Confirmed Speakers for Oslo Big Data Day 2023
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Pedro G. Lind (PORTUGAL), Professor & Researcher in AI & Quantum Computing at Oslo Metropolitan University
Speech: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Quantum Computing
Pedro Lind works in data analysis and stochastic modelling applied to physical, biological, social, economical and energy systems. Since 2019 he is professor of scientific computing at Oslo Metropolitan University, being previously in Germany, at University of Osnabrueck as “Privat Dozent” and at University of Oldenburg as researcher. He holds a PhD in Mathematical-Physics and an “Habilitation” in theoretical physics (Stochastic Modelling in Physics and Interdisciplinary Applications). Conducting supervision activities with PhDs and MSc students in AI-related topics such as intelligence health, agent modelling of disease spreading, complex networks and critical phenomena, he authored and co-authored more than 70 publications indexed in WOS with over 1100 citations, and counts more than 200 talks and seminars in international conferences and in universities around the world. Since January 2021 he is also leading the Center of Research Excellence, NordSTAR – Nordic Center for Sustainable and Trustworthy AI Research – at Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway.
His main scientific achievements intersect the topics of data modelling and data analysis, with development of open source numerical routines and applications to fields such as geophysics, renewable energies and quantum computing.
Rohit Talwar (UK), Global Futurist & Award Winning Keynote Speaker at Fast Future in London
Speech: Highlighting exponential technologies and their potential impacts and implications
Rohit Talwar is a global futurist, strategy advisor and award winning speaker noted for his humour, inspirational style and provocative content. He advises global firms on how to survive, thrive and develop innovative growth strategies in the decade ahead. Talwar helps clients understand how mega trends, emerging developments, new business models, and disruptive technologies could impact society, business, industries and government. He specialises in emerging markets and sectors such as technology, science, media, aviation, travel and retail.
Talwar delivers keynote speeches for leaders at business, government and association events – working in 60+ countries on six continents around the world. Regular topics include new business models, disruptive technologies, change drivers, economic futures, innovation, developing economies, professional services, complexity and winning in a downturn. He authored Designing Your Future – Key Trends, Challenges and Choices, edited Achieving Transformation and Renewal in Financial Services, and contributes regularly to books and journals on emerging trends, technologies and strategic change. Profiled by the Independent Newspaper as a top ten global future thinker, his interests include technology in business, society and embedding foresight in organisations.
Emilia Trollmåne (SWEDEN), Darkweb Expert & Head of Marketing at Defentry in Stockholm
Speech: At this very moment, your data is being traded on the dark web
Nowaday cyber security is a topic on everybody's lips. Yet it's often perceived as both difficult and dull. Emilia Trollmåne believes that cyber security should be fun and enticing. As a representative for Defentry she loves to share her personal perspective on cyber security and why we should embrace human behaviours instead of trying to change them. When was the last time you changed your password? We promise you will change it immediately after this session. Emilia will take you on a journey to the dark web and share with you what she found. Let us give you a clue. She has found you and your data. You will also have the opportunity throughout the day to find out more about the results concerning you and your company by interacting with Emilia and the Defentry team at Oslo Big Data Day 2023.
Defentry is a Nordic cyber safety company that provides a real-time 24/7 digital monitoring and alert service. Defentry’s SaaS platform collects global data and perform analyses on critical cyber threats. The data is aggregated and processed in Defentry’s analytics engine to proactively identify data related to fraud. The outcome of the analysis is automatically translated into warnings to companies or end-users with proposed actions on next steps - all to reduce the risk of fraud.
Lars M. Andersen (NORWAY), Partner at PwC Data & Analytics
Speech: How data & analytics can help to create a more efficient and dynamic power grid.
Lars has worked as a strategic advisor and technical consultant throughout the majority of his career. His main focus is on how data & analytics can be used to improve decision-making and create more efficient work processes. At the moment Lars is working with several clients on how data products and technology can be used to enable a more efficient power distribution at PWC.
Eirik Norman Hansen (NORWAY), FUTURIST, FOUNDER AND CEO at ENH
Speech: The Future is fantastic: the unshakeable technology optimist on how technology affects us
Eirik is a graduate in economics and has worked with digitization for over 20 years. His quest is to research topics concerning what technology means to us, and how we can utilize it in the best way possible. He has led and been a part of some of Norway's and the Nordic countries’ biggest tech companies, and today he runs his own company where his main focus is what the future will bring, and what we have to do to succeed in the future. He is on multiple boards in Norwegian companies, and he has also co-written the book “Når juss møter AI” (When law meets AI), that was published in the summer of 2019, and he also has his own podcast called “30 minutes into the future” where he is accompanied by guests to discuss the near future and "A Walk in the park with Josh & Eirik" (English). He is also part of a youtube technology show called «Upgraded with Eirik & Hans-Petter» (Norwegian). Today Eirik runs his own company ENH where he spends most of his time doing Keynote speaks about tech and the future.
Eirik has become one of the most sought out lecturers in Norway during the last few years, and has on multiple occasions been named “Best speaker”. He is also a talented and much-used conference host and moderator, and he uses humor and engagement as his main ingredients during his performances. Eirik is an experienced lecturer, and he has given several hundred lectures during the last 5 years.
Maria Amelie (RUSSIA), Author, Journalist and Founder/CEO at Factiverse
Speech: Trends in climate disinformation and greenwashing driven by AI-generated content
Maria is CEO and co-founder of Factiverse. She has written five books on migration, freedom of speech, technology and entrepreneurship. The amount of unstructured data like news, documents, and social media is growing and impossible to navigate manually. Factiverse provides APIs for businesses that need to extract and validate the information from unstructured data. Their solutions are based on research from the University of Stavanger by cofounder, and associate professor in machine learning Vinay Setty.
Nato warns of an increase in disinformation campaigns with the goal of damaging companies' reputations, the stock market and our societies. According to the University of Baltimore, the annual cost of disinformation is 78 billion USD, and 39 of that is in the finance sector. Topics will covertrends in disinformation, and especially in climate disinformation and greenwashing - chat GPT - the weaknesses of the model and the need to verify the content - increase in unstructured textual data and that Google search is not enough - users don`t find the right and credible information to make the best business decisions. or anything else you need on topics of text mining, machine learning and future of information.
Tone Ringstad (NORWAY), Founder & CEO at Culture Intelligence
Speech: Culture Intelligence new datareport on the GenZ Culture
Tone founded Culture Intelligence in 2014, a SaaS company with the purpose to radically improving how people work together to create value. Tone has 20+years of expertise in values systems, culture shifts and leadership development. She has held leading positions in different organisations, combined with international leadership development facilitation, that has all contributed to a broad base for analysing and transforming the human side of business. As part of the Oslo start-up ecosystem, she now brings a novel approach to data analytics in culture-driven business growth. Tone is a key-note speaker, blogger and a published co-writer and is currently part of the expert mentor team in Digital Well Ventures.
Chris Pelsor (USA), Senior Manager Business Technology at PWC
Speech: Change is Systemic: How Can We Use Systems Thinking to Change Course
Chris is Sr. Manager at PwC, in their Business Technology group. With over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries, Chris has been a proponent of Systems Thinking in solving wicked problems.
Some problems are simply too complicated to solve, right? How do large, complex organisations address everything from economic uncertainty to the climate crisis? While most organizations will look at their place in the world via market analysis, share price or growth projections, or look internally at inefficiencies to optimize, the more successful organizations adopt a holistic view of the world, their place in it, and how to affect meaningful change through Systems Thinking. In this presentation we will learn: - What is Systems Thinking, exactly? - How we can use Systems Thinking to model uncertain futures with our organization in mind - How we can use Systems Thinking to understand ourselves and our role in change
HAMIK SEVAN (NORWAY), Chief Architect Analytics AT TELIA
Speech: Analytics Cloud tactics
Hamik is an architect for analytics, trying to leverage the best of people, and data. His trying to piece together everything that happens in our domain to a picture we all agree on can support. Like modern tech that can be proven to work. Buy. vs Build. What do you invest in to make sure your analytical investments succeed? Does infrastructure or custom code give you more of an advantage?
Helge Tennø (NORWAY), Global Director Customer Experience at MSD in Zurich
Speech: Remembering the human in the age of the algorithm
IHelge works as a customer strategist in MSD Merck's global organization finding and connecting customer methods, mindset and tools to business opportunities. From measurement systems to data to ways-of.working. He co-creates, experiment with and scale these capabilities with operational teams around the world.
