Meet the world’s brightest AI Brains

 

 

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

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

This year we are setting ourselves the task of making the content even better and we can’t wait for you to experience it.

Meet our 2022 AI Brains

 

KERSTI KALJULAID
Former President (2016-2021) 
Estonia
 
KERSTI KALJULAID
Former President (2016-2021) 
Estonia
 

Kersti Kaljulaid 

 

  • President of Estonia 2016-2021
  • United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child since 2021
  • Mother of four and grandmother of four
  • Speaks Estonian, English, French, Russian, Finnish
  • Born in 1969 in Estonia

 

Kersti Kaljulaid served as the President of the Republic of Estonia from 2016-2021. During her time in office, she made her presence felt in both her homeland and the international arena.

 

Previously she had been serving as a Member of the European Court of Auditors, advising Prime Minister Mart Laar and holding diferent top level positions in energy, investment banking and telecom sector. Genetic engineer and economist by education, she has been a member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Center and the Council Chair of the University of Tartu from 2012 to 2016.

 

In summer 2021, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed President Kaljulaid to the position of Global Advocate for the ‘Every Woman Every Child’ strategy on the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents around the world for the next two years. She was also the first Estonian to be featured in the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

 

Kersti Kaljulaid has become a sought-after speaker at high-level forums on digital, security and foreign-policy topics and more broadly for analysing and interpreting societal and economic change.

 

President Kaljulaid is a vocal advocate of human rights, rule of law, freedom of speech and democracy. One of the principles in the in office of president has been the one she set out upon her inauguration: “I am never silent when our security is in question, when our freedoms are at stake or when those weaker than us are treated unjustly.

 

COLIN MURDOCH 
Chief Business Officer
DeepMind 
 
COLIN MURDOCH 
Chief Business Officer
DeepMind 
 
IAN MCGILCHRIST
The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World 
Author
IAN MCGILCHRIST
The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World 
Author

Dr Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist, neuroscience researcher, philosopher and literary scholar. He is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and former Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. 

 

He has been a Research Fellow in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stellenbosch.  He has published original articles and research papers in a wide range of publications on topics in literature, philosophy, medicine and psychiatry.  He is the author of a number of books, but is best-known for The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale 2009),  In November 2021 his two-volume work The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World was published by Perspectiva Press. 

CHRISTOPHER BISHOP
Laboratory Director
Microsoft Research Cambridge 
CHRISTOPHER BISHOP
Laboratory Director
Microsoft Research Cambridge 

Christopher Bishop is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and Laboratory Director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, UK.

 

 

He is also Honorary Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. In 2004, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, in 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in 2017 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

 

 

At Microsoft Research, Chris oversees a world-leading portfolio of industrial research and development, with a strong focus on machine learning and AI, and creating breakthrough technologies in cloud infrastructure, security, workplace productivity, computational biology, and healthcare.

 

 

Chris obtained a BA in Physics from Oxford, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Edinburgh, with a thesis on quantum field theory. After his PhD he joined the Theoretical Physics Division of Culham Laboratory where he conducted research into the physics of magnetically confined fusion plasmas. During this time he developed an interest in machine learning, and became Head of the Applied Neurocomputing Centre at AEA Technology. He was subsequently elected to a Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Aston University, where he set up and led the Neural Computing Research Group.

 

 

Chris is the author of two highly cited and widely adopted machine learning text books: Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition (1995) and Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (2006). He has also worked on a broad range of applications of machine learning in domains ranging from computer vision to healthcare. Chris is a keen advocate of public engagement in science, and in 2008 he delivered the prestigious Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, established in 1825 by Michael Faraday, and broadcast on national television.

 

 

Chris is a member of the UK AI Council. He was also recently appointed to the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

CAROLINE GORSKI
CEO- R2 Data Labs
Rolls Royce
CAROLINE GORSKI
CEO- R2 Data Labs
Rolls Royce

Having graduated from Oxford University with an MA, Caroline has spent 25 years analysing, advising on and managing strategic change at the cutting edge of technology development, and leading the transfer of emerging technologies to the commercial market. She has significant and senior experience in both public and private sector settings, including as Head of IoT and Digital Manufacturing for Digital Catapult, at global communications player Telefonica, and for the technology strategy firm Forrester Research. Most recently, she holds the role of CEO of R2 Data Labs, the artificial intelligence and data analytics division of Rolls-Royce.

 

Caroline also is a co-founder and inaugural Chair of the Emergent Alliance, a global data collaboration established to help accelerate economic recovery from COVID-19. www.emergentalliance.org The Emergent Alliance is a group of more than 60 corporate entities and over 250 citizen data scientists and volunteers, supporting recovery decision-making by central and local government economists, and commercial strategic planners globally.

 

In December 2020, Caroline led the publication under creative commons licence of the Aletheia Framework™ – Rolls-Royce’s Artificial Ethics and Trustworthiness toolkit. This practical and operationally deployable toolkit allows AI developers and the organisations they work for to demonstrate trust in their algorithms, especially in safety-critical contexts where AIs deliver automation and decision-making in the physical world. In January 2021 Caroline was invited to give evidence to the House of Lords Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee on emerging technology and artificial intelligence risk. The recording of this session can be found here. In December 2021 Aletheia v2.0 was released, including case study materials covering its adoption in media, education, sustainability and oncology use cases and an extension to the framework covering data bias and assuring data integrity. All the Aletheia materials are available for download here.

 

Caroline is a non-executive director of CENSIS – the centre for sensing, imaging and internet of things established by Scottish Enterprise and the University of Glasgow (www.censis.org.uk). She was previously a member of the research board of the PETRAS Hub, the UK’s national centre of excellence for IoT cybersecurity (www.petras-iot.org).

RADHIKA DIRKS
CEO & Founder
XLabs 
 
RADHIKA DIRKS
CEO & Founder
XLabs 
 
SANDEEP DADLANI
Global Chief Digital Office
Mars
     
SANDEEP DADLANI
Global Chief Digital Office
Mars
     
ELIZABETH BRAMSON-BOUDREAU
CEO & Publisher
MIT Technology Review
 
ELIZABETH BRAMSON-BOUDREAU
CEO & Publisher
MIT Technology Review
 

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s independent media company. 

 

Since Elizabeth took the helm of MIT Technology Review in mid-2017, the business has undergone a massive transformation from its previous position as a respected but niche print magazine to a widely read, multi-platform media brand with a global audience and a sustainable business. Under her leadership, MIT Technology Review has been lauded for its editorial authority, its best-in-class events, and its novel use of independent, original research to support both advertisers and readers. 

 

Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences.

 

Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth held a senior executive role at The Economist Group, where her leadership stretched across business lines and included mergers and acquisitions; editorial and product creation and modernization; sales; marketing; and events. Earlier in her career, she worked as a consultant advising technology firms on market entry and international expansion.

 

Elizabeth holds an executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.

 

JAMIE SUSSKIND QC
The Digital Republic 
Author
JAMIE SUSSKIND QC
The Digital Republic 
Author
LINDA LEOPOLD
Head of Data Policy
H&M
 
LINDA LEOPOLD
Head of Data Policy
H&M
 

Linda Leopold is Head of Responsible AI & Data at global fashion retailer H&M Group, where she leads the company’s work on sustainable and ethical artificial intelligence and data. She joined the AI department at H&M Group in 2018, after many years in the media industry. She is a former Editor-in-Chief at the critically acclaimed fashion and culture magazine Bon, and the author of two non-fiction books. She has been a columnist for Scandinavia’s biggest financial newspaper and has worked as an innovation strategist at the intersection of fashion and tech. Her passion lies in merging fashion and culture with science and technology. 

HINA DIXIT 
Head of AI + Metaverse Investments
Samsung Next
   
HINA DIXIT 
Head of AI + Metaverse Investments
Samsung Next
   
FRANS VAN BRUGGEN
Policy Officer FinTech & Artificial Intelligence
Dutch Central Bank
       
FRANS VAN BRUGGEN
Policy Officer FinTech & Artificial Intelligence
Dutch Central Bank
       

Frans is responsible for the regulation and supervision of AI in the financial industry. Before working at DNB he was responsible for the regulation of AI in the Dutch Healthcare industry. Frans is also a Phd candidate, where he is researching the role of public values in the effectiveness and  legitimacy of regulatory agencies.

