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Meet the Members of AI and Faith

Our members come from diverse business, academic and institutional backgrounds, and a wide range of faith traditions. We remain interested in expanding our roster of outstanding thought leaders. If you want to take a leadership role in furthering the dialog between the faith community and the emerging technologies related to AI please contact us.

Membership update: Since our inception, we recruited one category of member: Founding Members–AI experts, related professions, and ethicists, theologians, philosophers, and cultural interpreters.  Each Founding Member is below.  We have built our reputation and contributions to date on their expertise, shared knowledge, and connections, and are so very grateful for them.  We will always recognize our historic Founding Members in a membership category with that name but are now asking them to take on additional responsibilities and roles across the organization, alongside new participants.  While we are no longer adding Founding Members, we have created five new ways to engage that are equally important to our long-term mission: Research Fellows, Contributing Fellows/Members, Advisors, organizational Partners, and Members.

Stay tuned over the next several weeks as we implement a more searchable membership directory to make our membership more accessible.

Nicoleta Acatrinei, Ph.D.

Is a Research Fellow in AI&F’s new Institute for Faith Perspectives on AI, and the Executive Director of the Geneva Agape Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. Formerly she was an Associate Research Scholar, and Project Manager of TIP (The Integration Profile) in the Faith & Work Initiative at Princeton University’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education of Princeton University. Nicoleta started her business career in banking. Her recent work has focused on religion/spiritual-based motivations and behaviors, altruism and our inclination to interact socially, and the significant changes in the workplace as a result of the introduction of AI. Nicoleta is an economist and theologian and received her Ph.D. in 2014 from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), Switzerland.

Jawad Khaki

Is an entrepreneur, investor, technologist and a community volunteer. He is a 20-year Microsoft Corporation veteran where he served as a Corporate Vice President. In 1997 Jawad helped establish the Ithna‐asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN) and serves as its President.

Aneelah Afzali, Esq.

Is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). She also serves as a Board Member of the Faith Action Network and on the Steering Committee of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network. A graduate of the University of Oregon Honors College and Harvard Law School, Aneelah became a partner in a law firm and General Counsel of a healthcare IT company. Since leaving her legal career six years ago, Aneelah has served as a community activist, interfaith leader, and justice advocate.

Margaret Kibben

Is the Chaplain of the US House of Representatives. She is a combat-decorated veteran and Presbyterian minister who was the first woman to serve as the Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy and the Chaplain of the Marine Corps. Retired as a Rear Admiral, through her consultancy, Virtue in Practice LLC, she presently speaks and writes on leadership, ethics and religious practice. Rear Admiral Kibben is a graduate of Goucher College, Princeton Seminary (Masters of Divinity and Doctorate in Ministry) and the Naval War College (Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies).

Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad

Is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Washington and the Principal Research Data Scientist at KenSci, an Artificial Intelligence in healthcare-focused company in Seattle. He has published over 50 research papers in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence and computational social science. Muhammad Aurangzeb graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science and holds the PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

Elias Kruger

Is a Senior Data Scientist and VP at Wells Fargo Bank in Atlanta with over 15 years of industry experience. He also blogs at where he seeks to apply a thoughtful Christian lens to the promise and peril of Artificial Intelligence. He completed a Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary and an MBA from Regent University.

Yasmin Ali

Is a computer scientist and the founder of Skillspire, an education startup headquartered in Bellevue that offers technology boot camps for immigrants, refugees and women, largely taught by part-time instructors who work in technology.  Yasmin was an early visionary member of MAPS and remains active in leadership there. She is also a member of AI&F’s board of directors.

Nathan Kutz, Ph.D

Is the Robert Bolles and Yasuko Endo Professor within the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington in Seattle, and author of the book Data-Driven Modeling & Scientific Computation: Methods for Complex Systems & Big Data (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013).

Carlos Arias, Ph.D

Is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Seattle Pacific University. He formerly taught and served as research director at a leading university in Honduras. His work focus includes e-government and e-learning.

