The AI Media Group, organisers of Africa’s largest AI Business Event – AI Expo Africa – have announced that IBM Master Inventor and UN Artificial Intelligence Advisor Neil Sahota will speak at AI Expo Africa 2020.

AI Expo Africa is the continent’s largest B2B trade-focused Artificial Intelligence (AI) business event. The expo, now in its third year, has seen rapid growth as Africa embraces the practical real-world applications of AI. The continent’s leading AI gathering will be held at Century City Convention Centre in Cape Town 3-4th September 2020.

neil sahota

Neil Sahota

AI Expo Africa Event Director Roy Bannister stated, “We’re really excited to welcome a leading global authority like Neil Sahota to our community. He has amassed 20+ years of business experience in a multitude of domains and has garnered 17 awards, with 26 publications and 15 patents under his belt. Neil’s thought leadership around helping clients and business partners create next generation products, powered by emerging technology will be highly valued by our community.”

Besides lecturing at UC Irvine in the US, Sahota is also a keynote speaker and author on topics that include emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, as well as Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, Innovation and Social Good.

Sahota stated, “I am very excited to gain insights from the African AI Community.  AI Expo Africa 2020 gives both myself and many business leaders the opportunity to immerse themselves in two days of real-world AI debate, talks and hands-on demos of the 4IR technologies that are changing business and society. It’s the largest event of its kind on the African continent and I’m looking forward to making a contribution.”

At AI Expo Africa 2020 Sahota will talk on ‘The AI Frontier: A Great Divider or A Solution?’ and discuss techniques and tools that organizations and under-served communities can use to ideate and implement value added solutions. In addition, he will be hosting a Master Class on AI for Good coupled to social innovation models and joining an expert panel discussing ethics in AI.

AI Expo Africa Event Co-founder Dr Nick Bradshaw stated, “His work experience spans multiple industries including legal services, healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media, communications and government. He is also co-author of the best-selling book ‘Own the A.I. Revolution: Unlock Your Artificial Intelligence Strategy to Disrupt Your Competition which will be available to expo delegates.

Neil Sahota's award winning book

Neil Sahota’s award winning book

Sahota joins a growing list of leading figures and companies that have engaged with the AI Expo Africa community, including the likes of AWS, Microsoft, Google Cloud, IBM, PWC, Kenyan Government, ITU, Nvidia, Intel, SA Government, Dimension Data, UiPath, Blue Prism, Vodacom, Hikvision, SAP, SAS, French Embassy, Telkom, Deloitte, Accenture, EY, Persistent Systems, ABSA & Standard Bank.

About Neil Sahota

Neil’s work experience spans multiple industries including legal services, healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government. Moreover, he is one of the few people selected for IBM’s Corporate Service Corps leadership program that pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community-driven economic development projects. For his assignment, Neil lived and worked in Ningbo, China where he partnered with Chinese corporate CEOs to create a leadership development program. In addition, Neil partners with entrepreneurs to define their products, establish their target markets, and structure their companies. He is a member of several investor groups like the Tech Coast Angels and assists startups with investor funding. Neil also serves as a judge in various startup competitions and mentor in several incubator/accelerator programs. He actively volunteers with nonprofits for event management, fund raising, grant reviews, and site visits. Neil is an active member of the UCI Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Marathon, supporting their work with the OC Kids program in fighting childhood obesity.

About AI Expo Africa 2020

Produced by the AI Media Group and with 3000+ community members, AI Expo Africa is now entering its 3rd successful year and is the largest B2B trade focused Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation & Data Science business conference in Africa.  The 2020 edition of AI Expo Africa will run on 3rd-4th September 2020 at the World class Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town and builds upon the phenomenal success of the 2018 / 2019 events that cemented it as the largest gathering of its kind, with over 370+ companies, 100+ speakers and 1000+ registered delegates, decision makers, investors, buyers, suppliers, innovators, SMBs and global brands in the region.

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