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Enterprise Generative AI Summit West Coast
21-22 May, 2024
Silicon Valley, CA, USA

2024 Speakers

  • Author:

    Shaloo Garg

    Managing Director
    Microsoft - Late Stage Startups & Unicorns

    Shaloo Garg is Managing Director, Late Stage Startups & Unicorns and based out of Silicon Valley. She brings a combination of strong startup, enterprise, strategic partnership and corporate development experience.

    Previously, Shaloo was Partner , Global Oracle Innovation at Oracle where she lead the Global Corporate Innovation practice of commercializing revenue opportunities for startups into the enterprise client base and partner ecosystem. She has also lead go-to-market for Oracle’s cloud business and was part of the M&A team that acquired Peoplesoft, Siebel, Retek etc. Prior to joining Oracle, she was in a couple of early stage startups. Shaloo is passionate about Tech for Good and is President , BOD at UN Women, Silicon Valley , a “Champion of Innovation” at UN Women where she is spinning up virtual Innovation Labs with Universities leveraging emerging technologies to encourage digital literacy in developing countries for young girls who do not have access to education.

    Shaloo strongly believes that technology’s best use case ever is using its power to impact wider social issues like hunger, poverty, STEM education, clean water, energy, sustainable cities etc in developing and under-developed economies. Shaloo is a Guest speaker at Penn Law School and is an MBA from Delhi University and has done specialization in Innovation and Design Thinking from Stanford d.School. Words to live by: “In life, there are no mistakes… only lessons” – Vic Johnson.

    Shaloo Garg

    Managing Director
    Microsoft - Late Stage Startups & Unicorns

    Shaloo Garg is Managing Director, Late Stage Startups & Unicorns and based out of Silicon Valley. She brings a combination of strong startup, enterprise, strategic partnership and corporate development experience.

    Previously, Shaloo was Partner , Global Oracle Innovation at Oracle where she lead the Global Corporate Innovation practice of commercializing revenue opportunities for startups into the enterprise client base and partner ecosystem. She has also lead go-to-market for Oracle’s cloud business and was part of the M&A team that acquired Peoplesoft, Siebel, Retek etc. Prior to joining Oracle, she was in a couple of early stage startups. Shaloo is passionate about Tech for Good and is President , BOD at UN Women, Silicon Valley , a “Champion of Innovation” at UN Women where she is spinning up virtual Innovation Labs with Universities leveraging emerging technologies to encourage digital literacy in developing countries for young girls who do not have access to education.

    Shaloo strongly believes that technology’s best use case ever is using its power to impact wider social issues like hunger, poverty, STEM education, clean water, energy, sustainable cities etc in developing and under-developed economies. Shaloo is a Guest speaker at Penn Law School and is an MBA from Delhi University and has done specialization in Innovation and Design Thinking from Stanford d.School. Words to live by: “In life, there are no mistakes… only lessons” – Vic Johnson.

  • Author:

    Ranjan Sinha, Ph.D.

    IBM Fellow, VP, and CTO
    IBM

    Ranjan Sinha is an IBM Fellow, VP, and CTO focusing on AI strategy to develop a turnkey approach to enabling AI with enterprise data. He is a digital transformational leader and innovator in data platforms, data engineering, and data science. He is on the front lines of transforming IBM into an AI Enterprise and helping IBM's clients navigate their data and AI journeys in a hybrid cloud environment. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers, books, and patents. He has been awarded federal and university research grants, and won the global sort benchmark for JouleSort and PennySort. He holds a PhD in computer science from RMIT University in Australia, has been a research academic at the University of Melbourne, and held data science roles at eBay Inc. He is passionate about promoting wellness, safety and empowerment of vulnerable groups, and an advocate for social and global issues.

    Ranjan Sinha, Ph.D.

    IBM Fellow, VP, and CTO
    IBM

    Ranjan Sinha is an IBM Fellow, VP, and CTO focusing on AI strategy to develop a turnkey approach to enabling AI with enterprise data. He is a digital transformational leader and innovator in data platforms, data engineering, and data science. He is on the front lines of transforming IBM into an AI Enterprise and helping IBM's clients navigate their data and AI journeys in a hybrid cloud environment. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers, books, and patents. He has been awarded federal and university research grants, and won the global sort benchmark for JouleSort and PennySort. He holds a PhD in computer science from RMIT University in Australia, has been a research academic at the University of Melbourne, and held data science roles at eBay Inc. He is passionate about promoting wellness, safety and empowerment of vulnerable groups, and an advocate for social and global issues.

