I-7 Innovators’ Strategic Advisory Board on People-Centered Innovation

The I-7 Innovators’ Strategic Advisory Board on People-Centered Innovation is the engagement group launched last May during the G7 Summit in Taormina (par. 37 of the G7 Taormina Leaders’ Communiqué). The group is in charge of providing guidance on emerging innovation issues. The creation of this group is an experiment proposed by the Italian G7 Presidency with the goal of driving attention towards the multiple challenges that innovation poses and cannot be faced only at national level. Each country and the EU have designated their own group of experts. We encourage Canada to consider continuing this experiment during their imminent Presidency.

Innovators' Key Points to G7 leaders

“Technological innovation should give us hope, not despair”: in the I-7 Chair Summary the conclusions of the I-7 group, summarized into four themes - training and education, technology, ethics and society, jobs and income. The G7 takes note of the Chair’s Summary presented by Diego Piacentini at the closing session of the ICT and Industry Multistakeholder Conference.

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I-7 Day on September 25, Reggia di Venaria Reale, Turin

The outcome of the meeting, the “Chair’s Summary”, will be officially presented by Diego Piacentini and Mike Moffat, Focal Point of Canada -next host of the G7- at the closing session of ICT and Industry Multistakeholder Conference and opening session of the Ministerial Meeting on ICT and Industry .

Parallel Session 1

Artificial Intelligence (AI). How can AI help governments make better decisions and deliver policies and services more effectively? AI represents one of the most intriguing and promising fields of innovation and has the potential to dramatically improve the way public and private services are delivered. AI could have plenty of applications in government. As an example – applicable to e-government in particular – the private sector is already delivering “chatbots” and using NLU (Natural Language Understanding) to automate and improve services for customers. But much more can be shaped by AI: from traffic management and self-driving cars to security and emergency management. Furthermore, AI technologies may not be governable by the existing regulatory frameworks, presenting a unique policy challenge compared to prior innovations. In this session, innovators will discuss and generate ideas about how governments can take advantage of AI.

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Parallel Session 2

Big Data: from regulation to active management. How can a more proactive approach to Big Data lead to smarter countries? Big Data represents the “fuel” of tomorrow’s production and a critical feed on information to AI-based services. In this session, innovators will be asked to discuss how a more proactive approach to Big Data could help tackle social and productive challenges in new ways, magnifying the effects on people’s well-being and businesses’ competitiveness. Government Big Data is usually stored in silos, and we need to find leverage points to convince the gatekeepers of the silos to collaborate. For example, should governments build national Data Analytics Frameworks as a necessary step to building “Government as an API”? Furthermore, once again, Big Data may not be governable by the existing privacy regulatory frameworks, presenting a unique policy challenge.

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Parallel Session 3

The changing nature of society: the future of work. How could innovation help to deal with upcoming social and demographic changes? The present narrative is much too focused on the negative effects of technology on jobs and employment. As ever, innovation is destroying old jobs while creating new ones. In this session, innovators will highlight how new technologies are shaping the future world of labor, and identify those skills which will be more in demand, thus helping workers reap the benefits of change.

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Innovators & Focal Points



Vittoria Colizza

Senior Researcher at INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research)

Thomas Ermacora

Architect-Urbanist, Futurist & Technologist, Founder of Machines Room & Laudato Si Challenge Vatican Accelerator

Eric Ezechieli

Co-founder, Nativa

Raffaella Rumiati

Professor and Director of the iNSuLa Laboratory at SISSA (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati)

Riccardo Sabatini

Chief Data Scientist, Orionis Biosciences

Diego Piacentini

Italy Focal Point

Italian Government Commissioner for the Digital Agenda


Leslie L. Cheung

Partnerships Development Director, Powered by Data

Ann Makosinski

19-year-old student inventor

Melissa Sariffodeen

Co-founder and CEO of Ladies Learning Code and Canada Learning Code

Angela Tran Kingyens

Partner, Version One Ventures

Ilse Treurnicht

CEO, MaRS (marsdd.com)

Mike P. Moffatt

Canada Focal Point

Chief Innovation Fellow at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)


Pia Erkinheimo

Partner and Director, Fingertip

Ela Madej

Partner, Fifty Years

Michela Magas

Co-founder, Stromatolite Design Innovation Lab

José Maria Rego

Entrepreneur and Co-founder, Raize

Kristina Tsvetanova

Co-founder and CEO, BLITAB Technology GmbH

Piero Venturi

EU Focal Point

Deputy Head of Unit in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission


Rand Hindi

CEO and Founder, SNIPS

Juliette Mattioli

Director of Research, Senior Expert in Artificial Intelligence, Thales Group

David Sadek

Director for Research, Institut Mines-Télécom

Milie Taing

CEO and Founder, Lili.ai

Claudio Vandi

Head of Corporate Innovation and Design Practice, NUMA

Hugues de Franclieu

France Focal Point

Head of Trade Policy and Export Unit – Directorate-General for Enterprise – Ministry for the Economy and Finance


Walter Ganz

Head of Business Unit Service and Human Resources Management at Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Antonio Krüger

Professor for Computer Science at Saarland University

Jan Michael Mrosik

CEO Digital Factory Division, Siemens AG

Gesa Miehe-Nordmeyer

Germany Focal Point

Head of the G7/G20 Sherpa Team at the German Chancellery


Shoi Egawa

President and CEO, SELTECH, Corporation

Hiroshi Mano

President and CTO, EverySense, Inc.

Hiroshi Maruyama

CSO, Preferred Networks, Inc.

Hironobu Yoshikawa

Co-founder and CEO, Treasure Data, Inc.

Yuko Harayama

Japan Focal Point

Executive Member of Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office.


Iain Bell

Chief Data Officer and Head of Profession for Statistics at Department for Education

Francine Bennett

CEO, Mastodon C

Rob Bishop

Co-founder & CEO, Magic Pony Technology

Helen Margetts

Professor of Society and the Internet - Director of Oxford Internet Institute (OII)

Jerome Pesenti

BenevolentAI - CEO technology division, BenevolentTech

Mark Walport

UK Focal Point

Chief Executive Designate of UKRI (UK Research and Innovation)


Tucker Balch

Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology

Kirk Borne

Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton

Jeff Carter

Partner, West Loop Ventures

Dyan Gibbens

CEO & Founder, Trumbull Unmanned

Ted Ullyot

Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Michael Kratsios

USA Focal Point

Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, The White House

The I-7 results

I-7 Chair’s Summary 
G7 ICT and Industry Ministers’ Declaration (page 2 point 7 and page 15 point 58) 
Parallel Sessions 1: A.I. 
Parallel Sessions 2: Big Data 
Parallel Sessions 3: Future of Work 
The “Chair’s Summary” generated by AI 

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