SPEAKERS

Transform 2019

Transform presents the hottest topics in AI from today's  most influential and visionary leaders in AI.

 

Speakers Directory

 

Vanja Josifovski is the Chief Technology Officer, Homes at Airbnb where he leads efforts around developing the technical vision and direction across the Homes business. Vanja was most recently CTO at Pinterest, where he was responsible for setting the technical strategy of the company in areas like machine learning and search, as well as managing the Applied Discovery engineering team. Prior to this role, he held positions as the Head of Discovery, Ads Engineering, and Growth Engineering. Before joining Pinterest, Vanja worked on large scale machine learning and information extraction as a Technical Lead at Google Research. His career began with roles at Yahoo Research and IBM Research. Vanja holds a PhD in large scale database systems.

CTO

Homes

VANJA JOSIFOVSKI

Hilary Mason is the General Manager for Machine Learning at Cloudera and the founder of Fast Forward Labs, an applied machine learning research and advisory company that was acquired by Cloudera in 2017. Hilary is also the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners and is on the board of the Anita Borg Institute. Previously, she co-founded HackNY.org, a non-profit that helps engineering students find opportunities in New York's creative technical economy, served on Mayer Bloomberg's Technology Advisory Council, and was the Chief Scientist at Bitly.

GM, Machine Learning 

Cloudera

HILARY MASON

Greg Brockman is the co-founder and Chairman of OpenAI. He was formerly the CTO of Stripe, which he helped build from 4 to 250 employees.

Co-founder & Chairman 

Open AI

GREG BROCKMAN

As EVP & CTO of Microsoft, Kevin Scott’s 20-year career in technology spans both academia and industry as a researcher, engineer, and leader. Scott helps drive the technical vision that enables Microsoft to achieve its mission.

 

Prior to Microsoft, Scott was SVP of engineering and operations at LinkedIn, where he helped build the technology and engineering team and led the company through an IPO and six years of rapid growth. Scott also oversaw mobile ads engineering at Google, including the integration of Google’s $750 million acquisition of AdMob, where he was responsible for engineering and operations of the world’s leading platform for mobile monetization.

 

A recipient of a Google Founder’s Award, Scott has also received an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship, and an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Recognition of Service award. Scott is the host of the podcast, Behind the Tech, which features interviews with technology heroes who have helped create the tech industry of today.

EVP & CTO

Microsoft

KEVIN SCOTT

Swami Sivasubramanian is VP at AWS in charge of all Amazon AI and Machine learning initiatives. His team’s mission is “To put machine learning capabilities in the hands on every developer and data scientist.” For more details on click here  and here.

 

Previously, Swami used to manage AWS’s NoSQL and big data services. He managed the engineering, product management and operations for core AWS database services that are the foundational building blocks for AWS: DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache (in-memory engines), Amazon QuickSight, SimpleDB and a few other big data services in the works.

 

Swami has been awarded more than 250 patents, authored around 40 referred scientific papers and journals, and participate in several academic circles and conferences. In addition to these, he also built more than 30 AWS Cloud Services like CloudFront, Amazon RDS, Amazon S3, Amazon's Paxos based lock service, original Amazon Dynamo etc. He was also one of the main authors for Amazon Dynamo paper  along with Werner Vogels, which received the ACM Hall of Fame award. Amazon Dynamo now is the foundation for many other NoSQL systems like Riak, Cassandra and Voldemort

VP 

Amazon AI

SWAMI SIVASUBRAMANIAN

Andrew W. Moore, PhD, is a distinguished computer scientist with expertise in machine learning and robotics. He became the Head of Google Cloud Artificial Intelligence in January 2019. Moore previously worked at Google from 2006 to 2014 and was the founding director of Google’s Pittsburgh engineering office in 2006. He then spent a four-year hiatus at Carnegie Mellon University as the dean of the School of Computer Science. Andrew’s research interests encompass the field of “big data” — applying statistical methods and mathematical formulas to massive quantities of information.

Head of Artificial Intelligence 

Google Cloud

ANDREW MOORE

Amit Ben is the Head of AI Technology for LogMeIn, Prior to his current role, Amit was the CTO and Cofounder of Nanorep (acquired by LogMeIn in 2017). He has over 15 years-experience leading and developing online solutions and Machine Learning algorithms.

Head of Technology & AI

LogMeIn

AMIT BEN

Franziska Bell is the Head of Data Science Platforms at Uber, where she founded the Anomaly Detection, Forecasting Platform and Natural Language Platform teams. In addition, she leads Computer Vision, Strategic Finance, Experimentation, Behavioral Science, Infrastructure and Customer Support Data Science.

 

Before Uber, Franziska was a Postdoc at Caltech where she developed a novel, highly accurate approximate quantum molecular dynamics theory to calculate chemical reactions for large, complex systems, such as enzymes. Franziska earned her Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from UC Berkeley focusing on developing highly accurate, yet computationally efficient approaches which helped unravel the mechanism of non-silicon-based solar cells and properties of organic conductors.

Director, Data Science

Uber

FRANZISKA BELL

Throughout his distinguished career, Neil Green has demonstrated a passion for technology and applying novel innovations to drive market disruption. Joining Otis in October 2018 as Vice President, Transformation and Chief Digital Officer, Neil is responsible for leading the new global Digital Technology function, responsible for the development of the company’s innovative digital business models and strategic partnerships with external partners. He also serves as a member of the Otis Executive Committee, reporting directly to President Judy Marks.

 

Prior to joining Otis, Neil spent 24 years at Intel Corporation, where he was at the forefront of Intel’s growth from a CPU and PC-centric company to a systems and data-centric company. He most recently served as President and General Manager of Intel’s business with the U.S. Government. Previously, Neil held leadership positions in operations, product strategy, and sales. His experience spans business and initiatives across North and South America, Europe and Asia.

 

Neil’s multi-disciplinary and global experience, coupled with leadership in the rapidly changing technology sector, make him uniquely qualified to lead the acceleration of the wide-scale application of new technologies to Otis’ operations, products and services.

Chief Digital Officer & VP of Transformation

Otis

NEIL GREEN

As Senior Vice President of Data and Analytics at Gap Inc., Chris and his team are focused on unlocking the ability to use data science, analytics, and research to power better decision making consistently and confidently across the company’s portfolio of brands. Prior to Gap Inc., Chris led data teams for a wide variety of companies, including Apple, Intuit, JCPenney, and Enjoy. He has extensive experience building data science organizations, teams and platforms, and applying statistical and analytic rigor to a variety of functions including marketing, customer experience / loyalty, service/support, field performance, and employee engagement.

SVP of Data & Analytics

GAP Inc.

CHRIS CHAPO

Andrew Hoh is the Product Manager for the Applied Machine Learning and the Machine Learning Infrastructure teams at Airbnb. He graduated with a BA in Computer Science from Dartmouth College. Previously, he has spent time building and growing Microsoft Azure’s distributed database, Azure Cosmos DB.

Product Manager, Applied Machine Learning & Machine Learning

Airbnb

ANDREW HOH

John Fremont is an organizational leader, technology evangelist, influencer, and business strategist. He is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Hypergiant, and was previously a Managing Director and the Artificial Intelligence Lead for Accenture. He was also previously the Global Lead for Digital Product creation at Accenture Digital. John joined Accenture through the acquisition of Chaotic Moon by Accenture where he served as Chief Revenue Officer and partner.

