Who’s shaping the future of AI?

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We’re climbing exponential mountains and crossing deep-learning valleys to find 250 of the brightest AI brains on the planet for the World Summit AI stage!

 

The World Summit AI global summit series is known for having the best of the best speakers! Past speakers include Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba, Tencent, Intel, NASA, Uber, IBM Watson, LinkedIn, Baidu, Uber and so many more.

 

 

Meet the first AI Brains 2020

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

 

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.

CELESTE KIDD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of California, Berkeley
CELESTE KIDD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of California, Berkeley

Celeste Kidd is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where her lab investigates learning and belief formation. The Kidd Lab is one of few in the world that combine technologically sophisticated behavioral experiments with computational models in order to broadly understand knowledge acquisition. Her lab employs a range of methods, including eye-tracking and touchscreen testing with human infants, in order to show how learners sample information from their environment and build knowledge gradually over time. Her work has been published in PNAS,Neuron, Psychological Science, Developmental Science, and elsewhere. Her lab has received funding from NSF, DARPA, Google, the Jacobs Foundation, the Human Frontiers Science Program, and the Templeton Foundation. She is a recipient of the American Psychological Science Rising Star designation, the Glushko Dissertation Prize in Cognitive Science, and the Cognitive Science Society Computational Modeling Prize in Perception/Action. Kidd was also named as one of TIME Magazines 2017 Persons of the Year as one of the “Silence Breakers” for her advocacy for better protections for students against sexual misconduct.

KAY FIRTH BUTTERFIELD
Head of AI & Machine Learning
World Economic Forum
KAY FIRTH BUTTERFIELD
Head of AI & Machine Learning
World Economic Forum
ANJA KASPERSEN
Former Head of Geopolitics and International Security
World Economic Forum
ANJA KASPERSEN
Former Head of Geopolitics and International Security
World Economic Forum

Anya Kaspersen is a strategy professional, geopolitics and international security expert and practitioner. Her former positions include a career with the Norwegian Government and the UN (peacekeeping), research and academia, serving in different capacities in the private sector and for various multilateral organizations in the field and at headquarters. She joined the the World Economic Forum in 2014, spearheading the Forum’s work on geopolitics and international security and how to catalyse responses to global, regional and industry challenges. 

She has published widely on geopolitics, international security affairs and global governance issues. Regular commentator and lecturer. Visiting Scholar, Law of Armed Conflict, Harvard University.

Bachelor’s in Strategic Studies, International Law, South East Asia, International Business and Anthropology, University of Oslo/University of Indonesia and London School of Economics; MSc in International Politics, International Security and International Law, University of Copenhagen (China) and London School of Economics and Political Science. 

WENDELL WALLACH 
Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center & Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Yale University 
WENDELL WALLACH 
Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center & Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Yale University 
JOHN C. HAVENS 
Executive Director
The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems
JOHN C. HAVENS 
Executive Director
The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

John C. Havens is Executive Director of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems that has two primary outputs – the creation and iteration of a body of work known as Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and the recommendation of ideas for Standards Projects focused on prioritizing ethical considerations in A/IS. Currently there are fifteen approved Standards Working Groups in the IEEE P7000™ series.
He is also Executive Director for The Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI) that was created to proliferate the ideals of responsible participant design, data agency and metrics of economic prosperity prioritizing people and the planet over profit and productivity. CXI is a program founded by The IEEE Standards Association and MIT whose members include representatives from the EU Parliament, the UK House of Lords, and dozens of global policy, academic, and business leaders.
Previously, John was an EVP of Social Media at PR Firm, Porter Novelli and a professional actor for over 15 years. John has written for Mashable and The Guardian and is author of the books, Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World.

ROYA MAHBOOB 
CEO
Digital Citizen Fund
ROYA MAHBOOB 
CEO
Digital Citizen Fund
DR. HUBERT ETIENNE
Philosopher
Facebook AI Research
DR. HUBERT ETIENNE
Philosopher
Facebook AI Research
JAN FEILING 
Company Builder
Porsche Digital
JAN FEILING 
Company Builder
Porsche Digital
LOUBNA BOUARFA  
CEO & Founder
OKRA Technologies
LOUBNA BOUARFA  
CEO & Founder
OKRA Technologies

Dr Loubna Bouarfa is a machine learning scientist turned entrepreneur. 

