Dr Jacques Ludik
Jacques is a smart technology entrepreneur, AI expert, investor and ecosystem builder. He is currently the founder and president of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA), founder and CEO of Cortex Logic, founder and CTO of Bennit AI, founder of SynerG, The Talent Index, and aiTRADE Systems, and investor in The Student Hub (ERAOnline).
He holds a PhD in computer science (AI) with many publications and has 25+ years' experience in AI and data science and its applications. Previously, Jacques was VP of Data Science and Chief Data Officer at JUMO, and also Founder and Executive Director of CSense Systems, which provides AI software and solutions to customers worldwide in a range of industries, via an international reseller and solution partner network. The company was sold to General Electric (GE) in 2011. At GE, he held various leadership roles, including Big Data and Analytics Leader and Director of the GE Intelligent Platforms.
Jacques was also senior lecturer and researcher at Stellenbosch University, where dozens of his papers on AI were published in journals and international conferences, as well as a book published by Cambridge University Press (UK). He also has a patent filed for knowledge fusion. Jacques holds a BSc (Cum Laude), an Honours BSc degree (Cum Laude), MSc (Cum Laude), and PhD degrees from Stellenbosch University.