Women in Tech® 100 Top Speakers 2023

Dr. Ebtesam Almazrouei

Dr. Ebtesam Almazrouei

Executive Director, Acting Chief AI Researcher and Co Founder - Technology Innovation Institute

Fields of Expertise:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation

Country of residence: UAE

Dr. Ebtesam Almazrouei is Executive Director, Acting Chief AI Researcher, and Co Founder for the Al-Cross Center Unit (AICCU) at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII). She is a renowned leader and visionary in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and technology. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, she has made significant contributions to AI research, development, and innovation – earning her a distinguished reputation in the industry.

Dr. Almazrouei is recognized worldwide for her contributions to AI and was featured in Leading AI Women in the World in 2023 list, alongside other distinguished women in the field. She also received the Global Leadership Women in Tech® MENA Award in 2023. Dr. Almazrouei is an advocate for sustainability and AI for Good initiatives, as well as the general chair of Abu Dhabi AI Connect and TPC chair of many IEEE international conferences.

Dr. Almazrouei’s leadership and expertise have been vital in the successful development of TII’s Falcon LLM models (home-built rivals to ChatGPT), which significantly outperform models from giant tech companies. Her commitment to pushing the boundaries of AI innovation and her instrumental role led to the creation of the Middle East’s first homegrown, open-source large language model (LLM), Falcon 40B for use in research and commercialization. Following the phenomenal success of Falcon 40B, she then launched Falcon 180B, an advanced iteration of its predecessor and the world’s most powerful open AI model. Additionally, Dr. Almazrouei led the development of NOOR, the largest Arabic LLM model in 2022.

Her contributions extend beyond her work at TII where she leads the big data expert subcommittee of the UAE Council for AI and Blockchain and is a member of the worldwide steering board of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). She is also a member of the Science and Engineering Advisory Board at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (SUAD). She is a scientific author, patent inventor, entrepreneur, and renowned speaker, known for her keynote speeches at prestigious summits such as the CogX Festival 2023- London UK, AI Summit in London, World AI Cannes Festival, and Tech summits.

Dr. Ebtesam Almazrouei previously worked in the telecommunications industry delivering business solutions for companies like BT, Etisalat, and KU where she leveraged her expertise to develop advanced tech solutions and products for stakeholders across multiple industries on the Internet of Things (IoTs), autonomous vehicles and drones, wireless localization, intelligence systems, 5G and beyond.

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