  • Author:

    Aku Aakriti Srikanth

    Founding Partner
    WomenOfAI Ventures
    • Aku Aakriti Srikanth is the Managing Director of an AI Venture Studio and was an AI Executive at Workday (ex- DataRobot Director of Product - MLOps). 
    • Previously, she worked at Neotribe Ventures (founded by NEA GP with $356 under management) where she focused on seed stage startups and was a Principal at Mitsui Sumitomo CVC. She also worked with the General Catalyst Managing Director/ex - CTO of Dropbox via sourcing deals.
    • MS & BS in Computer Science with a focus on machine learning and AI.
    • She started career in investment banking at D.E.Shaw and strategy consulting at Deloitte. 
    • She was the Head of AI Product Strategy at IBM Watson and launched the Red Hat AI.
    • She founded Microsoft for Startups : AI Amalgamators as featured on Forbes.
    • She launched “Community of 100+ AI Executives” sponsored by Google, SVB & Salesforce featuring the Forbes VC Midas List Editor and VC firms.
    • She was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and Nasdaq’s Leading Women in AI on CNBC,.
    • US awarded her the EB1 greencard based on extraordinary abilities in AI and is the founder of the WomenOfGenAI in partnership with WomenOfAI.org.

    Aku Aakriti Srikanth

    Founding Partner
    WomenOfAI Ventures
    • Aku Aakriti Srikanth is the Managing Director of an AI Venture Studio and was an AI Executive at Workday (ex- DataRobot Director of Product - MLOps). 
    • Previously, she worked at Neotribe Ventures (founded by NEA GP with $356 under management) where she focused on seed stage startups and was a Principal at Mitsui Sumitomo CVC. She also worked with the General Catalyst Managing Director/ex - CTO of Dropbox via sourcing deals.
    • MS & BS in Computer Science with a focus on machine learning and AI.
    • She started career in investment banking at D.E.Shaw and strategy consulting at Deloitte. 
    • She was the Head of AI Product Strategy at IBM Watson and launched the Red Hat AI.
    • She founded Microsoft for Startups : AI Amalgamators as featured on Forbes.
    • She launched “Community of 100+ AI Executives” sponsored by Google, SVB & Salesforce featuring the Forbes VC Midas List Editor and VC firms.
    • She was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and Nasdaq’s Leading Women in AI on CNBC,.
    • US awarded her the EB1 greencard based on extraordinary abilities in AI and is the founder of the WomenOfGenAI in partnership with WomenOfAI.org.
  • Author:

    Donald Thompson

    Distinguished Engineer
    LinkedIn

    Donald is currently a Distinguished Engineer at LinkedIn, primarily overseeing the company's generative AI strategy, architecture, and technology. He has more than 35 years of hands-on experience as a technical architect and CTO, with an extensive background in designing and delivering innovative software and services on a large scale. In 2013, Donald co-founded Maana, which pioneered computational knowledge graphs and visual no-code/low-code authoring environments to address complex AI-based digital transformation challenges in Fortune 50 companies. During his 15 years at Microsoft, Donald started the Knowledge and Reasoning group within Microsoft's Bing division, where he innovated "Satori", an internet-scale knowledge graph constructed automatically from the web crawl. He co-founded a semantic computing incubation funded directly by Bill Gates, portions of which shipped as the SQL Server Semantic Engine. Additionally, he created Microsoft's first internet display ad delivery system and led numerous AI/ML initiatives in Microsoft Research across embedded systems, robotics, wearable computing, and privacy-preserving personal data services.

    Donald Thompson

    Distinguished Engineer
    LinkedIn

    Donald is currently a Distinguished Engineer at LinkedIn, primarily overseeing the company's generative AI strategy, architecture, and technology. He has more than 35 years of hands-on experience as a technical architect and CTO, with an extensive background in designing and delivering innovative software and services on a large scale. In 2013, Donald co-founded Maana, which pioneered computational knowledge graphs and visual no-code/low-code authoring environments to address complex AI-based digital transformation challenges in Fortune 50 companies. During his 15 years at Microsoft, Donald started the Knowledge and Reasoning group within Microsoft's Bing division, where he innovated "Satori", an internet-scale knowledge graph constructed automatically from the web crawl. He co-founded a semantic computing incubation funded directly by Bill Gates, portions of which shipped as the SQL Server Semantic Engine. Additionally, he created Microsoft's first internet display ad delivery system and led numerous AI/ML initiatives in Microsoft Research across embedded systems, robotics, wearable computing, and privacy-preserving personal data services.

  • Author:

    Hira Dangol

    Vice President, AI/ML & Automation
    Bank Of America

    Industry experience in AI/ML, engineering, architecture and executive roles in leading technology companies, service providers and Silicon Valley leading organizations. Currently focusing on innovation, disruption, and cutting-edge technologies through startups and technology-driven corporation in solving the pressing problems of industry and world.

    Hira Dangol

    Vice President, AI/ML & Automation
    Bank Of America

    Industry experience in AI/ML, engineering, architecture and executive roles in leading technology companies, service providers and Silicon Valley leading organizations. Currently focusing on innovation, disruption, and cutting-edge technologies through startups and technology-driven corporation in solving the pressing problems of industry and world.

  • Author:

    Zafer Sahinoglo, Ph.D.

    VP of Business Innovation
    Mitsubishi Electric Innovation Center

    Zafer Sahinoglo, Ph.D.

