built and led Data Science teams at two London Startups. Data products he developed are in use at companies such as Time Inc, Staples, John Lewis, Top Shop, Conde Nast, New York Times, Buzzfeed, etc. His data science work has been covered by publications including The Economist and Quartz.

He is a founder of the data science consultancy Evolution AI.

LAURENCE VAN DER SANDE
Managing Director, Digital Technologies
Accenture
LAURENCE VAN DER SANDE
Managing Director, Digital Technologies
Accenture
Managing Director, Digital Technologies

Laurence van der Sande is the Digital Technologies Lead at Accenture the Netherlands. She is also responsible for the Applied Intelligence portfolio in the Netherlands.

Laurence joined Accenture in 2006, starting her career in the financial services practice. Between 2006 and 2014, her discipline gradually moved from software development in data warehousing and reporting to data management and (advanced) analytics. In 2014, she started building the Dutch Applied Intelligence business practice, focusing on unlocking business value through analytics (data science and visualization) and helping clients becoming insight driven-businesses (i.e. value, strategy, operating model, transformation).

The Digital Technologies entity is specialized in enabling technologies to support the customer experience (interactive) and product and operational excellence (Industry X.0). Applied Intelligence feeds both angles with actionable insights triggering human or automated interventions (analytics, artificial intelligence, and automation).

Next to her daily work, Laurence is a sponsor of the yearly data challenge (held at the Accenture Innovation Summit) and also of the ‘Technology Inclusion & Diversity’ agenda. With her team, she is committed to creating a culture where people can be their authentic selves while feeling at home at Accenture. The agenda encompasses gender equality, LGBTI, cross culture, working parents and inclusive employment.

Laurence lives in Amsterdam and likes to spend time with her boyfriend and daughter Lidewij. In the weekends, you can find her running in the Vondelpark.

DR SVENJA FALK
Managing Director
Accenture Research
DR SVENJA FALK
Managing Director
Accenture Research
Managing Director

Svenja Falk is Managing Director in Accenture. She designs global strategies and research programs in areas such as future of work, digital transformation and public management. Svenja leads the workgroup on digital business models under the umbrella of the Platform Industrie 4.0 to develop actionable policy recommendations for Governments. Svenja is on the Board of the Accenture Foundation Germany and responsible for its program “Skills to Succeed”. She is a honorary professor at the Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen and a fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

ANUSHKA SHARMA
Founder
Naaut
ANUSHKA SHARMA
Founder
Naaut
Founder

Nush has been active in the tech ecosystem across the UK, Europe and the USA for over 6 years. Having a Computing background, she’s moved like a ‘rogue’ (her words) across politics, the Olympics and is currently ​focussed ​on ​innovation ​strategy. Naaut is her Space startup focused on innovation and frontier technology for our multi-planetary future. Her recent work has included designing an innovation learning expedition for Danone, producing the UK’s first audio-led Virtual Reality experience with SubPac, setting up TechHub Shoreditch and curating the community of tech startups. Nush is an Ambassador for Google’s Campus London community group #poctech to champion Diversity in Technology.

KAREN CROXSON
Head of Research (Economics, Data Science, Behavioural Science) and Deputy Chief Economist
The FCA
KAREN CROXSON
Head of Research (Economics, Data Science, Behavioural Science) and Deputy Chief Economist
The FCA

Karen Croxson is Head of Research and Deputy Chief Economist at the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She leads the FCA’s scientific research agenda, integrating economics, data science, and behavioural science to analyse retail and wholesale markets, inform policy, and improve FCA internal operations. Before specialising in data science she worked as an academic economist at Oxford University and a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co.

PROFESSOR DR JORIS VAN HOBOKEN
Professor of Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussels & Senior Researcher
University of Amsterdam
PROFESSOR DR JORIS VAN HOBOKEN
Professor of Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussels & Senior Researcher
University of Amsterdam

Prof. dr. Joris van Hoboken is Professor of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), at the University of Amsterdam. At the VUB, he is appointed to the Chair ‘Fundamental Rights and Digital Transformation’, established at the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) with the support of Microsoft. Van Hoboken’s research addresses law and policy in the field of platforms, digital media, electronic communications and the internet, with a focus on the fundamental rights to data privacy and freedom of expression and transatlantic relations. He is a multi-disciplinary specialist in data privacy and the regulation of internet platforms, algorithmic governance and regulatory issues related to artificial intelligence. Van Hoboken is a Member of the European Commission’s Observatory on the Online Platform Economy, and a Member of the Steering Group of the Transatlantic High-Level Working Group on Content Moderation Online and Freedom of Expression. Previously, Van Hoboken was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at New York University and a Visiting Scholar at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. Van Hoboken obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam on the topic of search engines and freedom of expression (2012) and has graduate degrees in Law (2006, cum laude) and Theoretical Mathematics (2002, cum laude).

ANNEKE KELLER
Head of Jumbo Tech Campus
Jumbo Supermarkten
ANNEKE KELLER
Head of Jumbo Tech Campus
Jumbo Supermarkten
Head of Jumbo Tech Campus

My name is Anneke Keller and I work at Jumbo, a successful and fast-growing supermarket chain. Within Jumbo I am responsible for the Jumbo Tech Campus which is the department that develops all software for Jumbo. My 350 people strong team is transforming and growing fast since our market and our company is growing fast and besides that we want to become the best omnichannel food retailer and therefore we need to innovate fast. Besides my day-time job I am also a part-time management coach. At Jumbo, but also in my former jobs at Coolblue, KPN and TomTom I have learned a lot about changing and scaling organisations, about both server-side and embedded software, quality assurance, DevOps, distributed teams and (Cloud)infrastructure. In 2016, 2017 and in 2019 I was named one of the 50 Most Inspiring Women in Tech in the Netherlands. I love to share my knowledge, to help and to learn.

EVA DE MOL
Managing Partner
CapitalT
EVA DE MOL
Managing Partner
CapitalT
Managing Partner

Eva is a scientist and an investor. She has a PhD in economics from the VU University and University of California Berkeley Haas Business School. Her research focuses on entrepreneurial teams and her work is published in scientific journals such as Harvard Business Review.

