2020 Speakers

Founder and Scientific Director
Mila - Quebec AI Institute

Yoshua Bengio works in computer science, specifically artificial intelligence (machine learning). He is the founder and director of the Institut des algorithmes d’apprentissage de Montréal at Université de Montréal. His current interests include fundamental questions on deep learning, the geometry of generalization in high-dimensional spaces, biologically inspired learning algorithms, and challenging applications of statistical machine learning in artificial intelligence tasks.

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.

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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.

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

Shwetak N. Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests are in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Sensor-enabled Embedded Systems, and User Interface Software and Technology. His work includes developing new sensing systems, energy and water sensing, mobile health, and developing new interaction technologies.
Dr. Patel was also a founder of Zensi, Inc., a demand side energy monitoring solutions provider, which was acquired by Belkin, Inc in 2010. He is also a co-founder of a low-power wireless sensor platform company called SNUPI Technologies and a consumer home sensing product called WallyHome. WallyHome was acquired by Sears in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and B.S. in Computer Science in 2003. Dr. Patel received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2011, is a 2012 Sloan Fellow, received the TR-35 award in 2009, was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business Magazine, was named Newsmaker of the year by Seattle Business Journal, and was a recipient of the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship in 2011. His past work was also honored by the New York Times as a top technology of the year in 2005.
For more information visit Dr. Patel’s homepage, and see the Ubicomp Lab website for the latest news, publications, and detailed project descriptions.

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Professor, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering; Director of Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAiRE)
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Pascale Fung is a professor in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). She is the director of the newly established, multidisciplinary Centre for AI Research (CAiRE) at HKUST. She is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for her “contributions to human-machine interactions” and an elected Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association for “fundamental contributions to the interdisciplinary area of spoken language human-machine interactions”.

She is a member of the Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, a think tank of the World Economic Forum, and blogs for the Forum’s online publication Agenda. She is a member of the Partnership on AI. She has been invited as an AI expert to different government initiatives in China, Japan, the UAE, India, the European Union and the United Nations.

Fung’s publication topics include spoken language systems, natural language processing, and empathetic human-robot interaction. She co-founded the Human Language Technology Center (HLTC) and is an affiliated faculty with the Robotics Institute and the Big Data Institute, both at HKUST. Additionally, she is the founding chair of the Women Faculty Association at HKUST. She is actively involved in encouraging young women into careers in engineering and science.

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.

Professor of Computer Science, IBM AI Ethics Global Leader, AI for Gender Inclusivity Breakthrough Co-Chair

Francesca Rossi is a distinguished research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and a professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy.

Her research interests focus on artificial intelligence. Specifically, they include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making. She is also interested in ethical issues in the development and behaviour of AI systems, in particular for decision support systems for group decision making. She has published over 170 scientific articles in journals and conference proceedings, and as book chapters. She has co-authored a book. She has edited 17 volumes, between conference proceedings, collections of contributions, special issues of journals, as well as the Handbook of Constraint Programming. She has more than 100 co-authors.

She is a AAAI and a EurAI fellow, and a Radcliffe fellow 2015. She has been president of IJCAI and an executive councillor of AAAI. She is Editor in Chief of JAIR and a member of the editorial board of Constraints, Artificial Intelligence, AMAI, and KAIS. 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 and of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She is 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. She is a member of the board of directors of the Partnership on AI, where she represents IBM as one of the founding partners.

Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition
Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France

Brune Louise Sabine Poirson, politician, was born in Washington DC (US) on 1st September, 1982. Originally from Vaucluse, she studied at Sciences Po Aix, then at the London School of Economics (UK), and then at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (US). She began her career in England where she worked as a Project Manager for Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). She continued her career in innovation and development in India, and then the United States. She has worked in the public (AFD), private (Veolia), and voluntary (Nesta) sectors. Career Assignment Manager for NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) in London, Project Manager for the AFD (French Development Agency) (2009-2011) in India, Director of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility for Veolia Water India (2011-2014), Researcher on social innovation and corporate social responsibility in Boston (2014-16), an elected member of the Vaucluse constituency, registered with the La République en Marche group (in 2017), Secretary of State attached to the Minister of State, and Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition (since 2017). Elected a member of Vaucluse’s 3rd constituency on 18th June, 2017, Brune Poirson was then appointed Secretary of State attached to the Minister of State, and Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition on 21st June, 2017.

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.

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Principal, Disaster Response Program
Amazon Web Services

Maggie is responsible for developing and leading the organization’s strategy to leverage technology and expertise in support of disaster response. Prior to joining Amazon, Maggie served as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at the UNICEF USA. In this capacity, Maggie and her team led relationships with the corporate sector in the United States, including gifts-in-kind, cause-related marketing, sponsorships, philanthropic grants, special events, corporate social responsibility, and employee engagement. Maggie also served as the Deputy Director of the Shot@Life campaign at the United Nations Foundation. While in this role, Maggie led the Halo Award Winning “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” campaign with Walgreens. Maggie first fell in love with strategic philanthropy as Senior Manager of Community Relations/Social Responsibility at the National Basketball Association. In this role, Maggie managed the NBA’s disaster response program, cause marketing platforms, and many corporate and community partnerships globally. Maggie graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. degree in Health Sciences.

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
AIVITA Biomedical

Dr. Keirstead is an internationally known stem cell expert and has led therapy development for cancer, immune disorders, motor neuron diseases, spinal cord injury and retinal diseases. He is the Chairman and CEO of AIVITA Biomedical. He was previously CSO of Caladrius which acquired California Stem Cell in 2014. Dr. Keirstead founded California Stem Cell, served as CEO, and led 3 rounds of the investment and sale of the Company. He holds Board positions in several prominent biotechnology companies.

