Speakers

Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson is performing the duties of the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Nelson assumed this role on February 17, 2022. She leads OSTP's six policy divisions in their work to advance critical Administration priorities including groundbreaking clean energy investments; a people's Bill of Rights for automated technologies; a national strategy for STEM equity; appointment of the nation's Chief Technology Officer; data-driven guidance for implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law; a transformative, life-saving Community Connected Health initiative; and programs to ensure the U.S. remains a magnet for the world's top innovators and scientists. A renowned scholar of science, technology, medicine, and social inequality, Nelson has served since 2019 as the Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and was previously Dean of Social Science at Columbia University. From 2014 to 2017, she led the Social Science Research Council as the international research organization's president and CEO, directing historic efforts to apply the insights of social science to the work of making technology development more equitable.

Bishop Paul Tighe
Bishop Paul Tighe has served as Secretary of the Culture Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Culture and Education since its inception in June 2022, when it was formed from the merging of the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for Education. Bishop Tighe was first appointed to a Vatican post in 2007, when Pope Benedict XVI appointed him from the Director of Communication Office, Dublin, to the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. In 2015, Pope Francis appointed him a titular Bishop of Drivastrum and Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and named him Secretary of the Council in 2017, a role while he served until June of 2022. Bishop Tighe was born in Ireland, and was ordained a priest of the Dublin diocese in 1983.


 
Anima Anandkumar
Anima Anandkumar is a Bren Professor at Caltech and Director of ML Research at NVIDIA. She was previously a Principal Scientist at Amazon Web Services. She has received several honors such as Alfred. P. Sloan Fellowship, NSF Career Award, Young investigator awards from DoD, and Faculty Fellowships from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Adobe. She is part of the World Economic Forum's Expert Network. She is passionate about designing principled AI algorithms and applying them in interdisciplinary applications. Her research focus is on unsupervised AI, optimization, and tensor methods.

Philip Butler
Philip Butler is an international scholar whose work primarily focuses on the intersections of neuroscience, technology, spirituality and Blackness. He engages in critical and constructive analysis on Black posthumanism, artificial intelligence and pluriversal futures. He is also the founder of Seekr, a Black conversational AI with mental health capacities. Dr. Butler serves as Partner Director of Iliff's AI Institute, where he leads the 8020 project, an effort aimed to change how computers: see people and relate to various cultures. All while building the bones for an intentional inter-operative and relational data ownership model.

Florence Chee
Florence Chee is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Program Director of the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. She is also Founding Director of the Social & Interactive Media Lab Chicago (SIMLab), devoted to the in-depth study of social phenomena at the intersection of society and technology. Her research examines the social, cultural, and ethical dimensions of emergent digital lifestyles with a particular focus on the examination of artificial intelligence, games, social media, mobile platforms, and translating insights about their lived contexts across industrial, governmental, and academic sectors.

Nathan Colaner
Dr. Nathan Colaner is a Senior Instructor and Director of Business Analytics and the Managing Director of the Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies at Seattle University. His recent research is on the ethical development of machine learning, specifically regarding the creation of explainable artificial intelligence. His teaching revolves around organizational ethics, focusing on the ethical implications of organizations' increasing reliance on digital technology. As a consultant, he works directly with business, government, military, and religious organizations to assess risk in implementing big data and AI solutions. Dr. Colaner is also an external fellow in the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University, collaborating with a team of interdisciplinary scholars on ethics and data, digital technology, and AI.

Abhishek Gupta
Abhishek Gupta is the Senior Responsible AI Leader & Expert with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he works with BCG's Chief AI Ethics Officer to advise clients and build end-to-end Responsible AI programs. He is also the Founder & Principal Researcher at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute, an international non-profit research institute with a mission to democratize AI ethics literacy. Through his work as the Chair of the Standards Working Group at the Green Software Foundation, he is leading the development of a Software Carbon Intensity standard towards the comparable and interoperable measurement of the environmental impacts of AI systems.

 

Irina Raicu
Irina Raicu directs the Internet Ethics program (@IEthics) at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. She is a certified information privacy professional, and her work addresses a wide variety of issues-from online privacy to social media's impact on society, from the digital divide to the ethics of encryption, and from the ethics of artificial intelligence to the right to be forgotten. Raicu is also a member of the Partnership on AI's working group on Fair, Transparent, and Accountable AI. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, U.S.A. Today, MarketWatch, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Recode.

Paul Scherz
Paul Scherz is Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America. He also co-directs the joint Catholic Clinical Ethics program with Georgetown University's Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He is the author of Science and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2019) and co-editor of The Evening of Life: The Challenges of Aging and Dying Well (Notre Dame, 2020). His forthcoming book, Tomorrow's Troubles: Risk, Anxiety, and Prudence in an Age of Algorithmic Governance (Georgetown), examines the role of risk in contemporary culture.

Beth Schwanke
Beth Schwanke is the executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security (Pitt Cyber). In that role, she directed the Pittsburgh Task Force on Public Algorithms. Her commentary and writing have appeared in CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Schwanke was previously the senior policy counsel and director of policy outreach for the Center for Global Development and an associate at DLA Piper. She holds her JD from the University of Michigan Law School and served as an associate and contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review.

John P. Slattery
John P. Slattery is the Director of the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University. An ethicist, theologian, and historian of science, Slattery works at the intersection of technology, science, religion, and bias. Slattery holds degrees in computer science (Georgetown University), theological studies (St. Paul School of Theology), and the history and philosophy of science (University of Notre Dame). He is the author of the 2019 Faith and Science at Notre Dame, the editor of the 2020 Christian Theology and the Modern Sciences, and a producer of the film series, ‘Science: The Wide Angle," created by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is currently writing and publishing on the intersection of theological and technological ethics in Roman Catholicism, the history of intersections between science and racial bias, and the role of bias in historical discussions of theology and science. His essays have appeared in Commonweal Magazine, Science, Religion Dispatches, and Daily Theology.

David M. Wasieleski
David M. Wasieleski (PhD, University of Pittsburgh) is the Albert Paul Viragh Professor of Business Ethics in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University, and Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics in Business at Duquesne. David also is an Affiliate Research Professor at the ICN Business School in Nancy, France. His academic research focuses on natural science approaches to understanding ethical decision-making and the formation of social contracts within organizational contexts. He also studies the effects of cognitive biases and moral intensity on perceptions of ethical issues. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of Business and Society Review. He was the founding Section Editor for Behavioral Business Ethics for the Journal of Business Ethics. David still serves as Associate Editor for the Humanistic Management Journal.