2019 Speakers

Partnerships | Innovation | Strategy
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Experienced leader with a strong track record of building teams, achieving results and driving innovation across the public sector. Skilled in strategic planning, emerging technologies for public good, developing private sector partnerships, organisational change and data innovation. An experienced facilitator and presenter, I am a change maker, a visionary leader and a team builder.

Vice President, Infrastructure
The World Bank

Makhtar Diop is the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure, a position he assumed on July 1st, 2018. The Infrastructure Vice Presidency comprises Energy & Extractives, Transport, Digital Development as well as Infrastructure Finance, Public-Private Partnerships and Guarantees. In this global role, Makhtar Diop leads efforts to develop sustainable solutions and help close the infrastructure gap in developing and emerging economies.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Diop served for six years as the World Bank’s Vice President for the Africa Region, where he oversaw the delivery of a record-breaking $70 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa to help tackle development challenges such as increasing access to affordable and sustainable energy; boosting women’s and youth’s economic empowerment; and promoting an enabling environment for more innovation and technology adoption. A passionate advocate for Africa’s right to clean and affordable sources of electricity, he also called for greater investment in renewable energy and pushed for greater regional interconnectivity in the power and transport sectors.

Mr. Diop brings to the post a deep level of experience and understanding of complex infrastructure challenges. His prior experience includes serving as Director for Finance, Private Sector & Infrastructure in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Diop held the position of World Bank Country Director for Brazil where the World Bank helped finance major infrastructure work and was the Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia.

In addition to his international organization experience, Mr. Diop, an economist by training who started his career in the banking sector before joining the IMF and later the World Bank, has extensive private sector experience. He has also held government positions, most notably the position of Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal, where he played a key role in instituting structural reforms aimed at laying a strong foundation for Senegal’s growth in the late 1980s.

A recognized opinion leader in the economic and social development field, Makhtar Diop has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans in the world. In 2015, he received the prestigious Regents’ Lectureship Award from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Diop holds degrees in economics from the Universities of Warwick and Nottingham in England.

Founding Director, CITRIS Policy Lab

Brandie Nonnecke, PhD is Founding Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab and Director of the CITRIS Tech for Social Good Program at UC Berkeley. She served as a fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and at the World Economic Forum on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society.

She was named a 2018 RightsCon Young Leader in Human Rights in Tech and received the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award at the 15th Intl. Common Ground Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society. Her research has been featured in Wired, NPR, BBC News, MIT Technology Review, PC Mag, Buzzfeed News, Fortune, Mashable, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her research publications and op-eds are available at nonnecke.com.

Brandie researches human rights at the intersection of law, policy, and emerging technologies with her current work focusing on issues of fairness and accountability in AI and computational propaganda and digital harassment campaigns on Twitter. She has published research on algorithmic-based decision-making for public service provision and outlined recommendations for how to better ensure applications of AI support equity and fairness.

She also investigates how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can support civic participation, improve governance and accountability, and foster economic and social development. She designs and deploys participatory evaluation platforms that utilize statistical models and collaborative filtering to tap into collective intelligence and reveal novel insights, including the California Report Card launched in collaboration with the Office of California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the DevCAFE system launched in Mexico, Uganda, and the Philippines to enable participatory evaluation of policy strategies from over 20,000 participants. Her research on the impacts of collaborative filtering for development program evaluation received the 2015 IEEE Global Humanitarian Tech Best Paper Award and was featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Director for ICT4D & GIS
Catholic Relief Services

I work at the intersection of digital technology and international humanitarian aid/development to transform individual lives and our world. At Catholic Relief Services, I lead the agency’s ICT4D (tech we use in our overseas field programs) and GIS practices. In 2016 I led an update of our tech strategy to focus on data analytics, scale and enabling programs & partners. In 2019 we won external recognition as the top NGO for effective use of technology in international development.

I previously served as an IT Director at Johns Hopkins University. I taught computer science courses at Loyola University and GIS at Johns Hopkins. I began my career at Accenture.

I hold a Master’s in environmental science and policy, a Bachelor’s in engineering science and a graduate certificate in GIS.

Principal Program Manager

Technology and start-up executive with 20+ years of experience in leading product and partnerships in technology, telco, and entertainment industries. Currently focusing on AI/Machine Learning and robotics.

Cyrill is deeply interested in the promise and challenge of Artificial Intelligence, and the innovative ways that it can be applied in the consumer and enterprise space. Recent technical improvements in deep learning algorithms, natural speech recognition, image classification, and access to powerful tools and cloud services have created an environment where we can solve real business problems using #AI today.

Research Professor
Carnegie Mellon University
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

I am an assistant professor of machine learning at TU/e. I teach machines to learn how to learn, so that they can learn automatically and continuously from one task to the next (much like we do). To enable this, machine learning must become frictionlessefficient and never-ending.
I founded OpenML.org, an online platform for sharing data, code, models and experiments in an open, frictionless, and reproducible way, so that we can all learn from our collective past experience and build ever-better learning systems.

Co-Director of the Innovation and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
University of Buenos Aires
General Public Prosecutor
City of Buenos Aires
Director for EMEA Government Affairs
Impact Initiatives Lead
Orbital Insight

Bringing the next generation of geospatial and analytic solutions to State and Local government, NGOs, and international development partners worldwide.

Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
University of Illinois

Lav R. Varshney is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the science and engineering of informational systems involving humans and machines, driven by a desire to improve individual and collective intelligence in modern environments. His central results have been in establishing information-theoretic limits, optimal designs, and practical deployments in systems ranging from nanoscale computing and neuroscience to social computing and computational creativity.

Industry Expert
Projects Director
Apotheker Ltd.
Alumni, AI4ALL; Founder
Senior Policy Advisor on Innovation
UN Women
Chief Strategy Officer
Dimagi, Inc

Neal Lesh is a computer scientist with field experience in applying information technologies to help organizations address poverty in low-income regions. He has published and lectured extensively in data visualization, data mining, and automated planning and logistics. He has developed medical record and analysis systems for Partners in Health, the government of Rwanda, and a large AIDS treatment program in Tanzania, and worked with many other Universities and NGOs. He is coordinating a Harvard-funded research project in South Africa.

Neal holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Washington and a masters degree in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Founder & CEO
Digital Helix

An entrepreneur, medical doctor, data scientist experienced in AI, data, technology, digitization, healthcare management, research and patient care. Building impactful initiatives and businesses from the ground up, with the mission to disrupt the digital ecosystem and bring a significant change to healthcare.

Sahara Ventures

Jumanne Mtambalike is an innovator and technology enthusiast, He is an Ideation (concepts development), Programme Development and Project Management Expert. Jumanne is also a technology blogger and community reformer. He likes to work with youths initiatives in areas of innovation, technology entrepreneurship and youths capacity building programmes.

