Dubai Data & Statistics Establishment, Digital Dubai
H.E. Younus Al Nasser is a
globally recognized leader in planning and implementing city-wide digital
transformation, and building holistic data ecosystems. Currently serving as the
Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Data and Statistics Establishment, part of
the Dubai Digital Authority, Al Nasser has played an instrumental role in
Dubai’s digital transformation over the past 7 years.
As the CEO of the Dubai Data and
Statistics Establishment, Al Nasser has overseen the creation of Data
Governance models for the city creating policies and standards for data
sharing, created a network of Data Champions across Dubai Government and
Semi-Government entities, built the city’s first Open Data sharing platform
(Dubai Pulse) and has also charted the future of the city’s data ecosystem by
creating a Private-Sector Engagement Strategy.
Al Nasser is also a Member of the
UAE AI Council leading the development of the UAE National Data Strategy, and
is the Vice-Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Global
Councils for SDG 11.
The world's largest educational and scientific computing society that confers every year The ACM A.M. Turing Award, recognized as the "Nobel Prize of Computing"
Association of Computing Machinery (Greece)
Yannis Ioannidis (Ph.D., Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley; MSc, Applied MathemaAcs,
Harvard University; Diploma, Electrical Engineering, NaAonal Technical University of Athens)
is the President of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He is a Professor at
the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens as well as an Associated Faculty at the “Athena” Research and
Innovation Center, where he also served as the President and General Director for 10 years.
His research interests include Database and InformaAon Systems, Data Science, Data and
Text AnalyAcs, Data Infrastructures and Digital Repositories, Recommender Systems and
PersonalizaAon, and Human-Computer InteracAon, topics on which he has published over
170 arAcles in leading journals and conferences and also holds four patents.
His work is
oYen inspired by and applied to data management and analysis problems that arise in
industrial environments or in the context of other scienAfic fields (Social Sciences and
HumaniAes, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences) and the Arts. He has been the coordinator and
legal enAty head of OpenAIRE, which implements the European policies on open access to
research publicaAons and data. He is the soYware director of the European Human Brain
Project flagship iniAaAve, the coordinator of the EOSC Future strategic project, which
implements the core elements of the European Open Science Cloud, and a coordinator or
partner in tens of other European and naAonal research and innovaAon projects. He has also
led or is currently leading the creaAon of new internaAonal or spin-off companies. He is
an ACM and IEEE Fellow, a member of Academia Europaea, and a recipient of several
research and teaching awards. He has served as the Greek delegate to the European
Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) (2012-2023), being a member of its
ExecuAve Board (2016-2022) and a vice-chair (2019-2021), currently being a permanent
He is also the Greek delegate in the European Open Science Cloud Steering Board,
the ESFRI representaAve to the e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG), an expert in the
Programme Committee on Research Infrastructures within the European Commission's
Horizon2020 Framework Programme, as well as the co-chair of the Global Climate Hub of
the UN Sustainable Development SoluAons Network (UN SDSN)
Co-founder of DataScience.Sg, a community of over 10,000 AI and data scientists in Singapore
AI Professionals Association
Koo has traversed through data
analytics, data science, and artificial intelligence in his career for the past
With an MBA degree and vast experience, he is
able to determine where possible values are from data collected. He does it
differently by building internal capabilities, through training, consulting,
and mentoring, allowing businesses to continuously take advantage of their
Uniquely, Koo is experienced in the full process
of getting value from data, from data collection, management & governance
to implementation of insights through strategy and business performance
His research interest is in how an organization
can build Data Science & Artificial Intelligence capabilities, Artificial
General Intelligence, and Smart Cities with a focus on the standard of living.
Co-founded DataScience.Sg (grassroots community)
in Nov 2013, growing it to more than 10,000 members (as at 2020). Former
Chairman of Working Committee, Singapore SAS User Group.
Founder of Smartcity Investments in Beijing. Digital pioneer helping the Chinese government develop smart cities.
Alan Boyd is an
experienced, technology, media, intellectual property and finance specialist
with a long history of success in Europe, America, Australia and Asia in
startup, high-growth and listed technology companies.
A pioneer of the 1970s US
personal computer industry, he was the first Manager of Product Development at
Microsoft where he reported directly to Bill Gates. He managed the development
of many of the world’s leading software products that are today household names
and used by billions of people worldwide. In 1981, he founded Microsoft’s
Acquisitions Group and managed the company’s investment strategy.
The 4th industrial revolution unicorn, Xanadu has been at the forefront of bringing quantum technology to the world in most efficient format
Xanadu Quantum Technologies
Christian Weedbrook is the CEO and Founder of Xanadu Quantum
Technologies, a Canadian quantum technology company building fault-tolerant
quantum computers using light. Over the last 15 years, he has been at the
forefront of bringing quantum technology to the world through his research and
leadership in academia, government, and industry. Christian holds a PhD in
Physics from the University of Queensland and held postdoc positions at MIT and
the University of Toronto.
Top 25 in Financial Technology USA. Top 100 women in fintech across the globe.
Amnah Ajmal is the Executive Vice President, Market Development,
EEMEA for Mastercard. In this role, she is responsible for acceptance,
acquiring, merchants, digital partnerships, fintech’s, strategy and M&A for
the region. Prior to this role she led the North America product organization,
based out of the US, responsible for the development and management of consumer
and small business payment solutions, including credit, debit, prepaid, small
business and acceptance solutions, with a focus on creating sustainable competitive
differentiation for Mastercard and its customers.
Amnah joined Mastercard in 2015 as Head of Products for Middle
East & Africa where she focused on driving innovation across consumer and
commercial payments based on technology, partnerships and delivering digitally
integrated consumer experiences.
