The 2022 CAIDP Research Group is comprised of
Information about our extraordinary team is available below.
CAIDP Research Director
Giuliano Borter, CAIDP Fellow (Region - Europe)
Giuliano Borter is a Swiss student at the Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel with a bachelor’s degree in Law. He researches issues of crisis and conflict management as well as international organizations with particular interests in international and European law, defense, security as well as technology policies and international relations. Giuliano has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification and the CAIDP AI Policy - Advanced certification.
August P. Gweon, CAIDP Fellow (Region - North America)
August Gweon is a Stanford law student from Southern California interested in the global regulation of AI systems and how data privacy and AI policies can protect individual rights and democratic institutions from technological risk. He studied History and Sociology at Columbia and worked for Microsoft’s legal department during the summer of 2021, where he worked on legal issues related to emerging privacy legislation, cyberweapons regulation, competition in digital markets, and the EU AI Act. August has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification and the CAIDP AI Policy - Advanced certification.
Regina Kronan, CAIDP Fellow (Region - Asia)
Regina Kronan is an LLM candidate in Technology Law and Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. Her research focuses on corporate accountability at the intersection between privacy law and human rights. Originally from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China, she lived and studied in China, Russia, and Central Asia. She has a Bachelor of Laws in Diplomacy and International Affairs from China Foreign Affairs University, and a Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law. While in law school, she served as Senior Writer at the Human Rights Brief and published several articles concerning surveillance, human rights abuses, and States ‘obligations under international law. She spent her Summer and Fall of 2019 at the International Law Institute (ILI), working closely with global experts, legal advisors, professionals from government, academia, multilateral organizations, and the private sector in preparation and delivery of training programs on international law, governance, management, development, and reform. Regina has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification and the CAIDP AI Policy - Advanced certification.
Paula Soumaya Domit, CAIDP Fellow (Region - Latin America)
Paula Soumaya Domit is a Mexican-Lebanese researcher based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is passionate about international peace and human security, particularly regarding disarmament, emerging technologies, and changing dynamics in conflict.
She holds a Bachelors of Science in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a minor in International Security Studies from Northeastern University. She has worked in partnership with the United Nations Office at Geneva, Sciences Po, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Institute for Economics and Peace. She is currently a Faculty Assistant at Harvard Kennedy School, a lead researcher at the Common Good Digital Framework, and the Regional Coordinator for CAIDP’s work on Latin America. Paula has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification and the CAIDP AI Policy - Advanced certification.
Larissa Zutter, CAIDP Fellow
(Region - Africa)
Larissa Zutter is a Swiss research fellow and board member at the Center for AI and Digital Policy. Previously, she has worked for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS in the Fundraising, Programme Partnerships and Innovations Department as well as the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation.
She has a bachelors degree in Economics, Business and Political Science from the University of Basel. Her research in her bachelors degree focused on sustainability in investment management as well as European Union data protection policy. She is currently enrolled in a dual masters degree in International Security and International Political Economy at Sciences Po and the London School of Economics. At Sciences Po she was chosen to be a student speaker and panelist for the Youth and Leaders Summit 2022 where she spoke on equality in cyberspace and AI fairness. Larissa has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification and the CAIDP AI Policy - Advanced certification.
Maison Bergeron (Research Assistant, Campbell Law)
Maison is a student at Campbell Law School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Maison holds a bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University, where she studied criminal justice and political science. Maison has researched United Nations policy regarding the regulation of AI systems, with a focus on lethal autonomous weapons. She published an article analyzing the emergence of blockchain and smart contracts in the legal field and has continued independent research on AI ethics and regulations at the United Nations. She will spend the summer as an international contracts intern for the Research Triangle Institute in Durham, North Carolina.
Afi Blackshear (Research Assistant, Stanford Law)
Afi moved to California from Bangkok to attend the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. After a brief stint working in Washington, D.C., he returned to California for law school at Stanford. At Stanford, his interest in technology, privacy, and social media has led him to academic, research, and professional activities in antitrust, data privacy, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other converging issue areas. These activities include The Periphery, a podcast that he co-hosts with classmates where they grapple with forward looking issues in tech. Afi has successfully completed the CAIDP AI Policy examination.
Cecilia Garibotti (Research Assistant, Georgetown Law)
Cecilia Garibotti is an LLM candidate for the Technology Law and Policy program at Georgetown University (Merit Scholar recipient). Cecilia holds a Law Degree from Universidad de San Andrés. She is passionate about privacy, technology, and development issues.
Cecilia was a member of the Director's advisory board at the Agency for Access to Public Information of Argentina (AAIP). There she worked on matters of personal data protection and access to public information. Cecilia handled the international agenda of the Agency and acted as the Executive Secretariat of the Federal Council for Transparency of Argentina. During that time, her research was focused on finding solutions to different issues that the Agency was facing, as well as analyzing ways to boost the development of more effective public policies regarding privacy and access to public information.” Cecilia has successfully completed the CAIDP AI Policy examination.
Rishi Ray (Research Assistant, Georgetown Law)
Rishi is a lawyer and a tech enthusiast. He is currently pursuing an LL.M. at Georgetown University Law Center as a ‘Merit Scholar’ and is a fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law. He is particularly interested in fintech laws and and their application to modern technological innovations.
Rishi holds a B.A. LL.B. from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, India. Before coming to Georgetown, he was a Senior Associate at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, one of India’s leading law firms. During his time in private practice, he advised on data privacy and technology laws, securities laws, financial regulations, and foreign exchange laws. Back in India, he was actively involved in conducting legal awareness camps for educating children about their legal rights and providing legal aid services to the under-trials. These days he invests his spare time in learning computer coding, cooking, and exploring Washington DC. Rishi has successfully completed the CAIDP AI Policy examination.
Jessica Seamands (Research Assistant, Stanford Law)
Jessica Seamands is a Stanford Law Student interested in global privacy regulations and the ethics of emerging technologies. She studied Philosophy and English Literature at Purdue University in her home state of Indiana. She serves as the Articles Editor for Stanford Technology Law Review and spent last summer working as a Legal Intern at the San Jose Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation.
Rachel Stockton (Research Assistant, Georgetown Law)
Rachel Stockton is currently a Georgetown law student studying for an LLM in Tech Law and Policy. Rachel began her career in law, qualifying as a barrister, before then commissioning as an Army officer from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After leaving the Army, Rachel moved to the UAE and worked at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as well as at McKinsey and Company. She emigrated to the U.S. in 2017 and spent over three years working at Facebook in California. Rachel’s passion sits at the intersection of technology, law and government with a particular interest in the regulation of emerging technology and the strengthening of international tech alliances, institutions and norms. Rachel has successfully completed the CAIDP AI Policy examination.
Niovi Vavoula (Visiting Scholar, George Washington University School of Law)
Dr Niovi Vavoula is Lecturer in Migration and Security at the School of Law of Queen Mary University of London. Prior to her appointment, she was a part-time Teacher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2017-2018) and Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at Queen Mary University of London (2017-201). She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Athens (2008), LLM in European Law (2011) and Ph.D. in Laws (2017) from Queen Mary, University of London. She has been an invited lecturer at numerous universities (City University London, University of Thessaloniki, University of Athens, ULB) and has participated as an expert consultant in various projects led by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Fundamental Rights Agency and ECRE. Her expertise lies in EU Immigration Law (particularly centralised information systems and criminalisation of migration), as well as EU Criminal law. Her work has been published in leading journals such as the Common Market Law Review, German Law Journal, European Law Review, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Computer Law and Security Review and the New Journal of European Criminal Law. Her forthcoming monograph explores the privacy challenges stemming from the operation of EU information systems for immigration control. Niovi has successfully completed the CAIDP AI Policy examination.
Sherry Wu (Research Assistant, Georgetown Law)
Sherry Wu is a current LL.M. student (General Studies LL.M. Program) at Georgetown Law Center, and serves as an LL.M. Advisor at Georgetown Journal of International Law. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in University of International Business and Economics in Mainland China, with an emphasis on International Law. She passed the Bar Examination which qualified for the practice of law in China. Previously, Sherry was an intern at Beijing or Shanghai Office of Dentons LLP, King & Wood Mallesons Law Firm and Deheng Law Offices. During the time of university, she worked as the research assistant at the Charity Law Center of China Philanthropy Research Institute. She also published several articles regarding GDPR and data protection on the law firm reviews. Sherry has successfully completed the CAIDP AI Policy examination.