    VP of Business Innovation
    Mitsubishi Electric Innovation Center
  • Author:

    Juergen Weichenberger

    Head of AI
    Schnieder Electric

    Juergen has 20 years of experience in building complex solutions leveraging advanced analytics, data science, database design, architecture and other cutting-edge technologies. Working in the AI industry since the mid-1990s, Juergen have built solutions for various industries and leveraged various methods over time. He joined Schneider Electric in 2022 as Vice President AI New Value Stream. His focus is to produce industry grade solutions, translating the combination of core algorithms, robotic, cybernetics and human intelligence. Previously, he worked as Senior Data Science Executive in Accenture and hold various roles related to AI and data. He holds a PhD degree in Business intelligence and new marketing methods from The Philipp University of Marburg, MBA in Executive General Management and MA in Applied Computer, bioinformatics and cybernetic from Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg.

    Juergen Weichenberger

    Head of AI
    Schnieder Electric

    Juergen has 20 years of experience in building complex solutions leveraging advanced analytics, data science, database design, architecture and other cutting-edge technologies. Working in the AI industry since the mid-1990s, Juergen have built solutions for various industries and leveraged various methods over time. He joined Schneider Electric in 2022 as Vice President AI New Value Stream. His focus is to produce industry grade solutions, translating the combination of core algorithms, robotic, cybernetics and human intelligence. Previously, he worked as Senior Data Science Executive in Accenture and hold various roles related to AI and data. He holds a PhD degree in Business intelligence and new marketing methods from The Philipp University of Marburg, MBA in Executive General Management and MA in Applied Computer, bioinformatics and cybernetic from Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg.

  • Author:

    Gayathri Radhakrishnan

    Partner
    Hitachi Ventures

    Gayathri is currently Partner at Hitachi Ventures. Prior to that, she was with Micron Ventures, actively investing in startups that apply AI to solve critical problems in the areas of Manufacturing, Healthcare and Automotive. She brings over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience across product management, product marketing, corporate strategy, M&A and venture investments in large Fortune 500 companies such as Dell and Corning and in startups. She has also worked as an early stage investor at Earlybird Venture Capital, a premier European venture capital fund based in Germany. She has a Masters in EE from The Ohio State University and MBA from INSEAD in France. She is also a Kauffman Fellow - Class 16.

    Gayathri Radhakrishnan

    Partner
    Hitachi Ventures

    Gayathri is currently Partner at Hitachi Ventures. Prior to that, she was with Micron Ventures, actively investing in startups that apply AI to solve critical problems in the areas of Manufacturing, Healthcare and Automotive. She brings over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience across product management, product marketing, corporate strategy, M&A and venture investments in large Fortune 500 companies such as Dell and Corning and in startups. She has also worked as an early stage investor at Earlybird Venture Capital, a premier European venture capital fund based in Germany. She has a Masters in EE from The Ohio State University and MBA from INSEAD in France. She is also a Kauffman Fellow - Class 16.

  • Author:

    Aayush Mudgal

    Senior Machine Learning Engineer
    Pinterest

    Aayush Mudgal is a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Pinterest, currently leading the efforts around Privacy Aware Conversion Modeling. He has a successful track record of starting and executing 0 to 1 projects, including conversion optimization, video ads ranking, landing page optimization, and evolving the ads ranking from GBDT to DNN stack. His expertise is in large-scale recommendation systems, personalization, and ads marketplaces. Before entering the industry, Aayush conducted research on intelligent tutoring systems, developing data-driven feedback to aid students in learning computer programming. He holds a Master's in Computer Science from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. 

    Aayush Mudgal

    Senior Machine Learning Engineer
    Pinterest

    Aayush Mudgal is a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Pinterest, currently leading the efforts around Privacy Aware Conversion Modeling. He has a successful track record of starting and executing 0 to 1 projects, including conversion optimization, video ads ranking, landing page optimization, and evolving the ads ranking from GBDT to DNN stack. His expertise is in large-scale recommendation systems, personalization, and ads marketplaces. Before entering the industry, Aayush conducted research on intelligent tutoring systems, developing data-driven feedback to aid students in learning computer programming. He holds a Master's in Computer Science from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. 

  • Author:

    Prasad Saripalli

    Distinguished Engineer
    Capital One

    Prasad Saripalli serves as a Distinguished Engineer at Capital One, a technology driven bank on the Fortune 100 list, redefining Fintech and Banking using data, technology, AI and ML in unprecedented ways. Most recently, Prasad served as the Vice President of AIML and Distinguished Engineer at MindBody Inc - a portfolio company of Vista which manages the world's fourth-largest enterprise software company after Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. Earlier, he served as VP Data Science at Edifecs, an industry premier healthcare information technology partnership platform and software provider, building Smart Decisions ML & AI Platform with Ml Apps Front. Prior to this, Prasad served as CTO and VP Engineering at Secrata.com, provider of Military grade Security and Privacy solutions developed and deployed over the past 15 years at Topia Technology for the Federal Government and the Enterprise, and as CTO & EVP at ClipCard, a SaaS based Hierarchical Analytics and Visualization platform.