BETSY GREYTOK
Vice President, Ethics & Policy
IBM
   
BETSY GREYTOK
Vice President, Ethics & Policy
IBM
   
GINA ROMERO
CEO
Connected Women
GINA ROMERO
CEO
Connected Women

Gina Romero is the co-founder and CEO of Connected Women, a social impact tech startup that matches talented Filipino women with meaningful remote work opportunities. She’s an unconventional entrepreneur, community builder, and technology advocate.

 

Gina is an unconventional entrepreneur and community builder. She was a founding member of The Athena Network (UK) women’s business network in 2005 and went on to be the Operations Director in 2008.


In 2011, after relocating to Singapore with her family, Gina launched The Athena Network Singapore.


As part of her mission to better equip women entrepreneurs and professionals with the technology skills to scale their businesses and careers, Gina launched Connected Women (Singapore) in 2013 and the Connected Women Magazine in 2014.

In 2016 she set her heart on helping Filipino women and moved to the Philippines. In 2017 she co-founded Connected Women Jobs, a social impact tech startup that matches talented Filipino women with meaningful remote work opportunities.

Connected Women runs a number of initiatives that provide technology skills training and online job matching and aims to impact 100,000 women in the Philippines. They have received global recognition in the categories of inclusive innovation (Asia/USA), the future of work (UK), and e-employment (Switzerland).

In October 2020, Gina was awarded as a Finalist of the prestigious “Asia CEO Awards’ in the Shero of the Year category.

ANNA SCAIFE
Professor of Radio Astronomy
University of Manchester
 
ANNA SCAIFE
Professor of Radio Astronomy
University of Manchester
 

Anna Scaife (PhD Cantab) is Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence for discovery in data-intensive astrophysics and in 2019 she was appointed as one of the five inaugural AI Fellows of the UK’s Alan Turing Institute. She has previously led a number of projects in technical radio astronomy development and scientific computing as part of the Square Kilometre Array project, including the design of the computing and storage for a European SKA Regional Data Centre.

 

In addition to her scientific work, Anna runs two training programs that provide bursaries for students from Southern Africa and Latin America to pursue graduate degrees in the UK focusing on big data and data intensive science. In 2014, Anna was honoured by the World Economic Forum as one of thirty scientists under the age of 40 selected for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact. In 2017 she was awarded the Blaauw Chair in Astrophysics (prize chair) at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands for excellence in research, broad knowledge of astronomy and an outstanding international status in astronomy. In 2019, Anna received the Jackson-Gwilt Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, awarded for outstanding invention, improvement, or development of astronomical instrumentation or techniques.

PATRICK MAES
Managing Director - Global Head Bank User Solutions
Credit Suisse
 
PATRICK MAES
Managing Director - Global Head Bank User Solutions
Credit Suisse
 
PIETER JEEKEL 
Chairman
Dutch AI Coalition: Wellbeing + Healthcare
     
PIETER JEEKEL 
Chairman
Dutch AI Coalition: Wellbeing + Healthcare
     
RYAN RA ONG
Program Manager - Virtual Assistants
Google
   
RYAN RA ONG
Program Manager - Virtual Assistants
Google
   

Ryan is a strategic innovator with a global outlook and currently works on conversational assistants at Google’s headquarters. Prior to Google, Ryan lived in 10 countries with a range of international working experience with Airbnb in London, a tech startup in Silicon Valley, a hospitality group in Vietnam and a marketing consultancy in China.

MARLOES POMP
International Partnerships
Netherlands AI Coalition & Steering Committee European AI Forum
MARLOES POMP
International Partnerships
Netherlands AI Coalition & Steering Committee European AI Forum

Marloes Pomp is the Initiator and Program Officer for the blockchain and AI projects within the Dutch Government, including projects in the field of digital identities, logistics, healthcare, finance and food. She is also responsible for the international strategy and partnerships of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition  and the National AI Coalition. Both coalitions are a jointly developed partnership by government, industry and knowledge institutions. Together they have a leading role and joint responsibility for the success of the solving societal challenges and making a major contribution to new economic activities.

 

She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the European AI Forum, a

platform where entrepreneurs and policymakers get together to jointly determine the path forward for European AI innovation. 

 

Marloes her professional interests focus on tech-innovation within governments. Prior to the blockchain and AI activities, Marloes Pomp worked in several roles like project leader 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 the Society Board of the University of Amsterdam (VU)

EAMONN CAREY
Investor
Tera Ventures
 
EAMONN CAREY
Investor
Tera Ventures
 
PAUL O'CALLAGHAM
Founder + CEO
BlueTech Research + Brave Blue World Foundation
 
PAUL O'CALLAGHAM
Founder + CEO
BlueTech Research + Brave Blue World Foundation
 
TOBY WALSH 
Professor of AI
UNSW Sydney
       
TOBY WALSH 
Professor of AI
UNSW Sydney
       

Toby Walsh is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW and CSIRO Data61, and adjunct professor at QUT. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many other bodies on this topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science, and was named on the international “Who’s Who in AI” list of influencers. He has authored three books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled “Machines Behaving Badly: the morality of AI”.

LAUREN RAZAVI 
Global Natives: The New Frontiers of Work, Travel, and Innovation
Author
     
LAUREN RAZAVI 
Global Natives: The New Frontiers of Work, Travel, and Innovation
Author
     
CATHERINE BRESLIN
Founder
Kingfisher Labs
CATHERINE BRESLIN
Founder
Kingfisher Labs

Catherine is a machine learning scientist and consultant based in Cambridge UK, and founder of Kingfisher Labs consulting. 

 

Since completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2008, she has built commercial and academic experience of automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding and human-computer dialogue systems. 

 

Catherine has previously worked at Cambridge University, Toshiba Research, Amazon Alexa, and Cobalt Speech. 

 

She is excited by the application of research to real-world problems involving speech and language at scale. 

MARK STOEVELAR
CTO Innovation Team
City of Amsterdam
 
MARK STOEVELAR
CTO Innovation Team
City of Amsterdam
 
MAARTEN SUKEL
AI Lead
City of Amsterdam
       
MAARTEN SUKEL
AI Lead
City of Amsterdam
       
BUSTER FRANKEN
CEO
FruitPunchAI
 
BUSTER FRANKEN
CEO
FruitPunchAI
 

Buster is the founder of FruitPunch AI, the global community teaching and applying AI for Good through real-world challenges with partners like the European Space Agency and the wildlife rangers of South Africa (1,500 AI engineers and growing).

 

Buster has an academic background in brain computer interfacing at Eindhoven University of Technology where he helped to build the AI Research Institute (EAISI) and now works full time at FruitPunch AI after attracting VC funding.

JOS DIRKX
CEO and Co-Founder
Beenova AI
JOS DIRKX
CEO and Co-Founder
Beenova AI

Jos Dirkx is a global CEO, speaker, and author with a focus on The Future of Work, Learning, Diversity & Inclusion, and Conscious Leadership. She is the CEO of Beenova AI which works with global corporates to transform lives through Emotional and Artificial Intelligence, enhancing leadership, performance and conscious development skills.  


Jos is passionate about inclusion, and mental health: with a diverse team of ten, her two year-old education focused startup was featured on Peter Diamandis’ Abundance360 and garners global interest given their emphasis on scalable 21st century learning models. Alongside Esther Wojcicki, best-selling author and world famous mother of three super star daughters, Jos most recently co-launched The Trick Method, which takes the globally renowned TRICK methodology to corporates. Originally from The Netherlands, Jos was born in Brazil and has lived in thirteen countries – from Bangladesh, to Senegal, to Norway, to Canada – having visited 100.

