AI Breakthrough is a leading market intelligence organization whose annual awards recognize top companies, products, and leaders who stand out amidst the crowded field of artificial intelligence. Now in its fourth year, the awards program received and judged over 2,750 nominations from around the world.
Zia is the only executive to receive an award this year, earning recognition for his unique entrepreneurial story and dedication to championing diversity throughout his career. Under Zia’s leadership, Afiniti has grown to become a unicorn company with over 200 patents. Zia’s ability to drive innovation in the technology sector has also been recognized by Washingtonian as a Tech Titan in 2018 and 2019, and by MIT’s AI Influencer Lifetime Achievement award.
With his distinctive commercial vision, Zia has founded three companies worth over a billion dollars – Align Technology, The Resource Group, and Afiniti. Seeking new ways to optimize business, while at TRG, Zia noticed how difficult it was for call centers to generate a profit, and recognized the untapped potential to disrupt the flow of calls and utilize agents more intelligently. Zia and a small team spent the next few years developing an algorithm that harnessed AI to do just that, which would eventually become Afiniti.
As a Pakistani-American, Zia has always been passionate about creating job opportunities worldwide. For Afiniti, that translates to over 1,400 employees across 20 offices spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, North American, and South America. And though Zia’s entrepreneurial spirit is apparent, as a developer at heart, he frequently engages with AI and data analytics teams to tweak code and conceptualize products, bringing his unique visions to life.
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