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Futurist | Artificial Intelligence Expert | Philanthropist

Dr. Ayesha Khanna has been a keynote speaker for the world’s largest companies, governments, and industry associations on artificial intelligence (AI), smart cities, and innovation.

“The Purpose of AI is to Amplify Human Potential.”

Short Biography

Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence and smart cities to leading corporations and governments. Ayesha also serves on the Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore government’s agency that develops and regulates its world class technology sector. She is the co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization.

ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia in 2017, and Ayesha was named one of Southeast Asia’s groundbreaking female entrepreneurs in 2018 by Forbes. She is also founder of 21st Century Girls, a charity that teaches girls coding and artificial intelligence.

Prior to founding ADDO AI, Ayesha spent more than a decade on Wall Street developing large scale trading, risk management and data analytics systems.

Ayesha Khanna has a BA (honours) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics.


One of the world’s leading AI practitioners with deep expertise in transforming businesses through artificial intelligence.

Clients include leading telcos such as Singtel (Singapore’s largest telco), Habib Bank (Pakistan’s largest bank), SOMPO (Japan’s largest insurance company), and Smart Dubai (Dubai’s smart city agency).

One of a handful of tech female CEOs in the world. Passionate advocate of girls in tech and founder of charity to teach girls coding and AI.

Consistently top rated by clients as one of the most engaging speakers on the future of work and smart cities who is adept at ”humanising AI” and illustrating difficult to understand technology trends with ease and storytelling.

Co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization.

Media Coverage

Featured in cover story profiles in magazines such as Peak (Hong Kong/Singapore) and In The Black (Australia).

Named one of Southeast Asia’s groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine.

Featured in ZDF’s (Germany’s largest TV channel) documentary on twelve “Leading Women” around the world (2019).

Profiled for her work in artificial intelligence in leading global publications including Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Focus Magazin (Germany), Corriere della Sera (Italy), Dagens Næringsliv (Norway), Lëtzebuerger Journal (Luxembourg), Computer Sweden (Sweden), Information Age (Nordics), Forbes (USA), Business Times (Singapore)

Named one of Singapore’s leading female entrepreneurs and a leading Asian fintech influencer by Fintech Asia.

Ayesha Khanna – Speaking Topics

Winning with AI – How innovative leaders drive growth

Artificial intelligence has been called one of the most significant technologies of our time. But what is the reality behind the hype? With some of the world’s most recognized companies as her clients, Dr. Khanna provides insights on how innovative firms are embracing data and machine learning to leapfrog competitors and win new customers in the process. She also provides recommendations for how your firm can accelerate its AI journey as well as use AI responsibly to engender trust amongst consumers and investors.

The future of work – Human potential in the fourth industrial revolution

AI, robotics, additive manufacturing, AR/VR, quantum computing, and gene editing are among the suite of revolutionary technologies that are disrupting every industry in the world. What do they mean for the future of work and jobs? Dr. Khanna takes you on a journey through the main forces that will reshape the corporate world and labor markets, emphasizing how each sector can leverage these breakthroughs to make workers more productive, innovative, and empathetic. This process of human-technology co-evolution will forever change how we view the global economy and our role in it.

Smart cities 2.0 – Public-private partnerships at the technological frontier

New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, and robotics can offer urban businesses and citizens higher quality, more productive, and more sustainable lifestyles. The key shift underway is from centralised, top-down models to an ecosystem approach that is inclusive of corporate and civic stakeholders, especially digital native and data-driven companies. With a PhD in information systems focused on smart cities, Dr. Khanna delivers a comprehensive assessment of case studies and best practices on how to effectively implement and be part of the Smart Cities 2.0 paradigm.

Top 10 trends that will disrupt your industry

AI-driven automation, edge computing, industrial and nano-robotics, and human enhancement are just a few of the main trends that will significantly impact all industries in the coming 5-10 years. Using illuminating case studies, Dr. Khanna discusses how these accelerating technologies will both disrupt business models and operations but also open up new opportunities to lift your firm to new heights. With experience advising some of the world’s largest corporations on data-driven digital transformation and innovation, Dr. Khanna highlights the key technologies that you must include in your strategic planning for the decade beyond.


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