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AI has become one of the hottest topics in technology, and skills in data science and machine learning are highly in demand. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, AI and AI-related tech will contribute at least USD 15.7 trillion to the global economy in 2030.

Does this sound familiar?: You have an interest in Data Science. You’ve taken online courses and are confident in your coding. You want to take the next step but aren’t sure exactly how. Millions of people have signed up for Andrew Ng’s machine learning class, but few take the plunge into an enhanced career.

This talk & panel discussion seeks to explore the impact of big data – specifically Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence – and the jobs and industries (including Finance) that will be affected. Will you be able to adapt your career? It’s time to understand how you can ride the wave of AI.


Lavine Hemlani

Founder & CEO, Xccelerate

Passionate about pioneering advanced technology education to empower individuals, enterprises and workforces.

Founder and CEO of Xccelerate, a leading ed-tech and future of work start-up headquartered in HK with regional capabilities. Xccelerate is founded on the vision that the greatest opportunity for improving lives is education and aspires to reinvent education to address the colossal talent challenges in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Process Automation, Software Engineering, Blockchain and Design across Asia.

Xccelerate drives outcomes for individuals, enterprises and governments by leveraging expert instructors, proprietary curriculum and learning software. Prior to Xccelerate, Lavine co-founded FLYR and worked with deep learning start-up Thread Genius (acquired by Sotheby’s). Lavine began his career in investment banking in NYC at Lazard’s Mergers & Acquisitions division (M&A) and held investment facing roles at the following funds: Atlas Capital, Marwar Capital and Union Park Capital.

Lavine also serves as Vice President of the Artificial Intelligence Society of HK and on the Board of Directors of the 24 Hour Race, a global non-profit that fights modern slavery.

Christopher Schrader

Cofounder of Pathship

Chris is cofounder of Pathship, an EdTech platform that combined AI and live mentorship to upskill workers and GraphEQ, a computer vision startup whose goal was to give computers the power of human empathy.

He is also founder and chairman of the 24 Hour Race, a global non-profit fighting slavery. He is an avid adventurer, having walked 2,000+ kilometers across the Gobi Desert, cycled for the speed record 6,300 kilometers across Canada, and lived with Kazakh Nomads for three months, amongst several dozen other expeditions – all to raise awareness and funds for causes he cares about.

He is one of the youngest fellows ever of the Royal Geographical Society and has raised over HK$ 25,000,000 for a plethora of causes globally. He studied at Harvard University (but is on a voluntary Leave of Absence) and has spoken at over a hundred schools from Kuala Lumpur, to Ulaan Baator, to London.

Chris is Founding Member of Future Talks, a Kairos Fellow and was a Faculty and Davis Scholar at Harvard University.


Diana Wu David

Diana Wu David is the author of Future Proof: Reinventing Work in the Age of Acceleration, a book about how to adopt more agile mindsets and practices to prepare yourself for success in a fast-changing world, across a 100-year life. Diana is an adjunct professor of leadership at Columbia Business School’s EMBA Global Asia and for the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma. A former Financial Times executive, Diana now works with CEOs and board directors to enhance their leadership agility, influence, collaboration and resilience. Her clients have included the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the World Bank, Expedia, Asia Development Bank and Credit Suisse. She began her career and leadership education as an assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger.