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About us

InspiredMinds is 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 54,000 in 160+ 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.

The team that makes it all real

 

Sarah Porter

CEO & Founder

Sarah Porter

CEO & Founder

Sarah is mum to three children aged 7-14, she believes that the world has to fundamentally pivot from its current trajectory if we are to leave future generations with anything reminiscent of our current world.

 

In 2016, Sarah left her role as board director in a large corporate organisation to set up InspiredMinds. She sold her home and moved her three young children into a flat and invested her life savings into the business. Her aim was to build the most powerful worldwide multidisciplinary community in science, technology, government and business, and use the power of AI and emerging technology to accelerate progress towards the United Nations 2030 Global Goals.

 

Sarah is passionate about ensuring emerging technology solves humanities greatest challenges and that it benefits under represented sectors of society, in particular women and girls.

 

Connect with Sarah on Twitter @SColesPorter

Vidya Gunapala

Chief Content Officer

Vidya Gunapala

Chief Content Officer

Vidya passionately believes in working on projects that generate positive outcomes. Be it to connect clinicians with technologists to drive AI projects in healthcare, provide our extraordinary and diverse community with timely content to make key decision or create summits which disseminate the knowledge needed so the benefits of AI are distributed globally – everyone has the ability to make a difference.

 

Working for a startup has taught her that sometimes you just have go for it and having the amazing support of our growing ecosystem, to never stop talking to people who makes her see the world differently.

Kate Hardie

Chief Finance Officer

Kate Hardie

Chief Finance Officer

Kate has over 20 years of accounting experience working across a variety of industries from cable TV and publishing to hospitality and events.

She has a deep passion for the great outdoors and that love and respect only grew after she took time out from the corporate environment, bought a ruck sack and trotted around the globe. The experience also opened her eyes to the global inequalities which exist and she is determined to work towards a more equal and sustainable world.

Fiona Bool

Special Projects Director

Fiona Bool

Special Projects Director

Having practically been raised with wings, Fi has always had a passion for travel, adventure and exploring. Whether it’s trekking in the outback Down Under or beach-hopping along the Cornish coastline, shes’s always ready with a bag packed ready to go!

 

With ten years’ experience in the events and travel industry, she brings with a wealth of experience in planning, managing and delivering large scale corporate, consumer and incentive events. An impressive international and domestic career to date, she has with a significant number of well-known prestigious brands, travelling across the globe to deliver a fantastic range of event programmes. “When I’m not travelling, I’m “letting loose” in the dance studio.”

 

Connect with Fi on Twitter @fi_eventsfairy

Denise Tack

Sales & Strategy Director - Health

Denise Tack

Sales & Strategy Director - Health

An agile and dynamic sales leader with notable experience in commercial growth strategy and execution. Has worked in a multitude of sales environments and sectors with a focus on emerging tech –  including nurturing and developing portfolios of clients for the world’s largest trade shows and online media platforms.

Denise believes that healthcare should be a right for everyone and that AI will play a significant role in improving patient outcomes globally.

Jim Butler

Growth Hacker & Business Development Director

Jim Butler

Growth Hacker & Business Development Director

Jim is a strong believer in equality and diversity. He strongly believes that technology can help the world for good at this key juncture in time. Jim is part of the sales team and he helps to bring on new sponsors and delegates to our summits.

 

Outside of work Jim loves to be in his garden, spending time with his partner and their 5 kids, 2 dogs, 2 rabbits, 6 chickens and cat!

Saima Qureshi-Rivera

Head of Delegate Sales

Saima Qureshi-Rivera

Head of Delegate Sales

Saima is connecting the global AI ecosystem, one delegate at a time! She loves being part of a movement that is so passionate about making AI available for all and promoting its use for the greater good. Saima is working tirelessly to make sure all delegates are having an excellent journey getting to our summits (whatever form they come in), but also looks out for them when they get there.

 

 

Another incredibly important bit is always taking in consideration their feedback and working together with the team to apply it. Our community is the core of what we do!

Eve Logunova

Country Lead for the Netherlands and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Ambassador.

Eve Logunova

Country Lead for the Netherlands and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Ambassador.

Eve is the central point of contact in the BeNeLux market for stakeholders and partners of InspiredMinds and World Summit AI, ensuring the highest possible value of the event for the participants as well as overseeing the Diversity & Inclusion agenda.

