Panel Members

Day 1 and Day 2 of the in-person workshop culminate in panel discussions followed by a networking dinner, providing you with the opportunity to interact directly with the panelists.

The panels are comprised of world-leading experts from different industries who will share their learnings from decades of experience.
The panels offer you a unique opportunity to learn from CEOs of AI-platform companies, experts in digital transformation, and CDOs from various industries and organizations. They’ll share their cutting-edge insights as well as the successes and failures they have experienced.

Panel Members

Panel Members Spring Term 2024
Ram Nagappan
Chief Information Officer, BNYMellon Pershing
Feifei Wu
General Partner, CIO at Edward Jones
Alon Konchitsky
Head of Artificial Intelligence, Imagry
Daniel Hulme
Chief AI Officer, WPP
Steve Nouri
Founder, Generative AI
Sheetal Kohli Rishi
Vice President High Performance Computing, HP Enterprises
Deepali Vyas
Global Head of Fintech and Applied Intelligence, Korn Ferry
Jon Krohn
Founder, Nebula.io
Dr. Seth Dobrin
Founder and CEO, Qantm AI
Nick Elprin
CEO & Co-founder, Domino Data Lab
Ricky Ray Butler
CEO, BENlabs/TubeBuddy

Jon Krohn

Founder, Nebula.io
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Jon Krohn is a data science leader, innovator and entrepreneur in machine learning and generative AI. As Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist of Nebula.io, he spearheads an ambitious R&D roadmap for developing cutting-edge natural language models and AI solutions to automate and augment business processes. Jon manages a cross-functional team creating AI capabilities via intuitive APIs and UIs, also pioneering robust tools to mitigate algorithmic biases.

Alongside his entrepreneurial pursuits, Jon is a prolific educator and creator of best-selling AI/ML content. He wrote the #1 book "Deep Learning Illustrated," hosts the popular "SuperDataScience" podcast with more than 4 million downloads a year, and his online courses have taught more than 100,000 students. Jon's exceptional contributions earned him the 2021 Data Community Creator Award for the AI/ML YouTube Channel.

Prior to founding Nebula.io, Jon was Chief Data Scientist at Untapt, an AI startup acquired by Wynden Stark Group in 2021. His earlier roles included quantitative trading, developing award-winning ad-tech at Omnicom's Annalect, and conducting postgraduate neuroscience research at the University of Oxford and Wilfrid Laurier University.

A thought leader advising multiple tech company boards, Jon combines data science expertise with business acumen and an ethical approach to AI development. He holds a PhD from Oxford University.

Deepali Vyas

Global Head of Fintech and Applied Intelligence, Korn Ferry
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Deepali Vyas is a trailblazer at the forefront of empowering the next generation through education, mentorship and innovative technologies. As the Founder and CEO of Fearless+, she has created a groundbreaking digital platform to help young people discover their potential, access resources, and develop essential skills for personal and professional success.

With more than 25 years of multi-disciplinary experience across finance and technology, Deepali brings a unique perspective to her mission. She currently serves as the Global Head of FinTech and Applied Intelligence (Data Science & AI) at Korn Ferry, a leading organizational consulting firm. In this role, Deepali leads executive search and advisory for strategic AI, data, and analytics leaders worldwide.

A certified executive coach and published thought leader, Deepali advises clients on topics including talent management, DEI, organizational design, and the transformative impact of disruptive technologies such as generative AI. Her insights are featured in prominent media outlets including Bloomberg, CNBC, MarketWatch and Forbes.

Deepali's entrepreneurial spirit drives her involvement with numerous startups and organizations at the intersection of data science, AI and emerging technologies such as crypto. She is an investor and founder at Ever Nester, pioneering adoption platform innovations. Deepali is also a board member and senior advisor to Correlation One, a leading data talent solutions provider.

Her multifaceted expertise has earned Deepali membership of the Forbes Business Council.

A passionate advocate for democratizing opportunities, Deepali completed her Master's in International Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her trailblazing work through Fearless+ encapsulates her dedication to empowering youth to fearlessly pursue their dreams.

Sheetal Kohli Rishi

Vice President High Performance Computing, HP Enterprises
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Sheetal Kohli Rishi is a visionary strategist driving transformative change. She thrives on executing large-scale, multi-year efforts. As VP of High Performance Computing & AI Deployments at HPE, she paves the way for scientific breakthroughs. Her leadership philosophy centers on simplicity, meritocracy, and rejecting bureaucracy.

Born in Amritsar, India, Sheetal's journey began at McKinsey, consulting globally and immersing herself in diverse cultures. This ignited a passion for diversity and a global mindset. Moving to New York more than a decade ago, she honed expertise in strategy, technology, and operations through roles at Citibank and IBM.

At IBM, Sheetal discovered AI's potential, managing an early Watson product for banking. She led AI transformations, forged strategic ISV/GSI partnerships, and drove Martech/Adtech business innovation. When IBM restructured, she built Kyndryl's cloud center of excellence, collaborating with AWS, Microsoft, and Google.

Now at HPE, Sheetal utilizes her transformation prowess in high performance computing and AI deployments. Her educational includes Georgetown University and Harvard Business School's Digital Transformation program.

Beyond professional achievements, Sheetal champions education, diversity & inclusion, and women's leadership, and she also mentors job seekers/small businesses. She actively supports these causes, recognizing their profound societal impact.

With simplicity and focus, Sheetal builds high-performing teams to deliver results while fostering fun in collaborative environments. Her global perspective, technical acumen, and passion for excellence transcend boundaries, empowering organizations and individuals.

Steve Nouri

Founder, Generative AI
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Steve Nouri is a data science evangelist and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. As the Founder and a board member of Generative AI, he leads a dedicated team staying ahead of the latest innovations and advancements, creating a hub for professionals to learn about cutting-edge generative AI developments.

Steve is most proud of AI4Diversity, a non-profit global organization he founded to engage and educate diverse communities about AI's potential to benefit society. With over 10,000 volunteers worldwide, AI4Diversity is making a meaningful impact through knowledge sharing and promoting responsible AI implementation.

In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Steve serves as the Chief AI Evangelist at Wand, a collaborative platform empowering users to leverage AI capabilities. His focus is on driving product-led growth strategies powered by the AI community.

A sought-after advisor, Steve collaborates with Fortune 500 tech giants like NVIDIA, Alteryx, and Oracle guiding strategy on AI adoption and emerging trends. He was also the Head of Data Science and AI at the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Steve's passion for education and community building has earned him a following of over 1.4 million people across various technology forums. He speaks, writes, and engages audiences worldwide on topics related to AI innovation, ethics, and diversity.

Steve's entrepreneurial journey and contributions to democratizing AI have earned industry recognition, and he has completed executive education at the prestigious MIT Sloan School of Management.

Daniel Hulme

Chief AI Officer, WPP
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Daniel Hulme, PhD, is a globally-renowned expert and thought leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies. As Chief AI Officer at WPP, the world's largest marketing company, he spearheads the group's AI vision, capability development, curation of solutions, and exploration of new opportunities.

Daniel brings more than two decades of academic experience in AI to his role. He previously co-founded and exited Satalia, an award-winning AI products and solutions company with major clients including Tesco and PwC. Satalia's acquisition by WPP paved the way for Daniel's current position.

In addition to his WPP role, Daniel is the co-founder of Faculty AI and an advisor to responsible AI startups like Holistic AI. He has held academic leadership roles including Director of UCL's Applied AI/Business Analytics MSc and is currently UCL's Computer Science Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Daniel also lectures at LSE's Marshall Institute on applying AI to business and social challenges.

A passionate advocate for ethical, purposeful technology, Daniel frequently delivers keynotes on AI ethics, the metaverse, emerging tech, innovation, decentralization, and organizational design for Google, TEDx, and others. He is a faculty member at Singularity University and has contributed to numerous books, podcasts, and articles on AI's impact on the future of work.

