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Dr Athina Kanioura
Executive Vice President,
Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer
PepsiCo
Dr Athina Kanioura
Executive Vice President,
Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer
PepsiCo

Athina Kanioura is Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer at PepsiCo. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $86 billion in net revenue in 2022, driven by a complementary beverage and convenient foods portfolio that includes Lay’s, Doritos, Cheetos, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Quaker, and SodaStream. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

An accomplished innovator and transformation leader, Kanioura oversees PepsiCo’s end-to-end strategy to win both as a total company and in key markets, including our digitalization strategy. She also leads company-wide transformation—ensuring that our scale is leveraged as we focus on accelerating profitable growth and identifying areas of cost efficiency and optimization—in addition to overseeing Data Products, Platforms, and Talent. 

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Kanioura was the Chief Analytics Officer and Global Head of Applied Intelligence at Accenture, where she specialized in applying AI and analytics to drive business value. During her 15 years at Accenture, Kanioura grew the Applied Intelligence function from a subspecialty to a global group at the forefront of scale business transformation. She also ran Sales and Customer Analytics globally and drove the company’s offerings in customer relationship management and personalization. 

Kanioura specializes in transforming businesses with emphasis on data and technology, and brings many years of practical experience globally in industries such as telecomms, oil and gas, financial services, and consumer packaged goods, having worked with companies such as Mondelez, Unilever, P&G, Reckitt Benkiser, Phillip Morris, and Adidas.

Kanioura is a member of the Royal Statistical and Economics Society, where she contributes to shaping government policy around how data is used by bodies like the IMF. She also sits on the board of the Institute of Marketing Sciences and is a keen educator who has held lectureships at UMIST (UK), Imperial College London (UK), and the University of Sheffield (UK), where she also earned her PhD in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.  Kanioura is based in Purchase, N.Y

Micheline Casey
SVP and Chief Data & Analytics Officer
Siemens Energy
 
Micheline Casey
SVP and Chief Data & Analytics Officer
Siemens Energy
 
Philippe Rambach
Chief AI Officer
Schneider Electric
 
Philippe Rambach
Chief AI Officer
Schneider Electric
 
Una Madigan Shortt
Group Chief Data Officer
Schneider Electric
 
Una Madigan Shortt
Group Chief Data Officer
Schneider Electric
 

Appointed in 2023, Una Shortt is currently the group Chief Data Officer and Senior Vice President of Data & Performance. Una joined Schneider Electric in 2004 and has enjoyed a dynamic career in Software & Data Engineering, Data Architecture & Governance, working with talented individuals & teams globally.

Una began her Data career during an internship in 1998, writing data quality routines in manufacturing. When she graduated with a BSc in Computer Systems in 2000, development of Enterprise Application Interfaces, Business Reporting and low-level coding in Capital Markets followed. From there she began her Schneider Electric career joining APC in 2004, with a mission to grow BI & Analytics Development, Data Engineering, Business Analysis and Project Management.

She defined the first Analytics Strategy for Schneider Electric in 2012, launched the first B.I. & Analytics Community and was a key member of the squad pioneering the original Enterprise Data Lake in the company in 2014. This followed with the introduction of a suite of BI & Analytics technologies that enabled scaled autonomy for internal stakeholders, with a reach of 60K users today.

Una’s hands-on experience, understanding the very building blocks to operationalize strategy, were the solid foundations to elevate to senior leadership roles in Schneider Electric’s Data Strategy execution, transitioning her career from pure tech to data governance in more recent years.

Una received an MBA from Heriot – Watt University (SCO). During her time there, she developed a passion for Portfolio (PMP, Scrum@Scale). Una’s driver is a passion for people, enabling together a data backed execution of strategy at Schneider Electric, through Trusted Data@Scale.

Rathi Murthy
CTO and President
Expedia Product & Technology
 
Rathi Murthy
CTO and President
Expedia Product & Technology
 

Rathi Murthy is CTO and President, Expedia Product & Technology, overseeing the company’s product, platform and AI strategy. In this role, she focuses on innovating equitable products and delivering quality experiences that meet the evolving expectations of travelers, B2B partners, and developers. Rathi was named Innovative Leader of the Year by Fast Company in 2023. 

Rathi has held senior technology leadership roles at some of the world’s leading tech companies. She most recently served as CTO for Verizon Media. Recognized as a transformative technology executive, Rathi oversaw Verizon Media’s global technology strategy, leading the company’s continued innovations in 5G while also managing the platform technology and infrastructure. 

Previously, Rathi was CTO at Gap, Inc., where she developed an end-to-end technology strategy for its broad portfolio of brands. Prior to Gap, Rathi was CIO for Enterprise Growth at American Express, where she managed end-to-end platform technology, infrastructure, and operations for its suite of prepaid products; and has held leadership positions at eBay Inc., Yahoo, Sun Microsystems, and WebMD.

Rathi has extensive technology and engineering experience and has spent most of her career building platforms and products for emerging technologies. Her expertise lies in her ability to manage engineering teams and drive change. Rathi currently sits on the board of directors for PagerDuty, and she is also an Art of Living Teacher with a passion to help spread peace in the community. 

Rathi holds a master’s in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University, California.

Bernardo Caldas
Director of Data
Mollie
Bernardo Caldas
Director of Data
Mollie

Meet our previous AI Brains

 

TOM MASON 
CTO 
STABILITY AI
TOM MASON 
CTO 
STABILITY AI
DR KAI-FU LEE
FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND CEO
SINOVATION VENTURES
PRESIDENT
SINOVATION VENTURES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE INSTITUTE
FOUNDING PRESIDENT
GOOGLE CHINA
AUTHOR OF 'AI 2041' AND BESTSELLING 'AI SUPERPOWERS'
DR KAI-FU LEE
FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND CEO
SINOVATION VENTURES
PRESIDENT
SINOVATION VENTURES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE INSTITUTE
FOUNDING PRESIDENT
GOOGLE CHINA
AUTHOR OF 'AI 2041' AND BESTSELLING 'AI SUPERPOWERS'

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee has spent more than three decades at the cutting edge of artificial intelligence research, development, and investment in both the US and China. He’s the chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, a leading venture capital firm focused on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. Previously, Dr. Lee was 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. Dr. Lee is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller AI Superpowers, which examines the role of the US and China in the future of artificial intelligence, as well as its impact on society. His latest book, co-authored with award-winning science-fiction writer Chen Quifan, is called AI2041: Ten Visions for Our Future. It presents a roadmap to educate and explore the opportunities and challenges presented by AI over the coming decades.

DR WERNER VOGELS
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
AMAZON
DR WERNER VOGELS
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
AMAZON

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.

On his blog, all things distributed, Werner shares insights and thought leadership content on a range of topics, such as cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, as well as his annual technology predictions.

SIMON SEE
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CHIEF SOLUTION ARCHITECT AND GLOBAL HEAD NVIDIA AI TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
NVIDIA CORPORATION
SIMON SEE
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CHIEF SOLUTION ARCHITECT AND GLOBAL HEAD NVIDIA AI TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
NVIDIA CORPORATION

Professor Simon See is currently the Solution Architecture and Engineering Director, Chief Solution Architect and Global Head for NVIDIA AI Technology Center, NVIDIA Corporation.   He is also an Adjunct Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Conventry University, and Universitas Indonesia (UI).  He is also an distinguish fellow in Fudan University.  Previously Professor See is also the Chief Scientific Computing Advisor for BGI (China) and has a position in Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and King-Mong Kung University of Technology (Thailand).  Professor See is currently involved in a number of International computational,  mathematical science  projects and  national AI initiatives.   Recently Professor  Simon has been appointed as the Executive Director of the ASEAN Applied Research Centre (AARC).   His research interests are in the area of High-Performance Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computational Science,  Applied Mathematics and Simulation Methodology.    Professor See is also leading some of the AI initiatives in Asia Pacific. He is a Steering Committee member of NSCC’s flagship High Performance Computing Conference Supercomputing Asia (SCA) since March 2018. He has published over 200 papers in these areas and has won various awards in the field.

Professor See is a Fellow member of IET, Chairman of TaskForce of IEEE’s CIS Neural Networks Technical Committee, a member of SIAM, IET, AAAI, SCS, and also on the Advisory Team of AIP (AI Professional Association), International Advisory Board of Institute of Operations Research & Analytics (IORA), Advisory Team of Machine Intelligence and Data Analytics Research Centre (MIDARC), School of Computing Sciences (India) and Board of Studies, MS Tech Programs of Mahindra University, Editorial Board Member of Journal of Computational and Cognitive Engineering (JCCE), and the committee member of more than 50 conferences.

Professor See graduated from the University of Salford (UK) with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and numerical analysis in 1993.   Prior to joining NVIDIA, Professor See worked for SGI, DSO National Lab. of Singapore, IBM, International Simulation Ltd (UK), Sun Microsystems and Oracle.  He is also providing consultancy to a number of national research and supercomputing centers.

DAVID ANDRE
CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER
X, THE MOONSHOT FACTORY
   
DAVID ANDRE
CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER
X, THE MOONSHOT FACTORY
   

Dave is a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur whose work emphasizes the role of machine learning and AI, especially with respect to time-series data, search and optimization in program space, and decision making under uncertainty. He is Chief Science Officer at X and runs a team of mathematicians and machine learning experts working on early stage projects. He co-founded several companies, including Cerebellum Capital, which was an asset management company powered by an auto-ML system that discovered trading strategies. He also invested in and advised a number of startups in the data science and wearables space. He previously worked at Bodymedia, where he ran the machine learning team and several advanced development projects. Over the years, he’s helped start a number of other businesses. Personally, he’s a husband, father, snowboarder, passionate player of soccer and bridge, a puzzle nerd, a burner, and a travel-lover. He runs robot & programming clubs for his two kids to help them & friends get a deeper tech education. He got started down his path at Stanford University (1994: BS Symbolic Systems, BA Psychology) and completed his official education at UC Berkeley (2003: PhD EECS with a focus on Artificial Intelligence). He feels very lucky to have been interested in AI & ML well before it was cool.

 

DIVYA CHANDER
NEUROSCIENTIST, FUTURIST, PHYSICIAN, CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCHER
 
DIVYA CHANDER
NEUROSCIENTIST, FUTURIST, PHYSICIAN, CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCHER
 

Divya Chander, MD, PhD is a physician, neuroscientist, futurist, and entrepreneur. She is a practicing anesthesiologist with specializations in neurosurgery, ENT, and critical care. While on the Anesthesiology Faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine, she taught the residency neuroanesthesia curriculum for 8 years. Dr. Chander is also a data scientist with expertise in neural signal processing, and has developed algorithms to automate tracking of states of consciousness. Her research interests center around mapping consciousness (using optogenetics and EEG), how consciousness will be altered by human augmentation, and how mapping consciousness in humans may enable us to recognize it in non-human, intelligent beings (both on and off-planet, e.g. through partnerships with organizations like SETI). Dr. Chander is also Chair of Neuroscience at the Singularity Group, a Silicon Valley think tank and education institution for data and technology acceleration, applications, and ethics. She serves as medical, science, and technology advisor and board member to a number of companies in the medical, space life sciences, and neurotechnology spaces. Dr. Chander is also a passionate advocate for data and biometric rights, especially neurorights and neurosovereignty. In that capacity, she has advised global organizations and governments, and serves as medical advisor to the Extended Reality Safety Initative (XRSI.org). Dr. Chander founded Lucidify, a continuous remote brain monitoring platform, for the detection of delirium and other altered state of consciousness to support brain health. While Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Geotech Center, and now, at the Stimson Center Loomis Innovation Council, she has been collaborating with industry and governments to foster good data and technology policy choices for key stakeholders around the world in the area of data trusts, data security, public health, and pandemic resilience. Finally, Dr. Chander also contributes to space life sciences and medicine. A finalist for astronaut selection and an alumnus of the International Space University, Dr. Chander has performed remote simulations of trauma rescues, anesthesia and surgery in Mars analogue settings.  

MINISTER CAMROSE
PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (MINISTER FOR AI AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY)
UK DEPARTMENT FOR SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
MINISTER CAMROSE
PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (MINISTER FOR AI AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY)
UK DEPARTMENT FOR SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
AMANDEEP SINGH GILL
UN SECRETARY-GENERAL'S ENVOY ON TECHNOLOGY
UNITED NATIONS
AMANDEEP SINGH GILL
UN SECRETARY-GENERAL'S ENVOY ON TECHNOLOGY
UNITED NATIONS

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 10 June 2022 the appointment of Amandeep Singh Gill of India as his Envoy on Technology.  The Secretary-General wishes to extend his appreciation and gratitude to the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, for her dedication and commitment as Acting Envoy on Technology.

Mr. Gill is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative (I-DAIR) project, based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

A thought leader on digital technology, he brings to the position a deep knowledge of digital technologies coupled with a solid understanding of how to leverage the digital transformation responsibly and inclusively for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Previously, he was the Executive Director and Co-Lead of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-2019).  In addition to delivering the report of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, Mr. Gill helped secure high-impact international consensus recommendations on regulating Artificial Intelligence (Al) in lethal autonomous weapon systems in 2017 and 2018, the draft Al ethics recommendation of UNESCO in 2020, and a new international platform on digital health and Al.

Mr. Gill was India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (2016-2018).  He joined his country’s Diplomatic Service in 1992 and served in various capacities in disarmament and strategic technologies and international security affairs, with postings in Tehran and Colombo.  He was also a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

Mr. Gill holds a PhD in Nuclear Learning in Multilateral Forums from King’s College, London, a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Electrical Communications from Panjab University, Chandigarh and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from Geneva University.  He is fluent in English, French, Hindi and Punjabi.

JOANN STONIER
CHIEF DATA OFFICER
MASTERCARD
JOANN STONIER
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. JoAnn and her team design and operationalize Mastercard’s global data strategy, guiding enterprise deployment of cutting-edge data solutions, including advanced analytics and AI, and the development of enterprise data platforms. Her leadership is integral to Mastercard’s push 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

DR RICHARD BENJAMINS
CO-FOUNDER OF THE OBSERVATORY FOR SOCIAL AND ETHICAL IMPACT OF AI, ODISEIA; HEAD OF AI FOR SOCIETY & ENVIRONMENT, CHIEF RESPONSIBLE AI OFFICER,
TELEFONICA
DR RICHARD BENJAMINS
CO-FOUNDER OF THE OBSERVATORY FOR SOCIAL AND ETHICAL IMPACT OF AI, ODISEIA; HEAD OF AI FOR SOCIETY & ENVIRONMENT, CHIEF RESPONSIBLE AI OFFICER,
TELEFONICA

Dr. Richard Benjamins is Chief Responsible AI Officer at Telefonica and founder of its “AI for Society and Environment” area, including the ethical use of AI. Before that he was the company’s Chief AI & Data Strategist. He is among the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100, 2018). He is co-founder and Vice President of the Spanish observatory for ethical and social impacts of AI (OdiseIA), board member of the environmental non-profit CDP Europe. He forms part of the advisory board of the Centre for Digital Culture at the Vatican, of MIT-Sloan’s panel on Responsible AI, and is external AI expert for the AI Observatory of the European Parliament. He is also co-chair of UNESCO’s business council for their AI recommendation, and member of GSMA’s AI for Impact taskforce. He is also active in the field of AI and the Spanish language, collaborating with the Royal Spanish Academy. He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance), held during 10 years executive positions at Telefonica on Big Data and Analytics, and was a member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the EC. He co-founded iSOCO, an early AI startup, in 1999. Furthermore, he holds a PhD in Cognitive Science, has published over 150 scientific articles, is founding editorial board member of Springer’s AI Ethics journal, and is author of the books “The myth of the algorithm” (Spanish) and “A Data-Driven Company” (English, Spanish, Turkish, Chinese), and “The algorithm and I” (Spanish). He is a frequent speaker on Artificial Intelligence events, and a strategic advisor to several start-ups and companies

JAMIE METZL
LEADING TECH EXPERT AND HEALTHCARE FUTURIST
AUTHOR OF 'HACKING DARWIN'
   
JAMIE METZL
LEADING TECH EXPERT AND HEALTHCARE FUTURIST
AUTHOR OF 'HACKING DARWIN'
   
MARC MATHIEU
SVP, AI TRANSFORMATION & VICE-CHAIR, SALESFORCE GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD
SALESFORCE
MARC MATHIEU
SVP, AI TRANSFORMATION & VICE-CHAIR, SALESFORCE GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD
SALESFORCE

Marc Mathieu, SVP, AI Transformation & Vice-Chair, Salesforce Global Advisory Board, is a storied Business and Marketing leader known for humanizing Fortune 500 global brands as CMO at Samsung, Unilever, Coca-Cola, and Danone. Marc is an industry visionary who partners with Salesforce’s C-suite Customers to implement successful digital first AI and emerging tech transformations.

STEVE CHIEN
JPL FELLOW, SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS
NASA
   
STEVE CHIEN
JPL FELLOW, SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS
NASA
   

Dr. Steve Chien is JPL Fellow, Senior Research Scientist, and Technical Group Supervisor of the Artificial Intelligence Group and 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 was previously Adjunct Faculty with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Southern California, and a Research Scientist at the Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering and a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Computer Science of the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds a B.S. with Highest Honors in Computer Science, with minors in Mathematics and Economics, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, all from the University of Illinois.

He is a founder of the International Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Space held every other year from 1997 onward and was the Chair or Co-chair  of numerous workshops.  He is former chair of the AIPS Executive Council (2000-2002), was a founding member of the ICAPS Executive Council (2002-2006), and was founding President of the ICAPS Executive Council 2002-2004. He was also a Councilor for the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (2003-2006)

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

Dr. Chien has supported the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Defense Science Board, and Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.  In 2018, Dr. Chien was appointed to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Chien has presented invited seminars on planning, scheduling, and resource allocation as well as on spacecraft autonomy and autonomous systems. He has authored numerous publications. in these areas, and has served as a consultant to several multinational corporations in these areas. His current research interests lie in the areas of: planning and scheduling, machine learning, operations research, and decision theory.

 

LARRY HECK
PROFESSOR OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
GEORGIA TECH
   
LARRY HECK
PROFESSOR OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
GEORGIA TECH
   

Dr. Larry P. Heck is the co-director of the Artificial Intelligence Hub and Machine Learning Center, and Professor with a joint appointment in ECE and Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds the Rhesa S. Farmer Advanced Computing Concepts Chair and is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. From 2017-2021, he was the CEO of Viv Labs and SVP at Samsung where he led Bixby for North America. From 2014-2017, he was a Principal Scientist at Google, leading an advanced Dialogue effort in Google Research. From 2009-2014, he was the Chief Scientist of the Microsoft Speech products team and later a Distinguished Engineer in Microsoft Research. In 2009, he was a co-founder of Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant. From 2005-2009, he was Vice President at Yahoo! responsible for Search and Advertising quality. From 1998-2005, he was with Nuance Communications and served as Vice President of R&D. He began his career as a researcher at the Stanford Research Institute (1992-1998) initially in acoustics and later in speech research with the Speech Technology and Research (STAR) Laboratory. Funded by the US government’s NSA and DARPA, his SRI Speaker Recognition team was the first to successfully create large-scale deep neural network (DNN) deep learning technology in the field of speech processing (1998 National Institute of Standards and Technology Speaker Recognition evaluation) and the first to deploy a major industrial application of deep learning. He received the PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, published numerous scientific papers and holds 50+ United States patents. He was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech and received the Distinguished Engineer Award from the Texas Tech University Whitacre College of Engineering.

