AI for Good: Developing World and Esports – Real Opportunity for Change, Growth and Prosperity

The population of Planet Earth is nearly eight billion people. More than three billion play esports: building responsible gaming ecosystems in emerging markets.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    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.
    Managing Director at Plano and Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School
    Associate Professor Mohamed (Mo) Dirani is the founding Managing Director of Plano Pte Ltd, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School, and Honorary Principal Investigator at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA). Mo completed his PhD at the age of 26 years (2006), where he established the world’s largest twin study to investigate the genetic and environmental risk factors of myopia. Mo has published 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts in prestigious medical journals, is an invited speaker across the globe as an expert in eye epidemiology and entrepreneurship, published several Government and industry-commissioned reports, and has received competitive scholarships, fellowships and scientific awards. More recently (2015-2017), Mo led Australia’s first nationwide study to assess the burden of blindness in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, completed his MBA at the Australian Institute of Business (AIB) and is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). From the app’s humble beginnings in Singapore, Mo’s passion and vision has not only propelled the plano app to launch worldwide, it has enabled the creation of an entire ecosystem; a comprehensive solution to myopia and excessive device use. Mo believes that this ecosystem is the answer to keeping all eyes healthy in this digital world, and as a company, Plano welcomes government and industry partnerships. Mo is an avid runner, with his 12th marathon completed in September 2019 (Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, South Africa) where he raised close to A$20,000 to support a Plano-led campaign, Giving Sight With Every Stride together with The Fred Hollows Foundation to bring eye care to 50,000 adults and children across Africa. He ran his 13th in November 2019 (TCS New York City Marathon) in support of Artolution, an organisation that uses art to create harmony in conflict zones & empower human connection no matter the differences in race, colour, and religion.
    Founder & Director at Stanford Human Perception Lab and CEO at Vizzario
    Stanford University
    Dr. Khizer Khaderi finished his undergraduate degree at age 18 (that’s not a typo) and started medical school when he was 19. Why the gap? He was busy earning a master’s in public health. After receiving that trio of degrees from the University of Utah in 2002, Khaderi went on to do a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Arizona, where his work included research with the school’s highly-ranked baseball team. That laid the foundation for his first startup, iSportGames, which harnessed video games as a vision performance tool. When that didn’t take off, Khaderi completed a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at USC and then became the director of the sports vision lab at UC Davis. He consulted for pro teams such as the Chicago White Sox, Boston Celtics and San Francisco 49ers while also becoming a medical advisor to augmented reality headset creator Magic Leap. Khaderi then applied his research into another startup, Vizzario, to develop a perceptual AI platform that powers communication between man and machine. One application of the platform leverages artificial intelligence to track and predict visual function by collecting data through computer usage. Vizzario has worked with esports and military clients, among others. In 2018, Khaderi joined the faculty at Stanford, where he teaches at the medical school, works at the institute for human-centered AI and serves as the founding director of the university’s new Stanford Performance Vision Center. That latest project began at the suggestion of the school’s chair of ophthalmology, Dr. Jeff Goldberg, whom Khaderi called a “visionary” for his ideas, especially his willingness to embrace technology in the practice.
    Advisor to the Global Esports Federation and Co-Founder of
    Global Esports Federation
    With over 15 years of diverse experience, Nicholas has been a co-founder, investor, and board member in businesses, non profits, and government. Directly reported to Fortune 500 CEOs, headed up the region for an investor in digital-first education, Nicholas has also led a regional team for Visa helping the biggest businesses on the internet like Tencent and Alibaba manage their risks in digital transactions, serving on Visa's Asia Pacific Merchant Sales & Solutions leadership. Nicholas has chaired multiple national initiatives, including one with the Ministry of Education to have students reimagine education and work for Singapore’s next 50 years as well as an official ASEAN youth event. Nicholas has also been invited to judge an Innovator Awards in Silicon Valley, the ASEAN Youth Creative Industry Fair and led a national delegation to the Nanjing Youth Olympics on the invitation of China’s Vice Premier. He was also invited by Chinese Leaders to speak at the 4th World Internet Conference sharing the stage with major global leaders. Nicholas clearly has an unconventional approach to life when he turned down prestigious college scholarships, dropped out of National University of Singapore (NUS) computer science programme only to graduate as valedictorian for his MBA and invited as an expert for NUS’ Global Studies Programme. In 2018, Nicholas was honoured both as a Friend of the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth as a well as the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
    Dominican Republic Esports Federation
    Yaqui Núñez-del Risco Mejía is advisor for regional investment funds focused on Media & Entertainment. He is President and Founder of the consulting firm LABYA – a strategic consultancy specializing in business, communications and technology. Currently, he is also President of the Dominican Esports Federation and the Vice President of the Central American and Caribbean Confederation of Esports (CONCECARES).
    Co-founder & Board Chair
    Alex Tsado is passionate about technology, business, and expanding access to the next billion. Beyond leading go-to-market for Nvidia's fastest-growing business channel, cloud AI computing, he founded Alliance for Africa's Intelligence to ensure African innovations get the chance to change millions of lives, and the continent is never again left behind during industrial revolutions. He spends his time wearing multiple hats to drive change in organizations as small as groups in the grassroots, to engaging with country leaders to drive national and continental transformation. He has spoken at the UN, top business school programs, multiple podcasts and National AI workshops to inform and evangelize about a future that can ensue when disruptive technologies are used to expand access to improved living in frontier markets. Find more at
    GEF Senior Advisor and Member of Brand, Marketing, Commercial & Communications Commission
    Global Esports Federation
    Anne has a strong ability to strategically “connect-the-dots” across her vast international network of contacts in the sports movement and leveraging her experience in key account management, business development, implementing presence marketing, VIP corporate hospitality, event operations and strategy development. Her career has spanned the Olympics since 1992, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, America’s Cup and IGF’s successful bid to get golf onto the Olympic Programme. She has also worked with bidding cities for the Olympics and Commonwealth Games in the preparation of their candidacies, so she understands all facets of major sporting events.
    Sports Journalist
    Jolene Latimer is a journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She has experience covering entertainment, sports, personal finance, and more for popular publications including the Associated Press, Yahoo! Style, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, USA Today, CBC, ESPN, and more.


17 Nov 2020


CET, Geneva
16:00 - 17:00