Prior to joining Mastercard she was heading the consumer bank franchise for Standard
Chartered Malaysia responsible for end-end P&L. She was also responsible
for retail banking strategy for Indonesia, Malaysia & Taiwan in a global
role based out of Singapore.
to Standard Chartered, Amnah worked at Citigroup in UAE, Egypt, UK and Poland.
She held a number of positions at Citigroup including Asset Business Head for Poland responsible for
full range of consumer asset products, innovation and distribution including
credit cards, co brands, personal loans and mortgages.
She was honored to be listed as the top 100 women in
across the globe, for 2019 by Lattice80 and recognized as the top 25 women
leaders in financial technology by the Financial Technology Report US for 2019
& 2020. She was recently recognized as the top 100 women in fintech,
across the globe, for 2021 by IBM & Fintech magazine. She also holds
the honor of being in America’s top 10 women in Fintech by the Fintech
Magazine for 2020.
She holds a master’s degree from London School of Economics &
Political Science (LSE).
Nelson Mandela Nobel Peace Award 2021 & Mother Teresa Memorial Award 2022 Winner
Trust With Trade Group
winning Business Professional.
Nobel Peace Award" 2021
Memorial Award 2022" by UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs 2022, UAE
Ministry of Economy under the patronage of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak,
Mother of the Nation in the UAE.
Business Leader " by the British Parliament, House of Lords 2022.
Leader” by Asia one, UAE 2023
Dedicated 16 years
of professional experience in active partnerships and family office advisory
that necessitate sub-structuring of strategic initiations, economic &
political management, business & financial aid along with overall
assistance for the MENA & Asia Pacific.
academic credentials in Public Policy Economics from University of Oxford &
received an Honorary Doctorate from Mother Teresa University in International
the CEO at Trust With Trade Group UAE, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,
established as an independent and fully integrated international company held
by a family office, across oil & gas, manufacturing, mining, waste
management, Green and renewable Technology. Recently the group has diversified
by investing in AI, Neuroscience & Biotechnology.
- Senior Advisor,
Multiple Family offices, in the UAE: Advisory & invest across Central &
southern Asia, EU & USA.
- Founder and CEO,
Oxygenate, Sustainability initiative for Global Climate Change and Renewable
Oxygenate is Awarded
by the UAE Ministry of Economy, UAE ministry of Youth & UAE ministry of
Foreign Trade, showcased at the Expo 2020 UAE Ministry of Economy, at Abu Dhabi
city Muncipality in 2023 and also by Forbes Latin America.
Dr. Arshi is
advocating ventures of Social entrepreneurship, impact investments, advanced
sciences, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, trade and diplomacy
Ex VP at Citigroup. Frequently interviewed on CNN, CGTN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, BNN Bloomberg and other channels.
Mr. Perez is author of Knightmare
on Wall Street, The Rise and Fall of Knight
Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial Markets, and The Speed Traders, An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading
Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World, published in English by McGraw-Hill
Inc., Jiaoyi Kuaishou, published in
Mandarin by China
Financial Publishing House, and Investasi Super Kilat, published in Bahasa Indonesia by Kompas Gramedia.
He has contributed to The New York Times, W Radio, Sina Finance and CGTN.
Mr. Perez was a vice president at
Citigroup, a senior consultant at IBM, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey.
Mr. Perez has an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad
Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima, Peru, a Master of Administration from Universidad
ESAN, Lima, Peru, and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York, majoring
in Finance and Management. Mr. Perez is an accomplished salsa and hustle dancer
who enjoys spending time with wife Olga, son Edgar Felipe and daughters
Svetlana Sofia and Mary Olympia.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Bernard Ghanem is currently a Professor in the
CEMSE division, a theme leader at the Visual Computing Center (VCC), and the Deputy
Director of the AI Initiative at King Abdullah University of Science and
Technology (KAUST). His research interests lie in computer vision and machine
learning with emphasis on topics in video understanding, 3D recognition, and
theoretical foundations of deep learning.
He received his bachelor’s degree
from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2005 and his MS/PhD from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2010. His work has
received several awards and honors, including six Best Paper Awards for
workshops in CVPR, ECCV, and ICCV, a Google Faculty Research Award in 2015 (1st
in MENA for Machine Perception), and a Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers
Award for Big Data and Machine Learning in 2020. He has co-authored more than 150
papers in his field as well as three issued patents.
He serves as an Associate
Editor for IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
(TPAMI) and has served as Area Chair (AC) for the main computer vision and
machine learning conferences including CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, NeurIPS, ICLR, and
Fintech CTO/CIO 2022 awarded by Ghana Fintech & Payments Association
Consolidated Bank Ghana
Bill holds a Bachelor of Commerce
(Information Systems) from Curtin University, Australia and an MBA from
University of South Australia in addition to several industry related
certificates. With a technology industry experience spanning over 2 decades, he
has worked in several industries including education, telecommunications, oil
& gas, banking and finance as well as consulting. A highly skilled project
management professional, digital innovation enthusiast and a certified payments
Bill has worked with Acision,
LogicaCMG, Citi Bank (Singapore), eProcess International S.A. (A member of the
Ecobank Group), Fidelity Bank Ghana Ltd. and is currently the Chief
Innovation Officer at Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited.
Heads up tech and data governance. Mentor and advisor to Web3 startups, and an independent non-executive director of a Saudi Bank.
Abu Dhabi Global Market
up tech and data governance at the Financial Services Regulatory Authority
(FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).
Brian is captivated by the nexus of finance, tech, risk management and
human reasoning. This has spurred
interests in exploring how people behave in response to finance and technology
choices. And how they reason risk and
business decisions. Brian uses these
insights in the design and development of new regulatory initiatives and key
technology infrastructure projects that improve the fintech ecosystem in the
joining ADGM, Brian led a payments fintech startup, held various risk
management roles in commercial banks and a Big4 firm. In other capacities Brian is a mentor and
advisor to Web3 startups, and an independent non-executive director of a Saudi
Leads the largest global network of around 400,000 Smart Cities practitioners and stakeholders
Smart Cities Council
1992 Corey Gray, a qualified Illumination Engineer, has been a prominent figure
in the Smart City and IoT space. Founder and now Global Chairperson of LVX
Global, Corey is an active member of global industry groups including
Australian Smart Communities Association, Institute of Public Works Engineers
Australasia and Silicon Valley based global technology industry group LMI, as
well as multiple charitable boards. Fuelled by a deep passion for place and our
collective future on this planet, Corey currently serves as Global CEO of the
Smart Cities Council driving cross-sector collaboration, capacity and
a digital executive with over 20 years of experience in digital transformation
in diverse industries and broad experience in strategy, industry 4.0
technologies, and organizational performance. She is the CEO and co-founder of
Thynkli, a progressive technology services company that specializes in Digital
Twining and hyper-automation from strategy to execution. Thynkli positions
Digital Twin of Organization (DTO) as a foundational tool for business
transformation, with a focus on Digital Twin Architecture and
is a member of the Digital Twin Consortium and currently launching the Regional
Branch for DTC in the Middle East. Dana is leading the Business Maturity
working group at the Digital Twin Consortium and co-authored the Business
Maturity Model, a tool that is currently available for DTC members to use to
start their Digital Twinning journey.
an esteemed speaker who spoke on several industry stages such as Future Digital
Twins, Digital Twins in Oil & Gas, and Digital Twins in Aviation. Dana has
an MBA from the University of Victoria in Canada with a specialization in
Strategy & Organizational Performance.
Leads innovative global recruitment marketplace. Author of the Amazon best seller "Innovation Tools"
Dr Evan Shellshear is the Managing Director and
Group CEO of Ubidy, an innovative global recruitment marketplace connecting
employers to specialist agencies, and an expert in artificial intelligence with
a Ph.D. in Game Theory from the Nobel Prize winning University of Bielefeld in
He has almost two decades of international experience in the
development and design of AI tools for a variety of industries having worked
with the world's top companies on all aspects of advanced analytical solutions
from optimisation to machine learning in applications from HR to oil and gas,
and robotics to supply chain. He is also the author of the Amazon best seller,
Director of The Social Machines and Robotics labs (SMART) at New York University Abu Dhabi. Researcher in the fields of AI, Robotics, Cognitive Computing, Human-Computer Interaction
Women in AI
Director of The Social Machines and Robotics labs (SMART) at New York University Abu Dhabi. Researcher in the fields of AI, Robotics, Cognitive Computing, Human-Computer Interaction
Host of "The Monday Morning Data Chat" and "The Data Nerd Herd" podcast, interviewing top data professionals.
Joe Reis is a “recovering data scientist” and co-author of the
best-selling O’Reilly book, Fundamentals of Data Engineering. He’s a
business-minded data nerd who’s worked in the data industry for 20 years, with
responsibilities ranging from statistical modeling, forecasting, machine
learning, data engineering, data architecture, and almost everything
Joe hosts the popular data podcasts The Monday Morning Data Chat
and The Joe Reis Show, keynotes major data conferences worldwide and runs
several meetups, including The Utah Data Engineering Meetup and SLC Python. In
his spare time, he can be found writing new books and articles and teaching at
the University of Utah.
When he’s not busy running a company, teaching, or creating
content, Joe often finds himself rock climbing or trail running in the
mountains around Salt Lake City, Utah.
Renowned American computer scientist, co-founder of AI-powered Graph Intelligence start-up.
Keshav Pingali is the CEO of Katana Graph, a start-up in the area of graph
computing backed by Intel Capital, Dell Technologies Capital, Redline Capital and
Walden International, and a professor in the Department of Computer Science at
the University of Texas at Austin where he holds the W.A."Tex" Moncrief Chair of
Computing. He is a Foreign Member of the Academia Europeana, a Distinguished
Alumnus of IIT Kanpur, India, and a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE and AAAS. He was
awarded the 2023 IEEE CS Charles Babbage Award for lifetime contributions to
Leads the development of AI solutions for the 5th largest banking group in the ASEAN region. Mentor for AI start-ups and for the Kerala Start-up Mission.
CIMB AI Labs
Mathew Joseph is the Director and Head of CIMB bank AI Labs, a fully owned subsidiary of CIMB group.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors at CIMB AI Labs. CIMB is the fifth largest banking group in
the ASEAN region having operations in 14 countries and market capitalization of USD 14 billion. CIMB
offers consumer banking, commercial banking, wholesale banking, transaction banking, Islamic banking
and asset management products and services.
Mathew is leading the design and development of artificial intelligence solutions to drive the business
strategy, manage business decisions and provide personalized products and services to the CIMB bank
customers spread across different countries in Asia.
Mathew is an official Mentor of Kerala Startup Mission. Kerala Startup Mission is one of the largest startup
business incubators in India promoted by the Government of Kerala. He is also a member of the Board of
Studies in a few universities.
He is a keynote speaker in many international conferences and Universities. He has delivered lectures on
Artificial Intelligence to the different Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs), Indian Institute of Technologies
(IITs) and many other leading international universities and industry bodies.
Mathew has experience in software development, Product & Solution development, Data Strategy &
Architecture, Technology Consulting, Project management, Practice & P&L Management, starting initiatives
from scratch and building local & global teams. He is an accomplished professional in Data Science with
proven expertise in building a Data Science practice from ground zero
100 Brilliant Women in AI. Working on frameworks for AI policy – including the OECD AI Principles and the Universal Guidelines for AI
Center for AI & Digital Policy (CAIDP)
Merve Hickok is the founder
of AIethicist.org. She is a globally renowned expert on AI policy, ethics
and governance. Her contributions and perspective have featured in the
Guardian, CNN, Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired, Scientific American, The Atlantic, Politico,
Protocol, Vox, The Economist and S&P. Her research, training and consulting
work focuses on impact of AI systems on individuals, society, public and
private organizations - with a particular focus on fundamental rights,
democratic values, and social justice. She provides consultancy to C-suite
leaders, and training services to public and private organizations on
Responsible AI development, due diligence and governance.
Merve is the President and
Research Director at Center for AI & Digital Policy, deeply engaged in
global AI policy and regulatory work. The Center educates AI policy practitioners and advocates across
60+ countries, advises international organizations (such as European
Commission, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, OECD). She has provided testimony to
the US Congress, State of California Civil Rights Office, New York City
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, Detroit City Council, and many
global organizations interested in AI policy and ethics.
At University of
Michigan, she is a lecturer at School of Information, Responsible Data and AI
Advisor at Michigan Institute for Data Science, and affiliated faculty at
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Merve also works with several
non-profit organizations globally to advance both the academic and professional
research in this field for underrepresented groups. She has been recognized by
a number of organizations - most recently as one of the 100
Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ – 2021, and as Runner-up
for Responsible AI Leader of the Year - 2022 (Women in AI).
Previously, Merve held various
senior roles in Fortune 100 companies for more than 15 years.
Leading successful launches and collaborating with local partners and government entities for data-driven transformation and AI advancement in the META region
Mohamed Zouari has been in the Software Industry
for 20 years. After 10 years of experience with the Software division of
Hewlett Packard Enterprise as Strategic Account Manager, he joined the
Snowflake adventure in 2018. He is now General Manager for the Middle East, Turkey
and Africa region collaborating with local Partners and Customers in their data
driven transformation journey using the best Cloud Data Platform in the Market.
Mohamed brought the hottest Software company into the UAE and opened a legal
entity (Snowflake Middle East FZ LLC), an office in Dubai Media City, hired a
local team and successfully launched Snowflake on Azure UAE in collaboration
with Microsoft in early 2022. He is working with several government entities
like Dubai Digital Authority to make the UAE the most advanced country when it
comes to Data & AI.
Thought leader in Industrial Digital Transformation. Author of "Building Industrial Digital Twins"
Pieter is an experienced engineer and technologist who helps
organizations use real-time, event-based Digital Twins to improve situational
awareness, process efficiency and decision-making without disrupting operations.
He is recognized as a thought leader in Industrial Digital
Transformation and has written and spoken extensively on topics such as Digital
Twins, IIoT, AI/ML, Smart Cities, and Industrial Blockchain applications.
Pieter holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s
in Information Technology. He currently chairs the Natural Resources Working
Group in the Digital Twin Consortium (DTC) where he created the Digital Twin
Capabilities Periodic Table that is used in many industries and organizations.
Prior to this, Pieter was the chair for the Digital Twin
Interoperability Task Group in the Industrial IoT Consortium (IIC). In February
2019, Pieter received the IIC Technical Innovation Award from his peers.
He is also the co-author of the book “Building Industrial Digital Twins”,
published by Packt in 2021 and was named in Onalytica's 2022 "Who's Who in
IoT" as an Industry Key Opinion Leader in Digital Twins.
Visiting Professor at the University of Science and Technology Beijing and Hainan University, with particular expertise in AI over the last 30 years
Richard is a Cambridge based entrepreneur. He is currently Managing Director of
Metadventures Limited, Deputy Chairman of Image Scan Holdings plc, Visiting
Professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing and Visiting Professor and
Lead Foreign Academician with Hainan University, China.
He was a founding
partner in early stage technology venture capital firm Boundary Capital Partners LLP,
making a number of key investments, including its latest Impact Fund, retiring from
the Partnership after 10 years in 2022. In 2018, he completed a parallel four years
as a global Dealmaker for the UK Department of International Trade’s Global
Richard is a Visiting Fellow to the Faculty of Business
and Law at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge; an Honorary Entrepreneurship
Fellow for Durham University Business School; an external tutor for Warwick
University Business School in Entrepreneurship and a mentor for both the Judge
Business School in Cambridge and Cranfield Business School.
Richard has also
been an invited judge for a number of international business competitions and
worked extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia, US. He is particularly active in
China and Spanish-speaking countries where he has a degree of language
Following a successful 11 year career progression in defence and security with BAE
Systems (including development of one of the first UK intelligent telematics vehicles),
Richard moved to Cambridge in 1994 to work with the international technology
consulting Generics Group (now Sagentia Group).
From 2001 with the investment
arm of the Group following its successful FTSE flotation, he worked as a fund
manager, making investments from a number of funds in diverse areas from
nanotechnology to biometrics and vision systems. He then left to set up and lead a
new offshore Homeland Security Fund in 2006 and from 2008-2012, was CEO of
Blue Star Capital plc, a London based listed company investing in Homeland
First telco in the world with SBTI-validated net zero targets that are taking the power of digitalisation to solve climate issues
Dr. Richard Benjamins is Chief AI & Data Strategist at Telefonica. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100, 2018).