MARIJN MARKUS
AI Lead Netherlands
Capgemini Insights & Data
MARIJN MARKUS
AI Lead Netherlands
Capgemini Insights & Data
AI Lead Netherlands

Marijn has been the AI lead, a leader in Capgemini Netherland’s AI efforts for 3 years. He applies his deep knowledge of data science, human behaviour, and machine learning to produce tangible results in public, private, and non-profit sectors. Marijn enjoys finding out-of-the-box solutions to existing problems – be it as a researcher, a data scientist, or solution architect. Additionally, Marijn is a frequent speaker at events, where he helps distinguish the science from fiction

RON TOLIDO
Global CTO
Capgemini Insights & Data
RON TOLIDO
Global CTO
Capgemini Insights & Data
Global CTO

As Chief Technology Officer, I happily absorb technology and business trends, then filter out what matters. I guide my clients in understanding how to apply breakthrough technologies such as AI and autonomous systems to radically innovate and transform their business. I seek for the ultimate (but not too ultimate) simplicity within the technology landscape. I am a certified master architect, IT strategist, publicist, speaker and executive lecturer at several universities. I am also the lead author of Capgemini’s yearly TechnoVision trend series.

ANDREAS VILJOEN
Senior Manager, Financial Policy
Bank of England
ANDREAS VILJOEN
Senior Manager, Financial Policy
Bank of England
SERGEY PATSKO
Vice President, Custom AI Solutions
Capgemini
SERGEY PATSKO
Vice President, Custom AI Solutions
Capgemini
Vice President, Custom AI Solutions
JEROEN GOUDSMIT
Manager Forensic Services
PwC Netherlands
JEROEN GOUDSMIT
Manager Forensic Services
PwC Netherlands
Manager Forensic Services
MONA DE BOER
Responsible Artificial Intelligence Leader
PwC Netherlands
MONA DE BOER
Responsible Artificial Intelligence Leader
PwC Netherlands
Responsible Artificial Intelligence Leader
MARIAN SPIER
Founder
IAMarian
MARIAN SPIER
Founder
IAMarian
Founder

Marian Spier, owner of www.iamarian.nl, founder of TEDxAmsterdamWomen and FEM-START (an incubator and accelerator program for female led startups), is a business professional, entrepreneur and communication consultant. She has been a manager and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam for eight years. In 2012 she started consulting and has built a diverse portfolio of clients that range from industries, sectors, and size like the City of Amsterdam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American University, United Nations, World Humanitarian Summit, Unesco, TEDx in Europe, and TED.com. Marian also mentored and trained many young female entrepreneurs from the Netherlands, Poland, Hong Kong, The US, Algeria, The Caribbean, and Moldova. She founded the first Female Startup Award in the Netherlands and serves as an advisor and board member of several non-profit organizations, including Humanity in Action, We Make The City, ZAAM, and Rutgers.

PIERRE ADRIEN HANANIA
Global Offer Leader, AI in Public Sector
Capgemini
PIERRE ADRIEN HANANIA
Global Offer Leader, AI in Public Sector
Capgemini
Global Offer Leader

As member of the Business & Technology Solutions Team Public Sector of Capgemini, I provide strategy and technology consultancy services on different aspects of digital transformation. Doing this, I always aim at embracing the full potential of Europeanization, addressing common digital challenges on a European level in order to provide the best solution possible.

Furthermore, I advise our clients as Global Offer Leader AI in Public Sector, analyzing industry trends and accompanying Public Sector clients in their journey to a sustainable, meaningful and ethical AI. As former political analyst, I use my previous experiences I had in several European think tanks in order to detect the synergies between industry trends and the political frame.

SOFIIA SHVETS
CEO
Let's Enhance
SOFIIA SHVETS
CEO
Let's Enhance

Sofiia Shvets is CEO and Co-Founder at Let’s Enhance – an online platform that helps companies to improve and automatically retouch their images using the latest AI-powered tools. Backed by Techstars and supported by Nvidia, Let’s Enhance is doing constant research in computer vision, superresolution, noise removal and apply them to real-world use-cases.

Before founding LE Sofiia spent 2 years at Google European HQ working with fastest-growing product companies (b2b, e-commerce, SaaS) to build growth strategies across all Google products. She launched the Women@Google education program to support women entrepreneurship that gathered more than 20000 participants and won Google Global Diversity award. Sofiia was a part of Google for entrepreneurs program where she was helping startups to launch and got an inspiration to start her own project.

DR. PHILIP ALVEDA
CEO
brainworks.ai
DR. PHILIP ALVEDA
CEO
brainworks.ai
CEO

Dr. Alvelda is a technology and industry innovator as well as an educator. Dr. Alvelda was a Program Manager at DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office where he developed national scale R&D programs and technologies at the intersection of engineering and biology. He is also the founding Chairman of WiseTeachers, a non-profit helping K-12 schools extend STEM education with an emphasis on creativity and innovation.

Prior to WISE, Dr. Alvelda was the founding CEO of MobiTV, which launched the world’s first live television experience over mobile networks. MobiTV’s service has grown since its launch in 2003 to over 18M subscribers across all the major US, CanadA, UK, & Latin American mobile nets, making MobiTV the US’s 3rd largest television distributor.

Dr. Alvelda was awarded an Emmy, selected by Fast Company as the US’s 15th most influential high-tech entrepreneur, and has received numerous other industry awards from AlwaysOn, CNET, Mobile Entertainment (One of the top 20 most influential New Media Executives), and Red Herring for innovation and market leadership. He is a regular invited speaker at media, telecom, and education industry events including the World Economic Forum where he was chosen as a “Technology Pioneer” in 2007.

Prior to MobiTV, Dr. Alvelda founded The MicroDisplay Corporation, a manufacturer of miniature displays for low cost HDTVs and VR headsets. Prior to MicroDisplay, Dr. Alvelda was a developer of spacecraft hardware and new computing architectures at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed and built sensors that flew on the Space Shuttle as well as the Galileo and Magellan interplanetary spacecraft. Dr. Alvelda holds over 30 patents and patents-pending on a wide range of technologies, a technical Emmy Award, a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University, and Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.

DAMIAAN ZWIETERING
Developer Advocate Machine Learning
IBM
DAMIAAN ZWIETERING
Developer Advocate Machine Learning
IBM
Developer Advocate Machine Learning

Damiaan Zwietering is an IBM specialist who spent his career on achieving real world results innovating with information. He was a developer, consultant, architect and sales engineer in the area of data warehousing, business intelligence and advanced analytics before his current position as a developer advocate for data science, specializing in the practical application of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

JOS VAN DONGEN
Principal Consultant
SAS
JOS VAN DONGEN
Principal Consultant
SAS
Principal Consultant

Jos van Dongen is a consultant, author, speaker and analyst. Jos has been involved in software development, business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing since 1991 and is the (co)author of three highly acclaimed (open source) BI books and numerous magazine articles. Over the past years he has been the lead architect for a wide collection of analytical solutions in a variety of organisations, both profit and non-profit. Jos speaks regularly at national and international conferences about new developments in BI, Analytics and Data Science. After being an independent consultant for over 15 years he joined SAS in May 2013 as a principal consultant. In his current role he advises customers on various topics such as Data Visualization, Data Science, Machine Learning and Internet of Things.

