After completing his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in Natural Language Processing (NLP), Scott has spent 14 years working in Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Analytics and Data Science. He has published over 20 papers and filed several patents on topics including sentiment & emotion recognition, new approaches to and applications of deep learning, and user profiling. His work applies AI across a number of different industries for process automation and optimisation, enhancing customer experience and ensuring cutting edge digital innovation is at the core of every project. He is passionate about working with client teams – from C-suite to operational teams – to understand their needs and support their development of AI and Innovation strategies.
Founding Lead of Google Brain and former Chief Scientist of Baidu, named among Time’s '100 Most Influential Persons In the World'
Dr. Andrew Ng, a globally recognized leader in AI, is CEO of Landing AI and a General Partner at AI Fund. As the former Chief Scientist at Baidu and the founding lead of Google Brain, he led the AI Transformation of two of the world’s leading technology companies. A longtime advocate of accessible education, Dr. Ng is the Co-founder Coursera, an online learning platform, and founder of deeplearning.ai, an AI education platform. Dr. Ng is also an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University’s Computer Science Department.
Director behind the company that developed the world's first hearing aid supported by AI
Dr. Goertzel also serves as Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and the OpenCog Foundation. Dr. Goertzel is one of the world’s foremost experts in Artificial General Intelligence, a subfield of AI oriented toward creating thinking machines with general cognitive capability at the human level and beyond. He also has decades of expertise applying AI to practical problems in areas ranging from natural language processing and data mining to robotics, video gaming, national security and bioinformatics. He has published 20 scientific books and 140+ scientific research papers, and is the main architect and designer of the OpenCog system and associated design for human-level general intelligence.
Senior Executive Vice President, Chairman of Group Marketing and Global Branding
Tencent - China
Named 'Media Person of The Year' at Cannes Lions 2015 and a key visionary leading the use of AI at one of Asia's top-ranked most valuable companies
SengYee Lau (SY Lau) has been with Tencent since 2006. As Chairman of Group Marketing and Global Branding, his role is to enhance synergies in Tencent’s branding properties across business groups and managing Tencent’s international strategic partnerships for the leadership team. He was formerly the President of the Online Media Group, comprised of Tencent News/Video/Sports and Penguin Pictures.
Styled as a “digital evangelist”, SY champions Technology for Good, shares his perspectives on technology’s socitial value, and believes that Technological Ethics are indispensable for sustainable development. As a core member of the CMO Growth Council he provides leadership in promoting marketing’s value in driving economic growth.
SY frequently speaks at events such as UNESCO summits, IMF Forums, Bo’Ao Asia, Viva-Technology, G20-adjuncts and executive programs of major institutions such as the Harvard Business School, Stanford and Oxford Universities. He was the Cannes Lions’ 2015 "Media Person of the Year."
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Scientific Director, Professor of AI
NNAISENSE, Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, USI & SUPSI - Switzerland
Hailed by the New York Times as the 'Father of AI'
Since age 15, the main goal of Jürgen Schmidhuber has been to build a self-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI) smarter than himself, then retire. He is often called the father of modern AI. His lab's deep learning neural networks such as LSTM have revolutionized machine learning, are now on 3 billion smartphones, and used billions of times per day, for Facebook's automatic translation (2017), Google's speech recognition (since 2015), Apple's Siri & QuickType, Amazon's Alexa, etc.
He pioneered artificial curiosity and meta-learning (learning to learn), is recipient of numerous awards, and president of the company NNAISENSE, which aims at building the first practical general purpose AI.
Shaping the global technology, data management and AI strategies to empower WHO’s mission of better health for everyone, everywhere
Bernardo Mariano Júnior is the Chief Information Officer at the World Health Organization. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating WHO’s digital health vision and strategy. He leads and oversees all aspects of information technology, data security, and enterprise applications, ensuring WHO is advancing its digital capabilities to deliver its global health goals effectively.Prior to joining WHO, Mr. Mariano was the Senior Regional Adviser to the Director General at International Organization for Migration(IOM), where he was responsible for strategic oversight of IOM’s activities within the Sub Sahara Africa region and advised on emerging trends and developments including regional and national policy initiatives. Mr Mariano also held the position of Regional Director for theSouthern African Office, where he was responsible for the management of the IOM field office operations, overseeing activities in 15 countries.