Cory Andrew Labrecque, PhD

Is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Theological Ethics, and the inaugural Chair of Educational Leadership in the Ethics of Life at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Laval in Quebec City, Canada, where he also serves as Vice-Dean and Director of Graduate Programs in Theology. Professor Labrecque’s research lies at the intersection of religion, medicine, biotechnology, environment, and ethics. He is a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Vice-President of the National Committee on Ethics and Ageing (Quebec).  Previously, he taught at the Center for Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, and Department of Religion at Emory University. He earned his Ph.D. in Religious Ethics at McGill University.

Thomas Arnold

Is a Research Associate at the Human-Robot Interaction Lab at Tufts University and also a lecturer in the Computer Science Department there.  His work at Tufts focuses on the ethical evaluation and design of AI systems for interactive contexts, including how moral norms will shape how social robots are judged. Thomas is an author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on AI ethics and human-robot interaction, as well as a co-author of “Ethics for Psychologists: A Casebook Approach.”  He holds a bachelors of arts degree in classics and philosophy from Stanford University, and a masters of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. He is nearing completion of his PhD dissertation for Harvard’s Committee on the Study of Religion.

Brandon Lee

Has been Consul General of Canada in Seattle since 2017, covering the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.  Consul General Lee joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFATD) in 2004 following a career in the private sector as a pioneer in online banking and in large-scale telecommunications and IT management consulting. He has held several executive and management positions within the department including secondments to the WTO and International Red Cross.  From 2015-2017, Mr. Lee was Consul General in San Francisco and acted as Canada’s Ambassador to Silicon Valley.  He is one of Canada’s most senior technology diplomats and follows a Buddhist faith tradition.

Ahmed Hassan Awadallah, Ph.D

Leads the Language and Information Technologies Team of scientists and engineers at Microsoft Research Technologies, a new R&D organization within Microsoft Research.  His team focuses on harnessing AI to understand how people interact with information systems and develop new experiences to empower people to be more productive.

Chris Lim

Leads TheoTech and created its chief product, a platform where humans and AI collaborate to deliver real time translations of live events. He formerly served as a software engineer at Amazon and received a Masters in Computer Science at the University of Washington doing machine translation research under Professor Oren Etzioni.

Vincent Bacote, PhD

Is an Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.  Professor Bacote‘s areas of teaching and research include theology and culture, theological anthropology, and faith and work.  His numerous published works include “The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life” and “Erasing Race: Racial Identity and Theological Anthropology – Black Scholars in White Space”. Professor Bacote is a graduate of the Citadel, holds a masters degrees in divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a masters degree in philosophy and PhD in theological and religious studies from Drew University.

Reid Maclellan, M.D.

Is the founder and CEO of Asclepius, Inc, a privately-owned healthcare company, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at both Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received his M.D. from its Medical School. He completed a general surgery internship at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, and plastic surgery clinical and research fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Additionally, he earned a post-doctoral Master in Medical Sciences Degree in translational medical research from Harvard Medical School.

Bruce Baker, Ph.D

Teaches business ethics at Seattle Pacific University and is a former senior executive at Microsoft. He is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology, the Stanford Business School, Fuller Theological Seminary, and holds a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. An ordained Presbyterian minister and Parish Associate of University Presbyterian Church, Bruce also holds five patents from his work as a startup entrepreneur.

Rajiv Malhotra

Is the founder of Infinity Foundation, based in Princeton, USA. Trained as a Physicist, and then as a Computer Scientist specializing in Artificial Intelligence in the 1970s, he became an entrepreneur and founded and ran IT companies in 20 countries. He is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Center for Indic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a Senior Advisor to the Indian think-tank, Defense Research and Studies. Since the early 1990s,  Rajiv has been interpreting the Dharma for our times, and  researching civilizations and their engagement with technology.

