PAST SPEAKERS @ WAIS

He has held important global positions for large financial institutions, dealing with the financing of large international ICT deals.

HANS CHRISTENSEN

Vice President – Dtec

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

United Arab Emirates

‘France is AI’ is the largest european nonprofit organization (powered by France Digitale) gathering the actors of the French AI ecosystem: 300 startups, 100 research labs, large corporates, engineering schools, universities and investors

DAMIEN GROMIER

Président

France is AI

France

Some of the companies Dinis created reached $300 plus million in valuation. Dinis has advised & was responsible for some top 100 cryptocurrencies worldwide.

DINIS GUARDA

Author, CEO & Founder

Ztudium – Blocksdna – Intelligenthq

United Kingdom

Joel aims to invest and incubate 10,000 ideas across emerging countries in order to bring sustainable and smart development to communities, via the use of AI.

JOEL KO

President

Marvelstone Group

Singapore

Nadia Thalmann – Creator of world’s most human-like robot,’Nadine’ is currently the Director of the research laboratory, MIRALab, at the University of Geneva and Director of the Institute for Media Innovation, at NTU in Singapore.

NADIA MAGNENAT THALMANN

Director

Institute for Media Innovation (IMI), NTU, Singapore and MIRALab, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Singapore

Serial entrepreneur and public speaker based in Hong Kong, specialising in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Chatbots and Marketing Automation.

GERARDO SALANDRA

Chairman

AI Society of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

He has spent years with Rolls Royce Aerospace in the UK, researching jet engines in collaboration with MIT, Oxford and Cambridge.

DR ARJOON SUDDHOO

Executive Director, Mauritius Research Council;

Chairman, Air Mauritius

Republic of Mauritius

A process implementation expert, he has a successful track record of driving enterprise digital strategy in organisations across the globe.

SUMIT PURI

CIO

Max Healthcare

India

Susan is an autodidact civic technologist in AI & blockchain space. She also has an international media experience with her work published in or aired on major media outlets.

SUSAN OH

Chair of AI

BIF, United Nations General Assembly

United States

One of the Middle East’s youngest start-up entrepreneur and investor.

DANISH FARHAN

CEO

Xische Holdings

United Arab Emirates

A visionary in the field of technology, serves as an advisor to governments and as a board member in many startups.

AMIR HUSAIN

Founder & CEO

SparkCognition

United States

Dr Sid advises senior leaders and executive teams in the government and the private sector on developing and implementing frameworks to forecast, predict, and make projections about business events that may impact their strategy.

DR SID AHMED BENRAOUANE

Professor, Carlson School of Management, UMN;

Advisor, Dubai Police;
Senior Advisory Board Member, Trescon

United Arab Emirates

Nikhil Jain’s ObEN devises an accurate virtual representation of an individual for the digital ecosphere. Interesting technology to look out for!

NIKHIL JAIN

CEO & Co-founder

ObEN

United States

An award winning business woman , Founder, Angel Investor, CMO, Licensee of the TEDxLeicester chapter and technology advisor who aims to disrupt mindsets and perceptions within the community.

SIDDHI TRIVEDI

Founder

Beowulf Proof Work

United Kingdom

As a thought leader, was appointed as a Senior Fellow at the International Cyber Security Centre at George Mason University, Virginia.

DR SATYAM PRIYADARSHY

Technology Fellow & Chief Data Scientist;

Senior Advisory Board Member, Trescon

United States

15+ years of international B2B event organiser experience, and has successfully organised the Middle East’s biggest blockchain summit in 2017.

MOHAMMED SALEEM

Chief Executive Officer

Trescon

India

A highly skilled and experienced individual in financial crime analytics, anti-money laundering, lending fraud, credit card fraud, sanctions, compliance and operations risk.

SAFDAR HUSSAIN

Lead Data Scientist

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

United Arab Emirates

A technology leader with over 14 years of experience in driving product development and strategic partnerships across US, Asia, and Europe at large tech firms and startups.

NATALIA KOZYURA

Head of Innovation Center

FWD Insurance

Singapore

AI and Robotics expert who deals with the implementation of Deep Machine Learning in the field of education

DR NIKOLAOS MAVRIDIS

Founder and Director, Interactive Robots and Media Lab

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Greece

CEO of AI based company Perpetuuiti which implements an ‘Intelligent Digital Workforce with Cognitive Capabilities’.

ROHIL SHARMA

Founder & CEO

Perpetuuiti

India

A serial entrepreneur with a passion for disruptive innovation and technology, has previously founded four startups including one successful exit.