    At IBM, Prasad served as the Chief Architect for IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise (http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/). At Runaware, he served as the Vice President of Product Development. As a Principal Group Manager at Microsoft, Prasad co-led the development of virtualization stack on Windows 7 responsible for shipping Virtual PC7 and Windows XP Mode on Windows 7.


    Prasad teaches Machine Learning, AI, NLP, Distributed Systems, Cloud Engineering and Robotics at Northeastern University and the University of Washington Continuum College.

    Prasad Saripalli

    Distinguished Engineer
    Capital One

    Prasad Saripalli serves as a Distinguished Engineer at Capital One, a technology driven bank on the Fortune 100 list, redefining Fintech and Banking using data, technology, AI and ML in unprecedented ways. Most recently, Prasad served as the Vice President of AIML and Distinguished Engineer at MindBody Inc - a portfolio company of Vista which manages the world's fourth-largest enterprise software company after Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. Earlier, he served as VP Data Science at Edifecs, an industry premier healthcare information technology partnership platform and software provider, building Smart Decisions ML & AI Platform with Ml Apps Front. Prior to this, Prasad served as CTO and VP Engineering at Secrata.com, provider of Military grade Security and Privacy solutions developed and deployed over the past 15 years at Topia Technology for the Federal Government and the Enterprise, and as CTO & EVP at ClipCard, a SaaS based Hierarchical Analytics and Visualization platform.

    At IBM, Prasad served as the Chief Architect for IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise (http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/). At Runaware, he served as the Vice President of Product Development. As a Principal Group Manager at Microsoft, Prasad co-led the development of virtualization stack on Windows 7 responsible for shipping Virtual PC7 and Windows XP Mode on Windows 7.


    Prasad teaches Machine Learning, AI, NLP, Distributed Systems, Cloud Engineering and Robotics at Northeastern University and the University of Washington Continuum College.

  • Author:

    Franz Zemen

    VP of Software Engineering
    Capital One

    Franz Zemen

    VP of Software Engineering
    Capital One
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    Pratik Gautam

    Lead Product Manager and VP
    Citigroup

    Pratik is a lead Product Manager and VP at Citigroup. He is an accomplished product leader with 15 years of experience in digital, advanced analytics, automation, and artificial intelligence, with a series of successes in innovation transformations. He has diverse experience in AI within the customer support domain, including call record indexing, document management, RPA automation, and chatbots for global banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. Pratik has also applied AI technology such as computer vision, NLP, and OCR for middle and back-office functions and is currently exploring LLM innovations with prompt engineering, AI workflows, and chatbots, leveraging the latest generative AI-based innovations for Citigroup. 

    Pratik Gautam

    Lead Product Manager and VP
    Citigroup

    Pratik is a lead Product Manager and VP at Citigroup. He is an accomplished product leader with 15 years of experience in digital, advanced analytics, automation, and artificial intelligence, with a series of successes in innovation transformations. He has diverse experience in AI within the customer support domain, including call record indexing, document management, RPA automation, and chatbots for global banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. Pratik has also applied AI technology such as computer vision, NLP, and OCR for middle and back-office functions and is currently exploring LLM innovations with prompt engineering, AI workflows, and chatbots, leveraging the latest generative AI-based innovations for Citigroup. 

  • Author:

    Rashmi Gopinath

    General Partner
    B Capital

    Rashmi Gopinath is a General Partner at B Capital Group where she leads the fund’s enterprise software practice in cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, devops, and AI/ML sectors. She brings over two decades of experience investing and operating in cutting-edge enterprise technologies. She led B Capital’s investments in over 24 companies such as DataRobot, FalconX, Clari, Phenom People, Synack, Innovaccer, Labelbox, Fabric, 6Sense, Highspot, Pendo, Starburst, OwnBackup, Figment, Perimeter81, Zesty, among others.

    Rashmi was previously a Managing Director at M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, where she led investments globally in enterprise software and sat on several boards including Synack, Innovaccer, Contrast Security, Frame, UnravelData, Incorta, among others.

    Prior to M12, Rashmi was an Investment Director with Intel Capital where she was involved in the firm’s investments in startups including MongoDB (Nasdaq: MDB), ForeScout (Nasdaq: FSCT), Maginatics (acq. by EMC), BlueData (acq. by HPE), among others. Rashmi held operating roles at high-growth startups such as BlueData (acq. by HPE) and Couchbase (Nasdaq: BASE) where she led global business development, product and marketing roles. She began her career in engineering and product roles at Oracle and GE Healthcare. She earned an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Mumbai in India.

    Rashmi Gopinath

    General Partner
    B Capital

    Rashmi Gopinath is a General Partner at B Capital Group where she leads the fund’s enterprise software practice in cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, devops, and AI/ML sectors. She brings over two decades of experience investing and operating in cutting-edge enterprise technologies. She led B Capital’s investments in over 24 companies such as DataRobot, FalconX, Clari, Phenom People, Synack, Innovaccer, Labelbox, Fabric, 6Sense, Highspot, Pendo, Starburst, OwnBackup, Figment, Perimeter81, Zesty, among others.

