[Virtual Webinar] Preparing Now for the Quantum Computing FutureVIEW EVENT DETAILS
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Disruptive technology is knocking on your door! Quantum computing technology may be emerging, but its potential suggests we must prepare now. Leveraging the foundations of quantum theory allows complex computations to perform much faster on current computers. This technology opens up the possibility of solving challenges that remained unattainable until today.
Quantum is developing rapidly and promises to revolutionize technology, and with that the business environment and likely our everyday life. Please join us for an informative and insightful discussion with leading experts in the field on this transformative technology and what this may mean for you, your business and our global community.
Some of the questions we will seek to answer:
- What is quantum computing technology and why should we care?
- What companies are leading in the development of this technology and what is the stage of development and applicability?
- Which industries are expected to benefit the most from quantum computing technology?
- What are the challenges facing the development of quantum computing technology?
- What nations are leading in quantum research and development in Asia, the U.S. and beyond?
Jeff Wong is the EY Global Chief Innovation Officer, challenging everything from the way EY operates internally to how we provide services to our clients. He works across the entire organization to help identify, share and scale the best ideas. Additionally, part of the EY Global Innovation team’s remit is to research and explore new technologies. He brings deep experience across strategy, investing and building new ventures globally. Throughout his career, he has built new businesses across various concepts, including local commerce, B2B exchanges, services, mobile and big data at Boston Consulting Group, JAFCO America Ventures, J.P. Morgan Partners and eBay. Jeff sits on the Oxford Foundry Board, Oxford University and the Advisory Board for AI4All, a non-profit organization working to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence. He is also a member of the Forbes Technology Council. Jeff has an AB in Economics, master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and an MBA from Stanford University.
Kristin Gilkes is the EY Global Innovation Quantum Leader and oversees EY's Global Quantum Computing Lab. Kristin leads EY's journey in quantum focused on trust, transformation and sustainability. In addition, Kristin oversees EY's alliances to deliver quantum-related products to help our clients solve problems and protect their businesses.
Kristin has led projects involving advanced analytics and automation to optimize anti-fraud approaches, achieving cost reduction while enhancing customer experience, balancing friction, and supporting revenue growth targets. At EY, Kristin has led the Regulatory Technology and Technology Optimization competency in the Advisory Practice and has been a leader in EY’s financial crimes and fraud analytics work. Kristin led multiple financial crime projects focusing on developing and delivering information technology and data analytics solutions to support anti-money laundering, cyber, fraud, insider threat, know-your-customer, sanctions, and trade surveillance programs. These have included assessments, strategy development, program redesign, screening, and other areas across multiple jurisdictions. With a focus on bio-facial recognition, Kristin leads teams that use this technology, AI, data and analytics to help clients combat financial crime and illicit activity, including money laundering, terrorism, fraud, and drug and human trafficking.
Before EY, Kristin was the Chief Data Scientist of the Legal & Compliance Division of Morgan Stanley and Head of GFCC Technology and Model Management at JP Morgan. She has international leadership experience in more than 20 countries. She has scaled international programs in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, having developed and led technology and model risk management for Fortune 500 firms. In 2021, Kristin contributed to the final report of the US's National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.
Kristin has a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences and a graduate diploma in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Oxford. She has an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BBA in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.
Kristin serves her community on the Children's National Hospital Foundation Auxiliary Board in Washington, DC. She is a former advisory board member of Lamborghini Automobili. Her background includes previous service on the board of advisors for Blackguard Inc., a bio-facial recognition software firm. Her professional association involvement includes service as a board member of the NY ACAMS Chapter, the largest chapter of the international AML and financial crime prevention community. Kristin is an active alumnus of Texas A&M University through the Letterman's Association. Kristin was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Law, Senior Practitioner of Financial Integrity Law, Cyber and Illicit Finance Analytics, and was a Member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Financial Integrity Institute at Case Western Reserve University.
Bob Sutor has been a technical leader and executive in the IT industry for over 30 years. He is currently VP and Chief Quantum Advocate at Infleqtion.
Bob’s industry role is to advance quantum technologies by building strong business, partner, technical, and educational ecosystems. The singular goal is to evolve quantum to help solve some of the critical computational problems facing society today. Bob is widely quoted in the press, delivers conference keynotes, and works with industry analysts and investors to accelerate understanding and adoption of quantum technologies.
More than two decades of Bob’s career was spent in IBM Research in New York. During his time there, he worked on or led efforts in symbolic mathematical computation, optimization, AI, blockchain, and quantum computing.
He was also an executive on the software side of the IBM business in areas including middleware, software on Linux, mobile, open source, and emerging industry standards. Bob is a theoretical mathematician by training, has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College.
He’s the author of a book about quantum computing called Dancing with Qubits that was published in late 2019. He is also the author of the 2021 book Dancing with Python, an introduction to Python coding for classical and quantum computing.
Nadia Harhen is the General Manager of Simulation and Optimization at SandboxAQ. By combining the versatility of AI with the accuracy of quantum simulation, she is radically shifting the rate and cost of drug, material, and chemical discovery. Nadia brings to bear a 15+ year career managing R&D, product, and regulatory operations across the life sciences and technology industries: combination device R&D at Johnson & Johnson; hardware and software products for a mixture of small and Fortune 100 companies targeting worldwide markets; and software as a medical device (SaMD) development for Google. This diverse background plays a critical role in her leadership opening new markets with SandboxAQ’s quantum and AI technologies.
Nadia’s R&D and product expertise intersects with a proven track record in the regulatory space. Working with a broad range of device classes, she has obtained regulatory clearance for products in more than 70 countries worldwide, including the US, EU, China, and Brazil. Most recently, she achieved the coveted CE mark for Google's first ML/AI medical device.
Throughout her career, Nadia has led efforts for small and Fortune 100 companies. She has a remarkable ability to manage operations and bring first in class, novel applications to market in highly regulated industries. This includes practical experience supporting multiple complex M&A efforts, including Google’s acquisition of Fitbit.
Nadia holds a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts in Biotechnology from Columbia University. She leverages her academic and professional training to stay at the forefront of AI, quantum, and emerging technologies. Her contributions have advanced the safety, efficacy and access to diagnostic and treatment therapies worldwide.
Rachel Zhang is Head of Fixed Income Front Office Technology at Jefferies, responsible for tech strategy and innovation globally. Based in New York, Rachel brings over 18 years of technology leadership and success in financial services. Prior to Jefferies, she led numerous automation, data, and analytics programs across the Capital Markets spectrum at RBC, Nomura Securities, Barclays Capital, and Lehman Brothers. Rachel was recognized by Constellation Research as a top influential executive leading global digital transformation (Business Transformation 150 Award in 2021).
Rachel sits on Jefferies Diversity Council driving the firm's DEI agenda. She is the founder and co-Chair of Asia Network (J-Asia) at Jefferies, devoting significant time and energy to supporting and empowering the community. As a senior female leader, Rachel has also been active in various Gender Diversity initiatives and mentoring programs. She received Jefferies’ Diversity Champion Award in 2022 for her impactful work.
Rachel received a Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Chicago.