Final Agenda

AI World’s Inaugural

AI World Executive Summit: The Future of AI

Accelerating Innovation in the Enterprise

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 8:50 am - 3:50 pm ET



International Data Corporation (IDC)


Hosted by Premier Research Partner


Co-Chairs: Eliot Weinman, General Manager & Conference Chair, AI World, Cambridge Innovation Institute

Ritu Jyoti, Group Vice President, AI and Automation, IDC  


8:30 am Virtual Exhibit Hall Opens


8:50 Conference Kick-Off: Enterprise AI: The Future Is NOW

Ritu Jyoti, Group Vice President, AI and Automation, IDC  


9:05 KEYNOTE: How AI Tools Can Make People Smarter, and Especially the Less Wealthy and Underserved

Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, PhD, Professor, Engineering, Business, Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

New tools for federated learning make it possible to have privacy-preserving AI that gives people and communities greater “situation awareness” and discovers new opportunities and hidden threats better than ever before. 


9:30 KEYNOTE: How Data Science Powers Energy Production

Franziska Bell, PhD, Vice President, Data & Analytics, bp

Dr. Bell will discuss data science applications that have resulted in step function changes to the energy industry.  The energy industry is filled with rich data driven problems and opportunities to change the world through data science, and advanced data science techniques have been able to drive transformative changes to the operations and evolution of the energy industry. 


9:55 KEYNOTE: Expanding AI’s Impact with Organizational Learning 

Sam Ransbotham, PhD, Professor, Information Systems, Boston College; Academic Contributing Editor, MIT Sloan Management Review 

Only 10% of companies obtain significant financial benefits with AI. Why so few? Our research, a global survey of 3,000+ managers and interviews with executives, confirms that most companies are developing AI capabilities but have yet to gain significant financial benefits. Only when organizations learn with AI do significant benefits become likely. These companies intentionally change processes, broadly and deeply, to facilitate organizational learning, not just machine learning.


10:20 Coffee Break – Visit our Virtual Exhibit Hall


10:30 EXECUTIVE PANEL: Where Are We with AI in 2021: Emergent Outcomes, Ethics Tied to Data, and Executive Activities

As the world emerges out of the COVID-19 pandemic, is it worth considering where we are with AI in 2021? While much discussion has been made of the promise of AI, from both pragmatic and systems-level perspectives it is worth considering what we have learned over the last year on the brittleness and fragility of AI models, the challenges, and opportunities of training AI on emergent outcomes, and the remaining need for ethics tied to data. Join us for a review of both the year past – and the future forward as we consider what executives for both private and public sector organizations can do to employ AI effectively to thrive in the decade ahead.


Ritu Jyoti, Group Vice President, AI and Automation, IDC  


David A. Bray, PhD, Inaugural Director, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center; Executive Director, Commission for the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies and Data, Atlantic Council

Anthony Scriffignano, PhD, Senior Vice President & Chief Data Scientist, Dun & Bradstreet

Joanne Lo, PhD, CEO, Attica AI


11:15 KEYNOTE: Democratizing AI Within an Enterprise – Are We There Yet?

Anju Gupta, PhD, Vice President, Data Science and Analytics, Technology, Northwestern Mutual

We have been hearing about democratizing data in the enterprise and democratizing data science in the enterprise for the past few years. This talk focuses on the next step forward to provide insights on what it takes to democratize AI to deliver business outcomes in a large enterprise. Dr. Gupta is a seasoned leader that has led AI adoption of machine learning and deep learning technologies within Fortune 100 companies – from agriculture to automotive and now in the insurance industry. Executives will learn key insights that can help them shape large enterprises through the use of AI democratization. The talk will also how to address operationalizing AI within an enterprise (AIOps/MLOps) and the need to resolve this issue prior to charting your own AI projects. Dr. Gupta will also share her insights concerning how to navigate AI ethics, privacy and legal issues that will enable your organization to obtain freedom to operate. Attendees will learn what it takes to build an AI driven organization and how to show value and drive revenue.


11:40 To Make or to Buy - How to Get the Best of Both Worlds in Your AI Transformation 

Michał Iwanowski, Vice President of Engineering, Board Member, 

There is no question that enterprises that can successfully leverage AI’s potential will be the ones to get ahead. While businesses are certain about the goals they want to use AI for, how to execute and deploy it successfully remains a difficult question. When time is of the essence it is always about a trade-off between in-house vs. outsourcing. 


