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Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya

Former NASA Scientist & CEO, AstroHub

Former NASA scientist-turned-astropreneur and Founder of AstroHub, a space workforce development company.

Edwin Diender

Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Huawei Enterprise

Developed the Universal Framework for Smart City Construction. 

Winner of the MVP Award (Most Valuable Professional) in the Huawei Enterprise Business Group (2018). Introduced the Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) as the Brain and Nervous System for Smart Cities (2017). Introduced First Safe Then Smart, as a guideline for safe city to intelligent city transformation (2016). 

Eline Chivot

Senior Adviser, Digital Policy, European People’s Party (EPP)

Worked at one of Brussels’ largest trade associations, Digital Europe.

Eline Chivot is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation.   Based in Brussels, Eline focuses on European technology policy issues and on how policymakers can promote digital innovation in the EU. She has several years  of experience in the Netherlands as policy analyst in a leading think tank, where her work included research projects on defense, security and economic policy issues.   More recently, Eline worked at one of Brussels’ largest trade associations and managed its relations with representatives of the digital tech industry in Europe and beyond. She has a master’s degrees in political science and economics from Sciences Po, and in strategic management and business administration from the University of Lille. 

Professor Shafi Ahmed

Surgeon, Royal London Hospital

Top 20 global influencers in digital heath and innovation.

Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi-award-winning cancer surgeon working at The Royal London Hospital. Surgeon, Teacher, Futurist, Innovator, and Entrepreneur, Chief Medical Officer, Honorary Professor, Faculty Member, and CEO, he has streamed live operations using Google Glass, Virtual Reality, social media and on national television. 

Cezanne Maherali

Head of Policy, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber

She is responsible for Uber’s public policy efforts in 15 countries.


Cezanne joined Uber in 2016 leading policy for East Africa. Formerly she worked as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company based out of Kenya and South Africa. She has a BCom degree (McGill University) and an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore. She is passionate about economic development and the ability of technology to deliver impact. 

Toyosi Odukoya

Head of BI, Mastercard Foundation

Led the implementation and adoption of the 1st Big Data Project in West Africa.

Toyosi is an experienced Strategy, Innovation, Analytics & Digital Transformation Senior Business Leader with expertise in applying Customer Insights, Consumer Behaviour, Competitive Intelligence, Location-based Analytics, Business KPIs Reporting, Predictive Analytics and Big Data in ensuring an organization’s competitive advantage is fully harnessed for value & volume growth. She has extensive knowledge of macro and micro market techniques, strategy formulation, market/customer segmentation techniques and identifying micro market opportunities and stimulation. 

Dr John Mankins

Senior Advisor, Spacefund

1st ever recipient of the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal.


John C. Mankins is the President of ARTEMIS Innovation Management Solutions LLC, a management consulting, research, and development start-up focusing on solving tough innovation challenges for government, industry, and not-for-profit clients. Mr. Mankins is internationally recognized as a successful leader in space systems and technology innovation, and as a highly effective manager of large-scale technology R&D programs. 

Kojo Boakye

Director, Africa Public Policy, Facebook

He leads Facebook’s Africa Public Policy team in sub-Saharan Africa.

Kojo’s Facebook Africa Public Policy team works across sub-Saharan Africa on all issues of ICT policy and regulation, human rights, digital literacy, and infrastructure development. Prior to that, he led Facebook's connectivity and access policy work in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). He holds both an MSc and a BA (Hons) from SOAS University of London. 

Tannya Jajal

Author & Expert Technology Contributor at Forbes 

Author of "Thinking Machines: A.I. and the Intelligence Explosion”.

Tannya is A.I. Expert, Tech Evangelist, Futurist,  leader of the Dubai Women in Tech Lean In Circle. Through her work, Tannya encourages leaders to explore the ethical and practical implications of exponential technologies on business, life, and society at large. Tannya is an advocate of radical innovation, the rise of meaningful work, and a proponent of educational reform. She currently works at VMware, a leader in cloud infrastructure and is the Head of Partnerships at Awecademy, an EdTech start-up whose mission is to prepare learners for a post-automation world. Tannya is a technology contributor at Forbes Middle East and an active leader within the MENA Women in Tech Community. 

Henrik von Scheel

Industry 4.0 Originator

Mastermind of the European Digital Agenda


Known as the originator and vanguard of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which ignited the global themes of today. An evangelical advocate for diversity and inclusion with a mission to support people of minority ethnic backgrounds to boost progression and develop relevant skills for the future workplace, his expertise has been critical to the development and continued success of many global learning programmes covering regions across Europe, Africa, and Asia. 