Digital Policy Senior Researcher

Brazilian-born Ms Marília Maciel is currently based in Strasbourg, France. She is involved in several Internet- governance-related projects, notably on the fields of digital economy, e-commerce, and cybersecurity. She also curates the topics of e-commerce, Access and Digital Divide for the GIP Digital Watch Observatory and represents Diplo at various meetings.

Prior to joining Diplo, Ms Marília Maciel was a researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. She served as a councillor at ICANN´s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) representing the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG). Marília is a former member of the Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (2011–2012), created under the auspices of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UN CSTD). She was also a member of the Multistakeholder Executive Committee of NETmundial and represented CTS/FGV in meetings of the Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). She served in the Consultative Chamber on Internet Security and Rights of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br).

Marília is a PhD candidate at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, on Information and Communication Sciences. She holds an MA in Latin American Integration from the Federal University of Santa Maria (2008) and a law degree from the Federal University of Pernambuco (2005), where she was awarded a research grant from the State of Pernambuco Research Foundation (FACEPE) to investigate issues related to taxation and electronic commerce.


Roman Lipski is a Polish-born painter who has lived and worked in Berlin since 1989. His celebrated art has been exhibited in numerous museums all over the world – such as the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Japan, the National Art Museum of China or the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art in Istanbul. Furthermore, his work is part of several art collections such as the Marx Collection at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Alex Katz Foundation in New York, and the collection of Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In his present project Unfinished, Roman Lipski develops in collaboration with YQP & Birds on Mars the first digital muse for artists.

Senior lecturer, Researcher, and Project Manager

Dr Katharina (Kat) E Höne researches, writes, and teaches on a number of issues in the area of diplomacy, global governance, and the impact of technology on international relations. Over the last years, she has focused on research at the intersection of diplomacy and technology. She was part of a research project on Data Diplomacy: Updating diplomacy to the big data era and the lead researcher and author of Mapping the challenges and opportunities of artificial intelligence for the conduct of diplomacy report, both supported by the Ministry for Foreign of Affairs of Finland. In addition, she has more than 10 years of experience in teaching international relations at universities in the UK and Germany, and in delivering in-situ, blended, and online training to diplomatic practitioners. Kat holds an MA in Diplomatic Studies (University of Leicester, UK) and a PhD in International Politics (University of Aberystwyth, UK). In her work, she is driven by her aim to level the playing field at international negotiation tables through capacity development, and to provide out-of-the-box thinking and inspiration by drawing on her passion for science-fiction.

AIRBUS Artificial Intelligence and computing roadmap leader

Innovation and Artificial Intelligence.
20 years of experience working on Innovation and AI applications in aerospace industry

Romaric is a senior expert in AI, he started in early days with LISP programming and had chance to apply various AI technologies (rules based systems, cased based systems, semantic web, multi-agent systems, Machine learning and deep learning)

He went through various roles: programmer in early days in an Artificial Intelligence start up, team leader of a data scientist team, roadmap leader for a data science department, DataLab manager and he is currently the AIRBUS Artificial Intelligence and computing roadmap leader.

His current missions deals with
Building AIRBUS Artificial Intelligence and computing roadmap
Building AI R&T projects ensuring a good balance between exploration and exploitation and maximizing synergies.
Benchmarking AIRBUS AI capabilities against industry state of the art.
Communicating about AIRBUS AI capabilities and challenges to identify value creation opportunities and shape new collaboration. Identifying acquisition or
partnering targets related to a convergence of AI technologies, markets and customer needs.

Africana Institute for Creativity Recognition and Elevation (AICRE)

Dr. S. Ama Wray is an associate professor of dance and the University of California, Irvine. She is a former U.K NESTA Fellow (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts – similar to the MacArthur Awards)—an improviser, choreographer, director, teacher and scholar. She self-titles as a ‘Performance Architect’, receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Surrey where she developed her theory and practice of Embodiology®, a neo-African approach to contemporary dance improvisation. Her TED talk articulates its distinctions and philosophy http://www.tedxorangecoast.com/videopick/sheron-wray-bodily-steps-to-innovation/ In 2016 an essay on her neo-African approach to dance improvisation is in Black Dance British Routes, edited by Adair and Burt, 2017 published by Routledge. In 2014 two essays on jazz dance were published in the anthology Jazz dance: A History of its Roots and Branches, edited by Guarino and Oliver.

As a performer in the UK she danced with London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance Company between 1988 and 2001. Wray is widely known for her role as the leading performer and legal custodian of Harmonica Breakdown (1938), choreographed by Jane Dudley. As its custodian she continues to restage the work globally and has completed a motion capture/Labanotation research project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities research Council 2014-16. The dance is also the title subject of a documentary about Jane and this work. Her other films are for JazzXchange Special Request, depicting a journey from Nyabinghi drums to Hip Hop, shot on various locations in NY; and Red as Expected, an award winning film by Dennis Morrision with music by Byron Wallen. Re-inspired after her solo role in Wynton Marsalis’ Harvard Lecture Series in 2012 and her residency at The Institute of Advanced Study (in Princeton) she re-launched JazzXchange in the USA and is developing an interdisciplinary festival of jazz and hip hop performance in Orange County. Currently her improvisation practice is extending into clinical research with UCI medical centre, using her dance improvisation methods as a form of therapy for patients who suffer from chronic diseases. And in 2015 UK’s National Resource Centre for Dance invited her to place her archive within their permanent collection. In the realm of theatre she has successfully directed two of Mojisola Adebayo’s plays directed Moj of the Antarctic – An African Odyssey and Muhammad Ali and Me which have toured the UK and South Africa supported by the British Council.

In London between 1992 and 2004 Wray was artistic director of JazzXchange Music and Dance Company, collaborating with musicians including: Gary Crosby – OBE, Julian Joseph, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin and Zoe Rahman. For the UK’s 2012 Cultural Olympiad Festival she was commissioned to choreograph The Brown Bomber, collaborating with Joseph once again, supported by the PRS Foundation. As a result of her 4-year NESTA fellowship, dance of the African diaspora, jazz and improvisation intersect in her concept of digitally enabled improvisation which manifests in the award-winning Texterritory. Texterritory is an interactive performance platform created in collaboration with Fleeta Siegel. Recent productions include Texterritory Congo, Digitally Ever Present and Texterritory USA.

Global Head of Advanced Analytics & AI
H&M Group

High performing senior business executive, with expertise within Transformation, Change- and Turnaround management.
Savvy outside-the-box thinker whom creates profitability in a sustainable way within complex organizations by using talent for connecting strategy, goals, products and services into an eco-system.
Top performer with high level of technological sophistication, along with hands-on management experience across diverse industries and areas including retail, supply chain, banking & finance and telecoms.
Finally, an exceptional communicator who brings the power of diversity in creating relationships.