11:55 Lunch Break


12:00 pm Speed Networking


12:20 IDC Morning Wrap-Up

Ritu Jyoti, Group Vice President, AI and Automation, IDC    


12:30 KEYNOTE: Use Computer Vision to Unlock Value Hidden in Documents

Kennedy_ShawnShawn Kennedy, Director, IT Innovation, Assurant

As companies digitally transform, they need to automate complex processes. In the world of insurance, documents have been scanned and searchable for years but now the text and handwriting on these documents can be extracted and fed into Robotic Process Automations. Learn how advancements in handwriting recognition via cloud-based AI services are unlocking value.

12:55 KEYNOTE: Paying Attention to Ethical AI—What is Need to Know and What is Nice to Know About Managing for Ethical Uses of AI?

Jordan_SaraSara Jordan, PhD, Senior Counsel, AI & Ethics, Future of Privacy Forum

Busy executives know they have to “do” something to ensure ethical uses of AI. What must a C-level officer know about managing for ethical uses of AI? What is nice to know about managing for ethical uses of AI?  

1:20 KEYNOTE: The European Commission Proposal for Regulation on AI

Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor, Justice Policy, European Commission 

In April 2021, the European Commission will present rules for AI to be laid down in law by the European Parliament. This legislation will set boundaries for what is legal in the development and use of AI. It will also set out criteria for classification of AI by risk groups and corresponding obligations. Paul Nemitz, who was one of the original architects of GDPR and is a leading figure in the development of the AI related European regulations on AI, will provide attendees with an update on these proceedings and will discuss the potential impact on global public and private firms. 


1:55 PANEL: Impact of the European Commission Proposal for AI on Global Enterprises

The previous general session presented by Paul Nemitz will be discussing the specifics of the European Commission rules for the regulation of AI. By July 2021, these rules will likely be formally in effect. These European regulations on AI will likely have a dramatic impact on any enterprise or software company doing business throughout Europe and may also set the stage for eventual regulations that will be developed by U.S. governing bodies.  Ritu Jyoti will lead a discussion on the likely implications for Global 2000 businesses and what they will need to prepare for in case of the potential for any upcoming U.S. regulations. 

Ritu Jyoti, Group Vice President, AI and Automation, IDC  


Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor on Justice Policy, European Commission 

David A. Bray, PhD, Inaugural Director, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center; Executive Director, Commission for the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies and Data, Atlantic Council 

Anthony Scriffignano, PhD, Senior Vice President & Chief Data Scientist, Dun & Bradstreet 


2:30 KEYNOTE: Addressing the Executive’s  ‘AI Value’ Pain Point

fitzgerald_dawnDawn Fitzgerald, Vice President of Engineering and Technical Operations, Homesite, an American Insurance Co.

In this session, Dawn addresses the executive’s ‘AI Value’ pain-point with an AI holistic adoption approach. Most organizations struggle with low AI adoption and disconnected data science silos; leaving executives with little or no visibility into the overall value brought by the organization's AI solutions and corresponding key concern points such as cost efficiencies, security, privacy, and responsible use. This session provides the executive with a systematic approach to launching and maintaining high-value enterprise AI initiatives within their organization.


2:55 EXECUTIVE PANEL: Vision for the AI Age through 2045

Our distinguished panel and co-authors will debate and present a vision of an all-digital virtual city based on trusted open data. This presentation will summarize the standards and research developed by these experts and delivered in a series of reports to the United Nations on behalf of the AI World Society of the Boston Global Forum. The series of reports have been published and presented to the U.N. in the last year and a half, and includes specific plans covering: 

Social Contract for the AI Age 

  • People-Centered Economy
  • Trustworthy Economy
  • Intellectual Society, a Thoughtful Civil Society, and 
  • AI Government

Thomas Patterson, PhD, Research Director, The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation; Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard Kennedy School; President, AIWS University


Vint Cerf, Father of the Internet, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google 

Michael Dukakis, Governor; Co-Founder and Chair, AI World Society (AIWS); Boston Global Forum 

Ramu Damodaran, First Chief, United Nations Academic Impact, United Nations (2010 - 2021); Editor in Chief, United Nations Chronicle Magazine (1996 - 2021) 





3:30 Session Break

3:35 Looking towards the Future of Enterprise AI

Ritu Jyoti, Group Vice President, AI and Automation, IDC  





3:50 Virtual Exhibit Hall Closes


3:50 AI World Executive Summit: The Future of AI 2021 Concludes