2019 Speakers

Founder and Scientific Director
Mila - Quebec AI Institute

Yoshua Bengio is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in artificial intelligence and a pioneer in deep learning. Since 1993, he has been a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operational Research at the Université de Montréal. He is the founder and scientific director of Mila, the Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence, the world’s largest university-based research group in deep learning. He is a member of the NeurIPS board and co-founder and general chair for the ICLR conference, as well as program director of the CIFAR program on Learning in Machines and Brains and is Fellow of the same institution. In 2018, Yoshua Bengio ranked as the computer scientist with the most new citations, worldwide, thanks to his many publications. In 2019, he received the ACM A.M. Turing Award, “the Nobel Prize of Computing”, jointly with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. In 2020 he was nominated Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

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.

IBM fellow, AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member, Board Member
Partnership on AI

Francesca Rossi is a distinguished research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre and a professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy, with focus on artificial intelligence, specifically in constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making. She is a AAAI, EurAI and Radcliffe 2015 fellow and has held posts as president of IJCAI and executive councilor of AAAI. 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. Francesca is also 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. Watch the ‘AI for Good’ summit interview with Francesca Rossi here.

Professor and Head of Theoretical Chemical Physics Group
University of Luxembourg
Max Planck Society for Brain Research
Scientific Lead of Business Development
Project Senior Assistant Professor
Keio University

Graduated from the Department of Computer Science at Damascus University with a major in Artificial Intelligence back in 2010. Received my M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Media Design from Keio University in 2015 and 2018, respectively.
My research, namely “Radical Bodies”, expands on the topic of the machines as an extension of our bodies, and emphasizes the role of technologies and robotics in reshaping our innate abilities and cognitive capacities. My work, which is experience driven, has been demonstrated and awarded at various international conferences such as SIGGRAPH, Augmented Human, and ICAT.

Computer Scientist and head of Institute of Machine Learning
Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Executive Director and Co-Founder

Over the past 17 years, Patrick has worked on a wide range of humanitarian technology projects in the Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Liberia, Congo-Brazzaville, Malawi, Tanzania, The Gambia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Morocco, Western Sahara, Haiti, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Peru and Northern Ireland with multiple international organizations including several UN agencies, the Red Cross, World Bank and 30+ other organizations. His book, Digital Humanitarians, has been praised by experts at the UN, Red Cross, World Bank, USAID, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford and others. In 2010, he was publicly recognized by Clinton for his pioneering work in humanitarian technology, which he continues to this day.

Patrick has served as a Fellow at MIT Solve, Stanford, Harvard, Rockefeller Foundation, UBS Global Visionaries, UNICEF Innovations and National Geographic. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC News, UK Guardian, The Economist, Forbes & Times Magazines, New Yorker, NPR, Newsweek, Wired, Mashable, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American & elsewhere. Patrick holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Pre-Doc from Stanford and an MA from Columbia University.

Patrick is also an internationally sought-out speaker, having given over 200 talks in more than 40 countries across 6 continents. He has spoken at the Obama White House, UN, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, Web Summit, PopTech, National Geographic, Thinking Digital, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and has given multiple TEDx talks. His influential blog iRevolutions has received over 2 million hits. Patrick holds a CASA certified drone pilot license and was born & raised in Africa.

Professor and Director
Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory

Matthias Scheutz is a professor of cognitive and computer science, and director of the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory at Tufts University.

Campaign Manager
Co-founder & President
The Future Society

I co-founded The Future Society in 2014 and incubated it at the Harvard Kennedy
School of Government. Incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) in Massachusetts, the think-and-do tank
specializes in questions of impact and governance of emerging technologies (starting with Artificial Intelligence through its “AI Initiative” launched in 2015), innovation (especially urban innovation through its “CitiX” initiative launched in 2016) and new media. A recognized thought-leader, strategist and implementer, I advises cities, governments, international organizations, NGOs and industrial players.

I have over fifteen years of professional experience building partnerships across Europe, America and Asia. I am the co-Convener of the Global Governance of AI Forum (GGAF) organized yearly during the World Government Summit in Dubai, as well as a member of the AI Group of experts at OECD (AIGO), of the World Bank’s Digital Economy for All Initiative (DE4ALL), and of the Global Council on Extended Intelligence (MIT Media Lab & IEEE). I teach at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po), at the IE School of Global and Public Affairs in Madrid, and at the Mohamed bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai. I am also a Senior Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard Kennedy School, and a Fellow with the Center for the Governance of Change at IE Business School in Madrid. I am also the co-founder of YesEuropeLab, a pan-European civic entrepreneurship lab; and a member of three Committees (Policy, Economics, and General
Principles) of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.

An Arthur Sachs Scholar, I hold a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, a Master in Defense, Geostrategy & Industrial Dynamics from Panthéon-Assas University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Sciences Po Strasbourg.

Head of Platform Services, Digital Economy and Society
World Economic Forum
Digital Policy Specialist
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

I’m an edtech and innovation specialist, with particular experience in mobile learning in Africa.

A theme in my career is the innovative use of technology for social impact. In fifteen years I have worked in e-government, youth and digital media, mobile learning and literacy, as a practitioner, researcher and policy developer.

I have on-the-ground implementation experience from a number of developing countries, as well as a global research and policy perspective. My projects and teams are driven by research and the outputs inform policy that I develop, which in turn guides further effective practice.

Purposefully moving between local and global positions, as well as across a range of non-profit organisations, foundations, government, INGOs and the corporate sector, has been my way to develop a broad and rich skill set in technology for social impact.

My core skills are programme management, policy and strategy development, and partnership management.

I believe in people first, technology second. I practise user-centered design, support agile development and follow lean, innovation principles (and am a certified product life cycle coach). My mantra: “Use the ICTs in the hands of people to enable their participation.”

