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Increasing AI Adoption in Aotearoa New Zealand – Auckland

Join the AI Forum for an expert panel discussion: What can be done to increase AI adoption in Aotearoa New Zealand? 

Also, Executive Director, Ben Reid will present a preview of the key findings from the AI Forum’s forthcoming research report series: Towards Our Intelligent Future, which examines AI adoption in New Zealand across diverse industry sectors and explores AI Policy settings related to society, investment, data, talent and Māori attitudes to AI.

Our Panel

Ratneesh Suri, IAG

Ratneesh is an experienced data & analytics leader, passionate about enabling superior business & customer outcomes through data storytelling and the delivery of actionable insights. Her expertise spans across building and leading high performing teams, delivering across the entire spectrum of analytics maturity curve – from automated descriptive & diagnostic insights through to predictive & prescriptive models including machine learning and AI. Her current focus is on developing approaches to facilitate positive organisational change and achieve innovation through agile experimentation with emerging technologies, design thinking & data science. Ratneesh believes in giving back to the community by supporting data-driven community initiatives, by encouraging women in STEM & leadership and via mentoring and fostering talent growth.


Michael Witbrock, University of Auckland

Michael Witbrock is a newly appointed  professor of computer science at The University of Auckland (UoA) in New Zealand, building a research group, the Broad AI Lab, at the intersection of machine learning, reasoning and natural language understanding, with an additional focus on maximizing the near-term benefit of AI to NZ entrepreneurs and business, and more generally achieving the best social and civilizational impacts of increasingly powerful AI.


Paulo Gottgtroy, Air New Zealand

Dr. Paulo Gottgtroy is the Data Science Senior Manager at AIRNZ. Dr Gottgtroy has more than 30 years’ experience working on different analytical programmes in both public and private sectors. He’s started his career at the Air Force as a pilot and found his passion for Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science while working on war rooms and related simulations. He is currently involved in several AI driven projects and establishing the AIRNZ’s Data Science Framework which includes methodologies, processes and technologies to build AIRNZ’s analytical factory.  



Jul 30
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Venue TBC
Auckland, New Zealand + Google Map

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