Robotex International Conference:

Generation R

Meet Our Speakers 2018

Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Data Scientist at Google

As Chief Decision Scientist at Google Cloud, Cassie Kozyrkov advises leadership teams on decision process, AI strategy, and building data-driven organizations. She works to democratize statistical thinking and machine learning so that everyone - Google, its customers, the world! - can harness the beauty and power of data. She is the force behind bringing the practice of Decision Intelligence to Google and she has personally trained over 15,000 Googlers in machine learning, statistics, and data-driven decision-making. Before her current role, she served in Google's Office of the CTO as Chief Data Scientist. Prior to joining Google, Cassie worked as a data scientist and consultant. She holds degrees in mathematical statistics, economics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. When she’s not working, you’re most likely to find Cassie at the theater, in an art museum, exploring the world, or curled up with a good novel.

Ayesha Khanna

Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI

Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to clients such as SMRT, Singapore's largest public transport company, SOMPO, Japan's largest insurance firm, and Smart Dubai, the government agency tasked to transform Dubai into a leading smart city. In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia's ground-breaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. Ayesha is also the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore.

Ayesha has been named one of Singapore's leading female entrepreneurs and a leading Asian fintech influencer by Fintech Asia. She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Ayesha has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics.

David Woessner

General Manager of Local Motors National Harbor Demonstration Facility & Head of Global External Affairs of LM Industries

David C. Woessner is the General Manager of Local Motors facility in National Harbor, MD, a
technology company that designs, builds, and sells vehicles. He is responsible for operations
of the educational, sales and demonstration facility located just outside of Washington D.C.

Starting his career at IBM, David has worked with Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, and venture capitalist; served as Senior Advisor, for Jobs & The Economy for Mayor Duggan in the City of Detroit; was a managing principal at P3 Group’s Strategy Consulting practice; and spent 4 years at Deloitte Consulting in Strategy and Operations.

An expert in topics of globalization, localization and emerging technologies, David has written articles and white papers on mobility, connectivity and automotive technology hubs. David earned his MBA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology while serving multiple terms on the National Society of Black Engineers’ National Board of Directors.

He received his BA in Physics and German from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. David enjoys playing soccer, basketball, coaching youth sports and mentoring young men. He fully embraces his German & Moroccan culture and the live, work and play model that National Harbor, MD has to offer.

Dennis Mortensen

CEO and Founder at

Dennis Mortensen is the CEO and co-founder of Dennis is an expert in leveraging data to solve enterprise use cases and a serial entrepreneur who’s successfully exited several companies on that theme. His long-term vision of killing the inbox led to the formation of and the creation of Amy + Andrew, artificially intelligent assistants who schedule meetings. He speaks frequently to anyone who’ll listen, from the crowds of Web Summit to his building’s doorman, about an optimistic future for AI, productivity, and the future of work. Dennis was also an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia and the author ofData Driven Insights, on collecting and analyzing digital data. Originally from Denmark (and keeping his accent), Dennis is now a New Yorker for life.

Regina Nijima

Director of Singularity University Global Impact Challenges

Regina Njima is the Director of Singularity University Global Impact Challenges. In this role, she designs and executes incentive competitions aimed to foster moonshot innovations and startups that can solve the region’s, and perhaps the world’s biggest challenges. Prior to this, Regina had a successful career in Kenya while working for different organizations which include, the United Nations (UNESCO), Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Technoserve and the Ministry of Health, Kenya. Regina’s passion lies in the intersection of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship for socio-economic transformation.

Liviu Babitz

CEO and Co-Founder of Cyborg Nest

Liviu is the co-founder of Cyborg Nest, the world’s leading company to sell intelligently designed senses. There is more around us than we can perceive with our senses, so we
decided to start sensing some of it. In a world dominated by artificial intelligence created to make our phones, cars and homes smarter, we decided to make people smarter instead.
In his previous role, Liviu was the COO of Videre est Credere, lived undercover and built undercover networks of people who use technology to document human rights violations in
places where no one has access.

Jeanette Quinlan

Director of Business Development at Akash Systems

Jeanette Quinlan is Director of Business Development at Akash Systems. Prior to Akash Jeanette managed the US Operations of Starburst Aerospace Accelerator, connecting traditional aerospace primes with startups in the aerospace. Before joining Starburst in 2016 she spent over 10 years as an engineer in the satellite industry. Her experience includes analysis, design, testing, and on-orbit monitoring of RF and electro-optical satellites in LEO and GEO orbits. Most recently Jeanette spent nearly two years at OneWeb, where she was a part of the satellite engineering team from its time as a new startup through the early stages of the Joint Venture with Airbus. Prior to OneWeb, Jeanette was a Thermal Engineer at Space Systems Loral (SSL, now Maxar), working on the world’s top geosynchronous communications satellites. Her career began at ITT (now Harris) in Rochester, NY, working with optical systems for government contracts. Jeanette has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

Henrique Jorge

Founder and CEO of ETER9

Zara Khanna

Founder of Octa

Zara Khanna was born in New York City and is now a 9-year-old 3rd grader studying at United World College (UWC) in Singapore. She loves to travel and code and believes that the world is a better and more fun place when kids travel and learn about each other.

She is the Founder of Octa, a travel chatbot for kids that gives kids tips on fun places to visit in the coolest cities in the world. Zara has travelled to over 44 countries with her family and enjoys reading, rock climbing and roller blading.

Shane Curran

Founder at Muon, Winner of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017

Shane Curran hails from Dublin, Ireland and is the founder of Muon, a company focused on granting individuals the ability to re-claim ownership of their data while at the same time alleviating issues surrounding data security for companies as they navigate through a difficult regulatory environment. Muon is a quantum-resistant, encrypted data storage platform that allows third party services to process personal information and analyze it without seeing, handling or intercepting it. He is currently in his final year of secondary school and was recently featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2018.

Muon evolved from a research project entitled “qCrypt” that won Shane the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, the longest running science fair in the world. He developed his interest in technology from a young age, founding his first tech business at age twelve. He has built technologies in fields varying from Artificial Intelligence, business automation and most recently cybersecurity.

Ulla Kruhse-Lehtonen

Co-founder of DAIN Studios

Ulla Kruhse-Lehtonen is a Co-founder of DAIN Studios, a 2-year-old Finnish-German consulting and product company specializing in Data, AI, and Insights (”DAIN”). Before DAIN Studios, Ulla headed up global machine-learning teams at Nokia and Sanoma Media. In March 2018, Business Insider named Ulla as ”one of the 32 coolest and most influential women in Nordic tech.” Ulla holds a PhD in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics.

Bruno Siciliano

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Bruno Siciliano is Professor of Control and Robotics, Director of the Interdepartmental Centre for Advanced Robotics in Surgery (ICAROS) and Coordinator of the PRISMA Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at University of Naples Federico II. His research interests in robotics include manipulation and control, human–robot cooperation, and service robotics. He has co-authored 14 books, more than 90 journal papers and 250 conference papers/book chapters; his book Robotics: Modelling, Planning and Control is one of the most widely adopted textbooks world-wide and has been translated into Chinese, Greek and Italian. He has delivered more than 150 invited lectures and seminars at institutions worldwide, and he has been the recipient of several awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME and IFAC. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series, the Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics series, and has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals as well as Chair or Co-Chair for numerous international conferences. He co-edited the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the AAP PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences, Mathematics and was also the winner in the category Engineering Technology.

His group has been granted twenty European projects, including an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. He has served the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society as President, as Vice-President for Technical Activities and Vice-President for Publications, as a member of the AdCom, and as a Distinguished Lecturer. Professor Siciliano is currently a Board Director of the European Robotics Association.

Helen Tung

Advocate & Barrister; Legal Futurist

Andy Tang

Managing Director Draper Dragon Fund; CEO Hero City @ Draper University

Russ Fisher-Ives

President at Inquiry Facilitators Inc

Russ is a former math and physics teacher, founder and president of the non-profit Inquiry Facilitators, and the co-founder of RoboRAVE, a popular robotics education program and an international robotics competition, that began in 2001 in New Mexico. Since then, RoboRAVE has grown international, with competitions being held in countries like Czech Republic, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, Canada, India and Germany, just to name a few. Currently, Russ is in charge of the Global Programs of RoboRAVE International, helping spread the love for STEAM fields and robotics across the world.

