ABOUT US

A global tech and science strategy group focused on AI4Good operating in healthcare, education, STEM and government / strategic level Artificial Intelligence.

We connect the global AI ecosystem from Enterprise to BigTech, Startups, Investors and Science.

We unite large global enterprises to AI technology, academics to researchers, startups to investors, talent to corporates, data scientists to clinicians.

We own the world’s largest and most active AI community of over 51,000 in 162 countries and boast 20 years of experience in technology and large scale festival style summits. We are aligned with the United Nations sustainable development goals and our “why” is to ensure that emerging technology is inclusive, equitable and safe.

OUR MISSION

Inspired Minds is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Inspired Minds founding ethos is to make AI available to all economics, countries and cultures and to promote AI for the greater good.

We focus on emerging technologies and build communities to ensure that they are developed and adopted in ways that are inclusive and equitable, so that the technologies we create work for all of us, not just a privileged few.

Our events and projects are reflective of this – we are at the forefront of not just discovering the world’s issues but defining the solutions. They are structured and aligned with the UN SDGs and each event is focused on specific strategic outcomes both in terms of content and the world leaders who participate. Featuring an elite line up of speakers, sponsors, ambassadors and delegates.

Our content is consistently unrivalled , thought provoking and timely while always aligned to the world arena.

Our events are more than a strategic gathering of the economic, government and academic elite – they are unfailing fun. We chose the best venues, feature a fun line up of demos, workshops and music that results in two days of dynamic , whirlwind dialog , networking and collaboration.

INSPIRED MINDS EVENTS

9-10 September 2020

Congress Center Basel, Switzerland

Intelligent Health AI will once again bring together the global AI and health community next September to advance discussions on how AI can be used to prevent and solve some of the world’s greatest healthcare problems, and improve the health of the human race.

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United States

NEW! Intelligent Health AI will bring the global AI and health community to the United States.

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PARTNER EVENTS

25-26 March 2020

Palais des Congres de Montreal, Canada

An exclusive gathering of the major influencers in AI globally across business, science and tech for two full days of mind boggling innovation, heated discussions on AI4good, applied solutions for enterprise, hands-on workshops and the development of plans for advancing the application of AI in the coming year.

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7-8 October 2020, Amsterdam, Netherlands

World Summit AI will once again gather the global AI ecosystem of Enterprise, Big Tech, Startups, Investors and Science, the brightest brains in AI as speakers in Amsterdam to tackle head-on the most burning AI issues and set the global AI agenda.

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PROJECTS

Ada-AI

Ada-AI is non-profit organization and global community working to ensure that AI and other emerging technologies are developed and adopted in ways that are inclusive and equitable. Our mission is to foster greater participation and representation in AI so that the technologies we use work for all of us, not just a privileged few.

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A STEAM School in Afghanistan

Following the appearance of The All-girl Afghan Robotics team on stage at WSAI , Roya Mahboob, Sarah Porter and founding partners Ada-AI and Digital Citizen Fund built a high school in Afghanistan that provides students with critical technical skills and exposure to emerging technologies and AI.

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International Day of the Girl

Sarah Porter’s 12-year-old daughter Amelia opened WSAI introducing the Inspiring Juniors on stage for International Day of the Girl.

Fondation Botnar challenge

Yapli became one of the winners of the #thebotnarchallenge through a design workshop we hosted, aimed at fostering collaboration between young people in Europe and Tanzania to find innovative solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Tanzania.

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African Alliance of Digital Health Networks at Intelligent Health 2018

We created a partnership with the African Alliance which works to ensure that African countries have the support and resources needed to develop strong digital health systems and hosted a delegation of 12 African scientists to Intelligent Health in Basel.

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Workshop with the UN

We hosted the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and workshop at WSAI18, focusing on shaping values for our future with AI. Outcome of the workshop led them to develop a list of values and principles around AI that they will bring to the high level panel to inform their recommendations, including a report for the UN Secretary General and wider public.

Launch of AI commons 

Inspired Minds joined AI commons as a founding partner, a universal platform to encourage the democratisation of AI. Other founding partners include Yoshua Bengio, Francesca Rossi, Stuart Russell and many more.

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ALLAI

ALLAI also announced at World Summit AI – a platform for the active involvement in all stakeholders when initiating AI from as early as start-up to seed stage.

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BOARD AND ADVISORS

SARAH PORTER

CEO and Founder

InspiredMinds

SARAH PORTER

CEO and Founder

InspiredMinds

InspiredMinds is a team of tech strategists, researchers, scientists and academics brought together with a congruent goal of uniting emerging tech that improves and benefits the world that we live in. (Although we all quite fancy Mars as a destination).