    Rashmi was previously a Managing Director at M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, where she led investments globally in enterprise software and sat on several boards including Synack, Innovaccer, Contrast Security, Frame, UnravelData, Incorta, among others.

    Prior to M12, Rashmi was an Investment Director with Intel Capital where she was involved in the firm’s investments in startups including MongoDB (Nasdaq: MDB), ForeScout (Nasdaq: FSCT), Maginatics (acq. by EMC), BlueData (acq. by HPE), among others. Rashmi held operating roles at high-growth startups such as BlueData (acq. by HPE) and Couchbase (Nasdaq: BASE) where she led global business development, product and marketing roles. She began her career in engineering and product roles at Oracle and GE Healthcare. She earned an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Mumbai in India.

  • Author:

    Zoran Krunic

    Principal Product Manager
    Amgen

    Since joining Amgen R&D in 2018, Zoran Krunic has been at the forefront of applying Machine Learning to enhance patient outcomes and streamline clinical trial enrollment processes, utilizing comprehensive Electronic Health Records and clinical datasets. His pioneering work in the Quantum Machine Learning space, in collaboration with IBM's Quantum team, has been instrumental in integrating machine learning with quantum computing through IBM’s Qiskit platform.

    Prior to his tenure at Amgen, Zoran developed Machine Learning algorithms at Optum to predict hardware and software failures within complex enterprise architectures. He has a strong background in data engineering and systems development, having contributed significantly to large-scale projects at renowned organizations such as Capital Group and ARCO Petroleum.

    In his current full and part-time endeavors, Zoran is leading the efforts in embracing generative AI technologies, with a particular focus on OpenAI's GPT and Anthropic's Claude-2 models. His work is focused on prompt engineering and its application to code generation, advanced document analysis, and process management, with a commitment to ethical AI practices and data privacy.

    A recognized voice in quantum computing circles, Zoran is a regular presenter at industry conferences and has served on numerous panels discussing the integration of quantum computing and generative AI within the Health Sciences sector.

    With a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Zoran continues to explore and contribute to the evolving relationship between quantum computing and artificial intelligence, fostering groundbreaking advancements in healthcare technology.

    Zoran Krunic

    Principal Product Manager
    Amgen

    Since joining Amgen R&D in 2018, Zoran Krunic has been at the forefront of applying Machine Learning to enhance patient outcomes and streamline clinical trial enrollment processes, utilizing comprehensive Electronic Health Records and clinical datasets. His pioneering work in the Quantum Machine Learning space, in collaboration with IBM's Quantum team, has been instrumental in integrating machine learning with quantum computing through IBM’s Qiskit platform.

    Prior to his tenure at Amgen, Zoran developed Machine Learning algorithms at Optum to predict hardware and software failures within complex enterprise architectures. He has a strong background in data engineering and systems development, having contributed significantly to large-scale projects at renowned organizations such as Capital Group and ARCO Petroleum.

    In his current full and part-time endeavors, Zoran is leading the efforts in embracing generative AI technologies, with a particular focus on OpenAI's GPT and Anthropic's Claude-2 models. His work is focused on prompt engineering and its application to code generation, advanced document analysis, and process management, with a commitment to ethical AI practices and data privacy.

    A recognized voice in quantum computing circles, Zoran is a regular presenter at industry conferences and has served on numerous panels discussing the integration of quantum computing and generative AI within the Health Sciences sector.

    With a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Zoran continues to explore and contribute to the evolving relationship between quantum computing and artificial intelligence, fostering groundbreaking advancements in healthcare technology.

  • Author:

    Aruna Narayanan

    Principal Software Architect
    GE Healthcare

    As a Principal Software Architect in GE HealthCare’s AI organization, Aruna leads the architectural effort in building an AI platform that can help build AI models at scale and has successfully contributed to deploying several AI solutions on GEHC devices, on premise and on cloud. She collaborates across multiple GE HealthCare businesses to enable their digital transformation and speed of execution while consuming the AI platform solution.

    Aruna Narayanan

    Principal Software Architect
    GE Healthcare

    As a Principal Software Architect in GE HealthCare’s AI organization, Aruna leads the architectural effort in building an AI platform that can help build AI models at scale and has successfully contributed to deploying several AI solutions on GEHC devices, on premise and on cloud. She collaborates across multiple GE HealthCare businesses to enable their digital transformation and speed of execution while consuming the AI platform solution.

  • Author:

    Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy

    Chief AI Officer & Quantum Expert
    Reignite Future

    Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy

    Chief AI Officer & Quantum Expert
    Reignite Future
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    Das Dasgupta

    Former CDO
    Saatchi and Saatchi

    Former CDAIO, Saatchi & Saatchi; Adjunct Professor of Data Science & Operations (DSO) at USC Marshall School of Business.