Previously, he founded and served as the CEO of Ability Biomedical, which developed technology later sold to Bristol Myers Squibb. He was a Professor at the University of California, Irvine where he founded and directed the $77 million Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. As a Full Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, he was awarded over $16 million in grants during his 15-year tenure. He has mentored over 100 students, published over 100 manuscripts, and granted over 20 patents. He was awarded the Distinguished Award for Research, the UCI Academic Senate’s highest honor, as well as the UCI Innovation Award for innovative research leading to corporate and clinical development. He was a founding advisor of the California Stem Cell Initiative that resulted in a $3 billion stem cell fund (CIRM). He has been a long-time advisor to several governments on biomedical policy.

Dr. Keirstead has been a notable figure in the field of regenerative medicine for over two decades. His work in spinal cord injury earned him the distinction of being one of 100 top scientists of the year in Discover Magazine. He was featured on 60 minutes in a full segment covering his treatment for spinal cord injury. Dr. Keirstead and his research have also appeared in Newsweek, Inc. Magazine, WIRED, Esquire, The NY Times, TIME Magazine, Men’s Vogue, Science and The American Spectator, amongst other national publications. He has given dozens of keynote addresses at industry meetings and events, was a TEDx speaker, and was recently honored as one of 7 thought leaders in Canada at the Seven Wonderer’s event by Beakerhead.

Dr. Keirstead received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, Canada for which he received the Cameron Award for the outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the country. He conducted Post-Doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. He received the distinct honor of election as Senate Member of the University of Cambridge and Fellow of the Governing Body of Downing College, and was the youngest member to have been elected to those positions.

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Dean and Chancellor's Professor of Law

L. Song Richardson is the Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law with joint appointments in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Asian American Studies. She received her AB from Harvard College and her JD from Yale Law School. Her interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study decision-making and judgment in a variety of contexts. Her scholarship has been published by law journals at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke and Northwestern, among others. Her article, “Police Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment” was selected as a “Must Read” by the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Her co-edited book, The Constitution and the Future of Criminal Justice in America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. She is a co-editor of Criminal Procedure, Cases and Materials published by West Academic Publishing. Currently, she is working on a book that examines the history of race in the U.S. and its implications for law and policy.

Dean Richardson’s legal career has included partnership at a boutique criminal law firm and work as a state and federal public defender in Seattle, Washington. She was also an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Immediately upon graduation from law school, Dean Richardson was a Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellow with the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in Brooklyn, NY. A leading expert on implicit racial and gender bias, Richardson is frequently invited to speak to law firms, district attorney and public defender offices, police departments, universities, judges, bar associations, and private industry across the nation about the science of implicit bias and its influence on decisions, perceptions, and judgments. She also presents her work at academic symposia and non-academic legal conferences.

She has won numerous awards and recognitions, including the American Association of Law School’s Derrick Bell Award, which recognizes a faculty member’s extraordinary contributions to legal education through mentoring, teaching, and scholarship. She was recently named one of the Top Women Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal, one of the 100 Most Influential business and opinion shapers in Orange County, and one of the two most influential Korean Americans in OC.

Dean Richardson is a member of the American Law Institute. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools, an association whose goal is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education, including promoting the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve local, national and international communities.

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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.

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.

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Director of Special Operations
Argo AI

Alex Roy is Editor-at-Large at The Drive, founder of Geotegic Consulting and the Human Driving Association. He is also co-founder and host of The Autonocast and author of The Driver. He has set numerous endurance driving records, including the infamous Cannonball Run record.

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Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies
Republic of South Africa

Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Minister 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.

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.

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs​​

Former positions include a career with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Norwegian Government and the UN (peacekeeping), research and academia, serving in different capacities in the private sector and for various multilateral organizations in the field and at headquarters. Since 2014, with the World Economic Forum, spearheading the Forum’s work on geopolitics and international security and how to catalyse responses to global, regional and industry challenges. Has published widely on geopolitics, international security affairs and global governance issues. Regular commentator and lecturer.

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Director of Technology

Andrew is a technical expert on cyber security and advises Darktrace’s strategic customers on advanced threat defense, AI and autonomous response. He has a background in threat analysis and research, and holds a first-class degree in physics from Oxford University and a first-class degree in philosophy from King’s College London. His comments on cyber security and the threat to critical national infrastructure have been reported in international media, including CNBC and the BBC World.

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Chief Executive Officer and Publisher
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s media company. MIT Technology Review’s analysis, features, interviews, and events explain the impact of new technologies on business and society.

Elizabeth is leading the growth, expansion, and modernization of MIT Technology Review’s media platforms and products, including U.S. and international websites, newsletters, events, and an award-winning print magazine. Elizabeth also serves as chair of the global entrepreneurial network MIT Enterprise Forum.

Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences.

Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist magazine), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She also spent a decade working as a consultant.

Elizabeth holds an executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.

Director & CSO, Roborace; AI for Safe & Smart Mobility Solution Track Chair
Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA)

Bryn Balcombe is 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.

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.

CEO; AI for Digital Trust Solution Track Chair

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Senior Software Engineer

Experienced Senior Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in global computer software industry. Skilled in Scrum, Quality Assurance/Control, System Engineering, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Organizational Development, and Public Speaking.

Vice President Strategic Development
University of Bordeaux

Hélène Jacquet is currently Vice-President for Strategy and Development at the University of Bordeaux.

She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Bordeaux 1 University. After an initial period as research assistant, she was tasked with creating and developing a technology transfer office (TTO) in the field of ICT. In 2001, she joined Sony Electronics (San Jose, California) as senior researcher, and contributed to the development and transfer of innovative technologies in the field of digital media.

Back in France in 2004, she joined a consulting firm specialized in industrial innovation in Paris as consultant, and became an associate partner in 2005. She has been a major contributor to several forward studies, such as the ICT chapter for the Forward Technological Studies of the French Ministry of Industry: “2010 Key Technology”. Her regular mission as consultant included evaluations of regional policies in the field of innovation and research, audits of technology transfer offices (TTO), management of large-scale European projects, foresight groups, performance of strategic planning and market research for start-ups, private firms and public organizations.

She joined the research and higher education center, “PRES Université de Bordeaux”, in 2009 where she took charge of development strategy. As such, she contributed to drafting the strategic plan for IdEx Bordeaux that was granted a €700 M endowment, one of the three first projects to be labeled by the French government in 2011 within the framework of the Investments for the Future scheme.

From 2014 to 2017, she was Deputy Executive Director for Research, International, Innovation and Partnerships. In this capacity, she acted as managing director of the University of Bordeaux Initiative of Excellence (IdEx Bordeaux).

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.

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Artist and Director, Experience Design
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.

Co-Director Monash/Australian Federal Police AiLECS Lab
Monash University

Dr Wilson is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean (International) at the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. His interests include digital forensics, information retrieval, machine learning and bioinformatics.

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Author, Curator
FOS Future Lab

Lucy Johnston is an independent consultant, working worldwide. She operates under the trading name of The Neon Birdcage, her curation studio in the heart of the countryside in the county of Kent, UK.
With two decades of experience in cultural and commercial innovation research, trend analysis and brand strategy, Lucy studies the impact of new technologies on industry, society and the world around us.

She develops content programmes for international exhibitions, workshops, seminars and retail/cultural pop-ups, that engage industry and public audiences in exploring cultural shifts and our future world. And in her role as a scout and strategic consultant for international clients, she seeks out cutting-edge tech companies for collaborations, R&D and investment opportunities.
She travels extensively for research and commissioned projects – from the US to Japan, Brazil to China, and Iceland to India and Israel – studying developments across the global creative and technology sectors.

Her clients (some past, some retained) include WIRED magazine, Warner Music Group, JP Morgan, Goodwood Festival of Speed, TATA, JaguarLandRover, Audi, Apple, Sony, Nike, Virgin Atlantic, Battersea Power Station, Argent, Telefonica, Auchan, Sainsbury’s, Pan Macmillan, Thames & Hudson, Accenture, Julius Baer, Cisco, Ford and the UK Government.

In 2017 she was commissioned to curate the inaugural FOS FUTURE LAB at Goodwood Festival of Speed – a flagship pavilion at the centre of the world-renowned motorsport festival site in Sussex, UK. The promise of this pavilion is to showcase the future of transport and mobility innovation in all its forms, alongside a wider vision of the impact of new technologies on our future world. She continues to develop and curate the annual feature, on behalf of the Duke and the Goodwood team, and it is now dubbed by Campaign as “one of the major technology shows in the world”.

Technical Product Manager; Founding Director of Alliance for Africa's Intelligence

Passionate about Technology, Business and helping products truly solve the problems they are designed for.

Extensive experience in Engineering, Finance, Sales/ Marketing and Entrepreneurship and dedicate my time outside the office to helping the black community excel in business, both in the USA and in Africa

Lead go-to-market for Nvidia’s fastest growing business channel, cloud for AI, HPC, futuristic Graphics.

Founded Alliance for Africa’s Intelligence, organization to ensure African innovations get the chance to change millions of lives, and the continent is never again left behind during industrial revolutions.

Inventor, BBC "Click" Presenter
BBC News

With an ear for music and an eye for trends, LJ Rich is Click’s social media veteran who is always on the lookout for the latest memes. After reading music at Oxford, she has monitored emerging concepts in consumer electronics for over a decade, with particular interest in audio innovations and quirky gadgets.

When offline, LJ composes and analyses music. She is fascinated by language and loves to travel. She also writes restaurant reviews.

Associate Programme Officer
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

David Oehmen leads the work on digital strategies for climate change adaptation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat. As such, he oversees the substantive and technical development of new tools and services and advises colleagues in the establishment of new digital solutions in relation to climate resilience. He is also working on fostering private sector engagement in climate resilience.

David has studied International Relations and Communications and has subsequently specialized on how digital solutions can help manage climate change impacts.

Founder, CEO

Caitlin Kraft-Buchman is CEO/Founder of Women at the Table, a growing global CSO based in Geneva, Switzerland – and the first organization to focus on systems change by helping feminists gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: economy, democracy and governance, technology, and sustainability.

A serial coalition builder focused on impact, she is the founder of International Gender Champions (IGC) a leadership network of female & male decision-makers that breaks down gender barriers for system change. After four years it includes hubs in Geneva, New York, Vienna, Nairobi, The Hague, and most recently Paris, and counts 300+ Champion heads of organizations including the Secretary General of the UN, heads of the UNHCR, ICRC, IOM, IFRC, WTO, ILO, WHO, WIPO, ISO, ITU, Ambassadors, and Civil Society.  As IGC Board Member she is also responsible for IGC’s Trade Impact Group (Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment, 2017); Disarmament Impact Group (nominated for Arms Control Person/s of the Year, 2018); Standards Impact Group  (Gender Responsive Standards Declaration, 2019); International Justice Impact Group (The Hague Principles on Sexual Violence, 2019).

Caitlin also founded and co-leads  the new < A+ > Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms with Ciudadania Inteligente,  a global coalition of technologists, activists and academics who focus on affirmative action for algorithms and creating gender equality, so that machine learning does not embed an already biased system into our future.

