Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators



Hans Akkermans (w4ra.org, the Netherlands)

Hans Akkermans is professor of Business Informatics (emeritus) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is the Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Network Institute at Amsterdam that studies the interaction between digital technology and society, in which researchers from the faculties of social sciences, humanities, law, economics, and informatics participate.  He has worked for many years in knowledge engineering & management, information systems and innovative e-business modelling, with for example applications and innovations in smart electricity distribution networks and the sustainable energy transition that have been internationally field-deployed and are now in industrial and commercial use. His current research interests focus on the interdisciplinary research, education and community service program W4RA (Web alliance for Regreening in Africa). He is co-chair of DigHum’s Curriculum Working Group. He holds a cum laude PhD in theoretical physics in the field of nuclear reactions from the University of Groningen.


Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Institute for Experiential AI, Northeastern University, USA)

Ricardo Baeza-Yates is Research Professor at the Institute for Experiential AI of Northeastern University. He is also part-time professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and Universidad de Chile in Santiago. Before, he was VP of Research at Yahoo Labs, based in Barcelona, Spain, and later in Sunnyvale, California, from 2006 to 2016. He is co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook published by Addison-Wesley in 1999 and 2011 (2nd ed), that won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award. From 2002 to 2004 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society and between 2012 and 2016 was elected for the ACM Council. Since 2010 is a founding member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2009 he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow, among other awards and distinctions. He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989, and his areas of expertise are web search and data mining, information retrieval, bias on AI, data science and algorithms in general.


Anna Bon (VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Anna Bon is researcher and lecturer in Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Maastricht University, and senior project manager at VU Amsterdam’s International Office (CIS Centre for International Cooperation). She directs the interdisciplinary research, education and community service program W4RA (Web alliance for Regreening in Africa). Her interdisciplinary research centers around how innovative context-aware technologies can be developed in a co-creative way to support local value chains and improve food security, serving especially smallholder farmers and communities in Africa’s drylands.  Her international projects include digital voice-service support  for local cereal seeds value networks in West Africa (Mali); ICT4D Community Service Learning in rural Sarawak, Malaysia; Sustainability and Ethics in Digital Development; AI for Sustainable Development, and the Amsterdam Digital Divide. Anna Bon is a Senior Editor of the Electronic Journal for Information Systems in Developing Countries.


Pilar del Castillo (European Parliament)

Former Minister of Education and Culture from 2000 to 2004, del Castillo was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2004. She is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) and belongs to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).  

She has been, among others, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the European Electronic Communications Code; the Telecoms Single Market Regulation; the Directive on Security of Networks and Information Systems for the ITRE committee; the Regulation on the Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications’ (BEREC); the report on Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe and the Report “A Digital Agenda for Europe: 2015.eu.

She is Co-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Digital Intergroup and member of the European Parliament Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age.

She is the Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community.

Del Castillo is Vice President of the European Energy Forum and member of the Transatlantic Policy Network and the Board of Knowledge4Innovation (K4I).

Del Castillo is Professor in Political Science and Administration. She obtained a PhD in Law from Universidad Complutense. Before, she had attended Ohio State University on a Fulbright scholarship, graduating with a Master’s degree in Political Science. She was the Executive President of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (Sociology Research Centre) from 1996 to 2000.


Cristiano Codagnone (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain | Università degli studi di Milano, Italy)

Cristiano Codagnone is Aggregate Professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC, Department of Communication Studies) and Researcher at Università degli studi di Milano (Department of Social and Political Sciences). In the course of his academic career he has served as civil servant at the United Nations (2003-2004) and at the European Union (2009-2011; 2015-2016). Since 2005 he has designed and conducted more than 70s applied policy research studies for international organisations, national and local governments, including experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations in varioius policy domains (consumers’ protection, healthcare, industrial policy, R&D policy, social and labour market policies, and in the domain of digital tranformation). His experience in applied policy research is reflected in the two books published in 2018: Scienza in vendita (Egea) and Platform Economics: Reality and Rethoric in the ‘Sharing Economy’ (Emerald Publishing). Codagnone mixed throughout his professional career an interest for high-level social and economic theory, empirical research, and for their practical and concrete applications. He is a public speakers and has been keynote speakers in various high level ministerial conferences and various other accademic and policy events.