Keith Barrows, J.D., Ed.D

Is a Senior Advisor for The Future Society, a nonprofit think-and-do tank which advances the global governance of Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies.  He brings to AI&F a knowledge of entities engaged in AI governance on a global scale, as well as over 20 years of non-profit leadership, fundraising, education, and legal experience in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Lycoming College, a law degree, cum laude, from Widener Law Commonwealth, and a Doctor of Education degree, with High Distinction, from Liberty University.

Lewis McMurran

Currently implements “future of work” strategies for the Washington state Workforce Board, following his previous position as Co-Manager of the Future of Work Project for the Workforce Board.  Lew has over two decades of experience in government relations, advocacy, and external affairs for a wide range of employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors, including as COO of a software startup. Most notably, from 2000-2013, Lew was the first Director of Government Relations for the Washington Software Alliance (now WTIA), rising to Vice President of Government and External Relations. He is a graduate of Georgetown University in International Relations.  Lew is also a member of AI&F’s Board of Directors.

Benaouda Bensaid

Is an Associate Professor in Islamic Studies and Advisor to the President of Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University in Istanbul, Turkey.  His research and teaching focus on Muslim spirituality, Islamic Ethics and Law, and Sustainable Development. Professor Bensaid has published in numerous journals and previously taught at International Islamic University Malaysia, and at Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He received his PhD in Contemporary Islamic Thought from McGill University, Canada.

Meenaz Merchant

Is the Partner Group Program Manager – Bing Search and Web Experiences at Microsoft. He holds undergraduate and masters degrees in computer science respectively from Maharashtra Institute of Technology and Stanford University, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Meenaz is an active leader and worships with his family at the Iman Center in Kirkland, Washington.

Gilad Berenstein

Is currently exploring a number of AI opportunities and areas of interest after a recent stint as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) in Seattle. He was previously the Founder and CEO of Seattle-based travel personalization startup, Utrip, which utilized AI and human experts to help travelers plan highly personalized trips. Gilad grew up in Israel and moved to Washington in the late 90’s with his family when his dad joined a startup. Gilad is a graduate of the UW Foster School of Business where he obtained both his undergraduate and masters degrees. Gilad is passionate about travel, technology, food, innovation, and history and is a congregant at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle.

Vikram Modgil

Is a Seattle based AI/ML expert and founder of Pi Square (, a machine-learning startup specializing in AR/VR/XR, synthetic voice (called NeuraVoice) and intelligent automation (RPA). In his past life, Vikram has been in executive leadership team of multiple unicorn startups & multi-billion dollar corporate where he helped the biggest brand names in retail, cpg, pharma, technology and telecom industries adopt AI in early 2000’s to create positive impact using machine learning. Vikram also started The Good AI ( to create awareness, engagement and actions towards ethical issues and bias of AI.

Shanen Boettcher

Is presently a PhD student at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, following a 25 year career  in technology, primarily as a General Manager of Product Management at Microsoft.  His PhD research studies the role that artificial intelligence technology plays in the relationship between spiritual/religious information and spiritual/religious knowledge among people living in the Pacific Northwest. Shanen is a graduate of Carroll College in Economics and International Relations and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Religions and Education from the University of Warwick in England.

Ann Mongoven PhD

Is the associate director of Health Care Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics where her work includes clinical ethics service and consultation; research in health care ethics and policy; media commentary; and educational mentorship.  Ann seeks to foster deliberative approaches to complex ethical issues and negotiation of associated tradeoffs in public life, and is especially committed to addressing gender and cultural challenges in bioethics. She facilitated public engagements on biobanking ethics,  and seeks to explore ethical opportunities and challenges of “big data” and AI for public health. Her 2009 book Just Love: Transforming Civic Virtue (Indiana University Press) uses examples of  ordinary moral heroes to reflect on how passionate personal commitments and public-mindedness can mutually inform each other. She holds a doctorate in Religious Studies/Ethics (University of Virginia) and a Masters of Public Health (Johns Hopkins University).

David Brenner

Is a Seattle attorney with 25 years of experience in counseling clients and litigating claims related to technology, risk management and insurance coverage. He attends West Side Presbyterian Church and is actively involved in programs that integrate faith, science and technology with faculty of the University of Washington. He is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Berkeley’s Law School.

