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Arunima Sarkar

AI Lead, Centre for Fourth industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum

She is leading India’s National Responsible AI approach for the WEF.

Arunima is an experienced professional with expertise and interests at the intersection of technology/strategy/policy. She has over twenty years’ experience in the technology, digital and consulting industry in research and strategy global leadership roles with top tier digital and management consulting firms and research houses.Aly holds a Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University, a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Singapore and France), and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Rumman Chowdhury

Responsible AI Lead, Accenture 

Named as one of BBC’s 100 Women for 2017 and one of the Bay Area’s top 40 under 40.

Rumman Chowdhury is currently the Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence, where she works with C-suite clients to create cutting-edge technical solutions for ethical, explainable, and transparent AI. Rumman Chowdhury has been featured in international media, including the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, BBC, Axios, Fast Company, Quartz, Corrierre Della Serra, Optio, Australian Broadcasting Channel and Nikkei Business Times. She is also the founder of Allai, a language analysis tool that helps analyse the outcomes of team meetings. Allai has been used at the Wharton MBA Case Study competition. 

Derya Baran

Cheif Engineer

Derya is a Global Young Academy member since 2020.

Derya Baran became Chief Engineer at Red Sea Farms following the acquisition of iyris, a start-up focused on developing intelligent and sustainable energy solutions that are suitable and adaptible for harsh climates that will be integrated into Red Sea Farms’ solutions. Derya is a Professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Prior to joining KAUST in 2017, Derya was a Helmholtz Association joint fellow between Imperial College London, UK and Julich Research Center, Germany. She completed her studies in Turkey (ODTU) and completed her PhD in Material Science and Engineering in Germany, 2014. Derya is a Global Young Academy member since 2020.

Derya is driven by the hypothesis that local and fresh food can be a viable reality for the >1 billion people living in desert regions using sustainable resources.

Fumbi Chima

Former Global Chief Innovation Officer, Adidas

She has much board experience, including Women Corporate Directors.


Global CIO adept at digital transformation strategy in turnaround and high growth environments. Effective culture changer leading to great talent retention and alignment. Overall strategic planning and technology knowledge and risk oversight excellence, innovation change expert. Born in Nigeria, raised in UK, family in U.S., and EU resident.

Celeste Fralick

Chief Data Scientist, McAfee

An ardent Stage 4 breast cancer thriver undergoing lifelong chemo.


She was named one of Forbes’ inaugural “Top 50 Women in Technology (Americas)” in 2018 and CDO Magazine’s inaugural “Global Power Data Women” while earning her company the 2020 IEEE CIS Outstanding Organization Award.  She has applied machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence to 10 different markets, spanning a 40-year career.

Dr Anes Hodžić

Director Vehicle Software and Electronics Solutions, Ford Motor Company

Next Generation Manufacturing Leader (World Economic Forum).

He is passionate about sustainability by deep tech and science, as an engineer, entrepreneur, and builder. He is a digital transformation leader with cross-industrial execution credentials, bold entrepreneurial mindset, and global engineering track record. He holds a Doctoral (Dr.-Ing.) and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering / Telecommunications.

Krista Kim

Digital Artist

Contemporary artist and founder of the Techism movement since 2014.


In 2014, Krista Kim founded the Techism movement in her written manifesto, promoting convergence of art and technology. Kim believes that through technological innovation a future digital culture can be achieved and amalgamated with expression of free thought, creating digital humanism. Furthermore, collaborations and dialogues with engineers and technology are imperative in progressing a balanced culture between humans and technology. At its core belief and vision, Technism embodies the creation of a free, humane, and great digital civilization.   Krista Kim’s career is expansive across the Metaverse and traditional art world. Her most notable works includes the groundbreaking Mars House which is the first NFT digital house in the Metaverse that provides a complete meditative experience. Through her works as NFTs, Krista Kim seeks to return the artist to become the oculus of their world as it allows an artist to invest in their own process.