Jos co-founded Girls & Football SA, an award-winning NGO which received a letter from Former First Lady Michelle Obama. She co-launched mGirls, providing health information to over 65,000 girls across South Africa. Jos wrote 2017 Amazon Best-Seller Tackled! with contributions from Siya Kolisi and Fabio Cannavaro, launched in London, Dubai and Johannesburg and 2018 Best Book Girls Do Good with forewords from Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee and self-made business mogul Huda Kattan. She has mentored, coached and trained over 3,000 people in cities as diverse as Luanda, New York, Riyadh and Amsterdam.

THIJS SUIJTEN
Co-founder
Hack the Planet
     
THIJS SUIJTEN
Co-founder
Hack the Planet
     

Thijs is a software engineer with over 20 years of experience. At Hack The Planet he is using technology to make a positive change in the world. Taking on ecological and humanitarian challenges like wildlife poaching.

SIMON SCOTT-NELSON
CEO
Wellity
     
SIMON SCOTT-NELSON
CEO
Wellity
     
SADIE RESTORICK
COO 
Wellity 
       
SADIE RESTORICK
COO 
Wellity 
       
LAYLA LI 
CEO
KOSA AI
   
LAYLA LI 
CEO
KOSA AI
   
SHARON O'DEA 
Founder
Lithos Partners
       
SHARON O'DEA 
Founder
Lithos Partners
       

A communicator by trade but a geek by nature, Sharon has been advising some of the world’s best known companies on how to use digital to engage their staff and customers for over a decade. She’s co-founder of boutique digital comms consultancy Lithos Partners, and a regular speaker and writer on the digital workplace and the future of work.

HAJO VAN BEIJMA
Founder 
Atilax
     
HAJO VAN BEIJMA
Founder 
Atilax
     
ADRIANA EUFROSINA BORA
Project Lead - AIMS (AI against Modern Slavery)
Queensland University of Technology
   
ADRIANA EUFROSINA BORA
Project Lead - AIMS (AI against Modern Slavery)
Queensland University of Technology
   

Adriana Bora is a PhD Candidate in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology, and the Project Lead of Project AIMS (AI against Modern Slavery) developed now at Mila, AI for Humanity.

Adriana is listed as one of the 20 Rising Stars in AI Ethics 2022 and won the UNESCO International Research Centre in Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI)’s AI Award 2021 for her efforts to develop AI solutions to combat modern slavery, contributing to SDG 8, Target 8.7.

Her research focuses on applying machine learning in analysing and benchmarking the businesses’ reports published following the Modern Slavery Acts from the UK and Australia.

 

Throughout her membership and involvement in Code 8.7, DataJam, Traffick Analysis Hub and the MIT Computational Law Report Task Force on Modern Slavery, she has been working and connecting an interdisciplinary, global community, collaborating in the fight against modern slavery with technological-driven solutions.

 

Adriana is also the Queensland Community Lead of Women in AI (WAI) Australia, working towards increasing female representation and participation in AI.

 

Adriana holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Management from Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). She has also studied at the University of Hong Kong and holds a diploma in International Relations and Advanced Quantitative Methods from the University of Essex.

KATHERINE TEMPLAR LEWIS
Founder 
Kinda Studios
 
KATHERINE TEMPLAR LEWIS
Founder 
Kinda Studios
 
RACHEL DE SAIN
CEO
codesain
   
RACHEL DE SAIN
CEO
codesain
   
SARAH PORTER
Founder and CEO
Inspired Minds
UN Advisor, LAWS
 
SARAH PORTER
Founder and CEO
Inspired Minds
UN Advisor, LAWS
 

Sarah Porter has launched 21 b2b and b2c technology products in 11 countries since 1996 and has a renowned reputation for taking ideas from concept to market with subsequent significant growth globally.

Emerging tech / AI / Medtech / Singularity / Existentialism is where her core experience lies and she has over 20 years of commercial experience.

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

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

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

Meet our previous AI Brains

The brains shaping the future of AI 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.

YANN LECUN
Director AI Research and Silver Professor
Facebook & New York University
YANN LECUN
Director AI Research and Silver Professor
Facebook & New York University
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 80000 citations found by Google Scholar in September 2017, with an H-index of 101).

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.

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.

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.

REDIET ABEBE
Junior Fellow  Harvard Society of Fellows
Co-Founder Black in AI
 
REDIET ABEBE
Junior Fellow  Harvard Society of Fellows
Co-Founder Black in AI
 

Rediet Abebe is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University, where she was advised by Jon Kleinberg, as well as an M.S. in applied mathematics from Harvard University, an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard College. Her research is broadly in the fields of artificial intelligence and algorithms, with a focus on discrete algorithms, optimization, network and computational science, and their applications to equity and social good concerns. As part of this research agenda, she co-founded and co-organizes Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative working to improve access to opportunity for historically underserved and disadvantaged communities. This initiative has participants from over 100 institutions in 20 countries and has been supported by organizations including Schmidt Futures, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

Abebe’s work has informed policy and practice at various organizations including the National Institute of Health and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. Throughout 2019, she served on the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on AI, whose recommendations were unanimously approved by the General Director’s advisory committee. Abebe was recently named one of 35 Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review. She has also been honored by ELLE as a woman transforming technology and the 2019 Bloomberg 50 list as a “one to watch.” She has recently presented her research in venues including the National Academy of Sciences, the United Nations, and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2017, Abebe co-founded Black in AI, a non-profit organization tackling representation and inclusion issues in the field. Her research is deeply influenced by her upbringing in her hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

 

MANUELA VELOSO
Head of AI Research
JP Morgan Chase
MANUELA VELOSO
Head of AI Research
JP Morgan Chase

Manuela M. Veloso is the firmwide Head of 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. The team 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, and the co-founder, Trustee, and Past President of RoboCup. Professor Veloso has been recognized with a multiple honours, including being a Fellow of the AAAI, AAAS, ACM, IEEE. 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.

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.

DR KAI-FU LEE
Chairman and CEO
Sinovation Ventures
DR KAI-FU LEE
Chairman and CEO
Sinovation Ventures

Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and New York Times bestselling author of AI Superpowers. Lee was formerly the president of Google China and a senior executive at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence Council at the World Economic Forum, he has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon.

 

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.

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

AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Research AI

 

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 Constraints, Artificial 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. 

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.

KAY FIRTH BUTTERFIELD
Head of AI & Machine Learning
World Economic Forum
KAY FIRTH BUTTERFIELD
Head of AI & Machine Learning
World Economic Forum
XIAN-SHENG HUA
Vice President/Distinguished Engineer
Alibaba
XIAN-SHENG HUA
Vice President/Distinguished Engineer
Alibaba
ZHANG TONG
Executive Director of AI Lab
Tencent
ZHANG TONG
Executive Director of AI Lab
Tencent
RALF HERBRICH
SVP Builder Platform and AI
Zalando SE
RALF HERBRICH
SVP Builder Platform and AI
Zalando SE

Ralf Herbrich leads a diverse range of departments and initiatives that have, at their core, research in the area of artificial intelligence (AI), spanning data science, machine learning and economics. Ralf’s teams apply and advance the science in many established scientific fields including computer vision, natural language processing, data science and economics. Ralf joined Zalando SE as SVP Data Science and Machine Learning in January 2020. Previously, he served as Managing Director of the Amazon Development Center in Germany (with its locations in Berlin, Dresden, Aachen and Tübingen) and was Director of Machine Learning at Amazon in Berlin from 2013. Prior to these roles, he led Facebook’s Unified Ranking and Allocation team in 2011. From 2000 to 2011, he served as Director of Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Lab UK and worked for nine years at Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, UK. Ralf has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and holds over 40 patents. He obtained a Ph.D. in Statistics from Technical University of Berlin in 2000 and his Diploma in Computer Science from the same institution in 1997. His research interests include Bayesian inference and decision making, natural language processing, computer vision, learning theory, robotics, distributed systems and programming languages. Ralf is one of the inventors of the Drivatars™ system in the Forza Motorsport series as well as the TrueSkill™ ranking and matchmaking system in Xbox Live.

