Speakers


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Rajesh

Agrawal

Deputy Mayor, London

Rajesh Agrawal is the Deputy Mayor of London for Business. Born in India, Rajesh moved to London in 2001. As an entrepreneur he founded RationalFX in 2005, and Xendpay in 2014, both companies utilising technology to reduce the cost of international money transfer for businesses and individuals.

Rajesh is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people. He was appointed Chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme in 2015 and has been a Patron of the Prince’s Trust for many years.

As Deputy Mayor Rajesh aims to be a strong voice for London’s business community, protecting jobs and growth, and ensuring that the capital remains the most open and attractive place to do business in the world.

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Ekaterina

Almasque

Managing Director, Samsung Catalyst Fund
Ekaterina Almasque is Managing Director of the Samsung Catalyst Fund in Europe, Samsung’s Electronics venture capital investment fund focused on core technology areas including smart machines, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, digital health, data infrastructure and device level technologies. For over ten years prior to that, Ekaterina was part of several corporate and independent venture capital funds in Silicon Valley and Europe, including EMC and Siemens Venture Capital. Ekaterina was also a founding partner of a global private equity advisory firm specializing in high-tech growth companies with $1B+ markets in the technology and environmental sectors, where she led investments in the US, Brazil, and Europe. And before that, she served in executive roles at Siemens in Germany and at Amadeus in France.

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Prof. Kaspar

Althoefer

Researcher on Robotics, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Kaspar Althoefer is an electronics engineer, leading research on Robotics at Queen Mary University of London. After obtaining a PhD in Robot Motion Planning from Kings College London, he joined the Kings Robotics Group in 1996 as a Lecturer before being promoted and ultimately being made Professor in 2011. In April 2016, he joined Queen Mary as full Professor of Robotics Engineering. He has been awarded more than £6M in competitive research funding and strongly contributed to the attainment of further grants in excess of £20M, especially through collaboration with colleagues at St Thomas’ Hospital, London focusing on creating robotic solutions for the healthcare sector.

Research
His current research interests are in the areas of robot autonomy, soft robotics, modelling of tool-environment interaction dynamics, sensing and neuro-fuzzy-based sensor signal classification with applications in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, rehabilitation, assistive technologies and human-robot interactions in the manufacturing environment. He has authored/co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and is named inventor on five patent applications.

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Shiva

Amiri

Director of Data Science, Zymergen
Shiva Amiri is the Director of Data Science at Zymergen Inc. a technology company in the San Francisco Bay Area focused on Biology, Automation and Data Science. She was previously the CEO at BioSymetrics Inc., a machine learning company specializing in complex biomedical data. Prior to BioSymetrics she was the Chief Product Officer at Real Time Data Solutions Inc., she has led the Informatics and Analytics team at the Ontario Brain Institute and she was the head of the British High Commission’s Science and Innovation team in Canada. Shiva completed her Ph.D. in Computational Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Human Biology at the University of Toronto.

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Duncan

Anderson

CEO, Humanise.AI
Duncan believes passionately that the future of customer service lies in a collaboration between Humans and AI. As a co-founder and the CEO of Humanise.AI, Duncan is bringing his vision to life through the Humanise.AI platform. And as the former European CTO for IBM Watson, where he led AI chat implementations across Europe, he has extensive experience in the complexities of large real-life AI chat projects. At Humanise.AI, Duncan’s team are solving deep industry issues by taking their leading technology and applying it to the travel/hospitality industry, where they deploy AI chat systems to deliver measurable business value – not just to answer FAQs.

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Dave

Atkinson

Founder and CEO, Senseon
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Azeem

Azhar

Curator, Exponential View
Azeem runs Exponential View, a newsletter looking at how our world is changing as a result of technology. This is built on the back of 20 years as an entrepreneur, startup investor, corporate innovator and journalist. He is a senior adviser to the CTO at Accenture, focusing on frontier technologies. He is also a venture partner at a new early stage technology venture capital firm, Kindred Capital. Azeem advises Harvard Business Review, the Huxley Summit and several founders of disruptive technology firms. He lives in a London with his wife and three kids.

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Mevan

Babakar

Head of Automated Factchecking, Full Fact
Mevan is Head of Automated Factchecking at the UK’s leading factchecking charity, Full Fact. She co-authored the “seminal report” The State of Automated Factchecking in 2016 and regularly speaks in the UK and internationally about misinformation, factchecking, and civic technology. Mevan is a digital adviser to the Big Lottery Foundation, a board member of the civic engagement non-profit Democracy Club, and a founding organiser of Citizen Beta, a community of civic technologists in the UK. Mevan joined Full Fact in 2014 after working at Cancer Research. Before that she worked at an initiative that registers young people to vote, where she launched Britain’s first ever National Voter Registration Day. To date this has registered over a million young people to vote.

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Joe

Baguley

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, EMEA, VMware

Joe Baguley is VMware’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for EMEA, joining VMware in July 2011. He helps develop and communicate VMware’s strategy and vision with customers and partners, using his wealth of experience to help organisations reduce costs and better support users and business needs. As part of VMware’s Office of the CTO and its representative in EMEA, Joe assists VMware’s customers in understanding how to use today’s advances in technology to deliver real business impact as well as working with them to inform VMware’s R&D processes.

Joe is a recognised leader within the European technical community and considered one of the top 50 most influential leaders in UK IT. He won an award for data leadership in ‘Infrastructure & Protection’ in the 2016 Data 50 Awards and appeared in the Computer Weekly UKtech50, the Information Age Top 50 Data Leaders and the Cloud World Series’ Cloud 100 community board. He has played a key role in CloudCamp and other events, communicating how cloud technology fits into the broader IT landscape. Joe previously spent ten years at Quest Software where he was CTO of EMEA, shaping its direction and strategy.

In addition, Joe is also on several advisory boards at the European Commission and ETSI and is a founding committee member of the Data Centre Specialist Group at the British Computer Society which helped shape the European Code Of Conduct for Data Centres.

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Roy

Bahat

Head, Bloomberg Beta

Roy Bahat is the head of Bloomberg Beta, an early-stage venture firm that invests in startups making work better. The firm focuses on machine intelligence — investing in companies working on applying machine intelligence to businesses and society, creating an annual landscape of machine intelligence companies, and studying the effects of AI on work 10-20 years out with the Shift Commission.

Bloomberg Beta has an unusual model for a corporate-backed venture fund. It invests for financial return and strives to work in the same new ways as startups — transparent (with its full operating manual open sourced), driven by data (with a program to statistically predict who will start companies in the future), and highly dependent on trust.

He’s a lecturer at UC Berkeley, was the founding chairman of OUYA, a Kickstarter-backed game console, and former president of IGN Entertainment. He is a board member at the Center for Investigative Reporting and educational non-profit CodeNow. He was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, and has served in government and led a non-profit in addition to his work at established corporations and day zero startups.

Roy graduated from Harvard College, where he ran the student public service nonprofit. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

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Gregory

Bailey

CEO, Juvenescence
Dr Bailey is the CEO of Juvenescence Limited a company develops therapeutics to modify aging and allow people to longer healthy. Juvenescence develops drugs, IP protected consumer products and other therapeutic modalities to slow aging and increase a healthy lifespan. The company uses AI to augment its drug discovery and drug development programs in partnership with Insilico Medicine and NetraPharma Inc. Dr Bailey has been founding and financing companies since 1995 these companies have traded on NASDAQ, AIM, AMEX and the NYSE, reaching over $18 billion in market capitalization. These companies include Ascent Health Care that was sold to Stryker for $525 million and Medivation Inc., (MDVN: NASDAQ) which was acquired by Pfizer in September 2016 for $14.3 billion. Gregory Bailey currently sits on the board of directors of 3 public companies Portage Biotech, Inc. (PTGEF:OTC), and SalvaRx PLC., (SALV.L:AIM); and Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (BHVN:NYSE). SalvaRx is an immuno-oncology company which went public in February 2016. Portage was the major shareholder in Biohaven investing $7million beginning in January 2014 until a dividend of $200 million of Biohaven shares to its shareholders. Dr Bailey remains a major shareholder of Biohaven which went public in May 2017 and has a market cap of a little over a billion dollars.

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Ian

Bailie

Head of AI HR Research, CognitionX
Ian leads the HR AI Research practice at CognitionX and is an advisor and consultant for start-ups focused on HR technology and People Analytics. In his previous role as the Senior Director of People Planning, Analytics and Tools at Cisco Systems, he was responsible for delivering the tools and insights to enable and transform the planning, attraction and management of talent across the organisation globally. Ian is passionate about HR technology and analytics and how to use both to transform the employee experience and prepare companies for the Future of Work.

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Brhmie

Balaram

Senior Researcher, RSA
Brhmie is a Senior Researcher in the RSA’s Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing team. Her research focuses on the social and economic impact of technology. She leads the RSA’s research on the ‘sharing economy’, the ‘gig economy’, and the ethics of artificial intelligence. She is currently the programme manager for the RSA’s Forum for Ethical AI, which is engaging citizens in a deliberative dialogue about the use of AI for decision-making. Brhmie was previously a researcher for the Independent Review of the Police Federation and for the influential City Growth Commission. She has experience exploring issues of institutional reform, economic inequality and labour market disadvantage. Brhmie joined the RSA from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and was formerly at The Work Foundation.

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Natalie

Banner

‘Understanding Patient Data’ Lead, Wellcome Trust
Dr Natalie Banner is the Lead for Understanding Patient Data (UPD), an initiative hosted at the Wellcome Trust to support better conversations about how patient data is used for care and research. UPD works with patients, charities and health professionals to champion responsible uses of data, feeding into policy development, creating accessible resources and horizon scanning for emerging issues that may affect public confidence in the use of health data. This includes exploring emerging data-driven technologies, including AI, and how to create the right ethical and governance frameworks for these in healthcare and research. Natalie formerly led Wellcome’s policy work on GDPR and data protection, seeking to ensure UK legislation and regulation creates a supportive, trustworthy environment for health research using patient and health-related data. Prior to joining Wellcome, Natalie was a postdoctoral research fellow in the philosophy of psychiatry at King’s College London.

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Rod

Banner

CEO, JoyTech

Rod is an entrepreneur.

He builds brands, architects business propositions and sharpens messaging.

Throughout his career, he’s advised the tech industry, founded businesses and mentored countless tech industry luminaries.

Rod has been acknowledged as part of the TechCity Insider 100 list, the Fresh Business Thinking Power 100, The Maserati 100, The Smith & Williamson Power 100 and GQ’s list of the 100 Most Connected Men in Britain.

Having sold his first business to WPP, Rod founded something fresh – amusingly titled 3LA.com (3 letter acronym). 3LA is a collective of brains and technologies that help businesses be more successful by becoming more agile and increasingly relevant. Its ingenious approach melds innovation from the entrepreneurial revolution with proven techniques plucked from brand design and proposition architecture.

Rod’s other roles include: Executive Chairman of Adgistics, Founder of JoyTech.org and several advisory board positions.

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Lori

Beer

Global Chief Information Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Lori Beer is the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of JPMorgan Chase & Co., responsible for the firm’s technology systems and infrastructure worldwide. Beer manages a budget of more than $10 billion and nearly 50,000 technologists supporting JPMorgan Chase’s retail, wholesale and asset and wealth management businesses. She also serves as a member of the firm’s Operating Committee and is a co-sponsor of the firm’s Access Ability Business Resource Group.

Beer joined the firm in 2014, and most recently was the Chief Information Officer for the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). Prior to joining the firm she was executive vice president of Specialty Businesses and Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc. She was responsible for a $10 billion business unit which included WellPoint’s Specialty Products. Beer was named a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader and National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Health Care Champion.

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Claire

Bennett

Partner, DLA Piper
Claire is fascinated with new technologies and the opportunities for improving daily life that such technologies offer. An Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer by background, Claire works at the cutting edge of new technology and the legal issues it raises. Claire’s particular focus is soon to be on developing Artificial Intelligence software to control fully autonomous (driverless) cars, including addressing the ethical issues that raises.

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Irakli

Beridze

Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, UNICRI
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Jack

Berkowitz

VP, Products and Data Science, Oracle

Jack Berkowitz is Vice President, Products and Data Science for Oracle’s Adaptive Intelligence program. In this role, he oversees the market, technical and sales strategy for Oracle’s suite of next-generation intelligent applications, combining web-data, data science and platform Cloud computing. These applications span areas including marketing & e-commerce, digital publishing, enterprise resource planning. Previously, he led product management for Oracle’s Application Cloud Analytics, encompassing both embedded reporting and strategic enterprise analytics, and the mobile and user-interaction systems of BI Foundation Suite.

Prior to Oracle, Berkowitz spent 20 years in both product development and implementation of intelligent information systems, most recently involved in Web-scale search and recommendation systems, data driven applications, and the Semantic Web. He has been on the executive team of 4 startups involved in search, reasoning or meta-data driven applications (Attivio, Siderean, Cerebra, Reef Software) and he co-founded edapta, which enabled dynamic user interfaces and personalization for mobile and web clients. Berkowitz has delivered solutions with a wide-range of Global 50 clients from Financial Services, Consumer Web, and Healthcare. Early in his career, he was involved with DARPA and FAA sponsored programs for user-experience and intelligent systems, FAA Aviation Security, and the certification of the B777 flight deck.

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Matteo

Berlucchi

CEO, Your.MD

Matteo Berlucchi is CEO at Your.MD. As one of the first Internet entrepreneurs in Europe, Berlucchi brings his vast experience and pioneering knowledge to his role at Your.MD where he spearheads investor relations, conceives and directs company vision and is Your.MD’s primary spokesperson.

A digital specialist, Berlucchi has spent his career building and growing companies and services operating across the online and mobile sectors. Prior to Your.MD, Berlucchi has served as Chief Digital Officer at Northern & Shell, founder and CEO of the ‘social ebook’ platform aNobii, as well as the first live news platform on iPhone, Livestation, and Skinkers, an award-winning digital communication platform. Berlucchi has also served as an advisor to multiple individuals and businesses.

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Akshaya

Bhargava

Founder, Bridgeweave
Akshaya is the founder of Bridgeweave, an asset intelligence startup. He is the former CEO of Wealth and Investment Management, Barclays plc. In 2010, He founded InfraHedge, a $30 Bn hedge fund managed account platform and world’s largest platform of its kind, which was acquired by State Street Corporation in 2013. He has been CEO of Butterfield Fulcrum Group (acquired by MUFJ Group) and the founding CEO of Progeon (acquired by Infosys in 2006 and renamed Infosys BPO). He started his career at Citibank where he spent 22 years at Citibank in senior roles in India, UK and Czech Republic. Akshaya is a alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

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Theo

Blackwell

Chief Digital Officer, Mayor of London
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Marc

Blinder

Chief Product Officer, AIKON

With a Political Science degree from Princeton in hand, a young Marc Blinder set out to work as a political operative for local Bay Area campaigns. When he became disillusioned by a broken political system, Blinder looked to San Francisco’s thriving tech scene to forge a path for change.

He designed a mobile social network called MobilePlay (which he sold to Good Technology) and became Creative Director at Context Optional before jumping into the role of global evangelist for Adobe’s Marketing Cloud. As his work took him from London to Dubai and beyond, Blinder sought opportunities to connect his technological prowess and creative talent with his mission to make an impact.

Looking to decentralization to further his passion for social change, Blinder recently co-founded AIKON, a blockchain-based platform that empowers developers to build a more fair and equal global economy. As Chief Product Officer of AIKON, Blinder is building the the future he always imagined.

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Antoine

Blondeau

Founder and Chairman of Sentient Technologies
Operating out of San Francisco and Hong Kong, Antoine is a visionary leader with extensive experience as CEO, senior officer, investor and director in technology companies, from start-ups to listed companies. Over the past 20 years he has dedicated himself to the development of Artificial Intelligence. He was the chief executive officer of Dejima, the company that powered DARPA’s foundational CALO project that later evolved into Apple’s Siri. Antoine was also chief operating officer of Zi Corporation, whose predictive text input software was embedded in hundreds of millions of devices. He is the co-founder and Chairman of Sentient Technologies, one of the world’s largest AI technology startups, and the leader in massively scaled, distributed, AI. Antoine has also held senior leadership positions at Good Technology, Salesforce, and Sybase. He is an investor in 20 technology companies in California, New York, and Greater China, and sits on the Antoine has also held senior leadership positions at Good Technology, Salesforce, and Sybase. He is an investor in 20 technology companies in California, New York, and Greater China, and sits on the Boards of a number of these firms. He is an advisor to Pictet et Cie.’s $2B Global Digital Fund, and a founding member of Audi’s Beyond think tank dedicated to the economic and societal impact of AI. of a number of these firms. He is an advisor to Pictet et Cie.’s $2B Global Digital Fund, and a founding member of Audi’s Beyond think tank dedicated to the economic and societal impact of AI.

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Lazslo

Bock

CEO, Humu (Former SVP, People at Google)

Laszlo is CEO of Humu, a company making work better through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love. His New York Times bestseller, WORK RULES!, has been published in more than 25 languages.

From 2006 to 2016, Laszlo was S.V.P of People Operations and a member of Google’s management team, growing the company to over 70,000 employees while ensuring the culture remained innovative and robust. During his tenure, Google was recognized over 150 times as an exceptional employer, and was named the #1 Best Company to Work For in the United States seven times.

Laszlo is credited with creating the field of “People Analytics”, the application of academic-quality rigor and Google-paced innovation to people management.

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Anne

Boden

Founder & CEO, Starling Bank

Three decades ago, Anne Boden pioneered the UK’s first same-day payment service – and in the process transformed the future of electronic money. Today, that revolutionary zeal continues to inform her work at Starling Bank, the mobile-only current account app she launched earlier this year.

Recently recognised as one of the Global Power Women in FinTech, Anne’s worked at a senior leadership level across some of the world’s best-known financial heavyweights, among them Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland. It was during her tenure as CEO of Allied Irish Banks, however, that she begun to explore the exciting potential of financial technology for transforming customer’s everyday lives.

At heart a tech start up with a banking licence, Starling is a challenger bank built on a foundation of disruptive emerging technology, working to take on traditional legacy banks and help people to develop a healthier relationship with their money.

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Margaret A.

Boden OBE

Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex
Margaret A. Boden OBE ScD FBA is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, where she helped develop the world’s first academic programme combining AI and cognitive science. She holds degrees in medical sciences, philosophy, and psychology (as well as a Cambridge ScD and three honorary doctorates), and integrates these disciplines with AI in her research, which has been translated into twenty languages. She is a past vice-president of the British Academy, and past Chair of Council of the Royal Institution. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (and its British and European equivalents), the Cognitive Science Society, and the Academia Europaea. She received the ACM-AI Allen Newell Award for 2017, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Artificial Life, and the Covey Prize from the International Association for Computing and Philosophy. Her recent books include The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms (2004); Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science (2006); Creativity and Art: Three Roads to Surprise (2010), and AI, Its Nature and Future (2016)..

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Stan

Boland

CEO, Five.AI
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David

Booth

Product & Investments, CoinList
David leads investment analysis & research for CoinList Capital, the investment arm of CoinList. CoinList is the platform where the best digital asset companies manage their token sales, and where investors find and invest in high quality opportunities. Previously, David was a Product Manager and head of international at Carta (formerly eShares), and led fundraising operations for AngelList, where he helped build the systems and processes to support over $700M of online startup investments in nearly 2,000 companies.

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Susan

Boster

MD, Boster Group
Susan Boster is the Managing Director of Boster Group, an independent marketing consultancy that creates innovative brand partnerships for global corporations and cultural institutions to achieve business and social impact goals. Boster Group shapes partnerships on the basis of shared values, untapped assets and complementary capabilities. Distinctly, Boster Group measures return on investment for its clients and is focused on the impact of the creative campaigns it develops. Since Boster Group was founded in 2001, clients have included BP, Insight Investment, BNP Paribas, EY, Gap, Credit Suisse, Disney, Diageo, Thomson Reuters, Moët Hennessy, State Street, Arts Alliance, UBS, Amex, Ambassador Theatre Group, Montblanc, Bacardi, J. P. Morgan, Royal Opera House, Arts Council, Royal Shakespeare Company, British Museum, Sundance and The Young Vic, amongst others. Previously, Susan was Chief Marketing Officer for News Network, a new media division at News International, and Marketing Director of Barnes & Noble where she oversaw marketing and communications for the launch of barnesandnoble.com.Susan is Vice Chairman of the Board of English National Ballet, where she also co-chairs the digital sub-committee to drive the organisation forward in its artistic, commercial and internal goals. She is a Trustee of the Donmar Warehouse, and until recently served on the Board of the arts education and outreach charity, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. She is also on the Board of The Representation Project, an organisation that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes. Susan is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of BAFTA. Susan was educated in the United States, where she studied policy and international politics at Boston University and Columbia University as well as classical voice at Juilliard.

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Grace

Boswood

COO Design & Engineering, BBC
Grace is the COO, Design and Engineering. She started her career in a media strategy consultancy, joining the BBC in 2009 as part of the corporate strategy team, followed by various operational jobs with the Digital and Engineering teams. She lives in Clapham with her husband and two small children.

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Ranil

Boteju

Global Head of Analytics and CRM, HSBC
Ranil Boteju is the RBWM Global Head of Data, Analytics and CRM, with accountability for all product, customer, channel, pricing and digital analytics, as well as Data and Information Management and is based in London. Ranil has been at HSBC for 5 years, and was based in Hong Kong for the first two and a half years. Prior to HSBC, Ranil led the Analytics capability globally for Standard Chartered (based in Singapore) and before that he was the Head of Analytics and Modelling at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (based in Sydney). Ranil is married, with two young children and enjoys travel.

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Julien

Bouteloup

Founder, Flyingcarpet

Julien holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from USA and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from France where he specialised in Artificial Intelligence, decentralised systems and security back in 2009.

He has built multiple tech businesses from energy trading, high frequency trading, decentralised identity to autonomous transportation systems and won multiple competitions worldwide. He was first introduced in Bitcoin in 2009 and then Ethereum in 2015, he is now involved full-time in decentralised applications, Blockchain, Ethereum, Game and Computability theory, AI, cryptographic and Machine learning algorithms. He is also the AI and Blockchain lead for British Blockchain Association

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Dame Colette

Bowe

Chairman, Nuffield Foundation Advisory Group on Data Ethics and Banking Standards Board
Colette Bowe is a social scientist who has led organisations in a number of different sectors. She is a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation, and has been working with partners across industry, the Alan Turing Institute and others to help set up the Ada Lovelace Institute, which has seed funding of £5m from the Nuffield Foundation.

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Alice

Breedan

Partner, Global Lead, Organisation and Team Acceleration, Heidrick Consulting
Alice Breeden is a partner at Heidrick Consulting. With over twenty years of experience, Alice focuses on accelerating clients’ performance by driving organization, team and leadership effectiveness. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Alice spent three years at Google where she was director of people operations for Google EMEA and led much of Google’s talent management centre of excellence worldwide. Prior to that, she worked for twelve years in McKinsey’s London office, where, as a junior partner, she was one of the leaders of the Organisation Practice worldwide. Alice began her early career in marketing and communications, working for a number of organizations including American Express. Alice received an MBA from London Business School and a bachelor’s degree in English language & literature from the University of Durham.

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Catherine

Breslin

Manager, Applied Science, Amazon Alexa
Catherine Breslin leads Amazon’s Alexa AI team in Cambridge. Since completing her PhD at Cambridge University, she has commercial and academic experience of automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding and dialogue systems. Catherine is excited by the application of research to real-world problems. At Amazon, she is working on scaling new services globally.