Regional Network Coordinator
Artificial Intelligence for Development

Kathleen is an AI Researcher who is Regional Coordinator of the Artificial Intelligence for Development – Africa Network. She is keen to connect African AI researchers, policy makers and practitioners, and to strengthen their work through creating platforms for collaboration and access to resources. She has worked with AI communities on the African continent for over 4 years, including with the Nairobi Women in Machine Learning and Data Science community as well as with the Deep Learning Indaba.

In her own research, Kathleen invests time and effort in ventures that involve natural language and speech processing for African languages as well as low-cost hardware robotics.
She is currently a Masters student at the Georgia Institute of Technology undertaking the Online Masters in Computer Science with a specialization in Computational Perception and Robotics.

President of Industry Strategy & Regulation
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Li Li (Thomas) received his Bachelor’s degree of radio technologies from Xi’an Jiaotong University, and his Master of Business Administrations from Tsing Hua University. He has worked at Huawei for 23 years, with experiences on Wireless product Development, R&D information system and document center management, business re-engineering of R&D processes, standardization, industry promotion and corporate strategy. For the past decade, Mr. Li has distinguished himself as the standard policy-maker and a technology strategist inside the company. He created the Standardization & Industry Dept. as one of the original founders, and has cultivated some core members of the standard teams. He was a leader on Huawei’s overall standard strategy and standard policies on IMT-2000, WiMAX, service network, IMT-Advanced, M2M and 5G. As a core member of corporate strategy circle, He has taken part in corporate-level technology strategies in recent years.
As a VP of the Industry Standardization, Mr. Li was responsible for policies on multiple SDOs. He is also responsible for standard strategies of major projects including 5G and AI. He served multiple leadership positions in several industry organizations.
Starting from 2019, he shifts from standardization area (18 years) to industry strategy & regulation. Even though, he will still continuously utilize his experiences in standardization for better serving healthy industry ecosystem.

Executive Director
Broadcasting Commission

Mr. Cordel Green is an Attorney-at-Law, a former Assistant Attorney-General of Jamaica and a former broadcaster. His other affiliations include being Commissioner on the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, member of the Law Committee for the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Consideration in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, and honorary member of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), Washington D.C.

Owner, Partner, Executive Producer, Director
Sinking Ship Entertainment

J.J. Johnson is a founding partner, executive producer and the creative force behind Sinking Ship Entertainment. Since the company’s inception in 2004, he has created and executive produced 15 series including international hits This is Daniel Cook, Annedroids and the Emmy award winning Dino Dan. In 2015, J.J. made Emmy history by being nominated 3 times in the same directing category for 3 different Sinking Ship series, winning the Emmy for Odd Squad. J.J. followed up with another directing win in 2016. J.J. is also an Emmy nominated writer with over 550 episode credits and has been recognized by the Hollywood Reporter as one of their Top 20 under 35. In addition, J.J. has built 34 playgrounds with his series Giver and filmed in over 40 countries for his National Geographic kid’s series Are we there yet? World Adventure. J.J. also serves as the co-chair of the Youth Media Alliance in Canada

Founder and Scientific Director
Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA)

Yoshua Bengio works in computer science, specifically artificial intelligence (machine learning). He is the founder and director of the Institut des algorithmes d’apprentissage de Montréal at Université de Montréal. His current interests include fundamental questions on deep learning, the geometry of generalization in high-dimensional spaces, biologically inspired learning algorithms, and challenging applications of statistical machine learning in artificial intelligence tasks.

CEO, Space Ambassador; first female private space explorer
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.

Senior Editor, Podcasts & Live Journalism
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review

I make sense of complex topics with sound. 2019 Webby for Best Tech Podcast, NY Press Club for Best Podcast, iHeart Radio Podcast Awards Finalist, Best Online News Reporting Award from Military Reporters and Editors, Goldschmidt Fellow & Best in Business Honorable Mention.

Moderator and stage host of live events at the United Nations, SXSW, universities and conferences including The Future of Everything Festival, AAAS and others.

Completed Knight Science Journalism programs at MIT on neuroscience and nanotechnology. Graduate degree in international affairs journalism from American University.

CEO and Co-Founder
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).

Postdoctoral Researcher
Technische Universität Graz

Sebastian Dennerlein is Senior Researcher in Co-Creation and Innovation at Graz University of Technology and Business Developer at Know-Center GmbH. He studied Psychology at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz and did his PhD in the area of Technology-Enhanced Learning and Workplace Learning in distributed and collaborative contexts. Interprofessional learning and the related challenges was one of factors given special interest in this endeavour.

Upfront, Sebastian was Deputy Head of the “Social Computing” research team at the Know-Center GmbH (leading the team for 1 1/2 year) and working in several EU-IPs such as Learning Layers (topic: scaling of technologies for informal learning in SME clusters). He has published more than 15 papers including articles in journals such as Computers & Education or British Journal of Educational Technology and conferences such as European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning or WebScience. Besides, Sebastian has been a member of the executive board of the Knowledge Management Forum in Graz.

Head of Laboratory
National Research University - Higher School of Economics

Researcher, data scientist, software developer. Has extensive experience working in different roles and with variety of development/research methodologies.

Particularly interested in finding applications of scientific approaches from distributed and heterogeneous system design, machine learning, statistics to various areas including particle physics, bioinformatics, robotics.

Has extensive experience of working in team of researcher as well as leading research team. Avid follower of reproducible research approach.

Professor of Computer Science, IBM AI Ethics Global Leader

Francesca Rossi is a distinguished research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and a professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy.

Her research interests focus on artificial intelligence. Specifically, they include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making. She is also interested in ethical issues in the development and behaviour of AI systems, in particular for decision support systems for group decision making. She has published over 170 scientific articles in journals and conference proceedings, and as book chapters. She has co-authored a book. She has edited 17 volumes, between conference proceedings, collections of contributions, special issues of journals, as well as the Handbook of Constraint Programming. She has more than 100 co-authors.

She is a AAAI and a EurAI fellow, and a Radcliffe fellow 2015. She has been president of IJCAI and an executive councillor of AAAI. She is Editor in Chief of JAIR and a member of the editorial board of Constraints, Artificial Intelligence, AMAI, and KAIS. She co-chairs the AAAI committee on AI and ethics and she is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Future of Life Institute and of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She is in the executive committee of the IEEE global initiative on ethical considerations on the development of autonomous and intelligent systems and she belongs to the World Economic Forum Council on AI and robotics. She is a member of the board of directors of the Partnership on AI, where she represents IBM as one of the founding partners.

Professor, School of Culture, Media and Society
Waseda University

Toshie Takahashi is Professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society, Waseda University, Tokyo.  She has held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge as well as Harvard University and Columbia University.  She conducts cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary research on the social impact of robots as well as the potential of AI for Social Good. Her latest book, entitled “Towards the age of Digital Wisdom” (2016, Shinnyosha, in Japanese) is based on the collaborative project on “Young People and Digital Media” with the University of Oxford and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center won the first prize for the Telecommunication social science award. Finally, Takahashi sits on the technology advisory committee of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020.

Chief Solutions Officer
Planet Home

Robert Suarez is the Chief Solutions Officer at Planet Home where he nurtures and develops innovative solutions that drive positive impact for the planet. After spending two decades working in Design and Innovation for large corporations, startups and impact partners, Robert knows what truly drives innovative ideas into market – understanding the needs and behaviors of people, systems and planet, leveraging emerging technologies and applying the right business models to scale new solutions.

Robert has led award winning design and innovation teams as Managing Director of Singularity University Labs, as a Design Director at IDEO and as founding member of multiple technology startups.

Robert holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University. He holds multiple design awards and drives for solutions that integrate social, environmental, and educational considerations while proving that purpose and profit can combine for the greatest impact.

Senior Lecturer in Human Factors for Design
Brunel University

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Human Factors for Design at Brunel University London.

Previously a Research Fellow in Knowledge Management for Collaborative Product Development in the Centre for Innovative Product Development and Manufacturing (CiPDM) at the University of Greenwich.

My research explores the use of social computing to improve the capture, management and sharing of employee and organisational knowledge in manufacturing organisations, as well as looking into employee collaboration within dispersed product development teams.

I completed my Ph.D. in August 2013, which was an EPSRC funded collaborative project in partnership with BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems division in Rochester, Kent. In 2014, I was awarded the Faculty of Engineering and Science Prize for Best PhD Student.

My research interests include:
– Social Product Development
– Information and Knowledge Management
– Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
– Enterprise 2.0 and Social Media

Dean and Chancellor's Professor of Law

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

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

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

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

Digital Editor
Global Geneva Magazine
Chief Executive Officer
Fondation Botnar

Stefan Germann, CEO Fondation Botnar a foundation in Basel Switzerland focusing on child health, nutrition and education. Stefan is tasked as first CEO to set up the management office and lead the foundation in the next stage of it’s development.

Formerly, Executive Director onegoalglobal.org (an innovative collaborative child nutrition and healthy lifestyle campaign), and Senior Director of World Vision International Sustainable Health Partnership, Innovation and Accountability unit based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. World Vision operates currently in almost 100 countries.

He worked for over 15 years in Africa in various health leadership roles with different agencies in the area of child health related development, relief and advocacy work. His worked included managing a large rural hospital in Zimbabwe.

In 2005 he started to work with World Vision International’s emergency relief team as the director for the integrated technical sector teams in the Asia Tsunami response. This was a complex relief & reconstruction program where he was based in Asia. This program included major health components, including primary health care rehabilitation in Sri Lanka and mHealth projects for midwives in Aceh, Indonesia. He held a number of board and advisory board memberships (Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, UBS Optimus Foundation, REPSSI in Africa) and currently is on the Advisory Board of the Global Health Program, The Graduate Institute – Geneva focusing on the role of NGOs in global health diplomacy. He holds a micro-engineering BSc degree, an MSc degree (Economics) in Social Policy & NGO Management and completed in 2005 a doctoral degree in Development studies focusing on child well-being in urban African context. Stefan finished in 2015 an executive Masters program in Tri Sector Collaboration at Singapore Management University.

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs​​

Former positions include a career with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Norwegian Government and the UN (peacekeeping), research and academia, serving in different capacities in the private sector and for various multilateral organizations in the field and at headquarters. Since 2014, with the World Economic Forum, spearheading the Forum’s work on geopolitics and international security and how to catalyse responses to global, regional and industry challenges. Has published widely on geopolitics, international security affairs and global governance issues. Regular commentator and lecturer.

FG-AI4H Vice-Chair, Executive Editor
The Lancet Journal

Naomi Lee is Executive Editor (Digital) for The Lancet. Naomi handles peer review and commissioning for The Lancet with a special interest in surgery, health informatics and medical technology. As part of the marketing and communications team, she also leads digital transformation for The Lancet group. Naomi trained in surgery, specializing in urology and has worked in the United Kingdom, Argentina, and Mexico. She studied medicine at Cambridge University and King’s College London, and is currently studying data science at University College London. Naomi joined The Lancet in 2014.

Chief Scientist
World Health Organization (WHO)

Dr Soumya Swaminathan was most recently WHO’s Deputy Director-General for Programmes. A paediatrician from India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programmes. Dr Swaminathan was Secretary to the Government of India for Health Research and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research from 2015 to 2017. In that position, she focused on bringing science and evidence into health policy making, building research capacity in Indian medical schools and forging south-south partnerships in health sciences. From 2009 to 2011, she also served as Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases in Geneva.

She received her academic training in India, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America, and has published more than 350 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is an elected Foreign Fellow of the US National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of all three science academies in India. She has previously been on several WHO and global advisory bodies and committees, including the WHO Expert Panel to Review Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of the Global TB Department at WHO, and most recently was Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on TB.

CTO / co-founder

I recently developed a bilingual (French/English) conversational robot (Chatbot) accessible directly from Facebook Messenger (search “Sirop” on Messenger) that allows you to find places of interest (such as a restaurant or a post office) anywhere, anytime, using NLP and Machine Learning.

During my years at the Geneva School of Engineering (hepia, HES), I acquired key skills in understanding customer needs and designing complex systems to meet them. I was also the co-founder and president of the robotics association in Hepia where we were able to participate in the Swiss Eurobot robotics competition for two years in a row.

Then, as a sergeant (SL) in the Swiss Army, I had two different hats:
– Manage and organize the activity of military personnel.
– Optimize a data acquisition system by developing mini IT solutions to extend its operation according to the needs of civilian personnel.

Then, in order to have the necessary skills for the development of complete projects, I completed a master’s degree in innovation and business creation (Innokick HES, in Renens). During the first year, I had the pleasure of being the coordinator of an innovative project for Geneva Airport, in an interdisciplinary team from different backgrounds (American, Korean and European).

The following year, during my master’s work, I saw my interest in the product life cycle grow by analysing in detail that of coffee machines in Switzerland. Indeed, in a group of 3 interdisciplinary people, we started by listing what is already being done on the market at the end of the life of these machines. Then, we went to the field (in several sprints) to get direct feedback from the people concerned and propose a concept that meets both the firm and the clients.

Presales Solutions Consultant

Currently working at Observe.AI, one of the fastest growing companies within the CCaaS (Call-Center-as-a-Service) space globally. Providing technical presales support for enterprise clients. Constantly striving to create the best customer experience.

