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David has extensive exposure and experience in both industry and academia and he has consistently applied advanced technology with an analytical mindset to shape and deliver new innovation.

DR DAVID HARDOON

Senior Advisor for Data and Artificial Intelligence,

Union Bank/ Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau

Philippines

He is a man of action, having penchant for undertaking reforms, scripting turnarounds and achieving superlative results by working in mission mode.

SHRI SURESH PRABHU

India's Sherpa to G7 and G20
Former Union Minister for Commerce and Industry,

Government of India

India

Previously, Dr. Akram has managed the consolidation of data from different government entities, and the production of advanced analytics, research, indicators.

DR AKRAM A JADAWI

GM - International Cooperation,

Ministry of Commmunication and Information Technology

Saudi Arabia

Sutowo is an Analytics, CRM and Loyalty Management specialist with experience stemming across a variety of disciplines including customer segmentation, predictive modelling and computer vision to name a few.

SUTOWO WONG

Director, Analytics and information management,

Ministry of Health

Singapore

Mr. Schindler specializes in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Quality, and Manufacturing having also won the Pioneer Award of Auto Bild and Computer Bild (2020) for AI at Production.

MATTHIAS SCHINDLER

Head of Artificial Intelligence Innovation,

BMW

Germany

He currently serves as the Secretary to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and passed as an IAS officer from the 1984 batch.

SHRI AJAY PRAKASH SAWHNEY

Secretary,

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Government of India

India

Ahmed Buhazza has led the IT and Internet revolution in Bahrain and has over 20 years of experience leading IT Operations and Innovations in sectors like government, banking, and insurance within GCC.

AHMED BUHAZZA

Vice Chairman,

Bahrain IT Society

Bahrain

DR HAMMAM RIZA

President,

Agency of Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) Government

Indonesia

JUAN INTAN KANGGRAWAN

Head of Data Analytics,

Jakarta Smart City

Indonesia

He has worked in diverse Indian States of Nagaland and Uttar Pradesh. He has also worked in close coordination with international and multilateral agencies like World Bank, DFID, UNICEF and WHO.

ABHISHEK SINGH

President & CEO,

National e-Governance Division (NeGD)
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)
Government of India

India

He has led high performing teams to deliver strategic & Digital transformation initiatives for some of the Fortune 500 companies in the US for 8 years and most recently in the UAE.

JAYMIN DARBARI

Head of Data Governance, BI & Analytics,

Department of Culture and Tourism

Abu Dhabi

Dr. Goertzel is one of the world’s foremost experts in Artificial General Intelligence, a subfield of AI oriented toward creating thinking machines with general cognitive capability at the human level and beyond.

DR BEN GOERTZEL

CEO & Founder,

SingularityNET Foundation

Hong Kong

He drives Technology and Infrastructure in the state of Maharashtra via various programs and special projects.

KAUSTUBH DHAVSE

Joint Secretary & Officer on Special Duty to the Hon. Chief Minister,

Government of Maharashtra

India

Her primary roles of expertise include Digital transformation of the Statistical business, using emerging data sources to create insights, and utilizing various tools and technologies to create new data products.

LATIFA ALSHEHHI

Head of Smart Data Section,

Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority

United Arab Emirates

ALEXANDER KURTH

Chief Data Officer,

Allianz

Indonesia

Rich was a tech lead in Bigtable at Google following a 15-year career working in data and analytics across both tech and finance in the US (New York and Seattle), Europe and Asia.

RICH DUTTON

Head of Machine Learning for Corporate Engineering,

Google

USA

HIROKI YOSHIDA

Director of Digital Government and IT Industry Policy, Ministry of Economy,

Trade and Industry (METI)

Japan

He spearheaded the establishment of global, academic, industrial and government relationships of AIMs aligned with its objectives. He is also an eminent speaker on corporate leadership & sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

R RAMANAN

Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission,

Additional Secretary, Niti Aayog, Govt of India

India

Laila specializes in digital & social media and currently leads national projects in Oman like the government innovation in emerging technologies and the Smart Ambassador initiative in Oman and other projects related to digital transformation.

LAILA ABDULLAH AL HADHRAMI

Digital Transformation & Change Management Expert- Ministry of Technology & Communications MTC, Oman,

Director - Oman Smart City Platform

Oman

Being the co-author of India’s National AI Strategy, he is currently leading various national projects in AI and blockchain, specifically with a focus of enhancing the healthcare sector.

ARNAB KUMAR

Manager,

Frontier technologies; NITI Aayog Government of India

India

Eng. Safi’s career highlights include developing the first AI field engineer, developing the federal plan to retrofit all road network lights to LED and creating the performance-based contract for the federal road assets management system.

ENG AMMAR MAJED SAFI

Member in Innovation & AI Team Under Secretary Office,

Ministry of Infrastructure and Development

United Arab Emirates

AMIT SAXENA

Global Deputy Chief Technology Officer - Digital Banking,

State Bank of India

India

She brings with her the diverse industry experience of working with IBM, Intel, and SAP, leading and influencing the technology adoption within the Singapore Government and Public Sector for building the Smart City and Smart Nation Initiatives in the APAC region.

RAJASHREE RAO

Head of AI Innovation Hub and Partnerships and Ecosystem (APAC), R2 Data Labs,

Rolls - Royce

India

The Manager of Research and Computing Infrastructure, he is responsible for making KAUST a living lab for digital experiences and innovative concepts.

MOHAMED ABDEL AAL

Head of Digital Experience and Innovation,

KAUST

Saudi Arabia

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