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Anand Rao
Partner at PwC


Dr. Anand S. Rao is a Partner in PwC’s Advisory practice. He is the Global Artificial Intelligence Lead and the Co-Sponsor for the AI Center of Enablement within PwC. With over 35 years of industry and consulting experience, Anand leads a team of practitioners who work with C-level executives at some of the world’s largest organizations, advising them on a range of topics including global growth strategies, marketing, sales, distribution and digital strategies, behavioral economics and customer experience, and statistical and computational analytics. As the global lead for AI, he is responsible for research and commercial relationships with academic institutions and start-ups, research, development and commercialization of innovative AI, big data and analytic techniques. With his PhD and research career in Artificial Intelligence and his subsequent experience in management consulting, he brings business domain knowledge, statistical, and computational analytics to generate unique insights into the practice of ‘data science’.

Prior to joining management consulting, Anand was the Chief Research Scientist at the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute. He has held Board positions at start-ups and not-for-profit companies.  He has received widespread recognition for his extraordinary contributions in the field of consulting and Artificial Intelligence Research.  He has received the Most Influential Paper Award for the Decade in 2007 from the Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems organization for his contribution on the Belief-Desire-Intention Architecture; MBA Award of Distinction from Melbourne Business School, 1997 and University Postgraduate Research Award (UPRA) from University of Sydney, 1985; Distinguished Alumnus Award from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India; he was recognized as one of Top 50 Data & Analytics professionals in USA and Canada by Corinium; one of Top 50 professionals in InsureTech; his paper on “A Strategist’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence” won the National Gold Award by ASBPE for the Best Technical article in 2017 and the FOLIO editorial award; and his paper on “How to build disruptive strategic flywheels” won the National Silver Award by ASBPE for the Best Technical article in 2019.

Anand has served on the Advisory Board of a number of educational and not-for-profit institutions focused on AI including, AI Global, Nordic AI Institute, and International Congress for the Governance of AI. He has co-edited four books and published over fifty papers in refereed journals and conferences. He is a frequent speaker on Artificial Intelligence, behavioral economics, autonomous cars and their impact, analytics, and technology topics in academic and trade forums including the World Economic Forum, O’Reilly AI Conferences, International Joint Conference on AI, and IEEE.

Agenda Sessions

  • End of Day 1 & Americas Discussion Group - CRO Agenda 2021 - The US election, Tech and AI, and geopolitical concerns