    Dr. Das Dasgupta was most recently the Chief Data Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi (S&S), an advertising agency owned by the $11B Publicis Groupe. His prior leadership roles include Global SVP of Data Science and Digital Transformation at Viacom, L8 Director at Amazon with four L8 reports, and Partner at McKinsey and EY.

    Das is an expert in utilizing data and artificial intelligence to grow revenues and cut business costs. He structures this through three lenses - product leadership, operational excellence, and customer intimacy. This includes building top-tier data strategy teams and systems with the right AI and machine learning technologies so that companies can make informed data-driven decisions related to marketing & advertising, operations/supply chain, and back-office automation with proven ROI.

    A few examples include building an AI/ML powered system for S&S that helped increase return on ad spend for their clients by an average of 40%, automating the order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, and records-to-reports systems for Viacom’s back office (saving $30M over two years), and also developing Amazon’s process of taking a picture of a delivered package and sending it to the customer which significantly improved the customer experience and saved $100M+ in costs for Amazon. Across the companies Dr. Dasgupta has been involved with, his work has contributed to over $500M in cost savings and revenue growth.

     

    Das Dasgupta

    Former CDO
    Saatchi and Saatchi

    Former CDAIO, Saatchi & Saatchi; Adjunct Professor of Data Science & Operations (DSO) at USC Marshall School of Business.

    Dr. Das Dasgupta was most recently the Chief Data Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi (S&S), an advertising agency owned by the $11B Publicis Groupe. His prior leadership roles include Global SVP of Data Science and Digital Transformation at Viacom, L8 Director at Amazon with four L8 reports, and Partner at McKinsey and EY.

    Das is an expert in utilizing data and artificial intelligence to grow revenues and cut business costs. He structures this through three lenses - product leadership, operational excellence, and customer intimacy. This includes building top-tier data strategy teams and systems with the right AI and machine learning technologies so that companies can make informed data-driven decisions related to marketing & advertising, operations/supply chain, and back-office automation with proven ROI.

    A few examples include building an AI/ML powered system for S&S that helped increase return on ad spend for their clients by an average of 40%, automating the order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, and records-to-reports systems for Viacom’s back office (saving $30M over two years), and also developing Amazon’s process of taking a picture of a delivered package and sending it to the customer which significantly improved the customer experience and saved $100M+ in costs for Amazon. Across the companies Dr. Dasgupta has been involved with, his work has contributed to over $500M in cost savings and revenue growth.

     

  • Author:

    Yvonne Lutsch

    Investment Principal
    Bosch Ventures

    Yvonne is an accomplished Investment Principal at Bosch Ventures affiliate office located in Sunnyvale, and sources, evaluates, and executes venture capital deals in North America. Her specialty are investments in deep tech fields such as AI, edge and next gen. computing incl. quantum, robotics, industrial IoT, mobility, climate tech, semiconductors, or sensors. She is an investor and non-executive board member of Bosch Ventures’ portfolio companies Syntiant, Zapata AI, UltraSense Systems, Aclima, and Recogni.
    Prior to this position Yvonne was Director of Technology Scouting and Business Development, building up an Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley including startup scouting, business development while advising executives of the Bosch business units on their strategy. She has more than two decades of solid experience in manufacturing operations and engineering in the automotive and consumer electronics space – gained through different executive roles at Bosch in Germany.
    Yvonne received a diploma in Experimental Physics from University of Siegen, Germany, and holds a PhD in Applied Physics from University of Tuebingen, Germany.

    Yvonne Lutsch

    Investment Principal
    Bosch Ventures

    Yvonne is an accomplished Investment Principal at Bosch Ventures affiliate office located in Sunnyvale, and sources, evaluates, and executes venture capital deals in North America. Her specialty are investments in deep tech fields such as AI, edge and next gen. computing incl. quantum, robotics, industrial IoT, mobility, climate tech, semiconductors, or sensors. She is an investor and non-executive board member of Bosch Ventures’ portfolio companies Syntiant, Zapata AI, UltraSense Systems, Aclima, and Recogni.
    Prior to this position Yvonne was Director of Technology Scouting and Business Development, building up an Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley including startup scouting, business development while advising executives of the Bosch business units on their strategy. She has more than two decades of solid experience in manufacturing operations and engineering in the automotive and consumer electronics space – gained through different executive roles at Bosch in Germany.
    Yvonne received a diploma in Experimental Physics from University of Siegen, Germany, and holds a PhD in Applied Physics from University of Tuebingen, Germany.

  • Author:

    Abbas Arslan

    Senior Marketing Director
    Coca-Cola

    Abbas is a Global Marketing leader with expertise in Consumer Marketing, Digital Marketing, Creative Strategy, Innovation Success and Artificial Intelligence.

    Over last 20 years, he has positively impacted businesses across 50+ countries through user base acceleration, market share gains and stronger brand building. Abbas has also led the Predictive Insights at Coca-Cola with focus on use of Artificial Intelligence. His work has led to stronger effectiveness while significantly reducing time and cost.