LEONARD MABELE
Research Fellow & Manager IoT Research
iLabAfrica
LEONARD MABELE
Research Fellow & Manager IoT Research
iLabAfrica
Research Fellow & Manager IoT Research
DR. MARC TEERLINK
Global Vice President, Intelligent Enterprise Solutions & Artificial Intelligence
SAP
DR. MARC TEERLINK
Global Vice President, Intelligent Enterprise Solutions & Artificial Intelligence
SAP
Global Vice President, Intelligent Enterprise Solutions & Artificial Intelligence

Dr Marc Teerlink mba/mbi is SAP’s Global Vice President for Intelligent Enterprise Solutions & Artificial Intelligence. Marc Is a serial corporate entrepreneur, responsible for vision and products that enable digital transformation of businesses around the world, through Innovation, Data Monetization, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies.

Prior to SAP. Marc was IBM Watson’s Chief Business Strategist during IBM’s formative years of AI. Before IBM, Marc built expertise as a banker, business manager, consultant, and change leader within nine countries across three continents.

Marc is active in the startup community as an angel investor, mentor, and board member and has been an active participant of the World Government Summit’s Global Governance of AI Roundtable since its conception in 2018.

PROFESSOR dr. SANDER KLOUS
Data & Analytics Leader
University of Amsterdam & KPMG
PROFESSOR dr. SANDER KLOUS
Data & Analytics Leader
University of Amsterdam & KPMG
Data & Analytics Leader

Sander is D&A Leader for KPMG in the Netherlands and professor in Big Data ecosystems for business and society at the University of Amsterdam. He has a PhD in high energy physics and worked for over a decade on a number of projects for CERN, the world’s largest physics institute in Geneva. His best-selling book We are Big Data was runner-up for the management book of the year award in 2015. His new book ‘Trust in a Smart Society’ is a top selling management book in the Netherlands.

FARIS RAHMAN
Co Founder & CTO
Nodeflux
FARIS RAHMAN
Co Founder & CTO
Nodeflux
Co Founder & CTO

Faris has a strong entrepreneurial mindset and thought-leadership,
especially in the field of information technology. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), he gained insightful knowledge around advanced technology and takes it further from self-taught and
exploration.

Faris leverages his expertise and interest in the distributed computation, parallel computing, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence. Before Nodeflux, he held a series of working-experience in the area of engineering.

FARHAN SIDDIQI
Chief Digital Officer and member of the Executive Committee
Ahold Delhaize
FARHAN SIDDIQI
Chief Digital Officer and member of the Executive Committee
Ahold Delhaize

On January 28, 2019, Farhan Siddiqi joined Ahold Delhaize as Chief Digital Officer and member of the Executive Committee. He is responsible for driving digital transformation and innovation across Ahold Delhaize’s local brands, focusing on loyalty, data analytics and personalization.
Before joining Ahold Delhaize, Farhan served as chief digital officer at McDonald’s, and led the restaurant chain’s digital transformation, including the launch of mobile commerce in 20,000 restaurants, a new mobile app and the upgrade of self-service ordering kiosks. He was also responsible for data analytics and extending Customer Relationship Management capabilities.
Prior to this, Farhan held various key leadership positions within Bank of America, Target and General Electric, where he focused on implementing successful customer loyalty programs and digital payment solutions and launching strategic partnerships.

SEBASTIEN GUIBERT
VP Head of Artificial Intelligence
Capgemini
SEBASTIEN GUIBERT
VP Head of Artificial Intelligence
Capgemini

Sébastien GUIBERT is the head of the French Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence (cross practice) and is directly involved in handling several Capgemini partnerships including Microsoft, Cloudera, and Snowflake, as well as startups like Saagie or Dataiku. Sébastien joined Capgemini in 2014 from Bouygues Telecom, the 3rd largest French Telco Operator. He brought with him over 12 years of Senior Program Management experience within the IT Department at Bouygues Telecom (PMI certified) prior to which he had worked for close to 4 years in a projects portfolio as a processes director for RCBT (Reseau Clubs Bouygues Telecom), the retail division of Bouygues Telecom. Thanks to the varied roles at Bouygues, Sébastien developed a keen business expertise in both Telecoms and Retail, directly managing pluri-annual programs up to 21M€, reporting directly to Bouygues Telecom’s CxO suite, and managing up to 18 people directly. Within Capgemini, he initially took the responsibility of Business Development for Big Data & Analytics in France specializing in the Manufacturing, Automotive, and Life Sciences sectors, as well as several client projects in other areas (including Big Data Architecture, Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence, and MDM / Data Governance among others).

CATELIJNE MULLER
President
ALLAI
CATELIJNE MULLER
President
ALLAI

Catelijne Muller is President of ALLAI, a foundation that promotes Responsible AI, and a member of the High-Level Expert Group on AI for the European Commission. The spearhead of her work is the impact of artificial intelligence on society. She is the author of the Artificial Intelligence & Society report of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) of 31 May 2017 and Chair of the EESC Permanent Study Group on AI. Catelijne studied Dutch Law and worked as a lawyer at Allen & Overy (a.o.) from 1997-2012, after which she switched to “Europe”.

ARUNAVA BAG
Regional CTO
Digitate
ARUNAVA BAG
Regional CTO
Digitate
Regional CTO

Arunava has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry across consulting, technology practice management, pre-sales, solutions and delivery management. He has been instrumental in architecting and engineering large and complex IT systems across multiple industry verticals and geographies around the world.

DR. JONATHAN T. MALL
CEO & Co-Founder
NEURO FLASH
DR. JONATHAN T. MALL
CEO & Co-Founder
NEURO FLASH

Dr. Jonathan T. Mall is a cognitive Neuropsychologist and entrepreneur. He was frustrated by the small data in academia and turned to the internet to find the big datasets to explain how people think. After leading an IBM backed big data venture in the Netherlands, he founded NEURO FLASH in the Microsoft Accelerator. The NEURO FLASH AI predicts what consumers think worldwide, powering Brand Positioning and content creation. Jonathan aims to disrupt the market research and content optimization industry by revolutionizing the way we obtain people’s opinions.