Professional experience with AWS / Microsoft technologies, client communications, written communications, public speaking, and presenting. Passionate about AI, learning, and new experiences.

Director, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement & Competition Division
World Trade Organization (WTO)

Research, postgraduate and general teaching, technical analysis and wider scholarship, policy support and capacity building, dispute settlement, public outreach, and international collaboration on intellectual property, trade and public international law.
Management and administration in international and cross-cultural settings.
Extensive experience in building conceptual, cultural and practical working links between distinct policy and legal domains.
Firm commitment to strengthening and expanding positive links between jurisprudence, ethics, the theory and practice of international relations, the role and governance of multilateral institutions, and concrete public welfare benefits from practical program delivery.

Marketing Lead

Broad-based experience working in corporate communications and marketing, specializing from the outset in strategic communications and media relations. Professional experience – grounded in journalism and broadcasting – revolves around bringing the value of communication to complex issues and operations in a way that can be measured and integrated. A seasoned manager of cross-cultural teams with a proven record of results. An experienced spokesperson and media analyst with a global network of key political, private sector and media contacts. Both a leader and a team player who embraces responsibility and knows how to deliver. Expert at leveraging digital and mobile for engagement, advocacy, accountability and storytelling.

Specialties: Strategic Communication and Online Communities; Brand management; Digital Transformation; Storytelling and Campaigns; Digital and Mobile-first strategies; Public Information and Media Relations; Team leadership; Evaluation & Monitoring; Extensive cross-cultural and international experience; Excellent analytical, communication and negotiation skills; International human rights and humanitarian law; Civil-Military relations; Energy, Patience and Determination; Solution-oriented approach.

Founder and Storyteller

Davar Ardalan is the Founder and Storyteller in Chief of IVOW, an early stage startup specializing in AI-driven cultural content, aiming to make navigating the global marketplace easier via cultural analysis. She is also the former Deputy Director of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program in Washington D.C.

Prior to this, she was a public broadcasting journalist for two decades at NPR News, where she designed stories anchored in multiculturalism and steeped in historical context. In 2015, her last position at NPR was senior producer of the Identity and Culture Unit. Realizing that there is a gaping hole in AI algorithms that will define our future, she created IVOW, bringing together a team of journalists and technologists to design cultural IQ in AI.

At NPR, as a Senior Producer of Weekend Edition and Morning Edition, Ardalan was responsible for editorial and production decisions that required elaborate coordination and planning, such as shaping Morning Edition broadcasts from Baghdad, Kabul and New Orleans. Ardalan has also served as Director of Storytelling at the open innovation agency SecondMuse. There, she helmed storytelling efforts for various campaigns, including NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge and Australian Aid innovation programs in Timor-Leste, Tonga and Fiji.

Ardalan, who has also served as Executive Producer at Hanson Robotics, has been recognized with a 2017 NASA Team Leadership award for Space Apps, a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television and a shout-out in the popular comic strip Zippy. In May 2014, she was the recipient of a United States Ellis Island Medal of Honor for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.

Ardalan began her radio career as a reporter in 1991 at NPR Member Station KUNM in Albuquerque, NM. In 1984, she was an English news anchor at IRIB News broadcasting throughout the Persian Gulf Region.

Senior Specialist in the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice
The World Bank

Marelize is a senior specialist focusing on decision science and artificial intelligence as tools to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and implementation of health and human development programs. She is the global decision science program lead, a global effort to accelerate human development outcomes and improve the efficiency of health and HIV financing in low and middle income countries.

Director & CSO, Roborace
Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA)

Bryn Balcombe is the Chief Strategy Officer for Roborace, a motorsport competition for human and AI drivers, designed to accelerate the research and development of Vehicle Intelligence and human machine interfaces required for transportation of the future. His previous experience comes from Formula One where he architected and patented vehicle to infrastructure communication systems and developed the F1 Group’s first global media network. He has also consulted on technology strategy for organisations including the BBC and McCann Worldgroup and has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering & Vehicle Design.

Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead

In her role as Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead at PwC, Maria advises partners across industry, academia, governments, and more, on how to harness the power of AI in an ethical and responsible manner. She has played a crucial part in the development and set-up of PwC’s UK AI Center of Excellence, the firm’s AI strategy and most recently the development of PwC’s Responsible AI toolkit, firms methodology for embedding ethics in AI. Maria is a globally recognised AI ethics expert, a Advisory Board member of the UK Government All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, member of BSI/ISO & IEEE AI standard groups, a Fellow of the RSA and an advocate for gender diversity in AI, children and youth rights in the age of AI.

Program Lead, AI Security Initiative

Passionate about the ethics and governance of AI and emerging technologies. @JessicaH_Newman #AIpolicy #AIsecurity #AIethics

Deputy CEO
swissnex San Francisco

Deputy CEO @swissnexSF. Background in AI, neuroscience, and journalism. Currently focusing on science and technology diplomacy in Silicon Valley.

My work responds to two interdependent realities: technology shapes us and we shape technology. I envision a central role for Switzerland in the global interplay between humanity and technology, one where it offers neutral ground and builds bridges across traditional boundaries.

For over four years I have been working towards this vision at swissnex San Francisco, Switzerland’s science and technology outpost in Silicon Valley, where I have played a key role in the evolution of the organization—first as Head of Science, then as Deputy CEO and Interim CEO.

Our unique location on Pier 17 is now the center of gravity of a vibrant community of academics, entrepreneurs, technologists, diplomats, and artists—a “living lab” for diplomacy that is part innovation hub, part diplomatic center, part exhibition and event venue connecting the dots between Switzerland, the US, and the world.

In an effort to bring some of the spirit of Geneva to Silicon Valley, I have had impact with initiatives around humanitarian action, human rights, and tech policy. I have spoken at conferences such as South By Southwest and the AI for Good Global Summit, and am an advisor to AI Commons and the Do No Digital Harm Initiative.

I went from an apprenticeship in Lausanne to studying engineering at ETH Zurich, to doing neuroscience and machine learning research at MIT. My work in journalism, communications, and now technology diplomacy has given me the chance to collaborate with thought leaders and experts across a wide range of sectors and industries.

I am passionate about understanding and connecting these different worlds.

Member of executive board & project manager
foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy

I’m driven by curiosity and the desire to work towards more freedom and less pain.

I work as a manager at the Swiss foreign policy think tank foraus, specialising in participatory formats for policy innovation and dialogue. My current project policykitchen.com uses a transnational crowd-innovation approach to solve policy challenges ranging from biodiversity loss to migration and artificial intelligence.

My second focus is conflict resolution. I currently pursue a mediator license and have a long standing interest in the topic (including a masters degree and work in a peacebuilding think tank)

Previously, I spent four years in Beijing on food sustainability and organic fashion; one year in the Philippines on theatre pedagogy with traumatised youth and one year in Hong Kong on ethnographic study with Philippine migrants.

Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)

Tech Entrepreneur using smart technology to drive exponential growth in data driven organisations.

Visionary and thought leader with experience in new markets and vertical across multiple sectors.

Expert in the following areas

Technology: E-commerce, Internet solutions, Digital Applications and Financial payment solutions(AI, Blockchain, IOT, Cloud).
Gaming : ( Sport-betting, Poker, Casino and Lottery)
Marketing : Online, Social and Digital Media.
Sales : Go to market strategy, In-country acquisition and channel partnership expert
Strategy: Product development, Business growth and User experience expert.
Entrepreneurship : Startup experience, M&A, Consulting and Advisory services.
Leadership : Thought leader with a passion for growth and experience developing and managing staff size of between 30 -200 in various roles.

I have over 15 years experience in business strategy, digital technology and development while being heavily involved in business growth and building new markets for various companies.

My specialist skills are in sales, strategic execution & market development for digital /online/ interactive / AI/ Blockchain and Marketing.

Chair, IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous
IEEE Standards Association

Specialties: Robotics, AI, Ethics

Inventor, BBC "Click" Presenter
BBC News

With an ear for music and an eye for trends, LJ Rich is Click’s social media veteran who is always on the lookout for the latest memes. After reading music at Oxford, she has monitored emerging concepts in consumer electronics for over a decade, with particular interest in audio innovations and quirky gadgets.

When offline, LJ composes and analyses music. She is fascinated by language and loves to travel. She also writes restaurant reviews.

Head of Innovation Accelerator
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Bernhard Kowatsch is founder and head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP Innovation Accelerator was named by Fast Company as one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2017 in Food for its work in identifying, nurturing and scaling disruptive startups that accelerate innovations to address global hunger. Innovations include blockchain, agri-tech, supply chain and new businesses to end hunger. Most recently, the Accelerator runs programmes for external partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Prior to founding the Accelerator, Bernhard co-founded the award-winning ShareTheMeal app that crowdsources funding for hungry children, and built-up WFP’s Business Innovation team. Bernhard was previously a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for global tech and industrial goods companies, and holds three Masters degrees from HEC Paris and Vienna University of Business.

Executive Director
Falling Walls Foundation
Founding member and AI Fellow
District 3 Innovation Centre

Born and raised in Montreal, my mission in life is to:

Create and catalyze innovation in Neurotechnology and AI;
Empower people through education in entrepreneurship and technology.

In 2012 I co-founded one of the larger incubators in Quebec called District 3 where I played multiple roles. I fell in love with the maker ideology in 2013 which shifted my energy towards pushing for accessible neurotechnology.

This lead to me co-founding NeurotechX, a non-profit organization which is facilitating the advancement of Neurotechnology by offering networking opportunities and learning resources.

Artist and Director, Experience Design
Reeps100 Studios

Bringing a new global perspective to the human voice. Founder of Reeps100 Studios; ARS PRIX Electronica nominated artist and award-winning musician based in London. Expertise in vocal musicianship and experience design has generated an online global following, rendering over 100 million online views. Artist residency at Harvard University and currently part of the Experiments in Art and Technology programme at Bell Labs. Has exhibited internationally, from the Museum of Art and Design in New York to the Tate Britain in London, as well as Milan, London and Tokyo Design weeks, SXSW, Miami Art Basel, and Sundance film festival.

Cloud Solution Architect

Ashok Samal is an Advisor, IT strategist, engaging public speaker and currently working as a Solution Architect at Microsoft, Western Europe with deep focus on the AI and innovation. His vast international experience includes 8 solid years of BigData & AI across ASIA, Europe & US. He has a very strong business and technical combo.

Deputy to the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Dr. Reinhard Scholl is Deputy to the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) since September 2002. Previously he has been with Siemens in Munich, Germany and with ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). He has also served on the ICANN Board. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois, USA.

Director, Initiatives Development
AI Commons

Gilles spent his entire career launching new products. His track record has been to move up the food chain to successfully solve one problem after the other, and in doing so he acquired a broad technical expertise, managerial acumen, and international exposure. He is deeply fascinated with the impact of technology on society, complex mathematical problems, deep learning, reinforcement learning, and the relationship between form and function in design. If you cannot find him sailing or diving, you can lure him with a coffee into a game of chess, Go, or simply in a discussion on reinventing the world.

Professional experience: strategy, business development, alliances and ecosystems, technology and product marketing, roadmaps, product development, new product introduction, product management, intellectual property, contracts negotiation, technology transfer, joint ventures, research & development, standards bodies, speakership, government policy, market development, technical marketing, technical sales, innovation, mentoring, advising, maker labs, and hackathons.

Technical domains: mobile, augmented reality, internet of things, proximity mobile engagement, robotics, connected cars, cognitive intelligence, machine learning, e-learning, mobile health, content and mobile services, mobile architecture, imaging, mobile broadcasting, mobile security, NFC, bluetooth, voice over packets, …

Business Process Designer & Product Manager
District 3 Innovation Centre

Dynamic and motivated professional with a proven record of generating and building relationships, managing projects from concept to completion and designing experiences and products.
Skilled in building cross-functional teams, demonstrating exceptional communication skills, and making critical decisions during challenging times. With a degree in Design and strong business acumen, I bring a human-focused approach to foster collaboration, critical thinking and creativity to support people working on solutions that can create a true local and global impact.

Data Scientist
Change Healthcare

Building AI-aided tools to contribute to better healthcare services. Providing thought leadership in AI and always putting the human first. Meeting and interacting with great minds.

Specialties: Image processing, Image analysis, Computer Vision, Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Deep learning, Standards

Oxford Insights
Head, Strategic Engagement Division, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Creative Director of Talanoa
Talanoa Fiji

Emele is a Tokelauan (Te Kaiga o Fagatiale, Nukunonu, Te Kaiga o Koloi, Uea) Fijian (Kaideuba) multi-disciplinary storyteller working across live performance & film as a performer, writer, director, photographer & videographer.

​Her work is intercultural centring the development of trans-indigenous collaborative creative processes & outcomes informed by Indigenous epistemologies.

​Emele has produced content for Sydney Opera House, Audrey Journal, Talanoa & Black Birds, directed work for Casula Powerhouse, Festival Fatale & Wantok and performance coached for Warner Music. She has been featured on ABC, SBS, The Quo, Accent on Women & worked with musicians such as Solange Knowles, Ngaiire, Thelma Plum, Wallace & Ric Rufio.

Her visual art & film work has exhibited in the United States, Barbados, Aotearoa & Australia.

Emele is the Creative Director of Talanoa

General Manager, Innovation and Growth

My general focus is on identifying and developing emerging and transformative technologies that can impact society in significant and exponential ways. I do this by helping create interdisciplinary frameworks for understanding and planning new developments and the funding required to bring new innovations to market.