Roberto Di Cosmo (INRIA, France)

An alumnus of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of PisaRoberto Di Cosmo was associate professor for almost a decade at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. In 1999, he became a Computer Science full professor at University Paris Diderot, where he was head of doctoral studies for Computer Science from 2004 to 2009. A trustee of the IMDEA Software institute, and member of the national committee for Open Science in France, he is currently on leave at Inria.

His research activity spans theoretical computing, functional programming, parallel and distributed programming, the semantics of programming languages, type systems, rewriting and linear logic, and, more recently, the new scientific problems posed by the general adoption of Free Software, with a particular focus on static analysis of large software collections. He has published over 20 international journals articles and 50 international conference articles.

After creating the Free Software thematic group of Systematic, that helped fund over 50 Open Source research and development collaborative projects, and IRILL, a research structure dedicated to Free and Open Source Software quality, he got support from Inria to create Software Heritage, with the mission to build the universal archive of all the source code publicly available, in partnership with UNESCO.


Saa Dittoh (UDS, Ghana)

Professor Saa Dittoh is an agricultural development and food systems economist with the West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA) at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale in (Northern) Ghana. He has special interest in the promotion of smallholder agriculture in relation to food and nutrition security, sustainable agricultural and food systems, irrigation and agricultural water management technologies, sustainable natural resources management, ICT for rural development and participatory learning approaches. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE).  He has been a consultant to several international, continental and national organizations for decades, including UNICEF, WFP, FAO, IFAD, The World Bank, AfDB, World Vision, USAID, DFID, EU and others.  He participated actively in the development of Ghana’s Medium Term Agriculture Sector Development Plans (METASIP I and II), Ghana’s Long Term Development Plan (2018 – 2057) and several other national and continental development endeavors. Prof. Dittoh has been Head of Department, Dean of Faculty, Dean of Students and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the UDS.


Margot Dor

Strategy Director of ETSI a European Standards Organization, driver of the Carl Bildt Report on Strategic Standardisation for Europe in the Digital Era

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Nikolaus Forgó (University of Vienna, Austria)

Nikolaus Forgó is Professor of IT and IP Law and Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law of the University of Vienna, where he is also the head of the Postgraduate Program for Information- and Media Law, founded by himself. Until 2017, he was Professor for IT-Law and Legal Informatics at Leibniz University Hannover, where he also served as Head of the Institute for Legal Informatics, as Data Protection Officer, and as Chief Information Officer. From 2013 to 2017, he was Director of the Research Center L3S in Hanover. He has conducted extensive dogmatic and third-party funded research for European, German and Austrian clients regarding questions of IT law, in particular data protection and data security law, and engaged in evaluation and consulting activities for the European Commission, the German Research Foundation, the German Ethics Council as well as various German and Austrian ministries, among others. Since March 2017, Prof Forgó is serving as member of the Digitalisation Council of Lower Saxony and since July 2018 as expert member of the Data Protection Council of the Republic of Austria. more details


Alfonso Fuggetta (Politecnico di Milano)

Alfonso Fuggetta is Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano.

Since 2003, he’s been appointed Scientific Director of Cefriel (the innovation center of several Universities of Milan, the Lombardy Region and 17 multinational companies).

In past years, he has been a member of several committees of the Italian Government including the Government Committee on Open Source Software in the Public Administration. He has also collaborated with AIPA, CNIPA, Department of Innovation of the Italian Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Education and University. He also regularly collaborates with Regione Lombardia and other local and regional administrations.
He was member of several program committees for international conferences and of editorial boards of scientific journals.

He’s also been Faculty Associate at the Institute for Software Research of University of California, Irvine.


Carlo Ghezzi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Carlo Ghezzi is an Emeritus Professor at Politecnico di Milano, where he has been teaching and doing research for over 40 years. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, member of Academia Europaea, and member of the Italian Academy of Sciences (Istituto Lombardo). He received the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award. He has been President of Informatics Europe. He has done research on programming languages and software engineering. He has published over 200 papers in international journals and conferences and co-authored 6 books. He is interested in the ethical implications of research in computer science. He is currently chairing the Ethics Committee at Politecnico di Milano.


