Due to recent developments concerning COVID-19, we have decided not to host a physical event in Geneva and that the 2020 edition of the AI for Good Global Summit will go digital from now until the end of the year. The Summit will be presented as a continuous digital event, featuring weekly programming across multiple formats, platforms and time-zones, including keynotes, expert webinars, project pitches, Q&As, performances, demos, interviews, networking and more.

We have already begun, with the launch of the 2020 Digital Programme, drawing insights from leading experts for the AI for Good community on the latest developments and promising use cases of AI to help solve our global challenges. The first five episodes focused on global pandemic response and as the year progresses, we will make our way through the many confirmed AI for Good sessions and speakers from the 2020 Summit programming.

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.

Professor, Author of "Human Compatible"

Stuart Russell received his B.A. with first-class honours in physics from Oxford University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford in 1986. He then joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, where he is Professor (and formerly Chair) of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and holder of the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at UC San Francisco and Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on AI and Robotics.

Russell is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation, the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, the World Technology Award (Policy category), the Mitchell Prize of the American Statistical Association and the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, the ACM Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and the AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator Award. In 1998, he gave the Forsythe Memorial Lectures at Stanford University and from 2012 to 2014 he held the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His research covers a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence including machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, knowledge representation, planning, real-time decision making, multitarget tracking, computer vision, computational physiology, global seismic monitoring, and philosophical foundations. His books include “The Use of Knowledge in Analogy and Induction”, “Do the Right Thing: Studies in Limited Rationality” (with Eric Wefald), and “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach” (with Peter Norvig). His current concerns include the threat of autonomous weapons and the long-term future of artificial intelligence and its relation to humanity.

2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Yunus Center

“Banker to the Poor”, Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, fuelled by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right. His objective was to help poor people escape from poverty by providing loans on terms suitable to them and by teaching them a few sound financial principles so they could help themselves.

Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006 for their work to “create economic and social development from below”.

Professor Yunus is the recipient of numerous international awards for his ideas and endeavors, including the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea. He is a member of the board of the United Nations Foundation.

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.

Chief Environmental Officer

Dr. Lucas Joppa leads sustainability at Microsoft, as the company’s first Chief Environmental Officer. In this role, he works to advance Microsoft’s core commitment to sustainability through ongoing technology innovation, program development, policy advancement, and global operational excellence. With a combined background in both environmental science and data science, Lucas is committed to using the power of advanced technology to help transform how society monitors, models, and ultimately manages Earth’s natural resources. He founded Microsoft’s AI for Earth program in 2017—a five-year, $50-million cross-company effort dedicated to delivering technology-enabled solutions to global environmental challenges.

With a Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University and extensive publication in leading academic journals, such as Science and Nature, Dr. Joppa is a uniquely accredited voice for sustainability in the tech industry. In addition to formerly serving on the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained U.S. National Climate Assessment, Lucas is an Associate Editor in Chief for the Ecological Society of America’s EcoSphere journal and an honorary Fellow at the UN Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC). He serves on the boards of leading scientific organizations, such as NatureServe and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) Director’s Council at UC Santa Barbara.

Prior to his current role, Lucas was Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Scientist and led research programs at the intersection of environmental and computer sciences in Microsoft Research, the company’s blue-sky research division. He remains an active scientist, speaking frequently on issues related to Artificial Intelligence, environmental science, and sustainability. Along with his Ph.D., Lucas holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin and is a former Peace Corps volunteer to Malawi.

Professor in Computer Science & Engineering, ACM Prize in Computing
University of Washington

Shwetak is currently the Washington Research Foundation Endowed Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the Ubicomp Lab. Concurrently, he is also a Director of Health Technologies at Google. His research is in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Sensor-Enabled Embedded Systems, with a particular emphasis on the application of computing to health, sustainability, and interaction. Shwetak received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2008. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, MIT TR-35 Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award, NSF Career Award, Presidential PECASE award, and the ACM Prize in Computing. He is also an ACM Fellow. Shwetak a co-founder of an home energy monitoring company called Zensi (acquired by Belkin in 2010), a low-power home wireless sensing company called SNUPI Technologies (acquired by Sears in 2015), and a mobile health company called Senosis Health (acquired by Google in 2017).

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.

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies
Republic of South Africa

Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Minister of Department of Communications and Digital Technologies in the Republic of South Africa.

The Minister is well versed on digital transformation issues, understanding that to drive the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) response; partnerships, skills development and capacity building for the youth, entrepreneurs, government employees and citizens must be at the helm of all interventions. Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams is a digital transformation champion, having served eight years in the ICT industry as a member of the executive. Her academic qualifications include, amongst others, a CTO Diploma in Telecommunications and Management Systems and Project Management Diploma.

First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board

He holds a graduate degree (with Honors) in Economics and Global Economy from Volgograd State Technical University and also a PhD in Economic Sciences.

Between 1999 and 2008, Alexander Vedyakhin worked in a Volgograd branch of Sberbank of Russia, where he advanced from senior cashier-controller to deputy branch manager. From 2008 to 2012 he worked as First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank in Ukraine. In 2012-2015, Alexander Vedyakhin was a member of the Executive Board and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) in Sberbank-owned DenizBank (Turkey). In 2015-2018, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Sberbank, CRO of Sberbank Group.

Since June 2018 Mr Vedyakhin has been First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board responsible for Retail Business, Corporate and Investment Business, Wealth Management (Insurance), the Sales Network and Problem Assets. Besides core business, Mr. Vedyakhin supervises and coordinates Sberbank’s AI Lab, the Data Science Competence Development Division, the Business Control and Coordination Division, the Directorate for Ecology and Energy Efficiency Projects and the ESG line at Sber Group.

Chess Grandmaster, Coach of World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen

Peter Heine Nielsen is a Danish chess trainer. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 1994.

Nielsen became an International Grandmaster in 1994. He won the Danish Chess Championship five times: in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2008. He played for Denmark in seven Chess Olympiads, three times on top board.

Nielsen coached World Champion Viswanathan Anand from 2002 until 2012. Anand won the World Championship title in Mexico 2007, and defended it in Bonn 2008Sofia 2010 and Moscow 2012.

Nielsen has been coaching world number one, Magnus Carlsen, since 2013. Carlsen won the Candidates Tournament 2013, which gave him the right to challenge Anand for the world championship. He defeated Anand, and has since defended the title three times.

Nielsen has previously coached Carlsen in Khanty-Mansiysk 2005, where Carlsen became the youngest player ever to qualify for the candidate matches.

CEO | CEO ChessX | COO Play Magnus

Internet executive with over 12 years of experience, including general management of startups and small to mid size organizations, corporate development, product development, multinational business operations, strategy, sales, partnerships, fundraising, investor relations, communication, and M&A.

Currently COO at the Play Magnus Group, the web’s most powerful chess ecosystem and CEO of several of its subsidiaries, including chess24, the number one chess broadcasting site and digital home to World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Prior to Play Magnus, I served as CEO at Tradimo Interactive, one of the web’s highest quality education sites for active financial trading, which I co-founded originally on behalf of Etruvian and later moved to Denmark following an investment by the CFH Group.

Previously learned from a number of leaders in diverse industries such as online education, marketing, price management, management consulting and HR consulting.

Author, Journalist
The Economist

Kenneth Cukier is a Senior Editor at The Economist, and host of its weekly podcast on technology. He is also an associate fellow at Said Business School at Oxford, researching artificial intelligence.
Kenn is the coauthor of “Big Data: A Revolution That Transforms How We Live, Work, and Think” with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger. It was a NYT Bestseller translated in over 20 languages, and sold over 1 million copies worldwide. It won the National Library of China’s Wenjin Book Award and was a finalist for the FT Business Book of the Year. Kenn coauthored a follow-on book, “Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education”
Previously Kenn was a foreign correspondent for two decades in Europe, Asia and America. In 2002-04 he was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Kenn’s writings have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among others. He has been a frequent commentator on CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s global council on data-driven development.

Chairman & CEO

Emmanuel FABER began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company before working as an investment banker at Baring Brothers. He moved to Legris Industries, where he was named Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Emmanuel joined Danone in 1997 as Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer, Strategy, and became member of the company’s Executive Committee in 2000. In 2005 he took up the position of Vice-President for the Asia- Pacific region. In 2008, Emmanuel was appointed Deputy General Manager and, in 2011, he became Vice- Chairman of the Board of Directors. In October 2014, he became Danone’s Chief Executive Officer. Since December 1, 2017, he is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
Since 2019, Emmanuel FABER is Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum.

Head of Automotive and Autonomous Mobility
World Economic Forum

BSc, Pennsylvania State University; MA in Economics, University of San Francisco. Over 18 years of automotive original equipment manufacturing (OEM) and internet of things (IoT) experience. Former Vice-President, Global Automotive Strategies and Products, Aeris; Member of the Board, Future of Automotive Security and Technology Research. Was instrumental in the development, launch and operation of Toyota’s telematics products in the US, including Safety Connect, Lexus Enform and Toyota Entune.

Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Duke University

Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots. She is currently a Professor in the Duke University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. She is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow and a member of the Defense Innovation Board. Her research interests include human supervisory control, explainable artificial intelligence, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

CEO & Formula-E Racing World Champion; UN ambassador for clean air.

Lucas di Grassi is a Brazilian racing driver who competes in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship for Audi Sport ABT Schaffler and is the CEO of Roborace. In his career, he has won multiple races in single-seaters and sports cars. Di Grassi’s most notable success is winning the 2016–17 Formula E Drivers’ Championship.

Director, Division of Risk Assessment & International Cooperation
Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC)

Dr. Lee is the Director of the Division of Risk Assessment and International Cooperation at Korean Centers for Disease Control & Prevention under the Ministry of Health & Welfare. She has previously served as the Director of the Jeju Natonal Quarantine Station and the Deputy Director of the Division of Plan & Coordination for the KCDC as well as the Deputy Director of the Divisions of Strategy & Coordination under Health Promotion, Healthcare Technology Development, and Trade Affairs for the Ministry of Health & Welfare.

Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. and M.P.H in Public Health (Health Law & Bioethics), Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea and her B.Sc. in Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University, Canada .

Head of Research & AI

Burr Settles is the Head of Research & AI at Duolingo, the world’s largest language-learning platform with the mission of making education free and accessible to all. In his role, Burr spearheads the AI strategy for Duolingo’s learning app and the Duolingo English Test. He is the author of Active Learning, the standard text on adaptive machine learning algorithms. His research has been published in Cognitive Science as well as major AI venues such as NuerIPS, ICML, and AAAI, and has been covered by The New York Times, Slate, Forbes, WIRED, and BBC. Previously, Burr was a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon and earned a PhD from UW-Madison.

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Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope is the Director of UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE) in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago, a MA in Education from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland. Her professional career includes: 11 years university professorship; 10 years at the World Bank; 11 years in the United Nations; extensive advisory and consultancy services for governments, regional economic communities, regional research networks, ministries of education, bilateral and multilateral agencies; managing international research capacity development networks; and the civil service.
In recent years, she gained eminence as a global thought leader on the future of education and learning; the future of education and jobs; and future competences all global citizens require to thrive in rapidly changing 21st century work and life contexts. She is an avid advocate for closer engagement with the private sector, especially the technology sector, and the science sector in shaping the future of education, and in shaping the future through education. She continues to lead global intellectual dialogue on ensuring that education and learning systems attain and sustain credible scientific underpinning, future development-relevance; agility to adapt; equitable quality; resource efficiency; technology-savvy; and sustainability. She strongly holds that these parameters of education and learning systems are an inescapable foundation for broad-based and future-responsive human resources development, and for the long-term human capital accumulation required to assure every global citizen holistic development, and ultimately, fulfillment.

Dr. Marope calls for stronger private sector engagement in the transformation of education and learning systems into life-long-learning systems in their own right before they can be counted on to develop effective life-long-learners who are ready for unpredictable futures. She holds that such transformation demands 21st century education and learning systems to have capacity for: better use of science, technology, and big data to guide their futures; rigorous systemic diagnostics; research; foresight; and constant self-renewal. The transformation also demands normative and operational tools, as well as enabling institutional landscapes than currently exist. Dr. Marope works relentlessly to develop normative and operational tools required to support the transitioning of education and learning systems into the 21st century. These include systemic diagnostic tools, system prototypes, new global norms and standards, and futuristic models. In future, she seeks to intensify engagement with the private sector, and foundations in convening and mobilizing global talent and intellectual pool; as well as the political, technical, technological, moral, ethical, and financial capital required to create institutions that can enable future transformation of education and learning systems.

Throughout her career, Dr. Marope has built extensive experience at all levels and types of education, learning, and training systems. She is also highly experienced in the knowledge creation, brokerage and management required to underpin system transformation. Her publications cover a wide range of areas including: global norms and standard setting tools; system diagnostic tools; system prototypes; all sub-sectors of education, learning, and training systems; future global competences; education and development; capacity development; and award winning Setswana novels.

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.

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.

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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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.

Director of the Public Administration Reform and Advisor for ICT and Innovation
Office of the Prime Minister of Serbia

Marta Arsovska Tomovska is the Director of the Public Administration Reform team and Advisor for ICT and Innovation in the Office of the Prime Minister of Serbia. Previously, she was Macedonian Minister for ICT and Public Administration, and a C-level executive in several companies in the IT and telecommunication industry. She is considered to be one of the pioneers of the internet access in the Western Balkans, leading one of the first Internet Service Providers and several cyber security initiatives. Marta is an Executive Board Member of the World Summit Awards and is certified ITU’s digital innovation ecosystem builder. BSc. in Electrical Engineering, MSc. in Economy and Computer Science, educated at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Marta is frequent panelist and speaker on the most prestigious ICT conferences worldwide on topics such as digital transformation, innovation, and eGovernment.

Director, Machine Vision Standardization and Strategy
China Telecom

Ms. Yuan Zhang is the Rapporteur of ITU-T Q12/16, focusing on standardization on video perception and intelligent analysis. Yuan is the co-chair of MPEG AhG VCM, focusing on video coding for machine vision and hybrid human and machine vision. Yuan is an expert in machine vision standardization and strategy department, China Telecom research institute, responsible for R&D, standards, products of machine vision. She is active in various standards fields and SDOs, including machine vision, VCM, AI, autonomous driving, video perception, video analysis, etc.

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).

GEF Athletes & Players Commission; Head, Wellness Focus Group Team Physician NBA 2K League, WNBA & NBA
MedStar Health System

Melita Moore is a medical doctor based in Washington, DC, who is an expert in sports medicine and esports medicine and, as well, an in-demand international speaker. She has been team doctor for, among others, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the NBA 2K League Wizards District Gaming team. In September 2019, she created a month-long elective for physical medicine and rehabilitation residents focusing on esports medicine and digital lifestyle.

Professor, Department of Interaction Science
Sungkyunkwan University

Prof. Chung has been a faculty member of the College of Computing at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Korea since 1995. There, he is now the Dean of College of Software and directs Information Management Technology Laboratory. His research interests focus on Information Security, Security & Information Management, Digital Therapeutics, and Services in Next Generation Network environments. His research started as a staff scientist of network technology department at Bolt Beranek & Newman Labs., USA.

He has been the chairman of advisory committee for national cyber safety of National Police Agency, a board member of National Information Agency, the President of Chief Privacy Officers’ Forum, an advisory committee member of Korea e-Government, a member of Information Strategy Planning Committee of Korea, and a news commentator of KBS. He also served as a vice chair of Working Party on Security and Privacy in Digital Economy (formerly Information Security & Privacy), OECD for 10 years, the president of Korea Information Processing Society, a member of Presidential Advisory Committee on e-government of Korea, and an expert member of Presidential Advisory Committee on Science & Technology of Korea.

Member European Commission high level expert group on AI, Co-director Foundation
TU Delft

Aimee van Wynsberghe has been working in ICT and robotics since 2004. She began her career as part of a research team investigating the network variables related to surgical robots in Canada at the CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advance Robotics) Institute. She is Assistant Professor in Ethics and Technology and the TU Delft. She is co-founder and co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and on the board of the Institute for Accountability in a digital age and the Dutch National Alliance on AI (ALLAI). She serves as a member of the European Commission high level expert group on AI. Aimee has been named one of the Netherlands top 400 influential women under 38 by VIVA, was named one of the 25 ‘women in robotics you need to know about’, and is the 2018 winner of the L’oreal/UNESCO ‘Women in Science’. She is author of the book Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design, and Implementation and has been awarded an NWO personal research grant to study how we can responsibly design service robots. She has been interviewed by BBC, Quartz, Financial Times, and other International news media on the topic of ethics and robots, and is invited to speak at International conferences and summits.

Vice President of Global Impact & Planet Fellow

Andrew Zolli is the VP of Global Impact at Planet, an space and AI-driven organization known for having deployed the largest constellation of Earth-observing satellites in history. These satellites image the entire surface of the Earth, every day, at 3m/pixel resolution. Andrew works to ensure Planet’s data and capabilities are used to deliver breakthrough sustainable development, climate, public health, humanitarian, and human rights outcomes. He also helps the company design and implement data and AI-related ethics policies and programs. Beyond Planet, Andrew works broadly on issues of foresight, innovation, and systemic and social resilience.

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).

GEF Digital, Technology, Innovation Commission, GEF Culture Focus Group; Managing Director
International Sports Broadcasting (ISB)

Ursula Romero is the Managing Director at the International Sports Broadcasting (ISB), a leader in the use of new technologies for broadcasting the Olympic Games and other major sports events. As part of the Global Esports Federation (GEF), Ursula serves on the GEF Digital, Technology, Innovation Commission and GEF Culture Focus Group.

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 www.alextsado.com

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.


Dave Troy is a tech entrepreneur and disinformation researcher. He began studying social media data in 2007, and has been acknowledged as the first developer to use the Twitter API. His data visualization work has been featured in the 2008 exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at TED. He is also curator of TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington, D.C. since 2009, and is based in Baltimore, Maryland. Dave serves as CEO and product architect at 410 Labs, maker of the popular e-mail management tools Mailstrom.co and Chuck. In the area of disinformation research, his work focuses on the intersection of sociology, network science, and political science. This spring, he curated TEDxMidAtlantic: Info20/20, an event focused on information integrity and cognitive security in partnership with the University of Maryland and The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Laboratory.

GEF Board Member; Chair of GEF Education, Culture, Wellness Commission; CEO
British Esports Association

Chester King is founder and chief executive of the British Esports Association with extensive experience in overseeing online and live esports events and tournaments. Further: he has 26 years of senior management experience in the health care, marketing, leisure, sports and esports industries. He is co-owner of the International Group of companies; since 1988, International Group has owned Stoke Park.

Assistant Professor
Winship Cancer Instiute (Emory University)

Judy Wawira Gichoya, MD, MS, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. An interventional radiologist, Dr. Gichoya specializes in interventional radiology procedures.
Dr. Gichoya is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute. She holds professional memberships with Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology, Society of Interventional Radiology, Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine and American Medical Informatics Association.

GEF Vice Chair, Athletes and Players Commission; Professional esports athlete, Strategist, Entrepreneur and TV personality

Koen Schobbers, based in Holland, has been an esports athlete since he was 15, That was in 2007. Since, he has been an esports-related TV host and, like Dr. Moore, a much-demanded speaker. Two years ago, he opted to take a leave from his medical studies to focus on his business career in esports. A book for parents with gaming children is forthcoming.

Chief Digital Officer
Government of British Columbia

Jaimie Boyd serves as the Chief Digital Officer of the Government of
British Columbia, Canada. She leads efforts to embrace digital change, helping government to better serve citizens using modern technologies. She previously served as the Director of Open Government in the Government of Canada, supporting government transparency, accountability and citizen engagement. Ms. Boyd has held past roles across the Government of Canada and in the private sector. She is an alumnus of the Government of Canada’s Accelerated Economist Training Program, Action Canada, the Institute for Technology and Society’s Global Policy Fellowship and the Organization of American States’ Fellowship on Open Government in the Americas. In 2019, Apolitical listed her amongst the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.

GEF Board Member Co-Chair, Technical and Development Commission; President
Singapore Esports Association

Chong Geng Ng is the President of the Singapore Esports Association. As part of the Global Esports Federation (GEF), Ng serves as the GEF Board Member Co-Chair of the Technical and Development Commission.

Elektra Labs

Andy Coravos is the CEO/co-founder of Elektra Labs, building a digital medicine platform focusing on digital biomarkers for decentralized clinical trials. She serves as a research collaborator at the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Sciences. Formerly, she served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the FDA working in the Digital Health Unit (DHU), focusing on the Pre-Cert program and policies around software-as-a-medical-device and AI/ML. Previously, Andy worked as a software engineer at Akili Interactive Labs, a leading digital therapeutic company. Before grad school, Andy worked at KKR, a private equity firm, and at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, where she focused on the healthcare industry. She serves on the Board of the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe), and she’s an advisor to the Biohacking Village at DEF CON.

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Ida Tin is the CEO and Co-Founder of female health app Clue, the free-to-download, free-to-use period tracking app. To date, Clue has more than 12 million active users worldwide and, in 2016, was named the most accurate free period tracking app in an extensive 2016 study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, a publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Ida is credited with coining the term ‘femtech’ in the autumn of 2016.

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Time Study Inc.

Kishau has a deep background in Computer Science, over 25 years of experience leading the development of enterprise technology solutions and more than 15 years of entrepreneurial leadership. She is the Founder & CEO of Time Study, Inc., a high-growth startup offering solutions for using machine learning, advanced natural language processing, and data science to automatically tell a story of how enterprise employees spend their time. The Time Study platform already serves some of the largest health organizations in the US. Time Study recently closed a $1.2M seed round and is backed by Hearst, Newark Venture Partners, Pipeline Angels, and 37 Angels.

As an active & awarded technology leader, Kishau is featured in many national publications including the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Black Enterprise, and NFIB. In her commitment to STEM and leveraging technology for social good, she also serves as an advisor to organizations like Think Of Us, WAAW Foundation, VCU Department of Computer Science, the first U.S. White House Hackathon for Foster Care and SheHacks Africa, a software engineering intensive providing training to women & girls in over three African nations. In 2020, she is scheduled to release her first book covering the intersection of system thinking, machine intelligence, and human intelligence.

Kishau grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kishau splits her time between Richmond, VA and New York, NY with her husband Bernard and their two kids and two dogs.

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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.

Vice President, Artificial Intelligence & Analytics Group Offer Leader
Capgemini Group

Anne-Laure leads Perform AI, Capgemini’s Artificial Intelligence & Analytics group offer. She works with clients to scale Artificial Intelligence so it infuses everything they do, and they become AI-driven, data-centric and innovative. With 20 years of experience in big data, analytics and AI systems, from design to production roll-out, her passion is to bring companies what they need to transform themselves into intelligent enterprises. Anne-Laure is committed to guiding clients to increase activating their data, while cultivating the values of trust, privacy and fairness. This is the foundation on which technology, business transformation and governance come together, to leverage the positive business outcomes of AI.

AI for Public Sector, Group Offer Leader
Capgemini Group

Pierre-Adrien Hanania leads the AI in Public Sector offer at Capgemini and hence focuses on how the right use of data can help organizations deliver augmented public services to the citizens. Based in Berlin, Pierre-Adrien previously worked for various European think tanks and graduated in European Affairs at Sciences Po Paris.

Graduate Institute

Sara L.M. Davis (known as Meg) is an anthropologist and human rights advocate based at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland, and is the lead of the Digital Health Rights Advisory Group, a consortium of civil society and academic researchers. She earned her Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania and was founding executive director of Asia Catalyst, as well as the first senior advisor on human rights at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. She held visiting fellowships at Columbia University, Fordham University, and NYU School of Law. Her new book is The Uncounted: Politics of Data in Global Health (Cambridge U Press 2020). 

Senior Director on Research, Advocacy and Policy
Amnesty International

Rajat Khosla presently works as Senior Director, Research, Advocacy and Policy with Amnesty International. He is a lawyer by training and specialises on issues related to global development and human rights. Over the last twenty years he has worked on these issues with OHCHR, UNDP, UNFPA and most recently for the WHO. He has worked on these issues within the specific context of countries in Asia, Africa and Europe and led development of global and national policies in this regard.

Policy Officer
Fondation Botnar

Ulla Jasper is the Policy Officer at Fondation Botnar, where she is responsible for managing policy work and coordinating related external relations and partnerships. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of St Gallen and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Zurich. Before joining Fondation Botnar, she worked as a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich.


Young Experts: Tech 4 Health” Council
Plan International

Yacine’s passion for equal access to healthcare drove her to pursue the Master of Science in Global Health at the University of Geneva. She graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Women’s and Gender Studies. Alongside her academic training, Yacine has had experience tackling health issues working as a Sexual Health activist, an Environmental Health Technician for a local government and recently, as a Consultant at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance focusing on Measles and Rubella program management. Yacine is currently one of the 12 members of the Young Experts: Tech 4 Health (YE:T4H) which is a platform for young people to shape and guide the agenda towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 through data and digital technologies. Growing up in Senegal and living in the United States and Switzerland has given Yacine first-hand experience of global health inequalities. Yacine is a fervent advocate for gender equality, education and health and believes passionately in the role of social justice and advocacy to enact change and create health equity.

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.