ULF BRACKMANN
VP AND GLOBAL HEAD OF AI FUNCTIONS
SAP
ULF BRACKMANN
VP AND GLOBAL HEAD OF AI FUNCTIONS
SAP
JEAN-PAUL PAOLI
GENERATIVE AI BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION DIRECTOR 
L'ORÉAL
JEAN-PAUL PAOLI
GENERATIVE AI BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION DIRECTOR 
L'ORÉAL
ANJA KASPERSEN
DIRECTOR GLOBAL MARKETS, NEW FRONTIERS AND EMERGING SPACES
IEEE
ANJA KASPERSEN
DIRECTOR GLOBAL MARKETS, NEW FRONTIERS AND EMERGING SPACES
IEEE
VIRGINIA DIGNUM
CO-FOUNDER/BOARD MEMBER, ALLAI
PROFESSOR, ETHICAL AND SOCIAL AI
VIRGINIA DIGNUM
CO-FOUNDER/BOARD MEMBER, ALLAI
PROFESSOR, ETHICAL AND SOCIAL AI

Virginia Dignum is Professor of Responsible Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University, Sweden and associated with the TU Delft in the Netherlands. She is the director of WASP-HS, the Wallenberg Program on Humanities and Society for AI, Autonomous Systems and Software, the largest Swedish national research program on fundamental multidisciplinary research on the societal and human impact of AI. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI). Her current research focus is on the specification, verification and monitoring of ethical and societal principles for intelligent autonomous systems. She is committed to policy and awareness efforts towards the responsible development and use of AI, as member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, the working group on Responsible AI of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), the World Economic Forum’s Global Artificial Intelligence Council, lead for UNICEF’s guidance for AI and children, the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethically Aligned Design, and as founding member of ALLAI, the Dutch AI Alliance. Her book “Responsible Artificial Intelligence: developing and using AI in a responsible way” was published by Springer-Nature in 2019. She studied at the university of Lisbon and the Free University of Amsterdam and has a PHD in Artificial Intelligence from Utrecht University in 2004. In 2006 she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant by the NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research). She a well-known speaker on the social and ethical impacts of Artificial Intelligence, is member of the reviewing boards for all major journals and conferences in AI and has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers.

TARUN CHOPRA
VICE PRESIDENT IBM PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, DATA AND AI
IBM
TARUN CHOPRA
VICE PRESIDENT IBM PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, DATA AND AI
IBM
PARAG PAREKH
CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER 
INGKA GROUP | IKEA 
PARAG PAREKH
CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER 
INGKA GROUP | IKEA 

Parag Parekh is the Chief Digital Officer (a role he shares with Wim Blaauw) at Ingka Group. He has the responsibility for developing digital capabilities and accelerating the digital transformation of the business. Parag joined Ingka Group as Chief Technology Officer, Group Digital, in 2021 and has more than 20 years of technology experience working for global companies.

Prior to IKEA, Parag held senior roles at Adidas with responsibilities for omnichannel transformation, ecommerce, and product engineering.  He also spent several years as Senior Program Manager and as part of the leadership program at General Electric (GE).

An engineer by trade, Parag also has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Information Technology from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS). He is also a graduate of the Executive Development, Business Administration and Leadership program at Harvard Business School.

Born in India, Parag has worked in the US, UK, Asia, Spain, and Germany. He now lives in Sweden with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys running, listening to podcasts, and taking every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with his family.

 

 

ROB FERGUSON
HEAD OF AI
MICROSOFT FOR STARTUPS
ROB FERGUSON
HEAD OF AI
MICROSOFT FOR STARTUPS
ANGELINE VAN DIJK
INSPECTOR GENERAL
DUTCH AUTHORITY FOR DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE (RDI)
ANGELINE VAN DIJK
INSPECTOR GENERAL
DUTCH AUTHORITY FOR DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE (RDI)

Angeline van Dijk is Inspector General of the Dutch Authority for Digital Infrastructure (RDI). The RDI monitors the digital infrastructure. Ranging from digital security of equipment, cyber and telecom security to the safe use of the internet and other networks. The RDI is also working on the development of cloud and Artificial Intelligence monitoring. Currently the RDI holds the presidency of the Dutch working group Supervision on Algorithms and the European working group of Competent Authorities on AI.

PETR KADLEC
CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST
ARAMCO
PETR KADLEC
CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST
ARAMCO
MEERI HAATAJA
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER
SAIDOT
MEERI HAATAJA
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER
SAIDOT

Meeri Haataja is the CEO and Co-Founder of Saidot, a start-up with a mission for enabling responsible AI ecosystems.

Saidot is a technology company developing a platform for systematic AI governance, transparency and communication. Meeri was the chair of the ethics working group in Finland’s national AI program that submitted its final report in March 2019. In this role, she initiated a national AI ethics challenge and engaged more than 70 organizations to commit to the ethical use of AI and define ethics principles. Meeri is also the Chair of IEEE’s initiative for the creation of AI ethics certificates in the ECPAIS program (Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems). Meeri has been an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University since 2019. During the academic year 2021-2022, her focus will be on projects related to operationalizing AI transparency, as well as the integration of AI ethics, corporate social responsibility and ESG.

Before starting her own company, Meeri led AI strategy and GDPR implementation in OP Financial Group, the largest financial services company in Finland. Meeri has a long background in analytics and AI consulting with Accenture Analytics. During her Accenture years, she has been working in driving data and analytics strategies and large AI implementation programs in media, telecommunications, high-tech and retail industries. Meeri started her career as a data scientist in telecommunications after completing her M.Sc.(Econ.) in Helsinki School of Economics. Meeri is an active advocate of responsible and human-centric AI. She’s an experienced public speaker regularly speaking in international conferences and AI opportunities and AI ethics seminars.

 

JEANNETTE GORZALA
VICE PRESIDENT
EUROPEAN AI FORUM (EAIF)
JEANNETTE GORZALA
VICE PRESIDENT
EUROPEAN AI FORUM (EAIF)

Jeannette Gorzala is Vice President of the European AI Forum (EAIF), representing more than 2,000 AI entrepreneurs in Europe. It is her mission is to contribute to set the agenda on how AI is approached in Europe, both in terms of policy and entrepreneurship. Currently, she is in particular actively involved as a sparring partner to European legislators in relation to the Artificial Intelligence Act. Jeannette has a background in law and international economics, is an attorney at law registered with the Vienna bar and has more than 15 years experience in the field of M&A with a focus on the technology sector. 

JULIAN JAMISON
PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER BUSINESS SCHOOL , & SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
OXFORD'S GLOBAL PRIORITIES INSTITUTE
JULIAN JAMISON
PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER BUSINESS SCHOOL , & SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
OXFORD'S GLOBAL PRIORITIES INSTITUTE
JANA NOVOHRADSKÁ
GENDER RAPPORTEUR
COUNCIL OF EUROPE
JANA NOVOHRADSKÁ
GENDER RAPPORTEUR
COUNCIL OF EUROPE
MARTIN RIEDMILLER
CONTROL TEAM LEAD
GOOGLE DEEPMIND
MARTIN RIEDMILLER
CONTROL TEAM LEAD
GOOGLE DEEPMIND

I’m a research scientist and former professor for machine learning and now a team lead at DeepMind. My core scientific interest are intelligent machines, that are able to autonomously learn new things from scratch. I’m in particular interested in neural networks – a sort of mathematical model of the brain – and their ability to store and generalize information. This fascination goes back to my master thesis about supervised learning algorithms (‘Rprop’, 1992).

I have always been working at the boundary of new machine learning methods and their application to novel challenges: neural forecasting systems for financial trading  and sales rate prediction (‘George’, 1994; ‘Bild-Zeitung’, 1998 – 2008), self-learning agents that control self-driving cars (at Stanford, 2006) or reading thoughts and even controlling brain activity (‘BrainLinks BrainTools’, 2011 – 2019). Brainstormers, our robotic soccer team, was a 5 times winner of the RoboCup World Championship and one of the first teams to use reinforcement learning (RL) as their core method (1998 – 2008). The data-efficient reinforcement learning algorithms Neural Fitted Q Iteration (NFQ, 2005; NFQCA, 2011) and Deep Fitted Q (DFQ, 2010) laid the ground for many methods in current Artificial Intelligence (AI) research.

I have followed my interests in various roles: as a game programmer and author for the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum (1981-1986), a computer science professor at the universities of Dortmund, Osnabrück and Freiburg (2002-2015), a Co-Founder of one of the first startups in modern AI (Cognit – Lab for learning machines, 2010-2015). In 2015, I joined DeepMind as a research scientist and team lead of the Controls Team.

 

FERNANDO LUCINI
GLOBAL DATA SCIENCE & MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEERING LEAD
ACCENTURE
FERNANDO LUCINI
GLOBAL DATA SCIENCE & MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEERING LEAD
ACCENTURE

Fernando Lucini is the Global Lead for Data Science Accenture . Based in London, Fernando is a passionate and experienced senior leader with extensive experience in Artificial Intelligence software and business solutions. Having spent 20+ years in the enterprise software industry creating technologies to automate and understand Text, Speech, and Video data. Integrating these technologies into business solutions for Fortune 100 companies including Financial Services, High Tech, Pharma, and many others. Also leading Government, Defense, Regulators, and other public sectors entities.

NIALL FIRTH
EXECUTIVE EDITOR, NEWSROOM
MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
NIALL FIRTH
EXECUTIVE EDITOR, NEWSROOM
MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
ULRIKA BIESERT   
GLOBAL PEOPLE AND CULTURE MANAGER 
INGKA GROUP | IKEA 
ULRIKA BIESERT   
GLOBAL PEOPLE AND CULTURE MANAGER 
INGKA GROUP | IKEA 

At the heart every successful business are people, their skills, dreams and ambitions, to make things better. At IKEA we strive to create a better everyday life for the many people – a vision that has guided us for the past 79 years and has made us what we are today: a unique, meaningful and trusted brand globally.

Ulrika Biesèrt, IKEA Retail (Ingka Group People & Culture manager), is a member of the Ingka Group Management team. Key to her role, which is the equivalent of CHRO, is ensuring that we are always guided by our purpose and values, keeping customers and co-workers at the heart of what we do so that both business and people grow together.

From an early age, she has been intrigued by human behaviour. This early interest led to her study of psychology, social sciences and economics in university.  After spending six years working as a family counsellor, she realised she would be better suited to a more commercially driven environment. IKEA was exactly the right step in combining her business interests and acumen, with a deep-seated ambition to influence and broaden the people agenda.

She has been with IKEA since 1997, with several HR assignments over many years across all its core businesses.  She is a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion, and a champion of continuous learning. With over 20 years of leadership experience, she takes pride in her ability to develop individuals and teams to benefit both people and business.

 

MICHAEL SANDERS
VP OF CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
 
MICHAEL SANDERS
VP OF CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
 
AKASH BAIPAI 
VICE PRESIDENT - ALL STRATEGIC SURVELLIANCE
CITI
AKASH BAIPAI 
VICE PRESIDENT - ALL STRATEGIC SURVELLIANCE
CITI
DR. PATRICE LATINNE
PARTNER, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, DATA & ANALYTICS
EY
DR. PATRICE LATINNE
PARTNER, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, DATA & ANALYTICS
EY

Patrice leads the Data & Analytics practice for Financial Services in Belgium.

He has gained over 20 years of advisory experience in financial services and other industries in the field of enterprise data management, business analytics, data science, artificial intelligence and robotics.

He holds a PhD in Applied Sciences, Machine Learning at the Artificial Intelligence Institute of the Polytechnical School of ULB (IRIDIA) and a Master of Applied Sciences in Electro-Mechanics Engineering from the University of Brussels (ULB). He’s also a teacher of Artificial Intelligence for Financial Markets, Innovation and Strategy at Solvay School of Management and Economics and EMEIA AI leader for Financial Services.

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. 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.

ARNAUD WIEHE
AUTHOR OF: THE BOOK ON CYBERSECURITY
MANAGING DIRECTOR IT INFOSEC
FEDEX
ARNAUD WIEHE
AUTHOR OF: THE BOOK ON CYBERSECURITY
MANAGING DIRECTOR IT INFOSEC
FEDEX

Arnaud Wiehe is an author, speaker, consultant, and thought leader in cybersecurity. He has worked in leadership and cybersecurity roles for major global companies, including as a CISO for multiple years.

He holds several prestigious cybersecurity certifications, including:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

 Throughout his career, Arnaud has demonstrated a strong focus on cybersecurity best practices and keeping current with emerging trends, technologies, and innovation. He is a graduate of the Singularity University and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists. He is widely respected by his peers as an expert in cybersecurity and IT governance.

 

 

Throughout his career, Arnaud has demonstrated a strong focus on cybersecurity best practices and keeping current with emerging trends, technologies, and innovation. He is a graduate of the Singularity University and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists. He is widely respected by his peers as an expert in cybersecurity and IT governance.

 

GONÇALO CRUZ
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
PLATFORME
GONÇALO CRUZ
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
PLATFORME

Industrial Engineer, business Designer, avid Entrepreneur, Gonçalo Cruz co-founded PlatformE – the fashion industry platform for MTO (made-to-order) and mass customization – that powers mass digital experiences for some of the biggest fashion houses at LVMH, Kering and independent groups.

Passionate about Tech (namely for web, commerce, retail) and Virtual (3D, AR, VR). Sits in the Advisory Board of MyDidimo and MOXY.

Has always worked in multicultural and multilingual environments, having full proficiency in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Communicates also in Italian and French. Interested primarily in learning with people and help them achieve what was previously unachievable. Always looking for deep literature, beautiful songs and breathtaking landscapes.

BRENNAN SPIEGEL
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH
CEDARS-SINAI
BRENNAN SPIEGEL
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH
CEDARS-SINAI
MARGI SHETH
R&D DATA POLICY DIRECTOR | AI GOVERNANCE LEAD
ASTRAZENECA
MARGI SHETH
R&D DATA POLICY DIRECTOR | AI GOVERNANCE LEAD
ASTRAZENECA

Margi is a Director of Data & AI Policy at AstraZeneca. She has led the company’s efforts to build principles and implement governance on the ethical use of AI, particularly in pharmaceutical R&D. She enables the responsible use and re-use of data & AI inside AZ and with our scientific partners, toward improving drug development efforts. Margi is actively involved in industry-wide partnerships in the field and regularly contributes to developing AI legislations on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry.

Margi spent several years prior in academia and the US National Institutes of health, working in biomedical research programmes. After successfully managing genomic research and clinical trials, Margi now enables researchers to maximise the value of their data & AI resources to accelerate biomedical research.

JOVANA KARANOVIĆ
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ROTTERDAM SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
ERASMUS UNIVERSITY
JOVANA KARANOVIĆ
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ROTTERDAM SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
ERASMUS UNIVERSITY

Jovana Karanovic is an Assistant Professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and the Founder of Reshaping Work Foundation. She is a leading expert in the platform economy and digital innovations, having published in renowned business journals like MIT Sloan Management Review and Journal of Management Studies. Reshaping Work’s conferences stand out for their unique multistakeholder approach, bringing together companies, academics, policy makers, unions, and other relevant stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussions about the future of work in the digital era. These events, held globally, feature leading experts and present cutting-edge research insights to drive positive change. Furthermore, Jovana has been recognized by the media outlet Silicon Canals as one of Amsterdam’s most powerful female ecosystem builders. Jovana is a frequent speaker at academic and industry events. Her notable appearance includes TEDx Amsterdam, where she spoke about ‘The Side of the Platform Economy You Haven’t Seen’.

CHANUKI ILLUSHKA SERESINHE
HEAD OF DATA SCIENCE
ZOOPLA
CHANUKI ILLUSHKA SERESINHE
HEAD OF DATA SCIENCE
ZOOPLA
AIDAN O'SULLIVAN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
UCL
TURING FELLOW AND CO-FOUNDER AND CTO
CARBON RE
AIDAN O'SULLIVAN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
UCL
TURING FELLOW AND CO-FOUNDER AND CTO
CARBON RE

Aidan O’Sullivan is Associate Professor in Energy and Artificial Intelligence at UCL Energy Institute. He is also CTO and Co-Founder of Carbon Re a climate tech start-up using AI to decarbonise the manufacture of energy intensive materials such as cement and steel.

Aidan holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College Cork, Ireland and a PhD from the department of Mathematics in Imperial College London. Prior to joining UCL he worked as a machine learning researcher in the Civil Engineering Department of MIT. He is the UK’s representative to the European Energy Research Alliance for the joint programme on digitalisation and programme chair for the AI and Climate initiative at the UNESCO International Research Centre on AI, (IRCAI) and a Turing Fellow.

Aidan was recently awarded a Turing Fellowship from the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s leading centre for AI and data science research. In media his work has been featured in Forbes, Times and the world Economic forum and he has authored articles for World Energy Magazine.

 

ABHA DOGRA
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCT OFFICER
CAE
ABHA DOGRA
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCT OFFICER
CAE
HUUB JANSSEN
CHAIR OF DUTCH AND OF EUROPEAN WORKING GROUP OF COMPETENT AUTHORITIES ON AI
DUTCH AUTHORITY ON DIGITAL INFASTRUCTURE
   
HUUB JANSSEN
CHAIR OF DUTCH AND OF EUROPEAN WORKING GROUP OF COMPETENT AUTHORITIES ON AI
DUTCH AUTHORITY ON DIGITAL INFASTRUCTURE
   
WALTER PASQUARELLI
GENERATIVE AI & DATA POLICY EXPERT
 
WALTER PASQUARELLI
GENERATIVE AI & DATA POLICY EXPERT
 

Walter Pasquarelli is an internationally recognised advisor, speaker, and filmmaker, expert on AI strategy, generative AI, data governance, and immersive technologies.

Leading advisory and editorial programmes at The Economist Group, Walter has operated at the forefront of technological innovation, shaping policy and business perception of emerging technologies. His works were widely published and received mentions by The Economist, Forbes, Der Tagesspiel, El Tiempo, the European Parliament, NATO, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the UAE Minister of State for AI among others.