Program Specialist in Communication and Information
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
SVP AI and Digital Innovation
Siemens Healthineers

Dorin Comaniciu serves as SVP for AI and Digital Innovation at Siemens Healthineers. His scientific contributions to medical imaging and machine intelligence have translated into multiple clinical products focused on improving the quality of care, specifically in the fields of diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, and precision medicine.

Dr. Comaniciu is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Top Innovator of Siemens. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, MICCAI Society, and AIMBE. He is recipient of multiple honors, including an honorary doctorate and the IEEE Longuet-Higgins Prize.

The 3D TEE application for heart valve assessment researched by his team was named a top high-technology product by the 2015 R&D 100 Awards, and the Computed Tomography application for rib and spine assessment received the same honor in 2014.

His team’s work on compressed sensing allows MR imaging up to ten times faster without compromising image quality. The first application of this technology, Compressed Sensing Cardiac Cine, enables diagnostic MRI of patients with arrhythmia or of those with respiratory problems.

Comaniciu holds 300 patents in the areas of machine intelligence, medical imaging, image-guided surgery, and computer vision. He has co-authored 350 peer-reviewed publications that received 46,000 citations with and H-index of 74, and co-wrote the book Marginal Space Learning for Medical Image Analysis. During his early work in computer vision he introduced a popular family of robust methods for image analysis and tracking based on the iterative procedure Mean Shift.

A graduate of UPENN’s Wharton School, Comaniciu received doctorates from Rutgers University and from Polytechnic University of Bucharest.

See more at www.comaniciu.net


Lost for Words helps digital health SME’s from all over the world design, develop and commercialise health technology.

From my previous life, NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk) is now one of the biggest health information services in the world serving 58m visits a month and moving into a new phase as NHS.UK. As Managing Director of NHS Choices from 2010 to 2014, my team established the service as an integral part of the UK government’s strategy to provide appropriate and cost-effective health and care information services.

At Lost for Words I provide strategic digital health advice and direction based on my experience at the highest levels of journalism, government and digital health. This includes 20 years experience as a journalist on The Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday and various regional newspapers. I’m a former political editor of Independent on Sunday and senior health, political and investigative journalist on The Sunday Times.

My business experience includes working with and being employed by a range of FTSE companies including Capita, Balfour Beatty, Jacobs, Serco. At a government and political level, I have worked as a speechwriter to a Health Secretary and a media adviser to the 1997 Labour government. Overall this breadth of experience has provided me with an excellent contacts book and a clear insight into how to deliver for a range of clients in a range of environments.

Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO
Founder and President
Population Media

Population Media Center, Inc. (PMC) is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization with a mission of working worldwide to enlist the broadcast and print media to educate people about the personal benefits of family planning, encourage the use of effective measures to prevent transmission of HIV and other STDs, promote general reproductive health, elevate women’s status and promote gender equity. PMC’s programs concentrate on entertainment broadcasting designed to encourage delayed parenthood; use of effective methods of contraception; adoption of safe sexual behaviors, and empowerment of women to play equal roles in family decisions and, more broadly, in society. PMC is best known for its long-running serialized melodramas in which key characters gradually evolve into positive role models for the audience on the issues being addressed. The programs have been successful in changing social norms on these issues in the 50 plus countries where PMC has worked.

Chief Executive Officer; AI for Humanizing Health Solution Track Co-Chair
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.

Defense Sciences Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Dr. Adam H. Russell joined DARPA as a Program Manager in July 2015. He is interested in new experimental platforms and tools to facilitate discovery, quantification, and “big validation” of fundamental measures in social science, behavioral science, and human performance.

Dr. Russell has broad technical and management experience across a number of disciplines, ranging from cognitive neuroscience and physiology to cultural psychology and social anthropology. Before joining DARPA, he was a Program Manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, where he developed and managed a number of high-risk, high-payoff research projects for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to IARPA, Dr. Russell was in industry, where he was a senior scientist and principal investigator on a wide range of human performance and social science research projects and strategic assessments for a number of different government organizations.

Dr. Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, and an M.Phil. and a D.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Inventor, BBC "Click" Presenter
BBC News

World-renowned presenter LJ Rich is part of Click, the BBC’s flagship technology show. Since reading music at Oxford, she’s predicted tech trends and monitored emerging concepts in consumer electronics for over a decade, with particular interest in audio, AI and art. Her regular music show #ljtunes now has nearly 800,000 likes on Twitter’s live streaming service Periscope, and she’s performed live at some of the most prestigious venues on the planet. During her recent breast cancer treatment, LJ decided to make a video diary of her own chemo sessions to demystify it for others, which hit the top spot on the BBC website.

UN Global Pulse

Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General driving a big data revolution for global development and resilience (www.unglobalpulse.org). Global Pulse’s network of innovation Labs in New York, Uganda and Indonesia, allow UN System partners to discover and mainstream applications of big data and real-time analytics for humanitarian action and sustainable development. Global Pulse’s advocacy agenda focuses on public-private “data philanthropy” partnerships, and data privacy & policy innovation to enable the harnessing of big data as a public good.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Kirkpatrick co-founded and led software development for two pioneering private-sector humanitarian technology teams, first at Groove Networks, and later as Lead Architect for Microsoft Humanitarian Systems. From 2007-2009 he served as CTO of the non-profit InSTEDD.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (2014), and currently sits on InSTEDD’s Board of Directors, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development.

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.

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Head of Microsoft Healthcare Israel

Experienced software executive, leading R&D and Product groups.
Successful track record of driving product strategy and vision, leading software design and customer engagements, delivering products end-to-end; building great teams and managing excellent people, and driving cross-geo collaboration.
Strong driver for results. Makes things happen.

Interests: Healthcare, technology doing good

Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of AI Center of Excellence Africa
AI Center of Excellence Africa

John is a Tech Entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience working in new market acquisitions across various technology verticals in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

John is one of Africa’s leading experts on how businesses can leverage key technology trends, transform organizations and drive competitive advantage for impact in industries including finance, agriculture, health, education, gaming and startup enterprises.

