Artificial intelligence video series

Virtual event series with different experts in the field

Part 1: Origins of AI

Featuring Dr. Jules White, Associate Dean for Strategic Learning Programs and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University.

Part 2: Investment implications and opportunities of AI

Featuring Kevin Dennean, CIO Technology Sector Strategist, Jeremie Capron, Partner and Director of Research, ROBO Global, and Jay Jacobs, Managing Director, U.S. Head of Thematics and Active Equity ETFs, BlackRock.

Part 3: Impact of AI on jobs, education, and the economy

Part 3 focuses on the impact of artificial intellitgence on jobs, education, and the economy joined by Paul Donovan, Chief Economist, UBS and Dr. Bruce Lenthall, Executive Director at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pennsylvania.

Part 4: Applications of AI

The fourth event covers the various applications of artificial intelligence with Sam Charrington, a noted ML/AI industry analyst, advisor and commentator, and host of the TWIML AI Podcast (formerly This Week in Machine Learning and AI).

AI in action: use cases

Speaker biographies

External speakers

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Paul Baier

Co-Founder & CEO, GAI Insights


Paul Baier is the founder and CEO of GAI Insights, a platform dedicated to exploring the applications of AI. Paul has a three-decade career as a software entrepreneur – usually focusing on implementing new technology to create breakthrough business value.  Before founding GAI Insights, Paul was VP of Products at Aliaswire, an AI enabled, fin tech aimed at facilitating credit card use for small business that successfully exited to strategic buyer.  Before that, Paul was SVP of product at First Fuel, an analytics firm that performed sophisticated energy management for commercial properties – also successfully exited to a Private Equity buyer.  He was a senior executive at Authoria, an HR software company that also successfully sold to a strategic buyer.  

In addition, during the COVID Pandemic, Paul was the Director of Path Check, an MIT spin out that created COVID passports for millions of citizens in 12 states and two countries.  Paul is currently an entrepreneur in residence at Harvard Business School with a focus on helping AI startups and HBS’s AI strategy. He has also served as a judge in the HBS business plan competition for the past two decades. Paul holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA degree from Kenyon College.

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Dr. Jules White

Director of Vanderbilt’s Initiative on the Future of Learning & Generative AI
Associate Dean of Strategic Learning Programs in the School of Engineering
Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Dept. of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Jules White is Director of Vanderbilt’s Initiative on the Future of Learning & Generative AI, Associate Dean of Strategic Learning Programs in the School of Engineering, and Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Dept. of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. He is a National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient. His research has won multiple Best Paper Awards. He has also published over 160 papers. Dr. White’s research focuses on large language models, such as ChatGPT, cyber-security, and software engineering in domains ranging from healthcare to manufacturing. His research has been licensed and transitioned to industry, where it won an Innovation Award at CES 2013, attended by over 150,000 people, was a finalist for the Technical Achievement at Award at SXSW Interactive, and was a top 3 for mobile in the Accelerator Awards at SXSW 2013. He has raised over $12 million in venture backing for his startup companies. As Dean of Strategic Learning Programs, he led the online MS in Computer Science at Vanderbilt to the #1 ranking by Fortune for online MS in Computer Science degrees. His research is conducted through the Mobile Application computinG, optimizatoN, and secUrity Methods (MAGNUM) Group at Vanderbilt University, which he directs (

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Dr. Bruce Lenthall

Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Advisor on Educational Initiatives to the Vice Provost for Education
Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania

Leading the Center for Teaching and Learning, Bruce supports all instructors at Penn in making their teaching as effective as possible. In that capacity, he has worked with faculty and administrators to consider the implications of generative AI on our educational aims and teaching practices.

Lenthall holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and a B.A. from Carleton College. In addition to Penn, he has taught in the history departments at Bryn Mawr College and Barnard College, exploring 20th-century U.S. history and the history of media. He is the author of a book on radio in the United States in the 1930s, Radio's America: The Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

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Jeremie Capron

Partner and Director of Research, ROBO Global

Jeremie is a Partner and Director of Research at ROBO Global, a research and investment firm focused on the growth and return opportunities presented by Robotics, AI and Healthcare Technologies, in public equities and venture capital. 

Jeremie and his team manage the ROBO Global Indices, which are research-driven portfolios of global equities tracked by over $3bn in assets, primarily in Exchange Traded Funds. Jeremie is also a Partner of ROBO Global Ventures, which invests in cutting-edge startups.

