Loubna Bouarfa studied electrical engineering, specialising in statistical signal processing, at the University of Technology in Delft. In 2007, she started work on her Ph.D. where she used machine learning to detect anomalies and predict surgical workflow in real life.
After spending time in academia, Loubna Bouarfa went on to found Okra Technologies. She is the CEO of the company. The aim of her company is to allow healthcare professionals the ability to combine all their data in one place while having the ability to generate evidence-based insights in real time. This would, in effect, help them to both save and improve human lives.
OKRA’s technology, in effect, allows the user to directly interact with their data, asking natural language questions through a simple search bar and receiving data that is actional and insightful. Future outcomes are predicted, thereby allowing you, as the user, to make confident, efficient, and life-saving decisions. Amongst these real-time predictions allowed by the company’s deep AI algorithms, are the best treatment options for a patient, how to better engage customers in order to drive sales, and the future of a brand’s performance.
Besides running her company, Loubna Bouarfa also holds numerous advisory positions and is a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence. Her particular focus is on healthcare and achieving competitive business impact by means of AI.
She was also recognised as an Innovator Under 35 by MIT Technology in 2017 and was a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year by Women in It. Forbes selected her as one of Forbes Top 50 Women in Technology.
She is a strong advocate for diversity, women, and challenging the status quo.
As a speaker, has as her focus artificial intelligence in general, and the role of artificial intelligence in healthcare.