Thought leaders and industry specialists

Dr. Hussain Nadim

Founder, Nerve Analytics & Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellow at Yale University

Dr. Hussain Nadim works at the intersection of AI, policy and national security space. He is Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellow at Yale University. He is credited with pioneering the use of data analytics and digital technologies to transform the policy sector and assist policy leaders in Pakistan with evidence-based decisions that serve public good. Hussain has held key policy positions, including serving as Executive Director of the Islamabad Policy Research Institute at the Prime Minister's Office of Pakistan and as Special Assistant to the Federal Minister for Planning & Development & Reforms. He was also a member of the Prime Minister's Special Committee on Digital Media and Forensics and Chief Minister’s Committee on Web 3.0. Additionally, Hussain has served as a Senior Policy Expert at both the Woodrow Wilson Center and the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. In 2020, he founded the G5 Internet Observatory, a digital research think tank that leverages AI to address disinformation and hate speech. The organization was later acquired by the Pakistani government. He is regularly invited to provide advice to policy leaders and governments around the world and has been published in leading media and policy outlets, including a recent book on the US-Pakistan relations. For his distinguished work in the policy sector, he has received numerous accolades, including being named in Forbes' 30 Under 30 and receiving alumni achievement awards from the British Council, the University of Sydney, and George Washington University. Hussain holds a BA from George Washington University, MPhil from University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the University of Sydney.

Rand Waltzman

Founder, Senior Information Scientist, RAND Corporation

Dr. Waltzman has 35 years of experience performing and managing research in Artificial Intelligence applied to domains including social media and cognitive security in the information environment.  He is the former Deputy Chief Technology Officer and currently Adjunct Senior Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining RAND, he was the acting Chief Technology Officer of the Software Engineering Institute (Washington, DC) of Carnegie Mellon University. Before that he did a five-year tour as a Program Manager in the Information Innovation Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he created and managed the Social Media in Strategic Communications (SMISC) program and the Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales (ADAMS) insider threat detection program.

Dr. Waltzman joined DARPA from Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (LM-ATL), where he served as Chief Scientist for the Applied Sciences Laboratory that specializes in advanced software techniques and the computational physics of materials. Prior to LM-ATL he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where he taught and performed research in applications of Artificial Intelligence technology to a variety of problem areas including digital entertainment, automated reasoning and decision support and cyber threat detection. He has also held research positions at the University of Maryland, Teknowledge Corporation (the first commercial Artificial Intelligence company in the world where he started in 1983), and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington. Dr. Waltzman serves as Advisory Board Member of GLOBSEC HADES initiative.

Jonny Bentwood

Global President, Data and Analytics, Golin PR UK

Jonny Bentwood heads data and analytics globally at Golin. An inspiriting and innovative leader, and executive board member, Jonny has been awarded AMEC Large Research and Measurement Team of the Year for the past five consecutive years, Grands Prix Platinum for Measurement, Sabre Platinum Measurement Award, PR Week Dashboard 25 2023, and 2019 Provoke EMEA Innovator of the Year.

In his role Jonny enables Golin’s clients to be data-driven. A firm believer that when art is combined with science and decisions purely based on instinct are rejected, then brands will have winning programs. A champion of using data to deliver focus through the customer journey, Jonny has challenged historic approaches to measurement to evolve the approach from descriptive to prescriptive to predictive.

Jonny has worked on global and strategic clients providing counsel for YouTube, Unilever, Walmart, McDonalds, Microsoft, Carlsberg, ExxonMobil, The World Economic Forum, the World Bank and Facebook. He has a successful record in creating award winning analytic and measurement tools including the Relevance Radar, Customer Journey Modelling, Brand Pull, TweetLevel, BlogLevel and the patented Flow140.

His work has also achieved recognition via numerous awards including being named as Time’s top twitter moment of the year for his innovation with MTV. Jonny’s solutions have featured on CNN, Sky News, Fox, the New York Times and the BBC and he is a regular speaker on analytics, including the Royal Society, Stanford University, Oxford University and Social Media Week.