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer 

Hypergiant

JOHN FREMONT

Pedro Alves is the founder and CEO of Ople, Inc., a company that uses AI to build AI. While pursuing his Ph.D. in Computational Biology from Yale University, Alves started his career as a data scientist and gained experience in predicting, analyzing, and visualizing data in the fields of social graphs, genomics, gene networks, cancer metastasis, insurance fraud, soccer strategies, joint injuries, human attraction, spam detection and topic modeling among others. Realizing that he was learning by observing how algorithms learn from processing different models, Alves discovered that data scientists could benefit from AI that mimics this behavior of learning to learn to learn. Therefore, he founded Ople to advance the field of data science and make AI easy, cheap, and ubiquitous. Alves enjoys tackling new problems and actively participates in the AI community through projects, lectures, panels, mentorship, and advisory boards. He is extremely passionate about all aspects of AI and dreams of seeing it deliver on its promises; driven by Ople.

Founder and CEO

Ople, Inc.

PEDRO ALVES

AJ Abdallat is CEO of Beyond Limits, a full-stack artificial intelligence engineering company creating advanced software solutions that go beyond conventional AI. AJ has over 20 years’ experience building high-tech startups in the fields of bio-inspired artificial intelligence, reasoning systems and smart sensors. Prior to Beyond Limits, AJ was co-founder and CEO of several Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory startups where he raised over $150M in venture and strategic investment.

 

AJ holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

CEO

Beyond Limits

AJ ABDALLAT

Gil is the Head of Product for Machine Learning at Lyft. He helps building Lyft's Machine Learning Platform and applications. Before Lyft, Gil was the co-founder of Octarine, and the VP Product for AppDirect and Reflektion. He also worked for several years at Google in various Product Management positions.

Head of Product, Machine Learning

Lyft

GIL ARDITI

Jessica Lachs is the Head of Analytics at DoorDash. The analytics team helps DoorDash make better decisions, faster, by leveraging data to more accurately analyze and predict behaviors and deliver positive business outcomes. Prior to her current position, she was a General Manager at DoorDash, where she helped launch new markets. Prior to DoorDash, Jessica founded GiftSimple, a social gifting startup, where she was also CEO.

Head of Analytics

Doordash

JESSICA LACHS

Alberto Lopez Toledo is the Chief Technology Officer and technical co-founder of Freshly where he oversees the technology and data science teams. Previously he was the Chief Technology Officer at Pixable, a social media management service that sold to SingTel in 2012. Additionally, he served as Chief Platform Officer of SingTel Innov8 until 2015. Before that, Alberto was a research scientist at Telefonica R&D in Barcelona, Spain where he led the networking research department, an incubator of several services and spin- offs for Telefonica.

CTO

Freshly

ALBERTO LOPEZ TOLEDO

Anil Kamath is a web and technology entrepreneur. At Adobe, he is responsible for data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence in the Adobe Experience cloud. He was founder and primary architect of Efficient Frontier, a leading digital ad buying platform that managed more than $2B in advertising spend, until its acquisition by Adobe. Prior to that Anil, founded an ecommerce company call eBoodle that was acquired by Shopzilla and grew to become the largest comparison-shopping company with more than 14 million active users. He has also held leadership positions at DE Shaw and received a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Bombay. Anil Kamath is also an active angel investor and is on the investment committee for Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs.

Fellow and VP of Technology

Adobe

ANIL KAMATH

Chris Williams joined iHeartMedia in 2005 and was named Chief Product Officer in December 2014. As such, he oversees all digital content programming, station curation, marketing, and product strategies for iHeartMedia's all-in-one digital radio service, iHeartRadio. Williams brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the position, previously serving as Senior Vice President of iHeartRadio Programming and prior, leading the programming efforts for stations such as 102.7 WEBN, Project 9-6-1 (WKLS) as well as 99X (WNNX) in Atlanta.

CPO

iHeart Media

CHRIS WILLIAMS

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.

VP of AI and Machine Learning

Unity Technologies

DANNY LANGE

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.

CEO

Pandorabots

LAUREN KUNZE

Scott Bajtos joined VMware in 2009 and as chief customer officer oversees the company’s Global Services team, which includes technical support, customer success and customer advocacy. Additionally, his team influences product quality and interoperability to ensure a best-in-class experience for customers and partners across VMware and Dell Technologies solutions. With over 28 years of experience in the software and services industry, Bajtos brings a strong background in customer support operations, customer loyalty, and seamless customer adoption lifecycles.

Chief Customer Officer

VMware

SCOTT BAJTOS

John Kim, president of Vrbo, oversees strategic development and management of one of the world’s leading alternative accommodations sites. In an exploding marketplace, Kim plays a key role in guiding Vrbo's overall vision and direction, overseeing key organizations that operate a marketplace with over two million unique places to stay in 190 countries. Since Kim took leadership in 2016, Vrbo has been globally recognized by Business Insider as being one of the top 25 tech companies everyone wants to work for right now.

President

VRBO

JOHN KIM

Ram Papatla is Booking.com’s Vice President of Global Experiences, responsible for delivering on the company’s mission to empower people to experience the world through a digital marketplace where customers can seamlessly book great local experiences in every part of the globe.

Head of Experiences

Booking.com

RAM PAPATLA

Jasjeet Thind is the vice president of artificial intelligence at Zillow. His group focuses on machine-learned prediction models and big data systems that power use cases such as Zestimates, personalization, housing indices, search, content recommendations, and user segmentation. Prior to Zillow, Jasjeet served as director of engineering at Yahoo, where he architected a machine-learned real-time big data platform leveraging social signals for user interest signals and content prediction.

VP of Artifical Intelligence

Zillow

JASJEET THIND

Deepak Agarwal is a vice president of engineering at LinkedIn where he is responsible for all AI and machine learning efforts across the company. A Fellow of the American Statistical Association, he is well known for his work on recommender systems and is the author of Statistical Methods for Recommender Systems (with Bee-Chung Chen). He has published extensively in top-tier computer science conferences, co-authored several patents, and has served on the committees of various conferences in the field of AI and computer science including the Executive Committee of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). He is also an associate editor of two flagship statistics journals.

VP of Artificial Intelligence

LinkedIn

DEEPAK AGARWAL

Dr. Colin Parris is currently the Vice President of Software Research at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY and is an Officer of the General Electric Company. In his present role, Dr. Parris oversees the development and application of industrial analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and software systems research broadly across the General Electric Company. This portfolio includes GE’s industry leading Digital Twin Initiative, which he created and leads for the company. Along with his present role, Dr. Parris also is a member of the Board of Directors of APTIV.

Vice President

GE Software Research

DR. COLIN J. PARRIS

Maribel is a technology industry analyst and strategic advisor at Lopez Research. She is the author of "Right-Time Experiences: Driving Revenue with Mobile and Big Data" published by John Wiley and Sons and the co-founder of the Emerging Technology Research Council. Maribel helps companies understand and navigate digital transformation by analyzing today's most powerful tech trends, including mobile, cloud big data analytics, and IoT. Lopez Research offers strategic advisory, speaking and market research services.

Founder & Principal Analyst

Lopez Research

MARIBEL LOPEZ

As the company’s Chief Scientist & SVP, Technology, Matthias is responsible for KAYAK's software architecture, mobile websites and applications, and KAYAK Labs - a group dedicated to the application of artificial intelligence within KAYAK. In 2016, Matthias led and launched successful integrations for KAYAK with Amazon Alexa, Facebook Messenger and Slack, which propelled the company into the spotlight as a category leader in AI and natural language processing. After becoming the first company to launch hotel bookings on Alexa in 2017, KAYAK continues to focus its efforts on building products and features that make planning and managing travel easier. 

Prior to focusing on conversational travel and natural language processing, Matthias served as an analytics engineer, and later as a security architect at KAYAK. He graduated from ETH Zurich with a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering.

