Invited Plenary Speakers

Founder, ibtiquar Innovation Lab
Experience in Silicon Valley: Cisco, nVIDIA, Hewlett-Packard
Education: MIT, Stanford University, RPI

Talk title :" Role of the south in the digital revolution"
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Ali El Amrani worked for more than a decade in the Silicon Valley in the technology industry managing both operations and innovation teams at leading multinationals.
A seasoned strategist and innovation expert, Ali introduced many high-tech products and platforms to market. He held numerous leadership positions from product R&D and operations, to strategy development and innovation at Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, and Hewlett-Packard. He was director of innovation at HP. Ali was headhunted to head Global Join-Ventures and Industrial Strategy at OCP Group in Morocco. Afterward, He founded “ibtiquar – Innovation Lab“; an innovation advisory. He also teaches and does research in the innovation field, and is very active within the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems in the region.
Ali is a United Nations – UN expert in Innovation Systems and Technology Transfer; and Board Member of the National Agency for Digital Development in Morocco.
Ali did his studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – RPI, Stanford University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT.

Research Director, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France
Permanent member of the Academy of Science and Technology, Morocco

Talk title: "Challenges for responsible Research and Innovation in the digital age"
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The research activity of Malik Ghallab is mainly focused on planning, acting and learning in AI and Robotics. He contributed to topics such as object recognition and pattern matching, scene interpretation, heuristics search, unification algorithms, knowledge compiling, temporal reasoning, task planning, monitoring, and learning of skills and models of behaviors. He (co-)authored over 200 technical articles in journals and conference proceedings, and several textbooks and monographies. He taught AI at several universities in France and abroad as visiting professor; he advised 32 PhDs.
Malik Ghallab was director of the earliest AI research program in France (PRC-GDR IA, 1989-1996), director of Robea, a research program in Robotics (2000-2006), director of LAAS-CNRS (2003-2007) and CTO of INRIA (2007-2010). His is involved in several initiatives regarding socially responsible research in AI and computational sciences. He is ECCAI Fellow, Docteur Honoris Causa of Linköping University, Sweden, Member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology of Morocco, and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. 

Patrick HOSEIN
Administrative and technical contact for the TT top level domain, CEO of the TTNIC and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of the West Indies

Talk title: "Extracting Social Good from Social Networks"
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Patrick attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he obtained five degrees including a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked at Bose Corporation, Bell Laboratories, AT&T Laboratories, Ericsson and Huawei. He has published extensively with over 100 refereed journal and conference publications. He holds 41 granted patents in the areas of telecommunications and wireless technologies. He was nominated for the Ericsson Inventor of the Year award in 2004, was the Huawei US Wireless Research Employee of the year for 2007 and is a 2015 Anthony Sabga Caribbean Laureate for Science and Technology. Patrick is presently the administrative and technical contact for the TT top level domain, CEO of the TTNIC and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of the West Indies. His present areas of research include optimization and data science as well as radio resource management, QoS and pricing for 5G cellular networks. 

Alexandre MAYMAT
Head of Africa / Asia / Mediterranean and Overseas, Bank and International Financial Services

Talk title: "New technologies for financial inclusion: the example of Bank in Africa".

Alexandre Maymat began his career in the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance in 1992 (as administrator and study coordinator at the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies), then worked at the European Union (as financial attaché at the French delegation in 1996, then Deputy Secretary of the Economic and Financial Committee in 1999).
He joined Societe Generale Group in 2001 in the Inspection department (as Chief Inspector), then moved to the French retail banking division in 2004 (as Head of the Corporate Business Centre of the Regional Directorate of Paris Bourse, then in 2006 as Regional Head for FrancheComté). In 2009 he joined the Group’s International Retail Banking business, first in Cameroon (as Director and CEO of Société Générale de Banques au Cameroun), then in Romania (as advisor to the CEO of BRD).
Alexandre Maymat was appointed Deputy Head of International Retail Banking in September 2012. He became a member of the Group’s General Management Committee on 1 January 2013 and Head of the Africa, Mediterranean Basin & Overseas region.

Fabrizio SESTINI
Senior Expert for Digital Social Innovation, European Commission DG CONNECT

Talk title : “What can Collective Intelligence do for the Next Generation Internet

Fabrizio is leading the multidisciplinary initiative "Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation", which aims at stimulating bottom-up innovative ideas for collaborative platforms exploiting network effects to include citizens, grassroots organisations and civil society in participatory social innovation processes. He is also pioneering a new area of research on distributed architectures for decentralised data governance, leveraging on peer-to-peer and blockchain/distributed ledger technologies, aiming at creating a level playground for new privacy-by-design applications exploiting the full potential of open data. In his career with the European Commission he has enjoyed launching and managing several research initiatives related to different aspects of Internet research, policies and developments, from a multidisciplinary perspective focusing on the social applications of network technologies. He has a PhD in Information and Communication Engineering and has published some 30 scientific papers. As an IEEE Senior Member he has served on boards organising several scientific conferences. Fabrizio is an Internet Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Manager of the Integrated Care research line at the eHealth R&D Unit, EURECAT (Barcelona, Spain)

Talk title: "Citizen empowerment throughout the 4 pillars of health"
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Eloisa Vargiu holds a Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering by the University of Cagliari (Italy). Currently, she is managing the Integrated Care research line at the eHealth R&D Unit, EURECAT (Barcelona, Spain). In April 2016, she started the technical coordination of the EU project CONNECARE (H2020), now at its last year. Since November 2018 she is also technically coordinating the Spanish research project myVENT. From January 2012 to June 2015, she was the technical coordinator and main researcher of the EU project “BackHome” that was evaluated with "Excellent" by the EC. In the past, she technically coordinated further Spanish research projects (myOSA and GERAR).
Her research interests are on “integrated care”, “telemonitoring and home support”, “intelligent systems”, and “applied artificial intelligence”. She is co-author of more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and conferences, as well as co-editor of 4 research books. 

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