16 World-Leading Expert Artificial Intelligence Speakers to Hire

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Artificial Intelligence

The rapid pace of technological innovation introduces new advancements daily. Among these, artificial intelligence, particularly generative AI, stands out. AI experts are striving to simplify this complex field, enhance understanding and encourage its adoption.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is defined as the science and engineering of intelligent machines, in particular, intelligent computer programs that mimic human behaviour. The global AI market is valued at over $136 billion, with predictions stating that by the year 2025, over 97 million people will work in the AI industry. With such positive statistics, it is evident that businesses need to adopt AI in order to stay ahead of the curve and continue to see growth and prosperity.

Source: IBM & Oracle

Official 16 Most Popular Artificial Intelligence Speakers in the World

Following the cross-examination of exclusive market research from 346 artificial intelligence-themed conferences, between 2021 and 2024, our Senior Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Manager Mark Matthews has shared his certified judgement of the 16 World-Leading Expert Artificial Intelligence Speakers to Hire!:

1. Sophia The Robot

Sophia the Robot, created by David Hanson, embodies the future of AI. As the most advanced human-like robot and the first robot citizen, Sophia serves as the UN's Innovation Ambassador. Regularly hired for global events, she promotes understanding of machine learning and human-robot interactions. Featured in projects like Loving AI, Sophia helps experts explore how robots can adapt to users' needs, advancing AI development.

Official Testimonial for Sophia the Robot:

"Sophia was great, everyone loved her." - Dell

2. Adam Cheyer

Adam Cheyer, Co-Founder of Siri and Viv Labs, is a renowned technology entrepreneur with expertise in AI. His work on Siri, now on Apple devices, and Bixby for Samsung, has revolutionised virtual assistants. As the former Director of Engineering in Apple's iPhone and iOS Group, Adam has deep insights into AI's future impact. When hired as an AI speaker, he shares his vision of intelligent interface agents.

Adam Cheyer's Official Speaking Topics:

  • The Future of AI and Businesses
  • Hey Siri – a founding story
  • How to build a successful startup – lessons from the founder of Siri Inc
  • I can help with that – the future of intelligent interface agents

Official Testimonial for Adam Cheyer:

"Adam is a truly visionary computer scientist, and he has a rare gift for creating incredibly compelling demonstrations of what is possible through new paradigms for computing and interaction. I’ve watched Adam do demos so mind-opening that they literally made me cry (in a good way!)." - Steven, Chief Patent Officer & Deputy General, SRI International

3. Ayesha Khanna

Ayesha Khanna, Co-Founder of ADDO AI and Founder of 21C GIRLS, is a leading figure in AI. At the helm of one of Asia's top AI companies, she transforms how businesses adopt AI. Named one of Southeast Asia’s Groundbreaking Female Entrepreneurs, Ayesha has impacted major projects like Smart Dubai. She empowers women in STEM through 21C GIRLS, providing AI and coding training for girls in Singapore. Recognised as one of the 12 Leading Women Around the World, Ayesha is a sought-after AI speaker, sharing her expertise on emerging technologies and inspiring the next generation of female AI experts.

Ayesha Khanna's Official Speaking Topics:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Developing smart cities
  • Emerging human technologies
  • STEM
  • Technology & innovation

Official Testimonial for Ayesha Khanna:

"Please forward our thanks to Ayesha. Her session was amazing and really inspiring for all of us to watch!" - Nidhi, AppDynamics

4. James Poulter

James Poulter, an authority on technology, social media, AI and the future of work, has held prominent roles such as Senior Manager of Global Social Media and Head of Emerging Platforms at LEGO - a role in which he explored immersive technologies like voice and conversational AI. Now the Co-Founder and CEO of Vixen Labs, he advances conversational interfaces and AI. As Founder of Voice2 and with experience at Ogilvy Public Relations and Edelman, James is a leading voice in the AI sector. His expertise in innovation, strategy and voice technologies makes him a sought-after speaker for any event.

James Poulter's Official Speaking Topics:

  • Ambient technology
  • 2025 – autonomous, connected & enabled
  • The ethics & morality of digital technology
  • Play + work = innovation culture
  • CTL – ALT – DEL
  • The innovation pendulum
  • The voice coffee break

Official Testimonial for James Poulter:

"James Poulter is full of energy, ideas and passion for technology. He is a very strong networker and collaborator who is always looking to support new projects and initiatives and is focused on ensuring he has a strong knowledge and expertise on whatever the ‘next big thing’ around the corner is. He also has a fantastic network and is a valued sparring partner on many topics – from voice to blockchain via GIFS and Emojis. It has been great working with him at the LEGO Group." - LEGO

5. Kate Darling

Kate Darling is a leading expert on social robotics and robot ethics, who has significantly advanced machine learning and AI. Named as one of the 25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know and a Radar Thinker by Thinkers50, she is a Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab, studying technology's societal impact. Kate's revolutionary work focuses on human-robot interaction and the societal effects of robotic technology. As the author of "The New Breed", she explores the future of robotics. Featured in major publications like The Guardian and WIRED, Kate is a top AI speaker and authority on artificial intelligence.

Kate Darling's Official Speaking Topics:

  • Robot ethics and the future of human-robot interaction
  • Society and robot law – extending legal protection to social robots
  • Emerging technology

Official Testimonial for Kate Darling:

It was a fantastic talk. What we appreciated most about Kate is her ability to explain complex ideas in a very interesting, dynamic way through visuals, video and robot props. She has a refreshingly grounded, optimistic perspective on the future of human/machine interaction. She obviously loves her work and the excitement was contagious – participants walked away inspired and energised. - Boston Consulting Group

6. Jeff Dean

Jeff Dean, a leading software engineer and the Senior VP of Research and Health at Google, has pioneered AI at the company for over two decades. He developed key features like speech recognition, natural language processing, Google’s crawling and indexing systems and BigTable. Before Google, he forged his unparalleled knowledge through research of optimisation techniques at the University of Washington. With his extensive expertise, Jeff is a highly sought-after AI speaker, sharing insights on the future of technology and human-like AI.

7. Inma Martinez

Inma Martinez, with a background in telecommunications and investment banking, is now a leading expert in artificial intelligence and digital transformation. As the Director of the Master in AI at Universidad Loyola, she is passionate about fostering the next generation of AI enthusiasts. Inma also serves on the Advisory Council for AI at Spain's Ministry of Economy and Digital Transformation and the Steering Committee at the Global Partnership on AI. She is also part of GPAI's Innovation and Commercialisation Task Group. A seasoned speaker, Inma focuses on applied AI across sectors and is highly sought after for corporate events, including her TEDx talk "AI Machines and the New Super Humans".

Inma Martinez's Official Speaking Topics:

  • Applied AI for sectors in digital transformation: healthcare, pharma, energy, automotive & financial services
  • AI pillars for the future: ethics, big data & SME adoption
  • The future of work: how AI and the new EQ society will shape enterprises
  • The end of money: how digitisation has changed the financial services landscape

Official Testimonial for Inma Martinez:

"It went great! Inma is an amazing speaker and lovely person." - CenturyLink

8. Dag Kittlaus

Dag Kittlaus, the former Vice President of Telenor Mobile and General Manager of Motorola, gained prominence as the Co-Founder and CEO of Siri, the first true automated virtual assistant later acquired by Apple. During his tenure at Apple, Dag directed Siri and speech recognition, spearheading the development of this revolutionary technology. He then Co-Founded Viv Labs, creating Bixby for Samsung, another virtual AI assistant. With his expertise in conversational AI and voice recognition, including a role as VP of Samsung Mobile, Dag is a leading AI authority and sought-after speaker for corporate events.

Dag Kittlaus' Official Speaking Topics:

  • Artificial intelligence – past, present and future
  • Marketing – building billion-dollar brands
  • Entrepreneur and strategy – designing and executing scalable brands for worldwide distribution

Official Testimonial for Dag Kittlaus:

"He’s got lots of interesting stories to tell: I think very few entrepreneurs have sold multi-hundred-million-dollar companies to both Apple and Samsung; very few people have worked this closely with Steve Jobs on a project that was clearly more than personal to him; very few people have interacted with so many top people, including Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and many more. AI and next-generation interfaces are both very hot topics that Dag knows a lot about, and he is one of the most visionary futurists that I know; I’m sure many companies will be interested to hear where he thinks the world is heading." - Adam Cheyer, Co-Founder, Siri & Viv Labs

9. Joanna Shields

Baroness Joanna Shields, the UK's first Minister of Internet Safety & Security, is a leading figure in cybersecurity and technology. Dedicated to online safety, especially for children, she shares her extensive knowledge in cybersecurity and AI as a speaker. Currently the CEO of BenevolentAI, she focuses on spearheading the adoption of AI and machine learning in healthcare. Named as one of BBC Radio 4's 100 Powerful Women in the UK, Joanna is a highly sought-after authority on AI. With vast experience in both public and private sectors, don't miss the chance to hear her insights on AI and cybersecurity.