She is the founder and CEO of OKRA Technologies – an artificial intelligence data analytics company for healthcare. OKRA allows healthcare professionals to combine all their data in one place and generate evidence-based insights in real time, to save and improve human lives. Loubna is currently a member of the European Union High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, where she is particularly focused on healthcare and achieving competitive business impact with AI. She was named an MIT Technology Review Top Innovator Under 35, a Forbes 50 Top Women In Tech, and recently won the prize for Best Female-Led Startup at the StartUp Europe Awards. On a personal level, she is a strong advocate for diversity, women and challenging the status quo. 

MARK SURMAN
Executive Director
Mozilla
MARK SURMAN
Executive Director
Mozilla

The internet is one of our most valuable public resources — it’s Mark Surman’s job to keep it healthy. 

Mark is Executive Director of Mozilla Foundation, the global nonprofit that does everything from making Firefox to standing up for issues like trustworthy AI. Mark is focused on fueling the broader internet health movement by working with citizens, technologists and civic leaders around the world. Mark is also part of the team that develops Mozilla’s annual Internet Health Report. 

Mark has been doing work like this for 20 years: ensuring the internet remains a global public resource, open and accessible to all. Mark was the founding Director of telecentre.org, a $26M initiative connecting community technology centers in more than 30 countries. He ran the Commons Group for 10 years, a boutique consulting firm that provided advice and insight on networks, open source and social enterprise to nonprofits and governments around the world. Mark was awarded the prestigious Shuttleworth Fellowship, where he explored how to apply open source approaches to philanthropy in the year before he joined Mozilla. 

Mark is a prominent thinker and thought leader — his analysis and opinions have been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, the BBC, Fast Company and dozens of other publications. A seasoned and charismatic speaker, Mark has delivered keynotes on five continents at major global events as diverse as Mobile World Congress, Personal Democracy Forum, TEDx Kids, World Innovation Summit on Education and the O’Reilly Open Source Summit. 

Mark serves as a trusted advisor on the board of Peer-to-Peer University. He is a past board member of the World Bank Solutions for Youth Employment Consortium, the Toronto Arts Foundation, Connected Learning Alliance, Telefonica’s Think Big, the Association for Progressive Communications, Wild Canada and rabble.ca

Mark lives in Toronto with his sons, Tristan and Ethan. He holds a BA in the History of Community Media from the University of Toronto. 

 

DR. GUILIO TOSCANI
Professor and Academic Director of AI for Business
ESADE
DR. GUILIO TOSCANI
Professor and Academic Director of AI for Business
ESADE
STEPHANIE OPDAM
 VC
Notion Capital
STEPHANIE OPDAM
 VC
Notion Capital
EVERT HAASDIJK
Senior Manager
Deloitte
EVERT HAASDIJK
Senior Manager
Deloitte

Evert is a senior manager with a keen focus on the development of AI-enabled solutions, and a member of Deloitte’s AI Center of Excellence. He has extensive experience applying AI techniques in a variety of public and private sector domains. 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 founders of the data mining practice in Cap Gemini in the 1990s and was CTO of a successful AI startup. Evert also was an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and he holds a PhD in AI from that institution.

DEAN L. SONG RICHARDSON
Professor of Law
University of California
DEAN L. SONG RICHARDSON
Professor of Law
University of California

Song Richardson is the Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law with joint appointments in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Asian American Studies. She received her AB from Harvard College and her JD from Yale Law School. Her interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study decision-making and judgment in a variety of contexts. Her scholarship has been published by law journals at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke and Northwestern, among others. Her article, “Police Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment” was selected as a “Must Read” by the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Her co-edited book, The Constitution and the Future of Criminal Justice in America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. She is a co-editor of Criminal Procedure, Cases and Materials published by West Academic Publishing. Currently, she is working on a book that examines the history of race in the U.S. and its implications for law and policy. 