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Lianna

Brinded

Quartz

Lianna Brinded is Quartz’s Europe News Editor, where she works across all sections and aspects of Quartz, including editing and assigning stories, planning coverage in the short and long term, as well as managing reporters and editors across UK and Europe.

​Her coverage has explored several topics surrounding the rise of AI and its impact in the global economy — ranging from the adoption of robots in the workplace to how the world’s largest companies will tackle the uptake of AI and automation.

She also supervises the daily newsletters and breaking-news app. Before joining Quartz, Lianna was the Deputy Editor of Business Insider UK and news editor for IBTimes UK, with key focuses on finance and politics. Earlier, she was a TV producer for CNBC and has worked at various other organisations, such as Incisive Media and Financial News. She holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary War and Peace Studies from the University of Sussex and a Bachelor degree with honours in English and American Literature from the University of Kent.

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Dr. Miles

Brundage

Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford
Dr. Miles Brundage is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. He researches the societal implications of artificial intelligence. Among other recent publications, Dr. Brundage was the lead author of the report, “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation,” and a co-author on a review of the AI sub-field of deep reinforcement learning. He received his PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology from Arizona State University in 2018. Before pursuing his PhD, Brundage was Special Assistant to the Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Dr. Joanna

Bryson

Reader, Bath & Princeton Universities
Joanna J. Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. Her research covering topics from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation has appeared in venues ranging from a reddit to Science. She holds degrees in Psychology from Chicago and Edinburgh, and Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh and MIT. She has additional professional research experience from Princeton, Oxford, Harvard, and LEGO, and technical experience in Chicago’s financial industry, and international management consultancy. Bryson is presently a Reader (associate professor) at the University of Bath, and an affiliate of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

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Tugce

Bulut

CEO and Co-founder, Streetbees
Tugce is passionate about the power of data and the positive change it can bring to the world. She is a published author and Master’s graduate from the University of Cambridge, specialising in poverty alleviation and global living standards. Before founding StreetBees, she spent six years as a strategy consultant advising technology and consumer companies on how to accelerate growth in international markets.

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Chris

Burniske

Partner, Placeholder
Chris Burniske is a partner at Placeholder, a venture capital firm based in New York City that invests in decentralized information networks. Prior to Placeholder, he pioneered ARK Invest’s crypto efforts, leading the firm to become the first public fund manager to invest in bitcoin in 2015, and co-authored the best selling book, Cryptoassets. His commentary has been featured in national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg and Fortune. Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS from Stanford.

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Mike

Butcher

Editor-at-large, TechCrunch
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Ben

Byford

Researcher, Podcaster and Technologist, Machine Ethics Podcast

Ben Byford is a researcher, podcaster and technologist. Ben has run the Machine Ethics podcast for the last two years interviewing academics, authors, business leaders, creatives and engineers on the subject of artificial intelligence and ethics – www.machine-ethics.net.

After 9 years of digital design and development, Ben is starting a consultancy helping businesses learn about AI ethics, and evaluating their AI strategies for more ethical and sustainable outcomes at www.ethicalby.design

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Alex

Caccia

CEO, Animal Dynamics
Alex Caccia is an entrepreneur with start-up experience in media, technology, manufacturing and a background in finance. After a career in the City as a fund manager, and subsequently in investment banking, Alex founded successful sports equipment business WaterRower Ltd. In 1999 Alex joined Sportal, a European dotcom startup, where he was head of advanced technology.). From 2005-2010 Alex was CEO of Marmalade Technology Ltd, a leading cross platform software SDK. In 2012, Alex founded an exercise technology business called Muoverti Ltd., and in 2015 Alex founded Animal Dynamics.

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Brennan

Carley

Global Head of Enterprise, Thomson Reuters

Brennan is responsible for Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk Enterprise business globally, a $1.3B business that provides content and related services for machine/application consumption. He also is responsible for driving Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk strategic response to regulatory and market structure change (including the companies MiFID and FRTB programs.)

Brennan was a part of the founding team and SVP of Product Marketing at Spread Networks, a provider of low latency connectivity to the financial markets. Prior to that, he was COO of NYFIX (later NYSE Technologies). He founded financial extranet Radianz (later BT Radianz) where he ran Strategy, Product, Technology, Service, and Operations. Prior to that he was head of technology for Instinet, and began his career at IBM. He has been a director on the boards of companies including Marketcetera, Yipes, and Monitor110, and is an adjunct Professor of Strategy at New York University.

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Igor

Carron

CEO, LightOn

Igor Carron is the CEO of LightOn, a technology company based in Paris that is developing optical computing hardware for large Scale Artificial Intelligence. Igor is a technical blogger and for the past five seasons, has co-organized the Paris Machine Learning meetup, one of the largest such meetup in the world. Prior to his involvement with LightOn, Igor was involved in several projects ranging from the disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium in the U.S. and Russia as well as the development of advanced technology on the U.S. Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Igor completed his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and his undergraduate degree from INP Grenoble, France.

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Dr. Stephen

Cave

Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
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Dr. Will

Cavendish

Global Lead, Digital Advisory, Arup
As Arup’s Global Digital Advisory Leader, I help our clients respond to relentless change and reimagine their businesses by drawing together the very best in design, engineering and digital capabilities.
Previously I was Strategy Lead, Applied at DeepMind, responsible for understanding the ground-breaking developments taking place in Artificial Intelligence, and working with key partners to apply them for public good in areas such as health and energy. Prior to this I was a senior civil servant in roles including Director General for Innovation, Growth and Technology at the Department of Health; Director General, International Energy and Climate Change at DECC, and Head of the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit, working directly with David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
I have wide-ranging experience achieving change in areas such as digital, health, education, international energy and climate change, cybersecurity, growth and innovation. When in government, I led the creation of the world’s first network of What Works Centres, set up to provide proper evidence on effective uses of public money, and pioneered the use of transparency and crowdsourcing in policy making.
I also served as a World Bank Economist; lectured at Oxford University and Imperial College; have a Doctorate in Economics; and was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by the Queen in 2015.

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Calum

Chace

Author, “Artificial Intelligence and the Two Singularities“
Calum Chace is a best-selling writer and sought-after speaker on artificial intelligence. He focuses on the medium- and long-term impact of AI on all of us, our societies and our economies.
His non-fiction books on AI are The Economic Singularity, about the prospect of widespread technological unemployment, and Surviving AI, about strong AI and superintelligence. He also wrote Pandora’s Brain, a techno-thriller about the first superintelligence. He runs a blog on the subject at www.pandoras-brain.com.
Before becoming a full-time writer and speaker, Calum had a 30-year career in journalism and business, in which he was a marketer, a strategy consultant and a CEO.
A long time ago, Calum studied philosophy at Oxford University, where he discovered that the science fiction he had been reading since boyhood was actually philosophy in fancy dress.

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Vivian

Chan

Co-Founder & CEO, Sparrho
Dr Vivian Chan is founder & CEO of Sparrho, a science discovery platform that blends AI with human curation to help people stay on top of science. A self-described ‘learning geek’, she is passionate about entrepreneurship; after completing her biochemistry PhD at Cambridge University and working in venture capital, she founded Sparrho as a tool to help democratise access to science for people at every level of education across the world. An alumnus of Entrepreneur First, Vivian was named one of MIT Tech Review’s 35 Under 35 innovators & one of the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech in 2017. Recently, she has addressed the EU Ministers of Research and Innovation, and has been nominated for Business Weekly’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award.

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Stephen

Chandler

European General Counsel, NVIDIA
Steve was a partner in Pinsents (now Pinsent Masons) for 18 years and became head of their technology law group. In 2003 he joined a spin out from Cambridge University, CDT Ltd as General Counsel and VP IP. CDT was floated on NASDAQ in 2004 and was eventually sold to Sumitomo Chemical. In 2007, Steve joined Icera Inc. an early stage modem chip company based in Bristol as General Counsel and VP IP. In 2011 Icera was sold to NVIDIA Corp. Steve has remained with NVIDIA Corp as European General Counsel.

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Vishal

Chatrath

CEO and Co-Founder, PROWLER.io
Vishal Chatrath is CEO and co-founder of PROWLER.io, the world’s first AI platform for generalised decision-making in high-dimensional, dynamic systems such as financial markets, smart cities, online games and logistics. Vishal was previously head of automotive at Nokia, founder of Chleon Automotive and Chief Business Officer of VocalIQ, which was acquired by Apple in 2015. He focuses on turning ground-breaking research into workable solution.

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Frank

Chen

Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Frank Chen is a Partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz based in Menlo Park, CA. He runs the deal and research team at the firm. His team is responsible for finding and evaluating great entrepreneurs and companies and building a comprehensive knowledge base of trends, technologies, products, and people along the way.

Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, Frank was the Vice President of Strategy for HP Software, where he helped the company understand and act on changes resulting from the rapid enterprise adoption of virtualization technologies across servers, network and storage. Frank joined HP Software through its acquisition of Opsware, where he was the vice president of Products and User Experience for a broad set of Opsware’s data center automation products.

Frank joined Opsware when it was Loudcloud, a managed services provider. At Loudcloud, Frank served as the director of Product & Services. Frank spent his first year at Loudcloud as the Western Region deployment director, where he oversaw the teams that architected, deployed and managed all of Loudcloud’s West Coast customers including Ford Motor Company, Fox Sports, Fandango, Blockbuster and many others.

Before Loudcloud, Frank was the vice president of Product Development at Respond.com and was previously the director of Product Management at Netscape Communications. Earlier in his career, Frank also held various engineering, product management and developer relations roles at GO Corporation, Oracle, Apple and IBM.

Frank holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University where he graduated with distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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Phil

Chen

Advisor / Managing Partner, Horizons Ventures/ Presence Capital
Phil Chen treats entrepreneurial and venture investing endeavors as liberal art pursuits. As the Decentralized Chief Officer at HTC, Phil is launching the Exodus Phone on the thesis that the world needs a phone that will power the future of decentralized internet. Phil started out as a physicist, a research assistant at both Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at UCSD. In 2005, Phil began his entrepreneurial career at an e-book start-up which culminated in the Alex Reader, that eventually became the Barnes & Noble Nook. Two years later, Phil joined HTC as product manager for Android phones and tablets. This included building the first android phones on earth and launching the Facebook phone, the only phone co-branded with a social media internet company that also became the QQ/Tencent and Weibo phone in China. Phil later headed business and corporate development at HTC, which included investments in Soundhound, Beats, and Wolfram Alpha. Phil also was on the founding team of the Vive. Witnessing the advent of VR, Phil and two partners started Presence Capital, which, according to Pitchbook, is the first and most active VR/AR investment firm in the world. In 2015, Phil also joined Horizons Ventures as Advisor where he served as board director/observer for fifteen companies around the world including Improbable, Sentient, Fano labs, 88 Rising, Amper, Soul machines, Blue Vision Labs, Scopely, Smash gg, Baobab, Nomadic, Eyeway and Kneron. He has a BA in Pure Mathematics and BS in Physics from UCSD and a Master of Divinity in Postmodern Philosophy from Fuller Theological Seminary. Phil is proud father of Miles, Naomi and Olive and husband of Tanya Lee.

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Rumman

Chowdhury

Responsible AI Lead, Accenture
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Jack

Clark

Strategy and Communications Director, OpenAI
Jack Clark is the Strategy and Communications Director for OpenAI, an AI research organization whose mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. Jack predominantly works on policy and safety issues. He also helps develop the AI Index, an AI forecasting and progress initiative that is part of the Stanford One Hundred Year Study on AI. In his spare time he writes an AI newsletter, Import AI (importai.net) which is read by more than ten thousand experts.

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Lord Tim

Clement-Jones

Chair, Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee
Lord Clement-Jones is a Consultant of the global law firm DLA Piper. Former positions held include London Managing Partner from 2011 to 2016, Head of UK Government Affairs, Chairman of its China and Middle East Desks, International Business Relations Partner and Co-Chairman of Global Government Relations. 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. Tim was made CBE for political services in 1988 and a life peer in 1998. Until July 2004 was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman and thereafter until 2010 Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport, in the House of Lords. He is the Liberal Democrat spokesman for the Digital Economy and a former spokesman on the Creative Industries (2015 to 2017). He is the former Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (2017 to 2018) and Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence. He is Deputy Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on China. Tim was an external member of the Council of University College London and Chair of its Audit Committee from 2012 to 2017. He is Chairman of the Council of Queen Mary University London. Tim is President of Ambitious About Autism (formerly Treehouse) an autism education charity and school for children with autism and other communication disorders and its former Chairman (2001-2008).

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Rachel

Coldicutt

CEO, doteveryone
Rachel Coldicutt is CEO of Doteveryone, a think tank that champions fairer technology for everyone in society. She has spent the last 20 years turning emerging technology into products and services, and helped many organisations adapt to the digital world. She has created and delivered large-scale content-driven services for Microsoft, BBC and Channel 4, was a pioneer in the UK digital arts sector, and has consulted for many FTSE companies across a range of sectors including finance, energy and healthcare. She is also a trustee of the Fawcett Society.

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Chance

Coughenour

Programme Manager, Google Arts & Culture
Chance Coughenour is a Program Manager at Google Arts & Culture where he coordinates heritage preservation efforts through international partnerships which employ innovative technology for 3D documentation, education, and broad dissemination. He is also the Mapping Director of an ancient Maya archaeological project in Central America. Prior to joining Google, he co-founded Rekrei, a volunteer-led, crowdsourcing project for destroyed heritage and worked on an EU-funded project at the Institute for Photogrammetry at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

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Sherry

Coutu CBE

Chair, Founders4Schools
Sherry Coutu is a former CEO and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She chairs Founders4Schools and is a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press and a NED of Zoopla and the London Stock Exchange Group. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Linkedin.com. Philanthropically, she supports the Prince’s Trust, the Crick Institute and serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Council. Sherry has an MBA from Harvard, an MSc (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons with distinction) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honours List 2013, is author of ‘The Scale-up Report’ on UK economic growth and serves as an Ambassador for London.

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Dr. CLAIRE

Craig OBE

Chief Science Policy Officer at The Royal Society
Dr Claire Craig CBE is Chief Science Policy Officer at the Royal Society. Previously Claire ledthe Government Office for Science on behalf of the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor. She was awarded a CBE for her work on Foresight, the UK’s science-based strategic futures, and was a member of Faculty at the World Economic Forum. Her career includes periods at McKinsey & Co and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. She has held Board roles at research and teaching institutions including the Council of King’s College London and Newnham College, Cambridge.

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Eve

Critchley

Head of Digital, Mind
Eve Critchley, Mind’s Head of Digital, is leading the organisation’s digital transformation: a programme of activities to drive internal change, make Mind’s information and support more helpful and accessible through digital, and offer supporters a more integrated and personal experience. She previously managed the development of Elefriends, a peer support community and app for people with mental health problems.

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Helen

Crooks

Chief Data Officer, Lloyd’s of London
‘Helen is the Chief Data Officer for Lloyd’s of London and Champion for Data for the London Market within the Target Operating Model Programme. She has 30 years experience setting data strategy and creating data insight solutions (data warehouses, CRM, customer loyalty systems) across a range of markets including FMCG / Retail, Telecoms, Publishing, Travel and Financial Services. Helen was the Chief Architect and Technical Director for Dunnhumby, the loyalty service provider for Tesco clubcards, from start-up. Helen was responsible for delivering all of the data solutions for this Global loyalty company, and has subsequently enabled several major European organisations to effectively manage and utilise their customer data. Helen started at Lloyd’s in August 2015 and is leading developments around Data Governance, AI and Cognitive Intelligence, new data technology and a data literacy programme designed to ensure Lloyd’s has skills and expertise for the future.’

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Professor Jon

Crowcroft

Marconi Professor of Communications Systems, University of Cambridge and Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute
Jon Crowcroft, is the Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and the Chair of the Programme Committee at the Alan Turing Institute. Professor Jon Crowcroft is distinguished for his many seminal contributions to the development of the Internet. His work on satellite link interconnection techniques in the 1980s paved the way for rural broadband; his work on standards for video and voice on IP networks helped extend the Internet to multimedia; and in the 2000s he founded the field of opportunistic networking.

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Karen

Croxson

Head of Research and Deputy Chief Economist, Financial Conduct Authority

Karen joined the Financial Conduct Authority recently. She and her colleagues are creating a scientific research agenda to: (i) protect consumers in financial services; (ii) promote competition, innovation and ethical behaviour among firms; and (iii) enhance the resilience of the UK financial system. An important part of this work is to identify and address the most impactful AI/ML use cases.

Previously, Karen was a Principal at QuantumBlack, where she led teams of PhD and postdoc data scientists, engineers and domain experts. Together they helped C-level clients use advanced analytics to solve strategic problems. Before specialising in data science, she worked as an academic economist at Oxford University and a strategy consultant at McKinsey, based in London and Washington D.C.

Karen holds a PhD in game theory and applied econometrics from Oxford and enjoys staying connected to teaching and research as a Guest Lecturer in Economics for Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a member of the advisory board for the MSc and PhD in Social Data Science at Oxford.

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Kenneth

Cukier

Co-Author of NYT Bestseller “Big Data”, Senior Editor at The Economist

Kenneth Cukier is a Senior Editor at The Economist, and host of its weekly podcast on technology. He is the coauthor of “Big Data,” a NYT Bestseller translated in over 20 languages. He is also an associate fellow at Said Business School at Oxford working on a book on artificial intelligence.

Previously Kenn was a foreign correspondent for two decades in Europe, Asia and America. In 2002-04 he was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Kenn is a board director of International Bridges to Justice and The Open String Foundation. He is a trustee of Chatham House, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a frequent commentator in the media and keynote speaker on AI.

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Peter

Czaban

Executive Director, Web3 Foundation
Peter is the Executive Director of the Web3 Foundation which aims to bring about a more secure, efficient and trust-free web. He obtained his Masters of Engineering degree at the University of Oxford, reading Engineering Science where he focused on Bayesian Machine Learning. He has worked across defense, finance and data analytics industries, working on mesh networks, distributed knowledge bases, quantitative pricing models, machine learning and business development. As a principal engineer at Parity Technologies, he contributed to the Parity Ethereum Client development, in particular implementing consensus algorithms, as well as driving enterprise solutions built on the Parity technology stack. He has given multiple talks at conferences (TOA, BPASE, DevCon, EdCon) and meetups.

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Sue

Daley

Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI, TechUK
Sue leads techUK’s work on cloud, data analytics and AI. In addition to being a regular industry speaker, Sue is also a judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards. Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec’s Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham.

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Zavain

Dar

Principal, Lux Capital
Zavain is driven by smart software, leveraging data and machine intelligence to scale, augment, and balance human intelligence. He invests in companies that are using machine learning and AI to augment or replace physical-world functions including biology, language, manufacturing and analysis. He looks for entrepreneurs that can use software and data to hone a philosophical position on where the world is, and how to direct it for the better. Previously Zavain was an investor at Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. There he sourced and led the firm’s investments in early stage technology companies including Zymergen and BlockStream. Zavain drafted the firm’s theses in Genetics, Synthetic Biology, and the Blockchain. Prior to VC, Zavain was a founder and computer scientist. At Discovery Engine (acquired by Twitter), he engineered machine learning and AI systems across a proprietary distributed computing framework to build web scale-ranking algorithms. Zavain was also a cofounder of Fountainhop, one of the first hyper-local social networks. Zavain holds a BS in symbolic systems and an MS in computer science from Stanford where he was a researcher in Stanford’s AI Lab. He is currently a Lecturer at Stanford and has taught quarter long seminars in Cryptocurrencies, Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy, and Venture Capital.

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Paul

Daugherty

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Accenture
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Sally

Davies

Senior Editor, Aeon Magazine
Sally is senior editor of Aeon magazine, where she focuses on philosophy, science and technology. Previously she was the innovation and technology correspondent at the Financial Times, and an associate editor of Nautilus magazine. She is a graduate of Columbia, the London School of Economics and the University of Melbourne.

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Andrew

Day

Former Chief Data Officer, Sainsburys
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James

Dean

CEO, SenSat

James is a technology entrepreneur fascinated by the way the world works. He founded SenSat in 2015 to enable the greatest step change since the internet; the digitisation of the physical world. SenSat allows computers to interact with the real world in their own language, making important information accessible to everyone.

James received a BSc from King’s College London in Geography and a minor in Astrophysics from The University of California, Irvine. His speciality lies in Satellite Sensing and Earth monitoring where he worked with NASA’s LandSAT and MODIS satellites. In addition he worked collaboratively with professors from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Dimitri

De Jonghe

Co-founder, Ocean Protocol
Dr. Dimitri De Jonghe is a cross-domain protocol researcher. After finishing his PhD on micro-electronics and machine learning, he co-founded a series of blockchain startups: ascribe [power to creators] and BigchainDB [a blockchain database], and Ocean Protocol [a public network for data and AI marketplaces]. Currently, Dimitri is heading research at Ocean Protocol on public intelligence networks. He is also a co-chair of the W3C Interledger community, a blockchain interoperability protocol.

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Meltem

Demirrors

Chief Strategy Officer, CoinShares
Meltem Demirors is Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, a leading digital asset manager, and a cryptocurrency investor, advisor, and advocate, with a unique blend of experience in both legacy & blockchain-based finance and cryptocurrencies. Ms. Demirors is building CS Treasury, a service that helps crypto firms and projects optimize treasury assets using structured strategies to risk optimize liquidity, make sound financial investments for the future with any excess cash, and enter into hedges against financial risks. In addition, she serves as the managing director of the firm’s US operations. Ms. Demirors most recently served as Vice President of Development at Digital Currency Group, where she managed a portfolio of over 100 companies across 30 countries. Ms. Demirors currently invests in and advises cryptocurrency and blockchain startups via her personal investment vehicle, Athena Capital, and serves as a partner at 3.0 Capital, a leading crypto fund. She works closely with the academic community on education efforts, and helped create the MIT “Future of Commerce” online course and the Oxford Saïd Business School Blockchain Strategy Program, where she is a full-time lecturer. She also serves on the World Economic Forum Blockchain Council, and is involved in numerous industry efforts related to governance, transparency, and standards.

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Dr. Kate

Devlin

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths
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Minter

Dial

Founder, Author and Filmmaker, Digitalproof Consultancy
Minter Dial is a professional speaker, storyteller, author and consultant, specialised in branding, new tech and digital strategy activation. He is the author of two books, the award-winning Futureproof (Pearson 2017) and The Last Ring Home (Myndset Press 2016), which was turned into an award-winning documentary film he produced and was shown nationally on PBS and History Channel. He’s also published a dozen white papers including The Brand University with Eric Mellet, and Marketing of the 5Es. A repeat entrepreneur straddling a 16-year career at L’Oreal (MD Worldwide of Redken, MD of L’Oreal Canada Professional Products Division [PPD] and ExCom Member worldwide for the PPD), he started a travel agency for musicians and has also worked as an investment banker, zoo manager and tennis pro. Minter has given over 500 talks and seminars to audiences in five continents. He was voted top 3 speaker out of 150 at the Adobe Summit EMEA three years in a row (2014-2015-2016). He is passionate about the Grateful Dead, Padel Tennis and loves languages.

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Marcel

Dietsch

CEO & Co-Founder, Covee Network
Marcel Dietsch is the CEO & co-founder of Covee Network, a Zurich-based and VC-backed blockchain venture. Marcel and his team build the collaborative infrastructure for a future of work that runs on smart contracts – and without centralised middlemen such as corporations. Before entering the blockchain space in early 2017, Marcel was a portfolio manager trading derivatives, FX and equities at hedge funds in Geneva and London for six years. Marcel holds a PhD from Oxford.