Baroness Joanna Shield's Official Speaking Topics:

  • Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • Developing greater connectivity through tech
  • The future of artificial intelligence
  • Protecting younger generations online

10. Chris Barton

Chris Barton, the Founder and CEO of Shazam, is the visionary behind the AI technology that can identify thousands of songs by matching unique digital fingerprints. Shazam, launched in 2000, was later acquired by Apple, marking it as Apple's sixth-largest acquisition. Chris has also played key roles in mobile ecosystems at Google and Dropbox, where he served as Head of Android Business Development and Head of Mobile Operations Business Development, respectively. With his extensive experience in technology and AI, Chris is a sought-after speaker who shares captivating stories from the forefront of AI innovation, exploring the vast possibilities of artificial intelligence.

Chris Barton's Official Speaking Topics:

  • Boldly challenging thinking
  • Start from zero: five unexpected methods of disruptive thinking

Official Testimonial for Chris Barton:

"As Founder and CEO of Shazam, Chris was an early inspiration to all who worked with him. A real dynamo – passionate about his company, and full of creative ideas." - Clayton, Owner, ImaginativeHR

11. Marita Cheng

Marita Cheng, a prominent robotics developer and entrepreneur, is the Founder of Robogals, an organisation dedicated to empowering women to pursue STEM careers. As the youngest person awarded the Member of the Order of Australia, she is recognised as an AI and robotics expert shaping the future. Named among the World's Top 50 Women in Technology and Forbes 30 Under 30, Marita is a thought leader driving progressive change. As a seasoned speaker, she has delivered TEDx talks such as "We Need To Teach Our Kids To Be Makers" and "If The Blind Could See". Marita is renowned for sharing her insights and predictions on AI and robotics when hired as a speaker.

Marita Cheng's Official Speaking Topics:

  • Robot queen to change the world
  • My bot, your bot, aubot
  • What’s real with artificial intelligence
  • Robogals: how artificial intelligence won’t take your job but teenage girls might

Official Testimonial for Marita Cheng:

"Aston Kucher wasn’t the only star attraction Lenovo had at its TECHMyWay presentation today. He was preceded by Marita Cheng, the widely inspirational and very impressive 2012 Young Australian of the Year winner, founder of Robogals and now CEO of Aubot." - Lenovo TECHMyWay

12. Andy Fitze

Andy Fitze, a respected digital cognitive strategist, is a leading AI influencer dedicated to advancing AI's economic potential. As the Co-Founder of SwissCognitive and Cognitive Valley, he emphasises the importance of AI adoption for business success. Named a Top AI Thought Leader and Influencer by Analytics Insights in 2021, Andy highlights AI's role in innovation, growth and productivity. With three decades of experience and as a former lecturer at the Bern University of Applied Science, he is a sought-after AI speaker, perfect for promoting AI's benefits for business prosperity.

Andy Fitze's Official Speaking Topics:

  • Responsible AI
  • As AI makes more decisions, the nature of leadership will change
  • AI is now a C-suite imperative
  • AI has a key role in driving the new normal
  • AI. It’s beyond technology
  • AI & data: how to make the marriage work
  • How AI fosters primary & secondary sectors
  • How to set up an AI centre of excellence

13. Katie King

Katie King is dedicated to helping businesses navigate the evolving corporate landscape. As CEO of AI in Marketing, she demonstrates how AI can be utilised across sectors like marketing, sales, HR, retail and financial services. Recognised by the World Economic Forum in their AI Leadership Toolkit, Katie is a trusted advisor to leading companies. She authored the bestselling books "Using Artificial Intelligence in Marketing" and "AI Strategy for Sales and Marketing". As a member of the UK Government's AI Task Force, Katie offers invaluable insights on AI for business transformation. Don't miss the chance to learn from her expertise.