Walter specialises in strategic planning and has a history of anticipating and engaging with crucial shifts in the responsible use of AI, data governance, AI policy, ethical and regulatory frameworks, and macroeconomic tech trends. He led the development of the first globally focused “AI Index”, benchmarking countries’ readiness to uptake emerging technologies across key industries and markets.

Widely known as a consultant, speaker and research manager, Walter has managed advisory and editorial programmes totalling over $2 million USD. He has served as an advisor to Google, Meta, Microsoft, as well as presidencies and government departments in the UK, the US, Canada, the European Commission, the UAE, Colombia, India, Thailand, and Serbia.

An experienced moderator and speaker he presented, among others, IBM’s Data Dividend series, where he was lead moderator for workshops and roundtables across the world, involving C-suite executives from Fortune 100 companies and government leaders.

Walter received the first prize of the Prospect Public Policy Award by the University of Cambridge, and has been an AI Policy Fellow at the University of Bath.

JOS DIRKX
FOUNDER, BEENOVA AI,
BEST -SELLING AUTHOR,
WEF TECH PIONEER
JOS DIRKX
FOUNDER, BEENOVA AI,
BEST -SELLING AUTHOR,
WEF TECH PIONEER
VICTOR BOTEV
CTO & CO-FOUNDER
IRIS.ai
VICTOR BOTEV
CTO & CO-FOUNDER
IRIS.ai

Victor is the CTO and Co-Founder of Iris.ai. As the head of both the research and development team at Iris.ai, Victor has had to put his unique experience from a combination of AI research, software development, and technology leadership skills to the ultimate test in building and operating an international startup with a very ambitious vision and goal. Under his leadership, Iris.ai has become a world leader with the award-winning AI engine for scientific text understanding. The algorithms for text similarity, tabular data extraction, domain-specific entity representation learning and entity disambiguation and linking measure up to the best in the world. Before founding Iris.ai, Victor worked as a Research Engineer in Artificial Intelligence at Chalmers University of Technology after finishing his second Master’s Degree at the same place, in Computer Systems and Networks Engineering. He also has broad experience in corporate software development.

LAETITIA CAILLETEAU
DATA & AI EUROPE LEAD AND GLOBAL LEAD FOR CONVERSATIONAL AI
ACCENTURE
LAETITIA CAILLETEAU
DATA & AI EUROPE LEAD AND GLOBAL LEAD FOR CONVERSATIONAL AI
ACCENTURE

Laetitia Cailleteau, Managing Director for Accenture, is leading Accenture’s Data&AI business in Europe and the Conversational AI domain globally – driving innovation, sales and delivery across the globe for multiple industries and clients . She has more than 25 years’ experience in the consulting industry, authored several academic publications and hold patents in the Conversational AI domain. Laetitia founded Accenture’s Innovation Studio in London, a space where her team co-create with clients to realise the potential of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, IoT, using user-centred approaches. She was a reserve member of the Artificial Intelligence High Level Group at the European Commission. She is one of Accenture’s thought leaders on Responsible AI and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. She is also a board member of OASIS Open Foundation in Europe, a non profit organization promoting open source standards and interoperability globally.

 

EIRIK NORMAN HANSEN
FOUNDER, FUTURIST, AUTHOR & ENTREPRENEUR
EIRIK NORMAN HANSEN
FOUNDER, FUTURIST, AUTHOR & ENTREPRENEUR

Beyond the obvious! 

Eirik Norman Hansen is an unshakeable technology optimist that gives energetic and engaging lectures about how technology affects organizations, society, and people. 

In Eirik’s opinion the future is amazing, but there lies a great responsibility on us. His lectures are inspirational, provoking and humorous. He is well known for being able to convey a clear and understandable message, even on intricate and complicated topics.  «A lecture should be both entertaining and inspiring, but you should learn something at the same time» Eirik says. He has an undeniable love for robots, artificial intelligence and digital ecosystems, and in his opinion those things will be fundamental factors for most establishments in the future.

Eirik is a graduate in economics and has worked with digitization for over 20 years. His quest is to research topics concerning what technology means to us, and how we can utilize it in the best way possible. He has lead and been a part of some of Norway and the Nordic countries’ biggest tech companies, and today he runs his own company where his main focus is what the future will bring, and what we have to do to succeed in the future. He is on multiple boards in Norwegian companies, and he has also co-written the book “Når juss møter AI” (When law meets AI), that was published in the summer of 2019.Now and then, Eirik shows up on TV and radio to talk about the newest technology and its consequences. He also has his own podcast called “30 minutes into the future” where he is accompanied by guests to discuss the near future.

Eirik has become one of the most sought out lecturers in Norway during the last few years and has on multiple occasions been named “Best speaker”. He is also a talented and much used conference host and moderator, and he uses humor and engagement as his main ingredients during his performances. Eirik is an experienced lecturer, and he has given several hundred lectures during the last 5 years.

 

DR KOBI LEINS (GAICD)
VISITING SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, DEPARTMENT OF WAR STUDIES
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
DR KOBI LEINS (GAICD)
VISITING SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, DEPARTMENT OF WAR STUDIES
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

Dr Kobi Leins (GAICD) is a global expert in AI, international law and governance. Leins provides strategic advice on selection, implementation and operation of technologies to drive business edge; creates systems for organisational and delegation of ownership for complex systems and data; and uses international benchmarking to analyse opportunities and risks in face of rapidly changing legal and governance landscapes and data literacy and public sentiment.

Leins is an Honorary Senior Fellow of King’s College, London; Advisory Board Member of the Carnegie AI and Equality Initiative; Member of Standards Australia as a technical expert on the International Standards Organisation’s work on AI Standards; Affiliate, ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society; and former Non-Resident Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.

Leins is the author of New War Technologies and International Law: The Legal Limits to Weaponising Nanomaterials, Cambridge University Press (2022). Further publications by Leins and reading on this topic can be found at kobileins.com.

 

SANCHIT JUNEJA
DIRECTOR-PRODUCT (BIG DATA & MACHINE LEARNING)
BOOKING.COM
SANCHIT JUNEJA
DIRECTOR-PRODUCT (BIG DATA & MACHINE LEARNING)
BOOKING.COM

Sanchit has 16+ years of industry experience in tech and product roles across Southeast Asia, Africa, the US, and Europe with organizations such as Booking.com, Paytm, GoJek, Rocket Internet, and National Instruments. He has 11+ years of Technical Product Management experience after 5+ years as an Applications Engineer. Currently, he is Director-Data Science & Machine Learning Platform with Booking.com

NICOLAS MEIER
MANAGING DIRECTOR, DIRECT INVESTMENTS
TEMASEK
NICOLAS MEIER
MANAGING DIRECTOR, DIRECT INVESTMENTS
TEMASEK
CHOY YONG CONG
VP AND HEAD OF EUROPE
SINGAPORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD
CHOY YONG CONG
VP AND HEAD OF EUROPE
SINGAPORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD
DR PHILIP ABDELMALIK
UNIT HEAD, INTELLIGENCE INNOVATION AND INTEGRATION
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HUB FOR PANDEMIC AND EPIDEMIC INTELLIGENCE
DR PHILIP ABDELMALIK
UNIT HEAD, INTELLIGENCE INNOVATION AND INTEGRATION
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HUB FOR PANDEMIC AND EPIDEMIC INTELLIGENCE

Philip is an epidemiologist and public health informatician leading the Intelligence Innovation and Integration unit at the World Health Organization’s Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin. The unit works to build and strengthen public health intelligence capacity around the world through cross-disciplinary projects and initiatives. Prior to joining WHO in 2017, Philip worked at the Public Health Agency of Canada (2004-2017) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health / University of Toronto (1999-2003). Philip’s work has almost always been in the context of emergency preparedness and response activities…. including trying to raise two young (mostly) adorable children with his wife from down under. Philip holds a PhD in Public Health Informatics awarded jointly by the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter in the UK, as well as a Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Epidemiology and Community Health and an Honours BSc with a specialization in Human Biology, both from the University of Toronto, Canada.

KLINTON BICKNELL
HEAD OF AI
DUOLINGO
KLINTON BICKNELL
HEAD OF AI
DUOLINGO
ANTE IVANCIC
HEAD OF AI STRATEGY
RABOBANK
ANTE IVANCIC
HEAD OF AI STRATEGY
RABOBANK

Ante Ivancic is the Head of AI Strategy at Rabobank (Wholesale & Rural Innovation), with expertise in AI in finance, AI governance, and large-scale consumer behavior inference. In his current capacity, he is responsible for defining the key strategic focus points for Rabobank’s Innovation department to optimally serve the global client portfolio with AI-driven solutions. His tenure at Konzum (Agrokor) — the largest privately-owned FMCG company in south-eastern Europe at the time — was marked by his work in targeted marketing, consumer behavior, and analytics. During his academic pursuit as a PhD researcher sponsored by Unilever, Friesland Campina, and Royal DSM, he specialized in recommendation systems for tailored consumer insights. Before spearheading Rabobank’s AI strategy, he served as an Innovation Manager within the financial markets sector, driving advanced AI initiatives on the trading floor across a wide range of asset classes. Drawing from both hands-on industry experience and rigorous academic research, he brings a balanced and insightful perspective to the AI finance domain

DIEDERIK VEELO
FOUNDER
VOCODA.AI
DIEDERIK VEELO
FOUNDER
VOCODA.AI

Diederik Veelo is the Head of Innovation at creative production studio Ambassadors and founded the Ambassadors Innovation Lab in 2011. At the Lab, he launched Cube, a creative production platform that streamlines how brands and agencies like Booking.com, VodafoneZiggo, N26, and TBWA\NEBOKO manage and create content. Diederik also developed Vocoda.ai, a voice synthesis studio that can create realistic AI-powered voices for advertising.

PAUL SLUIMERS
MANAGING DIRECTOR
REVEL.AI
PAUL SLUIMERS
MANAGING DIRECTOR
REVEL.AI

Paul Sluimers is Founder & Managing Director at Revel.ai – a creative AI studio & digital talent agency, which creates high-end visuals for the entertainment and media industry. Focusing on film, series, and commercials, he has worked on productions with HBO and AppleTV and leads the Revel.ai team known for their award-winning work such as ‘G-Star RAW – Wear your Denim Till the End’, and ‘The Dutch National Police – Cold Case’.

TIM OTTENS
SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST
POST NL
TIM OTTENS
SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST
POST NL

Tim Ottens is a senior data scientist specializing in generative AI with a passion for and expertise in NLP. He created the world’s first AI-generated official postage stamp. With a focus on practical, tailored solutions, Tim leverages state-of-the-art AI technologies to analyze data and develop intelligent systems and models.

KHAGESH BATRA
HEAD OF DATA SCIENCE
THE ADECCO GROUP
KHAGESH BATRA
HEAD OF DATA SCIENCE
THE ADECCO GROUP

Khagesh is an accomplished Data Science leader with over 8 years of experience across various industries. Currently, he serves as the Head of Data Science at The Adecco Group, a world-leading HR Services company. Khagesh has experience in using structured & unstructured data to drive insightful decisions. He has developed and led the development of various AI-powered solutions for a variety of business challenges. Khagesh also has helped and led Global Cloud & Digital transformation initiatives. 

SAKO ARTS 
CTO AND CO-FOUNDER
FRUITPUNCH AI
 
SAKO ARTS 
CTO AND CO-FOUNDER
FRUITPUNCH AI
 
Sarah Porter
CEO & Founder, Inspired Minds!
UN Advisor, LAWS
Sarah Porter
CEO & Founder, 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.

PANKAJ KUMAR MISHRA
HEAD OF DATA SCIENCE
HOSPITALITY DIGITAL (METRO GROUP)
PANKAJ KUMAR MISHRA
HEAD OF DATA SCIENCE
HOSPITALITY DIGITAL (METRO GROUP)

I am currently working as Head of Data Science at Hospitality Digital (A Metro Company), Duesseldorf, Germany. I have a PhD in Physics from Hamburg University, Germany. I bring several years of experience working with Schaeffler and Fujikura Technology in different data science and AI roles. In my journey from Data Scientist to leadership, I focused mainly on creating business impact by leveraging the potential of Data Science and AI.  

SREESHA BELAKVAADI
HEAD OF ENGINEERING - DATA ANALYTICS & AI
BRITISH TELECOM
SREESHA BELAKVAADI
HEAD OF ENGINEERING - DATA ANALYTICS & AI
BRITISH TELECOM

Sreesha Belakvaadi (Sree) comes from a diverse 25+ years of IT experience – spanning across IT Strategy, Digital Transformation, Cyber Security, Data Center Operations, Cloud Migration and Engineering excellence.  Sree’s innovation and transformation practices – specifically in areas of DevOps, Microservices Architecture and DataOps – led to a 30% savings in TCO and increased profitability by up to 45% for key enterprises.  With a master’s in Cybersecurity from MIT and a certified AI-ML from IISc, Sree loves the space of problem-solving and disruptive innovation, making IT systems self-reliant, thin and simple.  Sree currently helms as Head of Engineering (Data & AI) with British Telecom, continually improving automation footprint, process re-engineering and business optimization.

MATTHEW BLAKEMORE
AI STRATEGIST - CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
MATTHEW BLAKEMORE
AI STRATEGIST - CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Matthew Blakemore, an award-winning entrepreneur and established figure in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, has a diverse career spanning over a decade. He has made significant strides in product ideation, delivery, and commercialisation across multiple sectors, such as transport, music, fashion, video conferencing, and corporate rewards. Most recently, Matthew was leading innovative product development at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) as Head of Product, where he also invented a patented multi-territory video classification solution. He represented the BBFC in the British Standards Institute (BSI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO) AI committees, primarily contributing to the AI Data Lifecycle Standard 8183. Beyond his professional roles, Matthew holds influential positions in the Swedish and Norwegian-British Chambers of Commerce.

JONATHAN BERTE
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
ROBOVISION
JONATHAN BERTE
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
ROBOVISION

Jonathan is the founder and driving force behind Robovision, a leading AI solution provider with their deep learning platform, RVAI. With expertise in applied physics and image processing, he is renowned for developing tailored solutions for machine vision and robotics. Jonathan’s philosophy of building applications the “hard way” has elevated Robovision’s software, making it powerful and user-friendly across diverse markets.

Beyond Robovision, he is a respected guest lecturer at prestigious institutions including the London School of Economics, Vlerick Business School, and Ghent University. Jonathan also shares his insights on AI and related topics through a biweekly column in De Tijd, Belgium’s top financial newspaper. As a regular speaker at events like Tedx, he continues to inspire and educate audiences on the latest advancements in artificial intelligence, machine vision, and robotics.

MANEESH KUMAR VERMA
CO-FOUNDER
SPACEFLUENCERS
 
MANEESH KUMAR VERMA
CO-FOUNDER
SPACEFLUENCERS
 
ANDREAS HAUSER
CEO DIGITAL SERVICE
TÜV SÜD
   
ANDREAS HAUSER
CEO DIGITAL SERVICE
TÜV SÜD
   

Dr Andreas Hauser has Degrees in Shipbuilding and Computer Engineering, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics. As Co-founder and CEO, he is leading Digital Service in Singapore, a key unit in TÜV SÜD´s digitalisation strategy to build and scale new businesses in the area of Industry 4.0, AI quality, and Smart Inspection.

With our approach towards the quality of AI, grounded in international, current and upcoming standards and regulations, we help organisations manage the quality of AI effectively to utilise the full potential of AI while meeting ethical standards and complying with regulations.

 

CHRISTIAN MARTINEZ
FINANCE ANALYTICS MANAGER
KRAFT HEINZ
CHRISTIAN MARTINEZ
FINANCE ANALYTICS MANAGER
KRAFT HEINZ

Christian has 7+ years of experience in Financial planning and analysis (FP&A), Finance Automation, Management Accounting, Controllership and Supply Chain Finance within Australia and The Netherlands.

Conference Speaker in Topics such as: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Finance, Finance Transformation, Data Analytics in FP&A and Finance, Practical Applications of Data Science, and more!

Won Rising Star in Digital Finance EMEA 2023 and EMEA Data Democratizer in 2022, Named 30 in the Accounting and Finance industry in Australia in 2021; Finalist in the Young Leaders in Finance Awards 2018 ; love to travel (been on 70+ countries and lived in 6).

JESUS LUNA GARCIA
CYBERSECURITY GOVERNANCE – CLOUD AND AI
ROBERT BOSCH
JESUS LUNA GARCIA
CYBERSECURITY GOVERNANCE – CLOUD AND AI
ROBERT BOSCH

Dr. Jesus Luna has worked since 1995 in the field of cybersecurity, both in America and Europe. He holds a PhD degree in Computer Architecture from the ”Technical University of Catalonia” (Spain), and has co-authored more than 50 cybersecurity-related publications including scientific papers, standards, and a patent. He previously worked as research director for the Cloud Security Alliance EMEA (U.K.), and currently for Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany) on topics related to security governance for cloud and Artificial Intelligence. In 2020, he was nominated by ENISA as one of the 20 experts to develop the new European cybersecurity certification scheme for cloud services. Furthermore, Dr. Luna is the technical manager of the EU-funded MEDINA project on automated certification.

ALDO DE RUBERTIS
EXECUTIVE PARTNER - AI, ANALYTICS, AUTOMATION LEADER FOR NORTHERN, CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
IBM
ALDO DE RUBERTIS
EXECUTIVE PARTNER - AI, ANALYTICS, AUTOMATION LEADER FOR NORTHERN, CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
IBM
LEIF ELGAARD
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
BUSINESSMANN & BM TECHX
LEIF ELGAARD
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
BUSINESSMANN & BM TECHX

He has a background in bioinformatics and biochemistry and has been in the industry of digital product development that transforms established industries for more than 15 years.  Leif has developed several custom vision solutions that utilize revolutionary technologies likes Spatial aware AI, embedded AI, synthetic data, and AR technologies within the pharmaceutical industry.

PATRICIA THAINE
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
PRIVATE AI
PATRICIA THAINE
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
PRIVATE AI

Patricia Thaine is the Co-Founder & CEO of Private AI, a Series A Microsoft & BDC backed startup. She is a Computer Science PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto (on leave) and a Vector Institute alumna. Her R&D work is focused on privacy-preserving NLP, with a focus on applied cryptography and re-identification risk. Patricia is a recipient of the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, the RBC Graduate Fellowship, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. She has 10 years of research and software development experience, including at the McGill Language Development Lab, the University of Toronto’s Computational Linguistics Lab and Department of Linguistics, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

DAVID KOHNSTAMM 
CO-FOUNDER & CEO 
LEAFCLOUD
DAVID KOHNSTAMM 
CO-FOUNDER & CEO 
LEAFCLOUD
GIOVANNI LEONI
HEAD OF BUSINESS STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT
CREDO AI
GIOVANNI LEONI
HEAD OF BUSINESS STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT
CREDO AI

Giovanni Leoni is the Head of Business Strategy & Development at Credo AI, one of the global leaders within operationalizing Responsible AI across all industries. Up until recently he was Global Head of Algorithm and AI Ethics at Inter IKEA Group, responsible for developing, implementing, and leading the operationalization of responsible analytics across the Inter IKEA Group, encompassing all algorithmic processes, including administrative processes, operational processes, analytics and AI. He is an active contributor to the global AI ethics community, engaging in legislative industry consultations and various forums and bodies, among them being on the Board of Directors for Ethical Artificial Intelligence Governance Group. For more than 20 years he has been active across multiple sectors, private and public, driving development of user experience, sustainable change management, and clarity in impacting factors for better business and wrapping everything in numbers and decision-models. He has worked in diverse areas, including public sector processes, sales, procurement of services, digital platforms and physical products, supply chain, automatization and business analytics.