Barbara J. Grosz (Harvard, USA)

Barbara J. Grosz is Higgins Research Professor of Natural Sciences in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Her groundbreaking contributions to Artificial Intelligence include pioneering research in dialogue processing and in theories of multi-agent collaboration and their application to human-computer interaction. Recent research has explored ways these theories can improve computer system design for health care coordination and science education. Professor Grosz co-founded Harvard’s Embedded Ethics program, which integrates teaching of ethical reasoning into core computer science courses. She is known for leading roles in the establishment and leadership of interdisciplinary institutions and contributions to the advancement of women in science. Grosz received the 2009 ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award, the 2015 IJCAI Award for Research Excellence, and the 2017 Association for Computational Linguistics Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society, and fellow of several scientific and multi-disciplinary societies.


Lynda Hardman (CWI – Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam and Utrecht University)

Prof. Lynda Hardman (http://www.cwi.nl/~lynda/) is Manager Research & Strategy at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam, (https://www.cwi.nl) and Professor of Multimedia Discourse Interaction at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

She is the director of Amsterdam Data Science (http://amsterdamdatascience.nl), a network organization whose mission is to strengthen the Data Science and AI ecosystem that spans academia, industry and society in the Amsterdam region.

She is the European director of LIAMA (http://liama.ia.ac.cn), a research collaboration since 1997 between INRIA (France), CWI and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Hinda Haned (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Hinda Haned is Senior Lead Data Analytics at Janssen Biologics (Leiden, The Netherlands). She supports and manages different data science projects for process improvement and optimization. She is also an endowed professor of data science at the University of Amsterdam, where she researches with her team responsible AI methods.


Walter Hötzendorfer (Research Institute – Digital Human Rights Center )

Walter Hötzendorfer is a Senior Researcher at the Research Institute – Digital Human Rights Center in Vienna. He studied business information systems at the Vienna University of Technology and law at the Universities of Vienna and Sheffield. After working in legal consulting and software engineering, he was a Researcher at the University of Vienna Centre for Computers and Law from 2011 to 2016, where he worked in several national and international research projects and did a PhD on Data Protection and Privacy by Design in Federated Identity Management. Dr. Hötzendorfer advises various types of organisations on the implementation of the DSGVO, is a lecturer at universities in Austria and abroad and the author of numerous publications on data protection law, privacy by design, privacy engineering, network and information security (NIS) and related topics. He is a permanent advisor of the Austrian Red Cross on data protection and is involved in the development of the organisation’s Stop Corona App with a special focus on privacy by design.


Deborah G. Johnson (University of Virginia, USA)

Deborah G. Johnson recently retired as the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program in the School of Engineering at the University of Virginia.  Best known for her work on computer ethics and engineering ethics, Johnson’s research examines the ethical, social, and policy implications of technology, especially information technology.


Jeff Kramer (Imperial College London, UK)

Jeff Kramer is Professor of Computing at Imperial College London. He was Head of the Department of Computing from 1999 to 2004, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2006 to 2009 and Senior Dean and Member of Council from 2009 to 2012.

His research work is primarily concerned with software engineering, with particular emphasis on evolving software architectures, behaviour analysis, and self organising adaptive software systems. He has published 2 books and over 200 papers. He has been involved in many major conferences and journals, notably as general co-chair of ICSE 2010 in Cape Town, and Editor in Chief of IEEE TSE from 2006 to 2010. 

His awards include the 2005 ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award and the 2011 ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the ACM, and a Member of Academia Europaea.


Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer (UNIMAS, Malaysia)

Professor Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer is Director of the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations (ISITI) and Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). He received his PhD in Computer Science from the Graz University of Technology, Austria.  His research covers areas of Intelligent systems, Indigenous Knowledge Management and Technology-enhanced Learning. Particularly impactful has been his work with remote rural communities across the country, innovating technology-based learning to serve marginalized rural communities in Malaysia and South East Asia. In recognition of his work, he has won numerous awards at the national and international levels including the coveted “Anugerah Tokoh Akademik” and the Vice-Chancellor’s innovation award.