Helge believes their customers hold the key to their future. That making data BIG doesn’t make it any better — on its own. That the wrong data is more dangerous than no data, and that the measure of success are the questions we discover we can ask — not the volume of data we can churn. Through his work he tries to connect the "thick" customer data to the business strategy to make sure the enterprise is able to connect their customer to they business outcomes. We are seeing that when this is not happening it is producing criticial risks for the organization. Making data "big" doesn't make it anything.
Sagar Chandna (NORWAY), Senior Partner and CTO at RunwayFBU
Speech: Early-stage tech driven DD for investors and startups: How to prepare and the purpose of it.
Sagar is an entrepreneurial & innovative executive leader with a background in IT, marketing, sales, recruitment, and client relationship management. The majority of his 20 year career has revolved around connecting people, data & technology to help innovate and impact consumers and businesses. Worked at Opera Software for 13 years, going from a few millions to over 350 million users globally. Worked at EXP Group and Katapult VC where he supported investments in 120 tech startups globally after processing a dealflow of 13,000 startups over 5 years. And today he works at RunwayFBU an early stage investor, investing in industrial software tech companies that will utilize data to solve our world's most pressing challenges including Net Zero.
Elham Binai (NORWAY), Founder and CEO at Binai Holding in Oslo
Speech: People and Culture : the force behind and within Data!
Elham has experience from a Tech Scaleup (became Microsoft of the year partner), Fortune-500 (The Adecco group), Media, Politics and NGOs. Broad experience from various global leadership positions in driving Transformation and Change. Data is our new oil and currency. How we build and sustain data will form the future of our organization, country and the world. This speech will focus on the People and Culture aspect of data and AI. How we need to alter our mindsets in leadership teams and the organization as whole to become more data driven and truly see the value it creates. This for many is a cultural and leadership transformation. Data and People go hand in hand. I have experienced too many great projects fail because of: lack of leadership, organizational culture not set up for it, data is viewed as a seperate "thing" which the digital/it team needs to handle. If we are to build a greener and sustainable future we must see people and data in harmony with each other and upskill our organizations and leaders on how to handle both in harmony.
Jennifer Vessels (USA), Futurist & Partner at Future of Work Forum Think Tank
Future-ready innovator Jennifer Vessels has led global transformation for Adobe, Cisco, Google, Genentech and hundreds of world’s largest organizations. As CEO of Next Step and founder of Executive Growth Alliance (EGA) – an innovation eco-system of F100 companies, Jennifer is in the center of technological change, the future of work, Metaverse/Web 3.0, Innovation Ecosystems and Sustainability. Jennifer Vessels advises executives on how they can leverage the latest digital and societal trends to become future-ready. Her daily activities include leading Next Step and facilitating EGA Executive Growth (peer) Circles in which leaders collaborate to learn, transform, advance sustainability and leverage Metaverse/Web 3. Through work in EGA, which Jennifer founded in 2017, leaders from Ashland, BCW, GE, Norwegian Air, Novartis, RaboBank, Schneider Electric, Yara have solved challenges and //co-created opportunities for 25% growth in value since 2020.
A Silicon Valley native and global nomad committed to delivering lasting results, Jennifer is the ideal speaker to engage and inspire business audiences. As a conference moderator, her curious, collaborative style and unique ability to integrate and demystify concepts ensures audiences leave inspired and committed to return for more. Jennifer provides bold insights, practical examples and future-ready inspiration from keynotes to boardroom advisory and master classes. She applies her real-world experience to accelerate global business transformation, future of work, innovation, sustainability.
Manuel Jimenez (Mexico), Project Manager Digital Transformation at Accenture
Speech: Data-Led Transformation
As a consultant focused on Strategy, Manuel has participated in several types of projects within different industries, and clients. While looking for the best way of providing solutions to his clients, he naturally developed into a driver of advanced analytics solutions such as Business Intelligence, Process Automation, and Machine Learning.
Data-Led Transformation is Accenture's strategic approach for driving successful digital efforts in companies. This approach considers strategy, people, and technology and the interactions between them.