Matthew Timms

Chief Digital and Technology Officer & CEO E.ON Digital Technology GmbH E.ON

Over 20 years of building innovative digital businesses.

Matthew joined E.ON SE as the Chief Digital Officer in August 2016 leading the digital transformation organisation and programme for E.ON globally. In 2018, he became responsible for the global digital, data and technology organisation in the E.ON Group, delivering E.ON ambitions to transform the energy world for a sustainable and greener future. 

Aik van Eemeren

CTO, Innovation team, Lead Public Tech, City of Amsterdam

Innovator, tech enthusiast, and WEF contributor.

Aik is young, dynamic, and enthusiastic. His passion is to innovate public administration. He is an advocate for New Ways of Work, and creative in unorthodox approaches. IT-savvy, and an easy networker, he has shown great skills in event management. He is able to cover a broad range of topics.

Stephane Houdet

World's #1 Paralympic Tennis Player

Doctor and athlete, Paralympic champion with over 15O titles and 23 Grand Slam titles.

Stéphane Houdet, was born on November 20, 1970 in France, is a veterinary doctor who is a wheelchair tennis champion. Following a motorcycle accident in 1996 he devoted himself to sport and after a European number one title in golf he became the world number one in wheelchair tennis. He has 4 medals at the Paralympic Games including two gold and 23 Grand Slam titles. Very involved in research and adaptation of mobility improvement device, he has developed several innovative concepts for the search for performance which have already provided opportunities to enhance everyone's daily life.

Dr Saket Kumar

Chief Data Scientist - Global Premium Services, Google

Leads a data science team for Google’s largest global clients.

Dr. Saket Kumar is passionate about data science as a key capability that improves the business performance. In his career spanning close to two decades, he has been incredibly fortunate to observe organizations transformed by data science in industries including Tech, CPG, Auto, Retail, and Oil & Gas. At Google, Saket has built a data science practice that improves the marketing effectiveness of their largest global clients. His team works closely with the marketing leaders at P&G, Amazon, GM, Expedia, LG, Google, and YouTube. Dr. Kumar has a broad and deep understanding of designing analytical solutions for the challenges that the business executives face.

Hussain Al Mahmoudi

CEO, Sharjah Research & Development, Technology and Innovation Park

He built the ME’s biggest Technology & Innovation Park from scratch.

Hussain serves a dual role as CEO of both AUSE & SRTIP. The Ruler of Sharjah directly appointed him to create collaborative long-term relationships between industry academia & public sector. He has served as the DG of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce for 8 years, launched strategic economic initiatives like the SME Act Sharjah Export Centre.

Chandra Khatri

Chief Scientist and Head of AI, Got It AI and Former Lead Research Scientist, Uber

AI researcher, with previous works on Alexa and eBay. 

Chandra Khatri is a senior research scientist at Uber AI focused on Conversational AI. Currently, he is interested in making AI systems smarter and scalable while addressing the fundamental challenges pertaining to understanding and reasoning. Prior to Uber, he was the Lead Scientist at Alexa at Amazon and was driving the science leg of the Alexa Prize Competition, which is a university competition for advancing the state of Conversational AI. Prior to working on Alexa, he was a research scientist at eBay, where he led various deep learning and NLP initiatives within the eCommerce domain. 

Richard Benjamins

Chief AI and  Data Strategist, Telefónica

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

Co-founder and VP of the Spanish observatory for ethical and social impacts of AI (OdiseIA). He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance) and before that held for 10 years executive positions at Telefonica on Big Data and Analytics. Founder of Telefonica’s Big Data for Social Good department, member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the EC, and frequent speaker on AI events. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Science, has published over 100 scientific articles, and is author of the books “The myth of the algorithm: tales and truths of artificial intelligence” and “A Data-Driven Company” (forthcoming). He is strategic advisor of start-ups including BigML, Focus360 and Nexus Clips. “Artificial intelligence should be used for people, planet and prosperity!”

Mike Gualtieri

Vice President and Principal Analyst Covering Artificial Intelligence, Forrester, Research

A Forrester Courage Award recipient, designing apps for NASA & eBay.  