James Larus (EPFL, Switzerland)

James Larus is Professor and Dean of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). Prior to joining IC in October 2013, Larus was a researcher, manager, and director in Microsoft Research for over 16 years and an assistant and associate professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Since March 2020, James has co-led the DP3T decentralized privacy-preserving contract tracing project, which proposed the protocol adopted by Google and Apple for their Exposure Notification system, one the basis for most COVID-19 contract tracing apps throughout the world. DP3T also built the Swiss app, SwissCovid.


Edward A. Lee (UC Berkeley, USA)

Edward A. Lee has been working on software systems for 40 years and has recently turned to philosophical and societal implications of technology. After education at Yale, MIT, and Bell Labs, he landed at Berkeley, where he is now Professor of the Graduate School in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. His research focuses on cyber-physical systems, which integrate computing with the physical world. He is author of several textbooks and two general-audience books, The Coevolution: The Entwined Futures and Humans and Machines (2020) and Plato and the Nerd: The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology (2017)

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Jeanne Lenders  (European Commission)

Jeanne Lenders is a Policy Officer in the Gender Sector of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD). She is responsible for gender-sensitive research and innovation content under Horizon Europe, including in the field of Artificial Intelligence, as well as R&I policies relating to the impact of Covid-19 on gender equality. Due to her previous experience in working with refugee and migrant women, she is particularly interested in an inclusive gender approach, which considers intersections with other social categories, such as ethnicity, socio-economic status, disability and sexual orientation.


June Lowery-Kingston (European Commission)

June Lowery is Head of Unit and Deputy to the Director at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CNECT). She has worked for the EU institutions in Luxembourg for the past 25 years in a wide variety of fields including publications, finance, logistics, and digital inclusion. Her current responsibilities include web accessibility, language technology and online safety for children, and she is the CNECT equality coordinator. She is committed to making the digital world more accessible, secure and inclusive. 
In addition to her day job, she remains culturally active in the Luxembourg theatre scene, as playwright, actor and theatre producer.


Ciaran Martin

UK, first CEO of the GCHQ/National Cybersecurity Centre, the leading UK government agency in cybersecurity, Oxford University (Blavatnik School of Government)

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Sunimal Mendis (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

Sunimal Mendis is an Assistant Professor in Intellectual Property Law at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) of the Tilburg University, The Netherlands. She holds a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich (awarded by the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich) and was a Fellow of the 2020 Research Sprint on AI and Platform Governance organized by the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin. Her research explores issues at the interface of intellectual property (IP) law, the digital economy and digital culture and focuses on the need to calibrate current legal, regulatory and policy frameworks in order to render IP law a more effective tool for optimizing social and economic value creation within the new digital environment.


George Metakides (President of Digital Enlightenment Forum, Visiting Professor, University of Southampton)

George Metakides is visiting professor at the University of Southampton, Adjunct Professor at the European University of Cyprus, President of the Digital Enlightenment Forum, and Advisor to several international organizations. He is involved in the analysis of the economic, political and social impact of digitization, related cybersecurity, data protection and regulatory issues and the promotion of international cooperation towards a digital ecosystem respecting shared human values.)

With a Ph.D. in Mathematical Logic earned from Cornell University in 1971, he pursued an academic career at MIT, Cornell and Rochester University before returning to Greece as Chair of Logic at the University of Patras. Since 1984 he has held senior positions with responsibility for Research & Development policy, funding and international co-operation in European institutions including the Directorship of the ESPRIT program

He has contributed to the establishment of international institutions (including the launch of the World Wide Web consortium in 1993), has received a number of awards and honorary degrees and is a corresponding member of several National Academies.


Lokke Moerel (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

Lokke Moerel is professor of global ICT law at Tilburg University and Senior of Counsel with the leading global technology law firm Morrison & Foerster (Brussels). She provides strategic advice to the world’s most complex multinational organizations on global implementation of new technologies, digital transformation and cyber security.

