África Periáñez

Founder & CEO at benshi.ai

Africa is the founder and CEO of benshi.ai, a non-profit funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that focuses on reducing health inequalities through behavioral machine learning in low-income countries. Prior to that, África was the chief analytics officer at Inditex (world’s largest fashion retailer, Zara owner). She led the research, application, and strategic development of data science across the organization. Previously, África founded Yokozuna Data, an AI company based in Tokyo that built a machine learning platform to predict the individual behavior of video game players. Africa led Yokozuna Data’s acquisition.

África holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Reading, and MSc’s in String Theory and Theoretical Physics from CERN and the Autonomous University of Madrid. África has been Marie Curie EU research fellow at CERN and scientist at RIKEN, Japan and the German Weather Service (focus on satellite data). She is co-author of multiple peer-reviewed articles.