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Lucas

di Grassi

Formula E World Champion & CEO of Roborace
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Dr. Kanta

Dihal

Postdoctoral Researcher in AI Narratives, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
Dr Kanta Dihal is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and the Research Project Coordinator of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. As a researcher on the AI Narratives project she explores how fictional and nonfictional stories shape the development and public understanding of artificial intelligence. Kanta’s work intersects the fields of science communication, literature and science, and science fiction. She obtained her DPhil in science communication at the University of Oxford: in her thesis, titled ‘The Stories of Quantum Physics,’ she investigated the communication of conflicting interpretations of quantum physics to adults and children. She is one of the editors of the forthcoming collection AI Narratives: A History of Imagining Thinking About Intelligent Machines.

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Dr. SARAH

Dillon

Lecturer, University of Cambridge & Broadcaster, BBC
Dr Sarah Dillon is a Senior Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. She is co-Project Lead on the AI Narratives project in collaboration with the Royal Society, investigating the influence of narratives on the development, regulation and reception of AI. She is co-editor (with Stephen Cave and Kanta Dihal) of AI Narratives: Imagining Intelligent Machines from Homer to Hal (forthcoming 2020) and is researching a book entitled Narrative Knowledge: Literature and Artificial Intelligence. Sarah is also a University Lecturer in Literature and Film in the Faculty of English at Cambridge, specialising in contemporary literature and film, in particular, science fiction. She is currently Chair of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies. Sarah is author of two books – The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory (2007) and Deconstruction, Feminism, Film (2018) – and editor of a further two – David Mitchell: Critical Essays (2011) and Maggie Gee: Critical Essays (2015). Sarah also works as an Arts Broadcaster for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4; in particular, she writes and presents the BBC Radio 3 documentary series, Literary Pursuits.

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Jeffrey

Ding

D.Phil Researcher, Oxford University Governance of AI Program
As the China lead for the Governance of AI Program, Jeff researches China’s development of AI at the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford. His work has been cited in the Washington Post, South China Morning Post, MIT Technology Review, Bloomberg News, Science Magazine, Quartz, and other outlets. He co-directs the Rhodes Artificial Intelligence Lab, which connects machine learning engineers with domain experts to apply AI for social good. Fluent in Mandarin, he directly enrolled in classes with Chinese university students at Peking University as a Boren Scholar, and he has worked at the U.S. Department of State and the Hong Kong Legislative Council. He is also reading for a D.Phil. in International Relations as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

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Jack

du Rose

CEO, Colony
Jack du Rose is current CEO of Colony: a platform for open organisations which seeks to enable new forms of decentralised organisations. A former artist in diamonds, most well known for designing Damien Hirst’s $100m diamond skull “For the Love of God”, Jack abandoned the luxury industry after becoming fascinated by the potential for social transformation engendered by blockchain technology.

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ESTHER

Dyson

Founder, HICCup/Way to Wellville
Leading angel investor, author, journalist, businesswoman and philanthropist
Esther Dyson(@edyson on twitter) is executive founder of Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a 10-year project to help US communities dramatically improve the health of their residents, and to develop and spread new business models for the cultivation of health. Overall, Dyson works to leverage new business models, new technologies and new markets (both economic and political). From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut. Apart from this brief sabbatical, she is an active board member for a variety of companies, including 23andMe, Luxoft, Pressreader, Swvl (Cairo), Wellpass (the company behind text4baby.org), and Yandex (Russia – YNDX). She wrote about companies such as Thinking Machines, Doug Lenat’s Cyc and numerous others in the last century for her newsletter Release 1.0; now she gets to educate herself by investing directly: Her AI-related investments include Medstory and Powerset (sold to Microsoft), Geometric Intelligence (sold to Uber), Init.ai (acqui-hired by Apple)….and currently, Boundless Mind, Prognos, Sapiens Data Science, Turbine.ai and CognitionX itself!

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Matt

Eagles

Head of Patient Engagement, HAVAS LYNX

Having had Parkinson’s for forty two years and have become an expert in my own condition. I had Deep Brain Stimulation just short of 12 years ago and am a keen advocate of using AI in healthcare
My passion is raising awareness of patient sentiment and encouraging meaningful dialogue between pharma , HCP’s and patients themselves so outcomes benefit everyone and I am now Head of Patient Engagement at Havas Lynx , a global healthcare communications company .
I am a keynote speaker having spoken on the main stage at Wired Health 2017 , Financial Times HealthTech Europe , The Digital World Health Summit and The British Neuroscience Winter Symposium and have been a panellist at Founders Forum , Mindshare Huddle and the Virtual Futures salon. I am an ambassador for, and speaker ,at CogX2018.

‘never pre-judge and never discount opinion without listening first , everyone has a story to tell and something valuable to contribute if you let them ‘

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Sherif

Elsayed-Ali

Director of Global Issues and Research at Amnesty International
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Liz

Ericson

Partner, McKinsey

Liz serves a broad range of consumer-facing clients on projects surrounding change and growth in a digital world. She helps clients understand changing competitive dynamics and rising consumer expectations while prioritising the actions that deliver value. In many cases, this means the transformation of some part of the core business, but often also nurturing more nascent capabilities or units. Liz is a leader of McKinsey’s European Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail Practices and Digital McKinsey in London, EMEA, and globally.

Beyond her client work, Liz has led McKinsey’s research into how mobile is changing the consumer decision journey in the United Kingdom and the United States, and has published perspectives on mobile shopping—including a TED talk—and digital reinvention. She also coleads McKinsey’s global recruiting and women’s initiative for INSEAD.

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David

Fauchier

Co-Founder, Decusis Capital
Decusis Capital is building an institutional-grade ‘fund of funds’ strategy. David is an entrepreneur with a shared passion for tech and finance. He started his career in FinTech as employee #1 at Yoyo Wallet, where he ran Consumer Product before founding Mr Wolf, a product analytics company helping venture-backed startups like CloudApp and Appear.in on product and pricing strategy. David was early to Bitcoin, late to Ethereum, and has been working on catching up ever since.

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Nancy

Fechnay

Founder & Chief Inspirer, The Inspire Movement
Nancy Fechnay is an accomplished founder, investor and mentor. She works with companies that have the potential to positively impact the world through scalable deep-technologies. A former venture capitalist, Nancy is currently advising startups and corporates on how blockchain can improve the health and financial sectors as well as exploring her own disruptive blockchain project. Nancy also founded The Inspire Movement (a mental health nonprofit) in 2016 with Google.

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Alexander

Fefegha

Head of Creative Technology, Comuzi
Alex Fefegha is a product designer & creative technologist bridging the gaps between art, design and technology, the physical and the conceptual, virtual and the real worlds. Alex is a partner at Comuzi, a R&D team for hire working at intersection of emerging technology and culture. Alex’s research is focused on using future mapping techniques to investigate the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence as outlined on futuresofai.com and aicheatsheet.comuzi.xyz

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Olga

Feldmeier

CEO, Smart Valor
Olga Feldmeier is CEO of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain start-up building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. Olga has extensive experience working in the banking and financial services sector for global brands such as Barclays Capital, UBS Wealth Management and Boston Consulting Group, where she focused on strategy projects at financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank, Unicredit and Commerzbank. Prior to founding SMART VALOR, Olga held the position of Commercial Managing Partner at prominent Silicon Valley Bitcoin startup Xapo.
Olga is a prominent founding member of the Crypto Valley community, and is the producer of series of blockchain conference in Switzerland (ICO Summit and Crypto Summit) the first global conference in Switzerland focusing on blockchain. She is also a mentor at the largest European accelerator program, Kickstart Accelerator, and regularly delivers talks at conferences and universities on Bitcoin, the regulation in blockchain industry, the tokenization of assets and the disruption of the banking industry.

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James

Field

Founder & CEO, LabGenius
James is founder and CEO of LabGenius, a venture-backed synthetic biology company that’s on a mission to harness evolution using AI.
James completed his PhD at Imperial College London where he developed a platform for targeted drug delivery using re-engineered protein nanocages. Prior to his PhD, James completed a BSc in Biology with Microbiology (1st Class) and an MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology (Distinction), at Imperial College London.
James is an active member of the synthetic biology community having participated in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition as an undergraduate, advisor and judge.
In 2017, James was awarded the BBSRC Innovator of the Year award for early career impact. In 2018, James was featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Science & Healthcare. James is also a fellow of the prestigious Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP). Outside of work, James enjoys time with his daughter, reading science fiction and drinking loose leaf Earl Grey tea.

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Kay

Firth-Butterfield

Head, AI & Machine Learning, World Economic Forum
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Emily

Foges

CEO, Luminance
Emily Foges has been scaling up technology-led businesses for over 20 years, working in M&A as a consultant and in-house with some of the UK’s fastest growing businesses. She specialised in building business cases and then leading integration – when companies come together to become greater than the sum of their parts. The complexity of combining customers, products, platforms, teams and operations was the ideal training ground for turning a technology start-up into a global organisation. Emily became CEO in 2016 when Luminance was a small team of technologists and lawyers. She took the product to market and led the growth of the business, which doubled in size every quarter throughout 2017.

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Tracey

Follows

Head of Strategy, WIRED Consulting, WIRED UK
Tracey works with clients on long term strategies for future growth. Recent work includes the future of work, AI, ethics and diversity. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Women in Marketing Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Marketing. In 2017 Ad Age named her a Woman to Watch (Europe). Tracey worked in marketing and innovation for over 20 years with leading technology, telco, service and retail brands, rising to Chief Strategy Officer at J Walter Thompson and serving as Chair of the Account Planning Group in the UK. In 2013 she left advertising to retrain in Strategic Foresight at The University of Houston later joining The Future Laboratory as Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer. She is currently a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, the World Futures Studies Federation and a Fellow of the RSA. She also sits on the ASA Council.

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Chris

Fowler

General Counsel TSO and COO, BT Legal Governance and Compliance, BT
Chris Fowler is General Counsel TSO and COO for BT Legal Governance and Compliance (“LGC”) at BT Group plc in London. Chris accountable for the legal support to TSO which is the unit within BT responsible for the design, delivery and management of BT’s core network infrastructure, its research and development activities and its internal IT infrastructure. In addition Chris is COO for LGC and is responsible for implementing its strategy, managing its overall budget as well as the central operations team responsible for finance, vendor management, technology implementation, reporting and communications. Previously Chris was the General Counsel for Commercial Transactions with responsibility for setting and oversight of BT’s group wide contractual risk frameworks. His work in transforming this function was acknowledged by the Association of Corporate Counsel as one of its Value Champions in 2013, cited as one of the reasons why BT was recognised by the FT Innovative Lawyers awards as the most innovative in-house team in 2015 and the Legal 500 as its Telecoms Team of the year for 2018.

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Christina

Frankopan

Venture Partner, Fabric Ventures
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Andrew

Funk

President, #HomelessEntrepreneur (#HE)

Andrew leads a lean startup that empowers homeless people by providing them with tools, resources, network, unconditional love and a holistic program.

#HE is inclusive and fosters economic empowerment to end homelessness for those willing and able to participate. By leveraging machine learning, #HomelessEntrepreneurs will soon be able to use AI to develop their professional skills on a job creation platform and understand how professionals become homeless and vice versa in order to reduce the gap, and by applying blockchain technology, they will have smart verified profiles, which means a safe, official digital identity accessible for service and support providers as well as government officials.

Everyone in the AI community has the opportunity to help end homelessness.

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Guy

Gadney

CEO, Charisma.ai
Guy is the CEO and co-founder of Charisma.ai: storytelling powered by artificial intelligence. The platform creates new forms of interactive stories, immersing audiences in the narrative and conversations of the characters. Charisma.ai was behind the successful digital reboot of the Tomorrow’s World show for the BBC and is currently working on an interactive adaptation of John Wyndham’s classic novel, The Kraken Wakes.

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Raluca D.

Gaina

PhD Student; Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence, Queen Mary University
Raluca D. Gaina is currently on a 3 month internship at Microsoft Research Cambridge, working on the Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning in Malmo (MARLO) Competition. She is studying for her Ph.D. in Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence at Queen Mary University of London, in the area of rolling horizon evolution in general video game playing, after completing a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Games at the University of Essex. Her research interests include general video game playing AI, reinforcement learning and evolutionary computation algorithms.

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Gary

Gallen

CEO, rradar
Established in 2012, rradar delivers trusted, award-winning legal advice to thousands of corporations and organisations, whilst providing digital tools and business solutions to help reduce legal risks and problems, before they arise. Gary Gallen is the CEO and founder of rradar, leading business strategy, making the company a significant force in both the local and national legal sector. Believing that businesses deserve more from legal services, he decided to disrupt the sector and democratise the law, removing barriers that prevent people from getting affordable legal representation and advice. One of the UK’s leading corporate defence lawyers, involved in numerous sensitive and high profile cases, Gary has also appeared as a professional speaker at a number of major technology events.

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Professor Joshua

Gans

Author of “Prediction Machines“
Joshua Gans is a Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, where he also serves as Chief Economist of the Creative Destruction Lab. He has co-authored Finishing the Job (MUP), The Disruption Dilemma (MIT Press, 2016), and more. His most recent book is Prediction Machines (HBR Press, 2018). While Joshua’s research interests are varied he has developed specialities in the nature of technological competition and innovation, economic growth, publishing economics, industrial organisation and regulatory economics. On the consulting side, Joshua is managing director of Core Economic Research and an Academic Associate with The Brattle Group.

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Tim

Gardam

CEO, Nuffield Foundation
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Dr. Marta

Garnelo

Research Scientist, DeepMind
Marta is a research scientist at DeepMind working on deep generative models and reinforcement learning. She is currently also in denial about having entered the last stage of her PhD at Imperial College London under the supervision of Prof Murray Shanahan. Her main research focus over the past years has addressed drawbacks of deep learning models, in particular their data inefficiency and poor generalisation.

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Melissa

Gee Kee

Strategy Director CHRO (Chief of Staff) & Global HR4HR Director, Unilever
Mission is to To lean in and spark possibilities, disrupting the course for the better. With 16+ years’ experience as both Consultant and In-House (in small start up and large scale corporate organisations); covering all facets of Human Resource Management. Led the thought leadership, design and deployment of our Award winning externally recognised Digital Selection process for graduates deployed in 54 countries globally.
Has experience working in Japan, United Kingdom & Europe, USA, South East Asia (Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines), Australia & New Zealand. As well as with key stakeholders from all around the globe. Strong ability to see patterns and connect the dots, navigate complex information and manage through today’s paradox’s. Track record of keeping the Employee Experience at the heart, together with calculated risk taking, experimentation, constant curiosity and external orientation pushing HR to #beaheadofthecurve supporting the business to grow and people to thrive.
Innovator, Change Catalyst, People Experience Master, Facilitator, Proud Mother.

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Dhruv

Ghulati

CEO and Founder, Factmata
Dhruv Ghulati is CEO and cofounder of Factmata, an AI startup developing community-driven algorithms to solve the problem of online misinformation and create a quality media ecosystem. A Forbes 30 Under 30 leader in technology for Europe, Dhruv has built startups at Entrepreneur First and Techstars London. Having started his career in finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he transitioned into being a product leader, engineer and scientist in the space of artificial intelligence and data science. Dhruv holds a 1st Class MSc in Computer Science from University College London, and a 1st Class BSc in Economics from the LSE.

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Christopher

Gibson

CEO, Co-Founder Recursion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Chris Gibson, PhD, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Recursion Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company leveraging the latest in automation, artificial intelligence and biology to do drug discovery at scale. Chris developed the technology and approach underlying Recursion as part of his MD/PhD graduate work in the lab of Co-Founder Dr. Dean Li at the University of Utah. Chris left medical school to transform this technology into the rapidly growing company it is today. Chris is a graduate of Rice University with degrees in bioengineering and managerial studies, as well as a graduate of an intense entrepreneurship course at Stanford GSB. He is a Board Member of CureHHT, a patient advocacy group for Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, and a member of the Rare and Undiagnosed Network Advisory Board. Outside of work, Chris enjoys cycling on both the road and the trails that cut through Utah’s great wilderness, as well as spending time with family.

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Tobias

Goebel

Sr. Director Emerging Tech (Lead Architect for Lidl UK’s “Margot the Winebot”,) Aspect
Tobias is Senior Director, Emerging Technologies at Aspect. He has over 14 years of experience in customer care technology and the contact center industry with roles spanning engineering, consulting, pre-sales, product management, and product marketing. As part of Aspect’s product management and marketing team today, he is responsible for business alliances around emerging technologies and works on defining the future of the mobile customer experience, bringing together channels such as mobile apps, messaging, voice, and social. He is a frequent speaker and blogger on topics around customer service and, more recently, the (re-)emerging chatbot, NLP, and AI technologies. Tobias holds a Master’s degree in Computational Linguistics, Phonetics, and Computer Science from the universities of Bonn, Germany and Edinburgh, UK.

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Sarah

Gold

CEO, Projects by IF
Sarah is a leading expert in emerging issues and trends in privacy, security and technology. Attracting some of the most influential global companies, Sarah has developed IF, a world renowned, multidisciplinary team who work with organisations shaping our digital world to show how they can be trusted with data. Through their work, IF demonstrates how to design services people can trust.

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Ella

Goldner

Co-Founder, Zinc

Ella is Co-Founder of Zinc.

Zinc builds from scratch commercial, scalable, tech companies that tackle the biggest social challenges in the developed world.

The first mission was set to improve the mental and emotional health of 650M women and girls in the developed world. 82% of the companies created in the first programme have a Female Founder.

Zinc’s second mission will focus on unlocking opportunities for people in places hard-hit by globalisation and automation.

Ella also co-founded NewCo UK, an innovation event that provides a behind-the-curtain-view into the most exciting, innovative and mission-led organisations in the UK. As a marketing strategist, Ella worked with leading global brands such as Unilever, Wimbledon and EY.

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Sophie

Goossens

Digital Media Lawyer, Reed Smith

Sophie is a digital media lawyer with over 10 years’ experience as counsel to media and technology industries.

Brussels born, and based between Paris and London, Sophie balances technical legal experience – in Contract, IP, IT, Data and European law – true commercial insight and cutting edge knowledge of developments in the tech sector. She leads Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry practice in Paris. She acts as counsel and litigator for French and international clients – household names and start-ups – in digital music, audio-visual, image, video games, advertising, heritage, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, as well as state-of-the-art data intelligence and technology providers, and advises them on all topics relating to IT, content acquisition, distribution, monetisation, strategy and control.

Sophie has a particular experience in digital music and the imagery sector after spending close to 6 years in-house or seconded to record companies, streaming services and, most recently, to Getty Images.

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Matthew

Gould CMG MBE

Director General for Digital & Media, DCMS
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Cath

Goulding

Head of Cyber Security, Nominet

Cath has 18 years’ experience in the cyber security profession having worked for both UK Government and the private sector. A thought leader in her field, she frequently speaks at security and internet conferences and has provided articles and comments for multiple publications. Her career was profiled in the Financial Times and she has appeared on the BBC promoting women into the IT profession.

Cath currently works as Head of Cyber Security for Nominet UK, the internet company best known for running the ‘dot.uk’ registry and therefore critical to internet operations in the UK. Prior to joining Nominet, Cath worked at GCHQ holding a variety of posts in the field of cyber security. Cath has a BSc in Mathematics, an MSc in Human Computer Interaction and is CISSP qualified. She was awarded Security Champion at the Women in IT awards 2015 and sits on the board of the Women’s Security Society.

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Sean

Gourley

Founder and CEO, Primer

Sean Gourley is founder and CEO of Primer. Previously, he was CTO of Quid, an augmented-intelligence company he co-founded in 2009. Prior to Quid, Gourley worked on self-repairing nano-circuits at NASA Ames. He holds a PhD in physics from Oxford, where his research as a Rhodes Scholar focused on complex systems and the mathematical patterns underlying modern war. This research was published on the cover of Nature. He has served as a political advisor, briefed USCENTCOM at the Pentagon and addressed the United Nations in Vienna. He is a two-time New Zealand track and field champion.

Gourley sits on the Knight Commission, serves on the Board of Directors at Anadarko (NYSE: APC), and is a TED Fellow.

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Professor AC

Grayling

Philosopher, Author and Master, New College of the Humanities
A. C. Grayling CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian, the Times, and Prospect magazine. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2014 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, Patron of the UK Armed Forces Humanist Association, Honorary Associate of the Secular Society, and a Patron of Dignity in Dying.

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Gerard

Grech

CEO, Tech Nation
Gerard Grech is chief executive of Tech Nation, a privately and publicly funded organisation focused on accelerating the growth of digital businesses in London and across cities in the UK. He is also a governing board member of Europe’s largest arts centre, the Barbican, and Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. A veteran of digital media, web and mobile, Gerard’s international experience in London, Paris and New York, building digital products and rolling them out across 5 continents, has given him global vision and local expertise, spanning product development, business strategy and venture capital. He will discuss the entrepreneurial risk culture and the importance of talent, patient capital and the ‘beehive effect’ in light of Brexit, as well as how the UK is faring in the big emerging areas including AI, machine learning and digital social innovation.

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Parul

Green

Group Head of Innovation for UK and Ireland, AXA
Parul is Group Head of Innovation for UK and Ireland at AXA. She is responsible for Open eco system, Partnering, R&D and Innovation strategy across Group’s General Insurance, Health, and Asset Management businesses. She is member of the AXA UK Seed Fund Investment committee which invests in Fintech, Insurtech and Digital Health start-ups for the AXA Group. Financial Services and PE expert with Global experience, she is a mentor at The Duke of York Pitch@Palace , Mayor of London’s International Business Partnering and Business Growth Programme and Board advisor to Insurance Times on Technology and Innovation. She is on the judging Panel for FinTech 50 Europe, Disrupt 100 and Insurance Times- Technology Excellence Award. Economist and Investor by training, she has held senior strategist, M&A and investor roles, globally at AXA, Aviva, Family office VC and Citibank

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Moya

Greene

CEO, Royal Mail
Moya Greene has been Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail Group since July 2010 responsible for the management of the business and the development of the strategy. Prior to joining Royal Mail, Moya was CEO of Canada Post where she led a successful transformation programme, significantly improving profitability despite declining mail volumes.
Ms. Greene has a strong track record in strategic planning, complex negotiations and relationship building in the private sector. She also has a strong public sector background, developed over a 17-year period when she assumed progressively senior roles in seven different Ministries of the Canadian federal public service.
In 2013, Ms Greene received the Sunday Times Business Person of the Year Award. In 2014, she received the Financial Times Boldness in Business Award, and the Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year Award. Ms Greene was ranked one of the most powerful EMEA female CEOs in Fortune 2015.

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Baroness Olly

Grender MBE

Member of the Artificial Intelligence Committee
Olly Grender’s career has spanned the world of politics, government, the voluntary and corporate sectors. She has run communications operations and campaigns in all four. She was drawn into the Liberal Party by Community Politics in 1981 and has worked for the Party locally and nationally since. She recently spent a year at No10 as the Deputy Director of Communications for the Government where she co-ordinated the Liberal Democrats communications operation on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister, promoting issues such as the Lower Tax Thresholds. She headed up Communications under Paddy Ashdown’s leadership from 1990 to 1995 prior to that she was a speech writer and had responsibility for housing and transport policy in his office. She was elected by the Party to the peers interim panel in 2006 and became a Peer in 2013. For over four years she was the Director of Communications for Shelter. Olly entered Parliament in Autumn 2013. At present in addition to Parliamentary duties she is Paddy Ashdown’s “Political Co-ordinator and Director for Special Projects in his role as Chair of the General Election Campaign and a member of the Wheelhouse, which is planning the campaign. She is now a Member of the Artificial Intelligence Committee.