Mike's research focuses on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, platforms, and practices that enable technology professionals to deliver digital transformations that lead to prescient digital experiences and breakthrough operational efficiency. He advises enterprise decision makers and executive leaders around the world.

Luc Vincent

Executive Vice President - Autonomous Driving, Lyft

Luc is the founder of Lyft Level 5 and of Google Street View.

He leads the Lyft Level 5 Autonomous Driving division, founded in 2017, which is rapidly becoming a top player in the AV space. Earlier, Luc spent 12 years at Google. His team was responsible for collecting ground-based, aerial and satellite imagery at global scale making it universally accessible through computer vision, machine learning and AI.

Lee Glazier

Head of Service Integrity, R² Data Labs, Civil Aerospace , Rolls-Royce Plc

He was interviewed to be the UK’s first astronaut! 

Lee is a member of the EU AI Experts Group and helps lead the continual development of the Artificial Intelligence Vision at Rolls-Royce, enabling tangible business value. He created the Rolls-Royce process and framework for Governing AI Ethics and Data Ethics collaborating with HR, Ethics, Data Scientists, Manufacturing, and the Trades Unions.

Andy Ward

Senior VP, NBI Products & Solutions at du

Runs the du ICT business unit for UAE market digital transformation.

An accomplished and goal-driven senior leader with extensive international experience and a proven ability to build organisations and capture new opportunities for business growth in the IT Services/cloud environment. Repeated success leading global business strategy with established and emerging technologies to achieve maximum operational impacts.

Ott Vatter

Managing Director & Founder, eProspera and Vertikal.digital

Built the world’s most advanced digital nation: e-Residency (Estonia)


Ott has been at the heart of Estonia’s transformation into a thriving entrepreneurial hub and what Wired describes as the world’s most advanced digital nation. He served as the Managing Director of the Estonian government’s innovative digital identity programme, e-Residency, which has made a significant contribution to Estonia’s growth.

Dr. Andrew Sutherland
Senior Vice President Technology Cloud and Cloud Systems Business Europe, EMEA, Oracle

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in emerging technologies. 

Andrew joined Oracle in 1995 and is currently responsible for growing Oracle’s market share across the region in these key business areas. In this role he develops business strategies and manages competence in Oracle’s technology offerings across the region. He is also responsible for the interaction with Oracle’s product development teams. 

Rohan Roberts

Head of Future Learning, GEMS Education

One of World Government Summit’s individuals embodying the advanced skills of the future.


Rohan is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, innovator, EdTech advisor, and educational foresight consultant. He is the director of the Dubai Science Festival.  He is a serial entrepreneur and founder of several global organisations, described in the media as a Renaissance Man, a polymath, and a multi-potentialite. 

Pranav Vempati

Founder and CEO - Makers Hive

A featured honoree in the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30, class of 2021.


Pranav Vempati is a 27-year-old Social Entrepreneur, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics from Loyola Academy college, Hyderabad. He was a featured honoree in the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30, class 0f 2021. With prior experience working in TCS Ignite, an R&D and L&D wing of TCS, he was working with about 600 employees in 24 various projects involving Robotics, Drones, Machine Learning, AR/VR, IoT etc. Pranav’s skill set encompasses Project Management, Collaborations, Competitive Intelligence, Resource Management, Disruptive Innovation, Business Development and Design Thinking.

Dr Kiuk Gwak

CEO and co-founder of bHaptics Inc.

Co-founded bHaptics Inc.


Dr. Kiuk Gwak is the CEO and co-founder of bHaptics Inc. During his PhD course at KAIST, he researched about brain-computer interfaces and haptics, and started thinking about the forthcoming evolution of human-computer interfaces. In 2015, he established bHaptics Inc. to bring our tactile sensation into human-computer interfaces and allow people to think not only audio and vision but also haptics can be delivered remotely. 

MaryLiz  Bender

Co-founder & Creative Director, Cosmic Perspective

A creative storyteller—a musician, artist, technologist, programmer, explorer, and Creative Director.