 

 

Many people in the global AI & Tech circles know Eve as Women in AI Ambassador (Netherlands) and Diversity & Inclusion activist. She has been working in the Innovation field for more than 15 years supporting the AI and digital transformation at both corporates and startups. Eve is a big fan of adding a human voice to Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, and Internet of Things, and is a strong believer in the power of equality.  In 2019, she initiated the WaiACCELERATE program aimed to bridge the gender gap in the startup ecosystem. There are now 33 women innovators from around the globe participating in WaiACCELERATE to build their own ventures in the fields of AI, Data Science & Machine Learning.

 

She is an entrepreneur and an active member of the global startup community working closely with startup founders as a consultant and a mentor. Also, she often moderates global and local events

 

 

In 2019, Eve was moderating our Startup Track at World Summit AI and in 2020, the CyberShark session at Intelligent Health AI.

Celine Gonthier

Marketing Manager - Artificial Intelligence

Celine Gonthier

Marketing Manager - Artificial Intelligence

Ruxandra Calin

Admin Executive

Ruxandra Calin

Admin Executive

Rux is driven by the daily mantra that change doesn’t come easy. One needs to work hard to create a better world for the current and future generations. She likes to make sure everyone in the company is being supported with daily tasks and that every day progress is being made.

 

 

Her biggest concerns regarding the world we live in are climate crisis and education. In her spare time, she mostly enjoys cycling long distance, yoga & taking care of her home jungle.

 

Connect with Ruxi on Twitter @ruxcalin

Sherrie Brar- Sacha

Customer Evangelist

Sherrie Brar- Sacha

Customer Evangelist

Love and kindness is what motivates Sherrie. At Inspiredminds, she helps the team and most importantly shows our customers, community and supporters that at Inspiredminds, we care about them and what matters to them the most.

Her perfect world would be where we would all live in harmony, embrace and learn from our beautiful differences but come together as humans to help and support one another. Colour, caste, religion-  nothing matters… we are all human beings on this beautiful planet. “I’m here to make a better world, a united world for my children and our generations to come.”

Sheraz Iqbal

Assistant Accountant

Sheraz Iqbal

Assistant Accountant

Claire Tranah

Content Director

Claire Tranah

Content Director

Claire brings over two decades (how did that happen!) of experience in live and digital content creation to InspiredMinds. Having worked with world class brands including The Telegraph, IBC and The Guardian she is now immersed in creating, managing and delivering global content strategies for our flagship World Summit AI and WSAI Insights. Combining cutting edge research with unrivalled speaker line ups she is responsible for the programme development and is passionate about empowering individuals and organisations to be the best version of themselves.

 

She is married and lives by the sea with her dog and two teenage boys.

 

InspiredMinds Board

Sarah Porter

CEO & Founder

Sarah Porter

CEO & Founder

Sarah is mum to three children aged 7-14, she believes that the world has to fundamentally pivot from its current trajectory if we are to leave future generations with anything reminiscent of our current world.

 

In 2016, Sarah left her role as board director in a large corporate organisation to set up InspiredMinds. She sold her home and moved her three young children into a flat and invested her life savings into the business. Her aim was to build the most powerful worldwide multidisciplinary community in science, technology, government and business, and use the power of AI and emerging technology to accelerate progress towards the United Nations 2030 Global Goals.

 

Sarah is passionate about ensuring emerging technology solves humanities greatest challenges and that it benefits under represented sectors of society, in particular women and girls.

 

Connect with Sarah on Twitter @SColesPorter

Vidya Gunapala

Chief Content Officer

Vidya Gunapala

Chief Content Officer

Vidya passionately believes in working on projects that generate positive outcomes. Be it to connect clinicians with technologists to drive AI projects in healthcare, provide our extraordinary and diverse community with timely content to make key decision or create summits which disseminate the knowledge needed so the benefits of AI are distributed globally – everyone has the ability to make a difference.

 

Working for a startup has taught her that sometimes you just have go for it and having the amazing support of our growing ecosystem, to never stop talking to people who makes her see the world differently.

Kate Hardie

Chief Finance Officer

Kate Hardie

Chief Finance Officer

Kate has over 20 years of accounting experience working across a variety of industries from cable TV and publishing to hospitality and events.

She has a deep passion for the great outdoors and that love and respect only grew after she took time out from the corporate environment, bought a ruck sack and trotted around the globe. The experience also opened her eyes to the global inequalities which exist and she is determined to work towards a more equal and sustainable world.