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Alexa is a qualified senior solicitor advocate, with over 10 years of corporate litigation investigations experience with UK based law firms, and working internationally.
This includes 6 years at Taylor Wessing LLP and 4 years at Macfarlanes LLP, where she advised on a broad range of matters including complex commercial and financial litigation, corporate and shareholder disputes, regulatory investigations and financial crime (including fraud and bribery). She is currently a senior lawyer at BT plc.
An advocate for diversity and inclusion in data generation in clinical research, Peju is passionate about raising awareness about the importance of including a more diverse popuation in research and the potential benefits of Artificial Intelligence in enabling this.
She is an innovative operational strategy expert with over 18 years experience relating to strategic programme leadership, planning and management of clinical trials across a number of blue-chip pharmaceutical organisations.
In her current role as director of programme management, she is responsible for both early and late phase drug development programmes in a pioneering startup that harnesses artificial intelligence to accelerate and enhance scientific discovery.
With over a decade of experience in data science and analytics, Nick focuses on using data to transform what an organisation is doing. Which means he understand how companies both succeed and fail to use data well, having made many of the mistakes himself!
When he finished his PhD in mathematics, he thought he put aside the theoretical for the practical, only to find now that what was theoretical then, is at the heart of business now. Having spent most of his career attempting to demystify data for himself, his team and his organisations, he’s keen to communicate both the advantages and disadvantages of AI more widely.
He focuses on building teams that create value, build products and create insights and stories that can truly transform companies and is specifically interested in how companies use data , both badly, and well.
Joe is a Researcher at Doteveryone, the responsible technology think tank, and is specifically interested in the intersection of technology and society.
With a background in Global Development and Economics, Joe has previously worked to build a peaceful future for Myanmar through the education of its young people.
Ursula is a senior engineering leader with over 15+ years of experience in the FMCG sector, having applied her skills at Unilever, Kimberly – Clark and Procter & Gamble.
Her experience includes leadership for Regional multi-million pound initiatives and driving strategic plans in both E-IMEA and North America. She serves on the Strategic Advisory Team for Research Infrastructure at the EPSRC, is a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society and Council member, as well as a member of the IET.
Her passions are the use of diverse thinking to deliver transformation, and the promotion of responsible technology to empower everyone.
Hannan is a Grants and Programmes Manager at a place-based grantmaker (Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation) working on donor-advised funds, national funding programmes, and an endowed trust. He also runs a micro impact business (Tierra Alta Coffee) promoting direct trade with small Colombian coffee farmers.
Occasionally, Hannan contracts as a Candidate Assessor for an International Citizen Service programme (Restless Development) and is an Associate Governor at his local college (Luton Sixth Form College).
He graduated in 2014 from the University of Greenwich with a 2:1 in BA Business Management; and has since gained 5+ years of experience in administration, community development, and small business management. Hannan has lived in Colombia, China, Kenya, Pakistan, the UK; speaks English, Urdu, Spanish, and is learning Portuguese.
Dr Robert Smith is a technologist, complexity scientist, entrepreneur, writer and sought-after public speaker. He is an artificial intelligence (A.I.) expert and has worked with clients, companies and institutions across the private and public sectors.
Having grown up in Alabama at the height of the Civil Rights movement, he has a deeply informed perspective on bias in algorithmic systems and is dedicated to the pursuit of human-readable and responsible A.I. He is the author of Rage Inside the Machine: The Prejudice of Algorithms and How to Stop The Internet Making Bigots of Us All. He the CTO of Mirza, a company that is developing tech to help close the gender pay gap.
He is a Senior Fellow of the Computer Science Faculty at University College London where he co-founded the Centre for Decision-Making Uncertainty. He also co-founded and co-created BOXARR Ltd., a company whose technology helps people cope with some of the world’s most complex industrial challenges.
Tania set up We and AI after becoming increasingly concerned at the lack of governance around AI, during her time engaging businesses in the potential of emerging tech at DisruptionHub.
Prior to this Tania had thirty years experience in business and project management, including 2 successful start-up exits, and advising a wide range of companies across multiple sectors. She has built B2B and B2C brands, market strategies and marketing functions of innovative fast growth companies, and recently devised and launched The Disruption50 Index awards scheme to uncover and celebrate the UK’s most disruptive businesses.
