Leadership Team

Yolanda Sam

Yolanda co-founded the AICN in 2018 to support AI practitioners and data scientists, and bring together businesses, universities, government and industry to collectively leverage the power of AI technology in Australia. With a background in mechatronic engineering and finance, she has worked in mining, utilities, construction and government. She leads Agile teams and helps organisations adopt new technology and ways of working.

Nick Lothian

Nick Lothian co-founded the AICN in 2018, and is the founder and CEO of Tyto.AI – an artificial intelligence consultancy and product company based in Sydney and Adelaide. Prior to Tyto.AI, Nick was a director at the Data2Decisions Co-operative Research Centre, where he ran machine learning and A.I projects.

Noel Gaston

Dr Noel Gaston is Adjunct Professor of Economics in the School of Commerce at the University of South Australia. In addition to working at universities in the United States, Germany, Canada, South Korea and Japan, he was the Principal Adviser Research at the Productivity Commission, the advisory body for the Australian Government on economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians.

With interests in public policy and the economics of technological change, he joined the AICN leadership team in December 2018. Noel currently serves as the Newsletter Editor.