Ayesha Khanna

Co-founder & CEO, ADDO AI

Speaker Themes

  • AI and its strategic applications
  • Smart Cities
  • Fintech
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Women in STEM and business
  • Digital transformation & innovation
  • The future of work
  • Skills for the 21st century

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Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator.

She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to leading corporations and governments. Ayesha Khanna serves on the Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore government’s agency that develops and regulates its world-class technology sector to drive the country’s digital economy and power its Smart Nation vision.

Ayesha is also 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 like artificial intelligence.

In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia’s groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. Her clients have included SMRT, Singapore’s largest public transport company; Singtel, Singapore’s largest telco; SOMPO, Japan’s largest insurance firm; Habib Bank, Pakistan’s largest bank; and Smart Dubai, the government agency tasked to transform Dubai into a leading smart city.

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 was co-founder of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyse the social and economic impact of accelerating technologies. She has been named one of Singapore’s leading female entrepreneurs and a leading influencer in Asian fintech by Fintech Asia.

She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review. 

Ayesha has a BA 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.

Ayesha Khanna is the author of ‘Straight Through Processing’(2008) and co-author of ‘Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization’(2012). 

Ayesha is the founder of ‘21st Century Girls’, a charity that offers free coding and artificial intelligence training to girls in Singapore.

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As with all buzzphrases, when it comes to AI it can be difficult to distinguish between the hype and the reality.

As one of the leading minds at the forefront of the AI revolution, Ayesha Khanna helps organisations understand the real impact the technology will have on their work, and on business and society more widely.

Khanna has presented at major financial and technology conferences where she provides top level government briefings and chaired symposiums such as AI Asia.

As well as her compelling keynote speeches, she can work with clients to run tailored  workshops to help businesses think through their AI strategy.

Ayesha Khanna also speaks passionately about empowering women through education in STEM and is proud to represent her charity in this sector, ‘21st Century Girls’.

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