Featured Keynote Speakers
Dr. Rumman Chowdhury
Global Lead for Responsible AI, Accenture Applied IntelligenceRumman Chowdhury’s passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She holds degrees in quantitative social science and has been a practicing data scientist and AI developer since 2013. She 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. In her work as Accenture’s Responsible AI lead, she led the design of the Fairness Tool, a first-in-industry algorithmic tool to identify and mitigate bias in AI systems. The Fairness Tool has been utilized successfully at Accenture clients around the world. Dr. Chowdhury co-authored a Harvard Business Review piece on the tool. Rumman has been featured in international media, including the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, BBC, Axios, Cheddar TV, CRN, The Verge, Fast Company, Quartz, Corrierre Della Serra, Optio, Australian Broadcasting Channel and Nikkei Business Times. She is a TedX speaker, a Forbes Tech contributing author and has been named by InformationWeek as one of 10 influential AI and machine learning experts to follow on Twitter. She was also named one of BBC’s 100 Women for 2017, recognized as one of the Bay Area’s top 40 under 40, and honoured to be inducted to the British Royal Society of the Arts (RSA). She has also been named by Forbes as one of Five Who are Shaping AI. Rumman serves as co-chair of the RSA’s Citizen AI Jury and actively participates in IEEE standards committees, the Partnership on AI, as an advisor to the UK House of Lords Parliamentary group on AI, and other global AI and ethics organizations. She has presented at multiple international governing bodies, including the United Nations, the OECD and the UK Parliament.
Project Manager, Civic Applications Team, AzaveaDeborah Boyer is a project manager at Azavea, a mission-driven American geospatial software company that creates software with a civic and social impact. She manages the development of projects with a community and sustainability focus including the Open Apparel Registry, a map of global apparel facilities. In addition to her technical work, Deb received a Master's Degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago and also teaches digital humanities courses at Temple University and Villanova University.
Director, Interactive Data, HERE TechnologiesOliver Fink is the Director, HERE XYZ at HERE Technologies. He’s worked at HERE (previously under Nokia and NAVTEQ) for over 15 years to bring maps alive by making them more collaborative, open, and personal. Previously, he started EcoTec GmbH, where he served as managing director, worked as a Microsoft provider, and consulted for banks and other industry-leading business. After selling the company at the peak of the dot-com era, he worked as technical architect for Noblestar. Hooked to computers since the age of 10, he studied law and dropped out to start his own company long before such startups were fashionable. A technology scout for over 30 years, he’s explored cutting-edge tech in cities like London, Boston, San Francisco, and New York as well as a lot of smaller yet also mostly very nice places.
Stakeholder Manager, Open Apparel Registry
CEO, PuppetYvonne Wassenaar is the CEO of Puppet, a trusted enterprise provider of pervasive automation across traditional and cloud-native environments. She has more than 25 years of experience scaling companies globally and driving enterprise transformation with technology. Prior to Puppet, Yvonne served as CEO of Airware, CIO at New Relic, and held multiple leadership roles at VMware and Accenture. She is currently a board member of Forrester (FORR) and Harvey Mudd College. Amidst growing concerns with how modern technology could be used, Yvonne is championing it to drive a safer, more efficient and innovative planet.
Strategist, Digital Anthropologist, and Best-Selling AuthorRahaf Harfoush is a Digital Anthropologist and bestselling author researching the impacts of emerging technologies on our society. She focuses on understanding the deep (and often hidden) behavioral shifts that are taking place within organizations and individuals as global digital infrastructures enable the unprecedented exchange of ideas, information, and opinions. She teaches “Innovation and Disruptive Business Models” at SciencePo’s Masters of Finance and Economics Program in Paris. Her third book, Hustle & Float: Reclaim Your Creativity in a World Obsessed with Work, is out now.
Plus more speakers to be announced!