Benjamins is also co-founder and Vice President of the Spanish observatory for ethical and social impacts of AI (OdiseIA). Prior to that, he was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance) and held various executive positions at Telefonica on Big Data and Analytics for a decade. He is the founder of the company’s Big Data for Social Good department. Before joining Telefonica, he was director and board member at iSOCO, which he co-founded in 1999.
Based on his work, iSOCO was granted the National Award for Computer Science.Benjamins holds a PhD in Cognitive Science, has published over 100 scientific articles and is author of renowned books including “The myth of the algorithm: tales and truths of artificial intelligence” (in Spanish) and “A Data-Driven Company”.
He is a strategic advisor of several start-ups, including BigML, Focus360 and Nexus Clips as well as an external expert to the EP’s AI Observatory (EPAIO), member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the European Commission, and a frequent speaker at Artificial Intelligence events.
Benjamins has held positions at the Technical University of Madrid, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the University of Paris-South, France, and the Spanish Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in Barcelona.
Executing the CIB NBFI Sector Digital and Technology Enablement Strategy across South Africa and other major African countries
Standard Bank Group
Pragashani Reddy is the
Executive Head of Technology and Digital Enablement at Standard Bank Corporate
and Investment Banking in Client Coverage for South Africa and Africa.
She is Six Sigma certified with a vast and varied career history, in different banks,
which has spanned from product development and design, to process engineering,
automation and technical framework development and implementation.
has Cum Laude undergrad and postgrad degrees in Commerce from UKZN South
Africa, and a Cum Laude MBA from University of Cape Town South Africa and
executive postgraduate qualifications from Duke University, New York, and The
Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa. Pragashani has a keen
interest in digital innovation, artificial intelligence and data analytics.
Working on large scale data handling requirements and is actively involved in the implementation of engineering processes across the organisation.
Shailesh Davey is the vice president of
engineering at Zoho Corporation. He is also one of the co-founders of the
company. At Zoho Corporation, he is working on large scale data handling
requirements and is actively involved in the implementation of engineering
processes across the organisation. Shailesh devotes much of his time on data,
databases, and data centres.
Co-creator of Siri. Top 100 most influential French developers in the digital world.
Dr. Luc JULIA, Chief Scientific Officer for Renault, was CTO and Senior Vice President of
Innovation for Samsung Electronics, directed Siri at Apple, was Chief Technologist at HewlettPackard and cofounded a number of start-ups in the Silicon Valley. While conducting research
at SRI International, he was involved in the creation of Nuance Communications, now the world
leader in speech recognition.
Recipient of Légion d’Honneur, the highest order of France, and member of its National
Academy of Technologies, he holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the
University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Ecole
Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris.
He is the bestselling author of the book “There is no such thing as Artificial Intelligence”, holds
dozens of patents and is recognized as one of the top 100 most influential French developers in
the digital world
Leads the world’s largest art community with over 76 million registered users and hosting over 500 million pieces of art.
Moti Levy is the CEO of DeviantArt, the world’s largest art
community with over 76 million registered users and hosting over 500 million
pieces of art.
After the Wix acquisition of DeviantArt in 2017, Moti joined
as a Wix executive, initially as COO of DeviantArt, and later assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining DeviantArt, as a tech entrepreneur, Moti
co-founded Mobilibuy, a venture that aimed to revolutionize the retail world
with a virtual storefront based on image recognition technologies. He also held
various leadership roles in fortune 100 companies managing retail and eCommerce
Moti holds an MBA in strategic management from the Wharton
School and a Bsc. in engineering from the Technion — Israel's institute of
Listed in TIME Best 100 Inventions, Forbes AI 50, Forbes Cloud 100. World's no 1 noise cancelling app.
Baghdasaryan is the CEO & Co-Founder at Krisp.ai, which provides a suite of
AI-powered Voice Productivity products designed for small teams as well as
Krisp processes 75B+ mins of conversations every month.
co-founding Krisp, Davit led product security at Twilio, a leading cloud
communications platform. Before Twilio, Davit has spent 12 years in different
technology startups contributing to engineering and innovation.
Leads the AI Center of Excellence for one of the top 4 banks in the USA, which operates across 160 countries.
Sharma leads Citi’s Global Artificial Intelligence Centre of Excellence (AI
CoE). He is one of only 10 Citi Tech Fellows globally. He us a resident
expert in Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning (AI/ML) across the
organisation. As such, Prag has led the development of Citi-wide
best-practices from a Governance, Risk & Controls and Technology
perspective in AI, addressed AI-related infrastructure and tooling needs across
the organisation and enabled state-of-the-art AI design, development and use at
Citi across all its businesses. Prag represents Citi externally and has led
numerous high-profile engagements with clients, global regulators, trade
bodies, regional/ other advisory committees and external experts in the world
of AI. Prag has led R&D teams and technology consultants in both industry
and academia for over 15 years, working on emerging technologies with start-ups
and multinationals in the Financial Services, Health, Technology and
Pharmaceutical sectors. He also co-founded two start-ups in his previous
life. Prag holds a PhD in Machine Learning (Computer Vision) and an
MBA, majoring in Innovation.
Driving innovative lab insight solutions at one of the world's largest healthcare companies
Maier-Reinhardt is a visionary digital innovator with more than 20 years of
experience in the tech world. Having worked in several countries for a number
of large corporations, innovation has always been at the core of his executive
roles, whether in business development and sales, product development, or when
founding his own company on digital transformation. Ralf was actively involved
in the start of the "new economy", including pioneering the use of
machine learning-based applications and he has increased his expertise in this
area ever since.