Selim Alan (Turkey)
Selim Alan is the Communications Director of the Center for AI and Digital Policy. Previously, he was the Editor in Chief of TPQ Journal. His responsibilities included developing an editorial schedule to implement the content strategy and managing strategic partnerships with international organizations, research centers, and universities. His previous experience also includes working at international broadcaster TRT World as an interview producer and financial journalist. He was responsible for booking interviews on a wide variety of topics, including international news, politics and policy, financial markets, science and technology, and more through a strong network of contacts around the world and a track record of securing top-level interviews. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ozyegin University and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the London School of Journalism.
Lyantoniette Chua (Philippines)
Lyantoniette Chua is a founding member of the Ethically Aligned Design Concentration of Power Committee under the IEEE SA that set global standards for autonomous/intelligent systems. She is a member of the Class of 2021 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, with a major in Philosophy. She is an independent technology ethics & governance consultant, mentor, and speaker –putting her background in the arts (philosophy) and sciences (computer engineering) full circle. Lyan is a facilitator for AGI Safety Fundamentals ran by Effective Altruism Cambridge, under the AI Governance track; and a WANBAM mentor for AI Ethics. She is also involved with the Mechanism Design for Social Good under the Algorithms, Law, and Policy Group, as well as the Policy and Free Speech Project. She is currently pursuing tech governance in the intersection of geopolitics, power asymmetries, and Global South risks. Lyantoniette has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification.
Pete Furlong (United Kingdom)
Pete Furlong is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Internet Policy Unit at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. In his current role, his work revolves around the many broad policy challenges emerging from Internet technologies, such as cybersecurity and AI governance. With previous experience in hardware development for robotics, drones, and autonomous systems, he is focused on shaping a positive impact for technology on our world. Pete graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate and master’s degree in mechanical engineering, specializing in the design of mechatronic and robotic systems. Pete has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification.
Lt. Col. Jason K. Johnson (United States)
Lt Col Jason “JJ” Johnson is currently serving as a Congressional Affairs Liaison at HQ USAF for the Deputy Chief of Staff Intelligence, Surveillance,
Reconnaissance and Cyber Effects Operations, in Washington, D.C. Prior
to his current assignment, he served as a Brookings Legislative Fellow for the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber Subcommittee and for the House Armed Services Committee, supporting the Subcommittee for Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities.
While on the Hill, he executed Subcommittee legislative priorities related to global issues including cyber security and norms, data governance and emerging technologies, information operations, counterterrorism, terrorist use of the internet, countering online hate speech and extremism, and sought opportunities to collaborate with transatlantic partners in support of national security objectives. Lt Col Johnson also focused on supporting and developing innovative legislative solutions to counter military suicides, supporting global health, artificial intelligence integration, and women’s rights. Col Johnson has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification.
Roberto L. Lopez Davilla (Puerto Rico)
A lawyer and policy adviser, Roberto works at the Office of Court Administration of Puerto Rico. He helped craft strategies for the use of IT to enhance the judicial system; as well as the information privacy and security strategy to support digital modernization. He holds a JD and B.A. (in Sociology) from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master’ s degree in Communications & IT law from Carlos III University in Spain and a Diploma in Legal Tech from University Complutense of Madrid. Roberto is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, US private sector (CIPP/US) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager, a Fellow of Information Privacy, and holds a Cybersecurity Fundamentals certification (CSX-F) issued by ISACA. Roberto has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification.
Natalia Menéndez González (Spain)
Natalia Menéndez González is a PhD researcher at the Law Department at the European University Institute (Florence) and a former researcher at the Constitutional Law Department at the University of Oviedo (Spain). Her PhD focuses on the legal implications of Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) empowered by Artificial Intelligence. She is concurrently working on the controversial use of FRT by Facebook, the privacy impact of FRT usage during the COVID-19 health emergency and ethical implications of natural language processing models. She has a trajectory at diverse Law firms in Spain and is a coordinator of The Digital Public Sphere Research Working Group at the EUI. Natalia has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification.
Alex Moltzau (Norway)
Alex Moltzau is responsible for AI Policy and Ethics in the Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium (NORA). NORA is one of the most comprehensive efforts to coordinate research in the field of AI in Norway, as it is currently a research collaboration between eight universities, two university colleges and three research institutes. While working at NORA he is studying a MSc in Social Data Science at the University of Copenhagen. Before working at NORA he was employed as a consultant in KPMG within the Risk and Compliance department in Norway evaluating technology related projects for clients such as United Nations, Innovation Norway and NORAD while advising Red Cross on financial innovation. His most recent work in NORA is to develop a Norwegian AI Directory (aidirectory.no) gathering a broad range of data about the field of AI in Norway. Alex has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification.
Tamra has a strong interest in the intersection of technology, law, and policy, with a particular focus on responsible innovation, privacy, and data rights. She is a Partner in the Government Matters practice at the law firm, King & Spalding LLP where she focuses on government-facing litigation and investigations primarily in the healthcare industry.
Prior to joining King & Spalding, Tamra was in-house litigation counsel at a Fortune 100, global technology and defense company, where she oversaw a diverse docket of litigation and other disputes and was a member of a cross-functional team of engineers, data scientists, and others working to develop and operationalize an AI governance framework across the corporate enterprise.
Tamra also has significant public sector experience having spent 11 years as senior counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where she represented the United States, its federal agencies and officials in politically-sensitive and complex legal challenges to federal programs, policies, and actions impacting a wide range of industries, and close to 3 years at the FTC and CFPB, where she gained expertise in fair lending litigation and investigations. Tamra hopes to leverage her strong regulatory experience to expand her practice to include regulatory counseling with a focus on emerging technologies.
Earlier in her career, Tamra completed two judicial clerkships, one for a judge who sits on the federal district court in Rhode Island and the other for the now Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Tamra has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification.
Oarabile Mudongo (Botswana)
Oarabile Mudongo is a Policy Researcher at Research ICT Africa (RIA) and a Technology Exchange Fellow with Ford Foundation and Media Democracy Fund. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Computing from Teeside University and is currently studying towards his Master of Arts (MA) in Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research thesis focuses on researching data-driven technologies particularly automated facial recognition and algorithm-assisted decision-making systems. He has worked on various projects including the Africa AI Policy Project (AI4D) and currently, the AI Policy Center in Africa at RIA.
Oarabile's work intersects between digital governance, policy and regulation and he is passionate about supporting and strengthening research that supports the development of sustainable information society and network knowledge economy, human rights, digital governance, policy and regulation and communities of practice. His work has also been featured internationally in publications such as The Correspondent, Africa Portal and locally (South Africa) in the Daily Maverick. Oarabile has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification.
Somaieh Nikpoor (Canada)
Somaieh Nikpoor is a lead for AI Strategy working for the Federal Government of Canada. She works at the intersection of AI, data, analytics and policy to help drive real, tangible results. She designs AI and analytics road maps based on organizational readiness and supports various policy initiatives on data and AI. Prior to her current role, Somaieh worked as a research advisor for AI and machine learning at Research and Innovation Unit residing at the Federal Government of Canada where she was experimenting with machine learning models to explore whether these models could be used to improve service delivery. She has more than 10 years of experience in conceptualizing business problems into analytics projects. Somaieh holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Ottawa. She is passionate about AI ethics and is currently collaborating with non-profit organizations and startups to curates and generates original content that will help others navigate through various AI ethics topics and concepts
Ubongabasi Obot (United Kingdom)
My name is Ubongabasi Obot. I am a Lawyer and Researcher with over eight years of experience in human rights, gender, and digital rights working in Nigeria, The Gambia, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom. I am a Doctoral Candidate working at the intersection of law and technology at the University of Surrey. I also have postgraduate degrees in Law (Legaltech), Development Studies (Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies; Social Justice Perspectives) from Swansea University, The United Kingdom, and Erasmus University, The Netherlands. I am also a LegalTech Specialist, passionate about Digital Rights, Blockchain, Data Ethics, Tech policies, AI policies and Law and curious about how Tech can be used to promote human rights, peace, open-source data and evidence. Ubongabasi has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification.
Khatia Zukhubaia (Georgia)
Khatia Zukhubaia is an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia. Her practice areas include local and cross border data protection. Khatia is Certified Information Privacy Professional in Europe (CIPP/E) and a member of International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Khatia holds LL.B degree with Honors from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Law School. She was was selected for the prestigious Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) by the US Department of State to study at Nazareth College, New York, USA. In 2020, she passed Georgian Bar Exam.
Her main interests include the GDPR, data transfers, implementation and application of accountability and transparency principles. She is passionate to learn more on Artificial Intelligence policies and tools for their effective implementation. Khatia is fluent in English and Russian and has intermediate knowledge of Italian language. Khatia has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification.
Adebisi Adewusi is currently studying for an MSc in Science and Technology Policy at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Her research interests relate to Artificial Intelligence Policy and Artificial Intelligence Ethics with a focus on biometrics and unmanned vehicles.
Adebisi sits on the board of STEMHub Foundation, Canada, a charity organization that works on inclusion in STEM. She also volunteers for Women in AI Ethics, a global initiative with a mission to increase recognition, representation, and empowerment of women in AI Ethics.
A startling and radical writer, her thoughts and writings have been featured on numerous local and international platforms including BBC’s Why Factor, African Feminism, and OkayAfrica.
Adebisi is a member of the Association of Women’s Rights in Development, an international feminist organization committed to achieving gender equality and women’s human rights.
Viola Balson Ajok
Violah Balson Ajok has over 9 years’ experience working in policy reform, rule of law, access to justice reforms. Currently, she is the Program Manager, East Africa, Rule of Law Initiative at the American Bar Association (ABA). Prior to joining ABA, she worked with the Legal Aid Service Providers Network in Uganda as the Director of Programs where she championed the design and implementation of projects on human rights, access to justice issues, corruption, rule of law. She also worked on various initiatives such as the Evaluation of the Judiciary’s pilot Small Claims Court Procedure; UNICEF funded Justice for Children project and Save the Children’s Youth Skills Empowerment Programme. The International law-African Centre for Legal Excellence; interned at the African Development Bank in the African Legal Support Facility; and was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Legal History, Philosophy and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria. Violah is an alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative and NAMATI Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. She holds a Bachelor degree of Law from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and holds a Masters’ degree in Law and International Trade and Investment Law from the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria.
Abeera Akhtar is a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Technology Products Manager for UNICEF, where she leads the development of Virtual Safe Spaces (VSS) and the Digital Referral Pathways Platform (eRPW), which provide online resources for women experiencing gender-based violence. Before joining UNICEF, She was an Evaluation and Insights fellow for the Digital Impact Alliance at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC. A 2020 graduate of the Master of Global Affairs program at Notre Dame, she also holds a Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan.
Before coming to Notre Dame, Abeera was a Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Reckitt Benckiser, a British multinational company. She has led grassroots efforts for nuclear disarmament in Pakistan, working for the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated movement Global Zero. She is the co-founder of FATE – From Apathy to Empathy, an organization she has represented at forums organized by the US State Department, the US Special Operations Command, the UN, Facebook, and Stanford University. She works at the intersection of social entrepreneurship, women’s economic empowerment, and digital development.
Oshri Bar-Gil (Israel)
Oshri Bar-Gil is a PhD candidate at Bar-Ilan University. His dissertation, titled “the Google self” explores the way usage of digital platforms changes our self-perception. Oshri is a psychologist and a director of technology and digital research at applied social science research institute. His passion is about building responsible human-technology organizational and social ecosystems.
Natalija Bitiukova (Denmark)
Natalija Bitiukova is Data Privacy Lead in IKEA Retail (Ingka Group). She is an experienced lawyer with a background in supporting large multi-national companies with building their data protection compliance programmes. She gained her experience working as a consultant and in-house legal counsel, as well as completing her traineeship with the European Data Protection Supervisor. Natalija has conducted research and published on the issues related to the GDPR implementation, application of the data protection law in non-commercial settings, online manipulation and fundamental rights.
Fabio Boniolo (Italy)
Fabio Boniolo is a 3rd year PhD student in computational oncology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. His work lies at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Biomedicine and is centered around the design, implementation and deployment of machine learning models to characterize and analyze different cancer types. Fabio was the Italian Delegate to the G7 Youth Summit 2021, the official G7 youth engagement group, where he contributed to the work of the Digital and Technology Track. In particular, he focused on the importance of inclusion, transparency and fairness in the development of policies related to emerging digital technologies.
Favour Borokini (Nigeria)
Favour Borokini is a technology policy researcher with a law background from Nigeria. In her role as Data and Digital Rights Researcher with Pollicy, a Ugandan civic technology not-for-profit, she researches a number of knotty topics related to technology-facilitated violence against women and the general impact of subsisting and emerging technologies on social justice and equality.
She also works as a Content Writer with Ethical Intelligence, an AI Ethics consulting firm and various research groups on topics related to data protection regulation, healthcare delivery and is currently an Affiliate with The Future Society.
Irina Buzu (Republic of Moldova)
Currently pursuing PhD research in international law, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence regulation, its legal status and accountability regimes. I conduct research at the Institute for Internet and the Just Society, where we do interdisciplinary research on the interface of technology and society with a focus on fair AI, inclusive digital governance and human rights law in digital spheres. I am in charge of studying the intersection between algorithmic decision-making, ethics and public policy; the goal being to understand and explore the functioning of the technology that enables automated decision making and how such technologies shape our worldview and influence our decisions. I am also an emerging technologies fellow at Europuls – Centre for European Expertise, where I conduct policy analysis on the impact of emerging technologies on the rule of law and sustainable democracies.
Moreover, I am part of the European AI Alliance and the Council of Europe AI literacy Expert Group, where we aim to support the process of promoting and converging AI literacy in the youth field.
(Helsinki, Finland and Florence, Italy)
Lucas Cardiell is a doctoral researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. In 2018, Lucas was awarded a grant from the Academy of Finland to complete a master’s degree in Comparative, European, and International Laws (L.L.M.) and a Ph.D. in law at the EUI. His research lies at the crossroads of AI, robotics, and human rights, and is supervised by Giovanni Sartor and Marc Rotenberg. Lucas also holds degrees in international human rights law from Åbo Akademi, Finland, in sociology from the University of Eastern Finland, Finland, and in international relations from Fatih University, Turkey. He contributes to several Finnish newspapers. His writings examine emerging technologies through the lenses of human rights.
Christina Cociancig is a PhD candidate at the Computer Architecture working group at University of Bremen and an AI Consultant at JUST ADD AI. She holds an MSc in Cognitive Science and AI from Tilburg University and continued her education with a certificate in Technoethics from Technical University Kaiserslautern. Her research focuses on automated ethical decision-making and the verification thereof. She is a member of Women in AI and Robotics Germany, a community-based organization working at the forefront towards a gender-inclusive AI world.
Darren Grayson Chng
Darren is a technology lawyer at the Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission, and an International Associate Editor with the UK Society for Computers and Law. He has experience in technology and innovation projects, data protection, cybersecurity, and dispute resolution. Currently, his work revolves around data and privacy, including data use, governance, cross-border data flows, and data sovereignty. With a first degree in IT, Darren has always been interested in technology and AI, and all surrounding legal and ethical issues.
Vidhi Chugh (India)
She designs AI/ML solutions for organizations across the globe, helping them make smarter and more efficient business decisions. In the past, she has worked with Blue Yonder, Ericsson, and PwC.
She also runs a successful blog where she breaks down various AI/ML concepts and has been featured on "Million Stem" as an inspiration for the next generation. She is an advocate for “Responsible and Ethical AI” and promotes AI for social good.
Vero Correa (Ecuador)
Veronica Correa is pursuing her Master's Degree in Social Data Science at the University of Copenhagen, where she is writing her thesis on cognitive biases arising from AI-aided decision making. Her main interests include behavioral economics, algorithmic decision making, AI fairness and policy. She has previously worked in the technology sector in her hometown, Quito, Ecuador and she holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Virginia.
Haifa Daadoucha (Tunisia)
Currently an Administrative Assistant in the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (Tunisia Office), joining the team from 2017 supporting the Libya and Tunisia programs that ABA ROLI implements in both countries, coordinating with multiple stakeholders and headquarters staff to ensure successful implementation of all program activities. Experienced on Admin field from 2008 and I was employed at a Petroleum Company as an Expat and Travel Coordinator from 2014 to 2017. I graduated from the High Institute of Applied Languages and Computers Sciences and I aim to study Law and International Policies.
Adesuyi Daramola (South Africa)
Adesuyi Daramola works as a Legislative and Regulatory Policy Analyst in the Regulatory Compliance team at LawExplorer, Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to joining LawExplorer, he garnered experience as a digital right research intern at Applied Law & Technology (ALT) Advisory Firm, South Africa. Subsequent to this, Adesuyi joined Endcode, an organisation which actively pursues an African agenda in Tech Law and Policy Development as a Tech Law and Policy Advisor; imputing into various projects on emerging Tech Law and Policy issues in the continent. With an entrepreneurial approach to his work, he is a consummate Legal Advisor on the engagement between business and technology.
Adesuyi completed his LL.B degree at Adekunle Ajasin UniveBBrsity, Nigeria in 2016 and was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2017. He subsequently undertook a Diploma Advance Certificate in Africa and International Trade in 2020 as a recipient of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Scholarship at the Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs, University of South Africa. He also obtained his LL.M (Cyber Law) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Adesuyi is currently a Ph.D. student and a recipient of the Postgraduate Merit Award at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. His research focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and criminal responsibilities.
Sharvari Dhote (Canada)
Sharvari Dhote is a multidisciplinary researcher turned data scientist. She is currently working as an NLP Data Scientist at Datastreamer. She has two Ph.D.'s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. She has also completed the postdoc at the University of Toronto. With 10+ years of experience in new technology development, applied mathematical modeling, simulation, and validation, she has assessed the impact of new technologies in Engineering. She has completed several AI ethics, bias, and fairness courses and has been studying responsible AI research for the past two years. Sharvari is interested in investigating NLP bias and fairness and is leading local ML discussion groups on this topic.
Afi Edoh (Togo)
Afi Edoh specializes in Information Technology with years of experience in this field. She is a task-oriented Togolese professional with an infectious enthusiasm for technology. As a member of the Internet Society Togo chapter, of the Youth Forum on Internet Governance in Africa and West Africa and of the United Nations Multistakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance (UNMAG), Afi participates in the organization of the annual Internet Governance Forum by contributing terms, selected topics, workshop evaluations, group activities, policy development, research and analysis. Afi uses this position to encourage young people to participate in related topics. With her former position as a research fellow at the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), she was primarily responsible for conducting research and writing articles focused on censorship and surveillance practices related to Covid-19 and policy / regulatory responses from governments and the private sector actors; and documenting trends and technological developments for public good policies and practices. Her passion for new technologies led her to her new position as a master's student in Artificial Intelligence at the Dakar Institute of Technology. Afi previously holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Information Technology from the prestigious Sikkim Manipal University. Her dream is to one day emerge as a recognized ICT Policy Analyst.
Ivana Feldfeber (Argentina)
Ivana Feldfeber is a data activist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, currently based in Bariloche, Patagonia. Ivana holds two degrees in Education and Social Pedagogy, and she successfully completed a postgraduate diploma in Data Science, Machine Learning, and its Applications at the University of Córdoba, Argentina. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the gender data observatory DataGénero. Founded by Ivana with a group of scientists and activists from different disciplines and countries, DataGénero is the first observatory of its kind in the region to work at the intersection of gender bias, gender data, policy and feminism. Representing DataGénero, Ivana has hosted and attended numerous events concerning data in Latin America and Europe.
Derrick Flakoll is a Master's in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School focusing on science, technology, and innovation policy. He has worked on building and governing digital ecosystems in fields from global health to international development assistance, both as a consultant for the Hyphen Group and for clients ranging from the African Union’s COVID-19 Response Consortium to the Asia Foundation Myanmar to the 500 Startups Venture Capital Fund to Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Previously, he worked at startups focusing on telemedicine and data-driven campaign finance. His research interests include platform regulation, digital public infrastructure, algorithmic governance, and digital policy's implications for democracy and sustainable development.
Liliana Fernandez (Colombia)
Liliana joined the Directorate of Digital Development, at the National Planning Agency of Colombia, in 2017, where she provides technical inputs for National Development Plan, national strategies and sectoral plans related to Sustainable Development Goals, digital transformation, public policies on Industry 4.0, Fintech, AgriTech, HealthTech, e-commerce, financial inclusion, and digital government. She pioneered work on big data for development and sustainable data ecosystems in developing countries. She is an experienced practitioner of Information and Communication Technologies for Development and holds a master’s degree from the University of Manchester on this major. Her recent work, as international consultant, includes research and roadmaps for data governance, as an enabler of artificial intelligence, and a Digital Ecosystem Country Assessment in Guatemala. She is a member of the Digital Principles Advisory Council for 2021-2023.
Nathalie Heynderickx (Australia)
For over a decade, Nathalie Heynderickx held demanding roles globally at IBM, Accenture, EY and AGL Energy and as such, understands the challenges of working in the tech arena. Witnessing the increasing pressure on executive leaders, she developed and facilitated corporate mindfulness programs for blue chip organisations like HP, ASIC, BP, Bendigo Bank, Air Services, Peugeot and Mars Petcare. Through The Mindful CIO, Nathalie Heynderickx is privileged to work with C-Level IT Executives who wish to realise their full personal and professional potential.
Nathalie is truly committed to ensuring technology, and tech leaders, make a widespread, positive impact on the world. She is the founder and leader of The Mindful AI Manifesto, which brings together senior professionals who advocate for ethical, responsible and humane AI. Nathalie is also the author of The Mindful CIO Manifesto, which has given birth to a global community of IT Executives interested in a more sustainable, mindful style of leadership in the tech industry.
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Tamar Kankava (Georgia)
Tamar Kankava is a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia and is a member of PwC’s legal tech network, which aims to improve legal services by developing and implementing technology solutions. Prior to joining PwC Georgia, she worked at a digital creative agency Leavingstone LLC (which created softs, processed big data, etc.). While working as the only lawyer for Leavingstone, she was in charge of all legal matters for the company’s AI products.
Tamar holds LL.M degree from Free University of Tbilisi. During her bachelor studies, she was selected for the Erasmus Mundus Exchange Programme to study at Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania. She also attended the summer school at Saarland University (Saarbrücken, Germany), which discussed AI policy making, legal technology and IT-security. She is motivated to learn more on technology revolution and how Artificial Intelligence will alter and modernize legal profession.
Nurselin Karatoprak (Turkey)
I am Nurselin Karatoprak and I am a lawyer registered under Istanbul Bar Association. During my obligatory internship in Turkey, I have worked in litigation and corporate departments of several law offices. After a year of obligatory internship, I have registered under Istanbul Bar Association as an attorney. As an attorney, I have worked in litigation department for 6 months after the bar registration. Recently, I am working freelance and preparing to register my own law office based in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition, I am also doing my masters degree in İstanbul Bilgi University on IT & Technology Law. My special interest in technological inventions, especially in AI lifecycle processes, had lead me to choose such a program to specialize in. I am extremely excited to be chosen for CAIDP Study Group and I believe that the ongoing semester will enlighten my future about AI systems and regulations.
Angshuman Kaushik (India)
I am an independent AI Law, Policy, Governance and Ethics Researcher, presently, working on a couple of papers pertaining to the Ethical, Legal, Social and Policy Implications (ELSPI) of quantum technologies. Prior to entering the domain of AI, I served both as an Additional District & Sessions Judge and as a Magistrate, disposing off various matters relating to civil, criminal, family, motor vehicles and property laws etc. Moreover, my stint as a lawyer, provided me the much-needed exposure to the fabulous world of litigation, corporate and commercial laws etc. Further, as a lawyer, I also got the opportunity to work on matters relating to anti-money laundering law, government procurement, liasioning with government officials etc. As far as my interests are concerned, they lie in the areas of Artificial Intelligence Law, Policy, Governance & Ethics issues, Data Protection Laws, Quantum Technologies, Blockchain, Criminal, Civil and Corporate Laws, Human Rights Law, Drafting, Research, Technology and Social Policy, Public Speaking etc. To add to the above, I’m also a regular contributor to the Montreal AI Ethics Institute (MAIEI) newsletter and an Ex Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Moin H. Khan
Moin Khan is an attorney with over 20 years of rule of law, legal consulting, business development, training, and project management experience. Since 2010, he has managed and advised on international development projects in Asia, Europe, and the MENA region. Additionally, Mr. Khan has significant investigative and trial experience as an Assistant State Attorney in the USA where he specialized in prosecuting white-collar, fraud, narcotics, murder, and complex traffic homicide cases. Currently, Mr. Khan serves as an advisor to the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative on a variety of projects in the MENA region.
Mr. Khan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the Florida State University College of Law. He has also earned certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Court Manager (CCM) and has co-authored peer-reviewed articles on project management in the context of rule of law development initiatives.
Anne Kenn (France)
Anna is currently pursuing a dual masters degree in European Affairs and Political Economy at Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics. Originally from Germany, she is interested in exploring the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and regulatory policy.
Having graduated in Political Humanities from Sciences Po Paris, she is engaged in furthering the discourse surrounding the ethics of AI, with a particular focus on state-led disinformation campaigns. Her engagement has garnered the attention of several conferences and organisations, such as the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
Kathy Kim is a lead data scientist and data strategist with the Booz Allen Hamilton Strategic Innovation Group (SIG) Analytics division. She has extensive experience in engaging federal agencies on topics including data governance, policy, architecture, and other specialized technologies. She previously supported the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s MCC-PEPFAR Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (DCLI) program and also the Aspen Institute Philanthropy & Social Innovation Nonprofit Data Project as a William Randolph Hearst Fellow. She also volunteers with the AI Future Lab, developed in partnership with the Global Shapers Community and the World Economic Forum to empower youth voices in AI. Kathy holds a bachelor's degree in international studies from American University School of International Service (SIS), and also was a recipient of the US State Department Critical Language Scholarship at Yonsei University in South Korea, the Public Policy & International Affairs scholarship program at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, and the Universidad de las Américas Puebla academic exchange in Mexico.
Currently I am a MSc student in Social Data Science at the University of Copenhagen. Before, I studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Utrecht University, during which I specialized in democratic challenges and data science. The one thing that comes back in all of my endeavours is a fascination with technological advancement and its influence on democratic and socio-economic relations. My goal is to find how a more democratic ownership of digital developments could be developed.
Prof. Markus Krebsz (United Kingdom & Germany)
- Chartered MSCI, QRD, GRCP, GRCA, FRSA, ForHumanity Fellow (Risk & Policy)
Markus is an Honorary Professor at Stirling University (UK) and a Co-founder/NED/Board member at several FinTech start- and scale-ups in the Civil society, DLT/Crypto and Neo-banking realms.
As a long-serving member of the United Nations’ Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (UNECE GRM) he has more recently been focusing on developing regulatory recommendations and soft law for global governments aimed at Artificial intelligence, Neurotechnology and Robotics.
Previously, he helped articulating the United Nations’ Disaster Risk Reduction standards (‘Sendai framework’), the UN’s common regulatory framework on cybersecurity (ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2018/9 & ISA/IEC 62443) and created the UN’s Universal conduct risk paradigm (UCRP).
Markus is an expert in conduct risk, organizational culture, governance, and enterprise-wide risk management and a government advisor to several All-Party Parliamentary Groups in the UK.
He previously consulted with various NGOs incl. the World Bank, EU, ECB, SEC & Shanghai stock exchange and is a published author/editor of more than 25 books and other publications on governance & risk management.
Markus is also co-Head of Transpire’s cybersecurity faculty, an ethical hacker and OSINT security researcher and lectures at several European universities. You can connect with him via www.krebsz.net
Joel Kumwenda (Malawi)
Joel Kumwenda is the Learning Technologist (LT) at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS), one of the top public universities in Malawi. He is also a member District Health Information Software 2(DHIS 2) core team for the Ministry of Health in Malawi that contributes to ICT decisions in the health sector. Before joining KUHeS as LT 8 years ago, Joel worked as Lead Software Developer at NICO Technologies Limited. At NICO he was responsible for managing a team of developers and leading the software development projects.
Joel got interested in AI when he was studying for his Masters in Software Engineering where he applied AI concepts and algorithms in his final research. He hopes to research more on AI application in health when he gets an opportunity for a PhD.
To be part of CAIDP candidates of the Spring 2022 cohort is a dream come true. Upon completion of the course, he hopes to be a core resource contributing towards AI policy development for Malawi and other countries in Africa. A good policy will help guide all isolated AI activities currently happening in the country and boost his CV for personal career growth.
Jonathan is an AI governance consultant at Prodago, helping companies and AI teams develop capabilities and operating practices towards responsible AI that is effective, compliant and principled. Previously, he led the data science & analytics team at Bukalapak, driving data-driven culture and advancing machine learning applications. He is also a contributor at ForHumanity, a non-profit volunteer-led organization building audit criteria for responsible development of AI.
Tina Lassiter (Germany)
Tina Lassiter is a German lawyer who received her law degree from the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelm University in Bonn and an LL.M. from the Tulane Law School. Before moving to the United States, she worked for a private law firm in Mainz, Germany as well as for the legal headquarters of Commerzbank AG, and specialized in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. She also has worked for several years in the United States as a freelance journalist for the German news agency Katholische Nachrichten Agentur, presenting aspects of American culture, politics, and current events to German audiences. She recently completed a Masters degree in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on AI and Ethics, and completed a capstone project focused on implementation of Ethics guidelines and practices in the Technology sector. Her interests include the intersection of AI and technology in general with issues such as privacy, social justice, and discrimination. She is also interested in how value systems and regulatory frameworks differ across cultures, with a particular focus on differences in US and European law and regulation of technology.
Kevin P. Lee (United States)
Kevin P. Lee studies and teaches about ethics, jurisprudence, and technology. He explores the significance of complexity theory, information philosophy, and the ethics of AI. He is Intel Chair in Technology and Social Equity at North Carolina Central University, School of Law. Previously, he was the founding director of the Campbell Law Innovation Institute at Campbell University’s Norman A. Wiggins School of Law and the founding chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Future of Law Committee. He teaches classes in Law, Ethics and Technology, and the Jurisprudence of Computational Law.
Davor Ljubenkov (Belgium)
Davor Ljubenkov is EU Public Policy Affairs Junior Executive for AI and Emerging Tech at Fujitsu Belgium, but also a Brussels based fellow in the fields of ethical AI policymaking, innovation and technology management. His formal education is rooted in interdisciplinary computer science, mainly immersive virtual environments and data analytics.
He obtained a double MSc. in Data Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a joint graduate at TU Eindhoven, KTH Stockholm and MIT Senseable City Lab, with a special focus on machine learning, neural networks and data visualization in the context of smart cities. His second joint MSc. in Digital Technology Management and Digital Communication Leadership was successfully achieved at Salzburg University, AAU Copenhagen, VUB (AI Experience Center) and UCLA (Ed&IS, Digital Cultures Lab). Main research area of this joint degree was ethical AI governance, public policy innovation and regulation of digital technologies.
Over the years he also experienced working in management consulting, sustainability, youth policies, transatlantic relations and digital transformation, while acting as an SDG ambassador, UN ECOSOC Youth Forum delegate and a Board member of EIT Digital Alumni Community."