Dean Richardson’s legal career has included partnership at a boutique criminal law firm and work as a state and federal public defender in Seattle, Washington. She was also an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Immediately upon graduation from law school, Dean Richardson was a Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellow with the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in Brooklyn, NY. A leading expert on implicit racial and gender bias, Richardson is frequently invited to speak to law firms, district attorney and public defender offices, police departments, universities, judges, bar associations, and private industry across the nation about the science of implicit bias and its influence on decisions, perceptions, and judgments. She also presents her work at academic symposia and non-academic legal conferences.

She has won numerous awards and recognitions, including the American Association of Law School’s Derrick Bell Award, which recognizes a faculty member’s extraordinary contributions to legal education through mentoring, teaching, and scholarship. She was recently named one of the Top Women Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal, one of the 100 Most Influential business and opinion shapers in Orange County, and one of the two most influential Korean Americans in OC.

Dean Richardson is a member of the American Law Institute. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools, an association whose goal is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education, including promoting the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve local, national and international communities.

 

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

PROFESSOR TEEMU ROOS
Leader of AI Education
Finnish Centre for AI & Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki
PROFESSOR TEEMU ROOS
Leader of AI Education
Finnish Centre for AI & Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki

Teemu Roos is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. Prof Roos’s research interests include the theory and applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. He developed the Elements of AI online course which plays a pivotal role in Finland’s unique, inclusive AI strategy.

PROFESSOR FRANCESCA ROSSI
AI Ethics Global Leader & Professor of Computer Science
IBM Research & University of Padova
PROFESSOR FRANCESCA ROSSI
AI Ethics Global Leader & Professor of Computer Science
IBM Research & University of Padova

Francesca Rossi is a professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy. Currently she is on sabbatical at Harvard with a Radcliffe fellowship.

Her research interests include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and artificial intelligence.

She has been president of the international association for constraint programming (ACP) and she is now the president of IJCAI. She has been program chair of CP 2003 and of IJCAI 2013.

She is in the editorial board of Constraints, Artificial Intelligence, AMAI, and KAIS. She will be Editor in Chief of JAIR starting January 2015.

She has published over 160 articles in international journals, in proceedings of international conferences or workshops, and as book chapters. She has co-authored a book. She has edited 16 volumes, between conference proceedings, collections of contributions, and special issue of international journals. She has co-edited the Handbook of Constraint Programming (Elsevier, 2006).  Her h-index is 27. Her most cited papers have more than 560 citations. She has more than 100 co-authors.

 

PROF MARCIN DETYNIECKI
Group Chief Data Scientist and Global Head of Research and Development
AXA
PROF MARCIN DETYNIECKI
Group Chief Data Scientist and Global 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.

DR. JULIAN HUPPERT
Director of the Intellectual Forum
Jesus College Cambridge
DR. JULIAN HUPPERT
Director of the Intellectual Forum
Jesus College Cambridge
PROFESSOR BARRY O'SULLIVAN
 Vice Chair | European Commission 
Director | Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Computer Science, University College Cork
PROFESSOR BARRY O'SULLIVAN
 Vice Chair | European Commission 
Director | Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Computer Science, University College Cork
DR. BEN GOERTZEL
CEO and Founder | SingularityNET
Chairman | OpenCog Foundation
DR. BEN GOERTZEL
CEO and Founder | SingularityNET
Chairman | OpenCog Foundation
BENJI COETZEE
Director Digital - Tribe Lead
VodafoneZiggo
BENJI COETZEE
Director Digital - Tribe Lead
VodafoneZiggo
BRYN BALCOMBE
Chief Strategy Officer | Roborace 
Founder | ADA.ngo
BRYN BALCOMBE
Chief Strategy Officer | Roborace 
Founder | ADA.ngo
RAUL ESCRIBANO
SVP Innovative Products
Mastercard
RAUL ESCRIBANO
SVP Innovative Products
Mastercard
MARLOES POMP
Programme Officer
International Strategy Dutch Blockchain Coalition, Dutch Government
 
MARLOES POMP
Programme Officer
International Strategy Dutch Blockchain Coalition, Dutch Government
 

Marloes Pomp is the Initiator and Program Officer for the blockchain projects within the Dutch Government and she is responsible for the international strategy of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition. The Dutch Blockchain Coalition is a jointly developed partnership by industry, government and knowledge institutions. Together they have assumed a leading role and joint responsibility for the success of the national blockchain action agenda.