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Priya

Guha

Ecosystem General Manager, RocketSpace
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Danny

Guillory

Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Autodesk
Danny Guillory is the head of global diversity and inclusion at Autodesk, where he works to integrate all dimensions of diversity and inclusion into many parts of the organization, including customer acquisition, recruitment, hiring, people development, advancement, investment, and acquisition. He is interested in the application of people analytics to different initiatives. Previously, Danny was CEO of Innovations International, a consulting firm that assists companies globally on leadership, innovation, and diversity through assessment, strategic planning, learning and development, and internal communications. Daniel received his B.A. from Stanford University, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and studied at the Universite de Paris I–Pantheon Sorbonne, along with the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. He is passionate about the integration of diversity into the development of Artificial Intelligence.

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Adrien

Guilmineau

Founder & CEO, Sidekick
Adrien is the founder & CEO of Sidekick, a company building an AI that can increase by 62% how a team rates their manager in 3-months without them being involved in the process. Adrien is French and grew up in San Francisco & Hong Kong. He spent a year at the University of Warwick, in the UK, before dropping out to start his first startup in Silicon Valley.

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Vinay

Gupta

Founder, hexayurt.capital

Vinay Gupta is a technologist and policy analyst with a particular interest in how specific technologies can close or create new avenues for decision makers. This interest has taken him through cryptography, energy policy, defence, security, resilience and disaster management arenas. He is the founder of Hexayurt.Capital, a fund which invests in creating the Internet of Agreements™. Mattereum is the first Internet of Agreements infrastructure project, bringing legally-enforceable smart contracts, and enabling the sale, lease, and transfer of physical property and legal rights. He is known for his work on the hexayurt, a public domain disaster relief shelter designed to be build from commonly-available materials, and with Ethereum, a distributed network designed to handle smart contracts.

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Rene

Haas

President, IP Products Group (IPG) ARM

Rene Haas is the president of ARM’s IP Products Group (IPG) and a member of the ARM Executive Committee. Rene took over management of IPG in January 2017 and is responsible for all IPG activities including product development, engineering, sales, marketing, and commercial operations.

Rene was previously ARM’s chief commercial officer in charge of global sales and marketing, a position he held since Oct. 2015. Prior to that he served as the vice president of strategic alliances.

Before joining ARM, Rene held several applications management, applications engineering and product engineering roles, including seven years at NVIDIA as vice president and general manager of its computing products business.

Rene is based in Cambridge, UK, but spends significant time in the major technology centers in the US and Asia Pacific.

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Thomas

Hain

Co-founder, Fetch.ai
Thomas is one of the founders of Fetch.AI and the guiding force behind Fetch.AI’s Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence programmes. He is Professor for Speech Technology in the Machine Learning Research group at the University of Sheffield. Thomas holds Electrical and Communication Engineering degree from the University of Technology, Vienna, and a PhD in Information Engineering from University of Cambridge.

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Dame Wendy

Hall

Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton & Managing Director of the Web Science Trust
Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement) at the University of Southampton, and is the Executive Director of the Web Science Institute.
With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and is the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.
She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year’s Honours list, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
She has previously been President of the ACM, Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, was a founding member of the European Research Council and Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG 2010-2012, and was a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance.
She is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy, and is co-Chair of the UK government’s AI Review, which was published in October 2017.

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Matt

Hancock MP

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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Dr. David

Hanson

Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Hanson Robotics Limited
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Stephanie

Hare

Researcher
Stephanie Hare is a researcher working across technology, politics and history. She has worked as a Principal Director at Accenture Research, a strategist at Palantir, a Senior Analyst at Oxford Analytica, and a consultant at Accenture. She earned a PhD from the London School of Economics and held the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellowship at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Selected for the Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellowship and the BBC Expert Women programme, Stephanie frequently shares insights on television, radio and online. Her research publications and media commentary can be found at harebrain.co

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Russell

Harte

Head of Technology, DFS
Russell is CTO of the DFS Group, comprising DFS, Sofology, Dwell and Sofaworkshop, the largest upholstery retailer in the UK and now with stores in Spain and Netherlands. Russell’s background is in online and omni-channel retailing previously working for Boots UK and also IBM. He took leadership responsibility for technology teams and direction 2 years ago and has accelerated the technology change within the organisation. Russell is passionate about changing the traditional IT approach to be customer centric and bringing online agility and technology principals to bear. In addition to a significant physical supply chain transformation DFS have worked with Satalia and other partners to transform the supply chain operations in DFS utilising AI and data science along with a cloud approach to accelerate change, efficiency and visibility of the operation and is now looking to use the same principals to solve other challenges.

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Richard

Hartley

CEO and Co-Founder, Cytora
Richard Hartley is CEO and co-founder of Cytora, an artificial intelligence company powering a new way for commercial insurers to target, select and price risk. Prior to Cytora, Richard worked in product strategy at eBaoTech Shanghai, a cloud technology vendor to the insurance industry. Richard holds a BA from the University of Manchester and a Masters in Political Science from the University College London.

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Dr. Hugh

Harvey

Clinical Lead, Kheiron Medical Technologies
Dr Harvey is a consultant radiologist and academic. He received his research MD on prostate volumetry at the Institute of Cancer Research where he won science writer of the year twice. He has since worked at Babylon Health, the Royal College of Radiologists, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, and is an Associate Editor at Nature: DigitalMedicine. He is the Clinical Lead at Kheiron, a UK start-up focussed on deep learning in breast cancer screening.

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Sabine

Hauert

Assistant Professor University of Bristol President and Co-founder, Robohub.org
Sabine Hauert is Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research focusses in designing swarms that work in large numbers (>1000), and at small scales (<1 cm). Profoundly cross-disciplinary, Sabine works between Engineering Mathematics, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and Life Sciences. Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine engineered swarms of nanoparticles for cancer treatment at MIT, and deployed swarms of flying robots at EPFL. Sabine is also President and Co-founder of Robohub.org, a non-profit dedicated to connecting the robotics community to the world. As an expert in science communication with 10 years of experience, Sabine is often invited to discuss the future of robotics and AI, including in the journals Science and Nature, at the European Parliament, and at the Royal Society. Her work has been featured in mainstream media including BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist, TEDx, WIRED, and New Scientist.

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Dr. Hermann

Hauser

Founder of ARM
Founder and Director of Amadeus Capital
Investor in 100+ tech startups
Godfather of venture capital in the UK

Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Dr Hermann Hauser KBE has wide experience in developing and financing companies in the information technology sector. He co-founded a number of high-tech companies including Acorn Computers which spun out ARM, E-trade UK, Virata and Cambridge Network. Since leaving Olivetti, Hermann has founded over 20 technology companies. In 1997, he co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners.

Hermann is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’. In 2004 he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science and Technology and in 2013 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

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Arthur

Hayes

Co-Founder & CEO, BitMEX
Arthur Hayes obtained his BA in Economics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Subsequently he moved to Hong Kong where worked as an equity derivatives trader for Deutsche Bank and Citigroup for 5 years. Arthur was the head ETF market maker at both firms. In January 2014, BitMEX – Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange was formed. BitMEX is a trading platform that gives retail investors access to the global financial markets using Bitcoin, the Blockchain, and financial derivatives. BitMEX through the use of Bitcoin as collateral, allows anyone anywhere to trade any type of financial asset.

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Mike

Hearn

Core Platform Engineer, R3; Bitcoin Core Developer
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Jouni

Helminen

Design Lead, Aragon

Jouni has been designing interfaces and apps for web and mobile for over 15 years in Scandinavia, London and Asia. He has lately been mostly working on open source projects aimed at large scale impact – Ubuntu Phone and Desktop, recent redesign of Riot.im and Aragon. He has been into Ethereum from the start, and with Aragon he is working enabling new types of organisations and governance models to flourish, and how to bring blockchain to regular users to benefit everyone.

Jouni’s focus right now at Aragon is on designing these frameworks and user interfaces from a global, human centred point of view – easy to use and accessible for anyone. He is interested in the future of work, collaboration and ways to create and share value – in an efficient, easy to use way, giving people working on projects together incentives to succeed and distributed ownership of the project. He is also an avid musician (https://soundcloud.com/dharmaone) and photographer.

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Dr. Robert

Hercock

Chief Researcher, BT Labs

Dr Robert Hercock is a Chief Research Scientist in the British Telecommunications Security Research Practice. He has over 20 years’ experience in managing Security research projects in the UK, and was theme leader for Networks and Cyber Security in the UK MOD Information Fusion Centre. His research interests include Cyber Security, A.I, Robotics and Complex Adaptive Systems.

He chairs an international workshop on adaptive cyber defence, and has over thirty international publications in AI and security concepts, in addition to over twenty filed patents. His latest book is on the theme of resilience and cohesion in social systems: (“Cohesion – The Making of Society”, available from Amazon.)

Professionally he is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society, and was previously an Associate Fellow at the Said Business School Oxford University. He has also served for several years as an independent technical expert for the UK Defence Science Advisory Council (DSAC), and was a Business Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. He is currently serving on the Royal Society Science and Industry Translation committee, which works to promote UK industry and academic knowledge exchange.

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Carolyn

Herzog

EVP & General Counsel, ARM

Carolyn Herzog is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at Arm, the world’s leading semiconductor IP company and is responsible for Legal and Public Affairs. Prior to joining Arm, Carolyn was the VP, Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel at Symantec Corporation, the global leader in cybersecurity, based in Mountain View, California, and held prior roles as Symantec’s Head of Legal for Europe, Middle East and Africa region, based in the U.K. Carolyn joined Symantec through the AXENT Technologies acquisition in December, 2000, where she was General Counsel, and was based in the Washington DC area prior to moving to the UK.

Carolyn has served on the European Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Board for the National Cyber Security Alliance, and is an Advisory Board member to IPWatch System Corporation. Before moving to the technology sector, Carolyn worked in the international development arena, both in the non-profit sector and with The World Bank in Washington, DC. Carolyn is an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion and has particularly championed women’s initiatives both inside and outside of her company. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her family.

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Emil

Hewage

Co-Founder & CEO, CBAS

Emil Hewage is Co-Founder and CEO at Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems, a leading neural engineering startup. Emil undertook PhD research in computational neuroscience and machine learning at the University of Cambridge, and has used this knowledge to pioneer the use of artificial intelligence for interpreting neural data. He began working in startups at age 17 and held engineering and leadership roles across a range of industries from clean energy to advanced medical technologies. He was recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30.

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Thomas

Hoegh

Artist, Entrepreneur and Investor

Thomas is an artist, entrepreneur and investor, focusing on technology and media with a creative background. Arts Alliance built LoveFilm (acquired by Amazon); Arts Alliance Media (a world leading digital cinema software and infrastructure company, acquired by Luxin Rio in China); Met Film School (the UK’s leading commercial degree awarding film school); Picturehouse Cinemas (acquired by Cineworld) and is a backer of Kebony, Shazam, Park Circus, Growth Street, Lucky Voice, Made.com, Tails.com, Kenshoo, and Creative Live. Former portfolio companies include: Ocado; Smartjog; Lastminute; Launch; Atom Films; Property Finder; Interactive Investor; PrePay Technologies; Spinner; Opera Software; Mamut; Planet All and Firefly. Thomas is a trustee of the Scaleup Institute and Wim Wender’s Foundation. He is a former board member of Channel 4 Ventures, the UK Film Council and the Norwegian Film Institute.

Thomas trained as a theatre director at Northwestern University and worked as a director in theatre, radio drama, TV drama and large-scale events culminating with the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1994 Winter Olympics. He then attended Harvard Business School and started his entrepreneurial/industry career. He periodically produces and/or directs projects to stay current. In his free time he ekes out blue notes on his trumpet in competition with the alley cats.

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Ian

Hogarth

Angel Investor. Co-founder & former CEO, Songkick. M. Eng., Machine Intelligence, University of Cambridge

Angel Investor. Co-founder & former CEO, Songkick. M. Eng., Machine Intelligence, University of Cambridge

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Joanna

Holbrook

Director Translational Biology, BenevolentAI

Joanna Holbrook PhD spent 10 years leading drug discovery programmes at GSK, (Neurology, UK; Oncology, USA). She then built and led a biomolecular informatics group at Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (A*STAR). Returning to UK, she joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton as Professor of Bioinformatics. She played a leading role in the Epigen global academic consortia delivering major scientific projects within industry alliances. At BenevolentAI, she is starting drug discovery from the clinic, using precise descriptions of patients with shared molecular aetiologies.

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Mads

Holmen

Founder, Bibblio
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Lord Chris

Holmes

Chancellor at BPP, Non Executive Director, Channel 4 & Diversity Advisor, Cabinet Office
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Jonathan

Holtby

Community Lead, Hub of All Things

Jonathan is the Community Lead at the Hub of All Things, a microserver for owning your own personal data. A technology and communications specialist for early-stage Startups, he is the founder of Cambridge Startups and a partner of the Mark and Maven programme for investing in under-represented minority founders. Jonathan sits on the advisory boards of Bear Health Technologies in Toronto and Feral Horses in London, and he is a two-time former Startup founder. He has been a strategic advisor to the emerging markets offices of Avaya, BT, Google, Hitachi, and ZTE in Dubai and has lived and worked in Toronto, London, Brisbane, Dubai, and Washington, DC.

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Dr. Nigel

Houlden

Head of Technology Policy, Information Commissioner’s Office

Nigel is the Head of Technology Policy for the ICO, he has spent over 30 years in technology, working in various sectors, NHS, Local Government, industry and before joining the ICO was a senior lecturer in computing at Glyndwr University. His PhD is in the Optimization and pseudo optimization of routing algorithms.

Nigel is passionate about technology, how it is used and how it can change lives. He is a member of the BCS and has held Chartered IT Professional status for 15 years.

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Alex

Housley

CEO and Founder, Seldon
Alex is the CEO and founder of Seldon, a London-based AI infrastructure startup with a purpose to help people predict and shape the future with machine learning. Seldon is recognised as one of the UK’s top AI startups and is Barclays Techstars ’16 alum. Alex is a guest advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Artificial Intelligence. He has over fifteen years experience as a tech founder building wifi, mobile and machine learning companies, with one exit and one acquisition. He once fired the genomes of the inventor of the laser and the inventor of high-speed genome sequencing up into space with a giant laser.

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Dr Matthew

Howard

Director, Deloitte AI
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Tim

Hughes

Direrctor, Involve
Tim is director of Involve – the UK’s leading public participation charity with a mission to put people at the heart of decision-making. Tim has advised national governments, devolved governments and local authorities in the UK on designing and facilitating effective participatory processes; worked with multilateral organisations – including the OECD, Council of Europe and Open Government Partnership – to improve the practice of public participation and open government globally; and researched and written on topics including public participation, open government and democratic reform. Tim holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Nottingham.

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Daniel

Hulme

CEO, SATALIA
Daniel is the CEO of Satalia, a London-based company that provides Artificial Intelligence (AI) inspired solutions to solve industries hardest problems. He is also the Director of UCL’s Business Analytics MSc, applying AI to solve business and social problems.
Daniel is a popular public speaker specialising in the topics of Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, Technology, Innovation, Decentralization and Organisational Design. He is a serial speaker for Google and TEDx, and is a faculty member of Singularity University.
Daniel has a Masters and Doctorate in AI from UCL, lectures on topics in Computer Science and Business, and is passionate about how technology can be used to govern organisations and bring positive social impact.
Daniel is the co-founder of ASI Data Science and has Advisory and Executive positions across many companies. He holds an international Kauffman Global Entrepreneur Scholarship and actively promotes positive entrepreneurship and technology innovation across the globe.

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Mike

Hyde

Director of Data Science at Facebook
(former Director of Business Insights at Skype)
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Will

Jackson

Founder and Director, Engineered Arts
Will Jackson is the founder and director of Engineered Arts Ltd, a robotics company based in Cornwall UK. Engineered Arts Ltd are market leaders in the design and manufacture of full sized humanoid robots, which can currently be found in over 24 countries. Their customers include, national science centres and universities around the globe, including NASA, UCL, Bristol Robot Lab, Barcelona University, Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore and Keio University Japan. Engineered Arts Ltd have also worked on robotics design projects for Festo AG in Germany, and more recently with Merlin Entertainments PLC in the UK EAL have successfully completed a dynamic biped robot project with support form Innovate UK. Will is a self taught engineer, he built his first computer at age 14 and learnt to code assembler at the same time, he has extensive experience in software development, electronic and mechanical design and production, he currently manages a dedicated team of 15 engineers.

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Arohi

Jain Rajvanshi

Head of Strategy, The Future Society

Arohi is an Economist with an acute interest in harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence to create positive social impact, especially in developing economies. At The Future Society, Arohi leads the AI Initiative, notably managing the Global Civic Debate on “Governing the Rise of Artificial Intelligence”, which was a pioneering collective intelligence endeavor to gather perspectives on the dynamics and consequences of AI, from around the world.

Passionate about social change, Arohi previously held the position of Senior Strategist at a London based start-up, focusing on building global digital campaigns on topics such as youth rights and gender equality for a wide range of non-profits and foundations. Prior to this, Arohi was in the Finance industry, most recently at Ares Management, managing their largest European private debt investment portfolio.

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Karim

Jalbout

Partner, Egon Zehnder

Karim is a partner at Egon Zehnder, a global executive search firm with 63 offices worldwide. The firm offers services across C-suite executive search, board, CEO succession and talent development. Karim is based in London and is part of the tech/digital practice with a focus on Europe, West Coast and India. He advises VC, PE and listed companies across pureplay, hospitality, travel, publishing, financial services, telecommunications, and retail.

Karim is also currently leading Egon Zehnder’s AI platform to build predictive capabilities and generate broad talent insights.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Karim was Global Head of Propositions & Sales at Sony Ericsson Mobile, where he drove early investment in the Android platform. Previously, Karim gained more than a decade of FMCG experience with Diageo in Brand Marketing and Commercial roles in North America, Russia, Africa and Europe.

Karim earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada and completed his Executive Education at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has spoken at NOAH and CogX on HR tech, spotting leadership potential and founders/culture.

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Emma

John

Director, Global Talent Acquisition Partner, ARM
Emma is Director, Global Talent Acquisition Partner with Arm. With a background in Talent Acquisition across Investment Banking, Financial Services and Management Consultancy, amongst many other topics, she now leads on Diversity & Inclusion activity within Talent Acquisition at Arm. Emma is a passionate advocate of embracing every individual as unique and diverse in their own right. Emma brings such contagious enthusiasm to the subject that it is difficult to ignore her advocacy for the individual and the value individuals can bring to an organisation. She sees this as possible through diversity of thought, collaboration and respect for our differences in order to create better outcomes for organisations, teams and individuals. Emma believes in business models that inspire and promote broad reaching conversation across invisible or perceived boundaries and ensures D&I is central to an organisations future growth. Overlay onto this ground breaking AI technologies and market leading technology solutions to enable Arm to lead the journey to delivering successful Talent Acquisition models of the future.

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Matt

Jones

Principal Designer, Google AI

Matt Jones is a Principal Designer at Google AI. He has been designing digital products and services since 1995. In 1997, he was creative director for the launch of BBC News Online. Between 2003-2007, he worked at Nokia on areas as diverse as tangible/physical interfaces and the human experience of play. In 2007 he co-founded and designed the digital travel startup Dopplr.com, which was acquired by Nokia in 2009. From 2009-2013 he was a principal at BERG, a design and invention company in London that had projects exhibited in MoMA, and products featured the FT, FastCompany, Wired and Marvel comics. In 2013 he moved to New York City to join Google Creative Lab where projects he worked on included http://spacecraftforall.com, http://google.com/onhub and http://google.com/sunroof. In 2016 he returned to London as part of Google’s Research & Machine Intelligence division. He originally studied Architecture, has written on interaction design, amongst other things, for almost 20 years at http://www.magicalnihilism.com and has taught design at the RCA, Goldsmiths, SVA, Umea and CIID.

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Loretta

Joseph

Fintech & Regulatory Advisor, Government of Bermuda

Loretta is a highly dynamic, skilled banking, financial and consulting professional with over 25 years in financial markets and related sectors. She has a worked for major investment banks at Board, MD or senior management level throughout Asia and India including, RBS (India), Macquarie Group (India), Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Elara Capital (India), Spanning a long career, Loretta has tremendous exposure to global financial markets, multiple asset classes and emerging market environments. Loretta has advised many international banks, global hedge and pension funds on managing portfolio and exposure to derivatives and related products. For the last decade, she has been paramount in successful transaction facilitation for Foreign Investors in India and other emerging markets. She has operated in many multi-cultural organisations. Lorettasits on the advisory board of UWS (Business School), Blume Ventures (India).An adjunct fellow at UWS (Australia).Chair of the advisory board of ADDCA (Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association) and holds various advisory positions for multiple tech, biotech and Cybersecurity companies . Lorettachampions the cause for responsible blockchain adoption with global governments , regulators and industry players . She was the recipient of the Fintech Australia, “FinTech Leader of 2017”, “Female leader of 2016” and Sancta Sophia College (Within Sydney University) Alumni Award 2016 for Social impact.

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Jeremy

Kahn

Senior Reporter, Bloomberg

Jeremy Kahn is a senior reporter for Bloomberg News in London, where he has covered technology since 2015. He writes frequently about artificial intelligence and quantum computing as well as cybersecurity, the regulation of tech companies in Europe and the efforts of online platforms such as Facebook to combat online extremism.

Previously, Kahn was a senior writer for Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Pursuits magazines, where he wrote feature stories about everything from the psychology of stock market traders to counterfeit classic cars.

Before joining Bloomberg, Kahn lived in New Delhi, India, where he was a frequent contributor to Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Smithsonian magazine and The Atlantic. From 2004 to 2006, Kahn was the managing editor of U.S. political magazine The New Republic in Washington, DC. He started his at Fortune magazine in New York, where he wrote about companies such as Gillette and General Electric. He also covered the civil war in the Ivory Coast, political unrest in Venezuela and the Iraq war.

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Nikos

Kazazakis

CEO, Octeract
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Harry

Keen

Co-Founder and CEO, Hazy
Harry is Co-founder and CEO of Hazy. With a background in data science and engineering including experience building startups from their inception to Series A he is now focusing on getting Hazy to market. He has a deep interest in privacy and and believes the way to secure the individual’s information is to help businesses teat data responsibly and navigate the complex world of GDPR.

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Siraj

Khaliq

Partner, Atomico
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Reza

Khorshidi

Chief Scientist, AIG
Reza is currently the Chief Scientist at AIG (leading the company’s AI research and InsurTech innovations), as well as one of the co-leads of Deep Medicine program at the University of Oxford’s Martin School (focused on healthcare innovation, and the use of AI in digital health ecosystems). He obtained his DPhil (i.e., PhD) in computational neuroscience and machine learning from the University of Oxford in 2010, and since then has been leading teams, research initiatives, and disruptive innovation projects in both academia and industry.

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Damian

Kimmelman

Co-Founder & ex CEO, DueDil
Damian is the co-founder and ex CEO of DueDil, a private company information provider covering over 100 million businesses globally. Damian is also a co-founder and director of Founders Pledge which has raised over $500m in the last 2 years and given away 17 million to charity. Damian is currently working on a blockchain/AI enabled project in the US consumer finance space.

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Libby

Kinsey

Head of Technology and Lead Technologist for AI and ML at Digital Catapult
Libby has been focused on machine intelligence for the last five years. She combines technical curiosity (MSc degrees in maths and machine learning) with a commercial sensibility from 10 years in venture capital. She is an advisor to Swiss company Iprova, which is transforming invention with a data-driven approach; consultant to Digital Catapult on its Machine Intelligence Garage programme to provide startups with access to computational resource and expertise; and co-founder of Project Juno. With Founders Time and AISeed, Project Juno is updating the European Machine Intelligence Landscape to make it a searchable, up-to-date resource to promote European activity and innovation. She writes about applied machine intelligence here: https://medium.com/@libbykinsey.

