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Good Things Happen Season 4Podcast03 May 2024

Good Things Happen, E4: Artificial Intelligence: What it is and why it matters?

Season 4

AI is having a transformative impact across multiple industries and the world. But what exactly is driving this rapid growth and what are the ethical considerations we need to consider as AI continues to evolve?

Prag Sharma, Citi’s Global Head of Artificial Intelligence Centre of Excellence joins the podcast to tell us what he believes this year has in store for AI – the latest advancements and emerging trends.

Joining Prag is Aparna Dhinakaran, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for Arize AI, a platform that helps people better understand AI, troubleshoot problems and provide guardrails when AI makes decisions.

Prag and Aparna bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from the front lines of AI research and development, as we discuss what is happening in this emerging industry, in 2024 and beyond.

Citigroup Inc. ("Citi"), and Arize AI are not affiliated and are independent companies. The speaker's views of their owner and may not necessarily reflect the views of Citi or any of its affiliates. All opinions are subject to change without notice. Neither the information provided nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. The expressions of opinion are not intended to be a forecast of future events or a guarantee of future result.

Aparna Dhinakaran is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Arize AI, a pioneer and early leader in machine learning (ML) observability. A frequent speaker at top conferences and thought leader in the space, Dhinakaran was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30. Before Arize, Dhinakaran was an ML engineer and leader at Uber, Apple, and TubeMogul (acquired by Adobe). During her time at Uber, she built several core ML Infrastructure platforms, including Michealangelo. She has a bachelor’s from Berkeley's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science program, where she published research with Berkeley's AI Research group. She is on a leave of absence from the Computer Vision Ph.D. program at Cornell University.


Dr. Prag Sharma leads Citi’s Global Artificial Intelligence Centre of Excellence (AI CoE). He is one of only 10 Citi Tech Fellows globally. He us a resident expert in Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning (AI/ML) across the organisation. As such, Prag has led the development of Citi-wide best-practices from a Governance, Risk & Controls and Technology perspective in AI, addressed AI-related infrastructure and tooling needs across the organisation and enabled state-of-the-art AI design, development and use at Citi across all its businesses. Prag represents Citi externally and has led numerous high-profile engagements with clients, global regulators, trade bodies, regional/ other advisory committees and external experts in the world of AI. Prag has led R&D teams and technology consultants in both industry and academia for over 15 years, working on emerging technologies with start-ups and multinationals in the Financial Services, Health, Technology and Pharmaceutical sectors. He also co-founded two start-ups in his previous life. Prag holds a PhD in Machine Learning (Computer Vision) and an MBA, majoring in Innovation.



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