DC Summit: Generative Artificial Intelligence & Finance

April 20, 2024 9AM – 5PM | Washington DC

Join us during the IMF Spring meetings as a large number of leaders, ministers, dignitaries and academics descend to DC for talks, discussions and networking.

Speaker Organizations


George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
April 20th 2024


TimeFormatSubjectSpeaker / Panelists
8:00AMCheck-In Opens
9:00TalkState of Generative AI in FinanceProf. Jamiel Sheikh
CEO, Scifn
9:15TalkCopilot for FinanceRavi Sarkar
Enterprise CTO, Microsoft
9:40TalkGenerative AI and TradingStefano Pasquali
BlackRock, Managing Director, Investments & AI
10:10TalkA Survey of the latest LLMsYousri Aoudi
BNY Mellon
10:35Coffee Break & Networking
11:00TalkGenerative AI & Financial InclusionHerve Tourpe
Chief Digital Advisor, IMF

Sharmista Appaya
World Bank
11:30TalkGenerative AI & Public Policy: Impact, Opportunities & CaveatsProf. Karen Bhatia
Stanford University
NoonLunch & Networking
1PMTalkIntroduction to FinGPTProf. Xiaoyang Liu
Co-founder, FinGPT
Columbia University
1:30TalkPortfolio Management with LLMsBruno Melo
NY Life Investments
2:00PanelWomen in Generative AIModerator: Prof. Daniela Muhaj
George Washington University
2:40Coffee Break & Networking
3:10PanelFuture of Work with Gen AI in FinanceModerator: Anne Griffin
3:40PanelMultimodal LLMs and The Future of Finance with Generative AIModerator: Raj Shroff

Sandeep Maira, CEO Raven Risk AI
4:30Closing & Networking


(Additional speakers confirming in coming weeks)


Professor Jamiel SheikhCEO,
Jamiel is founder & CEO of Scifn, a blockchain and AI services, education and products company, bestselling author, professor & educator, community builder, board member, event organizer, Forbes contributor, running media assets like Blockchain101.com and Currency Insider and products like Disburse, Instamint and Fnberry.

He founded the CBDC Think Tank which works with central banks and governments and runs AI NYC and Blockchain NYC, one of the largest communities in the world hosting events like DARC, DEFICON, AI+FIN and more. He has over 25 years of experience in technology, finance and capital markets. He is also an expert member of the UN Digital Currency Global Initiative and Digital Euro Association.

Jamiel is Innovation Fellow at Columbia Business School’s Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, holds an MBA from Columbia University’s Business School and BBA from Baruch College and is completing his second Masters in Artificial Intelligence from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Rajendra ShroffDirector, Head of Applied AI Research,
Blu AI
Raj is the Director of Applied AI Research at Blu Artificial Intelligence, a consulting firm
specializing in AI strategy, projects, and education. He also teaches university courses covering
the business applications of AI, emerging technology, and digital marketing.
Raj previously worked at AXA, an insurance multinational, across project management and
finance functions. He holds a BSc in Management from the London School of Economics and an
MBA from The University of Hong Kong. You can find him online at https://linktr.ee/rajshroff.
Bruno MeloDirector,
NY Life Investments
Bruno Melo currently serves as a senior member of the Investment Consulting Group at NY Life Investment Management, tasked with managing investment risk for equity and fixed income mutual funds, alongside alternative investment strategies such as private equity, private debt, and real estate. Prior to his tenure at NY Life, Mr. Melo spent five years in a similar capacity at Credit Suisse Asset Management. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Data Science at the City University of New York. Mr. Melo also holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Brasília, Brazil.
Yousra AoudiQuantitative Analyst, VP,
BNY Mellon
With a strong background in quantitative finance, trading, and data-driven strategy development, Yousra Aoudi currently serves as Quantitative Analyst, VP at BNY, where she contributes to the iFlow product.
A self-learner with a solid academic foundation in engineering and finance, she has successfully leveraged her skills in AI to excel in finance and different ventures.
In addition to her corporate role, Yousra Aoudi actively contributes to the AI community, sharing her expertise through a platform where she publishes AI and quantitative research projects and articles.
Herve TourpeHead of Digital Advisory, International Monetary Fund
Sharmista AppayaGlobal Lead, Digital Data Infrastructure,
World Bank
Xiaoyang LiuCo-Founder,
Xiao-Yang Liu is a new faculty in the Department of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University. His research interests include tensor networks and high performance tensor computing, and deep learning. He created several popular open-source AI4Finance projects, including FinGPT, FinRL, and ElegantRl. He contributed one chapter to a textbook on “Tensors for Data Processing: Theory, Methods, and Applications”, and two chapters a textbook on “Reinforcement Learning for Cyber-Physical Systems”. He serves as PC members for NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, AAAI, IJCAI, AISTATS, ACM MM, ACM ICAIF, ICASSP, and a Session Chair for IJCAI 2019. He organized the NeurIPS 2020/2021 First/Second Workshop on Quantum Tensor Networks in Machine Learning, IJCAI 2020 Workshop on Tensor Networks Representations in Machine Learning, and NeurIPS 2019/2020 Workshop on Machine Learning for Autonomous Driving.
Daniela MuhajAssociate Director, Research and Technology Initiatives,
Georgetown University
Daniela is the inaugural Associate Director for Research and Technology Initiatives at the
Baratta Center for Global Business, Georgetown University. In this role, she spearheads
innovative research and technology efforts aimed at shaping global business practices,
emphasizing the private sector's role in driving positive impact. Additionally, Daniela chairs the
Global Fellows program for AI 2030, an organization committed to the responsible and ethical
development of artificial intelligence.
Her career spans over a decade of applied economic research, impact evaluations, and the
promotion of evidence-informed policy across a diverse range of institutions, geographies, and
stakeholders. Daniela has held positions at the Central Bank of Slovenia, the International
Monetary Fund, Harvard University's Center for International Development, the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT), and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
While at AWS, Daniela conducted pioneering research on the environmental, social, and
economic impacts of cloud computing services and infrastructure. Prior to AWS, she served as a
Policy and Research Manager at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, where
she worked on the private sector, entrepreneurship, and labor markets' roles in economic
growth and poverty alleviation. Among her notable accomplishments, Daniela was selected as a
G20 Young Global Changer in 2019, contributing to the Berlin Global Solutions Summit and
presenting her research on economic inequality at a G20 Tokyo event.
Daniela holds a Master's Degree in International Economics and Relations from the Johns
Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Anne GriffinProduct Manager,
Anne is a product manager, startup advisor, and subject matter expert in AI, blockchain, tech ethics and product inclusivity. She has lectured at universities such as Columbia and West Point, spoken at major events such as SXSW, and created courses for O’Reilly Media. She’s built her career in tech working with startups, including the blockchain technology company ConsenSys, and Fortune 500 companies such as Priceline, Comcast, and Microsoft.
She has been quoted in Rolling Stone magazine for her insights on AI. You can also listen to her takes on AI, blockchain, and other technologies on the YouTube Original series, RetroTech with Marquees Brownlee, and podcasts such as Blockchain Won’t Save the World, and Let’s Chat Ethics. Anne continues to work with and research the practical human aspects of technology and building products with emerging and disruptive technologies
Karen BhatiaFaculty Lecturer,
Stanford University
Stefano PasqualiMD, Head of Investment AI Modeling and Research,

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