Since joining Roche, Ralf has made significant contributions to Roche
Diagnostics' digital portfolio with its many big data and analytics solutions.
In his current role as Global Head of Lab Applications in Roche Information
Solutions (RIS), he has been driving and enabling the development of the navify
Algorithm Suite, a digital library of medical algorithms that enhances clinical
decision-making to optimize patient care.
RIS focuses on delivering data-driven solutions that empower healthcare
professionals and patients to make insights-based decisions. Connecting the
lab, care and home settings, these innovative digital solutions help unlock
digital ecosystems across the care continuum for financial, operational, and
clinical insights that drive personalized healthcare for patients around
Using AI to revolutionize product photography, transforming boring images into works of art, used by 900,000+ creatives & ecommerce
UK Top 50 Tech Leader. Spearheading digital innovation for one of the world's leading energy companies
Franziska Bell is the senior vice president for digital technology at bp,
leading software & platform engineering, data & analytics, and design
& change management, and chairing bp’s centre of excellence for
accelerating digital technology and cultural transformation. Fran is a
recognized digital expert and an award-winning doctor of theoretical chemistry
who received her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, before working
as a post-doctoral scholar at California Institute of Technology. Before
joining bp in 2020, Fran’s ability and passion for bridging digital and
physical fields saw her lead Uber to transform every employee into a data
scientist by providing insights at the push-of-a-button, and drive battery and
fuel cell materials discovery and artificial intelligence research for Toyota
Empowers R&D with IT and tech-enabled innovation for the world's largest F&B company
Dr. Carolina Pinart is the Group Head for R&D Information
Technology at Nestlé, the world’s biggest food and beverages company. Before
that, she was Nestlé’s global Product Director for new generation technologies,
in charge of industrialising emerging technologies across the group, including
augmented reality/virtual reality, artificial intelligence, chatbots or voice.
She also led Nestlé’s company-wide AI Global Strategy Program.
She holds a PhD in engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
and has conducted business studies at the London Business School and New York
University, specializing in executive leadership. and organizational behavior.
Prior to Nestlé, Carolina was the chief operating officer of a New York
City-based start-up, where she developed and launched an app ecosystem to match
taxi supply and demand in real time. She also led Telehealth and Connected Car
product development and new business launches for wireless carrier Telefónica,
based in Madrid and the UK, with operations in Europe and Latin America.
Carolina started her career as a consultant for Altran in France
and worked in research and innovation for Siemens in Germany and for the Centre
Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions in Barcelona. Over that period, she published
more than 70 papers in international journals and conferences and obtained one
patent in diverse areas such as mobile video, wireless communications and
Besides her research record, Dr. Pinart has given 50+ talks about
technology and leadership, appeared in 15+ press articles and has been a mentor
in several tech startup programs (Conector Accelerator, LactApp startup,
EU-Silicon Valley Startup Accelerator) and graduates and women in tech
(Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech, European Innovation
Council, Esade). She is also a Partnerships Committee Member of European Women
on Boards and an ambassador for AI Swiss Cognitive, AI4 and London & Global
Tech Advocates, and an expert reviewer in Data & AI for Horizon Europe.
Last, Carolina is the recipient of a Nestlé CIO Award, DonaTIC
award by the Generalitat de Catalunya, post-doc fellowship by the Japan Society
for the Promotion of Science, pre-doc award by Agrupació Mútua and executive
education fellowships for sustained high performance at Telefónica and Nestlé.
eBay’s first chief AI officer. His team recently rolled out new 3D visualization tool for sellers to create their own models.
Nitzan is the Chief AI Officer at eBay where he runs the
company-wide strategy for artificial intelligence and technology innovation. An
R&D scientist by training, Nitzan has spent his career developing machine
intelligence systems, directly integrated into mission-critical products.
Having led enterprise AI organizations across multiple industries, including
healthcare, financial services, and e-commerce, Nitzan is a thought leader in
the delivery of transformational impact through real-time AI at scale, changing
companies’ business models and core value propositions to their customers.
Nitzan received his PhD from the University of Chicago, and currently resides
in New York City as the GM of eBay NYC.
Drives the implementation of AI acceleration strategies at the top largest bank in the USA and the world's largest bank by market capitalization.
JP Morgan Chase
Daniel Wu is an accomplished technical leader with more than two
decades of experience in software engineering, AI/ML, and team development. As
the Head of Commercial Banking AI and Machine Learning at JPMorgan Chase, he
spearheads the transformation of financial services through the innovative use
of AI. Daniel's diverse professional background encompasses various successful
ventures, including the creation of point of care expert systems, co-founding
an online personal finance marketplace, and building an online real estate
Passionate about technology democratization and ethical AI
practices, Daniel actively promotes these principles through his involvement in
computer science and AI/ML education programs. He is a sought-after speaker at
industry conferences, business leader gatherings, and corporate training
events, where he shares his insights and experiences. Holding a computer
science degree from Stanford University, Daniel's educational foundation
further enhances his expertise in the field.