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CEO & Co-Founder

AIcrowd is a platform for streamlining your AI workflow – internally, or externally, by running AI, machine learning, and other data science challenges. AIcrowd helps organizations – whether businesses, universities, government agencies or NGOs – develop, manage, and promote their challenges. AIcrowd streamlines your machine learning workflow, and connects your problems with machine learning and data science specialists and enthusiasts, who will collaboratively try to find the most accurate, efficient and effective solutions.

Disinformation lead, CTI League; Chair, CogSecCollab
Bodacea Light Industries

Sara-Jayne Terp is the founder of Bodacea Light Industries, a company focused the application of information security principles towards countering misinformation, including but limited to information security-based misinformation reporting and response standards. In addition, she serves as the co-chair for the Credibility Coalition’s MisinfoSec Working Group and is leading the effort to develop a framework for understanding organized communication attacks.

Prior to this role, she was involved in the development of an independent disinformation rating system with the Global Disinformation Index, served as the Chief Platform Architect for UN Global Pulse and was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University teaching Data Science for Development and Social Change among other courses.

Trust and Technical Research Manager
Stanford Internet Observatory

Renée DiResta is a Trust and Technical Research Manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory and 2019 Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation. She investigates the spread of malign narratives across social networks, and assists policymakers in understanding and responding to the problem. She has advised Congress, the State Department, and other academic, civic, and business organizations, and has studied disinformation and computational propaganda in the context of pseudoscience conspiracies, terrorism, and state-sponsored information warfare.

Renée regularly writes and speaks about the role that tech platforms and curatorial algorithms play in the proliferation of disinformation and conspiracy theories. She is an Ideas contributor at Wired. Her tech industry writing, analysis, talks, and data visualizations have been featured or covered by numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fast Company, Politico, TechCrunch, Wired, Slate, Forbes, Buzzfeed, The Economist, Journal of Commerce, and more.

Company Builder
Porsche Digital

Jan Feiling is a passionate cyberneticist and AI expert with an entrepreneurial mindset. The first two and half years at Porsche he pushed innovations in the connected car department on the fast lane by intensively collaborating with start-ups and helped to reinvent Porsche to save its future in our digital world. In parallel he did his PhD in fundamental mathematical optimization and AI research.

He is currently working in a company building unit within Porsche Digital to address untapped business opportunities. He continues to work on the reinvention of Porsche by tackle these opportunities with a beginner mindset and act with the speed of a start-up or even faster.

His personal goals are to develop digital products to make life more efficient, more sustainable or just simpler. Moreover, one of his lifelong goals are to decode the world and understand the complex network dynamics to identify his impact to make the world a better place.

Conversational AI Writer

Chamisa is a citizen of the Navajo Nation, Blackfeet and Shoshone-Bannock and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous and American Indian Studies, with an emphasis in Tribal Sovereignty, from Haskell Indian Nations University. She is currently working toward a Masters in Computer Science. She is a certified full stack developer and has worked on various web development and robotics projects in her post-baccalaureate career. Chamisa worked for Hanson Robotics as a conversational AI character writer for Sophia the Robot and at CNM Ingenuity as an Assistant Instructor for the Deep Dive Coding Fullstack Bootcamp. In addition to high tech projects, Chamisa is also interested in exploring how North American tribes and Indigenous populations around the world can leverage technology while exercising tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

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Senior Software Engineer

Tracy Monteith is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft. His decades-long work as an innovative technologist and leader have produced unique results on a global scale. Tracy has received a first place finish in world’s largest private hackathon (23K participants, 400 cities world-wide) for AI approach to translating tribal-polymorphic languages and a second place finish for an IoT, cloud-connected beehive-sensor array. His passion for hackathons is shared with thousands of STEM-focussed tribal students across North America as he conducts hackathons for tribal schools. Tracy was the driving force and technical-innovator behind the inclusion of the Cherokee Syllabary in Windows and Office, the first tribal language with that distinction. His work continues with enhancing polymorphic-languages preservation and dissemination through the infusion of appropriate technology into indigenous circles.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reader of Information Theory and Information Processing; AI for Culture preservation Solution Track Co-Chair
University College London

Reader of Information Theory and Information Processing with the Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. I was previously with the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Porto, Portugal, rising through the ranks from Assistant to Associate Professor, where I also led the Information Theory and Communications Research Group at Instituto de Telecomunicações – Porto.

I obtained the undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from University College London. I have then held postdoctoral positions both at Cambridge University and Princeton University. I have also held visiting research positions at Princeton University, Duke University and Cambridge University.

CEO/Founder, Women at the Table and Co-Founder, Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms

Caitlin Kraft-Buchman is CEO/Founder of Women at the Table, and Co-Founder of the Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms. The < A+ > Alliance, founded 2019, is a global coalition of technologists, activists and academics who champion Inclusive AI and Affirmative Action for Algorithms so that we come closer to creating gender and racial equality in a world where machine learning does not wire an already biased system into our future. Alliance are leaders of the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition for Technology & Innovation. Women at the Table, founded 2015, is a growing, global gender equality & democracy CSO based in Geneva, Switzerland focused on advancing feminist systems change by using the prism of technology, innovation & AI, and exercising leverage points in technology, the economy, sustainability & democratic governance. Caitlin is also the co-founder of the International Gender Champions, founded 2015, based in Geneva with hubs in New York, Vienna, Nairobi, The Hague and Paris, a leadership network of female & male decision-makers that break down gender barriers for system change.

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.

Associate Professor NJIT, Co-founder and CTO
Duality Technologies

Kurt Rohloff is the co-founder and CTO of Duality Technologies, a technology start-up enabling privacy-preserving analytics and collaboration on sensitive data. He leads the development of PALISADE, an open source homomorphic encryption software library that encrypts data so that they can be safely used for predictive analytics while preserving private information. Prior to co-founding Duality he was a professor of computer science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of a DARPA Director’s Fellowship.

Legally Blind Artist, Researcher and Academic
Monash University

Dr Erica Tandori is expanding the frontiers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Art. Her work at Monash University focuses on communicating science through art for the visually impaired. She is now expanding this work and utilising robotics in her artistic creations to create a multi-sensory experience.
AI and robotics have the potential to transform lives and promote social good. Harnessing these technologies to create art exhibitions exploring science and biomedicine is enabling greater inclusion, accessibility and education for low vision, blind and diverse audiences.

Erica’s work and her personal story provide an impressive example of AI for social good, promoting diversity and inclusion in science and technology.

Government Chief Data Officer
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications Republic of Estonia

Ott Velsberg is the Chief Data Officer for the Estonian government. He oversees the strategic coordination of data science and data governance in Estonia, including domains like artificial intelligence and open data. He is also a Ph.D. researcher in the department of Informatics at Umeå University and Uppsala University. His research concentrates on the use of information systems in the public sector, with a special focus on the use of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Executive Director
Open Data Charter

As Executive Director of the Open Data Charter, Ania supports reformers from around the world to implement open data policies based on a shared set of principles. From 2012-2016, she delivered a key presidential mandate for open data in Mexico. Ania holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University, and is part of the 2019 Assembly fellowship alumni for Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence by Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media Lab where she co-founded the AI Blindspot project. She is chair of the Board of Directors for Global Integrity, a non-profit organisation that supports progress toward open, accountable and effective governance. Ania was recently named one of the top 20 of Apolitical’s World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2019.

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.

CEO, World Squash Federation
GEF International Federations Advisory Council
Director, Strategic Alliances & Business Development
Global Sports Innovation Center Powered by Microsoft (GSIC)
Co-Founder, IGNITX
GEF Selection Committee
Startup Program Manager

Melissa Sassi is the Chief Penguin of IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator. Yes, she created her own penguin title! Melissa works with early stage entrepreneurs on digital and business transformation. Have you heard of Call for Code? It’s an IBM initiative aimed at preparing for and responding to climate change via tech innovation. Melissa is a Judge! Prior IBM, Melissa spent several years at Microsoft where she built internet and energy access networks and introducing digital skills to the newly connected.
Melissa is also the Founder & CEO of MentorNations, a youth-led digital skills movement in Africa that has taught tens of thousands of youth to code across twelve countries. Melissa is Chair of IEEE’s Digital Intelligence Working Group and is on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Digital Intelligence with the World Economic Forum, OECD, IEEE, and the DQ Institute. She is also a Founding Member of broadbandpolicy.org and holds Board positions with TAKMIL, a nonprofit with 30 informal schools across rural Pakistan, and TechWomen.Asia, a Kabul, Afghanistan-based nonprofit focused on tech skill-building for Afghani women and girls.
Melissa holds two master’s degrees and is working toward her PhD. Her research focuses on the digital inclusion of under-represented communities. Melissa serves on a Round Table within the UN and has been a speaker in more than 100 in topics involving digital inclusion, community building, youth empowerment, imposter syndrome, and personal branding.

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.

Technology Management Consultant
Angel Investor

Nicole Washington, M.S., has nearly 20 years of systems integration experience, including systems implementation, design and programming from her previous career with Ernst & Young, Whittman Hart and MarchFirst management consulting firms. She is the founder and owner of Micro Biz Coach®, a firm that focuses on educating business owners to leverage various aspects of internet technology in their operations in order to maximize efficiency and to effectively compete with larger businesses. Its clients have been featured on CNBC, Fox Business News, TheStreet.com and a host of Clear Channel radio stations.

Nicole was most recently engaged with Octane, a non-profit organization supported by partners that have a combined revenue of almost $200 billion and together they employ over 800,000 people. She has held two positions with this organization: Director of Innovation & Growth where she focused on creating an ecosystem to help high-growth companies scale and Senior Advisor of Community Engagement where she led philanthropic initiatives to make the Octane network more accessible to underrepresented groups.

Nicole is also the founder of Nicole’s Naturals® Inc. (Est. 2014). Nicole’s Naturals is a gluten free food manufacturing company specializing in the development of gluten free grain products with the texture and taste of traditional gluten products.

She is a member of the Angel Capital Association and the Ohio TechAngel Fund, the 2nd largest Angel Investor Network in the United States, where she served as the due diligence team technology lead for several years. Nicole has served on several boards including the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and the Samueli Academy Board of Trustees.

IBM Research
Professor, Founder and Director
Monash University

Professor Jon McCormack works at the nexus of art, technology and society. His experimental
practice is driven by an enduring interest in computing and incorporates generative art, sound,
evolutionary systems, computer creativity, physical computing, artificial intelligence and
machine learning.

His artworks have been widely exhibited at leading galleries, museums and symposia, including
the Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), Tate Gallery (Liverpool, UK), ACM SIGGRAPH (USA
and Asia), Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
(Australia). He is the recipient of 18 awards for new media art and computer science research
including prizes at Ars Electronica (Austria), Nagoya Biennial (Japan), the 2012 Eureka Prize for
Innovation in Computer Science and the 2016 Lumen Prize for digital art (still images). He is
currently undertaking a Future Fellowship, funded by the Australian Research Council, that
investigates new models for the generative design of digitally fabricated materials.
Professor McCormack is also the founder and director of SensiLab, a trans-disciplinary research
space dedicated to the future of creative technology at Monash University in Melbourne,
Australia. SensiLab’s collective research explores the untapped potential of technology, its
impacts on society and the new possibilities it enables. Its dedicated research space – which
opened in late 2017 – encourages enthusiasm, curiosity, seamless collaboration and unrestricted


Assistant Professor of Computer Science
The George Washington University

Aylin Caliskan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at George Washington University. Her research interests include the emerging science of bias in artificial intelligence, fairness in machine learning, and privacy. Her work aims to characterize and quantify aspects of natural and artificial intelligence using a multitude of machine learning, language processing, and computer vision techniques. In her recent publication in Science, she demonstrated how semantics derived from language corpora contain human-like biases. Prior to that, she developed novel privacy attacks to de-anonymize programmers using code stylometry. Her presentations on both de-anonymization and bias in machine learning are the recipients of best talk awards. Her work on semi-automated anonymization of writing style furthermore received the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium Best Paper Award. Her research has received extensive press coverage across the globe. Aylin holds a PhD in Computer Science from Drexel University and a Master of Science in Robotics from University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the faculty at George Washington University, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher and a Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

Postdoctoral Researcher - AI for Humanity, Université de Montréal
Mila - Quebec AI Institute

Alexandra (Sasha) Luccioni is a Postdoctoral Researcher working on AI for Humanity initiatives at Mila – Quebec AI Institute, under the supervision of Yoshua Bengio. She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Computing from UQÀM in 2018 and spent two years working in applied ML, specifically in applying deep learning and NLP to different industrial applications. She is highly involved in community initiatives, serving on the Research and Policy Committee of Women in Machine Learning (WiML) and on the Advisory board of Kids Code Jeunesse.

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.​

Head of Global Partnerships
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Sandra (Sandy) Westlake is the Head of Global Partnerships; Private Sector Partnerships for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) based in Rome, Italy. She joined the WFP private sector team soon after its inception nearly fifteen years ago. Ms. Westlake provides strategic direction and guidance to a global team of fundraising and partnership experts to secure multi-million dollar transformational partnerships which deliver resources, expertise, technology and visibility with the aim of creating a world with zero hunger. During these years at WFP, she was responsible for building out the Yum! Brands’ partnership, the world’s largest private sector consumer fundraising campaign around the issue of hunger. In addition to this, she moved the private sector function within WFP from a ‘start up’ to a mature business creating the governance structure and tools needed to lay the foundation for private sector engagement across the organization. Today, WFP is recognized as the humanitarian organization that is uniquely qualified to develop game-changing partnerships that can transform the lives of beneficiaries and provide companies with innovative leadership opportunities.

Ms. Westlake began her career in political fundraising and philanthropic giving. From there, she worked for global brands Esprit de Corps. and Levi’s in marketing and communications with a particular focus on cause-related marketing and corporate social responsibility. Additionally, she created ‘touch the consumer’ or experiential marketing campaigns for a wide array of global consumer brands at the boutique agency Grow Marketing in San Francisco, California. Ms. Westlake has more than twenty plus years of experience working in or with the private sector.

Senior Data Scientist

My passion is data science, and its power to solve real-life problems. Most of the projects I’ve been involved in the last 7 years included machine learning, AI, Big Data with R & Python. I love beautiful visualizations, data journalism and storytelling. I’m fully devoted to demonstrate the awesome potential and value of Telefonica data as well as applying Data for Social Good.

Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age (I4ADA)

Partner and Secretary General International Relations CIONET, a network of over 6500 CIOs and Digital leaders in Europe and South-America. He represents CIONET on a number of European Commission projects in the area of eSkills and eLeadership development. He founded the Global Digital Leaders Alliance, linking the CIO communities from China, India, Europe, Russia, South America and the US to each other and representing over 25.000 Digital Leaders. He is the founder and chair of iPoort a community for the members of the Dutch parliament to discuss the value and role of IT in the Dutch society. He sits on the board of advice of a number of international associations and academic institutions including the Global Industry Council Directors of the IP3, an UNESCO-consultative body, the Assciation for Accountability and Internet Democracy, the ACM Marketing Board, Digital Africa, IPBPM in Portugal, the BPM-Forum and General Council Netherlands. He has helped organize numerous conferences including WCIT2010; WCC2012; the World CIO Forum, Xian; Future of Finance, San Francisco; K.E.Y. Platform, Seoul, and several TEDx events. He is frequently asked to speak at or moderate events. Occasionally, he coaches organizations on collaboration and strategy. He has an MSc from Delft University. His goal is to explore the interaction of Information Technology, Innovation and Impact. ​​

Director of Information Society - Action against Crime
Council of Europe

Jan Kleijssen was born in 1958 in Almelo, The Netherlands. He studied International Law at Utrecht State University (LLM in 1981) and International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa (MA 1982). He then did his military service as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Jan joined the Council of Europe in 1983 as a Lawyer with the European Commission of Human Rights. In 1987, he was appointed to the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly and was Secretary to the Political Affairs Committee from 1990 to 1999.

Jan then served as the Director of the Secretary General’s Private Office until 2004 and subsequently as Director in the Parliamentary Assembly and Special Advisor to the President.

In 2006, he moved to the Directorate General of Human Rights and was Director of Standard-setting until 2011 when he was appointed to his current function of Director of Information Society – Action against Crime, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law.

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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Deputy Head of Unit, European Innovation Council

Isidro is the Deputy Head of Unit of the European Innovation Council – Innovation Ecosystems unit (TF2). He was before for 8 years the head of the Startup Europe initiative at the European Commission. Since 2015 Isidro has also been nominated thought leader at United Nations ITU, and is member of several advisory boards to international networks of startups. He combines his professional activities with academic activities such as being Cambridge University CSAP Continuing Fellow, visiting lecturer to CEPADE (Universidad Politecnica of Madrid) and writing books and papers, some of which have been translated into other languages, including Japanese. After graduating as an Engineer from the Universidad Politecnica of Madrid, he set up his own software business in the Tecg AgriFood area, before becoming a strategy advisor to CEOs of large corporations. Afterwards he became director in charge of IT and Change Management Projects in a large corporation. In 2001 he moved into the public sector where he has been mainly working on strategy and innovation within the European Commission as well as member of advisory committees of many international organisations.

University Hospital (HC)

Marco Bego currently serves as the Executive Director of the Chief Innovation Office at the University Hospital São Paulo (Hospital de Clínicas). In this position, he is leading the cross-functional efforts to integrate innovation in all activities of the hospital and associated departments through public-private partnerships, private sector collaboration and entrepreneurship. Marco is an effective member of the Technical Chamber of Informatics in the Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (CFM) and assumed the presidency of the Brazilian Association of Chief Innovation Officers in Health in May 2017. Marco has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has 27 years of experience in Health IT.

Professor, University of Barcelona
University of Barcelona

Maite is “Profesora Titular de Universidad” (similar to Associate Professor or Tenured University Lecturer/Professor) at University of Barcelona (UB)

She is member of the WAI (Volume Visualization and Artificial Intelligence) research group (2009 SGR 362)- CLiC Centre de Llenguatge i Computació (2014 SGR 623, 2017 SGR 00341) and adjunct scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA), as well as member of the Consolidated Educational Innovation Group INDOMAIN (Grup d’Innovació Docent Consolidat: GIDC) at UB (code GIDCUB-13/138), former board member of the ACIA: Catalan Association of Artificial Intelligence / Associació Catalana d’Intel.ligència Artificial, and one of the board directors of the EURAMAS (European Association for Multi-Agent Systems).

Technical Lead, Prize Operations

Neama Dadkhahnikoo comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with 12 years of experience in entrepreneurship and technology management. He leverages his expertise in artificial intelligence and startup development as Technical Lead on the IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence XPRIZE.

Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Dadkhahnikoo was most recently the CTO of CaregiversDirect (AI startup for home care), co-founder and COO of Textpert (AI startup for mental health), and a startup consultant. He started his career as a Software Developer for The Boeing Company.

Mr. Dadkhahnikoo holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson; an MS in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology; and a BA in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, with a minor in Physics, from UC Berkeley.

World-renowned chef leading the Pacific Island Food Revolution

Robert Oliver is a New Zealand chef who was raised in Fiji and Samoa. He has developed restaurants in New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Sydney, “farm to table” resorts in the Caribbean and food programs feeding homeless people and African immigrants with AIDS in New York City.

Robert returned to the South Pacific to write his first book, Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific (Random House, New Zealand), with Dr. Tracy Berno and Fiji photographer Shiri Ram. Written with a mission to connect Pacific agriculture to the regions tourism,

Me’a Kai stunned the food world by winning top prize, “Best Cookbook in the World 2010,” at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris, considered to be the Pulitzers of cookbooks, beating the books from NOMA and The New York Times.

In 2013, Robert released “Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia” (Random House). In May 2014, this book won the “Best TV Chef Cookbook in the World 2013” at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Beijing.

Robert is Chef Ambassador for Le Cordon Bleu, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and is the presenter of REAL PASIFIK, a television series based on the food culture of the South Pacific.

He is a features contributor to The Huffington Post (New York) and Global Gourmet Beijing. Robert was a keynote speaker at TEDx Auckland in 2013 and was one of the authors chosen to represent New Zealand at the Frankfurt Bookfair in 2012 and between 2011 & 2012 Consulting Chef for NZ Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) in China (based in Shanghai). In 2014 and 2015 Robert appeared as one of the Tasting Panel judges in “My Kitchen Rules New Zealand” and co hosted “Marae Kai Masters” with renowned actor Te Kohe Tuhaka on Maori TV”.

Co-Founder and Director
Agora Food Studio

Agora Food Studio is a plant-foward restaurant created by the Timor-Leste Food Lab – a social enterprise dedicated to mentoring future food and coffee innovators. The Timor-Leste Food Lab represents a community of people that believe in a simple, but powerful idea: “Food should be good, clean and fair for producers, eaters and the environment. We believe in a food system that celebrates biodiversity and nourishes the planet; a food system that creates healthy communities where everyone can eat, and eat well.” We are based in Timor-Leste, located 8.8 degrees south of the equator. This half-island nation is part of a greater archipelagic region with profound food diversity and bio-cultural history that we hope to research, experiment, taste and document, and then share to a wider audience. Every day is an exploration.

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Executive Director Prize Operations Energy & Resource

I work at the interface of science, technology, policy, and global impact. My strengths are public speaking, team building, and strategic planning, which flow from my background in science, engineering, and public policy. At XPRIZE I work on all things energy, environment, and climate, including the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to recycle CO2 into valuable products as way to decarbonize our economy and avoid dangerous climate change.

Author, Founder, Owner
Avicenna Cuisine

Samira Ardalan is an author, culinary producer and Mediterranean health & wellness entrepreneur living in McLean, Virginia. By the age of 12, Samira had mastered cooking Thanksgiving and Nowruz (Iranian New Year) family feasts. After graduating from Towson University with a degree in Business Management, Samira became the Marketing Manager at the Capella Hotel in Georgetown, a luxury residential-style retreat newly opening in the heart of Washington D.C. There she worked with chefs on designing creative, seasonally inspired culinary campaigns and social engagement. Her professional training in cooking and hotel restaurant management throughout Baltimore and Washington, D.C. fueled her passion for modernizing culinary and health traditions from history’s past. Her fascination with Persian culinary anthropology in particular led to the publication of three books including Avicenna Cuisine in 2015. Additionally, Samira has trained and networked with some of the most prominent teachers and experts in the field of Iranian Traditional Medicine also known as Tibb Medicine, including Professor Hakima Amri, Professor and co-founder of the CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) graduate program at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Samira’s grandmother, Laleh Bakhtiar, Editor-at-large of Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine English translation by Kazi Publications.

Founder & Lead Partner

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.

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.

Global Director of Open Innovation & Circular Economy of Food

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.

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.

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Executive Director, Digital Square

Skye Gilbert joined PATH in 2016 as deputy director of PATH’s Digital Health program. Skye leads Digital Health’s strategy, business development, adaptive management and data use efforts. Digital Health’s portfolio in this space includes the Data Use Partnership in Tanzania, which is supporting end-to-end digital transformation of Tanzania’s health system, digital support to BID Initiative—which is analysing Tanzania’s >200K patient dataset to improve medical supply chains and clinical outreach, and Digital Square, which aims to strengthen the digital ecosystem by providing high-quality, sustainable digital global goods to countries that need them.

Prior to joining PATH, Skye worked on health and information systems, first as an academic researcher living in Senegal and China, then as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and finally as a program and strategy officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Skye has a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD and bachelor’s degrees in economics, international studies, and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Partner, Networks Development
Bamboo Capital Partners

Partner, Networks Development
An early enthusiast of Blockchain technologies and Crypto asset management, Enrique Alvarado Hablutzel is a Partner, Networks Development at Bamboo Capital Partners.

Passionate about impact entrepreneurship and innovation, Enrique worked as Strategy and Business Development Manager at Impact Hub Geneva and Lausanne. His main focus was the financial development of Accelerate2030 – a multi-stakeholder program co-initiated by Impact Hub Geneva and UNDP in 2016 which aims at identifying ventures with tested and scale-ready solutions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, Accelerate2030 is implemented in 20+ developing and emerging economies, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. It involves over 1 million people and more than 500 entrepreneurs worldwide.

His strong interest in entrepreneurship also led him to work at SeedStars – a Swiss-based group with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship.

Prior to that, he was part of Virgin Group’s strategic management and corporate development team, working on business analysis, M&A, and financial modeling in different industries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Enrique holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Corporate strategy (HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne) with a specialization in Innovation and Technology (EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business, Trade, and Commerce (Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico).

He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.

Founder & CEO
Merantix Labs

Nicole Büttner is the CEO of MerantixLABS, a leading AI solutions provider, and sits on the board at 42.cx. She has been building technology driven solutions for clients for over 6 years.

She looks back on 12+years of business experience and 6+years implementing machine learning solutions for Fortune 500 companies and governments globally.

She sits on the board of Digital Leaders for Europe of the World Economic Forum, serves on the board of alumni of the University of St.Gallen and selected as Young Leader by the Aspen Institute. Nicole is a volunteer mentor at Startup Teens to encourage young adults to found their own companies.

Nicole trained as an economist and econometrician at the University of St.Gallen, Stockholm School of Economics and Stanford University and holds a MA in quantitative economics and finance. Previously, she worked as an alternative investments portfolio manager at OFI AM in Paris.