DAVID LLORENTE

CEO & Co-founder

Narrativa

Spain

Founder of ‘Bankorus’ which is an AI-powered crypto-wealth management platform and security token marketplace built with blockchain.

GREGORY VANDENBERGH

CEO

Bankorus

China

An experienced technical manager with a strong background in operations within the digital marketing and advertising industry.

PIETE HUIGE

COO

Effect.AI

Netherland

Dubbed as the ‘Innovator in a white coat’, Shabeer is a practicing neurologist who started Universal Hospital, which has grown into a conglomerate with business interests across North America, India and the Middle East.

DR SHABEER NELLIKODE

Founder & Managing Director

Universal Hospital

United Arab Emirates

Bernie has been in the ICT industry for over 25 years. Moreover, he is a frequent speaker at international technology forums, advocating the adoption of cloud computing to key stakeholders in the region.

BERNIE TRUDEL

Trustee

Asia Cloud Computing Organisation

Singapore

Her leadership has seen SGInnovate, in less than 2 years, has established itself as a leading force in driving deep tech innovation and entrepreneurship in Singapore and internationally.

SZEKI SIM

Head of Brand

SGInnovate

Singapore

MUHAMMED ARAFATH

Director

Apla

United Arab Emirates

Has written several top articles on the subject of AI, as well as the curriculum for Google Daydream’s ‘VR & 360 Video Production’ Coursera course.

JESSE DAMIANI

Emerging Tech Journalist

CEO of Galatea; Editor-at-Large of VRScout

United States

Shengmei is an inventor with dozens of technology related patents under her wing, as well as few patent-pending ideas.

SHENGMEI SHEN

General Manager & Assistant Director

Panasonic R&D Center Singapore

Singapore

Reez Nordin who is on a mission to unearth emerging startups in South East Asia has led several initiatives to nurture entrepreneurial talents within corporates and the public through angel matching funding and pre-accelerator programs.

REEZ NORDIN

Venture Partner

Monk’s Hill Ventures

Monk’s Hill Ventures

DEEPAK RAO

Founder & CEO

Pivotchain Solutions

United Arab Emirates

Has co-authored more than 25 research papers that were accepted in top peer-reviewed conferences and journals, and was displayed at conferences such as the Computer Vision, Cognitive Recognition and British Machine Vision Conference

DR JAGANNADAN VARADARAJAN

Data Science (Lead)

Grab

Singapore

A highly trusted consultant and a sought-after speaker on a wide range, Dr. Chun is a leading AI pioneer and global visionary with over three decades of AI innovation experience winning accolades like Top 5 Greater China CIO Award.

DR ANDY CHUN

Associate Prof., Dept. of Computer Science & Former CIO, City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

As a business futurist, Charlie analyses, imagines and explains the future, especially on how technology will impact, disrupt and empower businesses, industries and economies.

CHARLIE ANG

Founder – Everything40.com;

Ambassador & Chapter Leader, SingularityU

Singapore

With his 18+ years of experience, Prabhat has been instrumental in driving multi-million Net Income benefits through an array of analytical solutions designed to address complex business problems.

PRABHAT SINGH

Sr. Director & Head of Analytics

GSK Consumer Healthcare

Singapore

A passionate evangelist for all things digital, Karen heads Digital arm for C&J Clark P/L Asia Pacific overseeing digital transformation in the region across 13 markets.

KAREN CHAN

SVP – Digital, APAC

C&J Clarks

Singapore

Over 15 years, Jean Claude has been a part of the expansion and growth of multiple companies, as well as becoming a serial entrepreneur himself. He currently advises and grows startups globally.

JEAN CLAUDE DONATO

Managing Director

Nikaia Pte Ltd

Singapore

Specializing in early-stage investing, Tak has already invested in over 60 startups, primarily in the AI space, such as Spark Labs in Korea and Techstars in London. He is also a member of the e-Residency Advisory Group.

TAK LO

Managing Director

Zeroth.ai

Hong Kong

Head of talent networking at SGInnovate, Juliana Lim holds business partnership experience in a variety of industries.

JULIANA LIM

Head – Talent Networking

SGInnovate

Singapore

Having started investing into the local startup ecosystem since 2012 and have not stopped since, Jeffrey is looking for audacious entrepreneurs to solve the world’s various problems.

JEFFREY PAINE

Managing Partner

Golden Gate Ventures

Singapore

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