Dr Catriona Wallace is an entrepreneur in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning fields. Catriona also has a reputation globally as a leading writer, speaker and advisor on Responsible Technology, Ethics and the Future of Work. Dr Wallace is the CEO of Ethical AI Advisory consulting practice and she is the Founder of Flamingo AI, a Machine-Learning company with headquarters in New York and Sydney.

Having been inducted into the Royal Institution of Australia in 2019, recognising her excellence in scientific achievement and commitment to science in Australia, Dr Catriona Wallace is one of the world’s most-cited experts on Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation, Ethics in technology and Women in Leadership. Dr Wallace has established herself as the innovative go-to expert for organizations looking to digital transformation and optimizing operations with a focus on customer and employee experience. As a result, she's the most natural authority to consult with when looking at ways to introduce emerging technologies into business.

In 2014, Catriona founded artificial intelligence FinTech Flamingo AI, a company working at the cutting edge of AI technology to provide Machine Learning based Subject Matter Experts for enterprises in the US and Australia. Flamingo AI was the second only female-led (CEO & Chair) business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange. Catriona then went on to establish one of the world’s first consultancies, Ethical AI Advisory, purely focused on developing Ethical AI frameworks and capabilities for organisations concerned with the potential risks that AI may pose.

Dr Wallace has a long list of accolades that have seen her recognised as one of the most influential women in business & entrepreneurship. She has achieved significant awards in technology, innovation and financial services. In large part, this success comes directly as a result of her ability to analyze business strategy, data and to identify where technology can augment humans and automate processes.

With a dedicated passion for encouraging more women to pursue careers in STEM, Catriona is leading by example. She has an Adjunct Professor with a PhD in Organizational Behavior and is a published author and analyst. Catriona’s links with business schools around the world allow her to share international practice and case studies, and as such brings a strong evidence-based approach to her speaking topics.

Catriona is also a human rights activist, environmentalist and mother of five.

Speaking topics

 Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation

AI is the fastest-growing tech sector in the world, driving the digital transformation of both public and private sector organisations. Leaders are asking what is the best way to transform operations to leverage AI and other emerging technologies such as blockchain, IoT, cybersecurity and 5G? And what role do humans play in a digitised business and economy? The need for this knowledge has been exacerbated by the current pandemic crisis. Dr Wallace presents the state of the market for AI and emerging technologies and shares how organisations should think about the Digital Transformation of their current operations and people.

Key takeaways:

  • State of the emerging technology market
  • Briefing on the AI sector
  • Models for Digital Transformation
  • How to manage Humans, processes and ethics

Responsible Technology & the role of Ethics

As evidenced in the hit film, ‘The Social Dilemma’ big tech is controlling much of what we consume, read, like and do. But does the technology sector have our best interests at heart? Are the commercial drivers for technology not aligned to individual and society’s values? And who is regulating this largely uncontrolled sector and what can we do about it? In this presentation, Dr Wallace discusses the role of big tech, the good and the bad, and how models of Responsible Technology with Ethics and Human Rights at its core and the rise of the ‘Ethical Leader’ must be the way forward.

Key takeaways:

  • The role of Big Tech, AI and Algorithmic Decision Making
  • Regulation and control of AI and emerging tech
  • Models of Responsible Technology
  • Ethics & Human Rights technology Frameworks
  • The attributes of the Ethical Leader

The Future of Work: Human + Machine

AI is now the fastest growing technology sector globally, expanding in investment 12-fold over the next 5 years. AI is expected to replace 1.8million jobs and it will generate 2.3million jobs in the next 12 months. But whose jobs are these? And how do organisations gear up for having digital employees as well as human employees? Dr Wallace presents a discussion on the Future of Work that is AI driven where machines augment human workers and automate work functions. Is this all going to be good? What could go wrong? Dr Wallace presents the skills and capabilities that leaders and organisational designers, operations and HR professionals need to know about the coming of the human+machine era.

Key takeaways:

  • State of the AI market
  • The changing nature of jobs: AI augmented and automated work
  • Skills needed for managing the new era of human+machine
  • The attributes of an AI & digital savvy leader

Women in Leadership - The Heroine’s Journey, Women of Power & the Good Men

Dr Catriona Wallace shares her story of being a leader of an Artificial Intelligence company in the US and Australia, seeking investment and being one of the few women leading a Listed technology company. Catriona, using humour and real-life examples, will share her experiences and unconventional ways of navigating difficult environments in order to achieve her goals, including raising her five children along the way. Dr Wallace will also present models of The Heroine’s Journey; Women of Power & The Good Men.

Key takeaways:

  • Models for Women in Leadership
  • Unconventional management and parenting
  • The Heroine’s Journey model
  • Model for Women of Power and the Good Men who support them

Testimonials

A highlight of the afternoon. We were all inspired by Catriona's wisdom on so many issues. Australia needs hundreds more inspirational leaders like Catriona for our future.
Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute

Catriona is the real deal in innovation and business today. She provides invaluable insights and brings her real-life experience and intelligence to the discussion.
Australian Financial Review

One of the best presentations that I have seen. Dr Wallace used audience participation and her own personal story as a woman to highlight the challenges and opportunities in the tech industry. We would certainly ask Dr Wallace to present again at any of our future events to students and alumni.
UNSW Business School and Director, AGSM UNSW Business School

Catriona has made a valuable contribution to CUA as both as a partner and as an educational speaker.
CUA Health

Catriona Wallace provided a memorable experience for our first AI Masterclass at Upward Hartford. Dr. Wallace engaged the audience from start to finish, encouraging active participation throughout the session and inspiring direct collaboration among participants. The content was informative & accessible for all levels of industry knowledge and experience, which is especially important for a hub such as ours that attracts tech experts, students & entrepreneurs across industries. We so look forward to welcoming Catriona back for future sessions.
Upward, Hartford

Dr. Catriona Wallace is among the most dynamic speakers that have graced our stage at the Auto Insurance Report National Conference in our 22 years. The audience was interested in her general topic of artificial intelligence, but it was essential to quickly go from the general to the specific, and tell them what AI meant to auto insurance. Dr. Wallace delivered wonderfully on both points.
Brian P. Sullivan, Chairman, Auto Insurance Report National Conference

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