About Dr Jacques Ludik

Dr Jacques Ludik is a smart technology entrepreneur, AI expert, founder of multiple AI companies, author, global keynote speaker, AI ecosystem builder, and award-winning AI Leader with a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence (Computer Science) and 25+ years' experience in AI and Data Science and its applications.

He is currently the Founder and CEO of Cortex Group and Cortex Logic that is focused on providing scalable ultra-personalized AI-enabled wellness solutions, where Vive Teens is a spin-out company focused on providing an AI-driven personal mental wellness companion for teenagers and Journey Wellness is an AI-enabled ultra-personalized health wellness solution; and the Founder and President of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) that focuses on transforming Africa through AI. He has also recently co-founded Sustainable Technology Venture Capital (STVC) Fund of Funds with its own AI-driven investment automation platform.

One of his previous companies, CSense Systems, was Africa's first AI company that was sold to a multinational company, specifically General Electric in 2011. CSense Systems provided AI software, services and solutions to customers around the globe in a broad range of industries (financial, mining, chemical, manufacturing, etc.) via an international reseller and solution partner network.

Dr. Ludik is involved in building AI-based data rich platforms that leverage AI technologies to unlock business, customer, and societal value. His massive transformative purpose is to help shape a better future in the Smart Technology Era, and specifically to help business and society thrive and to help transform Africa. He is also passionate to help transform Africa through smart Technologies such as AI and blockchain as well as building AI communities and exponential organizations.

Dr Ludik’s recent book Democratizing Artificial Intelligence to Benefit Everyone is not only sense-making journey on democratizing AI to benefit everyone, but also introduces a massive transformative purpose for humanity and its associated goals to help shape a beneficial human-centric future (which complements the United Nations’ 2030 vision and SDGs) along with Sapiens (sapiens.network) as a decentralized human-centric user-controlled AI-driven super platform to empower individuals and monetizes their data and services and can be extended to extended to companies, communities, cities, city-states, and beyond.

Apart from the executive management roles in all the AI companies that he founded, he was previously also Vice President Data Science and Chief Data Officer at Jumo (providing a full technology stack for building and running financial services and marketplaces in the emerging markets), Director and Big Data and Analytics Leader at General Electric and Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Stellenbosch University. Dozens of his papers on AI were published in Journals and International Conferences as well as a book, Neural Networks and Psychopathology, published by Cambridge University Press (UK). He also has a patent filed for a method of establishing a process decision support system through mathematical, rules-based or case-based reasoning Knowledge Fusion.

Jacques holds a B.Sc. (Cum Laude), Hons. B.Sc. (Cum Laude), M.Sc. (Cum Laude), and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Stellenbosch University. Dr Ludik currently also serves on the Advisory Boards of Cirrus, Data Science Nigeria, AI Centre of Excellence in Kenya, and Verchool, is a member of the AI Africa Consortium, and is a Swiss Cognitive Global AI Ambassador. In 2019, he is also the recipient of Africa’s AI Leader of the Year Award. For more details, see the high-level bio.










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