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.

Robots Can Think
FG-AI4H Chair, Professor, and Executive Director; AI for Humanizing Health Solution Track Co-Chair
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. He heads research teams working on : Video processing and coding, Multimedia transmission, Machine learning, Mobile Communications (management) and Computer Vision (management).

CMO and Chief Parent Officer

Titania Jordan is the CMO and Chief Parent Officer of Bark.us, an internet safety solution that helps parents and schools keep children safer across social media, text messaging, and email. As the former host of NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA’s weekly television show Atlanta Tech Edge, Titania has the honor of covering the latest in tech news and talent across both the city and the globe. Past roles also include serving as the CMO of KidsLink, co-founder and CMO of PRIVET, and Executive Director of Band of Coders Girls Academy. Titania travels the country serving as a tech expert and was named a tech innovator and a mother of invention by The Atlantan in 2015. Titania is mom to a tween son.

Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management, Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Professor Toffel is the Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management, Faculty Chair of the HBS Business and Environment Initiative, and is course head of and teaches the Technology & Operations Management core MBA course. Mike Toffel’s research examines companies’ management of environmental affairs and occupational safety, identifying which types of management programs and regulations improve environmental and safety performance.

His work ranges from academic articles based on econometric analyses of large datasets to case studies of individual companies. His research on occupational health and safety has been profiled by the head of U.S. OSHAand featured in the national press including US News & World Report, and Scientific American. His research has been published in many top scholarly journals including Science, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Organization Science, in practitioners journals including Sloan Management Review and California Management Review, and in mainstream outlets including The Atlantic Monthly and Newsweek/DailyBeast.

Senior Research Scientist
Google Brain

I am interested in designing high-performance machine learning methods that make sense to humans.

My current focus is building interpretability method for already-trained models (e.g., high performance neural networks). In particular, I believe the language of explanations should include higher-level, human-friendly concepts.

Attorney and Founder of Girardi & Keese
Girardi & Keese

Thomas Vincent Girardi is an attorney and a founder, with Robert Keese, of Girardi & Keese, a downtown Los Angeles law firm.

Widely regarded by his peers as one of the nation’s top trial lawyers and with nearly fifty years of experience representing victims, Thomas V. Girardi has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, handling claims involving wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, bad faith insurance, and toxic torts. In 2003, he received the most prestigious honor of being inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar. Mr. Girardi is a Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization, limited to 500 trial lawyers. Mr. Girardi is also the first trial lawyer to be appointed to the California Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the state courts.

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Associate Professor of Criminology
Monash University

Associate Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Arts, Research Affiliate, Monash Data Futures Institute, Monash University, Australia

Asher’s research utilises criminological and socio-legal frameworks to understand, critique and transform legal policy and practice in gendered violence and technology-facilitated abuse, with a particular focus on the role of artificial intelligence in facilitating abuse. This includes serious social and legal problems like image-based sexual abuse, deepfakes and AI-facilitated abuse. Informed by national and international context, her research is interested in how people experience justice, and seeks to develop innovative legal and non-legal responses to violence and abuse in a world increasingly dominated by social media, artificial intelligence and digital technology.

Asher has led and worked on numerous projects in this field, including research funded by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Criminology Research Council and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. She has published extensively on technology-facilitated abuse, as well as in the related areas of sexual violence, access to justice, plea negotiations and legal reform, and has advised the United Nations and Facebook on issues and policy development related to technology-facilitated abuse.

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While my background is in mathematics, I am always curious about new technologies, both in the physical and digital world. I like to learn and think about algorithms and the web, and how these will affect science, business and society. When possible and realistic, I try to contribute towards this future.

Examples include: MOOCs, big data, open practices (software, data, science, journalism, government, intelligence), crowdsourcing, semantic technologies, blockchain technology (bitcoin/ethereum),…

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Associate Professor Computer Science and Engineering; Co-Chair

Kamalika Chaudhuri received a Bachelor’s of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2002 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2007. After a stint as a postdoctoral researcher at the Information Theory and Applications Center at UC San Diego, she joined the CSE department at UCSD as an assistant professor in 2010. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2013, and a Hellman Faculty Fellowship in 2012. Chaudhuri’s research is on the design and analysis of machine-learning algorithms and their applications. In particular, her interests lie in clustering, online learning, and privacy-preserving machine-learning, and applications of machine-learning and algorithms to practical problems in other areas.

Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)

He 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.

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Head of the Intelligent Data Analysis group, Professor, Co-Chair
TU Berlin

Klaus-Robert Müller received the Diploma degree in mathematical physics in 1989 and the Ph.D. in theoretical computer science in 1992, both from University of Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1992 to 1994 he worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at GMD FIRST, in Berlin where he started to built up the intelligent data analysis (IDA) group. From 1994 to 1995 he was a European Community STP Research Fellow at University of Tokyo in Prof. Amari’s Lab. From 1995 until 2008 he was head of department of the IDA group at GMD FIRST (since 2001 Fraunhofer FIRST) in Berlin and since 1999 he holds a joint associate Professor position of GMD and University of Potsdam. In 2003 he became a full professor at University of Potsdam, in 2006 he became chair of the machine learning department at TU Berlin. He has been lecturing at Humboldt University, Technical University Berlin and University of Potsdam. In 1999 he received the annual national prize for pattern recognition (Olympus Prize) awarded by the German pattern recognition society DAGM, in 2006 the SEL Alcatel communication award and in 2014 he was granted the Science Prize of Berlin awarded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin and in 2017 he received the Vodafone Innovations Award. Since 2012 he is Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and he holds a distinguished professorship at Korea University in Seoul. In 2017 he was elected member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and also external scientific member of the Max Planck Society. For 5 years he was director of the Bernstein Center for Neurotechnology, from 2014 he became co-director of the Berlin Center for Big Data and from 2018 simultaneously director of the Berlin Machine Learning Center. He serves in the editorial boards of Computational Statistics, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Machine Learning Research and in program and organization committees of various international conferences. In 2019 he became ISI Highly Cited Researcher. His research interest is in the field of machine learning, deep learning and data analysis covering a wide range of theory and numerous scientific (Physics, Chemistry and Neuroscience) and industrial applications. GS > 69000, h 114. His research areas include statistical learning theory for neural networks, support vector machines and ensemble learning techniques. He contributed to the field of signal processing working on time-series analysis, statistical denoising methods and blind source separation. His present application interests are expanded to the analysis of biomedical data, most recently to brain computer interfacing, genomic data analysis, computational chemistry and atomistic simulations.

