Breakthrough Days: Building a world of abundance with AI for Good

The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

  • REINHARD SCHOLL
    REINHARD SCHOLL
    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.
  • ANOUSHEH ANSARI
    ANOUSHEH ANSARI
    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.
  • RICHARD ST-PIERRE
    RICHARD ST-PIERRE
    Executive Vice Chairman
    C2
    A deal-maker, passionate builder and social business advocate, Richard St-Pierre oversees C2’s international development and mobilizes the brightest and most influential minds from a wide network of countries and industries. These efforts result in a unique ecosystem of partners engaging with C2 during its annual flagship event in Montreal as well as during events of varying scale abroad. Prior to his journey at C2, Richard had accumulated more than 25 years of experience in operations, sales and corporate planning for various organizations, from governmental institutions to private corporations.
  • PETER H. DIAMANDIS
    PETER H. DIAMANDIS
    Founder and Executive Chairman at XPRIZE, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder at Singularity University
    XPRIZE Foundation
    Recently named by Fortune as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Peter H. Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the executive founder of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world's leaders on exponentially growing technologies.
  • AMIR BANIFATEMI
    AMIR BANIFATEMI
    Chief Innovation Officer; Chair of the AI for Good Programme Committee
    XPRIZE
    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.
  • FRANCESCA ROSSI
    FRANCESCA ROSSI
    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.
  • CAROLINE CRIADO-PEREZ
    CAROLINE CRIADO-PEREZ
    British feminist author, journalist and activist, Author of "Invisible Women"
    Caroline Emma Criado Perez OBE (born June 1984) is a British feminist author, journalist and activist. Her first national campaign, the Women's Room project, aimed to increase the presence of female experts in the media. She opposes the removal of the only woman from British banknotes (other than The Queen), leading to the Bank of England's swift announcement that the image of Jane Austen would appear on the £10 note by 2017.[1] That campaign led to sustained harassment on the social networking website Twitter of Criado Perez and other women; as a result, Twitter announced plans to improve its complaint procedures. Her most recent campaign was for a sculpture of a woman in Parliament Square; the statue of Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in April 2018, as part of the centenary celebrations of the winning of women's suffrage in the United Kingdom. Her 2019 book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men was a Sunday Times bestseller.
  • RIANE EISLER
    RIANE EISLER
    Social Systems Scientist, Cultural Historian, and Attorney
    RIANE EISLER is a social systems scientist, cultural historian, and attorney whose research, writing, and speaking has transformed the lives of people worldwide. Her newest work, Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future, co-authored with anthropologist Douglas Fry and coming out with Oxford University Press in July 2019, shows how to construct a more equitable, sustainable, and less violent world based on partnership rather than domination. Dr. Eisler is president of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), dedicated to research and education, Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, an online peer-reviewed journal at the University of Minnesota that was inspired by her work, keynotes conferences nationally and internationally, has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, and Congressional briefings, and has spoken at corporations and universities worldwide on applications of the partnership model introduced in her work.
    She is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 27 foreign editions and 57 U.S. printings. Her book on economics, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, was hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking” and by Jane Goodall as “a call to action.” Her Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships, co-authored with Teddie Potter, won national and international awards, and her Equal Rights Handbook was the only mass paperback on the Equal Rights Amendment.Other books drawing from Eisler’s research include her award-winning Tomorrow’s ChildrenSacred Pleasureand Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, statistically documenting the key role of women’s status in a nation’s quality of life. Through the Center for Partnership Studies’ Caring Economy Campaign she developed new metrics demonstrating the economic value of caring for people, starting in early childhood, and of caring for nature. She has written over 500 articles in publications ranging from Behavioral Science, Futures, Political Psychology, The Christian Science MonitorChallenge, and UNESCO Courier to Brain and Mind, Human Rights Quarterly, International Journal of Women’s Studies, and World Encyclopedia of Peace, as well as chapters for books published by trade and university presses (e.g., Cambridge, Stanford, and Oxford University). Dr. Eisler pioneered the expansion of human rights theory and action to include the majority of humanity: women and children. Her research provides a new perspective on our past, present, and possibilities for the future, including a new social and political agenda for building a more humane and environmentally sustainable world. She is the only woman among 20 major thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received many honors, including honorary PhDs, the Nuclear Age Peace Leadership Award, the Feminist Pioneer award, and inclusion in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of twenty leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.
  • MERIJN DOLS
    MERIJN DOLS
    Global Director of Open Innovation & Circular Economy of Food
    Danone
    A passionate Circular Economy scholar, system thinker, activist and intrapreneur (with over 15 years of experience in design and innovation in the food industry). 'I made it my mission to be a driving force in a food revolution, a paradigm shift. I believe in a future of food as a force for good. I want to leave a world, in which economic, social and ecological interests are aligned. Food can fuel this system shift through innovation, the adaptive power of the system, towards a resilient food system with a positive impact, by design.' Merijn holds a Bachelor in Industrial Design Engineering and studies Circular Economy at the Bradford School of Management as one of the first to specialize in the Circular Economy for Food. 'I strive to further the understanding and catalyzing the adoption of Circular Economy principles in food and the food industry, every day, leading Open Innovation and Circular Economy at Danone.
  • NIGYAR MAKHMUDOVA
    NIGYAR MAKHMUDOVA
    Executive Vice President, Growth and Innovation
    Danone
    Nigyar holds a business degree from Nottingham Business School, UK, and a Science degree in Molecular Biology from Moscow State University, Russia. She started her business career in 1991 in pharmaceutical marketing, working for Boots and Smith Kline Beecham in the UK and Russia. In 1998, Nigyar joined Mars Russia, where she held several senior marketing and sales positions across the entire Mars product portfolio. In 2006, she became Regional President of Mars Petcare Russia. Nigyar was a member of Mars Petcare Executive Committee since its establishment in 2009. In 2012, she was appointed Global Chief Marketing Officer of Mars Petcare, based in the Brussels HQ. In 2014, Nigyar took responsibility of Regional President for Mars Petcare Europe, Russia and South Africa, based in London. In 2016, Nigyar became Global President of Mars Pet Nutrition, based in London. In 2019, Nigyar joined Danone as Executive Vice President, Growth and Innovation. Nigyar Makhmudova is a Non-Executive Board Director of Jungbunzlauer, a leading global manufacturer of natural biodegradable food ingredients.
  • ANDREW TAUHERT
    ANDREW TAUHERT
    VP of Partnerships and Strategic Engagements
    XPRIZE Foundation
    Andrew Tauhert is VP of Partnerships and Strategic Engagements at XPRIZE. He and his team focus on establishing strategic relationships and ecosystems to advance the goals of both XPRIZE and its partners - aligning XPRIZE among a system of entities globally such that each partner contributes to and benefit from XPRIZE’s prizes, initiatives and platforms. Andrew also maintains a leadership position in the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance COVID-19 responsive initiative as well as the XPRIZE Data Collaborative – working with technology, data and other ecosystem partners to use data sciences, machine learning and AI to solve challenges. Prior to XPRIZE, Andrew has had an extensive career driving successful results in large enterprises and startups operating throughout high tech, telecom/networking, data and AI. Andrew is the former COO of Prodea Systems a leader in Internet of Things Solutions as well as Founder and Managing Director of VaticX Inc., a global accelerator with best practices to optimize value creation for growth stage AI, DLT, IoT, and Edge Computing companies.
  • SIMON PIERRO
    SIMON PIERRO
    Digital Magician
    Simon Pierro is a digital magician without parallel. A star on stage and TV screens for more than two decades, this critically acclaimed conjurer takes audiences to places they've never been, using a technological marvel they know and love -- an iPad. Simon's been enthralled with magic ever since he was a kid. He was always thrilled with magicians as he grew up in the Southern part of Germany, but when he was conned out of his only $20 bill in New York by a street magician playing a shell game, his passion for magic and sleight-of-hand took on a whole new intensity.