MaryLiz Bender is a creative storyteller—a musician, artist, technologist, programmer, explorer, and Creative Director. She co-founded Cosmic Perspective to connect people to space through story, film, and outreach. She's spent over three years interviewing astronauts, filming rocket launches, and producing films, VR experiences, AR books, and touring multimedia shows that tell the story of this uniquely-unifying space age. As co-host of the Everyday Astronaut livestreams, she shares the exciting progress of SpaceX’s martian rocket system, Starship, with millions of viewers around the world. Through her partnership with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, she is creating a documentary that tells the story of the past, present, and future of art in human spaceflight. As a musician and technologist, she is deeply inspired to answer the question, “How will we take our humanity with us to the stars?” She is currently working with astronauts, researching and experimenting with new tools of creation that aim to answer that question. All of her work is pointed toward her mission: to inspire hope, elevate empathy, and unite through experiences of awe and wonder.

Enrico Santus

Senior Data Scientist, Bayer

He has shown how NLP & machine learning will impact our future lives.

After his PhD at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Enrico joined the group of Regina Barzilay at CSAIL, MIT. His academic career includes links with the King's College of London, the University of Pisa, the University of Stuttgart, the Nara Institute of Technology and Harvard. His work touches topics such as NLP in Oncology and Cardiology.

Pierrick Poulenas

Co-Founder & CEO, Picterra

Founded Picterra, a geospatial intelligence for enterprise.

Under his leadership, Picterra has become the first ML/AI Software-as-a-Service geospatial platform enabling sinesses to autonomously extract intelligence & analytics from satellite and aerial imagery. He previously worked as a Business Manager at NCH, and as a Business Development Manager & European Project Manager at Interface Europe.

Wai Lee

Chief Product Architect, Garmin Ltd.

He helps Garmin enter new markets and grow through innovation.

At Garmin, Wai is responsible for creating internal start-ups and new product categories. He leads the incubation, design, & development of flagship products in aviation, marine, outdoor, automotive, & fitness. He championed Garmin’s entrance into the wellness & smart wearable market, and the creation of mobile & application development platforms.

Dr. Jonathan Reichental

Founder, Human Future

One of the world's preeminent scholars on the topic of the future of cities.


Dr. Jonathan Reichental is a multiple-award-winning technology and business leader whose career has spanned both the private and public sectors. He’s been a senior software engineering manager, a director of technology innovation, and has served as chief information officer at both O’Reilly Media and the City of Palo Alto, California. Reichental is currently the founder of advisory, investment, and education firm, Human Future, and also creates online education for LinkedIn Learning. He has written two books on the future of cities: Smart Cities for Dummies and Exploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids.

Jaap Zuiderveld

International business leader driving AI adoption at NVIDIA

Vice President EMEA, NVIDIA


Jaap is an accomplished entrepreneur and international business leader, with a proven track record of driving success across IT, software, and telecom businesses. In his current position as VP EMEA at NVIDIA, Jaap utilises his extensive knowledge of international markets, customer behaviour, business structures, and diverse cultures to drive innovation. Jaap’s 20+ years of international experience enables him to lead teams spanning NVIDIA’s gaming, automotive, and enterprise units with passion, integrity, and confidence. A believer in leading by example, Jaap’s strategic approach has resulted in significant growth in terms of headcount and revenue. He is a committed innovator with a keen interest in increasing awareness of AI’s potential. He works tirelessly to encourage the early adoption of AI by showcasing what it can do, how it works, and why implementing an AI strategy is critical. Jaap has a degree in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. After graduation, he began his career in sales from where he quickly progressed to senior management and C-Suite level roles. As part of his continued professional development, he went on to complete an intense business course at the prestigious International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. In his spare time, Jaap can be found at the track as an avid Formula 1 enthusiast or at the waterfront, unleashing his competitive edge on sailboat racing.

Julian Pistone

Advisor to the world's largest brands

Podcaster on purpose-driven leadership. Passionate about mindfulness, unlocking personal growth, and the power of perspectives.