LADY NICOLA MENDELSOHN
Vice-President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Facebook
LADY NICOLA MENDELSOHN
Vice-President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Facebook

Nicola Mendelsohn is currently the Vice President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Facebook. A role she has held since 2013. She is also a non-executive of Diageo, serves on the UK government’s Digital Economy Council, the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board, and is co-president of the charity Norwood.

 

In 2019, Nicola founded and launched the Follicular Lymphoma Foundation, a charity focused solely on raising funds to help the thousands of people living with Follicular Lymphoma to live well and get well.


Prior to joining Facebook Nicola worked in advertising for over 20 years working at BBH, Grey and Karmarama. Prior roles include: first female President of the IPA (the advertising industry trade body), Trustee of The White Ribbon Alliance, Chairman of Women’s Aid Development Board and President of the Women in Advertising and Communications London club (WACL). She was also a Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Co-Chair of the UK Governments Creative Industries Council. In 2015 she was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the creative industries in the UK. Her greatest joy in life comes from her husband Jon and her four children Gabi, Danny, Sam and Zac.

MEREDITH WHITTAKER
Co-Founder
AI Now Institute
MEREDITH WHITTAKER
Co-Founder
AI Now Institute

Meredith Whittaker is the Minderoo Research Professor at New York University and the founder of Google’s Open Research group.

Her research and advocacy focus on the social implications of artificial intelligence and the tech industry responsible for it, with a particular emphasis on power and the political economy driving the commercialization of computational technology. Prior to NYU, she worked at Google for over a decade, where she led product and engineering teams, founded Google’s Open Research Group, and co-founded M-Lab, a globally distributed network measurement platform that now provides the world’s largest source of open data on internet performance. She also worked extensively on issues of privacy and security, helping provide funding, strategy, and support for efforts dedicated to providing privacy from governments and large tech corporations. As a long-time tech worker, she also helped lead labor organizing at Google. She was one of the core organizers pushing back against Google’s military contracts, the company’s insufficient response to concerns about AI and its harms, and was a central organizer of the Google Walkout. She continues to work in solidarity with organizers in tech, driven by the belief that worker power and collective action are necessary to ensure meaningful tech accountability, especially in the context of concentrated industrial power. She has advised the White House, the FCC, the City of New York, the European Parliament, and many other governments and civil society organizations on artificial intelligence, internet policy, measurement, privacy, and security.

 

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

GRADY BOOCH
Chief Scientist for Software Engineering & Fellow
IBM Research
GRADY BOOCH
Chief Scientist for Software Engineering & Fellow
IBM Research

Grady Booch is Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research where he leads IBM’s research and development on embodied cognition. Having originated the term and the practice of object-oriented design, he is best known for his work in advancing the fields of software engineering and software architecture. A co-author of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a founding member of the Agile Alliance, and a founding member of the Hillside Group, Grady has published six books and several hundred technical articles, including an ongoing column for IEEE Software and IEEE Spectrum. Grady is also a trustee for the Computer History Museum. He is an IBM Fellow, an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, has been awarded the Lovelace Medal and given the Turing Lecture for the BCS, and was named an IEEE Computer Pioneer for his work in software architecture.

Grady has served as an architect or architectural mentor for a multitude of complex software-intensive systems across many domains around the world, including finance, transportation, defense, commerce, productivity, government, medical, gaming, animation, software development, artificial intelligence, and many others.

Grady is currently developing a major transmedia documentary for public broadcast on the intersection of computing and the human experience: Computing.

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

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

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

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

Dr. PATRICIA FLORISSI
 VP & Global CTO 
Dell EMC
Dr. PATRICIA FLORISSI
 VP & Global CTO 
Dell EMC
ROB HIGH
VP, IBM & CTO
IBM Watson
ROB HIGH
VP, IBM & CTO
IBM Watson
RUSLAN SALAKHUTDINOV
Director of AI Research | Apple
Associate Professor in Machine Learning | Carnegie Mellon University
RUSLAN SALAKHUTDINOV
Director of AI Research | Apple
Associate Professor in Machine Learning | Carnegie Mellon University
HILARY MASON
Co-Founder Hidden Door
Data Scientist in Residence | Accel Partners
HILARY MASON
Co-Founder Hidden Door
Data Scientist in Residence | Accel Partners
JOANN STONIER
Executive VP and Chief Data Officer
Mastercard
JOANN STONIER
Executive VP and Chief Data Officer
Mastercard

JoAnn C. Stonier serves as Chief Data Officer for Mastercard, leading the organization’s data innovation efforts while navigating current and future data risks. She oversees the curation, quality, governance and management of the company’s extensive data assets, as Mastercard increasingly looks to deepen the strategic value it can provide its merchant, banking and government customers and cardholders through its expanding data-driven products and capabilities.

JoAnn previously served as the company’s Chief Information Governance & Privacy Officer, responsible for global privacy and information governance, and leading regulatory engagement for data compliance.

JoAnn is a recognized and highly sought-after thought leader in emergent data and privacy issues.  She has advised industry executives, governments, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs. Currently, she serves on the United Nations Expert Group on Governance and Artificial Intelligence and is Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Data Policy.  JoAnn also serves as a Board Advisor for Truata, a data trust co-founded by Mastercard and IBM, on the Board of Directors and Governance Committee for Hope For The Warriors, a non-profit Veteran service organization, and on the Board of Trustees and Executive & Finance Committees for Academy of Mount St. Ursula, where she attended high school in Bronx, New York.

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

GAYLE SHEPPARD
Vice President, New Technology Group and General Manager
Saffron AI Group, Intel
GAYLE SHEPPARD
Vice President, New Technology Group and General Manager
Saffron AI Group, Intel
MARC CARREL-BILLIARD
Global Senior Managing Director, Accenture Labs
Accenture
MARC CARREL-BILLIARD
Global Senior Managing Director, Accenture Labs
Accenture
Global Senior Managing Director, Accenture Labs

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

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

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

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

ZOUBIN GHAHRAMANI
Chief Scientist, Uber
Professor, University of Cambridge
ZOUBIN GHAHRAMANI
Chief Scientist, Uber
Professor, University of Cambridge
JAAN TALLINN
Co-Founder
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
JAAN TALLINN
Co-Founder
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He founded the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk with Huw Price and Martin Rees. He is also a co-founder of the Future of Life Institute and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments (asi.ee), an active angel investor, and has served on the Estonian President’s Academic Advisory Board.

He has given a number of high-profile talks highlighting the potential risk from advances in artificial intelligence.

RAQUEL URTASUN
Chief Scientist
Uber
RAQUEL URTASUN
Chief Scientist
Uber
Chief Scientist
HON. SILVIO SCHEMBRI
Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy & Innovation
Parliament of Malta
HON. SILVIO SCHEMBRI
Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy & Innovation
Parliament of Malta

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

CÉDRIC O
Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications
France
CÉDRIC O
Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications
France

Cédric O was born on December 18th, 1982 in l’Arbresle and graduated from HEC Paris in 2006. He is a founding member of En Marche! political movement and has served on its Executive Board since its establishment. In May 2017, he joined both the Office of the President and the Office of the Prime Minister, as an advisor for State’s holdings and the digital economy.

On March 31st, 2019, he was appointed Minister of State for Digital Affairs. His three priorities are the support and development of the digital economy in France, regulatory policies and the promotion of digital inclusion.

On July 26th, 2020, as part of Prime Minister Jean Castex’s Government, he was appointed Minister of State for the Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, in addition to his former responsibilities. He is now in charge of the digital economy, regulatory policies and all types of telecommunications, from infrastructure to daily use by the French people.