ISABEL PRAÇA
COORDINATOR PROFESSOR, INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING
POLYTECHNIC OF PORTO, (ISEP)
ISABEL PRAÇA
COORDINATOR PROFESSOR, INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING
POLYTECHNIC OF PORTO, (ISEP)

Coordinator Professor at the Institute of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP), Advisor of ISEP Presidency for R&D, Director of the Master on Informatics of ISEP, and Senior Researcher at GECAD (leading the research activities on cybersecurity) – PhD and a Post-Doc in Industrial Informatics. She coordinates several international projects (H2020, HORIZON, ITEA and Celtic) with the focus on artificial intelligence (AI) for enhanced cyber security, and on the security of AI, for critical infrastructures protection (Airports, Health, Industry, Telecommunications).  She has published over 150 papers, more than 30 in international journals and books. She participates in several EC expert groups, such as European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) working groups on the Security of AI and on the Cybersecurity Skills framework, Community for European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS), and ISEP representative at European Cybersecurity Organization (ECSO). She participates in the technical and scientific committees of several conferences and is an active member of IEEE.

GUILLAUME HERVÉ
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
ZETANE
GUILLAUME HERVÉ
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
ZETANE
JONATHAN MAGOON
CPO & CO-FOUNDER
ZETANE
JONATHAN MAGOON
CPO & CO-FOUNDER
ZETANE
ANUPAM DATTA
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF SCIENTIST
TRUERA
ANUPAM DATTA
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF SCIENTIST
TRUERA

Anupam Datta is Co-Founder, President and Chief Scientist at TruEra, which provides software to test, debug, and monitor ML models across the full MLOps lifecycle. As a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University for over a decade, he led groundbreaking research in the areas of AI explainability, testing and monitoring, as well as privacy and data protection. Anupam obtained PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.

FILIPPO DELLA CASA
HEAD OF DATA SCIENCE
LEITHÀ - UNIPOL GROUP
FILIPPO DELLA CASA
HEAD OF DATA SCIENCE
LEITHÀ - UNIPOL GROUP

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

DAVID FERNANDEZ
DATA GOVERNANCE MANAGER
JUST EAT TAKEAWAY
DAVID FERNANDEZ
DATA GOVERNANCE MANAGER
JUST EAT TAKEAWAY

David Fernandez is the Data and Analytics Governance Manager at Just Eat Takeaway, bringing over a decade of cross-industry experience. In this role, he is primarily focused on developing a robust data governance framework from the ground up. With a background in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London, he specializes in data governance and data quality. Half Spanish, half American, David integrates a global perspective into his data-driven strategy.

 

ANA ILIEVSKA
FORMER POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW AND LECTURER
STANFORD UNIVERSITY
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND THOUGHT
BONN UNIVERSITY
ANA ILIEVSKA
FORMER POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW AND LECTURER
STANFORD UNIVERSITY
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND THOUGHT
BONN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Ana Ilievska is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at Stanford University as well as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bonn on the joint Bonn-Cambridge project “Desirable Digitalisation: Rethinking AI for Just and Sustainable Futures,” funded by the Stiftung Mercator. Her research and current book project focus on literary narratives about technology, exploring how humanistic notions of thinking, education, and moral judgment can facilitate collaborative efforts between industry and academia on topics in Artificial Intelligence. A Fulbright alumna, besides her extensive publication record in the fields of Italian, Lusophone, and Comparative Literature, Dr. Ilievska actively contributes to the discourse on Artificial Intelligence and the Public Humanities.

JEAN-MARC BONNEFOUS
CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
BONSEYES
JEAN-MARC BONNEFOUS
CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
BONSEYES

Jean-Marc Bonnefous is an experienced entrepreneur, senior technology executive as well as investor. He is the co-founder and director of the Bonseyes AI association, who develops since 2019 an ecosystem towards AI at the edge and is participating as a coordinator of a partner to a number of EU projects. He founded and managed investment management firm Tellurian Capital in 2007, focused on the commodity and technology sectors, active in deep tech investing. He is also advisor to a number of technology start-ups. Before founding Tellurian in 2006, Mr. Bonnefous was an investment banker in New York and London for 12 years. 

Jean-Marc is also a visiting professor for finance and blockchain at the Master in Finance at the IE Business School in Madrid. Jean-Marc holds a degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo) as well as masters from the University of Paris-Pantheon Assas and the University of Paris-Dauphine.

SEVERIN TRÖSCH
DATA SCIENCE EXPERT
WÜEST PARTNER GROUP
SEVERIN TRÖSCH
DATA SCIENCE EXPERT
WÜEST PARTNER GROUP

Severin Trösch is Data Science Expert and technical leader of several AI projects in the Wüest Partner Group – involving machine learning and deep learning applications in various fields. His background is in physiological research and he has been a lecturer in statistics and research methods for many years.

JACQUELINE SCHWEIZER
GIS AND DATA SCIENTIST
WÜEST PARTNER GROUP
JACQUELINE SCHWEIZER
GIS AND DATA SCIENTIST
WÜEST PARTNER GROUP

Jacqueline Schweizer is a GIS and Data Scientist that has driven the development of models and applications in the Wüest Partner Group for the past 11years. Her background is in geography and statistics. She leads the sustainability team in the data and analytics division and is a member of the board of directors.

BERNHARD GADEMANN
PRESIDENT
INSTITUT AUF DEM ROSENBERG
BERNHARD GADEMANN
PRESIDENT
INSTITUT AUF DEM ROSENBERG
KIRILL SKALETSKIY
SENIOR DATA QUALITY ANALYST
JUST EAT TAKEAWAY
KIRILL SKALETSKIY
SENIOR DATA QUALITY ANALYST
JUST EAT TAKEAWAY

Kirill Skaletskiy is a data professional with a diverse background in the field, having worked as a Data Analyst, BI Developer, and Data Engineer. Currently serving as a Senior Data Quality Analyst at Just Eat Takeaway, Kirill brings 5+ years of expertise across retail, e-commerce, and food delivery sectors. He excels in optimizing data processes, ensuring data quality, and driving actionable insights for informed decision-making.

ANNELORE VERHAGEN
ECONOMIST
ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT
ANNELORE VERHAGEN
ECONOMIST
ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anneloreverhagen/ 

Annelore Verhagen is an economist at the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS). She is the lead economist on various projects centred around the ethical considerations associated with using artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace. Annelore holds a PhD in Economics from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

JONATHAN SALEM BASKIN
ETHICS EVANGELIST
SPIRITUAL TELEGRAPH
JONATHAN SALEM BASKIN
ETHICS EVANGELIST
SPIRITUAL TELEGRAPH

Jonathan has spent the past 20 years leading a global PR consultancy working closely with large multinationals leading the way on AI, autonomous cars, smart cities, and technology innovation. He has written 9 books and hundreds of essays for top business and technology publications on the intersections between technology, brands, and culture, and has over 40 years of experience as a communicator and public speaker. He created the applied ethics of CyberConsequentialism to provide a practical way to build ethics into AI designs and applications, thereby filling the gap between regulatory compliance and responsible AI efforts. He is now dedicated to evangelizing the opportunities for increasing the benefits of AI while decreasing its risks.

APRIL POWERS
IT POLICY AND COMPLIANCE ADMINISTRATOR
HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
APRIL POWERS
IT POLICY AND COMPLIANCE ADMINISTRATOR
HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

April Powers graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in Computer Programming in 2012, earned her master’s in Info Assurance and Security in 2015, recently completed a Graduate Certificate from Harvard University in Marketing Management Digital Strategy and founded White Mountain Data Solutions in New Hampshire. With 13+ years of experience in IT, her focus has been on mitigating security structure after a data breach, access management, data governance, AI framework, contract negotiation, developing and performing risk management for large organizations. She evaluates and oversees the adoption of automated information systems to accommodate special and complex agency needs

FERENC KUKUCSKA
BIGDATA & AI ARCHITECT
OPEN TELEKOM CLOUD
FERENC KUKUCSKA
BIGDATA & AI ARCHITECT
OPEN TELEKOM CLOUD

I’ve been working in the Bigdata and AI squad for 3 and a half years now as an Architect, and have been in the AI industry since 2017. In these past 6 years, I worked on many interesting AI projects such as recommendation systems, intelligent search engines, chatbots, smart cameras but in the last couple of years I’m focusing much more on devops projects built with technologies like Kubernetes, ArgoCD, Helm, Hashicorp Vault.

 

 

 

HECTOR LOPEZ ROMERO
BIGDATA & AI SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER
OPEN TELEKOM CLOUD
HECTOR LOPEZ ROMERO
BIGDATA & AI SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER
OPEN TELEKOM CLOUD

Since 2017 in T-Systems International with 8 years’ experience as senior Multi-Cloud solution architect and joined in 2020 the Open Telekom Cloud product management team with the aim to keep Open Telekom Cloud as Deutsche Telekom’s leading European public cloud solution. Most of my activities are related to increase quality, develop revenue strategies, train sales, define service vision, be responsible for the Roadmap and increase the visibility of Databases, BigData and AI services. Among other things, I am responsible for the full AI strategy at Open Telekom Cloud.

ASTERIS APOSTOLIDIS
TECHNICAL INNOVATION LEAD
KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES
ASTERIS APOSTOLIDIS
TECHNICAL INNOVATION LEAD
KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES

Asteris has worked for airlines, academic institutes and aircraft manufacturers in four different countries, having dealt with the technical and strategic problematics of operational efficiency, as well as simulation methods for processes, systems and assets. He is an all-rounder when it comes to the application of AI in the aviation sector, a theme that he also investigates from a technical perspective in his academic career. He is currently appointed as a Lead for Technical Innovation at KLM Royal Dutch Airline, among various expert group appointments.

PROF. DR. PETER WERKHOVEN
PROFESSOR, UTRECHT UNIVERSITY & CHIEF SCIENTIST
TNO
PROF. DR. PETER WERKHOVEN
PROFESSOR, UTRECHT UNIVERSITY & CHIEF SCIENTIST
TNO

Prof. Dr. Peter Werkhoven holds the positions of Chief Scientist at TNO and Professor of Multimodal Interaction in Virtual Environments at Utrecht University. Peter is at the forefront of AI advancements within TNO. In a notable recent publication, he elaborates on the Socio-Technical Feedback Loop, which establishes a vital connection between democratic decision-making, legal considerations, design methodologies, and the operation of AI systems. This framework ensures the development and regulation of AI systems that are reliable and under human control.

PROF. DR. CATHOLIJN JONKER
PROFESSOR OF EXPLAINABLE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, LEIDEN UNIVERSITY & PROFESSOR OF INTERACTIVE INTELLIGENCE
DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
PROF. DR. CATHOLIJN JONKER
PROFESSOR OF EXPLAINABLE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, LEIDEN UNIVERSITY & PROFESSOR OF INTERACTIVE INTELLIGENCE
DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Prof. Dr. Catholijn Jonker serves as the Vice-Coordinator of the Hybrid Intelligence Centre. She holds the positions of Professor of Artificial Intelligence at both TU Delft and Leiden University. Additionally, she is the Principal Investigator of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and the AiTech program at TU Delft. AiTech focuses on interdisciplinary research related to the awareness, concepts, design, and engineering of autonomous technology with a strong emphasis on ensuring meaningful human control. Catholijn’s research publications cover various areas, including AI, the pursuit of meaningful human control, value identification, argument mining, and negotiation support systems.

ALEXANDER SCHOLTES
DEPUTY MAYOR
THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM
ALEXANDER SCHOLTES
DEPUTY MAYOR
THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM
LAURENCE BROOKS
PROFESOR OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS
UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, UK
LAURENCE BROOKS
PROFESOR OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS
UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, UK

Laurence Brooks is the Professor of Information Systems in the top-rated Information School, University of Sheffield, UK, a research fellow for the Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD) there and is the visiting Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, UK.

He is a PI and work package leader on the H2020 ‘TechEthos’ project (www.techethos.eu), focusing on the ethics of emerging technologies. He was a Co-I on the successful H2020 ‘SHERPA’ project (www.project-sherpa.eu), which focussed on the ethics of smart information systems, such as Artificial Intelligence.

He currently acts as acting ethics advisor on two EU-funded projects (SMIDGE and Sharespace) and advises the European Commission as an ethics expert.

His main research interest lies in the interaction and integration of society/organisations and information systems (IS).

He was one of the expert reviewers for the “Ethics By Design and Ethics of Use Approaches for Artificial Intelligence” (2021) document, commissioned by the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation).

 

IRINA MIRKINA
AI LEAD
UNICEF
IRINA MIRKINA
AI LEAD
UNICEF

Irina Mirkina is an AI strategist and a leading expert on responsible AI. Working for increasing global awareness of both risks and benefits of artificial intelligence, Dr Mirkina is currently the AI Lead for the Office of Innovation at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Having built a successful career in academia and the private sector, she joined UNICEF to advance the ethical development and use of AI systems that respect children’s rights and save children’s lives. She is currently serving as a co-chair of Community of Practice on AI for the Digital Public Goods Alliance, a co-organizer of the UN Generative AI Practice Group, a member of the UN Intra-Agency Working Group on AI, the NIST Generative AI Public Working Group, and the USAID Equitable AI Community of Practice, and an expert for the European Commission Research Executive Agency. She is included in the open directory of Women in AI Ethics™.

 

 

CRAIG CIVIL
DIRECTOR OF DATA SCIENCE AND AI
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
CRAIG CIVIL
DIRECTOR OF DATA SCIENCE AND AI
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
GERALD KIERCE
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
TRUSTIBLE
GERALD KIERCE
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
TRUSTIBLE
DR MARTIN SCHAFFER
GLOBAL HEAD OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
SGS
DR MARTIN SCHAFFER
GLOBAL HEAD OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
SGS

Dr. Martin Schaffer is Global Head of Emerging Technologies at SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Together with his team, he explores emerging technology trends, such as AI, Cybersecurity, Distributed Ledger, Extended Reality, Quantum Computing, Web3, and Metaverse, and assesses their impact on SGS businesses by identifying both threats and opportunities. Martin also pioneered the Cybersecurity Services for SGS, establishing several cyberlabs across the SGS group. Martin’s 20+ years of experience spans emerging technology research & innovation, international team building, company development, and P&L management, but also hands on experience as cryptographer, firmware engineer and security architect in the semiconductor industry.

He is a regular speaker at international conferences, actively participates in industry associations, such as TIC Council, ECSO or Eurosmart. He was member of ENISA’s Advisory Group and since June 2020 is member of the European Commission’s Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group. Martin holds a PhD-degree in IT-security and cryptography from University of Klagenfurt in Austria.

 

WALID LASSOUED
SENIOR DIRECTOR, DATA SCIENCE & ANALYTICS
TALABAT (DELIVERY HERO)
WALID LASSOUED
SENIOR DIRECTOR, DATA SCIENCE & ANALYTICS
TALABAT (DELIVERY HERO)

Walid Lassoued is an accomplished data science leader, with extensive experience in the tech industry. He has worked in Silicon Valley, Europe, and the Middle East, holding senior positions at several renowned companies, including talabat and Meta/Facebook. He is passionate about developing and scaling data organizations through innovation, recruiting high-end talent, and implementing data and AI strategies.

Currently, as the Senior Director of Data Science and Analytics at talabat, Walid heads a team of 60+ data scientists and analysts, overseeing all product and business-facing areas of the company.

DR TOMISLAV NAD
LEAD INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIST
SGS
DR TOMISLAV NAD
LEAD INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIST
SGS

Dr. Tomislav Nad is Lead Innovation Technologist at SGS. He is exploring the potential and impact of emerging technologies with a focus on the security and trustworthiness of these technologies. His current main topic is the trustworthiness of AI systems, how to establish trust and how to assess such systems. He is working in the field of cybersecurity for over 15 years as researcher, engineer, consultant, evaluator, speaker and lecturer; and helped to build various successful products and services.  Tomislav holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and a PhD degree in Cryptography from Graz University of Technology.

VICTOR PEREBOOM
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
UBIOPS
VICTOR PEREBOOM
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
UBIOPS

Victor is co-founder and CTO of UbiOps. He studied Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. 

While in high school, he started his first company, which he sold at the age of 20. 

During his studies, he developed a large interest in Data Science and Machine Learning. 

In 2014, Victor spent half a year in the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem doing research on the use of data analytics in the healthcare sector.

 

ANOUK DUTRÉE
PRODUCT OWNER
UBIOPS
ANOUK DUTRÉE
PRODUCT OWNER
UBIOPS

Anouk is a Product Owner at UbiOps passionate about solving complex problems using her multidisciplinary background of Nanobiology, Computer Science, and Game Development. 

She is focused on a strong product vision and happy users. 

Anouk is also an active writer in the Towards Data Science community, and co-host of the Dataloog podcast.

BEN FALK
GLOBAL CTO OFFICE
EY
BEN FALK
GLOBAL CTO OFFICE
EY

Ben Falk is a Director in EY’s Global Chief Technology Office, helping to develop the firms’ strategy on AI. Ben has a background in Finance and Technology, having spent about a decade working as an economist, analyst, and strategist for banks and large hedge funds including Millennium, before moving over to the technology sector leading a team of knowledge engineers at an AI FinTech startup. Ben has also consulted for large family investment offices, advised major law firms on class action data protection litigation, and launched one of the world’s first consumer data protection services to coincide with the implementation of the GDPR. He graduated 1st in his class at the London School of Economics, with a Master’s in Economics and History, after completing 2 undergraduate degrees simultaneously; a BA with a double major in Economics and Political Science and a BSc with a major in Business and a minor in Law.

ALESSANDRO CONFLITTI
HEAD OF DATA SCIENCE
RADICALBIT
ALESSANDRO CONFLITTI
HEAD OF DATA SCIENCE
RADICALBIT

Speaker: Alessandro Conflitti

Head of Data Science @ Radicalbit

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

 

Head of Data Science at Radicalbit, Alessandro Conflitti has a Ph.D. in Mathematics and he was an Academic Researcher at Universities in Austria and Portugal for about 10 years: during this time he published 26 scientific publications in international journals, was a referee for international journals and conferences, and was a member of the organizing committee for two scientific conferences. Since 2015 he has been working full time in Data Science for private IT companies.