Before that, he held two strategic roles at IOM as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of Information Technology and Communications. He was responsible for the development of innovate ICT-driven solutions that improved IOM’s field operations management, and for introducing collaboration technology to advance working practices internally and with external partners. He received much recognition for his leadership in technology during his tenure at IOM, including awards for “innovative use of technology” and “outstanding commitment to manage migration and promote partnership.”
Corporate Vice President - AI & Intelligent Cloud Business Development
Microsoft – USA
A key figurehead in Microsoft's AI vision and business plans, driving the business development for Microsoft AI & Intelligent Cloud
Dallas is responsible for driving business development for Microsoft AI and Intelligent Cloud. In this role, he and his team spearheaded the key strategic partnerships needed to evolve the Microsoft Digital Transformation proposition with end-to-end solutions based on Azure, Azure IoT, Big Data Platform (Analytics), Cognitive Services, Microsoft AI/ML, Power BI, Power Platform, and Mixed Reality.
Dallas and his team are responsible for forging new businesses through the Digital Transformation of Microsoft customers and partners. His team drives alliances with industry leaders that are pioneering the Digital Transformation of industries ranging from connected/autonomous vehicles, industrial IoT, discrete manufacturing, retail, financial services, media and entertainment, and healthcare. Microsoft enables its customers with new business outcomes that include: Transforming products, Empowering Employees, Operational Intelligence, Enabling Customer Engagement.
A cultural value for Dallas and his team is Diversity & Inclusion which is critical to the long term success of Microsoft as the company services the needs of an increasingly global customer base across developed and developing countries. In addition to membership of diverse groups, including Blacks @ Microsoft and Women @ Microsoft, Dallas is the executive sponsor for Africans @ Microsoft. Dallas serves on the Board of Align Technology, Inc. a publicly traded media device company engaged. The company in the design, manufacture, and marketing of the Invisalign system, the world’s leading invisible orthodontic product, and the iTero Intraoral scanning systems and services.
Washington Post best-selling author with a record 7 million views for her TED talk on data that’s been translated into 32 different languages
Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures.
Webb was named to the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led and won the 2017 Thinkers 50 Radar Award. She is a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program and was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award.
She was also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy.
House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee & All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence - UK
Dubbed the ‘AI Lord’ for steering UK’s quantum leap into AI and digital transformation
Lord Timothy Clement Jones CBE, is Chair of the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence. He is a Liberal Democrat Peer and their spokesman for the Digital Economy in the House of Lords. Tim is a champion for the creative industries and an international spokesman on China and the Middle East. He is President of Ambitious Autism, the national autism education charity (formerly Treetops), and Chairman Designate of Queen Mary University London.
He is Chair of Ombudsman Services Limited, the not for profit, independent ombudsman service that provides dispute resolution for the communications, energy, property and copyright licensing industries. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Airmic (the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce) and Board Member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the ICAEW.
Among China's 'Top 20 leading technologists' (Forbes) and Creator of Alibaba's ultra-intelligent AI platform - the ET Brain
Dr. Min Wanli is appointed by Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology to the National Strategic Advisory Committee on next generation of AI. He is also recognized by Forbes among leading figures of AI in China. Since 2015, he has been leading Alibaba Cloud's efforts on big data and AI for Industry and developed ET Brain series in City, Industry, Agriculture, Aviation and Environment.
Driving the AI transformation of one of the world's most innovative retailers in the global beauty industry
Ali Bouhouch is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years of success in leading consulting, software and data engineering teams delivering cutting-edge solutions in e-Commerce, AdTech, BI and Advanced Analytics. Deep experience leveraging Cloud, Big Data, In-Memory Processing and Cognitive Computing to drive success throughout the customer journey in digital marketing and retail.
Demonstrated ability to create and articulate strategic direction at all levels; from obtaining buy-in from board members to aligning individual team members and stakeholders with achievable goals. Valuable member of the senior executive team known for a consultative, data and results driven, customer focused approach. Champion of agile methodologies in both software development and the enterprise.