DR. LARRY HECK
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Tech
DR. LARRY HECK
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Tech
NEELIE KROES
Former Vice President
European Commission
NEELIE KROES
Former Vice President
European Commission
Former Vice President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. PETER LEE
Corporate Vice President, Research and Incubations
Microsoft
Dr. PETER LEE
Corporate Vice President, Research and Incubations
Microsoft

Dr. Peter Lee is Corporate Vice President, Research and Incubations, at Microsoft. He leads Microsoft Research across its eight laboratories around the world. He also oversees several incubation teams for new research-powered lines of business, the largest of which today is Microsoft’s growing healthcare and life sciences effort. Dr. Lee has extensive experience in managing fundamental research to commercial impact in a range of areas, spanning artificial intelligence, to quantum computing, to biotechnology, and more. Before joining Microsoft in 2010, he was at DARPA, where he established a new technology office that created operational capabilities in machine learning, data science, and computational social science. From 1987 to 2005 he was a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and from 2005 to 2008 the Head of the university’s computer science department. Today, in addition to his management responsibilities, Dr. Lee speaks and writes widely on technology trends and policies. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, and the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. In public service, Dr. Lee was a commissioner on President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and led several studies for both PCAST and the National Academies on the impact of federal research investments on economic growth. He has testified before both the US House Science and Technology Committee and the US Senate Commerce Committee.

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

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

EMILY ORTON
Co-Founder
Darktrace
EMILY ORTON
Co-Founder
Darktrace
Dr. RUMMAN CHOWDHURY
Director of ML Ethics, Transparency & Accountability
Twitter
Dr. RUMMAN CHOWDHURY
Director of ML Ethics, Transparency & Accountability
Twitter

Dr. Rumman Chowdhury’s passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She is a pioneer in the field of applied algorithmic ethics, creating cutting-edge enterprise technical solutions for ethical, explainable and transparent AI since 2017.

She is currently the Director of the META (ML Ethics, Transparency, and Accountability) team at Twitter as well as GP of a venture capital fund, Parity Responsible Innovation Fund, that invests in early-stage responsible technology startups. She was previously CEO and founder of Parity AI, an enterprise algorithmic audit platform company and formerly served as Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence.  

Rumman has been featured in international media, including the the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, NPR, MIT Sloan Magazine, MIT Technology Review, BBC, Axios, Cheddar TV, CRN, The Verge, Fast Company, Quartz, Corrierre Della Serra, Optio, Australian Broadcasting Channel and Nikkei Business Times. She has been recognized as one of BBC’s 100 Women, Bay Area’s top 40 under 40, and honoured to be inducted to the British Royal Society of the Arts (RSA). She has also been named by Forbes as one of Five Who are Shaping AI. 

As service to the field and the larger community, she serves on the board of Oxford University’s Commission on AI and Governance, the University of Virginia’s Data Science Program, and Patterns, a data science journal by the publishers of Cell. 

Dr. Chowdhury holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT, a master’s degree in Quantitative Methods of the Social Sciences from Columbia University, and a doctorate in political science from the University of California, San Diego. You can follow her on Twitter @ruhowdh

JOANNA BRYSON
Associate Professor
University of Bath
JOANNA BRYSON
Associate Professor
University of Bath
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 Honours 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 Honourable 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 inaugural 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 Honourable 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 ESA’s Rosetta mission.

PROF GARY MARCUS
Founder & CEO
Robust.AI
PROF GARY MARCUS
Founder & CEO
Robust.AI

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

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

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

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

BING SONG
Vice President | Berggruen Institute
Director | The Berggruen Institute China Center
BING SONG
Vice President | Berggruen Institute
Director | The Berggruen Institute China Center

Vice President, Berggruen Institute; Director, Berggruen Institute China Centre

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.

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.

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.

ITAMAR FRIEDMAN
Director of Machine Vision
Alibaba
ITAMAR FRIEDMAN
Director of Machine Vision
Alibaba

Itamar holds MSc and BSc (summa cum laude) in Computer Vision and Machine Learning from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). His research interests include efficient video and image analysis, with focus on automated deep learning. Prior to Alibaba, Itamar was a serial entrepreneur, founding startups in the field of robotics, visual recognition and web development. He was a mentor in Microsoft Accelerator TLV, and he mentors Israeli leading AI startups in the fields of medical and drones. He holds several patents, and his research outcomes have been integrated into various products in Alibaba Group.

PROFESSOR MAX WELLING
Distinguished Scientist | Microsoft Research
Research Chair, Machine Learn | University of Amsterdam
PROFESSOR MAX WELLING
Distinguished Scientist | Microsoft Research
Research Chair, Machine Learn | University of Amsterdam
TONY JEBARA
Director of Machine Learning
Netflix
TONY JEBARA
Director of Machine Learning
Netflix
ROYA MAHBOOB 
CEO
Digital Citizen Fund
ROYA MAHBOOB 
CEO
Digital Citizen Fund
Dr. KIM COBB
Georgia Power Chair and Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. KIM COBB
Georgia Power Chair and Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology

Kim Cobb, Ph.D. is the ADVANCE professor and Georgia Power faculty scholar in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. Her research uses corals and cave stalagmites to probe the mechanisms of past, present, and future climate change.

Cobb received her B.A. from Yale University in 1996 and her Ph.D. in oceanography from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 2002. She spent two years at Caltech in the Department of Geological and Planetary Sciences before joining the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2004. Cobb has sailed on oceanographic cruises to the deep tropics and led caving expeditions to the rainforests of Borneo in support of her research.

She has received numerous awards for her research, most notably a NSF CAREER Award in 2007 and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2008. Cobb is an editor for Geophysical Research Letters, sits on the international CLIVAR Pacific Panel, and serves on the advisory council for the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Leshner Institute for Public Engagement.

As a mother to four, she is a strong advocate for women in science. Cobb is also devoted to the clear and frequent communication of climate change to the public through speaking engagements and social media.

Dr. FARHANA SULTANA
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment
Syracuse University
Dr. FARHANA SULTANA
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment
Syracuse University

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where I have taught since 2008. I am also the Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School. At Syracuse University, I am a faculty affiliate/associate across several programs and departments, such as Women’s and Gender Studies Department, International Relations Program, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration (CEPA), South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Tolley Humanities Faculty, Democratizing Knowledge Collective, and Asian/Asian-American Studies.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, I was a faculty member in the Department of Geography at King’s College London and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK. Before becoming an academic, I was a Programme Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for a $26M large environment-development program in Bangladesh. I obtained my M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota, where I was a John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Fellow. I obtained my A.B. (Cum Laude) in Geosciences and Environmental Studies from Princeton University.

As an internationally-recognized interdisciplinary scholar, I am broadly interested in nature-society relationships, political ecology, critical development studies, feminist theories, urban studies, climate change, water governance, social justice, human rights, citizenship, and South Asia. My work is informed by not only my background and training in the natural sciences, social sciences, and policy experience, but also from having lived and worked on three continents, being a post-colonial subject and scholar, and having a lifelong commitment to critical praxis and social justice. I am the recipient of the 2019 Glenda Laws award from the American Association of Geographers.

SASHA COSTANZA-CHOCK
Author, Design Justice & Senior Research Fellow
Algorithmic Justice League
SASHA COSTANZA-CHOCK
Author, Design Justice & Senior Research Fellow
Algorithmic Justice League

Sasha Costanza-Chock (pronouns: they/them or she/her) is a scholar, activist, and media-maker, and currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. They are a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio (codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha’s first book, Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement, was published by the MIT Press in 2014. They are a board member of Allied Media Projects (AMP); AMP convenes the annual Allied Media Conference and cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative and collaborative world (alliedmedia.org).

R.J. PITTMAN
SVP and Chief Product Officer
eBay
R.J. PITTMAN
SVP and Chief Product Officer
eBay
Prof. MMANTSETSA MAROPE
Executive Director | World Heritage Group
Honorary President | Indian Ocean Comparative and International Education Societies
Prof. MMANTSETSA MAROPE
Executive Director | World Heritage Group
Honorary President | Indian Ocean Comparative and International Education Societies

Professor Mmantsetsa Marope is the Executive Director of the World Heritage Group and Honorary President of the Indian Ocean Comparative and International Education Societies. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago, a Masters degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland. Her professional career includes: 11 years university professorship; 10 years at the World Bank; and 10 years in the United Nations. Her extensive experience includes: advisory and consultancy services to governments, regional economic communities, regional research networks, ministries of education, bilateral and multilateral agencies; management of  international research capacity development networks and global inter-agency groups on diverse themes on global education and on early childhood care and development; membership in boards of diverse intellectual and technical groups; editor in chief of one of the world’s most prestigious journal of education: PROSPECTS;  as well as founder and editor in chief of one of the most prestigious education and learning magazines: IBE INFOCUS

In recent years, she gained eminence as a global thought leader on futures education and learning; the future of education and work; and future competences all global citizens require to thrive in rapidly changing 21st century work and life contexts. She is an avid advocate for advancing the engagement of the public and private sectors, especially in technology and the sciences, in shaping the future of education and learning, and in shaping the future through education and learning. She continues to lead global intellectual dialogue on ensuring that education and learning systems attain and sustain: credible scientific underpinnings; future development-relevance; agility to adapt; equitable quality; resource efficiency; technology-savvy; and sustainability. She strongly holds that these parameters of education and learning systems are an inescapable foundation for broad-based and future-forward human resources development, and for the long-term human capital accumulation required to assure every global citizen holistic development, equity of opportunities, and ultimately, fulfillment. 

