ADB Seminar

Unlocking Artificial Intelligence’s Potential for Development

Friday, 3 May 2024, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (Asia/Tbilisi)
Radisson Blu Iveria, Ballroom 1 & 2


Opening Remarks

Fatima YasminVice-President for Sectors and Themes, ADB

Fatima Yasmin oversees the Sectors Group and the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department at ADB. As part of ADB’s new operating model, Ms. Yasmin integrates sector and thematic expertise to provide holistic solutions in accordance with country programs. Leading innovative initiatives, she focuses on addressing climate change and regional development challenges. Her expertise positions ADB as a leader in development knowledge. She has 32 years of experience in macroeconomic management, public sector and fiscal policy reform, trade, and poverty reduction. Formerly senior secretary at Bangladesh’s Ministry of Finance, she holds an MBA from Dhaka University and a master’s in development economics from Australian National University. Ms. Yasmin also received a fellowship in public policy and human rights under the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program at Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States.


Ana AlaniaResearcher, Alan Turing Institute

Ana Alania is working at the intersection of AI regulation and standardization. Over the past year and a half, she has been driving the work of the AI Standards Hub—a UK government initiative dedicated to advancing trustworthy AI by unlocking the role of standards as governance tools and innovation enablers. She holds a master of public administration in digital technologies and policy from University College London.

David HardoonCEO, Aboitiz Data Innovation

David Hardoon is an executive with 22 years of data and AI experience in roles in senior management, start up, advisory, research, academia, investment, and board. He led the development of the AI strategy for Monetary Authority of Singapore financial sector as well as driving efforts in promoting open cross-border data flows. Mr. Hardoon pioneered the regulator and central bank adoption of data science as well as establishment of the fairness, ethics, accountability and transparancy (FEAT) principles, first-of-a-kind guidelines for adopting Artificial Intelligence in the financial industry.

Sal KhanFounder and CEO, Khan Academy

Sal Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit educational organization that offers free lessons in math, science, and humanities, and also provides tools for parents, teachers, and districts to track student progress. Khan Academy is piloting an AI guide called Khanmigo that is a tutor and teaching assistant. The organization partners with more than 500 public school districts and schools across the United States. Worldwide, Khan Academy has more than 150 million registered users in 190 countries, with free lessons available in more than 50 languages.

Rigo Van den BroeckExecutive Vice President, Cyber Security Product Innovation, Mastercard Cyber & Intelligence

Rigo Van den Broeck is responsible for managing Mastercard's cyber products globally, including oversight over Safety Net and RiskRecon, a Mastercard company. He leads the development of new solutions and programs, and is instrumental in key acquisitions and joint ventures. Mr. Van den Broeck has an extensive background in fraud and security, especially in Europe, where he was previously responsible for Mastercard’s safety and security product strategy—developing go-to-market approaches and spearheading product initiatives in areas such as mitigation of cyber-attacks, fraud decisioning, complaint management, and authentication. He holds a master's in applied economics, with a major in marketing, as well as degrees in psychology and education from Catholic University of Leuven.

Wilson L. WhiteVice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google

Wilson L. White is is the global head of government affairs and public policy for Google’s core product areas. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an engineer and technology attorney. Mr. White’s multidisciplinary background and expertise provide lawmakers, regulators, and other key opinion formers across the globe with thought leadership on the rapidly growing and changing technology landscape and the societal implications of emerging technologies.


Thomas AbellDirector, Digital Technology for Development Division, ADB

Thomas Abell heads the division in ADB that promotes the effective use of digital technology across programs to improve development impact. His team supports ADB developing member countries in their transition to the digital economy and provides assistance across many areas, including e-government, connectivity, tech startup ecosystems, earth observation, technology policy, and industry partnerships.

Mr. Abell has over 30 years of professional experience in digital technology, including policy and strategy, software development, and systems architecture. His experience in international development spans over 10 years across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He has worked with governments, development organizations, NGOs, and corporations. He has authored many publications on technology innovation in development, focusing mainly on education, financial inclusion, and agriculture. Mr. Abell has master’s degrees in engineering and management, and a bachelor’s in engineering from MIT.

The seminar offered an in-depth exploration of AI, addressing its significant implications across various sectors, and emphasizing its potential to drive development.

Wilson White discussed AI’s role in optimizing traffic systems and reducing energy consumption in data centers, highlighting its transformative impact on healthcare, particularly in enhancing breast cancer diagnoses. He stressed the importance of responsible AI development, focusing on building public trust and adhering to ethical standards.

David Hardoon showcased practical AI applications in the Philippines that improve operational efficiencies and aid in disaster management. His presentation demonstrated AI’s versatility across different industries, from energy to local governance, underscoring the tangible benefits and improvements it brings.

Rigo Vanden Broek from MasterCard explored AI’s influence in financial services, particularly in fraud detection and identity solutions. He advocated for AI systems that adapt to changing data patterns to ensure security and accuracy and promoted public-private partnerships as essential for advancing global financial systems securely.

Ana Alania addressed the need for robust AI governance and international cooperation. She advocated for a risk-based regulatory approach, suggesting that AI applications should be governed based on their potential societal impacts, thereby ensuring that development and deployment are both responsible and inclusive.

Sal Khan contributed a video message emphasizing AI’s potential in education. He shared insights on how AI can personalize learning and help scale educational resources globally. His message underscored the transformative power of AI in enhancing educational outcomes and accessibility, highlighting Khan Academy’s initiatives in leveraging AI for more effective learning experiences.

The seminar concluded with a panel discussion that emphasized the necessity of bridging digital divides through equitable AI access and stressed the importance of ethical frameworks to ensure AI’s responsible use. The need for transparency and fairness to foster public trust and encourage broader AI adoption was also highlighted, underscoring the ongoing efforts to harness AI’s full potential responsibly and ethically.