Chief Scientist & SVP

Kayak

MATTHIAS KELLER

Jeff Feng leads product for the Data Platform Team at Airbnb which includes their machine learning (ML) platform, applied ML models, experimentation platform, analytics products, data visualization interfaces, data infrastructure, compute frameworks and data quality efforts. He is also an AI & data industry advisor at Udacity. Prior to Airbnb, Jeff was a Product Manager at Tableau where he led their Big Data product roadmap, a consultant in the high tech practice at McKinsey and a Product Manager at Apple where he helped with the launch of the iPhone 4. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a MS and BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Product lead, Data

Airbnb

JEFF FENG

Brad Klingenberg is the VP of Algorithms at Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service that commits to its recommendations by physically delivering inventory to clients. Brad and his team use statistics, machine learning and human-in-the-loop algorithms to optimize the Stitch Fix client experience, the management of inventory and the selection of items for clients. Prior to joining Stitch Fix, Brad received his PhD in Statistics from Stanford University and worked as a data scientist in technology and financial services.

VP of Algorithms

Stitch Fix

BRAD KLINGENBERG

Jana’s a math and computer nerd who took the business path for a career. Today, she’s CEO of Nara Logics, a neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence company, providing a platform for recommendations and decision support. Her career has taken her from 3-person business beginnings to 50,000-person enterprises. She’s opened the European logistics software offices as part of American Airlines, dove into the internet in ’96 at Lycos, founded Intuit’s corporate Innovation Lab, helped define mass customization at Spreadshirt, and researched conducting polymers at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

CEO

Nara Logics

JANA EGGERS

Ameen Kazerouni moved from Mumbai, India to start his Bachelors in Computer Science at 16. After developing a keen interest in both AI and Medicine he proceeded to start his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics at Emory University. His research covered wrangling data from Whole Slide Images, pathology reports and clinical data to build datasets for cohort discovery and analysis. During his tenure at Emory, he decided to do a short internship at Zappos to see what life was like outside the ivory tower. He decided to leave the Ph.D. program early, earning a Masters in Computer Science with a focus in Machine Learning.

 

Ameen currently leads the Data Science and Machine Learning platform team at Zappos, where he uses his passion for machine learning and AI to find new and innovative ways to move the company forward using data.

Lead Data Scientist

Zappos

AMEEN KAZEROUNI 

Lindsay is the head of product for Condé Nast. In this role, he drives the development of Condé Nast’s products across content management, consumer and advertising areas. Silver previously worked at a variety of technology companies in engineering and product management roles, with a keen focus on developing systems that empowered users using data and thoughtful UIs. Silver is a California-native and currently resides in New York.

VP, Product

Conde Nast

LINDSAY SILVER

As Booz Allen Hamilton's top Innovation Strategist and Director of the San Francisco Innovation Hub, Jaime does more than forecast future tech trends; she strives to help build that future. Her career has taken her from international development to strategic policy formation; from cybersecurity planning to building innovation ecosystems. With more than 16 years of international, government and technology strategy experience, she's driven by innovating new ways of solving some of society’s toughest challenges. That is why she is particularly passionate about the expansive opportunity applied AI brings as well as its responsible implementation. She recently assisted in the development of a national multi-vertical AI strategy.

 

Jaime is a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Executive Education program. She also mentors start-ups, clients and nations as an ethicist, strategist, marketing coach, and sometimes therapist.

Senior Associate

Booz Allen Hamilton

JAIME FITZGIBBON

Nick Rockwell joined The New York Times Company in November 2015 as senior vice president and chief technology officer. He was promoted to executive vice president in June 2017. Rockwell is responsible for all technology operations, including infrastructure, e-commerce, enterprise computing and development of the company’s digital systems. Rockwell joined the Times Company from Condé Nast, where he oversaw all aspects of the company’s technology development and operations. He holds a B.A. in literary theory from Yale, and lives in Brooklyn.

EVP & CTO

The New York Times

NICK ROCKWELL

Mike is Etsy’s Chief Technology Officer, setting the company's technology strategy and helping to further scale its global platform. Prior to joining Etsy, he was the co-founder and managing partner of the consulting firm AKF Partners. Mike’s career in technology has also included the roles of Chief Technology Officer of Quigo, Vice President of Engineering & Architecture for PayPal, and various roles at General Electric helping to develop the company’s technology strategy. He has also co-authored two books on scalability and has written numerous articles on business growth. Mike is a veteran, who served as a Captain and pilot in the US Army.

CTO

Etsy

MIKE FISHER

Aanan leads the customer experience team responsible for http://Walmart.com and Online Grocery. She has a vast amount of technical expertise in the retail and financial space, as well as a strong leadership track record. Prior to joining Walmart, Aanan led end-to-end customer experience engineering at American Express where she championed transformational cultural, talent, and technology change. Prior to that, she spent 11 years at PayPal, where she played a key role in building mobile commerce, the core checkout experiences, and retail products like PayPal Here and PayPal for Marketplaces. Aanan is passionate about diversity and growing strong talent as a founder and sponsor of the Women in Tech employee networks. She serves on the board of startups like BeeHex (a company focused on pioneering innovative food automation technology) and was named a 2018 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Vice President of Customer Experience Engineering

Walmart

AANAN CONTRACTOR

As Chief Scientist for Computer Vision, Robinson drives eBay’s computer vision science strategy. With over 20 years of experience in computer vision, his expertise includes large scale visual search, coarse and fine-grained visual recognition, object detection, computer vision for fashion, 3D cues from 2D images, figure-ground segmentation and deep learning for vision, among other topics. Before joining eBay in 2011, he received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 2000 specializing in information theory and statistical image processing. He also has a MS in control theory from the University of Florida, specializing in robust and nonlinear control systems.

Chief Scientist for Computer Vision

eBay

ROBINSON PIRAMUTHU

Prior to assuming this role, Hervé served as Chief Information Officer. He also served as Chief Financial Officer for the Critical Power and Cooling Services (CPCS) Business Unit of Schneider Electric, which was formed in early 2007 following the acquisition of APC Corp. and its merger with MGE-UPS Systems. Hervé’s responsibilities included overseeing Legal, IT and Strategy. In the past, he has held a variety of finance and business development positions with Schneider Electric including Senior Vice President Finance, Control and Business Development for the Asia Pacific Operating Division of Schneider Electric, Vice President Financial Control for the International Division, Corporate Officer for Mergers and Acquisitions, and Financial Controller of various organizations.

Chief Digital Officer

Schneider Electric

HERVÉ COUREIL

Marc leads strategy, operations and go-to-market for health technology products, programs, partnerships and acquisitions worldwide across J&J’s consumer, device and pharma businesses, partnering with commercial and R&D leaders to transform how health and well-care is delivered, managed and experienced. Marc has two decades of experience in building global scale technology businesses, bringing digital partnerships to market, and leading successful acquisitions. At Dropbox, he led a team that acquired over a dozen companies, scaled the developer program to over a million third-party integrations, and developed partnerships accounting for over a third of Dropbox’s user growth and revenue.

Global Head, Digital

Johnson & Johnson

MARC LEIBOWITZ

Sr. Director of Technology Alliances As the head of Technology Alliances, Michael Setticasi is responsible for all global technology partner relationships with DataRobot. Michael has helped DataRobot and other organizations over the past 15 years building out sales, OEM, channel and technology partnerships in the storage, security, data preparation, and advanced analytics space.

Sr. Director of Technology Alliances

DataRobot

MICHAEL SETTICASI

Executive Bio: Sanjeev Katariya,VP & Chief Architect, eBay AI and Platform, eBay

As eBay’s Chief Architect, Sanjeev Katariya leads global architecture, cloud, AI, data and platform teams and the overall marketplace technical strategy. In addition to working across all eBay inc. science, engineering and strategy leadership teams, his direct teams focus on AI/ML platforms, computer vision, machine translation and NLP, spatial computing, anomaly detection, general Neural network and software research, mobile platform, continuous delivery systems and quality frameworks, cloud security and marketplace frameworks. He spent the bulk of his formative career, 25 years, at Microsoft dedicated to architecture, science and engineering, including 14 years as an executive leader (Partner). Sanjeev earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Colorado and a bachelor of science degree in Electronics and Electrical Communications from Punjab Engineering College, and holds over 32 patents. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and contributes to his personal website www.sanjeevkatariya.com.  

 

Favorite eBay Experience:

Since moving from Bellevue, WA to San Jose, CA, Sanjeev has been busy furnishing his home with novel furnishings and unique décor. He enjoys the global diversity (at great prices!) available on the site, and especially appreciates the amazing business savvy and customer service of his favorite eBay sellers.

VP of Platforms and AI

eBay

SANJEEV KATARIYA

As Chief Information Officer for Liberty Mutual’s Corporate Functions Technology, Shelia is responsible for the information technology of systems related to global financial, human resources, legal, data and analytics, applications architecture and cloud services. Shelia leads a team responsible for building and leading an innovative IT solution and service team enabling a state-of-the-art technology environment in support of Liberty Mutual’s competitive global corporate strategy. Prior to joining Liberty Mutual in 2017, Shelia held senior level technology roles with several Fortune 500 global technology organizations, including HP and Electronic Data Systems. She most recently served as vice president and CIO for Property and Casualty Insurance at USAA.

CIO, Corporate Functions Technology

Liberty Mutual

SHELIA ANDERSON

As Head of Data Science and Machine Learning at Wayfair, Dan manages teams that work across a broad range of problems, including marketing, sales & service, on-site experience and personalization, computer vision and more. Dan is responsible for driving the team's strategy and growth, along with engaging on the deep technical content the team is developing across traditional machine learning, deep learning, advanced statistics and reinforcement learning. Prior to joining Wayfair, Dan was a strategic consultant at Boston Consulting Group. Dan holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D & M.S. in Physics from the University of Chicago.

Head of Data Science and Machine Learning

Wayfair

DAN WULIN

Dr. Ganapathi Pulipaka currently works as a Chief Data Scientist and SAP Technical Lead for one of the largest technology practice corporations in the world. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of AI strategy, architecture, application development of Machine learning, Deep Learning algorithms, experience in deep learning reinforcement learning algorithms and IoT platforms.

 

He is also an Author, Public Speaker, and PostDoc Research Scholar in Computer Science Engineering (Machine Learning, AI, Big Data Analytics). He is a bestselling author of two books “The Future of Data Science and Parallel Computing: A Road to Technological Singularity” and “Big Data Appliances for In-Memory Computing.” GP currently authors a Deep Reinforcement Learning Cookbook in PyTorch with a popular publishing company to scale the AI across the enterprise for robotics and other business industries, along with IoT and Edge computing project implementations.

Chief Data Scientist

Accenture

DR. GANAPATHI PULIPAKA

Bharath Kadaba is Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Intuit, and leads the Technology Futures group. His organization is responsible for creating game-changing technology in support of Intuit’s mission to power prosperity for consumer, small business and self-employed customers. Since joining the company in 2008, Bharath has served in a variety of executive leadership positions. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President and Engineering Fellow with responsibility for leading engineering teams that built innovative new technology for the company’s QuickBooks, TurboTax and Mint product lines.

 

Before that, he led advanced technology development as Vice President for Global Ready Offerings, and Vice President for the Global Business Division, Product Development, respectively. Before Intuit, Bharath was Vice President of Media Engineering at Yahoo, where he led the development of a shared services platform to serve as the foundation for all media properties (news, finance, sports, games, etc.) and significantly expanded the U.S. media product capabilities. Prior to Yahoo, he was an executive with Siebel Systems, AristaSoft, and News Corp., after spending 15 years at IBM and IBM’s TJ Watson Labs.

SVP & Chief Innovation Officer

Intuit

BHARATH KADABA

Miku Jha is the Founder & CEO of AgShift. Miku is a passionate entrepreneur and product executive with a proven track record of successfully launching and scaling products across multiple startups and companies such as VMware and IBM. As part of Senior leadership and Product team, Miku helped build and scale multiple storage, mobile software startups into well-known global companies. She was instrumental in growing the storage business as a Founding engineer at Ariodata, which was acquired by Xyratex Inc.

 

Miku helped grow and scale mobile business and product at Worklight, which was acquired by IBM. She led several mobile and IoT initiatives at IBM – under Mobile First portfolio. She was responsible for successful execution of Mobile virtualization initiative at VMware under the office of the CTO. Miku serves on the advisory board of BetterMDM, PlainMark and MergeLane. Miku has an MBA from Cornell University and a BS (Hons.) in Computer Science from University of Mumbai.

Founder & CEO

AgShift

MIKU JHA

Piers Lingle is Senior Vice President of Customer Experience Product at Comcast, responsible for utilizing next generation technology solutions to revolutionize the customer experience. Previously Piers was Vice President of Product Development for Comcast Video Products, including the X1 Platform, Comcast’s next generation video platform, and Xfinity TV streaming apps. Prior to Comcast, Piers was co-founder of Stamps.com (NASD: STMP) and Archive.com, and a technology leader at several venture-backed companies, including CoreObjects. Piers lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.

SVP of Customer Experience

Comcast

PIERS LINGLE

Tim leads Ethical AI Advocacy at Microsoft and is responsible for programs to drive and promote
responsible development and use of technology, inclusive of public policy and the ethics of artificial
intelligence. As part of this role, Tim conducts research focused on ethical use of AI across geographies and cultures.


Tim is also a Guest Lecturer at INSEAD, one of the world’s leading business schools, where he speaks on cross-cultural leadership and ethics.
 

Prior to this role, Tim led the Global Communications group for Microsoft, managing communications
strategy and operations in over 90 countries around the world, and the Platform Strategy team, where
he was responsible for technical evangelism to drive developer adoption of Microsoft platforms and
services.

General Manager, AI Programs

Microsoft

TIM O'BRIEN

Rajeev Chand is a Partner at Wing responsible for research. He previously served as Managing Director at Rutberg & Company, where he built the firm from a startup to a global platform with differentiated thought capital and senior executive relationships. He co-created Rutberg’s summits, including the flagship Wireless Influencers, and hosted and interviewed the most influential leaders in business and technology. Previously, Rajeev worked in venture capital, private equity, and strategy consulting. Rajeev holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Partner & Head of Research

Wing Venture Capital

RAJEEV CHAND

Rich Karlgaard is the former publisher and current editor-at-large and futurist of Forbes Media. His writing is known for its keen assessment of technology, economic, business and leadership issues. He is a regular commentator on the Fox Business channel, a speaker and panel moderator at business events, and a Silicon Valley investor and advisory board member. Karlgaard’s 2014 book on innovation culture, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success examined successful corporate cultures and featured a foreword by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen. It made the lists of top business books of 2014 for Time.com, Inc., 800-CEO-READ and Huffington Post.

Editor-at-large and Futurist

Forbes Media

RICH KARLGAARD

Executive Chairman & CEO, The Opportunity Hub Rodney Sampson is heralded as the leading inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem builder in the world, particularly given his mission to ensure that everyone, everywhere, particularly socially disadvantaged communities, have equitable access to the new multi-generational wealth creation opportunities afforded in the future of work and fourth industrial revolution as definitive paths to reducing poverty and the racial wealth gap everywhere.

