Beena Ammanath stands as a leading figure in the realm of artificial intelligence, holding a wealth of experience and knowledge derived from her extensive career spanning various domains including e-commerce, finance, marketing, telecom, retail, software products, services, and industrial sectors. Her acclaimed book, ‘Trustworthy AI’, underscores her commitment to ethical and reliable AI technologies. Beena has graced multiple leadership roles, from being the CTO-AI at Hewlett Packard Enterprise to leading Innovation and Data Science at General Electric. With such diversified experience, she has successfully influenced the global strategic direction and implementation of innovative solutions with several marquee companies and startups, empowering them to maintain their relevance in the ever-evolving digital landscape.
Currently, Beena is at the forefront of the AI revolution, leading the Global Deloitte AI Institute and overseeing Trustworthy AI/Ethical Technology at Deloitte. Her profound understanding of the multifaceted applications of AI and her ability to elucidate complex concepts in an approachable manner make her a sought-after keynote speaker. Her words resonate with a broad audience, enabling a plethora of individuals and organisations to grasp the nuances of AI and its transformative power. As a speaker, Beena has enlightened minds at prestigious events such as MIT EmTech, AI Summit, Pujiang Innovation Forum, and the Grace Hopper Conference, translating intricate AI principles into comprehendible language, thereby widening the spectrum of AI understanding and appreciation.
Beena’s passion goes beyond technology and innovation; she is a steadfast advocate for women and multicultural inclusion in technology and business sectors. Keen to make a positive difference, she founded Humans for AI, a non-profit organisation aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion in AI. This initiative is a testament to her dedication to creating an equitable environment in the technology realm, ensuring diverse minds contribute to the evolution of AI. Her relentless pursuit of inclusion has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2016 Women Super Achiever Award and induction into WITI’s 2017 Women in Technology Hall of Fame.
Beena Ammanath’s contribution to technology and her advocacy for diversity has not gone unnoticed; she has been the recipient of multiple honours over recent years, including being named the 2018 Woman of the Year for Business Analytics by UC Berkeley and being recognised as one of the 2017 Most Influential Women in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. In 2016, she secured a spot as one of the top 50 global innovators in data science by CIO.com and Drexel University and was highlighted by Forbes as one of the Top 8 Female Analytics Experts from the Fortune 500. These accolades serve as a reflection of her unparalleled expertise and her unwavering commitment to fostering innovation, inclusion, and ethical practices in AI.