Top 20 AI Influencers and Thought Leaders you need to follow in 2021
The world of AI is rapidly changing, and we'd like to help you keep up with it.
We've curated a list of the Top 20 AI thought leaders that you should follow in 2021. This list comprises global business leaders, authors, AI advocates, data scientists, and professors. Follow them, reach out to them, and see how they can guide you on your AI journey.
Each of these AI leaders has deep insights that will help you optimize your business with artificial intelligence. They helped us at Engati stay current with recent innovations and developments in the space of AI.
1. Andy Fitze
Andy is the Co-Founder and CIO of SwissCognitive - The Global AI Hub. He’s also the President of the Swiss IT Leadership Forum.
Andy is a digital enterprise leader and is transforming business strategies keeping the best interests of shareholders, customers, and employees in mind.
Follow him for your daily dose of AI news and thoughts on using AI to improve your business.
Catch our interview with Andy on AI in daily life
2. Maria Luciana Axente
Maria Luciana Axente is the lead for Responsible AI & AI for Good at PwC UK.
She leads the implementation of ethics in AI for the firm on three-level at an organization, product/team, and individual level partnering with industry, academia, governments, NGO, and civil society.
Maria helps PwC harness AI’s power ethically and responsibly while acknowledging the benefits and risks in many walks of life. Maria is also a globally recognized AI ethics expert.
Watch Maria talk about Ethical AI on Engati CX
3. Nazareen Ebrahim
Nazareen Ebrahim is the Founder, CEO, and AI ethics officer at Socially Acceptable - South Africa.
Nazareen is also the Founder & CEO of Naz Consulting. She also provides face-to-face training and entrepreneurial mentorship.
Follow Nazareen for insights on Ethical AI, Responsible Data Science, and Machine Learning
Watch our interview with Nazareen, as she talks about controlling AI bias.
4. Shailendra Kumar
Shailendra is the Vice President and Chief Evangelist of SAP and Advisory Board Member of Aegis School of Business, Data Science, Cyber Security, and Telecommunication.
Shailendra has over a quarter of a century of artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced analytics, and data science experience.
He’s all about sharing the knowledge that he has gained and regularly goes live to talk about AI and how startups and established companies can both use AI to maximize their results.
Shailendra talks about Industry 4.0 in his Engati CX interview
5. Dr. Ganapathi Pulipaka
Dr. Ganapathi Pulipaka has been ranked #5th as the Data Science Influencer for 2018 by Onalytica and ranked #4th as the Machine Learning Influencer for January 2018 by KCore Analytics.
He’s the Chief AI HPC Scientist at Accenture and is also the best-selling author of two books that held the #1 spot on Amazon for multiple years.
Dr. Ganapathi walks us through the history of NLP on Engati CX
6. Katie King
Katie is the CEO of AI in Business.
She is a member of the UK Government All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) task force for the enterprise adoption of AI.
Katie is the author of ‘Using Artificial Intelligence in Marketing: How to Harness AI and Maintain the Competitive Edge.’
With over 30 years of experience, she has advised many of the world's leading brands and business leaders, including Accenture, Orange, and Arsenal Football Club.
Katie shares 10 tips on harnessing AI for your business in her interview with us.
7. Utpal Chakraborty
Utpal Chakraborty is the Head of Artificial Intelligence at YES BANK. He is also a well-known researcher, speaker, and writer on artificial intelligence and IoT.
Utpal is also a TEDx speaker. He’s the co-author of Artificial Intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and the author of ‘Artificial Intelligence for all.’
Watch Utpal talk about Gaining the competitive advantage with RPA on Engati CX
8. Alvin Foo
Alvin is the co-founder of DAOventures, a decentralized finance asset manager.
He has held leadership roles in a range of companies and was even the Head of Mobile for Google China.
Alvin is prolific on social media with posts about robotics, AI, and technology in general.
Catch our interview with Alvin on next-gen mobile tech
9. Imtiaz Adam
Imtiaz Adam is an artificial intelligence & strategy executive and data scientist.
He specializes in strategy and digital transformation with a focus on ROI. He is well versed in AI, covering machine learning and deep learning, strategy, digital marketing, corporate development, 5G, and data-driven decision making.
He’s had experience in advising many industries, including FinTech, Healthcare, Marketing, and Security.
Imtiaz explains the blueprint for value-generation in his Engati CX interview
10. Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach
Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach is a technology strategist experienced in the high-tech ecosystem domain and is the leading author for ‘The Artificial Intelligence Imperative.’
She’s able to structure partnership agreements with global technology companies offering a competitive advantage.