Brenda Ng

Is the principal and founder of The Trio Group, specializing in customer-driven business and marketing insights for a wide range of technology companies. She was formerly a senior executive for consumer and competitive insights at Microsoft and T-Mobile.

Kutter Callaway, Ph.D.

Is associate professor of theology and culture and co-director of Reel Spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.  He is actively engaged in writing and speaking on the interaction between theology and culture—particularly film, television, and online media—in both academic and popular forums.  In addition to Kutter’s numerous books on theology, film, gaming and other media, The Kutter Callaway Podcast on Soundcloud or via iTunes is an ongoing conversation with artists, writers, thought leaders, and experts exploring how culture and faith  inform and give rise to one another. Kutter is ordained as a Baptist minister. He holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Colorado, two Master’s degrees from Fuller Seminary, and two Ph.Ds, the first in Theology and Culture and the second in Psychological Science.

James B. Notkin

Is Co-Pastor and Vision Lead at Union Church, South Lake Union, and adjunct professor of business ethics at SPU. As Union’s Vision Lead, James B. seeks to work with the community to live into our call to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with Jesus. Before co-founding Union more than ten years ago, James B was in ministry with Ann Arbor First Presbyterian Church, and then with University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. James B. received an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary. A native of Seattle he loves the rain but increasingly appreciates how sunshine makes biking and tennis more enjoyable.

Craig Chapman

Is the Director/Dean of the Creatio Center for Technology, Media and Design at Northwest University, and a member of AI&F’s board of directors.  Craig worked for 35 years as a software engineer and architect, with his last act the co-founding of INRIX, a highly successful traffic and navigation software and data company in Kirkland, Washington. Craig holds a bachelors of science degree in mathematics  from Occidental College.

Thomas Osborn

Has a keen interest in technology that enhances spiritual transformation via deeper teacher and learner engagement. He brings to AI & Faith extensive experience in business strategy and management, and technology consulting. He is former COO of Pathwright, a highly flexible and intuitive platform for creating and delivering online courses. Former roles include JP Morgan Chase (managing director, Com’l Bank); Faithlife (VP of Partnerships and Alliances); and Deloitte (Strategy and Operations Consultant).  Thomas holds an MBA and BS in communications from the University of Illinois.

Danny Chai

Is a software engineer with 20 years of experience working in a variety of Silicon Valley start-ups and large scale tech companies, including Yahoo and Facebook. Danny’s most recent role was as Vice President of Engineering at LogDNA, a multicloud log management solution. Danny’s interest in artificial intelligence and ethics began during his time at Stanford University, where he received an undergraduate degree in Symbolic Systems and a master’s degree in Computer Science, both with concentrations in AI. He has pursued those interests in industry, working with NLP at Inxight, and at, which applies machine learning to mobile phone data while making microloans in Africa.

Tripp Parker

Is an applied AI leader currently working on machine learning in the FinTech space for SoFi. Previously he spent over 10 years at Amazon and Microsoft working on AI applications in advertising and healthcare. He holds degrees in Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science from Duke University.

Yaqub Chaudhary, PhD

Is a former/recent Research Fellow in AI, Philosophy and Theology at Cambridge Muslim College in Cambridge, England.  His research interests are in the fields of AI, cognitive science and neuroscience in connection with Islamic conceptions of the mind, intelligence, human reasoning, cognition, knowledge, and the nature of perception and consciousness.  In addition to professional and academic journals, he writes on current topical issues at  Dr. Chaudhary holds a Masters of Engineering degree and was awarded his PhD in physics by Imperial College in London.

Michael Paulus

Is University Librarian, Assistant Provost for Educational Technology, and Director and Associate Professor of Information Studies at Seattle Pacific University. His administrative, teaching, and scholarly interests focus on the history and future of information and communication technologies.

