2019 Speakers


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Juliet

Bauer

Chief Digital Officer, NHS

Juliet leads all patient-facing digital technology projects for NHS England. This includes responsibility for the ten Empower the Person Digital Transformation Programs such as the transformation of nhs.uk (the NHS website), the launch of the new NHS app, the new NHS Apps Library and Citizen Identity. She also leads the work to ensure digital experiences can be used to help people to manage life-long conditions.

Prior to joining NHS England, Juliet led similar technology programmes at a range of businesses from start-ups to major media companies. Learn more about Juliet’s role and background by listening to her podcast interview with Tech-Talks or reading her blog for The Guardian’s Healthcare Professionals Network.

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Josh

Bersin

Founder and Advisor, Bersin by Deloitte
Josh founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a popular blogger. Prior to founding Bersin & Associates, Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing, and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies. Josh’s education includes a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Cornell, a master’s of science degree in engineering from Stanford, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Margaret

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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Kay

Firth-Butterfield

Head of AI, World Economic Forum

Kay is the Head, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, at the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum. Prior to taking this position, she was Executive Director of AI-Global and led the Ethics Advisory Panel of Lucid.ai.

She has worked for the past three decades as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, business owner, professor and judge in the United Kingdom. In the United States, she has taught at the undergraduate and law school levels and worked as a professional lecturer. She is a humanitarian with a strong sense of social justice and have advanced degrees in Law and International Relations. In her role as Chief Officer of the EAP, she has advised governments, think tanks and non-profits about artificial intelligence. She is co-founder of the Consortium for Law and Policy of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the Robert E. Strauss Center, University of Texas and teaches a course at the UT Law School for the Consortium: “Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies: Law and Policy”

Additionally, she is a Distinguished Scholar of the Robert E Strauss Center at the University of Texas and Vice Chair of the IEEE Industry Connections “Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems.

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Dame Wendy

Hall

Professor of Computer Science, Managing Director, University of Southampton, 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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Jade

Leung

Head of Partnerships and Researcher, Governance of Artificial Intelligence Program (GovAI) Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford

Jade is the Head of Partnerships and researcher with the Governance of Artificial Intelligence Program (GovAI), and is simultaneously a DPhil candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford and a research affiliate with the Center for Technology and Global Affairs.

Her research centres on the governance of emerging dual-use technologies, with a specific focus on advanced artificial intelligence in the US and China. She focuses on the critical relationship between large technology firms and state actors with the view to understanding how these inter-actor dynamics impact long-term dual-use risk mitigation, and the safe and ethical deployment of strategic technologies.

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Tess

Posner

CEO, AI4ALL
Tess Posner is the CEO of AI4ALL, where she works to make artificial intelligence more diverse and inclusive and to ensure that AI is developed responsibly. Previously, she was Managing Director of TechHire, a US-based initiative launched out of the White House to increase diversity in the tech economy. Tess’s work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Fortune, The Atlantic, and Fast Company and funded by top foundations and influencers including Melinda Gates, Jensen Huang, Google.org, Capital One Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Autodesk, and the Robin Hood Foundation.

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Manuela

Veloso

Head of the Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University and Head of AI Research, JP Morgan
Manuela Veloso is the Head of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University & Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She was the President of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) until 2014, and the co-founder and a Past President of the RoboCup Federation. She is a fellow of AAAI, IEEE, AAAS, and ACM. She is an international expert in artificial intelligence and robotics. In May 2018 she was hired by J.P. Morgan Chase as to head its artificial intelligence research.

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