Luncheon Series

How Data and AI Affect Business, Government and Society

One of the biggest transformations going on today is the reinvention of every single business with data and algorithms. According to Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Shomit Ghose, there is a new industrial revolution currently underway. However, the implications of Data and AI have effects beyond business models. Join us as we examine the implications of big data on governance, commerce and society.

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Program Overview

In this talk, we will discuss the changes ahead for all these segments (society, business and government). This discussion will span all the related facets of business models, technology, and policy implications given the changes already underway due to adoption of an interconnected world with big data and artificially intelligent machines. The talk will be followed by a discussion of how a civic group, a startup, a major property developer and a social sciences research centre shared data with the Hong Kong government, paving the way for a new style of governance across sectors to co-create a better future for Hong Kong.

Faculty: Ikhlaq Sidhu
For: General Public, Academics, Business Leaders and Civil Servants
Length: 1 day
Next Class: 23th April 2017 – 28th April 2017


The discussion is headed by the Faculty Director and Founder Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at UC Berkeley. Our esteemed faculty members possess vast amounts of experience in teaching, research and have also consulted for governments, businesses and multi-national corporations.


Chief Scientist and Founding Director, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET)
IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, UC Berkeley

Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu is the faculty director and founder of UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. Sidhu is an innovator with an industry background and the perspective of an academic, within areas of data networking, telecommunications, and academics. He teaches, advises, and manages people to enable impactful and relevant innovation, which today demands a different kind of leadership. His research combines data analytics with innovation leadership. Sidhu co-created the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for students) and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership (for existing companies). Both of these frameworks add concepts of social-psychology, mindset, and journey to the traditional steps of innovation.