President and Founder
Marc Rotenberg is President and Founder of the Center for AI and Digital Policy. He is a leading expert in data protection, open government, and AI policy. He has served on many international advisory panels, including the OECD AI Group of Experts. Marc helped draft the Universal Guidelines for AI, a widely endorsed human rights framework for the regulation of Artificial Intelligence. Marc is the author of several textbooks including the 2020 AI Policy Sourcebook and Privacy and Society (West Academic 2016). He teaches privacy law and the GDPR at Georgetown Law. Marc has spoken frequently before the US Congress, the European Parliament, the OECD, UNESCO, judicial conferences, and international organizations. Marc has directed international comparative law studies on Privacy and Human Rights, Cryptography and Liberty, and Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values. Marc is a graduate of Harvard College, Stanford Law School, and Georgetown Law.
Dr. Pablo Molina
Dr. Pablo Molina is the AVP and Chief Information Security Officer at Drexel University and a Faculty Lecturer at Georgetown University, where he teaches graduate courses in ethics and technology management. He holds teaching appointments in Mexico, Spain, and Nicaragua. He is the Executive Director of the International Applied Ethics and Technology Association. Pablo has a doctorate from Georgetown University on the adoption of technology in education and an MBA from Saint Louis University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Certified Information Privacy Professional. He recently completed a Fulbright program at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
Wonki Min is a global leader in technology policy. He is President of SUNY (State University of New York) Korea and formerly Leading Professor, Department of Technology and Society SUNY Korea. Mr. Min is the former Vice Minister at the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT. At the OECD, Mr. Min chaired the AI Expert Group and the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP). He was the Chairman of the 2015 ITU Council and the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference.
Dr Lorraine Kisselburgh Lorraine Kisselburgh (Ph.D., Purdue University) is the inaugural Chair of ACM’s global Technology Policy Council, where she oversees global technology policy engagement. Drawing on expertise of 100,000 members, ACM’s policy groups provide nonpartisan technical expertise to policy leaders, stakeholders, and the public. In 2018 she was a member of ACM’s Code of Ethics Task Force and a Scholar in Residence at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington DC where she helped develop the University Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence.
At Purdue University, Dr. Kisselburgh is a lecturer, fellow in the Center for Research in Information Assurance and Security and former professor of media, technology, and society. Her research on the social and cultural implications of technologies--including privacy, ethics, gender equity, and collaboration--has been conducted in China, India, Europe, and the Middle East. She has published more than 50 articles with 11 top paper awards, and has been awarded more than $2 million in funding to support her research. Funded by the National Science Foundation, she developed a framework to enhance ethical reasoning skills of STEM researchers, and also studied collaborative systems for creative designers. Purdue recognized her as the inaugural Faculty Scholar in the Center for Leadership, a Diversity Faculty Fellow, and a Violet Haas Award recipient for her efforts on behalf of women.
Francesca Bignami is Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law at GW Law. Her research focuses on comparative public law and the law of the European Union. She has published widely on privacy in transatlantic perspective, comparative rulemaking, rights and accountability in global governance, and the convergence of European regulatory systems.
Professor Bignami was Professor of Law at Duke Law School and the Director of the Center for European Studies. She was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. She has also taught at the European University Institute of Florence, the University of Rome "La Sapienza," and the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome.
Giovanni De Gregorio (Milan)
Giovanni De Gregorio is PhD Candidate in Constitutional and Public Law at University of Milano-Bicocca and Academic Fellow at Bocconi University. His research focuses on digital constitutionalism at the intersection between constitutional law and technologies. He has been a visiting PhD student at the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford working with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy. He has also been visiting fellow at Centre for Cyber Law and Policy at the University of Haifa. His research field includes Constitutional law, Internet law, Privacy and Data Protection law.
Eduardo Bertoni (Buenos Aires)
Eduardo Bertoni (PhD, Buenos Aires University) is the Representative of the Regional Office for South America of the Inter American Institute of Human Rights. He was the first Director of the Access to Public Information Agency (AAIP). He was the founder and the first director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE). Previously, he was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States (2002-2005). Member of the Reference Panel at the Global Privacy Assembly-GPA-. Prof. Bertoni currently teaches at Buenos Aires University School of Law and New York University School of Law. He published several opinion pieces on democracy and human rights in leading newspapers in the Americas and has written several publications on judicial reforms, international criminal law and human rights & Internet.
Douglas Frantz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and former Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD. Frantz served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in the Obama administration. He was an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. Frantz graduated from DePauw University and earned a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Pam Dixon is the founder and executive director of the World Privacy Forum. An author and researcher, she has written influential studies on privacy, identity, biometrics, AI, and health privacy. In 2019, Dixon served as Rapporteur for the first Roundtable of African Data Protection Authorities (RADPA). She conducted extensive research in India on the biometric system Aadhar, which formed the basis of a scholarly article, cited in the landmark Supreme Court of India Aadhaar decision. Dixon also coauthored The Scoring of America, a groundbreaking report on predictive analytics. Dixon served on the OECD AI Experts Group, and has testified before the US Congress regarding privacy and AI multiple times. Her new book on privacy will be published in 2022.
Anirban Sen is an all-round general litigation lawyer specializing in in intellectual property, privacy and media based and other commercial litigation. He is based in New Delhi and Kolkata. Anirban had litigated cases involving technology law, privacy, patent, copyright and trademarks as well as consumer law. Anirban completed his Master's degree from the George Washington School of Law. Anirban is also a former EPIC fellow.