Mark Chinen

Is Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law, and a Fellow of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. He was educated at Pomona College and Yale Divinity School before receiving his law degree from Harvard Law School. Professor Chinen teaches contracts and courses in international law and writes on various aspects of international law (including governance and theology) as well as artificial intelligence and legal responsibility

Rev. Dr. Ted Peters, PhD

Rev. Ted Peters, PhD, is the Distinguished Research Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and co-founder and co-editor of the journal Theology and Science.  He is a pioneer in bioethics engagement who over the years has especially focused on ethics related to the human genome and stem cell research, and presently is studying issues related to transhumanism and data technology. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, holds masters   degrees from the University of Chicago and Trinity Lutheran Seminary and a PhD from the University of Chicago. See his website:

Nathan Colaner, Ph.D

Is a senior instructor in the Departments of Management and Philosophy at Seattle University, and the Managing Director of Seattle University’s Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies. Nathan focusing on business ethics with particular research emphasis on big data management and business use of artificial intelligence.  He has been instrumental in the formation of the University’s new Center for Science and Innovation.

Rev. Dr. Dan Peterson

Has been the pastor of Queen Anne Lutheran Church in Seattle since 2016.  Prior to his arrival at Queen Anne Lutheran, he was an ordained Lutheran pastor in a specialized call to a teaching ministry as a professor in the humanities at Seattle University. In addition to his university-level teaching and publications, Pastor Dan has also presented nearly 500 adult forums in congregational settings. He holds a BA in English from Santa Clara University along with three graduate degrees in theology, the last of which is a PhD in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Jane Compson, Ph.D.

Is an assistant professor at the University of Washington. She currently teaches classes in Comparative Religion; Environmental Ethics; Philosophy, Religion and the Environment; Biomedical Ethics and Introduction to Ethics.

Michael J. Quinn

Serves as Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Seattle University and the Director of Seattle University’s Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies. As a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and Oregon State University, he did pioneering research in the area of parallel computing. In the early 2000s Dean Quinn refocused on ethical issues related to computing. His textbook, Ethics for the Information Age, is in its 8th edition and has been used by more than 125 colleges and universities. Dean Quinn earned a B.S. in mathematics from Gonzaga University and masters and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Washington State University, respectively.

Salah Dandan

Is a Bellevue based attorney and business executive with extensive experience in international business and transactions, technology and intellectual property. Salah is a member of the board of directors of AI&F.

Linda Ranz

Has held senior executive positions in e-commerce and product development at Starbucks, Getty Images, and most recently as the Director of product management at Amazon for Echo multimodal products.  She has also served as the Vice President for Marketing and Development of Medical Teams International.

Saskia de Vries, Ph.D

Is an Assistant Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science where her research centers on how the brain transforms sensory information into perception and behavior. Saskia received her Ph.D. from Harvard.

Daniel Rasmus

Is the founder of Serious Insights, which provides analysis and strategy around scenario planning, knowledge management, collaboration, emerging technology and popular culture to help clients put their future in context. He is the author of Listening to the Future, and Management by Design, speaks and writes frequently in technology settings, and publishes regular blog posts on AI on the Serious Insights website. Daniel attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and holds a certificate in intelligent systems engineering from the University of California at Irvine.

Craig Detweiler, Ph.D

Is a professor, author, and mentor on culture, faith and technology. In addition to writing screenplays for Hollywood, his books include iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives and Selfies: Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age. He graduated from Davidson College, earned an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and an M.Div. and Ph.D from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Rebekah Rice, Ph.D

Is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Seattle Pacific University. Her areas of expertise include Philosophy of Mind and Action Theory (including causal theories of action, agent causation, and free will). She received her Ph.D from Brown University.

Matthew Dickerson

Teaches in the computer science department at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he has been on the faculty since 1989. He has also been a visiting faculty member at Dartmouth College. Matthew is the author of several books, including The Mind and the Machine: What it Means to be Human and Why it Matters. He has also authored several works of scholarship on the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis, in addition to medieval historical novels and works of fantasy literature. Matthew was an Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park in 2017 and at Acadia National Park in 2018. He earned a PhD in computer science from Cornell University.

Michael Sacasas

Is the Associate Director for Educational Programming at the Christian Study Center of Gainesville, Florida and an Associate Fellow in Ethics and Culture at the Greystone Theological Institute.   Michael has taught in a variety of settings and written extensively on the relationship between technology and society in publications such as  The New Atlantis, The New Inquiry, Real Life Magazine, Mere Orthodoxy, Rhizomes, The American, and Second Nature Journal.  He writes The Convivial Society, a regular newsletter on technology and society.  Michael earned his MA in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2002.

Francis Djirackor

Has worked in telecommunications and IT engineering in Ghana and Kenya since 1995.  He is presently the Executive Director of Elris Communications Services Ltd, providing professional services in the telecommunications, broadcast and IT space in Nairobi, and Country Manager of Swiss-based Telecommunication Engineering Company.  Francis is a leader at CITAM Ministries, a dynamic collection of four large Christian congregations in Kenya’s capital.   He holds a masters degree in radio communications engineering from Saint Petersburg’s State University of Telecommunications.

Marc Sachnoff

Is the founder of the Modern Wisdom Leadership Institute whose purpose is to help individuals and organizations discover their unique meaning, purpose and direction so all involved can live joyful and fulfilling lives. In addition to significant non-profit experience in the entertainment industry and SGI-USA Buddhist Association, Marc has provided enlightened business strategy and marketing consulting services to organizations as diverse as Coca Cola, Microsoft, and the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Most recently Marc worked as a Director of Business Development in Microsoft’s Xbox Gaming Division.

Douglas Estes, PhD

Is a professor of New Testament and practical theology, most recently at South University in South Carolina, and an author of numerous books and articles on theology, including many focused on technology such as Braving the Future: Christian Faith in a World of Limitless Tech (2018).   Douglas contributes articles on faith, science and technology regularly to Christianity Today, and is editor of Didaktikos, the journal for theological education.  He received his PhD in Theology from University of Nottingham, UK, and holds a bachelors degree in chemistry and Masters of Divinity and Theology from Southeastern Baptist Seminary.

Derek Schuurman, PhD

Is a professor of computer science at Calvin University.  His research interests include robotics and computer vision as well as faith and technology issues. He has written extensively on the interplay of Christian values and technology, including his book Shaping a Digital World. He is a member of various secular and Christian professional technology and science associations, is a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, and has volunteered internationally with projects related to technology and education. Derek holds bachelor and master of applied science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in electrical engineering from McMaster University.

Shannon E. French

Is the Inamori Professor in Ethics and the Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).  Her primary research field is military ethics; especially conduct of war issues, ethical leadership, command climate, warrior transitions, moral injury, and the future of warfare.  Prior to coming to CWRU, Shannon  taught for 11 years at the US Naval Academy as a tenured member of the Ethics department and Associate Chair of the division of Leadership, Ethics, and Law. Her publications include The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values, Past and Present, many articles and book chapters, and she is currently working on a book on ethics and artificial intelligence.

Chris Skaggs

Is the Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Soma Games and Soma SoulWorks.  Created in 2005, Soma Games makes artistically excellent games for people who may never go to church, but  find themselves having fun while pondering eternal things.  Soma SoulWorks is the ministry side of Soma producing teaching and podcasts for “young creatives”.  Chris is an Intel Black Belt recipient and frequent speaker at major mobile and game-developer conferences.

Derek Schuurman, PhD

Is the pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Seattle. While at Princeton Theological Seminary she placed emphasis on the field of Theological Anthropology, which seeks to understand what it means to be human and supports human flourishing. Serving in congregations from Belfast, Northern Ireland to Cape Town, South Africa to Los Angeles, CA, she has observed the complex impacts of technology across the globe. Her current congregation, set in the Ballard neighborhood, engages people working in the humanities, ethics, technology, brain science, just to name a few.