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SIMON

Knowles

Co-founder & CTO, Graphcore
Simon is co-founder & CTO of Graphcore. Simon has a strong track record as both engineer and entrepreneur, having co-founded and exited two highly successful fabless semiconductor companies, Element14 and Icera, for a combined value of over $1billion.
Before that he headed the microprocessor development group at ST Micro. He is well known as a leading microprocessor designer, responsible for ground-breaking designs at STMicro, Element14, and Icera.
He holds an MA in Electrical Science from Cambridge University and is the author of 14 issued patents.

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Dr. Jack

Kreindler

Founder Centre for Health and Human Performance

Jack is a doctor, technology entrepreneur, speaker and life science and medicine futurist. Jack trained at UCL in Medicine and Physiology, and after practicing in Emergency Medicine and High Altitude Physiology, he founded of CHHP, The Centre for Health and Human Performance in London, renowned for its work with elite athletes and applying sport science to help the sickest and most unlikely individuals succeed in extraordinary challenges including all the Sport Relief charity challenges. Alongside CHHP Jack has founded and funded several innovative medical technology ventures in the UK and California aiming bringing Artificial Intelligence into medical practice to help doctors and patients make better, earlier decisions together.

Jack serves as Faculty for Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine, Barts X Medicine, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and as guest curator for WIRED Health, Founders Forum, The Science Museum and TEDx events and has presented to international audiences and on TV including BBC, CNBC, Channel 4, many of the largest global healthcare organisations.

From Jack’s passion for bringing theatre to public engagement in 2016 Jack cofounded Weird and Wonderful, a public engagement initiative created to close the knowledge gap in society by changing the way stories in science are told. Weird and Wonderful sponsor innovative productions including TEDx events and in 2017 Jack was appointed as Co-Organiser of TEDxLondon.

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Lauren

Kunze

CEO, Pandorabots
Lauren Kunze is CEO of Pandorabots, the world’s leading platform for building and deploying chatbots. She built her first chatbot at age fifteen and is a leading expert on building chatbots and their role in the larger AI industry.

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Priya

Lakhani OBE

Founder & CEO, CENTURY Tech
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Dr. Danny

Lange

Vice President of AI and Machine Learning , Unity Technologies Inc.

Dr. Danny Lange is VP of AI and Machine Learning at Unity Technologies. He joins from Uber, where he was Head of Machine Learning. At Uber, Danny led the efforts to build the world’s most versatile Machine Learning platform to support Uber’s hyper growth. As VP of AI and Machine Learning, Danny leads Unity’s efforts around AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Machine Learning.

Previously, Danny was General Manager of Amazon Machine Learning — an AWS product that offers Machine Learning as a Cloud Service. Before that, he was Principal Development Manager at Microsoft where he led a product team focused on large-scale Machine Learning for Big Data. Danny spent eight years on Speech Recognition Systems, first as CTO of General Magic, Inc., then through his work on General Motors OnStar Virtual Advisor, one of the largest deployments of an intelligent personal assistant until Siri. Danny started his career as a Computer Scientist at IBM Research.

Danny holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University of Denmark. He is a member of ACM and IEEE Computer Society and has several patents to his credit.

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Dennis

Laudick

VP Commercial & Marketing, ARM

Dennis Laudick is VP Commercial and Marketing within Arm’s Machine Learning Group and brings with him over two decades of experience in the mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. Prior to joining the ML Group he led all business and partner engagement aspects of Arm’s GPU business, leading to #1 position in the market with over 1Bn units shipped per year and has a broad understanding of the needs of customers in bringing new technology and exciting use cases to market as successful products. In the Machine Learning Group, he is responsible for driving the commercial strategies, products and market engagements that will deliver the next wave of computing on Arm in the exciting spaces of AI and ML. He joined ARM in 2011 and prior to that held senior positions at numerous leading semi-conductor companies in the UK.

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Ben

Laurie

Protocol Designer & Cryptographer at DeepMind
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Anastasia

Leng

CEO, Picasso Labs
Anastasia Leng is the founder & CEO of Picasso Labs, which helps brands and agencies automate creative decision-making. By combining machine learning with visual recognition technology, Picasso Labs measures how consumers’ real-time response to imagery and video changes based on the unique visual properties of each creative. Picasso was selected as one of Unilever’s most innovative marketing companies of 2016 and one of their most innovative startups of the last 5 years. The company helps brands like Unilever, AB inBev, Google, Mondelez, and Tesco understand the visual preferences of their audience, reduce creative guesswork, and improve marketing performance. Prior to Picasso, Anastasia co-founded Hatch, one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Startups to Watch in New York and one of four most innovative retail companies (National Retail Federation). Prior to Hatch, she spent 5+ years at Google, where she led entrepreneurship efforts in EMEA and was responsible for early-stage partnerships for Google Voice, Chrome, and Wallet. Anastasia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a triple major in Psychology, Sociology, and French. She’s been a nomad all her life and has lived in Bahrain, Vietnam, Hungary, Russia, France, England, and the US. She remains a mediocre tennis player and an aspiring writer.

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Dr. Rannia

Leontaridi OBE

Director, Business Growth at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Rannia Leontaridi is the Director for Business Growth at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy since May 2016. Rannia leads the Department’s work to grow and scale productive businesses in the economy. She is the Government’s senior sponsor for “Be the Business”, the new organisation created by the Productivity Leadership Group, chaired by Sir Charlie Mayfield, and the policy sponsor the British Business Bank. Rannia also leads on services, emerging sectors and tech as well as the business intelligence function across Government. Rannia is a Carnegie Scholar with a PhD in Economics and began her career in the civil service in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office. She has held senior positions in the University sector, Cabinet Office and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. In February 2016 Rannia received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for public service.

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Michael

Levin

Chief Data Scientist, Yandex Market & Instructor, Yandex School of Data Analysis
Michael Levin boasts over a decade of academic and professional achievements in computer science ranging from consecutive medaling at ACM ICPC World Finals to designing and teaching courses, and using ML to improve search ad quality. Today Michael serves as the Chief Data Scientist at Yandex.Market, Russia’s leading eCommerce comparison platform, where he optimizes Search, Recommendations and Monetization with machine learning, which has resulted in a 15% improvement of search quality and a similar improvement of overall conversion rates. Michael is also a Lecturer at the Computer Science Department of Higher School of Economics and at the Yandex School of Data Analysis where he teaches in courses on Algorithms and Data Structures.

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Marc

Lien

Director of Applied Sciences, Lloyds Banking Group
Marc is Director of Applied Sciences at Lloyds Banking Group, an advanced analytics division using data, machine learning and design to unlock trapped value by fundamentally changing the way the bank does business and how it supports customers.
His role enhances overall performance through safe exploitation of applied sciences technologies across the Group: through a world class data science function creating and supporting machine learning solutions in production. Marc also leads the bank’s AI risk, transparency and ethics efforts.
Prior to Lloyds, Marc spent 9 years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is an alumnus of Birmingham University and Harvard Business School where he held a scholarship as a Sainsbury’s Management Fellow.

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Ben

Livshits

Chief Scientist, Brave Software
Ben Livshits is Chief Scientist for Brave Software (https://brave.com/), the company behind the Brave browser, a fast, open source, privacy-focused browser that blocks intrusive ads and trackers. He is also a Reader at Imperial College London and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. Previously, he was a research scientist at Microsoft Research. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2006. Ben’s research interests include application of sophisticated static and dynamic analysis techniques to finding errors in programs. Ben has published papers at PLDI, POPL, Oakland Security, Usenix Security, CCS, SOSP, ICSE, FSE, and many other venues. He is the author of over 100 academic papers, dozens of patents, and multiple tech transfer awards for bringing research into practice.

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Luciana

Lixandru

Partner, Accel
Luciana Lixandru is a Partner with Accel, which she joined in 2011, where she successively served as Associate, Vice President and then Principal. She works mainly in the areas of consumer internet, software and marketplace businesses. She helped lead Accel’s investments and ongoing work in Avito, Catawiki, Wallapop, Deliveroo, Algolia, Doctolib, Vinted, Check Recipient & UiPath. After working for Morgan Stanley, Luciana was previously an Associate with Summit Partners LLP, which she joined in 2009. She currently holds board positions for Deliveroo, Selency, Vintedand UiPath. Luciana is from Romania and graduated Magna cum Laude, from Georgetown University in 2007.

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Kirsty

Lloyd-Jukes

CEO, Morpheus Labs

Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes, CEO of Morpheus Labs, is an experienced automotive entrepreneur.

A graduate of Oxford University, she spent her early career at leading strategy consultancy Oliver Wyman. She then joined the UK’s Automobile Association as Director of Ventures to lead the strategy post IPO. Whilst there she launched several successful start-ups in the future mobility ecosystem, including the AA’s multi award-winning Connected Car product Car Genie, and lobbied for road safety improvements through the AA’s Charitable Trust. Morpheus Labs brought the opportunity to make accident-free roads a reality.

Recognised as one of Management Today’s “35 under 35” top women in UK business, Kirsty is also a non-executive for the Institute of Directors.

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Julie

Love

Quantum Computing Business Development Director, Microsoft
Dr. Julie Love is Director of Business Development for Quantum Computing at Microsoft. In addition to holding a range of strategic and operational roles at Microsoft, she has worked as a management consultant with McKinsey, led strategy for Adobe’s creative business, and held board and advisory roles for quantum computing startups. Julie has a Ph.D. in quantum physics from Yale and an undergraduate physics degree from MIT.

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Alison B

Lowndes

Artificial Intelligence DevRel EMEA, NVIDIA
After spending her first year with NVIDIA as a Deep Learning Solutions Architect, Alison is now responsible for NVIDIA’s Artificial Intelligence Developer Relations in the EMEA region. She is a mature graduate in Artificial Intelligence combining technical and theoretical computer science with a physics background & over 20 years of experience in international project management, entrepreneurial activities and the internet. She consults on a wide range of AI applications, including planetary defence with NASA, ESA & the SETI Institute and continues to manage the community of AI & Machine Learning researchers around the world, remaining knowledgeable in state of the art across all areas of research. She also travels, advises on & teaches NVIDIA’s GPU Computing platform, around the globe.

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Lawrence

Lundy-Bryan

Head of Research, Outlier Ventures
Lawrence is Head of Research at Outlier Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on decentralised technologies. He led the development of the Convergence Ecosystem investment thesis. He is a FinTech Fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and an Advisor at Alice.si, a blockchain-based social funding platform. He is also a Member of the UK TechUK DLT working group, the UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Blockchain and the European Commission Observatory on Blockchain. He was previously involved in strategy consulting at Frost & Sullivan working with clients like Intel, Huawei, Amadeus and Shell. He has provided comment and analysis for the BBC, Bloomberg, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Maxine

Mackintosh

Co-Founder One HealthTech, Data Science & Dementia PhD Student at UCL
Maxine is a researcher at University College London working at the intersection of data science and dementia. Her PhD involves mining medical records for new predictors for dementia. She is passionate about understanding how we might make better use of routinely collected data to improve our cognitive health. Alongside this, she is the co-founder of One HealthTech – a community which champions and supports underrepresented groups, particularly women, to be the future leaders in health innovation. Her professional work has led her to the Royal Society, Roche, L’Oreal, Department for International Development, and NHS England. She is part of a number of communities and committees including the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers and the British Computer Society (Health Exec). She also really really likes fancy dress.

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Pippa

Malmgren

Co-Founder, H Robotics

Dr. Pippa Malmgren is the Founder of H Robotics, which makes HiSight – a military grade, aerial robotic platform (drone) with deep data management for commercial enterprises. She is a Presidential advisor who served in the White House for President George W. Bush. She is now a Non-Executive Board Member of the British Department of International Trade. She participates in Working Groups on Global Strategic Trends at the Pentagon and for the British Ministry of Defence. She Chairs the Lewis Media Advisory Board (LAB) and is on Indiana University’s School of Public Policy and Environmental Affairs as well as the Indiana University Manufacturing Initiative.

She started her career working in the Science and Technology Directorate of the OECD in 1992. In 2015 she won the Intelligence Squared Debate on Robotics. She has been featured on technology in the Dell Entrepreneur Spotlight Series and on Hardtalk. From 1992 to 2000 she worked in investment banking serving as the Head of the Asset Management business for Bankers Trust in Asia and then as Chief Currency Strategist. She was also Deputy Head of Global Strategy at UBS.

In 2016, her crowd-funded book Signals became a best-seller on Amazon in four categories. She is ranked in the top 20 Most Influential Economists in the World, the 10th Most Influential in Geopolitics and in the top Women in Finance Power List in 2017.

She has written on technology and economics and has been published in Wired Magazine, Monocle, The International Economy, Institutional Investor Die Handelsblatt other publications. She has an M.Sc. and a PhD from LSE. She has lectured at the University of Texas Austin, Tsinghua University, LSE, INSEAD and the Duke Fuqua Global Executive MBA Program. She is a regular guest anchor for CNBC, Squawk Box, Bloomberg and often on the BBC (radio and TV). Forbes named @DrPippaM a “Must Follow” on Twitter.

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Polina

Mamoshina

Research Scientist, Pharma AI
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Roberto

Maranca

Former Chief Data Officer at Lloyds Banking Group
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Bernard

Marr

Founder & CEO, Bernard Marr & Co.

Bernard Marr is an internationally best-selling business author, keynote speaker and strategic advisor to companies and governments. He is one of the world’s most highly respected experts when it comes to business performance, digital transformation and the intelligent use of data in business.

Bernard is a regular contributor to the World Economic Forum and writes weekly columns for Forbes, Huffington Post and LinkedIn where his articles are read by millions. His expert comments also regularly feature on TV and radio (e.g. BBC News, Sky News and BBC World) as well as in high-profile publications such as The Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, the CFO Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Bernard is a major social media influencer with 1.2 million followers on LinkedIn, the world’s leading professional network, as well as a strong presence on Twitter, Facebook and SlideShare. In fact, Bernard is recognised by LinkedIn as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world.

He has written 15 books and hundreds of high profile reports and articles, including the international best-sellers ‘Data Strategy’, ‘Big Data in Practice’, ‘Big Data’, ‘Key Business Analytics’, ‘Key Performance Indicators’, ‘The Intelligent Company’, ‘Managing and Delivering Performance’ and ‘Strategic Performance Management’. His books have been translated into over 15 languages and have earned numerous Amazon No 1 bestselling positions, the CMI Management Book of the Year award and the WHSmith best business book award.

Bernard has worked with and advised many of the world’s best-known organisations including Accenture, Astra Zeneca, Bank of England, Barclays, BP, Cisco, DHL, Fujitsu, Gartner, HSBC, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Mars, Ministry of Defence, Microsoft, NATO, The Home Office, NHS, Oracle, Orange, Tetley, T-Mobile, Toyota, Royal Air Force, SAP, Shell, the United Nations, Walgreens Alliance Boots, Walmart, among many others.

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Rob

McCargow

AI Programme Leader, PwC / Advisory Board member, APPG on AI
Rob is an evangelist for responsible technology and promotes awareness of the growing ethical agenda relating to AI. In addition to his responsibilities with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, he is an adviser to The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, a Fellow of The RSA, and a TEDx speaker. At PwC, Rob works with partners across academia, government, technology vendors, start-ups, and other key stakeholders, in order to drive innovation within the Firm and develop new services for clients. He is particularly focused upon the issues and policies relating to the impact of automation on the workforce, the future skills agenda, and ensuring that the benefits to be delivered by AI are equitably spread across society.

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Harry

McCarney

Managing Director, Hack and Craft

Harry is the founder and Managing Director of Hack and Craft. He has been researching and working within AI since 2002 and, whilst at Hack and Craft, has built and deployed AI based solutions into companies such as Schneider Electric, RS Components, and Axel Springer.

Hack and Craft’s unique approach to AI implementation is driven by Harry’s conviction that AI challenges can only be met by iteratively built bespoke solutions.

Harry has degrees in Philosophy and Artificial intelligence and has mentored at Google for Entrepreneurs and the Microsoft Tech accelerator. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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Hanna Naima

McCloskey

Founder & CEO, Fearless Futures
Hanna Naima McCloskey is Algerian-British and the Founder & CEO of Fearless Futures. Fearless Futures is an education organisation that engages people in critical thought to understand and challenge the root causes of inequities. Fearless Futures’ work serves both people and products. In particular, Fearless Futures has pioneered “Design for Inclusion” – a practice that uniquely merges design thinking with anti-oppression methods to design inclusion into every policy, strategy or product. Alongside her expertise in developing transformative learning in service of challenging the complexities of injustices, she has worked for the UN, NGOs and in investment banking and has lived, studied and worked in Israel-Palestine, Italy, USA, Sudan, Syria and the UK. Hanna has a BA in English from the University of Cambridge and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with a specialism in Conflict Management.

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Dan

McCrum

Alphaville Editor, Financial Times

Dan is the editor of FT Alphaville. In more than a decade at the FT he’s been Capital Markets Editor, Investment Correspondent in New York, and had stints writing for Alphaville and the Lex Column.

Before that Dan worked briefly at the Investors Chronicle, and has at one point or another carried furniture, sold kids books on doorsteps, and painted but not really decorated.

He also spent four years loitering in Citigroup’s equity research department where he picked up a few ideas about the value of luck, timing and a catchy pitch.

Dan likes interesting charts, short sellers and descriptive triplets. Send him ideas at dan.mccrum@ft.com, tweet to @FD, or even call him up on +44 207 775 6860. He’ll write about almost anything (except gold).

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Paula

McKillen

Head of Automation, RS Components.
Responsible for improving the customer journey, using technologies and processes to make customers lives easier and accelerate business performance.
Paula has spent many years in customer facing leadership roles for B2B & B2C companies, where she has implemented several transformational change programs.

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Rodrigo

Mendoza-Smith

Researcher, Optimisation for Vision, Learning Group, University of Oxford
Dr. Rodrigo Mendoza-Smith is a researcher at the Optimisation for Vision at Learning Group in the University of Oxford, where he works on Machine Learning methods to improve the performance of numerical computing algorithms, particularly those that concern neural network verification problems. Previously, he was a visiting researcher at the Alan Turing Institute and president of the Oxford Artificial Intelligence Society. He holds a PhD from the Mathematical Institute in Oxford for his contributions to combinatorial compressed-sensing and computational algebraic topology.

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Jeremy

Millar

Founding Board Member, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Chief of Staff of ConsenSys
Jeremy Millar has been one of the driving forces behind the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and is Founding Board Member of the EEA as well as Chief of Staff of ConsenSys. Jeremy began his career as an early Java Architect at Oracle, where he oversaw early adopter and beta programs for Oracle’s Java products. This included helping shape Oracle’ enterprise Java strategy, during the emergence of enterprise Java standards. More recently, he was early advisor to Acunu, one of the core developers of Cassandra, acquired by Apple. He holds a Master’s in Finance from Oxford University and was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs from 2006-2011. Jeremy was a founding partner at Magister Advisors, where he led the emerging technology practice. He is also an active angel investor and mentor with the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars. ConsenSys is one of the largest blockchain companies globally, with over 500 employees in 25 countries. At ConsenSys, Jeremy oversees commercial operations and global expansion.

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Dr. Nicola

Millard

Head of Customer Insight, BT
Dr Nicola Millard heads up Customer Insight and Futures in BT’s Innovation Team. Despite working for a technology company, Nicola isn’t a technologist and combines psychology with futurology to try and anticipate what might be lying around the corner for both customers and organisations (sadly, her crystal ball is broken). Nicola recently celebrated her 27th year in BT (she was 6 when she joined!) She has done a number of jobs around the BT business, including research, user interface design, customer service and business consulting. She was involved with a number of BT “firsts”, including the first application of AI into BT’s call centres, BT’s initial experiments with home working and developing new ways to measure customer experience. Nicola got her PhD from Lancaster University in 2005 on motivational technologies in contact centres, and published her first book in 2009. Nicola regularly pops up on radio and TV around the world, including appearances on ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘Tech Tent’, ‘The Genius of Invention’ and ‘Back in Time for the Weekend’ for the BBC. She has presented two TED talks and hundreds of panel, chair and keynote sessions at both business and public conferences globally. She is also a judge on a number of award panels, including the Institute of Customer Service, the CCMA and the Association of Business Psychology awards. In 2014, she was the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Industry Contribution’ award from the UK Contact Centre Forum. When she’s not doing all that, Nicola does research, writes blogs & white papers, as well as facilitating innovation workshops with an assortment of BT’s large multinational corporate clients, including banks, travel companies and retailers, to name but a few.

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Gemma

Milne

Science & Tech Journalist and Co-Founder of Science: Disrupt
Gemma is a Freelance Journalist & Podcaster covering science, tech, culture and politics. She is also Co-Founder of Science: Disrupt – a media organisation connecting the innovators, iconoclasts & entrepreneurs creating change in science. Gemma works with the World Economic Forum as one of their Global Shapers, and is an Expert Advisor for the European Commission, specialising in health, biotech, energy, advanced computing and space. Gemma is Jury Member for SXSW and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

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Rajeev

Misra

CEO, SoftBank Investment Advisers
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Dharmash

Mistry

General Partner, Lakestar
Dharmash is VC, Entrepreneur and experienced NED. Currently a General Partner at Lakestar, one of the leading VC firms in Europe. Early & Growth stage in Europe & USA. Over $550m capital under management (Spotify, Airbnb, Maker Studios, GoEuro, blockchain.com, FiveAI, Opendoor, Harry’s etc). With offices in Berlin, London, Zurich & New York. ​He has served on over 20+ boards, including: BBC Executive Board; BBC Worldwide Board; Dixons Retail PLC; Hargreaves Lansdown PLC. He is founder and Chairman of beauty on demand business blow LTD, backed by Unilever Ventures. Prior to this he was a Partner at Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Europe), involved in Lovefilm (Amazon), KupiVIP, Tictail & Mog (Apple Music) amongst many others. He spent 8 years as Group Managing Director of Emap Consumer Media, building the consumer group (magazines, radio, digital & TV) & co-leading the delisting from the FTSE (sale to H Bauer for £1.1bn in 2008). He started his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, followed by a period at the Boston Consulting Group (London). He holds a MEng in Engineering, Economics & Management from Oxford University. ​

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James

Monaghan

VP Product, Evernym
James is VP Product at Evernym, a company helping individuals and institutions enjoy new trusted interactions based on privacy-enhancing self-sovereign identity. Previously, James wrote software to deliver multimedia content to mobile phones just as the first devices with colour screens were coming out, created the specialised tools that the world’s largest brands would need to engage their customers with interactive messaging, and built enhanced authentication products to protect online accounts just as the tide of high-profile data breaches brought online security to public attention. He has been on both sides of successful acquisitions and lived on both sides of the Atlantic. He holds a MEng from Cambridge University, certifications in agile product management and privacy technology, and a 2:49 marathon time.

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Lisa Talia

Moretti

Digital Sociologist, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Lisa Talia Moretti is an award-winning digital sociologist and strategist with 12 years experience based in London. For more than a decade, she’s studied and written about the relationship between technology, information and society. During this time, Lisa has also presented keynotes and run workshops to audiences from a wide range of business backgrounds on the impact, opportunities and challenges of emerging technologies. Lisa is an Associate Lecturer in the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths College and at Cardiff University in the School of Journalism, PR and Cultural Studies. She is also a visiting teach at Plymouth University. Her teaching area of expertise is Digital Research Methods, Design Thinking and Campaign Analytics. Lisa’s research collaborations with Goldsmiths College and IpSoft, Adobe, Mindshare and Rackspace on virtual reality, augmented reality, wearable technology and AI have gained international coverage with CNN, BBC, Fast Company, Campaign, Techcrunch, Forbes and others.