With over 30 years industry experience, Nigel has spent the last 20 years at Microsoft in his last role as European CTO.
He is now working independently as Global Influencer, Speaker and Advisor on Artificial Intelligence and he is ranked amongst the top 20 Artificial Intelligence Influencers in the World.
After more than 10 years spent in academia studying physical and chemical phenomena at the molecular scale, Giulia Tomba made a move towards the bigger picture by contributing to the strategic development of one of the newest priority areas at the Wellcome Trust, Data for Science and Health.
Now working as a freelance researcher and writer, her current interests range from big data and AI, to scientific and tech innovations.
Marissa is a strategy, product and change consultant and the founder of Diversily. Her 20 years in tech has covered areas such as digital innovation, data analytics & business intelligence.
Diversily is on a mission to help others to drive positive change through their self service frameworks and workshops that cover change, inclusion and leadership. Their flagship tool The Change Canvas is supporting positive change all around the world.
Technology in HR Advisor
Karolina Belwal is the founder of Afterthird, a community focused on supporting new and expecting parents. Karolina believes better support for new parents is key for gender equality at work.
Karolina is a mom of two. She has an MBA from the University of Michigan and her professional background is in Business Strategy for large corporations, mostly in the Finance sector. When her first was born she experienced undiagnosed postpartum depression that lasted over a year. This experience inspired her to share stories with other parents and build Afterthird.
Digital customer technology advisor
Marc is an expert on marketing technology and digital customer platforms which leverage content and data with AI for delivering personalised digital experiences to consumers across channels. He is particularly interested in the impact on online privacy and AI’s role in shaping behaviour from data-driven predictive models.
Marc has 30 years of experience in technology leadership in creative and marketing agencies and most recently at Accenture, working with global brands as well as public sector and nonprofit clients. He is now in independent consulting practice at Xacam and developing an inclusive neurodiverse tech startup called Ina Ciel Digital.
A decade of working with businesses to help them achieve a purpose led, efficient and profitable work methodology through designing tailored strategies.
Passionate about Tech Solutions and very invested in startups
CEO of Panoptic Global Solutions, Head of BD and Co Founder of WokenUp, Strategic Advisor to 3 startups at seed stage
AI Technology & Ethics Advisor
Deepak is a widely travelled technologist who has gone from BI to AI and everything in between. Across 3 continents he has built AI products in B2B and B2C space one dealing with Natural Language Processing and the other in real time Computer Vision technology.
Most recently he won customer appreciation and internal accolades for his work on evaluating fairness and bias in AI. A consummate public speaker he loves talking AI to professionals, graduates, school children as he tries to decode AI for everyone. At WeandAI Deepak lends technology expertise to the team and helps communicate complex AI in simple to understand terms using everyday examples.
ai communications and engagement advisor
Kerry is a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of PR with extensive experience directing communication and marketing functions in agency and in-house at businesses, brands and in Governments.
With over 15 years’ experience in government, technology, B2C and B2B sectors, Kerry has proven success developing and implementing AI strategies.
Kerry is Chair of the globally-leading Artificial Intelligence in Public Relations panel looking at the implications and opportunities of AI in the PR, communications and marketing communications industry and also advising the industry and business on ethical AI implementation and PR.
Kerry is a member of the CIPR Council and the International Data Science Foundation, and is the first PR in the world to graduate from Dame Wendy Hall’s (worldwide web) Fundamentals of Data, AI and Machine Learning for Business university course.
Kerry is part of the UK Government Communications Service.
STATUS QUO DISRUPTION Advisor
Founder, Head Rebel, Banjo player and activist based in the Netherlands.
If you want technology to be more inclusive, then you need to make room for people to learn it today, apply it tomorrow and bring it back to their communities.
I go to work every day teaching practical data science and building inclusive data communities.
AI POLICY AND ETHICS ADVISOR
Sébastien A. Krier is a lawyer and an AI policy and ethics expert who previously advised the Office for Artificial Intelligence, a government joint-unit responsible for designing and overseeing the implementation of the United Kingdom’s AI strategy.
