14-15 June 2018
paris, france


First European conference
on Artificial Intelligence
designed for C-level executives
Our mission is to help organisations succeed in the era
of artificial intelligence and provide a thought leadership platform to explore the business and strategic implications of the cognitive technologies.

The first edition of Transform.AI took place in Paris in June, 2017. During the event, senior leaders had the opportunity to engage with AI experts in an intimate environment to better understand Artificial Intelligence, its future potential and the changes required to make their business successful in a new landscape.
Speakers and Participants
Aida Ponce Del Castillo
Senior Researcher
European Trade Union Institute
Alexandre Lebrun
Head of AI (Paris)
André Loesekrug-Pietri
Speaker for J.E.D.I.
Former Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence
Founder of ACAPITAL
André Manoukian
President and Founder
Muzeek Inc
Andreas Bergmann
TGV Lyria
Anne-Hélène Nicolas
Founder/Managing Partner
Anne-Valérie Bach
Serena Capital
Azeem Azhar
The Exponential View
Belen Romana
Non Executive Director
Santander Group and Aviva plc.
Benoît Georges
Publication Director
Les Echos
Bob Winslow
Senior Vice President Global Communications
Charles Thibout
University Lecturer and Researcher in Geopolitics
Christophe Cazes
Director of Innovation
Christophe Nicolas
Group CIO
Kudelski Group
SVP & Founder Kudelski Security
Dan Elron
Managing Partner
Corporate Strategy
Innovation and Technology
David Champion
Senior Editor
Harvard Business Review
David De Almeida
Head of Research Unit
David Hayat
Deborah Furet
Director of Development
Debra Danielson
SVP M&A Strategy and Distinguished Engineer
CA Technologies
Delphine Beer-Gabel
New Business Director
Edward Chan
Elisabeth Dubost
Eric Chaniot
Chief Digital Officer
Fabrice Aubert
Office of the President of the Republic of France
Florent Aziosmanoff
Living Art
Florent Courau
General Director
Francoise Soulie-Fogelman
Former Professor
Tianjin University and Founding Member of Hub France IA
Frederic Josue
Georgie Courtois
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
Gregoire Ferre
Jean-Georges Malcor
Senior Advisor
Jean-Luc Dormoy
Energy and IT advisor
Jean-Philippe Desbiolle
Vice-President Watson/Cognitive Transformation
IBM Watson Group
Jean-Yves Naouri
Chairman and CEO
JYN Partners
Jed Kolko
Chief Еconomist
Jennifer Schenker
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
The Innovator
Jerry Smith
VP of Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence
Karine Perset
Internet Economist
Kriti Sharma
VP, Artificial Intelligence
Laurence Lafont
General Manager Marketing & Operations
Laurent Stefani
Managing Director – Artificial Intelligence
Leonid Mukhamedov
Executive VP Europe Operations
Schneider Electric
Marie-Christine Levet
Founder and Partner
Marion Bougeard
Communication and Information Representative
Ministry of Culture and Communication
Marten Kaveats
National Digital Advisor in the Government Office of Estonia
Martine Gouriet
Director of IT and Telecoms
Mathilde Aglietta
Maurizio Rossi
Michael Bayle
Head of Mobile
Nathanael Ackerman
Founder & Managing Director
Hub France IA
Nicolas Demassieux
Senior Vice President Research
Orange Labs
Olivier Debeugny
Lingua Custodia
Olivier Genelot
Brand Manager
Axians / Vinci
Olivier Oullier
Orianne Duprat-Briou
Group Internal Audit Director
CNP Assurances
Paul Daugherty
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
Peter Zemsky
Deputy Dean
Philippe Guillaud
Muzeek Inc.
Philippe Roussiere
Accenture Research Innovation Services
Global Lead
Polly Sumner
Chief Adoption Officer
Roseline Kalifa
Rodolphe Héliot
Business Incubation Director
Schneider Electric
Romain Lavault
General Partner
Partech Ventures
Prof. Ross King
Professor of Machine Intelligence
University of Manchester
Stephanie Hospital
Sumit Jamuar
Chairman and CEO
Global Gene Corp
Theo Hoffenberg
Tim Barker
Valérie Coscas
Principal Strategy Manager
Amazon Web Services
Violette Bouveret
Consultant, Researcher and Trainer in Marketing and Strategy
Mastercard Advisors
Walter Frick
Senior Editor
Harvard Business Review
Yann Lechelle
Yann Taillandier
Supply Chain Transformation
Yves Bernaert
Senior Managing Director
Yves Caseau
President of the ICT Group
French Academy of Technologies
This list is regularly being updated. For the most up to date list please contact us.
Our program is designed to be as interactive and engaging as possible. No formal presentations but rather frank exchanges and dialogues between peers and AI experts.