Julian enables brands such as Unilever, Coca-Cola, GM, and GSK to tell stories using the power of data. Previously, he led globally recognised, award winning sales teams at Google’s EMEA headquarters. Julian is the founder of an online learning platform. Its focus is sharing lessons on purpose-driven leadership. He interviews some of the world's most remarkable people on courage, resilience and ideas. He spoke at TEDx on the impact of mobile technology to amplify social and economic opportunities. Recipient of the Google President Platinum Award and Spirit of Ireland Award for launching product solutions that helped house healthcare workers during COVID-19.

Cathy Hackl

Futurist & Author of The Augmented Workforce

One of BigThink’s Top 10 Most Influential Women in Tech 2020.

Cathy is a leading tech futurist and globally recognized business leader specializing in augmented reality, virtual reality, & spatial computing. She’s a top LinkedIn technology voice (the highest honor on the platform) and a champion for diversity. Hackl has worked with some of the biggest names in tech including Amazon Web Service and Magic Leap.

Dr Evans Woherem

Chairman, Digital Africa Group

A recognised thought leader, industry expert and C-level executive.

He is the founding chairman of Interswitch, an e-payment system in Nigeria, and the key founder and Director of Valuecard Ltd, Nigeria. He has authored books like “Information Technology in Africa and Information Technology in the Nigerian Banking Industry”, and is currently the Chairman for Chams Access Ltd among several other companies.

Abdullah Asiri

Founder & CEO, Lucidya

Abdullah is one of Alrajjol Magazine’s Top 10 Saudi entrepreneurs.

Abdullah is the founder & CEO of Lucidya, an award-winning customer intelligence platform enabling businesses to understand and better serve their customers leveraging AI & Big Data. With 10+ years’ experience in AI & hi-tech industry, he was awarded by the World Economic Forum and Forbes named him as a leading entrepreneur, shaping Saudi’s future.

Eric Redmond

Author and Global Director, Technology Innovation , NIKE Inc

My 1st Bitcoin purchase was a cup of coffee in 2012 that would now be worth US$30K!

Eric Redmond is a twenty-year veteran technologist who always happens to be where deep tech history is made, from creating the first iPhone apps to Big Data pioneer to early Bitcoin investor. He’s written best-selling technology books published in a dozen languages, most recently "Deep Tech". He’s spoken on every continent but Antarctica and advises organizations as diverse as global government agencies and start-ups, to Fortune 100 companies and the World Economic Forum.

Dr Yiwu He

Chief Innovation Officer & Snr. Advisor to the President, University of HK 

Leader in Translational Medicine and HTS drug discovery.

He is currently Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Innovation Officer of The University of Hong Kong. He has served many executive roles, including deputy director and senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior vice president and Global R&D head at BGI, and Global Head of Human Biomarker Centers at GlaxoSmithKline. 

Phil Scully

Chief Information Officer, Costa

Phil has been Costa's CIO since August 2017.


Phil is well-renowned for his skills in enterprise architecture, IT strategy, and IT management. He has been the Head of Architecture BGB at Centrica, and Principal Architect eCommerce at Marks & Spencer, before moving to Whitbread as Chief Technology Officer. He became CIO at Costa, then owned by Whitbread, in August 2017.

Dr Jonathan Woetzel

Director, McKinsey Global Institute

Leads McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative across 40+ geographies.



Dr. Jonathan Woetzel is a Director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey's business and economics research arm, and a senior partner of McKinsey & Company, based in Shanghai and Los Angeles. He leads research efforts on global economic trends, including growth and productivity, urbanization, affordable housing, and energy and sustainability.

Joseph Bradley

CEO, NEOM Tech and Digital Holding Company

Joseph is building the world’s most advanced living laboratory, NEOM – a $500B model for the future. 

He is responsible for leading the vision and delivery of the Digital & Technology ecosystem for NEOM that is chaired by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. NEOM is the world’s first independent international zone, stretching over three countries. It represents an investment in technology and infrastructure of over $500B to create the world’s first Cognitive Cities.

John Lilic

Investor & Product Development, Polygon

Early Bitcoin and Ethereum adopter, early ConsenSys employee, angel investor and co-founder of Code to Inspire a registered 501(c)3 non profit.

John was an early Bitcoin adopter in 2012, and in late 2013 became Head of Investor Relations at the Bitcoin Center. He then moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn joining ConsenSys in early 2015 and spent the next 6 years growing the company to more than 1200 employees and a multi-billion dollars valuation. After leaving ConsenSys, John became an early investor and strategic advisor to Polygon and helped drive the network from a $150m valuation to more than $7b and network adoption which now has more daily active users than Ethereum. John is also the the co-founder of Code to Inspire, a New York based 501(c)3 non-profit which focuses on bridging the gender divide in Afghanistan having built the first coding school for girls in the country.

Kevin Russell

Co-founder & Creative Director, Angel Protocol

He has spent the last year helping as the Creative Director to build Angel Protocol.

Kevin started the techno-optimist podcast and communities almost a decade ago which lead to giving speeches and interviews all over the world on foresight, blockchain, technology, and the responsibility of optimism for our future.

Dr. Ramses Alcaide

Founder & CEO, Neurable

Ramses was named a 2021 Next 1000 member by Forbes magazine as a top 1000 entrepreneur in the world.

Dr. Alcaide is a neuroscientist, inventor and the CEO and founder of Neurable. As a researcher at the University of Michigan Direct Brain Interface Laboratory, he has worked extensively to develop brain-computer interface technology for people with amputations, severe cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Previously he was the CEO of Pharo LLC, where he managed numerous high-impact health projects, such as a rehabilitation technology for stroke patients. Alcaide’s honors include the National Science Foundation Fellowship, McNair and Ford Foundation Fellowship.

Alcaide is a two-time Neuroscience Innovators Award winner, a Rackham Merit Fellow and recognized as Medtech 35 Under 35 and a Zell Lurie Top 20 Entrepreneur. Ramses has a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.

Pierre Barreau

CEO & Co-Founder, AIVA

A computer scientist, award nominated director and composer.


Pierre leads AIVA towards its vision: establishing AIVA as one of the greatest composers of all time, and fuelling the world with personalised music.

Dr. Sana Farid

Surgeon, Futurist, Pioneer XR & Ai Strategist  

Listed among Top 100 Women in XR globally, a General Surgeon in Training and a pioneer in Extended Reality (XR) & AI in Healthcare.

As a devoted caregiver, Dr. Sana Farid accomplished applying Immersive Technology to improve human life and spearheaded initiating Immersive Technology-based programs for paediatrics, patients with terminal illnesses, special needs, geriatrics, and refugees. These programs have earned proven success, addressing high infant mortality rate in developing countries as well as improving rehabilitation and well-being.
Dr. Sana continues with her contributions to research and building industry standards which won her highly prestigious recognitions and awards regionally and globally, as she educates about successful Implementation Framework of Immersive Technologies. An ex-Ambassador to Women of Wearables, Dr. Sana has also held positions at the VRAR Association, The IVRHA, eViRa Health, and the UAE Genetic Diseases Association.

Omar Saud Al-Rasheed 

Chief Corporate Strategy & Digitalization Officer, Mobily

Omar’s mission is to pioneer change and innovation towards Mobily’s sustainable growth and digital transformation.

Omar Saud Al-Rasheed is a TMT veteran and senior expert in corporate strategy & digitalization in telecom industry, with deep visionary spirit and tech mindset in a career spanning over twenty years. His multiple perspectives enable him to drive growth while balancing the right priorities throughout the organization’s pivotal and strategic work streams. In his 15+ years at Mobily, he has excelled across multiple senior roles, culminating in an extensive background and experience in Strategy, IT, and Business, as he played several senior  roles include Chief Digital & Customer Experience Officer, General Manager for Mobily InfoTech, and Executive General Manager for Mobily Mega Projects.