Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai


Saman Farid

Partner & Head of US Team
Baidu Ventures

Saman is a serial entrepreneur and investor, with a primary focus on the way AI is transforming
traditional industries. He has built three companies in the areas of e-commerce, IP television, and
logistics management, and faced the challenges of building, focusing, and scaling a company. After
two exits, Saman started Comet Labs – a fund & incubator focused AI and Machine learning where he
invested in nearly 50 companies such as Airmap, Ripcord, Abundant Robotics, Cobalt Robotics,
3Scan, Saleshero, Otosense and more.
Saman now leads Baidu Ventures investments outside of China, where, in additional to capital,
he is leveraging Baidu’s considerable resources in data-sets, technical talent, and domain expertise in
an effort to turbocharge the companies he invests in. 
Saman has previously spent roughly 15 years in China, and has held positions at Honeywell, Verizon,
Deloitte Consulting and Microsoft in roles ranging from R&D to operations optimization. He received a
Bachelors of Engineering from The Cooper Union and a MBA from Tsinghua and MIT.

Sessions of the speaker



12:05 - 13:00

- Role of AI & Machine learning and its capability to transform Start-Up productivity.
- 40% of European Start-Ups classify themselves as AI Start-ups, but they don’t exploit AI. How does this affect the Investors in investing in Start-Up?
- However, other AI StartUps are successful and are able to gain momentum and raise money as well. And, easily get acquired by major players in the industry. 

12:05 - 12:10
12:10 - 12:55

Panel Discussion

Saman Farid
Partner & Head of US Team
Baidu Ventures
Hans Henrik Christensen
Vice President
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority – Dtec
Jean-Luc Scherer
Founder and CEO
Harvey Bennett
Fadi Hindi
Founder and CEO of Algofy.ai, Senior Partner of Xische's DigitAI
Algofy.ai & Xische's DigitAI

12:55 - 13:00