Head of Mobile for Development (M4D)

Max Cuvellier is the Head of Mobile for Development (M4D) at GSMA. M4D is singularly positioned at the intersection of the mobile ecosystem and the development sector to drive innovation in digital technology to reduce inequalities in our world, enabled by partnerships with forward-thinking donors and a team of 130 passionate professionals. Max joined GSMA in 2012 and held positions within various programmes. He initially helped mobile operators and partners design solutions to ensure women in emerging markets do not get left out of the digital economy as part of the Connected Women programme. He later headed the Ecosystem Accelerator and M4D Utilities programmes which have allocated a combined $22 million in grant funding to 85 ventures in 40+ countries across Africa and Asia; these ventures had since collectively raised $450+ million in additional funding and impacted more than 10 million citizens as of January 2020. Prior to joining GSMA, Max worked in the Middle East and Africa innovation unit of mobile operator Orange for 3 years, based in Jordan and in France, and as a telecom strategy consultant with Altai Consulting, where he focused on projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. Max holds a Masters in Management from HEC Paris, and a Masters in International Management from ESADE Barcelona, and is one of the Young Leaders of the French-African Foundation, placed under the high patronage of the French and Ghanaian Presidents. Max is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship, and their combined impact on our Planet, our societies and our economies.

Section Manager on Research

My name is GeonWoo Kim and I’m a manager of section for developing physical security technologies and new authentication technologies. I’ve developed a lot of intelligent CCTV technologies for thirteen years. Recently, we focus on developing deep learning technologies for CCTV analysis. In addition, the privacy/security issue is one of our interesting research topics

Senior Researcher

As a senior researcher at ETRI, Dr. Jin-Xia Huang has been involved in projects such as machine translation and dialogue for language learning since she joined ETRI in 2008. The dialogue system and machine translation systems she participated in the development have been technical transferred to several companies and are being used in practice. Her current research focuses mainly on dialogue system which based on reading comprehension for language learning.

Co-Founder & CEO
Zindi Africa

Celina is the CEO and co-founder of Zindi. She has a passion for unleashing the power of data for social good. Celina has a proven track record of thought leadership in the intersect between data and development and has played central roles in the launches of global platforms including the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (www.afi-global.org), insight2impact (www.i2ifacility.org), and now Zindi (www.zindi.africa). Celina’s work has expansively bridged across the private and public sectors and across various development areas including financial inclusion, micro and small enterprise development, market system development, gender, climate change, and public health. She has lived and worked in countries throughout Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Principal Researcher, Managing Director of Smart Data Research Section

Jiyong Kim is currently leading the project “Space-time complex analysis technology for blue-green algae prediction”. He is the managing director of smart data research section at Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute(ETRI). He received the M.S. degree from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1997. His research topics include big data analysis, machine learning and IoT.

CEO and Co-founder
Ahura AI

Bryan was born in a tiny village with no running water and no electricity, in the southeastern desert of Iran. He began his career working as an Aerospace Engineer at NASA at the age of 16.Subsequently, he started his first company while in college, and sold his second company in his late twenties. More recently, Bryan was a manager at ZocDoc and helped that organization achieve unicorn status. He then worked at a series of early stage technology companies as an executive, and enabled those companies to achieve profitability or exits.Currently, Bryan runs Ahura AI, an artificial intelligence and biometric data
company that has created technology that enables people to learn 3x-5x faster than traditional education. They have a partnership with Harvard and have enterprise clients, including Apple.For every license they sell to corporates, Ahura AI provides free licenses to members of underserved communities globally: people in Africa, women in slums in India, women in favelas in Brazil, and people in refugee camps in Syria, Turkey, and Norway.Bryan also runs two non-profits and an AI Venture Studio.

Monash Data Futures Institute

Joanna is the inaugural Director of the Monash Data Futures Institute and is an international leading authority on AI and data science.

Following an international search, Prof Batstone joins Monash from IBM, where she was Vice President, Innovation, IBM Corporate Strategy.

Joanna will be responsible for bringing together data science and AI capabilities from across the University. Prof Batstone’s role will also continue to establish a digital ecosystem which fosters collaborative interdisciplinary research and promotes lasting industry engagements.

An exceptional thought leader in the development and application of AI and data analytics, Joanna is passionate about the benefits of AI in driving lasting and transformative change for social good.

Principal Researcher

Dr. Miran Choi is a Principal Researcher and Standardization Specialist at ETRI. She is a Rapporteur of Q24/SG16, Human Factors Group. She is an editor of ITU-T F.746.3 and its series on Intelligent Question Answering System Standards. She is interested in Standardization of AI related fields, specifically Natural Language Processing and Machine Translation.

Drummer, composer, instrument designer and researcher
Monash University

Alon Ilsar is an Australian-based drummer, composer, instrument designer and researcher. He is the co-designer of a new gestural instrument for electronic percussionists, the AirSticks. Alon is researching the uses of the AirSticks in the field of health and well being, making music creation more accessible to the broader community. Alon holds a PhD in instrument design through the University of Technology Sydney, under the supervision of Andrew Johnston. He has played the AirSticks at Sydney’s Vivid Festival, on Triple J’s Like a Version and at NYC’s MET Museum, in projects including Trigger Happy ‘Visualised’, The Hour, The Sticks, Tuka (from Thundamentals), Sandy Evans’ ‘Rockpool,’ Ellen Kirkwood’s ‘[A]part‘, Kirin J Callinan, Kind of Silence (UK), Cephalon (US) and Silent Spring. He has played drums in Belvoir Theatre’s ‘Keating! the Musical,’ Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘Mojo,’ Meow Meow with the London Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Alan Cumming, Jake Shears and Eddie Perfect.

President of ACM

Gabriele Kotsis is full professor in computer science at Johannes Kepler University (JKU), Linz, Austria, leading the Department of Telecommunication and the division of Cooperative Information Systems.
Both, her Master Thesis (1991) and her Phd (1995), which she received from the University of Vienna, have been awarded for scientific excellence by the Austrian Computer Society.
Her scientific contributions include seminal work in the field of workload characterisation for parallel and distributed systems and in performance management of computer systems with a specific focus on mobile and ubiquitous computing environments.
Gabriele Kotsis was vice-rector for Research at JKU, and longstanding chairwoman of Universities Austria’s Policy Committee on Research.

She is a distinguished member and current president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Lecturer of Creative AI for the Faculty of Information Technology
Monash University

Maria Teresa Llano is a Lecturer of Creative AI for the Faculty of Information Technology in the Department of Human-Centred Computing and is also part of SensiLab. Teresa holds a BEng in Computer Science from Icesi University (Cali, Colombia), and an MSc in Software Engineering and a PhD in Computing from the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland).

Teresa’s research is focused on Computational Creativity, specifically in applying tools and techniques from different areas of AI to enable software systems to become creative collaborators, and for the development of tools that support designers and that make technologies more accessible. Her research interests include co-creative systems, generative systems, explainable AI, applications of natural language processing, and creative aspects of formal methods. Her current focus is on investigating the development of novel models of human-computer co-creation in the arts where bidirectional communication channels play an intrinsic role in enhancing the interactions between humans and machines. Teresa’s work has been used for the production of the West End musical ‘Beyond the Fence’, conceived as the world’s first computer generated musical, and the TV documentary ‘Computer Says Show’ filmed by Sky Arts, an art-oriented television channel broadcasted in the UK.

Professor of Computer Science and Pro-Warden (International) at Goldsmiths, University of London

Mark d’Inverno has spent the last 20 years undertaking cutting-edge research at the frontiers of AI, creativity and learning – asking how they relate to each other and how the different academic disciplines can provide us with insights into the role we want AI to play in both learning and creative practice. Mark’s PhD from UCL investigated the concepts of agency and autonomy in artificial systems, and since then he has published around peer-reviewed 200 articles and several authored and edited books (including the book “Computers and Creativity” with Jon McCormack). Mark is an academic at Goldsmiths, University of London (and formerly the Pro-Warden for Research) whose alumni who have contributed to the creative and cultural industries nationally and internationally – where he was leading on developing the College’s international profile. Before his current role, Mark led the Department of Computing, renowned for pioneering new programmes at the cutting edge of new technologies and creative practice. He is a critically acclaimed jazz pianist (National Press, TV and Radio) and for nearly 40 years has led a variety of successful bands in a range of different musical genres.

Senior Software Engineer

Sella Nevo is a senior software engineer who specializes in machine learning research and development. Sella currently leads the Google Flood Forecasting Initiative, which aims to provide scalable high-accuracy high-resolution flood forecasts and warnings globally (see short documentary). His research focuses on integrating machine learning models with physics-based models in data-constrained real-world problems. He also teaches Information Security and Applied Ethics in Tel Aviv university, and advises on venture capital investments that advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Programme Director, Computer Science BSc online at Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Matthew Yee-King (DPhil, MSc, BSc) is an academic in the department of computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the programme director for the BSc Computer Science online degree, which launched in 2019 on the Coursera platform, where it was the first undergraduate degree available. He has carried out research into signal processing and creative applications of machine learning, including a series of commissioned musical AI systems that have performed alongside human musicians on BBC national radio and at venues such as the Wellcome Collection in London. He has worked as an electronic musician, releasing solo and collaborative recordings on Warp, Rephlex and Accidental records and touring internationally in Europe, Japan and even Venezuela.

Adviser/ Scientist 'G', Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India
Government of India

Dr Preeti Banzal is currently working as Adviser/ Scientist ‘G’, Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.She earlier served as Director (Future Networks) in Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC), technical research and standardization arm of Department of Telecommunications under Ministry of Communications, India. She holds a PhD degree in Disaster Communication and Early Warning Systems. She has about 27 years of experience working in Telecommunication Policy Making, Standardization, Emergency Communications, Telecom Project Management, Corporate Restructuring, Capacity Building and Trainings Management. During her stint with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), She has been involved in steering activities for the formulation of National Policy Guidelines and Plans related to Disaster Risk Management. She has significantly contributed for design and development of many work proposals, project designs, emergency Mock drills/exercises, Incident Response System trainings, advanced trauma life support trainings in collaboration with: UNFPA, UNDMT, universities /institutes on Disaster Management and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Trauma Centre, New Delhi, India. Her engagement with ITU-T extends to SG12, SG16, FGAI4H, FGAI4EE and ITU-D SG2, Q5/2 on Utilization of telecommunications/ ICT for disaster preparedness, mitigation, and response. She is the author of a book titled “DISASTER COMMUNICATION AND EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS”. In addition, she has written several papers and articles on diverse topics. As Director (Future Networks) in TEC, presently she is working for standardisation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by creating India Stack for AI.

Founder & Managing Director
State Studio

Christian is founder and director at STATE and responsible for creative concepts and strategy. With a background in physics and a lifelong passion for arts & culture, Christian has founded STATE in 2014 to stimulate exchange around relevant topics of cutting-edge research and facilitate creativity without borders. After graduating from TU Berlin, Christian received a PhD in Applied Physics researching on novel semiconductors as Marie-Curie Fellow at Aalto University, Helsinki. He is a visiting faculty member at the European Center for Executive Development (CECEP) and works with executives and change-makers to envision sustainable futures. Christian is active fellow of the Responsible Leaders network of the BMW Foundation, cultural partner of the United Nations AI for Good Global Summit and ambassador for the US-based XPRIZE Foundation

AWS Evangelist for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Amazon Web Services

Bill Richmond is an Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) Evangelist for AWS and has been with the organization since 2015. Since joining AWS, he has supported public sector organizations, including FINRA, the US Department of the Treasury and universities (including both of his alma maters). His areas of expertise include AI, ML, and cloud security. Bill regularly delivers workshops and keynotes on AI/ML topics around the world and is a regular contributor to the global AWS Certification Examination process by serving as a security and cloud-engineering subject matter expert and content provider. Prior to joining AWS, Bill was at Rational/IBM, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and a number of other integrators and software companies where he was responsible for architecting, creating, and leading teams that were responsible for building complex IT systems. Bill currently resides in Tampa, Florida and has degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Central Florida and Florida State University.

Principal for AWS Disaster Response Program
Amazon Web Services

As a Principal and Senior Product Manager for AWS Disaster Response Program, Grace leads strategy and execution for product development by working backwards from the needs of organizations active across the disaster and crisis lifecycle to learn about the biggest technology challenges they encounter, while preparing for, responding to, or recovering from disasters and crises. Grace works across AWS people, services, information, and technology, and AWS Partners to build or extend solutions and proofs of concept that can solve those challenges. Grace has been with AWS for over five years and was previously Senior Product Lead for AWS Educate, Amazon’s global initiative to accelerate cloud learning to better prepare students for the cloud workforce. Prior to joining AWS, Grace held leadership positions at a graph database start-up and at a consulting firm focused on using technology to develop solutions for state and federal environmental protection agencies.

Programme Management Officer - Risk Analysis and Reporting at UNDRR
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Adam Fysh works in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s Global Risk Analysis and Reporting Unit. He is the coordinator of the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF), Part lead author in the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GAR 2019 and 2022) and overall coordinator for the GAR: Special Report on Drought. Previously, he worked in UNDRR’s Regional Office for Africa in programme delivery, World Food Programme’s Early Warning Section, German Red Cross’ community-based Disaster Risk Reduction in Palestine, UNICEF and IFRC in emergency response, and risk assessment in academic and government offices.

Head of Ecosystem Development
Hatch CoLab

Lorenzo gets his hands dirty with impact tech ventures and impactful projects 🌳 that can solve the Humanity’s Grand Challenges as well as drive social change, working closely with different stakeholders to foster equality and better humanity 🤝
He supported 200+ entrepreneurs and brings a financial/analytical background & experience in operations and community management in both the startups’ ecosystem and international cooperation 🌏 Member of the Global Shapers Community, Former Startup Grind Milan Co-Director & ex Aiesecer too.
Passionate about impact tech and frugal innovation, coffee lover ☕, former rugby player 🏉 & true love for snowboarding in the Alps 🏔

Chief Medical Officer
Zebra Medical Vision

Eldad Elnekave, MD is a US and Israeli Board Certified Radiologist and has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Zebra Medical Vision since its founding. He completed his Interventional Radiology training at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and practices clinically as the Director of the Interventional Oncology clinic at Davidoff Oncology Center. Dr. Elnekave envisions a foreseeable future in which machine learning algorithms will contribute substantial, even critical, insight in every radiologic examination, from X-ray to CT and MRI.

Women in AI

Born in Iran and based in Paris, Moojan is a serial entrepreneur and an advocate for women’s rights. She is the co-founder of Women in AI, which is a global nonprofit organisation on the mission to close the gender gap in AI by educating the youth and fostering female role models.

She has run several businesses and nonprofit initiatives across the globe. She has worked in various industries from Corporate Banking, to IoT and AI in five continents.

She is an advisor to the GreenTech Alliance and a contributor to Grit Daily news. She has also advised ARCEP, UNESCO and European Parliament on the future of Technologies, Gender Diversity and Inclusion in AI.

She was ranked as the Top 50 Europe’s most Influential Women in startups & VCs in 2020 by EU Startups, Top 10 Pioneering Women in AI and Machine Learning in 2019 by Enterprise Management 360, 4 inspiring women who count in AI by ADN,19 Inspiring Women in AI, Big Data, Data Science, Machine Learning by Kdnuggets.

She is a marathon runner, a certified scuba diver and passionate about space and new frontiers.

Director of AI Research

Dr. Taniya Mishra is Director of AI Research and Lead Speech Scientist at Affectiva. She leads a team of AI researchers who train deep learning models to estimate emotional or cognitive states. Taniya finds building new systems that enhance people’s lives and gives them a positive experience of interacting with technology to be the most rewarding part of her work. Her work on machine learning, speech understanding and synthesis, and affective computing has resulted in dozens of technical articles and patents, and has been featured in press articles in MIT Technology Review, NBC Learn and The Atlantic.

Taniya is deeply passionate about increasing diversity in AI and has mentored individual students in ML and AI every year for the last ten years. She has also developed and led Affectiva’s very popular EMPath (Emotion Machine Pathway) internship program, where students anywhere from high school to graduate school learn valuable skills and work on real-world projects with one on one mentoring. Her advice to new entrants to the field of AI is to dream big, continuously upskill, and raise your hand!

Senior Managing Partner at The IPRESTIGE Emerge Fund LLC and CEO, Fallingst Technologies LLC

A thought leader in AI, authentication and security technologies, Joseph K. Hopkins leads an innovative emerging technologies firm that serves as a proprietary first-mover advantage IP incubation model that concentrates on growth opportunities in digital identity protection, security and advance encryption technologies to mitigate the exploitation of data privacy and data rights breaches. Mr. Hopkins authored key patent applications about network security, identity verification, content security, as well as network tracking/use verification.

Additionally Joseph K. Hopkins serves as an AI SME with City.AI where the group identify needs which apply to AI ecosystems globally and set up various initiatives that foster the democratization of the design, development and use of AI. Contributing also to the UCI CDT Digital Innovation Forum which aims to become a vital center of influence, advancing the competitiveness and productivity of businesses in the digital economy and drive innovation.
Prior to his AI and digital identity security work, Mr. Hopkins served in key executive management roles for Fortune 500 companies, including Kaiser Permanente, 3M, GSK, Allergan, and KPMG. His experience represents over 20 plus years of entrepreneurship, technology, global operations management and business development responsibilities largely within the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry.

Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Leader, Social Entrepreneur and Policy Advisor
EdTech & Human Capital Development

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, named by Forbes as one of the 20 most Powerful Young Women in Africa is a Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Leader, Social Entrepreneur & Policy Advisor in EdTech & Human Capital Development. She is the Founder / CEO of RISE NETWORKS, Nigeria’s leading Social Enterprise whose mandate focuses on using Tech Innovation to create advocacy, skills empowerment and learning opportunities for the inclusive growth of Youth with the core objective of preparing them for effective Value Based Leadership at all levels in the Public, Private and Social Sectors.

Executive Vice Chairman

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.

Principal Project Manager

Haneen Khalaf comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with 4 years of experience in the hospitality industry and 2 years of experience in International Development. Ms. Khalaf draws on her experience in both client and nonprofit management to support the Adult Literacy XPRIZE as an Associate of Prize Development and Execution.

Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Khalaf worked and conducted research within extremely impoverished communities in both rural Uganda and Tanzania, providing business skills training and micro-finance opportunities to improve wellbeing and to end the cycle of poverty.

Ms. Khalaf holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/Tourism Management from Arizona State University and a Master’s in International Relations from Harvard University. Her thesis on happiness won the Dean’s Outstanding Thesis Award in International Relations. Haneen was born in Detroit, Michigan and has since lived all over the world, including Hawaii, Boston, Arizona, Uganda, and now California. Having traveled around the globe, she calls the world her playground. She enjoys spreading happiness, attending concerts, hiking, talking to strangers, and swimming with sharks in the ocean.

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).

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

José Suárez-Varela holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 2020. Previously, he received his B.Sc and M.Sc. degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universidad de Granada (UGR), in 2014 and 2017 respectively. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Barcelona Neural Networking center (BNN-UPC), and is co-Principal Investigator of the EU-funded project IGNNITION (H2020 NGI POINTER program), where his team is developing a framework for fast prototyping of Graph Neural Networks applied to networking (https://ignnition.net). During 2019, he was a visiting researcher at the University of Siena, Italy, under the supervision of Prof. Franco Scarselli. His main research interests are in the field of Artificial Intelligence applied to networking, and traffic monitoring and analysis.

Co-founder and CEO
The Nest
Gary Stewart is the CEO and co-founder of “The Nest”, a mobile app that could be called “Masterclass for founders” and has raised more than $1m from a high net worth prior to launching. From 2014-2019, Gary was the Director of Wayra UK, a corporate accelerator backed by Telefonica (O2), where he invested in 185 start-ups that raised $265m and were valued at more than $1bn. From 2010-2014, Gary was an associate professor at entrepreneurship at IE Business School in Madrid in addition to being the CEO of Wayra Spain. He launched his first start-up in 2005, which was a property search engine that raised $4m before eventually being acquired by a publicly listed company. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Gary worked as a lawyer in NY, London, Madrid and Barcelona. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College and was the executive editor of The Yale Law Journal at Yale Law School. He is a Governor of the University of East London and has been twice on the Power List of the most influential black people in the UK.
Head of (ATM) Infrastructure Division

Paul Bosman is with Eurocontrol since more than 25 years and currently the Head of (ATM) Infrastructure Division.

Working in close cooperation with all ATM stakeholders this division manages & supports European ATM/CNS planning, deployment, reporting and monitoring programmes digitising the SES European Sky. He was the chair of the European High Level Group on Artificial Intelligence which published its FLY AI report on 5 March. See https://www.eurocontrol.int/publication/fly-ai-report

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Head of Innovation
Searidge Technologies

Marco started working in the ATC industry in 2010 as a System Analyst for Searidge Technologies. He received his B.Eng. in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering from Carleton University in 2016. As Head of Innovation, Marco leads the Innovation team at Searidge Technologies. 

Marco and the Innovation team constantly research, advance, and apply the latest technology to help ANSPs and airports improve their operational safety and efficiency. Marco is also tasked with the management of key programs and partnerships at Searidge, which bring novel technology solutions into operation at ANSPs and airports globally. 

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Chief Solutions Officer
NATS Services

With 30 years of experience in the air traffic management industry Andy Taylor has lead, developed and delivered innovative ATC solutions for global customers to increase airport capacity and operational performance.

Throughout his career, Andy has capitalised on emerging trends in the air traffic market and related technologies to maximise operational value to current and future customers.

As Chief Solutions Officer, Andy works across both NATS and Searidge Technologies, following the acquisition of a 50% stake in the market leader in Digital Tower solutions. He is responsible for the joint development of the partnership’s Digital Tower capabilities and delivery models.

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President & General Director
Athena Research and Innovation Center

Yannis Ioannidis (UC Berkeley PhD, 1986) is the President & General Director of the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center and a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens. His research work focuses on Database and Information Systems, Data Science, Data and Text Analytics, Scalable Data Processing, Data Infrastructures and Digital Repositories, and Recommender Systems and Personalization. He is the coordinator of several European and national projects, including OpenAIRE, which implements the European policy for open access to publications and data. His work is often inspired by and applied to data management and analysis problems that arise in industrial environments or in the context of other scientific fields (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Biodiversity, Cultural Heritage).

Yannis Ioannidis is an ACM and IEEE Fellow, a member of Academia Europaea, a recipient of the ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award and of several research and teaching awards, including the ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award. He has just finished serving as the ACM Secretary Treasurer but remains a member of the ACM Europe Council. He is also vice-chair of ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures).

Corporate Innovation Manager

Jean-Philip has been in the innovation space for over than 10 years and for the last 7 years being actively involved in product creation and improvement, open innovation, high technologies scouting & advisory as well as high technologies integration management. Passionate about technologies, Jean-Philip co-founded a startup in the wearables sector focused on an artificial intelligence (AI) platform using the wearables incoming live data to extract different human states. Currently manager of the open innovation program at CENTECH (Collision Lab), he oversees several projects including technologies like AI, IoT, 5G, AR / VR, drones, Big Data to name a few. He finds himself at its best to target the needs of corporate clients and lead the project vision beyond the realization of the PoC (Proof of Concept) created within the program.

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Tech Entrepreneur & Startup Advisor and Mentor

Arun Shroff is an entrepreneur, startup advisor and mentor who has founded and grown multiple technology ventures in USA and India. Arun is founder of XTend.AI, a startup using AI to solve global challenges in various domains including health, education, energy and business. These include using AI for detecting diabetic retinopathy, chest X-ray analysis, and health risk prediction. Arun is also a topic driver at ITU/WHO’s Focus Group on AI for health. In addition, Arun is co-founder and CTO at MedIndia.net, a leading website, with the mission to provide personalized information and tools to everyone for better health. Arun is also Director and advisor with several companies including STAR Associates, Startup Tribes, FrontPoint Systems and has been a speaker at the AI for Good Summit, ITU/WHO meetings, Rutgers University, NJIT, and TiE NJ.
In addition, Arun advises and volunteers with several non-profits, including MOHAN USA and MOHAN Foundation, promoting ethical organ donation, and IIMPACT, an NGO providing free primary education to girls in India’s villages.
Arun has a B.Tech from IIT Madras, an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, a M.S. in Computer Science from Pennsylviania State University, and certifications in Machine Learning, Deep Learning and AI for Medicine.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar, Cognitive Scientist
American University in Cairo

Dr. Jackie Berry is a Cognitive Scientist studying visual perception, human-computer interaction, and expertise. Dr. Berry was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar at the American University in Cairo for the 2019-2020 academic year where she served as a teacher and researcher. Her work focused on TetLag which is the brief performance dip caused by switching to a different, but familiar, computer interface. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Human Factors Psychology, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Cognitive Psychology. She was the first person at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to collect online research data and the first African-American to graduate with a Doctorate in Cognitive Psychology from the State University of New York at the University in Albany. Her major research projects include developing a new model of geometric feature detection for English letter recognition, studying task switching in older adults, and investigating attentional capture during visual search. During her Fulbright U.S. Scholar award year Dr. Berry investigated whether Arabic-English biliterates might be better able to switch between different interfaces and configurations for the same task because they must regularly alternate between different orientations of text in reading, writing, and technology use in their daily lives. She wishes to continue this research with other “bidirectional biliterates” such as biliterate speakers of Hebrew and Chinese.

ABSA UP Chair of Data Science
University of Pretoria

Dr. Vukosi Marivate is the ABSA UP Chair of Data Science at the University of Pretoria. Vukosi works on developing Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence methods to extract insights from data. A large part of his work over the last few years has been in the intersection of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. Vukosi is interested in Data Science for Social Impact, using local challenges as a springboard for research. In this area, Vukosi has worked on projects in science, energy, public safety and utilities. Vukosi is a founder of the Deep Learning Indaba, the largest Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence workshop on the African continent, aiming to strengthen African Machine Learning. Professional website http://www.vima.co.za

Associate Professor
University of California Irvine

Dr. S. Ama Wray self describes as Performance Architect and is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of California, Irvine. Through dance methods she innovates across disciplinary lines, collaborating widely with practitioners from music, new media, health, visual art and theatre. She is one of the co-Founders of AI 4 Afrika, inspired by AI for Good, and also the Africana Institute for Creativity Recognition and Elevation. In 2018 she received the 2018 Emerging Scholar Award from the African Diaspora SIG of the Comparative International Education Society. Her research into improvisation through the lens of West African performance, specifically Ewe, is burgeoning into a new interdisciplinary field, an integrative study of the optimization of human performance. The outcomes include Embodiology® an inclusive movement and mind method, optimizing creativity, empathy and wellbeing. As a consequence of COVID-19 she has created online wellness practice – Embodying Resilience – to maintain vitality and create community. Her creative praxis as relates to digital domains began in the U.K as recipient of the 2003 National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts Fellowship, producing the prize-winning Texterritory. Integrating a cellphone performance platform it transforms audiences into co-creators in live performance settings. As founding Artistic Director of JazzXchange Wray continues to elevate jazz music in the concert dance setting, collaborating with artists including: Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Nicole Mitchell, Gary Crosby, OBE, Zoe Rahman and Julian Joseph, OBE. Her academic writing on Embodiology® and also Jazz Dance have been published by Oxford Books, Routledge and Florida University Press.

Associate Professor
Pennsylvania State University

José Cossa, Ph.D., is a Mozambican scholar, writer/author, researcher, poet, blogger, “twitterer”, podcaster, entrepreneur, and an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University. Most recently, Cossa served as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the American University in Cairo and a Senior Lecturer at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Cossa holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a depth area in Comparative and International Education from Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of the book Power, Politics, and Higher Education: International Regimes, Local Governments, and Educational Autonomy, the recipient of the 2012 Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on People of African Descent, awarded by the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), and a member of the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Panel of Judges for two consecutive competitions (Inaugural Challenge and 2019/2020). Cossa’s research focus is on power dynamics in negotiation over educational policy; unveiling issues inherent in the promise of modernity and working towards de-colonializing, de-bordering, de-peripherizing, and de-centering the world; higher education policy and administration; system transfer; international development; and, global and social justice. In addition, Cossa is currently engaging in a new (exterior to modernity) theorizing, i.e., Cosmo-uBuntu, to offer alternative theoretical grounding to research, analysis, and practice.

Managing Director & Founder; co-founder of the Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age
Arthur's Legal

Arthur van der Wees, LLM studied and obtained his doctorate degree in computer, privacy, intellectual property rights and business law and human rights at Leiden University. He is founder and managing director of Arthur’s Legal, an international law firm with a global reach.

Next to being co-founder and director to the Institute for Future of Living, Arthur is founding member of the Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI), where he is leader of both the Security in IoT, Privacy in IoT and Trust in IoT taskforces. and co-founder of the Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age.

Arthur is attorney at law, standardization expert, entrepreneur, strategist and frequent speaker worldwide and has in-depth experience and is well-connected in the world of digital, data, human-centric emerging technology, accountability, resilience & global business.

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.

Director of Global Programs for Real Estate & Workplace Services

As the Director of Global Programs for Real Estate & Workplace Services, Bakker leads Google’s renowned workplace programs and services such as food, transportation, events, guest services, sustainability, placemaking as well as fitness, massage and well-being. Bakker is focused on providing integrated offerings and experiences that enable Google to thrive. He is also focused on supporting the growth and future of Google through the scaling of these programs, ongoing innovation and partnerships.  

Bakker has spent over 25 years in global hotel and food and beverage operations, creating and building out partnerships, hotel F&B developments, openings, and food experience design. Before joining Google, Bakker worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide  in various roles for 17 years. From 2012 to 2017, Bakker led Google’s Food program, supporting all food service related activities and initiatives for Google’s global community as well as developing internal and external partnerships to explore and tackle the challenges and opportunities of the broader food systems. 

Bakker continues to be very involved in the ever-evolving and growing intersection of food, health, and sustainability through various roles and organizations around the world such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development  Food and Nature Board, the EAT Forum Advisory Board,, the Yale School of Management Center for Customer Insights’ Advisory Board and the Culinary Institute of America’s Menus of Change Business Leadership Council.

Bakker holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Hotel Management School Maastricht (The Netherlands), an MBA from the University of Bradford (United Kingdom), a Master’s of Hospitality Administration degree from the University of Nevada (USA) and a Master’s degree in Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver (USA).


Lead, Food initiative
Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Emma Chow serves as the project lead on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Food initiative, which brings together major industry players from across the food value chain, along with city municipalities, to take a systemic approach to unlocking the powerful positive potential of the food system. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Emma previously worked in business management consulting, social entrepreneurship and for environmental NGOs.

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.

VHA Senior Innovation Fellow
VHA Innovation Ecosystem

Amanda has been working as an Innovation Specialist at the Veterans Administration (VA) St Louis Health Care System within the Veterans Health Care Administration (VHA) Innovators Network part-time since October 2016, and full-time since April 2018. She loves to empower others, ignite curiosity, and wonder about what’s possible.

Prior to her work in the Innovators Network, she held leadership roles in implementing programs for prevention, integrative and complementary care, and health behavior change at the VA. She has extensive experience and training in facilitation and advancing learning in adults. She has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Partner and SVP

Cody Simms is Partner and Senior Vice President at Techstars – the global platform for startup investment and innovation – and works as a steward of Techstars’ equity investments and venture capital funds for one of the most active early-stage venture investors in the world. Cody works at the board level with companies including WELL Health, Tasso, Two Bit Circus, StatMuse, Voatz and more.

Earlier in his career, Cody held roles including Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon, Vice President of Product Management at Yahoo, and Product Manager at The New York Times, Sprint, and NBC Internet / Snap.com.

Cody holds an M.A. in Transnational Communication and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.A. in History and East Asian Languages and Cultures with emphasis on Mandarin Chinese.

Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Professor of Practice
Khalifa University of Science and Technology

Dr. Steven Griffiths is Senior Vice President for Research and Development and Professor of Practice at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. At Khalifa University, he oversees the development and implementation of the university’s research strategy and operations.
Among his activities external to Khalifa University, Dr. Griffiths is advisor to the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, a Zayed Sustainability Prize Selection Committee member, a member of the Dubai Future Council on Energy, an elected member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee and a member of the Global Governance of Artificial Intelligence Experts Working Group. He is also Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of Elsevier’s international journal Energy Strategy Reviews, Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of Springer’s international journal Energy Transitions and a non-resident Fellow of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. His recent work includes examination of the convergence of machine intelligence and culture in low-carbon energy transitions.
Dr. Griffiths holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Deputy CEO
Life Sciences Queensland (LSQ)

Dr Nagaraj Gopisetty is the Deputy CEO of Life Sciences Queensland and heads the business development program – Life Sciences Catalyst. The LS Catalyst program is a platform delivering targeted initiatives and services to support Queensland based Life Science Startups and entrepreneurs and facilitate the growth of Queensland’s life sciences industry.
Nagaraj is an innovation architect with a proven track record in technology translation and commercialisation. Prior to joining LSQ, Nagaraj was the Business Development and Innovation Education Manager at the Translational Research Institute. He also worked as a technology transfer professional within Australian Universities and medical research institutes along with short working stints within government, a biotechnology start-up and leading multi-national pharmaceutical companies. He is experienced in business development, research translation and commercialisation, intellectual property management, contract and licence negotiations, projects management. He is also experienced in facilitating alliance management and stakeholder engagement involving partnerships with academia, clinicians, industry and other stakeholders.
Nagaraj holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from India, a Masters in Biotechnology (Hon’s) from Griffith University and a PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Queensland. He also has an MBA from the University of Newcastle. He is an active mentor on the IMNIS program, grant reviewer on government and private funding schemes and represents on a number of key working groups and steering committees
Nagaraj is passionately interested in education and training programs aimed at improving current practices and processes within the knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship in the life sciences sector.

Chair in Science Communication and Future Media
University of Salford

Andy Miah is the Chair in Science Communication & Future Media at the University of Salford. As part of the Global Esports Federation (GEF), he serves on the GEF Education, Culture, Wellness Commission, GEF Education Focus Group.

Andy is a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, USA and an Advisory Board Member for the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, and Executive Committee member of the British Interactive Group (BIG). He has published over 150 academic articles in refereed journals and books, along with writing op eds for magazines and newspapers, such as the Washington Post and the Independent. Andy’s research discusses the intersections of art, ethics, technology and culture, particularly as related to human enhancement.

GEF Board Member Chair, Digital, Technology, Innovation Commission President and CEO
OverActive Media

Chris Overholt is the President and CEO of the OverActive Media. As part of the Global Esports Federation (GEF), he serves as the GEF Board Member Chair for the Digital, Technology, Innovation Commission.

Chris joined the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2010 as chief executive officer and since then has helped the organization achieve unprecedented growth in all areas of its commercial operations. Reporting to the COC’s board of directors, Christopher is also tasked with oversight and accountability for the Olympic movement in Canada, all COC National Sport Development programs, its Olympic Games preparation, and event operations. He leads all aspects of the COC’s commercial enterprise including finance, human resources, sales and marketing. He works closely with the COC’s 52 National Sports Federations to provide the tools they need to develop the next generation of Olympians.

Senior Associate

Caroline Kolta comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with over 5 years of experience in development programming in the Middle East and North Africa. As a member of the Global Impact Strategy team, she will contribute to XPRIZE’s prize design and global impact strategies and processes.

Prior to joining XPRIZE, she worked with the Carter Center, UNICEF, and other nonprofits as a researcher, program officer, and policy advisor. She is interested advancing human rights and freedoms, civic engagement, and empowering marginalized populations.

She holds a Bachelor of Political Science from Cairo University and a master’s degree in Sustainable International Development and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

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.

Anthem Innovation

As Anthem’s Innovation Ecosystem leader, Kristen is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and launch of strategic partnerships. Her diverse background in technology, accounting, and sales, accelerates Anthem’s vision to create a digital-first healthcare system by collaborating with startups, non-profits, and other key stakeholders in the health and fintech ecosystem. Key to Anthem Innovation’s success is Kristen’s leadership and facilitation of open communication between Anthem partners, collaborators, internal teams, and it’s members. 
Kristen previously worked for Deloitte, facilitating Innovation and Healthcare projects, and curating strategic partnerships with leading universities. She is a Graduate of Wake Forest University where she obtained a Master’s of Science in Accounting and the University of North Carolina Asheville where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Accounting.

CEO and Co-Founder of BigchainDB GmbH; Co-Founder and Board Member
Ocean Protocol

Bruce Pon is the Founder of BigchainDB and Ocean Protocol, blockchain startups focused on bringing data and AI together since 2013. Previously, Bruce co-founded Avantalion, a consulting firm that helped to build 20 banks around the globe for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi & Jaguar LandRover. He has an Advanced Executive Certificate from MITSloan, a B.Sc in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and has given guest lectures at Oxford, MIT Media Lab, Columbia
University and the European School of Management & Technology. In addition to being in the 2020 full-length documentary Cryptopia , Bruce was featured in Oxford University and Saïd Business School’s online Blockchain course as a guest expert

Activated Patient; Transformation Catalyst; VP
Anthem Innovation

Mariya Filipova leads Anthem’s Innovation function and oversees a network of ecosystem hubs across the country. She also leads a portfolio of initiatives that accelerate Anthem’s transformation into an AI-first company taking full advantage of exponential technologies and new business models. Mariya’s personal journey as a patient fuels her passion for lasting change in healthcare, her work has been recognized by Business Insider’s 30 under 40, The Harvard Business School Association of Boston and others.
Mariya’s past experience as an entrepreneur and wall street analyst has shaped her perspective on transformation in closely regulated industries in Europe and the United States. She is a trusted advisor to both healthcare veterans and new entrants, from established industry leaders to start-ups in e-commerce, retail, and tech.  Mariya previously led Deloitte’s global Future of Work Program Office, a portfolio of investments that use exponential technologies (e.g. blockchain, artificial intelligence) to redefine the way we do and monetize work.  She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics, summa cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College. She remains active in her alumni community where she serves on the Board of Governors for the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. She is currently based in Boston, MA.

Founder, United States Esports Association; GEF Digital, Technology, Innovation Commission
Serbian AI Society

Jovan Stojanovic is a tech entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience in industry. Founder of Wonderland AI Summit, one of the most innovative AI events in Europe, founder at Serbian AI Society and one of the leads at CITY AI. Passionate leader focused on creation of a better World AI ecosystem.

Director of Business Development
Korea Startup Forum

Josh Choi is an international expert in startup strategy development, partnership building and global marketing particularly in the field of Information Technologies and Services.

He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Korea Startup Forum, the biggest startup membership organization in Korea with 1,400+ startup members, overseeing the membership business and partnership relations management. His current focus is to support and consult with startups for their recovery and continuation to grow in the pandemic.

His previous position includes Chief Communications Officer at ICONLOOP which is Korea’s No. 1 blockchain startup, Programme Lead of Smart ABC (AI, Banking and Cities) at International Telecommunication Union, UN Special Agency in the ICT, where he worked for nine years. Previously, he was Senior Marketing Manager at Daum Communications, the first Korean web portal of significant size.

Head of Run the Business & Intelligence Transformation
Dell Technologies

Dr. John O’Shea has more than 24 years; career experience in a variety of global roles including executive leadership, business development, sales and marketing.
He currently works at Dell Technologies as Head of Run the Business & Intelligence Transformation.
Previous to working at Dell Technologies; Dr O’Shea was Global Leader of Smart Solutions within AI, blockchain and IOT for Lenovo.
He is a member of the World-Wide Blockchain Forum and is a renowned Keynote Speaker within Blockchain, IOT & AI and Edge computing.
A global speaker on innovation and representing Dell Technologies as a Key Note Speaker at the United Nations GMIS Summit 2020.
Mentor; Advisor in correlation to the Global Prosperity Awards 2020 The Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity (the Global Prosperity Initiative) unites the world’s leading start-ups and entrepreneurs, governments and NGOs, United Nations (UN) entities and philanthropists, academia and researchers, to form a community dedicated to spreading global prosperity through the art of ‘making’.
His career in science and technology includes scientific product development within the disciplines of AI, 3D Technologies and he hold a Doctorate Degree in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Psychology.

IoT Tribe

Founder of IoT Tribe, Tanya has a strong track record in the conception, launch and delivery of programmes to support start-ups. An ICT PhD candidate, Tanya has over 18 years’ professional experience and is adept at forming strong partnerships, building ecosystems and managing diverse, multi-national teams. In the complex role as CEO, she has led recruitment, partnership creation and business development across the UK and Europe to help clients define their opportunities and create ecosystems for innovation.

A World Economic Forum Digital Leader and Tech London Advocate, she is regularly invited to speak and host panels at digital events of the themes of entrepreneurship, open innovation and ecosystem creation e.g. Startup Europe Summit, Internet of Banking, IoT World, Huawei Ecosystem summit.

Tanya is also a member of the Board for the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation and an advisory board member for Data Pitch, an accelerator focusing of the use of public data.

Operations Manager, Crisis Management Branch
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy is currently the Operations Manager at the Crisis Management Branch of United Nations Environment Programme.

Muralee holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He is an Alumnus of the International Leadership Academy (United Nations University) and also attended University of California, Berkley for the Beaher’s Environmental Leadership Progrmame. Between 1995-2003, Muralee was corporate advisor to Shell operated oil companies in Brunei and Oman. Since Joining the UN Environment in 2003, Muralee has been involved in dealing with crises responses in all major disasters and conflicts in this century. Muralee has dealt with the environmental issues associated with conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Liberia, Sudan and occupied Palestinian territories. Muralee has also dealt with environmental issues caused by tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, oil spill and explosion of ammunition dumps around the world. With more than twenty-five years of international experience in the field of Environmental Management in Crises situations, Muralee is one of world’s leading authorities on this topic and frequently lectures in universities around the world on the topic.

Technical Advisor
USAID Center for Digital Development
Global Lead for Digital Development
Plan International

Nora Lindström is an international development professional with over a decade of experience across 3 continents. She is the Global Lead for Digital Development at Plan International, where she promotes the responsible use of technology and digital tools for advancing children’s rights and equality for girls.

Nora is passionate about bridging the digital gender divide and getting more girls and women to access, use, and create digital technology.

In her role at Plan International, Nora acts as a focal point for the Principles for Digital Development* and advances the use of the Principles in Plan International’s digital programming. She also sits on the Advisory Council for the Principles, which is convened under the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL*). Further, Nora coordinates Plan International’s engagement in marking Girls in ICT Day and manages an internal network of digital development champions within the organisation.

Prior to joining Plan International, Nora worked as an expert on migration issues at the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, as an advisor on urban governance for ActionAid Malawi, and defended urban land rights in Cambodia with Sahmakum Teang Tnaut.

Nora holds an MA in Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

In her spare time, she chairs Finland’s Swedish Greens, is an elected representative on the City of Helsinki’s Swedish sub-committee for education and is a proud mother.

Instructor, D-Lab: Energy

Amit Gandhi, co-instructor of D-Lab: Engery I graduated from Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology and is now a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He has been an organizer and participant in IDDS since 2007, where he worked on a BioLight project (using microbial fuel cells for powering applications in the developing world), a hand held diagnostic tool (to help facilitate DNA extraction from blood from patients), a machine for making recycled plastic products from used water sachets in Ghana, and a social venture to upcycle used plastic bottles into solar water heaters in Brazil. In addition to IDDS, Amit is also developing a solar water distiller for use in Guatemala through funding from the World Water Forum.

He is co-founder of Sensen, an affordable plug and play solution for remote data collection.

Associate Director for Research
Senior Geospatial and Resilience Specialist
World Bank

Yves Barthélemy is a specialist in geospatial information and resilience. He has been working in many African countries over the past 20 years (Madagascar, Nigeria, DRC, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger …). Most recently he has been working for the World Bank-GFDRR leading Drone for Development study tours in Seychelles and Zambia and Team leader for the Zanzibar Mapping Initiative project, the largest drone mapping project in the world. For more than 15 years, he has been working for UNEP – Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch as Geoinformation expert. He has been a guest lecturer at Science-Po, World Maritime University, Paris XII, State University of Zanzibar…
He was part of the organizing team of Understanding Risk – West and Central Africa 2019, of the Organizing Committee of the Global FOSS4G 2019 in Dar Es Salaam and of the ZANSEA Drone conference in 2018. Yves holds a Master in Tropical Ecology and a Master in Geoinformation.

Entrepreneur and Investor; Co-Founder

Sten Tamkivi is on a mission to help free people move and make governments compete for every citizen.

Sten co-founded Teleport (acquired by Topia in 2017) as an EIR at Andreessen Horowitz, after serving at Skype as an early executive for over 8 years from startup to the $8.5B exit to MSFT. Sten started his entrepreneurial career founding the first digital media agency in Estonia in 1996, at the age of 18.

Sten values a tolerant, open and creative society, speaks up for entrepreneurship, supports the startup movement, occasionally invests, pushes for better tech education and has advised President Ilves of Estonia on the above. He also holds a number of public, private and non-profit board seats.

Sten holds a MS in Management degree from Stanford GSB.

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.

Director, END OSEC Center, International Justice Mission
International Justice Mission

John Tanagho is the Director of International Justice Mission’s END OSEC Center. The END OSEC Center partners with governments, industries, NGOs, and other stakeholders to expose, neutralize, and deter online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) around the world. Leveraging practices proven effective in IJM’s program in the Philippines, the Center helps (1) improve detection and reporting of OSEC by technology and financial sector corporations, (2) strengthen international collaboration in law enforcement and prosecution, and (3) support effective justice system responses in source and demand-side countries, resulting in sustainable protection for children and accountability for perpetrators.

Previously, John served for six years as the Director for IJM in Cebu, The Philippines. John successfully led a multi-disciplinary team in a groundbreaking project combating the trafficking of children to create child sexual exploitation materials, especially in live streaming. Nationally, IJM has supported the Philippine Government to rescue 669 victims, secure the arrest of 256 suspects, and the conviction of 94 OSEC traffickers, while developing effective solutions for survivor recovery.

John holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Before joining IJM, John worked as a lawyer for six years at a large law firm, managing complex civil litigation, internal investigations, and family law cases. Prior to becoming a lawyer, John worked as a social worker for two years specializing in child protective services and mental health.

Senior Advisor, NITI Aayog
Government of India

Ms Anna Roy is from the Indian Economic Service. She has received her education from Shri Ram Collage of Commerce, Delhi University and Delhi School of Economics.

She was a lecturer in Delhi University and TERI before joining the IES.

In the government she has worked in Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Civil Aviation and NITI Aayog.

She has worked in important sectors like Infrastructure reforms, public private partnership, financial sector and banking sector.

In NITI Aayog she heads the vertical dealing with data management and frontier technologies.

In this role she has led teams which has brought out major reports like the National Strategy on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain- the India Strategy, Approach Paper on AIRAWAT and a draft discussion paper on AI and Ethics.

Ms Roy also heads the Women Entrepreneurship Platform, a NITI flagship that work towards developing the ecosystem.

Strategy & Innovation Advisor, Child Online Safety Lead at End Violence Partnership and the Fund
Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Marija Manojlovic is Safe Online Lead at the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and a leadership team member, advising on strategy and innovation. Marija is leading End Violence’s growing Safe Online Investment Portfolio which makes strategic investments in technology, programs, tools and solutions to tackle online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (CSEA) across the world – this year reaching US$ 50 Million in investments with impact in over 50 countries. Her work is also focused on ensuring that protection and safety of children in the digital world are central to the global policy debates on sustainable development, digital cooperation, connectivity and frontier technologies.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Marija has worked with UNICEF in East Africa and Central and Eastern Europe on issues that affect children through innovations in research, partnerships, and system reforms, testing new approaches with and for children and young people. Marija holds a MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University, the Netherlands.

President & CEO
World Childhood Foundation USA

Rubinstein is an expert in global health, early childhood development, child protection and sustainable development. After joining Childhood USA in 2015, using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework she is leading Childhood’s advocacy for ending child sexual abuse and exploitation. Rubinstein is also a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and 2018-2019 co-chaired the Working Group on Child Online Safety that in 2019 launched its landmark report and a Universal Declaration on Child Online Safety. This year, she contributed to the 2020 State of the Broadband and the School Connectivity reports, co-chaired the Commission’s Task Force group developing the Broadband Commission 2.0 agenda, and the Manifesto advocating for universal, safe and secure connectivity for all. In 2018-2019 Rubinstein was instrumental in the development of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Out of the Shadows” index, the first of its kind tool measuring countries’ response to child sexual violence. As President & CEO of Childhood USA Rubinstein is also working with partners on developing digital tools and campaigns for the prevention of child sexual abuse and is funding development of evidence-based programs in the US that serve thousands of children and families.

Rubinstein is a frequent speaker at international conferences and World Economic Forum and UN meetings. She is a member of The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children board, the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Early Childhood Development and Peace Building Consortium board, and the ISTIC (International Science, Technology and Innovation South-South Cooperation) board under the auspices of UNESCO.

Founding engineer

Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (cser.org), Future of Life Institute (futureoflife.org), and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organisations. Jaan is on the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (thebulletin.org), and has served on the High-Level Expert Group on AI at the European Commission, as well as on the Estonian President’s Academic Advisory Board. He is also an active angel investor, a partner at Ambient Sound Investments (asi.ee), and a former investor director of the AI company DeepMind (deepmind.com).

Chief Scientific Adviser at Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade (DIT)

Dr. Mike Short CBE, after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, joined the Department for International Trade as the department’s first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017.
Mike leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice. He advises on the technical aspects of future trade deals as DIT looks to create new arrangements following Brexit, and works with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports.
Mike has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and telecommunications and served as Vice President of Telefonica, the parent company of the O2 mobile phone network, for 17 years to December 2016. In this post, he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK and led Digital and 4G/5G research and development for Telefonica Europe. In recent years he has led the development on collaborations in areas such as smart cities, digital healthcare, cybersecurity and driverless vehicles. His career also includes the promotion of international technical standards in mobile technology, has chaired the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and been President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Mike also represents DIT as a Board member of Innovate UK (part of UKRI), Healthcare UK and sits on the Space Sector Council. He is on the Examining Board for UCL postgraduate Telecoms courses and is a visiting Professor at the universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds, Lancaster and Salford.
He was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.

Group Leader at Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology (IMMIP), University Hospital
Uniklinik Bonn
Federal Employment Agency

Dr. Schmitz studied social sciences and history in Münster, Oxford, Bern and Bonn. After completing his doctorate, he initially worked as a management consultant in the telecommunications and human resources sectors, as well as in the Public Sector.

Dr. Schmitz has been employed at the Federal Employment Agency since 2005 and was responsible for several major projects within the so-called Hartz reforms. From 2009 to 2014, he was Managing Director of the Head Office for Product Development of Basic Income Security and at the same time responsible for the Migration Coordination Office and the specialist services of the Federal Agency. From 2015 to October 2016, Dr. Schmitz was Chairman of the Management Board of the Bavarian Regional Office of the Federal Employment Agency. Since November 2016, Dr. Markus Schmitz has been CIO, General Representative, and Managing Director of the Information Technology and Digital Processes department at the headquarters of the Federal Employment Agency.

Dr. Schmitz is also an honorary professor at the University of the Federal Employment Agency.

Directeur Programme Sante Jouve / Fondateur ETHIK-IA
Ethik AI
Principal Analyst

As a principal analyst serving Customer Insights professionals at Forrester Research, my primary goal is to help companies harness the power of data to solve their biggest challenges. As a former practitioner, I am passionate about innovation in the world of Customer Insights and am always searching for new technologies and techniques.

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.

Head, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
World Economic Forum

Barrister-at-Law and former Part-Time Judge, United Kingdom. In the US, has been a Professor of Law and International Relations. Associate Fellow, Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Robert E. Strauss Center on international Security and Law, University of Texas. Vice-Chair, IEEE Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Co-founded AI-Austin, AI-Global and the Consortium for Law and Policy of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Named one of the top 25 Women in Robotics, Robohub (2017).

Artist and storyteller

An artist, storyteller and digital personality with more than 750 million views across her online videos, Taryn Southern has had a longstanding fascination with internet culture & influence. A former YouTube personality & comedian, Taryn is passionate about the intersection of emerging technology, storytelling, and human potential. Over the past decade, she has architected digital campaigns for personalized genomics, egg freezing, AI, sleep, stem cells, and biotech companies and is passionate about ideas that enhance well-being into the mainstream.

Co-Founder/CTO of DeepSig

Tim is the Co-Founder/CTO of DeepSig, a venture backed startup building machine learning driven wireless capabilities and optimizing 5G RAN and Open-RAN deployments, and also serves as a research assistant professor at Virginia Tech in Arlington, VA. He previously worked with a USG lab on software and cognitive radio applied research technologies and rapid prototyping, helping build and lead the GNU Radio project, is a Co-Chair of the IEEE Emerging Technology Area on Machine Learning for Communications, an editor for Transactions on Wireless Communications and TCCN, Co-Chair for IEEE GlobeCom and IEEE ICC ML4Comms workshops in 2020, Chair of the GNU Radio Conference Technical Proceedings, and Co-author of over 50 peer reviewed conference and journal papers with over 3000 citations, over 20 patents, primarily focusing on the intersection of wireless communications and machine learning. Previously he was a technical consultant for Hawkeye 360, Federated Wireless, O’Shea Research, and at Cisco Systems. He has served as a technical advisory board member for programs at NSF, DARPA, EU HORIZON 2020, and DOD programs. He completed his PhD from VT ECE in 2017 and his BS/MS in ECE at NC State in 2007.

President of Bracket Foundation
Bracket Foundation

Yalda Aoukar is President of Bracket Foundation whose mission is to leverage the power of technology for social good. She is also Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Bracket Capital, a global investment management firm with offices in the US, Europe and the Middle East.

In 2019, under Yalda’s leadership, Bracket Foundation pioneered an industry leading white paper addressing how Artificial Intelligence can be leveraged to combat Online Sexual Abuse of Children. The publication was presented during the United Nations General Assembly later that year, gathering industry experts in both the private and public sphere to discuss the findings of the paper and pave the way forward to more effective action. The paper’s findings have been featured on several platforms including BCG Foundation’s Centre for Public Impact. Yalda is a firm advocate for better coordination and accountability between law enforcement, policymakers, and big tech.

In early 2020, Bracket Foundation and UNICRI signed a partnership to empower law enforcement agencies to use new technologies to detect, prevent, and prosecute crimes being conducted against children online.

In addition to her role as an investor and her work at the Foundation, Yalda is a champion for women’s empowerment in technology and financial sectors, where women are traditionally underrepresented. She sits on the Board of the World Innovation Summit for Education Accelerator providing support and guidance to international edtech start-ups.

She holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the American University of Beirut (2006) and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (2008).

Screenwriting Professor
Chapman University

A Former Disney Story Consultant, Michael Is A Screenwriting Professor At Chapman University. He Has Written Over Twenty Books On Numerous Subjects, Including Four Bestsellers. He Recently Coauthored Own The A.I. Revolution: Unlock Your Artificial Intelligence Strategy To Disrupt Your Competition (McGraw Hill). The United Nations Hosted The Book Launch At Its AI For Good Global Summit In May. It Has Since Been Named By Soundview As One Of 2019’S Top Business Books. Michael Also Recently Published It’s Saturday Morning: Celebrating The Golden Era Of Cartoons (Becker&Mayer).

A Columnist With Forbes, Entrepreneur And Green Entrepreneur, Michael Began His Career As A Reporter For The Columbia Missourian. He Has Been Featured In Entertainment Weekly, The National Examiner, The United Nations’ ITU News, The Orange County Business Journal, And The Orange County Register. Michael Serves As A Professional Speaker, Delivering Keynotes To Business Groups And Guests On Thought Leader Panels.

Advisor to the Minister for Artificial Intelligence
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Arabic Republic of Egypt

Golestan Abbas Kamel Radwan is the Advisor to the Minister for Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

Radwan possesses over 17 years of experience in technology areas, with international experience in AI, cloud computing, engineering management, strategic planning and product management.

Prior to her appointment at MCIT, Radwan held several executive positions. She served as Director of AI Products Unit at London-based health tech startup Babylon Health, where she led the AI product portfolio, leading a team of doctors, engineers, and AI scientists and designers to create an intelligent mobile platform for medical diagnosis, predictive health and chronic disease management.

Before Babylon, Radwan spent over 10 years in the technology industry in Germany, UK and US, where she held various positions in engineering management, strategic planning and product management. She was the Vice President of Product Strategy at OnApp-UK for cloud management systems, and the Cloud Product Marketing Manager for UK-based Canonical/Ubuntu. She also worked as the UK Marketing Manager at Japanese software company NTT Data, and the Solutions Marketing Manager and Leadership Program participant at Avaya Inc. in the UK and US. She also spent several years as a Software Engineer and Team Leader at Novell Inc in Germany.

As an AI expert, Radwan participated as a speaker at several AI conferences in Europe and the US, and served as a consultant to many startups and investors in AI areas, especially health systems.

Radwan earned a BSc in Computer Engineering from Cairo University in 2000. She received her MBA from London Business School (LBS), UK, in 2006, and a MSc in Clinical Engineering and Healthcare Technology Management from City University of London, UK, in 2012. She is persuing her PhD thesis in computer engineering, specializing in AI and bioinformatics analysis from the Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Director of the Child Protection Center
Ministry of Interior United Arab Emirates (UAE)

A Police Major working for the U.A.E. Ministry of Interior with a service track record of over 18 years in law enforcement activities, covering different areas from Investigations to Child Protection. Currently serving as the Director of the Child Protection Center in the Ministry of Interior, that is the unit in charge of child protection from all types of abuse or mistreatment throughout the U.A.E., in coordination with local police forces and all related entities, both federal and regional. Major Abdulrahman represents the U.A.E. on the Board of Advisors in the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT).

UNECE Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP1)
PhD Candidate, Human-Machine Interaction in Automated Driving

Liza Dixon holds a Master of Science in Usability Engineering and is a PhD candidate researching human-machine interaction in automated driving. Her work is concerned with the safe use of vehicle automation and focuses on interaction problems in partial/conditionally automated systems, and the methods used to analyze trust in automation. In a recent publication, Autonowashing: The Greenwashing of Vehicle Automation, she coined the term “autonowashing”, or the practice of making unverified or misleading claims which misrepresent the appropriate level of human supervision required by a partially or semi-autonomous product, service, or technology. A vocal advocate for human-centered automation, her work has been featured by The Next Web, CNBC, Automotive News, Let’s Talk Self-Driving, Guidehouse Insights, and others.

Founding partner
Macmillan Keck, Attorneys & Solicitors

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rory Macmillan is a founding partner of Macmillan Keck and a member of the New York Bar. Prior to Macmillan Keck, Rory practised law in New York and London for ten years with leading New York law firm Debevoise & Plimpton.

He has extensive experience advising policy makers, regulators, international institutions, service providers and investors on communications policy, law and regulation, and major corporate and financial transactions. He has chaired dispute processes, acted as arbitrator, mediator and independent expert in disputes of national importance, and trained officials from over 40 countries.

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Programme coordinator
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Vijay joined the ITU in 2010 where he is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Bridging the Standardization Gap programme, development of e-learning courses on standardization and undertaking research on emerging ICT standardization activities for production of Technology Watch reports.

He has already published three such reports on ICT as an enabler for Smart Water Management, the Optical World and Privacy in the Cloud. He is also coordinating the work of the new Focus Group on Bridging the Gap: From Innovation to Standards which was set up in 2012.

Vice President Data Consulting
Technology Advisor at Office of Special Adviser USG Hochschild
United Nations

Danit Gal is Technology Advisor at the United Nations, leading work on AI in the implementation of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. She is interested in technology ethics, geopolitics, governance, safety, and security. Previously, she was Project Assistant Professor at the Cyber Civilizations Research Center at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. Danit serves as the former chair and vice chair of the P7009 IEEE standard on the Fail-Safe Design of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems, and the executive committee of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. She is an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, an Affiliate at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University.

Senior Research Associate
Technical University of Munich

Sebastian Krügel is a senior researcher in the research group “Ethics of Digitization” at the Technical University of Munich. He holds a diploma in industrial engineering, a master’s degree in economics and a doctorate in the field of behavioral and experimental economics. Prior to his current position, he taught and worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Economics, the Chair of Behavioral and Institutional Economics at the University of Giessen and the Faculty of Mathematics and Economics at the University of Ulm. His research interests include behavioral and experimental economics, human-machine interaction and behavioral ethics.

Neural Artist

Sofia Crespo is an artist working on envisioning Artificial Life and generative lifeforms. One of her main focal points is the way organic life uses artificial mechanisms to simulate itself and evolve. This implies the idea that technologies are a biased product of the organic life that created them and not a completely separated object. On the side, she is also hugely concerned with the dynamic change in the role of the artists working with machine learning techniques.

Head of the research group "Ethics of Digitization" at the TUM School of Governance
Technical University of Munich

Matthias Uhl heads the research group “Ethics of Digitization” at the TUM School of Governance of the Technical University of Munich. The group focuses on ethical implications of human-machine interactions and folk intuitions with regard to the use of algorithms in moral domains. Matthias has obtained his PhD in economics at the University of Jena and his habilitation in philosophy at TU Munich. He considers himself a behavioral ethicist who applies experimental and other empirical methods to answer questions of ethical interest. Further areas of interest are business ethics, experimental economics and philosophy of science.

Professor of Multisensory Interfaces, Department of Computer Science
University College London

Marianna Obrist is Professor of Multisensory Interfaces at UCL (University College London), Department of Computer Science. Before joining UCL, she was head of the Sussex Computer Human Interaction (SCHI ‘sky’) Lab at the School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex. Her research ambition is to establish touch, taste, and smell as interaction modalities in human-computer interaction (HCI). Her research is mainly supported by an ERC starting grant. As part of her research, she developed a novel scent-delivery technology that was exhibited at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2019 and 2020 in Davos. Supported by an ERC proof-of-concept, this technology is now commercialised through OWidgets Ltd, a University start-up she co-founded in 2019. Before joining Sussex, Marianna was a Marie Curie Fellow at Newcastle University. She was selected Young Scientist 2017 and 2018 to attend the WEF in China, and become an inaugural member of the ACM Future of Computing Academy (ACM-FCA) in 2017. More recently, Marianna was appointed as a Visiting Professor at the Burberry Material Futures Research Group at RCA and spent the summer 2019 as a Visiting Professor at the HCI Engineering Group at MIT CSAIL. More details on her research can be found at http://www.multi-sensory.info.

Associate Professor, Department of Marketing
BI Norwegian Business School

Carlos Velasco is an Associate Professor at the Department of Marketing, BI Norwegian Business School (Norway), where he co-founded the Centre for Multisensory Marketing. Carlos received his D.Phil. in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University. His work is at the intersection between Psychology, Marketing, and Human-Computer Interaction, and focuses on understanding, and capitalizing on, our multisensory experiences and their guiding principles. Carlos has worked with a number of companies from around the world on multisensory experiences. For more information, please visit www.carlosvelasco.info

Distinguished Engineer

Michaela Blott is a Distinguished Engineer at Xilinx Research in Dublin, Ireland, where she heads a team of international scientists driving exciting research to define new application domains for Xilinx devices, such as machine learning, in both embedded and hyperscale deployments. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany and brings over 25 years of leading edge computer architecture and advanced FPGA and board design, in research institutions (ETH Zurich and Bell Labs) and development organizations. She is heavily involved with the international research community serving as the technical co-chair of FPL’2018, DATE’2020, workshop organizer (H2RC), industry advisor on numerous EU projects, and member of numerous technical program committees (FPL, ISFPGA, DATE, etc.) and most recently received the Women in Tech Award 2019.

Lead, Automotive and Autonomous Mobility
World Economic Forum

Tim Dawkins is an automotive technologist with a specialism in ADAS and Automated Driving Systems. Currently, he leads a portfolio of Automotive and Autonomous Mobility policy research activities for the World Economic Forum, studying the future governance needs of automated vehicles, with a particular focus on safety.

Prior to joining the Forum, Tim spent his career conducting applied research at SBD Automotive, a technology consulting firm, testing and developing ADAS, infotainment and vehicle security systems. He also served in the British Army as a reserve soldier in the Royal Logistics Corps.

Tim holds an MBA from Surrey Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Motorsport Engineering from Brunel University London. He has also completed a range of further professional certifications in Military Ethics, Counter-Terrorism, and Robotics.

Policy Officer, Artificial Intelligence
European Commission

I am currently busy with: driving and renewing the EU Coordinated Plan on development and use of AI with the Member States, estimating total investment in AI in the EU, technical specifications for high-risk AI applications in the new regulation, AI funding scheme through VCs, accelerating public procurement of AI-based systems in the EU.

I work in an unit advacing Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry at Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. I am here on a secondment from Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland.

Head, Research Department on Radio Systems and AI
Nokia Bell Labs

Jakob Hoydis is currently head of a research department at Nokia Bell Labs, France, focusing on radio systems and artificial intelligence. Prior to this, he was co-founder and CTO of the social network SPRAED and worked for Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in Stuttgart, Germany. He received the diploma degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in electrical engineering and information technology from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and the Ph.D. degree from Supéléc, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. His research interests are in the areas of machine learning, cloud computing, SDR, large random matrix theory, information theory, signal processing, and their applications to wireless communications. He is recipient of the 2019 VTG IDE Johann-Philipp-Reis Prize, the 2019 IEEE SEE Glavieux Prize, the 2018 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award, the 2015 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the IEEE WCNC 2014 best paper award, the 2013 VDE ITG Förderpreis Award, and the 2012 Publication Prize of the Supéléc Foundation. He has received the 2018 Nokia AI Innovation Award, as well as the 2018 and 2019 Nokia France Top Inventor Awards. He is a co-author of the textbook “Massive MIMO Networks: Spectral, Energy, and Hardware Efficiency” (2017). He is currently chair of the IEEE COMSOC Emerging Technology Initiative on Machine Learning, Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, as well as Area Editor of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications Series on Machine Learning in Communications and Networks.

Research Associate
Net AI

Alexis Duque is a Research Associate at the Univesity of Edinburgh in Paul Patras’s team, where is deeply involved in developing Microscope, a patent-pending technology launched by Net AI, a university spinout.
Since 2015, he drives the research and innovation strategy in an IoT design house where he collaborates with academia to bridge the gap between IoT, cybersecurity, and machine learning.
He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Lyon and a Master of Engineering in Telecommunication from INSA Lyon. During his Ph.D., he developed a patented technology allowing bidirectional visible light communication for IoT devices, now commercialized under the brand Kiwink.
His research interests are at the crossroad of wireless communication, Internet of Things, machine learning, and cybersecurity.

CEO, Gorilla Corporation and Founder of Tortora Brayda™ Partnership Excellence™
Gorilla Corporation

Carlo Tortora Brayda di Belvedere born in Rome, Italy in 1969, is the founder and Executive Chairman of Tortora Brayda™ Partnership Excellence™, a global Think Tank to promote collaboration. Mr. Tortora Brayda is also Chief Executive Officer of Gorilla Corporation which has its roots in several companies he founded in the 90s and re-acquired thereafter.
Gorilla Corporation is a leading provider of vendor partner marketing services and technologies for the IT channel. Gorilla enables next generation partnering and helps technology vendors to measure, grow, enable, and manage their partner channel, responsible for the successful collaboration of hundreds of significant technology companies and household names.
Gorilla’s headquarters are located in San Francisco, USA with local offices in Europe, MEA and APAC regions.
In the ongoing spirit of Public to Private Partnerships, Mr. Tortora Brayda signed Gorilla Corporation to be a Sector D Member of the ITU to be at the forefront of internet policy making and standardization.
The Tortora Brayda™ Partnership Excellence™ Think Tank is an International Organization for Partnership Development. The organization engages business, cultural, government and thought leaders worldwide to reshape and develop collaboration and partnering practices with a view to improving and securing business and economies. It is established as a not-for-profit entity and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

In 2012, Mr. Tortora Brayda was invited by the World Economic Forum to be an expert contributor to a panel in support of the G20, to explore Global Risks. Ever since then, his only focus has been on supporting Partnership Excellence in all its forms within all areas of technology growth, including the Think Tank’s core tracks: Cybersecurity, Cloud/Data Center, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
Mr. Tortora Brayda, an information systems engineer with focus on Artificial Intelligence, and with his subsequent companies, has won numerous business awards including the Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year, South East of England, Shell Livewire Greatest Employment Potential, Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award presented by Boris Johnson, Guildford Mayor’s Cup, and was honored to join Queen Elizabeth II Golden Coronation private event at St James’ Palace in London.

Senior Creative Director
Meow Wolf

Chadney is a lifelong artist who’s explored many creative mediums. He has been a full-time gallery artist and portraitist; a commercial illustrator; a theatrical set designer; had an award-winning play produced; and worked for many years, and in several creative disciplines, for film and television. You can find a selection of his work at www.chadneyeverett.com
Chadney joined Meow Wolf in 2015 for the build of their first permanent exhibit: The House of Eternal Return, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He now serves as the Senior Creative Director for Meow Wolf’s Denver exhibit, slated to open in the fall of 2021.

General Manager of Technology
Meow Wolf

Conor Peterson was born in the Seattle area in the early eighties, spending his teenage years during the dot-com era training as a computer programmer. Foreswearing software after Y2K, he instead studied analog photography at the Evergreen State College in Olympia WA. In 2010 he returned to the digital world, moving to Albuquerque to pursue an MFA in the Experimental Art and Technology program at the University of New Mexico. While there he produced work combining sound, interactive media, embedded electronics, and sculpture.
In the years that followed he taught a variety of courses that sought to render technology more accessible to artists, first as a Visiting Artist at UNM, then as a Visiting Professor at New Mexico Highlands University. He spent two years at Hampshire and Smith Colleges in Western Massachusetts as a visiting Five College appointment, emphasizing interdisciplinary studies and shop fabrication within the digital arts.
In 2017, Conor returned to New Mexico to join Meow Wolf as a Designer/Developer. He continues to work there as General Manager of Technology, focusing on the production of interactive art for Meow Wolf’s upcoming installations in Denver, Las Vegas NV and Washington DC.

Data Scientist for Strategic Communication

Catelijne Muller is President of ALLAI, an independent organisation that promotes Responsible AI. She is a member of the EU High Level Expert Group on AI where she co-lead the development of the Assessment List for Trustworthy AI. She is AI-Rapporteur at the European Economic and Social Commission (EESC), where she wrote the first EU-level opinion on AI & Society in 2017 as well as the opinion on the EU Whitepaper on AI. She was President of the EESC Temporary Studygroup on AI from 2018 – 2012, that lead to the formation of a new EESC body, the Digital Single Market Observatory, of which she is currently a member. She advises the Council of Europe’s Commission on AI (CAHAI) on “The Impact of AI on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law”. Catelijne holds a masters degree in Dutch Civil Law and worked as a high-stakes lawyer/litigator from 1997 – 2012.

Vice President
Capgemini Invent
Head of the Unscheduled Care Department
Agence Régionale de Santé
Big Data Architect
Swedish Social Insurance Administration
Chair of Ad Hoc Committee on AI (CAHAI)
Council of Europe
General Manager
Senior Program Officer
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

– Leading emerging technologies portfolio of the ‘Financial Services for the Poor’ team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
– Senior technologist with 12+ years of research experience in the semiconductor industry spanning 6 technology nodes
– Intel Achievement Award (2013) “For the demonstration of novel interconnect materials which enable aggressive density scaling for the 10-nm node”
– Intel assignee to the Netherlands from the Quantum Computing group leading development of multi-qubit single electron-spin based quantum devices
– Chair of Strategic Research Sectors (Advanced patterning, Reliability and Interconnects) tasked with defining, funding and guiding research projects across universities, consortia and industry
– 100+ publications and patents in the fields of semiconductor fabrication, quantum computing, materials science, applied chemistry and device performance.
– Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Cornell University (2006), Ithaca, New York

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Capgemini Invent
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Capgemini Invent
Media artist, researcher and writer

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born media artist, researcher, and writer. He produces works for large-scale installation and live performance addressing contemporary issues of climate crisis, human intervention in the environment and ecology, urbanity, migration, race and decolonization. He has received numerous fellowships, residencies and international awards. Chattopadhyay holds a PhD in artistic research and an MA in new media.

Senior Data & AI Strategist at DAIN Studios and AI Artist
DAIN Studios

Majella Clarke is an Australian Conductor, multi-instrumentalist artist, and Artificial Intelligence Strategist based in Helsinki, Finland. Her artistic practice uses data, algorithms, and AI to create compositions, sound, and sonic art that can also be used in live performance. Participation and inclusion of the audience and non-skilled musicians, in collaboration with skilled musicians, is a feature of her work seeking to blur the lines between performer, composer, and audience.

Director of Learning and Hybrid-Intelligence Researcher
Aarhus University

Janet Rafner is a doctoral researcher in hybrid intelligence. She was formerly a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, with degrees in physics and studio art. Her current research includes: creativity, computational citizen science, and hybrid intelligence.

Assistant Professor
DIETI, University of Naples, Federico II

Domenico Ciuonzo received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. (summa) degrees in computer engineering and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Aversa, Italy, in 2007, 2009, and 2013, respectively.

Since 2011, he has held several visiting appointments: NATO CMRE, IT (2011); ECE Department, University of Connecticut, US (2012); Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, NTNU, Trondheim, NOR (2015 and 2016); Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Castelldefels, ES (2018).

His reviewing activities were recognized by the IEEE Communications Letters (in ’13, ’17 and ’19), IEEE Trans. on Communications (in ’14), IEEE Trans. on Instrumentation and Measurement (in ’16), IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (in ’17 and ’18) and MDPI Sensors (in ’17), which nominated him Exemplary Reviewer. He also received a similar recognition (“Top Reviewers” Award) for the whole MDPI publisher in 2017. Furthermore, his editorial activities were recognized by the IEEE Communications Letters, which nominated him Best Editor in ’18 and ’19, respectively.

Since ‘14 he has served as Associate Editor for several IET, Elsevier and IEEE journals. Currently, he is also an Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and the IEEE Communications Letters.

His research interests fall within the areas of data fusion, network traffic analysis, statistical signal processing, IoT and wireless sensor networks and wireless communications. Domenico Ciuonzo has co-authored 85+ journal and conference publications within highly-reputed venues. Since 2016 he is an IEEE Senior Member.

In ’19, he received the Best Paper Award at 4th IEEE ICCCS. In ’19, he was the recipient of the “Exceptional Service Award”, from IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). In ’20 he received the “Technical Achievement Award”, from IEEE Sensors Council for the area Sensor Systems or Networks (early career). In ’20, he received the Best Paper Award from Elsevier Computer Networks for the publication “MIMETIC: Mobile Encrypted Traffic Classification using Multimodal Deep Learning“.

He is co-author of the book “Data Fusion in Wireless Sensor Networks: A Statistical Perspective”, published by the IET (Apr. 2019). D. Ciuonzo has served and serves as independent reviewer/evaluator of research and implementation projects and project proposals co-funded by many EU and non-EU parties.

Associate Research Scientist
Northeastern University

Michele Polese [S’17-M’20] is an Associate Research Scientist and a Part-Time Instructor at Northeastern University, Boston, since March 2020, working with Tommaso Melodia. He received his Ph.D. at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova in 2020 under the supervision of with Michele Zorzi. He also was an adjunct professor and postdoctoral researcher in 2019/2020 at the University of Padova. During his Ph.D., he visited New York University (NYU), AT&T Labs in Bedminster, NJ, and Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He collaborated with several academic and industrial research partners, including Intel, InterDigital, NYU, AT&T Labs, University of Aalborg, King’s College and NIST.

He was awarded with the Best Journal Paper Award of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communications Systems Integration and Modeling (CSIM) 2019, the Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2019 from the IEEE ComSoc EMEA Region, the Best Paper Award at WNS3 2019 and 2020, and the IEEE MedComNet Mario Gerla Best Paper Award 2020. His research interests are in the analysis and development of protocols and architectures for future generations of cellular networks (5G and beyond), in particular for millimeter-wave communication, and in the performance evaluation of complex networks.

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 Yup.gg
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).

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.

Science and Technology Serial Entrepreneur

With pioneer activities since 1995 in fields like: Internet, Java, Electronic Art, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Apps, Nano Sciences, 3D Printing, Neuro computing or Deep Learning, including building 5 companies and several initiatives in these fields.

KeyNote Speaker with more than 300 conferences and seminars lectured worldwide in Europe & US. Associate lecturer in several universities, business schools & companies.

Advisor to boards and CEOs in the journey from the digital world to the automated world, in 2014 started MindBigData.com to transform how we interact with the electronic devices, using thoughts instead of other mediums.

Hands on Thought Leader in the intersection of Neuroscience & Artificial Intelligence.

Author of the Books “Automate or be Automated” 2020 & “From Big Data to Artificial Intelligence” Editions 2019 & 2016.

Principal Program Manager, Responsible AI Lead, Emerging Technology and Research Strategy Lead, Azure AI

Sarah’s work focuses on research and emerging technology strategy for AI products in Azure. Sarah works to accelerate the adoption and positive impact of AI by bringing together the latest innovations in research with the best of open source and product expertise to create new tools and technologies.

Sarah is currently leading Responsible AI for the Azure Cognitive Services. Prior to joining the Cognitive Services, Sarah lead the development of responsible AI tools in Azure Machine Learning. She is an active member of the Microsoft AETHER committee, where she works to develop and drive company-wide adoption of responsible AI principles, best practices, and technologies. Sarah was one of the founding researchers in the Microsoft FATE research group and prior to joining Microsoft worked on AI fairness in Facebook.

Sarah is active contributor to the open source ecosystem, she co-founded ONNX, Fairlearn, and OpenDP’s SmartNoise was a leader in the Pytorch 1.0 and InterpretML projects. She was an early member of the machine learning systems research community and has been active in growing and forming the community. She co-founded the MLSys research conference and the Learning Systems workshops. She has a Ph.D. in computer science from UC Berkeley advised by Dave Patterson, Krste Asanovic, and Burton Smith.

Managing Partner
Future Workplace

Jeanne Meister is Managing Partner of Future Workplace, an HR Advisory and Membership firm. Future Workplace manages Future Workplace Network, a consortium of senior HR, Talent and Learning professionals who meet virtually and in person to discuss next practices preparing for the future of work and access online courses on Future Workplace Academy. Future Workplace online courses focus on Using AI 4 HR, Solving Business Problems Using People Analytics, Radical Learning Transformation Designing A Holistic Employee Experience.
Future Workplace received the GOLD Brandon HALL award for excellence in the design of the first fiveweek online course entitled, Using AI 4 HR to Enhance the Employee Experience. Jeanne is the receipt of Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award, given to one HR executive each year by Association for Talent Development (ATD). This award honors Jeanne’s body of work in preparing executives for the future of work. Jeanne is also the receipt of the Colin Corder Award for Outstanding Achievement in Workplace Learning by The Learning and Performance Institute, (LPI).
Jeanne’s books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Estonian. Jeanne is a sought-after expert on the future of work having appeared in CIO, CNBC Power Lunch, CBS News, CNN, Fast Company, Fox Business, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, NPR, SHRM Magazine, Market Watch, Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and WPIX, New York. Jeanne’s recent Harvard Business Review article, 21 HR Jobs of the Future published in August, 2020 will be made into an online course.
Jeanne was named one of the Top HR Experts to Watch in 2020 by People Managing People Magazine and one of Top 100 HR Tech Influencers for 2019. Jeanne was previously Vice President of Market Development at Accenture (www.accenture.com) and is a member of Excelsior College Board of Trustees.

Innovation and Sustainability, Assistant Director

Senior economist 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: climate change and net zero, energy and environment, transport and mobility, development, and finance.
– Interests: macro drivers, structural change, disruptive innovation, transformation, and enabling environments.
– Primary stakeholders: International organisations, big tech firms, global companies, and national governments.


I’m a tech serial entrepreneur working in pursuit of a better society through people’s inclusion and empowerment. I accumulate more than two decades developing successful disruptive tech startups with impact in the society.

I’ve been carrying out, mentoring or been an advisor in several projects where the use of technology and internet are applied to social engagement, purpose-driven entrepreneurship and citizen-oriented cities.

In 2014, I founded Social Coin, a social experiment to foster and track Acts of Kindness. It soon became a global movement and a game-changing technology for Social Responsibility for Companies, Universities and Smart Cities. This work around the Gift and the Pay It Forward Economy has inspired people worldwide and received public recognition from the United Nations – WSA, the European Commission, the Institute for the Future, Gifted Citizen and various innovation and social impact congresses.
Citibeats is the result of Social Coin’s experiment and more than 1 year of R&D, a real-time awareness tool for social needs helping our customers to react better and faster in fast-changing social environments.

My personal moonshot is to develop a technology on top of Citibeats able to reward any single action based on the impact it has in society, reshaping the concept of wealth and becoming the operating system for a Universal Basic Income solution!

CEO and co-founder
Hawa Dawa

Karim is the CEO and co-founder of Hawa Dawa, a Munich-based company named one of the Top 10 Innovators in Germany and Top 35 in Europe by the MIT Technology Review. Forbes named Hawa Dawa one of the 100 most innovative start-ups in Germany in 2018. For its pioneering use of satellite data to track and analyse traffic and logistics movements the company was also honoured in 2018 by the German Federal Ministry of Transportation and the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Masters Programme and chosen “Digital Startup of the Year 2020” by the German Federal Ministry of Commerce and Energy.

Before founding Hawa Dawa, Karim worked for several years at the Frankfurt-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance. There he worked on climate change mitigation in Southeast Asia and the MENA region. He is a frequent guest of stakeholder consultations on matters of climate change and air pollution organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UN Environment. Next to his work at Hawa Dawa, Karim is also a start-up mentor at the FEPS Incubation Center of Cairo University.

Head of Project
Child Growth Monitor

Markus has been involved in digital healthcare for more than twelve years.

Prior to starting Child Growth Monitor he has worked as managing director co-founder and of strategy consultancy Research2Guidance – helping clients in embracing digital innovation, transforming their business models, and creating new markets for digital health to notably improve the healthcare industry and the quality of people’s lives. He has been working for major brands in the healthcare industry: Pharma companies, health insurance companies and health start-ups like Bayer, NHS, Microsoft, Pfizer or Novartis.

Since 2018 he and his team have been working on Child Growth Monitor – a mobile app to measure and diagnose children for their nutrition status using image data and AI instead of physical scales and measuring boards.

Co-founder & CEO

Mikela Druckman is the Co-founder & CEO of Greyparrot, a UK tech company using AI waste recognition technology to increase transparency and automation in waste management. With extensive experience in applied innovation, she is passionate about implementing new technologies to solve key business challenges within waste management to unlock the financial value of waste and keep our planet clean.

Head, Human Resources Planning and Development
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Manuela has more than 15 years of experience in human resources management, across all HR areas: from recruitment to administration, performance management and learning and development. She has specialized in talent management, which is her passion. She has started her career in private sector: Adecco, Daimler Chrysler and Kuwait Petroleum. She then moved to United Nations where she has covered a number of different roles in Human Resources across different continents (FAO in Italy, UN Secretariat in NY and Nairobi, UNICEF in Mozambique, WHO in Geneva). Manuela has also worked as HR Specialist for the European Union. She presently works as Head, Human Resources Planning and Development for the International Telecommunication Union of United Nations.

Co-Founder and CEO

Dana Griffin is the Co-founder and CEO of Eldera.ai, the global platform for wisdom sharing and intergenerational connection on a mission to activate our elders as assets to society and their wisdom as a service to humanity. Dana is a former data and advertising executive turned Age Tech entrepreneur and AI for Good advocate. Raised by her grandparents in Transylvania and then guided by elders throughout her life, Dana authored multiple trademarks and patents focused on aging, wisdom and the impact of longevity. She serves as the NY Director of AI Commons and an Encore Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow and has been advising, consulting, and speaking internationally about principled uses of AI for innovation, policy, and social impact. Named by AdAge one “40 under 40 changing the advertising industry”, she has a C-suite background in global expansion, strategy and data, partnering with Fortune 500s, high growth startups and non-profit organizations. A Vedic meditator and outspoken fan of interesting people and good food, Dana spends her time cooking, training in Krav Maga and exploring human wisdom.

Déléguée générale Wallonie-Bruxelles
Délégation générale Wallonie-Bruxelles à Genève

Mme Fabienne REUTER est Déléguée générale des gouvernements de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et de la Wallonie auprès des Nations Unies à Genève. Son parcours de diplomate l’a menée à beaucoup travailler dans la coopération multilatérale ; et elle a notamment occupé les postes de Directrice du département « Recherche et Innovation » de Wallonie-Bruxelles International et directrice du département Multilatéral mondial. Elle fut également l’une des négociatrices de la Convention de l’UNESCO pour la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles (2005).

Depuis 1987 Fabienne REUTER a occupé différents postes liés à la Francophonie. Elle est reconnue pour son expertise dans ce domaine. Elle a notamment été co-fondatrice et Vice-Présidente du groupe des Ambassadeurs francophones en France.

Mme REUTER a reçu plusieurs décorations au cours de sa carrière : elle est officier de la Légion d’honneur, officier dans l’Ordre national du service Fidélité de la Roumanie et officier dans l’Ordre national du mérite français.

Philosophe, chercheur et éditeur numérique

Octavio Kulesz est un philosophe, chercheur et éditeur numérique. Directeur des éditions Teseo, il est depuis 2012 l’un des coordinateurs du Laboratoire numérique de l’Alliance internationale des éditeurs indépendants, organisation basée à Paris. Il est aussi membre de la Banque d’expertise de l’UNESCO sur la Convention de 2005, et membre du groupe de 24 experts qui a rédigé pour l’UNESCO le projet de texte de la Recommandation sur l’Éthique de l’Intelligence Artificielle, le premier instrument normatif mondial dans ce domaine.

Chef de la section sur l'économie créative et le développement
Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Commerce et le Développement (CNUCED)

Marisa Henderson travaille à la CNUCED depuis dix-neuf ans.  Elle est actuellement chef de la section sur l’économie créative et le développement, qui vise à aider les pays en développement à utiliser au maximum leur riche offre de créativité et de biens culturels pour créer des emplois et réduire la pauvreté. Avant d’occuper son poste actuel, Marisa a travaillé pour la CNUCED à Genève à différents titres.

Marisa a obtenu un doctorat en économie politique internationale à l’université de Warwick, au Royaume-Uni, et un master en relations internationales à l’université FLACSO, en Argentine. Avant de rejoindre la CNUCED, Marisa a travaillé à la Mission de l’Argentine à Genève, où elle s’occupait des questions relatives à l’OMC, et à la Chambre des Communes à Londres, où elle travaillait pour le ministre du développement. Elle a enseigné au niveau universitaire en Angleterre et en Argentine. Marisa a rédigé un certain nombre de publications sur les questions de commerce international, notamment du matériel de formation pour l’Institut virtuel de la CNUCED et un certain nombre de rapports parlementaires sur les questions de commerce et de développement.

Coordinatrice du programme "Partenariats et réseaux pour l'économie créative"
Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Commerce et le Développement (CNUCED)

Carolina Quitana est coordinatrice du programme “Partenariats et réseaux pour l’économie créative” de la CNUCED. Le Programme de l’économie créative promeut la créativité comme moteur du développement durable, de l’autonomisation économique, de l’intégration sociale et de l’innovation. Il encourage les initiatives internationales et nationales visant à renforcer l’économie créative afin de diversifier les sources de revenus, créer de nouveaux emplois, en particulier pour les jeunes et les femmes, accroître les possibilités commerciales et les revenus, ainsi qu’améliorer la vie créative.

Mme Quintana est titulaire d’un MBA en finance de l’école de commerce de Lausanne et a plus de 28 ans d’expérience de travail dans le domaine du commerce et du développement à la CNUCED.

Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)

Aude Bernheim est chercheuse à l’INSERM. Docteure en microbiologie, elle a co-fondé avec Flora Vincent l’association scientifique et féministe WAX Science. Elle s’intéresse aux liens entre féminisme et sciences et milite entre autres pour une plus grande place des femmes dans les sciences, ainsi que pour une prise de conscience de l’impact de la notion de sexe et de genre dans les questionnements scientifiques. Son engagement s’exprime à travers des interventions (entreprises, écoles, grand public…) et des écrits. Elle est la co-autrice avec Flora Vincent de l’ouvrage « l’Intelligence artificielle, pas sans elles ».

AI Impact Alliance

Avocate, médiatrice, commissaire interarts et artiste, Valentine Goddard est une experte des Nations Unies reconnue internationalement sur les implications éthiques et sociales de l’IA, ainsi que sa gouvernance. Dans son approche multidisciplinaire et appliquée de l’éthique de l’AI, elle met particulièrement l’accent sur la dignité humaine, ayant initié tout au long de sa carrière des projets de médiation culturelle et sociale pour l’éducation aux droits de la personne.

Co-Chairman, FG-AI4EE
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Paolo Gemma – senior Specialist for Europe and representative of Huawei on issues related to energy saving and environmental sustainability of companies worldwide – has done its input in Huawei in April 2008.

Before he was in Nokia Siemens Networks, has been responsible for laboratories Italian for EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) and electrical safety areas. Previously he held for 18 years a role like within the Siemens Communications Division. Paolo Gemma, between the leading experts of sector at international level, has an active role in international standardization activities. Since 1993 has engaged in ETSI (European Telecommunication Standard Institute) and participates in the development of telecommunications EMC standards.

In 1997 he joined ITU-T Study Group 5 as Rapporteur and he is now the Chairman of Working Party 3 “ICT and Climate Change”. Paolo Gemma has followed the work of the EE (Environmental Engineering) of ETSI Technical Committee since 1998. EE is the Technical Committee of ETSI engaged in the standardization of energy power, mechanics and environmental conditions. The group is committed since 2004 on ecological issues in particular with regard to the reduction of energy consumption and cooling management of equipment and installation publishing some standards on this issue.

In 2002, has been appointed Secretary of the Committee ETSI TC EE and 2009 holds the position of Chairman of the EEPS EE (eco Environmental product standard) working group. Paolo Gemma is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Genoa.
Senior Research Director, Center for Financial Inclusion

Alexandra (Kobishyn) Rizzi is a Senior Research Director at the Center for Financial Inclusion, where her project portfolio focuses on responsible data practices and consumer protection. She joined CFI in 2012 and has worked on projects ranging from consumer protection guidance for digital credit, radio-based advocacy campaigns in Uganda, Benin and Ghana and the Client Protection Certification program. Prior to joining Accion, Alex was a Project Development Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action where she helped create the Microsavings and Payments Innovation Initiative (now part of the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative), a research fund focused on rigorous impact evaluations of savings products and payment systems. She has also worked at the Centre for Micro Finance at IFMR Research in Chennai India, where she was the Head of Knowledge Management and Dissemination. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Princeton University, and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Certificate in Digital Money from the Digital Frontiers Institute.

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Rudradeb Mitra started his career as an AI researcher in 2002 and co-authored ten research papers during his academics life. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, he entered the startup world and built several startups. He is an avid writer and wrote his first book titled “Creating Value With Artificial Intelligence: Lessons learned from 10 years with building AI products”. His current interest is on using AI for social good and that made him found Omdena – a collaborative bottom-up platform for AI development that, in 17 months since starting, engaged over 1500 collaborators from 84 countries to work on 31 social challenges. He has also been invited to speak in over 100 events and is a mentor of various organizations like Google for Startups, Seedstars.

Head of Department of Artificial Intelligence
Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Wojciech Samek is head of the Department of Artificial Intelligence and the Explainable AI Group at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), Berlin, Germany. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) is ranked among top 20 Artificial Intelligence Research Labs in the world.

He studied computer science at Humboldt University of Berlin, Heriot-Watt University and University of Edinburgh from 2004 to 2010 and received the Dr. rer. nat. degree with distinction (summa cum laude) from the Technical University of Berlin in 2014. During his studies he was awarded scholarships from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the DFG Research Training Group GRK 1589/1, and was a visiting researcher at NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, USA. After his PhD he founded the Machine Learning Group at Fraunhofer HHI, which he has directed until 2020. Dr. Samek is associated faculty at the Berlin Institute for the Foundation of Learning and Data (BIFOLD), the ELLIS Unit Berlin and the DFG Graduate School BIOQIC. Furthermore, he is an editorial board member of PLoS ONE, Pattern Recognition and IEEE TNNLS and an elected member of the IEEE MLSP Technical Committee. He is recipient of multiple best paper awards, including the 2020 Pattern Recognition Best Paper Award, and part of the MPEG-7 Part 17 standardization. He is co-editor of the Springer book “Explainable AI: Interpreting, Explaining and Visualizing Deep Learning” and has organized various special sessions, workshops and tutorials on topics such as explainable AI, neural network compression, and federated learning. Dr. Samek has co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers; some of them listed by Thomson Reuters as “Highly Cited Papers” (i.e., top 1%) in the field of Engineering.

Professor of Psychology at University of Sopron, University of Poltava, University of Lviv, and European Institute for Education Transformation Processes

Salvatore Giacomuzzi holds a doctor degree in physics and psychology. He is also a professor of psychology at the university.
Furthermore, he is also head of the Centre for Behavioural Economics at the Korolenko University Poltava and of the European Institute for Education Transformation Processes.
He is a distinguished expert in predicting human behaviour and has been working in this field for many years. This also in the forensic context.
At the same time, he is a consultant for the automobile industry, where he works on the optimisation of psychological requirements in various work processes.
He is author of many scientific articles and books and teaches at various universities in an international field.

Young Expert - AI/ML
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Thomas Basikolo works with the ITU coordinating and managing the ITU AI/ML in 5G Challenge. He received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Yokohama National University, Japan. During his studies, he was awarded the Japanese Government (Monbukagakushō) scholarship. He was also a recipient of grants for Non-Japanese Researchers from the NEC C&C Foundation, and a visiting researcher at the NEC Data Science Research Laboratories. Prior to joining ITU, he worked as a Research Engineer in the Engineering Department of Microwave Factory Co., Ltd, Tokyo, Japan.
He is recipient of multiple Best Paper Awards, the IEEE AP–S Japan Student Award and the Young Engineer of the year award by IEEE AP–S Japan in 2018. He has co-authored peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, predominantly in the areas wireless communications and antenna engineering. He serves as a Reviewer of IEEE and IEICE Journals. His interests includes, machine learning, deep learning and network science, and their applications in wireless networks.

Big Data Lead Scientist of the Joint Research Centre
European Commission

Stefano Nativi is the Big Data Lead Scientist of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. His present research activity deals with the Digital Transformation of our Society and AI. For more than 10 years, he has served as Head of Unit for the National Research Council of Italy, coordinating several international research activities (funded by EC, ESA, and US NSF) on Data Science and Digital Technology applications. He funded and chaired the Earth and Space Sciences Informatics (ESSI) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). He is member of the Council of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE). He was Scientific and Programme Chair of the 2019 International Symposium on Digital Earth. He is co-chair of the GEOSS Development Task Team of Group on Earth Observation (GEO). He also served as co-chair of the Scientific and Technology Committee of GEO. He was professor at the University of Padua (IT), University of Florence (IT) and Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (DE). He is co-chair of the OGC Earth System Sciences Domain Working Group of OGC and of the OGC netCDF Standardization Working Group.
He received, in 2019, the EGU Ian McHarg medal; in 2014, the Geospatial Innovation Award for “Technology Innovation in Interoperability” by the Geospatial World Forum; and in 2009 the Meritorious Service Medal by the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation (ICEO). In 2019, he also received an appreciation award from ISDE, for the scientific and program chairing of ISDE11.

Vice Rector and Professor
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dr. Annik Magerholm Fet is the Vice Rector of NTNU in Ålesund and a professor in Sustainability. Professor Fet leads several national and international research projects in capacity building in global production, environmental management, life cycle assessment, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business models for sustainability. These projects operate in the junction between academia, industry and public authorities with the goal to move towards more systemic sustainable practices in the society.

She has been the Norwegian observer in the UN International Resource Panel (UN IRP), and sits on the board of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Northern Europe (SDSN NE).

Associate Professor
Scuola Superiore Di Pisa

Luca Valcarenghi is an Associate Professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, Italy, since 2014. He published more than 200 papers in International Journals and Conference Proceedings. He actively participated in the TPC of several IEEE conferences, such as Globecom and ICC. Dr. Valcarenghi received a Fulbright Research Scholar Fellowship in 2009 and a JSPS “Invitation Fellowship Program for Research in Japan (Long Term)” in 2013. His main research interests are optical networks design, analysis, and optimization; communication networks reliability; energy efficiency in communications networks; fixed and mobile network integration; 5G transport. He is an IEEE Senior Member.

Kikk Festival/KingKong Magazine

Flora Six est journaliste de formation et de pratique. Après ses études, elle devient freelance avant de s’engager pendant plusieurs années dans l’asbl namuroise KIKK au sein de laquelle elle développe un projet de magazine papier thématique, semestriel, bilingue et gratuit, King Kong, dont elle publiera cinq numéros. Courts ou longs, écrits ou sonores, les récits qu’elle produit poursuivent un objectif commun, celui d’observer le monde, d’en décrire le sel et le piquant.

Michael Henry Strater University Professor
Princeton University

H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University, where his interests include information theory, machine learning and network science, and their applications in wireless networks, energy systems, and related areas. He is a member of U.S. National Academy of Engineering andU.S.  National Academy of Sciences, and also a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society and other national and international academies. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2017 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal and honorary doctorates from several universities in Asia, Europe and North America.

Interaction Designer, Robotics Engineer and Artist

Salvatore Iaconesi is an interaction designer, robotics engineer, artist, hacker. TED Fellow 2012, Eisenhower Fellow since 2013 and Yale World Fellow 2014.

He currently teaches Interaction Design and cross-media practices at the Faculty of Architecture of the La Sapienza University of Rome, at ISIA Design Florence, at the Rome University of Fine Arts and at the IED Design institute.

He produced videogames, artificial intelligences, expert systems dedicated to business and scientific research, entertainment systems, mobile ecosystems, interactive architectures, cross-medial publications, augmented reality systems, and experiences and applications dedicated to providing products, services and practices to human beings all over the world, enabled by technologies, networks and new metaphors of interactions, across cultures and languages.

His artworks and performances have been featured worldwide at festivals and conferences.

Salvatore actively participates in global discussions and actions on the themes of freedom, new forms of expression and on the future scenarios of our planet in regards to energy, environment, multi-cultural societies, gender identity, sustainability and innovation in both society and businesses, collaborating with institutions, enterprises and international research groups.

Artist and Writer

Oriana Persico holds a degree in Communication Sciences, is an expert in participatory policies and digital inclusion. She is an artist, writer and ecologist. She currently teaches Interaction Design and cross-media practices at ISIA Design Florence. She has worked together with national governments and the European Union to the creation of best practices, standards and researches in the areas of digital rights, social and technological innovation, Digital Business Ecosystems (DBE), practices for participation and knowledge sharing. Oriana writes critical, scientific, philosophical and poetical texts that connects to technological innovation, and on its cultural, sociological, economic and political impacts. She is an expert on the formal analysis of cultural and social trends, with specific focus on social networks. She creates breakthrough communication campaigns, performances, research methodologies and strategies.

Senior Expert
China Telecom Research Institute

Ying Shi is a senior expert of China Telecom Research Institute. Ying is heavily engaged in international standardization activities. She is currently Co-Chair of ITU Focus Group AI4EE WG3, Implementation of AI and Emerging Technologies for Environmental Efficiency. She also serves as Vice-Chair of Electromagnetic Environment & Protection Technical Committee of China Communications Standardization Association, which focuses on EMC and environmental issues. Ying leads several research projects on improvement of environment efficiency of 5G network by application of AI. She also works with the team to help China Telecom to develop a climate action roadmap, in order to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.

China Mobile Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies
China Mobile Research Institute

Chih-Lin I is CMCC Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies. She received Ph.D. EE from Stanford University. She has won 2005 IEEE ComSoc Stephen Rice Prize, 2018 Fred W. Ellersick Prize, and 2015 IEEE Industrial Innovation Award for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks.
She is the Chair of O-RAN Technical Steering Committee and an O-RAN Executive Committee Member, the Chair of FuTURE 5G/6G SIG, the Chair of WAIA (Wireless AI Alliance) Executive Committee, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member and Vice Chair of WWRF, a Steering Committee member and the Publication Chair of IEEE 5G and Future Networks Initiatives, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF.
She has 100+ patents, published 200+ Journal and conference papers, and 3 books. Her current research interests center around ICDT Deep Convergence: “From Green & Soft to Open & Smart”.

Independent Research Consultant

Vishnu has hands-on experience in the field of Telecom industry for more than two decades, developing and implementing standards, and holds many international granted patents.
He was nominated to Scientific Advisory Board Associate (SABA) member of Motorola Networks and the IET Future Tech Panel. He currently works as a independent research consultant, is the co-editor of ITU-T Focus Group specifications on Machine learning in 5G.
His current work items include coordinating standards initiatives, industry bodies, open source and academia, mentoring student projects and coordinating the ITU “AI/ML in 5G“ Challenge across the globe.
Vishnu holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Senior Director, 5G Architecture

Bob Everson is the Senior Director – 5G Architecture for Cisco Systems; leading strategy, architecture, technology, and systems development. In this role he is responsible for defining and developing 5G systems across both the service provider and enterprise domains.
Bob was an early pioneer in software-defined mobile networks and virtualized radio-access networks. Throughout his career, he has remained keenly focused on finding the optimal intersection between innovative technologies, the broader systems they impact, and the businesses that are built on them. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and loves getting outside perspectives to broaden his thinking.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Paolo est Avocat, spécialisé en droit de la propriété intellectuelle (P.I.). Il travaille auprès de la Division du droit d’auteur de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OMPI) et il fait partie de l’équipe restreinte de juristes qui s’occupent de toute question concernent le droit d’auteur au sein de l’Organisation.
Son activité professionnelle est caractérisée particulièrement par la gestion de plusieurs projets dans des domaines situés au carrefour entre la législation du droit d’auteur et les nouvelles technologies comme, par exemple, les intermédiaires de l’Internet, les contenus générés par les utilisateurs, la protection des logiciels et des jeux vidéo, et l’intelligence artificielle.
Avant sa prise de service auprès de l’OMPI en 2007, Paolo a exercé sa profession au sein du service de la propriété intellectuelle du cabinet d’avocats Uría Menéndez Abogados LLP à Madrid (Espagne) et du service juridique de la société espagnole de perception ‘Sociedad General de Autores y Editores’ (SGAE).

Innovation Manager at Fraunhofer HHI and Chair of ITU/WMO Focus Group on AI for Natural Disaster Management
Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Dr. Monique Kuglitsch is the Innovation Manager at Fraunhofer HHI (ranked among top 20 Artificial Intelligence Research Labs in the world) and Chair of the newly established ITU/WMO Focus Group on AI for Natural Disaster Management. She previously managed operations for the ITU/WHO Focus Group on AI for Health. In her past role at the American Meteorological Society, M. Kuglitsch was the Lead Technical Editor for several journals (including the Journal of Hydrometeorology and Journal of Physical Oceanography) and the Senior International Outreach/Communications Specialist. As a researcher, M. Kuglitsch has investigated past climate change, extreme weather events, and regional climate model projections. M. Kuglitsch has experience in fluvial and limnological field work, geochemical laboratory methods, applied mathematics and statistics, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate risk/impacts research.


NEC Fellow
NEC Corporation

Yasunori Mochizuki is NEC Fellow since April, 2019 and is now engaged in Digital Transformation and IoT eco-systems strategy for Smart Cities.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President responsible for NEC’s corporate technology strategy managing R&D roadmap, standardization and open innovations.  He has 30+ years of career as a research scientist and then as a general manager of research departments and his technical expertise covers a broad area including AI-oriented computer science, ICT systems, integrated devices and solid-state physics.  Yasunori is also active in NPO as well as policy proposal activities related to digital innovation: he is a Fellow at World Economic Forum’s Center for the Forth Industrial Revolution and also is a board member of FIWARE Foundation since March, 2017 representing NEC. He is also participating in digital economy-related project/committee activities of major business sector consortia including BIAC (Business at OECD).

Director, Humanitarian Impact Data

I love using technology to solve real human problems. Whether in the fields of cybersecurity and information security architecture, satellite networks, or the use of technology in disaster and humanitarian response, my work focuses on the intersection of people and technology. I am incredibly passionate about evangelizing the positive benefits of technology to humanitarians, businesses, and societies.

I’m currently the Director of Humanitarian Technology Impact at Salesforce.org. I lead an effort to engage global humanitarian organizations and help them improve their missions through the focused, ethical use of impact data.

Previously, I was on the privacy team at Apple, working to protect the personal information of its users. I established many of the technical standards for European data protection (GDPR) for Apple’s hardware, software and service offerings.

Going even further back, I helped to create the earliest security teams at Cisco, taught at conferences, developed security risk models, created policies, conducted audits, and responded to security incidents. I was the chairman of the Global VSAT Forum cybersecurity task force and developed the industry standards for VSAT product security and satellite service providers. I’ve been an incident commander during emergencies, and I’ve led teams both in Silicon Valley and on the ground in disasters around the world.

Some of my recent work involved deploying secure connectivity to first responders and humanitarian organizations supporting crisis response in the most remote areas on Earth. Innovation that works well in Silicon Valley doesn’t necessarily work in a refugee camp in Kenya or in a typhoon-stricken community in the Philippines.

In addition to my extensive technical skills, I have been engaged across the board with policy-makers, senior government officials, academia, first responders, NGOs, volunteer organizations and C-level industry. I’ve testified to legislative bodies and worked with lawmakers.

Senior Program Manager Humanitarian Partnerships

Experienced international aid worker, program officer, and project manager able to perform under high-stress situations with significant responsibilities. Successful United Nations operations, humanitarian and development work in Somalia, South Sudan, Pakistan and Kenya along with active US military service in Iraq and Korea. Now with Microsoft managing their corporate response to sudden onset humanitarian disasters around the world, managing the AI for Humanitarian Action program, and providing guidance to nonprofits on applying technology in the humanitarian space.

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).

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.

Executive Director of the Global Security Initiative
Arizona State University

Nadya T. Bliss is executive director of the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University (ASU) where she oversees efforts to address the complex, interdependent security challenges of today and beyond. Bliss holds a professor of practice appointment and is a member of graduate faculty in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering and a senior sustainability scientist appointment in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. She is also a senior fellow at New America. Before joining ASU in 2012, Bliss spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding group leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. Bliss currently serves as an Executive Committee member of the Computing Community Consortium and as vice-chair of the DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Study Group.

Professor of Earth Observation, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Nottingham

Professor Doreen Boyd is Associate Director at the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, UK, where she leads the Data and Measurement Programme. The principal focus of work is understanding how geospatial and novel data can assist in antislavery efforts. Currently, her work uses satellite EO data with AI in several funded projects (e.g., in India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda) with partners such as UNDP to turn research into impact to achieve UN SDG Target 8.7.

Deputy Director N/LAB, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Nottingham

Dr James Goulding leads analytics streams at the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab, the world’s largest collection of anti-trafficking researchers, as part of Rights Lab’s Data Programme. He also directs N/LAB, a centre targeting analytics for social good at Nottingham University’s Business School. He has managed projects across the globe which combine AI with novel data streams (such as drone imagery and cell-tower data) to investigate new ways of addressing UN SDGs, from FGM and perinatal mortality in East Africa to modern slavery in South America.

Thematic Lead on AI, Justice and Human Rights
The Alan Turing Institute

Anjali Mazumder is the Theme Lead on AI and Justice & Human Rights at the Alan Turing Institute. Her work focuses on co-designing and developing responsible and inclusive data and AI methods, tools and frameworks for safeguarding people from harm – particularly those most vulnerable, building resilient institutions and systems, and accelerating the opportunity for inclusive, fair and just services, systems, economies, and communities. She has over 15 years’ experience tackling fundamental statistical problems of societal importance working at the interface of research, policy and practice in the UK, the US, and Canada. She was appointed to Canada’s National DNA Databank Advisory Committee (2012-2018) and currently serves on the UK Forensic Science Regulator’s fingerprint interpretation subgroup, and the senior management board of the UK’s Policy and Evidence Centre for Modern Slavery and Human Rights.

Programme Manager, Modern Slavery Programme
United Nations University - Centre for Policy Research

Alice Eckstein is programme manager for the Modern Slavery Programme at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York. She manages Delta 8.7, an innovative project that serves as the Alliance 8.7 global knowledge platform and helps policy actors understand and use data responsibly to inform policies that contribute to achieving Target 8.7. Previously, Alice was Executive Director at New York University’s School of Professional Studies’ Center for Global Affairs. There, she managed external relations, public events and special programs to complement the Center’s graduate and noncredit education in global affairs.

Assistant Professor
Hallym University

He received his Ph.D. degrees in Brain and Cognitive Engineering from the Korea University, Republic of Korea, in 2019. He is currently working as an assistant professor in the Department of Artificial Intelligence at Hallym University, Republic of Korea. His research interests are pattern recognition, machine learning, artificial intelligence and brain engineering.

Research Fellow
Politecnico di Milano

Eng. Gorica Bratic obtained her BSc degree in Environmental Engineering at University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences in 2015 and MSC degree in Environmental and Geomatics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2018. In June 2018 she joined the GEOlab team of Politecnico di Milano as a temporary research fellow and in November 2018 she started her PhD in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her main field of interest is inter-comparison and validation of global high-resolution land cover maps. Her research relies on Free and Open Source Software technologies.

Professor of Geographic Information Systems and Digital Mapping
Politecnico di Milano

Degree with honors in Physics, PhD in Geodesy and Cartography. She is Professor of GIS at the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMI) and member of the School of Doctoral Studies in Data Science at “Roma La Sapienza”. From 1997 to 2010 she was the Director of the “Geomatics Lab” of PoliMI. From 2011 to 2016 she was the Vice Rector of PoliMI for the Como Campus.

She is the chair of ISPRS WG IV/4 “Collaborative crowdsourced cloud mapping (C3M)”; member of ESA ACEO (Advisory Committee of Earth Observation); co-chair of the United Nations Open GIS Initiative, Deputy-Chair of the UN-GGIM (Global Geospatial Information Management) Academic Network, mentor of the PoliMI Chapter of YouthMappers (PoliMappers). She is author of 108 scientific indexed publications and Guest Editor of 11 Special Issues.

Her research activity is in the field of geomatics. Her interests have been various, starting from geodesy, radar-altimetry and moving later to GIS, webGIS, geospatial web platform, VGI (Volunteer Geographic Information), Citizen Science and Big Geo Data. She is participating and leading research on these topics within the frameworks of both national and international projects and scientific networks. One of her main interest is in Open Source GIS, where she is playing a worldwide leading role.

Lead Lawyer of the Automated Vehicles Review
Law Commission of England and Wales

Jessica is the lead lawyer for the Law Commissions’ automated vehicles review. The review was requested by the UK Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). It began in 2018 and is due to report at the end of 2021 with recommendations for legal change establishing a regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles on the roads in Great Britain. Jessica’s work on applying laws to AV technologies involves extensive expert and public engagement in the UK and abroad and participating in the UNECE’s working party 1 and its informal group of experts. At the Commission Jessica has previously managed the criminal law team and worked on ride-hailing regulation and consumer protection reform. Before joining the civil service, Jessica was a lecturer in Law at Durham University and had been in private practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York and London, specialising in corporate law and intellectual property. She graduated with a BA in Law from Churchill College, Cambridge University and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Lawyer, Automated Vehicles Review
Law Commission of England and Wales

Connor is a lawyer on the Law Commissions’ three-year review of the UK’s regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles. Before embarking on a legal career, Connor was a neuroscientist who specialised in the quantitative modelling of sensory systems. He has held positions at the University of Queensland in Australia and at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

Marketing Manager
Reed Mobility

Prof. Nick Reed has worked at the cutting edge of transportation research for more than fifteen years. From early studies using driving simulators to examine driver behaviour, he has since been instrumental in connected and automated vehicle projects in the UK to the value of more than £50m, including leadership of the GATEway project in Greenwich and the creation of London’s Smart Mobility Living Lab. Nick was Academy Director at TRL (the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory) before becoming Head of Mobility R&D at Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier. He has since founded Reed Mobility – an independent expert consultancy on future mobility topics working across the public, private and academic sectors including projects for the European Commission, TfL, BSI and RSSB.

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies of the Faculty of Law
University of Groningen

Dr. Nynke Vellinga is a postdoctoral researcher at the Security, Technology & e-Privacy Research Group within the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Back in 2020, Nynke successfully defended her PhD thesis, titled ‘Legal Aspects of Automated Driving. On Drivers, Producers, and Public Authorities’, at the same university. This PhD research concerned several legal challenges arising from automated driving, covering topics such as (international) traffic laws and product liability. Nynke has published a number of articles in leading journals on law and technology. In addition, she has co-authored a report on the legislative changes necessary for automated vehicles to be tested on public roads, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (2015). Currently, the legal framework for cybersecurity in automated vehicles is one of Nynke’s main research focuses.

Head of Verification & Validation of CAV at WMG
University of Warwick

Dr Siddartha Khastgir is the Head of Verification & Validation of CAV (Connected and Automated Vehicles) at WMG, University of Warwick, UK, leading various Collaborative R&D projects with industrial & academic partners. His research areas in the CAV domain include test scenarios generation, safety, simulation based testing, Safe AI among many others. Prior to WMG, Siddartha was with FEV GmbH (Aachen, Germany) leading software development and testing for series production automotive control software projects. Currently, he represents the UK on various ISO Technical Committees and is the lead author for new ISO standards for Low-Speed Automated Driving (LSAD) systems (ISO 22737) and Taxonomy for ODD (ISO 34503). He is also the project leader for ASAM standardisation project – OpenODD. He is also a member of SAE ORAD committees.

He has received numerous national and international awards for his research contributions, including the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, a seven year Fellowship focused on safety evaluation of CAVs and is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 list maker.

Digital Policies Advisor
Intesa Sanpaolo Bank

Giulia graduated in Law in 2015 with a specialization in European Union Law. In 2016 she joined the Data Office of Intesa Sanpaolo where she worked as AI ethicist and legal advisor. In 2017 Giulia had the chance to work at the European Data Protection Supervisor during 5 months. Currently she sits on the Founding Editorial Board for Springer’s AI & Ethics Journal and she deals with European Digital and Innovation Policies within the Institutional Affairs Department of Intesa Sanpaolo.

AI Ethics Research Manager
Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe

Dr Aisha Naseer is Research Manager at Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited (FLE) UK, where she is leading the AI Ethics research activity through representing Fujitsu’s involvement at the AI4People forum, the EU AI Alliance, and the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. She is a GDPR-certified professional and participates in debates around AI Ethics, privacy, and digital trust including bias mitigation and AI fairness. In previous research projects, she has been providing strategic direction with leadership and expert advice in various industry sectors such as Healthcare, Finance, IoT & Cyber Security. She has extensive experience in successfully leading projects internationally, negotiated complex and strategic contracts. Dr Naseer is an innovative scientist with several patents, and has been an author of numerous papers in journals, international conferences, and book chapters. She has also chaired various ACM and IEEE conference sessions, and pioneered multiple special tracks and workshops. Dr Naseer is member of the founding Editorial Board of the Springer Journal of AI and Ethics.

Director at Austrian Economics Center, Vice President at Austrian National Bank and FG-AI4EE Vice-Chairman

Barbara Kolm (born 1964 in Innsbruck, Austria) was appointed as Vice President of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank in September 2018. Ms. Kolm is also the President of the Friedrich August von Hayek Institute and the Director of the Austrian Economics Center (AEC). She is the founder of the Free Market Road Show, an initiative which brings conferences in economics to dozens of cities each year. She holds several positions in the executive management of private enterprises and NGOs. Her major focus is on questions related to the efficiency, financing, and positioning of public institutions, public infrastructure and administration. She provides surveys and analyses about public finance, the national budget and structural reforms. Her academic activities include an associate professorship for Austrian Economics at the University of Donja Gorica in Podgorica, Montenegro. She is also a renowned public speaker at international conferences.

Barbara Kolm holds supervisory board positions e.g. at VIG-Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein AG. She is also a member of the university board of WU-Vienna University of Economics and Business.

In 2016, Barbara Kolm received the Global IP Champion Award for Excellence in Advocacy by the Global Intellectual Property Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, Newsmax voted her into the leading position among Europeans, and she was ranked 64th among the top 100 most influential liberal thinkers globally, as one of only 15 women, for her initiatives in providing free market solutions to today’s challenges. The Austrian Economics Center and the Friedrich August von Hayek Institute have reached top international rankings under her leadership.

Secretary General at Organization for International Economic Relations and FG-AI4EE Vice-Chairman
Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER)

Ms. Eik is the initiator of the USC (United Smart Cities) program and the Co-Chair of U4SSC, United for Smart Sustainable Cities, a global integrated UN initiative on urban development and smart cities.

In addition, she is a senior advisor to governments, cities and UN agencies in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 11 Sustainable Cities.

She is currently the Co-Chair of REM, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Real Estate Advisory Board, and is leading its Working Group on urban development and smart cities.

The focus of OiER (www.oier.pro) is to support both governments and businesses to strengthen cooperation and develop international networks, enhance and identify investment opportunities, and develop, implement and finance global projects in cooperation with UN agencies and other international organizations.

Head of Sustainability
Legal Assistant
Scottish Law Commission

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Edinburgh with Law LLB Hons (First Class) in 2017 and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in 2018. She completed her traineeship at a mid-size Edinburgh law firm in 2020, after undertaking seats in medical negligence and family law. In her current role as a legal assistant at the Scottish Law Commission, she is working on a law reform project concerning Aspects of Leases, alongside the Automated Vehicles project.

General Manager, Data Science

Dan Jeavons currently works for Shell in the digitalisation department. He has led the multi-award winning Data Science Centre of Excellence since its inception in 2013, growing the team from the ground up to around 160 individuals. In 2018, he was recognised in the top 50 data leaders in the UK, and his team received the Hackett Award for Data Analytics in the same year.

He has been a significant contributor to the development of Shell’s digital strategy which has now delivered over $1bln in cost reductions, production increases and additional customer margins. He was part of the team which developed the Shell.ai brand which is now externally recognised, and the work of his team and their impact has been recently publicized in mainstream journals like Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. He has also developed effective technology partnerships with a number of start-up companies leading to Shell investment and is a board observer for Kespry.

He began his working life as an Accenture consultant working in their Upstream practice before joining Shell In 2008. Subsequently, he worked in the CIO Office, and then in architecture before joining the Shell technology division in 2013. Dan is passionate about big data, data science and AI (a recurring theme throughout his career) but also has extensive experience in business process redesign, business transformation and change.
He is married to Anne (a barrister) whom he met at university, and has 3 children, Joshua, Isaac and Eliana. He enjoys travelling, scuba diving and is a keen guitarist. He enjoys being able to apply expertise acquired within Shell in a charitable context as a trustee.

Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor
University of Ottawa

Melike Erol-Kantarci is Canada Research Chair in AI-enabled Next-Generation Wireless Networks and Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. She is the founding director of the Networked Systems and Communications Research (NETCORE) laboratory. She is a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute, Toronto, and the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at University of Ottawa. She has over 150 peer-reviewed publications which have been cited over 5500 times and she has an h-index of 38. She has received numerous awards and recognitions. Recently, she received the 2020 Distinguished Service Award of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Green Communications and Computing and she was named as N2Women Stars in Computer Networking and Communications in 2019. Dr. Erol-Kantarci has delivered 50+ keynotes, tutorials and panels around the globe and has acted as the general chair and technical program chair for many international conferences and workshops. Her main research interests are AI-enabled wireless networks, 5G and 6G wireless communications, smart grid and Internet of things. She is an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Senior member and ACM Senior Member.

Weapon Contamination Specialist
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Martin Jebens is a consultant working for the Weapon Contamination Unit at the ICRC, leading an R&D project which assess how airborne remote sensing and AI can improve the capability of detecting weapons after war and conflict.
Mr. Jebens has in the past worked in the field of disaster risk management and sustainability. He has a strong focus on the use of innovation, improved coordination, risk awareness and planning to improve humanitarian action and to reduce risks and use the SDG´s and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as guiding tools.

He has a background in mine action where he was GIS manager for 6 years; in flood risk management where he was the focal point for making risk assessments for the Danish government; and in exploration geology in northern Scandinavia and Greenland.

Director, Monash Energy Institute
Monash University

Ariel is Director of the Monash Energy Institute and also leads the university’s Smart Energy System’s research program. Additionally, a Director of the Monash Grid Innovation Hub, Ariel leads Monash’s electricity grid related Digital Energy initiatives. He brings together researchers from across disciplines such as AI and Electrical Engineering.

Ariel is an energy specialist with more than 20 years’ experience, including NEM price forecasting, investment planning, electricity network monopoly regulation, and energy portfolio risk management.

Ariel is co-architect of the Microgrid/Net Zero Initiative and lead researcher in the $3 mil ARENA funded Smart Energy City. The Clayton campus infrastructure includes 2MW of solar panels, 20 buildings, electric vehicle charging stations and redT 1MWh storage.
Ariel’s research is cross-disciplinary including applications of machine learning data analytics to develop distributed energy market platforms, the integration of new optimisation techniques with grid operation and planning methods.

This results in faster decision support tools for operation and planning of  energy systems at distribution and transmission level. In the energy transition this is becoming critical if we are to manage the explosive complexity in operation and planning of both the distribution and transmission grid and new low carbon continent-wide power systems.

Ariel led the Australia Indonesia Centre Energy Cluster  and recently led a project in collaboration with Indonesian and European NGO’s showing that a shift to renewables can cost Indonesia no more than their current coal based plans while reaching 50% renewables by 2030

Ariel holds a PhD in Quantum Physics from the University of Queensland.

Senior Vice President and Global Head of AI & Analytics

Bret leads Cognizant’s Global Artificial Intelligence and Analytics business unit, focused on helping transform our clients with the most differentiated capabilities and offerings for Data Modernization and AI.  The AI&A business unit supports core capabilities for our client’s overall digital transformation.  Bret is also helping to drive AI and Data transformation across Cognizant’s business units and to lead the effort on Responsible AI for the company.

Prior to this, Bret lead IBM Watson’s Internet of Things Offerings, establishing new IoT products and services for the Industrial Internet of Things. He built his career in technology and business leadership across a range of roles throughout IBM in software, services, consulting, strategy, marketing, and as IBM’s CIO for Asia-Pacific. He has worked globally in these roles including living in China for 5 years working with clients and transforming IBM’s IT environment.

He holds patents in the areas of collaboration systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Research Scientist
Google AI

Nicholas Carlini is a research scientist at Google Brain. He studies the security and privacy of machine learning, for which he has received best paper awards at IEEE S&P and ICML. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018.

VP of Alliances & Sponsor Relations

Susan is XPRIZE’s Senior Director, Stakeholder Relationships where she leads the fundraising efforts with corporations, foundations, governments and other nonprofit organizations in order to scale impact. She also focuses on identifying, developing, and leveraging partnerships to increase brand awareness and engagement, as well as generate revenue. Prior to her current role, Susan was XPRIZE’s Director of Marketing & Communications where she led the marketing efforts on the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, and spearheaded the launch of the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.

Before XPRIZE, Susan was the Director of Marketing & Corporate Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, and the founder of Silicon Beach Marketing. While living in New York City, Susan created and ran PEOPLE magazine’s Entertainment Marketing department, as well as the magazine’s high-profile charity outreach and cause-related events.

Susan received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies from Franklin & Marshall College, and then studied Geology at the Colorado School of Mines. She is also a certified Whole Health Educator and Coach.

Assistant Professor at University of Cagliari and Co-Founder of Pluribus One
University of Cagliari

Battista Biggio received the MSc degree in Electronic Engineering, with honors, and the PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, respectively in 2006 and 2010, from the University of Cagliari (Italy). Since 2007 he has been working for the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the same University, where he currently is an Assistant Professor. From May 12th, 2011 to November 12th, 2011, he visited the University of Tuebingen (Germany), and worked on the security of machine learning algorithms to contamination of training data.

Senior Researcher, Machine Learning Group
TU Berlin

Grégoire Montavon is a senior researcher in the Machine Learning Group at the Technische Universität Berlin, and in the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD). He received a Masters degree in Communication Systems from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 2009, and a Ph.D. degree in Machine Learning from the Technische Universität Berlin in 2013. His research interests include explainable AI, deep neural networks, and unsupervised learning.

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Professor of Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Aleksander Madry is a Professor of Computer Science in the MIT EECS Department, a member of CSAIL and of the Theory of Computation group. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2011. Prior to joining the MIT’s faculty, he spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England and then he was on the faculty of EPFL until early 2015.

He is the Director of the MIT Center for Deployable Machine Learning and the Faculty Lead of the CSAIL-MSR Trustworthy and Robust AI Collaboration.

Research Interests: His research spans algorithmic graph theory, optimization and machine learning. In particular, he has a strong interest in building on the existing machine learning techniques to forge a decision-making toolkit that is reliable and well-understood enough to be safely and responsibly deployed in the real world.

Head of Scientific Office

“Radar Consultant” with Capgemini since november 2011, Sandrine received the M.Sc. degree in signal processing and telecommunications at the University of Rennes 1, France in 2005 and the Ph. D. degree in radar remote sensing at the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes in 2009.

From 2009 to 2011, she was with the Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA), Salon de Provence, France, as a research engineering for the Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère (CESBIO) for 11 months and then as a Post-doctoral Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). She worked for the SAR processing, the database organization and the analysis of the TropiSAR campaign (A-phase BIOMASS Mission).