In 2020, she co-authored (together with Prof. Dr. Paul Timmers), the public advice Reflections on Digital Sovereignty, in assignment of the University of Utrecht 2020 Annual Constitutional Law Conference, available in English on EU Cyber Direct

Lokke is a member of the Dutch Cyber Security Council (the advisory body of the Dutch cabinet on cybersecurity), member of the Monitoring Committee of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code, cyber expert on the European Commission’s Horizon2020 Innovation Program and member of the Ethics Board that reviewed the implementation of the Covid tracing app in assignment of the Dutch government.

Lokke received the 2018 International Law Office Client Choice Award for Best Internet & Technology lawyer Germany andthe 2018 Acquisition International Global Excellence Award for Most Influential Woman in Data Protection Law.

See for her Tedx talk on AI and Ethics.


Julian Nida-Rümelin (LMU München, Germany) 

Julian Nida-Rümelin is professor of philosophy and political theory at the University of Munich (LMU). He studied physics, mathematics, philosophy and political science, he has a PhD and habilitation in philosophy. He was president of the German Philosophical Association and stateminister for culture in the national german government under chancellor Gerhard Schröder. His main fields of research are theory of rationality, ethics, and political philosophy.

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Helga Nowotny (Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria and Former President of the ERC)

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of ETH Zurich and Former President of the European Research Council, ERC. Currently she is Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria and Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her active engagement in scientific advisory boards includes the Walling Falls Foundation; Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings ; Complexity Science Hub Vienna (Chair); Centre de la Recherche Interdisciplinaire, CRI, in Paris; Institut des Etudes Avancées, Paris and others. She has received numerous awards from Academies of Science and Honorary Doctorates from Universities in Europe and abroad, most recently an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oxford and the Leibniz- Medal from the BBAW in Berlin. Her latest book publications are „The Cunning of Uncertainty“ (2015) and „An Orderly Mess“ (2017). more details


Irina Orssich (European Commission)

Irina Orssich is working for the European Commission, in the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). She is heading the Sector for Artificial Intelligence Policy. Her responsibilities include ethical and regulatory aspects of Artificial Intelligence. A German national, she has a law degree and a postgraduate degree in European law. Previous responsibilities have included posts in the audio-visual sector and as legal adviser for competition and state aid law.


Jan-Hendrik Passoth (ENS / Viadrina, Germany)

Jan-Hendrik Passoth is Professor of Sociology of Technology and head of the Science & Technology Studies group at the European New School for Digital Studies at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. After studying sociology, political science, and computer science and earning a doctorate in Hamburg, he was a postdoctoral research associate in Bielefeld and Berlin and head of a research group at the Munich Center for Technology in Society in Munich, as well as a visiting scholar at Indiana University, Pennsylvania State University, and Stellenbosch University. His research focusses on the role of digital infrastructures for democracy and politics, on software development as responsible social practice and on the possibilities of intervention in and critique of digitization projects through critical design.


Erich Prem (eutema & TU Wien, Austria)

DDr. Erich Prem is chief RTI strategy advisor and CEO of eutema GmbH. He is an internationally renowned expert in research and innovation strategy with more than two decades of work experience in research and innovation management and RTDI policy. Erich Prem is a certified managerial economist and works scientifically in artificial intelligence, research politics, innovation research and epistemology. He published more than 70 scientific papers and was a guest researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Dr. phil. (epistemology) from the University of Vienna, his Dr.tech. from TU Vienna where he also completed his master’s in computer science (Dipl.Ing). He was a lecturer at TU Vienna’s Informatics Innovation Center. He received his MBA in General Management from Donau University.


Elissa M. Redmiles (Microsoft Research)

Dr. Elissa M. Redmiles is a faculty member and research group leader of the Digital Harm group at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. She additionally serves as a consultant and researcher at multiple institutions, including Microsoft Research and Facebook. Dr. Redmiles uses computational, economic, and social science methods to understand users’ security, privacy, and online safety-related decision-making processes. Her work has been featured in popular press publications such as Scientific American, Wired, Business Insider, Newsweek, Schneier on Security, and CNET and has been recognized with multiple Distinguished Paper Awards at USENIX Security and the John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Research Award. Dr. Redmiles received her B.S. (Cum Laude), M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. As a graduate student, she was supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, and a Facebook Fellowship.


