The Foreign Investment Network (FIN) recently held the FIN International Trade and Investment Forum in New York City, where Amelia CEO Chetan Dube presented a keynote address and was awarded its Leading Tech Icon in AI Award.
The forum, a subsidiary event at the United Nations General Assembly, brought together leaders from across various business, government, and civil society organizations to deliberate on remedies for the current energy crisis in Africa, and for stimulating greater economic growth throughout the continent.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and NNPC Ltd. Board of Directors Chairperson Sen. Margery Chuba Okadigbo, among several others.
Reacting to the award, Chetan said: “When AI is deployed with humanity’s best interests in mind, it has the power to make a tremendous and positive difference in the world. I am grateful every day to contribute to the betterment of the human experience through the creation of innovative AI solutions. My great and humble thanks to the Foreign Investment Network for this incredible honor.”
As one of the event’s keynote speakers, Chetan reviewed with the assembled audience the impact and role of AI in powering the future for Africa. “The people of Africa have always been the source of the continent’s strength. The African people will continue to be the source of the continent’s strength,” Chetan said. In anticipation of energy firms increasing their investment in AI during the next couple years, he also highlighted the importance of placing people at the heart of every AI investment.
FIN’s imperative for Africa parallels the very core of Amelia’s mission and value statements. In 1998, Chetan founded the company with the vision of revolutionizing the human experience through the collaboration of humans and machines. More than 20 years later, Amelia is a leading Enterprise Conversational AI software company committed to creating AI solutions that offload rote, mundane and repeatable tasks from humans, allowing people to take on complex and rewarding jobs.
By the end of the forum, participants determined that Africa must focus on five areas to build a strong and resilient future: climate change, energy access, digital talent, digital transformation, and AI. For AI’s role in particular, participants discussed how AI could be leveraged to improve healthcare, transform education, and increase agricultural productivity across the continent.