Professor Marope calls for stronger private sector and foundation engagement in the transformation of education and learning systems into life-long-learning systems in their own right before they can be counted on to develop effective life-long-learners with agility to adapt and the resultant resilience for unpredictable futures. She holds that such transformation demands: 21st century education and learning systems to have capacity for better use of science, emerging technologies to address persisting challenges, and of big data to guide and even predict their futures; rigorous systemic diagnostics; research; foresight; and constant self-renewal. The transformation also demands normative and operational tools; financial, technical and political capital; as well as enabling institutional landscapes that currently do not exist. 

Professor Marope works relentlessly to develop normative and operational tools as well to garner the political, financial and technical capital required to attain and sustain future-forward education and learning systems. In future, she seeks to intensify engagement with the private sector, and foundations in convening and mobilizing global talent and intellectual pool; as well as the political, technical, technological, moral, ethical, and financial capital required to create institutions that can enable future transformation of education and learning systems, as well as the world of work that can genuinely serve all. 

Throughout her career, Professor Marope has built extensive experience at all levels and types of education, learning, and training systems. She is also highly experienced in the knowledge creation, brokerage and management required to underpin system transformation. Her publications cover a wide range of areas including: global norms and standard setting tools; system diagnostic tools; system prototypes; all sub-sectors of education, learning, and training systems; future global competences; education and development; capacity development; and award winning Setswana novels.

RODOLPHE GELIN
EVP Chief Scientific Officer
SoftBank Robotics
RODOLPHE GELIN
EVP Chief Scientific Officer
SoftBank Robotics

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

Prof. YOSSI MATIAS
Vice President, Engineering
Google
Prof. 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.

PROFESSOR DAME WENDY HALL
Regius Professor of Computer Science, Director
Web Science Institute, University of Southampton
PROFESSOR DAME WENDY HALL
Regius Professor of Computer Science, Director
Web Science Institute, University of Southampton

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Associate Vice President (International), and is the Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton. Dame Wendy was co-Chair of the UK government’s AI Review, which was published in October 2017, and has recently been announced by the UK government as the first Skills Champion for AI in the UK.

With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and is the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.

She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year’s Honours list, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

She has previously been President of the ACM, Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, was a founding member of the European Research Council and Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG 2010-2012, was a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, and until June 2018, was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy.

 

OMAR SULTAN AL OLAMA
Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications
United Arab Emirates
OMAR SULTAN AL OLAMA
Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications
United Arab Emirates

His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama has been appointed as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications since July 2020.

Al Olama has joined the Federal Government in 2017 as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, where he was responsible for enhancing the government performance by investing the latest technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in various sectors.
 
Al Olama is currently the Managing Director of the World Government Summit in the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs. Al Olama has been working as the Deputy Director of the Future Department at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs. Al Olama contributed to the preparation of the UAE Centennial 2071 strategy and the UAE 4th Industrial Revolution Strategy.
 
His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama holds a Diploma in Project Management and Excellence from the American University of Sharjah and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Dubai.

CHRISTOPHER FABIAN
Co-Director, Co-Founder - Innovation Unit
UNICEF
CHRISTOPHER FABIAN
Co-Director, Co-Founder - Innovation Unit
UNICEF
AMANDEEP SINGH GILL
CEO and Project Director | The International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR)
Professor | Graduate Institute (IHEID), Geneva
AMANDEEP SINGH GILL
CEO and Project Director | The International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR)
Professor | Graduate Institute (IHEID), Geneva

Ambassador Amandeep Gill is the Project Director/CEO of the International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR), a Geneva-based global platform for enabling inclusive, impactful, and responsible research into digital health and AI for health. He is the former Executive Director and co-Lead of the Secretariat of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. He previously served as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and chaired the Group of Governmental Experts of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems from 2017-2018. Ambassador Gill has a BTech in Electronics and Electrical Communications from Punjab University, Chandigarh, and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from Geneva University. His Ph.D. degree from King’s College London focused on Nuclear Learning in Multilateral Forums.

GILAD LOTAN
VP – Head of Data Science
BuzzFeed
GILAD LOTAN
VP – Head of Data Science
BuzzFeed

Gilad is the Head of Data Science at BuzzFeed where he leads a team that’s tasked with building state of the art analytics and data products to support entertainment, news, business and tech. Previously Gilad led Data Science at betaworks, and built data products at Microsoft. Gilad’s work has been covered across a wide range of academic journals and publications, most recently focused on propaganda and bias within algorithmic ranking systems.

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.

Previously, he was the General Manager and Chief Revenue Officer of the Watson & Cloud Platform.  He was responsible for the go-to-market strategy across IBM’s core cognitive and cloud-based technologies, including large transformation engagements, ecosystem/channels, business partners, and major client engagements.   Jay’s mission was to ensure that both Watson & Cloud Platform offerings resonate with customers and the overall market as they significantly grew market share.

 Jay has held multiple executive positons, such as General Manager, IBM Cognitive & Watson Solutions, leading the customer engagement and product strategy for IBM’s portfolio of cognitive-based solution technologies across 18 industries; General Manager, Customer Experience for IBM Watson, initiating the first wave of cognitive computing commercialization in key industries – healthcare, public sector, financial services – adopted by 36 countries in 5 different languages; Leader of IBM’s Global SAP Consulting Business, managing the strategy, sales, client relationships, and operations; Leader IBM’s Global and North America Business Services Communications sector, which included the Media and Entertainment, Telco, and Energy/Utilities industries; and lastly Leader of IBM’s Global Business Services in Latin America based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Jay joined IBM in 1991 from PwC, holding numerous industry management and practice leadership positions, including industry leadership roles in Chemicals & Petroleum, Industrial Products and Aerospace & Defense.   Jay is a member of IBM’s Performance Team and Acceleration Team, both of which focus on the company’s short- and long-term strategies for growth.  Jay holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Michael’s College. Jay serves as a member of Board of Trustees at St. Michael’s College and on Advisory Board of the Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Claremont McKenna College.

VIRGINIA DIGNUM
Co-Founder | ALLAI 
Professor Social and Ethical AI | Umea University
Member High Level Expert Group on AI
VIRGINIA DIGNUM
Co-Founder | ALLAI 
Professor Social and Ethical AI | Umea University
Member High Level Expert Group on AI
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

CARLO RUIZ
EMEA Director
NVIDIA
CARLO RUIZ
EMEA Director
NVIDIA

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

 

Quote: The AI race is on. Breakthroughs no longer come from scientific and research labs alone. Self driving cars, intelligent medical imaging systems, and autonomous factory robots have moved quickly from ideas to reality. And it’s only the beginning. AI holds enormous promise, but it requires a massive amount of computing power. Its time to solve the challenge of AI at scale.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

ALEX CHISHOLM
Permanent Secretary
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
ALEX CHISHOLM
Permanent Secretary
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HENK JAN GERZEE
Chief Digital & Innovation Officer
Schiphol Group
 

HENK JAN GERZEE
Chief Digital & Innovation Officer
Schiphol Group
 

Henk Jan Gerzee is a digital leader with over 15 years online experience in the aviation, media and manufacturing industries, having served both B2C and B2B markets. Henk Jan has both directly and indirectly managed complex matrix organizations as well as startups. He has successfully led diverse teams in various countries, developed new business and transformed organizations to better serve customers benefitting from technology. Currently responsible for Digital and Innovation at Schiphol, Henk Jan is a strategic designer of digital ecosystems to meet the fast-changing customer needs and has the proven ability to drive organization-wide change. He has a solid academic background with a Masters degree in Economics obtained from Groningen University and Copenhagen Business School.