He is a Pan African renowned business leader, entrepreneur, investor, consultant, mentor and public speaker holding multiple roles including Founder Adalabs Kenya – AI and smart tech lab accelerating and training entrepreneurs and developers in east Africa and Founder Afyarekod – AI led consumer driven medical record storage platform for consumers.

AI scientist
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

Rafael Pérez y Pérez is a Research Professor at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana at Cuajimalpa, México City. In 2006 he founded the Interdisciplinary Group on Computational Creativity, which aims to gather together a group of researchers and students interested in computational creativity. They have developed programs for plot generation, interior design, visual narratives, creative problem solving, and so on. This group organizes every year the Mexican International Colloquium on Computational Creativity. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Computational Creativity. He is also the chair of the Association for Computational Creativity.  Professor Pérez y Pérez is member of the National System of Researchers in México (SNI) and Perfil Deseable PROMEP.

Cultural Ambassador and Artist
Kingdom of Tonga
AI Writer, former Creative Director at Apple
Founder; Director & CSO, Roborace
Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA)

Bryn Balcombe is a Founder of the Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA) and 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. Balcombe is the chairman of ITU-T Focus Group on AI for Autonomous and Assisted Driving (FG-AI4AD).

AI Enthusiast, Computer Science Student
University of Maryland
L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology
Carnegie Mellon University

David Danks is L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology, and Head of the Department of Philosophy, at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an associate/adjunct member of: the H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy (CMU); the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CMU); the Center for Advanced Study of Language (Univ. of Maryland); and both the Department of History & Philosophy of Science and Center for Philosophy of Science (Univ. of Pittsburgh).

His research interests are principally at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, as he integrates ideas, methods, and frameworks from each to advance our understanding of complex, cross-disciplinary problems. Most recently, he has been examining ethical, psychological, and policy issues that arise around the introduction of autonomous technologies (such as self-driving cars), with the aim of ensuring that our practices remain human-centric, rather than technology-centric. This work extends across many domains, including transportation, healthcare, privacy, and security, and engages with academic, government, and industry groups. His earlier research focused on computational cognitive science. The centerpiece of that work, Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representations as Graphical Models (2014, The MIT Press), developed an integrated (computational) cognitive architecture that provides a unified account of disparate types of human cognition. It uses frameworks from machine learning to weave together concepts and theories from cognitive science, all in service of developing answers to foundational, phiwlosophical questions.

Danks received a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award for his work on computational cognitive science (2008), and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to examine trust in an age of AI & robotic systems (2017). Before arriving at CMU, Danks received an A.B. in Philosophy from Princeton University; an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of California, San Diego; and was a Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition.

IVOW Consultant and AI Chatbot and VUI Developer
Senior UI/UX Designer

Lead UI/UX designer, blogger, content creator, digital nomad, and hot chocolate lover. Currently, I am focused on voice, video, data, VR/AR/MR, AI, and blockchain. I’m adding React, Unity 3D, ARKit, ARCore, Python, and AWS to my toolkit.

My favorite word is experimentation. I believe that experimentation leads to user and product success through empathy, ideation, collaboration, testing, research, and iteration.

Update: I’m working with a great team to #Design4Good and #Tech4Good while designing, building, and traveling. I’m developing several exciting and collaborative projects in the film/immersive experience, design, and tech. Currently, on the VR/AR Association’s Storytellers Committee to help drive the best experiences and practices.

Director of Research at IVOW and former NPR News Librarian
FG-AI4H Chair, Professor, and Executive Director
Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Thomas Wiegand is a German electrical engineer who substantially contributed to the creation of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and H.265/MPEG-H HEVC video coding standards. For H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Wiegand was one of the chairmen of the Joint Video Team (JVT) standardization committee that created the standard and was the chief editor of the standard itself. He was also an active technical contributor to both standards. Wiegand also holds a chairmanship position in the ITU-T VCEG and previously in ISO/IEC MPEG standardization organizations. In July 2006, the video coding work of the ITU-T jointly led by Gary J. Sullivan and Wiegand for the preceding six years was voted as the most influential area of the standardization work of the CCITT and ITU-T in their 50-year history.

Wiegand is Professor at the Technical University of Berlin and executive director of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, Germany. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) is ranked among Top 20 Artificial Intelligence Research Labs in the world. He heads research teams working on : Video processing and coding, Multimedia transmission, Machine learning, Mobile Communications (management) and Computer Vision (management).

Senior Fellow, Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI)
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Anja Kaspersen is a senior fellow at Carnegie Council. She is the former director of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva and deputy secretary general of the Conference on Disarmament.

Previously, she held the role as the head of strategic engagement and new technologies at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Prior to joining the ICRC she served as a senior director for geopolitics and international security and a member of the executive committee at the World Economic Forum.

Kaspersen is a Norwegian diplomat, former businessperson and academic. A published author and public speaker, she is a strong believer in multilateralism and in the power of science and technology diplomacy to ensure responsible innovation and the ethical development and uses of intelligent systems. She is an alumni International Gender Champion, a member of the IEEE Council on Extended Intelligence, the chair of the IEEE Well-Being Initiative, and member of the Council of the International Military Council on Climate and Security.

Founder & CEO

I founded Iridescent (now Technovation) in 2006. Our mission is to empower underserved groups (especially girls and mothers) to solve problems in their own communities using the most powerful, technology tools of our times. We run two programs – Technovation Families and Technovation Girls.
We operate in 115+ countries.

Chair, ACM Women Europe, Chair of Data Science
University of Nottingham

Natasa Milic-Frayling is Professor and Chair of Data Science at the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham. She has a long track record in computer science research and innovation, focusing on new paradigms for digital content management and analysis, online communication and social interactions. She fosters collaborative approach to exploring opportunities and addressing challenges of digital systems by engaging in inter-disciplinary and user focussed research.