Ron Roozendaal (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, The Netherlands)

Ron Roozendaal is director of Information Policy and CIO of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. He is responsible for Information Policy in the health care sector (e.g. big data, cybersecurity, cybersecurity, identification and authentication and interoperability), the functioning of the Dutch Healthcare Information Council and quality assurance as to the aspect of information and ICT in the activities of the Ministry. Furthermore, he is also the director of the Programme Directorate tasked with the development of digital solutions to address the COVID-19 pandemic, e.g. national notification app (CoronaMelder) and now the test and vaccination certificate app. Prior, he worked as Ministry of Agriculture (CIO) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He holds degrees in both Informatics and Psychology.


Marc Rotenberg (Center for AI and Digital Policy, USA)

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 for digital policy, 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. 


Stuart Russell (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

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 over 1400 universities in 128 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.


Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Viola Schiaffonati is associate professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of Politecnico di Milano, where she teaches Computer Ethics and Philosophy of Computer Science. Her main research interests include: the philosophical issues of artificial intelligence and robotics,  the epistemology and methodology of experiments in computer engineering and autonomous robotics, the analysis of the ethical issues of intelligent and autonomous systems. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Università di Genova. She has been visiting scholar at the Department of Philosophy of the University of California at Berkeley and visiting researcher at the Suppes Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Science and Technology of the Stanford University.


Georg Serentschy

advisor on telecoms and IT, senior advisor SquirePattonBoggs, Board of Directors International Telecommunications Society, former Head of BEREC (European Telecoms Regulators)

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Ben Shneiderman (University of Maryland, USA)

BEN SHNEIDERMAN (http://www.cs.umd.edu/~ben) is an Emeritus Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (http://hcil.umd.edu) at the University of Maryland.  He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, NAI, and the Visualization Academy and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He has received six honorary doctorates in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. His widely-used contributions include the clickable highlighted web-links, high-precision touchscreen keyboards for mobile devices, and tagging for photos.  Shneiderman’s information visualization innovations include dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps for viewing hierarchical data, novel network visualizations for NodeXL, and event sequence analysis for electronic health records.


Allison Stanger (Middlebury College, USA)

Allison Stanger is 2020-21 SAGE Sara Miller McCune Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress; Russell Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She is the author of Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump (Chinese edition under contract) and One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy, both with Yale University Press. She is the co-editor (with W. Brian Arthur and Eric Beinhocker) of Complexity Economics (SFI Press). Stanger’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post. She has been called to testify before Congress on five occasions and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Stanger received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.


Guglielmo Tamburrini (University of Naples, Italy)

Guglielmo Tamburrini is Philosophy of Science and Technology Professor at Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy (Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology). His main research interests include the ethics of human interactions with robotic and AI systems. 

He was coordinator of the first European project on the ethics of robotics (CA ETHICBOTS, 2005-2008, VI FP). In 2014, he was awarded the Giulio Preti International Prize by the Regional Parliament of Tuscany for his research and teaching on ethical implications of ICT and robotic technologies. He is member of ICRAC (International Committee for Robot Arms Control).


Paul Timmers (Oxford University, UK | European University, Cyprus)

Research Associate Oxford University/Political Sciences, Adjunct Prof European University Cyprus, former European Commission Director for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity

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Moshe Y. Vardi (Rice University, USA)

With over 50,000 citations, Moshe Vardi is one of the most cited computer scientists worldwide. Since 1993, Moshe Vardi has been a professor at Rice University (Texas, USA). He is a leading researcher in the field of logic applications in computer science and plays a leading role in the discussion of the role of computer science in society. The lectures and articles by Moshe Vardi on the implications of robotics and artificial intelligence (up to the question of whether intelligent robots are stealing your job) have strongly influenced public discourse. Until 2017, he served as Editor‐in‐Chief of Communications of the ACM (CACM). Moshe Y. Vardi studied Physics and Computer Science at BarIlan University and at Weizmann Institute. He received his doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel). He spent several years in various positions at top institutions such as the Hebrew University, Stanford University and the IBM Research Center in San Jose (USA). more details


Michael Veale (University College London, UK)

Dr Michael Veale is a lecturer in Digital Rights and Regulation at the Faculty of Laws, University College London. He researches into digital technology, policy and power, and publishes in computer science, law and human computer interaction. He has authored and co-authored several influential reports with and for organisations such as the Royal Society, British Academy, Law Society of England and Wales and the Commonwealth Secretariat, and his work has been cited in policy documents and by parliaments around the world.