Gene R. Keselman

Executive Director,  MIT Innovation Initiative

Building Proto Ventures and innovation infrastructure at MIT.


Gene works to develop overall strategy and to pilot new programs to meet the Initiative’s goal of enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship across the MIT campus and the world. Gene is a mentor, advisor and investor in start-ups and the co-Founder of Esports One, an analytics and data start-up originating at MIT and using advanced machine technologies to impact the esports industry. He is also co-Founder and Board Director of the Foundation for Innovation and Discovery (FINND), a non-profit organization working to bring innovation and collaboration to the Defense and Intelligence communities. Gene has been a space and defense industry consultant supporting corporate stakeholders and advising C-suite decision-makers. He is published in Space journals, is U.S. Government CIO certified and fluent in Russian. 

Aly Madhavji

Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund and LP at Loyal VC & Draper Goren Holm

Internationally acclaimed author, monthly columnist for leading blockchain magazine.

Aly Madhavji 穆亚霖 is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC and Draper Goren Holm. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80.

He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books and a monthly columnist for the leading blockchain magazine. Aly serves as a board member of CryptoStar Corp. (TSXV: CSTR), Mechanical Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ: MKTY) and has served on various advisory boards including the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5B budget. He is a mentor with Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV with $855M+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX).

Aly holds a Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University (清华大学), a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Singapore and France), and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto.

Christopher Patnoe

Head of Accessibility Programs and Disability, Google

Failed musician makes good doing good. 


Christopher Patnoe leads Google's efforts around the accessibility of product, people (both Googler and end users) and partnerships. He has more than 20 years’ experience in Tech working at companies like Apple, Sony Ericsson, and Disney where he's built hardware, software, and services. His current passion is Accessibility at the intersection of immersive technologies (AR/VR) and consumer hardware. He is the chair for the Immersive Captions Community Group with the W3C, is a co-Chair of the XR Association Accessibility Working Group and sits on the Board of Trustees for the American Foundation for the Blind. Christopher has a degree in Music from UC Berkeley. 

Ratnakar Adhikari

Executive Director, Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), World Trade Organisation

Founder of a regional think-tank and the apex micro-finance institution in Nepal. 

Dr Ratnakar Adhikari has been serving the Executive Secretariat for the EIF at the WTO as its Executive Director since October 2013. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment, a Kathmandu-based regional think-tank. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Adviser to the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal, and as Trade Programme Specialist for UNDP, Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has extensively published in the areas of trade, investment, technology, and development assistance. He obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, UK. Supreet blends his leadership, corporate development and technology transformation across start-ups, large companies, and turnarounds to create success. As a digital transformation expert, Supreet integrates operational knowledge with a technological acumen and lessons learned over 25 years in Silicon Valley to help fund, guide, and mentor companies. 

Semih Kumluk

Digital Training Manager, PwC’s Academy

Won HR Professional of The Year award and launched and delivered the first ever AI Certification programme across the ME.

Slashed innovation projects and broke world records by leading Unilever innovation project teams. Accomplished Customer Collaboration projects and managed end-to-end CRM teams in 35 countries. Reported to Turkcell Board of Directors and refurbished Strategy and Risk team. He is expert in Marketing, Customer Experience, Design Thinking, Finance & Data Science; built Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Community and successfully implemented cross-functional projects. Established HR Analytics and Employee Experience programs; managed corporate segment revenue and P&L successfully at marketing & set pricing strategy. Semih taught the first HR Analytics course in Turkey at Istanbul Commerce University and he is currently counselling and upskilling Middle East leaders and executives on digital transformation for the future at PwC. Mentoring executives and start-ups.

Yasser Alobaidan

Founder & CEO, Jawraa

He successfully established Etihad Jawraa and won the 1st mobile virtual network operator license in Saudi Arabia.


Yasser brings over 20 years of experience in the ICT space across EMEA where he successfully led the establishment of 3 service providers and 8 startups. He is founding Partner of Meditari, and sits on the boards of Tharawat Technology, EduSons, Shades House, Meem Platform, RawnaqTech and the International MVNO Association.

Supreet Manchanda

Tech Expert, Managing Director, Raiven Capital

A turnaround leader for private equity funds including a $1.5B global security company.


Supreet Manchanda is the Managing Director of Raiven Capital, a global venture capital firm – An early stage Canadian and Silicon Valley Technology fund. Supreet and his partners apply deep knowledge and operational mastery to forge risk into strong return.   