Fabian J. G. Westerheide

CEO of Asgard

The founder and CEO of Asgard, is an international expert on Artificial Intelligence strategy, serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist.

Troy McCann

Founder and CEO of Moonshot Space

For Troy, the wonder of space is where science and entrepreneurship intercept, and where the result is taking humanity as we search for a more abundant future. Born with a passion for science and it’s impact on people, Troy spent a lot of time in his childhood pulling apart computers, electronics, mechanical gadgets, and computer code to see how they worked and to build new solutions to people’s problems.

Since seeing the moon in detail through a small telescope as a small child, he became captivated with the opportunities waiting to be unlocked for humanity in the wider universe. But growing up in Australia with no space industry, he had resigned to the idea that this career was never going to be an option. This changed later in life while completing a degree in electrical engineering at the University of Melbourne, when he learned of ‘cubesats’ which led him to found the Melbourne Space Program, a volunteer body concerned with the development of the Australian space industry through encouraging the development of new space-related innovations.

Troy mixed his passions for technology and entrepreneurship together through multiple businesses started during and after graduating university, before starting Moonshot: an organisation dedicated to ‘Make Space Easy’ through the cultivation of space innovation ecosystems around the world, searching for solutions to difficult problems that will lead to a more resource abundant future for humanity.

Today, Moonshot runs their Gemini Ideator across more than 20 cities across the globe, and will launch their first space tech accelerator in late 2018.

Today, Moonshot runs a collection of programs and businesses designed to grow different aspects of the space economy, from the not-for-profit Gemini Ideator run across Europe, Asia, Oceania and North America, to startup accelerators designed specifically to address the needs of space startups and scaleups at different stages, to working with private investors, large corporates, governments, and universities.

Einstein Ntim

Founder of Ghana Tech Summit

Einstein Ntim is a Ghanaian-British entrepreneur and startup ecosystem builder that connects innovators to AI, space, and other exponential tech networks.

As the founding partner at the Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) - the first and largest creator of digital online accelerators - Einstein provides access to capital experts and speaks on topics covering entrepreneurship, Artificial Intelligence, and exponential technologies, founding Haiti Tech Summit in PAP, Ghana Tech Summit in Accra, Space Tech Summits in SF and Blockchain Tech Summits in NY. Formerly a serial entrepreneur, Einstein relocated to the US and founded two health care startups- Enabled AI (The AI Mental Health App for Exponential Innovators) and Bloomer Tech (which embeds IOT sensors into fabrics to tackle cardiovascular disease).

Joseph Minafra

Lead for Innovation and Technical Partnerships at Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute of NASA

Luca del Monte

Head of Industrial Policy and SME Division at European Space Agency

Lukas Schroth

Senior Market Analyst at Drone Industry Insights

Marko Russiver

Chief Executive Officer at Guaana

Moojan Asghari

Hacking House Project Manager at SIGFOX

Taizo Son

Chief Executive Officer at Mistletoe

Yu Hu

General Manager at Makeblock Europe

Kiki Protsmann

CSEd Developer, Author, & Speaker

Kiki is a computer science educator, as well as the author of several books, including Computational Thinking and Coding for Every Student, My First Coding Book, and Disney's Coding with Anna and Elsa. In her spare time, Kiki runs an educational YouTube channel called KIKIvsIT, which helped her win silver for Stevie's coveted 2017 Female Innovator of the Year Award.

Toro Orero

Managing Partner, DDF

Toro is the Managing Partner, DDF - a Silicon Valley Venture Capital fund (backed by Tim Draper, Founder, DFJ) investing in Africa’s most promising early stage technology startups. DDF currently has portfolio companies in 6 African countries. He also assists several startups worldwide through his advisory firm. He also thinks he’s an Alien.

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