MARK LAZAROVICH
Founder & CEO
ReMmedy
MARK LAZAROVICH
Founder & CEO
ReMmedy
Founder & CEO

Mark Lazarovich (MD. MSc.), “the vision” behind REMmedy Inc. and its CEO. Mark is an allergist/immunologist, Board Certified in Asthma Allergy and Clinical Immunology, practicing in Vermont since 1993. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and graduated with Honors from the Medical School of the Universite de Liege, Belgium. Dr. Lazarovich was an Internal Medicine Resident at Yale University Medical School/Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. He trained as a fellow in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at SUNY at Stony Brook. Now a partner at Timberlane Allergy and Asthma Associates in South Burlington, VT. In 2009 he created AllerPassMD, a web based, hotel listing and rating service for allergic and asthmatic travelers. Dr. Lazarovich is active nationally and internationally, in the promotion of mHealth for facilitating lifestyle modification as part of the comprehensive management of chronic disease and pro-active health. The REMmedy project was inspired by a workshop exercise at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montreal 2018.

JANNEKE NIESSEN
Co-Founder
CapitalT
JANNEKE NIESSEN
Co-Founder
CapitalT
Co-Founder

Janneke is a serial entrepreneur and currently co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Improve Digital, a leading European marketing technology firm. She also invests considerable time serving as a member of company (advisory) boards, she is a mentor for start-ups, and she is active as an angel investor. Janneke 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, advisory board member of FutureNL, member of the investment committee of Innoquarter and she writes a column about technology for LINDA. Janneke was named 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Innovative Leader in 2016, two of many in a long list of honors for Janneke in her time with Improve Digital.

GABRIEL TISSANDIER
General Manager & Co-Founder
ProovStation
GABRIEL TISSANDIER
General Manager & Co-Founder
ProovStation
General Manager & Co-Founder

With 5+ years of experience in the automotive industry, co-founded ProovStation to automate, standardise and industrialise the vehicle inspection process in the world.

Currently in charge of the Product Team with a focus on a synergy between the Hardware, Software and Artificial Intelligence module of the Station.

· Main areas of expertise are: asset’s inspection and damage management, AI Dataset development, user-focused Software and encryption technologies assuring the security of the data.

· General Manager / Co-Founder of WeProov – n°1 mobile solution for vehicle inspection. The application, secures exchanges, simplifies inspections and reduces conflicts by allowing to create certified inspection photo report on a secure, fast and accessible tool (available on mobile, tablet and web platform). 25,000+ users having completed over 1,000,000 inspections.

· Graduated from ESCP Paris – Master’s Degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

MAURO COZZI
CEO & Co-Founder
Emitwise
MAURO COZZI
CEO & Co-Founder
Emitwise
CEO & Co-Founder

Mauro is the co-founder and CEO of emitWise, a software startup helping businesses track and manage their carbon footprint. Mauro is an engineer by training and founded his first company, Researchably during his bachelor’s degree. Researchably, an AI for Pharma startup, went on to raise funding from renown Silicon Valley VCs and secured some of the largest Pharma companies in the world as customers. Mauro has since focused all his time on battling climate change, now forming part of the board of the University of Southampton’s Social Impact Lab, and being an active member of “Impact Makers” — a global community of climate-focused entrepreneurs.

Mauro and his two co-founders, Eduardo and Ben, started emitWise aiming to have the largest potential impact towards mitigating the effects of the climate crisis. With the urgency of climate change driving the company, emitWise has achieved impressive progress in a short amount of time. Since it’s conception in June, the company has secured two key enterprise customers, raised funding from investors who have backed some of the largest tech companies of our time, and more importantly; already launched a product which can effectively assist all businesses worldwide in their transition towards a carbon-neutral global society.

DR. SVETLANA KORDUMOVA
CEO & Founder
Pixyle.ai
DR. SVETLANA KORDUMOVA
CEO & Founder
Pixyle.ai
CEO & Founder

Svetlana is the founder of Pixyle.ai, a B2B SaaS startup, offering a Visual AI API for analyzing apparel in images. Pixyle.ai makes fashion images shoppable and helps e-commerce platforms improve their conversion, sales, and engagement. Svetlana is also a part-time assistant professor at the University Goce Delcev in Shtip. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Amsterdam. During her Ph.D., she was part of a project that won best video search results on the prestige NIST TrecVID benchmark in the USA, that was later acquired by Qualcomm. For one chapter of her Ph.D. research, Svetlana received a best paper award at the International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval in New York, 2016. Her startup Pixyle.ai was part of the Rockstart Artificial Intelligence program, chosen from over 1000 other startups around the world. Pixyle.ai received a Social Impact Award for helping their client ProjectCece.nl to provide easy discovery of sustainable fashion products with Visual Search.

DARIO RAFFAELE
Data Science Manager
Accenture
DARIO RAFFAELE
Data Science Manager
Accenture
Data Science Manager

Dario Raffaele is a Data Science Manager at Accenture within Applied Intelligence. He has worked in Energy Trading, Oil and Gas and the Utilities industries helping clients create data driven organizations, optimizing portfolios and assets, and implementing predictive analytics. In his free time Dario is working on applying Machine Learning to improve credit scoring solutions to provide fair credit to farmers and boost welfare in developing countries. His passion is looking for ways to adopt technologies and AI for social good.

LAURY VAN BEDAF
Data Scientist
Accenture
LAURY VAN BEDAF
Data Scientist
Accenture
Data Scientist

Laury van Bedaf is a data scientist at Accenture. As a data scientist she is creating and finding solutions for different clients by applying machine learning techniques. These models are helping clients to make more data driven decisions. She is a great fan of open-source software and the communities build around it, with her favorite being R. She has a strong social engagement and this can been seen in her focus on the health and public services industries and the detection of financial crime.

JAIMY VAN DIJK
Data Scientist
SAS
JAIMY VAN DIJK
Data Scientist
SAS
Data Scientist
JORAN ROOR
Data Scientist
SAS
JORAN ROOR
Data Scientist
SAS
Data Scientist
MARC CHEMIN
Expert in Big Data and Data Science
Capgemini
MARC CHEMIN
Expert in Big Data and Data Science
Capgemini
Expert in Big Data and Data Science

I help my clients to define, steer and execute their data-driven transformation journey. Starting from business model vision down to full-fledged execution mixing business expertise, data science and enabling technology solutions.

