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Liesl Yearsley

Chief Executive Officer, Akin.com (US)

About Liesl Yearsley

Liesl Yearsley is CEO of Akin.com. The company uses neurosciences to build the next generation of artificial intelligence (AI) which will think and act more like humans, be part of our daily lives, and solve more complex problems than AI can today.

Yearsley transforms entire industries, shifts society, and drives innovation. Prior to Akin. com, Yearsley was CEO of 3 successful companies including the AI start-up Cognea.

Cognea was later acquired by IBM and became an important part of Watson. Yearsley has strong expertise in AI and innovation and how it impacts society, enterprise and individuals. In 2012, Yearsley won the iAward as the ICT Woman of the Year and the Telstra NSW Nokia Business Innovation Award.

Earlier in her career, Yearsley was CEO of a ground-breaking search engine company, which used AI for predictive personalisation and listed on the stock exchange in 2005.

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