Natasa received her undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from University of Zagreb, Croatia and Doctorate in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining University of Nottingham in October 2015, Natasa worked as a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research (MSR) in Cambridge, UK. During her tenure at Microsoft Research, starting in June 1998, she was setting directions for the Integrated Systems team and covered a range of research areas, from core IR topics, such as relevance feedback and systems evaluation, to robust reputation scoring in social media, design of peer-to-peer recommendation systems, and Personal Information Management support across multiple devices and platforms. Her research was published in +80 papers, presented at top tier conferences and produced +20 working prototypes, including contributions to NodeXL and Project Colletta that have been used by thousands of users. She has been granted 13 patents for technical innovation in her work.

Strategy & Research Lead, Center for Digital Development
Lead for the Emerging Technologies

Global business and social impact executive with 19+ years of experience in tech and non-profit sectors. Currently focusing on:
– Emerging technologies for social impact – AI / ML, digital identity, blockchain.
– Ethical, responsible innovation.
– Future of Work and Learning for marginalized communities (e.g. refugee youth).
– Multi-sector partnerships in ‘tech for good’ space.

Director Technology and Innovation
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Uncovering insights at the intersection of behaviour, technology and development.

Young Professional
NITI Aayog

A imaginative, and occasionally opinionated worker who’d like to make a difference. Primary experience and interest lies at the intersection of technology and the public sector.

Some publications I have had the opportunity to work on are linked below. Also including talks given at workshops or conferences as they develop.

Deputy Director

Established research leader with experience in both industry and academia. IEEE Fellow.

Specialties: Image and video processing, computer vision, perception modeling, machine learning, human-computer interaction.

WaveAI Inc.
Professor Ackerman is a leading expert on Artificial Intelligence and Computational Creativity, with unique insight into the commercialization of cutting-edge research on human-AI creative collaboration. Her research has earned awards from the Association for Computational CreativityUS Office of Naval ResearchNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and many more. Ackerman is CEO/Co-founder of WaveAI, today’s most advanced musical AI startup. Their app, ALYSIA, allows everyone, everywhere to create original songs in minutes, through AI-powered assistance on the creation of original lyrics, melodies, and vocals. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Ackerman had been an invited speaker at the United Nations, Google, IBM Research, Stanford University, amongst other prestigious venues. She earned her PhD from the University of Waterloo, held postdoctoral fellowships at Caltech and UC San Diego and is  on the faculty of the Computer Engineering Department at Santa Clara University and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Computational Creativity. Maya is also an opera singer and music producer.
Founding Co-Director, IBM Science for Social Good Initiative

Kush R. Varshney was born in SyracuseNew York in 1982. He received the B.S. degree (magna cum laude) in electrical and computer engineering with honors from Cornell UniversityIthaca, New York, in 2004. He received the S.M. degree in 2006 and the Ph.D. degree in 2010, both in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge.

He is a research staff member and manager in IBM Research AI, working from the Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. He co-directs the IBM Science for Social Good initiative.  He is also a data ambassador with DataKind, New York, New York. While at MIT, he was a research assistant with the Stochastic Systems Group in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He has been a visiting student at Laboratoire de Mathématiques Appliquées aux Systèmes at École Centrale, Paris, and an intern at the Systems and Decision Sciences SectionLawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California, at Sun Microsystems, Burlington, Massachusetts, and at Sensis Corporation, DeWitt, New York. His research interests include statistical signal processing, machine learning, data mining, and image processing.

Dr. Varshney is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi, and a senior member of IEEE. He received a Best Student Paper Travel Award at the 2009 International Conference on Information Fusion, the Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, the Best Social Good Paper Award at the 2014 ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, a Best Research Paper Honorable Mention at the 2015 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining, and several IBM awards for contributions to business analytics projects. He is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Signal Processing Theory and Methods Technical Committee.

Technologist, historian of science, and #1 New York Times bestselling author
Jonnie Penn FRSA is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a sought-after keynote speaker, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a Rausing, Williamson and Lipton Trust doctoral scholar researching artificial intelligence at the University of Cambridge. He is currently an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. Formerly, he was a MIT Media Lab Assembly Fellow, Google Technology Policy Fellow, Fellow of the British National Academy of Writing (Pembroke College, Cambridge) and television personality.

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Jonnie is passionate about helping others discover purpose in their work by (re)contextualizing seemingly rapid civic, technological, and economic trends. His latest research applies to the Future of Work for Millenials and Post-Millenials in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He has served as an expert speaker at the United Nations, European Parliament, Council of Europe, Davos, and to the UK House of Lords, as well as for global corporations. He serves on the IEEE’s Working Group on a Standard for Child and Student Data Governance (IEEE P7004). His thoughts on the direction of AI research have recently been featured in The EconomistIBM Think LeadersPwC, and elsewhere.  (Please note, invitations to all male panels will be declined.)
In 2018, Jonnie  served a researcher at the MIT Media Lab and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society on their AI & Governance initative. Jonnie holds a first-class degree from the University of Cambridge and McGill University. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He enjoys travel, 8mm filmmaking, and historical non-fiction.

As a teenager, Jonnie founded The Buried Life, a +1M member online community that asks, “What do you want to do before you die?” As part of this project, which became a cult-hit television series aired in seventy countries and six languages, Jonnie helped others from various walks of life accomplish meaningful dreams, such as reuniting a street-artist with his son after walking out on him seventeen years earlier. Jonnie played basketball with President Obama, had a beer with Prince Harry, guested on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and toured North America with Chance the Rapper, among other novel life experiences.

Head of Research and Co-Founder

AI/Machine Learning Developer and Researcher. Full Stack Developer and UI/UX Designer with over 7 years of professional experience.


Architect, Ethical AI Practice

As an Architect of Ethical AI Practice at Salesforce, Kathy develops research-informed best practice to educate Salesforce employees, customers, and the industry on the development of responsible AI. She collaborates and partners with external AI and ethics experts to continuously evolve Salesforce policies, practices, and products. Prior to Salesforce, she worked at Google, eBay, and Oracle in User Experience Research. She received her MS in Engineering Psychology and BS in Applied Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The second edition of her book, “Understanding your users,” was published in May 2015. You can read about her current research at einstein.ai/ethics.