Global leader of the world-famous Fender brand that boasts iconic ambassadors such as Christ Stapleton, Niles Rodgers, and others
Aarash Darroodi brings a wealth of knowledge and
global experience to Fender, one of the world’s leading musical instrument
manufacturers, marketers and distributors, transforming music history since
1946. In his current role as Executive Vice President, General Counsel at Fender,
Darroodi is responsible for all global legal needs across Fender whose portfolio of owned and licensed brands includes
Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, EVH®, Charvel®, Bigsby® and PreSonus®–including mergers and acquisitions, compliance,
litigation, intellectual property, corporate governance, advocacy and risk
management. Darroodi continues to serve as an officer on the Board of Directors
for Fender. In 2022, Darroodi was appointed as President of the Fender Play
Foundation™, the brand's 501(c)(3) public charitable organization on a mission
to equip, educate and inspire the next generation of players through music
At the mere age of seven, Darroodi had already visited or lived in
over 19 countries, shaping his global and cultural knowledge. He has applied this wealth of life
experiences to work seamlessly within FMIC across multiple countries and
cultures, including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA),
Asia and Australia. Bringing these diverse perspectives into his role as EVP
and General Counsel, his work has led to the largest acquisition in FMIC’s
history of PreSonus Audio Electronics, support of the $1 billion California
Proposition 28 Music and Arts Education Ballot Measure, and spearheading legislative
initiatives to bring about changes to CITES and other compliance requirements
for the company’s global manufacturing, logistics and sales operations.
Further, he negotiated and inked deals with all major music publishers in
support of Fender’s online digital learning application, Fender Play, including
Universal Music, Warner/Chappell, Sony Music Publishing, and BMG and also led
the organization’s global COVID-19 compliance program by navigating one of the
most challenging regulatory environments impacting all aspects of Fender’s
business globally including manufacturing operations, supply chain and
employment operations. A big proponent of technological change and innovation,
Darroodi is currently focused on expanding the reach of Fender Play and other
digital initiatives across the borders of US and Europe, including entry into
untouched territories, such as Japan, China, and S. Korea.
In his spare time, Darroodi volunteers his free time to helping
several refugee foundations through pro-bono legal help, mentorship and
translation services. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan
area, but splits his time between his offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, and
Listed on Forbes Cloud 100 and Forbes AI 50 lists. Among the top 10 on the Data50 list.
TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential in Ai.
Sneha Revanur (she/her) is an 18-year-old leader committed to
asking critical, big-picture questions about the future of innovation. In July
2020, she founded Encode Justice, an
international, youth-powered organization building a movement for human-centered
artificial intelligence. Encode Justice now includes over 600 high school and
college students across over 40 U.S. states and 25 countries. Sneha is
committed to reimagining her generation's collective AI future. She has had the
honor of engaging with stakeholders and audiences at the White House, U.S.
Department of Education, Federal Trade Commission, and United Nations.
Managing one of the biggest home-grown Data lake and MLOps platform, team of 20+PMs and 150 developers.
Sanchit has over 16 years of tech and product experience
across the US, South-East Asia, Africa, and Europe across organizations such as
National Instruments, Gojek, Rocket Internet, and AppsFlyer. Currently he is working
as Director-Product (Big Data & Machine Learning) with Booking.com.
Founder of the first DataPrepOps platform built for Machine Learning
Jennifer is the founder of
Alectio, the first startup focused on DataPrepOps, a portmanteau term that she
coined to refer to the nascent field focused on automating the
optimization of a training dataset. She is on a mission to help ML teams build
models with less data (leading to both the reduction of ML operations costs and
CO2 emissions) and has developed technology that dynamically selects and tunes
a dataset that facilitates the training process of a specific ML
model. Prior to Alectio, Jennifer was the VP of Machine Learning at Figure
Eight; she also built an entire ML function from scratch at Atlassian, and led
multiple Data Science projects on the Search team at Walmart Labs. She holds a
PhD in Particle Physics from Sorbonne University, is recognized as one of the
top industry experts on Data Preparation, Active Learning, Data-Centric AI and
MLOps, and is an accomplished speaker who enjoys addressing both technical and
Famous neuropsychology expert supporting top executives worldwide in the field of business psychology
Tanja is an Executive Coach for top & senior executives in MEA. She gives guest lectures about neuroleadership at universities, as for instance Harvard or HEC Paris in Qatar. As Deputy CEO of a tech company,
she led over 500 employees in EMEA for over 9 yr.
Education: PhD in Neuropsychology, MBA, & MA in Change Leadership (Oxford Saïd Business School).
Established AI/ML teams for industry leaders like AppTek, eBay, Amazon, and Meta
Sawaf is founder and CEO of aiXplain, on a mission to democratize AI by making
it accessible to businesses and individuals alike, and ensure equitable and
fair benefit to everyone involved.
Sawaf has more than 25 years of experience in employing cutting-edge
technologies for mission-critical business operations. He has founded several
machine learning organizations in small and large tech companies including
AppTek, eBay, Amazon, and Facebook.
is also an investor, board member, and advisor to a handful of promising
startups and established companies and organizations around the world among
them Tarjama, AppTek, Slide Insurance, and Embodied.
Among Top 100 Global Leaders in Data & Analytics and 100 Most Influential AI & Analytics Leaders in India
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Anish is a Senior leader
with over 22 years of experience in the field of Data Strategy and Analytics.
He has deep expertise in ideating and designing complex solutions involving
Data Science, Data Engineering, Data Governance and Artificial Intelligence. He
is a leader with excellent strategic vision, collaborative approach, and vision
to actualise strategic goals in complex environments.