Director; Co-Chair
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Masashi Sugiyama was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1974. He received the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Engineering in Computer Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1997, 1999, and 2001, respectively. In 2001, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the same institute, and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003. He moved to the University of Tokyo as Professor in 2014. Since 2016, he has concurrently served as Director of RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project. He received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship and researched at Fraunhofer Institute, Berlin, Germany, from 2003 to 2004. In 2006, he received European Commission Program Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and researched at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. He received the Faculty Award from IBM in 2007 for his contribution to machine learning under non-stationarity, the Nagao Special Researcher Award from the Information Processing Society of Japan in 2011 and the Young Scientists’ Prize for the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan in 2014 for his contribution to the density-ratio paradigm of machine learning, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Award and the Japan Academy Medal in 2017 for his series of machine learning research. His research interests include theories and algorithms of machine learning and data mining, and a wide range of applications such as signal processing, image processing, and robot control.

Founding Chair, Board of Directors
Zero Abuse Project

Senator Dunn (Ret.) is the founding Chair, Board of Directors,, of the Zero Abuse Project, a new nonprofit focused on reducing the incidence of sexual exploitation of children in all of its forms on a global basis.

Senator Dunn is also currently the Assistant Dean of External Relations as well as a Lecturer at the UCI School of Law. He serves as the primary point person for the launch of the UCI Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute, the Civil Justice Research Institute, and the UCI Institute on Policing in Society.

Senator Dunn was a member of the California State Senate from 1998-2006. While serving in the Legislature, he chaired key committees such as the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Housing and Transportation Committee. He received international acclaim as Chair of the Senate Investigation Committee into the 2001 California Energy Crisis. California Lawyer Magazine labeled Senator Dunn as “the Man Who Cracked Enron.”

Between 2006-2014, Sen. Dunn served as CEO of both the State Bar of California, the judicial branch regulatory body overseeing all aspects of the profession of law, and the California Medical Association, the most influential state medical organization in the nation, representing more than 30,000 California doctors.

Prior to entering the Senate, Senator Dunn practiced law, handling cases involving the sexual exploitation of children, products liability litigation relating to defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and environmental cases.

He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law (1983) and his B.A magna cum laude from The College of St. Thomas (1980).​

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Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada) prior to joining HKUST in its founding year in 1992. Other degrees include an Executive MBA from Kellogg (Northwestern University) and HKUST in 2002, and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of California at San Diego (Revelle College departmental award, cum laudePhi Beta Kappa) in 1984. I have been a visiting researcher at Columbia University in 1995-96, Bell Laboratories in 1995, and the Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany) during 1986-87.

In December 2011, I was selected by the Association for Computational Linguistics as one of only 17 scientists worldwide to be awarded the honor of founding ACL Fellow, with a citation for “significant contributions to machine translation and the development of inversion transduction grammar” which pioneered the integration of syntactic and semantic models into statistical machine translation paradigms.

I have served as Associate Editor of Computer Speech and LanguageAI Journal, and ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing, and on the Editorial Boards of Computational LinguisticsMachine Translation, and Journal of Natural Language Engineering. I also served as Chair of IWSLT 2019, Area Co-Chair for ICLR 2020, ACL 2019, EMNLP 2016, NAACL HLT 2016, IJCAI 2015, ACL 2013, and IJCNLP 2013, Chair of IWSLT 2012, Co-Chair for EMNLP-2004, and the Organizing Committee of ACL-2000 and WVLC-5 (SIGDAT 1997), as well as the Executive Committee of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). In 2007 I initiated the ongoing annual SSST workshop series on Syntax, Semantics, and Structure in Statistical Translation.

South China Morning Post has a nice overview of my accomplishments, activities, and approaches. In 2015 Debrett’s named me as one of the 100 most influential figures of Hong Kong, in the area of science.

In 2019, Google named me as one of eight inaugural members of its AI Ethics council, ATEAC (Advanced Technology External Advisory Council).

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Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of Tuebingen

I am a professor for computer science, with research focus on the theory of machine learning. I am also a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

My research focus is on theoretical questions about unsupervised machine learning, in particular the statistical analysis of algorithms on random graphs and ordinal data analysis. I am coordinating the research cluster Machine learning: New Perspectives for Science.

In the city of Tübingen, and also in the wider context of Germany, there is an ongoing discussion about research in artificial intelligence and its impact on future society. I find this discussion important and actively participate(d) in quite a number of past events.