MEINHERT KAMPHUIS
TECHNICAL EXPERT, AI
DUTCH AUTHORITY ON DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE
MEINHERT KAMPHUIS
TECHNICAL EXPERT, AI
DUTCH AUTHORITY ON DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE
DR TERRY L. JANSSEN
QMI FOUNDER, QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY, AI / MACHINE LEARNING & ENGINEERING
THE QUANTUM SCIENCE ORGANIZATION
DR TERRY L. JANSSEN
QMI FOUNDER, QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY, AI / MACHINE LEARNING & ENGINEERING
THE QUANTUM SCIENCE ORGANIZATION

Dr. Terry L. Janssen is an information technologist focused on information systems, AI machine learning, and quantum information science (quantum mechanics on quantum hardware). He has consulted in and/or advanced information technology for most of the DOD/IC agencies. He began his career as Principal System Engineer at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), which evolved into leading the AI and machine learning team at CSC. Five years later he was recruited as Sr. Scientist for the Decision Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, where he worked on advanced information technology for six years (ANL is the nation’s leader in quantum physics, computing, communications, and quantum material science; it is a DOE laboratory that is managed by the University of Chicago). U. Chicago patented his work, with him as sole inventor. The U.S. Patent was used by U. Chicago to initiate Expert Decision System, Inc., a company for R&D for DOD/IC, for over five years. In 2003 he joined Lockheed Martin as Principal Systems Engineer and Chief Scientist for Knowledge Management, as related to AI machine learning. Dr. Janssen conducted R&D using machine reasoning (formal logic) on ontology for data integration and inference. He and co-authors (Dr. Barry Smith et al) were perhaps the first to suggest that ontology is the key to knowledge integration for the Intelligence Community in papers/chapters they published around 2010 [e.g., ref].  Dr. Janssen demonstrated the concepts in a prototype software system, which has been adopted by others. He and Dr. Barry Smith initiated the Semantic Technologies for Intelligence, Defense and Security during the same time-period, an international symposium hosted by George Mason University over the span of 10 years. A classified subgroup hosts meetings at TS/SCI. Dr. Janssen later developed a software prototype, DiscoveryAid™, in his company Janssen LLC, to facilitate the full lifecycle of AI machine learning and applications for augmenting humans. Dr. Janssen is a fluent coder (computer programming) and has done extensive software engineering and rapid prototyping of innovative systems over his long career; he has developed a large library of reusable (plug-and-play) software modules (Janssen LLC). In 2009 Lockheed Martin asked him to be the lead for their Cyber Offense contract at the U.S. European Command. After two years, in 2011, he was recruited by SAIC to be Chief Scientist for Cybersecurity (primary IC customer in Columbia, MD). In 2014 he accepted a lead role in cybersecurity design, architecture and authorization at NJVC, which included work on the FEMA security operations center (SOC). FEMA licensed and used the product, SecurityDART™, that Dr. Janssen had previously developed at his company Janssen.LLC. Dr. Janssen was a consultant to DISA, NGA, NRO and several other DOD/IC agencies. For the last three years Dr. Janssen has been Data Scientist (AI machine learning) for Invictus International Consulting. He has been providing AI machine learning, engineering and quantum technology support within a DOD/IC agency for the past three years. He has a Certificate in Quantum Computing from the University of Maryland, a. Ph.D., Information Technology, from the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, and M.S., Computer Science, from Boston University.

YOUSRA AOUDI
QUANTITATIVE ANALYST, VP
BNY MELLON
YOUSRA AOUDI
QUANTITATIVE ANALYST, VP
BNY MELLON

With a strong background in quantitative finance, trading, and data-driven strategy development, Yousra Aoudi currently serves as a Quantitative Analyst, VP at BNY, where she contributes to the iFlow product. A self-learner with a solid academic foundation in engineering, research and finance, coupled with professional certifications in machine learning, deep learning and NLP, she has successfully leveraged her skills in AI to excel in finance and different ventures. In addition to her corporate role, Yousra Aoudi actively contributes to the AI community, sharing her expertise through a platform where she publishes projects and articles related to AI and quantitative research.

AAYUSH MUDGAL
SENIOR MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEER
PINTEREST
AAYUSH MUDGAL
SENIOR MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEER
PINTEREST
BISWA SENGUPTA
MANAGING DIRECTOR, AI PRODUCTS AND CLOUD PLATFORM
J.P. MORGAN
BISWA SENGUPTA
MANAGING DIRECTOR, AI PRODUCTS AND CLOUD PLATFORM
J.P. MORGAN

Dr. Biswa Sengupta holds the position of Managing Director for the AI Products and Cloud Platform in the Corporate & Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan, where he oversees the development of AI products and the management of the associated cloud infrastructure. His education includes a PhD in dynamical systems/optimization/energy efficiency from the University of Cambridge, as well as further training in Bayesian machine learning and differential geometry from University College London. Biswa is a distinguished senior technical executive with extensive experience leading various ventures across the artificial intelligence landscape, from start-ups to global corporations such as AXA XL, Huawei, Zebra, and J.P. Morgan. He has demonstrated a hands-on approach to team leadership, and his expertise in incubating commercially viable products utilizing advanced technologies such as computer vision, natural language processing, reinforcement learning, and robotics is highly regarded.

LAZAROS POLYMENAKOS
PARTNER, EMEIA AI LEADER
EY
LAZAROS POLYMENAKOS
PARTNER, EMEIA AI LEADER
EY

Dr. Lazaros Polymenakos (Ph.D. MIT ’95) is a Partner for Ernst & Young Technical Consulting and the EMEIA Consulting Artificial Intelligence Leader. He works on AI projects in NLP, Vision, and Dialog for EY clients at EMEIA and globally, and for the development of innovative EY new solutions/assets. The focus of his research is on deep learning, advanced machine learning, speech, NLP, dialog, and knowledge representation. Throughout his career, he has defined, driven, and attracted funding for research and development initiatives, managed large and geographically dispersed teams, and successfully delivered research innovation and solution implementation projects. Before joining EY, he held Senior Research manager positions at Amazon Alexa AI for Alexa Dialog, and at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center for Implicit Learning Dialog and for Cognitive Dialog Systems, developing in both positions state-of-the-art solutions using Deep Learning and Generative AI architectures.

ANTON MCGONNELL
HEAD OF SW PRODUCTS
SAMBANOVA
ANTON MCGONNELL
HEAD OF SW PRODUCTS
SAMBANOVA
RACHAEL MULDOON
BARRISTER
MAITLAND
RACHAEL MULDOON
BARRISTER
MAITLAND
LÚÍ SMYTH
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT, GENERATIVE & AI TOOLING
SHUTTERSTOCK
LÚÍ SMYTH
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT, GENERATIVE & AI TOOLING
SHUTTERSTOCK
DR. AMIR KRIFA
AI LEADER FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES
EY
DR. AMIR KRIFA
AI LEADER FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES
EY

Amir is a Computer Scientist with 16 years applied ML experience ranging from early PhD work to startups, big corporates and management consulting, working in Media, Telecom, Retail and Manufacturing. Now he is the AI Lead within FSO in Belgium, helping companies across EMEIA to translate AI enablers into sustainable competitive advantages. His current industry focus is in Financial Services (Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets).

GUNAY KAZIMZADE
SENIOR CONSULTANT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
MERCEDES-BENZ CONSULTING
GUNAY KAZIMZADE
SENIOR CONSULTANT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
MERCEDES-BENZ CONSULTING

Gunay Kazimzade is a PhD. Researcher on Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Berlin and Senior Consultant at Mercedes-Benz Consulting. She is a TEDx speaker, Google scholar, AI Newcomer in Germany, and a Presidential award winner in Azerbaijan, highlighted as a speaker in more than 100 events in 20+ countries. She has founded two social enterprises focusing on the education of underrepresented communities in AI and Data Science Fields. In the past two years, she also served as an Executive Consultant to advise governmental agencies on AI adoption in public service delivery.

EVA VAN DER DIJS
TEAM MANAGER
FORZE HYDROGEN RACING
EVA VAN DER DIJS
TEAM MANAGER
FORZE HYDROGEN RACING
THOMAS LIDY
SENIOR DIRECTOR, AI & DATA SCIENCE
UTOPIA MUSIC
THOMAS LIDY
SENIOR DIRECTOR, AI & DATA SCIENCE
UTOPIA MUSIC

Thomas Lidy is the Senior Director of AI & Data Science at Utopia Music, a music-fintech company closing the data gap in music industry by innovative AI solutions. Utopia provides music monitoring, tagging, search, recommendation, metric tracking and predictive analytics solutions, which are all AI based and accelerating music revenues and payouts.

Thomas has been active in the field of music tech & AI since 2004, initially as a researcher and PhD candidate at Vienna University of Technology. He worked with renowned institutions such as IRCAM and UPF MTG, before founding music intelligence startup Spectralmind in 2008, which created the first AI-based music discovery solution for the iPad as well as B2B solutions for music search & licensing.

In 2015, Thomas joined Musimap as the Head of AI. Together with a team of musicologists and data scientists, he created an emotion-aware music AI that understands emotional patterns both in the music and people’s listening behavior.  Since Musimap was acquired by Utopia Music, Thomas leads the AI & Data Science team at Utopia Music, responsible for all AI-based products.

Thomas is also a member of the DDEX consortium on music metadata and the creator and co-host of the successful Vienna Deep Learning Meetup. He co-organized AI Summit Vienna 2017 and has published more than 40 publications in the field of music & AI.

 

JERRY EDLING
EDITOR AND WRITER
KNX
JERRY EDLING
EDITOR AND WRITER
KNX

Jerry Edling is an award-winning editor and writer for KNX, the only all-news radio station in Los Angeles. He earned a Master of Public Diplomacy degree from the University of Southern California, and he has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and five Writers Guild of America Awards for his work in television and radio respectively. He is a former editor in chief of Public Diplomacy Magazine and has written for numerous publications, including Policy Options and the book Aftershocks and Opportunities: Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future. He has spoken to the World Future Society, the National Space Society and the Berlin International Freedom of Expression Forum.

PRAKHAR MEHROTRA
CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY LEAD
ACCENTURE SONG NL
PRAKHAR MEHROTRA
CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY LEAD
ACCENTURE SONG NL

Prakhar is a creative technologist and all-round problem solver. He loves getting his hands dirty with new tech, first breaking it apart to see how it works, putting it back together in unexpected ways and then thinking about the impact it can have in our daily lives.

CECILIA LASCIALFARI
ITALIAN REPRESENTATIVE FOR ARTIVIVE, EXPERT GENERALIST, CREATIVE STRATEGIST TECHNOLOGIST, FOUNDER
AREA6DOF
CECILIA LASCIALFARI
ITALIAN REPRESENTATIVE FOR ARTIVIVE, EXPERT GENERALIST, CREATIVE STRATEGIST TECHNOLOGIST, FOUNDER
AREA6DOF
JANET SAWARI
CEO
TAIR LABS
FOUNDER
THE AI REVIEW
JANET SAWARI
CEO
TAIR LABS
FOUNDER
THE AI REVIEW

Janet is the CEO and founder of TAIR Labs; an AI Research and Innovation Lab based in South Africa, and the founder of The AI Review, a media and technology platform. She is the MD of Simodisa, sits on the Women in ICT board, is a Harambean, an Inspiring 50 2022 honoree, and an AI contributor for The Yuan AI tech platform. Janet is the visionary behind the X-VSN Illuminate platform, transforming business CCTV footage into intelligent insights. This is TAIR Labs’ latest product called X-VSN, pronounced ‘X-Vision’. Her vision is to enable businesses across industries to succeed quickly and efficiently with the power of computer vision. Her venture plans to explore innovations that can drive efficiency in the industrial and manufacturing sector. Miss Sawari advocates for STEM education access, pan- African innovation, and leveraging AI to develop a new wave of industrialization on the African Continent. Her ambitions for social impact and gender inclusivity and diversity for youth in tech are evident through her efforts to produce a technical documentary about AI in Africa. With an MBA in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from Shanghai Jiaotong, a master’s from the University of Liverpool, and a bachelor’s from Zhejiang University of Science and Technology Janet’s appetite for driving innovation is unwavering and her vision for the continent clear.

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.

LISA BROUWER
INVESTOR
CURIOSITY VC
LISA BROUWER
INVESTOR
CURIOSITY VC

Lisa is an ex-BCG venture builder with 5+ years of experience in growth and go to market strategy. She has launched and scaled B2B and B2C businesses worldwide and currently works at Curiosity, an early stage venture capital fund investing in ambitious founders who are building the next generation of responsible AI software.

JASPER MASEMANN
PARTNER
CHERRY VENTURES
JASPER MASEMANN
PARTNER
CHERRY VENTURES

Jasper is Cherry’s partner leading B2B software and AI coverage. Prior to Cherry, he established HV Capital’s Berlin office and B2B software team, where he backed over a dozen companies, including Verbit. At Cherry, in addition to investment work, he dives into product-market-fit, finding the right go-to-market model, fundraising, and expanding into new markets.  Before joining HV, he bootstrapped greatcontent.com, an online platform selling creative texts in 18 languages to clients around the globe. After years as a solo founder and CEO, Jasper sold the platform to a publishing group. Recently, Jasper has launched a podcast with Lutz Finger of Cornell University and Marpai, Inc breaking down both the developments in AI and how AI is an operational asset for founders. He also has collaborated with BCG X on their “Tech Is Cooling Off. B2B SaaS Is Not” report. 

 

MACIEJ MAZUR
PRINCIPAL ML ENGINEER
CANONICAL
MACIEJ MAZUR
PRINCIPAL ML ENGINEER
CANONICAL
ANDREEA MUNTEANU
PRODUCT MANAGER
CANONICAL
ANDREEA MUNTEANU
PRODUCT MANAGER
CANONICAL
ANKA GAJENTAAN
HEAD OF TRANSFORMATION
RANDSTAD
ANKA GAJENTAAN
HEAD OF TRANSFORMATION
RANDSTAD
PHELIM BRADLEY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PROLIFIC
PHELIM BRADLEY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PROLIFIC
CHRIS PREUSS
PRINCIPAL DATA SCIENTIST
CALVIN RISK
CHRIS PREUSS
PRINCIPAL DATA SCIENTIST
CALVIN RISK

Chris Preuss is a data scientist specializing in finance and risk management. Currently, he serves as the Principal Data Scientist at Calvin Risk, where he employs his expertise in AI Model Risk Management. Chris holds a MSc in Finance from IE Business School.

STEPH WRIGHT
HEAD
SCOTTISH AI ALLIANCE
STEPH WRIGHT
HEAD
SCOTTISH AI ALLIANCE

Steph Wright has a diverse background ranging from astrophysics to genomics in academia and film & TV to dance in the arts and the third sector. A project and programme management professional with extensive experience in the data and AI space, she loves to develop and build collaborations across organisations to help people with their data/AI journey. Steph led on Data Lab’s efforts in support of the Scottish Government in developing Scotland’s AI Strategy and she’s now leading on the delivery of the strategy’s vision for Scotland to be a leader in the development and use of trustworthy, ethical and inclusive AI. She is also Co-Founder of Diverse AI, a not-for-profit working to support and grow diversity in AI.

HANS PETTER DALEN
SALES EXECUTIVE AI GOVERNANCE FOR EMEA
IBM
HANS PETTER DALEN
SALES EXECUTIVE AI GOVERNANCE FOR EMEA
IBM

HP is leading IBM’s AI Governance business in EMEA, providing clarity on how to implement and use AI responsibly. He has previously been leading IBM’s collaboration business as well as IBM’s business intelligence business in EMEA. With 23 years in IBM, HP has both broad and specialist knowledge in the transformational journey to become data driven and AI trustworthy.

ANN-ELISE DELBECQ
DATA AND AI LEADER NORTHERN, CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
IBM
ANN-ELISE DELBECQ
DATA AND AI LEADER NORTHERN, CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
IBM

Ann-Elise is currently leading Data and AI Business Unit for Large Clients in the Northern, Central and Eastern Europe market. Previously she led the Data science and AI Elite team at IBM EMEA. She is focused on Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for IBM enabling clients to successfully apply Data Science and deploy governed, scalable, and resilient AI into business processes. Ann-Elise has wide industry experience, in sectors ranging from Telco to Finance. Ann-Elise holds a Master in Business Engineering and an advanced Master in Financial Economics (MS) from KU Leuven, Belgium, where she delivered a final dissertation on machine learning in the space of Fraud Detection

DASHA DÍAZ
FOUNDER & CEO
ITRAINSEC
DASHA DÍAZ
FOUNDER & CEO
ITRAINSEC

For over a decade, Dasha Diaz, founder and CEO of itrainsec has been organising top-class IT security conferences and training for leading cybersecurity professionals around the world. Her unparalleled experience has enabled her to build a network with the best and brightest experts and trainers the industry has to offer. Before founding itrainsec, she spent nearly 12 years at one of the world’s top cybersecurity companies, Kaspersky, where she began her career as a PR manager, then joined the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) as Senior Research Communications manager.

MARCO MORALES
TEAM MEMBER
SPACEFLUENCERS
 
MARCO MORALES
TEAM MEMBER
SPACEFLUENCERS
 
BART SCHOENMAKERS
SENIOR MANAGER DATA & AI VALUE STRATEGY
ACCENTURE
BART SCHOENMAKERS
SENIOR MANAGER DATA & AI VALUE STRATEGY
ACCENTURE

Bart is Senior Manager in the Data & AI practice of Accenture Strategy & Consulting. He has built his career in data, analytics and artificial intelligence in High-tech, MedTech, and products industries and is currently focusing on innovating with his clients using generative AI. 

