• THIS SCHEDULE TAKES PLACE ON DAY 2

  • TIMES IN PST

  • 08:00

    WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS - 8am PDT | 11am EDT | 4pm BST

  • WOMEN IN TECH

  • 08:10
    Rudina Seseri

    Women Lifting Women: Breaking Boundaries in Investment & AI

    Rudina Seseri - Founder & Managing Partner - Glasswing Ventures

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    Women Lifting Women: Breaking Boundaries in Investment & AI

    Rudina Seseri, Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures shares her story of empowerment from the women who have influenced her journey and in building her Enterprise AI VC firm. From her early days as an immigrant student to being named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 Powerful Women, Rudina’s success is illustrated in not only in her proven track record in venture, but also in her ability to usher in the next generation of diverse founders and to advocate for equitable technology.

    Rudina Seseri is Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, leading the firm’s investments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled enterprise software as a service (SaaS), cloud, Information Technology (IT) software, and vertical markets. Rudina has led investments and held Board of Directors roles at ChaosSearch, CloudTruth, Inrupt, Navigant (acquired by Veritas), Plannuh, Reprise, Talla, Verusen, Zylotech, Celtra, CrowdTwist (acquired by Oracle), and SocialFlow. Rudina has 17 years of investing and operational experience in high growth companies in IT software, cloud and enterprise SaaS. Previously, Rudina was a Senior Manager in the Corporate Development Group at Microsoft Corporation. In this role, she led a number of successful acquisitions including iView Multimedia, Massive Interactive, Bungie Studios restructuring (creator of the Halo franchise), Deep Metrix, and Lionhead Studios. Prior to Microsoft, she was an investment banker in the Technology Group at Credit Suisse responsible for multibillion-dollar acquisitions and financings. Rudina has been appointed by the Dean of the Harvard Business School (HBS) for five consecutive years to serve as Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Business School and is an HBS inaugural member of Rock Venture Capital Partners. She is also a Member of the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College and was previously an Advisor for GSK Consumer. Previously, Rudina has served as Chair of the Board of Overseers for the FutureM, a conference with 2,500 technology innovators and digital executives. Her philanthropic work includes serving on the Philanthropy Board for Boston Children’s Hospital as Vice-Chairwoman. Entrepreneur Magazine has named Rudina Seseri to their 2019 100 Powerful Women list. She is a Boston Business Journal Power 50: Newsmaker, a Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech and a Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree — recognized for her professional accomplishments and community involvement. Rudina has been published in TechCrunch, Forbes, Quartz, VentureBeat, GigaOm, and other leading business publications. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and International Relations and holds an MBA from HBS. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.

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  • 08:35

    PANEL: Developing & Deploying Fair Technology: How Did We Get Here & Where Do We Go?

  • Neeta Mundra

    MODERATOR

    Neeta Mundra - Industry Transformation Advisor - Salesforce

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    Neeta is a senior executive with a strong entrepreneurial spirit with over 20 years of global banking and insurance experience and a deep understanding of technology and financial services. She recently won the “Exceptional Women of Excellence Award” at Women Economic Forum, “Inspirational Women” in Women in Banking and Finance and Innovate Finance’s Standout 35 Women in Fintech.

    Besides her full-time role at Salesforce, Neeta is the non-executive director, Head of Senior Business Leaders at Women in Banking, mentor at Natwest Accelerator and Advisor at RiseUp Money20/20. She is very passionate about technology disruption, transparency in financial services and an adviser to fintech and regtech start-ups and appears in various panel discussions. Neeta is an angel investor in fintech start-ups and is particularly interested in women led fintech start-ups.

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  • Rita Martins

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    Rita Martins - FinTech Partnerships Lead - HSBC

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    Rita seeks to transform financial services by combining her extensive industry knowledge with her curiosity for new technologies and passion for new propositions driven by fintech and start-ups.

    Rita currently drives FinTech Partnerships at HSBC. As a fintech enthusiast, she is always eager to connect with fintech and startups to drive change in financial services, whether via internal POCs or offline mentoring support.

    Prior to this role, Rita worked in Consulting (EY and Accenture) advising C-Suite on the applicability of RPA and AI tools in finance as well as driving large scale transformation projects.

