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Ayesha Khanna  

Artificial Intelligence Solutions Expert; Leading Advisor on Our Intelligent Future; Co-Founder & CEO of Addo

Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of Addo, a global artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm headquartered in Singapore and San Francisco. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and the metaverse to leading corporations and governments around the world.

In 2017, Addo was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Dr. Khanna was named one of Southeast Asia's groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. Addo's clients have included SMRT, Singapore's largest public transport company; Mercy, one of the largest hospital networks in the United States; Singtel, Singapore's largest telco; SOMPO, Japan's largest insurance firm; Habib Bank, Pakistan's largest bank; and Smart Dubai, the government agency tasked to transform Dubai into a leading smart city. Prior to founding Addo, Dr. Khanna spent more than a decade on Wall Street developing large scale trading, risk management and data analytics systems for leading financial institutions.

Dr. Khanna is an active advisor and board member to companies and smart city projects. Dr. Khanna serves on the board of AVEVA Group, a British FTSE 100 multinational technology firm that is a global leader in industrial software. She also serves on the board of NEOM Tech and Digital Holding Company, which is responsible for formulating the vision and delivery of the technology infrastructure (which includes AI, robotics, blockchain, and virtual reality) for NEOM, the $500 billion smart city under development in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Khanna also serves on the global Scientific Advisory Board of L’Oreal, the world's largest cosmetics company, where she advises on the future of new technologies, disruptive innovations and changing consumer preferences.

Dr. Khanna serves on the board of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, a leading polytechnic in Singapore with 44 full-time programs through 9 academic schools and a student population of almost 15,000. She is also a member of the board of Sport Singapore, the lead government agency tasked with developing a holistic sports culture for the nation.

From 2018-2022, Dr. Khanna served on the board of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore government agency that develops and regulates its world-class technology sector to drive the country's digital economy and power its Smart Nation vision. In 2014, Dr. Khanna was a member of the Singapore’s Ministry of Education’s steering committee that resulted in Skills Future, an innovative national program that aligns education with economic demand, career guidance and lifelong learning to prepare citizens for the fourth industrial revolution.

Dr. Khanna is the Founder of 21C GIRLS (21st Century Girls), a charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore. Programs include Code in the Community, a program sponsored by Google and that has taught thousands of children (8-14 yrs) coding, and Empower, which has partnered with Ngee Ann Polytechnic to teach girls (18-24 yrs) the basics of artificial intelligence. Dr. Khanna is also the Founder of Squad, a global collective for women who want to learn, build and invest in the Metaverse and Web3.

Dr. Khanna has presented at major financial, technology and other industry conferences, provided high level government briefings, chaired symposiums such as AI Asia, and spoken at TEDx events. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Councils, a community of international experts who provide thought leadership on the impact and governance of emerging technologies.

Dr. Khanna is the author of "Straight Through Processing" (2008) and co-author of "Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization" (2012). She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, and Foreign Policy.

Dr. Khanna was featured in ZDF’s (Germany’s largest TV channel) documentary on twelve “Leading Women” around the world (2019). She has been named one of Singapore's leading women in tech (Singapore Computer Society), and been recently profiled for her work in artificial intelligence in leading publications including Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Focus Magazin (Germany), Corriere della Sera (Italy), Dagens Næringsliv (Norway), Lëtzebuerger Journal (Luxembourg), Computer Sweden (Sweden), Information Age (Nordics), Peak (Singapore), and In The Black (Australia).

Dr. Khanna has a BA (honors) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems (focused on digital innovation in smart cities) from the London School of Economics.

Speech Topics

Tech Trends to Watch and How To Leverage Them Strategically

AI-driven automation, edge computing, industrial and nano-robotics, and human enhancement are just a few of the main trends that will significantly impact all industries in the coming 5-10 years.

Using illuminating case studies, global tech leader Dr. Ayesha Khanna digs into how these accelerating technologies will both disrupt business models and operations but also open up new opportunities to lift your firm to new heights. With experience advising some of the world’s largest corporations on data-driven digital transformation and innovation, Dr. Khanna highlights the key technologies that you must include in your strategic planning for the decade beyond.

Future of Work: How to Amplify Human Potential in the Technology Revolution

AI, robotics, additive manufacturing, AR/VR, quantum computing, and gene editing are among the suite of revolutionary technologies that are disrupting every industry in the world. While these advances may offer a plethora of opportunities, what do they mean for the future of work and jobs?

In this session, Dr. Ayesha Khanna takes you on a journey through the main forces that are reshaping the corporate world and labor markets, emphasizing how each sector can leverage these breakthroughs to make workers more productive, innovative, and empathetic. This new process of human-technology co-evolution will forever change how we view the global economy and our role in it.

Winning with AI: How Innovative Leaders Are Driving Growth

With its potential to change every industry, artificial intelligence has been called one of the most ground-breaking technologies of our time. But what is the reality behind the hype?

With some of the world’s most recognized companies as her clients, Dr. Ayesha Khanna provides insights on how innovative firms are embracing data and machine learning to leapfrog competitors and win new customers in the process. In this session, Ayesha will also offer her recommendations for how your firm can accelerate its AI journey, as well as guidance on how to use AI responsibly to engender trust amongst consumers and investors.

Smart Cities 2.0: The New Way We Will Live and Work

New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, and robotics can offer urban businesses and citizens higher quality, more productive, and more sustainable lifestyles. The critical shift that is underway is from centralized, top-down models to an ecosystem approach that is inclusive of corporate and civic stakeholders, especially digital native and data-driven companies.

With a Ph.D. in information systems focused on smart cities, coupled with her experience as a global tech leader, Dr. Ayesha Khanna delivers a comprehensive assessment of Smart City case studies and best practices on how to effectively implement these technologies and be part of the Smart Cities 2.0 paradigm.


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