Hourly Schedule

17:00 - 17:30
Building a world of abundance with AI for Good
Keynote Address
Moderator:
AMIR BANIFATEMI
Speaker:
PETER H. DIAMANDIS
17:30 - 19:00
Announcements
Moderator:
AMIR BANIFATEMI
Speakers:
ANOUSHEH ANSARI , RICHARD ST-PIERRE , FRANCESCA ROSSI , CAROLINE CRIADO-PEREZ , RIANE EISLER , MERIJN DOLS , NIGYAR MAKHMUDOVA , ANDREW TAUHERT
19:00 - 19:30
Closing Remarks
Moderator:
AMIR BANIFATEMI
Speakers:
REINHARD SCHOLL , ANOUSHEH ANSARI
19:30 - 20:00
AI for Good Breakthrough Days Happy Hour: 'WORLD WIDE WONDERS' - The Virtual Magic Show
Wi-Fi on and stage lights please: here comes the virtual magic show! AI for Good is proud to present our Breakthrough Days Happy Hour event. Featuring renowned digital magician Simon Pierro, 'WORLD WIDE WONDERS' is a brand new interactive online experience blurring the lines between emerging technology and magic, between digital spaces and reality. Join our community, bring your family and friends in on the fun, and stay connected with AI for Good for a light, fun and entertaining happy hour to celebrate the end of the Breakthrough Days!
Speaker:
SIMON PIERRO
AMIR BANIFATEMI
AMIR BANIFATEMI
Chief Innovation Officer; Chair of the AI for Good Programme Committee
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
PETER H. DIAMANDIS
PETER H. DIAMANDIS
Founder and Executive Chairman at XPRIZE, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder at Singularity University
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
ANOUSHEH ANSARI
ANOUSHEH ANSARI
CEO, Space Ambassador; first female private space explorer; AI for Gender Inclusivity Breakthrough Co-Chair
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
RICHARD ST-PIERRE
RICHARD ST-PIERRE
Executive Vice Chairman
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
FRANCESCA ROSSI
FRANCESCA ROSSI
IBM fellow, AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member, Board Member
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
CAROLINE CRIADO-PEREZ
CAROLINE CRIADO-PEREZ
British feminist author, journalist and activist, Author of "Invisible Women"
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
RIANE EISLER
RIANE EISLER
Social Systems Scientist, Cultural Historian, and Attorney
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
MERIJN DOLS
MERIJN DOLS
Global Director of Open Innovation & Circular Economy of Food
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
NIGYAR MAKHMUDOVA
NIGYAR MAKHMUDOVA
Executive Vice President, Growth and Innovation
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
ANDREW TAUHERT
ANDREW TAUHERT
VP of Partnerships and Strategic Engagements
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
REINHARD SCHOLL
REINHARD SCHOLL
Deputy to the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
SIMON PIERRO
SIMON PIERRO
Digital Magician
The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Date

30 Sep 2020

Time

CEST, Geneva
17:00 - 20:00
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