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Neil Sahota (萨冠军) is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advisor, author of the best-seller Own the AI Revolution and sought-after speaker.

With 20+ years of business experience, Neil works to inspire clients and business partners to foster innovation and develop next generation products/solutions powered by AI.

Neil's work experience spans multiple industries including legal services, healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government. Moreover, he is one of the few people selected for IBM's Corporate Service Corps leadership program that pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community-driven economic development projects. For his assignment, Neil lived and worked in Ningbo, China where he partnered with Chinese corporate CEOs to create a leadership development program.

In addition, Neil partners with entrepreneurs to define their products, establish their target markets, and structure their companies. He is a member of several investor groups like the Tech Coast Angels and assists startups with investor funding. Neil also serves as a judge in various startup competitions and mentor in several incubator/accelerator programs.

He actively volunteers with nonprofits for event management, fund raising, grant reviews, and site visits. Neil is an active member of the UCI Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Marathon, supporting their work with the OC Kids program in fighting childhood obesity.

Innovation & Disruption

For the past 20 years, Neil has worked with Global Fortune 500 companies and world government leaders to identify, design, implement, and realize the benefit of new products and services. His proven formula for success focuses on Problem -> Opportunity -> Solution.

The Toolkit: Emerging Technologies Like Artificial Intelligence (Tools)

Neil is obsessed with lifelong learning which is why he is so skilled with understanding and applying emerging technology. He has successfully identified opportunities and built solutions for IBM, the United Nations, and startup companies.

United Nations (UN) Advisor

The UN sought Neil’s help because of his track record of success and his goal to leave the world at least as good as he found it, if not better. Through his efforts, the UN has started the AI for Good initiative with 100+ projects inflight to make the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals a reality. In addition, he is the Vice Chair of their Climate Change working group.

Changing The Story Podcast

Everything humanity has ever achieved once began with an idea. Ideas form our reality. And the best way to share ideas is via storytelling. Through telling stories we open the door to action for the greater good.

Everything humanity has ever achieved once began with an idea. Ideas form our reality. And the best way to share ideas is via storytelling. Through telling stories we open the door to action for the greater good.

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Inspiring innovation and igniting conversation around next generation technologies. In plain speak, Neil communicates with business leaders through relatable examples and storytelling in the language of his audience. He consistently has been praised for “dumbing down” complex topics without sounding condescending or dumb.

Emerging Technologies (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, AR/VR/XR)

  • What is it in simple terms?
  • How can we use it?
  • How will it impact me/us?
  • What will the future hold?

Entrepreneurship / Intrapreneurship / Innovation

  • Learn how to think differently
  • Understand how to be (or create) innovators
  • Discover the power of ecosystems




  • Mohamed Aboud
    It was a great pleasure having Neil as a keynote speaker at the GCAIoT2020! His session was amazing, and it added great value to our event.    Looking forward to brinin Neil back again in GCAIoT2020 that will take place during Expo2020/2021.
    Mohamed Aboud
    Co-Founder and CEO |Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship VP for Business Development |Ideaspace
  • Chaesub Lee
    Dear Mr. Sahota,   On behalf of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your excellent contribution towards the success of the Virtual forum on “Digital Transformation of Cities and Communities” held on 7 December 2020.   All attendees and I myself are most grateful for the time you took and efforts you made to share your thoughts and experience.   The feedback on the Forum has been excellent and I hope to continue making progress to yield ever better results.   I look forward to future collaboration.
    Chaesub Lee
    Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
  • Houlin Zhao
    Dear Mr Sahota,   I would like to sincerely thank you for your support towards the AI for Good Global Summit that was held on 7 to 9 June 2017 at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva. Your expertise and unique perspective as a speaker from Industry helped make the Summit dynamic, forward‐thinking, and a success.   I look forward to continue working with you to strengthen our efforts in understanding the potential of Artificial Intelligence as a frontier topic for harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development.   We will communicate shortly the next steps to be taken.  
    Houlin Zhao
    ITU Secretary General
  • John Golden
    Thank you for today, it was fantastic and the feedback has been tremendous!
    John Golden
    Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer Pipelinersales Inc.