AI&F Essential “Connecting/Equipping” Teams Coalescing Strongly

The leadership recruiting drive we announced back in May is paying rich dividends as our essential Contributing Fellow and Member Teams achieve critical mass under newly identified leaders.

New opportunities are becoming apparent for our Research Fellows, especially as we lean into our new membership in the Partnership on AI.  And our great resource pool of expert Advisors continues to grow as evidenced in our June announcement.  Growth of our Contributing Fellows/Members Teams, though, is where we are seeing the most immediate effect of our new reorganization.  These Teams are central to our mission of “identifying, connecting, encouraging and equipping” the work of Research Fellows, Advisors and other experts in the our own community, as well as the network of other organizations to which we are connecting.

Here is a description of the work and current members of our Teams to date:

Editorial Team (formerly Content)  – works with other AI&F experts, members, and partner organizations to identify outside articles and produce/edit News items and features for regular posting to our social media pages and monthly Newsletter.  Current members are:

    • Emily Wenger – PhD candidate in machine learning at Univ of Chicago (Senior Editor/lead)
    • William Barylo – post-doc sociologist and video producer researching effects of AI on Islamic communities at the University of Warwick, UK
    • Dan Forbush – co-publisher of the Smartacus web platform and podcast series AI and the Human
    • Haley Greise – masters of divinity student studying tech ethics at Harvard Divinity School
    • Sean Oesch – computer scientist working in cybersecurity at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • Ron Roth – software engineer and co-producer with Dan of AI and the Human
    • Chris Skaggs – CEO of Soma Games

Programs Team – elevates our active influence in the public AI ethics dialogue by identifying opportunities and recruiting speakers for major AI ethics-related conferences and podcasts as well as internal programs and conversations across our Network of Networks.  Current members are:

    • Thomas Arnold – researcher at Tufts University’s Human-Robot Interaction Lab and PhD candidate, Harvard Divinity School (lead)
    • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad – AI health care researcher and adjunct comp sci  professor, Univ of Washington
    • Gilad Berenstein – successful startup founder and venture capitalist
    • Barry Dynkin – lawyer, cybersecurity consultant, and adjunct professor of tech ethics
    • Batool Hussain, Head of Americas Sustainability Services within Ventures at SAP and co-founder of SAP’s Interfaith Alliance ENG
    • Suzette Messa – Business Innovation Consultant & Strategist at SAP and leader in the SAP Interfaith Alliance ENG
    • Ben Olsen – Responsible technology leader at Microsoft currently working on Trust and Governance Infrastructure (cross over with Networking Team)
    • Pablo Ruz Salmones – CEO of X eleva Group (www.xeleva.com), a software  development and business consulting firm in Mexico City

Networking Team – continuing to expand AI&F’s community of experts and connections through our Network of Networks, identifying synergies, common interests, and collective opportunities with other organizations. Current members are:

    • Nicoleta Acatrinei – economist and theologian consulting on faith impact and sustainable investing in Geneva, Switzerland (co-lead)
    • Ben Olsen – Responsible technology leader at Microsoft currently working on Trust and Governance Infrastructure (co-lead and cross over with Programs)
    • Levi Checketts – Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Hong Kong Baptist University
    • Ben Christensen – directs Global Purpose and Sustainability Partnerships for SAP Marketing and co-founder SAP Interfaith Alliance ENG
    • Ben Dynkin – lawyer and cybersecurity consultant
    • Brendan Newell – Technical Architect at Microsoft
    • Chris Hsu – Senior Software Engineer at Google and part of Google Interbelief Network

Communications (up to 4 more members) – manages website and social media, builds other tools and processes for effectively disseminating faith perspectives on AI ethics.  Current members are:

    • Thomas Osborn – strategic business consultant with Point B Consulting
    • W.E. King – teaches core informatics courses to undergraduates in the Information School at the University of Washington
    • Katie Williamson – former Bain consultant now pursuing her MBAI in at the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University

We still have openings, especially for Contributing Members willing to work about 4-6 hours per month on the great content, programs, and networking building we are doing across faith perspectives on AI ethics and into the broad global secular conversation.  These roles are ideal for qualified leaders and participants  in Faith ERGs; other tech professionals;  graduate students and post-docs in technology, science and the  humanities; business professionals;  and authors, writers and media content producers and creators eager to make meaningful contributions and connections in the burgeoning conversation on AI ethics.  Please contact Admin@aiandfaith.org.  There’s still room to get in at this formative stage!

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