She also works part-time for the Hague Data Science Initiative, supporting the Peace and Justice ecosystem with state-of-art AI and machine learning tools and knowledge. The goal is to grow into a European AI Security Hub.

Marloes her professional interests focus on tech-innovation within governments. Prior to the blockchain and AI activities, Marloes Pomp worked in several roles like projectleader and researcher at governmental organizations, including the ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations and the city of Amsterdam. In addition, she serves as an advisory member for the SIDN Fund, the Dutch Court, The Blockchain and Society Board of the University of Amsterdam (VU) and the Research Foundation Flanders.

For the Netherlands it is important to look at all kinds of new technologies, not only AI and blockchain. However, the Netherlands is in an excellent position to capitalize on the economic and social opportunities created by digitalization. We have a world-class digital infrastructure, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were invented in the Netherlands, and the AMS-IX, one of the most important internet exchange points in the world, is located in our country.

The Netherlands has a highly educated workforce at an international level and Dutch consumers often lead the way in embracing new digital applications. Moreover, we have a long tradition of cooperation between companies, scientists, and governments. This has contributed to the emergence of innovative clusters all over the Netherlands.

 

DR. ADRIAN PEARCE
Group Chief Data Officer
Credit Suisse
 
DR. ADRIAN PEARCE
Group Chief Data Officer
Credit Suisse
 

Dr Adrian Pearce acts as a Senior Advisor to the Group Chief Operating Officer with base in Zurich, Switzerland at the Credit Suisse Group AG headquarters. As GCDO, Adrian is focused on the architecture, governance, security and underlying quality of data within the bank. More recently Adrian has applied significant focus to the usage and analysis of existing Credit Suisse data to create business value for the organization. His advisory mandate is to improve the effectiveness of business processes and significant change programs globally across the Group. He is a member of the Group COO Management Committee, and reports directly to the Group’s Executive Board.

TIMNIT GEBRU
Research Scientist & CoLead Ethical Artificial Intelligence
Google
   
TIMNIT GEBRU
Research Scientist & CoLead Ethical Artificial Intelligence
Google
   

Timnit is currently a research scientist at Google in the ethical AI team. Prior to that Timnit did a postdoc at Microsoft Research, New York City in the FATE (Fairness Transparency Accountability and Ethics in AI) group, where she studied algorithmic bias and the ethical implications underlying any data mining project (see this New York Times article for an example of my work). She received her PhD from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, studying computer vision under Fei-Fei Li. Timnit’s thesis pertains to data mining large scale publicly available images to gain sociological insight, and working on computer vision problems that arise as a result. The Economist, The New York Times and others have covered part of this work. Some of the computer vision areas Timnit is interested in include fine-grained image recognition, scalable annotation of images, and domain adaptation. Prior to joining Fei-Fei’s lab she worked at Apple designing circuits and signal processing algorithms for various Apple products including the first iPad. Timnit also spent an obligatory year as an entrepreneur (as all Stanford undergrads seem to do). Her research was supported by the NSF foundation GRFP fellowship and the Stanford DARE fellowship

CHANDRA KHATRI
Lead Research Scientist
Uber AI, Uber
     
CHANDRA KHATRI
Lead Research Scientist
Uber AI, Uber
     

Chandra Khatri is a Senior AI Scientist at Uber AI driving Conversational AI efforts at Uber. Prior to Uber, he was the Lead AI Scientist at Alexa and was driving the Science for the Alexa Prize Competition, which is a $3.5 Million university competition for advancing the state of Conversational AI. Some of his recent work involves Open-domain Dialog Planning and Evaluation, Conversational Speech Recognition, Conversational Natural Language Understanding, and Sequential Modeling.

Prior to Alexa, Chandra was a Research Scientist at eBay, wherein he led various Deep Learning and NLP initiatives such as Automatic Text Summarization and Automatic Content Generation within the eCommerce domain, which has lead to significant gains for eBay. He holds degrees in Machine Learning and Computational Science & Engineering from Georgia Tech and BITS Pilani.

 

JONATHAN SIDDHARTH
CEO
Turing
       
JONATHAN SIDDHARTH
CEO
Turing
       

2018 & 2019 speakers

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

 

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

BING SONG

Vice President and Director

Berggruen Institute and The Berggruen Institute China Center

BING SONG

Vice President and Director

Berggruen Institute and The Berggruen Institute China Center

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

ROMARIC REDON

DataLab Manager

Airbus Defence and Space

ROMARIC REDON

DataLab Manager

Airbus Defence and Space

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

LUCIANO FLORIDI

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information & Director

University of Oxford and Digital Ethics Lab

LUCIANO FLORIDI

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information & Director

University of Oxford and Digital Ethics Lab

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

 

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

SURYA RAMKUMAR

Director of Services

Microsoft

SURYA RAMKUMAR

Director of Services

Microsoft

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

 

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

 

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

CYRILLE BATALLER

Managing Director –Artificial Intelligence

Accenture

CYRILLE BATALLER

Managing Director –Artificial Intelligence

Accenture

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

DEREK HAOYANG LI

Founder

Squirrel AI Learning

DEREK HAOYANG LI

Founder

Squirrel AI Learning

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

KAY FIRTH-BUTTERFIELD

Project Head, AI and ML

World Economic Forum

KAY FIRTH-BUTTERFIELD

Project Head, AI and ML

World Economic Forum

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

 

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

 

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

ARNAUD COHEN STUART

Head of Business Ethics

ING

ARNAUD COHEN STUART

Head of Business Ethics

ING

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

 

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

 

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

AMBASSADOR AMANDEEP SINGH GILL

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

United Nations

AMBASSADOR AMANDEEP SINGH GILL

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

United Nations

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

BABITA SHARMA

Television Presenter

BBC

BABITA SHARMA

Television Presenter

BBC

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

 

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

DR. EVERT HAASDIJK

Senior Manager and AI Expert

Deloitte

DR. EVERT HAASDIJK

Senior Manager and AI Expert

Deloitte

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

 

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

DR. ANDRONIKI MENELAOU

Lead Data Scientist

ING

DR. ANDRONIKI MENELAOU

Lead Data Scientist

ING

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

SIDHARTH BALAKRISHNA

Executive Board Director

Essel Group

SIDHARTH BALAKRISHNA

Executive Board Director

Essel Group

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

DOUGLAS HANSEN-LUKE

Executive Chairman

Future Planet Capital

DOUGLAS HANSEN-LUKE

Executive Chairman

Future Planet Capital

JOHN SPINDLER

CEO

Capital Enterprise

JOHN SPINDLER

CEO

Capital Enterprise

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

 

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

 

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

RUMMAN CHOWDHURY

Responsible AI Lead

Accenture

RUMMAN CHOWDHURY

Responsible AI Lead

Accenture

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

CHRISTOPH AUER WELSBACH

Partner

IBM Ventures

CHRISTOPH AUER WELSBACH

Partner

IBM Ventures

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

ANJA KASPERSEN

Director, Office for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations

ANJA KASPERSEN

Director, Office for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations

JOANNA BRYSON

Associate Professor

University of Bath

JOANNA BRYSON

Associate Professor

University of Bath

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

ILYA GELFENBEYN

CEO and Co-Founder

API.ai (Google)

ILYA GELFENBEYN

CEO and Co-Founder

API.ai (Google)

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

 

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

EMILY ORTON

Co-Founder

Darktrace

EMILY ORTON

Co-Founder

Darktrace

NICOLE HU

Co-Founder and CTO

One Concern

NICOLE HU

Co-Founder and CTO

One Concern

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

VIRGINIA DIGNUM

Chair of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence

Umeå University

VIRGINIA DIGNUM

Chair of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence

Umeå University

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

KATE DEVLIN

Senior Lecturer, Social and Cultural AI

King’s College London

KATE DEVLIN

Senior Lecturer, Social and Cultural AI

King’s College London

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

SARAH PORTER

CEO and Founder

InspiredMinds

SARAH PORTER

CEO and Founder

InspiredMinds

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

AMIR BANIFATEMI

General Manager of Innovation and Growth

XPRIZE

AMIR BANIFATEMI

General Manager of Innovation and Growth

XPRIZE

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

 