Malavika is the inaugural Executive Director of Digital Asia Hub, a Hong Kong-based independent research think-tank incubated by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where she is also a Faculty Associate. She taught India’s first course on Information Technology & Law and teaches now at the Northwestern School of Law. She is on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.
Carolina Rossini (Boston)
Carolina Rossini is the founding CEO of Portulans Institute, a strategic consultant, and Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. She is a technology law and policy expert, including ICT for development, intellectual property, open innovation, and telecommunications. She has worked for Access Now, Facebook, Public Knowledge, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Wikimedia Foundation. She was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center and serves on the advisory board of InternetLab (Brazil), Derechos Digitales (Chile), Lighthouse Collective (USA), Instituto EducaDigital (Brazil) and #IamtheCode (Global). Originally from Brazil, she served as in-house counsel Telefonica, and a law lecturer at the Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas. Carolina has an LLM in Intellectual Property from Boston University, an MA in International Economic Negotiations from UNICAMP/UNESP, an MBA from Instituto de Empresas, and a JD from the University of Sao Paulo – USP.
Founder & President, The Future Society (TFS)
Nicolas Miailhe co-founded The Future Society (TFS) in 2014 and originally incubated it at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. An independent think-and-do-tank, TFS specializes in questions of impact and governance of emerging technologies, starting with Artificial Intelligence through its "AI Initiative" launched in 2015. A recognized strategist, thought-leader, and implementer, Nicolas has lectured around the world, and advises governments, international organizations, philanthropists, and multinationals. He is the co-Convener of the AI Civic Forum (AICF) organized in partnership with University of Montreal (Algora Lab), Mila, and UNESCO; and of the Global Governance of AI Forum (GGAF) organized yearly during the World Government Summit in Dubai. He is also an appointed expert to the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), to the AI Group of experts at OECD (ONE.AI & AIGO), and to the Global Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI). Nicolas teaches at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po), and at the IE School of Global and Public Affairs in Madrid. He is also a member of three committees of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethically Aligned Design of Autonomous & Intelligent Systems, a Senior Research Associate with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard, and a Fellow with the Center for the Governance of Change at IE Business School in Madrid. An Arthur Sachs Scholar, Nicolas holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, a Master in Defense, Geostrategy & Industrial Dynamics from Panthéon-Assas University, and a Bachelor of Arts in European Affairs and International Relations from Sciences Po Strasbourg.
Laetitia Tanqueray (Lund, Sweden)
Laetitia Tanqueray is the founder of Hub AI at AI Lund, the first network that brings together students from all disciplines to discuss AI. According to the founding document, "We see Artificial Intelligence as a significant shift in the political and economic landscape of today that requires more than just the competencies of computer scientists and engineers." She is also a project assistant at the Engineering Faculty at Lund University (LTH), where she looks at the use of AI in healthcare to understand the importance given to fairness, accountability and transparency. Laetitia is also undertaking her Master’s in Sociology of Law, currently writing her thesis researching social robots in healthcare. Laetitia holds bachelors in English Law (LLB) and French Law (Master 1).
Eva Thelisson (AI Transparency Institute)
Dr. Eva Thelisson is the co-founder of the AI Transparency Institute (Switzerland) which is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to a safe, sustainable and trustworthy Artificial Intelligence. She wrote a Ph.D on the General Data Protection Regulation with a focus on digital technologies (AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain and IoT) and is Visiting Scholar at MIT Connection Science under the supervision of Alex S. Pentland. Her research is focused on the legal, ethical and societal impact of digital technologies. She developped audit-frameworks on AI with her team to engage private actors in business models that are performant, sustainable, zero-carbon and eco-responsible for today and future generations. She is actively involved in international fora on digital policy at OECD, EU Commission and Council of Europe. In addition to publishing in a variety of national and international journals, Eva has organised the AI Governance Forum in 2019 and 2020. She is an Ethics expert at the EU Commission and member of the Editorial Board of the AI & Ethics Journal published by Springer.
Stuart Russell (Berkeley)
Stuart Russell is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, holder of the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering, and Director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI. He is a recipient of the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award and from 2012 to 2014 held the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris. He is an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His book "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach" (with Peter Norvig) is the standard text in AI, used in 1500 universities in 135 countries. His research covers a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on the long-term future of artificial intelligence and its relation to humanity. He has developed a new global seismic monitoring system for the nuclear-test-ban treaty and is currently working to ban lethal autonomous weapons.
Niovi Vavoula (London)
Dr Niovi Vavoula is Lecturer in Migration and Security at the School of Law of Queen Mary University of London since September 2018. 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 (2017-2018). 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 on the privacy challenges stemming from the operation of EU information systems for immigration control will be published by Brill in 2021.
Eleni Kosta (Tilburg)
Eleni Kosta is full Professor of Technology Law and Human Rights at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT, Tilburg University, the Netherlands). Eleni is conducting research on human rights with a focus on privacy and data protection, specialising in electronic communications and new technologies. She has been involved in numerous EU research projects. In 2014 Eleni was awarded a personal research grant for research on privacy and surveillance by the Dutch Research Organisation (VENI/NWO). She is member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch digital rights organisation, Bits of Freedom, and an observer to the Europol Financial Intelligence Public Private Partnership (EFIPPP). She is a member of editorial boards of academic journals (EDPL, IRLCT etc.) and conferences and workshops scientific and organising committees (CPDP, ISP etc.). Eleni also collaborates as associate with timelex (www.timelex.eu).
Doaa Abu-Elyounes (Paris)
Doctor Doaa Abu-Elyounes is currently working at UNESCO on the ethics of artificial intelligence, she is also an Affiliated Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Doaa obtained her PhD from Harvard Law School. She researches the topic of algorithmic governance and the different ways to regulate artificial intelligence. Doaa focuses on algorithms deployed in the public sector and examines how general principles such as fairness, transparency and accountability can be interpreted in the context of the policy domain they are implemented in. Doaa has extensive experience working on public policy at the national and international level. Prior to her work at UNESCO, she consulted the OECD on AI regulation and was involved in shaping their work on the matter. Previously, Doaa also worked at the Supreme Court of Israel as a law clerk; and at the Israeli Ministry of Justice as an advisor to the Director General of the Ministry.
Leyla Keser (Istanbul)
Leyla Keser is a lecturer and advisor in IT Law since 1998 at Istanbul Bilgi University. In 2004 she established the IT Law Research Center and has worked with government institutions on digital transformation, e-government and information society projects. She helped government institutions prepare laws and regulations on e-Signatures, Certified eMail, the Turkish Commercial Code’s provisions on digital companies, Internet Law, and Data Protection. She established the IT Law Institute at Bilgi University in 2010. She has authored books, articles and reports on different areas of IT Law such as computer forensics, e-signature, certified e-mail, digital identity, trust service provider, e-money, online payment services, e-government, e-commerce, multistakeholder internet governance, biometric methods, e-invoice, DRM (digital rights management), e-health records, Digital Company, online behavioral advertising, cyber security, child privacy and online child sexual abuse&exploitation, open banking, AI, blockchain. She represents the Institute at the Network of Centers. She is former fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for the 2015 Cohort. She is the Representative of Turkey at the Council of Europe Ad Hoc Committee on AI (CAHAI).
Katja Langenbucher (Frankfurt)
Katja is a law professor at Goethe-University's House of Finance in Frankfurt, affiliated professor at SciencesPo, Paris, and long-term guest professor at Fordham Law School, NYC. She has held visiting positions at Sorbonne; WU Vienna; London School of Economics; Columbia Law School and Fordham Law School (Edward Mulligan Distinguished Professorship); a Bok Visiting International Professorship at PennLaw, Phildalphia, is planned for 2022 (COVID-19 allowing).
Katja has published extensively on corporate, banking and securities law. Her current research projects focus on bank corporate governance, FinTech, and Artificial Intelligence. She is a member of the German securities markets oversight body’s (BaFin) supervisory board and of the German Federal Ministry of Finance’s working group on capital markets law. Katja was a member of the supervisory board of a German bank (2014-18) and of the EU Commission’s High Level Forum on the Capital Market Union (2019-20).
Alex C. Engler (Washington)
Alex C. Engler is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he studies the societal implications of artificial intelligence. Most recently faculty at the University of Chicago, Engler now teaches data science at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, where he is an adjunct professor and affiliated scholar. He has also over a decade of experience in data science for policy analysis at organizations including the Urban Institute and MDRC. As a winner of the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Award, Engler will spend the 2021-2022 academic year researching European digital governance.
Karine Caunes, CAIDP Global Program Director (Paris)
Karine Caunes is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Law Journal (ELJ). She is Senior Lawyer and Course Director in the field of European Public Law at the Academy of European Law (ERA). She holds a PhD in law from the European University Institute, was Jean Monnet Research Fellow within the Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at NYU and visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School. She has taught at Sciences Po Paris, Université Paris X, Université Lyon III, France; European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, Venice, Italy; Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Ljubljana University, Slovenia; IE Law School, Madrid, Spain; Catolica Global School of Law, Lisbon, Portugal. She has participated in EU and nationally-funded research projects and has been a consultant for European and national institutions.
Merve Hickok, CAIDP Senior Research Director
(Istanbul and Michigan)
Merve Hickok is the Senior Research Director of the Center for AI and Digital Policy, and the Founder of AIethicist.org. Her work intersects both AI ethics and AI policy and governance. She is focused on AI bias, social justice, DE&I, public benefit and participatory development and governance – as they translate into policies and practices. Merve is a Data Ethics Lecturer at University of Michigan, School of Information; Member of the Advisory Board of Turkish Policy Quarterly Journal; Member of the Founding Editorial Board at Springer Nature AI & Ethics journal; Advisor at The Civic Data Library of Context; Member at IEEE work groups on AI standard setting and Open Community for Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (OCEANIS) alongside national institutions. She has been recognized by several organizations - most recently as one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ 2021. Merve is also a member of the Board of Directors at Northern Nevada International Center. NNIC serves as a refugee resettlement agency to help displaced persons and victims of human trafficking, as well as organizing programs for international delegations through the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies. NNIC is among the top organizations in the United States hosting over a dozen U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs large exchange programs.
Anne Carblanc, CAIDP
Senior Advisor (Paris)
Anne Carblanc is the Senior Advisor for the Center for AI and Digital Policy and the former Head of the Digital Economy Policy Division in the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. Prior to joining the OECD, she was Secretary General, Director of Services in the French data protection authority (Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des libertés – CNIL). She has also served ten years in the French judicial system, both as a judge in charge of criminal investigations and as the head of the criminal law department in the Ministry of Justice. During her career in national and international government, Anne has drafted many laws, regulations and soft law instruments on topics ranging from criminal procedure to digital security, privacy and artificial intelligence.
