Emotech Co-Founder Chelsea Chen has been announced as no. 8, on the top 100 most influential BAME leaders in the UK tech sector. The list, produced by board appointments firm Inclusive Boards, will be released today at the House of Commons, as part of the official launch of the Inclusive Tech Alliance.
The esteemed panel of judges including Tim Sawyer CBE (COO, Innovate UK), and Sandra Kerr OBE (Race Equality Director, Business in the Community, cited Chelsea’s impact in driving change within the AI industry; “Technology is increasingly playing an important role in driving our economy and there is a great need to ensure that everyone can fully participate in the jobs and opportunities technology brings. Chelsea Chen, featured in this list today, is a role model that will inspire the next generation, and hopefully help to improve diversity within the sector.”
This recognition comes at the end of an outstanding year for both Chelsea and Emotech, with Chelsea also included in the Top 100 Asian Tech Stars in the UK in June, where she received the additional kudos of featuring in the Top 5 within creative industries.
In parallel Emotech’s flagship product Olly, the world’s first AI robot with personality, broke CES records in 2017; winning awards in 4 separate categories. This was followed at the 2018 China International Technology Fair, where Olly was awarded as one of the ‘Top 10 Popular Projects’, before securing the overall prize of ‘The Best of 2018 among the 10 most Popular Projects ’, earning headline status on the front page of Xinmin News.
Alongside Olly’s development, Chelsea is pioneering a prosperous B2B model for the business; forging strong partnerships with some of the world’s leading tech companies, supplying them with bespoke AI software solutions. Her background leading the OgilvyOne team for clients including Diageo, VW, Nestle and P&G, informs her innovative approach to consumer strategy and brand planning, combining with her natural aptitude for business to form a stellar skillset.
However, Chelsea’s dedication to the progression of AI is not limited to the advancement of Emotech. In 2017 she founded Meet AI, a unique knowledge sharing series of events, designed to bring together the world’s premiere researchers, developers and academics, to propel our collective knowledge of the industry.
The overwhelming success of the initiative, which has hosted leading innovators from Google’s Deepmind, Microsoft, Oxford & Cambridge Universities, and IBM, has resulted in an exciting expansion across borders. With great support from the UK and Chinese Government, Meet AI has launched in China, creating an exciting bridge for the incredible wealth of ideas and knowledge in the East and West.