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

LILLIE HARRIS

Director, World Wide Enterprise Global Specialist

Microsoft

LILLIE HARRIS

Director, World Wide Enterprise Global Specialist

Microsoft

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

JONNIE PENN

Affiliate

Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University

JONNIE PENN

Affiliate

Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University

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

SCOTT WHITE

CEO

PragmatIC

SCOTT WHITE

CEO

PragmatIC

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

SAM WARNAARS

Head of Innovation

aFrogleap, a Merkle company

SAM WARNAARS

Head of Innovation

aFrogleap, a Merkle company

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

KATHLEEN LAWAND

Head Arms Unit – Legal Unit

International Committee of the Red Cross

KATHLEEN LAWAND

Head Arms Unit – Legal Unit

International Committee of the Red Cross

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

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

SARA CONEJO CERVANTES

Entrepreneur

Inspiring Juniors

SARA CONEJO CERVANTES

Entrepreneur

Inspiring Juniors

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

DR. STEPHEN CAVE

Executive Director

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

DR. STEPHEN CAVE

Executive Director

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

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

 

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

VASILIS GIAGKOULAS

Senior Data Scientist in the Digitalization Center of Excellence

Shell

 

VASILIS GIAGKOULAS

Senior Data Scientist in the Digitalization Center of Excellence

Shell

 

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

CATELIJINE MULLER

President and Member High Level Expert Group on AI

ALLAI Nederland and European Commission

 

CATELIJINE MULLER

President and Member High Level Expert Group on AI

ALLAI Nederland and European Commission

 

DR. LYDIA KOSTOPOULOS

Senior Researcher – AI in Disruptive Technologies

Digital Society Institute

DR. LYDIA KOSTOPOULOS

Senior Researcher – AI in Disruptive Technologies

Digital Society Institute

ANAND RAMAN

Chief of Staff for Microsoft AI

Microsoft

 

ANAND RAMAN

Chief of Staff for Microsoft AI

Microsoft

 

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

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

DR. KANTA DIHAL

Postdoctoral Researcher

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

DR. KANTA DIHAL

Postdoctoral Researcher

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

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

STEFAN GERMANN

CEO

Fondation Botnar

STEFAN GERMANN

CEO

Fondation Botnar

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

 

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

 

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

MIKE REINER

Venture Partner, OpenOcean and Co-Founder,

City.AI

MIKE REINER

Venture Partner, OpenOcean and Co-Founder,

City.AI

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

KUMARDEV CHATTERJEE

CEO

Unmanned Life

KUMARDEV CHATTERJEE

CEO

Unmanned Life

ANDY PEART

Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Artificial Solutions

ANDY PEART

Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Artificial Solutions

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

THOMAS LIDY

Head of Machine Learning

Musimap

THOMAS LIDY

Head of Machine Learning

Musimap

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

MOLLY CONNOLLY

Director, Industry Strategy and Partner Marketing

Dell EMC

MOLLY CONNOLLY

Director, Industry Strategy and Partner Marketing

Dell EMC

BAS ROOKHUIJZEN

Head of Marketing Benelux

Google Cloud

BAS ROOKHUIJZEN

Head of Marketing Benelux

Google Cloud

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

 

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

 

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

CHRISTINA TAYLOR

Managing Partner

Creaholic

CHRISTINA TAYLOR

Managing Partner

Creaholic

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

 

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

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

MICHIEL KOTTING

Partner

Northzone

MICHIEL KOTTING

Partner

Northzone

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

JON KOPLIN

Managing Director

Cisco Investments

JON KOPLIN

Managing Director

Cisco Investments

HENRIK LANDGREN

Analytics Partner

EQT Ventures

HENRIK LANDGREN

Analytics Partner

EQT Ventures

NICOLAS BRIEN

Managing Director

France Digitale

NICOLAS BRIEN

Managing Director

France Digitale

DR. CHRISTOPH WINDHEUSER

Global Head of Intelligent Empowerment

Thoughtworks

DR. CHRISTOPH WINDHEUSER

Global Head of Intelligent Empowerment

Thoughtworks

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

ERIK PFANNMOLLER

CEO

Solvemate

ERIK PFANNMOLLER

CEO

Solvemate

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

 

