The programme of the AI Forum 2018 consists of opening remarks, plenary sessions, round table discussions and closing remarks. The plenary sessions will be streamed live starting at 9 a.m on 9 October.

Opening remarks

Time: at 9.00 a.m. on 9 October (webcast)

  • Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland Mika Lintilä
  • Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel

Plenary sessions

The plenary sessions are the following:

EU, China, USA – the global race for AI

Time: at 9.30 a.m. on 9 October (webcast)

How does the European development and application of AI differ from the other regions? What is the current situation in the so called ‘AI race’? How could Europe lead the way while building on its strengths and values?


  • Director General at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland Ilona Lundström
  • Deputy Director General of DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission Antti Peltomäki
  • Director of the McKinsey Global Institute Jacques Bughin
  • Chief Exploration Officer of Tencent David Wallerstein
  • Deputy CEO Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Orange Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière

Tech unicorns born in Europe

Time: at 10.15 a.m. on 9 October (webcast)

How can we create an environment that will support European success stories built on new AI powered business models? How do we ensure possibilities for growth in the age of AI in Europe?


  • Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen
  • Chair of the Supervisory Board of Siemens and A.P. Moller – Maersk, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Allianz and Member of the Board of Trustees of World Economic Forum Jim Hagemann Snabe
  • Founder and CEO of OKRA Technologies Loubna Bouarfa
  • Co-founder of Zalando Robert Gentz

The panel discussions will be hosted by Ann Mettler, Head of the European Political Strategy Centre. The discussions will be streamed live. The language of the conference is English.

Round tables

Round tables allow more intimate exchange of ideas between different stakeholder groups present at the AI Forum 2018. The will not be streamed online. Round tables include the following topics:

Algorithmic transparency – how to achieve it


  • Director of Research at Inria Nozha Boujemaa
  • Deputy Director General of the Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission Khalil Rouhana

European competitive advantage from AI research


  • Director of Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence Samuel Kaski
  • Chair of Constraint Programming of University College Cork Barry O’Sullivan

Strategies for realizing AI promises in industries


  • CEO of Cargotec Mika Vehviläinen
  • Director of the Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission Lucilla Sioli

Governing AI – should all countries have a minister of AI?


  • Advisor to the Minister of AI at the Prime Minister’s Office of United Arab Emirates Cyrus Hodes
  • Co-founder & President of The Future Society Nicolas Miailhe

Reskilling and upskilling for AI era


  • Head of Cabinet of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs of Austria Michael Esterl
  • Associate Professor of Computer Science of the University of Helsinki Teemu Roos

AI ethics as an enabler


  • Professor on Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence of the Umeå University Virginia Dignum
  • Head of European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies Office Jim Dratwa

Closing remarks

  • Estonia’s Government Chief Information Officer Siim Sikkut
  • Deputy Director-General of DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission Khalil Rouhana
  • Non-executive Board Member Daimler AG, Nokia, Aalto University Sari Baldauf
  • Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and Finland’s Artificial Intelligence Programme Pekka Ala-Pietilä