MOEZ DRAIEF
Vice President & Chief Scientist
Capgemini
MOEZ DRAIEF
Vice President & Chief Scientist
Capgemini
PETER TOBAC
Customer Advisor Platform
SAS
PETER TOBAC
Customer Advisor Platform
SAS
Customer Advisor Platform
VERONIQUE VAN VLASSELAER
Customer Advisor Decision Science
SAS
VERONIQUE VAN VLASSELAER
Customer Advisor Decision Science
SAS
Customer Advisor Decision Science
ASA HEDIN
Chair
Artificial Solutions
ASA HEDIN
Chair
Artificial Solutions
Chair

Asa is a non-executive Board director and investor focusing on the tech and life science sector. She is currently on the board of several public and private companies including Artificial Solutions, Tobii and Industrifonden a venture capital investor based in Sweden.
Prior to this she was CEO of Elekta Neuroscience and Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A at Gambro. She has been instrumental in taking companies like Elekta AB and Filippa K AB from start-up phase to multinationals. She holds a MSc in Biophysics from UofM in where she conducted research in Computer modelling.

DR. S. KARTHIK MUKKAVILLI
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Mila - Quebec AI Institute
DR. S. KARTHIK MUKKAVILLI
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Mila - Quebec AI Institute

Dr S. Karthik Mukkavilli is a scientist and entrepreneur, helping lead the synergistic future of Earth science and AI to de-risk future of people and enterprises against climate change.

In the last 10 years he has developed experience as a researcher, engineer, advisor and in technology transfer across four continents at the intersection of climate change/AI, at leading organisations and has received several awards. He collaborates with world experts in climate change and AI, applying computational science, deep learning and statistical methods to complex systems in geoscience and energy for spatiotemporal forecasting, extreme event and integrated assessment problems. He is now a postdoctoral research scientist at Mila – Quebec AI Institute, advising an interdisciplinary integrated climate extremes modeling research group for the Turing laureate in deep learning, Prof Yoshua Bengio, within the visualizing climate change project team. At Mila he also collaborates with Microsoft Research and is a Co-PI on an AI for Earth Microsoft grant. His postdoc at McGill School of Computer Science, Centre for Intelligent Machines with Prof Dudek and Prof Meger also involves leading a geoscience-AI project, EnviroNet: ImageNet analog repository for environment with several collaborators. He serves on the American Meteorological Society committee on AI applications to Environmental Science and technology advisory board of the World Energy Meteorology Council. He has co-authored papers featured in MIT Tech Review and National Geographic, is a chair at premier scientific venues, invited speaker alongside global leaders in climate science and AI, including Fortune 50 tech execs, ‘Nobel’ laureates to TED speakers. As a research fellow at Drawdown he contributed to the NY Times bestseller book on climate change solutions. In addition to being a scientist, as an entrepreneur, Dr Mukkavilli is Founder of a stealth AI company building planetary intelligence for enterprises that graduated as a super-session finalist from Creative Destruction Lab — a top global seed program for massively scalable deep tech startups, and he led a contract with European Space Agency Rutherford Appleton Lab on an Earth observations entrepreneurship initiative. He helps advise Keeling Curve Prize as a senior analyst on global climate-entrepreneurial projects awarded in Aspen. He was an Entrepreneur in Residence candidate at TandemLaunch, helping consumer tech startups.

Dr Mukkavilli was a joint PhD commonwealth OCE scholar in complex systems science at CSIRO’s Earth assessment group and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in solar energy forecasting. During his PhD he was an invited visiting researcher and affiliate to Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics from Australia, and completed the Program for Leaders sponsored by the Harvard Club of Australia taught by HBS professors for executives to lead digital and global transformation. He received an MSc from Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London. In his early years, as an Indian-New Zealander, studying BE (Hons.) with University of Auckland’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, he received an exchange scholarship to UCLA from New Zealand.

GER BARON
CTO
City of Amsterdam
GER BARON
CTO
City of Amsterdam
CTO

Ger Baron is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam. His professional career started at Accenture, where he worked as an analyst in the consulting department. In 2007, he was hired by Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) in the role of project manager, specifically to develop and enhance the role of ICT. Baron was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and he initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Among these were a number of projects related to the development of Amsterdam’s Smart City initiative. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.

MARC SALOMON
Dean, Amsterdam Data Science
University of Amsterdam
MARC SALOMON
Dean, Amsterdam Data Science
University of Amsterdam
Dean, Amsterdam Data Science

Marc Salomon is Dean of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) and professor of Management of Professional Service Firms.

Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, Marc Salomon was COO at the law firm Stibbe (2004-2013) and COO and Director of Research at McKinsey & Company (1998-2004). He was director of the Center for Applied Mathematics at Rabobank (1996-1998) and from 1996 to 2005 he was also professor of Operational Research at Tilburg University.

Salomon studied Econometrics at the VU University Amsterdam and obtained his doctorate in Business Studies and Operational Research from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

He has had numerous articles published in leading journals such as Operations Research,Management Science, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Transportation Science, Interfaces andCalifornia Management Review.

MEERI HAATAJA
CEO & Founder
Saidot
MEERI HAATAJA
CEO & Founder
Saidot
CEO & Founder

Active advocate of responsible and human-centric AI. She has over 16 years of experience on driving data, analytics and AI use as well as privacy in large enterprises in financial services, telecommunications, high-tech and media industries. She’s the Chair of IEEE’s Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous & Intelligent Systems.

PRASHANT REDDY
Managing Director, AI Research
JPMorgan AI Research
PRASHANT REDDY
Managing Director, AI Research
JPMorgan AI Research
ANNA CURRIDORI
IT Supervision
Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF)
ANNA CURRIDORI
IT Supervision
Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF)
GIOVANNI RUMOLO
IT Advisor
Banca d'Italia
GIOVANNI RUMOLO
IT Advisor
Banca d'Italia
ANDREW SHEFFORD
Managing Director, Emerging Technology Risk UK
KPMG
ANDREW SHEFFORD
Managing Director, Emerging Technology Risk UK
KPMG

Andrew Shefford leads KPMG’s Artificial Intelligence In Control team and is part of the global core team. He was lead author for KPMG’s publication ‘Trust in AI’ and was central to the development of KPMG’s AI risk and control framework, both published on the firm’s website. Andrew has extensive experience helping organisations adapt their IT risk and control approaches to emerging technologies and is the firm’s Global network leader for IT Internal Audit. Andrew believes strongly that overcoming lack of trust in AI is central to its successful exploitation and true technology of the future.