Ali is a co-author of the “B2B Solutions Using WebSphere Business Connection” IBM Redbook and was the founder and chairman of multiple professional forums like the XML/WebServices SIG at www.ebig.org.
Co-Founder of the AI startup, Nervana, which was acquired by Intel for a record $400m and now the lead-brains behind Intel’s neural chips
Amir Khosrowshahi is VP and CTO of AI Products at Intel. His team is focused on building machine learning systems, including novel processors, software, algorithms, and solutions, as well as working with companies, academia, and government on a broad range of AI issues. Amir joined Intel as part of the acquisition of Nervana where he was co-founder and CTO.
He has a research background in neuroscience, machine learning, and distributed computing. Amir started his career at Goldman Sachs where he headed a derivatives trading operation. He holds a BA and MA in physics and mathematics from Harvard University and a PhD in computational neuroscience from University of California, Berkeley.
Celebrated sports scientist whose AI & Analytics led to the underdog club winning their first-ever Premier League title in 132 years
Paul is responsible for the development and enhancement of the sports science and performance analysis support offered to the first team professional players and coaching staff at the club. Using an integrated proactive approach to the scientific management of player development, the aim is to improve individual and team performance. Paul graduated with a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, in 1995.
He also currently works for the Swedish National Team where he is responsible for sports science and performance analysis support. Paul joined Leicester in 2008 and is enjoying his second spell with the Foxes having re-joined the Club in December 2011.
Mastermind behind the aviation giant’s radical AI initiatives and strategies that aim to eliminate flight delays and reduce losses
Adam Bonnifield currently serves as VP Artificial Intelligence at Airbus. Previously he led data and technology projects for the Obama White House, and founded two startups dedicated to democratizing AI and Big Data.
He has served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, where he leads several technology innovation projects for the US government - rethinking how to help workers protect their rights, making voting more accessible, and building open data platforms that measure government performance in new ways.
He is the co-founder of Spinnakr, which was named the top innovator in web analytics, best back-end application of the year, and was the fastest growing web developer tool in the U.S. He also serves on the advisory board of several startups in web analytics, conversion optimization, and digital marketing.
Super-brains behind Google’s empowering AI initiatives to make the tech accessible to all
Dr. Saket Kumar has 18+ years of experience as an innovative analytics practitioner and a thought leader. As the Chief Data Scientist of Global Professional Services, Saket utilizes his broad and deep understanding of designing analytical solutions to address key challenges that business executives face. He leads a team focused on improving the marketing effectiveness of Google’s largest clients and has been a trusted advisor to senior executives in a number of verticals including technology, CPG, telecommunications and the automobile industry.
Director of Applied Science & Artificial Intelligence
Amazon Web Services (AWS) - USA
AI lead at Amazon Web Services (AWS), with 20+ years' experience in the automatic speech recognition, computer vision, natural language understanding, and machine translation fields
Hassan has worked in the automatic speech recognition, computer vision, natural language understanding, and machine translation fields for 20+ years. In 1999, he cofounded AIXPLAIN AG, a company focusing on speech recognition and machine translation. Hassan also spent time at SAIC as Chief Scientist for Human Language Technology, where he worked on multilingual spoken dialogue systems and later established and led the Artificial Intelligence team at eBay. Hassan Sawaf has been with Amazon since September 2016, where he is Director of Applied Science and Artificial Intelligence in Amazon Web Services.
An international AI luminary leading the open innovation initiatives and private & public sector coalition driven to make the UK a Global Innovation Hub by 2025
Professor Birgitte Andersen (PhD Economics) is CEO of Big Innovation Centre, a London based think-tank and innovation hub that promotes open innovation via challenge-led taskforces, All Party groups in UK Parliament on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, and an AI Global Governance Commission.
Since 2011 she has rapidly - through a strong vision – directed and grown the Big Innovation Centre to become a building block in the innovation landscape in the UK and European Union. She is now accelerating the Big Innovation Centre vision with thought leaders, innovative companies and ‘what works’ innovators in the Middle East.
She advises economists and policy makers of national governments in and beyond Europe including OECD, UN and WIPO; and large firms, and serves as an expert defence witness in the UK courts on matters of IP use on the Internet.
