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Only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to attend this physical event at TÜV SÜD. Registrants who are not vaccinated or are not able to show proof of vaccination will be barred from entry and no refund will be provided. 


Artificial Intelligence is seen by many as a great transformative tech.  Will AI systems one day control our daily lives? Clean our houses? Raise our kids?  Write books? Create political content? Fight wars? These questions make people shift from thinking purely about the functional capabilities to the ethics behind creating such powerful and potentially life-consequential technologies. 

As such, it makes sense to spend time considering what we want these systems to do and make sure we address ethical questions now. Also, tech giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft believe that it is the right time to talk about the nearly boundless landscape of artificial intelligence. In many ways, this is just as much a new frontier for ethics as it is for emerging technology. 

Join us on October 28th 2021 for a session organised by EuroCham’s Digital Economy Committee to discuss the ethical risks of deploying AI in certain sensitive contexts such as politics, the judiciary and even the military. The session aims to drill down on a few of these ethical risks related to facial recognition, government decision making, publishing fake information and smart warfare. In addition, we will look at recent legislation enacted by governments aiming to curb unethical behaviour. 

Singapore’s POFMA (Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act) for example makes the use of AI-generated fake images and videos or so-called ‘deepfakes’ punishable under the law.



10.00 am Opening Remarks
10.05 am Presentations
– Mr Mario Favaits (Faktion)
– Dr Martin Saerbeck (TÜV SÜD)
10.25 am Moderated Panel Discussion by Prof Keith Barrett Carter, Associate Professor, NUS 
– Mr Mayank Madhur Sharma, Head of AI Development Singapore, SAP
– Mr Mario Favaits, Managing Director at Faktion
– Dr Martin Saerbeck, CTO at TÜV SÜD
– Mr Marcus Bartley Johns, Asia Regional Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Microsoft
11:25 am Closing Remarks
11.30 am End


Mr Mario Favaits
Managing Director 
Faktion Pte Ltd

Over the past 25 years, Mario held several sales and operations leadership positions at various multinationals across different industries including Enterprise, Automotive and Public Transportation. 

In 2019, Mario left the corporate world and joined the startup scene as an investor and advisor pursuing his passion: AI and Machine Learning. He is the Managing Director of Faktion, a successful Belgian AI scale-up.

Before joining Faktion, Mario served as Sr. Vice President at SMRT, Singapore’s largest Public Transport Operator. Mario was a member of SMRT’s executive leadership team. In the 15 years prior to joining SMRT, Mario held senior leadership positions at Alstom, Continental, Siemens and Oracle in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. 

Mario holds a Master of Science in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the University of Brussels, an MBA from the University of Antwerp Management School and a Master of Laws from the University of Liverpool.


Dr Martin Saerbeck
CTO Digital Service

In his role as CTO Digital Service at TÜV SÜD, Dr Saerbeck oversees the technology roadmap and key implementation projects of digital testing services, including the use and assessment of AI. He has a long track record in academia and industry in the domains of smart sensor networks, robotics, and AI. After completing his PhD with Philips Research, Dr Saerbeck started an interdisciplinary research team on human-machine interaction within the Institute of High-Performance Computing on novel technologies for aerospace, manufacturing and retail. He is an awardee of the prestigious A*STAR Independent Investigatorship given by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore. Dr Saerbeck has a passion for applied research, promoting the translation of academic results in formal verification and artificial intelligence to make today’s connected smart systems safe, secure, and reliable.




Mr Mayank Madhur Sharma
Senior Director of Engineering
Head of AI Development Singapore

An engineering leader with over 15 years of experience in the enterprise software industry, Mayank is currently heading the Artificial Intelligence Development unit for SAP in Singapore. He has been instrumental in establishing AI development capabilities and teams for SAP, starting in Singapore and spreading across Asia, Europe and America. He has overseen ideation, prototyping, development, release and adoption of numerous AI products, applications and services for SAP's customers worldwide, across all lines of businesses and industries.
Prior to SAP, Mayank headed Technology Practice for a start-up in Singapore wherein he transformed various business challenges into scalable & profitable applications and services.
In his rich experience as Technology Leader, Mayank lead numerous teams of various sizes and has been always passionate about bringing the best out of individuals and teams. He has a knack for establishing high performant teams with the right mix of diversity in order to get the best outcome for the organization.
Mayank holds a Master’s degree in Computer Applications and is passionate about people & technology.


Marcus Bartley Johns
Regional Director for Government Affairs and Public Policy

Marcus is Asia Regional Director for Government Affairs and Public Policy for Microsoft. He works with Microsoft’s teams and the company’s stakeholders across the region to advance public policies for trusted, responsible and inclusive digital transformation.  Before joining Microsoft, Marcus worked for the World Bank on digital economy and trade issues, in Singapore and Geneva. He began his career as an Australian diplomat, with assignments in Geneva at the World Trade Organization and United Nations, and in Bangkok working on regional economic cooperation programs. 




Prof Keith B. Carter
Associate Professor
Director NUS Ripple FinTech Lab, Co-Director CRYSTAL Centre
Information Systems & Analytics Department, School of Computing
National University of Singapore

Keith Carter is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing, Department of Information Systems and Analytics.  He is  Director of the NUS Ripple FinTech Lab an experiential education lab and Co-Director of the Crystal Centre a deep-tech FinTech thinktank of cryptocurrency, security, technology and algorithms. He also teaches business leaders in the Advanced Computing for Executives and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He is a member of the Singapore CyberSecurity Consortium and a member of the NUS AI Lab.

He is the author of Amazon Bestseller “Actionable Intelligence: A guide to delivering Business Results with Big Data, Fast!” Wiley, New York 2014. Reached top 100 books in Amazon and Top 3 books for Competitive Intelligence by Cipher Systems.
He is a contributing author to the book “Leading with IT: Lessons from Singapore’s First CIO” by Professor Alex Siow published by Wiley 2021.

He has an MBA from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Before joining NUS, he worked at Estee Lauder and Accenture. His mission is to help businesses, governments and people succeed with actionable intelligence.


Only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to attend this physical event at TÜV SÜD. Registrants who are not vaccinated or are not able to show proof of vaccination will be barred from entry and no refund will be provided. 

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