FRANK VAN PRAAT
Senior Manager, Head of AI In Control
KPMG
FRANK VAN PRAAT
Senior Manager, Head of AI In Control
KPMG

Frank van Praat leads KPMG’s AI In Control team in The Netherlands. He and his team help clients to achieve trust in (advanced) data analytics and complex algorithms in the field of artificial intelligence. Coming from a background in computer science, Frank started his career as a data engineer, and switched to KPMG to focus more on the risk management side of Data and IT. Over the past few years he extended his skillset to also work on the human side of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

ALEX BARRERA
Founder & Chief Editor
The Aleph Report
ALEX BARRERA
Founder & Chief Editor
The Aleph Report

Alex is a serial entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the field. He’s currently Founder & Chief Editor at The Aleph (thealeph.com) where he writes about disruptive technology and its consequences for business. He’s also co-founder and editor at Tech.eu, the most important technology publication in Europe. Previously he’s co-founded two startup accelerators in Europe, consult with many others like Seedcamp or Techstars and is actively involved in some of the largest tech conferences in Europe. He’s a professor of innovation at IE Business School and at the UC3M as well as guest lecturer at UCLA Anderson and UC Berkeley and a former member of Global Shapers by World Economic Forum. He never goes on stage without his hat!”

NEAMA DADKHAHNIKOO
Technical Lead
XPRIZE
NEAMA DADKHAHNIKOO
Technical Lead
XPRIZE

Neama Dadkhahnikoo comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with 12 years of experience in entrepreneurship and technology management. He leverages his expertise in artificial intelligence and startup development as Technical Lead on the IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence XPRIZE.

Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Dadkhahnikoo was most recently the CTO of CaregiversDirect (AI startup for home care), co-founder and COO of Textpert (AI startup for mental health), and a startup consultant. He started his career as a Software Developer for The Boeing Company.

Mr. Dadkhahnikoo holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson; an MS in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology; and a BA in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, with a minor in Physics, from UC Berkeley.

DR. NITZAN MEKEL-BOBROV
VP of Machine Learning and Chief AI Scientist
Booking Holdings
DR. NITZAN MEKEL-BOBROV
VP of Machine Learning and Chief AI Scientist
Booking Holdings

Nitzan is the Vice President of Machine Learning and Chief AI Scientist at Booking Holdings, the world’s leading provider of online travel & related services, including Booking.com, KAYAK, Priceline, Agoda, Rentalcars.com and OpenTable. Nitzan has been at the forefront of AI-driven product innovation for over 15 years, across a wide range of industries, from life sciences and healthcare, to media, financial services, and now travel and e-commerce. Having entered the field of AI originally through the world of genomics, he has maintained a particular focus on developing machine learning solutions for personalization, first in personalized medicine and individualized patient engagement, and later in personalized customer experience. His current areas of interest are sequence-based deep learning for context-aware personalization and reinforcement learning for dynamic engagement. Nitzan received his PhD in Computational Genomics from the University of Chicago.

VISWANATH SIVAKUMAR
Researcher
Facebook Research
VISWANATH SIVAKUMAR
Researcher
Facebook Research
Researcher

I’m a researcher at Facebook AI Research (FAIR) in London working on machine learning for systems where I’m currently exploring reinforcement learning to improve the performance of computer networks. Prior to this, I was part of the Applied Computer Vision Research group at Facebook where I co-created and built a large-scale machine learning system for understanding text in images and videos, and scaled it up to handle over a billion images per day in over a hundred languages. I have extensive experience on low-level performance and efficiency problems pertaining to computer vision models in production. I spent my early years at Facebook working on core infrastructure components such as storage and networking.

BERNHARD WARNER
Senior Writer/Editor, Global Finance and Investing
Fortune Magazine
BERNHARD WARNER
Senior Writer/Editor, Global Finance and Investing
Fortune Magazine

Bernhard Warner is Fortune’s senior writer/editor for global finance and investing. Based in Rome, he writes and edits stories about the business of banking and finance in EMEA, as well as the gyrations of the markets there. For several years, Bernhard served as a Reuters correspondent covering the Internet, technology, and media industries, and he has written for the Guardian’s Long Read, the Atlantic, Wired, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek — to name a few — on innovations ranging from machine learning to quantum computing.

ANDY TOWNSEND
Space Exploration Strategy
ESA
ANDY TOWNSEND
Space Exploration Strategy
ESA
Space Exploration Strategy

Since graduating from Lancaster University with a BSc in Economics, Andy has gone on to work for IBM, PwC and the European Space Agency (ESA). Along the way his career path has evolved, acquiring experience working in technology, consulting, and strategy, and gaining expertise in space exploration. Andy played an integral role in the establishment of PwC UK’s Responsible AI practice which has since become a global proposition set and also put together the foundations for PwC UK to develop an Explainable AI proposition to follow. Having graduated from the International Space University in France with an MSc in Space Science and Technology, he now works in the Netherlands for ESA to develop their strategy for human spaceflight and robotic exploration, with the long-term goal of extending human reach to Mars surface. His talk will take participants on a journey into the future of space exploration beyond our current frontier on the International Space Station, to the far side of the Moon and on to Mars. Along the way, he will highlight a series of examples within the global exploration mission architecture where AI can play a crucial role, from greater planetary navigation and optimised mission operations, to analysing astronaut biometric data and enhancing knowledge discovery. AI could help us become a multi-planetary species and unlock the secrets of our universe. Help us make it happen!

ISABELLE BUDOR
Consultant
Capgemini
ISABELLE BUDOR
Consultant
Capgemini
KEES JACOBS
Vice President for Global Consumer Products and Retail
Capgemini
KEES JACOBS
Vice President for Global Consumer Products and Retail
Capgemini
Vice President for Global Consumer Products and Retail

I lead the All-Channel Experience Sector Growth Initiative within the Global Sector for Consumer Products and Retail at Capgemini. I also work with The Consumer Goods Forum, looking at “Emerging Trends”.

NICK FARRINGTON-DARBY
Managing Consultant
Capgemini
NICK FARRINGTON-DARBY
Managing Consultant
Capgemini
ANNA BULDAKOVA
Product Manager, Machine Learning & AI Initiatives
Facebook
ANNA BULDAKOVA
Product Manager, Machine Learning & AI Initiatives
Facebook
Product Manager, Machine Learning & AI Initiatives

Anna Buldakova is a Product Manager in the Workplace by Facebook Machine Learning team. Starting her career at Yandex Search in Russia, she had a chance to work in a hardware startup called Suitepad in Berlin and then join Intercom (a B2B product for sales, marketing and support) in Dublin. Currently Buldakova’s team is working on machine learning applications to tackle the challenges of workplace collaboration and communication.

SYAFRI BAHAR
VP Data Science
Gojek
SYAFRI BAHAR
VP Data Science
Gojek
VP Data Science

When not trying out new cooking recipes or reading a math book, Syafri runs a day job as Vice President (VP) of Data Science at GO-JEK. GO-JEK data science consists of 50+ people unit including data scientists and data science platform (ML engineers).

He obtained his master degree in Applied Mathematics (Financial Engineering) from Twente University and bachelor degree in Mathematics from Brawijaya University. He graduated from both universities with honors (cum-laude).

He is a former VP of Data Science at FinAccel. Prior to that, he has spent 9+ years living and working in the Netherlands as a Quant (quantitative modeler) at various Financial Institutions ranging from banks, insurance, asset management, consultancy, etc.

JANET ADAMS
Head of AI, Business Banking
TSB
JANET ADAMS
Head of AI, Business Banking
TSB
Head of AI, Business Banking

Janet Adams is a disruptive tech advocate with 20 years experience in Banking Risk and Technology, currently working at TSB Business Banking as Head of Risk and Controls, and Head of AI. With previous experience gained in commercial and investment banking sectors at HSBC, RBS, and Barclays, Janet has recently completed a MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Essex where she developed a path breaking dissertation on Explainability and Accountability of AI for global banking regulatory compliance, fair customer outcomes and market stability, in which she investigated and assessed different algorithmic approaches for 9 AI banking use cases across retail and wholesale sectors.  Janet’s blend of technology, risk, conduct and AI gives her a unique perspective on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Banking, and she is committed to the principles of inclusivity and benefit for all through the AI revolution.

MARGUERITE SOETEMAN-REIJNEN
Chairman Executive Board
AON
MARGUERITE SOETEMAN-REIJNEN
Chairman Executive Board
AON
Chairman Executive Board

Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen is Chairman of the Executive Board of Aon Holdings B.V. and other Holdings entities in the Netherlands since 2016 and Global Chief Marketing Officer of Aon Inpoint since 2014.

Aon Holdings BV being the statutory shareholder/parent company of over 400 Aon companies – engaged in international insurance and reinsurance brokerage, pensions and employee consulting as well as risk management advice and services in the field of insurances- in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia Pacific, Canada and Latin America. Aon Inpoint being the management strategic advisory arm of Aon.

Previously Marguerite was Chief Broking Officer for Aon in EMEA. As a recognized authority in broking, she was instrumental in building the broking strategy in Aon, initiating and operationalizing the Chief Broking Officers organization as from 2008. Marguerite has been with Aon and its predecessors for over 29 years.

Marguerite is also Member of the Supervisory Boards of NautaDutilh, Koninklijke Stichting Defensiemusea and Gelre Ziekenhuizen. In addition she is a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. Prior roles include Chairman Supervisory Board Stichting ALS and Supervisory Board Madurodam, the Netherlands.

Marguerite received a Master degree in Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam and is an alumna of INSEAD and Harvard Business School.

She is married to Christiaan and they have 2 children Alexander (19) and Isabelle (18).

PARAG DESHPANDE
Vice President
American Express
PARAG DESHPANDE
Vice President
American Express
Vice President
CHANDINI JAIN
CEO and founder
Auquan
CHANDINI JAIN
CEO and founder
Auquan

Chandini Jain is the CEO and founder of Auquan. She has 7+ years of global experience in finance with Deutsche Bank in Mumbai/New York and as a derivatives trader with Optiver in Chicago and Amsterdam. At Optiver, she traded volatility arbitrage strategies and was involved first hand in making the shift from discretionary to automated trading. Since 2017, she has been working on Auquan, an early stage fintech startup employing new and cutting edge ML and Deep Learning techniques to solve financial prediction problems for hedge funds and asset managers.

KENNY CHEN
Executive Director
Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology
KENNY CHEN
Executive Director
Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology
Executive Director

Kenny Chen is the Executive Director of the Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology (PART), a nonprofit think-tank that applies cross-sector, multi-disciplinary insight toward supporting the responsible development of AI and data-driven technologies. In his role, Kenny works with a global network of expert stakeholders from public, private, academic, and nonprofit backgrounds to create unique and collaborative solutions to complex problem areas.

To complement his work at PART, Kenny serves a variety of additional roles in organizations where technology meets social impact. He is the Founder of Pittsburgh AI, Outreach Committee Member for AI Commons, Pittsburgh Global Shaper, XPRIZE Ambassador, and Techstars Community Leader. He also serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum, Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh, and Locally Grown. Kenny’s career interests in cross-sector collaboration have led him to work in and learn the “languages” of various fields, including education, behavioral research, federal government, local government, nonprofits, foundations, economic development, and entrepreneurship.

SEAN LUTHER
Executive Director
Pittsburgh Innovation District
SEAN LUTHER
Executive Director
Pittsburgh Innovation District
Executive Director

Sean Luther is the Executive Director of InnovatePGH – a public/private partnership accelerating Pittsburgh into a position as a global innovation city. InnovatePGH is implementing recommendations from the recently published Brookings Institution, “Capturing the next economy,” report including developing a Pittsburgh Innovation District, centered on Oakland, building and supporting Pittsburgh’s innovation clusters, improving the pipeline of high-growth entrepreneurs, and developing related workforce opportunities. Sean has spent the past decade integrating advanced economic development, sustainability, mobility and real estate fundamentals into urban place management.

Prior to launching InnovatePGH, Sean was at the helm of Envision Downtown, a next generation public/private partnership between City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Sean also previously directed Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District and served as President & CEO of Downtown Roanoke, Inc. in Roanoke, Virginia. A Pittsburgh native, Sean earned a BS in Political Science and a Masters in Real Estate Development from (2016 national college football champion) Clemson University. Sean also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois-Chicago and is a LEED AP ND. He serves on the Board of Directors for the International Downtown Association and Uptown Partners.

EVE LOGUNOVA
Women in AI Ambassador
EVE LOGUNOVA
Women in AI Ambassador
Women in AI Ambassador
JOANA BAPTISTA
Teen Entrepreneur, Tech Enthusiast and Youth Engagement
InspiredMinds
JOANA BAPTISTA
Teen Entrepreneur, Tech Enthusiast and Youth Engagement
InspiredMinds
IRINE GAASBEEK
Country Managing Director - Netherlands
Accenture
IRINE GAASBEEK
Country Managing Director - Netherlands
Accenture

Irine Gaasbeek (1971) is country managing director of Accenture Netherlands since June 1, 2018. In this position she is in charge of Accenture’s business operations, with a specific focus on growth through innovation and digital transformation. As Accenture is a people-focused company, Irine encourages talent to pursue their passions, strives to exemplify responsible leadership and focuses on creating an inclusive and diverse work environment.
She joined Accenture in 1994; initially as a business analyst, SAP consultant and later as program manager of large-scale and complex IT and transformation programs for clients in the resources industry (chemical, energy and utility sector) and financial services. She has supported various companies in crucial phases of their development in mergers, takeovers, splits and new partnerships, has been responsible for setting up various business divisions within Accenture and led the SAP branch of Accenture Netherlands, at the time the largest business unit with substantial projects in all industries and responsible for a quarter of the business. In March 2014, she took on the role of financial services lead in the Netherlands to grow the capacities for the insurance, banking and capital markets in the Netherlands.
Irine has an MSc in Applied Mathematics from the Delft University of Technology (NL).