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

Dr. LYDIA KOSTOPOULOS
Senior Researcher – AI in Disruptive Technologies
Digital Society Institute
Dr. LYDIA KOSTOPOULOS
Senior Researcher – AI in Disruptive Technologies
Digital Society Institute

Lydia Kostopoulos – Senior Researcher, Ai in Disruptive Technologies, Digital Society Institute:

 

“WSAI18 brought bright minds from all around the world who are tackling artificial intelligence issues that are not just at the forefront of the tech developments and debates, but also the issues that are on the edge. ‎I learned just as much from the lectures as I learned from the people I met there. The greatest value to me was the many conversations I had with other attendees and speakers where I learned about initiatives, research, people and events I never heard of! Can’t wait until next year!”

 

https://www.csmonitor.com/Daily/2018/20181121/Instead-of-amplifying-human-biases-can-algorithms-help-fix-them?src=shared&cmpid=shared-email

 

GABRIELE COMPOSTELLA
CTO
Volkswagen Data:Lab
 
GABRIELE COMPOSTELLA
CTO
Volkswagen Data:Lab
 
JO COUTUER
Chief Data Officer
BNP Paribas Fortis
JO COUTUER
Chief Data Officer
BNP Paribas Fortis
EMIL MATSAKH
Former Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Commonwealth Bank
EMIL MATSAKH
Former Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Commonwealth Bank

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

 

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

 

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

RENEE CUMMINGS
Founder & CEO | Urban AI
Columbia University Community Scholar 
 
RENEE CUMMINGS
Founder & CEO | Urban AI
Columbia University Community Scholar 
 
REZA KHORSHIDI
Chief Scientist
AIG
REZA KHORSHIDI
Chief Scientist
AIG

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

 

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

MOEZ DRAIEF
Vice President & Chief Scientist
Capgemini
MOEZ DRAIEF
Vice President & Chief Scientist
Capgemini
SID RAISONI
Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Nestle Waters
SID RAISONI
Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Nestle Waters
Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

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

VANESSA CANDEIAS
Former Head, Global Health and Healthcare; Member of the Executive Committee 
World Economic Forum
VANESSA CANDEIAS
Former Head, Global Health and Healthcare; Member of the Executive Committee 
World Economic Forum

Trained as a nutritionist, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Porto University; Master’s in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Formerly: worked at national level on developing and implementing health promotion policies with the Ministry of Health in Portugal and the Institute of Preventive Medicine of the University of Lisbon; worked with the World Health Organization Headquarters on global guidelines and policy development for noncommunicable diseases. Currently, Head of System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum. The System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare provides a dynamic platform for leading businesses, governments, civil society organizations and world class experts to shape the global health agenda; co-design and accelerate the implementation of collaborative approaches that transform the health ecosystem – across prevention, diagnosis, treatment, cure and maintenance of health; and ultimately enables populations to live healthier lives and have access to the care they need when they need it.

IVANA BARTOLETTI
Global Privacy Officer | Wipro
Co-Founder | Women Leading in AI Network
 
IVANA BARTOLETTI
Global Privacy Officer | Wipro
Co-Founder | Women Leading in AI Network
 

Ivana Bartoletti

 

Ivana Bartoletti is the Global Privacy Officer at Wipro, the leading international information technology, consulting and business process services company. 

 

Ivana is an internationally recognised thought leader in the fields of privacy, data protection and responsible technology. She has many years of experience working for large organizations in privacy policy, strategy and programmes related to digital transformation, cloud and automation. The Cyber Security Awards named her Woman of the Year (2019). 

 

As a Visiting Policy Fellow at the University of Oxford, her research focuses on how to advance the global sharing of information in the context of privacy, security, data protection and human rights.

 

Ivana is co-editor of The AI Book, a handbook for investors, entrepreneurs and fintech visionaries and is author of An Artificial Revolution, on Power, Politics and AI. 


She is founder of the influential Women Leading in AI network. A sought-after subject expert, Ivana is interviewed frequently in the mainstream media and speaks at many international events. An interview about her book is available here.

 

Website: www.ivanabartoletti.co.uk 

Twitter: @IvanaBartoletti

 

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

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

DAVID BUDDEN
Research Engineering Team Lead
DeepMind
DAVID BUDDEN
Research Engineering Team Lead
DeepMind
Research Engineering Team Lead

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

MATTIAS FRAS
Group Head of AI Strategy & Acceleration
Nordea
MATTIAS FRAS
Group Head of AI Strategy & Acceleration
Nordea

Mattias is driving AI strategy in Nordea. He has 20 years of experience from working with large corporate transformations in the Nordics. He has spent 10 years in management consulting, 5 years as CFO and 5 years driving transformation in Nordea leveraging new technology such as software robotics, virtual agents and machine learning / deep learning. His current focus is about building data driven organisations using AI related solutions. 

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

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

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

DR. MARC TEERLINK
Global Vice President, Intelligent Enterprise Solutions & Artificial Intelligence
SAP
DR. MARC TEERLINK
Global Vice President, Intelligent Enterprise Solutions & Artificial Intelligence
SAP
Global Vice President, Intelligent Enterprise Solutions & Artificial Intelligence

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

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

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

ANIL SETH
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience
University of Sussex
ANIL SETH
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience
University of Sussex

Neuroscientist Anil Seth is interested in understanding the biological basis of conscious experience, a topic he considers one of the greatest challenges for 21st century science. His groundbreaking research provides fascinating insight into what this means for storytelling. His 2017 TED talk has been viewed over 5 million times.

Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and Codirector of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He seeks to understand the biological basis of consciousness by bringing together research across neuroscience, mathematics, AI, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry. Key to his work is exploring the relationship between perception and hallucination, and how this applies to the experience of being a “self.” Seth is also Editor in Chief of the academic journal Neuroscience of Consciousness, a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section).

GEORGE MULAMULA
Governments Liaison (Africa Drone Forum)
World Bank Group Tanzania Office
GEORGE MULAMULA
Governments Liaison (Africa Drone Forum)
World Bank Group Tanzania Office

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

ALEX NTALE
CEO
Rwanda ICT Chamber
ALEX NTALE
CEO
Rwanda ICT Chamber
HRH Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
Climate Envoy
The Netherlands
HRH Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
Climate Envoy
The Netherlands

As Climate Envoy, Jaime de Bourbon de Parme is the dedicated representative of the Netherlands for climate diplomacy. He is to raise international climate ambitions and find common solutions for reducing greenhouse emissions and enhancing the regenerative power of nature. He also sits on the board of the Green Climate Fund, which assists developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices 

 

Jaime has an extensive diplomatic career in forging partnerships for innovative solutions to complex global challenges. As Senior Advisor for Private Sector Partnerships (2018-2021) to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) his mission was to find private sector solutions for refugees, amongst which access to clean energy. As the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Holy See (Vatican, under the leadership of Pope Francis) he partnered on climate action, forced migration and peace negotiations (2014-2018). As Special Envoy for Natural Resources (2011-2014), he initiated the Responsible Mining Index and set up conflict-free supply chains of metals and minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the private sector and civil society. 

 

He was selected to be a member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Competition (2005-2007), worked in the field as political advisor to the Dutch Commander of the NATO Peacekeeping Mission in Afghanistan (2004) and helped set up the Netherlands Embassy in Iraq (2003). He has held various other roles in MENA, Africa and Latin America.

 

Born in the Netherlands, Jaime holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Brown University. He is married and has two young daughters.