He now helps public and private organizations design strategies/policies that maximize the benefits of AI, while minimizing potential costs and risks. Séb has also represented the UK at various panels and multilateral organizations such as the D9, the EU Commission, and the OECD.
He is also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and holds a Master’s in Public Administration and Management from University College London.
A marketing strategist turned content producer
Cyber Security Advisor
Amy is a cyber security PhD researcher at Royal Holloway (University of London), researching the security consequences of AI-enabled technology in military and defence spaces. Through her research, Amy is a non-resident fellow at the Belfer Center – University of Harvard, and a visiting fellow scholar with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.
Amy is interested in designing ‘responsible AI’ process to account for unforeseen or unintended consequences of AI innovation, including exploring the human aspects of security and privacy. Amy is a Data Protection Fellow at the Institute for Technology and Society (Rio de Janeiro), where she has lectured on AI oversight requirements, and she has also volunteered with Not-Equal campaigning for responsible use of algorithms in the public sector.
Amy has previously worked across digital innovation and cyber intelligence for financial institutions, and holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Reputation and Communication Advisor and Trainer
Charlie is a reputation and communications advisor and trainer who has worked extensively with international bodies, governments and companies across the world to build their profiles, communicate more effectively, and manage their reputations.
A former speechwriter and journalist, he is particularly interested in AI, cyber, mis/disinformation, and social media. Author of Managing Online Reputation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Charlie speaks regularly on reputation and communications at conferences, business schools and universities.
Technology in HR Advisor
Kevin is our expert on technology in HR. He is the founder and MD of Centigy, a technology vendor selection consultancy.
He has over 15 years’ experience working for tech firms such as SAP, Sage and IBM. Furthermore, he is a member of the Brunel University Centre for AI and has delivered keynote speeches on the subject of ‘AI Adoption’ for BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and CogX.
Diversity and Inclusion Advisor
Nancy is an experienced entrepreneur and a domain expert in diversity and inclusion. She is the founder and CEO of Umbrella, providing technology-enabled tools and services to empower businesses to improve diversity and inclusion, and founder of successful diversity consultancy Business Inclusivity, which operates as a social enterprise.
She is a highly skilled leader with 20 years of experience, including at board level. She holds a BA, two MAs, and a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Theory, and an Exec MBA from Cranfield University.
AI Ethics and Regulatory Advisor
Dr. Ansgar Koene is Global AI Ethics and Regulatory Leader at EY (Ernst & Young) where he supports the AI Lab’s Policy activities on Trusted AI. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research institute (University of Nottingham) where he contributes to the policy impact and public engagement activities of the institute and the ReEnTrust and UnBias projects. As part of this work Ansgar has provided evidence to parliamentary inquiries, co-authored a report on Bias in Algorithmic Decision-Making for the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, and was lead author of a Science Technology Options Assessment report for the European Parliament on “a Governance Framework for Algorithmic Accountability and Transparency”.
Technology for SDGs Advisor
Damola is an IT professional with core extensive experience in digital transformation, information systems, service management, process re-engineering & automation, and technology advisory.
He is currently the CIO at AppZone, a financial technology service provider and responsible for digital transformation initiatives, technology advisory, and process improvement. Damola is interested in the design and adoption of non-biased AI artefacts that captures inclusion and diversity for solutions purposely built to achieve SDGs.
Damola has worked with top firms including AppZone, ConceptNova, and MasterCard TPP and holds a Ph.D. in Information systems from University of South Africa.
Business Ethics Advisor
Bryony works on ethics and responsible business. She currently leads on ethics at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, where she oversees the Code of Ethics and writes extensively on topics relating to professional ethics and wider corporate responsibility. She previously held roles in ethics and compliance, procurement, and supply chain risk at Centrica.
She is a graduate of the University of Oxford, having studied geography with a focus on geopolitics, and is currently studying for an MBA with Quantic School of Business and Technology.
Research and Marketing Associate
Amara is a skilled Marketing Communications and Business Development professional. She has worked on projects in the field of Information services, Advertising and NGOs addressing varied cultural audiences across South Asia, the Middle East and the West.
Her love for conversations and intensive research feeds her curiosity while complimenting her skills. Amara is highly passionate about leveraging her prowess to projects that leave footprints in the world and explore means to integrate tech and AI for social good.