VP, Prize Operations
Senior Lecturer in Human Factors for Design
Brunel University
Executive Vice President - Supply Chain Futures, Director, Sustainability
Fung Academy

Pamela runs the Fung Academy’s programs that create key capabilities supporting sustainable, competitive advantage, in the supply chains of Fung Group companies. She also helps manage sustainability strategies and practices for the Group as a whole. In both roles, she seeks to accelerate the Group’s shift towards more sustainable business models, in order to mitigate key environmental and social risks, as well as open up sustainable, competitive advantage for the Group.

Pamela’s vision is for the Group to become the go-to leader and business partner for sustainable supply chains and sustainable products. In doing so, the Group will foster responsible consumption globally, while promoting growth, stability and prosperity in the developing world.

Prior to joining the Fung Group, Pamela was Director of the Global Finance Center of TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, a major Chinese television and consumer electronics manufacturer. She previously worked at the World Economic Forum as its Associate Director for China, as well as Population and Community Development Association, a Thai NGO based in Bangkok.

Pamela has published widely, including four books on Asian development and business. She is a fellow of the Asia Global Institute. She has also given numerous talks on sustainability, corporate responsibility and Asia’s growth and development.

Pamela graduated from Yale University summa cum laude with a degree in Philosophy and Chinese Studies. She holds an MSc Management degree from the London School of Economics.

Four-time Emmy-nominated News Reporter
Univision 34

A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, Stephanie is an Emmy award-winning TV news reporter at Univision in the Greater Los Angeles area. Additionally, she works at Voice of America as a multimedia journalist and digital content creator. Stephanie created of the digital platform News Quickies as an effort to keep younger generations informed by explaining the news in a short, fun and conversational way.

Author, journalist, and speaker
Zero Abuse Project

Author, journalist, and speaker Joelle Casteix is one of the leading global advocates and spokespeople for survivors of child sexual assault and cover-up. A survivor of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, her own fight for justice led her to a career helping other victims who lack a voice.

Joelle is a media staple and legislator go-to for her insights. Her expertise includes how institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church, public schools, and other organizations cover up and enable child sexual assault; the role parents play in prevention; and how to eradicate and end the cycle through emerging technology and strong victim-friendly legislation. She has testified on behalf of victim-friendly legislation in numerous states and was the sole victim selected to testify on behalf of California’s AB 218, a landmark three-year civil window for survivors of child sexual abuse in the state.

As a founding member of the board of directors of the Zero Abuse Project, she helped launch ZeroAbuse.ai, an innovative AI tool that evaluates the risk factors that suggest potential predatory individuals within an organization and those associated with cover-up.

In her role at Zero Abuse, Joelle has presented to numerous United Nations member agencies across Europe. She has become a leading expert on digital accountability, speaking at The Hague and to international audiences focusing on AI and digital integrity.

Joelle is the award-winning author of the bestsellers The Well-Armored Child: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse (RiverGrove Books) and The Power of Responsibility (based on her wildly successful TEDx talk.). She is also the author of numerous white papers on matters concerning institutional child sex abuse and cover-up. Joelle is also a member of the adjunct faculty of the UCI School of Law. Her TEDx talk is being used by therapists in the clinic setting to help survivors of abuse and assault.

Joelle’s other books include: The Compassionate Response: How to help and empower the adult victim of child sexual abuse, and Scram! A Parent’s Quick-Start Guide to Preventing, Identifying, and Ending Bullying.

Read more about Joelle at www.casteix.com

Director, Division on Technology and Logistics (DTL)
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Ms. Shamika N. Sirimanne is Director, Division on Technology and Logistics (DTL), UNCTAD.

Ms. Sirimanne has extensive experience in development policy, research and technical cooperation gained from international organizations, national governments, think tanks and universities. She served as Director of the ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), where she spearheaded major regional cooperation programmes. Among them are the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative for seamless broadband connectivity, Regional Drought Mechanism for monitoring and early warning of drought through space technology applications, and the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade (UNNExT) initiated in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

During her tenure with ESCAP, Ms. Sirimanne also served as the Secretary of the Commission, headed the trade facilitation programme, and led the macroeconomic policy work and ESCAP’s flagship publication, Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific. Prior to that, Ms. Sirimanne was with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), where she led the economic policy team and the Economic Report on Africa, the flagship publication of ECA. Ms. Sirimanne also worked for the Canadian Department of Finance and the World Bank. Ms. Sirimanne holds a PhD in Economics.

Co-founder, Innovation & Sustainability Practice

Senior macroeconomist at the frontier of global innovation and sustainability, working with senior executives across the technology space to harness AI and emerging tech to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing people and our planet.

– Leadership roles: senior appointments spanning business, government, and academia.
– Core skills: strategy, policy, economics, and technology
– Domains: sustainable development, climate change, energy, environment, transport, and finance.
– Interests: macro drivers, structural change, disruptive innovation, and enabling environments.
– Primary stakeholders: International organisations, big tech firms, global companies, and national governments.

Senior Scientist
Ifakara Health Institute
Director at PwC AI Accelerator
IT Officer
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Global & US Artificial Intelligence and US Data & Analytics Leader

I am a Partner in PwC Advisory, with over 29 years of experience in industry. I lead our Artificial Intelligence efforts globally and am the Innovation Lead for US Analytics. I am responsible for a team of practitioners who work with C-level executives, advising them on a range of topics including global growth strategies, marketing, sales, distribution and digital strategies, behavioral economics and customer experience, risk management and statistical and computational analytics. My experience spans primarily financial services, insurance, telecommunications, and healthcare. I have lived and worked at clients in Asia, Australia, Europe and Americas.

I am responsible for research and commercial relationships with academic institutions and start-ups focused on new and innovative big data and analytic techniques. With my PhD and research career in Artificial Intelligence and subsequent experience in management consulting I bring a unique combination of business domain experience, statistical, and computational analytics expertise to generate unique insights into the theory and practice of ‘data science’.

Prior to my strategic consulting career I have led and managed innovative artificial-intelligence based approaches for air-combat modeling, air-traffic management, customer service decision support, and telecommunications network management. I have also taught and supervised doctoral students at the University of Melbourne and served as the Program Director of the Center for Intelligent Decision Systems..

I have co-edited four books, published over fifty peer-reviewed papers in conferences and journals. I frequently speak at technology and business forums on analytics, AI, behavioral economics, and innovation.. Served on the Organizing and Program Committees of International Journals, Conferences, and Workshops. Currently a Board Member of RIIA.

Partner, Innovation and Sustainability

PwC Partner in Advisory business, and WEF Young Global Leader. Passionate about innovation, tech, and global challenges including sustainability. Strong entrepreneurship professional. Widely published. NASA Fellow and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Earth Systems Modelling and Policy from Columbia University in the City of New York. Co-Chair of Board, We Mean Business Coalition

Director of AI

At PwC I work with partners across academia, government, technology vendors, start-ups, and other key stakeholders, in order to drive innovation within the Firm and develop new services for clients. I am an evangelist for responsible technology and promote awareness of the growing ethical agenda relating to AI.

I am an advisory board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, an adviser to The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems, and a TEDx speaker. I’m particularly focused upon the issues and policies relating to the impact of automation on the workforce, the future skills agenda, and ensuring that the benefits to be delivered by AI are equitably spread across society.

Watch my latest TEDx Talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWhO7SheCAk
Follow me on Twitter: @robmccargow

Vice President of Programs
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST)

Passionate advocate for STEM in education with rich history of both professional and volunteering work with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and K12 robotics. Skilled in Engineering Management, Project Management, Data Acquisition, and Embedded Systems. Strong engineering professional with a BEE from Georgia Tech.

Chief Strategy Officer
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Sam is an experienced entrepreneur and scientist specializing in bringing mission-driven, science-forward ventures to market. Sam co-founded Meta, an artificial intelligence company that is transforming how scientific knowledge is experienced and consumed. In 2017 Meta was acquired by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to make its technologies and tools freely available for researchers around the world.

Sam has received several honours for his work in both scientific research and in business, and most recently was awarded Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. Sam was named #20 on Fast Company Magazine’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2017. In 2016, he won the Martin Walmsley Fellowship Award and the Banting & Best Doctoral Fellowship.

Meta was recognized as one of the Top 10 Innovations of 2014 by The Scientist Magazine, and has been written about in MIT Technology Review, TechCrunch, The Economist, Fortune, ReCode, Engadget, Wired, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, NewsWeek, and Communications of the ACM among others. Meta’s acquisition by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was covered in more than 160 news and magazine outlets.

Sam’s research has been published in Nature Genetics, Nature Cell Biology, Science Translational Medicine, Cancer Cell, PNAS, and JCI, among others.

He is a frequent speaker on the future of innovation, scientific information and technology for good, and for three years running, on AI for Good at the United Nations.

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

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, 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
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.

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.

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.

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

Specialties: Robotics, AI, Ethics

Executive Director
Falling Walls Foundation
Director of External Engagement
5Rights Foundation

Tony Stower is the Director of External Engagement at 5Rights. He has a background in complex policy development and communication in the public sector and most recently led work at the NSPCC to keep children safe online.

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.

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

Founder and Storyteller; AI for Culture preservation Solution Track Co-Chair

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.

Related sessions:
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

Director of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative; AI for Culture preservation Solution Track Co-Chair
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.

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
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)
Conductor, Artist & Musician
Reeps100 Studios

Harry Yeff (AKA Reeps One) is a ARS PRIX Electronica nominated artist and musician based in London. Yeff’s expertise in vocal musicianship and creative direction has generated an online global following, rendering over 100 million views and recognition as a pioneer of experimental vocalism.
In 2018 Yeff completed his third artist residency at Harvard University and is currently part of the Experiments in Art and Technology program at Bell Labs.

Yeff produces work as a response to an ongoing investigation into the evolution of the human voice, art, and science. He 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. Yeff has become one of the most decorated and progressive lateral thinkers in the world of voice and technology.

The Ehrlichman Group
Senior Director of Communications
Edge Case Research
Founder & CEO
Prosperia Labs
Managing Director
The Robotics Hub
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.

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
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.

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
Chief Innovation Officer; Chair of the AI for Good Programme Committee

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.

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
Head of the Intelligent Data Analysis group, Professor, Co-Chair
TU Berlin

Klaus-Robert Müller received the Diploma degree in mathematical physics in 1989 and the Ph.D. in theoretical computer science in 1992, both from University of Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1992 to 1994 he worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at GMD FIRST, in Berlin where he started to built up the intelligent data analysis (IDA) group. From 1994 to 1995 he was a European Community STP Research Fellow at University of Tokyo in Prof. Amari’s Lab. From 1995 until 2008 he was head of department of the IDA group at GMD FIRST (since 2001 Fraunhofer FIRST) in Berlin and since 1999 he holds a joint associate Professor position of GMD and University of Potsdam. In 2003 he became a full professor at University of Potsdam, in 2006 he became chair of the machine learning department at TU Berlin. He has been lecturing at Humboldt University, Technical University Berlin and University of Potsdam. In 1999 he received the annual national prize for pattern recognition (Olympus Prize) awarded by the German pattern recognition society DAGM, in 2006 the SEL Alcatel communication award and in 2014 he was granted the Science Prize of Berlin awarded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin and in 2017 he received the Vodafone Innovations Award. Since 2012 he is Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and he holds a distinguished professorship at Korea University in Seoul. In 2017 he was elected member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and also external scientific member of the Max Planck Society. For 5 years he was director of the Bernstein Center for Neurotechnology, from 2014 he became co-director of the Berlin Center for Big Data and from 2018 simultaneously director of the Berlin Machine Learning Center. He serves in the editorial boards of Computational Statistics, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Machine Learning Research and in program and organization committees of various international conferences. In 2019 he became ISI Highly Cited Researcher. His research interest is in the field of machine learning, deep learning and data analysis covering a wide range of theory and numerous scientific (Physics, Chemistry and Neuroscience) and industrial applications. GS > 69000, h 114. His research areas include statistical learning theory for neural networks, support vector machines and ensemble learning techniques. He contributed to the field of signal processing working on time-series analysis, statistical denoising methods and blind source separation. His present application interests are expanded to the analysis of biomedical data, most recently to brain computer interfacing, genomic data analysis, computational chemistry and atomistic simulations.