NILS JACOB BERLAND (NORWAY), CEO AT BERGEN ROBOTICS, & TECH EVANGELIST
Nils Jacob holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Bergen. After a career as Senior Advisor in Telenor, he joined NTNU & Molde University College as Associate Professor, after which he founded the Bergen Robotics. There, he leads a team of dedicated scientists and engineers with competence in computer vision, advanced robotics, and edge AI. Bergen Robotics develops systems based on their proprietary platform for autonomous imaging of power line infrastructure and components using edge AI in drones and helicopters.
Ester Strømmen (NORWAY), CEO & Founder at Syrenna
Speech: Why Ocean data is key to the green shift
Ester Strommen is the CEO of SYRENNA, and a former management consultant and terrorism researcher. As a young female CEO in the start-up world, Ester is passionate about diversity and inclusion and ensuring this is part of SYRENNAs DNA. Ester has over 7 years’ experience within business consulting and research, leading teams and solving problems from clients in the defense, infrastructure and energy industries. She has also provided green scale-ups with consultancy advice through EYs Amplifier program, fueling her interest in the blue economy, the sustainable energy shift, innovation and ESG and leading her to co-found SYRENNA, an ocean data company. Ester is a 30 year old startup founder, meeting the challenges of being both a young and female founder within the traditional masculine maritime and tech industries.
SYRENNA collects, processes and visualises data from WaterDrones, providing underwater intelligence to the world AND opens the ocean space to everyone, enabling real time science-based decisions. Ocean data is key to the both renewable energy shift, as a central component in planning offshore wind, and the green shift within the maritime sectors. Ocean data is needed at a cheaper pricepoint, and on a continuous basis. Only then will industries have the necessary insight into the health of our oceans to make sustainable choices. Ocean data is one of the biggest data challenges we have going forward. How does one best gather, send and process data from the ocean?
Andreas Bjerke (NORWAY), CEO at ZTL Payment Solution
Speech: Ensuring distribution capacity and access to volume
Andreas is a senior banker turned Fintech entrepreneur. From working with Citibank, DNB and SEB he has extensive international banking experience from Europe and Asia. Now, having built a premier B2B payment platform on Open Banking APIs, he is fully dedicated to simplify payments by challenging the banks' domain on corporate payments.
He will share his experience in how to succeed with B2B Embedded Payments. Ask yourself, where do the majority of corporate do payments already? Through their bank! So identify and target the corporate access-points to banks, that’s where the opportunities lies. You will find that you don’t need to do payments very differently, just do it better! Add more value into the same service. Make it real-time. Make it bank-independent. Make it easier to access. Make it cheaper. Having a good value proposition is important, but without distribution capacity it won’t scale. Having worked in banks myself internationally for 20+ years, I know where the corporate payment volume comes from. It’s not really about infrastructure, but what you build on top of the infrastructure. And that opens up for so much more. From embedded payments to embedded finance to Open Data.
Martin Kermit (NORWAY), Head of Data Science at NHST Media group
Speech: How Natural Language Processing has found its way into a news media organization - a short story about successes and failures
Martin Kermit is a seasoned data scientist with more than 20 years of experience with data analysis from academia as well as various industries. Since 2019 he has been the Head of Data Science in NHST Media group, where the business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv is one of the main publications. Kermit holds a PhD in machine learning and neural network from 2003 as one of the first in Norway. His main interests is to help organizations become data driven and how machine learning and data analysis technologies can be implemented succesfully, both technically as well as from a business perspective.
Natural language processing (NLP) has found a large number of practical use cases in later years, spanning from basic spell checkers and social media monitoring to complex chatbots capable of interacting with humans in a conversational way. NLP technology opens many doors for development of the media industry in many ways. As with all cool, new technology, stakeholders must be aware of the strengths and weaknesses, to unleash the best of the technology. Integration into the business processes should only happen when clear goals are defined, and performance indicaters agreed upon and effect measured at every step on the way. Today, they have automated pipelines to drive reader engagement, aid reporters in their publication process as well as a system to categorize news topics in Dagens Næringsliv, which we will take a closer look at in this talk.
Nicklas Holm (SWEDEN), Investment Partner at Norselab
Thale Mjavatn (NORWAY), Account Director - Startups and Scaleups at Microsoft
Wilhelm Myrer (NORWAY), CEO at Empower
Speech: A Norwegian CleanTech Blockchain