Government Speakers

Previously served as the Youth and Sports Minister for the island nation, Hon. Yogida is the youngest Minister in the Mauritian Cabinet.

THE HON. YOGIDA SAWMYNADEN

Minister of Technology,

Communication & Innovation

Republic of Mauritius

A key decision maker under the Government of Kenya for Blockchain, AI and innovation. He is also experienced in framing strategies for regulatory communications and public affairs in Sub Saharan Africa.

HON. MICHAEL ONYANGO

Member of Distributed Ledgers and AI TaskForce, Ministry of Information,

Communication and Technology Government of Kenya

Kenya

A Ph.D. researcher in the department of Informatics at Umeå University and Uppsala University. His research concentrates on the use of information systems in the public sector, with a special focus on the use of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Ott Velsberg

Chief Data Officer

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Estonia

Katie is the author of ‘Using AI in Marketing’. She has decades of expertise in consulting Blue Chips on Change Management, AI, Marketing and PR.

Katie King

Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group Taskforce on Artificial Intelligence

United Kingdom

Drudeisha has been appointed as data protection and human rights expert by Interpol and a member of the Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files in March 2011. In September 2014, she was appointed as UN expert by joining the UN Global Pulse Data Advisory Group

Drudeisha MADHUB

Data Protection Commissioner

Data Protection Office

Republic of Mauritius

With over 16 years of work experience, Mavuto is a Public Health Specialist who has a vast experience in Community Based Health Services, M-Health, Preventive Health, Behavior Change Communication, Disease Surveillance among others fields

Mavuto Thomas

Chief Health Education Officer

Ministry of Health

Malawi

Arvind has been instrumental in developing, planning and executing tech-oriented strategic objectives for the Mauritian Ministry while also preparing project proposals including specifications and cost estimates for new projects in Mauritius

Arvind Kureeman

Chief Information Officer

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development

Republic of Mauritius

With over 20 years of experience in international advertising, PR, PA and digital agencies, Kye passionately works towards democratizing artificial intelligence and machine learning

Kye Andersson

Delegate

Swedish AI Council

Sweden

Mauritius AI Council

A recipient of Knighthood under the National Order of Merit, he is known to hold senior positions in Business Development and Investor Relations globally.

MR FRANÇOIS GUIBERT

CEO,

Economic Development Board

Republic of Mauritius

Seasoned entrepreneur and an economist who has chaired several government bodies including Mauritius Association of Exporters at the beginning of the Great Recession of 2008

GEORGES CHUNG

Chairman,

Mauritius AI Council

Republic of Mauritius

Ranked as one of the most influential people in the Big Data space, Smart Industry named Dr Priyadarshy as one of the key innovators on the leading edge of digital transformation.

DR SATYAM PRIYADARSHY

Technology Fellow & Chief Data Scientist,

Halliburton

United States

He advises the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation to make ICT a key driver for economic & social development to transform Mauritius into an inclusive high-income nation.

AVINASH MEETOO

Senior Adviser on Ministry of Technology,

Communication and Innovation

Republic of Mauritius

Star Attractions

A memory expert and motivational speaker best known for winning the USA Memory Championship. He has been featured on numerous media outlets including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Chester Santos

U.S. Memory Champion

The International Man of Memory

United States

Named by Financial Times as one of the leading authorities on strategy and competitiveness, Henrik is best known as the originator of the 4th industrial revolution and the mastermind behind the European digital agenda.

HENRIK VON SCHEEL

Originator

Industry 4.0

Switzerland

AI Influencers and Experts

He has won multiple best paper awards for his work at top AI conferences. His papers have been cited more than 2000 times (according to Google Scholar) and have been featured on BBC News, New Scientist, EPSRC Pioneer, and Wired.

Gopal Ramchurn

Professor of Artificial Intelligence

University of Southampton

United Kingdom

He is regarded by many agencies as one of the leading influencers on AI. Adam is also a Sloan Fellow in Strategy from London Business School and served as an Executive Director of Morgan Stanley.

Imtiaz Adam

Leading AI Influencer

Ambassador - World AI Show

United Kingdom

Before turning 18, Monishwaran excelled in several Olympiads and went on to pursue research in Mathematics at Harvard University. He is one of the youngest Computer Scientists working in the field of deep learning, cognitive computing, and cloud computing.

Monishwaran Maheswaran

AI Influencer, Computer Scientist,

Keynote & TEDx Speaker

India

Investor

With over 20 years of international marketing and C-level experience, Stephan assures international know-how-transfer to drive disruptive businesses in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

STEPHAN HORVATH

Partner

Burj Financial

UAE

Association Speakers

Paul works with business and investment on ensuring responsible ocean use and a sustainable Blue Economy. His experience ranges from working with the global industry associations or directors of UN agencies to working with fishermen in small island villages

Paul Holthus

CEO

World Ocean Council

United States

First female to chair the 51-year-old Kenya Medical Association, Dr. Kitulu is also the 2nd Deputy Governor of the Kenya Red Cross Society and sits on several other boards such as the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), the Kenya Healthcare Federation among many others.

DR JACQUELINE WASONGA KITULU

President

Kenya Medical Association

Kenya

Enterprise Speakers

A data scientist and executive at Google with a mission to democratize Decision Intelligence and safe, reliable AI. Cassie has trained over 20,000 Googlers in statistics, decision-making, and machine learning.

Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Decision Scientist

Google

United States

As the Head of Policy for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, Cezanne leads government relations, supporting cities to move towards smart mobility. Cezanne is passionate about economic development and the ability of technology to deliver impact.

Cezanne Maherali

Public Policy Sub-Saharan Africa

Uber

Kenya

‘France is AI’ is the largest European non-profit (powered by France Digitale) gathering the actors of the French AI ecosystem which includes over 300 startups, 100 research labs, large corporates, engineering schools, universities and investors.

DAMIEN GROMIER

Président,

France is AI

France

With an extensive technology risk management background spanning over 15 years, Daniel has been instrumental to the success of several organizations’ cyber risk transformation program.

Daniel Adaramola

CISO

Unity Bank Plc

Nigeria

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