I’m a London-based visual designer who works across multiple disciplines, such as brand identity, web design and UX.
I love combining beautiful visuals with strategy to help founders and businesses connect with their ideal audience.
My clients are based abroad, as well as in the UK, which has helped me develop a special understanding of the international market.
I believe in human-first design, supportive business culture and building a better internet together!
I am a banking salesperson turned data scientist.
I have studied Maths, Economics and Scientific Computation and also have 4 years of industry experience. I love applying maths to scientific, real world problems while talking about the social impact my models will have.
Health Working Group
Faisal Nawaz is a fifth year medical student at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai, UAE. He is also the Co-founder of Students Against COVID, a Strategy Lead for the Clinician Engineer Hub in the UK and a research intern at Al Jalila Children’s Hospital in the UAE.
He is actively involved in research with ongoing projects on Mental Disorders, Artifical Intelligence, Critical Care and Obesity.In addition, he has an interest in studying the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Medicine and in bridging this gap using social media.
Climate Change, Health & Social
CARE WORKING GROUP
My life is mostly driven by discovery and curiosity. I am passionate about solving complex problems, which is why I study Artificial Intelligence and Robotics: it’s another way of creating an impact. There is so much opportunity in automatic systems and the way we can apply AI in everyday life. I want to be a part of progressing in the right direction. I like thinking about different scenarios, designing and creating new machines, connecting all the parts, programming an algorithm and bringing a robot to life. And I think it is very important to show our society what potential these systems hold for our future.
Aside from mechanical and technological advances, I also like to look at AI and Robotics from all kinds of perspectives, especially the ethical parts. In order to coexist with intelligent systems, we need to understand how they work and what influences their decisions.
Laura is a Creative Copywriter and Producer specialising in tech. She’s passionate about using creativity to tell compelling, exciting and inclusive stories about the future technologies that are changing our world.
Currently, Laura is producing the We and AI podcast, ‘Investigating the Invisible’. You can take a look at more of her work on her website linked below.
Working Group member
Cheryl is an International Relations and Economics student at SOAS, University of London. Hailing from Singapore, she has done research for the government as an intern in the areas of mis/disinformation, cloud technologies and AI.
She is interested in development, in areas like sustainability or how technology can be used for good. Coming from a traditionally non-technical background, she likes to look at how AI can be used from different perspectives and its influence today.
Ricardo has a well-rounded HR generalist background with business partner experience. With a strategic remit in managing and delivering large-scale HR programmes, he has worked across the public, private and non-for-profit sectors. From his background in tech, he is particularly interested about the intersection between AI and people management strategies.
With a masters from Queen Mary University of London in HR Management, Ricardo specialised through his dissertation in people analytics and the power of AI for predicting human behaviour. Other points of interest are the forth industrial revolution and its impact in employment relations.
Rebecca leads Manifesto’s delivery function, providing oversight and direction on project portfolios from inception through to completion on client digital transformation projects.
Rebecca has a wealth of experience managing technology and business change programmes designed to support the delivery of fundraising, marketing and self-serve initiatives.
social media strategist
Adeola is digital marketing freelancer who specialises in social media, blog writing and web development.
She has worked with various NGO’s developing their online brand and email marketing techniques. Adeola is the founder of Uplift The Next Generation, an organisation that connects young people from diverse backgrounds with professionals.
Yasmin is currently a software engineer intern and consultant.
She also partakes in ‘Code First Girls’ programs, as it’s important to expose women and the BAME community to a sector in which they’re under-represented in.
I am a philosopher turned software engineer. I am interested in using technology to improve people’s lives, using ethical engineering design and promoting better understanding and easier access to data.
Ama has a background in product design consultancy, but in recent years has worked as a product manager on mobile payment technology (Mastercard), analysis tools (Arup), learning management systems and insuretech (John Lewis).
She believes healthy products are built from consistent questioning and positive feedback loops that involve a diverse set of thoughts and people.
Sian is a marketeer with over 12 years experience. She has worked with various organisations including Which?
Guardian Newspapers and ODEON Cinemas working on various digital transformation projects, she is particularly interested in AI’s role for our future and the numerous organisations developing it and we can protect ourselves from biases