Breakthrough Days: Foundations for a Sustainable and Equitable New Normal


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).

Hear from keynote speakers and participate in interactive workshops designed to launch solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

  • CHAESUB LEE
    CHAESUB LEE
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AZER BESTAVROS
    AZER BESTAVROS
    Warren Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Associate Provost, Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences Emeritus Founding Director, Hariri Institute for Computing
    Boston University
    Azer Bestavros is the Inaugural Associate Provost for the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences at BU, a degree-granting academic unit with a mission to catalyze and integrate research and education programs in computing and data sciences across the landscape of disciplines at BU. Prior to taking on this leadership role in 2019, he was the Founding Director of the Hariri Institute for Computing, set up in 2010 to nucleate BU’s presence in computing and data sciences. Under his leadership, the Institute has become a landmark at the crossroads of computational research at BU, engaging over 250 researchers from 38 departments, and securing over $100M in external research funding for incubated projects. From 2000 to 2007, Azer chaired the CS Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, having joined it in 1991 after obtaining his PhD from Harvard University. Praised by students for his engaging teaching style and his use of memorable analogies, Azer is recognized for his signature CS-350 course, which he developed in the mid-1990s and taught for over 25 years, covering fundamental concepts that are immune to technological churn and yet underlie the design and implementation of all types of computing systems. Specializing in distributed systems research, Azer made seminal contributions to many areas of CS, most recently focusing on privacy-preserving big-data analytics for social and public good applications. As of 2019, funded by over $49M from government and industry sponsors, his research yielded 19 PhD theses, 8 patents, 2 startups, and hundreds of refereed papers with over 20,000 citations. Azer has a long track record of service to the computing community, most recently chairing the 2019 and co-chairing the 2014 Committee of Visitors charged by NSF to evaluate its CISE Directorate; serving on the inaugural advisory board of the congressional Cloud Computing Caucus set up in 2013 to raise public awareness on cloud technologies; and serving for seven years until 2012 as chair of the IEEE Computer Society TC on the Internet. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Committee of the CISE Directorate of the NSF and on the Editorial Board of the Communications of the ACM. He is frequently tapped for plenary presentations, federal and local government agency briefings, and media coverage related to contemporary issues at the nexus of computing, society, and public policy. In recognition of distinguished teaching, research, and service, Azer received a number of awards, most notably the ACM Sigmetrics Inaugural Test of Time Award for 1996 work "whose impact is still felt 15 years after its initial publication" and the 2010 United Methodist Scholar Teacher Award for "outstanding dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to the institution." In 2017, he was named a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, the highest distinction bestowed upon senior faculty members at BU.
  • LORIN FRIES
    LORIN FRIES
    Founder & Lead Partner
    FutureTable
    Lorin is an expert on the future of food systems with over 15 years of experience. Prior to founding FutureTable she served as Head of Food Systems Collaboration at the World Economic Forum. She has advised Fortune 500 businesses, start-ups, international organizations, family foundations and NGOs. She speaks regularly at conferences and has published insights including with the Harvard Business Review, Harvard Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, and via a regular Forbes column on how technology and innovation can improve our food systems. Lorin received a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
  • THOMAS OSBORNE
    THOMAS OSBORNE
    Director; Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) VA Palo Alto
    VA National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI)
    Dr. Thomas Osborne is the Director for the National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI) and is also the Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. He is currently leading multidisciplinary teams in the co-development of pioneering healthcare solutions throughout VA, with other government agencies, and with leading technology companies. His work has been published in numerous medical journals and textbooks with a focus on related topics such as artificial intelligence, sensor technology, and the future of healthcare. Dr. Osborne received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, completed his residency at Harvard Mount Auburn Hospital, and fellowship at Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in both Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology. Dr. Osborne is a staff neuroradiologist at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and Clinical Assistant Professor (affiliated) at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Hourly Schedule

17:00 - 17:30
Opening Keynote Address
Speakers:
CHAESUB LEE , ANOUSHEH ANSARI
17:30 - 18:30
Foundations for a Sustainable and Equitable New Normal
Keynote Address
Moderator:
AMIR BANIFATEMI
Speaker:
RIANE EISLER
18:30 - 19:15
Welcome to AI For Good – What to expect from the week
Programme Introduction
Moderator:
AMIR BANIFATEMI
Speakers:
AZER BESTAVROS , LORIN FRIES , THOMAS OSBORNE
CHAESUB LEE
CHAESUB LEE
Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
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). Hear from keynote speakers and participate in interactive workshops designed to launch solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
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). Hear from keynote speakers and participate in interactive workshops designed to launch solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
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). Hear from keynote speakers and participate in interactive workshops designed to launch solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
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). Hear from keynote speakers and participate in interactive workshops designed to launch solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
AZER BESTAVROS
AZER BESTAVROS
Warren Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Associate Provost, Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences Emeritus Founding Director, Hariri Institute for Computing
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). Hear from keynote speakers and participate in interactive workshops designed to launch solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
LORIN FRIES
LORIN FRIES
Founder & Lead Partner
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). Hear from keynote speakers and participate in interactive workshops designed to launch solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
THOMAS OSBORNE
THOMAS OSBORNE
Director; Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) VA Palo Alto
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). Hear from keynote speakers and participate in interactive workshops designed to launch solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Date

21 Sep 2020

Time

CEST, Geneva
17:00 - 21:00
Sessions

Topics

Inclusivity,
SDGs

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