Neil Sahota (萨冠军), columnist, is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) Artificial Intelligence (AI) subject matter expert, and Professor at UC Irvine. With 20+ years of business experience, he works with clients and business partners to create next generation products/solutions powered by AI. His 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, Neil 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.
Neil is also an active volunteer. With the UN, he’s a founding member of their Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Social Good Committee. He is currently working with them to develop a report on the Economic Impact of AI as well as a model to incentivize member nations to invest in emerging technology to help fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals. In IBM’s Academic Initiative program that creates partnership opportunities between the IBM and the country’s top universities. He also serves as a business mentor for IBM’s Extreme Blue program that is an incubator for new product ideas. With Neil’s guidance, IBM developed new products and services in the areas of Business Analytics, Smarter Healthcare, Smarter Energy, Mobile Channel Development, and Social Media Solutions.
Moreover, Neil partners with entrepreneurs to define their products, establish their target markets, and structure their companies. He is a member of the Tech Coast Angels and The Cove Fund Investment committee and assists startups with investor funding. Neil also serves as a judge in the Butterworth Product Competition, mentor in the K5 Launch accelerator program, and coach for various start up competitions.
In addition to his professional work, Neil has taught part-time for the past eight years at UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UCLA, Oregon State University, international programs, corporate education, and K-12. He has help create Master’s degree programs in Innovation and Entrepreneurship as well as Business Analytics. He has created certificate programs in AI, Business Analysis, Predicative Analytics, and Project Management. In addition, he has created over thirty courses over all education levels.