I help start, grow, and run innovative ventures, and focus on working with startups and growth-oriented companies on products and initiatives that could trigger significant breakthrough with substantial economic and societal impact. Particular emphasis on machine learning and predictive systems, IoT, knowledge sharing and crowdsourcing, Education, and digital health. I usually help teams on initial market opportunity validation, product roadmap strategy, pricing and business model, go-to-market operations, fundraising and mentorship, Mergers and high-growth partnerships.

I also have managed a few private and public technology investment and venture capital funds and know how to establish fund operations and their overall strategies and requirements.

I enjoy teaching and have been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, HEC Paris, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, and UC Irvine.

AI Researcher
Florida International University

Wolfgang Victor Yarlott is a member of the Native American Crow tribe. Yarlott’s pioneering research took place with the Genesis Story Understanding System at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In collaboration with his Professor Patrick Winston, Yarlott wanted to determine whether the system could understand stories from Crow folklore as well as it understood the works of Shakespeare. At first his “audience” was the program itself — he wanted to instill an understanding.

Director of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative,
University of Geneva

I am a physicist with a background in nanotechnology, and a passion for citizen science. I also have broad experience in science management, teaching and communication, in the United States, China, Japan, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. During the past decade, I have managed the development of a series of online citizen science projects in a wide range of research fields, starting with the launch of LHC@home in 2004 while I was a manager at CERN. In 2009, I established a partnership for citizen science between CERN, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the University of Geneva, now called Citizen Cyberlab. As an invited professor at the Centre Universitaire d’Informatique (CUI) of the University of Geneva since 2014, I coordinate Citizen Cyberlab, managing the development of technologies for crowdsourced research, exploring the broader impact of citizen science for society, and promoting public participation in science through hands-on events. I also teach courses on Open Science and Citizen Science at the bachelor and master level. Since 2016 I am Director of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative, a comprehensive education programme for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. From 2016-18 I was Director of Digital Strategy for the University of Geneva.

Chief of the Study Groups Department, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Speaker BIH Digital Medicine Platform and Professor
Charite Berlin
Earth Observation Data Scientist
European Space Agency
Agripredict LTD
Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab
University of Oxford
Founder & President
Global Head
Tata Consultancy Services Limited
Executive Director
Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology (PART)
Co-founder, Head of Special Projects
Director of Education
Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Geneva
Developmental Psychologist Professor
Radboud University
Psychological Researcher
University of Oxford
Project Manager
World Health Organization (WHO)
Astrophysicist, Lockheed Martin / NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory
Frontier Development Lab
Director, Satellite Analysis and Applied Research
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Chief Data Scientist
Radiant Earth Foundation
PhD in interpretable AI (Statistical Machine Learning)
University of Oxford
Hon. Associate Professor, Computer Science
University College London
Artificial Intelligence DevRel | EMEA
Associate Professor of Machine Learning
University of Oxford
Research Fellow, AI & Cybertechnologies
United Nations University (UNU)
Doctoral Student
MIT Media Lab
Field Director
Remake Learning
Founder & CEO
Kids Code Jeunesse
Head of Learning
Ericsson in Sweden
Director of Partnerships
The Pittsburgh Innovation District (powered by InnovatePGH)
The Ehrlichman Group
Senior Director of Communications
Edge Case Research
Founder & CEO
Prosperia Labs
Managing Director
The Robotics Hub
Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Design Engineering
University of Waterloo
Sr. Research Scientist - Human-Machine Interaction, Emerging Tech Center
Carnegie Mellon University
Head of Service Design
Element AI
Director AI for Humanity
Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA)
Director of Research + Development
Bosch Artificial Intelligence
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Impact Hub Montreal
Deputy Director
CMU Risk & Regulatory Services Innovation Center
Montreal AI Ethics Institute (MAIEI)
Senior Director
Montréal International
Head of Strategy and Global Affairs
Falling Walls Foundation
Director of Research, Institute for Manufacturing
Chief Experience Officer
Public Information Consultant
Deputy Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications - The United Republic of Tanzania
Economic Affairs Officer
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Managing Director
ETH/UZH Citizen Science Center
Co-Founder, Co-CEO
Planet Home
Executive Director
Buckminster Fuller Institute
Lead ICT Counsel
The World Bank
Managing Director, Global Health Initiative
Ada Health
Intermedia Artist, Performance Director
UC Irvine
Data Analyst and Machine Learning Engineer
National Social Security Fund Uganda
Research Scientist
IBM Research
Robert Koch Institute
Ph.D. candidate in Data Science
Université Internationale de Rabat
3Derm Systems
Deputy Director, Office of Medical Policy
FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
Co-founder, Board member
Head of Digital Innovation & Sustainability
Lead Data Scientist / Machine Learning Engineer
Crisis Text Line
Data and Technology Management
World Wildlife Fund
Senior Director European Business Operations
IEEE Standards Association
Scientific Affairs Officer, Space Applications Section
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
Head of Adv. Mission Concepts and Technologies Office
European Space Agency (ESA)
Minister of State for Grand Bahama
Office of The Prime Minister- Grand Bahama
Director of Space Applications Programs
Secure World Foundation
Director of the Digital Solutions, Ground Segments and Operations
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Head of Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Chief Scientist, Field Solutions
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Director of Partnerships, AI for Good
Element AI
ANA AVATAR Co-Director
ANA Holdings Inc.
Founding CEO
Head of Advanced Technologies and Digital Transformation Team
European Commission
Co-Founder & CEO
Deputy Director General
Moonshot factory and AI consultant
World Food Programme (WFP)
ICT Applications Coordinator
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Director of IT Division (CIO)
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Head of Multilateral Engagement and International Tech Policy Senior Manager
Access Partnership
Senior Advisor, Digital Health
Founder & CEO
Entertainment AI™
Science Fiction Writer
Inventor, Co-Founder
High Fidelity Inc.
Project Manager, Total Digital Access to the League of Nations Archives Project
United Nations Office at Geneva
Monitoring And Evaluation Specialist
UN Environment
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
IT Department
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Project Officer, ICT in Education
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Founder and AI Research Lead
Ubenwa Intelligence Solutions Inc
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (Zimbabwe)
Professor & Associate Chair, Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences
Brown University
Director, Beneficial Technology
Omidyar Network
Scientific Advisor
Strategic Technology Advisor
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
SVP Business Development
Learning Machine
Assistant Professor
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
National Digital Advisor
Government of Estonia
Associate Director for Research
Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator
MENA Policy Counsel and Global Policy Counsel
Access Now
Executive Director
Digital Asia Hub
Executive Director
United Nations High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Consultant Expert (Strategic Partnerships)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Program Specialist in Communication and Information
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Research Lead, Data & Human Rights
Data & Society
Vice President, IGO Engagement
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Associate Principal
McKinsey & Company
Member Of Technical Staff
Syntiant Corp
VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Senior Director
IEEE Standards Association
AI Commons
Head of Research and Advisory
The Future Society
Senior Lecturer
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)
Co-Founder & Executive Director
District 3 Innovation Centre
Coordinating Secretary, Pontifical Academy for Life
Vice President Marketing
Stradigi AI
CTO and Founding Researcher
Lawyer and Coordinator of the High-Level Expert Group on AI and Researcher
European Commission
Secretary of State for Scientific Research
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Group CIO
Director General
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Chaesub Lee was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan, Republic of Korea, and re-elected to this post for a second four-year term at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dr Lee has contributed ICT standardization for over 30 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing.
He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years. Most recently he worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).
Within ITU Dr Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Focus Group on Next-Generation Networks (NGN) to address the growing need for international standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture, mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU Focus Group on IPTV which worked to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards.
He acted as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future networks and cloud) from 2001 until 2008, becoming Chairman of that group in 2009. ITU-T Study Group 13 develops standards for NGN, future networks, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile telecommunications, to ensure their smooth international deployment.

Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Doreen Bogdan-Martin was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau on the 1st of November 2018. She took office on the 1st of January 2019.
She is a strategic leader with 30 years of high-level experience in international and inter-governmental relations. She has a long history of success in policy and strategy development, analysis and execution.

From 2008-2018, Ms Bogdan-Martin led the Strategic Planning & Membership Department of ITU. Ms Bogdan-Martin was responsible for the organization’s strategic planning processes, while also overseeing the organization’s Membership, Corporate Communications and External Affairs teams, the work of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. She also served as Coordinator of United Nations affairs for the organization, putting ITU at the centre of digital aspects of sustainable development.

Ms Bogdan-Martin has advised governments from around the world on policy and regulatory reform measures. She has organized impact-driven global conferences with thousands of participants from 150+ countries, brokered international consensus on many critical issues, and is a regular presenter at high-level international forums and summits. As part of this important work, she was one of the principal architects of the annual Global Symposium for Regulators, directed ITU’s first global youth summit #BYND2015, and is currently driving ITU latest high-profile initiative – EQUALS, the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age.

Ms Bogdan-Martin previously headed the Regulatory and Market Environment Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau and was responsible for the programmes on Regulatory Reform and Economics and Finance.
Prior to joining ITU, she was a Telecommunications Policy Specialist in the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), US Department of Commerce.

With a Master’s degree in International Communications Policy from the American University in Washington, DC, Ms Bogdan-Martin completed post-graduate certification in Strategies for Leadership at the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is also certified in Accountability and Ethics by the United Nations Leaders Programme.

Additionally, Ms Bogdan-Martin is an affiliate of the Harvard University Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, currently serves as the Co-Chair of the United Nations Strategic Planning Group, Chair of the Academic Council for the Swiss Network for International Studies, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the UN Staff College. She is also an amateur radio operator.

Deputy Secretary-General
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
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
Co-Founder & CEO

Entrepreneur passionate with art, technology, I explore various possible futures to help organisations build alternative presents through radical innovation. I’m currently gathering a team of X-Women and X-Men to prepare ANIMA.

As I’m not an artist nor a scientist I feel lucky to have worked with both kinds of talents so far, from an art gallery yesterday to a moonshot studio tomorrow, to imagine further futures and find ways for their realization today.

Committed to the idea that our Digital Renaissance should be about distributing the future evenly in the world, I went on a developing countries tour in 2013-2014 to help social businesses tackle grand challenges in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Fascinated with the innovative possibility of bringing people closer together, I worked on making the Hyperloop a reality with HTT in 2016-17. I joined the Governmental Affairs and Business Development teams to accelerate our mobility dream across developed and developing countries. I also started the Hyperloop Academy to grow a network of labs interested in building parts of the Hyperloop with us.

Since the end of 2015, I co-organize the Post-digital research seminar at Ecole Normale Supérieure, which explores AI possible Futures at the intersection of art, philosophy and science. Since 2017, we target Artificial Imagination.

I joined the XPRIZE Foundation as an ambassador to help with the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE by gathering and mentoring amazing teams in Europe committed to positively impact a billion lives with AI by 2020.

I hope to continue discovering new paths for antidisciplinarity with amazing people and building things together for a long time!

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

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Chairman of the Board
Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

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Director of AI Innovation

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World Chess Champion
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Houlin Zhao was re-elected ITU Secretary-General at the 20th Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in November 2018. ​

Mr Zhao is an information and communication technology (ICT) engineer who has served in a variety of senior management positions at ITU, began his second, and last, four-year term on 1 January 2019.

Prior to first being elected as ITU Secretary-General in 2014, Zhao served eight years as ITU Deputy Secretary-General. In that role, he assisted the ITU Secretary-General, in close cooperation with the other elected officials of the Union, to manage the implementation of the ITU Strategic Plan and the operations of the ITU Secretariat, in particular with a view to increasing the transparency and efficiency of the organization.

He was responsible for implementing important innovations, including the promotion of a new category of membership open to the global academic community, internal efficiency measures such as the move to a near-paperless work environment, the increased use of remote participation systems, and measures to increase revenue from sales and cost-recovery services. In addition, he focused closely on membership-driven priorities including maintaining and extending ITU’s commitment to accessibility, to multilingualism, and to broad multistakeholder participation in the work of the Union.

He also served two elected terms as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), which develops technical standards to ensure worldwide ICT interoperability.

During his two terms as TSB Director, he spearheaded the introduction of new efficiency measures to improve ITU’s standards-making environment through fostering even closer cooperation with industry members, while strengthening the promotion of ITU’s leadership in global ICT standards development.
Before that, he was a Senior Counsellor with TSB for 12 years.

Before joining ITU, Mr Zhao served as an engineer in the Designing Institute of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of China, taking an active role in his country’s expert meetings on telecommunication standards and national plans, as well as participating in ITU work as a Chinese delegate. He contributed important articles to a number of prestigious Chinese technical publications, and in 1985 was awarded a prize for his achievements in science and technology within the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

Born in 1950 in Jiangsu, China, Mr Zhao graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and holds an MSc in Telematics from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.

He is married with one son and two grandchildren, and is fluent in three official ITU languages: English, French and Chinese.

Mr Zhao is committed to further streamlining ITU’s efficiency, strengthening its membership base through greater involvement of the academic community and of small- and medium-sized enterprises, and to broadening multistakeholder participation in ITU’s work.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Senior Advisor, Department of Information, Evidence and Research
World Health Organization (WHO)
FG-AI4H Chair, Professor, and Executive Director
Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute
Co-Chairman ACM Practitioner Board
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)