Philippe Beaudoin is a co-founder and head of applied research at Element AI, a company founded on the belief that humans and machines can work smarter together and that this synergy can help humans focus on the tasks that they find most meaningful. An essential challenge on that path, says Philippe, is working towards transitive trust in Artificial Intelligence – by helping humans understand how AI systems work and how these systems actually use the data we feed them to make decisions.

Marc Abensour is the Ambassador of France to Singapore. In this fireside chat, recorded at the French Residence, we discuss the ambitious goals of the French government for the next wave of French unicorns, why Singapore is a great launchpad for startups looking to expand into ASEAN, as well as the many reasons for local companies to plug into the French Tech network.

Hiring and retaining tech talent is a burning issue for startups and companies all over Southeast Asia. Yassine Belmamoun, Co-Founder and CTO of Manatal, shares his vision on what is broken in the classical HR process. He argues that many companies don’t spend enough time making hiring a great experience for candidates, which he sees as an essential ingredient to hiring and retaining the best tech talent. Yassine also, generously, shares his own experience hiring as a serial entrepreneur and discusses the biggest mistakes he’s made and what he has learned from them.

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The French Tech Fireside Chats are intimate conversations with today’s thought-leaders. Recorded in front of a small live audience, they are a place for us to explore the ideas, trends and technologies that are transforming our world and reshaping our societies. We live in a time of rapid technological change. Software has eaten the word, uprooted industries and, some would argue, even democracies.

The rate of change is ever accelerating. Artificial Intelligence is becoming ever more ubiquitous, and threatens to lead to a massive transformation of the way we work and organize our societies – forcing us to ask the question “what do humans bring to the table that no algorithm could ever replace?”. We explore this question with two guests:

Ling Ling Tai is Southeast Asia’s fastest rising female podcaster and an expert in learning in development. She helps organizations foster a learning culture of increase employee engagement through her company Culture Spark (

Bernard Golstein is the author of the book “DUALITY: Prepare Yourselves and Your Children for the Age of Artificial Intelligence”, available on Amazon ( He’s also the CEO of Sharper AI , which helps organizations unlock their Artificial Intelligence potential.

The French Tech Podcast covered the Big Data World Asia conference in Singapore. Here’s a selection of the video interviews recorded during the two days. For all conversations recorded during this event, please refer to our YouTube channel.

Data at the speed of business

Shawn Rogers is Senior Director of Analytic Strategy at TIBCO. He shares insights on how data analytics has shifted focus from the “how” to the “why”, and on the importance of data at the speed of business! Find out more on

The importance of the humanities and the arts for data science and machine learning

Clara Chua (People & Culture Consultant at Circles.Life) and Ling Yi Chang (AI specialist at Microsoft) discuss the great value of the humanities and other non-technical backgrounds for data-science, and why diversity is essential when it comes to building non-biased data sets for Artificial Intelligence and Data-Science.

Robust, real-time decision making at scale

Bill Odel (Chief Marketing Officer) and Aveekshith Bushan (Regional Director APAC) from Aerospike talk about the importance, and difficulty, of robustly leveraging big-data on a global scale, in real-time.

Reducing the carbon-footprint of data centers

Data delivers a lot of business-impact, but it comes with the often invisible cost of a large carbon footprint. Cooling data-centers is a large contributor to that footprint. That’s why cooling data-centers is an energy efficiently manner is high on the agenda of many governments. Ramanathan Arumugasamy from SMARDT Chillers, the world’s most efficient way to cool data centers, shares his insights on these topics.