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Dennis

Mortensen

CEO and Co-founder, x.ai

Dennis Mortensen is the CEO and co-founder of x.ai. Dennis is an expert in leveraging data to solve enterprise use cases and a serial entrepreneur who’s successfully exited several companies on that theme.

His long-term vision of killing the inbox led to the formation of x.ai and the creation of Amy + Andrew, artificially intelligent assistants who schedule meetings. He speaks frequently to anyone who’ll listen, from the crowds of Web Summit to his building’s doorman, about an optimistic future for AI, productivity, and the future of work.

Dennis was also an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia and the author of Data Driven Insights, on collecting and analyzing digital data.

Originally from Denmark (and keeping his accent), Dennis is now a New Yorker for life.

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Partha S.

Mudgil

Chief Operating Officer, Nakhoda, Linklaters

Partha Mudgil is the COO of Nakhoda, the Linklaters machine learning and technology platform that combines emerging technologies with the firm’s deep legal expertise to deliver cutting edge solutions to clients. He has extensive experience delivering complex machine learning solutions in the legal sector. Partha began working with legal technologies as an associate in the firm’s banking practice, where he advised financial institutions on a range of transactions, regulatory capital requirements and restructurings.

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Richard

Muirhead

Founding Partner, Fabric Ventures
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Robert

Munro

CTO of Machine Learning, Figure Eight

Robert Munro is a Computational Linguist specializing in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Crowdsourcing and Analytics. Robert has founded several AI companies and has worked in many diverse environments, from Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Amazon, to London, Sydney and San Francisco, with organizations ranging from startups to Amazon AI and the United Nations. He is currently CTO of Machine Learning at CrowdFlower.

Robert has published more than 50 papers on Artificial Intelligence and is a regular speaker about technology in an increasingly connected world. He has a PhD from Stanford University.

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Dan

Murray

Co Founder of Mobula & Grabble, & Host of the Secret Leaders Podcast

Dan is Co Founder at Grabble (Techcrunch Europa’s Best Mobile Startup 2017), Mobula & Host of Secret Leaders, one of the top business/entrepreneurship podcasts in Europe. He’s an angel investor in over 10 companies, advisor, & was the UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015. He’s monthly columnist for Retail Week & on the advisory board of Retail Week Live. He runs an international community of entrepreneurs called Foundrs comprising 300 founders between London, LA and San Francisco. He also started TMRW – a community for fast growth E Commerce brands between London & New York

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Ravi

Naik

Partner, ITN solicitors
Ravi Naik is an internationally recognised human rights lawyer, with a unique practice at the forefront of data rights and technology. Ravi represents clients in some of the most high profile and controversial data rights and protection legal cases in the world, from the first case against Cambridge Analytica for their alleged use of data in political profiling, to financial blacklisting, and the retrieval of data from Tinder. Ravi has written extensively on the new data rights movement and is a Partner and the Head of Data Protection and Information Rights at ITN Solicitors, focusing on national security, privacy, data and information law.

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Carina

Namih

Partner, Episode1 Ventures
Carina is a partner at Episode1 Ventures where she invests at seed stage. Carina spent 5 years in Silicon Valley where she co-founded HelixNano – one of the first companies to successfully apply AI to genetic data – with a team from MIT and backed by YCombinator. She has also been an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Johnson&Johnson Innovation, a Venture Advisor at the Global Innovation Fund and an M&A banker at Goldman Sachs. Carina currently sits on the curatorial committee of the Science Gallery, the technology committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the venture capital committee of the BVCA. Carina holds a first class degree in PPE from Oxford.

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Professor Paul

Newman

Founder, Oxbotica
Paul Newman is the BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford. He is Director of the Oxford Robotics Institute (ori.ox.ac.uk) within the Department of Engineering Science. The ORI enjoys a world leading reputation in mobile autonomy – developing machines which roll, walk, poke, swim and fly in the real world. His focus lies on pushing the boundaries of navigation and autonomy techniques in terms of both endurance and scale. In 2014 he founded Oxbotica – a spinout company focussed on Mobile Autonomy. He was elected fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IEEE with a citation for outstanding contributions to robot navigation.

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Ed

Newton-Rex

CEO and Founder, Jukedeck
Ed Newton-Rex is the Founder & CEO of London-based artificial intelligence startup Jukedeck, where he and his team are building AI that composes original music. Ed learnt to code in order to start Jukedeck, which now comprises a team of 20 musicians and engineers. Jukedeck has been named one of WIRED’s Hottest European Startups and has won a number of startup competitions, including the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt and LeWeb in Paris, as well as a Cannes Innovation Lion. Ed spent his childhood studying, performing and composing music, and graduated from Cambridge University with a double-starred First in Music in 2010. He is a published composer, and wrote music for a number of choral groups and for theatre before starting Jukedeck.

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Wes

Nichols

Board Partner, Upfront Ventures
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Fiona

Nielsen

CEO, Repositive
Fiona is a bioinformatics scientist turned entrepreneur and founded Repositive in 2014. Having worked at Illumina developing tools for interpretation of next-generation sequencing data and
analysing cancer and FFPE samples sequenced on the latest technology, Fiona realised how difficult it is to find and access genomics data for research. DNAdigest was founded as a charity to promote best practices for efficient and ethical data sharing and, soon after, Repositive was established to provide a new software tool and mechanism for data sharing. Fiona was nominated for the 2013 WiSE award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Fiona’s experiences prior to founding DNAdigest and Repositive ranged from software consulting for web development, content management systems and scientific software for bioinformatics research. Her areas of expertise include computer science (algorithm development, software production, eXtreme Programming, and project management) and bioinformatics (protein secondary structure prediction, structural studies, eukaryote genetics, phylogenetic analysis, ChIP-on-chip, ChIP-seq, next generation sequencing, cancer, and genetic variant discovery).

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Kim

Nilsson

CEO and Co-Founder, Pivigo
Kim has a background in science, with a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. She is the co-founder and CEO of Pivigo – the Data Science Hub. Pivigo is a data science, accelerating data innovation in organisations by connecting them to a global community of freelancing data scientists. Pivigo also runs Europe’s largest data science training programme S2DS. Kim with her team at Pivigo are passionate about bringing businesses and scientists together to harness the value and opportunities in data, by bridging the gap between the two fields. Since the launch of Pivigo, Kim has been named a Rising Star among the Top 100 Influencers of Big Data in the and she was recently awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the Women in IT awards. Kim is passionate about data, people, and connecting the two.

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Deep

Nishar

Senior Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers
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Laura

Noonan

Investment Banking Correspondent, Financial Times
Laura Noonan is the Financial Times’ investment banking correspondent, covering the world’s biggest investment banks and the industry’s biggest trends from London to New York to Hong Kong and Singapore. She writes regularly on fintech, including the FintechFT newsletter. Before joining the FT, Laura covered the eurozone banking crisis for Reuters. She holds a BA in journalism from Dublin City University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

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Essie

North

Managing Director, Big Change
Essie is Managing Director of Big Change, launched in 2013 to think differently about how charity can be a catalyst for positive change. Big Change’s mission is to unlock the potential of the next generation, backing the big ideas that are rethinking how we set young people up to thrive in life and positively contribute to the world around them. Essie has overseen the organisation’s implementation of a new approach to venture philanthropy and the bringing together of an extraordinary community to unite in driving change. Essie is passionate about the link between change and growth at a personal, organisational and societal level. She is a trained business coach and led the global practice on communications and change at the Corporate Executive Board. She is currently working with Virgin Unite and THINK global to build a global campaign around ‘Reimagining Education Together’ and developing Big Change’s long term accelerator strategy.

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Robert

Norton

CEO and Founder, Verisart

Internet media executive Robert Norton (born 1972) is CEO and co-founder of Verisart Prior to establishing Verisart, Norton was the CEO and co-founder of Sedition Art, a ground breaking online platform for collecting digital art supported by the world’s leading contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, Bill Viola, Yoko Ono, Jenny Holzer and many others.

In 2009, Norton was appointed CEO of Saatchi Online and was responsible for restructuring and relaunching the service to give unrepresented artists a platform to show and sell their work directly to an international audience.

After graduating from university, Norton worked for Reuters as a correspondent and producer in London and New York. From 1996 through 2002 he served in senior roles at a number of online enterprises including head of e-commerce at AOL Europe, business development director for the French search engine Nomade.fr, and co-founder of Clickmango.com. In 2002 and 2003, Norton headed TVF International, the UK’s largest independent distributor of factual TV programming, and then went on to launch Colorcalm, a lifestyle media business that produced and distributed ambient video content for hotels, hospitals and homes.

Norton joined King.com in 2006 as Managing Director for North America where he secured multi-platform distribution and licensing deals for TV content such as American Idol, Deal or No Deal and 1vs100. Since 2009, Norton has worked has worked at the intersection of art and technology.

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Michael

Novogratz

Founder and CEO, Galaxy Digital Capital Management
Michael E. Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital Capital Management based in New York City. He was formerly a Principal and Chief Investment Officer of the Fortress Macro Fund; he was also a member of the Board of Directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Mr. Novogratz joined Fortress in 2002 after spending 11 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was elected Partner in 1998. Mr. Novogratz founded and serves as the Chairman of the Board for Beat the Streets, a non-profit organization which builds wrestling programs in New York City public schools, and is also the Honorary Chairman of USA Wrestling Foundation. Mr. Novogratz also serves as Chairman of the Board of The Bail Project and Hudson River Park Friends. He is also on the Board of Directors of NYU Langone Medical Center, Princeton Varsity Club, The Jazz Foundation of America and Artists for Peace and Justice. Mr. Novogratz received an AB in Economics from Princeton University, and served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army.

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Dr. Claire

Novorol

Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Ada Health
Claire is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer for Ada Health, a personal health guide that uses AI and machine learning to help people to understand and manage their health. Before founding Ada, Claire worked as a Paediatrician in London before specialising in Clinical Genetics. She has degrees in Pathology and Medicine as well as a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge.

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Charles

Noyes

Principal, Pantera
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Patrick

Nyirishema

Director General, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)

Since July 2014, Patrick Nyirishema has been serving as the Director General of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), a multi-sectoral regulator, which covers a number of utilities including ICT/Telecom, Transport, Energy and Water, among others.

From June 2006 to July 2013, he actively participated in the development and implementation of Rwanda’s National ICT policy and plans; serving as Deputy Executive Director of Rwanda Information Technology Authority, and later as Deputy CEO in charge of ICT at Rwanda Development Board.

Prior to June 2006, he held various responsibilities as an officer in Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF). He is a graduate of the RDF Senior Command and Staff Course, and an engineer in the fields of electronics and computer engineering.

He represents Rwanda as a Counselor at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council and serves as President Kagame’s focal point for the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. He has a keen interest in emerging technologies, particularly the nexus between technology, policy and regulation.

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Baroness Onora

O’Neill of Bengarve

Philosopher & crossbench member of the House of Lords
Onora O’Neill combines writing on political philosophy and ethics with a range of public activities. She comes from Northern Ireland and has worked mainly in Britain and the US. She was Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge from 1992-2006, President of the British Academy from 2005-9, chaired the Nuffield Foundation from 1998-2010, has been a crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2000 (Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve). She has chaired the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2012-16 and served on of the Medical Research Council and the Banking Standards Board until 2018. She lectures and writes on justice and ethics, accountability and trust, justice and borders, as well as on the future of universities, the quality of legislation and the ethics of communication.

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Brendan

O’Rourke

CIO, Telefonica
Brendan is a proven Technology and Business Leader in the Digital, Communications and High-Tech Industry with a highly successful track record in Digital Innovation over 30 years. Renowned for delivering business value through innovation in technology and products. After an early career spent travelling globally implementing IT and network systems for startup mobile operators Brendan worked at Director level in PwC in the UK, Spain and Japan before joining BT as CIO for BT Openworld to launch the first broadband and IPTV services in the UK . After 5 years at BT and 5 years working at senior levels in innovative startups he joined Telefonica as a digital leader working firstly in the UK on Digital Channels, then Globally as CIO of Telefonica Digital and for the last 5 years as CIO for O2 in the UK, a £6bn+ revenue telecommunications and digital brand. Brendan is also responsible for 5G Technology Strategy for O2 and is a member of the 5G Innovation Centre Strategic Advisory Board. Brendan talks frequently on the topics of digital innovation and the role of the CIO, and serves on the CIO Board of TechPartnership focused on increasing the technology talent in the UK.

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Peter

Ohnemus

CEO, Dacadoo
Peter Ohnemus is the founder of the dacadoo Health Score/dacadoo ag, Zurich/Switzerland. The patented dacadoo Health Score & Lifestyle Navigation Platform is being licensed to key Life & Health Insurance companies (Payers) and global healthcare operators (Providers). Peter has been involved in high-tech and bio-tech investments over the last 25 years and this had led to four IPO’s and multiple trade sells. Peter Ohnemus and his private investment firm Network Capital Holding are currently investing in high-tech and bio-tech start-ups. Peter was CEO & co-founded ASSET4 in 2004 with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch as investors (the world’s leading provider of extra-financial information), which was sold to Thomson Reuters, New York in November 2009. Peter Ohnemus previously held senior executive positions with Sybase, Logic Works, The Fantastic Corporation and COS – all of which went public during his tenure. Peter Ohnemus was Entrepreneur of the Year (EoY) for Switzerland by EY. Peter is a frequent speaker and commenter on high-tech and healthcare globally. He has spoken at World Economic Forum (WEF), Fortune Brainstorm Health, Google Tech Talks, McKinsey’s Life Leaders CEO Forum, The Royal Society of Medicine, Stanford LIGHT Conference, CommunicAsia, Mobile World Congress, European Health Forum by the EU, Economist Global Healthcare Forum, Mobile Health Summit DC, European Tech Tour, Red Herring, WWW/Digital Disease Detection, etc. Over the last 10 years Peter has been board member of Rothschild Bank, Tele Denmark (Switzerland), Esbatech, CommerceOne, etc. Peter occasionally teaches digital innovation, entrepreneurship and economic impact at Universities such as HSG – Switzerland, Bocconi – India.

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Lucy

Ojomoko

Blockchain AI Program Manager, Longenesis
Lucy graduated from the Department of Molecular Biology, Biological faculty of MSU. She is engaged in gene therapy and neurobiology research. Last 1.5 years, she moved to data science and blockchain. She is co-author of several academic papers in peer-reviewed journals and patents.

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Professor Sofia

Olhelde

Professor of Statistics & Honorary Professor of Computer Science, UCL
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Mark

Palatucci

Co-Founder and Head of Cloud AI and Machine Learning, Anki
Mark Palatucci is the co-founder and head of cloud AI and machine learning at Anki. He led the software teams that developed the award-winning consumer robotics products Anki Overdrive and Cozmo, and is currently focused on building out Anki’s AI technologies to strengthen its robotics platform to deliver new consumer experiences across industries. Palatucci is an inventor on multiple U.S. patents, and was awarded Ph.D. fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Intel for his research on machine learning. Prior to Anki, he was the CEO and principal engineer at Copera, an embedded systems and mobile software company. In addition to founding Copera, he held engineering and research positions at Google and Intel. Palatucci earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S and Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Dave

Palmer

Director of Technology, Darktrace
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Imogen

Parker

Head of Justice, Rights & Digital Society, Nuffield Foundation
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Charna

Parkey

VP of Customer Success, Textio
Charna Parkey is the VP of Customer Success at Textio — The augmented writing platform. Charna has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and previously spent 10 years in the defense industry working on signal processing. After graduating she joined Textio as the 6th employee working as a Sr. Software Engineer developing Textio’s augmented writing platform. She then founded the customer success engineering discipline at Textio and continues to lead that team. At Textio, Charna’s team of Customer Success Engineers helps customers such as Arm, Expedia, Intel, and Johnson and Johnson get the most out of the Textio platform and the data and language insights Textio provides.

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James

Parr

Director, NASA Frontier Development Lab and FDL Europe. (ESA)
James is the founder and CEO of Trillium Technologies – a technology contractor that specialises in the application of emerging technologies to grand challenges, such as climate change, violent extremism, prevention strategies for cancer and obesity, deforestation mitigation, climate resilience and planetary defence from asteroids. He is Director of NASA’s Frontier Development Lab (FDL) an AI research accelerator based in Silicon Valley and FDL Europe, in partnership with ESA. He is also founder of the Open Space Agency (OSA) – which is dedicated to democratisation of space exploration through citizen science and open hardware.

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Dr Ali

Parsa

Founder and CEO, Babylon Health
Dr. Ali Parsa (PhD), is a British-Iranian Healthcare Entrepreneur and Engineer as well as Founder and CEO of the pioneering artificial intelligence and digital health company, Babylon, whose mission is to to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth. Dr Parsa was recently named by The Times among its ‘100 global people to watch’; made the Health Service Journal’s list of ‘the 100 most influential people in UK healthcare’; and was featured in the Maserati 100 list showcasing great British entrepreneurs who are challenging the established players.

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Kathryn

Parsons

CEO, Decoded
Kathryn is co-founder and CEO of Decoded, a global technology education company up-skilling and re-skilling professionals across technologies such as code, data, AI and machine learning. Famous for teaching anyone how to Code in a Day, their philosophy of no jargon, fun, fast, hands-on learning has resonated with a generation grappling with the impacts of AI, Automation and Digital Transformation. She sits on the UK Prime Minister and London Mayors Business Advisory Boards, in a non-executive on the board of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Described as one of the most influential people in technology today and an economic force, she was part of the successful campaign to have code introduced as a mandatory to the UK national curriculum in September 2014. Today she Chairs the UK Institute of Coding. In 2016 Kathryn received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

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Jonnie

Penn

Bestselling Author and Google Fellow

Jonnie Penn is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author, an internationally renowned keynote speaker, a Google Technology Policy Fellow, and a Rausing, Williamson and Lipton Trust doctoral scholar researching artificial intelligence (AI) at the University of Cambridge.

Jonnie is passionate about helping citizens and companies make sense of how emerging technologies like AI will shift civic, political, and economic norms. Oprah Winfrey called Jonnie’s life work “truly inspiring.” He has consulted with some of the largest corporations in the world including General Motors, Verizon, and Viacom, as well as with various governments including Canada, the UK, and the EU. His thoughts on the direction of AI research have been featured in IBM Think Leaders, PwC, and elsewhere.
In 2018, Jonnie became a researcher at the MIT Media Lab and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society to study AI & Governence as part of their Assembly cohort. He serves on the IEEE’s Working Group on a Standard for Child and Student Data Governance (IEEE P7004). Jonnie holds a first-class degree from the University of Cambridge and McGill University. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He enjoys last-minute travel, 8mm filmmaking, historical non-fiction, and producting experimental music.

As a teenager, Jonnie founded The Buried Life, a 1M+ member online community that asks, “What do you want to do before you die?” As part of this project, which became a television show that aired in 70 countries, Jonnie toured North America with Chance the Rapper, played basketball with President Obama, got interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, had a beer with Prince Harry, and helped numerous people from all walks of life accomplish meaningful lifelong dreams.

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Dr Neil

Pennington

Leader in Innovation through Decentralised Technology
Neil is an innovator; passionate and excited by the potential for technology to transform the experiences and connections between people and organisations for good.
Following a career in the Energy Industry including BG, PwC, IBM, United Utilities, npower, Innogy, latterly as Smart Programme Director and UK Innovation Director, Neil has for the last 3 years been involved with early stage businesses in Blockchain and Digital Identity, including micropayments, messaging and decentralised energy with Rivetz, DISC, Grid Singularity and the Energy Web Foundation.
Neil is also an advocate for the ID2020 Summit, whose mission is to help solve issues caused through the lack of legal identity within the most vulnerable of people across the globe, and is a frequent speaker and writer on blockchain, identity and the impact of technology on the way we live our lives.
It’s not just work; from contributing to blockchain and innovation meetups to writing, presenting, sharing knowledge; energy and passion – being hands on as part of creative and collaborative communities – is at the heart of all he does (look out for his forthcoming new blog-site: magicandrobots.com).
Neil has a BSc (hons) in Physics, a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA from London Business School.

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David

Pinn

VP of Strategy, Brain Corporation
David Pinn is a technology executive with a focus on finance, strategy, and corporate development. As Brain Corp’s Vice President of Strategy, David is responsible for building and implementing growth plans and partnerships for San Diego’s premier robotics company. Before his time with Brain Corp, David was head of finance for Antenna79, a technology startup backed by L Catterton, the world’s largest consumer-focused private equity group. He was a founder of Snaptracs, Qualcomm’s consumer electronics subsidiary, and he led a number of acquisitions and divestitures within Qualcomm’s Strategic Finance group. Prior to his career in finance, David was an electrical engineer designing test systems for cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth applications.

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Hugo

Pinto

Managing Director UKI, Accenture Digital
Hugo mixes business strategy, technology and design thinking to drive transformation, having lead teams across agency, consulting and brands. He has 18+ years’ experience working across agencies, brands and consultancies, and is deeply involved with the startup and VC world. He is currently Managing Director of the Accenture Digital, based in London, UK, and is an advocate of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.

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Dr. Frida

Polli

CEO and Co-Founder of Pymetrics
Dr. Frida Polli is an award-winning neuroscientist turned CEO. She is the CEO and co-founder of pymetrics, a company using neuroscience and AI to improve the efficiency and diversity of hiring. With global clients including Unilever and Accenture, pymetrics has matched hundreds of thousands of people with their ideal jobs, while removing bias from the hiring process. Frida has an MBA from Harvard, a PhD from Suffolk and a BA from Dartmouth.

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Georg

Polzer

Co-Founder, Chairman and CPO, Teralytics
Chairman and CPO Georg Polzer co-founded Teralytics with fellow ETH Zürich graduate Luciano Franceschina and Professor Donald Kossmann and led the company to its international scale. He’s responsible for Teralytics’ product strategy and vision. Georg is a frequent speaker and in 2018 delivered a keynote on the main stage at Mobile World Congress and spoke at DLD Munich. Georg received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in information studies from ETH Zürich. Prior to founding Teralytics, he worked at Accenture India in Bangalore and a major global bank. Georg was recently listed in “Forbes 30 Under 30” as a rising star in enterprise technology.

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Keith

Porcaro

Fellow, Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University
Keith Porcaro is a lawyer and technologist. He is a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, where his work focuses on the formation of legal norms in a digitizing society. Keith is the co-founder of Digital Public, which uses trusts to help communities protect and govern digital assets. Keith is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a class on Criminal Justice Technology, Policy, and Law. Previously, Keith was CTO/General Counsel at SIMLab, where he helped governments, legal aid organizations, and other nonprofits use technology to make services more accessible. Keith has a JD from Duke University School of Law and a BSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is licensed to practice law in California.

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Dr. Alan

Qi

Vice President and Chief Data Scientist, Ant Financial Services Group
Dr. Yuan (Alan) Qi is Vice President and Chief Data Scientist of Ant Financial Services Group. He works on large scale machine learning, Bayesian inference, and big data analytics. He obtained his PhD from MIT Media Laboratory in 2005 and worked as a postdoctoral associate at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory until 2007. He joined Purdue University in 2007 and was tenured in 2013 as associate professor in Department of Computer Science and Department of Statistics. He has collaborated with researchers in IT, financial and pharmaceutical industries on machine learning and data analytics. He is an associate editor of Journal of Machine Learning Research and served as area chair of International Conference on Machine Learning. He received Microsoft’s Newton Breakthrough Research award in 2008 and USA NSF Career award in 2011. Now he leads the AI department of Ant Financial, empowering internal business units and external partners with AI tools and solutions.