Yvo Volman (European Commission)

Yvo Volman (1965) is acting Director of the Data directorate in the Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission.

Yvo studied at the Universities of Amsterdam and Strasbourg and holds a PhD in European law awarded by the European University Institute in Florence. He worked for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in the areas of industrial and technology policy, before joining the European Commission in 1998. In the Commission, he dealt with legislative and strategic issues as well as funding programmes related to the information market, digitisation and data.


Judy Wajcman (London School of Economics | The Alan Turing Institute, UK)

Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. She is the Principal Investigator on the Women in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence research project at the Alan Turing Institute, a member of the AI100 Standing Committee, and a Fellow of the British Academy. 

Professor Wajcman has published widely in the fields of work and organizations, science and technology studies, and feminist theory. Her recent book, Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, was awarded the 2017 Ludwik Fleck prize by the Society for the Social Studies of Science. 


Christiane Wendehorst (University of Vienna, Austria)

Christiane Wendehorst has been Professor of Civil Law at the University of Vienna since 2008. Amongst other functions, she is founding member and President of the European Law Institute (ELI), Chair of the Academy Council of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Co-Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, and member of the Managing Board of the Austrian Jurists’ Association (ÖJT), as well as the Bioethics Committee at the Austrian Federal Chancellery. She is an elected member of the Academia Europea (AE), the International Academy for Comparative Law (IACL), and the American Law Institute (ALI). From 2018-2019 she co-chaired the Data Ethics Commission of the German Federal Government. Currently she is European leader of the transatlantic project “Principles for a Data Economy” and EU delegate to the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). Prior to moving to Vienna, she was a professor in Göttingen (1999-2008) and Greifswald (1998-99) and Managing Director of the Sino-German Institute of Legal Studies (2000-2008). 


Hannes Werthner (TU Wien, Austria)

Hannes Werthner is a retired Professor for E-Commerce at the Faculty of Informatics, TU Wien. Prior to joining TU Wien, he had several professorships at Austrian and international Universities. His research is in several fields such as Decision Support Systems, E-Commerce, E-Tourism, Recommender Systems, and lately in Network Analysis and Text Mining. Besides research and teaching he is active in starting new initiatives, such as the Vienna PhD School of Informatics and the i2c (Informatics Innovation Center). In the area of E-Tourism, the International Federation for IT and Tourism (IFITT) grants the “Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award” to outstanding academics and/or professionals in the field.


Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

Sally Wyatt is Professor of Digital Cultures at Maastricht University, and one of the national coordinators of the Dutch Digital Society Programme. She has been studying the societal aspects of digital technologies for many years, focusing on questions of access and inequality and on healthcare. With Andrew Webster, Wyatt co-edited ‘Health, Technology and Society. Critical Inquiries (2020, Palgrave Macmillan). With Anna Harris and Susan Kelly, she co-authored the prize-winning book ‘CyberGenetics. Health Genetics and New Media (2016, Routledge).


Erin Lorelie Young (The Alan Turing Institute, UK)

Dr. Erin Lorelie Young is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Women in Data Science and AI project within the Public Policy programme at The Alan Turing Institute. She has a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford, where she studied the socio-technical practices of interdisciplinary research and development projects, and an MA in Classics from the University of Cambridge. Erin has held positions as an H-STAR Visiting Researcher at Stanford University, a consultant at the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) at UNESCO in Paris, and a Research Assistant at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII).


Yi Zeng (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Yi Zeng is a Professor and deputy director at Research Center for Brain-inspired Artificial Intelligence, and Director of China-UK Research Centre for AI Ethics and Governance, both at Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the Director for the Research Center on AI Ethics and Governance, Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence. He is also a Professor at School of Humanity and School of Artificial Intelligence, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a board member for the Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Governance Committee, Ministry of Science and Technology China. He is an expert in the UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group on AI Ethics, and an expert in the WHO Expert Group on AI Ethics and Governance for Healthcare.