Dr. Monica Lopez (United States)
Dr. Monica Lopez is a business executive, cognitive scientist, entrepreneur, and public speaker. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of the Institute for Human Intelligence, a research organization bridging human cognition and behavioral insights with machine intelligence development to define a safe, ethical, and equitable future with smart technology. Her work in human intelligence has led to understanding human-human interactions in multi-sensory, multi-agent environments, resulting in published theoretical and applicational insights for autonomous systems. She is also faculty at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) where she teaches interdisciplinary courses at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and society. Dr. Lopez has been a keynote and plenary speaker at many national-international conferences, speaking about the challenges of designing efficient, effective, and trustworthy AI-enabled autonomous systems. She was recognized in 2016 as a “particularly imaginative polymath” by the Imagination Institute, University of Pennsylvania and has been a fellow and guest speaker on the ethical and sustainable use of AI at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. Dr. Lopez holds BAs in Psychology and French, a MA and PhD in Cognitive Science, and a graduate certificate in International Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies, all from JHU.
Yanzhen Luo (Denmark)
Yanzhen Luo is a master student of University of Copenhagen (Denmark), majoring in social data science. She gained her bachelor degree in economics and double degree in international politics from Peking University (China). Yanzhen’s research interest mainly lies in the application of AI and blockchain. She tries to learn more about AI issues and related regulations and hopes to contribute to the development and improvement of AI field. Funny thing: Yanzhen enjoys learning and experiencing different things. She used to be a member of Peking University rowing team although she is not good at that. Now she has great interest in swing dance and classical paintings, besides AI.
Oumayma Majdoub (Tunisia and Libya)
Oumayma Majdoub is currently a Monitoring & Evaluation Associate in the American Bar Association-Rule of law initiative (ABA ROLI). Also, a second-year Master of research student in Business Analytics at Tunis Business School. Her research focuses on Analytical model building and business performance evaluation based on technical data analysis and statistical methods. She holds a BSc in Business Analytics with a minor in finance from Tunis Business School. Thanks to her work experience with ABA ROLI she became highly interested in AI ethics and policy.
Saif Malhem is the founding co-chair of the AI Future Lab: a community of next-gen leaders pushing the frontiers for responsible AI globally, incubated at the World Economic Forum and its
Global Shapers Community. Coming from all continents, the lab’s mission is to empower the global youth to develop responsible artificial intelligence, democratize access to shaping its trajectory, and ensure inclusion of global communities. Saif is an engineering professional and worked as the AI lead for both Fortune 500 companies and young start-ups, managing AI transformations and producing technology roadmaps. With his background in clean technology, he was named one of Canada's Top 30 Under 30 in sustainability by Corporate Knights in 2020. He previously worked at the Clinton Global Initiative’s energy track and the Foundation's Climate Initiative. Saif graduated from McGill University with a degree in honours electrical engineer and technological entrepreneurship.
Robert Malka is an author and entrepreneur with a background in philosophy. He is co-founder and COO of a company that provides interpreting services for the Deaf in the United States, Canada, and the Middle East, where, along with managing teams of interpreters, he lobbied members of Congress, Sheikhs, and Emirs for greater communication access. He is also CEO of a stealth startup that provides a radical alternative to K-12 schooling. He has written a memoir on the experience of having Deaf parents, Song of Myselves (publication pending). He is otherwise obsessed with (and has been published in academic journals regarding) the creation of meaning, the ontology of culture, and learning. He is a co-founder of the AI Future Lab, a group committed to bringing the voice of youth into AI. He is on the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Today Coalition. He has a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and the History of Math and Science from St. John’s College (NM ‘15).
Yelyzaveta Markova (Netherlands)
Yelyzaveta (Lisa) Markova is a PhD candidate at Radboud University (the Netherlands). Her research focuses on anonymity and authenticity on online platforms. Besides, Yelyzaveta holds an LLM in International and European Law from Ghent University (Belgium) and an MA degree from the College of Europe (Poland).
In addition to her studies, Yelyzaveta has completed various internships in law and international relations, including research traineeship at the University of Tartu, Council of Europe Liaison Office to the European Union, and her recent work for the European Parliament’s Secretariat.
Yelyzaveta’s main interests include regulating AI use and online platforms’ activities. She is also passionate about digitalization in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, as well as cooperation in this area between the EaP and the EU.
Murtaza Mohiqi (Afghanistan)
I am Murtaza Mohiqi a member of the Department of Private Law in the Faculty of Law at Gharjistan University (Afghanistan), where I work at the intersection of technology and human rights, leading strategic advocacy engagements, research, and capacity-building programs. I am a Lawyer and Researcher with over ten years of experience in human rights, gender, and digital rights working in Afghanistan, Iran, India, and the EU.
I have been employed as a legal consultant, an Artificial Intelligence scholar, a human rights researcher, a law lecturer, and have given guest lectures at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. I have previously held positions as a journal editor in several accredited journals, and have published in local and international journals. I have a strong interest in the intersection of technology, law, and policy, with a particular focus on responsible innovation, privacy, and data rights.
Samantha Msipa (South Africa)
Samantha Msipa is currently pursuing an LL.M in International Commercial Law at the University of Johannesburg. Her focus was on International contracts of sale and property. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the Nelson Mandela University. Her research interests lie in tech policy regulation and wide topics related to emerging technologies and their impact in our society.
My name is Rim Nasfi. I am a full-time Ph.D. candidate in machine learning and computer vision. I also work as a Data Analyst at Shopify. My work with data and AI algorithms for over 8 years, has awakened a sense of understanding of the several forms of bias that can occur when dealing with sensitive and even non-sensitive data. In my journey to discover more about AI ethics, I decided to focus on raising my awareness and dig more into the ethical implications of AI use.
I aim to build a strong knowledge about the matter and also contribute to spreading awareness towards the responsible and ethical use of AI.
Siew Sanz Ng (United States)
As a Master in Public Administration in International Development student at Harvard Kennedy School, Siew aims to work in the intersection of technology and policy by using data analytics to address pressing development issues.
During her 5 years of work experience with Axiata, a telecommunications conglomerate, Siew complete various rotations across Axiata’s South Asia and Southeast Asia operating companies, focusing on using analytics in audit, finance, and fraud prevention. Most recently, as the Strategy Consultant of Axiata Digital Capital (ADC), Axiata’s digital micro-financing venture serving underserved nano, micro, small and medium sized enterprises, Siew led a funding exercise and supported ADC’s application for a digital banking license. Using technology for social justice, Siew has also developed a chatbot for migrant workers that serves as an information channel, data collection tool and multilingual reporting system for trafficking and forced labor incidents. Siew holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Christian Nielsen Garcia (Denmark)
Christian Nielsen Garcia is a student at the University of Copenhagen getting a master’s in Social Data Science. He attained a B.A. from Cornell University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a major in Media Studies and minors in Anthropology and Comparative Literature. His time at Cornell was characterized by his work as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow which culminated in a thesis paper titled Picturing ‘Parallel Communities’: Using Rancière to examine myths of difference and belonging in the digital aesthetics of Denmark’s ‘Immigrant Ghettoes’. His research at the time was focused on the political aesthetics and mythology of difference as represented ‘on-screen’. Questions surrounding the role of aesthetics and mythology in political life still guide his research interests as a graduate student. Yet, his current research is also informed by his work for blockchain and crypto-technology organizations, or more specifically, how the automated structure of these digitally mediated organizations reify the political significance of cultural aesthetics and mythic representation.
Jake Okechukwu is an international lawyer with advocacy and programmatic experience from working in several African countries. He holds two masters degrees in international law from the University of Oxford in the UK and York University in Canada. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Frontier Risks and is currently a Vanier Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School conducting doctoral research on the legitimization of artificial intelligence in Africa.
Clarance Okoh (United States)
Clarence is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. His fellowship project seeks to challenge the discriminatory use and impact of artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies on communities of color and low-income communities. Clarence has previously worked as a legal aide in the Civil Rights Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s Office supporting initiatives related to civil rights and emerging technologies. Prior to law school, Clarence worked at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington, D.C. where he advocated for federal, state and local policy strategies that disrupt the economic marginalization and over-criminalization of Black and Brown youth and other vulnerable young people. Clarence began his career in his home state of Alabama serving as an AmeriCorps member with Impact Alabama providing direct social services to low-income people across the South.
Juan Sebastian Osorio
Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship in health ('Innovator under 35' by the MIT Technology Review), Juan is a biomedical engineer (EIA-CES, Medellin) with a master's in biomedical computing (TUM, Munich) and a master's in public health (University of Washington, Seattle, Fulbright Scholar) with a concentration in Leadership, Policy, and Management. He has served as Project Manager at MIT Sana and MIT Critical Data, advancing global health data science, and co-founder of Clubes de Ciencia Colombia and ScienteLab, both STEAM education initiatives. Juan has more than 10 years of experience in digital health with two books published as co-editor, Global Health Informatics, and Leveraging Data Science for Global Health. That includes as well relevant management experience at one of the main MedTech companies in Colombia, and in academia at world-recognized research centers. He is currently Program Leader at a Columbia Business School course on Digital Transformation in Healthcare and was recently appointed as the interim director for the Committee on Innovation and AI at the Colombian Radiology Association (ACR), where he is actively working on AI policy. Juan is a strong advocate of social justice and multidisciplinary collaboration to solve problems and to empower diverse communities through education on science, and technology.
Meliha Pervin Öztürk (Turkey)
Meliha Pervin Öztürk currently works as a Legal Counsel at Turkcell on Privacy & Competition Law. She’s enthusiastic about new technologies law, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence regulation and ethics in AI. She volunteers as a researcher in a new technologies law study group in cooperation with universities. Her passion is to contribute to development of AI legislation in Turkey and ethical AI practices for businesses around the globe.
Preethika Pilinja (India)
Preethika is a tech lawyer and AI enthusiast. Preethika Pilinja is currently an independent legal consultant advising start-ups on contracts, intellectual property, privacy and AI. She has published several articles on contract and technology laws.
Prior to working as an independent consultant, she has worked as an in-house counsel with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, a major Indian aerospace company for over eight years, where she has advised on a range of legal matters including complex high value contracts, intellectual property and employment matters.
She holds a BA(Law), LLB from Mangalore University (Gold Medalist) and LLM (Business Laws) from National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. She is a member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
She is passionate about improving participation of women at workplace and has been an active part of several campaigns and lectures on the subject. She is a India co-lead at TeamIndia, ForHumanity (a US-based non-profit working on independent audit of AI Systems), where she is currently working on developing audit criteria for Indian Data Protection law.
Rajnish Ranjan (India)
Rajnish Ranjan Prasad is currently working as Programme Specialist- Gender Equality & HIV/AIDS with UN Women’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office. He has 15 years of experience in addressing inequalities, strengthening public health systems and empowering marginalized communities. He has previously worked with UNFPA and supported Government of Rajasthan, India in strengthening of large-scale programmes for holistic development of young people specially girls, addressing gender inequalities and to promote youth leadership. He has also worked with National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Government of India and managed large-scale HIV/AIDS programme. He is currently pursuing PhD in the area of Public Health from IIHMR University, India. He has also done Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health from The University of Manchester, Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration from University of York, Master’s in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) and Bachelor’s in Computer Application from Devi Ahilya University, Indore.
Atandra Ray (India)
Atandra Ray is currently an OSINT Analyst at Logically. He is pursuing his Masters in International Security from Charles University in Prague as well as from Sciences Po in Paris, specializing in security and technology. His area of research focuses on the intersection of security studies with artificial intelligence-enabled technologies, cyber security policy, coordinated digital disinformation campaigns and applied game theory. Atandra was part of the 2021 cohort at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab where he underwent rigorous training on disinformation, open source methodologies, deep fake detection and more. He was also a Research Sprint Participant in the “Digital Ethics in Times of Crisis: Covid-19 and Access to Education and Learning” research sprint, hosted by the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University where he explored the ethical, human rights, and societal aspects of digital transformation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. More recently, Atandra presented his working paper on, "Tackling the recent wave of changes brought about by a widespread adoption of computational propaganda" for a seminar at the Centre for Internet & Society titled Information Disorder."
Frida Ruh (Mexico)
I graduated with a degree in Actuary and Corporate Finance and Banking from the Universidad Anáhuac México. I did a diploma in Fintech Business Model and one in Big Data and Data Science. As a professional, I'm Data Scientist for Jüsto Mx, an online supermarket that eliminates intermediaries and that through technology achieves fairer conditions with customers, suppliers and the planet. My role is to develop the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning area for the company.
I'm part of Global Shapers Mexico City Hub, a community from the World Economic Forum in which I participate in the AI For Good Initiative and "Igualdad Ya" project. Independently I give workshops and conferences to companies and communities about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Future of Work and Python.
As a hobby I'm host and Co-founder of a podcast called "AI The New Sexy", which is broadcast on multiple streaming platforms, addressing the implications of Artificial Intelligence in many industries and contexts.
Hadj Seddik Yousfi (Algeria)
My name is Hadj Seddik Yousfi, 31 years old. An algerian Ph.D student working on the development of an AI for an Autonomous mobile robot. I've a master degree in Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering focused on Systems Engineering for the Abou Bakr Belkaid University Tlemcen- Algeria. My work on AI is mainly technical dealing with the conception and programming of AI systems.
Gaurav Sharma (Germany)
Gaurav Sharma is a first-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy student at The Fletcher School in Boston. Artificial intelligence, privacy, cyberpolicy, and the impact of emerging technologies on society are among his research interests.
Gaurav worked for 16 years in the telecom and automotive industries. He spent eight years with Nokia Networks in over 20 countries. At Nokia, Gaurav designed a real time customer engagement module analyzing user data to define use cases based on market trends. In his last job at the Volkswagen Group in Germany, Gaurav worked on a 5G Connected and Autonomous Vehicle project to analyze vehicle data and driver information. Close collaboration with legal teams and policymakers was required regularly in these projects. Gaurav holds an Engineering degree, specializing in Electronics and telecommunications. This program instilled a strong desire for cellular communications and digital networks in him.
Gaurav favors digital solutions to modernize the administrative structures, yet he is committed to safeguarding privacy, autonomy, and the exercise of human rights in today's data-intensive digital age. He aspires to create a transparent human-centric data governance model that prioritizes social impact and encourages ethical tech practices across all businesses. Gaurav is fluent in English, Hindi, German and Polish language.
Gaurav Sharma is currently advisor for Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in India and an affiliate to The Future Society. He previously worked as an independent consultant and policy advisor with institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Gaurav was the DAAD – Young Ambassador of India for the year 2018 - 2019. He was the recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for 2015-2016, funded by the Alexander von-Humboldt Foundation. He has also received a Crans Montana Forum Young Leaders award in 2014. Gaurav is the Founder of the Indo-Swiss Future Leaders Forum (ISFLF) and was one of the members who participated in the 'Transforming Leadership Lab' implemented by the Global Leadership Academy and the Asian Development Bank.
Nidhi Sinha (United States)
Nidhi Sinha is an undergraduate fourth-year at NYU studying Computer Science and Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy. After graduating, she plans to work in the sector of AI alignment as a research engineer. Her primary research interests include NLP safety, AI fairness, and policy. She is especially interested in learning about the process of how policies are formulated from start to finish. Her hobbies include hiking, stamp-making, and taking photos.
Irmak is an attorney working at the intersection of law, policy, and technology on Microsoft's legal team in MEA. She is an LL.M. candidate for the Information Technology Law program at Istanbul Bilgi University and pursuing a special track called Privacy Engineering. She holds a Law Degree from the University of Galatasaray. She is passionate about working on and learning more about artificial intelligence and its role in society, ethical principles on AI and related policies of technology companies, national AI strategies, and sustainability efforts powered by AI solutions.
Mr. Olek Suchodolski is a technical cyber security consultant and AI & machine learning platform engineer. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT sector that includes mobile application development as well as HPC CUDA based system configuration and development. Mr. Suchodolski has run cybernetic system design and visual predictive analytics hub in Lithuania, which advised the government, business and EU scientists on constructing resilient ICT systems. He worked as tech lead on various applied business software development projects and was team lead and architect of AI based OSINT social networks surveillance system for law enforcement to counter cyber attacks and the terrorism threats. He also was responsible for National Smart Meter big data system infrastructure, software layers architecture and design. Currently he focuses on development of cyber security solutions, data fusion and ISR machine learning platform architecture, cognitive autonomous systems and cognitive data platform infrastructure.
Dr. Grace Thomson (United Arab Emirates)
Dr. Thomson is the Academic Director at CERT, the corporate arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). She leads expert teams in the conceptualization and operation of two academies: AI Academy and the VAT Academy. The AI Academy, created in 2019, is an initiative to empower UAE talent and bridge the gap in AI talent and AI knowledge, through national programs in cognitive technology skills for ethical AI adoption.
CERT is a member of the UAE AI Network, an initiative of the Ministry of Artificial Intelligence to increase AI adoption with a human-centered approach. Dr. Thomson’s solid ability to engage internal and external stakeholders in strategic triple-helix roadmaps is the driver behind the plans of CERT to develop occupational standards in Data Science, Data Analytics, Software Engineering, AI, Cybersecurity, and Blockchain for the workforce of the future. She leads strategies for the creation of Talent Acceleration models that, relying on principles of human development and technology development, ethically use ML models and analytics in career pathway formulation and employability. In cooperation with CERT’s partners, she leads the creation of research ecosystem platforms to connect faculty-student researchers to applied projects with industry.
Adithya Anil Variath (India)
Adithya Anil Variath is a Researcher at Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai, India. He is also the Coordinator of the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law at the institute. He joined MNLU as a researcher with the Government of India Ministry of Commerce’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) – IPR Chair. In the past, he has worked as a law and policy researcher at Goeman Bind HTO and as an intern at the Office of Minister of State for Law & Justice and Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Law, Government of India.
Adithya is also the founding Editor of the Indian Review of Air and Space Law. As a researcher, his work focuses on International Law, R2P, TWAIL and AI. His recent work is a co-authored book 'An Introduction to International Law' published by Thomson Reuters. He writes frequently on issues of international law, AI and policy for the Geopolitics, International Policy Digest, Modern Diplomacy, Oriental Review, etc. He has presented papers in conferences and workshops hosted by University of Cambridge, King's College London, University of Pretoria and Graduate Institute, Geneva, among others.
Claudia Wladdimiro Quevedo (Sweden)
As a journalist I have been into strategic communication for 16 years and since August 2020 I am back to academia as Digital Media and Society - Master's Programme in Social Sciences' student at Uppsala University, Sweden (scholarship awarded).
Looking for research groups that I could join to explore how through new technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Automated Decision Making and Human Computer Interaction a more empathetic and humanistic society can be channeled, I got in contact with Professor Anne Kaun from Södertörn University, starting as research assistant 12/2020 in an automated decision-making project where I coded articles and did research review, working with colleagues from Stockholm and Denmark. Later, and as part of my internship, I have worked on the analysis of popular discourses of artificial intelligence, highlighting changes in how AI is imagined in the past 10 years. And together with professor Kaun, we wrote a collaboration for the Tracing The Tracers 2021 report: Automating COVID responses -an Algorithm Watch initiative-, being responsible for the Nordic Countries chapter.
Currently I am a Teacher Assistant in the Human-Computer Interaction class of the Department of Information Technology and during Spring 2022 I will be developing my master thesis “Artificial Intelligence Discourse Analysis through Sociotechnical Imaginaries. Comparative Case Study for Sweden and Chile”.
Eric Wamugu (Kenya)
Eric Wamugu is an experienced Software Developer, Quality Assurance Specialist, as well a tech policy researcher on digital inclusion and accessibility. He's passionate about implementing open, secure, and accessible digital services and products. He has a first degree in Business Information Systems from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, and a second social sciences degree in Global Challenges from the African Leadership University in Kigali, Rwanda. In addition, he has an executive certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
His professional and academic endeavors have exposed him to many issues affecting us in the information age, such as low digital and data literacy skills in Africa, particularly the systemic exclusion of people living with disabilities, from the use, research, and implementation of emerging technologies.
As a technologist with a great passion for digital accessibility and inclusion, he developed his mission on improving the accessibility of data visualizations and data literacy, an important skill to have in the 21st century, for people living with severe visual impairments. His project Talking Charts, emerged among the top 3 winners of the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge in December 2021, for innovative solutions shaping inclusive education of learners with disabilities in Africa. He aims to empower visually impaired students to perform well and confidently pursue careers in Sciences and Mathematics, where data literacy is an essential skill.
Elyse Wanzenried (Philippines)
Elyse Wanzenried (she/her) joined the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in February 2021 as a Program Associate working on programs in the Philippines, the Access to Justice and Support for the Rule of Law in the Philippines (ACCESS) and Against Child Exploitation (ACE) programs as well as on the Regional Anti-Corruption Advisory program in Southeast Asia. She earned her BA in English literature and International Relations with a minor in French and Francophone Studies from Carleton College in Minnesota. Prior to her current Program Associate role at ABA ROLI, she worked as an English Language teaching volunteer in Kyrgyzstan with the Peace Corps and subsequently as an editor in chief for the national Kyrgyz English textbook project in partnership with Arcus Publishing in Bishkek
Zwelithini Eugene Xaba (Zimbabwe)
Zwe is a lawyer and published researcher focused on Human Rights governance for AI. Zwe is currently serving as a research Assistant at the Department of Sociology in the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo Mozambique. In this role, Zwe and Professor Nair Telles are exploring Deep fakes and the political process. Zwe has prior experience in public interest litigation and research most notably with the International Commission of Jurists and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation. Zwe’s research specifically seeks to create capacity for the African continent learning and improving on emerging best practices. Zwe has written on Recidivism Assessment Software, Computer vision and Large Image datasets and the Geo-politics of AI. Zwe holds a Bachelor of Laws degree with Honors from the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. Currently Zwe is reading for a LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria where they are researching AI governance under the African Human Rights System.
Josephine Yam (Canada)
Josephine Yam is the CEO & Co-Founder of Skills4Good AI (https://www.skills4good.com/). As an AI lawyer, AI ethicist and tech entrepreneur, she leads the company in helping organizations achieve compliance, accountability & Responsible AI. As a woman, visible minority and immigrant, Josephine passionately advocates for equity, diversity & inclusion in AI to create a human-centred AI world.
Skills4Good AI is a Privacy & AI Audit company that helps organizations protect data privacy and mitigate algorithmic bias in their technology systems. Through Privacy & Human Rights by Design, Skills4Good helps organizations: comply with privacy and AI regulations; enhance their reputations, build trust; and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Josephine serves on the Standards Council of Canada Mirror Committee ISO/EC on Artificial Intelligence. She has co-authored peer-reviewed publications on AI law, ethics and technology. She is one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awardees. She is also a recipient of the Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World Award in London, UK. Josephine was featured in the Government of Ontario-funded “Making It in Canada” TV documentary. She was also named as one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics for 2022.
Narain Yucel (Canada)
Narain Yucel is currently a Master of Applied Data Science candidate at the University of Michigan. He is interested in how emerging technologies influence democratic engagement and corporate accountability.
Narain began his studies at the University of Toronto with an HBSc in Global Health. He went on to pursue an MSc from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development, where he focused on sustainable finance and impact investment research. After his studies, he worked in London for Traverse, a social impact consultancy, researching citizens’ rights on issues ranging from climate change to health service delivery. He then joined as an Associate at the Principles for Responsible Investment, a UN-supported global initiative, where he developed curricula for institutional investors to align investments with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Mohammed Suhuyini Zakaria (Ghana)
(Tech Policy, Government and Regulations Pillar Lead Researcher, Ghana Tech Lab; Ghana) Mohammed is a Public Policy and Ecosystem Development practitioner based in Accra, Ghana. His work focuses on building Africa’s tech ecosystems, policy programming and development of ecosystem infrastructure support to drive true African Tech development reflective of the values of the continent. He graduated from the University for Development Studies with a Bsc. in Development Management and studying in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for an MSc. Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. Mohammed's work is digitally enabling budding ecosystems, accelerating AI innovations and tech policies in Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda. He is Co-Chair, EvalYouth Global Network’s Task Force II implementing the Global Mentoring Programme; and contributed to developing a Bi-lateral Agreement between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Benin to facilitate ECOWAS regional trade and transport integration while serving as an Emerging Public Leader of Ghana Fellow with the Ministry of Roads and Highways, Ghana. He seeks to support the development and strengthening of AI Policies, Regulations, and Research across African Innovation Ecosystems.