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

ILSE VERDIESEN

Staff Officer

Dutch Armed Forces

ILSE VERDIESEN

Staff Officer

Dutch Armed Forces

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

 

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

MASON VICTORS

CTO

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

MASON VICTORS

CTO

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

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

DANIEL NATHRATH

Co-Founder and CEO

Ada Health

DANIEL NATHRATH

Co-Founder and CEO

Ada Health

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

ALESSIO BAGNARESI

Director- Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft

ALESSIO BAGNARESI

Director- Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft

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

BRAM KOKKE

Global Digital Experience Lead – Paints

AkzoNobel

BRAM KOKKE

Global Digital Experience Lead – Paints

AkzoNobel

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

AJUNG MOON

Senior Advisor for High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

United Nations

AJUNG MOON

Senior Advisor for High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

United Nations

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

 

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

NAL KALCHBRENNER

Research Scientist

Google Brain

NAL KALCHBRENNER

Research Scientist

Google Brain

LIV BOEREE

Science Communicator and Poker Champion

LIV BOEREE

Science Communicator and Poker Champion

EAMONN CAREY

Managing Director – London

Techstars

EAMONN CAREY

Managing Director – London

Techstars

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

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

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

BART FUSSEL

Co-Founder

aFrogleap, a Merkle Company

BART FUSSEL

Co-Founder

aFrogleap, a Merkle Company

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

AMY BOYD

Cloud Developer Advocate

Microsoft

AMY BOYD

Cloud Developer Advocate

Microsoft

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

TOM HENRIKSSON

General Partner

OpenOcean

TOM HENRIKSSON

General Partner

OpenOcean

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

 

DR. BART GEERTS

Consultant Cardiac Anaesthetist, AMC & Founder

Healthplus.ai

DR. BART GEERTS

Consultant Cardiac Anaesthetist, AMC & Founder

Healthplus.ai

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

JERRY WOOTAE JEONG

Co-Founder and CTO

42Maru

JERRY WOOTAE JEONG

Co-Founder and CTO

42Maru

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

CONNIE LOW

Co-Founder

Impact Hub Basel

 

CONNIE LOW

Co-Founder

Impact Hub Basel

 

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

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

FELIX MANYOGOTE

Women Deliver Young Leader

 

 

FELIX MANYOGOTE

Women Deliver Young Leader

 

 

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

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

MICHI KARSCH

Professional Inventor

Creaholic

MICHI KARSCH

Professional Inventor

Creaholic

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

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

ILYA KIRNOS

Founding Partner & CTO

Signalfire

ILYA KIRNOS

Founding Partner & CTO

Signalfire

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

 

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

 

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

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

MICHAEL PICKERING

President & CEO

CloudConstable Incorporated

MICHAEL PICKERING

President & CEO

CloudConstable Incorporated

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

TARAS MATSELYUKH

CEO & Founder

OPT/NET BV (OPTOSS AI PROJECT)

 

TARAS MATSELYUKH

CEO & Founder

OPT/NET BV (OPTOSS AI PROJECT)

 

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

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

 

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

SILVESTRE PITTI

Team Leader

A.S.i.M.O.V

 

SILVESTRE PITTI

Team Leader

A.S.i.M.O.V

 

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

DANIEL FORTIN

Co-Founder & VP Strategic Partnerships

WikiNet

 

DANIEL FORTIN

Co-Founder & VP Strategic Partnerships

WikiNet

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

DR. NIELS WOUTERS

Research Fellow

University of Melbourne and Science Gallery Melbourne

 

DR. NIELS WOUTERS

Research Fellow

University of Melbourne and Science Gallery Melbourne

 

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

MARC-ETIENNE OUIMETTE

Director of Public Policy

Element AI

MARC-ETIENNE OUIMETTE

Director of Public Policy

Element AI

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

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