About The Speaker
Dr Anand Rao
Anand Rao is a Partner with PwC’s US Advisory practice, with over 34 years of industry and consulting experience, helping senior executives, structure, solve and manage critical issues facing their organizations. With a computer science and Artificial Intelligence background and over 20 years consulting experience he blends deep analytics and computational techniques to solve challenging business problems using creative solutions. His work has included responsible AI, natural language processing, machine learning, deep learning, behavioral economics, simulation modeling (digital twins) & reinforcement learning, global growth strategies, marketing, and distribution strategies, online, mobile, social media strategies, customer experience, multi-channel integration, risk management, and large-scale program mobilization. Before his consulting careers, Anand was the Chief Research Scientist at the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute, a boutique research and software house. He has also taught and supervised PhD students at University of Melbourne, Computer Science Department. Anand has also co-edited four books on Intelligent Agents and has published over fifty papers in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in major journals, conferences, and workshops. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic forums. He is a frequent speaker on Artificial Intelligence, behavioral economics, autonomous cars and their impact, analytics, and technology topics in academic and trade forums including the World Economic Forum, O’Reilly AI Conferences, AAAI, International Joint Conference on AI, and IEEE. He has received widespread recognition for his extraordinary contributions in the field of consulting and Artificial Intelligence Research. He has received the Most Influential Paper Award for the Decade in 2007 from the Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems organization for his contribution on the Belief-Desire-Intention Architecture; MBA Award of Distinction from Melbourne Business School, 1997 and University Postgraduate Research Award (UPRA) from University of Sydney, 1985; Distinguished Alumnus Award from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India; He was recognized as one of Top 50 Data & Analytics professionals in USA and Canada by Corinium; one of Top 50 professionals in InsureTech; and has won a number of awards for his academic and business papers. Anand is an Adjunct Professor in BITS Pilani’s APPCAIR AI Center. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Oxford University’s Institute for Ethics in AI, World Economic Forum’s Global AI Council, OECD’s AI Compute initiative, Advisory Board of Northwestern’s MBAi program. AI Global, Nordic AI Institute, and International Congress for the Governance of AI.