We have a proven track record of providing high-growth and disruptive markets with technological strategic direction. We bring together the stakeholders in emerging markets and provide the platforms for debate between investors, startups and talent, and support the formation of policy, frameworks and unilateral goals when dealing with exponential sectors.

Our team are impressive and span a wealth of knowledge. Our board of influencers are stellar.

We don’t believe in following the herd. We believe in taking the lead and staying there.

KATE
HARDIE

CFO

InspiredMinds

KATE
HARDIE

CFO

InspiredMinds

Commercially astute and operational CFO with the ability to establish robust relationships across the business and lead a finance team to growth.

Kate is challenging where necessary with extensive experience in business review and reporting, running day to day accounting, financial control, process and management. Hands on experience across various media sectors, hospitality and the recruitment industry in both PLC, Private Equity and private owned environments as well as of working with UK, European and Global entities.

Involvement working on business integration and business launch projects.

VIDYA GUNAPALA

Head of Content

InspiredMinds

VIDYA GUNAPALA

Head of Content

InspiredMinds

15 years’ experience of producing high quality events of all sizes with a strong background in topic generation, validation research, production, copy writing and overall campaign management. Most recently managed a portfolio of large scale procurement conferences, launching events as well as executing growth plans. Have experience of working in a number of sectors including: Pharmaceuticals, Engineering, Marketing, Data Strategy, Legal, Procurement, IT, Fashion, Renewable Energy, IP and Oil & Gas within the geographical regions of Europe, Middle East, Asia and the US.

CHRIS
BROAD

Advisor

Apple

CHRIS
BROAD

Advisor

Apple

Chris Broad has participated in the meteoric rise of technology giant Apple in three decades of captivating work since studying electronics in Southampton. He has risen to Director of Sales Contracting at Apple in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) over a career that has combined a technological background with international business training to promote some of the most famous products of all time.

He urges staff and students to immerse themselves in the business world as they channel their talents, and is looking forward to having some fun supporting new high-tech ventures as a Future Worlds mentor.

Chris grew up in Wokingham, Berkshire, and was drawn to what he judged as the best electronic engineering department in the country when he approached his studies at the University of Southampton. He gained industrial experience with the Racal technology firm before starting his career path in an engineering training scheme at Mars Electronics.

“A big changing point in my career was the realisation I didn’t want to just be an engineer at a lab bench,” he says. “I wanted to take engineering into the wider industrial context.”

AMIR BANIFATEMI

General Manager, Innovation and Growth

XPRIZE

AMIR BANIFATEMI

General Manager, Innovation and Growth

XPRIZE

Amir Banifatemi is a thought leader, entrepreneur, and investor. He currently leads the global AI XPRIZE while managing two venture funds in US and Europe. He has more than 25 years of experience in development and growth of emerging and transformative technologies and focuses on working with growth-oriented companies on products and initiatives that could trigger significant breakthrough with strong economic and societal impact.

Mr. Banifatemi began his career at the European Space Agency and then held executive positions at Airbus, AP-HP and the European Commission division for information society and media. He contributed to the formation of more than 10 startups with emphasis on Predictive Technologies, IoT, and Healthcare. Mr. Banifatemi is a guest lecturer and an adjunct MBA professor at UC Berkeley, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, UC Irvine, and HEC Paris.

He holds Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Technology of Compiègne and an MBA from HEC Paris.

PHIL HAILS
SMITH

Advisor

Joelson law

PHIL HAILS
SMITH

Advisor

Joelson law

Phil can rightly claim to be a hot-shot lawyer, having been a member of a team that won the national clay pigeon shooting championships

Phil’s main practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, acting for private equity and venture capital backed businesses, acting for management teams on private equity transactions, working with entrepreneurs and start-ups and companies looking scale up. His work ranges from seed and growth capital fundraisings through to IPO or exit.

He has extensive experience of acting for Management teams in PE or VC backed businesses with MBOs, MBIs and supporting their growth through acquisition in a wide range of sectors.

He has also developed an active practice acting for AIM listed clients in relation to IPOs, placings and reverse takeovers.

PAUL
THANDI

Advisor

NEC Group

PAUL
THANDI

Advisor

NEC Group

Paul Thandi is the CEO of the NEC Group, one of the World’s top venue management companies

In addition to operating world class venues the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Resorts World Arena (formerly the Genting Arena) and the Vox Conference Centre (situated within Resorts World Birmingham) in Solihull, the Group also operates the International Convention Centre (ICC) and Arena Birmingham (formerly the Barclaycard Arena) in Birmingham city centre. It also manages a range of support services – a national ticketing agency, The Ticket Factory; hospitality brand, Amplify; and award winning caterer, Amadeus.