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

Tribe & Product Lead

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

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

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

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

SANDEEP DADLANI
Global Chief Digital Officer
Mars
SANDEEP DADLANI
Global Chief Digital Officer
Mars

SANDEEP DADLANI 

Chief Digital Officer – Mars, Incorporated 

 

Sandeep Dadlani joined Mars, Incorporated as Global Chief Digital Officer in September 2017, and has responsibility for working with Mars’ global business segments to drive its digital transformation agenda, while delivering effectiveness and efficiency to existing business and technology platforms. In the last three and half years, he has driven a new wave of consumer and user centricity, unleashed the power of data, analytics, AI, and automation while driving new agile digital behaviors across the enterprise.  

Prior to joining Mars, Dadlani worked at Infosys, a $10 billion global systems integration firm, where he was President, Head of Americas and Global Head of Infosys’ Manufacturing, Retail, CPG and Logistic Practices. In this role, he managed a portfolio P&L worth US $3.5 billion and helped more than 300 global clients embrace digital technologies, including AI and Machine Learning. He co-incubated and eventually ran Infosys Edgeverve as Chairman, an AI and software company for Infosys.

Dadlani has 24+ years of experience in operations, consulting, business development and product management. He has been actively involved in helping organizations in the retail, CPG and logistics sectors become more competitive by embracing new emerging trends across digital consumers and emerging markets. 

VILAS DHAR
President
Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
VILAS DHAR
President
Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Vilas Dhar is President and Trustee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, a 21st century philanthropy advancing artificial intelligence (AI) and data solutions to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable future for all. A leading voice on equity in a tech-enabled world, Vilas champions a new social compact for the digital age that prioritizes individuals and communities in the development of new products, inspires economic and social opportunity, and empowers the most vulnerable. Vilas serves as a Trustee of the Christensen Fund, Co-Chair of the Global AI Action Alliance at the World Economic Forum, Advisor to MIT SOLVE, a Director of the New England International Donors, and has served as a Senior Fellow of the Berggruen Institute. Vilas holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Birmingham, where his research drives a new vision for how vulnerable and marginalized populations represent themselves and find agency and sovereignty in and through their data.

JACOMO CORBO
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder , QuantumBlack
QuantumBlack
JACOMO CORBO
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder , QuantumBlack
QuantumBlack
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, QuantumBlack
EDGAR KRAYCHIK
Head of Enterprise Data Management
Sears
EDGAR KRAYCHIK
Head of Enterprise Data Management
Sears
Head of Enterprise Management

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

SERGEY PATSKO
Vice President, Custom AI Solutions
Capgemini
SERGEY PATSKO
Vice President, Custom AI Solutions
Capgemini
Vice President, Custom AI Solutions
NASER BAKHSHI
Director Artificial Intelligence
Deloitte
NASER BAKHSHI
Director Artificial Intelligence
Deloitte
Director Artificial Intelligence

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

AMIR HEVER
CEO
UVeye
AMIR HEVER
CEO
UVeye

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

ALI BOUHOUCH
CTO
Sephora
ALI BOUHOUCH
CTO
Sephora
BERND RATTEY
CIO
Deutsche Bahn
BERND RATTEY
CIO
Deutsche Bahn
FARHAN SIDDIQI
Chief Digital Officer and member of the Executive Committee
Ahold Delhaize
FARHAN SIDDIQI
Chief Digital Officer and member of the Executive Committee
Ahold Delhaize

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

CATELIJNE MULLER
President
ALLAI
CATELIJNE MULLER
President
ALLAI

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

JANET ADAMS
Chief Operating Officer
SingularityNET
JANET ADAMS
Chief Operating Officer
SingularityNET
Head of AI, Business Banking

 

ANJA KASPERSEN
Former Head of Geopolitics and International Security
World Economic Forum
ANJA KASPERSEN
Former Head of Geopolitics and International Security
World Economic Forum
MICHEL VAN DER STAPPEN
Digital R&D Director
Unilever
MICHEL VAN DER STAPPEN
Digital R&D Director
Unilever

CV – Michel vander Stappen

 

  • 1995: PhD in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology
    Topic: Chaotic hydrodynamics of Fluidized Bed Reactors
  • 1995: Unilever Research in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands: manager & project leader in Process Design; a.o. developed a new method for the conceptual design of (Food) processes based on the microstructure and product (culinary) principles that drive quality.
  • 2001: Head of Processing Development in Global Technology Centre Savoury, Heilbronn, Germany
    Leading the integration of processing capability of Bestfoods (major new acquisition in 2001) into Unilever. Developing differentiating process technology for core Savoury products.
  • 2004: Global R&D Programme Director Savoury Cooking Aids innovation, Heilbronn, Germany.
    Leading a product design team and the global innovation program for the core bouillon & seasonings portfolio. One main deliverable was the innovation and launch of Jelly bouillons, a whole new product format.
  • 2006: Regional R&D Programme Director for Savoury Asia, based in Shanghai China
    Leading R&D in the regional category LT. Defining and delivering the regional (X-Asia) R&D programme. 
  • 2010: Director of the Research Programme for Savoury, based in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands
    Leading the longer-term programme for differentiating technologies (from consumer science, material and products to process technologies). New tools for the design toolbox so to speak.
  • 2016: Processing & Digital director in Beverages (Tea) R&D, Colworth, UK
    Created one global processing capability for the category, led several breakthrough technologies to scale-up into the factories/plantations. Also built the program and digital capability in R&D to design tea blend “in-silico”.
  • 2020: current role
    Foods & Refreshment R&D Digital & Data Director, Hive – Wageningen, NL
    Leading the divisional R&D capability for Digital & Data, which is transforming from a specification data support and mostly operational organization into a strategic capability for (a) system expertise & user solutions, (b) data insights & reporting and (c) Data Science & modelling.  Also leading the category end-end in-silico design programmes together with the design capability leaders.

 

  • Hobbies: hiking, travelling, food (cooking & eating)

 

FRANCESCO MARZONI
Chief Data and Analytics Officer
IKEA Retail (Ingka Group)
 
FRANCESCO MARZONI
Chief Data and Analytics Officer
IKEA Retail (Ingka Group)
 

Leading the Data & Analytics agenda at IKEA Retail (Ingka Group), Francesco is instrumental in strategically developing and implementing a Data & Analytics approach across the digital landscape. With his extensive competence and passion for data, he is a huge contribution to the IKEA Retail (Ingka Group) transformation journey.

Francesco started his career at Procter & Gamble where he has held several country, regional and global roles in the business analytics space, from data analyst and scaled product manager to division analytics head. He has also led Data & Technology departments at Bayer, as Data & Analytics Vice President. Most recently he is with Nestlé, being accountable for Corporate Data Strategy, Analytics & AI Products, and Integration Technology. He has an academic background in computer engineering and business management, with majors in Operations Research and Neural Networks Systems. Francesco is an avid reader and a passionate tennis player. 

CADE METZ
Technology Correspondent
The New York Times
CADE METZ
Technology Correspondent
The New York Times

Cade Metz is a technology correspondent with The New York Times, covering artificial intelligence, driverless cars, robotics, virtual reality, and other emerging areas. Previously, he was a senior staff writer with Wired magazine and the U.S. editor of The Register, the British science and technology news site that enjoys a worldwide following. 


He grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, where his father spent his career as an engineer and programmer with IBM and helped develop the Universal Product Code (the barcode on all your groceries). While studying English at Duke University, he interned at IBM as a programmer during the summers, before becoming a journalist. His first job was as a researcher at PC Magazine, which was then one of the largest tech publications in the world and is now defunct. 

Metz works in The New York Times’ San Francisco bureau and lives across the bay with his wife Taylor and two daughters. 

 

OTT VELSBERG
Government Chief Data Officer
Republic of Estonia
OTT VELSBERG
Government Chief Data Officer
Republic of Estonia

Ott Velsberg is the Chief Data Officer for the Estonian government. He oversees the strategic coordination of data science and data governance in Estonia, including domains like artificial intelligence and open data. He is also a Ph.D. researcher in the department of Informatics at Umeå University and Uppsala University. His research concentrates on the use of information systems in the public sector, with a special focus on the use of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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