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NEC CEO Paul Thandi joins ex-Apple chief on InspiredMinds board of advisors

by Paul Colston

The CEO of NEC Group in Birmingham, Paul Thandi, and ex Apple chief of staff, Chris Broad have joined global AI and health technology media company InspiredMinds’ board of directors.

London-based InspiredMinds has a community of 200,000 users worldwide and announced four new advisors to its board altogether, as the media company readies for the launch of an AI omnichannel for its community called Mothership ™.

Broad joins with immediate effect, the company says, to assist on the transition to an ‘always on community’. As director of the sales development and support team, he managed 80 staff as the tech giant introduced its product lines into the major retail chains and played a key role in the launch of its online store, Apple’s multi-channel sales strategy and geo-expansion.

Commenting on his appointment, Broad said: “InspiredMinds has always had the ‘multi-channel’ vision of blending a passionate online community with physical events. Paradoxically, the global pandemic has strengthened the business as we see a business based on ‘large scale physical summits’ move towards a truly-global, always-on community. Enabled by some brilliant innovation from the team, we have seen more passion, more regular engagement and much more appreciation of the clear value delivered.”

He continued: “The global pandemic is a year old and InspiredMinds is a year stronger having successfully transformed into a world first AI omnichannel – a business based on ‘bricks and mortar physical presence’ alongside a truly-global, always-on community. We have seen more engagement and vibrancy as the launch of Mothership, the online platform, allows us to reach far more people, far more regularly with fantastic content delivered by the incredible team.”

Paul Thandi, CBE, who has overseen the growth and sale of the NEC Group to Blackstone Group, joins InspiredMInds as advisor on investor relations and commercial growth. He commented “The global AI market is forecast to grow rapidly reaching around US$126bn by 2025. The overall market is a wide array of emerging technologies from natural language processing, machine learning and robotics – it will be ubiquitous in its impact to the world in which we live. InspiredMinds is leading the charge of this growth and is at the heart of the global ecosystem with established and respected partnerships with the stakeholders globally.”

Thandi added: “Inspired has truly embraced the power of its global and inter disciplinary community in AI and emerging technology by creating digital first products.”

The other two board appointments are Renee Cummings, criminologist and AI ethicist and Huguette Diakabana, WHO digital health technical advisor.

Commenting on the appointments, Sarah Porter CEO and founder of Inspired-Minds, said: “We are at a pivotal moment in InspiredMinds growth, our digital community has exploded in the last 12 months and we welcome Chris, Renee, Huguette and Paul to assist us in navigating that growth. Their combined global experience will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen the InspiredMinds cause to include everyone in the creation, usage and deployment of emerging technologies.” She continued “We have an exciting opportunity ahead of us as we launch our Mothership AI omnichannel including an online platform to sit alongside existing international events portfolio that attracts in excess of 45,000 attendees around the world.”

InspiredMinds is organisers of the World Summit AI www.worldsummit.ai and Intelligent health www.intelligenthealth.ai the world’s largest community of clinicians in AI and medicine. The InspiredMinds events portfolio attracted in excess of 45,000 attendees from 167 countries every year.

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