Join Chicago Booth and UChicago alumni for the first Ryder Club Keynote on "Artificial Intelligence and Digital Labor – What is the impact on business, people, and society?"


27 Koning Albert II laan
Brussels, Belgium

Event Details

The Ryder Club is kicking off 2017 with an ambitious Keynote on Artificial Intelligence (AI) on February 15. 

Artificial Intelligence promises to change everything. Driving our cars. Organising our life. Diagnosing a disease before it is visible. And perhaps even taking on our jobs... What's behind the AI hype ? How will it really impact business, people and society ? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this Ryder Club Keynote, which will include AI thought leaders of diverse backgrounds (academic, business, economic, political), real case studies and a panel debate.

We look forward to seeing you there!


18:00 Registration and welcome drink
18:30 Introduction
18:40 Holistic view of Artficial Intelligence and cognitive technologies. By Professor Hugues Bersini, Professor at ULB, AI researcher, Co-Director of the IRIDIA lab (multidisciplinary research in AI).
19:00 Business applications and case studies - related to "Digital Labor" (with a 10' break)

  1. Pythagoria with Pierre-Yves Thomas, CEO – Their solution replaces junior lawyers and paralegals
  2. Microsoft, with Bruno Schroder, CTO Belux – How they make AI available to everybody
  3. Arago, with Chris Boos, CEO – Their AI defeats humans at a game even more complex than Go

20:10 Debate about the impact of AI on business, society and people with

  • Professor Hugues Bersini
  • P.Y. Thomas (Pythagoria)
  • Bruno Schroder (Microsoft)
  • Chris Boos (Arago)
  • Michele Cincera (Economist at Solvay Business School)
  • Khalil Rouhana (European Commission).

20:50 to 22:00 Networking cocktail with drinks and light food.

Participating schools to this event include:
Bocconi, Boston, Chicago Booth, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, IMD, INSEAD, Kellogg, MIT and Stanford. Together, the Ryder Club represents well over 5,000 alumni in Belgium. The event is open to alumni from all participating schools and their guests.


To Be Confirmed

Fee will include parking at Proximus, drinks and light food. 


Register Online

Deadline: 2/15/2017


Benoît Lacheron, '08 (EXP-13) 

Other Information

The event is kindly supported by Proximus and Latham & Watkins.