Accenture AI Leaders Podcast

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Conversations on AI, data and cloud

Launched in 2020, the AI Leaders podcast features insightful conversations between Accenture leaders and guests from organizations at the forefront of AI, data, cloud, and analytics.  You can listen to our latest episodes right here on this page or on your favorite podcast platform. See our “Previous episodes” section at the bottom for older episodes.

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Ep. 31: Radically human

As new AI powered technologies impact both life and work we are seeing the very nature of innovation being reshaped. AI is becoming less artificial and more intelligent and innovators are pursuing new approaches that enable machines to learn as humans do. Listen as Paul Daugherty and Jim Wilson discuss what it means to be Radically Human.

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Learn more about the Radically Human book.

Ep. 30: What’s new about data virtualization with data mesh?

Teresa Tung is joined by two data mesh experts, Justin Borgman, Starburst - Chairman & CEO, and Bryan Aller, Comcast - Director, Software Development & Engineering, to discuss what's new about data virtualization with data mesh. They share their experiences which is driving a new interest in data virtualization.

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Learn more about Data-led Transformation.

Ep. 29: Policy and regulation frameworks

The increase in regulatory attention facing AI has put the topic of AI regulation squarely on the C-suite agenda. Organizations are trying to figure out how to respond, however, the situation is complex as strategies will vary by country, differing cultural values and multiple philosophies. Listen now to hear Roger Taylor, Responsible AI advisor and former Chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, and Ali Shah, Accenture's Global Principal Director for Responsible AI, discuss.

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Learn more about Responsible AI here.

Ep. 28: Why data & analytics needs a multi-speed approach

Data analytics are fundamental to enterprises as they continue to pursue their growth initiatives. Two approaches are emerging—top down and bottom up. Listen to Lee Barrett, Accenture Applied Intelligence Northeast Lead, and Jeff Kaminski, Accenture Applied Intelligence Northeast Strategy Lead, discuss the pros and cons of each.

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Ep. 27: Transformers, massive models and the future of AI

In this episode, Jean-luc Chatelain, Accenture's Applied Intelligence CTO, talks with Andrew Feldman, Founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems about transformers, massive models and the future of AI. They discuss how we are moving from a world of a large amount of models to fewer more powerful models known as transformers. Hear what they think this means for the future of AI.

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Ep. 26: Intersection of data and AI in the communications industry

In this episode, Manish Dasaur, Accenture’s Chief Data & Analytics Officer for Communications & Media in North America, talks with Andy Markus, the Chief Data Officer of AT&T, about the role that data and AI is playing in driving transformation in the communications industry. Hear why data & AI are critical to the communications business, the impact they are driving and how these leaders see them evolving in the coming years.

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Ep. 25: AI + X

In this episode of the AI Leaders Podcast, Fernando Lucini, Chief Data Scientist at Accenture, talks with Kian Katanforoosh, Workera CEO & Co-founder, about AI+X. This is an emerging trend where people are learning the foundations of AI skills to complement their own subject matter expertise.

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Ep. 24: Don't fear AI, embrace it

Kathrin Schwan, a managing director for Accenture's Data and AI Network, is joined by Dr. Maryam Ramezani-Bartsch, VP data and analytics at GoStudent and previously VP of Data & Analytics at Sky, along with Ana Campos, a managing director at Accenture and previously co-CEO at Trivadis. The group sits down to talk about why they think there is a fear around AI and the collection of data. They identify four main areas where fears and misconceptions come from.

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Ep. 23: The future of marketing using data and AI

Accenture's chief marketing & communications officer, Jill Kramer, joins Sanjeev Vohra to discuss the future of marketing and the role data and automation will play. Hear Jill discuss the intersection where science matches with the art of marketing and communications.

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Ep. 22: Data and analytics for the best customer experience

In this episode David Atkinson, who leads Sun Life's data and analytics efforts, talks with Krish Banerjee about how data has become core to their customer experience. Hear how they are leveraging data to create exceptional client experiences and drive meaningful impact.

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Ep. 21: Data-centric AI

A pioneer in machine learning and online education, Andrew Ng, joins Sanjeev Vohra for this episode of the AI Leaders Podcast. They discuss Data-centric AI, an emerging topic in the field of artificial intelligence. Listen to hear what it is and how it is different from traditional approaches.

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Ep. 20: Natural Language Processing

In this episode of the AI Leaders Podcast, Ryan McDonald, Chief Scientist at ASAPP, talks with Fernando Lucini, the Chief Data Scientist of Accenture, about Natural Language Processing (NLP). Hear what they think needs to be done to get the user experience correct, putting in place safety nets to keep things on track, and why it is all about design.

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Ep. 19: Combating climate change with AI

Manish Dasaur, an Accenture Managing Director, is joined by Shyla Raghav, who is the Head of Partnerships at a new division of Time called CO2, which is focused on sustainability and climate change. They discuss how we can use the latest technology and innovation, including AI, to combat climate change.

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Ep. 18: Modern data platforms on cloud

In this episode of the podcast, Accenture’s Shail Jain talks with Arnab Chakraborty about the latest in data platforms. With digital transformations being accelerated, it is imperative to embed a data culture across the organization so that people believe and trust the data and believe in the power of this technology.

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Ep. 17: Perspective on climbing the career ladder

In this episode, Jin Zhang (Engineering Director at Meta) talks with Lan Guan about her career journey and how she has been able to build a strong support network and how small actions can add up to help others grow.

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Ep. 16: Reflections on International Women’s Day

International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women and a call to action for accelerating women's equality. In this episode, Samta Kapoor is joined by Asha Saxena (Founder & CEO, WLDA), Bari Harlam (Co-founder, Troublemakers.org) and Ellen Nielsen (Chief Data Officer, Chevron) to discuss what this day means to them. Listen to hear the stories and advice for the next generation of women leaders.

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Previous episodes

Cecilia Wu: VP of Global Insights, Walgreens Boots Alliance

15 | Power of “science and art” for business insights

Cecilia Wu, VP, Global Insights at Walgreens Boots Alliance, talks with Accenture's Joe Depa about how they are organizing data into analytical assets.

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Dr. Adrian Weller – The Alan Turing Institute

14 | Responsible AI

Dr. Adrian Weller joins the AI Leaders Podcast to discuss Responsible AI. Listen on:

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Shirshanka Das - CEO, Acryl Data

13 | Metadata—Data as a product

Teresa Tung is joined by Shirshanka Das, CEO of Acryl Data, to discuss what Metadata is and the role it plays in data products. Listen on:

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Abeth Go and Liam Donohoe

12 | Data Mesh — From theory to practice

Teresa Tung is joined by Abeth Go and Liam Donohoe from BP to discuss the hottest topic in data, Data Mesh. Listen on:

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Bhaskar Ghosh and Rajendra (RP) Prasad

11 | The Automation Advantage

Accenture's Bhaskar Ghosh and Rajendra (RP) Prasad discuss their new book, The Automation Advantage. Listen on:

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Bob Messier

10 | Creating value with digital twins

Accenture's Arnab Chakraborty talks with Bob Messier, SVP, Global Technology Services at SAS, about Digital Twins. Listen on:

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Ray O'Brien

9 | Big data, little data & synthetic data

Accenture's George Marcotte sits down with Ray O'Brien, Independent Entrepreneur & Finance Advisory Board Member, to talk all things data. Listen on:

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Sally Lin and Rebekah Arsenault

8 | Women in AI

Featuring Accenture's Rebekah Arsenault and Sally Lin, talking about their experiences as women in technology and a group they started called Women in AI. Listen on:

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Kimberly Nguyen

7 | Journey to becoming a data science consultant

Kimberly Nguyen, a Data Science Consultant at Accenture, talks with Joyce Kline, Applied Intelligence Managing Director, about her career journey. Listen on:

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Alex Statnikov

6 | Getting the talent equation right to scale AI

Featuring Alex Statnikov, Head of Customer Lifecycle Automation and Data Platform at Square. Listen on:

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Jason Warnke and Mark Martynus

5 | Automating the Accenture Employee Experience

Featuring Accenture’s Jason Warnke and Mark Martynus. Listen on:

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Joy Bonaguro

4 | Building the Data Driven Culture

Featuring Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer for the State of California. Listen on:

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Pallab Deb

3 | Accelerating AI Momentum on Cloud

Featuring Pallab Deb, Head of Partner Solutions & AI Partnerships at Google Cloud. Listen on:

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Zachary Anderson

2 | Professionalization of AI

Featuring Zachery Anderson, Chief Data & Analytics Officer at the NatWest Banking Group. Listen on:

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Dr. Amy Gershkoff Bolles

1 | Data driven transformation

Featuring Dr. Amy Gershkoff Bolles, Chief Data Officer of Bitly. Listen on:

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Frequently asked questions

Launched in 2020, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Leaders podcast features insightful conversations between Accenture leaders and a variety of guests from organizations at the forefront of AI, data and cloud. Each month, we release two new episodes on topics relating to challenges, opportunities and industry trends that are top of mind for CDOs, CAOs and CIOs.

The podcast series features many outstanding guests across business, industry and academia. Notable guests include: BP’s Abeth Go, VP – Data and Analytics Platforms and Liam Donohoe - Principal Architect, Data & Analytics Platforms, Dr. Adrian Weller Programme Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute, Meta’s Engineering Director - Jin Zhang and Ray O'Brien -  independent entrepreneur, finance advisory board member and Accenture Luminary.

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