Loubna Bouarfa is the founder and CEO of OKRA Technologies. Loubna grew up in Meknes, Morocco before studying at the University of Technology in Delft in electrical engineering, specialising in statistical signal processing. In 2007, she undertook a PhD applying Machine Learning to predict surgical workflow and detect anomalies in real time, applying her research directly to surgical operating, predicting error and improving workflows. Over the course of her PhD, Loubna discovered that AI provides a strong framework for evidence-based medicine, using data to improve outcomes directly in the real-world environment outside of clinical trials and widely used controlled healthcare studies.

Previously to founding OKRA Loubna worked in academic settings, a start-up and consulted for different Pharmaceutical vendors. Loubna holds several advisory positions, is a member of the EU High-Level Expert Group on AI, and was named a Forbes 2018 Top Woman in Tech.

In 2017, Loubna was recognised by MIT Technology as an Innovator under 35. In January 2018, she was among the finalists for the award of the entrepreneur of the Year by Women in IT and was selected as one of Forbes Top 50 Women in Technology.