Research Scientist & Head
Google ACCRA
Open Data Global Lead
Amazon Web Services

I love the Internet and policy. I like to help organizations use data to tackle social development issues and improve people’s quality of life. Learn about our team’s work at https://opendata.aws/

Professor of Computer Science
Nanjing University

Zhi-Hua Zhou received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Nanjing University, China, in 1996, 1998 and 2000, respectively, all with the highest honor. He joined the Department of Computer Science & Technology of Nanjing University as an Assistant Professor in 2001, and at present he is a Professor, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Dean of the School of Artificial Intelligence, Standing Deputy Director of the National Key Lab for Novel Software Technology, and Founding Director of  LAMDA (the Institute of Machine Learning and Data Mining) at Nanjing University.

He has wide research interests, mainly including machine learning, data mining, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence. He authored the book “Ensemble Methods: Foundations and Algorithms (2012)”, “Evolutionary Learning: Advances in Theories and Algorihtms (2019)”, and “Machine Learning (in Chinese) (2016)”, published more than 200 papers in top-tier international journals/conferences, and holds 20+ patents. He recived various awards/honors such as the National Natural Science Award of China (2013), the IEEE Computer Society Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award (2019), the ACML Distinguished Contribution Award (2019), the PAKDD Distinguished Contribution Award (2016), the IEEE ICDM Outstanding Service Award (2016),  the IEEE CIS Outstanding Early Career Award (2013), the Microsoft Professorship Award (2006), and fourteen international paper/competition awards. He is a foreign member of the Academy of Europe, and Fellow of the ACMAAAIAAASIEEEIAPRIET/IEECCF, and CAAI.

He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Computer Science, Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Science China Information Science, Action Editor or Associate Editor of Machine LearningIEEE Trans. Pattern Analysis and Machine IntelligenceACM Trans. Knowledge Discovery from Data, etc. He served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Science Bulletin (2008-2014), Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. Knowledge and Data Engineering (2008-2012), IEEE Trans. Neural Networks and Learning Systems (2014-2017), ACM Trans. Intelligent Systems and Technology (2009-2017), Neural Networks (2014-2016), etc. He founded ACML (Asian Conference on Machine Learning). He serves/ed as Steering Committee vice chair of PRICAI, Steering Committee member of ICDM and PAKDD, Trustee of IJCAI (2018-2023), Advisory Committee member of IJCAI (2015-2016), Program Chair of AAAI 2019ICDM 2015IJCAI 2015 Machine Learning Track, etc., General Chair of ICDM 2016PAKDD (2014, 2019), etc., Workshop Chair of  ICDM 2014KDD (2012, 2016), etc., Tutorial Chair of KDD 2013CIKM 2014, etc., and Area Chair of various conferences including NeurIPS, ICML, AAAI, IJCAI, KDD, etc.  He will serve as Program Chair for IJCAI 2021.

He is/was the Chair of the IEEE CIS Data Mining Technical Committee (2015-2016), Vice Chair of the IEEE Nanjing Section (2011-), Founding Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Nanjing Chapter (2008-2017), member of the IEEE CS Fellow Evaluation Committee (2015), Chair of the CCF-AI (2012-2019), Chair of the CAAI-ML (2006-2015), Vice President of the China Association of Artificial Intelligence (2019-), President of the Jiangsu Association of Artificial Intelligence (2017-), and President of the Jiangsu Computer Society (2019-).

Zhi-Hua Zhou’s URL is at http://cs.nju.edu.cn/zhouzh/

University Distinguished Professor Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Michigan State University

Anil K. Jain (PhD, 1973, Ohio State University; B. Tech., IIT Kanpur) is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University where he conducts research in pattern recognition, machine learning, computer vision, and biometrics recognition. He was a member of the United States Defense Science Board and Forensics Science Standards Board. His prizes include Guggenheim, Humboldt, Fulbright, and King-Sun Fu Prize. For advancing pattern recognition, Jain was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and SPIE. Jain has been assigned 8 U.S. and Korean patents and is active in technology transfer for which he was elected to the National Academy of Inventors. Jain is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), foreign member of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), a member of The World Academy of Science (TWAS) and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). His list of publications is available at Google Scholar.

Global Health Center

Ambassador Amandeep Gill is Director of the Global Health Centre project on International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR).

Amandeep Gill was Executive Director and co-Lead of the Secretariat of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation until August 2019. He previously served as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Ambassador Gill joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992 and has served at the Indian Missions in Tehran, Colombo, and Geneva. From 2013-2016, he served as Head of the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division in the Ministry of External Affairs. In 2017, he helped set up the National Task Force on AI for India’s Economic Transformation. Ambassador Gill chaired the Group of Governmental Experts of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems from 2017-2018. He has served on the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and on WEF’s Global Futures Council on Values, Ethics, and Innovation; currently he serves as a member of the GFC on Global Public Goods and as a Commissioner on the Lancet/FT Commission on ‘Governing health futures 2030: growing up in a digital world’. Ambassador Gill has a B Tech in electronics and electrical communications from Panjab University, Chandigarh and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from Geneva University. His PhD degree from King’s College London is on Nuclear Learning in Multilateral Forums.

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Legally Blind Artist, Researcher and Academic

Erica Tandori is a legally blind artist, researcher and academic, exploring the intersection between art, vision loss and science. She was diagnosed with a form of juvenile macular dystrophy, at the age of 23, while in her first year of art school. Erica holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Her research focused on capturing the entoptic effects of macular dystrophy through art, in an attempt to convey an ‘eye-witness’ account of blindness. As Artist in Residence at the Rossjohn Infection and Immunity Program, Monash University, under the guidance and impetus of Prof Jamie Rossjohn (ARC Laureate Fellow), Erica has helped develop the Monash Sensory Science Initiative, creating multi-sensory, multimodal artworks communicating current research in biomedicine to blind and low vision audiences across Australia. The Monash Sensory Science initiative was recognised for its contributions to Inclusion and Diversity, becoming a finalist in the 2019 prestigious Australia Museum Eureka Prize.

Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Basel

Anatole von Lilienfeld develops methods for the design of new chemicals through exploration of compound space using quantum mechanics, super computers, and machine learning. He is also interested in pseudopotentials, van der Waals forces, and nuclear quantum effects. As of Dec 2014, Anatole serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Nature’s Scientific Data. Since 2013, Anatole has been a Swiss National Science Foundation Assistant Professor in the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Basel. Prior to that he has been member of scientific staff at the Argonne National Laboratory’s Leadership Computing Facility in Illinois which hosts MIRA, an IBM BlueGene/Q computer with nearly 0.8M compute cores—one of the world’s largest supercomputers accessible to open science and research. In spring 2011 he chaired the 3 months program, “Navigating Chemical Compound Space for Materials and Bio Design”, at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA, California. From 2007 to 2010 he was a Distinguished Harry S. Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico. Anatole carried out postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (2007) and at New York University (2006). He received a Ph.D. in computational chemistry from EPF Lausanne in 2005. He studied chemistry at ETH Zurich, the University of Cambridge (UK), Ecole de Chimie, Polymers,et Materiaux (ECPM) in Strasbourg, and at the University of Leipzig. Anatole descends from Baltic German refugees, he was born in Minnesota (1976), and grew up in Germany.

Télécom ParisTech

Research scientist at Philips Research Lab
from 1990 to 1993 as PhD student
from 1993 to 1995 as project leader

Associate professor at Université de Paris VI
from 1995 to 2004
Full professor at University of Evry from 2004 to october 2014
Co-head of the IBISC lab from 2010 to 2011.
Head of AMIS group from 2004 to 2013
Head of AROBAS group (formelly AMIS) from 2013 to 2014
Visiting INRIA (LRI, Université Paris XI) from 2011 to 2013

Specialties: Statistical Machine learning, structured output data, kernel methods dynamical systems, network inference, applications to systems biology and personalized medecine

Founder & CEO

Data centers are the foundation of the new economy and the infrastructure has to keep pace and match that growth. Immersion4 contributes to country leaders & city mayors who are constantly trying to balance the challenge of resource constraints and financial profitability against environmental sustainability concerns and community Quality of Life.

At the highest levels of government, data & energy independence is recognized as crucial to maintaining a nation’s economic and political security. Data is expected to be THE Great Natural Resource while data centers are the most energy consuming buildings on the planet, which drives the drastic increase in demand for cloud services and thus data center energy consumption.
Immersion4 contribute to solving the nation’s need for energy & data independence in a climate of greater demand and diminishing resources.
For Immersion4™ the planet matters & drives the way we do business. Immersion4 DTM™ Technology has been built on 4 pillars :
. No water consumption
. No CO2 emission
. No GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emission
. Ethical

Co-Founder & CEO

Entrepreneur passionate with art, technology, I explore various possible futures to help organisations build alternative presents through radical innovation. I’m currently gathering a team of X-Women and X-Men to prepare ANIMA.

As I’m not an artist nor a scientist I feel lucky to have worked with both kinds of talents so far, from an art gallery yesterday to a moonshot studio tomorrow, to imagine further futures and find ways for their realization today.

Committed to the idea that our Digital Renaissance should be about distributing the future evenly in the world, I went on a developing countries tour in 2013-2014 to help social businesses tackle grand challenges in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Fascinated with the innovative possibility of bringing people closer together, I worked on making the Hyperloop a reality with HTT in 2016-17. I joined the Governmental Affairs and Business Development teams to accelerate our mobility dream across developed and developing countries. I also started the Hyperloop Academy to grow a network of labs interested in building parts of the Hyperloop with us.

Since the end of 2015, I co-organize the Post-digital research seminar at Ecole Normale Supérieure, which explores AI possible Futures at the intersection of art, philosophy and science. Since 2017, we target Artificial Imagination.

I joined the XPRIZE Foundation as an ambassador to help with the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE by gathering and mentoring amazing teams in Europe committed to positively impact a billion lives with AI by 2020.

I hope to continue discovering new paths for antidisciplinarity with amazing people and building things together for a long time!

Startup Program Manager

Melissa Sassi is the Global Head of IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator focused on empowering early-stage startups through technology and business acceleration.

Melissa is a Judge for Call for Code, an initiative aimed at preparing for and responding to disaster scenarios.

Melissa spent several years in Microsoft’s Airband Initiative where she was an internet and energy access impact investor.

Melissa is the Founder & CEO of MentorNations, a youth-led digital skills movement that has taught tens of thousands of young people to code across twelve countries.

Melissa Chair of IEEE’s Digital Intelligence initiative and a Founding Member of the Coalition for Digital Intelligence with the WEF, OECD, IEEE, and DQ Institute.

She holds Board positions with TAKMIL, a nonprofit with 30 informal schools in rural Pakistan, and TechWomen.Asia, an Afghanistan-based nonprofit focused on tech skill-building for young Afghani women.

Melissa is working toward her PhD where her research is focused on the digital inclusion of unserved communities.

Melissa has given 100+ talks at UN events, education summits, tech conferences, and a keynote speaker in topics such as digital inclusion, women in tech, community building, youth empowerment, imposter syndrome, mentorship, and personal branding.

Professor, Founder and Director

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


FG-AI4H Vice-Chair, Executive Editor; AI for Humanizing Health Solution Track Co-Chair
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.