Vice Rector
University of Geneva

Trained as a physician at Geneva University, specialized in internal medicine, then, after a post-doctoral fellowship, became Associate Professor of medical informatics at Vanderbilt University before returning to Geneva to lead the Medical Informatics Division at Geneva University Hospitals. Author of more than 100 original scientific publications. Focuses on the development of innovative, knowledge-enabled information systems and computer-based tools for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care processes, at the local level of the hospital, the regional level of a community healthcare informatics network, and at the global level with the Health-On-the-Net Foundation and with the development of a large telemedicine network in Africa.

Specialties: Healthcare information systems, telemedicine, eHealth

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)
Head of the division "Medical Devices"
Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte, BfArM)
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
Director; Co-Chair
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Masashi Sugiyama was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1974. He received the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Engineering in Computer Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1997, 1999, and 2001, respectively. In 2001, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the same institute, and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003. He moved to the University of Tokyo as Professor in 2014. Since 2016, he has concurrently served as Director of RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project. He received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship and researched at Fraunhofer Institute, Berlin, Germany, from 2003 to 2004. In 2006, he received European Commission Program Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and researched at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. He received the Faculty Award from IBM in 2007 for his contribution to machine learning under non-stationarity, the Nagao Special Researcher Award from the Information Processing Society of Japan in 2011 and the Young Scientists’ Prize for the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan in 2014 for his contribution to the density-ratio paradigm of machine learning, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Award and the Japan Academy Medal in 2017 for his series of machine learning research. His research interests include theories and algorithms of machine learning and data mining, and a wide range of applications such as signal processing, image processing, and robot control.

Assistant Professor
Johannes Kepler University

I am an assistant professor (Universitätsassistent) at Johannes Kepler University – JKU. Prior to it, I was a post doctoral researcher at Idiap Research Institute (affilated with EPFL), and a PhD candidate at TU Wien. I explore machine learning methods for addressing challenges in language understanding. My research focus is on deep learning methods for information retrieval, summarization, and document analysis, as well as bias and debiasing methods. I am curious about the role and impact of such methods when harnessed for real-world policy challenges.

Areas of interest:

  • Deep and representation learning
  • Natural language processing
  • Information retrieval
  • Bias, debiasing, and fairness in machine learning
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
Head of Information Management and Innovation
Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS)
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)
Chief Commercial Officer
Cambridge Wireless Limited
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
FoundersX Ventures

Aiming at impacting the world through safe and beneficial emerging technologies

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
Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

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Director of AI Innovation

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Co-Founder & Vice President
XAG Co., Ltd.
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)
Head of AI & Research
Aira Tech Corp.

Koul (coincidentally pronounced ‘Cool’) brings over a decade of production-oriented Applied Research/Data Science experience on PetaByte scale datasets, with features shipped to about a billion people. More famously, he’s known as the founder of Seeing AI – the most used assistive technology by the blind community, after the iPhone. He has been pushing ideas to reality using computer vision and deep learning techniques for Augmented Reality, Robotics, Speech, Productivity as well as building tools for communities with visual, hearing and mobility impairments. A regular at hackathons, he has won close to four dozen awards, including top-3 finishes for four years consecutively in the planet’s largest private hackathon with 18,000 participants. Some of his recent work, which IEEE has called ‘life-changing’, has been honored by CES, FCC, Cannes Lions, TIME magazine, SXSW, American Council of the Blind, showcased at events by UN, White House, House of Lords, World Economic Forum, on Netflix, National Geographic, and applauded by world leaders including Justin Trudeau and Theresa May.

NASA FDL AI Reviewer, CES Innovation Award Judge, Edison Awards Judge

Selected talks:
* TEDxSeattle’18 (https://youtu.be/ttyXf_9ptBs)
* UN, NASA SETI Institute, Google Talk, NeurIPS’18 (NIPS)
* Keynote speaker: SMX Munich’14 (Germany), ACB’18, Global Data Science Conference’17
* O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference (NY’16, SF ’17, SF’18, SF’19)

Recently announced:
* Seeing AI app: https://youtu.be/R2mC-NUAmMk
* Dictate – Hands-free typing in Microsoft Office: http://dictate.ms
* Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves The World, @22 minutes: https://www.netflix.com/watch/80117907

In his free time, Koul enjoys writing about himself in third person. Contact him at akoulcs-careers at yahoo dot com

Specialties: Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Big Data Analysis, Machine Learning on Large Datasets, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Information Retrieval, Search Engines, Predictive Analytics, Scalability

Senior Advisor, Department of Information, Evidence and Research
World Health Organization (WHO)
REDDS Capital

Stephen K. Ibaraki has been a teacher, an industry analyst, writer and consultant in the IT industry, and the former president of the Canadian Information Processing Society.

Currently, Ibaraki is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, futurist and speaker. He is also a founding member of the UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit, founding chair of the Financial Services Roundtable Tech Advisory Council, and founding chair of the International Federation for Information Processing Global Industry Council. Ibaraki serves as an Advisor for the Business Development Committee of the IEEE Computer Society. He is the co-founder for the Technology Advisory Board at Yintech Investment Holdings Limited.