Daniel's global recognition includes an international Kauffman Global Entrepreneur Scholarship. He serves on impact/advisory boards for organizations such the University of St. Andrews' Computer Science department.

With a PhD in AI from UCL, Daniel's mission is to create a world where everyone can freely innovate and have access to those advances. He promotes purposeful entrepreneurship and technology with companies and governments worldwide.

Alon Konchitsky

Head of Artificial Intelligence, Imagry
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Alon Konchitsky is a renowned technology leader and AI expert currently serving as the Head of Artificial Intelligence at Imagry. In this pioneering role, he is spearheading the development of groundbreaking AI, hardware and software solutions for the world's first Software Defined Vehicle and Mapless Autonomous Driving system.

Alon oversees AI perception, Object Detection AI, Deep Neural Networks (DNN/CNN), Machine Learning infrastructure, MLOps, Big Data workloads on GPU/CPU, and rigorous testing. He provides strategic direction, nurtures AI/ML communities of practice, and educates teams on methods, best practices, and emerging trends in generative AI such as Large Language Models (LLMs) and Transformers.

Prior to joining Imagry, Alon held leadership roles at several technology giants. As Head of the AI Center of Excellence (COE) at Intel/SK Hynix, he strategized AI roadmaps, architectures and guided cross-functional teams for product, engineering and marketing. Earlier, as Director of AI Engineering at UCSF, he drove digital transformation leveraging LLMs such as GPT to distill insights and build AI-powered recommender systems from complex datasets.

Alon has made significant contributions across AI/ML domains including natural language processing (NLP), computer vision (CV), automatic speech recognition (ASR), generative adversarial networks (GANs), data science, and big data analytics. He co-founded a cloud SaaS platform using ML for patent analytics and was an innovation consultant at Apple focused on audio, voice recognition and acoustics.

A prolific inventor, Alon holds numerous patents across his areas of expertise. He has published extensively and is a sought-after speaker at global AI/ML conferences and industry events. Alon earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Bournemouth University and has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Feifei Wu

General Partner, CIO at Edward Jones
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Feifei Wu is a highly-accomplished technology executive and is also General Partner, CIO at Edward Jones, focussing on wealth management and investment management technology. Prior to joining Edward Jones, Feifei served as the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), spearheading the firm's technology strategy for investment management, investor services, capital markets, and private banking/wealth management.

Under her leadership, BBH undertook a comprehensive data and digital transformation using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Cloud Computing, and Digital Assets. Feifei delivered innovative solutions on-time and on-budget through close executive, business, and technology collaboration. She was also instrumental in setting up BBH's Innovation Lab.

Before BBH, Feifei was a Managing Director at both Royal Bank of Canada and BNY Mellon, where she held senior technology roles driving modernization, data/digital transformation and AI/ML innovations for capital markets, custody banking, and investor services businesses.

Earlier, Feifei spent more than a decade at MetLife Investments as a Senior IT Executive leading global technology for equity, fixed income, FX, derivatives, alternatives, commodities, collateral management and securities lending. She began her career at Prudential Financial in investment management technology for equity, FX and fixed income products.

Feifei has extensive domain expertise spanning asset management, investment banking, custody services, wealth management and fintech. She is a proven technology visionary and transformation leader with a stellar track record of building world-class global teams and delivering complex, business-critical programs across the financial sector.

Feifei holds a Master's in Computer Engineering from Zhejiang University with a concentration in AI/ML. She also pursued MS and PhD coursework in Computer Science with an AI/ML focus at Rutgers University. She is based in the New York metropolitan area.

Ram Nagappan

Chief Information Officer, BNYMellon Pershing
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Ram Nagappan is the Chief Information Officer for BNYMellon Pershing. With more than 30 years of information technology experience, Ram oversees the firm’s technology and engineering of digital,experience-centric wealth management solutions.