MANE LAMBEENS
SENIOR TECHNICAL PRODUCT MANAGER
SENNDER
MANE LAMBEENS
SENIOR TECHNICAL PRODUCT MANAGER
SENNDER
BERNADETTE WESDORP
DIRECTOR
EY
BERNADETTE WESDORP
DIRECTOR
EY
VÉRONIQUE VAN VLASSELAER
ANALYTICS AND AI LEAD FOR SOUTH WEST AND EAST EUROPE
SAS
VÉRONIQUE VAN VLASSELAER
ANALYTICS AND AI LEAD FOR SOUTH WEST AND EAST EUROPE
SAS
MARY-JO DIEPEVEEN
CONTENT DEVELOPER DATA SCIENCE & AI
MICROSOFT
MARY-JO DIEPEVEEN
CONTENT DEVELOPER DATA SCIENCE & AI
MICROSOFT
JOLINE JAMMAERS
SENIOR SYSTEM ENGINEER
SAS
JOLINE JAMMAERS
SENIOR SYSTEM ENGINEER
SAS
GABRIELLE DAVELAAR
SENIOR AI SPECIALIST GLOBAL BLACK BELT
MICROSOFT
GABRIELLE DAVELAAR
SENIOR AI SPECIALIST GLOBAL BLACK BELT
MICROSOFT
KAAT TASTENHOYE
SYSTEM ENGINEER
SAS
KAAT TASTENHOYE
SYSTEM ENGINEER
SAS
HENDRIK REMIGEREAU
FOUNDING DIRECTOR
MERANTIX AI CAMPUS
HENDRIK REMIGEREAU
FOUNDING DIRECTOR
MERANTIX AI CAMPUS
PETER KLEUVER
DATA VISUALIZATION SPECIALIST
SAS
PETER KLEUVER
DATA VISUALIZATION SPECIALIST
SAS
PAULA KANT
HEAD, INVESTMENT PROMOTION
INVEST HONG KONG
PAULA KANT
HEAD, INVESTMENT PROMOTION
INVEST HONG KONG
GREGORY RALL
DEPUTY HEAD OF BUSINESS AND TALENT ATTRACTION / INVESTMENT PROMOTION (INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY)
INVEST HONG KONG
GREGORY RALL
DEPUTY HEAD OF BUSINESS AND TALENT ATTRACTION / INVESTMENT PROMOTION (INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY)
INVEST HONG KONG
CHANTAL GUAY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
STANDARDS COUNCIL OF CANADA
CHANTAL GUAY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
STANDARDS COUNCIL OF CANADA

Chantal Guay is the CEO of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), where she oversees the promotion of standards and accreditation in Canada and abroad. Chantal is the first woman to both lead SCC and represent Canada on the International Organization for Standardization Council. She also holds many leadership positions in the international standardization community.

 

Prior to SCC, Chantal was CEO of Engineers Canada, where she led the engineering profession’s adoption of the 30 by 30 strategy, which aims to raise the percentage of newly licenced engineers who are women to 30 per cent by the year 2030. Chantal was honoured with a fellowship from the Canadian Academy of Engineering in recognition for this work. She’s also very active in the international community, holding many positions such as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Pacific Area Standards Congress. She brings a strong understanding of the importance and value of standardization, quality, and systems management in the private and public sectors.

 

NEIL MUSK
GROUP DIRECTOR FOR KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
NEIL MUSK
GROUP DIRECTOR FOR KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
SILVIO DULINSKY
DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION
SILVIO DULINSKY
DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION
GREGORY VERLINDEN
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT ANALYTICS & AI
COGNIZANT
GREGORY VERLINDEN
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT ANALYTICS & AI
COGNIZANT
MICHAEL BALINT
SR MANAGER, PRODUCT ARCHITECTURE
NVIDIA
MICHAEL BALINT
SR MANAGER, PRODUCT ARCHITECTURE
NVIDIA

Michael Balint is a Senior Manager of Product Architecture at NVIDIA focused on scheduling and management of NVIDIA GPU clusters, including the DGX SuperPOD, a benchmark-breaking supercomputer infrastructure. Prior to working at NVIDIA, Michael was a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, where he brought his technical expertise to projects like VP Biden’s Cancer Moonshot and Code.gov. A graduate of both Cornell and Johns Hopkins University, he has had the good fortune of applying software engineering and data science to many interesting problems throughout his career, including: optimization of air traffic flows for the FAA, NLP summarization of consumer reviews, and repurposing geospatial anomaly detection to discover abnormal skin lesions

DR. FADI SALEM
DIRECTOR OF POLICY RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
MBR SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
DR. FADI SALEM
DIRECTOR OF POLICY RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
MBR SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
DAVY VAN DE SANDE
PHD CANDIDATE - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN INTENSIVE CARE MEDICINE BIJ
ERASMUS MC
DAVY VAN DE SANDE
PHD CANDIDATE - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN INTENSIVE CARE MEDICINE BIJ
ERASMUS MC
RENS FEENSTRA
PRINCIPAL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION CONSULTANT
SAS
RENS FEENSTRA
PRINCIPAL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION CONSULTANT
SAS
AURELIA COSTACHE
EMEIA INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION LEADER
EY
AURELIA COSTACHE
EMEIA INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION LEADER
EY
BHUVAN PAWAR
DIGITAL INNOVATION LEADER
ASAHI EUROPE & INTERNATIONAL
BHUVAN PAWAR
DIGITAL INNOVATION LEADER
ASAHI EUROPE & INTERNATIONAL
GERALDINE PERCIVAL
GROUP HEAD OF TALENT & DEVELOPMENT
ASAHI EUROPE & INTERNATIONAL
GERALDINE PERCIVAL
GROUP HEAD OF TALENT & DEVELOPMENT
ASAHI EUROPE & INTERNATIONAL
CATELIJNE MULLER
PRESIDENT
ALLAI
CATELIJNE MULLER
PRESIDENT
ALLAI
DAVID CUCKOW
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DIGITAL
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
DAVID CUCKOW
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DIGITAL
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
STEFAN BADŽA
DIRECTOR OF TEAM FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS, OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
GOVERNMENT OF SERBIA
STEFAN BADŽA
DIRECTOR OF TEAM FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS, OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
GOVERNMENT OF SERBIA
CINZIA MISSIROLI
DIRECTOR OF STANDARDIZATION
CEN/CENELEC
CINZIA MISSIROLI
DIRECTOR OF STANDARDIZATION
CEN/CENELEC
DAN BYLES
CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
UNIFAI TECHNOLOGY
DAN BYLES
CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
UNIFAI TECHNOLOGY

Dan is the Chief Commercial Officer at award winning AI SME, UnifAI Technology. A leading figure in the technology sector, Dan also chairs the British Standards Institution (BSI) Standards Policy & Strategy Committee, and their Digital Strategic Advisory Group. A former Member of Parliament heavily involved in sustainability and technology policy, Dan is a highly effective and experienced speaker and communicator.

PHILIP DAWSON
HEAD OF AI POLICY
ARMILLA ASSURANCE
PHILIP DAWSON
HEAD OF AI POLICY
ARMILLA ASSURANCE
JAEL LOPEZ
PRODUCT LEAD
KICKSTART AI
JAEL LOPEZ
PRODUCT LEAD
KICKSTART AI

Jael, the Product Lead at Kickstart AI, is driven by a passion for defining and developing products that improve society. With a foundation in computer science and engineering, she specialized in cybersecurity, data science, and user experience design. Concurrently, she also serves as a teacher, inspiring individuals to pursue rewarding careers in tech.

MIKE BECK
GLOBAL CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER
DARKTRACE
MIKE BECK
GLOBAL CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER
DARKTRACE

Mike Beck is Global CISO at Darktrace. He has spent 18 years working in technology, security and risk operations, starting his career as a software engineer on GCHQ’s technologist programme, and progressing to support military operations. He has conducted intelligence analysis and assessment in operational theatres across the world, becoming a senior intelligence officer. In 2010, Mike merged his intelligence and technology experience to run cyber defensive operations for UK government, including working on the implementation of the national cyber security strategy and protecting the London 2012 Olympic Games. Joining Darktrace at its early stages in 2014, Mike developed the cyber analyst operation that supports thousands of Darktrace customers with 24/7 support and since 2020 oversees Darktrace’s internal security program as Global CISO.

MARK THIRLWELL
MANAGING DIRECTOR, AI REGULATORY SERVICES
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
MARK THIRLWELL
MANAGING DIRECTOR, AI REGULATORY SERVICES
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION

Mark has over 18 years’ experience working for Accenture, PwC and, most recently, The Berkeley Partnership. During this time Mark has shaped and led the definition and delivery of transformational strategies across a range of industries. He is increasingly focussed on how cutting-edge digital innovation can be used to address society’s most pressing issues, including climate change. Mark joined BSI in an interim capacity in April 2022, before being appointed as the permanent Managing Director of the AI Regulatory Services team in March 2023.

Passionate about taking an organisation’s most complicated strategic issues, defining a solution, and making it a reality, Mark is highly collaborative whilst taking accountability for achieving measurable outcomes.

 

JULIA VAN HUIZEN
PRACTICE LEAD AGRICULTURE & FOOD
ADC
JULIA VAN HUIZEN
PRACTICE LEAD AGRICULTURE & FOOD
ADC

Julia van Huizen is an innovative strategist in AI Governance within the Agriculture & Food industry. She has a distinguished background in climate-related risks and sustainability finance, at the intersection of (regulatory) governance and technology, at esteemed institutions such as the Bank of England, the Dutch Central Bank, European Commission, and ING. As lead of the Agriculture & Food practice at the Data & AI Consultancy ADC, Julia has played an integral role in shaping ADC’s approach how to guide organisation’s transformation towards revolutionising agriculture, blending cutting-edge technology with a data-driven and digitalisation-focused strategy, all supported by robust AI Governance frameworks. ADC offers a range of services within this sector, including Sustainable Agriculture Solutions, Supply Chain and Impact Transparency, and developing strategies for Regulatory Compliance and Reporting. Julia’s commitment to aligning agriculture with sustainability goals, utilising advanced technologies, and adeptly navigating complex regulatory landscapes positions ADC as a trusted partner for organisations seeking to maximise the potential of data and AI while upholding the highest standards of AI Governance.

CASPER RUTJES
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
ADC
CASPER RUTJES
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
ADC

Dr. Casper Rutjes is Chief Technology Officer (CTO)of ADC, a consultancy dedicated to the responsible implementation and adoption of data and AI, driven by the mission to create a real impact to companies that matter for society, through close collaboration with clients and partners. In his role, Casper spearheads ADC’s distinctive integrated approach, overseeing everything from developing data strategies and executing complex data & AI engineering to conducting in-depth data analysis and designing optimal user experiences. He guides teams within ADC’s diverse collective of over 150 professionals spanning three countries – the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden, all of whom possess expertise across a spectrum of industries, including public and society, agriculture and food, healthcare and life sciences, and financial services. Casper makes sure ADC places AI Governance at the core of responsible and effective AI deployment for clients, ensuring the ethical and compliant use of data and AI technologies. This perspective establishes ADC as a dependable partner for organisations dedicated to fostering positive and sustainable impact.

RIK VAN DER WOERDT
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO
AMSTERDAM DATA COLLECTIVE
RIK VAN DER WOERDT
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO
AMSTERDAM DATA COLLECTIVE
MALEK BEN SALEM
MANAGING DIRECTOR, EMERGING TECH SECURITY
ACCENTURE
MALEK BEN SALEM
MANAGING DIRECTOR, EMERGING TECH SECURITY
ACCENTURE

Dr. Malek Ben Salem is a Managing Director at Accenture Security, focused on security for emerging technologies, including AI, Web3 and the Metaverse. In this role, she develops business with strategic customers, creates intellectual property, publishes thought leadership, and builds innovative AI and security technologies helping organizations reduce their risk and proactively adhere to digital ethics principles in order to earn clients’ trust—going beyond a compliance-driven security approach.

In her previous role, Malek led security R&D for Accenture in North America. Malek is a technology thought leader, innovator, and ex-DARPA PI with over 25 patents and 27 peer-reviewed publications. She holds a PhD and a MSc in Computer Science from Columbia University, New York, a Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Hanover, GERMANY, and a certificate in Technology Strategy from the MIT Sloan School of Business.

ULIANA KRAINSKA
AI SYNTHETIC DATA CONSULTANT
SYNTHO
ULIANA KRAINSKA
AI SYNTHETIC DATA CONSULTANT
SYNTHO

AI Synthetic Data Consultant at Syntho, the startup that is disrupting the tech industry with software for AI-generated synthetic data. Uliana is helping enterprise clients unlock privacy-sensitive data, make smarter data decisions and faster data access, so that organizations can realize data-driven innovation.  Syntho won the prestigious Philips Innovation Award, won the SAS global hackathon in healthcare and life science, and has been recognized as a Generative AI startup to watch by NVIDIA.

JEAN PHILIPPE M.L. SCHEPENS VAN THIEL
FOUNDER & CEO
AXONJAY
JEAN PHILIPPE M.L. SCHEPENS VAN THIEL
FOUNDER & CEO
AXONJAY

Passionate ornithologist, creating synergies between nature and data science technology. On a mission to disrupt the world with sustainable human/environment approaches and energy of collective consciousness/open hearts. With his multi-cultured & science-based & entrepreneurial business background, Jean-Philippe is a trendsetter in a post-pandemic company era who focuses on unlocking the tribe’s potential and finding solutions where there is no clear path.  Creator of magic moments together with customers!

 

DR NICOLAI BALDIN
CEO & FOUNDER
SYNTHESIZED
 
DR NICOLAI BALDIN
CEO & FOUNDER
SYNTHESIZED
 

Dr Nicolai Baldin is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Synthesized. Synthesized provides high-quality data for machine learning and application development. it solves the problem of replacing expensive sensitive production data from dev environments with right-sized synthetically generated data. Nicolai is responsible for the direction and global strategy of Synthesized. He holds a PhD in Statistics and Machine Learning from the University of Cambridge where he won the prestigious Smith-Knight award and is a Forbes Technology Council member.

DAVID STEIN
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
DECI AI
DAVID STEIN
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
DECI AI

David is a seasoned sales and business development executive with more than 10 years’ experience in the hi-tech space and special focus on AI. Deci AI’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. His role is to lead Deci’s partner Go to Market execution by partnering with leading technology and solution providers such as Microsoft, NVIDIA, Dell and more, as well as building Deci’s global reseller network. Before joining Deci, David led Run:ai’s North American Partnership activity. This resulted in Run’s first wins in North America, closing Fortune 100 companies via resellers, building a pipeline from nothing to over 10 million USD, and the Run:ai & NVIDIA DGX Bundle.

ROBBY HORNIG
SALES DIRECTOR DACH & CEE
WEIGHTS & BIASES
ROBBY HORNIG
SALES DIRECTOR DACH & CEE
WEIGHTS & BIASES

Robby is the Sales Director at Weights & Biases, responsible for the DACH & CEE regions. For over 15 years, Robby has been involved in the field of complex software solutions. After spending some time in Business Intelligence, he discovered his passion for Machine Learning and AI while building the sales department for the Berlin-based startup, i2x. Since October 2022, he has been on board with Weights & Biases, with the mission of providing the best tools to Machine Learning Engineers. He resides in Berlin with his wife.

AMANDA LAWSON
RESEARCH & POLICY ANALYST
RESPONSIBLE AI INSTITUTE
AMANDA LAWSON
RESEARCH & POLICY ANALYST
RESPONSIBLE AI INSTITUTE

Amanda Lawson is a renowned policy expert, researcher, and dynamic speaker dedicated to responsible AI and equitable tech policy. As a Policy Analyst at the Responsible AI Institute (RAI Institute), she has developed cutting-edge AI governance frameworks and comprehensive risk policies for clients like AWS, Mastercard, and IBM. Amanda collaborates with influential organizations such as the OECD, UN, and ISO, shaping industry-wide best practices through groundbreaking research.

Amanda’s thought leadership has been showcased at conferences such as Reuters MOMENTUM, Austin AI Summit, AI and Big Data Expo, and International Data Engineering and Science Association, where she emphasizes responsible AI standards and governance.

Prior to the RAI Institute, Amanda worked in criminal justice policy at the Vera Institute of Justice, galvanizing her passion for algorithmic justice. In 2016, Amanda founded a non-profit dedicated to advocating for indigent people affected by state and local criminal justice policy. Her leadership led to the successful passage of several common-sense policies improving the lives of thousands each year.

Amanda’s multidimensional perspective stems from her educational background, including her B.A. in Public Policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and recent certifications in AI compliance, leadership, and digital marketing from Google, the Project Management Institute, and more.

Amanda Lawson’s unwavering dedication and influential contributions make her a sought-after speaker and consultant in the policy and tech AI community. Her work drives positive change and fosters equity in the growing field of responsible AI today.

MIKE SHIRAZI
FOUNDING GENERAL PARTNER
PURSUIT VENTURES
MIKE SHIRAZI
FOUNDING GENERAL PARTNER
PURSUIT VENTURES
ALEXANDRA VAN HUFFELEN
MINISTER OF DIGITALIZATION
THE MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
ALEXANDRA VAN HUFFELEN
MINISTER OF DIGITALIZATION
THE MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
ROGER KLOSE
GLOBAL HEAD OF OT CYBER SECURITY
MERCK KGAA
ROGER KLOSE
GLOBAL HEAD OF OT CYBER SECURITY
MERCK KGAA

To achieve global business goals, secure products, and protect mission-critical services, Roger defines best practices by sharing his deep knowledge with key stakeholders and applying his advanced analytical skills. He also solves complex problems or issues for which there are no routine solutions and provides new forward-looking perspectives. On many projects with challenging risks, resource requirements, and privacy issues, he acts as an advisor and mentor within the team and beyond to help align all the disciplines. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, he worked in various consulting firms and held leading positions in cybersecurity consulting, business development, penetration testing and security architecture. In addition, he is active as an instructor, mentor and coach. For more than a decade, he has been a speaker at national and international security conferences and working groups where he shares his ideas with a wide range of security experts on AI and GPT security, cloud security, cyber attacks, IoT security, and advanced persistent threats. In addition to his professional career, Roger taught the master’s program “Cloud Computing and Service Architectures” as an adjunct professor at Worms University of Applied Sciences for 10 years.

