Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities and Fintech Expert
Dr. Ayesha Khanna is the Co-Founder and CEO of Addo, a global artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm headquartered in Singapore. Ayesha was named one of Southeast Asia’s groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine and is a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities, and the metaverse to leading corporations and governments worldwide. Ayesha is a highly regarded speaker on AI and disruptive technologies, provides high-level government and board briefings, and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils, a community of international experts who provide thought leadership on the impact and governance of emerging technologies.
Ayesha has a BA (honors) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems (focused on digital innovation in smart cities) from the London School of Economics.
Ayesha serves on the board of Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), a global leader in smart buildings, creating safe, healthy, and sustainable spaces with the world’s largest portfolio of building technology, software, and service solutions. She is a member of the Governance Committee. Ayesha previously served on the board of AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, which was part of the FTSE100, before its acquisition by Schneider Electric. She was a member of the Renumeration Committee. She serves on the board of NEOM Tonomous, responsible for formulating the vision and delivery of the technology infrastructure (which includes AI, robotics, blockchain, and metaverse) for NEOM, the $500 billion smart city under development in Saudi Arabia. She is the Chairwoman of the Investment Committee. Ayesha serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of L’Oreal, the world’s largest beauty company, where she advises on new technologies and disruptive innovations. She also serves on the Consumer Committee of the Board for Mercy, one of the largest healthcare providers in the United States, and named to Fortune magazine’s most innovative companies of 2023, and advises on how to modernize and improve consumer journeys and clinical outcomes with data and AI.
Press and Recognition
Ayesha has been globally recognised for her work in artificial intelligence and her thought leadership on the impact of technology disruptions on the future of work and smart cities. ZDF (Germany’s largest TV channel) featured Ayesha in a documentary on twelve “Leading Women” around the world (2019). She has been named one of Singapore’s leading women in tech (Singapore Computer Society). She has been profiled for her work in artificial intelligence in leading publications around the world, including Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Focus Magazin (Germany), Corriere della Sera (Italy), Dagens Næringsliv (Norway), Lëtzebuerger Journal (Luxembourg), Computer Sweden (Sweden), Information Age (Nordics), Peak (Singapore), and In The Black (Australia).
Ayesha has served on several Singapore government boards, including: Infocomm Media Development Authority, a statutory board under the Ministry of Communications and Information, develops and regulates its world-class technology sector to drive the country’s digital economy and power its Smart Nation vision. Health Promotion Board, a statutory board under the Ministry of Health, is Singapore’s primary driver for national health promotion and disease prevention programs. Ngee Ann Polytechnic, a statutory board under the Ministry of Education, has 15,000 students and 44 full-time diploma courses offered through 9 academic schools. Sport Singapore is a statutory board under the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth tasked with developing a holistic sports culture for the nation. Ayesha was also a steering committee member of the Singapore Ministry of Education and developed the country’s Skills Future program. This innovative national program aligns education with economic demand, career guidance, and lifelong learning to prepare citizens for the fourth industrial revolution.
Ayesha is a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion. She is the Founder of 21st Century Girls, a charity that delivers girls free coding and artificial intelligence classes. In collaboration with major companies like Google, PayPal, Visa, and Infocomm Media Authority, 21st Century Girls is focused on educating girls in tech.
Winning with AI
Artificial intelligence has been called one of the most powerful technologies of our time. However, what is the reality behind the hype? With some of the world’s most recognized companies as her clients, Dr. Khanna provides insights into how innovative firms embrace data and machine learning to leapfrog competitors and win new customers. She also provides recommendations for accelerating your AI journey and using AI responsibly to engender trust amongst consumers and investors.
The Future of Work
Generative AI, robotics, additive manufacturing, AR/VR, quantum computing, and gene editing are among the revolutionary technologies disrupting every industry in the world. What do they mean for the future of work and jobs? Dr. Khanna takes audiences 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.
Top Tech Trends That Will Transform Your Industry
Technologies like Generative AI, edge computing, robotics, and human enhancement will significantly impact all industries in the coming 5-10 years. Using illuminating case studies, Dr. Khanna discusses how these accelerating technologies will disrupt business models and operations and 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 you must include in your strategic planning for the decade beyond.
Smart Cities: The Future of How We’ll Work, Live and Play
New technologies such as AI, the Internet of Things, and robotics can offer urban businesses and citizens high-quality, productive, and sustainable lifestyles. The critical shift is from centralized, top-down models to an ecosystem approach that includes corporate and civic stakeholders and leverages data and AI. With a Ph.D. in information systems focused on smart cities, Dr. Khanna delivers a comprehensive assessment of Smart City 2.0 best practices supported by a rich suite of illustrative case studies.