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A talent and obsession for classical and electronic music has led the sensitive and scientific mind of Alex Braga to start a journey with his own Artificial Intelligence project (A-MINT), one which surveys the newest territories in music. With an Ethical drive which has anticipated and will guide the evolution of A.I., Alex Braga brings A-MINT to SXSW in 2020 just as his music, the “Spleen Machine” EP is due to be released worldwide in the spring via 7K! / !K7 Music. The show will be a multisensorial(audio-visual), unique, organic and futuristic performance where the artist (Human)  will work interdependently with the Technology (A.I.) to create a series of new musical pathways.

Senior researcher in international law, Project leader DILEMA
T.M.C. Asser Instituut
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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.

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Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

Heading the UNICRI Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics with more than 19 years of experience in leading multilateral negotiations, developing stakeholder engagement programmes, as well as scientific and technical cooperation, with governments, UN agencies, international organisations, think tanks, civil society, foundations, academia, private industry and other partners on an international level focused on impacts, opportunities and challenges of rapid technological change and innovation on sustainable development.

Since 2014, Initiated and managed the first United Nations Programme on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Initiating and organizing a 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 responsible for initiating and organizing the UNICRI training, educational and mentoring programmes worldwide on AI and Robotics for a wide range of stakeholders.

He is a member of various of international task forces and working groups advising governments and international organizations on numerous issues related to international security, scientific and technological developments.

In 2013 Initiated the establishment, and coordinated the work of the United Nations Group of Friends of CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance among permanent missions of the UN in New York.

Prior to joing UNICRU served as a special projects officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) undertaking extensive missions in politically sensitive areas around the globe, and contributed in global anti-terrorism efforts to fight against chemical terrorism.

Recipient of recognition on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW in 2013.

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Robolab "Yanu"

We are building an autonomous, AI-powered robot bartender “Yanu” to change the future of bartending and servicing customers in busy venues around the world. It is fast, compact, standalone, asks no salary, communicates, identifies and takes payments. It is something that will cut your costs dramatically and boost your business revenues to new highs. Check https://www.yanu.ai for details.

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Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
University of Cambridge

Dr Stephen Cave is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he is also Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy and Fellow of Hughes Hall. At CFI, he oversees a team of researchers across five programmes on the nature and impact of AI in the short and long term. His own research interests currently focus on the portrayal and ethics of intelligent machines. Previously, Stephen earned a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge, then joined the British Foreign Office, where he served as a policy advisor and diplomat. He is author of the book Immortality (Penguin Random House), a New Scientist book of the year, and co-editor of AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines (OUP).

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.

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Senior Advisor of Community Engagement
Octane OC

Nicole Washington, M.S., is the Senior Advisor of Community Engagement for Octane of Orange County, CA.  Octane has helped more than    600 companies raise over      $2.4B   in funding and create  10,290 jobs since we started in 2010.  In this role, Nicole focuses on engaging with strategic partners to increase access for women and underrepresented groups to the Southern California Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystem. 

Nicole 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 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 currently serves on several boards including the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and the Samueli Academy Board of Trustees.

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. ​​

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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.

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.

Editor, Newshour & The World Tonight
BBC News
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Director, Data Science Initiative Associate Provost for Computing and Data Sciences; AI for Gender Inclusivity Co-Chair
Boston University

Azer Bestavros is the Founding Director of the Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and holds affiliated appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Systems Engineering.

A distinguished educator and scholar, Professor Bestavros pursues research in networking, distributed computing, cybersecurity, and high-assurance systems. His seminal contributions include pioneering studies of web push caching through content distribution networks, self-similar Internet traffic characterization, game-theoretic cloud resource management, and safety certification of networked systems and software. His current research is focused on design, implementation, and deployment of scalable software platforms for privacy-preserving big-data analytics, and the use of edge clouds for control of cyber-physical systems.  Funded by over $44M from government and industry sponsors, his research has yielded 19 PhD theses, 8 issued patents, 2 startups, and hundreds of refereed papers with over 20,000 citations and an H-index of 60.

Managing Director
IEEE-Standards Association

Konstantinos Karachalios is the Managing Director of the IEEE-Standards Association. His expertise is in public policy, strategic planning, and the non-for-profit sector. He created and led the International Academy. He has also worked for the Department of Technical Assistance to the Middle East and Africa and the Bureau for Public Policy Issues at the European Patent Office (EPO). He has a PhD in Energy Engineering (Nuclear Reactor Safety) and a Master in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Stuttgart.

Chief, Integrated Aviation Analysis
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Marco Merens is Chief of Integrated Aviation Analysis at ICAO. He started his career as an aeronautical engineer at Airbus in Toulouse working on the design of avionic and flight control systems for the A340 and A380. He then went back to his home country of Luxembourg to join the CAA where he held various positions from head of the airworthiness department to the manager of the CAA’s occurrence reporting and analysis system, before joining ICAO in 2009.

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Director of the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence
Technical University of Munich

Christoph Lütge is Full Professor of Business Ethics and Director of the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at Technical University of Munich (TUM). He has a background in business informatics and philosophy, having taken his PhD at the Technical University of Braunschweig in 1999 and his habilitation at the University of Munich (LMU) in 2005. He was awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship in 2007. His most recent books are: “The Ethics of Competition” (Elgar, 2019) and “Ethik in KI und Robotik” (Hanser, 2020, with coauthors). Lütge has held visiting positions at Harvard, University of Pittsburgh, University of California (San Diego), Taipei, Kyoto and Venice. He is a member of the Scientific Board of the European AI Ethics initiative AI4People as well as of the German Ethics Commission on Automated and Connected Driving. He has also done consulting work for the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Canadian Transport Commission.

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