Meet the Judges
Director, Institute for Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Calgary
Dr Barry Sanders is Director of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Calgary, Lead Investigator of the Alberta Major Innovation Fund Project on Quantum Technologies, a Distinguished Chair Professor at the University of Science and Technology China and a Vajra Visiting Faculty member of the Raman Research Institute in India.
Research Scientist, Flatiron Institute
Developing computational methods for designing folding heteropolymers, using modern machine learning approaches on classical computers, plus new quantum algorithms on current-generation quantum computers.Developing computational methods for designing folding heteropolymers, using modern machine learning approaches on classical computers, plus new quantum algorithms on current-generation quantum computers.
He has a passion for analyzing complex technologies and systems, clearly defining actionable insights and helping the C-suite better implement effective technology solutions. Jay is now developing open networks – like PANAFRIN or EERIC – and building partnerships to support emerging technology markets, better enabling innovation and maximizing the benefit to all involved.
United Arab Emirates
Eva-Marie M Stuler
Partner Data & AI, Ernst & Young EY
Farah Emad Shamout
Assistant Professor Emerging Scholar of Computer Engineering, New York University Abu Dhabi
Associate Dean for Student Success and Curricular Affairs; Program Head of Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics; Global Network Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University Abu Dhabi
Her current research interests include developing machine learning models to inform decision-making in healthcare, representation learning for large-scale multi-modal data, interpretability, and fairness and ethics of AI.
Hoda Al Khzaimi
Research Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering; Director, Center of Cyber Security
Dr. Ibrahim AbuAlhaol
Principal Researcher, Technology Innovation Institute (TII)
CTO, 42 Abu Dhabi
A self-confessed techie and former professional gamer, Marcos joined 42 Abu Dhabi as CTO from Abu Dhabi investment giant Mubadala, where he was responsible for managing a AED 320M portfolio of commercial contracts provided by the sovereign investment entity’s business management services.
Hailing from Brazil, Marcos draws on extensive business development and technical experience weaned from roles with blue-chip organizations across the globe to oversee the development of 42 Abu Dhabi’s technology infrastructure.
NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor
Head of Marketing and Communications at G42
Associate Researcher at QRC, TII
Farias joined TII as a Junior Researcher in the Quantum Algorithms group in September 2021.
Vice President Technical Sales and CTO Middle East and Africa at IBM
She is responsible for multiple large teams across the Middle East & Africa. For her, innovation is literally driven by inclusion, across all levels of technology, skill and experiences, from graduates just starting out, through to thought leaders, specialists, architects and advocates, who help and advise IBM’s clients to accelerate and transform their business across all industries and into the fourth, cognitive, industrial revolution.
Associate Researcher at QRC, TII
He is researching quantum algorithms and applications aimed at near-term quantum devices.
Director of Special Projects, MBZUAI
Development Engineer, MBZUAI
Senior Principal Scientist, UCB Biopharma (formerly at AstraZeneca)
Passionate scientist and mentor with a background in Machine Learning and data science. Looking to develop and leverage advanced ML/AI approaches to solve challenging problems and bring about business results using data. Seeking an opportunity to build, develop and mentor interdisciplinary teams in an agile environment to help companies make better business decisions through data.
Co-Founder of qBraid
Kanav Setia is a co-founder and CEO of qBraid, a quantum computing startup. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Dartmouth College in 2020. His research focuses on developing quantum algorithms for simulating fermionic systems. He has interned twice at IBM and previously worked on the microelectromechanical system-based accelerometers and gyroscopes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST).
Director, The Microsoft Garage
He leads The Microsoft Garage in New York City (a worldwide innovation program for curiosity-fueled explorations and experiments. https://garage.microsoft.com.
Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Paul D. Miller is a fellow at the Yale University Center for Creative Arts and Media with a Residency focusing on the intersections of art and quantum physics and is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono.