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Martin
Willcox

EMEA VP of Technology
Teradata

Martin leads Teradata’s EMEA technology presales function and organisation and is jointly responsible for driving sales and consumption of Teradata solutions and services throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to taking up his current appointment, Martin ran Teradata’s Global Data Foundation practice and led efforts to modernise Teradata’s delivery methodology and associated tool-sets. In this position, Martin also led Teradata’s International Practices organisation and was charged with supporting the delivery of the full suite of consulting engagements delivered by Teradata Consulting – from Data Integration and Management to Data Science, via Business Intelligence, Cognitive Design and Software Development.

Martin was formerly responsible for leading Teradata’s Big Data Centre of Excellence – a team of data scientists, technologists and architecture consultants charged with supporting Field teams in enabling Teradata customers to realise value from their Analytic data assets. In this role Martin was also responsible for articulating to prospective customers, analysts and media organisations outside of the Americas Teradata’s Big Data strategy. During his tenure in this position, Martin was listed in dataIQ’s “Big Data 100” as one of the most influential people in UK data-driven business in 2016.

David
Dadoun

Head of Enterprise Data and Business Intelligence
Ubisoft

David Dadoun is Ubisoft’s Head of Enterprise Data and Business Intelligence. Prior to joining Ubisoft he was the Data Protection Officer and Sr. Director of BI and Data Governance for The ALDO Group. Over the last 17 years David Dadoun has advised a broad number of companies in the selection and implementation of BI tools, strategies, and roadmaps. He has managed BI, DG and Data Science projects, and multiple BI platform deployments at small, medium, and Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to this and his many speaking engagements, David teaches several classes to MBA and MSc students at Montreal’s prestigious business school HEC.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business from the John Molson School of Business and an executive Masters of Business Administration from ESG Montreal and Paris-Dauphine in France.

Nick
Desbarats

Data Visualisation Evangelist
Practical Reporting

As an independent educator and consultant, Nick Desbarats has taught data visualization and information dashboard design to over 1,500 professionals in over a dozen countries at organizations such as NASA, Bloomberg, Visa, The Central Bank of Tanzania, Royal Bank of Canada, The United Nations, Marathon Oil, and Teradata, among many others. In 2014, Nick became the first and only educator to be authorized by Stephen Few to deliver his foundational data visualization and dashboard design workshops. Nick also frequently consults for large public and private sector organizations and has designed information dashboards for senior decision-makers at over 50 organizations. He has extensive knowledge of data visualization, information dashboard design, business intelligence, data analysis, cognition and cognitive biases, perception, memory and learning, software design and development, and product management. His first book, Beyond Dashboards, was published in early 2020.

Patrick
van der Smagt

Head of AI Research
Volkswagen Group

Patrick van der Smagt is head of AI research at Volkswagen Group and director of the open-source Volkswagen Group Machine Learning Research Lab in Munich, focussing on probabilistic deep learning for time series modelling, optimal control, reinforcement learning, robotics, and quantum machine learning. He previously directed a lab as professor for machine learning and biomimetic robotics at the Technical University of Munich while leading the machine learning group at the research institute fortiss, and before founded and headed the Assistive Robotics and Bionics Lab at the DLR Oberpfaffenhofen. Quite a bit earlier, he did his PhD and MSc at Amsterdam’s universities. Besides publishing numerous papers and patents on machine learning, robotics, and motor control, he has won a number of awards, including the 2013 Helmholtz-Association Erwin Schrödinger Award, the 2014 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award, the 2013 Harvard Medical School/MGH Martin Research Prize, and best-paper awards at machine learning and robotics conferences and journals. He is founding chairman of a non-for-profit organisation for Assistive Robotics for tetraplegics and co-founder of various tech companies.

H.E. Younus
Al Naseer

Assistant Director General
Smart Dubai

CEO
Smart Dubai Data

Younus Al Nasser is a prominent Emirati competent leader in the field of digital transformation and one of the most well-known executives in managing the future visions of UAE in general and the Emirate of Dubai in specific. For over 15 years he has occupied several official positions in the government of Dubai that have contributed in building the digital capacities of the Emirate. Currently he is the Assistant Director General of Smart Dubai and has been the leader of the most innovative data initiative in the region and worldwide, the Dubai Data Establishment, since 2014. Furthermore, Al Nasser is also the head of the UAE Data Committee vested with building the UAE National Data Strategy and launching the National Data Platform, under the UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence. Among his major achievements is the launching of several unprecedented initiatives in the field of Data, principally leading the launching of Dubai Data Establishment and the Dubai Data Law , as well as Dubai Plus; the first fully-integrated platform of its kind worldwide that collects data from both the public and private sector, and is considered the backbone of smart digital transformation in Dubai and one of the eminent potentials for Smart Dubai to become the happiest on earth.

Jo
O’Connor

Principal Solutions Consultant
Adobe

Jo has always been fascinated by solving problems, which is probably why she is now a solutions consultant. At Adobe she works with customers and partners to use Adobe technology solutions to deliver real business value. She started her working life as a scientist, and has now come full circle. Increasingly using the data and modelling techniques from those days to help customers move into the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. The world is changing, and she is proud to be working with Adobe to help her customers to move in that changing world with confidence.

Daniel
Gillblad

Co-Director
AI Innovation of Sweden

Daniel Gillblad is co-Director for Scientific Vision at AI Innovation of Sweden, and heads the AI research for RISE, the Swedish Research Institutes. He has a background in AI and Machine Learning and their practical applications

About AI Innovation of Sweden

AI Innovation of Sweden is a national and neutral initiative, functioning as an engine in the Swedish AI ecosystem. The focus is on accelerating the implementation of AI through sharing knowledge and data, co-location of competences, and collaboration projects, all with a strong emphasis on ethics, transparency, and security.
The overall goal is to be a resource for Sweden to fulfill the vision of being a leading nation in the holistic application of AI solutions. With this aim, AI Innovation of Sweden establishes shared resources that will make data and knowledge available in a new and unique way and will strengthen the ecosystem by improving collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and the ability to attract talent and leading global expertise..

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