Experience Russia’s Thriving AI Startup Ecosystem – LIVE Pitching Session

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Business Development Director
    Skolkovo Foundation
    Sergey Dutov is a business development director of Skolkovo Foundation, the biggest startup hub of Russia. He is the founder of a Global Challenge initiative that aims to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) among the hi-tech community. He develops and executes open innovations initiatives of Skolkovo Industrial Partners and connects them with startups. Being the first citizen of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre campus, he builds a sustainable ecosystem for hi-tech development and commercialization. Sergey is responsible for R&D facilities of IT corporations and leads international projects. Spheres of interest: AI, Sustainable development, Building innovative ecosystems, new business development, VUCA Strategy, teaching at universities and MBA programs. Skolkovo Innovation Centre - is a high technology business area in Moscow. It consists of R&D facilities (Boeing, Yandex, Huawei, Fanuc, Nokia, Phillips and 80+), Skoltech university powered by MIT, campus social infrastructure (living areas, International Gymnasium), venture capital firms, and Skolkovo Foundation (supports 2500+ startups with grant financing and zero tax zone).
    World Wide Business Development Leader
    IBM Watson
    Neil Sahota (萨冠军) is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) Artificial Intelligence (AI) subject matter expert, and Professor at UC Irvine. With 20+ years of business experience, Neil works to inspire clients and business partners to foster innovation and develop next generation products/solutions powered by AI. Neil's work experience spans multiple industries including legal services, healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government. Moreover, he is one of the few people selected for IBM's Corporate Service Corps leadership program that pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community-driven economic development projects. In addition, Neil partners with entrepreneurs to define their products, establish their target markets, and structure their companies. He is a member of several investor groups like the Tech Coast Angels and assists startups with investor funding. Neil also serves as a judge in various startup competitions and mentor in several incubator/accelerator programs.
    Speaker, Advisor, Digital Platforms & Ecosystems Expert
    World Economic Forum
    Vera Futorjanski is a highly experienced innovation expert who advises both corporates and governments and helps them build thriving ecosystems. She is part of the Expert Group on Digital Platforms and Ecosystems for the World Economic Forum. She is also a Board Member and a Senior Advisor for LEAD Ventures, the office of His Excellence Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, where she oversees all Venture Capital and investment related activities of the Group. Most recently, she was Director of Innovation for the global Venture Capital firm 500 Startups in charge of corporate innovation and ecosystem building in the Middle East and Russia.
    Serial Digital Health Entrepreneur, Board Member, Shareholder, Investor, Speaker, SME
    PX Pulse
    Sasha Cahill is a serial technology entrepreneur, speaker, and startup mentor. Professionally, Sasha is focused on bringing AI-enabled technology to the Healthcare market. She has built and brought to market solutions for provider, payer, pharma, medical device, self-insured and patients. Sasha's latest remote patient management startup PX Pulse is focused on improving access to care, patient engagement, and reducing care costs overall. Passionate about diversity, inclusion, and patient rights she spends a lot of time volunteering at a number of organizations with global imprint. Born and raised in Russia, Sasha currently splits her time between the US and Switzerland.
    Investment Manager
    Anna is an investor manager at TerraVC, looking for the startups in FoodTech, SportTech; Wellness and Health Tech area. Anna has 10+ years of progressive experience in VC, business finance and advisory in Tech, FMCG, Consulting with a dynamic sales and multinational environment. Previously Anna was in charge of foodtech portfolio in the family office of famous Russian Entrepreneur- S.Solonin. Before that she worked in Business Finance area in Apple, Lenovo, British American Tobacco and started her career in E&Y. She is passionate about innovations, life science and impact.
    Oz Forensics helps to reduce costs and biometry fraud by automating online onboarding and client verification processes. This is inhouse development AI platform to detect face biometry and liveness, orc of any IDs and forgery recognition in any scans and photos. Oz Liveness (detection of a real person) helps to prevent deepfake fraud and spoofing attacks such as mask, fake video, etc.
    Botkin.AI is a software-based platform for radiological studies' analysis using artificial intelligence technologies. Unlike most solutions on the market in this area, Botkin.AI is a holistic product that combines AI technologies with the state-of-the-art results in terms of accuracy, but also IT technologies, allowing seamless integration into existing processes of medical organizations and making radiologists benefit from using it on a daily basis.
    Biological and Geomorphology Habitat Underwater Video Analysis
    Software for automatic identification of biological communities and geomorphological features of the seabed by photo and video analysis for mapping seascapes and monitoring ecosystems
    EMBLE service performs monitoring and functional diagnostics of equine internal organs using DeepSound AI© neural network technology.
  • SOL
    SOL is a distance sign language interpretation platform that enables deaf people to receive the range of services that are available on the market for hearing citizens.


27 Jan 2021


CET, Geneva
09:00 - 10:30