April 11-12, 2019 / PARIS, FRANCE

About Transform.AI 2019

The 3rd edition of Transform.AI took place on 11-12 April 2019 under the theme “From what? To so what? To so how?”
AI was everywhere in 2018 and it will continue to be a major topic in 2019 as we begin to witness AI breakthroughs across businesses and society. Companies are no longer evaluating the transformative power of AI. We have transitioned from questioning what AI is and how it will change business and society to looking at how enterprises can implement and leverage AI responsibly and at scale.



Thursday, 11 April 2019

Joanna Gordon, Transform.AI
Paul Daugherty, Accenture

The world has gone through multiple technological revolutions, such as those driven by the steam engine, the railway, the automobile or now  the transistor. Some argue that AI  by itself may have impacts of similar magnitude to those of these previous revolutions. If so, what can we learn from past revolutions in terms of the impacts on business and the economy, society and our daily lives? What might we do differently  based on our understanding of history to maximize the benefits and minimize ill effects?  

Dan Elron – Managing Partner, Corporate Strategy, Innovation and Technology, Accenture

Fabrice Cavarretta – Associate Professor of Management, ESSEC Business School

Over the past year ambitious AI plans have been announced across Europe, from Macron unveiling in March 2018 a €1.5 billion strategy to make France an AI leader, to Angela Merkel in November 2018 laying out a €3 billion plan to turn Germany into an AI powerhouse.
People such as Kai Fu Lee, former head of Google China, believe that despite the investments, Europe continues to lag behind the US and China while others feel that Europe is on track to capitalize on its strengths. Is the European AI gap shrinking or growing? What can Europe do to create a unique advantage in AI?

Nicolas Brien -CEO, France Digitale

Gilles Babinet – France’s digital champion in Brussels

Lofred Madzou – Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum


Jennifer Schenker – Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Innovator

Data is often described as the new oil and Nielsen has plenty of it. How is Nielsen’s’ team of over 1000 data scientists expanding the capabilities of its data through machine learning and AI. How does this enable Nielsen to better serve its customers, provide them with meaningful insight and drive new business opportunities? What can we learn from Nielsen?

Mainak Mazumdar – Chief Research Officer, Nielsen

in conversation with Peter Zemsky – Professor of Strategy and Deputy Dean of Innovation, INSEAD

Many large companies are starting to  dip their toes in the world of AI.  What have they learned as they have embarked on this journey? A discussion ranging from how to structure AI teams, to how to select pilot projects, to how to prepare your workforce. A peek into how companies are setting themselves up for success.

Giulia Brandetti – Senior Data Scientist, Enel

Anny Pinto – Group Privacy Officer, Adecco Group

Eric Sibony – Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Shift-Technology


Yves Bernaert – Accenture Technology Europe Lead & Intelligent Platform Services, Accenture

Friday, 12 April 2019

As AI continues to explode, what new companies and what new AI domains have sprung since last year’s edition of Transform.AI?

Debra Danielson – Distinguished Engineer, Executive Advisor at Strattam Capital

In 2011, the world was amazed to discover IBM’s Watson computer succeed at winning against the most successful human contestants on the game show Jeopardy. Many then expected to see AI just as quickly disrupt the business world. Almost 10 years later, it seems that the technology is just now starting to find its place in enterprise. A discussion with Manoj Saxena on the ‘so hows’ to make AI happen.

Manoj Saxena -Executive Chairman, Cognitive Scale and former GM of IBM Watson

in conversation with Benoit Georges – Head, Ideas & Debates Unit; Head, Artificial intelligence, Les Echos

In October of last year Amazon made headlines after its AI recruitment tool showed bias against woman. In this case it was a “fairly easy” catch. What happens as AI is deployed across all aspects of our lives, from driving efficiency to increasing productivity, to detecting fraudulent behavior, to making judicial decisions, to providing medical diagnosis, just to name a few. How do we ensure that it is functioning fairly and reliably? Where, at what levels and through what conduits, corporate, policy, etc., can we actually exert influence on the development of AI to ensure an ethical and conscientious AI?

Alex Terry – Head of Occupational Psychology – EMEA, Pymetrics

Mariarosaria Taddeo – Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab at Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Remy Bourganel – Chief innovation & design, BRICKCHAIN LTD


Deborah Furet -EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences)

A year ago President Macron presented France’s vision to become a leader in AI.  How is France turning this into a reality? A discussion with Bertrand Pailhes.

Bertrand Pailhes – National Coordinator for the French AI strategy, State Digital Service

in conversation with Jean-Laurent Poitou – Senior Managing Director, Applied Intelligence Lead – Europe, Accenture

Existing educational systems, especially across Europe, have barely evolved in the last 30 years yet the world is changing rapidly. How is AI going to transform not only the way but also what we need to learn in the future? What capabilities, values and behaviors do we need to be teaching next generations and how do we achieve that?

Jean-Philippe Desbiolles – Vice-President Watson/Cognitive Transformation, IBM Watson Group

Marie Christine Levet -Founder and Partner, Educapital

Francois Taddei – Directeur du Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire (CRI)


André Loesekrug-Pietri – Speaker for J.E.D.I.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) represents 20 million trade union members globally. What is the ITF’s view on how automation will affect workers, transport and the economy?   What  are some of the recommendations to manage the transition period and to provide workers a meaningful voice in how AI systems are designed? 

Jeremy Anderson – Head of Strategic Research, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

In conversation with Jennifer Schenker – Founder & Editor-in-Chief, the Innovator

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life.
As AI becomes increasingly omnipresent, how do we ensure the respect and protection of our human rights?

Jean-Yves Art – Head of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft

According to the Gartner 2019 CIO report, “the number of enterprises implementing artificial intelligence  grew 270 percent in the past four years.” What are companies really doing with AI today? Where is it being applied, how is it  leading to the development of new business models and what are some of the lessons learned along the way?  

Stephen Green – Director Machine Learning Research Group, Oracle

Reza Khorshidi – Chief Scientist, AIG

Igor Perisic – Chief Data Officer and VP Engineering, LinkedIn


Jennifer Watkins – Founder,

From identifying a user problem that could potentially be solved with AI to making it happen…a first hand experience.

Laetitia Cailleteau – Liquid Studio London Lead and Global Lead for Conversational AI, Accenture

According to Stanford Medicine’s Health Trends Report, one of the greatest forces behind the transformation of Health Care is data and France has a lot of health data. What could the future look like and what does it take to get there?

Emmanuel Bacry – Senior Researcher CNRS – University Paris-Dauphine, Associate Professor – Head of Data Science Initiative Ecole Polytechnique

Working session designed in collaboration with the Joint European Disruption Initiative (J.E.D.I). The outcome of this session is to identify the next AI European moonshot challenge. These challenges are intended to support and fund breakthrough innovations and projects.

Impulse talks by:

Prof. Harald H.H.W. Schmidt – University of Maastricht

Jerome Bourreau – CEO, Anamnese


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