The Categories:

SOLUTIONS PROVIDER

For those who have demonstrated passion, skills, and world class expertise in developing their AI product for a technology solutions provider.

SOLUTIONS IMPLEMENTOR

This category is for those who have developed in-house innovation through implementing AI to drive meaningful change and business growth.

The Shortlist:

SOLUTIONS PROVIDER

Mark Whiteman, CEO, Citycom Solutions

Mark has developed a state of the art AI solution called ARC Surveil that combines Computer Vision and NLP to be able to monitor discussions happening over Teams and Zoom and assess the compliance of (bank) policy. He has personally raised several million pounds to build this solution ahead of the market and been an inspirational change agent. ARC Surveil uses the fastest NVIDIA GPUs to process discussions in realtime and identify any potential risks that banks need to mitigate. The solution combines data from both video and audio to triage events.

The solution is currently being trialled by several of the world’s largest banks.

 

Max Cavazzini, Head of Industrial – EMEA, Amazon Web Services

Innovation is at the heart of Max’s daily routine: he supports industrial customers in using AI/ML for innovating at scale in areas as predictive maintenance, sustainability, supply chain optimization, quality (eg defect detection). From small start-ups to large corporations, becoming a data driven company and using ML/AI to innovate at scale is part of his mission.

 

Ahana Banerjee, CEO, Clear

Ahana grew up internationally, living in the UK, India and Singapore.

Having suffered a lot with her skin growing up, she wanted to build a tool to help people track their own skin progress, build more transparency in the process of learning which products to use, and drive cosmetic formulators to create more innovative products and make data-driven decisions. As such, Clear was born!

She was accepted to Silicon Valley based startup accelerator, Y Combinator, in January 2021, which is when she started working on Clear. She started writing code for the app in April, launched publicly in June, bootstrapped to 4,000+ users by September, graduated from her Physics degree at Imperial College London in October, and raised an $800k pre-seed funding round in November. She is a 22 year old, minority female founder, who now manages a 6 person team at Clear.

 

Dr. Loubna Bouarfa, Founder & CEO, OKRA.ai

Dr Loubna Bouarfa is the founder and CEO of OKRA.ai – a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company transforming life sciences operations through the use of AI solutions. OKRA.ai aims to enable the healthcare system through AI, to meet the challenges and demands of the 21st century.

As part of Loubna’s commitment to promoting the development of ethical, trustworthy AI, she supported the European Commission in drafting ethical guidelines for the future of AI. Loubna has recently been selected as a European Young Leaders (EYL40) to promote the European identity of the future and create together with the most innovative minds a more competitive, equal and inclusive world.

 

Ana Echeverri, Director – Services Subscriptions, IBM 

Ana designed and launched the first Open Source educational project focused on Data Science/Machine Learning for Academia. This is a curriculum kit that helps academic institutions around the world accelerate the creation of their Data Science, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence programs at the undergraduate or graduate level. The project is hosted at https://github.com/odpi/OpenDS4All. This is a project that was her idea, funded by IBM, and built in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and that now runs as an Open Source project governed by the Linux Foundation. It was truly a first of a kind.

 

Neerav Vyas, Head of Customer First North America, Capgemini

Neerav has spent over 15 years focusing on innovation and growth strategies, and on the executive leadership teams of a fortune 500 company and at a venture backed start-up. He’s worked to launch/re-launch 87 new brands and products and established 14 global analytics centers of excellence for Fortune 500 firms across 11 different industries. His focus is in facilitating large scale Digital Transformations and leveraging Big-Data and Machine learning to innovate products, processes, services, and experiences. At Capgemini he’s led innovation for Data Driven Customer Experience where he’s leading thought leadership for develop Personalization Engines at scale.

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SOLUTIONS IMPLEMENTOR

Arthur Zhuravsky, Global Senior Head of Voice of Customer, FARFETCH

Arthur has leveraged state-of-the-art AI and NLP to develop a new CX metric, the Customer Experience Index (CXI). This links all customer touchpoints, including operational metrics, all service and communications feedback, in an attempt to connect the customer experience directly with revenue. This has transformed, at speed and scale, the countless customer messages FARFETCH agents receive each day into clean structured data for detailed analysis.

Arthur’s NLP-powered CXI score has achieved far greater predictive performance against churn, loyalty, and engagement than previous CSAT and NPS scores. This has contributed to 2-3x greater engagement, CSAT and customer recovery at FARFETCH.

 

Peter He, Senior Data Scientist, Apricity

Peter has been developing amazing AI tools for embryo 3D reconstructions based on multiple focal plane images of embryos. His research is allowing embryologists to better understand, in a glimpse of an eye, the configuration of the embryos during their development which can be critical in lab decision making.

 

Ben Dias, Director of Data Science & Analytics, easyJet

Ben is not only a pioneer in the data science field, building teams, managing projects and leveraging AI for the acceleration of easyJet (and a trend-setter for the travel and aviation industry), but he is also a true advocate for diversity, helping the tech ecosystem reach its full potential.

 

Rushabh Shah, Program Director Intelligent Automation, Corporate Banking Technology, Deutsche Bank

Rushabh has been leading intelligent automation efforts at Deutsche Bank GTB for more than five years. In that time, he has been instrumental in driving automation and AI adoption at every level of operations. In the last year, Rushabh has focused on how AI solutions can enhance the client experience for the bank’s high-value corporate banking customers.

By democratising the use of powerful NLP models, the bank has digitised the countless number of messages its 12,000-strong service workforce must process each day.

Rushabh has given service teams and relationship managers a new capability to discover what’s driving urgency, complaints and client demand, at speed and scale. Employees now see problems develop in real time and have the insight to target them at the source before they can impact the client experience.

 

Angela Yochem, EVP Chief Transformation & Digital Officer, Novant Health

In November 2018, Novant Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in the United States, created an entirely new executive position devoted exclusively to digital health and appointed Angela Yochem to fill that leadership role. As an industry veteran who had held leadership positions at various Fortune 500 companies, Angela embraced the challenge of stepping into a new vertical. What she lacked in hospital and health system experience she made up for in her ability to redefine an organization’s approach to technology.

 

Cengiz Ucbenli, Global Head of Big Data & AI, Vodafone

Cengiz Ucbenli is currently Global Head of Big Data and AI at Vodafone Group, responsible for AI Strategy, Scalability, and Innovation. He is passionate about founding data science teams from scratch and delivering the most impactful AI use cases for various industries. He was the founder and the Head of Big Data & AI department at Vodafone Turkey, where his team developed recommender systems, network investment and credit risk models. Prior to joining Vodafone, he worked as Senior Vice President at BBVA Garanti Turkey where he founded and led Marketing Analytics Department on a range of innovative use cases. Cengiz embarked on his professional career as a data scientist in Strategic Analysis and Information Management department of American Express in New York City, leading various research and analytics projects. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in the City of New York, an M.B.A degree from Bogazici University, and a B.Sc. degree from Istanbul Technical University.

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2021 WINNERS

Ankit Chhajer, AI Lead, NatWest

Ankit has pioneered use of conversational AI and robotics across and supported millions of customers with most complex banking needs specially during COVID-19. He leads the strategy and AI team at NatWest that has increased the adoption of the virtual assistant Cora by over 400% now supporting over 25 million customer conversations.

Dr. Seth Dobrin, Chief AI Officer, IBM

Dr. Dobrin has created a new methodology for the design and execution of AI strategies at IBM that aims to address the most urgent challenges businesses face today around regulations, trust, AI Ethics, and business value.