AIMEE VAN WYNSBERGHE
Assistant Professor and High-Level Expert Group on AI
TU Delft and European Commission
AIMEE VAN WYNSBERGHE
Assistant Professor and High-Level Expert Group on AI
TU Delft and European Commission
Assistant Professor and High-Level Expert Group on AI

Co-Director at Foundation for Responsible Robotics & Co-Founder of ALLAI Netherlands

Aimee has been named one of the Netherlands top 400 influential women under 38 by VIVA, was named one of the 25 ‘women in robotics you need to know about’, and is the 2018 winner of the L’oreal/UNESCO ‘Women in Science’. She is author of the book Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design, and Implementation and has been awarded an NWO personal research grant to study how we can responsibly design service robots. She has been interviewed by BBC, Quartz, Financial Times, and other International news media on the topic of ethics and robots, and is invited to speak at International conferences and summits.

JOEL MYHRE
Senior Disaster Management Specialist
Pacific Disaster Center
JOEL MYHRE
Senior Disaster Management Specialist
Pacific Disaster Center
ECEM YILMAZHALILOGLU
Diversity Advocate and Founder
Technoladies
ECEM YILMAZHALILOGLU
Diversity Advocate and Founder
Technoladies
GEORGE MULAMULA
Governments Liaison (Africa Drone Forum)
WBG Tanzania Office
GEORGE MULAMULA
Governments Liaison (Africa Drone Forum)
WBG Tanzania Office

The founder and CEO of DTBi, the only Tech Incubator/Accelerator supporting entrepreneurship & innovation in Tanzania. Prior to that he was the first Principal Deputy CEO of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Ministry of Infrastructure & ICT in Rwanda. For over 8 years, Mulamula was the first Africa Technical Expert in Intellectual Property Automation with WIPO based in Geneva, Switzerland and worked with Sub-Sahara African Governments on the utility of ICT in IP innovation. He is a mentor/coach for entrepreneurs, conducted pitching sessions in and outside the country, including at Global Entrepreneurship Summits, GIST boot camps in Tanzania & South Africa, Unreasonable East Africa and Demo Africa in Uganda & Kenya. He is the Chair of the Tanzania Airtel Fursa judging team for the national youth entrepreneurship growth, on the Advisory Board of the Global Learning XPRIZE in California (USA), a member of the Tanzania National Financial Sector Deepening Trust, Commissioner on the Tanzania National ICT Commission.

Alex Ntale
CEO
Rwanda ICT Chamber
Alex Ntale
CEO
Rwanda ICT Chamber
JACOPO MARGUTTI
Humanitarian Data Scientist
510 An initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross
JACOPO MARGUTTI
Humanitarian Data Scientist
510 An initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross
PASI HELENIUS
Principal Data Scientist
SAS
PASI HELENIUS
Principal Data Scientist
SAS
Principal Data Scientist
HANS BOS
National Technology Office
Microsoft Netherlands
HANS BOS
National Technology Office
Microsoft Netherlands
National Technology Office

In 1988 I started to work in the IT industry. First as software developer, and then growing into project leader, consultant, marketing manager, and digital security advisor. I am the National Technology Officer (NTO) for Microsoft in The Netherlands. As NTO I engage with national and international customers, partners, and stakeholders from private sector, public sector, regulator, and consumer markets. My responsibility is to design and implement innovation and compliance strategies, increase the addressable market, and develop business opportunities. I do this by combining technical, legal, policy, and business skills.
I am a frequent keynote and workshop speaker for events, and a PR/media spokesperson for Microsoft in The Netherlands.

JOLINE JAMMAERS
Analytical Consultant
SAS
JOLINE JAMMAERS
Analytical Consultant
SAS
Analytical Consultant
DANIEL FORTIN
President
AITera
DANIEL FORTIN
President
AITera
MATTEO LANDRO
Associate Systems Engineer
SAS
MATTEO LANDRO
Associate Systems Engineer
SAS
Associate Systems Engineer
RIK DE RUITER
Senior Analytical Consultant
SAS
RIK DE RUITER
Senior Analytical Consultant
SAS
Senior Analytical Consultant
RINA JOOSTEN
Co Founder
Seedlink Tech
RINA JOOSTEN
Co Founder
Seedlink Tech
Co Founder

Rina is co-founder of Seedlink Tech, a tech scale-up developing artificial intelligence for better and faster matching of candidates to jobs. Rina is driven by the vision to leverage cutting edge technology to remove human bias from the decision making process. She got appointed in the Taskforce for A.I. in the Netherlands and recently presented a national A.I. strategy and action plan. Prior to Seedlink, Rina founded HR Consultancy International Top Talent in both China and Europe and she held various management positions at DSM. Rina is a regular speaker and writer on A.I., innovation, human capital and China, where she lived for the past seven years. She councils a think tank of the European Commission on A.I. policies and serves as a mentor for start-ups. In Shanghai, she delivered a TedxTalk on ‘How AI changes the way we find careers’ at TedxShanghaiWomen and got featured on her work at the BBC and Tegenlicht (‘Holland Gets Talent’). Rina holds an Msc and MA degree from Groningen University. She is married and has four kids.

KAAT TASTENHOYE
Analytical Consultant
SAS
KAAT TASTENHOYE
Analytical Consultant
SAS
Analytical Consultant

WSAI 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.

CYRILLE BATALLER

Managing Director, Applied Intelligence

Accenture

CYRILLE BATALLER

Managing Director, Applied Intelligence

Accenture

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

With over 20 years of experience in technology innovation, Cyrille leads Accenture’s exploration of the disruptive Artificial Intelligence field, where cognitive 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. Artificial Intelligence specialties notably include Text Analytics, Deep Learning, Cognitive Robotics, and Virtual Agents.

Cyrille’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 oversees 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 Technology Labs.

Cyrille is a certified Accenture Solution Architect, Digital Architect, Master Technology Architect and Quality Assurance Director; he is also an IEEE CBP-Certified Biometrics Professional. He received an Electrical Engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris. Cyrille lives near Nice, in the South of France, with his wife Nathalie and two children.

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 autonomou