INMA PEREZ RUIZ
REGULATORY LEAD, AI NOTIFIED BODY
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
INMA PEREZ RUIZ
REGULATORY LEAD, AI NOTIFIED BODY
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
ALBERTO ÁLVAREZ-MARTÍN
AI TECHNICAL SPECIALIST
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
ALBERTO ÁLVAREZ-MARTÍN
AI TECHNICAL SPECIALIST
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
ALEX TAZZA
AI TECHNICAL TEAM MANAGER
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
ALEX TAZZA
AI TECHNICAL TEAM MANAGER
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION
HILARY RICHTERS
DIRECTOR AND LEAD DIGITAL ETHICS
DELOITTE
HILARY RICHTERS
DIRECTOR AND LEAD DIGITAL ETHICS
DELOITTE
PEPIJN VAN DER LAAN
DIRECTOR AI & DATA, BUSINESS LEAD AI
DELOITTE
PEPIJN VAN DER LAAN
DIRECTOR AI & DATA, BUSINESS LEAD AI
DELOITTE
KUTLU KAZANCI
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
CREATIVE DESTRUCTION LAB (SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD)
KUTLU KAZANCI
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
CREATIVE DESTRUCTION LAB (SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD)

Kutlu is the head of ventures for Creative Destruction Lab at University of Oxford, overseeing the scouting, selection, support and alumni relations across AI, fintech, climate, health and space programmes. Before joining the CDL programme, Kutlu launched and ran startup programs in UK and EMEA, including UKBasecamp, SUCool, Founder Institute, Galata Business Angels, Endeavor Turkey as well as cofounding an enterprise innovation software company, WeDecide. Previous to that, he worked as a banker in New York and Jakarta and holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with distinction from Stanford University. He is also an investor in ~100 startups across North America and EMEA

SERGEY TYAN
CO-FOUNDER & CPO
SIRIUS
SERGEY TYAN
CO-FOUNDER & CPO
SIRIUS
MATTHIJS ALDERLIEFSTE
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
MOKIN
MATTHIJS ALDERLIEFSTE
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
MOKIN
NANDA PIERSMA 
Scientific Director HvA Centre of Expertise Applied Artificial Intelligence
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
   
NANDA PIERSMA 
Scientific Director HvA Centre of Expertise Applied Artificial Intelligence
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
   
LAURENS SAMSON
TECHLEAD - COMPUTER VISION TEAM
CITY OF AMSTERDAM
LAURENS SAMSON
TECHLEAD - COMPUTER VISION TEAM
CITY OF AMSTERDAM

Laurens is the Tech Lead of the Computer Vision Team for the City of Amsterdam. As a background, Laurens obtained a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Amsterdam, where he was able to publish his thesis at one of the biggest computer vision conferences (ICCV). After that, he worked as a Machine Learning Engineer at Research & Development for autonomous driving at TomTom. For the City of Amsterdam, Laurens started in the AI team, where he built prototypes for blurring algorithms and garbage detection. Thereafter, he co-founded the Computer Vision Team, which aims to create valuable machine learning solutions to detect relevant objects in the public space in an ethical manner. These solutions will contribute to the goals of the municipality to improve the livability, cleanliness and safety of the city.

INGO STORK
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
PRECITASTE
INGO STORK
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
PRECITASTE
RABAH KHALEK
MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCHER
GISKARD
RABAH KHALEK
MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCHER
GISKARD
SOUHEIL HANOUNE
CTO / CSO
XXII
SOUHEIL HANOUNE
CTO / CSO
XXII
AAD NALES
PARTNER - ROBOTICS AND IOT
ALMENDE
AAD NALES
PARTNER - ROBOTICS AND IOT
ALMENDE

Aad Nales has worked in different roles in hightech startups since the late nineties. He currently is a partner in Almende, a for profit research institute and venture builder, from Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

In Almende his special focus is on microchip developments, robotics and IoT.

 

PETER NORVIG
Pioneer in AI, Author of best-selling textbook, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, Distinguished Education Fellow
Google and Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
 
PETER NORVIG
Pioneer in AI, Author of best-selling textbook, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, Distinguished Education Fellow
Google and Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
 

 

Peter Norvig is a Distinguished Education Fellow at Stanford’s Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute and a researcher at Google Inc; previously he directed Google’s core search algorithms group and Google’s Research group.

 

He was head of NASA Ames’s Computational Sciences Division, where he was NASA’s senior computer scientist and a recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has taught at the University of Southern California, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and the distinguished alumni award in 2006.

 

He was co-teacher of an Artificial Intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes. His publications include the books Data Science in Context (to appear in 2022), Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (the leading textbook in the field), Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world’s longest palindromic sentence. He is a fellow of the AAAI, ACM, California Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

VANDI VERMA
Chief Engineer of Robotic Operations - Mars 2020, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
NASA
VANDI VERMA
Chief Engineer of Robotic Operations - Mars 2020, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
NASA

Vandi Verma, Chief Engineer of Robotic Operations – Mars 2020, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), NASA (USA)

 

Vandi Verma is the Chief Engineer for Robotic Operations for the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, and the Assistant Section Manager for Mobility and Robotics Systems at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She specializes in space robotics, autonomous robots and robotic operations. She has worked on a number of Space Robotics and Artificial Intelligence research and technology development tasks and has designed, developed, and operated rovers on Mars, the Arctic, Antarctica, and the Atacama Desert.

 

She has been working at NASA since graduating with a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. She works on new capabilities from early design, through development, testing and launch, to landing and surface operations. Since 2008 she has been driving rovers on Mars (Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, and Perseverance) and operating the robotic arm and sampling system as a Rover Planner. She enjoys coding and has written flight software that runs onboard Curiosity and Perseverance, and simulation software used in operations.

JOE DEPA
EUROPE AI LEAD | GLOBAL LEAD FOR DATA-LED TRANSFORMATION | SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
ACCENTURE
 
JOE DEPA
EUROPE AI LEAD | GLOBAL LEAD FOR DATA-LED TRANSFORMATION | SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
ACCENTURE
 

Creating, scaling, transforming companies with data.
As the Global Lead of Data-led Transformation for Accenture, and our lead for our Applied Intelligence business in Europe, Joe helps Fortune 500 clients cross industry leverage data to bring new products and services to market, fuel employee and consumer experiences, drive operational efficiency, and ultimately help improve the way we work and live. In addition, Joe has served as the interim Chief Data and AI Officer for a Fortune 100 company where we are rapidly transforming the organization by creating new
businesses and products, driving operational efficiencies, and changing ways of working to drive growth and innovation. Joe leads our Europe AI Team with a talented team of data scientists, business consultants, cloud engineers, and AI strategists. Committed to recruiting, developing and retaining diverse talent, this high performing team has been recognized for its contribution to driving innovation and positive change at our clients. More importantly, by creating an inclusive culture of servant leadership, Joe is focused on fostering growth among the people with whom he works.

JOELLE PINEAU
Co-Managing Director | Meta AI Research
Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar, School of Computer Science | McGill University
   
JOELLE PINEAU
Co-Managing Director | Meta AI Research
Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar, School of Computer Science | McGill University
   
MICHAEL KAGAN
CTO 
NVIDIA
     
MICHAEL KAGAN
CTO 
NVIDIA
     
COLIN MURDOCH 
 Director of Applied AI and Chief Business Officer
DeepMind 
 
COLIN MURDOCH 
 Director of Applied AI and Chief Business Officer
DeepMind 
 
KOSTIANTYN KOSHELENKO
DEPUTY MINISTER OF SOCIAL POLICY FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE
 
KOSTIANTYN KOSHELENKO
DEPUTY MINISTER OF SOCIAL POLICY FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE
 
MICHAEL SPRANGER
COO
Sony AI
 
MICHAEL SPRANGER
COO
Sony AI
 

Michael Spranger is the COO of Sony AI Inc., Sony’s strategic research and development organization established April 2020. Sony AI’s mission is to “unleash human imagination and creativity with AI.” Michael is a roboticist by training with extensive research experience in different areas of AI including Natural Language Processing, robotics, and foundations of Artificial Intelligence. Concurrent to Sony AI, Michael also holds a Senior Researcher position at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., and is actively contributing to Sony’s overall AI ethics strategy.

MICKY ADRIAANSENS
Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Government of the Netherlands
MICKY ADRIAANSENS
Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Government of the Netherlands
CATHY COBEY
Global Trusted AI Leader
EY
CATHY COBEY
Global Trusted AI Leader
EY

Cathy is EY’s Global Trusted AI Leader and Canadian Technology Risk Leader. In these roles, she helps corporate executives and Directors understand and manage business risks related to technology in the Transformative Age, including the ethical and control implications of artificial intelligence.

Cathy leverages her unique background as a CPA, technology risk practioner and involvement with the EY Climate Change & Sustainability practice to consider the full spectrum of technological and societal implications of technology transformation. 

She currently serves on technical advisory committees with the Responsible AI Institute, CIO Strategy Council, CPA Canada and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to develop industry and regulatory standards for emerging technology.

PROFESSOR FRANCESCA ROSSI 
President | AAAI
Fellow and AI Ethics Global Leader | IBM 
 
PROFESSOR FRANCESCA ROSSI 
President | AAAI
Fellow and AI Ethics Global Leader | IBM 
 

Francesca Rossi is an IBM Fellow and the IBM AI Ethics Global Leader.She is based at the T.J. Watson IBM Research Lab, New York, USA, where she leads AI research projects.

 

Before joining IBM, she has been a professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy, for 20 years.

Her research interest span various areas of AI, from constraints to preferences, from graphical models to social choice, to neuro-symbolic AI.

She co-chairs the IBM AI Ethics board and she participates in many global multi-stakeholder initiatives on AI ethics, such as the Global Partnership on AI, of which both US and France are members.

 

She is the president of AAAI, the world-wide association of AI researchers.

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

As the Applied Intelligence Lead for Accenture the Netherlands, Laurence supports large organizations with shaping and executing their journey towards becoming a Data Driven Enterprise. Bringing value to client operations and customer service through end-to-end Data & Analytics Services: from value definition and strategy to capabilities and deployment at scale. 

Laurence leads our Netherlands Applied Intelligence practice with a talented team of data scientists, business consultants, cloud engineers, and AI strategists. 

Laurence is passionate about people and data. From all colleagues in the Applied Intelligence practice to client excecutives, to all the people involved in the data supply chains: from data production to data consumption. Creating new insights, aspirations and innovations and connecting people through data.

aging Director, Digital Technologies

 

MARK SURMAN
President and Chief Executive
Mozilla Foundation 
MARK SURMAN
President and Chief Executive
Mozilla Foundation 
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.

 

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. 

WEI LI 
VP/GM, AI and Analytics 
Intel
 
WEI LI 
VP/GM, AI and Analytics 
Intel
 

Wei Li is VP/GM of AI and Analytics (AIA) at Intel. He is an AI software executive, who started his career as a computer scientist for supercomputers. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University, and taught Advanced Compiling Techniques at Stanford University. He is passionate about product strategy, technology and execution. Together with his world-wide team of engineering magicians, Wei has been instrumental in Intel’s multi-billion dollar AI revenue growth. His team consistently set goals to win and deliver, winning 5 Intel Achievement Awards.

 

With the  vision of AI Everywhere enabled by an open AI software ecosystem.  He is leading the Data+AI software effort for both performance and productivity. Most recently, his team improved AI performance by 10-100X through software acceleration, and enabled customers such as MasterCard, Burger King, AWS, Google among many others. He is responsible for a broad AI and Analytics including deep learning, statistical machine learning and big data analytics, e.g. optimizing mainstream AI software such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, MXNet, PaddlePaddle, TVM, XGBoost, Scikit-learn, DGL, Numpy, SciPy, Pandas, Modin, numba, Python, SPARK as well as developing Intel oneAPI performance libraries and productivity tools such as oneDNN, oneDNN Graph, oneCCL, oneDAL, BigDL, Intel Neural Compressor (INC) and AI Analytics toolkit. His team is also responsible for AI hardware co-design on CPU and GPU as well as heterogenous and distributed computing.

 

He served as an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems, and was on the Intel/Microsoft committee that funded the creation of parallel computing research centers at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/wei-li-sf/

PROFESSOR  ANIL SETH
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience
University of Sussex
PROFESSOR  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).

JACK MCCAULEY
Co-Founder
Oculus
Professor and Innovator in Residence, Jabobs Institute for Design
UC Berkeley
 
JACK MCCAULEY
Co-Founder
Oculus
Professor and Innovator in Residence, Jabobs Institute for Design
UC Berkeley
 

Jack McCauley an Innovator in Residence at Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley, Professor at UC Berkeley, Co-Founder of Oculus, an American engineer, hardware designer, inventor, video game developer and philanthropist. Jack is best known for designing the guitars and drums for the Guitar Hero video game series, and as a co-founder and former chief engineer at Oculus VR. At Oculus, Jack designed and built the Oculus DK1 and DK2 virtual reality headsets. Oculus was acquired by Facebook for $2 Billion.  McCauley holds numerous U.S. patents for inventions in software, audio effects, virtual reality, motion control, computer peripherals, and video game hardware and controllers. Jack was awarded a full scholarship to attend University of California, Berkeley where he earned as BSc., EECS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1986.  Jack has authored numerous research papers in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and mathematical modeling of AI-based systems and is currently pursuing new projects at his private R&D facility and hardware incubator in Livermore, California.

MICHEL VAN LEEUWEN
Director of Artificial Intelligence
Ministry of Justice and Security - Government of the Netherlands
MICHEL VAN LEEUWEN
Director of Artificial Intelligence
Ministry of Justice and Security - Government of the Netherlands
Sarah Porter
CEO & Founder, Inspired Minds!
UN Advisor, LAWS
Sarah Porter
CEO & Founder, 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.

ORLANDO MACHADO
Chief Data Officer and Vice President
The LEGO Group
         
ORLANDO MACHADO
Chief Data Officer and Vice President
The LEGO Group
         
SAFIYA UMOJA NOBLE 
Professor | UCLA
Co-Founder and Co-Director | UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry
SAFIYA UMOJA NOBLE 
Professor | UCLA
Co-Founder and Co-Director | UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry

Dr. Safiya U. Noble is an internet studies scholar and Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she serves as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2). She holds affiliations in the School of Education & Information Studies, and is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford where she is a Commissioner on the Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance (OxCAIGG). In 2021, she was recognized as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow (also known as the “Genius Award”) for her ground-breaking work on algorithmic discrimination, which prompted her founding of a non-profit, Equity Engine, to accelerate investment in companies, education, and networks driven by women of color. She is the author of a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press), which has been widely-reviewed in scholarly and popular publications. She is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award. In 2022, she was recognized as the inaugural NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award recipient.

 

Her academic research focuses on the internet and its impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, power, and technology. She is regularly sought out for her expertise on issues of algorithmic discrimination and technology bias by national and international press including The Guardian, the BBC, CNN International, USA Today, Wired, Time, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The New York Times, and a host of network news and podcasts. Her popular writing includes critiques on the loss of public goods to Big Tech companies, as featured in Noema magazine.

 

Safiya is the co-editor of two edited volumes: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online and Emotions, Technology & Design. She is a member of several academic journal and advisory boards, and holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fresno where she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2018. In 2020, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award from the iSchool Alumni Association, and is also the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award winner from the Illinois Alumni Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Dr. Noble is a board member of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, serving those vulnerable to online harassment. She was recently appointed as a board member for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank.

RINA JOOSTEN
Co Founder
Seedlink Tech
RINA JOOSTEN
Co Founder
Seedlink Tech
Co Founder

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

MIGUEL MARTIN ACOSTA 
Chief Engineer - Unmanned Aerial Systems
Airbus
       
MIGUEL MARTIN ACOSTA 
Chief Engineer - Unmanned Aerial Systems
Airbus
       

Miguel Martín Acosta is UAS Chief Engineer at Airbus, where he leads AI-driven NextGen Autonomous Drones able to flight in urban environment. He formerly worked as Lead Data Scientist in his role of Head of Health Management and Predictive Analytics at Airbus. Prior to joining Airbus, he worked as developer for control systems and computer vision.

 

He holds a degree in electronic engineering, a master in robotics and PhD candidature in AI and teaches AI in different university programs, as MSc in Intelligent Avionics from University of Malaga and MSc in Unmanned Aerial System from Polytechnic University of Madrid.

DAME WENDY HALL
Regius Professor in Computer Science
University of Southampton
 
DAME WENDY HALL
Regius Professor in Computer Science
University of Southampton
 

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Associate Vice President (International Engagement), and is an Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton.

One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science.

She is well known for her development of the Microcosm hypermedia system in the mid- 1980s, which was a forerunner to the World Wide Web.

In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education. Through her leadership roles on national and international bodies, she has shattered many glass ceilings, readily deploying her position on numerous national and international bodies to promote the role of women in SET and acting as an important role model for others.

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.

Many of Wendy’s previous roles include: President of the ACM, President of BCS, 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, was a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy.

Dame Wendy was co-Chair of the UK government’s Artificial Intelligence Review, which was published in October 2017, is the UK government’s first Skills Champion for AI and is a member of the newly formed AI Council.

In May 2020, she was appointed Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute and joined the BT Technology Advisory board in January 2021.

BLAISE AGUERA Y ARCAS
VP Fellow
Google Research 
 
BLAISE AGUERA Y ARCAS
VP Fellow
Google Research 
 

Blaise Agüera y Arcas is a VP and Fellow at Google Research, where he leads an organization working on both basic research and new products in AI. His focus is on augmentative, privacy-first, and collectively beneficial applications, including on-device ML for Android phones, wearables, and the Internet of Things.

 

One of the team’s technical contributions is Federated Learning, an approach to training neural networks in a distributed setting that avoids sharing user data. Blaise also founded the Artists and Machine Intelligence program, and has been an active participant in cross-disciplinary dialogs about AI and ethics, fairness and bias, policy, and risk. Until 2014 he was a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. Outside the tech world, Blaise has worked on computational humanities projects including the digital reconstruction of Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii’s color photography at the Library of Congress, and the use of computer vision techniques to shed new light on Gutenberg’s printing technology. Blaise has given TED talks on Sead­ragon and Pho­to­synth (2007, 2012), Bing Maps (2010), and machine creativity (2016), and gave a keynote at NeurIPS on social intelligence (2019). In 2008, he was awarded MIT’s TR35 prize. In 2018 and 2019 he taught the course “Intelligent Machinery, Identity, and Ethics” at the University of Washington, placing computing and AI in a broader historical and philosophical context.

FLEURETTE POIESZ
BUISNESS LEAD HUB GROWTH
PICNIC TECHNOLOGIES
 
FLEURETTE POIESZ
BUISNESS LEAD HUB GROWTH
PICNIC TECHNOLOGIES
 

Fleurette Poiesz started her career 8 years ago working on the international expansion of tech start-up Magnet.me where she first discovered her love for technology. Since then she has successfully expanded and grown business units & companies ranging from Microsoft to Plain Concepts and enjoys managing high performance teams through growth and innovation. 

Fleurette thrives in high-paced environments and brings order in the chaos while maintaining a strategic vision. She recently started a new adventure as Business Lead at Dutch unicorn Picnic Technologies and is an active board member of the Women In Tech Netherlands organization who takes a proactive style to leadership. Through positive energy and encouragement she helps tells the tales of women in technology from all over the world both on stage or through podcasting with the main goal of getting more women in tech.

LIEKE LAMB
CEO
FUTURE EXPERTISE CENTER
 
LIEKE LAMB
CEO
FUTURE EXPERTISE CENTER
 

Lieke Lamb is CEO of the Future Expertise Center.

Being an Innovation Ambassador and Trend Strategist she has been closely following technological, social and economic trends for over 20 years. As an advisor of companies, governmental organizations, Start-Ups and NGO’s she is a leading Trend Analist and Keynote Speaker on topics as Leadership, Digital Transformation, Technology, Diversity & Inclusion, and the Educational System. Regularly on Dutch TV as expert, presenter and interviewer. Member of the Board of Women in Tech NL . Guest teacher at Nyenrode University (Strategic Leadership Program) and owner of the Dutch broadcast channel Trendwatcher.TV.

CRISTINA GARCIA ALBELA
PROJECT ENGINEER - CFD ANALYSIS 
MECAL HIGH-TECH/SYSTEMS
   
CRISTINA GARCIA ALBELA
PROJECT ENGINEER - CFD ANALYSIS 
MECAL HIGH-TECH/SYSTEMS
   

Cristina Garcia Albela started her professional career 2 years ago in the Netherlands as Project Engineer and CFD Analyst at Mecal High-Tech Systems, working inside the challenging and fast growing lithograph/semiconductors industry. She got her Mechanical Engineer degree from UPM (Madrid), followed by a Erasmus Mundus Master in Computational Mechanics (UPC, Barcelona and ECN, Nantes) with which she specialized in Numerical methods and Fluid dynamics. 

She defines herself as troubleshooting, intuitive, determinant and certainly not afraid to face new challenges. She is an empathetic and tolerant person, open to help people to find their best. As a young woman in tech, she has the objective to feel empowered and embrace technology industry, with especial interest in the new generations that are to come. That’s why she joined Women in Tech NL, where she is involved in organizing different events and workshops.

GRACE GALDOS ARENAS
SENIOR SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT
SAP
 
GRACE GALDOS ARENAS
SENIOR SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT
SAP
 
RALF HERBRICH
Professor
Hasso-Plattner Institute
 
RALF HERBRICH
Professor
Hasso-Plattner Institute
 

Ralf Herbrich leads the group on Artificial Intelligence and Sustainability at the Hasso-Plattner Institute in Potsdam since May 2022. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Builder Platform & Artificial Intelligence at Zalando (2020 – 2022),  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 – 2020). Prior to these roles at Amazon, 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 100 peer-reviewed papers and holds over 50 patents. He holds a PhD in Statistics from Technical University of Berlin and obtained his Diploma in Computer Science from the same institution. 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.

    CHRISTOPHER BISHOP
TECHNICAL FELLOW AND DIRECTOR
MICROSOFT RESEARCH AI4SCIENCE
   
    CHRISTOPHER BISHOP
TECHNICAL FELLOW AND DIRECTOR
MICROSOFT RESEARCH AI4SCIENCE
   

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.

HINA DIXIT 
Head of AI + Metaverse Investments
Samsung Next
   
HINA DIXIT 
Head of AI + Metaverse Investments
Samsung Next
   
DAVOOD SHAMSI 
AI/ML Leader
PHD AT STANFORD
   
DAVOOD SHAMSI 
AI/ML Leader
PHD AT STANFORD
   

Davood Shamsi is a Senior Engineering Manager in Apple specialized in Optimization, AI and ML. He has led many projects that require in-depth interaction of real-world data, optimization and machine learning. Previously, he worked at advertising.com and developed various large scaling algorithms for ad optimization in digital advertising.  He received his PhD from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, and his Master’s degree from Rice University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

PHIL BLUNSOM
CHIEF SCIENTIST 
COHERE
   
PHIL BLUNSOM
CHIEF SCIENTIST 
COHERE
   
JULIEN MOLEZ
GROUP INNOVATION DATA AND AI LEADER
SOCIETE GENERALE
   
JULIEN MOLEZ
GROUP INNOVATION DATA AND AI LEADER
SOCIETE GENERALE
   
ROSANNA LOCKWOOD 
International News Anchor 
 
ROSANNA LOCKWOOD 
International News Anchor 
 
SUE BLACK OBE
PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EVANGELIST
DURHAM UNIVERSITY
 
SUE BLACK OBE
PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EVANGELIST
DURHAM UNIVERSITY
 

A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker.

Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 codebreakers. Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011. Sue has championed women in tech for over two decades, founding the #techmums social enterprise in 2013 and the pioneering TechUPWomen retraining underserved women into tech careers in 2019.

Passionate about technology as an enabler Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

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.

MENT VAN DER PLAS
DIRECTOR OF BIG DATA & ADVANCED ANALYTICS
ASML
 
MENT VAN DER PLAS
DIRECTOR OF BIG DATA & ADVANCED ANALYTICS
ASML
 

As head of the IT Big Data & Analytics (BDA) department, Ment is responsible for delivering a portfolio of analytics solutions for his business partners to support them in a variety of business challenges. The department’s vision is to unlock the value of data for everyone within the organization. This is achieved through in one hand partnering closely with the business consumers to enable new insights and support fact-based decisions, and on the other through integrating data to provide faster access to high quality, secure and consumable data products. The information hunger within the organization has grown significantly over the last years, requiring a scalable organization with a strong partner network. In an SAFe/Agile setup, more then 65 DevOps teams execute the vision of the department on a day to day basis.

Specialities
Data Strategy | Data & Analytics | Analytics services | Cloud & Infrastructure | Agile Leadership

DIEDERICK EDEL
PRODUCT OWNER - DATA & ANALYTICS INNOVATION LAB
ASML
 
DIEDERICK EDEL
PRODUCT OWNER - DATA & ANALYTICS INNOVATION LAB
ASML
 

As the Lead of the Big Data & Analytics (BDA) Innovation Lab at ASML IT, Diederick is responsible for taking new and innovative ideas from ideation to product. The Innovation Lab’s vision is to be the driver and enabler of applying advanced analytics within ASML processes. Diederick leads three teams which consists of a mixture of highly skilled data scientists, innovation consultants, data engineers and cloud engineers. Diederick has been responsible for creating the innovation lab from scratch to the embedding of the teams in the larger department.Diederick has an almost endless interest for everything Data & AI related, and a special interest in the change process how to get these technologies embedded in a large enterprise. As an advisor to the IT BDA Management Team Diederick turns his knowledge on Data & AI also to a strategic level, ensuring that those technologies not only impact the few in the Innovation Lab but also the organization at large.

Specialties
Product Management | Data & AI |Turning strategy into action | High-performing Teams | Organizational Design | IT Expert

MAARTEN BRANTJES
TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY & ADVISORY CONSULTANT
ACCENTURE
 
MAARTEN BRANTJES
TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY & ADVISORY CONSULTANT
ACCENTURE
 
RAY SHIRKHODAI
Executive Director and Chief Information Officer
Pacific Disaster Center
RAY SHIRKHODAI
Executive Director and Chief Information Officer
Pacific Disaster Center


Ray Shirkhodai is responsible for PDC’s strategic development, market and partnership expansion, and all aspects of the enterprise operation. Serving in information management and senior leadership roles since 1991, Ray first joined PDC in 2002 as the Chief Information Officer before his selection for Executive Director in 2007. During his tenure at PDC, Ray architected PDC’s flagship DisasterAWARE® risk intelligence platform and mobile applications, developed and oversaw strategies for PDC’s expansion into the global hazard and risk reduction markets, and increased the Center’s competitive project revenues, augmenting PDC’s base research and operating budgets. Ray has led the Center’s support of major international disaster relief operations. He has served as a chief technology advisor to regional and national disaster management offices around the world. Ray has written for numerous United Nations publications on analytical software design for risk reduction. He has been an invited keynote speaker, lecturer and participant at many international events focused on technologies for risk reduction and resilience. Ray is on the advisory board of the University of Hawaii Maui College Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) program. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from George Mason University followed by graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence at George Mason University.

BILLY PERRIGO
Staff Writer 
TIME
 
BILLY PERRIGO
Staff Writer 
TIME
 
PROF. DR. WOLFRAM BURGARD
Founding Chair of the Department of Engineering and Professor for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
University of Technology Nuremberg  
 
PROF. DR. WOLFRAM BURGARD
Founding Chair of the Department of Engineering and Professor for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
University of Technology Nuremberg  
 
THOMAS WEBER
Chief Product Owner
Huawei Technologies
   
THOMAS WEBER
Chief Product Owner
Huawei Technologies
   

The speaker Thomas Weber is Chief Product Owner for the West European Region at Huawei Technologies. He is responsible for planning new services for the Public Cloud platforms of Huawei, incorporating customer requirements, and coordinating with the R&D side of Huawei to provide these new services. He also provides technical support for large companies, e.g. to integrate existing systems, infrastructure and business processes and to enable the introduction of public, private and hybrid cloud architectures. Topics that he is taking care of especially are BigData and AI, Quantum Computing and high performance computing.

BEVERLY RIDER
TONOMUS & CEO, PORTFOLIO T
a TONOMUS COMPANY
 
BEVERLY RIDER
TONOMUS & CEO, PORTFOLIO T
a TONOMUS COMPANY
 

Beverly currently serves as CEO of Portfolio T, Tonomus’ Venture Studio & Fund. Beverly leads a team of top-tier entrepreneurs and C-suite executives in developing Silicon Valley-modelled ventures and disruptive, sustainable solutions to power the world’s first ecosystem of cognitive technologies. She is also focused on attracting investment and fostering long-term optimization.

 

As CMO of Tonomus since 2021, she is tasked with building and managing a world-class commercial organization comprising: sales and channels; ventures; solutions; delivery; communications, events, and product and field marketing. Her work enables the successful development and execution of Tonomus’ programs, which require the establishment of global partnerships to provide scale for NEOM’s growth.

 

Beverly’s deep experience and insights come from serving in the C-suite at Fortune 10 and Global 100 companies, including Hitachi Limited (Japan), General Electric (US) and Ericsson (Sweden). She was also CEO at C-level Consulting, an executive for CenturyLink/Qwest/US West, and an attorney.

Beverly has degrees in marketing, finance, law and taxation. She graduated JD Cum Laude from the Seattle University School of Law and attended the University of Washington LLM Program.

RADHIKA DIRKS
CEO & Founder
XLabs 
 
RADHIKA DIRKS
CEO & Founder
XLabs 
 
DANNY LANGE
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF AI
UNITY SOFTWARE
   
DANNY LANGE
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF AI
UNITY SOFTWARE
   

Dr. Danny Lange is Senior VP of AI and Machine Learning at Unity. As SVP of AI and Machine Learning, Danny leads Unity’s efforts around AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Machine Learning. He joined from Uber, where he was Head of Machine Learning. At Uber, Danny led the efforts to build the world’s most versatile Machine Learning platform to support Uber’s hyper growth. Previously, Danny was General Manager of Amazon Machine Learning — an AWS product that offers Machine Learning as a Cloud Service. Before that, he was Principal Development Manager at Microsoft where he led a product team focused on large-scale Machine Learning for Big Data. Danny spent eight years on Speech Recognition Systems, first as CTO of General Magic, Inc., then through his work on General Motors OnStar Virtual Advisor, one of the largest deployments of an intelligent personal assistant until Siri. Danny started his career as a Computer Scientist at IBM Research.

 

Danny holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University of Denmark. He is a member of ACM and IEEE Computer Society and has several patents to his credit.

JAMIE SUSSKIND
The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century
Author
       
JAMIE SUSSKIND
The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century
Author
       
YARIN GAL 
Associate Professor of Machine Learning and Head of the Oxford Applied and Theoretical Machine Learning Group (OATML)
University of Oxford Computer Science Department 
YARIN GAL 
Associate Professor of Machine Learning and Head of the Oxford Applied and Theoretical Machine Learning Group (OATML)
University of Oxford Computer Science Department 
SOHEL AZIZ
MANAGING DIRECTOR - FRANCE & BENELUX
ACCENTURE SONG
   
SOHEL AZIZ
MANAGING DIRECTOR - FRANCE & BENELUX
ACCENTURE SONG
   

Sohel is a Managing Director with Accenture Song. He leads the Accenture Song business for France and BeNeLux.

Sohel Aziz has over 29 years of experience in delivering strategies and solutions for businesses that leverage digital technologies to achieve sustainable competitive advantage.  He has extensive experience in digital strategy advisory and technology-enabled marketing transformation programs.  He has worked with clients on leveraging AR, VR, XR as well as AI to create meaningful business impacting customer experiences. The Metaverse is a natural extension of those efforts. Today, Sohel and his team are helping clients with strategic business rationale for investment in the Metaverse and other Web 3 topics.

CRAIG O'SHANNESSY
Founder
Brain Game Tennis  
 
CRAIG O'SHANNESSY
Founder
Brain Game Tennis  
 
ALEX KANTROWITZ
Host of the Big Technology Podcast, Writer of Big Technology
Author of Always Day One
ALEX KANTROWITZ
Host of the Big Technology Podcast, Writer of Big Technology
Author of Always Day One

Alex is the founder of Big Technology, an independent publication that covers the inner workings of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. His email newsletter goes out to thousands of Silicon Valley decision-makers each week.

Alex’s first book, Always Day One, debuted in 2020. The book is a reported deep dive on the tech giants’ work cultures, featuring more than 130 interviews with insiders from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to front line workers. Inc. named Always Day One a Business Book You Have to Read in 2020.

Prior to founding Big Technology, Alex was a Senior Technology Reporter at BuzzFeed News. In 2019, he won a Mirror Award as part of a BuzzFeed team recognized for reporting on “Social Media in the Crosshairs.” Before BuzzFeed, Alex was a staff reporter at Advertising Age. He began his career buying ads and selling ad-tech software in New York.

Alex lives in San Francisco. He is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

 

JOELLE VAN DAMME
SENIOR MANAGER DATA SCIENCE & AI
EY
JOELLE VAN DAMME
SENIOR MANAGER DATA SCIENCE & AI
EY
BLANCA ESCRIBANO CANAS
DIGITAL LAW PARTNER
EY LAW
BLANCA ESCRIBANO CANAS
DIGITAL LAW PARTNER
EY LAW
ARVID KOK
SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST AND LEAD DATA SCIENCE & AI TECHNOLOGY
NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION (NCI) AGENCY
   
ARVID KOK
SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST AND LEAD DATA SCIENCE & AI TECHNOLOGY
NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION (NCI) AGENCY
   

Arvid Kok, Senior Data Scientist and Lead Data Science & AI Technology, at the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency. After a 15 year career in industry as solution architect, data scientist and consultant in Big Data, Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Arvid joined NATO as one of the first Data Scientists in the NCI Agency. He participates in shaping Data Science & AI in NATO, its vision and roadmap. As Lead Data Science & AI Technology, he works with the team, academia and industry to adapt most promising and innovative technologies to real NATO use cases, resulting in several published scientific articles.

PROFESSOR JEROEN VAN DEN HOVEN
Professor of Ethics and Technology 
Delft University of Technology
PROFESSOR JEROEN VAN DEN HOVEN
Professor of Ethics and Technology 
Delft University of Technology

Jeroen van den Hoven is university professor and full professor of Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology and editor in chief of Ethics and Information Technology. He is currently the scientific director of the Delft Design for Values Institute. He was the founding scientific director of 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (2007-2013). In 2009, he won the World Technology Award for Ethics as well as the IFIP prize for ICT and Society for his work in Ethics and ICT. Jeroen van den Hoven was founder, and until 2016 Programme Chair, of the program of the Dutch Research Council on Responsible Innovation. He published Designing in Ethics (Van den Hoven, Miller & Pogge eds., Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Evil Online (Cocking & Van den Hoven, Blackwell, 2018) He is a permanent member of the European Group on Ethics (EGE) to the European Commission. In 2017 he was knighted in the Order of the Lion of The Netherlands.

GEORGIOS PASSALIS
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CUSTOMER ANALYTICS EUROPE LEAD
ACCENTURE APPLIED INTELLIGENCE
GEORGIOS PASSALIS
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CUSTOMER ANALYTICS EUROPE LEAD
ACCENTURE APPLIED INTELLIGENCE

Georgios Passalis is a Managing Director at Accenture Applied Intelligence, leading Customer, Marketing & Sales Analytics across Europe. He is the head of Accenture’s Advanced Analytics Innovation Center located at Athens, Greece. He has been with Accenture for 11+ years helping Accenture’s global clients formulate, adopt and execute enterprise solutions combining Machine Learning, AI and Big Data. Georgios holds a PhD in Machine Learning from University of Athens, a MSc in Computer Science from University of Houston and a BSc in Computer Science from University of Athens. He has multiple publications in the Machine Learning domain on acclaimed journals and conferences.

IOANA PUSCAS
Tech & Security Researcher AI
UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) 
IOANA PUSCAS
Tech & Security Researcher AI
UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) 

Ioana Puscas is a Researcher on artificial intelligence with UNIDIR’s Security & Technology Programme. Her work covers various aspects of AI and autonomy, including ongoing multilateral processes.

Before joining UNIDIR, Ioana was Senior Research Officer at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), working on emerging technologies.

She holds master’s degrees from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and from Central European University. She speaks English, French, Romanian and basic Russian.

Ioana’s areas of expertise include artificial intelligence, machine learning, military human enhancement, emerging technologies and technological convergence.

KUTLU KAZANCI
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
CREATIVE DESTRUCTION LAB (SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD)
 
KUTLU KAZANCI
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
CREATIVE DESTRUCTION LAB (SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD)
 
MICK VLEESHOUWER
AI CLOUD SOLUTION ARCHITECT
MICROSOFT
MICK VLEESHOUWER
AI CLOUD SOLUTION ARCHITECT
MICROSOFT
HARMKE ALKEMADE
AI CLOUD SOLUTION ARCHITECT
MICROSOFT
 
HARMKE ALKEMADE
AI CLOUD SOLUTION ARCHITECT
MICROSOFT
 
JIM THOMASON
VP OF IMAGERY PRODUCTS
PLANET
 
JIM THOMASON
VP OF IMAGERY PRODUCTS
PLANET
 
ANDREAS KREMER
PARTNER
MCKINSEY & COMPANY
CEO
RISK DYNAMICS
 
ANDREAS KREMER
PARTNER
MCKINSEY & COMPANY
CEO
RISK DYNAMICS
 
JAY ALAMMAR
ENGINEERING FELLOW, NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING
COHERE
 
JAY ALAMMAR
ENGINEERING FELLOW, NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING
COHERE
 
SOPHIA SAVVIDES
LEADER - DIGITAL VENTURES FOR SUSTAINABILITY
CARGILL
 
SOPHIA SAVVIDES
LEADER - DIGITAL VENTURES FOR SUSTAINABILITY
CARGILL
 
MARIJN MARKUS 
AI Lead - Managing Data Scientist
Capgemini 
 
MARIJN MARKUS 
AI Lead - Managing Data Scientist
Capgemini 
 

As a data scientist, Marijn has been leading Capgemini’s AI efforts for 5 years. Marijn believes in improving people’s lives through data – be it for governments, NGO’s, refugees or farmers worldwide.

 

He enjoys finding outside-of-the-box solutions to existing problems, to distinguish science from fiction. Additionally, Marijn is a frequent speaker at events on the cutting edge of AI, data and social science.

FOLKERT STRAUS
CHIEF ENGINEER
BRUNEL SOLAR TEAM (HP)
 
FOLKERT STRAUS
CHIEF ENGINEER
BRUNEL SOLAR TEAM (HP)