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Dr. Yasantha Rajakarunanayake (Senior Director - Technology of MediaTek)

Dr. Yasantha Rajakarunanayake

Senior Director - Technology of MediaTek

Senior Technologist and Scientist with 23+ years of experience in the Bay Area, with a proven track record of innovation and R&D contributions, experience in building and leading world class teams to create innovative products and software solutions.

Timothy Kooi (Director, Data Analytics of DHL)

Timothy Kooi

Director, Data Analytics of DHL

Currently an Innovation Leader at the DHL’s Innovation Center, where he is responsible for trend research and converting new trends into proof-of-concepts. He is also the Head of Data Analytics for the Customer Solutions and Innovation BU for the region, responsible for deepening the use of data analytics to generate new value-add and business growth opportunities.

Dr. Rukshan Batuwita (Machine Learning Scientist)

Dr. Rukshan Batuwita

Machine Learning Scientist

Machine Learning Scientist with 12+ years of experience in Applied Machine Learning, Data Science and AI in both industry and academia. Previously he worked as the Lead Data Scientist at Woolworths Group and Senior Data Scientist at Ambiata Ltd, where he was a founding employee. During his time in academia, he held research positions at National ICT Australia, MIT, Imperial College London, and completed his PhD at the University of Oxford in Machine Learning.

Dr. James Shanahan (Professor at UC Berkeley and Church and Duncan Group Inc.)

Dr. James Shanahan

Professor at UC Berkeley and Church and Duncan Group Inc.

Dr. James G. Shanahan has spent the past 25 years developing and researching cutting-edge artificial intelligent systems splitting his time between industry and academia. He teaches at University of California at Berkeley has (co) founded several companies in that leverage machine learning/deep learning in verticals such as digital advertising, web search, and smart cameras. Previously he has held appointments at Xerox Research, AT&T and Mitsubishi.

Dr. Sadeep Jayasumana (Research Scientist at Five AI, Cambridge)

Dr. Sadeep Jayasumana

Research Scientist at Five AI, Cambridge

Research Scientist at Five AI, Cambridge, working on computer vision for autonomous driving. Prior to joining Five AI, Sadeep was a Quantitative Researcher at Man AHL, London, where he built machine learning models for algorithmic trading. During his time in academia, Sadeep completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford, and a PhD at the Australian National University - both in computer vision.

Prof. Asoka Karunananda (Senior Professor at University of Moratuwa)

Prof. Asoka Karunananda

Senior Professor at University of Moratuwa

Senior Professor, Department of Computational Mathematics. Prof. Karunananda is a founder member of Sri Lanka Association for Artificial Intelligence and immensely contributed for popularizing, teaching and research in AI in Sri Lanka over last 20 years. His research interest include broad areas of Cognitive Systems and Machine Learning.

Dr. Subha Fernando (Senior Lecturer at University of Moratuwa)

Dr. Subha Fernando

Senior Lecturer at University of Moratuwa

Specialties: Artificial Intelligence (Neural Networks, Multi Agent Systems and Genetic Algorithm). Dr Subha Fernando earned a Doctor of Engineering from Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan. She received her B.Sc (Special) Hons in Statistics and Computer Science from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and received her Master of Engineering in 2010 from Japan.

Currently, she works as a Consultant for Artificial Intelligence to CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd. She is also Senior Lecturer attached to Department of Computational Mathematics and Research Scientists of QBITS – Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Moratuwa.

She is the former Head of Department of Computational Mathematics, former Director of Information Technology Research Unit of the University of Moratuwa, and the Immediate-Past President of Sri Lankan Association for Artificial Intelligence.

Christoper Gunawan (Senior Solution Architect - Data and Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft)

Christoper Gunawan

Senior Solution Architect - Data and Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft

Chris is a Senior Solution Architect with broad knowledge of Big Data & Analytics solutions where he works with clients in various industries. With more than 10 years of experience, he acted as a trusted advisor by integrating technical architecture skill and business perspective insight to support clients on their digital transformation journey. He also holds several key certifications such as Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solution and Microsoft Professional Program Data Science.

Dr. Adam Easton (Chief Executive Officer at SimCentric Technologies)

Dr. Adam Easton

Chief Executive Officer at SimCentric Technologies

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SimCentric Technologies, a simulation and software development company which develops training simulations and artificial intelligence technologies. He is a former Captain in the Australian Army, a Rhodes Scholar and has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Computing and Simulation.

Svein Olaf Olsen (Co-founder of Anzyz Technologies AS)

Svein Olaf Olsen

Co-founder of Anzyz Technologies AS

Anzyz Technologies Ltd is a second generation tool to understand Big Data. The Technology is called CCL - Corpus Cube Linguistics. The system is formed by professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo Agder University. The system is tested by some of the leading Companies in Norway as Telenor, Norgeserergi and others.

Dr. Chrisantha Fernando (Senior Research Scientist at Google DeepMind)

Dr. Chrisantha Fernando

Senior Research Scientist at Google DeepMind

Senior Research Scientist at Google DeepMind. He has experience in machine learning, and also to think and talk about the role of machine learning for Sri-Lanka.


CD Athuraliya

Co-founder, ConscientAI

CD is a software engineer turned researcher and entrepreneur. Over 5 years experience in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, advanced analytics and Big Data. Also involved in multiple capacity development and community efforts in machine learning. Advising industry and academic projects.

Madu  Ratnayake

EVP, CIO & General Manager       


Madu is the Group CIO and the Center Head for Virtusa Sri Lanka. He is responsible for Virtusa's global digital strategy and Virtusa's Sri Lankan Operations. He is a Chartered Engineer, holds an MBA and an Honors Degree in Software Engineering.