About the event
thursday 18 march
Alexander De Croo
Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry @European Commission
Nathanaël Ackerman is the current lead of the AI4Belgium coalition. He is “AI & Innovation expert” at the Federal Public Service Policy and Support (BoSa). Nathanaël has had a mixed public-private career: from research & teaching AI @ Université Libre de Bruxelles, to entrepreneurship. He was involved in the technology transfer @ULB for several years. In 2012, he was appointed as Director for Innovation and International Relations @Brussels Enterprise Agency (now hub.brussels).
He created his own consultancy company and developed several data & ai business units in different companies. More recently, Nathanael has been appointed as Advisor for Innovation and AI (to Secretary of State Axelle Lemaire) for the French Government. He leaded the #France IA strategic plan. And then co-founded and managed the Hub France Artificielle for 2 years, before coming back to Belgium, his native country, to do quite the same job : contribute to the national AI strategy, and implement it with the ecosystem. Nathanael is both graduated from Polytechnic School of Brussels, and Ecole Centrale Paris.
Nathalie is a researcher at the KU Leuven Faculty of Law, where she examines legal and ethical questions around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies. Her research focuses particularly on the impact of AI on human rights and societal values. Nathalie regularly advises international organizations on AI-related policy matters. She is involved in the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) as an independent expert, and a member of the OECD’s Network of Experts on AI (ONE AI).
She also worked at the European Commission (DG Connect) where she coordinated the work of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and contributed to EU policy-making on AI. Nathalie is a qualified attorney at the New York Bar, and previously worked as a lawyer in an international law firm. She holds degrees in Law and Philosophy from the KU Leuven, and an LL.M. from the University of Chicago School of Law.
Mieke De Ketelaere
Geertrui Mieke De Ketelaere is Program Director AI at imec. She holds a master degree in civil and industrial engineering and specialised in robotics and artificial intelligence during her studies. Over the last 25 years, she has worked for several multinationals on all aspects of data and analytics (IBM, Microsoft, SAP, SAS, etc). At imec, Mieke De Ketelaere is responsible for the development of the AI strategy and roll-out. From a consulting point of view, she is specialised in defining the AI business canvas, from potential value to predefined risks.
With her understanding of the new digital data streams and her understanding of AI technologies, Mieke De Ketelaere is requested by different business schools as a guest speaker on digitalisation. In her public presentations, Mieke puts the focus on the demystification of the hype around AI and covers non-technical subjects such as data privacy. In 2018, she was nominated “ICT Woman of the Year” in Belgium.
Frédéric Pivetta is the Founder and CEO at Dalberg Data Insights (DDI). Frederic has been active over the last 8 years in the context of data, technology and social impact where he has collaborated with major funders and local stakeholders. The objective is to create economic value and social impact. DDI has a presence across Africa and Europe and is active globally. DDI focuses on designing and setting up data ecosystems through developing tech tools, creating data governance and building communities.
Before that, Frédéric was a co-founder of Real Impact Analytics (now Riaktr), which develops Big Data tools for telecom operators. Frédéric is on the Board of Accountable (fintech) and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (Big Data for SDGs, as part of the UN). Frédéric has been working 8 years at McKinsey & Company, where he was senior Engagement Manager. Frederic holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and has graduated in Business Economics and in Econometrics from Brussels University (ULB and Solvay Business School).
Giovanni Briganti is a young medical doctor in psychiatry at the Université libre de Bruxelles, PhD from the University of Mons, and researcher in the field of Bayesian artificial intelligence for the investigation of mental disorders at Harvard University. He co-leads the AI4Health working group within the AI4Belgium initiative