AI for Good

Global Summit

28-31 May 2019
Geneva, Switzerland


Connecting AI innovators with problem owners for sustainable development

The AI for Good Global Summit is THE leading United Nations platform for global and inclusive dialogue on AI. The Summit is hosted each year in Geneva by the ITU in partnership with UN Sister agencies, XPRIZE Foundation and ACM.

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2019 Speakers

CEO, Space Ambassador; first female private space explorer; AI for Gender Inclusivity Breakthrough Co-Chair
XPRIZE Foundation

Anousheh Ansari is CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Ansari, along with her family, sponsored the organization’s first competition, the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million competition that ignited a new era for commercial spaceflight. Since then, she has served on XPRIZE’s Board of Directors.

Prior to being named CEO of XPRIZE, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006, and continues to serve as the executive chairwoman. She captured headlines around the world when she embarked upon an 11-day space expedition, accomplishing her childhood dream of becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space.

Ansari serves on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Council and has received numerous honors, including the WEF Young Global Leader, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, among others. She is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and serves on the board of Jabil and Peace First, as well as several other not-for-profit organizations focused on STEM education and youth empowerment.

Ansari also co-founded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, announced in October 2018 at the Tri Hita Karana (THK) Forum on Sustainable Development in Bali, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020.

She published her memoir, My Dream of Stars, to share her life story as inspiration for young women around the world.

Ansari holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University; and honorary doctorates from George Mason University, Utah Valley University, and International Space University.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Vicki Hanson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), globally serving computing professionals and students. She was President of ACM from 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2018.

Vicki was a Distinguished Professor in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (2013 – 2018), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Dundee in Scotland, and Lancaster University in England. A former Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, she has been working on issues of inclusion for older adults and disabled people throughout her career, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She joined the IBM Research Division in 1986 where she founded and managed the Accessibility Research group. She has been at the University of Dundee since 2009 and at RIT since 2013.

She has served on research advisory boards and agenda setting committees in both the US and the UK.   Her research focus is on accessibility of technology for people with disabilities, the aging population, and related research ethics.  At RIT, she, along with Matt Huenerfauth and Kristen Shinohara direct the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research (CAIR).

Best-selling author, futurist, inventor
Executive VP and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations
AI Strategic Advisor to President Macron, Mathematics Field Medal Winner
University of Padova

After attending the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, Villani was admitted at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and studied there from 1992 to 1996, after which he was appointed an agrégé préparateur at the same school. He received his doctorate at Paris Dauphine University in 1998, under the supervision of Pierre-Louis Lions, and became professor at the École normale supérieure de Lyon in 2000. He is now professor at the University of Lyon. He has been the director of Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris since 2009.

He has held various visiting positions at Georgia Tech (Fall 1999), the University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2004), and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (Spring 2009).

Chief Data Officer
Computer Scientist and the technical co-lead of the Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team

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Chairman of the Board
Director of AI Innovation

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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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“This Summit can help ensure that Artificial Intelligence charts the course that benefits humanity and bolsters our shared values. The United Nations stands ready to be a universal platform for discussion together let us make sure we use AI to enhance human dignity and serve the global goods”

António Guterres
Secretary-General, United Nations

“As the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, ITU is well placed to guide AI innovation towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are providing a neutralplatform for international dialogue aimed at building a common understanding of the capabilities of emerging AI technologies.”

Houlin Zhao
Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union

“Thank you UN ITU & Sponsors for inviting Pittsburgh! The #AIforGood movement is becoming a global movement.”

Bill Peduto
Mayor, Pittsburg

“We are proud to partner with the ITU in organizing this great event. We look forward to furthering the spirit of partnership and collaboration between all members of the global AI community to maximize the ethical use of AI to further collective progress on sustainable development goals.”

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Theneyan
Deputy Minister, Technology Industry and Digital Capabilities, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

“Thanks @ITU for an excellent 2018 AI For Good conference and AI For Health Track. New partnerships and momentum springing forwards.”

Adam Perold
CEO, Element

“The Summit has done a stellar job in enhancing the participants awareness of AI, and more importantly, helped them on the path to generate ideas on how to fulfill the SDGs. I’m looking forward to seeing how these ideas get developed and transform into the solutions we need.”

Neil Sahota
World Wide Business Development Leader, IBM Watson

“The inaugural AGGS proved to be organized with the right focus in mind by not only addressing the technical possibilities of AI but, also taking into account the impact on organizations and society in the broadest sense. The food-for-though ideas which came out of the breakthrough sessions proved this.”

Frits Bussemaker​
Chairman, Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age

“Kay Family Foundation is pleased to partner with the ITU to support the inaugural AI for Good Global Summit. The event was a tremendous success in convening global stakeholders together and enabling the exchanging of perspectives and ideas that led to the generation of actionable ideas. The Foundation looks forward to partnering with ITU again on next year’s event.”

Elim Kay
CEO, The Kay Family Foundation


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