Dr. Anastassia inspires and motivates people and relies on powerful analytics to solve problems and facilitate rapid decision-making.
She even trains Fortune 500 companies in cybersecurity and data technologies.
Dr. Anastassia talks about Ethical AI and how to tackle deepfakes in her Engati CX interview
11. Nigel Willson
Nigel Willson is a global speaker, influencer, and advisor on artificial intelligence, innovation, and technology.
An ex-European Chief Technology Officer, Nigel is now an independent voice on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
He is also the Co-founder of WE and AI, whose mission is to increase public awareness and understanding of the risks and rewards of artificial intelligence in the UK.
In his Engati CX interview, Nigel shows us how AI is all-pervasive.
12. Thomas Wolf
Thomas Wolf is a co-founder and the Chief Science Officer at Hugging Face.
Hugging Face is all about democratizing NLP, one commit at a time, and he leads the science team, focusing on the most complex technical and legal situations.
Thomas excels in autonomously setting up comprehensive and creative solutions to complex issues.
Watch Thomas talk about overcoming the challenges of computational linguistics on Engati CX
13. Hessie Jones
Hessie Jones is a seasoned digital strategist and privacy technologist who challenges the notion of complacency.
She advocates for data rights, sovereignty, and human-centred AI through ethical distribution strategies.
In her 20-year journey, she ventured into start-up technologies: privacy, security, data targeting: behavioral and ID profiling, MarTech, and industry experience in advertising, banking, and digital technology.
Her current focus is on Data Privacy, Identity, Sovereignty, and Ethical AI as data breaches and data misuse become more commonplace.
Hessie discusses digital ethics and transformation on Engati CX
14. Martin Musiol
Martin Musiol is the senior data scientist at IBM in Europe, the co-founder and the instructor of generativeai.net, and the co-founder and former CTO of Storybeep, a natural language processing company.
He is passionate about machine learning, especially deep learning architecture such as generative and adversarial networks that can generate images, music videos, and other kinds of data.
Catch Martin’s Engati CX interview on functions across AI
15. Patrick Bangert
Patrick is the VP of Artificial Intelligence at Samsung SDS America.
He directs their AI Engineering and AI Sciences teams that provide the full spectrum of AI model development.
Follow Patrick for content about artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and their applications.
Patrick sheds light on logic-driven AI in his Engati CX interview.
16. Aleksandra Przegalinska
A former MIT Research Fellow and future Harvard Senior Research Fellow, Aleksandra is an associate Professor at Kozminski University.
She has a Ph.D. in Artificial intelligence and is interested in new technologies, sustainable technological growth, media studies, critical theory, and system/organization theory.
Aleksandra currently specializes in wearable technology.
Watch Aleksandra talk about international technology transfer on Engati CX
17. Srini Janarthanam
Srini Janarthanam is NatWest’s Conversational AI - Technology Designer.
He has developed award-winning chatbots and has over ten years of experience in conversational technology, designing architectures, and developing cloud-based solutions.
He is the writer of a developer handbook on Chatbots and Conversational UI titled ‘Hands-On Chatbots and Conversational UI Development.’
Srini sheds light on conversational design in his Engati CX interview.
18. Maaike Groenewege
Maaike Groenewege is a conversational consultant, conversational linguist, content architect and is also the founder of Women in Voice, NL.
Having worked as a technical writer in aviation for 14 years, she believes that creating a chatbot, knowledge base, or any other information product is easy.
The magic lies in creating great content experiences through continuous maintenance, improvement, and innovation and building organizations that make this possible.
Catch Maaike talk about designing effective conversational interfaces on Engait CX.
19. Tony Boobier
As a past-Executive with IBM, Tony Boobier is an independent expert, mentor, consultant, and Advisory Board member.
He’s an international author of 3 books, 'Analytics for Insurance,’ ‘Advanced Analytics and AI: Impact, Implementation and the Future of Work,’ and 'AI and the Future of Banking.’
Tony is passionate about international business development, analytics, supply chain, and AI.
Watch Tony discuss advanced analytics in his interview with us.
20. Fredrik Hofflander
Fredrik Hofflander is a technology and business leader with a strong focus on helping companies get to the next level of their work with AI.
He’s passionate about building up high-performance, cross-functional, and self-managed balanced teams and is currently building and leading an organization of senior data scientists, AI-developers, and data engineers. His team aims to become a knowledge hub within the field of AI.
Fredrik talks about how automation is absolutely necessary right now in his Engati CX interview.
We hope these AI influencers inspire you to build and use AI systems in the best possible way. Follow them to learn about the latest developments in the space of AI, get daily AI news, and see how you can use it to improve your business processes.
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