Katie King's Official Speaking Topics:

  • How to harness artificial intelligence for business growth
  • How to harness AI for marketing, sales, HR and CX
  • How can the C-Suite prepare for a world where man and machines co-exist
  • Harnessing AI to future-proof your careers
  • Closing the skills gap; understanding how AI is shaping future careers and job functions
  • How to harness AI in telecoms
  • How to harness AI in retail, law and financial services
  • Harnessing AI ethically for competitive growth

14. Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom, founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford, is a leading authority on technology's potential to benefit humankind. He speaks on the risks of advancing AI and the possibility of an 'intelligence explosion' where robots may surpass human capabilities. Ranked among the Top 100 Global Thinkers and Top World Thinkers by Prospect, Nick has authored over 200 publications and the bestseller "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, and Strategies". Known for making complex AI concepts relatable, Nick captivates audiences with his insights into the future of machine intelligence.

Official Testimonial for Nick Bostrom:

"Incredibly interesting, he helped us to understand the positive possibilities of artificial intelligence." - Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association

15. Jessica Barker

Jessica Barker, a leader in cybersecurity, is renowned for her human-centric approach to technology. She expertly addresses AI's cybersecurity threats and, as Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Cygenta, promotes AI and cybersecurity awareness nationwide. Named one of the UK's Top 20 Most Influential Women in Cyber Security, Jessica authored the bestseller "Confident Cyber Security" and chairs ClubCISO. Committed to helping people adapt to evolving technology and stay safe from cybercriminals, Jessica is a top choice for insights into the future of technology.

Official Testimonial for Jessica Barker:

"Event went really well and Jessica is a star, a true pleasure working with her! The average rating of the speakers during the event was high, 3.82 overall and Jessica got 4.68 which was the highest score of the day." - IDG AB

16. Vladimer Botsvadze

Vladimer Botsvadze is a renowned AI consultant and keynote speaker, respected for his work with business leaders. His engaging talks and commentary on content marketing, AI and chatbots have reached millions globally. A natural storyteller, Vladimer simplifies complex topics at major conferences and summits. Named the No.1 Global Marketing Thought Leader, his insights and strategies are trusted by top executives and Fortune 500 brands. Vladimer’s practical approach to marketing makes him an invaluable speaker for those seeking insights into the future of marketing and technology.

Official Testimonial for Vladimer Botsvadze:

"Vladimer is an inspiration for the marketing world. He always questions the status quo to drive marketing innovation. I'm happy to be able to call him a business partner." - Maximilian, Business Development Consultant, Google

How Can I Hire an Artificial Intelligence Speaker?

Hiring an AI speaker is an excellent way to understand the importance of adopting this technology. At The Motivational Speakers Agency, we work with top AI experts. To hire a leading AI keynote speaker, fill out our online contact form or call a dedicated booking agent on 2027 0787 876 to get started!

This exclusive article was written by Senior Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Manager, Mark Matthews, using official market research from 346 events between 2021 and 2024.

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Senior Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Manager

Mark Matthews is the Senior Keynote & Entertainment Manager at The Motivational Speakers Agency. Joining the agency in 2017 as a Senior Keynote Speaker Sales Executive, Mark brought with him a wealth of experience and a vibrant personality that quickly made him an indispensable asset. Before his current role, Mark honed his managerial skills at Swans of Oakham. Since, at The Motivational Speakers Agency, Mark has collaborated with prestigious brands like Deloitte, American Express, Samsung and F1.


Mark's expertise and dedication have allowed him to work with high-profile individuals in media and sports, including Tyson Fury, and to organise official events featuring industry giants like Ken Segall and Jonas Kjellberg. As the agency's resident expert booking agent for technology, cybersecurity, digital disruption, artificial intelligence and data science, Mark has played a pivotal role in securing renowned speakers such as Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Allie Miller and Ayesha Khanna.


Mark's dynamic presence in the office and his unwavering commitment to excellence ensure that The Motivational Speakers Agency consistently provides top-tier speakers to elite clients. His deep knowledge of cutting-edge topics and his ability to connect with both clients and speakers have solidified his reputation as a leading figure in the industry.


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