Along with his technical
contributions to the field of data, he is also a leading voice at the global
level for advocating data ethics and privacy and has received numerous awards
and recognition for his work, which includes; AI Young Business Leaders Award,
Top 50 influential AI Leaders in India and Top 40 under 40 Data
Dr. Anish also spends time
mentoring Start-ups and aspiring Data Scientists and has been recognised as Top
Five Data Science mentors in India. He is a mentor for NASSCOM DeepTech Club
and T-Hub, acting as a catalyst in empowering pioneers, in India based deep
technology start-ups and connect them with industry leaders, investors,
academia and researchers to establish a global deep tech ecosystem impacting
He serves as an academic
advisor to various colleges/ universities across India and has authored more
than 15 papers on various subjects related to Artificial Intelligence and
advanced Data & Analytics. Anish is also a Board Member of AIM AI Forum. He
has delivered key notes at more than 100 national and international events.
Founder of the MLOps Institute. Author of "Data Science Pocket Guide"
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sabri is an expert in artificial intelligence and data, having spent the past 9
years providing advisory services to businesses such as Desjardins and L'Oréal
Canada. Before venturing into his own business in the MLOps world, Mohamed
served as a Practice Director in AI and data. Apart from his professional
ventures, he also dedicates time teaching at MIT, spending his weekends
educating others about AI and machine learning. An important highlight in his
career includes authoring a book on data science, which has significantly
contributed to the field and is widely recognized for its practical insights
and innovative approaches.
An ex IBMer, worked on more than 20 Data Warehouses and Data Lakes
Women in AI
Sought after speaker with more than 10 years experience in Data, Analytics and AI Management
is a highly skilled and respected data professional with almost two decades of
experience in various technology and techno-business roles within prominent
financial organisations. His expertise lies in data strategy development and
solution design, and he is a strong advocate for instilling a data-driven
culture within organizations. Originally from the UK, Garry has been in the
region for 10 years and currently heads the Data function at Zand Bank, where
he leads data management, engineering, BI and analytics work streams.
"Leads the only global member-based organization focusing on accelerating adoption of Augmented Reality in enterprise with members such as Boeing, Welsh Water, Newport News Shipbuilding, MedtronicMicrosoft, Magic Leap, RealWear, Qualcomm, Lenovo and PTC"
AR for Enterprise Alliance (AREA)
With 8 patents issued, Sol has been awarded “CAO of the Year” “50 Most Powerful Women in Tech”, “Top 20 CDOs”, and ”Top 100 Innovators in Data & Analytics” many years in a row
Estée Lauder, Sony Music, and Merck
In charge of setup open source ecosystem of OS (openEuler), DB(openGauss), AI Framework(MindSpore), and Cloud Native (KubeEdge, Volcano) etc. and promote them in open source community
The Linux Foundation, China
Holder of 50 patents in Computer Vision & Deep Learning
Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI)
is the Vice President and Chief Engineer of Beijing Academy of Artificial
Intelligence, responsible for Large Model Research Center, AI System and
Foundation Software research, and industry ecosystem cooperation. She is member
of IEEE Women in Engineering Asia Pacific Leadership Team and the founder of
IEEE Women in Engineering Beijing affinity. Formerly the Director of IBM China
Research Lab and Distinguished Engineer at IBM, she led global AI system
innovation within IBM. She has been engaged in research on system architecture,
cloud computing, AI systems, computer vision, and other fields for nearly 20
years. She holds over 50 global patents and has won the ACM/IEEE Best Paper
awards. She was named one of the "50 Leading Female Tech Leaders in
China" by Forbes in 2019.
One of the most influential female engineers in the world by IEEE and awarded a grant of $50,000 from Bill Gates in Davos during the World Economic Forum
Among Asia's 100 most powerful women. UAE's 2023 Top Women Executive.
Vineesha HK is
the Advisor of Digitalization assisting organizations achieve ambitious
transformation goals. Her experience includes years of consulting along with
working directly as an advisor to senior government leadership in UAE. She has
also held positions in advisory boards in UAE, chairperson for a global non-profit.
During her career she has provided advisory to 40+ public sector organizations
and Fortune 500 companies. She has received multiple accolades from UAE govt.
and MNC’s. including ‘Global Rising Star of Technology’ by the UK’s top tech
jury and ‘Middle East Women Leader 2022’, “Digital Accelerator of UAE 2022” and
“Distinguished speaker award 2022” along with Top women executive of the year
2023 and was recently listed as Asia’s 100 most powerful women in 2023.
She has designed
digital strategies, improved digital maturity & lead transformation
programs for key entities in the region. She has led initiatives to revamp customer
experience across the digital channels and has leveraged emerging like AI, RPA
etc. for business benefit. She expertise’s in translating leadership vision
into an implementable digital strategy that drives business impact.
Integrating NASA's technology efforts for planetary In Situ resources.
Goddard Space Flight Centre, NASA
Omar Hatamleh is the Chief Advisor for Artificial Intelligence at Goddard Space
Flight Center and the Lead for NASA IT Strategy at NASA HQ. Omar is also the
co-author of Between Brains. A book that explores the impact of Artificial
Intelligence and technology on the future of jobs, ethics, society and economy.
Prior to this role he was the Chief Innovation Officer, Engineering at NASA,
and former Executive Director of the Space Studies Program at International
Space University. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief Scientist at NASA ARC
responsible for identifying new and promising areas of scientific research and
supporting technologies that can be integrated into the Center's capabilities.
Omar has been at NASA for 26 years in different roles and has published over 33
international journal articles in Engineering. Omar has been the recipient of
several prestigious awards and recognitions from NASA including the Silver
Achievement Medal, NASA Innovation, and Superior Achievement Awards. He has
four engineering degrees, speaks four languages, and has been an invited
keynote speaker to multiple national and international events including major
innovation conferences, Google, IBM, European Investment Fund, etc.
Top rated technical writer and Google certified UX Designer
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have helped many companies in creating intuitive and user-friendly digital