Douglas M. Strong, PhD

Is the Dean of the School of Theology and Professor the History of Christianity at Seattle Pacific University.  Dean Strong’s field of study is American religious history, particularly around the history of 19th-century revivalism and social reform.  He is especially interested in comparing religious movements’ historical engagement of technology with their potential influence on the complex, global environment of AI-powered technology today.  Dean Strong graduated from Houghton College and earned his Master of Divinity degree and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Robert M Geraci

Is Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College and author of multiple books on technology and religion including  Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Futures of Artificial Intelligence: Perspectives from India and the United States (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021). His research and writing flow out of his interest in how we use technology to enchant and give meaning to the world. To study this, he uses ethnographic fieldwork, methods from science & technology studies, literature (science fiction) studies, and what he calls “the hodgepodge of methods that all of us in ‘religion and science studies’ put to use.”

S. Joshua Swamidass, MD PhD

Is a scientist, physician, and associate professor of laboratory and genomic medicine at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). He leads research group that uses artificial intelligence to explore science at the intersection of medicine, biology, and chemistry. His work and editorials have been published or covered in WIREDThe ScientistScienceNature, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Swamidass is the author of The Genealogical Adam and Eve, a regular Veritas Forums speaker, and is often engaging the public with the science of human exceptionality, human origins, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Swamidass is the founder of Peaceful Science, a partnership with WUSTL, to advance science by together engaging the grand question: What does it mean to be human?

Brian Patrick Green

Is the director of technology ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. His work is focused on the ethics of technology, including AI and ethics, as well as on the relationship of technology and religion. Green teaches AI ethics in Santa Clara’s Graduate School of Engineering. He is author of the book Space Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), co-editor of the book Religious Transhumanism and Its Critics (Lexington, 2022), and co-author of the Ethics in Technology Practice corporate ethics resources. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in ethics and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and his undergraduate degree is in genetics from the University of California, Davis.

Paul Taylor

Is a teaching pastor and elder at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California. He explores the intersection of technology and theology through his blog and podcast at Paul graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and worked for Oracle Corporation as a Senior Product Manager designing software solutions before moving into leadership at PBC in 2007.

Dominique Grelet

Is vice president in charge of innovation at Atos, a global digital solution provider. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from CentraleSupelec engineering school in Paris. He has served in various position in Europe, Asia and the USA and is now based in Brussels where he leads the relationships with the European Union institutions. A Roman catholic who has also been a board member or active attendee of churches from various Christian traditions (evangelical, Assemblies of God, Presbyterian, Anglican) Dominique received a canonical bachelor’s degree in theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris.

Jason Thacker

Is chair of research in technology ethics and creative director at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is also the author of The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity with Zondervan. His work has been featured at Christianity TodayThe Gospel CoalitionSlate, and Politico. He writes and speaks on various topics including human dignity, ethics, technology, and artificial intelligence. Jason is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and Southern Seminary where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethics and Public Theology. He is married to Dorie and they have two sons.

Scott Hawley

Is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Belmont University in Nashville, where he teaches physics to audio engineering students and is widely engaged in writing and conferences on the ethics of technology, and on machine learning applications to acoustics and audio signal processing. Fitting for Nashville and Belmont, he is also a singer songwriter. Scott holds a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Revd Dr Richard Turnbull, Ph.D., CA

Has been the Director of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics at Oxford (CEME) since 2012. He has authored several books including an acclaimed biography of the social reformer, Lord Shaftesbury; is a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford; and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Previously, he was Principal of  Wycliffe Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, and earlier still, was a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young. He also served as the youngest ever member of the Press Council. Richard holds a first class honours degree in Theology and PhD in Theology from the University of Durham, and was ordained into the ministry of the Church of England in 1994.

