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AI Horizons: Empowering Board Directors for a 20-Year Vision

Free online webinar     
Board members
Wednesday, 13 December 2023
16:30 - 18:00 UTC

As AI continues its ascent to the forefront of industry and governance, board directors are presented with a unique opportunity and challenge — to lead the strategic direction of their organisations in the AI-driven future.

Board members are currently bombarded with noise and a relatively narrow commentary on this topic. With a longer-term view, ‘AI Horizons’ brings a practical investment lens in terms of both technology and people. It is designed to enfranchise board members with the knowledge and insights they need to integrate the growth in AI capabilities into their north-star thinking, engage productively with tech talent, make strategic investment decisions and have confidence to shape the future of their organisations.

Panel Chair
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Neil Tsappis

Founding Director at Demyst Board Sciences

Neil is a board performance expert and  thought-leader in the 'Future Board' space. For over three decades he has worked in and around the boardrooms of FTSE companies such as Vodafone, London Stock Exchange Group and J Sainsbury’s.

Expert Panel

Cris Ippolite

CEO of ISolutionsAI

California-based, Cris is a thought-leader and influencer in applied AI, with a background in disruptive ideation. As CEO of iSolutionsAI, he works with household names in the US, designing and implementing custom machine learning models and AI language models in various industries. He is particularly recognised as a brilliant communicator, being able to explain complex AI ideas and concepts, giving confidence to non-expert leaders as they navigate this challenging field.

Professor Tony Cohn

Professor of Automated Reasoning in the School of Computing at the University of Leeds

As well as his post at Leeds University, Tony is seconded part-time to the Alan Turing Institute, where he leads the Foundational Models Theme. Tony is internationally known for his work on knowledge representation and reasoning, in particular on spatial and temporal reasoning and its application to ‘cognitive vision’. He has worked extensively on ‘decision support systems’, particularly relating to the utility and construction sectors, in the field of robotics and, most recently, evaluating the capabilities of Foundation/Frontier models in the area of commonsense reasoning. He is Editor-in-Chief of Spatial Cognition and Computation and was previously Editor-in-chief of the AI journal. He is the recipient of several awards: a KR ‘test-of-time classic paper’ award, a Donald E Walker Distinguished Service Award, which honours senior scientists in AI for contributions and service to the field during their careers, and a AAAI Distinguished Service Award for “extraordinary and sustained service to the artificial intelligence community”. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the AI societies AAAI, AISB, EurAI and AAIA.

Dr Tamara Russell

Scientific Director at Demyst Board Sciences

Tamara is a psychologist and neuroscientist and a visiting lecturer at King’s College, London. She brings an array of knowledge and skills to the corporate sector. Tamara is an expert in human dynamics, having worked with high performance individuals in public and private organisations, including Lloyds Bank, Vitality Brands, NHS, and other organisations in the arts, creative, legal and financial industries.

Oliver Tsappis

Data Science Director at Demyst Board Sciences

After gaining his degree in Business and Economics at Utrecht University, Oliver began his career in business incubators and accelerators in The Netherlands, Germany, Jordan and Egypt. He is now a data scientist and has worked with leading UK and Canadian companies. A director of Demyst Board Sciences, Oliver represents the generation that will deliver the future of AI, and brings a practical eye to the strategic evolution of AI in business.

Key highlights

A Realistic 20-Year Vision: Gain a deep understanding of AI's evolution and its potential impact on industries and boardrooms. We'll explore architecture, the potential and functionality of AI in a 15 to 20-year timeframe.

Practical Roadmap: Starting with what is already possible, discover how to bridge the gap between the present and the AI-powered future. We'll provide actionable insights and strategies to help board directors plan for AI adoption and integration effectively.

Human-Centric Considerations: In the AI journey, it's not just about technology; it's about people. Learn how to navigate the human aspects, including ethics, workforce implications, and fostering a culture of AI innovation.

By the end of ‘AI Horizons’, board directors will be better equipped to lead their organisations confidently into an AI-enriched future and engage with tech talent to harness the full potential of this transformative technology.

Next steps

This webinar will create a common baseline for further exploration and areas of particular interest in group settings. Subject to demand, we will facilitate ongoing learning with your peers and experts.

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