Spring 2023 Research Group

The Spring 2023 CAIDP Research Group is comprised of 

  • Policy Group including Research Fellow, and Externs (Research Assistant)
  • Teaching Fellows
  • AI and Democratic Values Editorial Team
  • Research Group Team Leaders
  • Research Group Members

Information about our extraordinary team is available below.


Marc Rotenberg

CAIDP President


Merve Hickok

CAIDP Research Director


Karine Caunes

CAIDP Global Program Director;

Editor in Chief, Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values


About the Fall 2022 Research Group

  • More than 162 participants
  • 61 countries represented
  • Regions Represented Africa (47), Asia (49), Europe (35), Latin America (14), North America (17) 
  • 18 CAIDP AI policy graduates returned as AI policy Team Leaders

Policy Group - Spring 2023

Afnan Aldakhil (Saudi Arabia, Georgetown Law)


Afnan Aldakhil is from Saudi Arabia. and holds a bachelor's degree in law with second-class honors from Al Qassim University in Saudi Arabia.  She has worked as an attorney since 2015. Currently, she is an LL.M. student in the Technology Law and Policy program at Georgetown University Law Center. She worked as a legal research assistant at the Center on Privacy and Technology during the fall of 2022, where it was focusing on fundamental rights, democratic institutions, and the rule of law. There, she conducted research, advocated for, and wrote memoranda on important issues concerning surveillance and privacy in technology. Afnan was nominated to win the Fifth Conference for Scientific Research in Saudi Arabia and won the Prince Muhammad Bin Fahad Award for Young Leaders for volunteer legal work.


Elisa Elhadj (Switzerland)


Elisa Elhadj is currently a second-year Master student in European Global Studies at the University of Basel, whilst also working there as a research assistant. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as a student-athlete at the Hawai’i Pacific University & California State University where she was awarded multiple academic awards and honors. 


Her research focuses on bioethical issues emerging from the development and use of artificial intelligence in healthcare, with a specific emphasis on bias, discrimination and explainability. She gathered previous experience in AI policy whilst working in Brussels for the Swiss National Science Foundation and the State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation.


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.  


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. 


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.


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."


Isabela Parisio (Brazil, Georgetown Law)


Isabela Parisio is an LLM candidate at Georgetown University (Merit Scholar recipient). Isabela holds a Master’s Degree in Law and Development, and a Law Degree from FGV Direito SP (FGV São Paulo’s Law School). Isabela is an attorney in Brazil, where she has worked with telecommunications and new technologies regulations, including IoT, streaming services, and cloud computing procurements. During her master’s, Isabela researched topics related to the Brazilian Public Administration Reform and worked as a researcher at the Brazilian Society of Public Law. Also, during that period, she was an Assistant Professor in (i) Economic and Regulatory Law, and (ii) Regulatory Challenges of the Sharing Economy. Before starting her LLM program, Isabela was a researcher at FGV Research Center of Competition, Public Policy, Technology, and Innovation (COMPPIT-FGV), where she focused on drafting a policy paper about the implementation of the Brazilian Telecommunications Universalization Fund (FUST in the Portuguese acronym). 


Christabel Randolph (Bangladesh, Georgetown Law)


Christabel is a Merit Scholar at the Technology Law & Policy LL.M at Georgetown Law. An Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, she has experience working across South-Asia and the Middle-East with multinational corporations, the WHO, IDLO and in private practice. She also completed a masters in law & economics as an Erasmus Mundus scholar. Christabel commits time as General Secretary of Vattara Hope Foundation, a non-profit that runs the School of Hope (founded in 1990) for slum children in Dhaka and Executive Member, Board of Trustees of World Concern Bangladesh operating micro-finance for ultra-poor in Bangladesh.



Nidhi Sinha (United States)


Nidhi Sinha works as a backend developer and a data visualizer. She graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics, with a minor in Philosophy. She is passionate about responsible AI and creating a more equitable internet for all. Outside of AI policy, she loves working with youth and supporting the arts. 


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”.


Teaching Fellows - Spring 2023

Giuliano Borter, CAIDP Teaching Fellow


Giuliano Borter is a Swiss research and teaching fellow working as a military strategic and political affairs advisor for the Swiss government. He holds a master degree in European Global Studies from the University of Basel. His research focuses on international organizations, crisis and conflict studies, defense matters and security policy with a special emphasis on autonomous weapon systems. Giuliano has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification with distinction and the CAIDP AI Policy Advanced certification with distinction, and was named a CAIDP Fellow in 2021. 


Lyantoniette Chua (Teaching Fellow)


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. Lyantionette has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification with distinction. and the CAIDP AI Policy - Advanced certification with distinction, and was named a CAIDP Fellow in 2022.

Larissa Zutter, CAIDP Teaching Fellow


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 with distinction. and the CAIDP AI Policy - Advanced certification with distinction, and was named a CAIDP Fellow in 2021.

AI and Democratic Values editorial team - Spring 2023

Somaieh Nikpoor (Research Fellow, 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. Somaieh has received the CAIDP AI Policy certification with distinction. and the CAIDP AI Policy - Advanced certification with distinction, and was named a CAIDP Fellow in 2022.


Nidhi Sinha (United States)


Nidhi Sinha is an analyst at Accenture where she works as a backend developer and a data visualizer. She graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics, with a minor in Philosophy. She is passionate about responsible AI and creating a more equitable internet for all. Outside of AI policy, she loves working with youth and supporting the arts.  

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.


Research Group, Team Leaders - Spring 2023

Çiğdem Akin

Ayca Ariyoruk

Evelina Ayrapetyan

Edwin Concepcion

Livia Crepaldi Wolf

Sharvari  Dhote

Daniela Duta

Divya Dwivedi

Saba Elizbarashvili

Canan Erez

Benjamin Faveri

Maha Jouini

Martyna Kalvaityte

Moin Khan

Idil Kula

Lesa Lawrence

Caroline Friedman Levy

Marine Lipartia


Martyna Kalvaityte


Martyna is an AI governance, regulation and social tech impacts researcher. Most recently, she has worked on SMEs innovation policy and digital markets at the European Commission as a Blue Book trainee. She has also worked on AI governance at the GPAI hosted at the OECD and AI standardisation at AXA's AI research and thought leadership team. Her interest in AI policy stems from research on privacy and surveillance, which she has pursued across startups, NGOs and think tanks across Lithuania, Washington DC and India. Martyna graduated with distinction from Sciences Po Paris with a Master's in Public Policy focused on digital and new technologies. Her MA thesis, "Unregulated Negative Impacts of AI: Mixed Methods Analysis of Feedback Responses to the EU AI Act Proposal", has been published by Sciences Po School of Public Affairs.


Sajid Mahmud

Yelyzaveta  Markova

Jens Meijen

Busra Memisoglu

Lucy Mwaura

Cherie Oyier

Umut Pajaro Velasquez

Leandri  Pretorius 

Nayyara Rahman

João Filipe Santiago Silva

Catherine Setiawan

Varsha Sewlal

Julian Theseira

Yasin Tokat

Jaya Vijayen

Stella Wamae

Ruofei Wang

Hande Çağla Yılmaz

Research Group, Team Members - Spring 2023

Ayesha Abduljalil

Nathan-Ross Adams

Marian Adly

Nkechi  Emmanuella Agugoesi

Akintunde Agunbiade

Maram Aldaiel

Manail Anis

Shreenithi Annadurai

Adeeba Asri

Alexandre Aubert

Lateef Ayinde

Alessio Azzutti

Rehema Baguma

Rajalakshmi Balasubramanian

Soorya Balendra

Guri Baliashvili

Matias Banchero


Axel Beelen

Ornella Belfiori

Jose Belo

Malek Ben Achour

Cameron Benton

Kuljit Bhogal

Tirrea Billings

Rebecca Bonnevie Bonnevie

Billy Kipkemboi Boruett

Chrispin Bosire

Dirk Johannes Brand

Helena Broj

Baris Cihan CANTURK

Mayara Carneiro

Sheila Casserly

Nkurunziza Christophe

Daniela Constantin


Tessa Darbyshire

Amira Dhalla

Ento  Dimni

Ren Bin Lee Dixon

Leila Doty

Axel Ebermann

Bassey Ekpa

Sara Elsharawy

Ethar Eltinay

Tamiko Eto

Charles Falajiki

Moses Faya

André Fernandes

Inés Fernández Gallego

Carlos Ferreira

Georgeanela Flores Bustamante

Sara Fratti

Ori Freiman

Paula Garuz Naval

Harshana Ghoorhoo

Faith Gitonga

Ana Lucía Gomez

Catriona Gray

Laura Greco

Dominique Greene-Sanders

Richard Greenhill

Jenny Greve

Kayle Hatt

Julia Henriques Souza

Sumaya Nur Hussein

Vincent Huynh-Watkins

Abdulmecit İçelli

Veronica Igube


Mikal Ipek

Ameen Jauhar

Aicha Jeridi

Rhianne Jones

Josephine Kaaniru

Nata Kapanadze

Natasha Karanja

Betty Kariuki

Iwona Karkliniewska

David Karunda

Arohi Kashyap

Chris Kihereko

Jumpei Komoda

Radoslaw Komuda

Evangelia-Maria Kostopoulou

Kholofelo Kugler

Ketevani Kukava

Sumit Kumar


Maia Levy Daniel

Patrick Lin

Marcia Lindsey

Jean Linis-Dinco

Germán López Ardila

Brian Mabeya

Diego Machado

Nkosana Maphosa

Kainaat Maqbool





Miranda McClellan

Meg McNulty

Ebru Metin

Kitti Mezei

Dusko Milojevic

Medhavi Mishra

Satwik Mishra

Diana Mocanu

Katleho Mokoena

Luis Alberto Montezuma

Claudia Moreno Arcila

Joshua Mounsey

Nasiruddeen Muhammad

Sahr Muhammedally

Tim Muiruri

Monique Munarini

Fidis Muriithi

Christopher Musodza

Claudio Ndeleva Mutua

Irene Mwende

Sugali Chakravarthy Naik

Alessio Nardin

Ashwini Natesan


Musa Bitrus Ndahi

Wathagi Ndungu

Melissa Newcomb

Francis Ngige

Rose Njuguna

Khadija Noor

Mgbechikwere Nana Nwachukwu

Teddy Odira


Immaculate Odwera

Matthew Ogbeifun

Collins OKOH

Polycarp Okumu

Kia Jacquelyn Omotalade

Mitchel Ondili

Praise Osinloye

Alain Otaegui

Selin Ozbek Cittone

Nizan Packin

Yogendrasingh Pawar

Alain Perdomo

Maria Picado

Petruta Pirvan

Peterking Quaye

Anca Radu

Héloïse Rivoal

Noha Rizk

Nele Roekens

Apolline Rolland

Ruth Rotich

Kritika Roy

Karin Rudolph

Vikash Rungta

Andréane Sabourin Laflamme

Ibrahim Sabra

Abdullah Hasan Safir

María Salazar

Ahmadreza Sazegarnejad

Denise Schalet

Tabitha Sein

Maitreya Shah

Manal Siddiqui

Valéria Silva

Tetiana Slabko

Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze

Aziz Soltobaev

İlayda Süer

Sofia Surla

Svetluša Surova

Nino Taganashvili

Saimum Reza Talukder

Svitlana Tarasenko

Katria Tomko

Federica Tortorella

Maria Tran

Benita Tresa

Alessandro Tufano

Elena Turci

Chibuike Uzoechina

Denise Carla Vazquez Wallach

Anastasia Nefeli Vidaki

Anna Vnukova

Carolin von Bredow

Daphne Wanjiku

Ryan Watkins

Joseph Wehbe


Katerina Yordanova

Kesang Yuden