    Abbas Arslan

    Senior Marketing Director
    Coca-Cola

    Abbas is a Global Marketing leader with expertise in Consumer Marketing, Digital Marketing, Creative Strategy, Innovation Success and Artificial Intelligence.

    Over last 20 years, he has positively impacted businesses across 50+ countries through user base acceleration, market share gains and stronger brand building. Abbas has also led the Predictive Insights at Coca-Cola with focus on use of Artificial Intelligence. His work has led to stronger effectiveness while significantly reducing time and cost.

  • Author:

    Mayank Anand

    Machine Learning Engineering Manager
    Adobe

    Mayank Anand is a Machine Learning Engineering Manager at Adobe, dedicated to enhancing digital marketing with AI and machine learning. His focus lies in harnessing AI for better content creation from texts and images. Presently, he's innovating in the field of generative AI to produce smart, brand-safe content. Mayank holds a Master's in Computer Science from USC, Los Angeles.

    Mayank Anand

    Machine Learning Engineering Manager
    Adobe

    Mayank Anand is a Machine Learning Engineering Manager at Adobe, dedicated to enhancing digital marketing with AI and machine learning. His focus lies in harnessing AI for better content creation from texts and images. Presently, he's innovating in the field of generative AI to produce smart, brand-safe content. Mayank holds a Master's in Computer Science from USC, Los Angeles.

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    Sai Teja Akula

    Senior Director, Data Science
    LTX Trading

    With over a decade of dedicated experience in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Sai stands at the forefront of implementing and leveraging Data Science within organizations. A respected figure in the AI community, Sai has played an instrumental role in the transformation of traditional business models by seamlessly integrating advanced data-driven solutions. His expertise extends from developing sophisticated machine learning algorithms to strategizing the holistic implementation of AI within organizational infrastructures

    Sai Teja Akula

    Senior Director, Data Science
    LTX Trading

    With over a decade of dedicated experience in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Sai stands at the forefront of implementing and leveraging Data Science within organizations. A respected figure in the AI community, Sai has played an instrumental role in the transformation of traditional business models by seamlessly integrating advanced data-driven solutions. His expertise extends from developing sophisticated machine learning algorithms to strategizing the holistic implementation of AI within organizational infrastructures

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    Zairah Mustahsan

    Senior Data Scientist
    You.com

    Zairah Mustahsan is a Staff Data Scientist at You.com, an AI chatbot for search, where she leverages her expertise in statistical and machine-learning techniques to build analytics and experimentation platforms. Previously, Zairah was a Data Scientist at IBM Research, researching Natural Language Processing (NLP) and AI Fairness topics. Zairah obtained her M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, where she researched scikit-learn model performance. Her findings have since been used as guidelines for machine learning. Zairah is a regular speaker at AI conferences such as NeurIPS, AI4, AI Hardware & Edge AI Summit, and ODSC. Zairah has published her work in top AI conferences such AAAI and has over 300 citations. Aside from work, Zairah enjoys adventure sports and poetry.

    Zairah Mustahsan

    Senior Data Scientist
    You.com

    Zairah Mustahsan is a Staff Data Scientist at You.com, an AI chatbot for search, where she leverages her expertise in statistical and machine-learning techniques to build analytics and experimentation platforms. Previously, Zairah was a Data Scientist at IBM Research, researching Natural Language Processing (NLP) and AI Fairness topics. Zairah obtained her M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, where she researched scikit-learn model performance. Her findings have since been used as guidelines for machine learning. Zairah is a regular speaker at AI conferences such as NeurIPS, AI4, AI Hardware & Edge AI Summit, and ODSC. Zairah has published her work in top AI conferences such AAAI and has over 300 citations. Aside from work, Zairah enjoys adventure sports and poetry.

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    Namratha Sathish

    Data Scientist
    CVS Health

    Namratha Sathish is a data scientist currently employed at CVS Health, a Fortune 500 company, and a leading provider of comprehensive health solutions. CVS Health is renowned for its pioneering contributions to pharmacy services, health plans, and holistic wellness programs. Namratha has a track record in implementing data-driven solutions across diverse domains including e-commerce, agriculture, technology, and most notably, the healthcare industry. With over three years of experience, she has demonstrated proficiency in developing and deploying advanced machine-learning models and algorithms. As a seasoned speaker, she is well-versed in sharing valuable insights and expertise at prestigious conferences.

    Namratha Sathish

    Data Scientist
    CVS Health

    Namratha Sathish is a data scientist currently employed at CVS Health, a Fortune 500 company, and a leading provider of comprehensive health solutions. CVS Health is renowned for its pioneering contributions to pharmacy services, health plans, and holistic wellness programs. Namratha has a track record in implementing data-driven solutions across diverse domains including e-commerce, agriculture, technology, and most notably, the healthcare industry. With over three years of experience, she has demonstrated proficiency in developing and deploying advanced machine-learning models and algorithms. As a seasoned speaker, she is well-versed in sharing valuable insights and expertise at prestigious conferences.

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    Ved Upadhyay

    Senior Data Scientist
    Walmart Global Tech

    Ved Upadhyay is a seasoned professional in the realm of data science and artificial intelligence (AI). With a focus on addressing complex challenges in data science on an enterprise scale, he boasts over 7 years of hands-on experience in crafting AI-powered solutions for businesses. Ved’s expertise spans diverse industries, including retail, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, agrotech, and socio-tech, where he has successfully productized multiple machine learning pipelines. Currently serving as a Senior Data Scientist at Walmart, Ved spearheads multiple data science initiatives centered around customer propensity and responsible AI solutions at enterprise scale. Prior to venturing into the industry, Ved earned his master’s degree in Data Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and contributed as a Deep Learning researcher at IIIT Hyderabad. His research contributions are reflected in multiple publications in the field of applied AI. 

    Ved Upadhyay

    Senior Data Scientist
    Walmart Global Tech

    Ved Upadhyay is a seasoned professional in the realm of data science and artificial intelligence (AI). With a focus on addressing complex challenges in data science on an enterprise scale, he boasts over 7 years of hands-on experience in crafting AI-powered solutions for businesses. Ved’s expertise spans diverse industries, including retail, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, agrotech, and socio-tech, where he has successfully productized multiple machine learning pipelines. Currently serving as a Senior Data Scientist at Walmart, Ved spearheads multiple data science initiatives centered around customer propensity and responsible AI solutions at enterprise scale. Prior to venturing into the industry, Ved earned his master’s degree in Data Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and contributed as a Deep Learning researcher at IIIT Hyderabad. His research contributions are reflected in multiple publications in the field of applied AI. 

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    Tom Kersten

    R&D Engineer
    Royal NLR - Netherlands Aerospace Centre

    Tom is a distinguished R&D Engineer specialising in AI within the aerospace sector. Armed with a background in computer science and AI, Tom possesses a comprehensive understanding of AI systems. Within his company, he stands out as a leading visionary delving into the integration of generative AI in space, in particular to support the efforts of the Dutch government and its military in this domain. His pioneering work involves exploring and harnessing the potential of GenAI models to revolutionise satellite operations, mission planning, earth observation and space exploration. Tom's dedication to pushing the boundaries of AI in aerospace extends to leveraging generative AI's capabilities, envisaging transformative applications that could redefine the landscape of space technology.

    Tom Kersten

    R&D Engineer
    Royal NLR - Netherlands Aerospace Centre

    Tom is a distinguished R&D Engineer specialising in AI within the aerospace sector. Armed with a background in computer science and AI, Tom possesses a comprehensive understanding of AI systems. Within his company, he stands out as a leading visionary delving into the integration of generative AI in space, in particular to support the efforts of the Dutch government and its military in this domain. His pioneering work involves exploring and harnessing the potential of GenAI models to revolutionise satellite operations, mission planning, earth observation and space exploration. Tom's dedication to pushing the boundaries of AI in aerospace extends to leveraging generative AI's capabilities, envisaging transformative applications that could redefine the landscape of space technology.

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    Jonathan Bennion

    AI Engineer
    Rackspace

    Jonathan Bennion

    AI Engineer
    Rackspace
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    John Almasan

    Senior Managing Director, Head of AI & Emerging Tech
    TIAA

    Dr. John Almasan is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years of experience leading global tech teams and building large-scale data, AI, and cloud platforms for prominent companies such as TIAA, McKinsey & Co., American Express, Bank of America, and Nationwide Insurance. With deep expertise in multi-cloud big data engineering, machine learning, and data science, John is a hands-on practitioner and passionate about enabling the acceleration of AI adoption.

    As an adjunct professor at various universities and a member of Arizona State University's Executive Board of Advisors, John is committed to preparing the next generation to meet the future's skillset needs and demands. He focuses on employee cross-training and actively engages in teaching and mentoring students in the field.

    John holds two master's degrees in Engineering and Statistics, a Doctor of Business Administration, and has over 20+ patents credited to his name. He has received several awards throughout his career for his contributions to the technology industry.

    John Almasan

    Senior Managing Director, Head of AI & Emerging Tech
    TIAA

    Dr. John Almasan is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years of experience leading global tech teams and building large-scale data, AI, and cloud platforms for prominent companies such as TIAA, McKinsey & Co., American Express, Bank of America, and Nationwide Insurance. With deep expertise in multi-cloud big data engineering, machine learning, and data science, John is a hands-on practitioner and passionate about enabling the acceleration of AI adoption.

    As an adjunct professor at various universities and a member of Arizona State University's Executive Board of Advisors, John is committed to preparing the next generation to meet the future's skillset needs and demands. He focuses on employee cross-training and actively engages in teaching and mentoring students in the field.

    John holds two master's degrees in Engineering and Statistics, a Doctor of Business Administration, and has over 20+ patents credited to his name. He has received several awards throughout his career for his contributions to the technology industry.