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Shiva

Rajaraman

Chief Product Officer, WeWork
Shiva Rajaraman serves as Chief Product Officer for WeWork where he is responsible for creating software and services to empower millions of members. Prior to joining WeWork he held various leadership roles at some of the most beloved brands in media including Spotify, where he ushered in an era of personalization and YouTube, where he held leadership roles spanning discovery, apps, and new verticals, helping creators connect with and grow their fan base. Most recently he managed product marketing for Apple media services. He’s most excited by connecting creators with their as yet undiscovered fan base and helping them both fulfill their dreams.

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JP

Rangaswami

CDO, Deutsche Bank
Mr. J. P. Rangaswami has been the Chief Data Officer of Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft since January 1, 2015 and serves as its Head of Strategy & Innovation for Chief Operating Officer. He serves as an Advisor at Firestartr LLP. Mr. Rangaswami served as the Chief Scientist of Salesforce.com, inc. since November 24, 2010. He was a Venture Partner at Anthemis Group SA. He served as the Managing Director of Service Design and Chief Scientist of BT Group plc. He served as the Chief Information Officer of BT Global Services, Ltd. since October 2006. Prior to that, he was Global Chief Investment Officer at Commerzbank for 6 years, where he was Head of Alternative Market Models. He held managerial positions at Square D Europe, Cap Gemini Sogeti and Data General. He headed the Alternative Market Models of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He has 30 years’ technology experience with large multinational companies. Prior to joining BT, he served as Global Chief Information Officer at investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, which he joined in 1997. He held a number of senior positions in multinational companies before joining Dresdner, including Burroughs Corporation, Data General, Hoskyns Group. and Cap Gemini. He serves as the Chairman of The School of Everything Limited. He served as the Chairman of Ribbit. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Daily Mail and General Trust plc since December 1, 2017. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Pelucid Ltd. He is also a Director and Trustee of the Web Science Trust Board Trustee of the Computer History Museum. He is an Economist and Financial Journalist. He serves as an Adjunct Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He is a Charter Member of TiE, the early-stage networking and mentoring group and an Advisory Board Member of CAL-IT. Innovate magazine awarded him as a European Innovator of the Year in 2005. The European Technology Forum named him Chief Information Officer Innovator of the Year in 2004. In 2003, Waters Magazine voted him as Chief Information Officer of the Year. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Royal Society for the Encouragements of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Mr. Rangaswami holds a Degree in Economics and Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta.

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Carol E.

Reiley

Board Member, Drive.ai
Carol E. Reiley has been at the forefront of robotics and AI for over 15 years and was the youngest member on the IEEE Robotics and Automation board. She’s worked on highly regulated products in a variety of different applications such as space, underwater and medical. She did her graduate work at Johns Hopkins University as an NSF Fellow researching how humans and robots interact, worked on the da Vinci system at Intuitive Surgical, and most recently cofounded and was the President of a self-driving car startup drive.ai. She’s raised over $77M and built a partnership with Lyft, Grab, and automotive companies. Reiley was selected by Forbes as one of the twenty incredible women advancing artificial intelligence research. She currently holds over six patents and has was the first female engineer on the cover of MAKE magazine. She’s been featured in major publications such as MIT Tech Review, NYTimes, Harper’s Bazaar and given several Tedx Talks. She is also a published author and is now starting a new startup.

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Rachel

Rekart

Director of Machine Assistance, Autodesk
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Sophie

Richardson

Data & AI Lead for Customer Success, Microsoft

Sophie has been Microsoft’s Customer Success Lead for Data & AI since December last year. Prior to that, since the start of her career, Sophie worked with Business Application Systems including CRM solutions as a technical consultant. Sophie has a huge passion & excitement for the role that Data & AI plays in organisations transforming & the innovation in this space. Sophie is a keen speaker & recently compered for Microsoft’s Azure Summit at the London Excel Centre. Sophie has stepped up to act as a Mental Health Ambassador for Microsoft, a topic close to her heart.

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John

Ridding

CEO, the Financial Times

John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, one of the world’s leading business news organisations recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Under his stewardship, the FT has expanded its global operations, successfully scaled and transforme

d its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy, including Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments, Assanka (renamed FT Labs), Alpha Grid and most recently Longitude. The FT marks 130 years in 2018 with a record paying readership of more than 930,000 and digital subscriptions representing more than three-quarters of the total paying audience.

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Nyla

Rodgers

CEO, Mama Hope & Satoshi Is Female

Nyla Rodgers is an activist, futurist, and non-profit leader with a passion for merging social impact with technology. She creates and runs organizations that transform communities, foster social entrepreneurship around the world, and advocates for greater generosity and partnership between the tech and non-profit worlds. Nyla Rogers is CEO and Founder of Mama Hope, an organization that builds the capacity of grassroots leaders worldwide by providing them with the funding, training and talent to build sustainable projects. Since 2006 Mama Hope has funded 134 projects that have improved the health, education, food and water security of over 730,000 people globally.

Recently, her work in philanthropy has led her to become an activist and philosopher in the cryptocurrency space where she is a speaker and advocate for greater altruism and inclusion in the crypto community. She is also the Founder of Satoshi Is Female is a movement to flip the 1% and empower 100 million people to build an inclusive, collaborative, and community-driven future.

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Carl

Rodrigues

Partnerships Ambassador, Streamr

With a focus on sales and strategy, Carl has spent 20 years building and championing data-driven startups including business information integrators, platforms for streaming media, publishing, sharing and visualising data. He pioneered and grew the community at the Open Data Institute founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and is a mentor on their startups programmes. He was instrumental in enabling the sale of streaming media provider Servecast to Level 3 Communications for $45m in July 2007, as head of their corporate business. He also represents OpenDataSoft provider of software that helps cities and their partners to visualise and share data.

He is passionate about connecting people and data, investing in startups and cryptocurrencies and empowering others as an executive and career coach. He has a degree in Classics from King’s College Cambridge.

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Stefan

Roever

CEO & Co-Founder, AIKON
Stefan Roever is the co-founder and CEO of AIKON, a technology company serving the decentralized economy. A serial entrepreneur, Stefan has founded multiple successful global startups, including Genia Technologies, a DNA sequencing company (which sold to Roche for $350 million), OnCircle, an online content syndication platform, and Brokat Technologies, an encryption and banking software company which reached a NASDAQ multibillion dollar market cap. Stefan is a renowned conference speaker and has been honored with awards from the Ernst and Young for Entrepreneur of the Year and twice from the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer.

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Michael

Ronen

Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers
Michael is Managing Partner of Softbank Investment Advisers where he focuses on investing in next-generation Automotive and Transportation companies, as well as Artificial Intelligence and Communications companies. Michael joined Softbank in 2017 after 19 years at Goldman Sachs where most recently he was a Partner Managing Director and served as co-chief operating officer of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group and a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee. Michael was a member of Goldman Sachs’ M&A Group and the founder of the Automotive Technology effort at Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Michael served as a non-commissioned officer in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence Corps and later worked as an attorney, specializing in bankruptcies and financial restructurings. Michael earned an LLB (JD) from Tel-Aviv University in 1994 and an MBA, with distinction, from the Stern School of Business at NYU in 1998.

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Jessica

Rosati

Data Scientist, Dressipi
Jessica Rosati is a Data Scientist at Dressipi, where she has been working on user profiling and recommendation algorithms for fashion retail since 2017. She is currently trying to model user attitude towards garment features in order to provide the end-users with a truly personalised style advisor, improving their satisfaction, strengthen their fidelity and increasing revenue for retailers. Previously she completed a PhD in machine learning and recommendations systems enabled with semantic technologies. She has been entitled with IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award in 2015 with a research project on user’s preference extraction and representation from graph-based data sources.

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Francesca

Rossi

AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM
Francesca Rossi is the AI Ethics Global Leader and a Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM Research AI and Professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy, currently on leave.
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 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 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 on 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.

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Josie

Rourke

Artistic Director, Donmar Warehouse
Josie is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. Her productions have transferred to Broadway, the West-End and won Olivier Awards. Her shows have been translated into live cinema broadcasts, including Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston, Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Janet McTeer and Dominic West, and Saint Joan with Gemma Arterton. Her U.K. Election Night Broadcast of the play, The Vote, which she co-created with writer James Graham and directed, in real time, starred Dame Judi Dench. The Vote was nominated for a BAFTA for “Best Live Event”. She was previously Artistic Director of The Bush Theatre, where she produced the first and early plays of (amongst other writers) James Graham, Lucy Kirkwood, Nick Payne, Steve Waters, Penelope Skinner, Jack Thorne and Anthony Weigh. Her other work as a director includes Shakespeare productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West-End and work in Chicago and New York on Broadway, at The Public Theater and at the Park Avenue Armory with Matt Charman’s play, The Machine. She succeeded Sam Mendes and Michael Grandage as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse and she is the first woman director to run a major London theatre. Josie’s first feature film Mary Queen of Scots, produced by Working Title and Focus Features and starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, will be released later this year.

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Jessica

Rusu

Senior Director of European Analytics, Insight and Research at Ebay
Jessica Rusu leads eBay European Business Analytics, Customer Insight & Research, with additional responsibility for European VAT and Global Audit Analytics. Jessica has 17 years’ experience in Risk, Finance, and Analytics roles in Automotive, Banking, and e-Commerce industries. She also serves as Non-Executive Director at Cambridge University Press, consulting on Audit & Technology projects. Jessica has a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from University of Michigan.

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Riccardo

Sabatini

TED Speaker & Chief Data Scientist, Orionis Biosciences

Riccardo Sabatini is a world renown scientist and entrepreneur specialised in numerical modeling of complex system.

In the past he’s served as director of FoodCAST, EU research project on food commodity markets forecasting; founding member of Aiida and Quantum ESPRESSO, the largest open source suite for quantum modeling of materials; lead research scientist for Human Longevity, Silicon Valley unicorn working at the intersection of genomics and artificial intelligence.

He’s chairman of the G7 for artificial intelligence; advisor and supporter of the Human Code Foundation, charity focusing on scientific dissemination on genomics and health; co-founder and advisor of local chapters of Impact HUB.

Today he’s working on how to solve drug design at genomic scale with his company, Orionis Biosciences.

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Gila

Sacks

Director, Digital and Tech Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Gila Sacks has been Director for Digital and Tech Policy at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since May 2017. She has worked in the civil service for eleven years, working in policy roles in No10 and the Departments for Business and Education, and as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, as well as working internationally including on the UN’s global education strategy.

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Lauren

Sager Weinstein

CDO at TFL
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June

Sarpong

Author ‘Diversify’, TV Presenter, ‘The Pledge’
June Sarpong is an established ‘TV’ Presenter, who has enjoyed a 20-year career, in which she has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television, as well as being one of the UK’s most intelligent and dynamic hosts. June is one of the only hosts of her generation that is equally comfortable interviewing politicians, celebrities and members of the public.
June began her career at Kiss 100 and later became a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland, but it was when she started on Channel 4’s ‘T4’ that she became such a household name. She was one of the female faces on the show for 9 years, even interviewing Tony Blair for an exclusive special, ‘When Tony Met June’ in 2005, with unprecedented access to the then British Prime Minister.
June has taken on the world’s most challenging live audiences, hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square and presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 alongside Will Smith she also hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park. Not only this, June has interviewed and introduced some of the world’s biggest names including HRH Prince of Wales, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, George Clooney and 50 Cent.
June has worked extensively with HRH Prince Charles for ten years as an ambassador for his charity the Prince’s Trust, whilst campaigning for The One and Produce (RED). June was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, making her one of the youngest ever people to receive an MBE.
June is the co-founder of the WIE Network (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise). WIE first launched in New York in 2010, and then in the UK 2012. This acclaimed conference has featured leading speakers from a wide range of industries, with previous speakers including Sarah Brown, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan, Queen Rania, Nancy Pelosi and Iman.
After living in America for 8 years, June moved back to her hometown of London in 2015, and appeared as a panellist on ITV’s ‘Loose Women’. She is now a regular panellist on Sky News’ new weekly current affairs discussion show, ‘The Pledge’.
In 2016, June was announced as the official ambassador for Superdrug’s Shades of Beauty campaign, to tackle product inequality in high street beauty, with the aim of making it more accessible for black and Asian women to shop affordably on the high street. June was also announced as part of the ‘Grazia Collective’, a line-up of brilliant women ambassadors.
2017 continued to be a busy year for June, she co-presented ‘The Art Show’ with Will Best and Kate Bryan, a new series on Sky Arts. ‘The Art Show’ is a beautifully filmed, energetic, entertaining and insightful television series, offering a global perspective on human creativity. This unique 8 x 1 hour ‘TV’ series aims to expand our understanding of people, places, culture and history.
In addition, June released her book ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration’. In the book, June puts the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. Diversify uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the state, and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face. The book publishes fascinating new research from Professor Anthony Heath and the team at Nuffield College, Oxford University, on the costs of discrimination and the benefits of diversity, in a very divided world. Through their research, they have specifically calculated that the cost of discrimination in the UK is 127 billion pounds a year.

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ANGELA

Sasse

Professor of Human-Centred Technology, University College London
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Hazel

Savage

CEO and Co-Founder, Musiio
Hazel is a music tech lifer and Co-Founder of Musiio an Artificial Intelligence company for the music industry, focussing predominantly on A&R. Originally from the UK but currently based in Singapore, her 12 years experience have seen her working at Shazam, Pandora and Universal.

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Manoj

Saxena

Chairman, CognitiveScale

Manoj Saxena is the Executive Chairman of CognitiveScale and a founding managing director of The Entrepreneurs’ Fund IV, a $100m seed fund focused exclusively on the cognitive computing and machine intelligence market with eight active investments.

Previously, he was IBM’s first general manager of IBM Watson (2011-14), where his team built the world’s first cognitive systems for healthcare, retail, and financial services. He received the IBM Chairman’s award for Watson commercialization and helped with the formation of Watson Business Group in January 2014 with a $1B investment from IBM.

Prior to IBM, he successfully founded, scaled, and sold two venture-backed software companies within a five-year span. Webify, an emerging leader in industry-specific SOA middleware, was acquired by IBM in 2006, and Exterprise, a business process collaboration company, was purchased by Commerce One in 2001.

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Travis

Scher

Vice President, Investments, Digital Currency Group
Travis leads venture capital and new cryptoassets investing at Digital Currency Group, the most prominent investor in the blockchain space. To date, NY-based DCG has invested in over 120 companies in 30 different countries, including Blockchain, Coinbase, Circle, Ledger, and Ripple. DCG also builds and buys companies, and is the parent company of CoinDesk (the leading independent source of blockchain news, research, and events), Genesis Trading (the biggest regulated digital currency trading desk in the US), and Grayscale (the sponsor of the Bitcoin Investment Trust and the world’s largest digital currency asset manager). Travis has been at the firm since 2015 and he’s done over 100 blockchain-related investments in that time. In the last year, he led investments in exciting new cryptoassets such as Basis, Decentraland (MANA), and Hashgraph. Prior to joining DCG, Travis was an M&A attorney at Skadden Arps.

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Anita

Schjøll Brede

CEO and Founder, Iris.ai
Anita is the CEO and Co-Founder of Iris.ai, and Faculty in Artificial Intelligence at Singularity University Nordic. Her company Iris.ai is one of the 10 most innovative artificial intelligence startups in 2017 according to Fast Company, building tools for researchers to semi-automate the literature review – and ultimately building an artificial and intelligent researcher. Project Aiur, initiated by Iris.ai, aims to further democratize Science through blockchain-enabled disintermediation. Anita is a highly sought after public speaker, one of Inspiring Fifty Nordic’s most inspiring women in tech, twice TEDx speaker and 500 startups, SU Global Grand Challenges Awards and TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield alumni. She has never had what she refers to as “a real job” and Iris.ai is her fourth own startup. The past 10 years of her career have spanned over 9 industries including developing an e-learning tool in Silicon Valley, performing theatre for babies, reducing energy consumption in the process industry, facilitating solar light business creation in Kenya, and been in the centre of several startups crashing and burning. She also dropped by 6 universities on the way. And built a race car.

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Prof. Jürgen

Schmidhuber

Director & Professor, The Swiss AI Lab IDSIA – USI & SUPSI
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Sir Anthony

Seldon

Vice-Chancellor, The University of Buckingham

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors.

He was a transformative head for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College. He is author or editor of over 35 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last four Prime Ministers, was the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street, UK Special Representative for Saudi Education, a member of the Government’s First World War Culture Committee, was chair of the Comment Awards, is a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the President of IPEN, (International Positive Education Network), is patron or on the board of several charities, founder of the Via Sacra Western Front Walk, and was executive producer of the film Journey’s End. He appeared on the Desert Island Discs in 2016. For the last fifteen years he has given all his money from writing and lecturing to charity.

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Anil

Seth

Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex
Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and Founding Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. In his work, Anil seeks to understand the biological basis of consciousness by bringing together research across neuroscience, mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry. Through the Sackler Centre the aim is to translate an understanding of the complex brain networks underpinning consciousness into new clinical approaches to psychiatric and neurological disorders. Anil is also Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press), a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section), and his 2017 TED talk has been viewed over 4 million times since July 2017.

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Sir Nigel

Shadbolt FRS FREng

Chairman of the Open Data Institute (ODI) Professor of Computing Science, University of Oxford

Sir Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Principal of Jesus College. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI). Since 2009, Sir Nigel has helped transform public access to Government information.

With over 500 publications he researches computer science, artificial intelligence, open data and web science. He is currently Principal Investigator on a large EPSRC grant researching the theory of social machines – Web scale problem solving systems comprising humans and computers.

In 2006 he was a founder of Garlik Ltd, which in 2008 was awarded Technology Pioneer status by the Davos World Economic Forum. Garlik was acquired by Experian Ltd in 2011. In 2013 he was awarded a Knighthood for services to science and engineering. He is a member of the Data Advisory Board and in 2015 the Chancellor asked him to Co-Chair the UK French Data Taskforce. In 2018 he published The Digital Ape: how to live (in peace) with smart machines, described as a ‘landmark book’.

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Hetan

Shah

Executive Director, The Royal Statistical Society
Hetan is Executive Director of the Royal Statistical Society, a membership body with a vision to put data at the heart of understanding and decision-making. He is Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London, and chair of the Friends Provident Foundation. Hetan is a member of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice; on the advisory board of the think tank Reform; and a member of the Social Metrics Commission which is seeking better poverty measures for the UK.

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Prof. Noor

Shaker

CEO, GTN Ltd
Before founding GTN, Noor was an assistant professor at Aalborg University in Copenhagen working on machine learning with special interest in generative models. She has more than 50 publications and 1250+ citations. She has co-authored a book on generative methods and has won a number of grants and awards for her research. She served as the Chair of the IEEE Games Technical committee and co-organised task forces and conferences.

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Shaukat

Shamim

Founder & CEO, YouPlus
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Melanie

Shapiro

Cofounder and CEO, Token
Melanie is the CEO and co-founder of Token, a company that’s reshaping the future of identity by leveraging biometrics and cryptography to build a world without keys, cards, badges, and passwords. With a PhD in Consumer Behavior, she has spent her career building user-experience layers for powerful, but complicated technologies like cryptography and blockchains.

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Kriti

Sharma

Vice President of Artificial Intelligence, Sage
Kriti Sharma is the Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at Sage and a leading global voice on AI ethics and its impact on society. She built her first robot at the age of 15 in India and has been building AI technologies to solve global issues ever since, from productivity to education to domestic violence. Kriti was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for advancements in AI and was included in the Recode 100 list of key influencers 2017. She was invited to the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit as a Civic Leader for her work in ethical technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Google Grace Hopper Scholar and recently gave expert testimony to the UK Parliament in the House of Lords on AI Policy.

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Dr. Julia

Shaw

Co-Founder of Spot

Dr Julia Shaw is the cofounder of the memory science and artificial intelligence start-up Spot (talktospot.com). Spot helps employees record and report workplace harassment and discrimination, and empowers organizations to build a more inclusive and respectful work environment.

Dr Shaw is also a psychological scientist at UCL. She is best known for her work in the areas of false memory and criminal psychology. In 2016 she published her bestselling book “The Memory Illusion”, which has appeared in 18 languages. Her next book “Making Evil” will be published in the autumn of 2018.

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Ryan

Shea

Co-founder, Blockstack
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Baroness Joanna

Shields OBE

CEO, BenevolentAI

Joanna is CEO of BenevolentAI, the world leader in the development and application of AI and machine learning to accelerate drug discovery and develop new medicines for hard to treat diseases. Before joining Benevolent AI, Joanna served as the UK’s first Minister for Internet Safety and Security, a Special Advisor to the UK Government on the Digital Economy, and Chair & CEO of TechCityUK. During this time, she also founded WePROTECT, a global alliance to protect children from online abuse and exploitation. Joanna started her career in Silicon Valley and spent 25 years in leadership positions at companies such as Facebook, Bebo/Aol, Google, and EFI. She also served as a non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange Group, TalkTalk and MindCandy.

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Toby

Simpson

Co-founder & CTO, Fetch.ai

Producer of the successful a-life Creatures series of games and former Head of Software Design at DeepMind. Toby has thirty years’ experience in complex software, ten as a CTO, with a focus on how lessons from biology and bottom-up intelligence can help overcome software complexity.

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Elena

Sinel

Founder, Acorn Aspirations & Teens in AI

Elena is a an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of Teens In AI and Acorn Aspirations, motivated to make a difference in the world by empowering young people aged 12-18 to solve real problems through technologies: AI, VR, AR, MR and blockchain. Elena ran her first hackathon in November 2015 with 150 people, 70 of which were teenagers aged 14-18. Since then, she has run over 10 hackathons, accelerators, bootcamps and a youth conference and worked with over 1500 children from across the world.

Teens In AI is Elena’s latest initiative, spurred by her passion for AI and its ability to create positive and lasting impact on the world. Teens in AI exists to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence. It aims to democratise AI and create pipelines for underrepresented talent through a combination of expert mentoring, talks, workshops, hackathons, accelerators, company tours and networking opportunities that give young people aged 12-18 early exposure to AI for social good. The vision is for AI to be developed by a diverse group of thinkers and doers advancing AI for humanity’s benefit.

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Santiago

Siri

Founder, Democracy Earth
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Phil

Smith

Chairman, Innovate UK
Phil is a Chairman and Director as well as an advisor mentor and speaker. As former Chief Executive and Chairman of Cisco UK and Ireland, Phil is passionate about innovation, skills, technology, digitisation and leadership. Phil is Senior Independent Director of IQE PLC, a leading advanced materials solutions company, based in Cardiff focused on the Compound Semiconductor market.
Phil is also chair of Innovate UK, the Government’s innovation agency as well as Chair of the Tech Partnership which is an employer led organisa1on championing digital skills. In his industry and government roles he is also co-Chair of the Digital Skills Partnership and is on the board of the Digital Economy Council.
Phil’s contribution to industry has been recognised with Honorary Doctorates from Birmingham City, Warwick and Glasgow Universi1es.

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Jan Erik

Solem

CEO, Mapillary
Jan Erik Solem is the CEO and co-founder of Mapillary, a platform for extracting map data from street-level imagery using computer vision. Mapillary provides images, data, and processing services for mapping and automotive. Previously, Jan Erik founded Polar Rose, a face recognition company that sold to Apple in 2010. Twice awarded WEF Technology Pioneer. Former associate professor at Lund University. Author of a best-selling computer vision book.

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Alessandra

Sollberger

Entrepreneur and Investor
Alessandra Sollberger is a Swiss entrepreneur, investor and speaker. She launched her first business at 11 years old and taught extreme sports during high school. Alessandra graduated from Oxford University and worked at Goldman Sachs, Blackstone and Mosaic Ventures. She went on to founding Evermore Health, the functional nutrition brand. Alessandra is an active blockchain investor and advisor to several companies, having made her first crypto investment back in 2012. She specializes in comparing governance systems and is the youngest member on the board of Oxford University’s MSc in Law & Finance.

