FAST Conference : Make your Business Smarter with Artificial Intelligence

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FAST Conference : Make your Business Smarter with Artificial Intelligence

October 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This is our Technology Flagship Event of the year !

On Thursday, October 3rd, we are hosting a 3-hour conference featuring CIO’s and Senior Executives from major companies like MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, IBM Watson, Natixis IM, EY, Dassault Systèmes who will be discussing how companies can develop strategies to implement AI systems and the time needed to be profitable. 

Date : Thursday October 3rd, 2019 @ 5pm – 9pm

Location :
Natixis Investment Managers
888 Boylston St, Boston



5:00pm-6:00pm : Registration/Pre-Networking
6:00pm-6:15pm : Opening 
Introduction: Chris Hote, French American Software & Technology (F.A.S.T.) Chair and FACCNE Board Member
Welcome Address: Olivier Bouteille, CIO and Digital Transformation Lead, Natixis Investment Managers
Opening Remarks: Jérôme Selva, COO, IBM Watson Customer Engagement
6:15pm-7:00pm: Innovation Panel: Entering a new business era with AI
Moderator: John Gidman, Executive Vice President and COO, Loomis, Sayles & Company
    • Dr Shrikant Savant: Director of Artificial Intelligence Group, SolidWorks AI Lab
    • David Cox: IBM Director, MIT-IBM AI Lab
    • Cliona Molony: Head of Advanced Analytics, Sanofi
7:15pm-8:00pm: Finance Panel: How fast can AI be profitable for your organization? 
Moderator: Christina Qi, Founding Partner, Domeyard LP
    • Olivier Bouteille: CIO and Digital Transformation Lead, Natixis Investment Managers
    • Dean Sauer: Chief Artificial Intelligence Architect, Advisory Technology Consulting Services @ EY LLP
    • Stéphane Orssaud: R&D Biometry Innovation Director, IPSEN
    • Chris Bergh: CEO & Head Chef, Data Kitchen
8:00pm-9:00pm: Closing Remarks followed by a Networking Cocktail
Closing Remarks: Jérôme Selva, COO, IBM Watson Customer Engagement


FACCNE Members: $30
General Admission: $55
General Admission (start-up): $45
Full time students, VIEs, Interns: $20

Walk-ins: Additional $10 at the door

Tickets are transferable. Tickets are not refundable

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Panelists & Moderators

(in alphabetical order)

Chris Bergh, CEO & Head Chef  @ Data Kitchen

Christopher Bergh is the CEO and Head Chef at DataKitchen. Chris has more than 25 years of research, software engineering, data analytics, and executive management experience.  At various points in his career, he has been a COO, CTO, VP, and Director of engineering. Chris has an M.S. from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chris is a recognized expert on DataOps.  He is the co-author of the ‘DataOps Cookbook” and the “DataOps Manifesto,” and a speaker on DataOps at many industry conferences.  Chris began his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory and NASA Ames Research Center. There he created software and algorithms that provided aircraft arrival optimization at several major airports in the United States. Chris served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Math Teacher in Botswana, Africa.

Olivier Bouteille, Chief Information Officer – Digital Transformation Lead @ Natixis Investment Managers

Olivier Bouteille’s role is to help the company and its affiliates put technology at the service of the business, to define its Digital Strategy and to implement its Digital Transformation. Before joining Natixis IM, Olivier spent 16 years on the sell side, within the Natixis CIB London Branch, where he held various positions at the crossing of the business and technology, such as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer. Olivier holds an executive MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Master of Computer Science from Télécom Sud Paris.


David Cox, Director @ MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab

David Cox is the IBM Director of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a first of its kind industry-academic collaboration between IBM and MIT, focused on fundamental research in artificial intelligence. The Lab was founded with a $240m, 10 year commitment from IBM and brings together researchers at IBM with faculty at MIT to tackle hard problems at the vanguard of AI. Prior to joining IBM, David was the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences and of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he held appointments in Computer Science, the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Center for Brain Science.


John Gidman, Executive Vice-President & COO @ Loomis, Sayles & Company

John Gidman is an executive vice president and chief operating officer at Loomis, Sayles & Company, where he is responsible for operations and technology. John joined Loomis Sayles in 2000 and is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and management committee. He serves on the firm’s new product, pricing, ethics and trading oversight committees, and is a member of the risk management committee where he oversees credit, market, liquidity, compliance, legal, regulatory, valuation, financial, operational and reputational risk management. Additionally, John is president of Loomis Sayles Solutions, LLC.


Christina Qi, Founding Partner @ Domeyard LP

Christina Qi serves as Founding Partner at Domeyard LP, a hedge fund known for its focus on high frequency trading. She started Domeyard eight years ago with $1000 in savings. Domeyard trades up to $1 billion USD per day. Her company’s story has been featured on the front page of Forbes and Nikkei, and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN, NBC, and the Financial Times. Christina is a contributor to the World Economic Forum’s research on AI in finance. She is a visiting lecturer at MIT, including Nobel Laureate Robert Merton’s “Retirement Finance” class since 2014, and and alongside President Emerita Susan Hockfield and Dean David Schmittlein in 2019. Christina teaches Domeyard’s case study at Harvard Business School and other universities.


Cliona Molony, Head of Advanced Analytics @ Sanofi

Cliona Molony Ph.D. leads Advanced Analytics at Sanofi focusing on Real World Data – this is all the data related to patients and their care,  generated outside of a clinical trial e.g. health records, digital apps, socio-economic data.  Artificial Intelligence, in particular Machine Learning, applied to these data help us to generate medical evidence that is important for understanding patient journey, subtyping and predicting outcomes to support improved patient care and increased access for Sanofi products globally .  She has led analytical and computational groups in pharmaceutical research from early R&D, translational sciences and in medical at Rosetta, Merck, and Pfizer.  She has a PhD in Bioinformatics and studied at McGill and the RCSI in Ireland.


Stéphane Orssaud, R&D Biometry Innovation Director @ IPSEN

Stéphane Orssaud is currently leading Innovation with the Biometry / R&D department of IPSEN. His role focuses around Data sources identification, partnership development, new technologies (Startups) and transversal internal opportunities. Stéphane has more than 24 years of pharmaceutical industry experience on an array of roles (Sales, IT, Marketing, R&D…) in various organizations (BMS, Galderma, Sanofi, Biogen, MSD, BioMerieux, IPSEN…) through France and the US.

Important fact : Stephane is NOT a scientist !


Dr Shrikant Savant, Director of AI Group @ Dassault Systèmes Solidworks R&D

Dr. Shrikant Savant is a Director of AI group at SOLIDWORKS R&D and has been with the company for over 12 years. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT, MS from University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor’s from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai in Mechanical Engineering with expertise in the fields of dynamics, controls, simulation, AI and machine learning. He has 7 patents to his name, has published several papers, and has presented many times at SolidWorks World in the past. At SOLIDWORKS, he has been leading the AI and Machine Learning initiative for almost 4 years. He and his team are involved in understanding and solving 3D modeling problems in the CAD area using AI and Machine Learning.


Dean Sauer, Chief Artificial Intelligence Architect @ Advisory Technology Consulting Services at Ernst & Young

Dean Sauer is the Chief Artificial Intelligence Architect for the Advisory Technology Consulting Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP.  In this role, he leads the application of Artificial Intelligence technologies across multiple industries and business functions. He has extensive experience architecting and implementing custom technology solutions utilizing virtual agents, natural language processing, computer vision, and custom machine learning. He has over 22 years of professional experience focused on custom application architecture and development.



Jérôme Selva, Chief Operating Officer @ IBM Watson Customer Engagement

Jérôme Selva is an IBM executive and the Chief Operating Officer for IBM Watson Customer Engagement –a cognitive application unit– based in Cambridge – MA, who brings an extensive passion and experience in leadership, growth strategy, business management, transformation & operations, everything-as-a-service (XaaS), acquisition integration & divestiture, finance and talent development. Jérôme’s mode of engagement, focused on outcomes and inclusiveness – Succeed Together–, results from his client first mindset, positive leadership and his achievements in a wide array of international, headquarter and transversal positions (including consulting, manufacturing, product life cycle, development IT, digital business, design thinking and agile methodologies). Recognized for his global cultural awareness and growth mindset, he also engages as a mentor, coach or director on a board for start-up & academia activities. Prior to IBM, Jérôme held several positions, including being a Consultant for a British start-up in Paris and leading troops as an Officer of the French Army serving in France and Germany. He earned an MBA (Coventry Business School – UK), an MS in Finance (Caen University – France), and graduated from Saint Cyr Officer School (eq. WestPoint).


October 3, 2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Natixis Investment Managers
888 Boylston Street
Boston, MA United States
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