Rana El Kaliouby

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Affectiva

Dr. Rana el Kaliouby is co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, the pioneer in Emotion AI, the next frontier of Artificial Intelligence. A scientist and Muslim Egyptian-American, Dr. el Kaliouby is one of few female CEOs leading an AI company. She serves on WEF's Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. She has raised $25 million in venture as well as non-dilutive funding for the company and leads development of the company’s award winning, emotion recognition technology that uses deep learning and the world’s largest emotion data repository of more than 50 billion emotion data points. Prior to founding Affectiva, Dr. el Kaliouby was as a research scientist at MIT Media Lab, where she spearheaded the applications of emotion technology in a variety of fields, including mental health and autism research.

Dr. el Kaliouby’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, TechCrunch, WIRED, Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, CBS, TIME Magazine, Entrepreneur, Fortune and Reddit. Her TED Talk has garnered over 1.3 million views. She was recognized by TechCrunch as a female founder who crushed it in 2016, Entrepreneur Magazine named her as one of the “7 Most Powerful Women To Watch In 2014”. She got inducted into the “Women in Engineering” Hall of Fame and “Making an Impact hall” in the Arab American National Museum. She is a recipient of the 2012 Technology Review’s “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” Award, Ad Age’s “40 under 40” and Smithsonian magazine's 2015 American Ingenuity Award for Technology. WIRED named Rana el Kaliouby one of 25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business. Rana holds a BSc and MSc in computer science from the American University in Cairo and a PhD from the computer laboratory, University of Cambridge.