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Cosmin

Stamate

PhD Student, Machine Learning, Behavioural Genetics and Deep Neural Networks, Birkbeck, University of London

I am a Ph.D. student at Birkbeck, University of London in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems and the Department of Psychological Sciences, advised by George Magoulas and Michael Thomas. His current research brings together machine learning and behavioral genetics with a particular interest in transfer learning using deep neural networks.

He is an active member of the Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development and Birkbeck Babylab where uses deep learning to investigate high dimensional electroencephalogram data from infants at high familial risk of developing Autism spectrum disorder.

Finally, he is a Research Fellow on PDkit, the open source data science python toolkit for Parkinson’s Disease supported by the Michael J Fox Foundation. They are currently actively inviting contributors via https://github.com/pdkit/.

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Robbie

Stamp

CEO and Founder, Bioss
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Charlotte

Stix

Research Associate, AI Policy and Responsible Innovation Project, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge

Charlotte Stix is a Research Associate on the AI Policy and Responsible Innovation project at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. She was formerly at the European Commission’s Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Unit, where she oversaw a total of €18 million in projects and contributed to the formulation of EU-wide AI strategy as its youngest ever team member. Previously, she was a Policy Officer at the World Future Council, and before that founded an award winning culture magazine while managing a team of 15 freelancers. She holds a MSc in Philosophy with a focus on cognitive sciences and philosophy of mind, as well as additional degrees in philosophy, design, and the performing arts.

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Hilary

Sutcliffe

Director, SocietyInside

Hilary runs SocietyInside. The name is a riff off the famous brand ‘Intelinside’ and aims to encapsulate the aspiration that we reverse-engineer innovation from the needs of society rather than just create technologies which are in an eternal search for a home.
She uses the learning from governance and responsibility issues across technologies to inform her approach – including projects on artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnologies, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology and gene editing, artificial intelligence and most recently quantum technologies. She is co-driving a World Economic Forum project developing a series of Principles for earning Trust in Tech Governance (TIGTech) which explores the learning from past governance failures to inform the governance of future tech, including AI, robotics and others.
She also developed, with stakeholders, the Principles for Responsible Innovation, as a framework for business to engage with society to explore how they can develop technologies society can trust, without causing more problems than they solve. She sits on World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on Human Rights which recently produced a paper on ‘How to reduced discriminatory outcomes in machine learning’ She previously sat on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnologies.

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Larissa

Suzuki

2017 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards – WES Winner
H Research Associate, University College London
Head of Data Science, Founders4Schools
Founder and Chair of Tech London Advocates Smart Cities

Dr Larissa Suzuki FRA, AFHA, MIET is an award winning computer scientist, inventor and engineer. Her career includes +12 years advancing many fields of computer science and engineering, including smart cities, data infrastructures, AI, emerging technology, and computing applied to medicine and operations research. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Chair of the Tech London Advocates Smart Cities, and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Larissa founded a software studio start up at the age of 21, and she currently leads Founders4Schools’s data science and working towards closing the skills gap in the UK. She is also the Technology Director in the Amazonian Alliance through RedPill Group researching the design of a platform and emerging technologies to collect, manage and distribute sensory data and analytics to support the conservation, protection and well-being of Amazon Rainforest communities. She was formerly a Senior Program Manager for the Mayor of London, and has worked for ARUP, IBM, Bank of Brazil, among others.
She has received honours and awards from Google, Intel, MIT, McKinsey&Co, ACM, IET, Microsoft Research, the EPSRC among others for her contributions to technology and international science. Her continuing academic work is based at UCL where she serves as a Honorary Research Associate in Computer Science, and serves as reviewer and judge of the ACM Research Competition, a reviewer of the IEEE and the Springer scientific journals. She has published several research papers in leading academic journals, books and conferences, is a frequent Keynote, conference, panel and tutorial speaker (including a TEDx).

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Louise

Tabbiner

Founder & CEO, Introsight Advisors & Senior Advisor, Milken Institute

Louise Tabbiner is a senior advisor at the Milken Institute, where she focuses on the Middle East and North Africa. She is responsible for accelerating the Institute’s relationships with influential leaders across sectors in the MENA region.

Tabbiner previously served as an advisor to the Milken Institute. In that role, she focused on initiatives including international development, family office programming, launching the Emerging Manager program and driving new sponsorship dollars.

Tabbiner is the founder of Introsight Advisors, a global strategic marketing and investor relations consulting firm. Introsight works with a select group of high profile sophisticated global investors, private or family run enterprises, best-in-class brands and companies, early stage investment firms, and non-profit advocacy and research organizations.

Tabbiner also serves as an advisor to SAF Platform, an automation technology company for institutional investors and asset managers. She is on the steering committee for the Women’s Association of Venture & Private Equity.

Previously, Tabbiner was a vice president at Providence Equity, where she spent seven years working on Providence’s business development activities including capital raising, marketing, public relations, branding, and events. Prior to that, Tabbiner spent five years in investment banking at Bank of America where she focused on the healthcare, media, consumer, and gaming sectors.

She was born in Montreal, Canada and received a bachelor’s in economics from McGill University.

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Mariarosaria

Taddeo

Deputy Director Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford.
Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
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Kamil

Tamiola

Founder, Peptone

Kamil is the founder of Peptone – The Protein Intelligence Company. He develops automated software machines powered by AI that reduce the complexity of protein engineering and combinatorial mutagenesis. His current research is born out of experience of studying and working at University of Cambridge and Groningen in protein biophysics and biotechnology laboratories. His areas of direct scientific expertise include Molecular Dynamics and NMR Spectroscopy of Proteins.

He is also known for his compelling storytelling gift, evidenced by TEDx lectures, televised show by Discovery Channel and acclaimed multimedia work for commercial clients, including Facebook, Apple, G-Technology, Jeep and Fujitsu Corporation.

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Dr. John

Taylor

CEO, action.ai

John is the co-founder and CEO of action.ai, the award-winning technology company and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence.
action.ai has developed the only platform globally that allows companies to quickly create and maintain a commercial strength Conversational Interface without them needing niche expertise in computational linguistics and machine learning. The company’s Language as a Service technology empowers companies to build both voice and text-based Conversational Interfaces that are truly conversational.
Prior to action.ai, John founded a successful mCommerce startup in the UK that he took to Silicon Valley. He has worked as a strategy consultant internationally and was a Director of the UK’s largest think tank, the new economics foundation. During his time at the think tank, he spun out and built a successful consulting firm. He holds a Masters degree and a doctorate from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Dr. Jeni

Tennison

CEO, The Open Data Institute
Jeni Tennison is the CEO of the Open Data Institute. She gained a PhD from the University of Nottingham then worked as an independent consultant, specialising in open data publishing and consumption, before joining the ODI in 2012. Jeni works with the UK’s public sector as a member of the Open Standards Board. She served on the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group from 2011 to 2015 and co-chairs the W3C’s CSV on the Web Working Group. She also sits on the Advisory Boards for Open Contracting Partnership and the Data Transparency Lab.

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David

Thevenon

Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers
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John

Thornhill

Innovation Editor, the Financial Times
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William

Tunstall-Pedoe

Founder, Evi (now Alexa)
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Victoria

Turk

Senior Editor, WIRED UK

Victoria Turk is a senior editor at WIRED UK, where she oversees culture coverage for the print magazine and website. She also writes features, makes and hosts videos, and appears regularly on the WIRED podcast. Before joining WIRED, Victoria was technology editor at New Scientist and UK editor at Motherboard, Vice’s tech and science channel.

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Ashish

Umre

Head of AI, XL Catlin

Ashish is responsible for developing XL Catlin’s strategic vision and participation in AI & emerging technologies. Partnering with startups to experiment and realise innovative business solutions, new business models & commercial opportunities.

Ashish previously led the Advanced Analytics & Data Science Practice at Tesco. Involved in various initiatives like building the Customer Data Platform, use of AI/Machine Learning, Behavioural Analytics for Marketing, Loyalty and Personalisation, Supply Chain Optimisation, Distribution and Forecasting. Agile Product Management, driving maturity in product analytics & customer experience (in-store & online).

Ashish has a long standing academic research background through a Bachelors in Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering, Masters and Doctoral research work in Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience, and Sociobiology. Passionate about STEAM education, Data Privacy, Responsible AI and foster stinger industry, academia and government collaboration.

Ashish has been a mentor and advisor to many AI & Emerging tech startups and serves on advisory boards of some of these companies.

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Hans

van Dam

Managing Director, Robocopy.io

Hans van Dam is the founder and managing director of Robocopy, an Amsterdam based firm that trains conversation designers to write dialogue that makes bots more helpful, natural and persuasive when talking to users. Robocopy applies principles from persuasive psychology to create better conversational experiences. Clients include ENGIE, KLM, KPN, Philips, Unilever.

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Alex

Van Someren

Partner, Amadeus Capital

Alex van Someren is Managing Partner, Early Stage Funds, at global technology investor Amadeus Capital Partners, where his current investment focus areas include artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, cloud computing, cyber security, digital healthcare and medical technology.

He co-founded Europe’s first cyber security accelerator Cyber London, and he was recently a member of the Steering Group for the Royal Society Cyber Security Research Report. In 1996, Alex co-founded nCipher to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. As nCipher’s CEO, he subsequently led the company to a listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2000. Alex lives in Cambridge, UK and is married with three children. He was appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005.

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Ton

van ‘t Noordende

CEO, 01Ventures

Ton is CEO of 01Ventures – European early and growth stage deep tech VC. Next to that, he’s the Investor In Residence at StartupDelta working closely together with HRH Prince Constantijn of Oranje. Founded the E/D/T Global Foundation in 2017 to support the pioneers in emerging technologies that are fundamentally changing the way our world operates.

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Naré

Vardanyan

Co-founder, Ntropy
Co-founder at Ntropy, UCL and UNDP alumnus, Hyperpolyglot, she sometimes writes.

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Sara

Vaughan

Innovator, Creator of Brands with Purpose, Positive Change Maker
Sara Vaughan is an Innovator, Positive Change Maker and Creator of Brands and Companies with Purpose. She’s done this successfully in-house for De Beers with Forevermark, their ethical diamond brand. The Body Shop, where she was responsible for developing and driving The Body Shop’s global brand repositioning – Beauty with Heart featuring Lily Cole and The Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People Campaign. This remains the largest corporate-led petition ever presented to the United Nations generating some 7 million signatures and effecting change in trafficking legislation in over 20 countries. Latterly she was a Vice-President at Unilever, where she looked after sustainable business and global communications for all the categories and brands and sat on the Global Personal Care Leadership Team. She created and rolled out the People Are Beautiful brand for Unilever Personal Care – a €21 billion company and also worked on the brand purpose for the 16 €1 billion+ brands.
She now has her own consultancy working with companies and brands such as Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser to innovate, create and develop their purpose. She is a co-founder of JoyTech working with the tech giants to create more human centred tech and A Plastic Planet, campaigning for a #plasticfreeaisle in supermarkets. She is also a longstanding volunteer for Glassdoor, the West London homeless shelter and is about to launch a campaign to demystify the homeless and homelessness.

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Michael

Veale

Doctoral Researcher, UCL
Michael Veale is an EPSRC PhD researcher in responsible public sector machine learning at University College London, specialising in the fairness and accountability of data-driven tools in the public sector, as well as the interplay between data-centric technologies and data protection law. His research and publications sit broadly across technology and privacy law, human-computer interaction, computer science and science-policy. His research in these areas has been used by international agencies, regulators and governments, picked up in the media, and debated in Parliament. Michael sits on the Advisory Council of the Open Rights Group and is a visiting scholar at Cumberland Lodge. He has acted as consultant on machine learning and society for the World Bank, the Royal Society and the British Academy and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and previously worked on IoT, health and ageing at the European Commission. He tweets at @mikarv An up-to-date list of publications can be found at http://michae.lv

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Salome

Viljoen

Fellow in the Privacy Initiatives and Berklett Cybersecurity Projects at the Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University
Salome is a Fellow in the Privacy Initiatives and Berklett Cybersecurity Projects at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Salome’s professional interest is the intersection between privacy, technology and inequality. She is particularly focused on the disparate risks and gains from surveillance and new legal models to regulate data collection and use. Before coming to the Berkman Center, Salome was an associate at Fenwick & West, LLP, where she worked with technology company clients on a broad variety of matters. She has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MsC from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Economy from Georgetown University.

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Karina

Vold

Philosopher, University of Cambridge
Dr. Karina Vold specializes in philosophy of mind and cognitive science. She received her BA from the University of Toronto and her PhD from McGill University. She has been a visiting scholar at Ruhr University, a fellow at Duke University, and a lecturer at McGill and Carleton Universities. She is currently a research associate at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and a research fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Vold is interested in the extent to which our minds are inseparable from our bodies and our wider social, cultural, and physical environments. Her most recent research focuses on theories of cognitive extension, intelligence augmentation, consciousness, brain-computer interfacing, neuroethics, and decision-making.

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Anthony

Walker

Deputy CEO, TechUK
Antony Walker is deputy CEO of techUK, the UK’s leading digital technology trade association, which he played a lead role in launching in November 2013. Antony is a member of the senior leadership team and has overall responsibility for techUK’s policy work.
Prior to his appointment in July 2012 Antony was chief executive of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the UK’s independent advisory group on broadband policy. Antony was closely involved in the development of broadband policy development in the UK since the BSG was established in 2001 and authored several major reports to government. He also led the development of the UK’s world leading Open Internet Code of Practice that addresses the issue of net neutrality in the UK.
Prior to setting up the BSG, Antony spent six years working in Brussels for the American Chamber of Commerce following and writing about telecoms issues and as a consultant working on EU social affairs and environmental issues. Antony has a history degree from Aberdeen University and an MA from the Institute of European Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

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Marie

Wallace

Analytics Strategist, IBM
Marie Wallace is Technical Strategist and Solution Architect for IBM having spent nearly two decades building analytics technologies which today underpin such solutions as IBM Watson. In recent years Marie’s primary focus has been on the analysis of human networks to deliver smarter, personalized and contextualized solutions for individuals and organizations. Marie is currently exploring ways that Blockchain can be leveraged to address the global challenges of owner-mediated data exchange, data protection and user privacy. Marie is a globally recognized thought leader, with an active social media presence and popular blog, http://allthingsanalytics.com.

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James

Wang

Analyst, ArkInvest
James leads artifical intelligence research at ARK Invest, specializing in AI hardware and applications. Prior to ARK, James worked for nine years at Nvidia, where he led technical marketing for the Fermi GPU computing architecture. He has written about GPUs and processor architecture since 2000. James holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

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Pete

Warden

Tech Lead, TensorFlow Mobile
Pete Warden is the technical lead of TensorFlow’s Mobile and Embedded team, and was previously CTO of Jetpac, acquired by Google for its deep learning technology in 2014.

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Dr. Marc

Warner

CEO, ASI Data Science

Dr Marc Warner is the co-founder and CEO of ASI. He founded ASI in the belief that the benefits of AI should extend to everyone and has shaped the company so that it can support organisations of all shapes and sizes to take advantage of rapid advances in this field.

In the two years since founding ASI, Marc has overseen its growth to more than 50 employees, and expanded its offer from a small fellowship scheme to a cutting edge range of software, training, project and advisory services. He has also led over 50 data science projects, with clients ranging from multinational companies like EasyJet and Siemens to the UK Government and NHS. His work has been covered by the BBC, the Telegraph, and the Independent and many more.

Previously, Marc was the Marie Curie Fellow of Physics at Harvard University, specialising in quantum sensing. His research has been published in many high impact journals and cited hundreds of times. His PhD in Quantum Computing was awarded the Stoneham prize, published in Nature, and covered in the New York Times.

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Lorraine

Waters

Chief Data Officer for Financial Crime Risk, HSBC
Lorraine Waters is the Chief Data Officer for Financial Crime Risk at HSBC where she leads a global team responsible for identifying and improving the quality and accessibility of data critical to effective finance crime risk management and analytics. Formerly Lorraine was the HSBC Group Head of Data Governance responsible for setting Data Management strategy and policy and promoting data management best practice. Prior to joining HSBC Lorraine co-founded an independent data management consultancy advising global banks and data vendors on data strategies and products and prior to that she was Global Head of Data at RBS, responsible for both the BAU management of data and large scale data programmes.Lorraine moved into the data space 10 years ago having advanced her career in Operations and Shared Services, when she recognised the importance of data as a strategic asset and business enabler. She is at the forefront of data innovation in her current role and is a passionate advocate for training, education and awareness of data throughout the industry including how we deal with the scale and pace of change in a data context.

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Dr. Susan

Wegner

VP Data Governance, Architecture and Analytics, Deutsche Telekom AG
Dr. Susan Wegner (CDataO) is responsible for data governance, management, architecture, AI and analytics. This includes to establish a company-wide data governance & management program, drive data analytics&AI strategy forward, leverage initiatives of existing shared competencies and have the focus on the effective exploitation of data and analytics to deliver business value. Susan brings with her more than 20 years of experience especially in the fields of platform/software design, image processing, data analysis and artificial intelligence

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Alexander

Weidauer

Co-Founder and CEO, Rasa
Alexander Weidauer is co-founder and CEO of Rasa, the leading open source machine learning toolkit that lets developers expand bots beyond answering simple questions. Alexander studied Computer Science and Management, has worked for McKinsey and various tech startups before. Alexander was recently on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.

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Adrian

Weller

Programme Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute
Adrian Weller is the Programme Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and AI. He is a Senior Research Fellow in Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge, and at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence where he leads a project on Trust and Transparency. He is very interested in all aspects of AI, its commercial applications and how it may be used to benefit society. Previously, Adrian held senior roles in finance. He received a PhD in computer science from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge

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Nick

West

Chief Technology Officer, Mischon de Reya

Nick is the Firm’s Chief Technology Officer and Director of MDR LAB, a programme for tech start-ups in the legal space.

Nick is one of the foremost experts in LegalTech and the application of AI to the legal market, having spent the majority of his career working at the forefront of innovation in the legal industry. Formerly Managing Director of Axiom in the UK and Director of LexisNexis’s UK Legal Business, Nick’s expertise lies in the field of technology, knowledge and new business models in the legal sector. Nick began his career as a competition lawyer at Linklaters and then as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Nick is a Visiting Professor at the University of Law, where he lectures on Law, Business and Technology and an Advisor to BPP Law School on LegalTech Innovation.

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Dr. Casimir

Wierzynski

Senior Director, Office of the CTO, in the Artificial Intelligence Product Group at Intel Corporation

Casimir Wierzynski is Senior Director, Office of the CTO, in the Artificial Intelligence Product Group at Intel. He leads research efforts to identify, synthesize, and incubate emerging technologies that will enable the next generation of AI systems. Before joining Intel in 2017, Cas led research teams in neuromorphic computing, learning and AI planning, and autonomous robotics at Qualcomm. Prior to Qualcomm, Cas was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he traded fixed income and credit derivatives.

Cas received his BS and MS in electrical engineering at MIT, completing his master’s thesis at AT&T Bell Labs, and a BA in mathematics at Cambridge University as a British Marshall Scholar. Driven by his passion for AI and the brain, Cas left finance to receive his PhD at Caltech in Computation and Neural Systems, where he used large-scale neural recordings to study the relationship between memory consolidation and sleep.

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Chris

Wigley

Chief Operating Officer, QuantumBlack
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Alex

Willis

Head of Communications, Digital and Content, The AELTC
Alexandra has achieved industry-wide recognition in her use of technology to transform the perceptions of a traditional brand in her role at Wimbledon, building an award-winning digital and communications strategy that is at the heart of the long-term future of the brand. Through the combination of a content-first, platform second approach, a data-led audience strategy, and placing value on consistent innovation as well as continuous evolution, Alexandra has led Wimbledon to become one of the most well-respected digital brands in sport. A WEF Young Global Shaper, she was named Sports Technology Young Exec of the Year 2017 and one of the BIMA 100 2018.

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Prof. Alan

Winfield

Professor and Author on Robotics and Robot Ethics, UWE & University of York
Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He received his PhD in Digital Communications from the University of Hull in 1984, then co-founded and led APD Communications Ltd until taking-up appointment at UWE, Bristol in 1992. Alan co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory where his research is focussed on the science and engineering of cognitive robotics; current projects are focussed on robots with simulation-based internal models and multi-robot systems in critical environments. Alan is passionate about communicating research and ideas in science, engineering and technology; he led UK-wide public engagement project Walking with Robots, awarded the 2010 Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke medal for public promotion of engineering. Until recently he was director of UWE’s Science Communication Unit. Alan is an advocate for robot ethics; he sits on the executive of the IEEE Standards Association Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. He is a member of the Ethics Advisory Board for the EU flagship Human Brain Project, and sits on the WEF Global Futures Council on Future Technology Values and Policy. Alan has published over 200 works, including Robotics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012); he lectures widely on robotics, presenting to both academic and public audiences, and blogs at http://alanwinfield.blogspot.com/

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Josie

Young

Feminist AI Researcher, Transformation Manager, Methods and Co-Chair of YWCA

Josie Young advocates for designing Artificial Intelligence (AI) products and systems using ethical and feminist principles. In 2017, she developed and tested a design process for building feminist chatbots. Recently, Josie’s been involved in a research project with ReFig, Charisma.AI and Kings College London to identify ways to deal with bias in datasets used for Machine Learning.

Josie is a Transformation Manager at Methods and is leading work to understand the most ethical and appropriate ways to deploy AI in the public sector. Josie is also the Co-Chair of YWCA, a charity dedicated to supporting young women’s leadership in Great Britain.

Josie’s professional background is in digital transformation and public sector reform, traversing skills in project management, innovation and strategic policy. She has also attended and held facilitation roles for a number of international conferences focused on human rights.

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Lord

Young

Former Secretary of State for Employment
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Leila

Zegna

Founding Partner, Kindred Capital
Leila is a founding partner at Kindred Capital, an early stage venture capital fund based in London, and currently sits on the boards of 8 companies, including LabGenius, Kalo, and Verve. Leila is both an investor and an entrepreneur, with over a decade of operating experience in technology businesses across three continents. She was on the founding team of a Silicon-Valley based DNA sequencing company that spun out of Stanford called GenapSys for which she raised $50M in venture capital funding and built a 70 person team before moving back to London. Leila is a mathematician by training with a first class degree from Yale University and a Harvard MBA.

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Haiyan

Zhang

Innovation Director, Microsoft Research Cambridge
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Jure

Zih

Founder & CEO, 0xcert

While being an entrepreneur at heart, Jure is best described as an innovator on a lookout for cutting edge solutions. With an exceptional capacity for fast and abstract learning, he was able to build and sell his first online business from a dorm room and has since worked for various successful start-ups around the world as head of marketing and growth.

Earlier this year, he co-founded 0xcert, the first middleware open protocol for non-fungible tokens, on a mission to bring the potential of unique blockchain-based digital assets to a wider audience and closer to mainstream adoption.

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Alice

Zimmerman

Global Product Partnerships, Google

Alice looks after Google Assistant partnerships in the UK, working closely with top brands and organizations to build great content and useful local actions for the Google Assistant. She is interested to hear how you think conversational UI should be part of society – and the role A.I. should and could play to simplify people’s lives and help them get things done. Alice has 10 years of mobile product go-to-market experience and has worked previously in Tel Aviv, Mexico City & Silicon Valley. She has education in Business & Engineering Management at Stanford and Neuroscience at Duke University.

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NASA

Frontier Development Lab
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Alan Turing Institute

Leadership and Researchers, The Alan Turing Institute