 

Throughout his twenty year entrepreneurial career, Sampson has cofounded startup companies that have overcome the odds by collectively raising more than $20 million in angel and venture capital, created hundreds of new jobs and generated tens of millions in revenue before acquisition or going public. At the beginning of the 21st century, Sampson co-founded, built and sold Multicast Media Technologies (Streamingfaith.com) and EFactor (EFCT). He was one of three Black co-founders during this era whose high growth technology startups raised over $1 million in angel and venture capital and were subsequently acquired for eight figures.

Chairman & CEO

The Opportunity Hub

RODNEY SAMPSON

Ilya Sutskever is a co-founder and the Chief Scientist of OpenAI. Previously, Ilya was one of the developers of AlexNet and of the Sequence to Sequence model.

Co-founder & Chief Scientist

OpenAI

ILYA SUTSKEVER

Engineering Manager, Precision Ag Job Automation, John Deere Mark Chaney is an engineering manager at John Deere within the automation delivery organization. His role includes development and delivery responsibilities for machine and job automation, including computer vision. Most people don’t associate agriculture with high-tech, but in reality, some of the most advanced technology like computer vision is being used on farms and revolutionizing the way the food on our plates are grown. Mark can speak about the unique challenges of agriculture and how computer vision enables farmers to “see” beyond human capacity to make important, in-the-moment decisions and gather data that is used to create insights at any point in a growing season.

Engineering Manager

John Deere

MARK CHANEY

Vishy leads product management and experience design for Humana Edge, including the strategy and execution of all aspects of the Humana member experience. He is responsible for bringing innovative, user-centered solutions, and experiences to life for seniors, caregivers, and providers. Vishy manages interdisciplinary design and development teams and leads an agile “build/test/learn” development process to create solutions that align to Humana’s mission.

 

Prior to joining Humana, Vishy led the Product & Data Sciences organization for Alexa Data Services at Amazon where he managed a multi-disciplinary team including product/program managers, research/data/applied scientists, and UX-designers to innovate in the field of supervised and semi-supervised learning. Vishy was also a key member of the Alexa team working on features such as the Alexa Child skills and Alexa Speaker Recognition. As the Privacy Bar Raiser for Alexa, he helped navigate compliance for regulations such as BIPA, GDPR and HIPAA. Prior to Amazon, Vishy held product and engineering leadership roles at Mozilla, Here Technologies and Nokia.

 

Vishy is dedicated to applying voice-centric design, AI/ML, and a customer-first approach to help seniors remain independent and in control of their health and lives. Vishy is also passionate about the role of Voice & AI in society, its implications on privacy, and consumer choice.

Vice President, Product and Experience

Humana Edge

VISHWANATHAN "VISHY" KRISHNAMOORTY

Amir Khosrowshahi is VP and CTO of AI Products at Intel. His team is focused on building machine learning systems, including novel processors, software, algorithms, and solutions, as well as working with companies, academia, and government on a broad range of AI issues. Amir joined Intel as part of the acquisition of Nervana where he was co-founder and CTO. He has a research background in neuroscience, machine learning, and distributed computing. Amir started his career at Goldman Sachs where he headed a derivatives trading operation. He holds a BA and MA in physics and mathematics from Harvard University and a PhD in computational neuroscience from University of California, Berkeley.

VP and CTO of AI Products

Intel

AMIR KHOSROWSHAHI

Kathy Baxter is Architect of Salesforce's Ethical Al Practice. With 20 years of experience in the tech industry, Kathy develops research-informed best practices to educate Salesforce employees, customers, and the industry on the development of ethical Al. She collaborates and partners with external Al and ethics experts to continuously evolve Salesforce's policies practices, and products and is passionate about creating a more fair, just, and equitable society.

 

Kathy received her MS in Engineering Psychology and a BS degree in Applied Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The second edition of her book, "Understanding your users," was published in May 2015. She has presented papers and taught tutorials to the Human Factors and Usability community in the US and Europe since 1997. She also actively volunteers with organizations to increase the number of girls and women entering the engineering and science fields

Architect of Ethical AI Practice

Salesforce

KATHY BAXTER

Rhett is Platform Lead Architect at Pizza Hut Australia with oversight of Pizza Hut Australia’s Architecture and Development.

Rhett is an experienced architect of Digital solutions across a broad range of industries providing for credit card rewards programs, loyalty and incentive programs, event ticketing, airline and hotel bookings, e-commerce shopping carts, customer benefit portals, and payment processing.

Rhett established the Digital Loyalty Platform for Pinpoint Pty Ltd that supports some of the largest Credit Card Rewards Programs in Australia which was acquired by MasterCard.   

Platform Lead Architect

Pizza Hut Australia

RHETT BLANCH

Priya partners with ground-breaking entrepreneurs in enterprise software at Mayfield. Most recently, she was a founding member of M12 Ventures leading investments in AI and analytics enabled software companies. Previously, she was part of Square's Corporate Development and Strategy team, where she led several acquisitions in the mobile payments, SMB software, and AI and ML spaces. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst for UBS.

 

Her prior investments include Element AI, Go1, LoginRadius, Skedulo, Workboard and Bonsai, which was acquired by Microsoft. Priya's industry visibility and track record earned her a spot in the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 venture capital list. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and graduated with highest honors from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. In her spare time, Priya enjoys hip-hop dancing, yoga, and eating her way through all the restaurants in

San Francisco.

Mayfield Capital

PRIYA SAIPRASAD

Callan is the CEO at Inference Solutions and is based in the San Francisco office. He has worked his entire career in Voice Automation, Machine Learning and related technologies.

Prior to becoming CEO, Callan was the Chief Architect at Inference and led the team that developed the company’s core products.

 

Callan started his career at Telstra Research Laboratories in technology commercialization.  He has a Masters of Engineering from the University of South Australia and Masters in Business Administration from Melbourne Business School. When not working, Callan likes spending time with his family and enjoys his spare time in hobbies that include woodworking, 3D Printing and drone technology.

Chief Executive Officer

Inference Solutions

CALLAN SCHEBELLA

Solmaz is the Vice President of Data Science and Engineering at Shopify. With over 14 years of experience, she leads the teams responsible for leveraging data and machine learning to reduce the complexities of commerce for over 820,000 businesses worldwide. During her time at Shopify, she built the company’s financial data warehouse, played a critical role in their successful IPO, implemented the company’s first machine-learning algorithms, and led multiple cross-functional teams. In addition to this, she champions a company culture that makes ethical, data-informed decisions and is passionate about building high-quality data products to improve the user experience.

Prior to this, she worked at Morgan Stanley as an analyst and McGill University as a cancer researcher, where she applied machine learning techniques to predict breast cancer outcomes.

Vice President of Data Science and Engineering

Shopify

SOLMAZ SHAHALIZADEH KALKHORAN

John Cottongim heads the Enterprise Automation Hub at Mars Incorporated, delivering Robotic Process Automation and Cognitive Automation solutions across Mars’ geographies and product segments. He previously led the Automation program at AIG for Life, Retirement, and Global Business Services.

Mr. Cottongim’s previous experience was in leading Lean Transformation initiatives, working with teams across the globe to deliver customer value through process enhancements and internal cultural change.

 

Mr. Cottongim is a CFA® charter holder, Certified Scrum Product Owner® and holds a Lean Competency System - Level 2a certificate from Cardiff University. He also holds an MBA from New York University, as well as BS degrees in Finance and Accounting from Villanova University.

Automation Director

Mars Incorporated

JOHN COTTONGIM

As SVP, Chief Innovation Expert at Ipsos, Nicole M. Alexander has 17 years experience within marketing innovation, strategy, and analytics across both industry and academia. She holds appointments as a Professor of Marketing and Technology at New York University and Lecturer at Columbia University where her research focuses on the impact of technology and artificial intelligence on the individual and society. Prior to Ipsos Nicole lead the end-to-end Innovation process for Nielsen as Vice President of Innovation for China.

