Advisory Board

The Artificial Intelligence & Intelligent Automation Advisory Board is an exclusive group of senior business leaders, industry experts and analysts with a finger on the pulse of AI and automation. Each member is carefully selected for their experience and knowledge, ensuring the AI & Intelligent Automation conversation is driven by well-rounded advice.

The Advisory Board assist the AIIA Network in researching and developing relevant, timely and thought leading content for the community, as well as guiding us on market trends, industry leading products and services, high quality contributors and speakers and agenda content for upcoming live and online events.

Nick Andrews
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Nick is an accomplished business leader, with over thirty years’ experience in sales management, large-scale outsourcing and management consultancy. Throughout his career he has maintained an unwavering passion for business transformation.

In the last decade his focus has centered on building successful consulting businesses from start-up without seed capital. Virtual Operations, founded in 2012, helps organisations with expanding workloads or unpredictable costs to open up new opportunities for process transformation and innovation through automation. 

Previously Nick founded Alsbridge and built and ran the European entity for EquaTerra (now part of KPMG). He was a partner at EY and Accenture.

He brings unprecedented sector expertise, an international track record, and deep interest in large transformational solutions and operational excellence to his role at on the AIIA Advisory Board.

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Jasmine Anteunis
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After three years in the Beaux-Art in France and a computer engineering formation, Jasmine co-founded Recast.AI with Julien Blancher, Patrick Joubert and Paul Renvoisé.

Because of her strong sense of user experience, her skills in projet management and strong technical expertise, Jasmine is an essential team member as VP Product at Recast.AI. She works with a team of developers and designers on creating a bot platform that is essential in the missions of both developers and corporations.

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Aric Dromi
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“Not with things as there are but with things as they ought to be”

Aric has spent his adult life—and most of his childhood—engrossed imagining the future and the potentials that drive it. As someone with atypical curiosity, he found himself sailing with Captain Nemo, escaping the ordinary into the land of wonder.

By high school, he decided that the formal education system is more a pipe designed to feed the “norm” rather than a place to build up curiosity—a lesson he's carried with him throughout life. As a result, Aric chose a path that will always challenge himself and the status quo (therefore the troublemaker) but also be governed by a unique side effect—enabling him to look back into the present.

Aric has built a career on “things that I knew that I didn’t know”, always taking assignments that he hadn’t done before and regularly pushing himself to explore new fields, tools, and methods that would redefine his vantage point on any given challenge.

Aric currently resides in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he splits his time between his role as the in-house futurologist at Volvo cars, sitting on the advisory boards of the AI & Intelligent Automation Network, and the NTT Innovation Institute, supporting the UNLEASH innovation team and running his company where he travels and changes the way we experience the world, the way we think about thinking and transform the way we understand change. Aric gives speeches that frame questions and help people identify and abandon old paradigms and rethink thinking.

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Jonathan Hobday
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Jonathan is sales director at Cortex and a member of the AIIA Advisory Board. 

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Shail Khiyara
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Shail Khiyara is the chief customer officer at Blue Prism. He brings over 15 years of global experience in marketing & customer engagement, across many leading brands in technology. With recent experience in the Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence space, he has worked as the CMO at Model N, CMO & Chief Customer Officer at Spigit, CMO at Taleo, and SVP & GM at Evault, a Seagate company. In these roles he has been a champion for delivering measurable, repeatable and profitable revenue growth and driving programs to delight customers. Shail holds an MBA from Yale University, Strategy & Entrepreneurship executive education from Harvard Business School and an MSc in Engineering.

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Sasanka Panda
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Sasanka heads the Business Process Services division at NIIT Technologies globally. In this leadership role, he spearheads the company’s global strategy for BPS and related initiatives to strengthen the solutions and service offerings such as Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and Business Process as a Service (BPaaS).

He has over 20 years of experience in Business Process Outsourcing, Automation, Program Management, Consulting and Platform Management.

He spent almost 12 years in US, where he worked with some of the big four consulting firms such as Capgemini, EY and BearingPoint. Thereafter, he worked with WNS for 8 years in various roles, with the last role being Head of Technology Solutions. He co-founded and raniServeFinancial.com as CTO before joining NIIT. 

Sasanka is a post graduate in Industrial Management from IIT, Kharagpur. He is also a Black Belt in Six Sigma.

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Aimee van Wynsberghe
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Aimee van Wynsberghe is Assistant Professor in Ethics of Technology at the University of Delft and is President of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. Aimee works at bridging the gap between ethics and the research and design of: healthcare robots, service robots, humanitarian robots, environmental robots, and sex robots. She is author of the book “Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design, and Implementation” and has been named one of the Netherlands top 400 influential women under 38 by VIVA.

In 2015 Aimee was awarded an NWO personal research grant to study how we can responsibly design service robots. In 2017 Aimee was named one of the 25 ‘women in robotics you need to know about’. She serves as ethics adviser for multiple Horizon2020 projects and has been interviewed by BBC, Quartz, Financial Times, and other International news media on the topic of ethics and robots.

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Terry Walby
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Terry is chief executive at thoughtonomy, where he's responsible for the growth and development of business to help customers dramatically reduce cost and improve customer satisfaction through the use of next generation automation software.

Thoughtonomy use software robots to deliver automation. These robots operate as "virtual workers", operating exactly as staff would, and thus can deliver automated processes without the need for system integration, process redesign or lengthy change and implementation programs.

An entrepreneurial, energetic and change focused senior executive, Terry has a proven ability to provide business and company leadership, and deliver consistent revenue and profit growth in enterprise software, technology, professional and managed services.

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Yvonne Wassenaar
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Yvonne a recognized thought leader in how to maintain relevance in a rapidly changing world.  Her passion is partnering with companies to diversify and grow their businesses leveraging emerging technologies and there has never been a more exciting and impactful time to do this than now. 

Currently Yvonne is CEO of Airware: pioneering digital possibilities, empowering the world to thrive.  Her current focus is on digitizing the physical world with drones to allow industries such as mining and commercial insurance to benefit from modern day technologies such as cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. 

Previously Yvonne served as CIO of New Relic, a digital intelligence platform company, where she was part of the executive team that took the company public.  She served as a top executive at VMware where she led key initiatives to scale the company from $2B - $6B.  Yvonne began her career at Accenture where she joined as a software engineer and held a variety of leadership roles over 17 years including running the internal corporate strategy & development team for the company’s $4B Communications, Media, and Technology business unit. 

While many people are concerned about how artificial intelligence will be used in the world around us, Yvonne is championing its use to drive a safer, more innovative world. 

Follow Yvonne on Twitter: @ytechdata 

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Megan Wright
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Megan Wright is the Editor of the AI & Intelligent Automation Network (AIIA) – a global network of industry experts, thought leaders and senior business executives focused on building the intelligent enterprise. She is responsible for sharing best practice with IQPC Digital’s 1.4 million+ member base and leading the network’s AI & Intelligent Automation Advisory Board.

Megan has extensive experience as a Content Marketer and Technology Journalist with a range of global blue chip technology brands including Telstra, Adobe, Hisense and Xero. In her current editorial role, Megan ensures AIIA’s content reflects current tech trends and opportunities to help business leaders continuously drive change and innovation within their organizations.

If you'd like to know more about the network, or to get involved, feel free to get in touch: megan.wright@aiia.net

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