14 JUNE 2018
16:30 – 17:00
16:30 – 17:00
Registration and Welcome Coffee
17:00 – 17:10
17:00 – 17:10
Welcome remarks
Joanna Gordon, Transform.AI
Paul Daugherty, Accenture
17:10 – 17:35
17:10 – 17:35
Estonia's plan to unleash the potential of AI
Fireside chat with Marten Kaveats Artificial Intelligence and why Estonia is pushing for bold AI regulations.
Marten Kaevats, Government Office of Estonia, National Digital Advisor
Walter Frick, Harvard Business Review
17:35 – 18:00
17:35 – 18:00
AI for Good
Alexandre Cadain, Anima
Mathilde Aglietta, Founder, ShareIT.Io
How can we tap into the power of AI to make the world a better place? In what ways can we maximise the benefits of AI to solve big problems?
18:00 – 18:10
18:00 – 18:10
The Era of AI
Debra Danielson, CA Technologies
How has the ecosystem evolved since Transform.AI 2017?
18:10 – 19:00
18:10 – 19:00
AI in 2018:From mystery, to panacea, to frightening, to something everyone is using more or less…
Making sense of it all.
Moderated by Azeem Azhar, The Exponential View
Jean-Philippe Desbiolles, IBM Watson
Nicolas Demassieux, Orange
Romain Lavault, Partech Ventures
An overview of the major advances in AI that have taken place in the last year, from a research as well as an application standpoint. How quickly is the transformation happening? Is it a gradual change or a revolution and did we overshoot or undershoot how quickly AI would progress and take over?
19:00 - 19:30
19:00 - 19:30
The new muse: Creation, inspiration, artificial intelligence.... Can these words harmoniously coexist?
Andre Manoukian, Muzeek
Philippe Guillaud, Muzeek
Florent Aziosmanoff, Living Joconde
To some the idea of a creative machine or robot is a far fetched concept. Others claim that AI will unleash new forms of creativity and unlock more of our potential. What is it?
Cocktail of ideas, drinks and food
15 JUNE 2018
08:30 – 09:00
08:30 – 09:00
Doors Open
09:00 – 09:10
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome Remarks
09:10 – 10:10
09:10 – 10:10
Understanding the problems AI can solve now
Paul Daugherty, Accenture
in conversation with
Gregoire Ferre, Faurecia
Yves Caseau, President of the ICT Group French Academy of Technologies
Martine Gouriet, EDF
AI is going to transform businesses but what exactly does this mean? What are the new opportunities enabled by AI? What type of problems or questions can be addressed with AI that we couldn't answer before? Where in the organization should executives think about using AI and how do you start implementing an "AI first" strategy?
10:10 – 10:40
10:10 – 10:40
The French AI vision
Fabrice Aubert, Office of the President of the Republic of France
Earlier this year, French President Macron laid out the ambitious French National AI strategy . Fabrice Aubert shares with us how Macron is turning the country into a global AI leader.
10:40 – 11:25
10:40 – 11:25
Going beyond the algorithm..... understanding the sources of differentiation in the era of AI
Moderated by Jennifer Schenker, The Innovator
Tim Barker, Fairhair.ai
Alex Dayon, Salesforce
Debra Danielson, CA Technologies
Theo Hoffenberg, Reverso
If algorithms are open sourced and accessible to all, what is the source of differentiation and competitive advantage? Is it the data? The algorithms? The hardware?
When can we truly claim that what companies are doing is "AI" and not just an advanced form of analytics?
11:25– 11:40
11:25– 11:40
Coffee Break
11:40 – 12:25
11:40 – 12:25
Leading the way
Moderated by Peter Zemsky, INSEAD
Eric Chaniot, Michelin
Jean- Luc Dormoy, Hub France IA

Belen Romana, Aviva and Santander
What role do leadership teams and board of directors have in ensuring companies are leveraging AI for superior business performance ?
How will existing business decision making models and management processes across organizations evolve and how will this affect corporate structures and culture?
12:25 – 13:10
12:25 – 13:10
Making sense of the global race
Moderated by Benoit Georges, Les Echos
Andre Loesekrug-Pietri, Speaker for J.E.D.I., Former Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, Founder of ACAPITAL
Francoise Soulie - Former Professor at Tianjin University, Founding Member Hub France IA
Charles Thibout, Iris

In the past year the narrative that AI is a national strategic advantage and that we are in a winner take all race has become stronger then ever. What does this mean for Europe? The United States?
13:10 – 14:00
13:10 – 14:00
Networking Lunch
14:00 – 15:00
14:00 – 15:00
Learning without accidents
Moderated by Walt Frick, Harvard Business Review
Georgie Courtois, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
Frederic Josue, Havas
Sumit Jamuar, Global Gene Corp
Kriti Sharma, Sage and AI for Good
Some believe that robots have no right to make mistakes or to have any doubts. How then should companies determine what are acceptable risks when key decisions are being made by machines? What governance and systems are needed to ensure AI remains honest and useful?
15:00 – 15:10
15:00 – 15:10
The robot scientist
Ross King, University of Manchester
A new path to drug discovery.
15:10 – 15:55
15:10 – 15:55
AI talent pool: shallow or deep?
Yves Bernaert, Accenture
Jed Kolko, Indeed.com
Laurence Lafont, Microsoft
Yann Lechelle, Snips
How many people reallly have the AI skills most tech companies want or that most companies think they want? How can they overcome the talent shortage and overcome the AI skills gap?
15:55 – 16:10
15:55 – 16:10
Reading your mind
Olivier Oullier, Emotiv
Connecting machines to our brains: a glimpse into how we think and feel
The making of a time capsule and closing of 2018 Transform.AI edtion
Yves Bernaert, Accenture
Joanna Gordon, Transform AI
Informal collection of predictions on where will be in a year's time
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