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Jahanzaib, CEO Knockri WEF

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  I'M Jahanzaib Ansari  

Co-Founder & CEO @Knockri 
Former GFC @World Economic Forum
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My name is Jahanzaib Ansari, I'm on a mission to defeat unconscious bias and future-proof the workforce. ​I’m a keynote speaker, an HR thought leader, and the Co-founder & CEO of Knockri,  An AI-powered assessment tool used in succession planning.

​Knockri was founded because of the discrimination I faced in the hiring process due to my long ethnic name, which I had to anglicize to land a job. Knockri’s AI-powered behavioral assessment helps organizations diminish systemic bias at scale and ensures the representation of a more diverse workforce. Knockri’s partnered with organizations such as IBM, Deloitte, SAP, the Government of Canada, and many more. Knockri has assessed thousands of candidates and has increased gender and racial diversity by up to 25% among its customers.

In 2020, I was appointed to serve on the World Economic Forum’s global council on equality and inclusion, was recognized as Innovator of the year by D&I group Ascend, and was named among 22 of the most promising young HR professionals by HRD Magazine

A data scientist would probably call me a 4-standard deviation outlier on determination. I take pride in delivering results, I’m a relentless and exceptionally tenacious founder. In the odd event that I’m not focusing on building Knockri, I'm out and about, experiencing the best new cuisine in town!


InduSTRY Mentions

How COVID-19 is accelerating hiring automation

August 01, 2020

COVID-19 is accelerating hiring automation. “As COVID-19 has undoubtedly accelerated transformation, organizations are more than ever looking to hire talent remotely,” said Jahanzaib Ansari, co-founder and CEO of Knockri, which has been helping companies of all sizes screen and hire talent.

MaRS: Knockri, an AI-driven assessment tool, started with a job hunt.

Jahanzaib Ansari says, using this type of software can overcome unconscious bias during the hiring process, and go a long way toward changing a company’s culture. It even holds Knockri accountable to their values. “Sometimes we don’t have large volumes of applicants because we’re not a large enterprise, but the more we grow, the more value our tool is providing us for our internal hiring as well,” he says.em about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Knockri Raises $3 Million to Reduce Hiring Bias, Improve Diversity and Help Hire Exceptional Talent

TORONTO, July 28th, 2020  —  Knockri, a leading developer of artificial intelligence video-based soft-skill assessment and talent mobility solutions, today announced it has closed an oversubscribed seed round of $3 Million led by Differential Ventures with participation from Grand Ventures, MaRS IAF,  BDMI – Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Amplify Capital and others to transform talent acquisition and increase diverse hiring.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 4.0: A toolkit for leaders to accelerate social progress in the future of work

Knockri contributed report: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit explores the practical opportunities and risks that rapidly emerging technologies represent for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The toolkit outlines how technology can help reduce bias from recruitment processes, diversify talent pools, and benchmark diversity and inclusion across organizations.

​How Canadian Startup Knockri Uses Artificial Intelligence to Create an Unbiased Hiring Process

Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with Jahanzaib Ansari, CEO and co-founder of Knockri, an AI-supported skills assesment resource. 

Business leaders predict a radical change in our working habits

Jahanzaib Ansari, Co-founder & CEO of artificially intelligent recruiting assistant company Knockri, notes. ‘As organizations are moving to a remote world, they’re no longer just looking to hire locally, instead they’re viewing the world as a global talent pool.’

World Economic Forum - Knockri CEO invited to speak on Talent Transforming Technology

The rapid evolution of machines and algorithms in the workplace could create 133 million new roles over the next five years. How will business and government leaders need to rethink their approach to talent management and development to ensure a positive future for all?

Knockri principles in Forbes - Forget About Plan B If You Want Your Startup To Succeed

When an army general had to conquer an island, they instructed soldiers to burn their own boats so they couldn’t return home. There was no Plan B! The army did whatever it took to conquer the island and succeed in the mission.

Bloomberg - How one firm is using AI to create a more diverse workforce

Jahanzaib Ansari, co-founder and CEO of Knockri, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss how his business is aiming to diminish unconscious biases during the hiring process and boost diversity in the workplace.