 

Nicole received her global executive M.B.A. from NYU Stern, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris (HEC), and the London School of Economics combined (TRIUM) program and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from New York University.

SVP, Chief Innovation Expert

Ipsos

NICOLE M. ALEXANDER

Jerome Pesenti is VP of Artificial Intelligence at Facebook, heading up the company’s AI research and applied AI teams. Jerome has been working in AI for the past 20 years, including as CEO of BenevolentTech, the technology division of BenevolentAI, a British technology company using AI to accelerate scientific discovery. Prior to that role Jerome was VP at IBM Watson, where he led the creation and development of the IBM Watson Platform. Jerome joined IBM after its acquisition of Vivisimo, a tech firm specializing in text mining and enterprise search engines, which he co-founded in 2000.

 

Jerome was also a visiting scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science department, researching text mining and AI. More recently he served as co-chair of an independent review on the growth of AI, commissioned by the UK government in 2016. That review’s 2017 report led to a sector deal, solidifying partnerships between the government and the tech industry to boost innovation in AI. He is an alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris with a Ph.D. in pure maths and degrees in philosophy and cognitive sciences.

VP of Artificial Intelligence

Facebook

JEROME PESENTI

Fernando Nunez-Mendoza, a serial technology entrepreneur and disruptor, is co-founder, chief executive officer, and chief technology officer of fonYou, a fast-growing international company born in Barcelona, Spain. fonYou’s mission is to transform telecom operators into fully digital businesses powered by AI. Before fonYou, he was a management consulting partner at Accenture and Diamond Cluster International helping global telecommunications, technology, and financial services firms embrace the internet and thrive in the brave new digital world. In his earlier career, Fernando worked for the European Space Agency and lectured and performed research in computer engineering and neural networks.


Fernando holds, MSEE and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain), was an invited Visiting Scholar at Purdue University and is alumni of Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Technology Officer,

fonYou

FERNANDO NUNEZ-MENDOZA

Mike leads the Machine Intelligence group at Autodesk Research where they identify, evaluate, and develop disruptive technologies that improve the practice of imagining, designing, and creating a better world. His team combines research, development, and user experience in coupled iterative cycles to develop new products and foundational technology. For the last several years Mike’s team has been focused on bringing geometric shape analysis and large scale machine learning techniques to 3D design information with the intent to make software a true partner in the design process.

Formerly, Mike led the move of Autodesk products from the desktop to the cloud by driving the adoption of scalable distributed compute and data technology. Prior to joining Autodesk, Mike performed research and product development in the fields of volumetric graphics, distributed multimedia, computer vision, and embedded systems. He is drawn to areas where he can combine his 25 years of experience in computer graphics, distributed systems, and mathematical analysis. Mike holds an MS in computer science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Head of Machine Intelligence

Autodesk Research

MIKE HALEY

Stefan is an AI and big data veteran and serial entrepreneur. After building his previous company, Datameer, from the ground up to become a leader in big data analytics, Stefan is now focused on leveraging AI to solve the biggest cost and pain point for businesses. His experience with developing and advising high-growth businesses spans from product inception and development to scaling and operations.

At Datameer, he raised ~ $100 million in venture capital and doubled revenue six years in a row. His passion for entrepreneurship has led to his active involvement with a number of accelerators, coaching entrepreneurs on a path to success. He is a frequent conference speaker, including guest lectures at Stanford and Handels Hochschule Leipzig (one of the earliest global MBA programs), contributor to industry publications and books and holds multiple technology patents.
 

Founder & CEO

Automation Hero

STEFAN GROSCHUPF

Gil Perry is the co-founder and CEO of D-ID. Gil has a broad experience as a manager and senior developer. During his army service in an elite Israeli Special Forces unit, Gil experienced firsthand some of the negative implications of facial recognition and the risk it holds to people’s privacy. Gil decided that restoring privacy will become his mission. Upon completing his B.Sc. in Computer Science at Tel Aviv University, focusing on computer vision and image processing, Gil spent time working with some of the leading global researchers in the field. It was during this time that Gil and his two co-founders began developing one of the most complicated and groundbreaking algorithms for protecting photos from face recognition technologies. This code served as the foundation for the creation of D-ID (short for De-Identification).

Co-founder and CEO

D-ID

GIL PERRY

Ash launched Zetta Venture Partners - the first venture capital fund focused on intelligent systems - with Mark Gorenberg. The firm has $185M under management and invested in 30 companies. Ash is a board member of and lead investor in companies such as Kaggle (largest machine learning platform in the world), Clearbit (pioneering data-as-a-service company), and Crate (leading time series database).

Before Zetta, Ash started the money side of AngelList – the most successful startup investing platform in the world – launching online investing, managing $130M over more than 250 funds, creating the first startup ‘index fund’ and curating investment opportunities across 500,000 companies. He also ran special projects like AngelList’s expansion into Europe and the UK. Simultaneously, Ash led syndicates and angel investments in Canva, Mixmax and others.

Managing Director

Zetta Venture Partners

ASH FONTANA

Jaya Kolhatkar serves as Hulu’s Chief Data Officer, overseeing customer intelligence and all data and analytics related efforts at Hulu. In her role, Kolhatkar is responsible for elevating Hulu’s customer intelligence, implementing strong data governance and driving a culture of objective, data-driven decision making across the company. As CDO, Kolhatkar manages a team of more than 100 across strategic analytics, data engineering, data science and business intelligence.

 

Prior to joining Hulu, Kolhatkar served as the SVP of Global Data and Analytics Platforms at WalmartLabs where she built data and analytic platforms that provided data and tools for making business decisions at Walmart Inc. Kolhatkar joined WalmartLabs in 2013 as part of the acquisition of predictive analytics firm, Inkiru, where she was the Chief Analytics Officer and co-founder.  

Chief Data Officer

Hulu

JAYA KOLHATKAR

Yosi is a co-founder and head of MissingLink.ai. An aspiring engineer since the age of 11 when computers had 8 bits and 64k of memory, Yosi sold his first software program at the age of 14.

Later, Yosi served for nearly a decade in software development for the Israeli Defense Forces. After leaving the army, he worked as a software architect at SPL Software, a developer evangelist at Microsoft and as VP R&D at NuConomy (acquired by Live Person). At LivePerson, Yosi researched big data platform, including Hadoop. Prior to co-founding MissingLink.ai, Yosi founded Fiddme (where he was CEO) and Yallo (where he was CTO). At Yallo, Yosi led a deep learning project involving voice analysis.

Co-Founder

Head of MissingLink.ai

YOSI TAGURI

Ted Shelton’s 25-year career has been in both industry and consulting as a developer, marketer, sales leader, and strategist. At Catalytic Ted is responsible for the end-to-end customer journey from consideration through successful implementation and use of Catalytic’s Automation Cloud Platform.

Prior to Catalytic, Ted was the senior partner for digital consulting at Genpact where he led that company’s automation and AI practice. In addition he has been a consulting leader at Cognizant and PwC, Chief Strategy Officer for Borland Software, and served as an executive leader in several startups

Ted is a published author (Business Models for the Social Mobile Cloud - Wiley 2013) and holds two patents for technical innovations in text analysis and the use of blockchain in tracking people and objects.

Chief Customer Officer

Catalytic

TED SHELTON

Vijay Reddy leads investments in Artificial Intelligence infrastructure, as well as applications of AI in several domains. Vijay is a board observer and/or has responsibility for Matroid, MightyAI, AEYE, DataRobot, Inrix, Zumigo, Paperspace etc. Previously Vijay sourced and led Nervana engagement that ultimately lead to the acquisition to form the AI products group. 

