Bjorn Austraat

Between 60%-85% of AI projects fail to achieve the return on investment promised during the planning stage.

In this presentation we’ll discuss how good AI implementation is a lot like making the perfect piece of toast. 

You will walk away with practical tools, tested in the real world, that help create solid alignment between business leaders, implementation experts and data scientists, and we’ll introduce you to a simple, jargon-free approach that helps focus all stakeholders on what really matters – outcomes for end users and verifiable business returns that live up to the promise of AI.

Bjorn Austraat brings more than two decades of diverse experience in taking complex business problems and finding pragmatic, profitable solutions to them through machine learning, AI and other technologies.

Currently, he serves as SVP and Head of AI Acceleration at Truist where he is building out the new AI & Analytics Accelerator (A3) to enable innovation and accelerate scalable solution deployment for AI and analytics across the enterprise. The Accelerator will provide a complete incubation environment including open source and commercial software, AI-optimized hardware, design thinking and Agile methodologies as well as synthetic data to support and empower teammates across Truist to grow ideas from early stage to MVP to fully deployed solutions.

Formerly, Bjorn was SVP for Agile AI at Wells Fargo, Global Cognitive Finance Leader with IBM for a top-3 International Bank and the Global Leader for Cognitive Visioning and Strategy for IBM Watson, where he provided strategic direction for marquee engagements including H&R Block and Vodafone.

Prior to joining IBM, Bjorn held a number of senior leadership roles in companies ranging from Silicon Valley startups to large, multinational consulting enterprises working with companies such as Apple, AT&T, Microsoft and Ford.

Bjorn began his career as an interpreter and translator in Vienna. Today he uses those skills to detect meaningful patterns in noisy business data and craft scalable and profitable strategies that are in tune with the competitive landscape and diverse stakeholder needs.

Bjorn holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and an M.A. in Conference Interpretation from the University of Vienna, Austria.

When he is not busy with all things technology, Bjorn spends his time with photography, international travel, nutritional science and AI ethics.

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