Daily Mail - Canadian startup uses AI to help companies hire new talent

A new startup is aiming to change the interview process as we know it - by using robots to find the best candidates. Canadian firm Knockri has built an AI that reads the facial expressions and eye movement of job seekers in videos they record during their applications. It uses these subtle tells to analyse whether you have the necessary skills and rates you on how well you fit the job - such as confidence or collaboration.

Knockri Forbes Contribution - Human Capital In The Future Of Work

Five Insights From Canada's Rapidly Evolving Labor Market - Jahanzaib Ansari

Human Resource Director's List of Rising Stars

Jahanzaib Ansari, named among 22 of Canada's most promising young HR professionals by HRD Magazine.

CBC National - Canadian startup uses AI to reduce job interview bias

A Canadian startup is using artificial intelligence to try to reduce bias in the hiring process. CBC News visited Knockri's headquarters to find out more about the promises its technology makes and the challenges it faces.

Jahanzaib Ansari, co-founder of Knockri, on staying determined and using AI ethically

No great success was ever achieved without failure. This rings true for Jahanzaib Ansari, co-founder and CEO of Knockri, an AI soft skills assessment tool that helps minimize bias in the hiring process.

What We Look for in Founders - Paul Graham

"We thought when we started Y Combinator that the most important quality would be intelligence. That's the myth in the Valley. And certainly you don't want founders to be stupid. But as long as you're over a certain threshold of intelligence, what matters most is determination"

​Knockri on Global News: Money 1, 2, 3: Robo headhunters the new frontier?

Erica Alini takes a look at a new frontier in hiring techniques as it might be AI that judges you in your next interview.

Knockri in Forbes - Here's Why Canada Can Win The AI Race

"The importance of diverse data sets is hard to overstate for engineers. Knockri, one company I work with at MaRS, has developed a system to improve the screening of job applicants using AI that deliberately ignores characteristics of race, gender and disability status. The company is based in Toronto, where more than 50% of the population is foreign-born, because it could easily access multicultural data sets to train its AI platform."

Knockri in TechCrunch - Why achieving diversity in tech requires firing the industry’s ‘cultural fit’ mentality

“Companies like Knockri develop talent recruitment products that screen job applicants objectively. Built without the often bias-heavy elements of gender, culture and ethnic background entering the picture until final stages of interviewing. Their ultimate goal: to boost representation of minorities, women and people from diverse backgrounds on interview shortlists for tech jobs and in workforces fueling the global economy."

Knockri in the Future of AI Magazine - R.I.P. Résumés

"AI-assisted screening of job applications reduces sexism, racism and ageism in the workplace"

Knockri in HRD - What can HR learn from the harassment scandals of 2018

“HR leaders need to do more to foster a culture of openness and honesty – one which gives employees a safe platform to speak up”

The Difference Between Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are two very hot buzzwords right now, and often seem to be used interchangeably. They are not quite the same thing, but the perception that they are can sometimes lead to some confusion.

Knockri in HRD - How biased are you when hiring?

“Whether it’s love for the same hockey team, or bonding over the same brand of lip balm, looking for irrelevant similarities with no evidence of correlation in performance predictors can result in employment inequity.”

How to Judge the Founder's Deep Learning Expertise?

Most founders these days use buzzwords such as machine learning , machine intelligence, big data, neural networks, proprietary algorithms and artificial intelligence liberally in their pitches. The problem is that every startup is making this claim, which means that all the presentations look very similar to each other.

Knockri in Venture Beat - How to charm the bots in charge of hiring for your dream job

"The AI tool ensures name, gender, race, and even accents are never a factor when short-listing desirable candidates."

Knockri in CBC - How algorithmic bias can make an impact

"When algorithms are designed with recognition of the tendency for humans to exhibit bias in the hiring process, company co-founder and COO Maaz Rana says they can assist in talent acquisition "by consistently presenting an objective measure of someone, so it can be used as a reference to help make smarter and better hiring decisions."

Knockri in the Huffington Post - “The Power of Artificial Intelligence” - A Glimpse at HR’s Future- 

“The ultimate goal is to be able to help every recruiting team in the world, who require strong front-line customer facing talent. Our AI system for HR uses audio and video analysis, assessing personality attributes to gauge how fit an applicant would be for a position based on employer feedback, industry knowledge and scientifically backed data”.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The last 10 years have been about building a world that is mobile-first. In the next 10 years, we will shift to a world that is AI-first.” (Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, October 2016)

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