Prior to joining Intel Capital, Vijay held leadership business development and product management positions in communications, software and wireless domains. He began his career as a researcher and an entrepreneur in wireless and software engineering. Vijay is a Kauffman Fellow, received his MBA from Chicago Booth and has a BS & MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Investment Director

Intel Capital

VIJAY REDDY

Matt Kravitz is the Director of Applications, Viewer Experience, at Hulu, where he leads the technology teams and external partner relationships to create an innovative and personalized service experience for Hulu viewers. In his two years at Hulu, Matt has been instrumental in transforming and launching Hulu’s help site, Omni-Channel capabilities, and AI roadmap and technologies.

 

Matt has over 20 years of experience in CRM Customer-Centric processes, packaged application systems and business operations. His prior experience includes seven years as a CIO to a high-tech firm and over 10 years of experience as a solutions architect and consultant for firms including Oracle, IBM and G.E. Matt has an English Degree from Emory University and an Executive MBA from Georgia State.

Director of Applications, Viewer Experience

Hulu

MATT KRAVITZ

Guru Chahal is a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and focused on early stage enterprise startups in cloud, security, DevOps, observability and enterprise IT. He first joined the Lightspeed team in 2012 and then became part of the founding team at Avi Networks (one of his investments) to help build out the early stages of the business. Guru recently returned to Lightspeed after his time at Avi Networks and leverages his founding experience, product expertise and extensive customer network to help entrepreneurs through funding and beyond.

 

During his operational career, he has been part of three product lines as they’ve gone from inception to over a billion dollar run rate. His previous roles include product leadership roles at Avi Networks (next generation application services), Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco), and Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB). Guru started his career as a software engineer at Cisco Systems, working on distributed systems within networking and holds several patents in the space. 

Partner at

Lightspeed Venture Partners

GURU CHAHAL

Nancy Jamison is a Principal Analyst within Customer Contact at Frost & Sullivan.  She covers all aspects of customer contact including the core areas of inbound/outbound routing, IVR, WFO and WEM, with a particular focus on peripheral and emerging areas that impact the Customer Experience. These include speech and AI-enabled customer contact solutions, omnichannel customer care, Big Data, digital marketing, and Robotic Process Automation.


Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan seven years ago, Nancy spent 15 years as President and Principal analyst at Jamison Consulting, and was an Expert team member at UC Strategies.  Prior to her own consultancy, was a Principal Analyst with Gartner Group and Dataquest. For more than a decade she also has been a regular columnist with Speech Technology Magazine.

Principal Analyst within Customer Contact

Frost & Sullivan

NANCY JAMISON

At Western Digital building global core competencies, shaping, driving and implementing the Big Data platform, products and technologies, using advanced analytics, machine learning and pattern recognition with semiconductor/Flash Memory manufacturing data from the ground up. Industry experience, skillset and background are in Big Data Platform; Machine Learning, Distributed Computing, Compliers and Artificial Intelligence/Cognitive Computing. 

Prior served as Managing Director Big Data/Chief Data office/Scientist (Vice president level) at Accenture technology labs, responsible for Big Data Platform, Machine Learning, Cognitive Computing and open-innovation. Prior served as Head of Yahoo Labs/Research Engineering inventing Next Generation Platforms, Cloud Infrastructures and Machine Learning for Big Data and also at eBay and Apple Computer amongst others. 

 

Janet holds a Bachelors and Advanced Master Degree with distinction in Computer Science, Mathematics, with a thesis focus on Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning.

Fellow, Chief Data Scientist, Big Data Platform, Data Science,

Cognitive Computing

JANET GEORGE

Brian Bond is the Vice President of CenturyLink’s Consumer and Small Business Repair organization. Brian’s repair call centers provide technical support and solutions to millions of small business and residential customers. He is responsible for the daily operations and transformation of centers spanning across the United States, Panama, and the Philippines.

Brian has a deep understanding of technology and its application in solving technical and business challenges. Leveraging cognitive technologies such as chatbots, robotics process automation, natural language IVR, machine learning, and speech analytics, he is transforming fundamental business processes to deliver operational efficiencies and superior customer service.

Brian has more than twenty years’ experience in the telecom and technology business. He is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a certification for Lean Applied to Business Processes. Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Fairmont State University.

Vice President, Consumer & Small Business Repair

CenturyLink

BRIAN BOND

Lisa Falkson is currently Senior VUI Designer at Amazon.  She is the editor and author of “Ubiquitous Voice: Essays from the Field” and has over 15 years of industry and research experience, specializing in the design, development and deployment of natural speech and multimodal interfaces.  

 

Her most recent work includes next-generation voice user interfaces at NIO and CloudCar, as well as Amazon’s first speech-enabled products: Fire TV, Fire Phone and Echo/Alexa.  Prior to that, she focused on early iPad/iPhone interfaces at Volio, and speech-enabled IVR applications at Nuance.  Lisa holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Speech and Auditory Perception Laboratory at UCLA.

Senior VUI Designer

Amazon

LISA FALKSON

Jeff Cutler leads the US business of Berlin-headquartered Ada Health, the AI-powered health platform that is helping millions of people around the world understand their health and navigate to the appropriate care. In 2018, Ada launched its Global Health Initiative and partnerships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Fondation Botnar, to create a world without health inequalities. Jeff's 25 years' experience in healthcare and digital media include leading the US launch of TytoCare, the first remote health examination platform, and building and leading Vitals, one of the US' top patient engagement transparency platforms. At Ada, he focuses on establishing partnerships with health systems, payers, employers and other digital health platforms.

Chief Commercial Officer

Ada Health

JEFF CUTLER

Albert Chan, M.D., M.S., FAAFP, as Vice President, Chief of Digital Patient Experience at Sutter Health, is the corporate champion for the transformation of web and mobile health care services, translating the latest advancements in digital health into consumer-centric patient experiences and digitally empowered clinician workflows. He also leads the Sutter Health My Health Online initiative. He practices in Family Medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Dr. Chan earned a bachelor's degree with honors in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He completed his residency and year as chief resident in family medicine at the San Jose Medical Center Family Practice Residency, affiliated with Stanford University of School of Medicine. He concurrently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University School of Medicine and Family Medicine Research at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, studying the effects of point of care decision support in the management of hypertension. During fellowship, Dr. Chan also assisted with the launch of PAMFOnline, now Sutter's My Health Online, one of the earliest PHRs in the United States.

Vice President, Chief of Digital Patient Experience

Sutter Health

DR. ALBERT CHAN

PD Singh is the VP of AI at UiPath and leads the AI product group. He also leads analytics, process understanding, computer vision, document processing and AI fabric teams.

 

PD has 18 years of experience in building high performance AI systems in varied enterprise areas, such as healthcare, CRM and productivity apps. He built multiple startups and corporate R&D teams, and worked at Microsoft research for nine years – part of which was spent managing the deep learning team. His past work includes an automated retail stores startup, a predictive system for patient readmissions and founding some of the first intelligent mobile apps and NLP components for Microsoft Office. He built a new business group focused on “AI for sales and marketing” with a multibillion dollar impact to Microsoft. PD earned an M.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2003 and holds multiple patents.