Prof. Masao Horibe
Prof. Dr. Masao Horibe is former Chairman of Japan’s Personal Information Protection Commission. He was Professor of Law at Hitotsubashi University and Chuo University, teaching comparative law, media law, information law, freedom of information, privacy and data protection. His recent commentaries focus on privacy and AI. He served as Vice-Chair of WPISP (the Working Party on Information Security and Privacy) of the OECD (1996-2008). And he advocated to establish an independent data protection agency in Japan, which occurred in 2015.
Dr Stephanie Perrin is a data protection expert and the President of Digital Discretion. She is currently the Chair of the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group at ICANN. Dr Perrin is a recognized international expert in privacy and data protection, as well as a recognized expert in the social impact of technology. She has in-depth knowledge of information technology issues, risk analysis and strategies to minimize negative privacy impacts and policy failure informed by her 30 years of experience working in the Canadian federal government. Dr Perrin led the drafting of Canada’s private sector privacy law, PIPEDA, and participated in several other Internet policy initiatives for the Canadian government.
Emilio De Capitani
Emilio De Capitani is a leading expert on EU law and institutions, and a fundamental rights activist. He is Executive Director of the Fundamental Rights European Experts Group (FREE Group) and he is pursuing cases on the transparency of legislative communications and the PNR. He is the former Secretary of the European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE 1998-2011). He is a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary’s Law School (London), and at Scuola Superiore S.Anna (PISA - Italy). He is the author of several articles on the evolution of EU institutions.
Dr Bilyana Petkova is an affiliated scholar with the Yale Information Society Project. Her research interests include comparative constitutional law, judicial legitimacy, federalism, and platform regulation. She has taught at Georgetown Law, Maastricht University, the University of Melbourne, and Qatar University. Bilyana was a Max Weber postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She is the coauthor of Fundamental Rights Protection Online (Elgar 2020). Her forthcoming book explores the regulation of data protection and AI in municipalities.
Oreste Pollicino is a professor of Constitutional Law at the Bocconi University. Professor Pollicino is director of the Law of Internet Technologies LLM Bocconi program. He represents Italy in the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) where he sits also in the executive board and in the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). He will be an observer for the Council of Europe Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (#CAHAI). His latest book Judicial Protection of Fundamental Rights and the Rise of Digital Constitutionalism is forthcoming (April 2021) for Hart Publishing, Oxford.
Maria Helen Murphy
Dr Maria Helen Murphy is an Assistant Professor in Law at Maynooth University (National University of Ireland, Maynooth). Her research focuses on the intersections between technology, the law, and human rights. In addition to publishing in a variety of national and international journals, Maria has authored the book, Surveillance and the Law: Language, Power and Privacy (2019) and co-authored the book, Information and Communications Technology Law in Ireland (2017). Maria is a member of the Executive Board of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
Nguyen Dinh Quy (Boston)
Dr. Nguyen Dinh Quy is a development manager and senior R&D engineer at Mitsubishi Electric in Cambridge, MA, USA. He is working with MIT CSAIL on AI, machine learning and factory automation. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Electric, he was a technical manager at Schlumberger for digital transformation. Dr. Quy is a co-founder of VietSearch for a big data analytics on Vietnamese oversea. VietSearch has been awarded and recognized in nationwide as an IT platform to foster Vietnam’s education and business. He is also a founder and president of the Vietnamese Youth Volunteer foundation to help disadvantaged children in Vietnam since 2006.
Wendell Wallach is a scholar at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, where he chaired Technology and Ethics studies for eleven years. He is also a senior advisor to The Hastings Center and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. His latest book is A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control. He co-authored (with Colin Allen) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong and edited the eight-volume Library of Essays on the Ethics of Emerging Technologies (Routledge 2017). He received the World Technology Award for Ethics in 2014 and for Journalism and Media in 2015, as well as a Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa in 2015-2016. He served as the co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Technology, Values, and Policy, and he is presently a member of the WEF AI Council. Wendell is the lead organizer for the 1st International Congress for the Governance of AI (ICGAI), which will convene in Prague in May 2021.
Yoram Hacohen (Petah Tikve)
Yoram Hacohen is an Israeli law and technology expert, CEO for the Israel Internet Association ISOC-IL, and Chair of Privacy Israel, an NGO that aims to promote privacy and data protection in Israel. In 2006 Yoram was appointed by the Israeli government to establish and lead the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority (ILITA), Israel's data protection authority. Yoram was also a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Yoram received L.Lb from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a MBA from the Recanati School of Management at Tel Aviv University. Yoram was one of the founders of the Haifa Center for Law and Technology, and has taught courses in leading Israeli universities about electronic evidence and computer crimes, legal aspects of e-commerce, and hi-tech entrepreneurship.
Cristos Velasco (Germany and Mexico)
Dr. Cristos Velasco is an attorney with residence in the city of Mannheim, Germany whose main areas of practice are global data privacy, cybercrime and cyber security law and policies. He is the manager of Evidencia Digital.LAT and Protección Datos México (ProtDataMx). He currently teaches the courses “Information Technology Law”, “International Business Law & International Organizations” at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Mannheim and Stuttgart, Germany. He is the author of Cyber Law in Mexico (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2019) and Criminal Jurisdiction and Cross-Border Access on Cybercrime (Tirant lo Blanch 2015). His latest book Practical Aspects of Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence in coauthorship is forthcoming in January 2021.
Patricia Adusei-Poku (Accra)
Patricia Adusei-Poku, the Executive Director of the Ghana Data Protection Commission; She is a seasoned privacy practitioner, program manager, information governance and risk expert in the public, private and non-profit sectors globally.
Some of her recent appointments include the Head of Data Protection at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Global Director for Data Protection & Privacy at World Vision International.
Currently the Co-Chair (with UK ICO Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham) on the Common Thread Network (CTN) of Commonwealth Data Protection Commissioner and the Vice President of the African Network of Data Protection Authorities.
Patricia holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA - Project Management & Consultancy), MSC-International Public Policy, BSc (Hons) Computing Science, A Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) issued by the globally recognized International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Certified Practitioner in European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR).
She enjoys reading, travelling and charity work.
Hlengiwe Dube (Pretoria)
Hlengiwe Dube is a PhD candidate and Programme Manager with the Centre For Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She manages projects on freedom of expression, access to information, digital rights and other issues that fall within the democracy purview within the Centre's Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights.
Valeria Milanes (Buenos Aires)
Valeria Milanes is Executive Director in Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC - Association for Civil Rights) in Argentina since 2018. She is part of ADC since 2015 and consolidated ADC´s digital work related to human rights. She is an IT Law specialist graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and obtained a certificate on Privacy Law and Policy from the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam. She is an experienced litigation lawyer, as well as an IT Law researcher and lecturer in domestic and international events. She has participated as guest lecturer in graduate courses in the University of Buenos Aires and Torcuato Di Tella University.
Alessandro Acquisti is the Trustees Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the director of the Peex (Privacy Economics Experiments) lab at CMU and a Carnegie Fellow (inaugural class). Alessandro investigates the economics of privacy. His research has spearheaded the investigation of privacy and disclosure behavior in online social networks, and the application of behavioral economics to the study of privacy decision making. His studies have won numerous awards and have been published in outlets across multiple fields, including economics, computer science, psychology, and marketing. His findings have been featured in international media outlets, including Economist, NYT, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Wired, CNN, and 60 Minutes; his TED talks on privacy and behavior have been viewed over 1.3 million times. Alessandro holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, and Master degrees from Berkeley, LSE, and Trinity College Dublin.
Valsamis Mitsilegas (London)
Valsamis Mitsilegas is Professor of European Criminal Law and Global Security, Director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London. His research interests and expertise lie in the fields of European criminal law; migration, asylum and borders; security and human rights, including the impact of mass surveillance on privacy; and legal responses to transnational crime, including organised crime and money laundering.Professor Mitsilegas is a regular adviser to parliaments, governments and EU institutions including the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.
Bruce Schneier (Cambridge)
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by the Economist. He is the New York Times best-selling author of 14 books -- including Click Here to Kill Everybody -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an advisory board member of EPIC and VerifiedVoting.org. He is the Chief of Security Architecture at Inrupt, Inc.
Marcos López Oneto
Dr. Marcos López Oneto is executive director and founder of the Center for Strategic Studies of Artificial Intelligence Law (Centro de Estudios Estratégicos de Derecho de la Inteligencia Artificial), whose main mission is to promote the development of ethical and legal regulations for artificial intelligence in Latin America in harmony with international human rights standards. He authored the first book in Latin America that proposes the bases for the systematic construction of artificial intelligence law.
López Oneto currently is a labor-law professor at the University of Chile Law School's Master's Program, where he teaches artificial intelligence law; he also is a visiting professor at the University of Buenos Aires Law School's Innovation and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where he teaches ethics and artificial intelligence.
Len Kennedy is a former senior government official with expertise in information, data and telecommunications services, regulatory, technology, and cybersecurity policy. He is the former general counsel for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and previously served as SVP, General Counsel, and Secretary at Sprint and Neustar, Inc., and as Senior Legal Advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Kennedy is currently a Board Director for National Credit Care, a Long Ridge portfolio company.
Gianclaudio Malgieri (Lille)
Gianclaudio Malgieri is an Associate Professor of Law & Technology at the EDHEC Business School in Lille (France), where he conducts research at the Augmented Law Institute and teaches Data Protection Law, AI regulation, Digital Law. He is also Editorial Board Member of Computer Law & Security Review; External Ethical Expert at European Commission and academic committee member of the Brussels Privacy Hub. He obtained a PhD in Law at the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) of the Free University of Brussels (VUB), where he is now Guest Professor and Affiliated Researcher.
He has authored more than 50 publications including articles in leading international academic reviews. His works have been cited by, inter alia, top newspapers (he New York Times, Le Monde, La Tribune, France Culture, Corriere della Sera, ilSole24Ore, la Repubblica) but also institutions, e.g. the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the World Economic Forum, the Canadian Government, and the Canadian Data Protection Authority. In the 2020 he was the only EU scholar to receive the FPF Privacy for Policymaker Paper Award.
Giovanni Sartor (Florence / Bologna)
Giovanni Sartor is professor in Legal Informatics at the University of Bologna and professor in Legal informatics and Legal Theory at the European University Institute of Florence. He obtained a PhD at the European University Institute (Florence), was a researcher at the Italian National Council of Research (ITTIG, Florence), held the chair in Jurisprudence at Queen’s University of Belfast, and was Marie-Curie professor at the European University of Florence. He has been President of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law. He received an ERC-advanced grant (2018) for the project Compulaw, on which he will work from 2019 until 2024.
He has published widely in legal philosophy, computational logic, legislation technique, and computer law. He is co-director of the Artificial Intelligence and Law Journal and co-editor of the Ratio Juris Journal. His research interests include legal theory, early modern legal philosophy, logic, argumentation theory, modal and deontic logics, logic programming, multiagent systems, computer and Internet law, data protection, e-commerce, law and technology.
Edward Santow (Sydney)
Edward Santow is Industry Professor - Responsible Technology at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Ed leads UTS's initiative on building Australia's strategic capability on ethical artificial intelligence. Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, technology and regulation, public law and discrimination law. From 2016-2021, Ed was Australia's Human Rights Commissioner, where he led the Commission's work on AI and new technology; refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; national security; and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). Ed is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and serves on a number of boards and committees.
Clarence Okoh (Baltimore)
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.
Mariame Almoghanam (Research Assistant, Georgetown Law)
Mariame Almoghanam is a Saudi Arabian LL.M candidate in International Business and Economic Law with a Certificate in Arbitration at Georgetown University Law Center. She obtained her bachelor's degree in law from King Saud University. Her experience as a leader in King Salman's leadership Center and with the Human Rights Commission in Riyadh reinforced her vision for her career future. Further, she worked in Saudi Arabia as a Law clerk at a large law firm, where she conducted legal research, drafted legal memoranda, and met with clients to consider cases. Her work included business, real estate, and civil law cases.
Regina Iminova, CAIDP Fellow (Arlington, VA)
Regina Iminova 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.
Max Birla (Research Assistant, Georgetown Law)
Max Birla is a LL.M candidate in International Business and Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He completed his undergraduate degree in Law with German law from the University of Exeter and Saarland University. While completing his LL.M in German law at Saarland University he worked as a research assistant in the field of legal informatics and assisted in translating academic texts from German to English. During his bachelor’s degree he interned in the mergers and acquisitions as well as capital market practices of international law firms in Germany and Spain where he assisted on various types of financial agreements.
Jonathan Kropf (Zurich)
Jonathan Kropf is a student in Political Sciences and Business Administration at the University of Zurich. Jonathan is active in Swiss Politics and holds a position as the district president of the “Young Liberals Party” in Canton of Zurich in Switzerland. Jonathan has been working with the National and Cantonal to draft and implement policies in areas such as Sustainability, Education, Planning, Building, Energy and Transportation.
At the moment he is working on a merger between two critical district parties in the Canton of Zurich in order to increase effectiveness of governance and enhance cooperation between its various branches. On the innovation track, Jonathan has been working on projects on the application and effects of various breakthrough technologies on human life. In the AIWS, Jonathan has been researching for the Common Good Digital Framework in the legal, political, technological areas.
Adeboye Adegoke (Pretoria)
Adeboye Adegoke is Senior Program Manager at Paradigm initiative, a Pan-African social enterprise working on digital inclusion and digital rights advocacy to promote better public policy leading to internet freedom in Central, East, Southern, and West Africa where he works at the intersection of technology and human rights, leading strategic advocacy engagements, research, and capacity building programs. He is an alumnus of the African School on Internet Governance, a member of the Advisory Network for the Freedom Online Coalition, and a member of the Canadian Government-led Taskforce on Artificial intelligence and Human Rights (TFAIR). He is currently studying for a Masters of Law in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
(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.
Rebecca Leeper, CAIDP Fellow
Rebecca Leeper is a software engineer at Data Ductus Inc., a network and cloud software consulting firm. She is also the director of the Common Good Digital Framework (CGDF), an initiative aimed to bring authoritative knowledge and raise awareness about violations of ethical values and standards by governments and large corporations in their usage of digital technology. Prior to the CGDF and CAIDP, Rebecca pursued research into emerging technologies and cyber-security at the United Nations Office at Geneva, The Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, and Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Rebecca graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Computer Engineering and a minor in International Security Studies.
Paula Soumaya Domit, CAIDP Fellow (Boston)
Paula Soumaya Domit is a Mexican-Lebanese undergraduate student at Northeastern University. She studies Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a minor in International Security Studies and researches issues of international security, particularly regarding organized crime and emerging technologies. She has worked in partnership with the United Nations Office at Geneva, Sciences Po, and the Institute for Economics and Peace. She is currently a lead researcher at the Common Good Digital Framework and is working on the AI Social Contract Index.
Larissa Zutter, CAIDP 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.
Giuliano Borter, CAIDP Fellow (Basel)
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
Charles Kajoloweka (Pretoria)
Charles Kajoloweka is a frontline human rights activist, founder and executive director of Youth and Society (YAS), a non-profit human rights and governance watchdog in Malawi. He is studying for a Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at University of Pretoria, South Africa. Charles has also been a recipient of the prestigious Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). He is also a recipient of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Austria. Charles is also an Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goal 16 under the 16x16 Youth Initiative hosted by the UNDP and Government of Italy.
Thobekile Matimbe (Pretoria)
Thobekile Matimbe is an LLM student in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She serves as Community Manager at Paradigm Initiative and a human rights lawyer with over 10 years legal and civic engagement experience. She is passionate about serving underserved communities promoting human rights and advancing digital inclusion for all. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow and 2018 Regional Advisory Board Secretary for the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Thobekile has advocacy expertise at national, regional and international level and holds Civic Leadership certification from Indiana University.
Temofe Isaac Akaba (Canada)
Temofe Akaba is a Ph.D. Researcher at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina Canada. He currently works at the Digital Governance Lab with a specific focus on new digital technology policy and governance within the Canadian Public Sector. Temofe holds a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) degree in E-Governance Technologies and Services from Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia, and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Business Administration from the University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria. Prior to graduate school, Temofe had gained extensive working experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit world in both Nigeria and Estonia.
Selim Alan (Turkey)
Selim Alan is the Managing Editor of TPQ Journal. His responsibilities include overseeing TPQ's content flow across print and digital channels, coordinating the office team, and managing institutional and media relationships. Previously, he worked as a financial journalist and interview producer for international broadcaster TRT World. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Ozyegin University and a postgraduate degree in Journalism from the London School of Journalism.
Sharngan Aravindakshan (India)
Sharngan is an LLM Candidate and a recipient of the Dean's Graduate Award at New York University. He was previously with the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, where his work primarily focused on the interplay between the law, emerging technologies, and civil liberties including the right to free speech and privacy. He writes on areas including privacy, surveillance, cybersecurity as well as mis- and dis- information operations, and his research has been published in leading journals including The International Journal of Human Rights and the Indian Journal of International Law, besides popular scholarly blogs such as EJIL: Talk! and the Online Harvard International Law Journal.
Zelal Binici (Turkey)
After graduating from Çankaya University, Faculty of Law in 2019, Zelal Binici has completed her one-year legal internship to become a qualified lawyer and got accepted to Ankara Bar Association in December 2020. Since then, she has been actively engaged with domestic violence survivors within two diverse organizations, one of them is Kona Connect and a project called "Sophia". “Sophia” is the world’s first messaging chatbot developed (in Switzerland) to empower survivors of domestic violence to gather evidence and find support 24/7, safely, and anonymously. Zelal is involved in the KOIOS Data Protection Working Group based in Turkey and is one of the coordinators of the AI and Data Protection Working Group. After participating in KU Leuven Summer School on the Law, Ethics, and Policy of AI she got more interested in the field of policymaking and ethic guidelines. Next year, she's planning to do Law and Technology LLM.”
Bridget Boakye (Ghana)
Bridget Boakye is the Policy Lead, Africa – Internet Policy Unit at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Her work focuses on internet policy, start-ups and innovation in Africa, AI governance and ethics and resetting the global narrative of Africa through tech. Her previous work includes data science and analytics, and business development and strategy
Victoria Breshears (United States)
Stephanie Cairns (Canada)
Stephanie Cairns recently completed her MSc in applied mathematics at McGill University. Her research focused on bias in machine learning systems, with a particular emphasis on facial recognition technology. Over the course of her degree, she also became deeply interested in the intersection of AI and public policy. She completed an internship with the OECD's Science and Technology Policy Division and now works as a research and policy analyst at the Responsible AI Institute, a nonprofit building governance tools for safe and trustworthy AI. Stephanie holds a BSc in mathematics from the University of Prince Edward Island, where she was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Medal for the highest standing in her graduating class.
Shangamitra Chakraborty (India)
Shangamitra Chakraborty is an aspiring sociologist, specifically interested in gender studies, AI ethics and policy, criminology, human rights. Being selected at CAIDP has been an honour. This shall provide me with an opportunity to delve deeper into the many unknown aspects and perceptions of AI and the policies associated with it, to ensure it's proper social role. Thus, I am looking forward to interact with all the members of CAIDP and work towards ensuring a fair use of AI.
Lyantoniette Chua (Philippines)
Lyantoniette Chua is the Principal Ethicist and Co-Director of Data Ethics PH. 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 founding member of the Ethically Aligned Design
Concentration of Power Committee under the IEEE that set global standards for autonomous/intelligent systems, an EPFL Tech4Impact Summer Associate, and a WANBAM mentor for AI Safety. 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. Lyan will be joining CAIDP through the AI Policy Clinic this Fall 2021.
Divya Dwivedi (India)
Divya Dwivedi is a practicing advocate at the Supreme Court of India with a background of B.Tech in Information Technology, MBA in International Business, LLB in Intellectual Property Laws (IIT Kharagpur), PG Diploma in International Environmental Law (Indian Society of International Law), Advance Courses in Gender Studies (WSDC, Delhi University) and Summer Courses in Public and Private International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands. Currently pursuing PG Diploma in Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics from NLSIU, Bengaluru.
She has been working towards legal, health and general awareness for more that 13 years now through JND Charitable Trust, which was established in Kushi Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh and has a pan-India presence. Teaching and creating awareness have been a passion for her, so she started teaching soon after completing higher secondary. Her interest in Public Policy and Advisory is visible by her presence as a volunteer in several International Organisations that are working in AI and Law, Gender Equality, Environment and Technology Laws.
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.
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.
August P. Gweon (Research Assistant, Stanford Law School)
August 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.
Lida Haghnegahdar (United States)
Dr Lida Haghnegahdar is a research scientist affiliated with the Center for Agile and Advanced Additive Manufacturing at the University of North Texas. She holds a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the State University of New York. She performs complex analyses using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Artificial Neural Networks, optimization, and machine learning tools. Her research focus so far has been focused on Cybersecurity, Intrusion Detection, Cyber-Physical Systems, Smart and Advanced Manufacturing, and new technologies such as Decentralized and Intelligent Cloud Manufacturing models, Explainable AI, and AI fairness. She aspires to be a leader in the security of Cyber-Physical Systems. Having taken both AI and computational approaches to better interpreting a complex system, she believes that she can effectively develop novel solutions in this domain.
Gokce Cobansoy Hızel (Turkey)
Gokce Cobansoy Hızel is the Coordinator for Human Rights and New Technologies Law at Turkey’s leading mobile and digital operator, and a researcher on technology and human rights. Gokce has been working as a technology lawyer nearly for 14 years and now leading the law of new and emerging technologies’ projects. Gokce bridges her professional and academic experience and working on technology, business and human rights issues in some national and international working groups, such as IEEE SA (Groups on Standardization of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems), International Telecommunications Union (ITU-U4SSC Project, ITU- AI&Health Project), TUSIAD (Turkish Industry&Business Association). She has contributed UNICEF’s work on AI and Child Rights, and World Economic Forum’s Responsible Facial Recognition Project. She is a member of Istanbul Bar. She holds a Master’s degree on Human Rights and is a graduate of Gazi University with a degree in Law.
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.
Eddan Katz (United States)
Eddan Katz is a life-long tech policy activist working at the intersections of open collaboration, responsible innovation, and access to knowledge. Most recently, he built out the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution emerging technology policy network of regional branches globally as the Platform Curator for the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Platform at the World Economic Forum. Previously, Eddan established cross-border digital rights advocacy coalitions as the international Affairs Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and locally as Co-Founder of the Sudo Room community hackerspace in downtown Oakland. He taught Access to Knowledge, Cyberlaw, and Tech Ethics at Yale Law School and served as the first Executive Director of the Yale Information Society Project.
Dongwoo Kim (Canada)
Dongwoo Kim is a J.D. candidate and Massey College Junior Fellow at the University of Toronto. Prior to attending law school, Dongwoo was a program manager at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, where he led research initiatives on AI governance in Asia. His writing has appeared on publications such as The Diplomat, Policy Options, and the Globe and Mail. Dongwoo holds graduate degrees from the University of British Columbia and Peking University, where he was a Yenching Scholar.
Writankar Kundu (India)
Writankar is a techno-management professional with extensive experience across diverse profiles such as Project Leadership, Management Consulting, Account Management and Business Development. He has worked within multi-cultural setups and has successfully led teams while implementing high value technology projects for organizations across continental Europe and the Americas. His penchant for knowledge is unending, and as a keen life-long learner, his interests lie at the intersection of technology and its impact on society. Currently associated with Accenture (NYSE:ACN) as a Program Manager, Writankar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), India and a full-time MBA from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad, India. An avid reader and a quizzer, he likes to take off to the high Himalayas once in a while in search of his “Shangri-La”.
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.
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.
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.
Tamra has a strong interest in the intersection of technology, law, and policy, with a particular focus on responsible innovation, privacy, and data rights. In her current role as in-house counsel at a Fortune 100, global technology and defense company, she is responsible for overseeing a diverse docket of litigation and other disputes and is 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.
Prior to her current role, she spent nearly 15 years in the public sector – 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. 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.
Kushang Mishra (India)
Kushang Mishra is currently working with the India Migration Now as a Field Intern helping them in managing and overlooking field operations in Delhi-NCR with contractors, workers, and Chalo agents for the Chalo Network Initiative, a financial inclusion initiative by India Migration Now to provide suitable financial services to low income migrant households in India. I have also worked as a Research Analyst at the Aapti Institute, Bangalore where I supported the founders on research, social media handling, writing and proposal writing in the field of technology and policy. I got an opportunity to work on various projects like the AI Data Labelling Report which looked at the often overlooked work of data annotators and labellers in the AI supply chain. I have a Masters in Public Policy and Governance from the Azim Premji University. In the long term I want to pursue a PhD in Public Policy on issues around technology and how it impacts society, looking at it from an anthropological lens to understand how technology and digital governance impacts people on the ground.
Mélissa M’Raidi-Kechichian (Canada)
Mélissa graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Arts, majoring in Linguistics. Passionate about political science and law, she was a junior researcher for the Post-Soviet Quebec Network at the Montreal Institute of International Studies. She focused on disinformation on social media and online propaganda, as well as the impact of digital policies on activists in Russia and in the United States, using a comparative approach. During her time at university, Mélissa was involved in student associations, community organizing, and institutional and non-institutional activism. Her previous work experience mainly took place in the non-profit sector. She currently works independently at the intersection of democracy, technology, and activism, focusing on how digital spaces can be used by everyday citizens to bring meaningful and lasting change to their community. Prior to her current position, she worked as a research assistant, and was a coordinator at a national non-profit research center. Mélissa speaks fluent French, English, Spanish, and Russian.
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.
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
Diana Nyakundi (Kenya)
Diana Nyakundi is an Advocate of the
High Court of Kenya and a researcher at the intersection of digital technology and social justice. She is currently exploring the existing uses of technology, its interaction with users and impact on society to understand, shape and influence policy that will enable an expanded and most importantly, safe use of the internet and technology at large.
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.
Ananya Ramani (Thailand)
Ananya Ramani is Advocacy Director at Safe Place International. She is an international human rights lawyer and policy researcher with a focus on business & human rights as well as digital rights, in South and Southeast Asia. With a Masters in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law from the Geneva Academy, she has worked directly with grassroots communities; national, regional and international civil society organisations; the judiciary; and in developing policy for the government. Ananya has previously engaging in bringing the lived experiences of grassroots communities from Southeast Asia to the forefront, by building the first ASEAN regional coalition to Stop Digital Dictatorship as a way to collectively advocate for the protection and promotion of individual rights by governments and businesses in cyberspace.
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.
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.