She was the Rapporteur for the EU Commission representing the EU Expert Group on Knowledge Transfer and Open Innovation, and currently sits on the EU Expert Advisory Panel for Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenge: Europe in a Changing World – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies.
Birgitte was recently (October 2018) appointed on Arab League Expert Group on Digital Transformation regarding the Digital Economy Strategy for the Arab World.
Regional lead focused on redefining the innovation landscape and contributing to transforming the Middle East economy into a knowledge-based one
As the Head of Big Innovation Centre in Middle East, Dr Hatem Bugshan aims to redefine the current innovation landscape to be more open and collaborative. Through a local presence of Big Innovation Centre, he will lead its contribution to transforming the Middle East economy into a smart knowledge-based economy which can unleash the economic growth and unlock the hidden potential of digital, AI and Future-Tech opportunities.
Hatem has received his PhD from the University of London. His research stream is Intellectual Property Rights and Open Innovation. He has published in high-quality peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Strategic Marketing, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, and Qualitative Market Research. He has also presented his papers at international conferences.
Additionally, Hatem is the founder and president of Education e-Solutions which is established with a mission to become pedagogical and business enablers for both academic and corporate institutions by providing end to end services with a rationale, offer best practices and implement solutions with a key focus on change management.
His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama has been appointed as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence following the Cabinet reshuffle in October 2017. His responsibilities include enhancing the government performance by investing in the latest technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in various sectors.
His Excellency Al Olama is currently the Managing Director of the World Government Summit. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation and Deputy Managing Director of the Foundation. In November 2017, the UAE government announced selecting HE. Omar Al Olama as a member of the Future of Digital Economy and Society Council at the World Economic Forum.
Overseeing Dubai's city wide digital transformation and leading efforts to create the world's first paperless city
Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity entrusted with Dubai’s city-wide smart transformation by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Dr. Aisha also leads the creation of ‘The Smart City Index’ - the first-ever benchmark for smart city implementation across the globe in cooperation with International Telecommunication Union and the United Nations. As an acclaimed digital transformation and smart cities thought leader globally, she represents Smart Dubai in the City Protocol Society, Smart City Expo World Congress and GSMA Mobile World Congress.
In addition to her responsibilities at the Smart Dubai Office, Dr. Aisha serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils; The Fourth Industrial Revolution’s Smart Cities Readiness Index Team; and the World Happiness Council where she heads The Council of Happy Cities. She is also a Non-Executive Director at Emaar Developments’ Board.
AI leader behind NASA-HPE’s most powerful computer sent into space
Dr. Eng Lim Goh is the VP and CTO, HPC and AI at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. His current research interest is humanity’s place and interface in the progression from analytics to inductive machine learning, deductive reasoning and artificial specific to general intelligence.
He is principal investigator of the experiment aboard the International Space Station to operate autonomous supercomputers for long duration space travel. This program won the 2018 NASA Innovation Award and the 2017 HPCwire Top Supercomputing Achievement Award.
Dr. Goh completed his postgraduate work at Cambridge University, UK. He has been granted six U.S. patents with six others pending.
Computer vision expert who founded and led SenseTime to become one of the world's leading AI companies
Dr. Li Xu is the Co-founder and CEO of SenseTime. Under his leadership, SenseTime has built an independently developed deep learning platform and supercomputing centers, as well as a wide range of advanced AI technologies. Dr. Xu holds a doctor’s degree in computer science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. With his doctoral research focusing on computer vision and computer imaging, Dr. Xu is well-regarded in the field. He has published more than 50 papers at top international conferences and in journals in the field of computer vision. Dr. Xu was listed in the top 10 of 2018 Fortune’s 40 under 40.
Chief Scientist of Huawei AI D-Lab & Chief Architect of Huawei Heterogeneous Computing
Huawei - China
Chief Scientist of Huawei AI D-Lab, currently overseeing the development of easy to use AI training and inference systems based on Huawei in-House Developed AI-ASIC.
Chief Architect of Huawei Atlas heterogeneous computing platform with modular, scalable, composable designs from 2016-2018.
Mr. Liu received his BS & MS Degrees in Computer Architecture from Tsinghua & Chinese Academy of Sciences, respectively.