Creative Director
Director of Content
Senior Editor of The Lancet and Vice-Chair of the ITU-WHO Focus Group on AI for Health
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.

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!

Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

Irakli Beridze is the Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at UNICRI, United Nations​. More than 20 years of experience in leading multilateral negotiations, developing stakeholder engagement programmes with governments, UN agencies, international organisations, private industry and corporations, think tanks, civil society, foundations, academia, and other partners on an international level. Mr Beridze is advising governments and international organizations on numerous issues related to international security, scientific and technological developments, emerging technologies, innovation and disruptive potential of new technologies, particularly on the issue on crime prevention, criminal justice and security. He is supporting governments worldwide on the strategies, action plans, roadmaps and policy papers on AI. Since 2014, Initiated and managed one of the first United Nations Programmes on AI. Initiating and organizing number of high-level events at the United Nations General Assembly, and other international organizations. Finding synergies with traditional threats and risks as well as identifying solutions that AI can contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He is a member of various international task forces, including the World Economic​ Forum’s Global Artificial Intelligence Council, the UN High-level panel for digital cooperation, the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission.  He is frequently lecturing and speaking on the subjects related to technological development, exponential technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics and international security. He has numerous publications in international journals and magazines and frequently quoted in media on the issues related to AI. Irakli Beridze is an International Gender Champion supporting the IGC Panel Parity Pledge. He is also recipient of recognition on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW in 2013.​

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.

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Chief Information Officer
World Health Organization (WHO)

I am responsible for setting and maintaining the vision and direction of World Health Organization strategy of health in the digital age. As the CIO, I am driving the digital transformation of WHO to enhance the organisation’s collective performance and efficiency to deliver the ‘Health for all’ global development agenda.

As Director of Digital Health & Innovation I lead the team that works to harness the power of digital health technologies and steer developments to contribute to the attainment of all people to the highest level of health. The department will coordinate WHO activities on digital health & innovation, including the development, scale, and implementation of global standards for governance and oversight of digital health products, services, and systems. The department will also promote the innovation culture within the organisation and support scale up of innovation for health to accelerate the achievement the global health agenda – Health for All.

I have 27 years of work experience in international environments including in senior managerial positions, with my specific strength and qualifications lying in leadership, global and regional management operations, the development and introduction of innovative business working models based on integrated information systems, and managing project implementation in complex and challenging environments.

Prior to joining WHO, Mr. Mariano held senior managerial positions in the International Organization for Migration as Senior Regional Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa in the office of the Director-General, Chief Information Officer/Director, Information & Communications Technology, and Regional Director for East and Southern Africa.

Throughout my career, I have put particular emphasis on innovative approaches to work, by fostering a culture of results, client service orientation and knowledge management initiatives, as well as encouraging excellence in team performance.

Specialties: Leadership, Strategic Management, Enterprise Resource Planning

Founder and CEO
AI Media Group

Dr Nick Bradshaw has 25 years experience in the tech sector taking complex technology propositions to market and helping customers deploy and mature Enterprise collaboration software & cloud platforms. Nick has worked in Europe, North America & Africa with a diverse set of Multi $bn global clients. Nick has consulted with multiple tech start-ups building Sales & Marketing Ops in the UK, Europe and Africa. In 2017 Nick launched the AI Media Group based in cape Town, SA, a new hybrid media, consulting & events company offering clients insights into the growing 4IR opportunity in Africa. AI Media are creators of Africa’s largest B2B AI innovation & trade focused community (AI Expo Africa), Africa’s first AI & Data Science Magazine (Synapse) and Africa’s first dedicated AI focused streaming channel (AI TV).

Chief of the Study Groups Department, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Dr. Bilel Jamoussi is Chief of the Study Groups Department at the International Telecommunication Union Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland where he is responsible for the organization and management of the ITU-T Study Groups, Focus Groups, Global Standardization Initiatives, Joint Coordination Activities, and their secretariat.

Before joining ITU, Bilel was with Nortel for 15 years in Canada and then the United States where he held several leadership positions including Strategic Standards, Advanced Technology, University Research, Software Development for routing/switching platforms, and Data Network Engineering of major international customer networks.

As Director of the Strategic Standards organization within the office of the Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Bilel provided strategic technology direction and leadership for Nortel’s involvement in more than 90 standards development organizations, forums and consortia. He also contributed to the MIT one laptop per child (OLPC) initiative.

Bilel is an IEEE Senior Member. He was elected to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Board of Governors (BOG) and the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group (CAG). He served on the IEEE Standards Education Committee, the IEEE-SA Nominations and Appointments Committee, the IEEE-SA BOG International ad hoc, and the Technical Liaison from IEEE-SA to ITU-T and ITU-D.

Bilel contributes to the innovation and advancement of technology in the ICT Field. He has 22 granted and filed US patents in diverse areas: packet, optical, wireless, and quality of service.

Bilel received a BS. ’89, MS. ’92, and PhD ’95 degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Associate Professor of Machine Learning
University of Oxford

I am an Associate Professor of Machine Learning at the University of Oxford Computer Science department, and head of the Oxford Applied and Theoretical Machine Learning Group (OATML). I am also the Tutorial Fellow in Computer Science at Christ Church, Oxford, and Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science.

Prior to my move to Oxford I was a Research Fellow in Computer Science at St Catharine’s College at the University of Cambridge. I obtained my PhD from the Cambridge machine learning group, working with Prof Zoubin Ghahramani and funded by the Google Europe Doctoral Fellowship. Prior to that I studied at Oxford Computer Science department for a Master’s degree under the supervision of Prof Phil Blunsom. Before my MSc I worked as a software engineer for 3 years at IDesia Biometrics developing code and UI for mobile platforms, and did my undergraduate in mathematics and computer science at the Open University in Israel.

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