Richard Benjamins

Chief AI & Data Strategist Telefonica

Dr. Richard Benjamins is Data & AI Ambassador at Telefonica, LUCA. He is among the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100). He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance) and worked for 10 years at Telefonica occupying several management positions related to Big Data and Analytics, touching all areas of the value chain. His passion lies with creating value from data. Business value, but also value for the society: he is the founder of Telefonica’s Big Data for Social Good department. He currently works on how to make Data & AI sustainable from a business, societal and ethical perspective. He is a frequent speaker on Data and Artificial Intelligence events. He is also a strategic advisor to BigML – making Machine Learning easy. He was co-founder and director at iSOCO (1999-2007) and has held positions at the universities/research institutes in Madrid, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Paris, and Barcelona. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Science / Artificial Intelligence from the University of Amsterdam.

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