Ram is a distinguished technologist as well as an accomplished innovator instrumental in building industry-first solutions. He developed the first-ever market-making system outside of an exchange floor for the US capital market system. Expert in building trading systems and ticker plants that are designed to handle massive market data streams, and electronic stock exchange systems (NY,Boston, Philadelphia) in the US. He is also part of the team that built the first online trading platform(PC Financial Network) - a significant market disruptor. Under Ram’s leadership, Pershing launched award-winning, open architecture-based wealth management products (NetX360®, NetXInvestor®and NetXServices) in the US.

Prior to assuming his current role, Ram served as managing director and chief technology officer at DLJdirect and CSFB direct, pioneers in online internet brokerage. During the late 90’s to 2000, he led the efforts to establish BNY Mellon India Technology (iNautix). Prior to that worked as a consultant for IBM in building their OS/360, CICS, and MQ.

As a spokesperson on technology trends and issues, Ram has been featured in a number of technology and financial publications including InvestmentNews, ThinkAdvisor, and Bloomberg Radio. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at industry events and conferences. Additionally, Ram was recognized by ComputerWorld as a Premier 100 IT Leader and by the New Jersey Technology Council as “CIO of the Year.” Most recently, Ram was the first technology leader to receive the Bank Insurance & Securities Association’s (BISA) Circle of Excellence Award, their most prestigious recognition.

Over the years, Ram has served as a member in a number of industry positions - Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Operations and Technology Advisory Committee and Technology Advisory Committees for various national securities exchanges.

Ram actively contributes to social, community, and entrepreneurship programs. He is a founding member of the American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA) and is an advisor and mentor in TiE Forums. Both ATEA and TiE are non-profit organizations and through these relationships, Ram connects founders of startups and helps them, with resources such as advisors, mentors, venture capitalists, and industry executives. Ram also published more than 8 books on various topics.

A graduate of Anna University (India), Ram earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronicsand Communication. Also completed various professional studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, NYU, and Harvard.

Dr. Seth Dobrin

Founder and CEO, Qantm AI
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Dr. Seth Dobrin is a globally recognized expert in AI. He is the Founder and CEO of the Qantm AI. Previously, he was President of the Responsible AI Institute and Global Chief AI Officer of IBM, where he led the company's AI strategy. Dr. Dobrin is a sought-after speaker and advisor on AI. He believes that AI has the potential to solve some of the world's most pressing problems, but that it is important to use AI responsibly. He advocates for the development of ethical AI guidelines and for the responsible use of AI by governments and businesses.

Nick Elprin

CEO & Co-founder, Domino Data Lab
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Nick Elprin is the CEO and co-founder of Domino Data Lab, provider of the enterprise AI platform that powers model-driven companies such as Allstate, Bristol Myers Squibb, Dell and Lockheed Martin. Before starting Domino, Nick built tools for quantitative researchers at Bridgewater, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. He has over a decade of experience working with data scientists at advanced enterprises. He holds a BA and MS in computer science from Harvard.

Ricky Ray Butler

CEO, BENlabs/TubeBuddy
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Ricky Ray Butler is an 18-year digital entertainment veteran and a pioneer in using AI technology to reshape the entertainment and media landscape. In 2008, he founded Plaid Social Labs, which was later acquired by BENlabs. Today, BENlabs is at the forefront of leveraging AI and deep learning to empower brands and creators to drive business outcomes through engaged human attention across media, content, and entertainment. Through its acquisition of TubeBuddy, BENlabs is empowering the 14 million influencers, creators, and brands on the platform to leverage data driven systems and processes to grow their audiences and revenues. Ricky Ray Butler serves as an advisor and investor for entrepreneurs and charities who share his relentless quest for disruption and deep learning. Like any data driven creative, Ricky spends his free time creating art no one should see and reading about the myriad of ways data has and can continue to improve the 21st century. Ricky Ray lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles.

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