Dr Jacques Ludik

Dr Jacques Ludik is a smart technology entrepreneur, Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert, investor, ecosystem builder, and award-winning AI Leader with a Ph.D. in Computer Science (AI) and 25+ years' experience in AI & Data Science and its applications.

He recently won the Africa AI Leader of the Year Award and is currently, amongst other roles, the Founder, Group CEO & Executive Chairman of Cortex Group, Founder & CEO of Cortex Logic and Founder & President of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) and has also founded CSense Systems (Africa's first AI company that was sold to a multi-national company, specifically General Electric in 2011), Bennit.AI, Mosaic, and SynerG.


Apart from his executive management responsibilities in these companies, he was previously Vice President Data Science & Chief Data Officer at Jumo, Director and Big Data & Analytics Leader at General Electric and Senior Lecturer & Researcher at Stellenbosch University.

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Dr Jacques Ludik is a smart technology entrepreneur, Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert, investor, ecosystem builder, and award-winning AI Leader with a Ph.D. in Computer Science (AI & Machine Learning) and 25+ years' experience in AI, Machine Learning & Data Science and its applications. He is currently Founder & Group CEO of Cortex Group, an AI focused holding company building value in the 4IR and focusing on various parts of the AI ecosystem: Cortex Logic as AI Engine for Business (that he founded in 2016), Cortex Health, Cortex Asset Management, Cortex Labs, & Cortex Ventures; and Founder & President of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA). He has also founded CSense Systems (Africa's first AI company that was sold to a multinational company, specifically General Electric in 2011), Bennit.AI, Mosaic, and SynerG.

Apart from his executive management responsibilities in these companies, he was previously VP Data Science & Chief Data Officer at Jumo, Director and Big Data & Analytics Leader at General Electric and Senior Lecturer & Researcher at Stellenbosch University. Dozens of his papers on AI were published in Journals & International Conferences as well as a book, Neural Networks and Psychopathology, published by Cambridge University Press (UK). He also has a patent filed for Knowledge Fusion. Jacques holds a B.Sc. (Cum Laude), Hons. B.Sc. (Cum Laude), M.Sc. (Cum Laude), and Ph.D. degrees from Stellenbosch University.

Dr Ludik currently also serves on the Advisory Boards of AI Africa Expo and Data Science Nigeria and has launched AIAfrica.wiki via MIIA. In 2019, he is also the recipient of Africa’s AI Leader of the Year Award. His massive transformative purpose is to help shape a better future in the Smart Technology Era, and specifically to help business & society thrive in Smart Technology Era. He is also passionate to help transform Africa through Smart Technologies such as AI, building AI communities and exponential organizations.