Since 2011, she is scientific expert in SAR radar at Capgemini. Her research specialty is interferometry and polarimetry of SAR image analysis from P to Ka-band for different media.

Since 2018, Sandrine is head of scientific expert team that includes experts in Earth Observation (Radar, Lidar, Optical) as well as thematicians such as meteorologists, climatologists, astrophysicists and Data Scientists specialized in applied mathematics, advanced statistics, AI models (ML/DL/RL/…). She is part of Perform AI – Capgemini Group AI & Analytics offering.

Director of Global Strategy IT in Cities

Albert Seubers (1959) graduated at Agricultural University Wageningen in building technologies and biomass gasification. Ever since he worked in IT consultancy focused on governmental topics. He worked for Dutch Telecom implementing the first fiber networks in Netherlands, for CMG as director in the Public Sector Service group, for HP as Public Sector executive before he joined Atos in 2008. Since 2011 he is Director Global Strategy Smart Cities for Atos. Since 2019 Albert is member of the Board of Directors of the FIWARE Foundation. The Atos Smart City program focusses on the virtuous circle of managing a city on all aspects as safety, citizen services, employment, education, social and health care, transport and traffic, sustainability and governance and economic development. Engaging citizens and business communities to create and maintain a sustainable, safe and prosperous city is the key message in the Atos Smart City Strategy. In his role Albert works with cities all over the world to help them define their strategy often referred to as a Smart City Strategy or find solutions to support their strategy. Albert is a strong believer in the fact that data plays an important maybe even the most important role in creating the city of the future. As data is leveraging new capabilities to improve citizen services, it also allows for new business models to support cities in financing the city in the future. But data is to be treated with respect for the privacy of all citizens. And as more data is gathered through connected devices (sensors) expanding the possible attack platform for cyber intrusion, there is a clear need for highly secured operated Urban Data Management platform.

Executive Director
World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)
Vice President Maps at TomTom and Chair of WGIC Policy Development & Advocacy Committee
Qen Labs Inc
Head of Traffic Innovation and Policy

Stephanie has already spent nearly 10 years working with the EU from all corners of the transportation sector. After finishing her university studies in Scotland and Canada, Stephanie first entered the mobility space by specialising in electric vehicles. Stephanie has thrived in the male-dominated transportation industry by becoming a voice and role model for young women in transportation. Stephanie has extensive experience in both the governmental and private sector and is skilled at bringing people together in order to drive innovation and push for progress, focusing mainly on road safety. Having spoken across the globe about technology to politicians and business leaders alike, Stephanie is an exciting voice bringing new ideas and fresh thinking into the automotive and mobility world.

Sr. Director of Strategic Business Development at Maxar Technologies and Member of WGIC Policy Committee
Maxar Technologies
Senior Vice President at Riegl International and Member of WGIC Policy Committee
Riegl International
McKnight Distinguished University Professor
University of Minnesota

Shashi Shekhar, a McKnight Distinguished University Professor at the University of Minnesota and an U.C. Berkeley alumnus, is a leading scholar of spatial computing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is serving on the Computing Research Association (CRA) board, and as a co-Editor-in-Chief of Geo-Informatica journal (Springer). Earlier, he served as the President of the University Consortium for GIS (UCGIS), and on many National Academies’ committees. Recognitions include IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award, UCGIS Education Award, IEEE Fellow and AAAS Fellow. Contributions include algorithms for evacuation route planning and spatial pattern (e.g., colocation, linear hotspots) mining, an Encyclopedia of GIS a Spatial Databases textbook.s as a spatial computing book for professionals.

Vice President – Product Development
Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Director of Intelligent Systems Research
Oregon State University

Dr. Dietterich (AB Oberlin College 1977; MS University of Illinois 1979; PhD Stanford University 1984) is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University.  Dietterich is one of the pioneers of the field of Machine Learning and has authored more than 200 refereed publications and two books. His current research topics include robust artificial intelligence, robust human-AI systems, and applications in sustainability. 

Dietterich has devoted many years of service to the research community. He is a former President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the founding president of the International Machine Learning Society. Other major roles include Executive Editor of the journal Machine Learning, co-founder of the Journal for Machine Learning Research, and program chair of AAAI 1990 and NIPS 2000. He currently serves as one of the moderators for the cs.LG category on arXiv.

Chief Research Officer
Director of the Applied Mathematics Department
Universitat Politècnica de València

Alberto Conejero is Full Professor of Applied Mathematics at the School of Computer Science (ETSINF). He is a researcher at the Mathematical Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IUMPA). He is also the director of the master program on Mathematical Research at UPV.

He has a degree in Mathematics from Universitat de València (1998) and a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from UPV (2004), receiving the Outstanding Dissertation Award. He also has a master’s degree in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Universitat de Barcelona (2020).

He has been teaching for more than 20 years different mathematics courses: Algebra, Mathematical Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, Graph Theory, Network Science and Data Science Projects in the degrees of Computer Science and Data Science. He has also taught Synthetic Biology, Soft Skills, and Art and Science at UPV. He also has two MOOCs at edX, that were awarded by Universia and Telefonica (2013). He has also received the Excellence Teaching Prize of Social Council of UPV (2014).

His research activity started in the areas of Functional Analysis and Operator Theory in Pure Mathematics. In the last years, he has been interested in Biomedical Data Analysis, Network Science, and mathematical applications to Computational, Systems and Synthetic Biology, and Communication Networks. He is the author of more than 80 research articles published in international research journals. Besides, he has stayed at the following academic institutions for short periods: in Bowling Green (OH) and Kent (OH) (USA), Lecce (Italy), Prague Academy of Sciences (Czech Rep.) And Tübingen (Germany). 

Before being Director of the Department of Applied Mathematics, I held other positions at UPV: Deputy Dean of the ETSINF (formerly Faculty of Informatics) (2004-2009), Secretary of the Commission of the Strategic Plan of the UPV for the period 2007-2014 (2005-2007), Director of Academic Performance and Curricular Students Assessment Area (2009-2013), and Deputy Secretary-General (2013-2016).

He has been co-leader of the ValenciaIA4COVID team, which has recently won the 500K XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge. It has the first time that a Spanish team has won an XPRIZE competition. He has also been an instructor of the VALENCIA_UPV Team that won the Grand Prize (Undergraduate level) at the iGEM Competition on Synthetic Biology (2018).

Commissioner of the Presidency
Generalitat Valenciana

Nuria Oliver is Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance, Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute, co-founder and vice-president of ELLIS (The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems) and co-founder of the Alicante ELLIS Unit, devoted to research on “Human(ity)-centric Artificial Intelligence”.  She is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  In March 2020, she was named Commissioner for the President of the Valencian Region on AI Strategy and Data Science to fight Covid-19. Since then, she has led a team of with 20+ data scientists. She has also led the ValenciaIA4COVID team, which has recently won the 500K XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge. It’s the first time that a Spanish team wins an XPRIZE competition. 

She has over 25 years of research experience in the areas of human behavior modeling and prediction from data and human-computer interaction. She has been a researcher at Microsoft Research (Redmond, WA), the first female Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D for over 8 years and the first Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone globally (2017-2019).

Her work in the computational modeling of human behavior using Artificial Intelligence techniques, human-computer interaction, mobile computing and Big Data analysis – especially for the Social Good is well known with over 160 scientific publications that have received almost 20,000 citations and a ten best paper award nominations and awards. She is co-inventor of over 40 filed patents and she is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences.  Her work has contributed to the improvement of services, the creation of new services, the definition of business strategies and the creation of new companies.

Nuria is the only Spanish researcher recognized by the ACM as Distinguished Scientist (2015) and Fellow (2017) at the same time. She is also a Fellow of the IEEE (2017) and the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (2016). She has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Miguel Hernandez University (2018). Dr. Oliver is the youngest and fourth female member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering (2018) and an elected member of the Academia Europaea (2016) and CHI Academy (2018), where she is the only Spanish scientist. 

As an advisor, Dr. Oliver is a member of the scientific advisory committee of several European universities, the Gadea Ciencia Foundation, Mahindra Comviva and the Future Digital Society, among others. In addition, is/has been an advisor to the Spanish, Belgian and Valencian Governments, the European Commission and the World Economic Forum on issues related to Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Oliver is a member of the program committee of the main international congresses in her research areas. She has also been a member of the organizing committee of 20 international conferences and is a member of the editorial committee of five international magazines.

Dr. Oliver’s work has been recognized internationally with numerous awards. She graduated top of her class at the UPM and received the First National Telecommunications Award (1004). She is the first Spanish scientist to receive the MIT TR100 (today TR35) Young Innovator Award (2004) and the Rising Talent award by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (2009). She has been awarded Data Scientist of the Year in Europe (2019), Engineer of the Year Award by the COIT (2018), the Medal for Business and Social Merit by the Valencian Government (2018), the European Digital Woman of the Year award (2016) and the Spanish National Computer Science Award (2016). 

She has been named one of the top 11 Artificial Intelligence influencers worldwide by Pioneering Minds (2017), one of Spanish wonderful minds in technology by EL PAIS newspaper (2017), “an outstanding female director in technology” (El PAIS, 2012), one of “100 leaders for the future” (Capital, 2009) and one of the “40 youngsters who will mark the next millennium” (El PAIS, 1999). 

Nuria firmly believes in the value of technology to improve the quality of people, both individually and collectively, and dedicates her professional life to achieving it.

Her passion is to improve people’s quality of life, both individually and collectively, through technology. She is also passionate about scientific outreach. Hence, she regularly collaborates with the media (press, radio, TV) and gives non-technical talks about science and technology to broad audiences, and particularly to teenagers, with a special interest on girls. She has given talks to more than 10,000 adolescents, has contributed to the book “Digital natives do not exist” (Deusto, 2017) with the chapter “Digital scholars”, has written articles for EL PAIS, The Guardian, TechCrunch among others and has been co -organizer of large congresses with thousands of attendees, such as the first TEDxBarcelona event dedicated to emerging education, the I and II International Congress on Artificial Intelligence and the I International Congress on Aging. Her talks on WIRED, TEDx and similar events have been viewed thousands of times.

Head of the Ambient Intelligence Group
Jozef Stefan Institute

Mitja Luštrek is the head of the Ambient Intelligence Group at the Department of Intelligent Systems at Jožef Stefan Institute. He has a PhD in computer and information science from the University of Ljubljana. His main research interests are personal health systems and interpretation of sensor data using machine learning. He has been a principal investigator in a number of international research projects. He has been successful in several scientific competitions, including winning the SHL Challenge on activity recognition twice, and placing second in the $500k XPrize Pandemic Reponse Challenge. He has also served two terms as the chair of the Slovenian Artificial Intelligence Society, and is on programme committees of several conferences.

Technical Officer
Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
Investment Manager

Son Young Hong has impact investing experience in various asset classes and regions. Currently, she is an investment manager at Yellowdog, one of the leading impact investing VC firms in Korea. She invested in the European private markets at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and in the public market in the US at Eventide Asset Management, a Boston-based impact fund. Moreover, she has experience in working at startups in the US, focused on social problems and sustainability.
She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, a Master’s degree in finance from Imperial College, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Director of Student and Education Programs
Reader in Olympic Studies and the Social Analysis of Sport
Canterbury Christ Church University

Dr. Dikaia Chatziefstathiou is an expert in Olympic Studies and her work on Olympism and Olympic values has been widely published and cited. In the most recent work, she applies the theory and methodology adopted in her Olympic research into the world of football unpacking issues of power. She is the Director of Research Environment at the School of Psychology and Life Sciences in Canterbury Christ Church University, UK and Reader in Olympic Studies & the Social Analysis of Sport. She is also an International Research Expert of the Centre for Olympic Studies & Research (COS&R) at Loughborough University, UK; and a Senior Associate of the Hibou Alliance of sports professionals worldwide. Dikaia was the holder of the prestigious Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the Regional Development Institute of the Panteion University in Athens, Greece (2013-2015) to examine “An Evaluation of the Legacies of the Sporting Mega Events on Social Capital in Greece”.

She is the winner of the inaugural Coubertin Prize 2008 awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC) for her qualitative research on Pierre de Coubertin’s writings and speeches. Following her award, she became a Member of the Executive Board of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (based in Lausanne, Switzerland) until 2018. She was the Guest Editor for the Special Olympic Issue of the European Sport Management Quarterly in 2012 (co-edited with Professor Ian Henry).

She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge Handbook of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (2020) and author of the book “Discourses of Olympism: From the Sorbonne 1894 to London 2012” published by Palgrave (2012; co-authored with Professor Ian Henry) and has edited several other books. She has also written the storytelling book “Imagine my Stories for Peace” containing five stories for inspiring young people to embody the Olympic values in their lives (2016; published by the International Olympic Truce Centre). You can see Dikaia’s work here: http://www.olympic-discourses.com

Department Head, Network Automation
Nokia Bell Labs

Henning Sanneck heads the “Network Automation” Research Department in the Standards unit of Nokia Strategy & Technology, Munich, Germany.
He received his Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin with a thesis on Voice over IP QoS in 2000. Then, Henning joined Siemens – Mobile Networks as a Senior Research Engineer, becoming an Innovation Project Manager in Radio Network Management in 2003. In 2007, at the formation of Nokia Siemens Networks, he started to lead a line team driving Self Organizing Networks (SON) concepts, IPR and demos for LTE using policy-based management technologies. Since 2009, Henning and his team are working on applying and adapting analytics and machine learning technologies to Radio Network Management (in particular for anomaly detection and diagnosis) using network data- and simulation-based approaches. In 2014/15, as “Head of Cognitive Network Management” for Nokia Networks Research, he has also acted as the coordinator of the research & standardization work in that technical area which included the strategy development and technology transfer supervision. Henning’s team has been continuously involved in nationally (BMBF) and internationally (EU) funded research projects.
His current research interests are in (Beyond) 5G Network Management and Orchestration, in particular configuration, healing and the operation of Cognitive Functions in virtualized, sliced radio access networks (across public and private deployment scenarios). Henning has published 80 papers and has 30 patents granted or published. He has been co-editor and -author of the book “LTE Self-Organizing Networks” (2011) and co-author of the book “Towards Cognitive Autonomous Networks” (2020).

Postdoctoral Researcher, Mobile Networks Department
Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)

Francesc holds a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies (2020), from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Previously, he obtained a B.Sc. degree in Telematics Engineering (2015) and an M.Sc. in Intelligent and Interactive Systems (2016), also from the UPF. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Mobile Networks department at Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC). He is also involved in standardization activities within the ITU-T. In particular, he actively participated in the Focus Group on Machine Learning for Future Networks including 5G (FG-ML5G), where he has acted as an editor, a mentor on students projects, and organized a problem statement for the ITU-T AI Challenge. Regarding education, Francesc has been a teaching assistant at the UPF since 2015 and course instructor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) since 2020.

Associate VP of Evolutionary AI

Risto Miikkulainen is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin and AVP of Evolutionary Intelligence at Cognizant Technology Solutions. He received an M.S. in Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 1990. His current research focuses on methods and applications of neuroevolution, as well as neural network models of natural language processing and vision; he is an author of over 450 articles in these research areas.

Executive Director of The Oxford Covid-19 Government Response Tracker
University of Oxford

Toby is the Executive Director of the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT).

He was previously the Head of Research and Policy for Digital Pathways of Oxford (based at the Blavatnik School) and, prior to that, ran the research and policy team for the Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development, a two-year commission of inquiry – chaired by Melinda Gates, Sri Mulyani Indrwati and Strive Masiyiwa – that reset the global discussion on how developing countries can navigate and take advantage of technological disruption.

Prior to joining Oxford University, Toby worked as a civil servant in the Australian government, holding roles across several departments (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney-General’s Department, and Department of Human Services). His government experience was focused on domestic policy: social security, aged care, disaster management, housing, higher education, and public finances.

Toby earned a Master of Public Policy (MPP) with distinction from the Blavatnik School of Government. His first degree was in science, a BSc (hons) with first-class honours from Flinders University, specialising in organic chemistry and molecular biology, which included a year of original research on drug synthesis.

Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation
City of Los Angeles

Jeanne Holm works at the cross-section of civic innovation, open data, and education. She is the Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation at the City of Los Angeles, working on issues ranging from homelessness to digital equity technology innovation, data and analytics, fiscal transparency, and public-private partnerships. As a senior consultant with the World Bank, she worked with governments throughout the world to build robust open data ecosystems and ensure transparency. She was the Evangelist for open data for the U.S. White House, leading collaboration and building communities on Data.gov with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. She was the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA, driving innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal (www.nasa.gov). She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, is a Trustee with Claremont Graduate University, and leads a startup on education and social justice.

Her research (over 130 publications) and courses focus on data science, knowledge management, and civic innovation. Her honors include the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leadership (twice), top 50 Women in Tech, NASA Achievement Award for her work on the Galileo and Voyager spacecraft, three Webby’s from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and she led NASA to an unprecedented three global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) awards.

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
North Carolina State University

Dr. González Prelcic received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2000 from the University of Vigo, Spain. She joined the faculty at NC State as an Associate Professor in 2020. She was previously an Associate Professor in the Signal Theory and Communications Department at the University of Vigo, Spain. She was also the founding director of the Atlantic Research Center for Information and Communication Technologies (atlanTTic) at the University of Vigo (2008-2017). She is an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. She is an elected member of the IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Technical Committee. Her main research interests include signal processing theory and signal processing and machine learning for wireless communications: filter banks, compressive sampling and estimation, multicarrier modulation, massive MIMO, MIMO processing for millimeter-wave communication and sensing, including vehicle-to-everything (V2X), air-to-everything (A2X) and satellite MIMO communication. She is also interested in joint positioning and communication, joint sensing and communication, radar signal processing, radar and communications co-existence, multi-vehicle sensor fusion and autonomous navigation. She has published more than 80 papers in the topic of signal processing for millimeter-wave communications, including a highly cited tutorial published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing which has received the 2020 IEEE SPS Donald G. Fink Overview Paper Award.

Senior Researcher
NEC Laboratories Europe

Gürkan Solmaz is a Senior Researcher at NEC Laboratories Europe in Germany, where he applies to skills towards mobile computing, AI/ML, and cloud-edge systems for IoT applications in smart cities and smart mobility. Gürkan received his PhD at the University of Central Florida – his research interests included wireless ad hoc and sensor networks and human mobility models. Gürkan is a member of the ACM Future of Computing Academy.

Cardiologist, CEO & Co-Founder

Cardiologist specialized in arrhythmias and sports cardiology and IDOVEN’s CEO & CoFounder. He is a researcher at the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) and a doctor for the Spanish Agency for Health Protection in Sport (AEPSAD) of the Higher Sports Council (CSD). Master’s degree in Statistics and Research Methodology in Health Sciences from the University of Córdoba. Member of the working group on Sports Cardiology of the Spanish Society of Cardiology, member of the European Society of Cardiology and scientist of the Centre for Biomedical Research in the Cardiovascular Disease Network (CIBERCV). He has participated as author of 18 scientific publications in international medical journals (mainly in the field of arrhythmias and sports cardiology), more than 120 communications to congresses and 43 book chapters.

Former Real Madrid, FC Porto and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

Ex professional football goalkeeper and national champion.

He defended Real Madrid’s goal for 25 years, lifting more than 28 national and international trophies, becoming a legend of the club. He is the second player with the most matches in the history of the Spanish National Team, which he captained for more than 15 years until he led it to glory, lifting the World Cup in 2010 and two consecutive European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

Elected best goalkeeper in the world for five consecutive years, from 2008 to 2012, and being a regular in the nominations in the final list of candidates for the Golden Ball, Iker is undoubtedly one of the most important Spanish sportsmen in history.

Iker Casillas, through the Foundation or other entities, has always been linked to social actions by taking his solidarity to a priority level in his life. Among the most outstanding actions are: UNDP Ambassador, dedicated to guaranteeing the fundamental rights of children in the world.

After his heart disease, he started researching and looking into cardiovascular diseases and discovered that they are the leading cause of death in the world. He was shocked to learn that it kills 17 million people every year and the importance of prevention, so he joined IDOVEN as an investor and team member to try to mitigate this global problem.

Research Associate
Albert Hirschman Center on Democracy

Jérôme Duberry is a research associate at the Albert Hirschman Center on Democracy. His doctoral work was on the use of digital technologies by conservation actors. As part of his research, he examined how digital technologies contributed to the participation of state and non-state actors in a global multi-stakeholder process. He demonstrated that, under specific conditions, digital technologies could contribute to increasing non-state actors’ participation and consensus-building. Before becoming a full-time researcher and lecturer, Jérôme developed and executed digital communication strategies for the MarCom department of public and private organizations.

His current research activities focus on digital technologies in two main areas: conservation and democracy. First, he explores how digital technologies, including blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) are used by non-state actors to advance conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Second, he examines how AI could contribute or threaten citizen participation and collective decision-making processes in liberal democracies.

At the Graduate Institute, Jérôme teaches the course entitled “Cybersecurity and Virtual Insecurity.” Jérôme is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Dusan Sidjanski Competence Centre in European Studies, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva.

School of Engineering Distinguished Professor for AI and Health, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Regina Barzilay is a School of Engineering Distinguished Professor for AI and Health in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an AI faculty lead for Jameel Clinic, an MIT center for Machine Learning in Health.  Her research interests are in natural language processing and applications of deep learning to chemistry and oncology. She is a recipient of various awards including the NSF Career Award, the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, Microsoft Faculty Fellowship and several Best Paper Awards at NAACL and ACL. In 2017, she received a MacArthur fellowship, an ACL fellowship and an AAAI fellowship. In 2020, she was awarded the Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University, and spent a year as a postdoc at Cornell University. Prof. Barzilay received her undergraduate degree from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

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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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Harvard Business School

I am an Assistant Professor in the Technology and Operations Management Group at Harvard Business School. My research primarily involves machine learning and its applications to high-stakes decision making.

I lead the AI4LIFE research group at Harvard and I recently co-founded the Trustworthy ML Initiative (TrustML) to help lower entry barriers into trustworthy ML and bring together researchers and practitioners working in the field.

My current research is being generously supported by NSFGoogleHarvard Data Science InitiativeAmazon, and Bayer. Prior to my stint at Harvard, I received my PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Guest Researcher
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Steve Blandino received his M.Sc. degree in communications engineering from Politecnico di Torino and Telecom ParisTech. He joined the Interuniversity Micro-Electronics Center in 2015 and he obtained his  Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2019  from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. From 2019 he is a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standard and Technology. His current research interests include MIMO systems, millimeter-wave communications and joint communication and sensing signal processing.

Professor at the University of Bordeaux and Chair at RoboCup France
RoboCup France

Olivier Ly – Professor at the University of Bordeaux – LaBRI. He has parcipated in RoboCup since 2011. His team Rhoban has won the KidSize league four time (2016, 2017, 2018,2019), and has also won the Best Humanoid prize (2017). Chair of the RoboCup in Bordeaux in 2023 hosted by the University of Bordeaux.

Chief Strategy Officer

Amber Hartley is the Chief Strategy Officer for BurstIQ, a Denver-based blockchain company that operates the LifeGraph® Network, a secure data exchange network that allows health and identity data to be trusted and connected at scale. The company’s groundbreaking technology transforms data into smart data, allowing people to own and control their information across everything they do and allowing businesses to drive deeper engagement with the people, places, and things that touch their business. Prior to joining BurstIQ, Amber ran the national innovation center at Catholic Health Initiatives and has been leading partnerships for over 20 years at various biotechnology, high tech, and healthcare companies. She holds a B.S. in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience and a Master of Biotechnology.

Senior Advisor, Gender Equality
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Founder of Technoladies; WEF AI Youth Council Member/Representative of Turkey, Diversity Advocate, and AI4ALL alumnus
Founder at The HopeSisters, AI for good advocate, Mental Health Change Maker
The HopeSisters

Alisha Arora is an ambitious 14 year old on a mission to leverage AI to better support youth mental health. She is currently researching at MIT’s AI lab to diagnose mental illness. Alisha is also working towards detecting suicidal ideation in social media content to prevent suicide. As an ardent philanthropist she founded her own non-profit organization, The HopeSisters. Their passion for supporting children in foster care has led them to gain recognition on national television and from government officials.

Senior Adviser of Development Policy: Digital Cooperation, Technology and Innovation
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Director of the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC)
SAE Industry Technologies Consortia

Amy Chu is currently the Director of the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC), a program of SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC®).  In this role, she leads a group of industry member companies focused on refining and sharing safety principles for SAE Level 4 and 5 automated driving systems.

Amy has devoted nearly 20 years to the automotive industry, previously at HARMAN International where she stood up the automotive cybersecurity engineering center of excellence.  She has vast program management and product delivery experience and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.

Master Expert Regulation Certification Standards ​

Kai is one of the 30 Master Experts of Stellantis. He is responsible for Regulation Certification and Standards. Since its creation in 2016, he has been the industry spokesman of the UN Task Force on Cybersecurity and Software Updates. He joined Groupe PSA in 2001 ​and has been working in the field of vehicle regulation and certification since 2005. In 2007, he became the spokesman of the International Organisation of Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) inside the GRRF Expert Group for Brakes and Running Gear (Active Safety) of UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. He is currently the chairman of the OICA Technical Committee.​​