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  • Apeksha Garga

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    Apeksha Garga - VP of Design - Wealthfront

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    Apeksha is VP of Design and Marketing at Wealthfront where she leads product design, research, content strategy, product marketing and the creative brand team. Wealthfront is on a mission to build a financial system that favors people, not institutions. Previously she was at IDEO, an award winning design and innovation consulting company. She has over 10 years of experience championing human-centered design to help organizations create new businesses and reinvent existing ones. She has built and led multi-disciplinary design teams that play a strategic role in an organization and are integral to the success of the business.

    She fosters a strong culture of innovation and cross-functional collaboration to envision and build unprecedented products and services that often require defining new industry norms and ethical practices that are designed for people first. She believes in seeking insightful discoveries about human needs and behaviors and building a deep appreciation and understanding of technology to deliver new value that has sustainable positive impact on people, society and business.

    Apeksha’s work has been recognized through awards and publications such as IDSA, Webby, FastCompany, Core77, designboom, Time Magazine, Wired, TechCrunch, CNN and The Verge. Her experience spans across industries such as consumer technology, finance, healthcare, automotive, education, furniture and retail. She has a Masters in Design from Institute of Design, IIT Chicago, and a degree in architecture.

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  • 09:25

    COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK: MEET WITH ATTENDEES VIRTUALLY FOR 1:1 CONVERSATIONS

  • RESEARCH ADVANCEMENTS & APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

  • 09:35
    Kaushalya Somasundaram

    Fostering Growth

    Kaushalya Somasundaram - Head of UK Payments Partnerships & Industry Relations - Square

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    Fostering Growth

    Kaushalya Somasundaram leads Industry Relations and Payments Partnerships for Square in the UK. In this talk, Kaushalya shares her journey of progressing her career in FinTech, what she’s learned along the way, and how Square is fostering growth for self-identified women and allies.

    Key Takeaways: 1) Establish your own set of values. 2) Get close to the meaningful impact of your work. 3) Aim high. Ask questions.

    Kaushalya leads foundational industry and regulatory relationships across the UK business at Square. Prior to joining Square, Kaushayla spent 12 years at HSBC, where she was Managing Director of Fintech Partnerships including representing on various company Boards including Tradeshift and R3. Kaushalya has joined the committees and boards of several companies and organisations, and is currently an advisory board member of PayU, and a member of the World Trade Board and is a mentor for Barclays Techstars in the UK. She has been quoted widely in the media and recognised on numerous lists of women innovators and women in fintech. Kaushalya hails from Botswana and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of New South Wales.

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  • 10:00
    Katie Ferriter

    Emerging Technology Trends in North American Financial Services

    Katie Ferriter - Head, Technology Research & Innovation - BMO Financial Group

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    PRESENTATION: Emerging Technology Trends in North American Financial Services

    Join this presentation to delve into the latest technology trends impacting financial service institutions. Katie will spend 20 mins discussing the status, potential impact and the journey to understanding and piloting these trends.

    ROUNDTABLE: Discussing Barriers to Adopting Emerging Technologies

    Join Katie to discuss issues and barriers that prevent emerging technology adoption including but not limited to; maturity, change management, risk management, user acceptance, upskilling. What do you see as pressing issues to solve when it comes to implementing technology solutions?

    Katie is the Head, Technology Research & Innovation at BMO Financial Group. This mandate sees her seeking out knowledge of emerging technologies and determining their maturity and applicability for Financial Services. She runs a team that undertakes research in house as well as partnering with institutions & organizations that are shaping the future of financial technology.

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  • 10:25

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS WITH SPEAKERS

  • Clara Bove-Ziemann

    ROUNDTABLE: Challenges of ML Interpretability and Business Opportunities

    Clara Bove-Ziemann - Design+ ML Researcher - AXA

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    PRESENTATION: How to Explain an ML Prediction to Non-Expert Users?

    Machine Learning has provided new business opportunities in the insurance industry, but its adoption is for now limited by the difficulty to explain the rationale behind the prediction provided. In our latest research, we explore how we can enhance one type of explanations we can extracted from interpretability method called local feature importance explanations for non-expert users. We propose design principles to present these explanations to non-expert users and are applying them to a car insurance smart pricing interface. We present preliminary observations collected during a pilot study using an online A/B test to measure objective understanding, perceived understanding and perceived usefulness of our designed explanations.

