Meet the team!

Trustee Board

Alexa Segal

Trustee

Paul Rodriguez

Trustee

Peju Oshisanya

Trustee

Nicholas Creagh

Trustee

Joe Massey

Trustee

Rebecca Hull

Trustee

Ursula Heng

Trustee

Hannan Ali

Trustee

Advisory Board

Tania Duarte

Co-founder

Nige Willson

Co-founder

Giulia Tomba

Research Advisor

Marissa Ellis

Strategy Advisor

Karolina Belwal

Workplace Equity Advisor

Marc Globot

Martech Advisor

Giovanna Jagger

Impact Advisor

Deepak Paramarand

AI Technology & Ethics Advisor

Kerry Sheehan

AI Communications and Engagement Advisor

Caroline Williams

Status Quo
Disruption Advisor

Sébastien A. Krier

AI Policy and
Ethics Advisor

Lea Gratch

Creative Advisor

Amy Ertan

Cyber Security Advisor

Charlie Pownall

Reputational Risk Advisor

Kevin Butler

Technology in HR Advisor

Nancy Roberts

Diversity and Inclusion Advisor

Volunteers

Natalja Dembek

Visual Designer

Adeola Gbakinro

Social Media Strategist

Yasmin Jones

Community Ambassador

Amara Bandukada

Research and Marketing Associate

Xuan Wang

Steering Lead

Ama Wiliams

Steering Lead

Sian Melonie

Marketing Lead

Alexa Segal

trustee

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.

Paul Rodriguez

trustee

Paul is our governance, assurance and risk specialist, bringing experience gained delivering full life-cycle programmes and projects for blue-chip clients across a range of industries. He’s currently a senior programme manager at Nest Corporation, a trust-based pension scheme set up by government to support the automatic enrolment policy. He has over 20 years consulting and delivery experience for PwC and IBM, and more recently in-house at Nest.

Peju Oshisanya

trustee

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.

Nicholas Creagh

trustee

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 Massey

trustee

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.

Rebecca Hull

trustee

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.

Ursula Heng

trustee

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 Ali

steering lead

Currently working as a Grants & Programmes Manager at the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation.

I have a small Colombian Coffee business that focuses on direct trade of single origin speciality coffee. I also work as a Candidate Assessor for the ICS programme at Restless Development.

I graduated in 2014 from the University of Greenwich with a 2:1 in BA Business Management. I have 5+ years experience in administration, community development, and management and have worked in Colombia, Kenya, and China. I speak English, Urdu, Spanish, and am learning Portuguese.

Tania Duarte

founder

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.

Nige Willson

Co-founder

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.

Giulia Tomba

research Advisor

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 Ellis

strategy advisor

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.

Karolina Belwal

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.

Marc Globot

martech advisor

Marc is an expert on marketing technology and digital platforms which leverage content and data with AI for delivering digital experiences to consumers across channels, he is particularly interested in the impact on online privacy and AI’s role.

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 in independent practice and developing an inclusive neurodiverse creative agency startup called Ina Ciel Digital.

Giovanna Jagger

Impact Advisor

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

Deepak Paramarand

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.

Kerry Sheehan Chart

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.

Caroline Williams

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.

Sébastien A. Krier

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.

Lea Gratch

creative advisor

A marketing strategist turned content producer

Amy Ertan

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.

Charlie Pownall

Reputational Risk Advisor

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.

Kevin Butler

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.

Nancy Roberts

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.

Natalja Dembek

visual designer

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!

Adeola Gbakinro

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 Jones​

Community Ambassador

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.

Amara Bandukada​

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.

Xuan Wang

steering lead

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 Wiliams

steering lead

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 Melonie

marketing lead

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