Vice President of AI

UiPath

PD SINGH

Akhil Talwar is the Product Lead for Bold360 at LogMeIn, Inc. Working at the intersection of technology and business best describe the past 13 years he’s spent in various industries including financial services, energy, legal and high-tech. His career track includes managing mission critical projects at General Electric & NSDL serving some of the largest global utilities and stock exchanges. He’s also spent several years at smaller startups including Recommind bringing to market machine learning based products for legal/enterprise search and document management. His recent work at LogMeIn includes helping several global customers successfully manage ecommerce and online support within their contact centers. In his present role, he’s focused on building the next generation of customer engagement platforms. He’s passionate about the application of latest advances in artificial intelligence and user experience design to drive better customer service outcomes.

Senior Product Lead

Bold360, LogMeIn

AKHIL TALWAR

Dr. Jason Mars is co-founder and CEO of Clinc. He is a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan where he directs Clarity Lab, one of the top labs in the world to be trained in A.I. and system design. He is an active part of the IBM Watson Conversational System Research Center and participates in ongoing collaborative research with Intel and the National Science Foundation. Jason has devoted his career to solving difficult real-world problems with A.I., computer vision, and natural language processing at scale. Prior to University of Michigan, Jason was a professor at UCSD. He also worked at Google, Intel, and IBM. Jason’s work building the world’s first open-source platform for constructing large-scale A.I. and deep learning-based Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPAs) has been recognized globally and continues to have a significant impact on industry and academia. He was recently recognized as one of the top 10 most innovative CEOs in Banking. Jason holds a PhD in Computer Science from UVA.

Co-Founder & CEO

Clinc

DR. JASON MARS

Lori Sherer is a partner in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office. She is a leader in Bain's Advanced Analytics and Digital practices. As an expert in the field of applying advanced analytics to address business challenges, Lori brings a global perspective on state-of-the-art analytical methodologies and opportunities to her clients. 

At Bain, Lori leads case teams and collaborates with clients across a number of industries including retail, banking, insurance, telecommunications, media and technology. Her work addresses a variety of topics from strategy and organizational development to building and deploying analytics. She has also worked on projects focused on delivering decision science models for marketing, customer experience enhancement, loyalty, revenue enhancement, customer service, collections and risk management.

Lori has more than 20 years of experience in the field of advanced analytics and decision science as an adviser, practitioner and entrepreneur. Prior to joining Bain in 2014, Lori co-founded and led McKinsey’s Insurance Solutions which designs, builds and deploys analytics solutions across the customer value chain. Lori honed her decision science experience as General Manager of the Enterprise Management division at FICO, a global analytics software and services company, and as Chief Strategy and New Applications Development Officer at RMS, a leading catastrophe risk modeling company

Lori earned an MBA in marketing and finance from Babson College and graduated summa cum laude from New England College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and public administration.

Partner

Bain & Company

LORI SHERER

Animashree (Anima) Anandkumar joined NVIDIA as director of machine learning research in 2018. She is also a Bren professor at Caltech CMS department since 2017. Her research spans both theoretical and practical aspects of  machine learning. In particular, she has spearheaded research in tensor-algebraic methods, large-scale learning, deep learning, probabilistic models, and non-convex optimization. 

Anima is the recipient of several awards such as the Alfred. P. Sloan Fellowship, NSF Career Award, Young investigator awards from the Air Force and Army research offices, Faculty fellowships from Microsoft, Google and Adobe, and several best paper awards. She is the youngest named professor at Caltech, the highest honor bestowed to an individual faculty. She is part of the World Economic Forum's Expert Network consisting of leading experts from academia, business, government, and the media. She has been featured in documentaries by PBS, KPCC, wired magazine, and in articles by MIT Technology review, Forbes, Yourstory, O’Reilly media, and so on.

Anima received her B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 2004 and her PhD from Cornell University in 2009. She was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT from 2009 to 2010, visiting researcher at Microsoft Research New England in 2012 and 2014, assistant professor at U.C. Irvine between 2010 and 2016, associate professor at U.C. Irvine between 2016 and 2017, and principal scientist at Amazon Web Services between 2016 and 2018.
 

Director of ML Research

NVIDIA

ANIMA ANANDKUMAR

As director of AI, Chat and Emerging Technology at TD Ameritrade, Beaumont creates new ways to take AI and machine learning proofs-of-concept from the lab to the front lines. He is responsible for coordinating these efforts across the enterprise and developing the operational structure to implement and support new AI platforms, emerging technologies and the ecosystem of ChatBots.

Prior to joining TD Ameritrade, Beaumont served as the head of analytics at Fidelity Investments where he led a team of data scientists to drive efficiency across the firm.

While he specializes in analytics and leveraging AI solutions, he has a broad business background spanning finance, operations, Risk, and M&A. His business experience coupled with his leadership skills allows him to transform strategic vision into concrete, real-world results.

Director of Digital, AI and Automation

TD Ameritrade

BEAUMONT VANCE

Joan Palmiter Bajorek is the Founder and Director of the international nonprofit Women in Voice. In 2019, she was named an Alexa Award Finalist as "Executive of the Year” and is an international public speaker. Her PhD research has been published by Harvard Business Review, Cambridge University Press, and UXmatters, exploring topics of voice technology, bias in AI, and multimodal interfaces. As a conversation experience designer, speech technologist, and UX researcher, she has worked on voice-enabled products for startups and enterprise clients in the US and New Zealand.

Director

Women in Voice

JOAN PALMITER BAJOREK

Serrah Linares is the Vice President of Customer Success at KenSci. In her role, Serrah oversees the everyday business function of customer success management which includes customer experience, customer satisfaction, value/ROI delivery, renewals and expansions, references, and promotion of customer successes. Serrah joined KenSci to carry out the promise of artificial intelligence with leading healthcare organizations and governments worldwide. Rooted in clinical decision support, unified communications, and digital health, Serrah lends her expertise across these areas to help customers envision and achieve success. 

Prior to KenSci, Serrah led go to market, sales, and commercial operations teams to successfully launch over 10 healthcare tech products including Dr. A.I. with HealthTap, POC Advisor with Wolters Kluwer, and Care Connect with Spok.

Customer Success and Commercial Operations

KenSci

SERRAH LINARES

Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL is the world's largest digital media platform focused on Women & Investing with a special focus on Blockchain. Launched in December 2014, WIIW Digital includes over 1,000,000+ followers on FaceBook across 120 countries; the “Women INVESTING in Women and Girls” Radio show on Voice America Kids/Podcast Series on Apple ITUNES, The State of Women Radio Network in partnership with Star Worldwide Network, and the WIIW Global Summit & Women in Private Equity Roundtable Series, which took place in New York City, Stockholm, Johannesburg, San Diego, Scottsdale, Muscat, Singapore, Phoenix, Vienna, Los Angeles, & Ankara. 

Prior to founding WIIW DIGITAL, Bhardwaj spearheaded the 2010-2013 U.S. Department of Commerce Private Equity/Venture Capital Certified Trade Missions to the Nordics and Middle East, representing over $175 billion USD private-equity and venture-capital interests in collaboration with the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Embassies in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. Her client list includes top-tier global private equity, venture capital, and fund-of-funds such as Irving Place Capital, Castle Harlan, W.L. Ross, Pegasus Advisors, NEA, Tullis Funds, New Leaf Venture Partners, CHL Partners, HBG Holdings, 2i Capital, Cubera Private Equity, Bertram Capital, Lion Capital, Walden INDIA, Novak Biddle, Alinda Capital, New Atlantic Venture Partners, Top Tier Capital, Pantheon, ADIC MENA Partners, Pathway Capital, TH Lee, and Veronis Schuler Stevenson. 

Her specialties include international business development for private equity professionals, women in private equity, women in philanthropy, high-growth women entrepreneurs, Angel Networks/Angel Capital, crowd-funding, blockchain, and cryptocurrency initiatives focused on women.

Founder

SHEQ+, Qrypto Queens, Krypto 4 Kids, and Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL

ANU BHARDWAJ