(JNS) For the first time in its three-year history, IBM’s annual list of the world’s forty leading women in the field of artificial intelligence includes an Israeli—Hagit Tzafrir, head of the Health Division at Harel Insurance and Finance Group.
Tzafrir was selected by the multinational company in recognition of her artificial intelligence project “Ella the Digital Assistant” that provides digital customer service on Harel’s website and WhatsApp.
According to IBM, women represent just 26 percent of the AI workforce. “IBM launched the Women Leaders in AI program as a force for change, because we believe inclusivity and gender equality drive better outcomes,” the company stated.
The list includes 115 honorees from 25 countries.
Its entry on Tzafrir reads: “Harel Insurance & Finance, the largest insurance group in Israel, targeted several key processes in health insurance that could be fully or partially automated using AI. They partnered with IBM to develop a unique healthcare bot using IBM Watson Assistant.