Vinit Kumar Mishra

Head of Data Science, APAC, UPS

Advises on data-driven business transformation and AI, to achieve organizational goals.


Vinit Kumar Mishra is published as an author in top-tier international peer-reviewed management and engineering journals, Artificial Intelligence expert Vinit Mishra is an accomplished keynote speaker, leader, and technology/ business strategist. He advises board and CXOs in data-driven business transformation.   His passion about envisioning machine intelligence for corporates and governments, and devising frameworks to blend the same with human intelligence, has earned him roles such as the Head of Data Science for UPS in Asia Pacific. Vinit has bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay and a PhD in Management from NUS Business School. 

Jo De Boeck

VP & CSO, Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC)

Jo has been a big player at IMEC for 35+ years, including a CTO role.

Jo is the executive VP and CSO at IMEC, a world leading global R&D center in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. He has been Director of the Holst Centre for 16+ years – an independent research and innovation centre for pro-sustainability technologies. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from KU Leuven. 

Richard Benjamins

Chief AI and  Data Strategist, Telefónica

DataIQ’s top 100 most influential people in data-driven business.

Dr. Richard Benjamins is Chief AI & Data Strategist at Telefonica and co-founder of the Spanish Observatory for Ethical and Social Impacts of AI (OdiseIA). He is an expert to the European Parliament’s AI Observatory (EPAIO) and member of the European Commission’s B2G data-sharing Expert Group. He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA and founder of Telefonica’s Big Data for Social Good department. He is author of the books “El mito del algoritmo", “A Data-Driven Company", y “El algoritmo y yo", and has published over 100 scientific articles.

Christian Rouffaer

Head of Unit – VR, International Committee of the Red Cross

Humanitarian wargame producer.

Since 2001, Christian has worked for the ICRC in places such as Afghanistan and Yemen. His work ranged from visiting detainees, delivering food assistance, and promoting International Humanitarian Law. Since 2014, he has overseen the ICRC’s video games project and ICRC's VR department, producing new VR training tools and multiplayer simulations. 

Farooq Yaqub

Product Owner, Ford Motor Company

Led key elements of upscaling ventilator production to support the NHS (Ventilator Challenge UK)

Farooq is actively involved in and leading the development of XR tools in Europe, influencing the development of global solutions, focussing on return-on-investment opportunities associated with the Factory of the Future and Industry 4.0 at Ford Motor Company.

Gagan Aneja

Product Manager - AR/VR, Facebook Reality Labs

Has a deep understanding of developing intelligent assistants.


At Siri, he supported product management teams for Siri NLU & built large scale ML platforms used across Apple. He defined and executed the worldwide product strategy for Siri. At Amazon, he supported teams that built large & complex AI/ML systems to deliver personalized recommendations and contextually aware next-best-actions for Alexa customers. 

Hubert Etienne

AI Ethics researcher, Facebook AI

Introduced AI ethics in France and was the first lecturer to teach it


Hubert Etienne is a French philosopher conducting research in AI ethics and computational social sciences at Facebook AI Research and Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is an associate professor in AI ethics at Aivancity, a lecturer in data economics at HEC Paris, a lecturer in AI ethics at Sciences Po, ESCP Europe and Ecole Polytechnique, as well as a research associate at Oxford University’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs. 

Anshul Srivastav

Chief Information Officer and Digital Officer, Union Insurance

An award winner who built and led local, regional, and global teams across 3 continents.


Anshul is a global technology leader who has been instrumental in driving technology transformations for businesses in the range of multi Billion USD revenues. He has been key player at organisations which have been on an average 30% growth year on year in a career spanning almost two decades. His experience has been around taking up strategic technology initiatives, architecting, delivering, and managing it at an enterprise level. 
Anshul has several notable career accomplishments, wherein he has led, created, and launched the key ecommerce, mobile and business intelligence initiatives for world's #1 insurance brand AXA in the fastest growing emerging markets of Asia. He is currently in a leadership role as Chief Information Officer Information Technology and Digital Officer, leading the IT Strategy, Technology Transformations, Analytics, software delivery, architecture and Cloud for Union Insurance (UAE and Oman) across all lines of Business (Life, General (P&C) and Health Insurance. Creating and Driving big strategic Initiatives aligning through IT transformation to deliver business value.  Anshul writes on Innovation, Big Data and Transformations and  has a couple published articles in CNME, Data quest and PM Network.