Noreen Herzfeld, Ph.D

Is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict where she teaches in both the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Theology.  Her topics of interest include computer theory, computer ethics, theology in the light of science, the spirituality and politics of Islam, and ministry in a technological age.  She is the author of four books on religion and technology, including a pioneering 2002 work on AI and the image of God.  She holds degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

Brian Warren

Is the Director of Risk Management for Microsoft Corporation, where he has worked in risk and credit analysis and management for 24 years, primarily in Redmond, but also in Ireland. Before his risk management career, Brian served as an officer in field artillery in the United States Army, in Civil Affairs with the Army Reserve, and as a financial analyst for Allstate Insurance Company.  Brian holds an AB degree in Economics from Princeton University.

Don Howard, Ph.D

Is Professor of Philosophy, a Fellow of the University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, and an Affiliate of the newly formed interdisciplinary Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center. Professor Howard has been writing and teaching about the ethics of science and technology for over three decades. Among his current research interests are ethical and legal issues in cyberconflict and cybersecurity as well as the ethics of autonomous systems.  Professor Howard earned his Ph.D from Boston University.

Rabbi Daniel Weiner

Has been the senior rabbi of the largest synagogue in the Northwest, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, with over 4,000 members, since 2001.  He is a pioneer in video worship, an author and columnist for Seattle newspapers, and leads the worship rock band at TDS.

Gretchen Huizinga

Is the former Executive Producer and Host of the Microsoft Research Podcast and the founder of the Center for Digital Wisdom, a nascent consortium of cultural guardians dedicated to the qualitative search for wisdom in a quantitative world. Gretchen is a member of the board of directors of AI&F and holds a BA in English, a Master of Mass Communication, an M.Ed. in Learning Sciences and Human Development, and is currently entering the dissertation stage of her PhD exploring voices of faith in the responsible AI conversation.

Tim Weinhold

Has been a long-time business leader, both in commercial real estate and as a serial entrepreneur. He also speaks and writes regularly regarding the intersection of faith and business. Tim is a transplant from Boston where he graduated from Harvard and joined Red Sox Nation. He is also a Fellow of the Center for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics at Oxford, and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University.

Lee Huntsman, Ph.D

Is the President Emeritus of the University of Washington and also served there as long time Provost and Chair of the Department of Bioengineering.  He is a leader at University Presbyterian Church. At the UW, he is presently leading the Health Innovators Collaborative to advance information sharing, resource availability, joint projects and creation of new initiatives related to seizing the opportunities presented by the unprecedented changes in healthcare.

Emily Wenger

Is pursuing a PhD in computer science at the University of Chicago with a particular emphasis on machine learning and privacy.  Her research explores the limitations, vulnerabilities, and privacy implications of neural networks. Emily worked for two years as a mathematician at the US Department of Defense before beginning her PhD studies in 2018.  She graduated from Wheaton College in 2016 with a degree in mathematics and physics.

Steven J.P. Johnson

Is an engineer with an MBA. His technology company is primarily focused in the area of cybersecurity where he is developing next generation access control solutions based on his patented authorization method. His previous work includes creating a live music nightclub that played a pivotal role during Seattle’s “grunge” years and developing automated production and control systems for military aircraft including the B-2, A-6 and F-22. In addition to work on a number of nonprofit boards, he has been both an Elder and a Deacon at his church.

James Wellman, Ph.D

Is Chair of the Comparative Religion Program in the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, and head of the Initiative for Global Christian Studies.

David Zvi Kalman, Ph.D

Is a Fellow in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he writes and teaches about religion and technology. He received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on the relationship between Jewish history and the history of technology, and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania on medieval Islamic law. He writes in both academic and popular forums and has founded two media companies. Information about his work can be found at

Catherine Wood

Is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”).  With over 40 years of experience identifying and investing in innovation, Cathie founded ARK to focus solely on disruptive innovation while adding new dimensions to research. Through an open approach that cuts across sectors, market capitalizations, and geographies, Cathie believes that ARK can identify large-scale investment opportunities in the public markets resulting from technological innovations centered around DNA sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage, and blockchain technology. Cathie holds a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of Southern California.

Turan Kayaoglu, Ph.D

Is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Washington, Tacoma, and teaches in Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, a division of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the intersection of religion, human rights, and international relations.

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