Prior to ROBO Global, Jeremie spent over a decade as an equity research analyst in Asia and Europe before moving to New York to lead CLSA Americas' industrial technology research. Jeremie is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), holds a Master’s Degree in Science and Executive Engineering from the École des Mines de Paris and is fluent in French, English and Japanese.

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Jay Jacobs

Managing Director, U.S. Head of Thematics and Active Equity ETFs, BlackRock

Jay Jacobs is U.S. Head of Thematics and Active Equity ETFs at BlackRock. In this role, Jay is responsible for the research and development of the Megatrends suite, driving commercialization of these products, as well as managing product sales and marketing for the Megatrend franchise. Jay is also responsible for BlackRock's active equity and international ETF suites.

Previously, Jay joined Global X ETFs in 2013 and founded the firm's Research and Strategy team, which originates the firm's insights on markets and ETFs.

He also guided the planning and development of the firm's strategic direction. Prior to joining Global X, Jay was a business analyst at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in the ETF and Indexing Group, where he helped to launch hundreds of ETFs on the NYSE Arca trading platform.

Jay is a frequently cited expert in print and online publications as well as broadcast media including CNBC, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He holds a BA from Emory University in International Studies and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a CFA charterholder.

Jay is a member of the executive advisory board of Columbia Business School's Program for Financial Studies. He resides in the New York area and is an avid explorer, spending his spare time in the outdoors hiking, skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking.

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Sam Charrington

Founder and Principal Analyst, TWIML

Sam Charrington is a noted ML/AI industry analyst, advisor and commentator, and host of the TWIML AI Podcast (formerly This Week in Machine Learning and AI). The show is one of the most popular Tech podcasts with nearly 15 million downloads. Sam has interviewed over 600 of the industry’s leading machine learning and AI experts and has conducted extensive research into enterprise AI adoption, MLOps, and other ML/AI enabling technologies.

UBS speakers

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Kevin Dennean

Technology & Communication Services Strategist Americas, UBS Global Wealth Management

Kevin joined UBS in 2015 and brings more than 20 years covering the Technology sector. Kevin was with Jefferies on the Software equity research team from 2014–2015 and was previously at Citi Investment Research from 2007–2014, where he a member of the Wireless Equipment team and a Senior Analyst covering global Communications Equipment.

Prior to Citi, Kevin was a Technology Sector analyst at Nationwide Separate Accounts, LLC, where he supported a large cap and mid cap portfolio strategy. Kevin began his career in the Tax Exempt Fixed Income division of Prudential Securities.

Kevin is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder and holds the FINRA 7, 63, 86, and 87 licenses. Kevin Dennean earned a B.S. in accounting from St. John’s University in New York.

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Paul Donovan

Chief Economist, UBS Global Wealth Management

Paul joined UBS back in 1992 as an intern economist working in our investment bank. Decades later, he's still working as an economist at UBS. As Chief Economist, Paul sits on the Global Investment Committee, a UBS Opinion Leader, a member of UBS Pride, and a member of the UBS Art Board. He's also part of the UBS Nobel Perspectives program, and a supporter of the UBS Women in Economics program.

Paul has a MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. He's also an Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford and sit on their investment committee and development board. In his spare time, he's an amateur heavyweight boxer (prepared to defend his forecasts in the ring), a keen if very definitely amateur skier and a small scale farmer with apples, pears, and sheep.

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Anthony Pastore

Head of Broadcast Communications, Executive Producer, UBS Studios

Anthony Pastore is the Head of Broadcast Communications for UBS GWM. He has been at UBS since 2012 and has over 25 years of experience in financial services. Anthony is Executive Producer of UBS Studios and leads a production team that creates video and audio programming for UBS and oversees content strategy aligned with the UBS House View.

Anthony’s other responsibilities include developing new programming, enhancing current programming and interviewing guests on-air. He is host of a variety of programs including the firm’s video news show, “UBS Trending”. Anthony also moderates in-person and virtual panel discussions at UBS and other corporate events throughout the country.

Anthony has been at UBS since 2012. Prior to joining UBS, he spent the early part of his career at Citi Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley, in various roles, including podcast host, marketing strategy, client engagement and business development. Anthony is Series 7 licensed.