    ROUNDTABLE: Challenges of ML Interpretability and Business Opportunities

    The rise of Machine Learning (ML) has provided new business opportunities in the insurance industry. ML can for instance help improve pricing strategies, fraud detection, claim management or the overall customer experience. Yet, its adoption can be for now limited by the difficulty for ML to explain the rationale behind predictions. What can be explained from ML models? What do people need to be explained of? How to present explanations? These are some challenges we want to address in ML Interpretability

    I am currently working as a Researcher at AXA and am a PhD Candidate at Laboratoire Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6). I conduct research on eXplainable AI (XAI) and User Experience (UX) in Machine Learning. I graduated from a Design Master’s Degree in 2015 and works for several years as a User Experience Designer in various fields before starting research on Human+AI interactions.

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  • Xavier Renard

    Host

    Xavier Renard - Research Data Scientist - AXA

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    Xavier Renard is a researcher in data science and machine learning at AXA. He completed a Ph.D. in computer science at Sorbonne University in Paris. His research focuses on the topic of Responsible and Trustworthy AI, in particular on machine learning interpretability.

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  • Pamela Negosanti

    ROUNDTABLE: The Value of Language in Finance: Demo & Discussion

    Pamela Negosanti - Head of Sales and Sector Strategy, FSI - expert.ai

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    PRESENTATION: Finance Is Not All About Numbers...What About Words?

    Every company, regardless of industry, owns some level of business expertise. Every company, at one point or another, experiences the same challenge: scaling that expertise. As a bank, how do you deliver quality service to your customers when inquiries triple on your digital channel in a matter of months?   How do you scale risk management or your onboarding operations when those teams are already at capacity? The capability to integrate technology that can read and understand unstructured documents is no longer a “nice-to-have” within the financial services industry. It’s a necessity. Learn how Natural Language Understanding can power your business.

    Key Takeaways: * Why language must be leveraged as data

    • How language can be transformed into actionable knowledge

    *How to easily use our Natural Language Understanding technology

    ROUNDTABLE: The Value of Language in Finance: Demo & Discussion

    Learn how your organization can use Natural Language Understanding based solutions to scale your enterprise. The capability to integrate technology that can read and understand unstructured documents is no longer a “nice-to-have” within the financial services industry. It’s a necessity. Join us to listen to real world examples and see, firsthand, how Natural Language can power your business.

    Key discussion topics: Live demonstration which goes beyond data mining. Discover how our AI automatically reads, learns and understands the financial industry knowledge at speed and scale. Learn more about how to transform language into value thanks to concrete KPIs and benefits.Learn how your organization can use Natural Language Understanding based solutions to scale your enterprise. The capability to integrate technology that can read and understand unstructured documents is no longer a “nice-to-have” within the financial services industry. It’s a necessity. Join us to listen to real world examples and see, firsthand, how Natural Language can power your business.

    Key discussion topics: *Live demonstration which goes beyond data mining.

    *Discover how our AI automatically reads, learns and understands the financial industry knowledge at speed and scale.

    *Learn more about how to transform language into value thanks to concrete KPIs and benefits.

    Pamela Negosanti is the head of sales and sector strategy for financial services and insurance at expert.ai. She specializes in helping companies execute business transformation through artificial intelligence. Pamela has spent the majority of her career in the technology sector where she has established expertise in artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, intelligent automation, natural language understanding and semantics, to name a few. She owns a degree in translating and interpreting with a specialization in computational linguistics, and speaks fluent Italian, English, French and German. Fueled by change and curiosity, she is firm believer in the power of knowledge share and communities.

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  • Katie Ferriter

    ROUNDTABLE: Discussing Barriers to Adopting Emerging Technologies

    Katie Ferriter - Head, Technology Research & Innovation - BMO Financial Group

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    PRESENTATION: Emerging Technology Trends in North American Financial Services

    Join this presentation to delve into the latest technology trends impacting financial service institutions. Katie will spend 20 mins discussing the status, potential impact and the journey to understanding and piloting these trends.

    ROUNDTABLE: Discussing Barriers to Adopting Emerging Technologies

    Join Katie to discuss issues and barriers that prevent emerging technology adoption including but not limited to; maturity, change management, risk management, user acceptance, upskilling. What do you see as pressing issues to solve when it comes to implementing technology solutions?

    Katie is the Head, Technology Research & Innovation at BMO Financial Group. This mandate sees her seeking out knowledge of emerging technologies and determining their maturity and applicability for Financial Services. She runs a team that undertakes research in house as well as partnering with institutions & organizations that are shaping the future of financial technology.

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  • Nitesh Soni

    ROUNDTABLE: Cross Industry Extended Q&A - Designing, Strategizing & Deploying AI

    Nitesh Soni - Director - Advanced Analytics & AI for Technology - Scotiabank

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    Transformation of Core Business Function Areas Using Advanced Analytics and AI

    Financial institutions have already started to embrace AI as a part of their core business strategy. The AI investments are not only focused on enhancing the customer and risk controls analytics but also to transform and modernize their core business function areas. The AI technologies (Automation, ML, NLP, Deep Learning etc) combined with the unprecedented amount of data are helping to increase the operational efficiencies and reduction in cost while mitigating Risk and Compliance issues by creating timely awareness and preventative measures. This talk will touch upon the challenges to establish the AI framework i.e. how to start a journey from foundational analytics to advanced analytics; processes and methodologies to identify and prioritize the business problems those can be solved and scale quickly across business function areas. It will include the POCs of various types of analytics (Self-serving analytics, ML & NLP) with real examples from function areas such as Technology, Finance, Audit & HR.

    Key Takeaways: 1. Modernization of Business Core Functions is must and should be a part of overall corporate strategy 2. Variety of AI technologies are been leveraged to achieve this 3. AI solutions are bringing Gain in operational efficiencies and mitigation in operation and reputational risks.

    Nitesh Soni is a Director at Scotiabank where he is leading end-to-end advanced analytics and AI projects for Corporate Functions. His career spans over 15 years across top tier banks, consulting firm and world leading research institutes with a core expertise in Predictive modeling, Machine Learning, AI and Big Data. He is a regular speaker at the various national and international conferences. While as a researcher, he has been a part of a couple of major discovery experiments and has won few prestigious awards. He holds a PhD degree in Experimental Particle Physics.

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  • Vaibhav Verdhan

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    Vaibhav Verdhan - Principal Data Scientist - Johnson & Johnson

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    How Can Machine Learning Help in Getting the Maximum out of the Marketing Budget or Minimize Marketing Waste

    Organizations spend a fortune on marketing. Every dollar spent on marketing demands ROI. With a number of marketing channels in place, be it offline or online - organizations always strive to improve the targeting. Marketing aims to target customers at the right time, with the right product, at optimized price and best time. All of this marketing effort makes it really difficult for the marketing teams to plan and allocate resources and budget. Marketing budgets (particularly after a strong social media presence) have to optimize the budgets and improve the targeting methodology. Data analysis, machine learning and AI allows us to improve customer targeting, product placements. At the same time, these capabilities allow marketing teams to really get the maximum from their budgets. In other words, the teams can minimize the “marketing waste”. This talk focuses on sharing insights on - how can the organizations improve their customer targeting and optimize their marketing budgets.

    Key Takeaways 1) What is required to have a successful ML/AI setup for retail 2) What are the areas in the retail industry which can be benefitted by ML/AI 3) What are the common pitfalls to avoid

    Vaibhav Verdhan is a seasoned data science professional with rich experience spanning across geographies and domains. He is a published author with books on machine learning and deep learning. He is a hands-on technical expert and has led multiple engagements in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He is a leading industry expert, is a regular speaker at conferences and meet-ups and mentors students and professionals. Currently he resides in Ireland and is working as a Principal Data Scientist at Johnson and Johnson.

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  • Manan Sagar

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    Manan Sagar - CTO - Fujitsu

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    Trust Me, I’m a Robot – The Future of AI and Automation in Insurance

    Technology is changing the way we live and consume service. Insurance has perhaps been the slowest to react to these changes but it is apparent that data is starting to drive personalisation and precision in insurance. “Real-time-risk-management” enabled by the “subscription model” is, in the very near future, going to become main stream in personal insurance. Advancements in data sciences coupled with a fourfold increase in the number of sensors is going to lead to a seismic shift in insurance models from the traditional insurance model of “Protection” to “Prevention”.

    Key Takeaways: 1. Data is enabling a shift in the insurance model from protection to prevention.

    1. Whilst Automation is going to help reduce processing costs, AI will provide deep insights and the ability to predict.

    2. AI will enable insurance costs to be viewed as a “service charge” rather than an “annual tax”

    Manan is a highly experienced insurance professional and a pragmatic business leader. He has previously lead Lockton’s Singapore business where he delivered organisation-wide changes and then went on to manage one of the largest acquisitions in the insurance industry. A Chartered Accountant by profession and now a technologist by trait, Manan is well regarded for his thought leadership. His career has spanned across the Americas, EMEA and Australasia. As Fujitsu’s Insurance CTO, Manan is responsible for defining the innovation strategy for the insurance sector. In his role he is a strategic advisor to the insurance sector on digital transformation and connected technology solutions.

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  • 10:45

    COFFEE BREAK

  • 10:55

    PANEL: Influential FinTech Founders: Breaking Into the Industry

  • Sharon Chen

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    Sharon Chen - FinTech Strategy - EY

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    Sharon is a founding member of the FinTech team at EY. Based in London, she focuses on the European and global FinTech ecosystem, working across all financial services sectors and in particular on wealth and asset management innovation. She advises FinTech startups as they grow and scale, and supports incumbent financial institution as they invest, acquire and partner with startups. She was a member of the inaugural Money2020 RiseUp cohort, and has also been recognised in Innovate Finance’s Women in FinTech Powerlist.

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  • Lauren Tack

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    Lauren Tack - Founder & CEO - Invigorate Platform

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    In 2020, Lauren was named one of Management Today's 35 Women Under 35, the UK's longest-running, most prestigious list of young, female business talent. Alumnae include Stella McCartney, Martha Lane Fox, Karen Blackett and BBC Dragon Sarah Willingham.

    Lauren was also named a Young Digital Leader of the Year finalist by DigiLeaders100 and one of the Top 100 Women in Tech by WeareTechWomen in 2019 amongst London's most talented women in tech.

    Lauren is passionate about helping innovative businesses succeed by ensuring they have the right support to achieve their goals. Prior to Invigorate, Lauren spent time as a strategy consultant helping corporates set their strategic vision, define new business models, set up innovation units, source startup partners and navigate disruptive tech.

    She holds a masters in business engineering from Cambridge and a bachelors in industrial engineering from Stellenbosch. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, although once on an internationally competitive level, now socially.

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  • Samantha Kempe

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    Samantha Kempe - Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer - IMMO Investment Technologies

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    Sam is Chief Investment Officer of IMMO Investment Technologies, a real estate fintech disrupting the residential investment market. Upon leaving Blackstone, she co-founded IMMO, with the intention of unlocking the Single Family Resi market for institutional investors – the company was recently cited by Goldman Sachs and Fintech Collective as the ‘real estate asset manager of the future’.

    In her spare time (pre-lockdown!) she loves skiing, surfing and discovering new cultures / countries with her young family, as well as passionately championing female leadership and entrepreneurship.

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  • Bernadette Wijnings

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    Bernadette Wijnings - Founder & Co-CEO - Blanco FinTech

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    Bernadette is an entrepreneur by heart. After carrying around a little notebook from the age of 18 to write down potential business ideas, founding successful and unsuccessful companies in the meantime, she ended up starting Blanco Fintech 6 years ago. Her goal: inclusiveness. For clients, consumers ánd employees (which she rather calls team members). She lives in Amsterdam, has 5 kids, loves cooking, documentaries and long city walks.

    Extremely driven, passionate, enthusiastic female entrepreneur. Full of self mockery. Background in big corporates as a strategy consultant and feet on the ground in the start-up environment, knows both banks, insurance companies and Fintech start-ups from within. Broad experience. High energy. Eager :).

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  • 11:45

    MAKE CONNECTIONS: MEET WITH ATTENDEES VIRTUALLY FOR 1:1 CONVERSATIONS & GROUP DISCUSSIONS

  • 12:15

    END OF SUMMIT

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